Friday, February 28, 2014

keeping calm with Sarah

"Keep calm, smile and create beautiful things!"

It's been a very busy week so this tag is very much a message to myself!  I find smooching paint and ink around, colouring in and 'cutting and sticking' very relaxing but sometimes I really have to fight to find the time to do it.

But it's definitely worth it!  I feel better through the actual 'making', and can keep on enjoying my 'beautiful things' indefinitely :)

Stampotique Stamps used:

Thursday, February 27, 2014

You are the one

My passion for collaging with scraps is deeply embedded in my elementary art teacher roots. 
I love when pictures tell stories, and this one is about bringing home my puppy.
I drew a car for Stampotique's Jill Penny and Toto to ride in and pasted them into my collage.

For my inspiration behind this collage, follow me to

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Monochromatic - Wednesday's With Claudine

Happy mid-week (Wednesday) to you, I hope your having a wonderful week
I've been messing around in my craft room and creating some classes for my teaching schedule but I always have time for my favorite Stampotique blog posts.

This week our wonderful Tanja is challenging us to create with Monochromatic in mind. This means all the same color just maybe different shades of that color.
Be sure to check out the Designers Challenge Blog for more inspiration and to link up your creation

This week, I am using Stampotique Stamps -

Give The Dog A Bone - by Maryse Carrier
Poochas Gracias - From Carol's Collection

Monochromatic is tough for me because I like using many different colors and shades but I had a great time creating this card and figuring out what I wanted to do with it. 
I hope you will come over and join us for this challenge
Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday with Val and a Cheeky Card

Hi everyone!
Today I'd like to share a "cheeky" (or is that cheaky? LOL!) little card with you.
To achieve the elements in this card, I have used:
Copic Markers, paper piecing, a Kaleidacolor ink pad and a bent sentiment.
Have a fabulous day!
Val :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
I wish I'd worn panties
“People who wear G-strings suffer from indecision.” 
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Confessions of a Misfit

Monday, February 24, 2014

it's monday time

mondays sure do come around quickly these days.  here is a postcard i did.   i used my little church rubber stamp to make it.  i stamped it on magazine pages i painted.  then cut it out and stitched it on.  hopefully all of your important questions will be answered this year.  

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Astrid on Sunday

Hello you! Have you seen the banner!! I'm so honored that they choose a part of my art journal page for it. The whole blog is looking amazing by the way.
This Sunday I have a colorful card for you, this one makes me happy, hopefully you too :-D
I used My Favorite Things Die-Namics (Blueprints) to cut my paper and used Dylusions spray (Cut Grass & Funky Fuchsia) to color them. I stamped the cool background stamp with Archival (Emerald Green). The lovely birds are colored with Distress Markers.

Stamps used;

Thanks for stopping by!

Much Love

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Coby's Saturday

Saturday and I'm the one who may inspire you!
For today I played with Yupo and Alcohol Ink.
Yupo is a synthetic "paper".
With Alcohol ink and Solution you can make
the most beautiful backgrounds.
Just do it and you will see, it's addictive!

Stamps I used: Sheep Monster and  Sometimes I pretend

Thanks for comming by and I love to read your reactions.

Friday, February 21, 2014

waxing lyrical

 I'm loving the blog makeover, what do you think?

I mentioned last week that my sewing machine had been calling me, but I have to say that wax and teabags were shouting pretty loudly too!  So I gave in ;)  There's a different tag over on my blog, complete with some detail on how I made the tags.  This one's my favourite though.

I opened up the teabag and stamped 'journey collage' on one side using an archival blank ink, then treated the other side just like a page in my art journal!  I sprayed some Dylusions ink on the teabag then stenciled on some white paint through a harlequin stencil.  The heart was stitched on after waxing the teabag, and the word 'love' added afterwards too.

Stampotique Stamps Used:
Journey Collage by Amy Wilson Wellenstein
So faith, hope...Corinthians by Carol's Collection

ps the Stampotique Originals website's had a makeover too, definitely worth a look!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

What does the fox say?

I love that song by Ylvis and the hit inspired me to make some animal sound ATCs. So grab your little ones and hunt through your Stampotique images for the animals and make some sound cards!. The stamps used in this collection are:

Chick cube 9098
Barnyard Cube 9106
Crow Line 9210
Cat Family 9251

Follow me at  See you next Thursday!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Using Acetate - Wednesday's With Claudine

Good Day everyone! How are you all doing today? I wanted to take another moment to "Thank You" all for coming by and commenting on mine and all the design team member's posts. We really appreciate your support for Stampotique

This week over at the Stampotique Designer Challenge Blog  our wonderful and talented Corrie has challenged us to use some  acetate in your projects. 

Make sure once your creation is done to head over and link it up for a chance to win a Stampotique gift certificate

For this challenge I am using the following Stampotique Stamps:

Bard - By Amy Wilson Wellenstein
Footprints - Carol's Collection

I put together a postcard for this challenge and used acetate for the wings and also the heart

For more details on how I made this postcard please visit my blog

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday with Val and a Bookmark

Good morning!
Roc and I have used the same beautiful stamp this week!
Well, they say great minds think alike!! LOL!
Here's a colorful little paper-pieced bookmark made from the scrap pile.
Tip: use a stamp positioner to place your image in exactly the right spot on your scraps of paper.
Thank you for dropping by,
Val :)
Roc's Angel by Stampotique Originals
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."

Monday, February 17, 2014

it's monday

it's monday once again and i've made a postcard for the stampotique designer's blog.  i used a few of my rubber stamps to create this piece:  learning to fly, roc's angel, and scalloped lace border.

if you would like to hear more about how i created this postcard hop on over to my blog for more details.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Astrid on Sunday

Hello you! Happy to see you here :-) I have made an art journal page for my Sunday post.
For this page I began with scraping some gesso through a stencil, after this was dry I sprayed the page with Dylusions. I splattered with some black acrylics and stamped the Journey Collage with a Distress Ink pad. I paper pierced Scooter Girl and gave her a smile because she enjoys life :-)

Stamps used:

Thanks for stopping by!

Much Love

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Coby's Saturday

Time flies, Saturday again. For today I stamped on a Gelliprint.
What I mean is: I love to play with my Gelli Plate, to make a lot 
of prints en when I wanted to make something
I look in a big draw with all my prints.
Then I stamp on it, so I'm not stamping on the Gelli Plate.

The stamp I used is such a sweety, many persons don't know that
Stampotique also has such sweet stamps.
I love them!

Used stamp: 3 girls

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

 Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope you have a lovely one.


I'm in a sewing mood at the minute ...

... so I gathered a collection of fabrics, stamped on a couple of them then settled down at my sewing machine.

Stamps Used:
Daniel's Hearts by Daniel Torrente
Metal Love by Amy Wilson Wellenstein

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Story behind the stamp

Courting (9180) is one of my favorite images. I used it along with my circle border (9136) to create this tag.  The soft colors are from Faber-Caswell Gelatos and a light application of gesso.

If you would like to learn the story behind this stamp follow me to

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Perfect Pairs Journal Page - Wednesday with Claudine

Hello everyone, I hope your having a wonderful week thus far. I love being able to pop in here half way through your work week and hopefully give you some inspiration for our weekly Designer's Challenges

This week the wonderful Kathi is challenging us to do some "Perfect Pairs", meaning two stamped images, two colors (other than black), two textures or pairs of embellishments.. just two things that go great together well

I have created a journal page and am using the following Stampotique Stamps -
Mela - By Daniel Torrent
Oliver - By Daniel Torrent

These two stamps, in my opinion, are a perfect pair, they look like they just go together and I love that about them

I used a paper towel and some distress paint to create my background for this journal page

I also added some torn book pages, gelato hearts, wash tape and some stenciling after my paint was dry (sorry, forgot to take a photo of this step)

I then stamped, colored (with distress markers) and cut out my Mela and Oliver

In order to make my Mela and Oliver stand out a bit more off the page I outlined them and then added black paint

I glued them directly on top of that and finished up my pages, have a look

I really am loving how they turned out and this is now one of my favorite ever journal pages
Thanks once again for stopping by and having a look, cheers to you!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuesday with Val and a Shaped Card

Today I would like to share 3 techniques!

  1. Shaped card: First, I stamped the chair on polka dot paper and pasted it to my card front.  I then cut through all layers (chair, card front, and card back) to create a shaped card.
  2. Paper piecing: Next, I stamped the chair on a baroque paper, cut out the arm covers and chair skirt and pasted them over the polka dot paper.
  3. Altered stamp: Finally, I inked the edges and face of the spotted monster (avoiding the dots in the centre) and drew in little hearts instead of spots just for Valentine's Day!

Thanks so much for dropping by!
Val :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Spiral Velvet Chair, Waving Spotted Monster
"When the grandmothers of today hear the word 'Chippendales,' they don't necessary think of chairs."
Jean Kerr

Monday, February 10, 2014

it's monday - so it must be roc

hello once again. it's roc here.  today i'm bringing you another altered envelope.  i'm totally addicted to making these!  i used my rubber stamps b grateful and heart vine to create this.  to find out more details on how you can win this envelope hop on over to my blog.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Astrid on Sunday

Happy Sunday! It's my turn and I have a sweet tag for you :-)
I used My Favorite Things and Tim Holtz dies to cut my paper and colored them with the sweetest colors Dylusions have. Stamped with my newest and already favorite background stamp on a Fishtail. I colored the sweet tooth with Distress markers. And wrote Sweetheart on the banner. VoilĂ ... a sweet tag for you!

Stamps used:

Thanks for stopping by!

Much Love

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Coby's Saturday.

Last week I had a workshop at de Craftorij, one
of the three stores in the Netherlands where we can buy
Stampotique. So I did, of course:-).
I bought Hexagons:

Love hexagons and I thought: ok I'm going to make an Art Journalpage
with it. I placed the stamp on my desk and when I was playing with
7 dots papers I got a total differend idea.
Stamp on 7 dots paper, cut it and embos with clear embossing powder.
Black paper as a background and a lovely qoute to finish
the card.

Used stamps: hexagons, a thing of beauty.

Friday, February 7, 2014

my Stampotique February calendar pages by Sarah A

I am so pleased with myself...I've got beyond January with this year's calendar pages!  This is a first :)

To be honest, it's probably because I'm committed to posting here each Friday ... calendar pages are a nice project to share.  I also enjoyed the challenge of just using Stampotique images.

I decided to colour Peggy's face and hands, rather than paper-piece them.  Whilst colouring I discovered that she had a heart on her jumper ... I'd never noticed that before!

I was a bit worried that the white hearts stood out too much, but once they have writing on they 'tone down' a touch ...

... and I think I like it :)

Stamps used:
Peggy by Jill Penney and Daniel Torrente
Daniel's Hearts by Daniel Torrente
Row of Numbers by Amy Wilson Wellenstein
Journey Collage by Amy Wilson Wellenstein
Alphabitties by Jill Penney and Daniel Torrente

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Repurposing; first aid tape

It’s been a busy few days for me so I have resorted to a simple and fast repurposing project. Many people have been making their own washi tape.  As a believer of using what you have on hand, I’ve decided to repurpose some of the rolls of first aid tape that were left over from a never to be repeated injury.  It’s lightweight, flexible, and easy to reposition.  The tape takes acrylic well, which is the first step before stamping.

I loved to use my Stampotique  tiny hand helds , and mini city cube  for this project.  The text is from my collage definition stamp. Details on my blog at 
The weekend is nearly here. Try making some repurposed washi tape!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sister's Canvas - Wednesday's With Claudine

Good morning all, I hope your having a wonderful week thus far. I'm having a fabulous week,

and I received some new Stampotique stamps in the mail and I cannot wait to get busy and play with them.

We have a new challenge for you up on the  Desingers Challenge Blog this week.
Jackie is challenging us to use a "Heart" in your art this week. Make sure to come by the designer's blog and link up your creation for a chance to win

For my creation, I decided to make something for my daughter. 
Her and her sister are 6 years apart and haven't been around each other much in the passed years so they are really loving spending time together lately and since we have moved back to Colorado they have truly re-connected.

For this canvas I used Stampotique Stamps -
Stacked Love - By Roc Nicholas
Tenticurl - By Jo Capper-Sandon
Seaweed - By Jo Capper-Sandon 

I used a photo that we took at Christmas this passed year, I decided to go with a brown and cream color pallet so I printed my photo in the sepia tone.

My hearts are subtle in this project but they are definitely there

Thanks so much for your kind comments each week and for stopping by
For more info on how this canvas came together please visit my blog

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tuesday with Val and a CAS Postcard

Today's clean and simple postcard is inspired by reality!
Hubby is outta town for the week
and one of my sista-friends is out of town all month...
it's pretty quiet around here this week!! 
Guess I'll just have to spend more time stamping!!! :)
Thank you for stopping by,
Stamp: Call Me by Stampotique Originals
Sentiment: Handwritten
“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” 
Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Monday, February 3, 2014

roc's monday blog post

hi. it's roc here.  i created this altered envelope for my post today.  i used my rubber stamps monster for the face and for the wings i used my rubber stamp flying bird.  it's easy to use my rubber stamps to cut them apart and use bits and pieces to form something totally new and unique.  i hope you try it soon!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Astrid on Sunday

Happy Sunday you!! It's almost Valentine, so I got a lovely card for you :-)
I used Dylusions (Cherry Pie, Vibrant Turquoise and Bubblegum Pink), My Favorite Thing Die-Namics (Blueprints) and of course the awesome stamps from Stampotique.

Stamps used:

Thanks for stopping by!

Much Love

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Coby's Saturday

Today it's the first saturday of the month, so time for
a new Calendar page: February.
I  really was suprised that a Birthday Calendar
is so unknown.
In the Netherlands almost every body has one in the 
toilet at home and sometimes also at work.
So: start making one for your own or print mine and write all
the names of your family and Friends on it.


I stamped on a Gelliprint and I used:

Thanks for passing by, love to read your comment!