Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Behind You!

Yet another week has sped by, I blinked and missed it! 
It's Wednesday again so another challenge theme begins at Stampotique, check out all the details here,
our hostess is Nellie and she is inviting us to use our favourite background technique. 
I remember reading somewhere a while ago that backgrounds are backgrounds and shouldn't dominate what you make, make of that what you will. To me a background can be anything you want it to be. Bright and cheery or subtle and understated.
 My favourite technique is to rip up an old book, at first I really struggled to do this as I love books, but I have just 2 books now that are just for this kind of thing. Once I've ripped up and stuck down bits of pages I like to paint them.
I have mentioned the arrival of Spring in previous posts but it really does feel a little like Spring now and I wanted to capture this for this weeks challenge so I chose happy colours and tried to make it look like the flowers were having a party to celebrate! 
The stamps I used are:
Agatha Star, for the star
and Tiny Handhelds, for the heart.
I hope it's Spring where you are and that you are having a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Sing a little song

Finally Spring looks like it may be just around the corner. The birds are singing their dawn chorus earlier and the daffodils are at last blooming.
It's a great time of year to see brighter colours. Talking of brighter colours this weeks challenge at Stampotique is hosted by the lovely Astrid. You can find Astrid's blog here and she is inviting us to use Neon colours in our creations. Here's what she said:
"At first I was a bit afraid of these intense colours, but after using them I really love them. They give your work such a nice 'pop'. I challenge you to use at least one Neon colour. Can't wait to see your eye popping work!"
When I saw this challenge theme I admit I was petrified. I love bright colours but neon is bright on steroids!
So I slightly wimped out and just used a touch of neon on my home decoration creation. The centre of the flowers are really neon and very bright. I was quite pleased with how they make the flowers pop.
The stamps I used are:
It's a little cute. A little whimsical with a touch of shabby chic . . . now where to hang it?
Don't forget just by entering the challenge you are in with a chance of winning $30 that's £20!!! to spend at the Stampotique Online Store here  
Wishing you a very lovely day. Sam xxx

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Dancing in the Moonlight

It's my turn today for Roc's fab Design Team, I was getting withdrawal symtoms from making postcards as I hadn't made one for at least 48 hours, so here is a postcard featuring both old and new Roc Nicholas stamps, which can be found at the Stampotique online store, HERE and Roc's blog can be found HERE
The stamps I used are:
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Be Blessed Under the Stars

Just a few days ago my Grandson Jack moved in to his new home and I wanted to find a way to wish him lots of lovely blessings and one of the some of the new Stampotique stamps are just perfect for this occasion. 
I made the base by layering up off cuts of chipboard, covering with paper and painting. I stamped the house  and angel, coloured and stuck on the base using glossy accents, the stars are in the sky thanks to some wire.
I added detail to the house windows using glossy accents and some silver embossing powder to the wings to give them an ethereal feeling.
The stamps I used are:
and Agatha Star for the stars
This weeks challenge at Stampotique is hosted by the super lovely Carol aka Ginger you can find her blog here. This is what she has to say about this weeks challenge theme:
"Feature stars this week, one or more on your arty creation. As part of your background or a main feature it's up to you. Just Have fun with the challenge." It's a great fun theme and just by entering you are in with a chance of winning $30/£19 to spend at the Stampotique online store :)
I had lots of fun making this for Jack, apparently he has a shelf in his bedroom just for Nanny Sam creations :)
Wishing you a very lovely day, Sam xxx

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

A March Hare

I love most animals unless it's an earth worm or a spider. Then I have a problem!
When I saw this new Crafty Individuals stamp I was reminded of my childhood and my two rabbits named Snowy and Mr. Whiskers. They really did love each other and were very good at doing what rabbits are known for despite both being boys!!
Salvaged and recycled wood is everywhere at the moment. I don't have any old pallets to play with so chose some lolly sticks instead. I knew they would come in handy one day!
I'm entering this in to the Crafty Individuals challenge which is 'The Animal World'. I simply couldn't resist with a challenge theme like that. You can find out all about the challenge here. The stamp I used can be found here.
Wishing you a lovely spring day. Sam xxx

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Popping Pink Postcard

Pink is my favourite colour, and I love making neutral backgrounds and adding pops of colour.
Each month at UKStampers I organise a postcard swap and because March is such a jolly month with lighter mornings and evenings, mercury rising in the thermometers and on the 29th our British clocks go forward . . I chose the theme of Time. Of course I chose Stampotique stamps, I'm having a long standing love affair with these stamps ;)
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Seven minutes and two stamps!

Sometimes you just need a card that you don't want to spend hours and hours making.
 So here is one that took 7 minutes, yes I timed myself rofl. Seven minutes and just 2 Stampotique stamps: Floral Flutter and Thinking of You
(It really is made with lovely white card but sadly my scanner has stopped working.)
Wishing you a lovely weekend, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

A Number or Two

I love Banana Bread, hot or cold, with or without custard and with this recipe you can't go wrong, really :) ,
I can't remember where the recipe came from but it really is delicious yummy stuff and never fails to make me smile.
A dear friend and fellow teamie Jackie is hostess at Stampotique this week and she is inviting us to use numbers in our creations, you can see Jackie's lovely blog here
This recipe just has to be my favourite way to use numbers. 
The stamps I used are Agatha Cook and Clock Shop for the clock.
This recipe card is now on my kitchen notice board just to remind me to have a tasty treat ;)
Wishing you a lovely day with tasty treats, Sam xxx

Don't forget that just by entering the challenge you are in with a chance of winning $30/£19.50 approx to spend at the Stampotique online store!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Bring Me Sunshine

I am loving this weeks challenge theme at Stampotique, our hostess is Kaz, check out her fab blog here!
Kaz is asking us to make something bright and cheerful to encourage the sun to come out to play.
I have a confession to make, I am ever so slightly addicted to Agatha stamps by Magda at the moment, I just adore them all, old and new and newest :)
Sunshine to me means warmer weather and blooms so here is Agatha giving the flowers some love.
You can find the Agatha stamp here and the flowers stamp here.
(I drew the sun, not much you may think but I struggle to draw stick men, yes really I do!!)
Wishing you a lovely day and fingers crossed for some sunshine, Sam xxx


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Why are pirates called pirates? . . . .They just arrrgh :)

Just in case you didn't know Stampotique released some new stamps a couple of days ago, please see my previous post for lots more details!
Here's a little canvas I made for Jack, he loves watching Swashbuckle on TV and he likes it when I talk all pirate to him :)
The new stamps I used are:
and Skully
Hope you find time to check out the new Stampotique stamps they are AMAZING!!!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx