Sunday, December 30, 2012

SDC80: Out with the old, in with the new

Out with the old, In with the new.


Use something Old and Something New
On your project with a New Year's Theme

 My Team mate Clarie is asking us to use something old with something new.
I came across some old sequence laying around in my stash of goodies and glassine bags. And immediately thought of New Year's Eve. We celebrate by visualizing a dream we have and at the strike of midnight we throw the confetti into the air .
The OLD is my Sequence and my NEW are some New stamps from Stampotique.

Stamps I used from left to right.

Back Row:
Middle Row:
Front Row:

Hope you will play along with us at the Stampotique Designers Blog.
You could win some of the Off Color Stamps-!!

Face the brilliance of your most wonderful creations and dwell on your dreams.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Keep Calm & Carry On It's Christmas!

Stressed me??? Never! Oh I'm such a fibber! I kind of resemble Tangled Enthusiasm today as I'm seriously behind schedule! However, I thought I'd grab a quick five minutes to drop by and wish all of you lovely Stampotique followers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Enjoy the holiday.

Claire x

Stamps used
Tangled Enthusiasm
Mini Christmas Ornaments Cube

Sunday, December 23, 2012

This is another card that I made using a stripe of paint as the base of the card.

I've used Maria's ~{Zara Gift}~ which is just perfect for a little girl's card. I've used DI's as watercolours for this one  and added Glossy Accents to the balloons and bubbles.

I've finished off with ~{Happy Birthday}~.

Kaz xxx

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Little Angel

Here is a little angel ornament I recently created for the current challenge over on the Stampotique Designer's Challenge.

I stamped Girl with heart purse onto a wooden angel shape using StazOn and hand drew the wings using a fine liner pen. After colouring with Copic markers I covered the ornament in a light dusting of twinkly embossing powder. She looks very comfy and 'at home' sitting on our tree with the other decorations.

Wishing you all a happy Christmas and enjoyable Holiday

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

SDC79: Ornament

So are we Ready YET....

The Holiday is approaching ever so quickly. Right?
My Stampotique Team Mate Maria is asking us to make a last minute ornament for the tree.
I love making ornaments. 
Maybe it is because they are 3 dimensional.
I hope that you will visit the other creations from my team mates at 
They are really talented folks and they always get my creative juices to flow.
ENJOY your creativity-!

SDC79: Last minute- handmade ornament for X-mas tree
I used Stamp Candle

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cat's Chorus!

Just a quick post to show this box fame hanging that I made using Oh TreeSmall Tree TopperFront Door ShrubberyChristmas Ornaments CubeMini Christmas Ornaments CubeWelcome DoorLine UpAbstract Foliage and Snowman. Please accept my apologies for the photos but this was a complete nightmare to photograph and the pictures really don't do this project justice.

An attempt to show the sparkle and shine!
An attempt to show the depth and texture!
Hopefully you can make out the icicles and  sparkly gold wings?
Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Angels on the trees

After using both of Daniels Tree Toppers ~{Large}~ and ~{Small}~ on different projects, I thought it was time they sat on trees.

I made some mini trees and added a touch of colour to the angels, some glitter glue to the wings and Glossy Accents to the hearts. They had pins attached to the back and were then pinned into place.

Kaz xxx

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

More Challenge Opportunities

Stampotique is excited to sponsor the challenge over at Wicked Wednesday ATC today.  Our team has some wonderful creations for you all and there is a chance to win a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps over there.  The challenge today over there is to use WINGS on your ATC.

We are also having a little challenge going on here today along with our new challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  2013 is quickly approaching and we are looking for some Stampotique fans and followers who might be interested in being a guest designer for us next year.  

Simple create an ATC with the WINGS theme and enter in using the InLinkz below.  Please ONLY those that are interested in guest designing with Stampotique enter below.  All others participating in the ATC challenge for a chance to win the $30 gift certificate should enter here.

We will leave the guest designer challenge open until December 21, 2012 and those chosen 
will be contacted directly by December 31, 2012.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Oh baubles, it's that time of year again

 Perfect for last minute Christmas tree decorations are these clear plastic baubles made pretty using the smallest character from the Line Up stamp and some mica flakes. You could make a whole set using all the characters and different sized baubles!
This is the other side so when it's on the tree spinning it will be both contrasting yet complimentary images.
It wouldn't be complete without the flourish of silver ribbon.
They are great fun to make and very quick, I made mine in just under an hour.
Wishing you a wonderful day, Sam xxx

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ornament By Jenn Cochran

Hello Stampotique Followers and Friends!!!  
With December starting in just a few days, I thought it was appropriate to share an ornament or package tag with all of you.

My Ornament features the adorable "I'm Cold" by the very talented Jill Penny and Daniel Torrente.  Also features "Jingle Bells"

The template is from The Cutting Cafe.

Created for Stampotique Originals by Jenn Cochran

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gift Giving

It is the gift giving season & to celebrate that we are wrapping! I made this wrap out of plain packing paper and color sprays, with touches of gold acrylic paint. Such a great way to make your own wrapping paper-and recycle too! 

A fun contrast is adding Daniel Torrente's Christmas Ornaments with white embossing. Just be sure your paper is very dry before you emboss. You could also re-recycle this paper after the gift is opened by using it as an art journal background paper or die cut shapes out of it and use it for embellishments.

For the tag I embossed in gold and colored Mr. Tangled Enthusiasm with pens. After inking the tag with distress inks I used Stickles for the lights to add some bling. The Christmas saying is a wonderful stamp by Maryse Carrier. Coloring it in a contrasting color helps it pop. 

A big thanks to Stampotique for letting me design for them this month! Have a happy holidays!  (Karen:  Stampotique thanks you for being a part of our team this month and showing off your gorgeous creations!)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas Fairy

Just a quick post from me today to show this little Christmas Fairy wall hanging that I've created for this weeks challenge over at Stampotique which is to use paint on your creation.

The fairy is of course the beautiful Stella wearing Big Bee's wings!

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Wish upon a star..

Here's a quick and simple card using a scrap of left over background paper! I've fallen hook, line & sinker for Kira's Line Up of cats. It's their expressions! They make me laugh out loud!

Here I've used just the smallest kitty and here he is wishing upon a star!

Thank you for calling and leaving a comment if you get the chance. I hope you like my card. You can find lots more of Kira's fantastic characters HERE. Have a great weekend. Happy stamping, Gez oxox

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bee Box

I love the way the bee and the hexagon stamps work so well on this shaped box.
I used the Jo Capper-Sandon stamps
Hexagon , Medium/Small Bee and the Word " Wish"

Thank you for looking, Carol x

Friday, November 16, 2012

Rainy day again!?

We've had lots and lots of rainy days here in the UK and sometimes it leave you feeling fed up.. I decided to make a card for a dear friend to cheer her up!

 Stamps used: 
and for the background

A great simple card with an inky background, great fun to make on a rainy day!
 Happy creating, Gez oxox

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Keep Calm..

I've made a bookmark for the new challenge this week over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog. Our hostess Nellie has chosen the theme nature. I made this bookmark for a poorly lady, I hope she likes it!

  Stamps used:
Hung Out To Dry, Giant Shroom, Dangling Stars, Floral Flutter, Keep Calm

Also, included on the bookmark is a gorgeous star by Jo Capper-Sandon
that appeared on the front of a UK magazine.. got to LOVE Jo's designs.
I hope you like.. thank you for calling. Happy creating, Gez

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Nature Journal Page

Here is Karen Bearse's art journal page for the nature challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge which starts today. 

"When I saw this cute monster hugging the owl (my little hoo hoo by Kira Nichols) I had to have it! Of course I also had to have her owl tree. I started this page in my re-purposed book so the background is book print. This art journal is home to my favorite quotes. For the page acrylic paint is used as the background. The leaves at the top of the page are stenciled with archival. When stamping on acrylic it is best to use archival ink, the paint makes a slippery surface causing other inks to smear easily. I randomly stamped the mushrooms at the bottom of the page.  Tissue paper was stamped with more mushrooms (black ink) which were then cut out & carefully adhered with decoupage glue. This helped to create depth on the page. After stamping the cute monster and coloring him in he was pop-doted on the page adding even more depth. I put the saying that comes with him on an inked tag. The owl branch stamp and quote finished the page off. What I like about this page is the depth created. The monster cutie looks like he is standing in a field of mushrooms. Good luck with the challenge this week! To see more of my Stampotique creations check out my blog aka Scrapowl!"

Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Card by Jenn Cochran

Happy Friday!  Hope everyone had a great week!  
This week I have a Birthday card for you.  It is featuring an image by R. Maria Sabina: Zara's Cupcake.  I Love this image....looks like the little bunny is on a sugar overload!

I colored the image with Copics.  Finished off the color scheme with a stack of buttons.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Created for Stampotique by Jenn Cochran

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Christmas Canvas

Our wonderful guest design for November, Karen Bearse created this awesome Christmas canvas to share with you today.  

For my first project I made this fun holiday canvas. I love Daniel Torrente's style especially his awesome Charlie Brown tree. It was fun working with his images! 
I started by layering torn paper on a canvas & than covering it with a wash of gesso. I love this technique, you can use some of your stash papers & tone them down making a nice start to your background. 

Next came stencils & sprays to add some interest. Once dry stamping with random background stamps helped grunge up the page. The stars were made with stencils, & modeling paste. Once the paste is dry, the colors tend to bleed through so using a sharpie poster marker helps whiten them up. I find that Carrot's (Jill Penney) hair looks like mistletoe perfect for the top of the canvas. 

It is tough to stamp on canvas so the the images were stamped, embossed, colored on paper and cut out. To help my tree & words pop- I smudged oil pastel to highlight. 

Christmas is sparkly so this canvas has lots of that going on. Stickles are your sparkle friends and are great to use on top of modeling paste, as berries, and on my mistletoe leaves. Last step is a bit of paint on a foundation sponge with a star stencil- helps blend the images into the canvas.