Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Fly among the flowers . . .

. . . that's what this little chap/chappette is doing, or you could make a postcard.
It's no secret I LOVE making postcards, starting off with a piece of white card measuring 6in x 4in and just seeing what kind of a journey my stamps can take. 
The challenge this week at Stampotique is hosted by teamie Sue, check out her fab art on her blog here, and this week she is inviting us to use a 6in x 4in anything to create on, it doesn't have to be a postcard, you might have a canvas that size or a block of wood! Here's what Sue says:

"it's Sue here and I'm delighted to be hosting this weeks challenge. I'm sure that every crafter has had that block where their mojo has packed it's bags and gone on holiday. I know I've sat and looked at a sheet of card and had no ideas at all. One way I've got to get over this is just to decide what size or shape I want to make. So I pick a card or a tag, or in this case a postcard. Postcards are great fun and it's amazing how much you can get on a 6x4 (inches) area. So this week I would like you to make a postcard. Have Fun!"

The stamps I used are: Design Cube, Daisy Daisy, Baby Cthulhu and some new releases: Unleash Yourself, Barcode Text and Bird Cage.

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Sing :)

I'm still loving my new Scribbly Birds stamps and made this postcard a couple of days ago.
The quote is from Emory Austin and says so much.
I think I may be falling in love with my patterned papers again!
Hope the birds are singing where you are today, Sam xxx

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Not An Egg In Sight!

This blog post will be as Eastery as I can get!!
 I shall start off with my little nest made using a cotton reel and some wire, the nest material is paper raffia and the stamp is from Line Up and the flower is part of Floral Swirl, both are Stampotique stamps. 
It's been an exciting week for us Stampotiquers, we have some very wonderful new releases and have celebrated by having a mahoosive blog hop, all the details are here, at the end there is a fantastic opportunity so stick with it, have fun and enjoy.
Back to Easter, this is my weekend so far:
there is nothing like the smell of fresh bread, hot out of the oven with melted butter, yum.
I thought I would treat myself to some chocolate and forgot they were in the car!!
Myself and my daughter took Jack up a big hill :)
finally I made this for Jack using the new Scribbly Birds stamps by Dina Wakley.
Wishing you and your loved ones a lovely Easter time, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Messy Little Raindrops

Yes I know Cheryl Cole beat me to this title but it was the only one for me today!
Following all of the excitement of yesterdays amazing bloghop for this weeks challenge at Stampotique I would like to share another new stamp with you. First of all our hostess is the awesome Carol and the theme she chose is April Showers. Which brings me back to the canvas above, the raindrops are by new designer Magda. I stamped all the images on white card and coloured before sticking them on my canvas. The stamps I used are: Spider Girl, Under the Parapluie, Thinking of You and a new release from yesterday Raindrops
To prove it really does look like rain:
Hope the sun is shining where you are today, Sam xxx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A Very Exciting Day In Rubber Land

If you are a fan of the Stampotique Facebook page you may have already gotten a sneak peek of some of the new images we are excited to be releasing today.  We hope you will join us for the blog hop to see a variety of those images.

There are lots of new images from our favorite stamp designers and we are proud to welcome one of our newest stamp designer, Magda Polakow, whom you have seen tons of her fabulous creations here as part of our design team.  We think you will find a few stamps that you can't live without.

Join us through the blog hop for your chance to win some random goodies-we will be randomly drawing two winners for a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps at the Stampotique online store.  The new stamps should be available over there now.

Also, make sure you hope all the way through for an exciting announcement on our Stampotique Designers Blog for an additional chance to win some goodies and some additional recognition as an artist.

You should have arrived at my blog from Janet Klein, if you did not arrive from there you may want to start the hop at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog.   When you are finished visiting my blog you will want to hop on over to Arwen McCullen.

Have fun hopping, we will be pulling the random winners of the blog at our next challenge on April 23, 2014.

Sam Read (You are here!)

As a member of the Stampotique Design Team I have been able to have a play with some of the new images. I have included just a few samples today but keep an eye on my blog for lots of new creations made with the fab new images!!
 This cute little canvas is 10cm x 10cm and I've used one of artist Daniel's new stamps for the main image and added texture using modelling paste through a stencil/mask before painting. It was hard to resist blinging this one!!
 This kitty is from artist Kira's Kitty Squad stamp, I stamped and coloured shrink plastic and squished a bottle top. It's a cute fridge magnet now!!
I had great fun with this kitty so used her again for this ATC along with artist France's alpha stamps.

Kitty Squad stamp: HERE
Typewriter Alpha: HERE and
Cup of Fun Certainty: HERE
Keep going on the blog hop or you are going to miss something truly amazing including a wonderful opportunity for you at the end ;)
Wishing you a lovely day, Happy Hopping, Sam xxx

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Each month I run a postcard swap at UKStampers, it's great fun as sending and receiving postcards is pure joy, and better than getting brown envelopes through the letter box every day.
This month I chose an open theme but challenged everyone who took part to include a crown on their postcard. I chose this lovely Stampotique Crown on top of a Scribbly Bird stamp, which has been very difficult to get hold of, I shall never let him fly away!
Wishing you a lovely weekend, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Pens at the ready!

This week fellow team mate Magda is inviting us at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog to use Pens, Paint Pens or Markers whilst making our creations. 
I'm not very confident drawing, that's why I buy stamps!!!, so for my 3 ATC's this week I've kept my 'doodling' to a minimum. On two I drew just lines with big dots on the end and on the middle I drew some cobwebs for the charming spider.
The stamps I used are: Bird In A Cage, Mr. Stripes, Medium & Tiny Bee, Daisy Daisy and for the words I used: Tall Word Collage and Word Collage.
Hope you like them!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

You're having a laugh!

Postcards are one of my favourite things to make, there is nothing like starting off with a piece of plain, white card and turning it in to something wonderful and having a theme can be great to kick start your mojo. The theme this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge is 'Humour', our hostess is Nellie and here is what she says:

I love cards with a wink. They often bring a smile to my face. Stampotique has so many fun stamps to make these cards, images as well as words. So come on, show me, use a bit of humour in your card or project. Who makes me laugh out  the loudest this week?  I am already looking forward to your entries for this challenge!

I love the look on this girls face, to me she just looks fed up with her wheels! I hope my postcard brings a smile to your face and you 'get' my sense of humour.
Can't wait to see what funnies you make!!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

A Challenge of the Vintage Kind . . .

Amazing artist and team mate France is setting the challenge at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog this week and she has chosen the theme of 'Vintage', here's what France says:

‘Hello lovely Stampotiquers,Lots of us get so excited when we get our hands on an old ledger, old books, or old family photos even from people we don’t know. But those are often hard to come by, or very expensive.Because of that, lots of us became very agile in making new things look old. Using inks, paper distressing tools and yummy techniques.How about we combine all that love for all things vintage and all those yummy techniques with our favorite stamps, to create a vintage looking Stampotique piece?Can’t wait to see where that leads you! Ready? Create!’Personally I REALLY, REALLY struggle with vintage and I never feel like I have achieved the look I aim for so don't be hard on me!! 

In the end I found some inspiration for my card from this post on past Stampotique DT member Jane's blog, it's fabulous Jane :)Stamps I used are: Tall Word Collage, Word Collage, Flying Heart, Hello! and Banner.Hope you can join the fun, just by having a go you are in with a chance of winning $30 to spend at Stampotique! 
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Monday, 24 March 2014

Working on balsa wood is lovely, it is light and smooth to stamp on so that is what I do!

I started off with some Balsa wood and gave it a very thin layer of Gesso using a baby wipe, enough Gesso to cover but not hide the grain of the wood or there's no point working on wood. I then applied the pink and yellow paint again with a baby wipe. I stamped Seaweed, Dotted Line and the cat in the cage directly on to the wood. Then stamped and coloured on white card the cat and base of the cage and the dog and stuck in place. I stamped the sentiment which is part of I feel happy inside stamp and hand drew the circular squiggles. Oh before I did the stamping on to the wood I used a mask to get the diamond effect with Gesso that was left on the baby wipe.

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx