Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Santa Woof!

The big day is fast approaching and I'm sure Santa must be busy getting ready.
 Poppy has been poorly the past few days but she has been a VERY good girl all year long so with Poppy's expertise we made this easel ATC for her to put by our bed on Christmas Eve.
We thought it would be lovely to use my favourite doggy stamp and my favourite star stamp, they can be found here and here at Stampotique :)
We had great fun making the tree, I covered the tree in an old book page and cut little felt decorations, a glittery star, some material and of course Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without lots of bling.
Don't forget the month long challenge at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog is still running, check here for details, you could win some rubbery goodness :)
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Monday, 15 December 2014

A Cheesey Kiss for Christmas

This is my December creation and contribution to the very wonderful Roc Nicholas Design Team. It started life as a this wood container for Camembert cheese, once empty which wasn't difficult to achieve, I glued down some peeled cardboard and painted with pink paint around the inside edges.
I added a little piece of cardboard for the bunnies to stand on and added some white paint, glitter and star sequins to give lots of festive bling.
All of Roc's brilliant stamp designs can be found at Stampotique, but if you click here it will take you straight to Screaming Bunny.
I used another Stampotique stamp called Mistletoe.
I would like to take this chance to announce that I am honoured to be remaining on the Roc Nicholas Design Team for 2015, you can check out Roc's blog here
On the outside of I used a die to decorate with glittery white card.
It's bringing a lovely sparkle to my kitchen for Christmas :)
Wishing you a lovely day, hoping all your Christmas preparations are going to plan!
Sam xxx

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

On The Dusty Road

Christmas is approaching faster and faster and to continue with this months Anything Goes challenge at Stampotique, I made a Christmas card.
My favourite Christmas song is Little Donkey so for my card I used Ponytail, some white felt, mica flakes, modelling paste and stars with a little music paper.
Now I feel a little Christmassy inside :)
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Anything Goes!

Wednesday is here already which can mean just one thing, it's a new challenge at Stampotique :) :) :)
Our Team Captain Kim is our hostess for December and this is our last challenge of the year and it will run the whole month of December.  Our theme is an easy one so show us your best work using 'Anything Goes'. December is here again so I couldn't resist but get Christmassy for my make!
I found these big bottle tops in a local craft shop, it's very handy as it's next door to where Poppy goes for her doggy hairdo, so whilst Poppy get's all nice and smart and smelling divine, I shop :)
The bottle tops were screaming out to made in to tree decorations. 
I made a background by gluing down book pages, then a circle of white felt with some mica flakes. Sticky gems on the book pages and then Three Wise Men of Stampotique and my favouite male characters:
I stuck with my favourite colour combination of pink and turquoise. A little rustic string and they were ready.

 For this month only, you will have the opportunity to enter the challenge 5 times (one for each week)- 5 chances to win the random $30/£18 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps.
We hope we see a lot of you entering!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

A Poe'stcard

A new challenge theme starts today at Stampotique it is hosted by the very lovely Kay and it really is a challenge!!! Here is what Kay had to say:
"My challenge this week is a simple one, but requires a bit of research on your part.  Just as many of the Stampotique Originals' artists design stamps that might be described as a bit "quirky," so, too, was Edgar Allen Poe a bit quirky.  He is a well known author and poet, living from 1809-1849.  His quotes range from the romantic to the melancholy, and from the thoughtful to the murderous!  The choice is yours.  Allow yourself some time this week to combine a quote from Edgar Allen Poe with one or more stamped images to create something unique!"
 I was familiar with Poe's name but that was about it so a little research was required to find some quotes of his work and my favourite is the one I used on my Poe'stcard ;)
The stamps I used are:
I do think Edgar had his heart broken a few times, poor old chap.
Wishing you a very lovely, warm day, Sam xx

(The team and I hope you can join in the challenge this week, just by taking part you are in with a chance of winning a $30/£18 gift voucher to spend at the online Stampotique shop)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Socks 'n' Stripes

Christmas is just around the corner which automatically makes me think 'Socks' and the stripier the socks the better! Which brings me to this weeks challenge hosted by teamie Corrie at Stampotique, Corrie says:
"Hello everybody !
Today is my turn to set the challenge at the Stampotique Designers' Challenge Blog and I'd like everyone to make something with a stripy background. You can use ink, paint or pens whatever you like, just no ready made stripes with pattern paper !! I want you to do it yourself ! I am excited to see what you come up with but most of all I want you to have fun !! Corrie x"
I used a scrap piece of cardboard and tore off the outside bit to reveal the bumpy inside, this is great to work with as it adds detail and depth, a bit of ribbon and some wonderful stamps and I created this ATC.
The stamps I used are:
Agatha Christmas for the hat
I do hope you like it and find time to join in the challenge :)
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Saturday, 15 November 2014

On A Mission

I am on a mission to use up patterned paper. When I first discovered paper crafting I purchased patterned paper like it was going to disappear from the face of the earth, and so it has been sitting, winking and waiting to be used.
So for this months DT project for Roc Nicholas I have made a postcard using the first patterned paper I got, I can remember how excited I was by the colours and possibilites. That was before I discovered rubber stamps :) I have used 3 of Roc's wonderful stamp designs, they are:
 these stamps and others can be found at the Stampotique online store here!
Wishing you a lovely weekend, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Bring On The Bling

It is Wednesday again already which can me only one thing, a new challenge theme at Stampotique, this week France is our hostess and the theme she has chosen is 'Bring On The Bling', here is what France has to say:

"For the longest time, bling in arting was something I stayed as far away from as I could. I don't know how it happened or when, but I suddenly started to add touches of bling on almost every project. And guess what? I love it!
Now you might still be in that first place I was in, or you might be an avid bling user, but for this week's challenge I would like to see you use some bling! Be it a shiny ink spray, glitters you add or an iridescent paint effect, add some bling to your project!
It will for sure lighten up those days that are getting shorter and darker for us who are getting closer to winter!"

Personally I LOVE bling but I don't feel I have to use something that sparkles in every thing I do but it sure does make me smile when I do :)
For France's challenge I've made the above postcard and managed to sneak in a couple of France's stamps. 
The stamps I used are:
I have been blogging for a few years now and I honestly think that glitter and shiny things are just the hardest to photograph as this really does sparkle beautifully.
I do hope you like my postcard and join the challenge which will mean you will be in with a chance of winning $30/£19 to spend at the Stampotique online store :)

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Nina's Boat

A short and sweet post from me today to share with you this postcard.
Here is sweet little Nina with Starbird off on a journey across the sea, she has gone across the Atlantic Ocean and now lives in Arizona :)
Wishing you a lovely, sunny Remembrance Sunday, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

It's not winter till the last leaf falls from the trees . . .

. . . so I shall remember the lovely summer we had, lots and lots of glorious days in warm sunshine.
 Our lovely hostess this week at Stampotique is Arwen and the theme/technique she has chosen is 'Spotlight', here is what Arwen has to say:
"Hi everyone. Artwork consist of many small details that make a whole.This week I would like to see spotlights in your work.
Lift a detail of your artwork especially visible out.
xx Arwen"
You may have noticed I put theme/technique this is because I totally got it wrong for this weeks challenge, so sorry Arwen. Spotlighting as a technique involves colouring just one part of an image and it can also involve raising that part of the image too, I'm sure my teamies will show you the correct way to Spotlight!!!
When I saw the challenge theme I immediately thought of . . . spotlights lol. 
I love to spend time outside whatever the weather but warm sunshine must be one of natures best spotlights, give me a mint choc chip ice-cream and I'm a very happy girl.
The stamps I used are:
Although I got things wrong this week I did have great fun!!
Wishing you day filled with love and light, Sam xxx