Wednesday, 27 April 2016


Men are notoriously difficult to make things for. But recently a friend who is a man had a birthday, usually I would just buy a man a card lol, so I made him this card which fits in perfectly with this weeks Stampotique challenge hosted by {Corrie}, she is inviting us to make a masculine make. All of the details can be found {here}.
I began with some Kraft card and some Hickory Smoke distress ink for the main card, I added some polka dot paper and die cut the circle and stamped the mushrooms and coloured using Prismacolour pencils. The sentiment finished the card and for this I used a random alphabet stamp set from my collection.
The stamp I used is {Mushroom Group}
Don't forget that just by entering you are in with a chance of winning a $30 - £20 gift voucher to spend at the Stampotique online store!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Doggy Day Dreaming

It's my second guest designer day at Rubber Dance stamps and I had so much making this, a snoring Poppy was my muse!
To see the full make please click {here

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Winter Is Coming

Just kidding, here in England Spring keeps trying to arrive! 

 Kristen is our hostess at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog and she is inviting us to make something inspired by a TV show or a movie. For me the inspiration was easy, Game Of Thrones!! I love it! I saw the first 3 seasons when it was first being shown, then I no longer had a friend to record them from Sky for me to watch, but for my birthday in February, my daughter purchased the box set for me and I've had a Game Of Thrones marathon and I'm now up to date! OMGosh! I won't give any spoilers here but, in my opinion, the best thing I've ever watched. I love the rawness and energy to the show, the fact you are truly kept on your toes and on the edge of your seat. I even like the blood and gore, only because I know it's not real. 
Back to my make, and I asked myself what house would I chose to belong to and I chose Stark, and I love the Spirit Tree at Winterfell. It's usually cold up north at Winterfell so I chose the lovely Agatha character in her onesie. Because it's Game Of Thrones there are a few disembodied heads lol!
I started off with a piece of cardboard and peeled away some of the thin layer to reveal the lumpy stuff underneath. I added some texture paste through a stencil to add some more texture and dimension, then I painted the whole thing black, then white, and because it's so cold and grey in Winterfell I then painted with a neutral colour. The tree and leaves were die cut, coloured and glued in place. Agatha was stamped, coloured with Prismacolour pencils and glued in place.

I do hope you like it, all the challenge details can be found right{here}

The stamps I used are:

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Friday, 15 April 2016

Gotta have teeth!

It's my turn today for the {Roc Nicholas Design Team} so I'd like to share this postcard using a couple of Roc's newest stamps and teeth are always in style right? ;)
I made the background using distress ink and white embossed the sun and circles. The crocodile was coloured using Prismacolour pencils.
The stamps I used are:
{Crocodile} and {Corner Sun} by Roc. Also {Circles Cube} and {Design Cube}.
All of Roc's stamps can found right {here} at the Stampotique online store.
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Monday, 11 April 2016

Little Bear

Poor Little Bear, he was so happy the other day because he thought Spring had arrived! Today it is gloomy and grey.

I had great fun making this for my friend Joanie. Little Bear is a Craft Stamper freebie stamp designed by Magda Polakow and I used an assortment of Stampotique stamps.

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Even the moon gets tired . . .

I've always been fascinated by all things moon and stars and how they can be so far away and yet we can still see them. The other evening I was looking at the stars and I really felt like I could just reach up and pick one from the sky. 
Anyway this weeks challenge at Stampotique is hosted by lovely {Arwen} and she has chosen a nature theme for us. It was quite a challenge because animals and people are not allowed! All of the challenge details can be found {here}. Don't forget by entering you are in with a chance of winning a $30 gift voucher to spend at the Stampotique online store, so it's a great chance to add to your collection or get started, be warned though, they are addictive!
Back to my make, I really enjoyed my lolly stick creation a few weeks ago so I did it again lol, I do have rather a lot of lolly sticks to use up;)
Once the sticks were stuck in place I used a star stencil and some texture paste to add some texture. (I used the same stencil later on to add the white stars). Next I painted it with black gesso, then white gesso where the colours were going to go, this helps the colours stay true and pop off the black.
I stamped the moon on white card and coloured using Prismacolour pencils. I did mask off parts of the stamp to omit the dangley star and so I could give moon a nose. 
The sentiment was stamped on tissue paper and pva'd in place, a technique I have loved for so long because it gives you the opportunity to change the image or flip it over.
A D-ring was glued on the back for hanging and some glitter finished it off along with a few more stars.
The stamps I used are:
and {Agatha Star

I do hope you like it and I wish you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Make A Wish

I'm super excited to be guest designer at Rubber Dance Stamps this month :)
You can see my full project {here}
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Happy Inside

I'm sharing something a little different today. Years ago when I first started stamping I purchased a few of these little canvasses and painted them bright colours and stamped nonsense on them! I found them a little while ago in a box and I rediscovered the little niche at the back. I really disliked how it was 'decorated' so I painted it with white gesso to take it back to the way it was. I then flipped it over and used pva glue and tissue paper to cover the whole thing and coat the niche ready for painting. I painted a tiny wooden house and added the lovely Stampotique sentiment. I feel I often overlook sentiment stamps but this one I felt was perfect for this make. I simply stamped the sentiment on some frosty shrink plastic. Shrunk it and glued in place.

I used: I feel happy inside which can be found {here}
This weeks challenge at Stampotique is hosted by {Valerie} and it's all about making old things new again. Please click {here} for all the details.
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Monday, 28 March 2016

Beep Beep!

This is my final post for Susan K. Weckesser's design team. 
I've had great fun and it's been quite a challenge as my heart belongs to Stampotique!! 
I made this for my car crazy grandson!

 I used Susan's stamps for the stars and cityscape and road markings then a cheeky little Stampotique car beeped it's way on to the canvas. It so belongs with those buildings!

The stamps I used are:
which can be found {here} at Polkadoodles in the UK and 

which can be found {here}
The super cute car can be found {here} at Stampotique.

Thank you Susan for the opportunity and to the other design team ladies. 
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Egg Day

It is Easter time already. How did that happen?!
I'm not a very religious person so I shall wish you a Happy Egg Day!
A new challenge begins today over at the Stampotique Designers Blog. All the details can be found {here} Our hostess is {Nellie} and in a nutshell the theme is 'It's all about birds'.
For the challenge I made this Easter card for Jack. I stamped the bird on white card and hand drew the egg then they were coloured in and adhered to my painted background.
I couldn't resist using one of the stamps from the recent new release called 'You did what?'. You can find it {here}at the Stampotique online store.
I hope the Easter Bunny brings you lots of yummy chocolate treats!
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx