Saturday, April 30, 2011

Bidding Farewell to our Guest Designer Heidi Downey

We bid farewell to our April Guest Designer, Heidi Downey but sharing this darling card she created.  We've loved seeing what Heidi has created with the Stampotique stamps and look forward to seeing her cards in the challenges.

Thanks Heidi!!

Heidi's card uses the following:

Thursday, April 28, 2011

There is a garden ...

Here is another piece of a floorpuzzle I altered with ink and stamps. I used distressinks and a Crafters template for the background. I 'm fond of stamps with sentiments and Stampotique has so many beautiful ones that it's hard to choose. These are the Stampotique stamps I used: There is a garden, Wed, Heart flowers and Word collage.
On the image below you can see in more detail the way I used the flower template for the background.

If you want to see the other altered puzzle piece I posted on the designer's blog please click here.

Have fun Stamping! Nellie

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

SDC29: Sketch

Over at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog, Kim has given us a sketch to try this week.

  This challenge is a STAMPOTIQUE only stamps week, so we encourage you to break out your Stampotique stamps and join our creative design team for your chance to add to your stamp collection with a prize of $30 gift certificate for stamps at Stampotique.  We will randomly pick a winner with the announcement of the next challenge.

With the last challenge of the month, we are bidding a few of our wonderful design team members adieu.  We wish them the best and always look forward to seeing their creations on their blog.  Thanks to each of you for being a part of the team and for sharing your love of Stampotique with others.  

Now to share what our guest designer created for this weeks sketch.  Hop on over to the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog and join us by linking up with your creation of the sketch using Stampotique stamps.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Faux water drops

In this post i will show you how to create faux water droplets on your cards. Of course you could use store bought drops but those are all the same size and to be honest,they do not look as real as these drops i hope show on this picture.

All you need is a finished card, UTEE, a heat tool and embossing ink.

Take your finished card and lightly dab your embossing pad across the card. Do not try and cover the entire card with a thick layer,just lightly dab,not pressing too hard.

Now cover your card with UTEE. It needs to be Ultra Thick embossing powder,regular embossing powder does not have the same result.

Tap off excess powder and put that back in the container.

Use your heat tool to melt the UTEE. Do not overheat the UTEE! Just melt it a bit and stop as soon as you see droplets form! If you overheat, you will create a solid layer of UTEE. ( which can also be a cool effect but it is not what we are after for now)

Rub off any crumbs that do not stick to the paper or have not melted.

Now you should have this effect. Cool faux water drops to give that watery feel to your mermaid cards!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It's a flowery day with Rocky

Our March guest designer Heidi Downey has created this darling card with Rocky 6032.  I love the color/shading she has created on Rocky along with the patterned papers she paired him with.

Have you joined our new Stampotique Designer's Challenge to use old book pages/newsprint on your creation?  You still have another week to join us if you haven't already.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Over the Moon for you!

I absolutely {Heart} this clean and simple card! It's not often that I gloat on my own creations, but each time I pass this card as I'm breezing by the shelf on which it sits, I can't help but smile!

If you've been following me for awhile, you've seen this chubby little cherub before on my, because it's probably one of my all time favourite Stampotique Stamps. Baby Fleur 3 has two little siblings as well that are equally as cute!

I've been anxious to ink up this fabulous Great Moon stamp by Jo Capper-Sandon. I stamped it onto some pretty yellow DP from the Cosmo Cricket DeLovely Mini Deck as well as stamping it onto the card base. I added the sentiment in black..............and mounted sweet Baby Fleur onto the moon with dimensional dots after colouring it in with Copic Markers.

Hope this card gives you a giggle as well!

Happy Stamping

Friday, April 15, 2011


Here are two simple bookmarks I made with these Stampotique stamps: Big bee, Medium bee,Large butterfly, Small butterfly,Journey collage. I colored the images with watercolor paint. On the pics below you can see how they look like when you use them to mark your pages (please click on the images to enlarge).

Have fun stamping! Nellie

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I'm so excited to finally have finished this project to share with you!
I'm in love with Daniel's mermaids (so wonderfully creepy!)
so I had a load of fun coloring Smushallaum

Smushallaum, Bubbles, World All Her Own
Please drop by my blog for more details.
Have a magical day!
Val :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Another One Layer card..

I absolutely love this idea for a blog challenge. You make your card according to the theme and then, if you want to you, send your card for the charity to sell to raise money. (you can of course send extra too)
The first theme is so simple, anyone can do this one, "Say it with flowers".
I've made a one-layer card (hmmm how surprising).
I've been playing around with making inking look like fabric. Brayering onto non-glossy card gives a more irregular finish than glossy, and the drawn blanket stitch edge hopefully adds to the effect.

As I am sending this card to the charity, I have tried to go for a generic card that will sell (fingers crossed!!)
The flower (from Jo's flower Cube) and altered happy stamp are all from Stampotique .

Hope you enjoy this simple (easily reproducible!) card

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Bee ON My Bonnet.

Some of you may have seen my latest Bee makes over on my blog at the weekend.

For those of you that missed it here is my bee top hat and pendant using all Stampotique stamps.





The Pendant uses Medium Bee again as on the hat and the quote stamp, WORLD ALL HER OWN.

Hope you like them.

For more details re other materials used please check out the post on my blog.

Many thanks x Jo CS

Monday, April 11, 2011

Altered Pencil Pots

I am constantly looking for the perfect handy containers for my art journaling supplies that I like to keep handy and not have to go looking for in a drawer or a cupboard.. so when I spotted these pencil pots from a local supermarket I just knew they would be ideal. I painted the boxes with Gesso & acrylic paint & then let the fun begin decorating the boxes..

Arty is the perfect girl for this project and she fitted onto the front of the box perfectly :)

Lying in bed.. made for the perfect sentiment for my other box.

The background was stamped with Twigs and also the Honeycomb background stamp. 

These pots were so much fun to alter and decorate.. details on my blog.Thank you for calling and leaving a comment if you get the chance. 

Have a great day. Happy crafting. Gez

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Birthday Queen

After seeing the fab 'Snarky' and 'Fabulous' stamps in the new batch of stamps, I decided to use my ~{7230 Altered Alphas}~ to do a card along the same lines. I started by stamping 'Queen' onto the card and worked backwards from there.

I then used another set of alphas ~{9200 Random Acts Alphabet}~ to stamp 'birthday' onto white card and cut them out and arranged them around the card so I'd be able to use ~{6125 Minkygirl}~. She was coloured with Copics and cut out too.

I finished off with stamping ~{3046 Floral Flutter}~ and a couple of ~{3017 Crown}~'s and a rather large dose of doodling.

Kaz xxx

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Toby Is In The Pink...

...Hi again... another card using one of the new releases... and he is just adorable isn't he? His name is Toby and he was designed by Daniel Torrente... and I just love all the designs that Daniel does... Anyways... Toby is here today looking rather dapper in pink!

I computer generated the sentiment... well, real men do wear pink don't they! So, Toby was coloured with different shades of pink ProMarkers... and then I distressed the edges using pink and overstamped using the same colour with one of my favourite stamps ever... the Abstract Foliage, designed by Jo Capper-Sandon.

I made a little piece of fancy cardstock, using Distress Inks, the Abstract Foliage and then Daisy, Daisy stamped in black to make the design pop. I added a piece of border punched cardstock and then edged the main card with the same stamp again. The stamps I used on this card are:

Toby 6126
Abstract Foliage 3031
Daisy, Daisy 3002

Thanks for looking!! TTFN

Hels x

Friday, April 8, 2011


Hi, Lisa here today sharing a "girly' card using one of my favorite images from Stampotique - Little Friends.

I stamped the images from Stampotique in Coffee Archival ink on Pink Paislee papers.  The friends image is die cut from the center of the panel on my base card with Spellbinders Circle Dies, then covered with the added layers following Card Patterns Sketch.  I dyed the Seam Binding with Rangers Distress Ink Stain in Spun Sugar, added a button and some stick pins from Maya Road.

Stamps - Stampotique Little Friends, Friends Touch
Ink - Ranger Coffee Archival, Soft Suede
Card Stock - Suede, Pink Pirouette
Other - Button, Brown Twine, Maya Road Heart Pins, Seam Binding, Glue Dots, Sponge Dauber, Pink Paislee Pattern Paper, Spellbinders Circle Dies, Heartfelt Creations Butterfly-Border Die, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Ranger Spun Sugar Distress Stain

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Moth Fab

Happy Hump Day!

Our April guest designer, Heidi Downey has created some fabulous cards to share with you all. 

This card uses Moth Fab, love the colors and design of the card.  She has more wonderful creations to share, but you will have to stay tuned throughout the month to see.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Happy owls

I love Jo's wonderful owl stamps so I had to make a card with them. Sponged the background and coloured the stamps with distress inks. Made white accents with a gel pen.
Stamps I used are all Stampotique Originals: wee owl-3041, owl with wings-3040, lavender sprig-3043, floral flutter-3046, picket fence-6090, altered happy-7174.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Monochrome Papillon

Morning peeps... tis Hels here showing you a card I made using that divine new Large Papillon Stamp from Jo Caapper-Sandon's latest designs. I love to make easel cards and this big stamp is just perfect to make a statement embellishment for a card.

The papers are my all time favourite and I think they make the butterfly look even more gorgeous... I layered up different designs in the papers and then cut an oval mat for the butterfly to rest on. I used Distress Inks to smudge all around the edges of the papers and mats and then stamped the Grass over one side of the oval. The butterfly was stamped onto paper that I had given a paintwash to... so you can still see a bit of the pattern but it doesn't outshine the butterfly.

The sentiment is one of my favourites too... I love the words on this one and they are so true! To finish off the card, I added a few little gemstones and distressed the edges of the papers to match with the butterfly's shabby look. These are the stamps I used for my card:

Large Papillon 3047
Grass 3004
A Friends Touch 8921

All of the stamps are available from Stampotique Originals. Thanks for looking....TTFN

Hels x

Friday, April 1, 2011


I just can't get enough of the new March 2011 release stamps, so here's another card with some of them (and some "old" ones).

I love to work with distressinks so I use them often for my backgrounds. Here I used Dusty concord and Stormy sky. I colored the girlstamp using the distressinks to get the same colors. I stamped the girl with Indian black ink onto the background. I decoloured the image with bleach and after that I colored it with the inks.

These are the Stampotique stamps I used for this card:



Daniƫls hearts

Quiet place

Have fun stamping!


April Guest Designer: Heidi Downey

We are very excited to announce our April Guest Designer, Heidi Downey.  We asked Heidi to share a little about herself and hope you will welcome her to the team.  She will start sharing her creations next week with us.
My name is Heidi Downey and I live in Canada.  I am a mother of two young boys plus I work full-time in the military, so whenever I get spare time I am usually in my craft area!  I started scrapbooking about 7 years ago, after the birth of my first son.  I spent years coveting my friends stamps and making sure they knew I was NOT a cardmaker.  I finally caved in and bought some Christmas stamps about 3 years ago in order to make a few Christmas cards and the rest, as they say, is history.  I love my distress inks, glitter and have a huge stash of patterned paper that I really need to start cutting into LOL....
I am so happy to be the Guest DT this month and being able to share some of my work with you.