Friday, 17 October 2014

The winner is . . .

Donna, check out Donna's lovely blog here
He is now on his way to his new home :)
Thank you to each and everyone who took the time to leave a comment and join the fun and a big welcome to some new followers :) :) :)

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Pink, Purple and Black . . .

. . .  is the challenge hosted by Carol at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog this week. 
Whenever I think of teamie and friend Carol, I think of how she gorgeously decorates little boxes so here is my box homage to Carol :)
The stamps I used are all new releases:

I began by painting the box purple and letting it dry, then I painted pva glue all over and whilst still wet I painted with the cream colour, as it dried the cracks appeared. Nina, the text and the circles were stamped on tissue paper, coloured on the reverse and then applied with pva to the box. A silver button with pink threads finished the box nicely.
 Perfect for a little girl who likes to keep precious things safe.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Saturday, 11 October 2014

This Dog Can Hop!

The Roc Nicholas Design Team are having a blog hop today, the team have made some wonderful creations all featuring Roc's brilliant Dog stamp.
By joining in with the hop and just leaving comments you are in with a chance of winning one of the Doggy makes featured in the hop.
The Hop
Samantha Read (you are here)

If you would like to add the fabulous Dog stamp to your collection you can find him here and to see the rest of Roc's ace stamp designs to check them out here

Please hop along with us, wishing you a tail wagging day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Wishing Star

'Tis Wednesday again already, I honestly can not believe how time is flying.
 The very lovely Corrie is our hostess at Stampotique this week and Corrie is inviting us to Use Book Text in our creations. 
I used to REALLY struggle with things like this, I was taught to have a deep respect for any book, however, I loaned a book to a friend a couple of years ago and when returned it had been in an accident involving a cup of tea, so many pages were stained and wrinkled. I stopped loaning books and the book in the accident is the book I now rip up and cut, I have to tell myself it's being recycled and reused!!
I also made a card for this challenge, I'm not much of a card maker but I had the urge so went with it. 
I like all of my creations but every now and again I make something that I really, really love and don't want to part with, this card is one I want to keep!
I do hope you like it too.
The stamps I used are:

From this angle you can see the glossy accent, stickles and sticky gem details which give it a little dimension.
Thank you for looking, wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Friday, 3 October 2014

New Stampotique Stamps :) :) :)

Did you know that Stampotique have just released some new stamps????

Check them out here

Have fun, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Boy Stuff

 Boys, some of them are just gross creatures don't you think??
Our very lovely team captain Kim is hosting this weeks challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog, and Kim's chosen theme is 'Masculine', here is what Kim has to say:

"I'm so excited to host the challenge this week as it's one I'm always struggling with.  In a home where the males outweigh the females, you wouldn't think it would take much to create a masculine card, but it's something I have a hard time doing every time I sit down to make one.  I challenge you to show me your best masculine cards this week-are they ones that come naturally to you or do you draw a blank when you need to create one as well?
Can't wait to see all the possibilities you come up with this week!"

Of course, the only man in my life and not a gross creature is my Grandson and mini man Jack!
A little while ago, a special lady pointed out that Jack looks like one of the Stampotique stamps named Head, and she is so right.
I'm sure you can see the resemblance too :)

Really hoping you join in the fun with us you are in with a chance of winning a $30/£11 gift voucher to spend at the Stampotique on line store just by entering.

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

A Heart for Freedom

This weeks challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog is Early Hallo'ween and his hosted by the very talented Carol, check out her fab blog here, this is what Carol has to say:

"I love Halloween and as a crafter it can never start early enough. So for the challenge this week I am sneeking it in a month early. So I hope you have fun getting your early Spook on. Carol x"

Personally I'm not a fan of Halloween and spooky things, but I really did have great fun making this and I don't think it's scary :) I hadn't made one of these for ages and they are easier than they look. 
Simply started off with an empty cardboard sellotape, draw around it to make the base. Stick 12 pieces of wire in your empty sellotape tube spread equal distances apart and you can then capture anything you like. The top of the wires are held together with a flattened metal bottle top, I prefer Budweiser ;) and use one the wires to make a hanging hoop at the top.
The stamps I used are:

Poor Skellie, he really does look like he his trying to buy his way out by bargaining with his heart.
Big thanks to all who took part in my challenge of using Just One Stamp, there were some amazing entries and I'm looking forward to seeing your early spooky makes, don't forget just by entering you are in with a chance of winning a £18/$30 gift voucher to spend at the Stampotique Online Store
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Just One Stamp!

Stampotique stamps are VERY addictive, many Stampotique fans have LOTS of Stampotique stamps and often a few stamps are used in just one creation which is wonderful because they all work so well together. The most Stampotique stamps I used for one creation was 15, this got me thinking . . . lots of Stampotique stamps can spoil us for choice so how about using just one stamp. I found using just one stamp quite a challenge, so as hostess for this weeks challenges at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog I am inviting you to use Just One Stamp!
I decided to make something to hand on Jack's tree in his nursery.  I started with plain muslin and ironed some interfacing on the back, this adds strength to the fabric and stops fraying. I stamped Agatha Heart using Archival black ink, then painted with Martha Stewart paints. To finish off I painted the outline to redefine and added some glitter for her wings.
I can't wait to see your one stamp creations!! Have fun :)
Wishing you a fabulous day, Sam xxx

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Daisy Dog

Here's my make for the Roc Nicholas Design Team for September, I tried to make it autumnal without screaming winter is coming!! I'm still LOVING this dog stamp, it's so versatile.
I took a little wooden bird house and extended what was a small round hole to a longer entrance fit for a dog and painted a base colour, when dry I painted with PVA glue and whilst this was wet I painted with the top coat, as the glue dries you get a crackle effect in your paint.
I stamped the dog on white card and coloured using distress inks and gave him/her a wet shiny nose with glossy accents. Finally for some embellishments I stamped Daisyhead on shrink plastic and cut out the daisy, coloured with Prismacolour pencils and shrunk.
Here are the links to the stamps I used: 
All of Roc's stamp designs can be found here at the Stampotique Online Store.
Wishing you a wonderful day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Enjoy Life!

I find it SO very hard to throw empty glass jars away, or even just to put them in the recycle bin, they are just too . . . well nice really.
There is a well know marmalade maker that have these wonderful stripey lids which make their jars even more lovely to keep. This particular jar started off as a money box for Poppy when I found a £20 note whilst walking her one day, but I didn't find anymore money and the £20 went on one of Poppy's hair do's so I washed it and now it contains treats. Now please don't tell Poppy that I cut one treat in to three pieces to make three treats for her, she'll never speak to me again ;)
This weeks challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog is hosted by the very lovely Sue, you can find her blog here.
This week Sue is inviting us to use animals or birds in our creations, here is what Sue has to say:

Napoleon once said that the English are a nation of shopkeepers.What he should have said is that we are a nation of animal lovers. Nearly everyone I know has got a cat or dog, a pet rabbit or bird, and I know that my Stampotique teamies have their pets too. So this week we're celebrating the fur and feathers and I challenge you to create something with either animals or birds. So put your best paw forward and bring it on.
Have fun!

So of course Poppy was my muse :)
The stamps I used are:
and the fab doggy character is Every Girl and Dog

Poppy did help in the making and the photo shoot lol

Wishing you a lovely day filled with yummy treats, Sam xxx (and Poppy)