Wednesday, 30 July 2014


I am always humbled when I look at the moon and stars, something about the night sky seems to put some perspective on life and our place in space and time. If we were on a star looking at the Earth we would be looking at a time when Dinosaurs roamed, fascinating stuff. 

This week at Stampotique, the wonderful Kay is our hostess and she is inviting us to use 'Black and White with a Pop of Colour' in our creations.
I made this card for a special friend of mine whom I knew would also love this quote.
Of course my 'pop' of colour could only be my favourite colour, pink!!!
The stamps I used are:

Thank you Kay for a wonderful challenge.
The team are hoping you can join in the fun where you are in with a chance to win $30 to spend at the Stampotique online store.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Jack The Lad

A short and sweet post today as I just wanted to share a card I made for Jack using Stampotique stamps :)
Here is the latest photo of Jack, it's been incredibly warm here in the UK so he's been enjoying time in his little swimming pool in my garden. (Poppy is sitting behind Jack, she just has to get in on everything!)
 Jack is now 7 months old and growing fast :)
He is super, SUPER cute don't you think??
Wishing you a lovely weekend, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Barking up the wrong tree!

Way back in March people every where were trimming trees and I found a lovely little log, I carried it all the way home thinking this will come in handy one day . . . and it did. When I saw team mate Gez was hosting this weeks challenge at Stampotique and the theme Gez chose is 'Christmas In July' I reached for my little log and turned it in to a Yule Log, doggy style. I couldn't resist including a dog in this creation as we all know how fond of trees dogs are ;)
The inspiration also came from a Stampotique stamp called Oh....Tree, I have tried to bring that stamp alive and make it 3D. Considering it is Christmas in July, I also tried to make something that wasn't TOO Christmassy so I can have it displayed all year round, it now sits next to my pc monitor :)
The wire used I painted with brown paint, added the beads and the bones all have their own little hooks. There is a little glitter on the tree branches also.
The stamps I used are:
 Oh.... Tree,  for the heart on the top
Shoogy Dog
Crow Line, for the crow
and finally I used Give The Dog A Bone for the bone
Hoping you can find time to join in this weeks fun challenge :)
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

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