Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Anything but black . . .

I'm chuffed to bits this week to be hosting the challenge for Stampotique!
As much as I love variety in what I do I'm also very much a creature of habit. The first thing I do after choosing which stamp to play with is to reach for my black ink pad. So your mission for this week, should you choose to accept, is to use anything but black on your creations.
I found the next best thing was brown, but I kept finding myself reaching for the black and reminding myself what I was doing lol. I admit to liking the softness of my postcard, the lack of black gives it a dreamy feeling.
I began with a white piece of card, added some texture paste through a stencil and painted it brown, then some white gesso on the central area where the yellow and coral are. I then stamped some details  directly on the background and the text and unicorn were stamped on white card. I used my Prismacolour pencils for the unicorn, and what's a unicorn without a little sparkle?
The stamps I used are:

All of the challenge details can be found right here. I can't wait to see what you make!

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Growing round in circles

It's a fabby challenge theme this week at Stampotique, our hostess Kristen is inviting us to use circles on our creations. 
Poppy and I are very lucky to have beautiful English countryside right on our doorstep, we live near a historic riverside town in a vale, so we are surrounded by lots and lots of hills and trees. 
As a child I was fascinated by the circles of trees, not a huge fan of cutting them down but counting the circles of growth to find out how old a tree was. I remember counting up to 141 on a trunk once!
The stamps I used for this card are:
I began by stamping the tree and cutting it our, a little fiddly but so worth it. then I simply hand drew and coloured the circles and stamped the sentiment. A quick and easy card :)
This weeks challenge details can be found here
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Sunday, 15 May 2016


It's my turn today for the Roc Nicholas design team and I would like to share with you this postcard I made using Roc's Little Church stamp which can be found right here at the Stampotique online store, along with all of Roc's other fabulous designs.
It's been quite a tough 12 months or so and I have indeed done a lot of praying. I'm not sure entirely what I believe in, but I do believe in a power or force that helps us when we need it and puts us where we need to be so our souls can learn and grow.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Doodle Do

It is Wednesday again, which can mean just one thing, a new challenge begins today for Stampotique lovers everywhere. This week our hostess is Arwen and she is inviting us to doodle or use scribbles for our creations.
I'm not really a drawer or a doodler so I stayed well within my comfort zone and made an ATC, my theory being, small are not a lot of doodles lol.
My doodly bits are the blossoms and clouds and I used a white Posca paint pen.
The stamps I used are:
All of the challenge details can be found right here if you fancy doodling and scribbling along with us!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Motherly Love

Most Mom's are special people so this week our hostess, Claudine is inviting us to celebrate motherly love. All the details can be found right here at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog.
I don't have a mom so I decided to make a card for my daughter, from her son Jack. Jack and I got our squiggle sticks out and made it beautiful inside :)
It's a very simple one layer card. I began by stamping Hazel Heart and painting over her with masking fluid before painting with water colours. I then rubbed off the masking fluid and stamped 'best mom' using Typewriter Alpha. A glittery heart was a cute finishing touch.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Bunny Hop!

The Roc Nicholas design team are having a blog hop today.  Everyone on the design team has made a  piece of art using the fantastic screaming bunny rubber stamp. Please hop along with us and you may be lucky enough to win some incredible art for your collection. 

I had great fun making this postcard and I'd love to give it away, so if you'd like a chance to receive this postcard in the mail all you need to do is leave a comment. I will select a random name on May 8th. Please make sure I have a way to contact you should you win.  Thanks and good luck!

If you'd like to add this screaming bunny stamp to your collection, or to see more of Roc’s collection of stamps sold through you can click here.

To go to the next team member for the roc nicholas design team please  go to Karen's wonderful blog by clicking right here  

blog hop list

roc nicholas
corrie herriman
gemma maggs
samantha read
karen hayselden
sue waters

Happy hopping!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Wish Upon a Star

It's my final make for Rubber Dance stamps today.
 Bibi the owner is so lovely so I thank her for a wonderful opportunity.

To see the full make please click {here}

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 27 April 2016


Men are notoriously difficult to make things for. But recently a friend who is a man had a birthday, usually I would just buy a man a card lol, so I made him this card which fits in perfectly with this weeks Stampotique challenge hosted by {Corrie}, she is inviting us to make a masculine make. All of the details can be found {here}.
I began with some Kraft card and some Hickory Smoke distress ink for the main card, I added some polka dot paper and die cut the circle and stamped the mushrooms and coloured using Prismacolour pencils. The sentiment finished the card and for this I used a random alphabet stamp set from my collection.
The stamp I used is {Mushroom Group}
Don't forget that just by entering you are in with a chance of winning a $30 - £20 gift voucher to spend at the Stampotique online store!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Doggy Day Dreaming

It's my second guest designer day at Rubber Dance stamps and I had so much making this, a snoring Poppy was my muse!
To see the full make please click {here

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Winter Is Coming

Just kidding, here in England Spring keeps trying to arrive! 

 Kristen is our hostess at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog and she is inviting us to make something inspired by a TV show or a movie. For me the inspiration was easy, Game Of Thrones!! I love it! I saw the first 3 seasons when it was first being shown, then I no longer had a friend to record them from Sky for me to watch, but for my birthday in February, my daughter purchased the box set for me and I've had a Game Of Thrones marathon and I'm now up to date! OMGosh! I won't give any spoilers here but, in my opinion, the best thing I've ever watched. I love the rawness and energy to the show, the fact you are truly kept on your toes and on the edge of your seat. I even like the blood and gore, only because I know it's not real. 
Back to my make, and I asked myself what house would I chose to belong to and I chose Stark, and I love the Spirit Tree at Winterfell. It's usually cold up north at Winterfell so I chose the lovely Agatha character in her onesie. Because it's Game Of Thrones there are a few disembodied heads lol!
I started off with a piece of cardboard and peeled away some of the thin layer to reveal the lumpy stuff underneath. I added some texture paste through a stencil to add some more texture and dimension, then I painted the whole thing black, then white, and because it's so cold and grey in Winterfell I then painted with a neutral colour. The tree and leaves were die cut, coloured and glued in place. Agatha was stamped, coloured with Prismacolour pencils and glued in place.

I do hope you like it, all the challenge details can be found right{here}

The stamps I used are:

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx