Monday, February 28, 2011

Stretching My Style

I'm not much of a Techniquey Stamper, I'm really quite simple in my style I think. I love to colour and add layers, but I get totally inspired by some of the eclectic style of the Stampotique Design Team. I appreciate the altered art and collage creations and wanted to stretch myself a bit with this piece.

The creation of this card started with making the tag. I embossed Timeless with Copper Embossing Powder on a Shipping Tag. I then took several colours of Tim Holtz Distress ink and sponged over the tag. Then I used some Tim Holtz Ideology Designer Paper as a background, sponging the edges with some Creamy Caramel Ink. The card look pretty bare, so I decided to stamp Three Girls

Embellishments include Lace (which I distressed a bit with the Caramel Ink) Antique Brads and Skeleton Leaves from SU

I like the way it turned out..............hope you enjoy it as well


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Vintage Postcard tag...

Hi there-  Jane here with a quick tag I made using the Vintage Postcard stamp.  The challenge was to make a tag with a Postcard what could be better then this image? :)  I sponged with TH weathered wood and black soot then stamped with the Vintage postcard image # 8114.  I ran the tag thru my cb and used a graphic 45 "proper gentleman" cut out car.  tfl!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tea House

 I made a little house of a tea bag box......a TEA HOUSE!!!!
Once it was made I needed someone to visit it so I invited HEART SHIRT boy!! BIRDS ON A WIRE finished the look and served to hide the messy join at the roof line!!
Sue Roddis

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

SDC25: Faux Barnwood Technique

We are so excited today at Stampotique Designer's Challenge!  Have we got the ultimate challenge for you today!

Our hostess this week, Monique challenged our team to use a technique on their creation.  And, we decided to take it a step further and what better place to turn than Pat Huntoon of the Technique Junkie NewsletterStampotique is teaming up with the Technique Junkies team to create using the Faux Barnwood Technique.  We want you to join us this week and you can use the Faux Barnwood Technique or any of the techniques Pat uses on her website.   Please make sure to link within your post which technique you are using.  If you are a Technique Junkies subscriber and using a technique out of the newsletter, please highlight the name and issue you are creating from.

What are you playing for this week?  Oh.....good question!  How about we give away 2 prizes this week along with 2 winners???  Pat Huntoon has been very gracious and is giving away one of the Fancy Folds and Motions CDs PLUS a two year, online only subscription (2010 and 2011 issues) for one winner and the other winner will be receiving a $30 gift certificate towards stamps to the Stampotique store.  We will randomly draw 2 winners for the prizes before our next challenge on March 9th.

Make sure to stay tuned to the website as both the Stampotique design team AND the Technique Junkies design team participated in this challenge and we will be sharing some wonderful creations using the Faux Barnwood technique over the next 2 weeks here.

So, what are you waiting for?????  Get out some papers, some inks, some stamps and join us!

Please remember the following rules when entering this challenge:
1.  This is a STAMPOTIQUE ONLY stamps week
2.  You must LINK to the Faux Barnwood Technique or a technique from Technique Junkies that you chose to use within your blog post
3.  Please link directly to your challenge post, not to your general blog
4.  Contest will close at March 8th at 5 p.m. EST

Please enjoy the creations from our guest designer's this month and check the Stampotique Designer's Challenge for additional creations from our design team. 

Beth Norman- Technique Junkies Newsletter design team

If you would like to play with us, please link up your creation here.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

'Olivia' journal page

This is a page in my A5 Moleskine sketchbook. I love it that Stampotique stamps look just as much at home on a journal page as they do on card. I chose 'Olivia' for this page because she looks a little worried doesn't she? You can see more about this page on my blog here.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Made this birthday card for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge with theme 'Faces'.
Stamps I used are all Stampotique Originals:
6097 - heads
6115 - weasel
8118 - in stitches

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Love Atc..

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's day.. here's a little Atc that I made to fit inside my hubby's wallet!

I used Distress Inks for colouring the Atc and 2 of my favourite Stampotique Originals stamps..

I added some dimension with a clear glaze pen to add some accent to some of the hearts and to Two Sticks.

Thank you for calling today & leaving a comment if you get the chance.
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend & happy crafting. Gez ♥

Friday, February 18, 2011

Scraplings, what a fun size!

These minicards are called Sraplings. The size is 8,5" x 1,5" or 21,6 x 3,8 cm. (fold them before stamping). I discovered this size recently and it's such a fun size to work with. I kept mine very plain and simple. They make wonderful giftcards.

These are the Stampotique stamps I used:
Word collage 7155
Joyful 7045
Wed 7046


Have a wonderful and creative day!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Birthday wishes!

A bit late but worth celebrating all month when you are having a "milestone" birthday...such as "Mr. Jim" owner of  Stampotique.  Here is my card using the "make lots of wishes" #5020 image.  I stamped it 3 times and colored with copics.  Popped one of them up and put on the Paper Studio dp= polka dot multi.  The happy birthday dp was computer generated.  Phew...glad I'm not having a birthday till August....   :) lol

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Little Girl

Today our February Guest Designer, Gerrie Johnnic, shares with us this adorable little girl from Amy Wilson Wellenstein. I love all the colors Gerrie incorporated into this card and the torn frames look fantastic.

She used the level up and torn frames tech from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

may all your weeds be wildflowers

So you bought all those heart and flower stamps for your valentine's cards, but now valentine's is over whatcha gonna do with 'em?
I made this card for a challenge where the theme was "hearts and flowers but not valentines"
I made this card using Stamps from Stampotique.
This card is also a perfect example of what happens when a one layer card goes wrong. I'd stamped and masked the images perfectly and then SMUDGE!!!!!!!
so I trimmed down the main image, embellished and mounted, et voila! a save!

The background uses a flower stencil and some heart sequin waste with victorian velvet distress ink.

Stamps used:
9107 heart flowers
9088 may all your weeds be wildflowers
9072 fleur pixie #1

Monday, February 14, 2011

Funny little non conventional Valentine!

Happy Valentine's Day! Celebrate today, but remember to love as if each and every day of your life is Valentines Day!

I created this simple card for a Punch Class I taught last week. I apologize for the photograph. The angle at which I shot the photo makes it look as if the Border is horribly uneven, but it's really not :-P)

Anyhow the Owl and Moon are created with Punches, but I used these two fabulous Stampotique Stamps........Hanging Hearts and Just sitting here thinking of you. I've been into creating some Clean and Simple cards as of late........... I'm getting to really like the look of less layers and the level of ease with which they come together

Hope you have a FABULOUS week!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, February 11, 2011

Olivia Notebook

Olivia by Daniel Torrente
Carol's Flower By Janet Klein
Sentiment by Janet Klein

This is a notebook I made from a few large sized tags because I always feel like I can never have enough notebooks! I used 'Olivia' by Daniel Torrente and 'Carol's flower' by Janet Klein.

I used ink sprays to create my background before adding a few splats with more spray inks as well as a bit of acrylic paint, and then stamped the flower randomly all over using two colours of Distress inks:

I stamped Olivia and coloured her in using distress inks:

After binding the book together with my bind-it-all, I stamped a few images on the inside pages of the book using distress inks: 

See more on my blog here. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

SDC24: Valentine or Love

Join us over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge this morning for our next challenge.  In preparation for the upcoming love themed day many of us will be celebrating, I thought it only appropriate to challenge you with a Love or Valentine's theme this week.  

I don't know how it is in your house, but in mine, we don't celebrate Valentine's Day as much as we celebrate my husband's birthday.  And a little birdie told me that the main man, Jim, at Stampotique also celebrates a birthday that day, so make sure to leave him a little birthday wish in the comments section.  

Our guest designer for February, Gerrie Johnnic created this darling card.  Love her innocent little face.

We hope you will join us this week at your chance to win $30 gift certificate on stamps from the Stampotique store.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Love bookmark

Love is definately in the air! as we head towards St. Valentine's Day.. I've had so much fun making a bookmark for someone special!

Lots of inking, embossing and Copic pens for colouring..

The stamps I have used are.. 

Thank you for calling & leaving a comment if you get the chance. Happy crafting. Gez ♥

Monday, February 7, 2011

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden

I made this card for a one layer challenge where you had to use1 image, a border and bling. I decided to play with photostamps as they are much overlooked in one layer stamping and there really is no reason why they should be. As we all know Photostamps stamp best onto glossy card, but as we all also know versafine is the best ink for detail (yes you can argue archival is good, but I love my versafine). The problem is that the two are not compatible, versafine does not dry quickly (if it ever dries) on glossy card. The soloution: clear embossing powder, or even better... sparkly clear embossing powder!! And that brings in my bling!

I have made this for my sister for her birthday, so inside I added the quote "sisters are different flowers from the same garden" which I did in MS Word.

The flowers are coloured with whispers markers and the bow is paper ribbon.

stamps are:
8938 little sisters
9107 heart flowers

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Altered Alice sponsored by Stampotique

Stampotique is sponsoring a few challenges this month and this is one that is running all month over at The Altered Alice.

Join us over there for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate to the Stampotique store.
Here are some creations from our design team:

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Uhm, I'm so exited! Alberto

Hello Dear,
I'm so exited for my first post and for show you a card with these two little angels

I've used three Stampotique stamps:
- Vintage Postcard
- Art angels
- Angel

Thanks for stopping by, Alberto

Friday, February 4, 2011

Congratulations to our Challenge Winner!

Reminder:  We have several challenges going on right now, so if you would like to play along with us, please see the links below for the current challenges we are sponsoring: 
SDC23: Orange & Turquoise (1/26-2/8/11)  
The Altered Alice sponsored by Stampotique (1/30-2/25/11)  
CPS203 sponsored by Stampotique (1/30-2/5/11)

Congratulations to our challenge winner for the spot of Stampotique's March Guest Designer!

Stampotique is every excited to have Gini joining us in March!  Be on the look out for future challenges in which you too could earn a spot as one of our Guest Designers.

Thank you to everyone who welcomed our new design team!  The creations were amazing and we always love to see you play along with us!

Escape the ordinary

I'm honored to post my first contribution to the Stampotique Designer's blog. Isn't he adorable this little doggie in his big chair? I fell in love with him the moment I saw him ...

These are the stamps I used:
Thinking of you! 2146
Pot O'bones 2146
Escape the ordinary ... daydream 7036

If you want to see a detailed description of this tag please visit my blog

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The big chair

Hi there!
This is my last blog post for Stampotique.
I will say good luck to the new design team,
and thank you all for the comments on my art.

You can follow me at my own blog if you want.

Hugs MiloLilja

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2011 CD Calendar - February

Here is the second of 12 pages for my new 2011 Stampotique CD Calendar!
There are more details on my blog.
Thanks for looking!
Val :)

Background: Daniel's Hearts
Foreground: Love You Heart, Girl With Heart Purse

Welcome our February Guest Designer

 Help us welcome our February Guest Designer-we are so excited to have Gerrie be with us for February!  Here's a little introduction from Gerrie:

Hi, I'm Gerrie Johnnic or some may know me as Queen of Grunge (my blog) or my email addy , Iwork4Stamps .  I love getting inky, and having fun in my work,   I think that's what stamping should be all about.... fun! and of course sharing.  What did I read somewhere, it all started out with just one stamp, and look at me now!  I design for Artistic Outpost and the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  I've been with both companies from the beginning, first as a subscriber for the TJNL and then joining the team, and Artistic Outpost since they opened the store.  

 I love doing backgrounds and techniques in all my art.  I've recently branched out into some altered art, and of course it's all grungy.  I live in SW Florida, far from my DD and stamping gives us something to share together, at least that's the excuse we use.  I adore all the designer lines that Stampotique carries.  The variety of stamp artists just excites me every time I see something posted.  Thanks for having me as a guest artist this month.

And along with that, Gerrie created this fabulous card to go along with our current theme of Orange & Turquoise.  Gerrie will have some info on the background she created for this card over at her blog Queen of Grunge, so leave her some love and welcome her for February.

Stamps used: