Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Blessed be the Books

As I said in yesterdays post I am a stamp floozy and here is my favourite stamp of the moment, this time I have exchanged Skellie's heart for a book and made a bookmark, why? Because this weeks hostess at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog is France and she is inviting us to use our favourite book as inspiration for this weeks challenge theme. I simply couldn't choose just one, so I included as many as I could!
 There is nothing like a good book to get lost in and escape the every day. My favourite series of books have told the adventures of Artemis Fowl and his fairy friends, written by Eoin Colfer for older children they were perfect for me. Most books I read are animal stories and I highly recommend Wesley, the story of an owl, Last Dog On The Hill and One Dog At A Time. I think the sign of a good book is one that stays in your heart years after you have read, a book that really touches you deeply will be with you forever.
My bookmark is personal to me, as art is, I put a lot of me in to what I make, but this one is also for a swap on the Roc Nicholas Facebook page which can be found here. If you have any of Roc's stamps, please join the group and join the fun. If that's not for you please remember that by joining in this weeks challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog you are in with a chance of winning $30 to spend at the Stampotique online store :)
The stamps I used are:
Thanks for visiting my blog, wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Stamp Floozy

I've come to realise that I'm a bit of a stamp floozy, I have a favourite stamp that I use and use then I move on to another favourite stamp. Soon all my stamps become my favourite stamp. 
At the moment my favourite stamp is Blessed Skellie, she is SO cute don't you think?
For this months DT spot for Roc Nicholas I couldn't resist making a postcard.
The stamps I used are Roc's Blessed Skellie and  Squiggle Arms and the sentiment 'When we love we grow', all stamps can be found at Stampotique.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Easely does it

Loving ATC making at the moment and they have evolved in to easel ATC's, great fun as it gives what is normally a flat project a whole new dimension :) they are so easy to make too. Just cut a length of card twice the length of a normal ATC and score where you want the folds, I score at 9cm and 13cm.
Magda is our hostess at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog and she is inviting us to use a piece of newspaper or magazine in our creations. I don't have either I'm afraid so I used a piece of a book page for the heart. 
I think this little character and the sentiment go so well together.
The stamps I used are:
Agatha Star for the star and
(just click on the stamp name for a direct link :) )
Hope you have a magazine/newspaper hanging around so you can join in the fun!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Run Rabbit Run!

. . . do you know the song 'Run Rabbit Run' by Flanagan and Allen from the 1930's, here it is if you don't. I'm only 42 so I don't remember it but it's a song I always remember being sung when I was a child and it's stayed with me, this song was the inspiration for this easel ATC made for a swap which was titled 'Sing a Song'.
The stamps I used are:
Blessed Skellie for the flower and
It was great fun to make and this rabbit made it all the way to Canada in just three days so he can run really fast!!
Wishing you a lovely weekend, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Day Dreamer

My goodness how quick a week passes by, it's Wednesday which can mean only one thing .. a new challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog and this week team mate Kathi has chosen the theme of 'Vacation/Bon Voyage', here's what Kathi says:

"It's the summer here, which means it's the perfect time for a break from your everyday activities, like school or work! My challenge this week is Vacation and/or Travel! 

There's a lot of latitude (pun intended) with this challenge! I can't wait to see what you all create!"

I was SO tempted to make a postcard considering we send postcards home whilst we holiday but I chose an ATC, as I LOVE this dog and find him hard to resist right now! 
I'm sure he's dreaming about travelling the world with a suitcase of bones and doggy treats.
I finished my ATC with besswax in which glitter is embedded adding some subtle bling.
This particular ATC is now on it's way to Florida :) I hope the wax doesn't melt!!
The stamps I used are:
(Just click on the name of the stamp for a link)

Wishing you a lovely day, with or without wax ;) Sam xxx

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Be More Dog

This is my first proper post as part of the Roc Nicholas Design Team and I can not tell you how excited I am as I LOVE Roc's stamps, they well . . . Rock!! You can check out Roc's blog here
If you regularly visit my blog you will know that I totally love this dog stamp, he's such a versatile little chap, great for dressing up. I'm certain he'll be popping up time and time again!
For this postcard I made a background using distress inks, embossed the diamond pattern and even cut out the letters by hand, a lost art with all the die cutting machines available ;)
The stamps I used are:
Steampunk Border to make the flowers
I just looked at the postcard and realised how glad I am that Poppy doesn't have wings, there would be no birdies for miles around!!
Wishing you a fun filled day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Just for You

Our amazing Team Captain Kim is our hostess at Stampotique this week, and the theme she has chosen is Anniversary/Love. 
I don't mind confessing I am probably the worlds most unromantic person EVER!!! So this really, REALLY was a challenge. I don't have a 'special' person in my life at the moment and that is just fine but I do often tell Poppy I love her as big as the moon, so Poppy was my muse for this week :)
Here is Spider Girl aka Me lassoing the Cheesey Moon. ( The heart on Spider Girls' T'shirt is one of Daniel's Hearts).The text is part of Barcode Text.
Hoping you are all more romantic than me and join in the challenge :)
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Just Dance

I'm still loving postcards, 6in x 4in of pure pleasure ;)
For this postcard I've used only Stampotique stamps and the star of the postcard is Hazel, isn't she adorable? I'm loving the sentiment too and the colours happened completely by accident, a happy accident.
The stamps I used are: Dance, Dance Text, Medallion Cube, Crayon Circles, Polka Dots, Vintage Postcard and Agatha Star, just click on the stamp name for a link.
Hope you are dancing today, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Hound Dog Day

I have found that since my wonderful muse and artistic assitant Poppy came in to my life, routine for her is very important and so in some ways each day is the same for Poppy. I don't 'do' scrapbooking so I have not really documented Poppy's life, except for her facebook page!!
So this weeks challenge at Stampotique hosted by the lovely Gez was the perfect opportunity for me do my first proper art journalling.
It's A4 in size and I had great fun, the background is distress inks and the stamped images were coloured with oil pastels.
I used quite a few stamps for this, they are:
Just click on the blue words to take you to the challenge, Gez's blog or to the stamps :)
Wishing you a very lovely day, Sam xxx

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Feelin' Hot Hot Hot!!

Summer has arrived in England, Poppy and I are feeling the heat so to bring a new meaning to the phrase 'melt art' here is a beeswax finished ATC featuring my most favourite doggy stamp enjoying an ice cream.
All stamps are Stampotique which can be found here
Hope the sun is shining for you too, Sam xxx