Friday, December 30, 2011

Put on your Party Dress!

I hope that you enjoyed a Happy Holiday with your friends and family! I've been a bit of a slacker as far as stamping goes for the last couple of weeks, but this week I enjoyed stamping for fun and playing in some of the challenges over at Splitcoaststampers. Today the challenge was to Break out the Party Dress.

Janet Klien's Pretty Party Dress is the perfect image for paper piecing. I stamped the image on the pretty paper from Splendid collection by Authentique. Don't you love the coordinating papers? It makes designing cards with multiple designer paper so easy! I cut a tiny tag from my Tim Holtz die and added a diction cardstock sticker, also from Authentique. Scalloped punches add a little punch for a border and some foliage from a Sizzix Sizzlit adds a little more dimension.

If you're donning your favourite Party dress to ring in the New Year, enjoy a fun and safe evening.
Wishing you all the best in 2012


Thursday, December 29, 2011

A wish for the new year.

Karin by Daniel Torrente
Alphabitties by Jill Penney and Daniel Torrente
Crow Line by Jill Penney

I made this page in my art journal in response to Nellie's new challenge over on the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog. Nellie has set us a challenge of 'what's your wish for the new year?' This challenge is a fabulous way to kick-start your creativity after the busy festive season, so come and join us!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Chicken In

I think this is one of my all time favorite images and sentiments from Stampotique.  I love the bold birds, they are easy to color or paper piece and the cracks me up every time.

Hope you are all had a wonderful Christmas holiday!  We are still enjoying a few days off here from school and work so going to keep this super short today.

Chicken In on You Card
Stamps: 2070 Bold Birds and 8935 Just Chicken In from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: More Mustard, Not Quite Navy (Stampin'Up!); A Blanc Check (Clear & Simple Stamps)
Patterned Paper: My Minds Eye Stella Rose Hattie Papers
Inks: Not Quite Navy (Stampin' Up!), Copic YR16
Embellishments: A Blanc Check twill ribbon (Clear & Simple Stamps); dimensionals (Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Little notebook

I have so much fun lately in making this little notebooks. They are ATC size, hard cover books that I buy ready made and decorate. For this one I used these Stampotique stamps: Marci, Hanging hearts, Daisy daisy, Floral flutter and Word collage.

If you want to see more of these books please visit my blog

Have fun stamping!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Last minute gift by Joanne Wardle


To fit in with this month's challenge of gifts, cards and tags, I decided to share my last minute gift ideas. I often give Amazon vouchers as gifts, but any voucher that prints out onto an A4 sheet of paper will work.

I simply fold the voucher into thirds both ways to create a "z-fold" and then add covers (8cm x11cm) (be aware that the cover is attached to the top left corner of the voucher so make sure that there isn't any important information there.

The covers can then be decorated anyway you like. I have used Stamps from Stampotique.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas monster atcs'

Snowy greetings!  Since I am not making all my Christmas cards this year, I am trying to have a little fun here and there!  Alas...Kira Nichols  monsters!  I have a friend who is just starting to collect artist trading cards so I thought these would make a cute gift.  Key keeper, Whisker Monster with sign and Hug Monster!  Yay!

Hope she likes them!  They were all colored with copics, cut out and placed on inked up cs.  TFL!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hug Monster tag!

A tag is a great way of using up those little left over scraps of patterned paper you just can't bare to throw away!

I've made a tag and included one of Kira Nichols gorgeous new images from Stampotique Originals called Hug Monster and the gorgeous sentiment Merry Everything! by Kristen Powers.

Thank you for looking and taking the time to leave a comment if you get the chance. Happy crafting. Gez.xx

Monday, December 5, 2011


Today a simple card in natural colors. I made the background with craftpaper and a white pencil. The girlstamp is stamped on a leftover piece of alcoholinkpaper and so are the small flowers. These are the stamps I used: Olive rose, Carol's flower large, Carol's flower small, Today is a gift .. and Word collage.

Have fun stamping!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Ruby shoes!

The nights are getting darker.. so are the mornings now! What better way to spend the evenings than to start making Christmas cards.. I know lots of people have been busy creating already! I do like to be traditional and try and keep Christmas in December! ;-)

I've had soooooo much fun using the FAB new robin stamp that's just flown into the UK craft shops brought to you from Stampotique Originals brand new artist Kira Nichols this lady is SO talented.. go check out her other NEW designs HERE! you won't be disappointed.

Here is my first card of the season.

Stamps used: Birdy Shoes by Kira Nichols 
& Merry Everything! by Kirsten Powers 

The gorgeous patterned papers are by cArt-Us.. I couldn't resist inking and distressing them! and adding some Xmas Red Stickles glitter to the robins trainers!
Thank you for calling today and leaving a comment if you get the chance.

Have a great weekend. Gez.xx

Saturday, December 3, 2011

2011 CD Calendar - December

Can you believe December is here already!!!!????
This is the last insert for this year's CD calendar!!
Drop by my blog to see the rest of the pages during the past year!
This has been a fun project... one I'll keep doing each month!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Santa Baby, Xmas 5-sided Cube

Friday, December 2, 2011

Zentangle Drawing with Connie

Our November Guest Designer, Connie Baever had one last creation to share with our readers.   She creates these super artistic Zentangle drawings and has created one with some of the Stampotique stamps.

She used the Smashallaum 6122 stamp along with Text Stars 3027 from Stampotique.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Snowflake Party Dress

Lisa here today, letting you know there's still time to play along with this weeks Stampotique Designers Challenge for your chance to win a $30 Stampotique Gift Certificate!  For more details click here!

To create my card, I stamped the Dress on a piece of Bo Bunny Snowfall paper, then attached it to the hanger with Glue Dots and adhered to the paper with Dimensionals.  The sentiment is stamped on scraps, adhered to Chocolate card stock then the base card with dimensionals.

Stamps - Stampotique
Ink - Ranger Coffee Archival, Ranger Distress Ink Gathered Twigs
Card Stock -Caramel, Chocolate
Other - Bo Bunny Snowfall Pattern Paper, Hanger, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Ink Blending Tool, Texture Fades Embossing Folder, Big Shot

Designer - Lisa Somerville

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Art Journal Page

Here's a Art Journal page from our November Guest Designer, Connie Baever.
The page is made in an old book. Gesso is applied directly to the book
page, and after she stamped and wrote the text she covered the page with Aqua
Pastels and water.

The art journal page uses the Smashallaum 6122 from the Daniel Torrente an Jill Penney line of stamps from Stampotique.

Don't forget we have our Stampotique Designer's Challenge going on right now using Non-Traditional Christmas colors.  We hope you will join us using your Stampotique stamps.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Give yourself a hug

I love this little monster, designed by Kira Nichols for Stampotique Originals. Made the background with Distress Stains.

Stamps I used are all from Stampotique Originals: Hug Monster (4007), Give Self a Hug (4010), Kisses (3023).

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Tags

Need some more inspiration for some non-traditional Christmas colors?
Check out these stunning tags from our November Guest Designer, Connie Baever.

You see all those fabulous details on the tags such as the film strip and the absolutely gorgeous jeweled snowflakes?

Hope you will join us over at Stampotique Designer's Blog for this week's challenge to use non-traditional colors with your Stampotique stamps.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

We Three Kings by Joanne Wardle

As Christmas rapidly approaches, I find the need for quick and easy cards gets more urgent.
Here's an easy one made with one simple stamp from stampotique.
I have coloured the card with pencils, highlighted with glossy accents. I have also used some gilding flakes to accent the bands around the crowns. I finally finished with some gold cord.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


For this tag I used the cute Floating dog from Kira's new images. Isn't he cute this little doggie? These are the other stamps I used: Dogs laugh, Altered Laugh and Hanging hearts.

Have fun stamping!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Non-trad Christmas

Mink by Daniel Torrente
Splatter Long and Hearts cube by Jo Capper-Sandon
Sentiment by Carol's Collection

I'm loving the latest Stampotique Designers challenge - to create a non-traditional Christmas card. Anything non-traditional is right up my alley! This card is very similar to one I have made before but I wanted to make a Christmas version because I just love Mink's sullen expression and it goes so well with the sentiment. This card would be perfect for a real scrooge, and we all know one of those!

Have a look here if you fancy playing along with this fun challenge.

Bye for now, Kate

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

Join us over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge today for the start of our new challenge to make an untraditional Christmas creation (no red/green).

Our guest designer this month, Connie Baever, has created this stunning Christmas card, love how she went with a monochromatic color scheme on this.

So many wonderful details on this, the film strips and snowflakes, the metallic ink.  Gorgeous!

Want to join us, you have until 12/13/11 at 5 p.m. to join in using your Stampotique stamps.  Link up over at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Don't you just love the new monster images by Stampotique's newest Artist, Kira Nichols!

The monster is stamped in Black Archival on Watercolor paper, then masked.  To create the BG on both panels I used the Watercolor Distress Technique, using Ranger Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint and Rusty Hinge.  Once dry, I removed the mask on the monster and stamped the sentiment in Ranger Black Archival.  To add color, I used STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils, using Gamsol for blending, then added highlights with STAEDTLER Triplus Fineliners.  For the background panel, I added the Honeycomb in Ranger Black ink, and the Hexagon in Gesso.

Details:Stamps - Stampotique Originals Whisker Monster with SignHoneycomb , Hexagon
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, Ranger Black Archival, Ranger Distress Stain Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint, STAEDTLER Aquarell Watercolor Pencils, STAEDTLER Triplus Fineliner
Card Stock - Watercolor, Summer Sun, Black
Other - Gesso, Heat Tool, Non Stick Craft Mat, Prima Distress Tool, 3L Dimensionals

Designer - Lisa Somerville

Monday, November 14, 2011


I made this bookmark with distressinks in the colors, Crushed olive, Thumbled glass and Broken china. I used these Stampotique stamps: Thinker, Carol's flower small and Dream definition. Quick & easy and it makes a wonderful little gift.

Have fun stamping!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

explosion of colour by Joanne Wardle

For this month's challenge theme at Happy Daze I have made this one layer card, using stamps from Jo Capper-Sandon's range at Stampotique. These Splatter stamps are perfect for the theme. I have used distress inks for the colour.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Underwater Wonder World

Join us over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge today for our sketch challenge hosted by Lisa.  She uses Smushallaum #6122 in this underwater wonder world.

Our guest designer, Connie Baever has created this phenomenal card with great colors.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Made this card for an alphabetswap: the Q from Queue.

Stamp I used: Stampotique Originals (9085 - bird legs small).

Friday, November 4, 2011


This week, on wednesday to be precise, the counter for the number of bloghits for my blog, past 100.000! That's reason enough to throw a small party :-) that's why I made this Stampotique card, for which I used these stamps: Dance party break up, Hanging hearts, Splatter long and Gussie up' ...

To thank everyone who visited my blog over the past few years there's a little give away. So visit my blog to have a chance of winning this card and a small goodiebag.

Have fun stamping!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Peace on your wings

I love this Angelboy stamp. So I chose him to be on the first Christmascard I made this year. And itsn't that Peace on your wings quote beautiful? I made the background with distressink and water.

Have fun stamping!