Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Close to Nature - Part 1

A new challenge theme begins today on the That's Crafty! challenge blog, all the details can be found right here - the theme, which I absolutely love is 'Close to Nature'. 
I find time spent with nature is SO healing, it doesn't matter if I'm out walking Poppy in fields, woods, by the river or just sitting in my garden gazing at the moon or watching bumbles drifting in and out of my hollyhocks.

I had great fun decorating a MDF Round - have you tried them yet?, they're amazing - you can attack them with any medium and they just take it! I usually begin with a coat of white gesso before adding different colours of paint and then making my scene. I have used the following items, just click on them and you'll go straight to the item in That's Crafty! online shop:

I do hope you like it and find time to join in the challenge.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

A Summer's Day Part 2....

Just a gentle reminder that the That's Crafty challenge theme, A Summer's Day is still running so there's plenty of time to join in, all the details can be found right here
This is quite possibly one of my favourite makes - EVER! A total of 12 hours of just getting lost in the creative process, absolute bliss.

 I could bore you with lots and lots of photos from different angles but I won't lol!

 It all began with a large MDF round, a stencil, some texture paste and sand texture paste....

Here are all the goodies I used available from That's Crafty!: 

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

A Summer's Day

A Summer's Day is the new theme over at the That's Crafty! Challenge Blog as I made this I was dreaming of eating an ice-cream on the beach!
All the challenge details can be found right here

This tag was great fun to make and the stamp is wonderful to use with lots of lovely, small details. To make this tag I used:

AALL and Create Stencil #16

Rubber Moon - Sunny Carvalho - Cling Mounted Stamp - I'm Licked

I do hope you are having a lovely day and the sun is shining for you, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A Stitch In Time

Firstly a huge THANK YOU to you if you took the time and trouble to leave a message on my last post, after a year of not blogging I did wonder if anyone would notice I had started again lol.
Anyway, the sun is shining so I won't ramble lol ....
The That's Crafty! challenge 'A Stitch In Time' is still running if you would like to join in, all the details can be found right here

I can't sew for love or money and my failing eyes mean I'm finding it harder and harder to thread a needle so I have opted for the faux stitch effect and used a white Posca paint pen for my 'stitches'.

Here is what I used, (click on them to go straight to the product page at That's Crafty!).

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Hello Land of Blog!

A great big hello to you if you are reading this - I'm back!
I took a year off blogging and boy did it go fast and so much has happened since my last post.
I've been busy creating for Craft Stamper magazine - warning - lots of photographic evidence;

Then a couple of months ago, much to my amazement, I was invited by That's Crafty here in the UK to create samples to be on the home shopping channel - Hochanda. More photos;

Much to my amazement once more and the prompt to begin blogging again, is that I'm fortunate to be also on the That's Craft Challenge Blog design team. There is a new challenge theme every month and this month the theme is 'A Stitch In Time'. Believe me it is quite a challenge for me, I'm hopeless with a needle and thread. Really hopeless so please join the challenge and show me how to do it!

Here's my creation;

It's on one of the wonderful That's Crafty MDF Chunkies, this is an ATC sized Chunckie and of course I've used lots of stamps. In case you are wondering about the challenge theme, I've used thread for the mouse's whiskers and in the center of the flower there is a single cross stitch. The stamps are all That's Crafty Stamps and the mushrooms are too :)
Please click here to check out the challenge details and here for the That's Crafty website.

Products I used for my ATC Chunkie are as follows, just click on them and you'll go straight to them :)

Thank you for bearing with me on such a long post, please do check out the That's Crafty challenge and see my team mates AMAZING creations too.

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A little bit Ziggy!

A new challenge begins today at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog, all the details can be found right here - in a nutshell the team are inviting you to use and 'Oldie but Goldie' stamp, so dig deep in your rubber stash and get stamping!
For me this was quite a difficult challenge - not the make - but deciding which stamp to use. In the end it was a choice between Moon Girl and Head - I was listening to David Bowie at the time so went with Head and gave him a Ziggy makeover - well why not? ;)
I wanted 'Ziggy' to have a stage so I used an empty Altoid tin, lots of stars, sparkle and shiny boots.
You can find Head here at the Stampotique online store, (if you enter the challenge you could win $30/£23).
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Even Unicorns Need Coffee!

Over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog it is the second week of the 'Single Layer' challenge, all of the details can be found right here, but in a nut shell we are inviting you to make something for the challenge that is just one layer - quite a challenge I have to say as someone who likes lots of layers and sticking things in place lol.

The inspiration for my postcard came from a sentiment I saw on a t-shirt. There was a lot of masking involved in making this to build up the scene, in hindsight, I may have raised the cup to be sitting on the frame and the unicorns feet could be in the coffee but I do like the closed eyes look of anticipation and fun on his/her face.

The stamps I used are:
(Teacup is one of this months new releases at Stampotique so check them out if you have time!)

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Just Add Bling

It's been an exciting month for Stampotique, we have collaborated with Lindy's Stamp Gang which has enabled me to try some products I've not used before, I confess to falling in love with the Black Forest Magical Shaker - it is awesome! A teeny, tiny sprinkle and a little water and the black powder develops in to a gorgeous mix of black and vibrant pinks, yellows and blues. I also used a Lindy's Stamp Gang Spray - the beautiful blue has a lovely lustre to it. 

A fun new Stampotique challenge begins today and it's perfect for all you crafty magpies out there: 'Bling It On' - all of the details can be found right here! My bling for this postcard is in the form of glitter, alcohol ink, (which sadly doesn't show up well in my photo), and sequins. 
The Stampotique Stamps I used are:
and Spiral

(All Stampotique stamps are here and Lindy's Stamp Gang is here)

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Postcard from the Heart

A new challenge has begun at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog: simply use text in your background, all of the details can be found right here 

My arty first love is postcard and mail art so I made the above postcard for this particular challenge. Being a postcard it measures 4 in x 6 in. Blue paint was lightly brushed on and using white heat embossing powder the background text was added. The black hearts were stamped directly on to the postcard and everything else was stamped on white card, coloured and glued in place.

The stamps I used are:
Tiny Handhelds (for the heart)
and Agatha Star (for the star)

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xx

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Tag It!

Oh my, just typing in the title for this post reminded me of running around the school playground playing Tag - those were the days lol.

The current challenge theme at Stampotique is 'Tag It', so to join in just decorate a tag or include a tag somewhere on your art work, all of the details can be found right here, just by entering you could win $30/£24 to spend at the Stampotique online store.

There are times when I really struggle with colours so for this challenge I've made two tags using the same cupcake stamp, one tag colourful and the other quite neutral.

The stamps I used are:

Thank you for visiting my little blog, wishing you a lovely day, Sam xx