Sunday, December 29, 2013


Hello lovely peeps, how was your Christmas? Ours was filled with family, food en pressies. Now we are getting to the end of 2013, I can't believe how fast the time went. In a couple of days it's 2014! A new year always feels like a fresh start to me. So maybe this time I will hold on to my new year resolutions. You know, the basics: healthier eating, more exercises and less worrying. Anyway...I wish you all a happy and creative new year :-D

Stamps used:

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Happy Birthday

I used this design not so long ago for a Stampotique challenge, it's made with My Favorite Things Die-Namics, and loved it. So I used it again for a friends birthday card :-) I used Dylusions Funky Fuchsia, Vibrant Turquoise and Bubblegum Pink. I stamped with Archival Jet Black and Magenta Hue. I colored Bird Lady with Distress Markers. I sooo love to use this stamp on book paper :-) All the lovely stamps I used are from Stampotique.

Stamps used:

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

2014 Design Team Announcment

With 2013 coming to a close in a few short weeks and the year starts to slow down a little for us to enjoy some family and friends for the holidays, we also reflect back on a wonderful year for Stampotique.

Our Stampotique family has grown with each and every design team member, challenge participant and fans.  We are always excited when we see new players in the challenges, or hear stories of how much someone loves the new line of Stampotique stamps.  We appreciate each and every one of you for your business and support.

We held an open call a few months ago for our new 2014 design team and while we could not chose everyone for the team-we chose the designers we felt fit best with what we were looking for in 2014.  If you did not make it, please know it was not due to us not liking your work, we love all Stampotique designs and we hope that you will apply again with the next call.

We will have 2 teams going into 2014 so please make sure to jump on over to the Stampotique Designers Cahllenge Blog where our team of 17 will be challenging you each week.

Today, we share with your our team for the Stampotique Designer's Blog.  

Announcing our new members and the day they will be posting on:

Sunday: Astrid Stulemeijer

Hi, I’m Astrid, I live in the Netherlands with my hubby and our little boy.
I started my creative journey with Art Journaling, which is like
therapy to me. The creatures by Stampotique are a great way to tell my
story. To be honest, they are great on any project ;-) Like for
example my new love, card making.
But no matter what I make, it will be colorful :-D
This will be my second term in this amazing group of people and I’m
thrilled to join the Blog/Facebook Design team with these very
talented ladies.

Monday: Roc Nicholas

I am an artist, writer, rubber stamp designer and an instructor.  I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 31 years and we have two sons and three grandsons.  I especially love to journal, but I also love doodling, using rubber stamps, and recyclable objects in my art work. I am blessed to be on a few design teams and i truly love making art.

Tuesday: Valerie Wilson
Hi, I'm Valerie and I'm thrilled to be returning to the Stampotique Design Team in 2014!  I just took a look back and I can't believe I've been part of the Stampotique family since the beginning of 2010!  How time flies when you're having fun!  Every time I sit down to create with the Stampotique stamps, I smile and often giggle while I work - somehow, they take on a life of their own and have their own sense of humor!  I recently had the pleasure of meeting the "parents" of the Stampotique family, Carol and Jim, and I instantly felt like we had been family forever - I can't wait until the next time we visit!!  I'm looking forward to every minute of creativity with this group of genius crafters!

Wednesday: Claudine Criner

Hello Everyone, I am a stay at home mom, mother of two wonderful girls. I am also an Air Force wife and have been married for 16 amazing years. I have just begun teaching mixed media at my local scrapbook store and am super excited about my new adventure. I am so excited to be on this design team, I have loved Stampotique from the moment I discovered them and cannot wait to see what the future holds for me. I have been into anything crafty since I was quite young, you name it, I have probably tried it at least once. I'm into many different styles and one of my favorites is steampunk. 

Thursday: Janet Klein

Hello there. I’m Janet from Tempe, Arizona where I reside with my husband Jess and two terrifically adorable labradoodles.   I have been drawing (starting on walls) since I was a toddler and have never stopped.
 I have spent a rewarding  career in art education, teaching grades k-university.  My passions has been working with children, taking them beyond limits.  Since my recent retirement, you can find me at

I am not new to Stampotique, creating my first images for rubber  in 2001. My work has been published in several craft publications, most recently in Simply Cards and Papercraft and Complete Cardmaking.  I am thrilled to continue my thirteen year relationship with Stampotique and being a proud member the Stampotique  team.
Friday: Sarah Anderson

I bought my first rubber stamp on a trip to California nearly 30 years ago and looked forward to the hobby making its way over to the UK. Once it had, I started making cards, then began teaching rubber stamping and book-making alongside writing for Crafts Beautiful magazine and entering work for Stampington’s magazines. Fast forward a number of years and I discovered art journaling and immediately began including stamped images in my journals. I love how the funky images produced by Stampotique are ideal for my art journal and so am absolutely thrilled to be on the Stampotique Design team.

I have a very tolerant husband, 3 children aged 18, 17 and 16, and a busy job as a primary special needs teacher. Playing in my craft room with inks, paint, and stamps or fabrics, threads and my sewing machine or embellisher is my way to relax.

Saturday: Coby van Willigenburg

I'm a woman of 58 living in the Netherlands. Love playing with ink, paint, paper and stamps, especially Stampotique stamps. So a dirty hands woman. I love to make CAS- cards, little books and to use white spaces as well as stitching in my work. On saturday I wil post something on the Designers Blog, hope you will come over to see and like it! In the Netherlands I host a two weekly Stampotique- Challange, it's nice to see every one's creation.

Congratulations to our 2014 Stampotique Designer's Blog team!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Early Christmas

This weeks challenge at Stampotique, which is hosted by Nellie, is all about Christmas.

Stamps used:
Merry Christmas (retired stamp)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

An Early Christmas

It's 'Early Christmas' this week at Stampotique challenge blog and our hostess is Nellie!
I have a confession to make . . . I don't really like Christmas very much but I did enjoy decorating this printer tray! For some reason I do love pink and blue together for Christmas creations. It started off completely naked like this:
I began by preparing the base with some card and painting all the window layers before gluing in place. Then it was just a case of having fun with bedazzles and star confetti and of course some Stampotique stamps, maybe I could like this Christmas malarkey after all, lol!
Here's a quirky close up so you can see the depth better and the little hook I made using some wire for the ornament. I've come to the conclusion that glitter and shiny things must be the most difficult to photograph!
I do hope you like my first ever printer tray completed?
Have a wonderful day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

SDC126: Splat!


Today we are challenging you to use a SPLAT! of paint somewhere on your design.  We all love to get messy once in awhile and this week is your perfect opportunity to throw on some grubby clothes and splatter that paint all over your creation.
Hop on over to Stamptique Challenge Blog and play.
Can't wait to see the splotches!
Be well.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

In Creases . . .

. . . I came across a Diamond Fold card a few weeks and just had to have a play!!!

Here's how to make a Diamond Fold card: 
Draw a vertical pencil line through the centre of a horizontal piece of paper/card cut to 12"(30.5cm) x 3.75" (9.5cm). Fold the bottom two edges upwards to meet the pencil line. Unfold. Repeat with the top edges (folding downwards). This gives you two folded crosses. To the right and left of the pair of crosses, fold to create the side panels. Compress the sides inwards to form 'hills and valleys' and in doing so, the diamond card.

I then painted my card with contrasting Martha Stewart paints and the stamps I used are: Stacked Love, 5 Petaled Flower, Design Cube and HazelHeart.
I do hope you like my card,
wishing you a wonderful day, Sam xxx

Friday, November 1, 2013

November Guest Designer: Debi McManus

We are excited to announce our last guest designer for 2013, Debi McManus.

I'm Debi and I'm thrilled to be here with you for the month of November.
Covered in paint (wearing my husband's shirt) hands stained from ink; I am a mixed media artist, a teacher, a wife, a mom blessed with two kids as well as a nut bar Chihuahua. I love using these unique and quirky stamps, they always bring a smile to my face.

You can contact me at or visit my blog at
Hugs Debi

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stampotique Designer's Challenge 123: Fabulous Folds.

Hello Creatives, It is STAMPOTIQUE day-!!

And Happy Halloween. Soon to be.

Today Stampotique is hosting SDC123: Fabulous Folds. Make more than one fold in your projects.

I wanted to make something that I can recreate for gifts for the Holidays are around the corner. This will be great.  I will put a gift card inside the bookmark to our local book store, inside of a card that will have the Stampotique Sentiment "Jingle your own damn bells!" 

Perfect don't you think?
Did you notice the book? I love this book!!
There are two folds on the back of this bookmark.

I hope you will stop by Stampotique Designers Blog and play along with us. You could win $30 for your choice of stamps from
Looking forward to seeing your amazing creations.

Be Well.

Here is what I used:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Stampotique Designer's challenge 122

This week's Stampotique designer's challenge theme is "Fabric". Use some fabric, lace etc. in your project. I remained a bit in last week's Halloween atmosphere with this tag. These are the stamps I used: Crow line3 in a roundTall word collage. Of course we would love it when you join us in the challenge! At the end of the month you can be one of two lucky winners of a 30 dollar gift certificate for your own free choice of Stampotique stamps.

Have fun stamping! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Flowers for Linda

Our Guest Designer: Sam Butler is sharing her recent contribution using Fabric and Lace for the current Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  Here's a little more info on her tag:
Stamps used –
Hanging hearts / Daniel’s Hearts / Linda
Journey collage / Long splatters / Carol’s small flower
Background – mdf tag coloured with fresco paints and distress inks.  Background images hanging hearts, journey collage and long splatter.

Window frame coloured with alcohol inks, Daniels hearts stamped onto white card and coloured with pan pastels.  Chipboard stem and flower head painted with fresco paint, stem stamped in Carol’s small flower, flower head stamped with Linda’s head.  Movers and shapers butterfly die cut in chipboard and lace.  Lace added to window sill, top of flower and piece to hang.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Escape the Ordinary

Our October guest designer, Sam Butler, is sharing this mushroom group with us today, stop on over by her blog and give her a shout out.

Stamps used –
Long splatter / Diva / Carol’s small flower / tiny bee / long swirls
Mushroom group / giant shroom / escape the ordinary...daydream /
Background – canvas board with grunge paste through diamond stencil, sanded back, painted with various colours of green fresco paint.  Stamped with all images on top line of stamps used and bubble wrap and bottle lid stamped with black paint.  Middle section white washed.  

Mushrooms added and negative of TH postage stamp die used as a frame.  One the edge fence die cut from kraft paper and part of the quote added to finish.

Don't forget the current Stampotique Designer's Challenge starts today.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Stone the Crows

Isn't it funny how and when inspiration strikes, I was attempting to do some gardening a few weeks ago when I found hidden under some overgrowth some really big pebbles that we bought back from the seaside about 15 years ago. I managed to drop one of these pebbles on my foot and cursed, "Stone the Crows!!". I then got to thinking about trips to the seaside as a small child and I remember on the sea front ladies selling large pebbles that had been painted with a local scene, I loved these pebbles but never got one. Then I got to thinking about decorating my garden pebble with stamps . . . of course! So I chose the stamps and got to work, beginning by painting the pebble green and then pink. I stamped Moon Girls Crow on tissue paper and cut out, I also stamped the Whole Heart sentiment on tissue paper. I stuck them in position using some PVA glue mixed with water 50/50. I used the heart from Tiny Hand Helds for extra detail and the spotty side from Design Cube to add the brown to blend it all together.
Hope you like it, wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Red, orange and ...

This month Stampotique sponsors the challenges on the Craftorij (a Dutch craftshop) facebookgroup. This week’s theme is Red, Orange and 1 other colour. I added black. Of course I used Stampotique stamps only. These are the stamps I used: Quiet place and Spidergrass

Have fun stamping!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October Guest Designer

We are thrilled to announce our October guest designer, Sam Butler.  You've seen her around, she's a frequent player of our challenges and we are so excited to share her work with you.  Here's more about Sam and another creation for the current Stampotique Designer's Challenge.

Hi, my name is Sam aka Sam21ski. I’ve been crafting for quite a while now and like anything distressed and grungy.  I love any sort of crafting and would say that I am adventurous with new materials and am willing to give anything a go!!
My favourite colour is green, closely followed by brown and I am a great admirer of Tim Holtz.  I love fun and funky so the Stampotique images fit perfectly.  I also love all stuff PaperArtsy too!!
I have a 6 year old bearded collie called Fraser and a partner of over 20+ years called Martin.  The both put up with my antiques on the dining room table, as this is where I craft.
If you want to find out more about me, see what I’ve been up to or get in touch, you’ll find me here

Stamps used –

Background colour, various colours/layers of fresco paint, diamond stencils with vanilla fresco paint.  3 layers of bees wax.  Single tear image stamped in black versafine directly onto the wax.  Quote stamped onto white card, words cut and edged in black pen and stuck onto the wax.  ATC put into an ATC sized photo frame.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Stampotique Sponsors ...... De-Craftorij

For October, Stampotique are sponsoring ~{De-Craftorij}~ which is now a Facebook Group. The first challenge is to use red and orange and one other colour. I choose turquoise as I love these colours together.

I have used the following stamps:

~{Stacked Love}~
~{Henny Penny}~ gotta love those eyelashes, and
~{Rootie Toot}~

I have watercoloured all the images.

Kaz xxx

Sunday, September 29, 2013

One more star

We have enjoyed having one of Stampotique's artists this month as our guest designer.  Maryse Carrier has a unique style and if you haven't checked out her line of stamps at Stampotique you can see them here.

Tomorrow is the last day of our design team call so if you are interested in being part of the team, we invite you to submit your link here.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Whole heart

Here is my entry for this week's Stampotique designer's challenge. Astrid asks us to use washi tape, easy and fun! So please join us in this challenge. For my card I  used these wonderful stamps from the latest Stampotique release: Hazelheart and Whole heart.

Have fun stamping! 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Stampotique Challenge: Happy Birthday

Happy Wednesday! This week the challenge is hosted by Kim and she wants to see birthday cards. This is for a special reason, cause Kim is turning 40 today!!! Happy Birthday Kim!!!
I made this card with the Blueprints Die (no. 6) from My Favorite Things. I used Dylusions spray. Stamped with Archival. And I used Distress Markers to color Miguel.

Stamps used:

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 13, 2013

A Tag a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it, I have to fulfil my tag obsession somehow.


Stack of Birds
Find your Balance text
Design Cube

Also don't forget the design team call that is out for Stampotique at the moment, full details can be found HERE.

Thanks for your visit today, Carol x

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stampotique Designer's challenge "New technique"

SDC 116 Nellie
This week's theme for the Stampotique designer's challenge  is to try a new technique. This is one of the first backgrounds I made with alcoholink on yupo paper after following a workshop. It's a lot of fun (and very addictive) to play with these materials. The outcome of this technique is quit  unpredictable, but that is what makes it fun too. These are the Stampotique stamps I used: Rain text and Floral flutter. Please join us in this challenge and show what new techniques you are mastering.

Have fun stamping!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Stampotique Design Team Call 2014 x 2

Stampotique Design Team Call x 2!

What is x 2???

Stampotique is excited to announce our Design Team Call for 2014.  We get a lot of questions as to when we are going to be having one so here is your opportunity! We are looking for creative, inspiring, and friendly stampers to help promote Stampotique rubber stamps.  

And we are looking for 2 teams!  One of our teams will be for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge and our other team will post specifically to our Stampotique Designer's Blog and Facebook page.

Our call is open to everyone and Stampotique stamps are not required to be used in your submission, but of course we would LOVE to see your use of our stamps.  Most importantly in any creation you show, show us your style.

This call will only be open until September 30.  We will try out best to notify those we have chosen by October 15th at the latest.

If you are interested, please read all the information below and follow instructions on what Stampotique is looking for in a designer.

What we are looking for in our Designers:
Love of Stampotique rubber stamps
Ability to work with different challenges
Creative ability to think outside of the box 
Willingness to share your creations on your blog and public galleries

Design Team Requirements:
Commitment to design for 6 months (January 2014-June 2014)
4 projects per month to be posted on your personal blog and public galleries 
**(2 projects are challenges & 2 are anything you wish to create using Stampotique; for the designers blog team you can do 4 of anything using Stampotique)**
Participate in blog hops and sponsored promotions as needed
Ability to take good, quality photos of your creations
Must have an active personal blog and be able to promote Stampotique whenever possible
Commenting on challenge participants for our bi-monthly challenges (this will be for both teams)

Benefits of the Design Team Members:
Stampotique stamps to create with (you will get to choose which ones you would like to work with)
Name and a Link to your blog will be displayed on our blogs
Display the Stampotique Design Team badge on your blog
An opportunity to work with unique and fun stamps
A fun, friendly and diverse design team
Discount of 25% to anything on the Stampotique website

If being a part of this amazing design team interests you, please link up your creation (preferably something new) below by September 30, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  

If you would like to be part of a specific team (designer's challenge team or designer's blog please indicate the following after your name 
in the link-(if you'd be happy on either, you don't need to put anything after your name):

1. Stampotique Designer's Challenge team- SDC
2. Stampotique Designer's Blog team- SDB

In your blog post please link up to this post and tell us a few things about your creative 
style and why you would like to be part of the Stampotique team.

If you have any questions, feel free to direct them to me at

We look forward to seeing your creations and thanks for being a Stampotique fan!

Kim Howard
Design Team Coordinator

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Be Your Own Superhero!

Today's card features more of my favorite new stamps from the Fall 2013 release fromStampotique Originals! These are from designer Linda Peterson. I am so in love with her sweet little pointy-headed people!!

And isn't that sentiment just THE BEST? Love it!! The image is 12012 Superhero and the message is 12013 Superhero Text. I colored it with my Copics and made it crazy bright and happy with papers from Lori Whitlock for Echo Park and Amy Tangerine for American Crafts. I have developed a new theory in my crafting - my theory is that clouds make anything cuter. I went with that theory on this card. :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

More Hazel Love!

Today I have another Hazel image to share. Love love love these new Stampotique images!! They are so adorable!

Love with your whole heart. How sweet is that? Not only do I love this line of Hazel images, but all the messages are fantastic, too! Today I used 12010 Hazelheart and 12011 Whole Heart. Hazel is colored with Copics, with a little Stickles bling added to her heart.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 2, 2013

More From The New Release

I love these new Hazel stamps from Linda Peterson. For me they are sweet without too cute, and I know I'll be using them loads.
I hope your all playing along in our blog hop, and if not, get youself over there lol.
I've used
Hazel Heart 12010 and
Whole Heart Text 12011.
Hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking x

Sunday, September 1, 2013

New Images and a Blog Hop

Mega excitement, the new images from Stampotique are released today and...yes and there is a blog hop under way on the Challenge blog, so how is that for a super Sunday.
I have a quick make to share with you using one of the new images and a partial quote. I have changed the name on the desk from Ms Hazel to Miss Fox as this is made for my daughter who now is a qualified teacher after four long years of graduate education. She starts her first job tomorrow and this stamp was just perfect for a little Good Luck card for her.

Don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog to join in with the blog hop as there a lots of goodies to be won.

I used

Ms Hazel
Teacher Text

Carol x