Wednesday, 7 October 2015


Where is the time going, 2015 just seems to be whizzing by! We're in October now and the weather has certainly changed this morning from lovely and sunny to cloudy with bits of rain. So it seems summer is already becoming a memory.
One of my fondest memories of  the summer of 2015 will be spending a few days on holiday with my little hero and mini man Jack and Poppy of course! Jack was only 10 days post open heart surgery so he deserved some time at the seaside. We stayed in a caravan so the camper stamp was perfect for my tag. I did make the tag to be used just as a tag but the more I looked at it the more I wanted to do something else with it. So I decided to make a card and stick it on there. 
The stamps I used are:
It's Wednesday which means there is a new challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog today and our hostess is Coby and she is inviting us to make a tag. All the details can be found here 
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Sail Away

 Susan K.Weckesser has just launched her Create to Live Autumn 2015 Colour Challenge all of the details can be found here but in a nutshell look at the lovely picture below and think about the simple things you enjoy and then using the colours shown make some art. Simples really!
As soon as I saw the image the purples and orange made me think of sunsets. I LOVE sunsets! Then the dark purple and blue made me think of the sea. You got it! I LOVE being beside the sea. Putting those two thoughts I used one of Susan's stamps called Sail Away and made this ATC:
I know my colours aren't an exact match but this is my interpretation. The colours are there in a diluted way because I really wanted to make this using watercolours which I've not used before.
There is something quite dreamy about watching boats and wondering where they have been and where they are going. Are there any pirates aboard . . . you get my drift.
Susan's stamp can be found here and the words are from the ever useful Stampotique stamp called Tall Word Collage which can be found here
I do hope you are having a lovely day. Sam xxx

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

A Child'ish Card

A new challenge starts today at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. All the details can be found here but in a nutshell our hostess is lovely Janet and she is inviting us to make a card for a child.
When a hostess also designs stamps for Stampotique I like to use one of her designs and how could I resist this lovely lion. I cheered him up a little by masking the stamp whilst inking so I could draw a happier expression on his face just by slightly altering the eyebrows and mouth. A party hat and he's ready to rock 'n' roll.
I used gelatos for the background along with splattered alcohol inks and paints. Kids like touchy things so I added some texture with some modelling paste through a stencil.
I'm not sure who the recipient will be but who ever they are they are sure to be the mane attraction. Get it lol!
The stamps I used are: 
I do hope you like it. Wishing you a wonderful day. Sam xxx

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Early Hallo'ween

Any excuse to get this cute girlie out to play is fine with me and this weeks challenge theme at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog is Early Hallo'ween. Our hostess is Carol and you can find her lovely blog here.
I've never really been much of a card maker but just lately I've made quite a few using kraft card and this card was great fun. I chose to use typical hallo'ween colours of purple orange and green. I used a Tim Holtz die for the moon and stars and I loved bakers twine so much the other day I have used it again!
I've used just two Stampotique stamps. They are:
I coloured Agatha Witch using Prismacolour pencils and used Martha Stewart paints on my finger for the background.
Don't forget that just by entering the challenge you could win $30/£20 to spend at Stampotique.
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Sunday, 20 September 2015

A Happy Thing . . .

I can finally announce that from October for 6 months I'm part of the Susan K. Weckesser Design Team. I'm so chuffed. I've owned some of Susan's wonderful whimsical stamps for a while now and can't wait to share them with you.
I'm off to do some happy dancing so I wish you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

A little bit cheeky but hopefully funny . . .

I was feeling a little cheeky when making this birthday card!
There is a new challenge today at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog and our hostess Kathi and here's what she says:
"21, 25, 50, 60th Birthday or Anniversary -- It's time to celebrate! Let's see a project that celebrates those sometimes scary milestones of life!"
There is no number on my card because I just don't like them lol so this card could be suitable for any birthday. The stamps I used are:
I coloured the images using Derwent water colour pencils and stamped on white card before gluing in place to avoid splash marks and the dreaded mucky finger print.
The sign was made using Art Lives Here which I stamped and then cut out the text and added my own using a random alphabet set of stamps I had lying around.
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Wish you were here . . .

It's my turn today for Roc Nicholas DT and here's my make. It's an ATC made using Kraft card stock. 
I began by painting the central part white so that the green colour would be true and not darkened by the card colour. The camper and bunting were then stamped on several pieces of paper and I embossed the silver retro streak and hubcap of the camper.  I just love this camper van stamp and if you love it too you can find it at Stampotique along with all of Roc's other designs here.
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Moon struck

I hope you are sitting down. I actually made a card! I've had some Kraft card lying around for a couple of years and thought it was time to use some for this weeks fab challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. Nellie is our hostess and she is asking us to use just 2 stamps in our creations. I thought this was a great challenge as it really makes you look at your craft stash and use things you perhaps wouldn't use because 2 stamps may not fill up space on your creation.
The 2 stamps I used are: 
Small Moon wasn't facing the right way for me so I stamped it on tissue paper and painted it white to 'flip it over'. I put some gesso down on the card first so the colours would be true and painted the background with my fingers. I coloured Agatha using Prismacolour pencils and glued her in place along with the die cut scroll moon and stars. A pretty flower and some gems and a first for me . . some bakers twine.
I really enjoyed this and feel a whole series of these cards may be made!
All of the challenge details can be found here. Don't forget just by entering you are in with a chance of winning $30/£20 to spend at the Stampotique online store.
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Perfectly Primary

I can't believe it's already Wednesday again and it's September so depending on where you are Summer is almost over or just beginning. Summer didn't really get going here in England and yesterday I had to wear my welliboots. Talking of shoes check out this chaps winkle picker shoes they are so adorable!
Being a Wednesday it's a new challenge theme at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog all the details can be found here. Our hostess is the lovely Sue and she is asking us to use primary colours.
 Here is what Sue has to say: "Take 2 of the 3 primary colours (and the colours that they create when mixed) and just use these on your creation. You can also use black and white if you like. I'm looking forward to seeing what you create."
I had great fun with this challenge it was something I hadn't consciously tried before and it was first time inking this chap.
To make my postcard I spritzed the white card and then dropped distress inks on the card. Spritzed again and then held the card upright to the colours would run. The dots are embossed with white powder to make them pop and the text was made using a random alphabet set I had lying around, of which I have quite a few! You can't have too many alphabet sets.
Here's a list of all the stamps I used:
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Bright Blossoms

It's a Bank Holiday here in England so it's raining and no watering cans are required. I'm quite pleased it's raining because Poppy had dug a BIG hole in the garden and it needed patching up so I planted some grass seeds. 
Because of the weather I took the opportunity to get in my studio and I made this ATC.
The Stampotique stamps I used are: Agatha Heart. Agatha's watering can. Raindrops. Heart Flowers and Tall word collage.
I hope the sun is shining where you are and you are having a lovely day. Sam xxx