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Sunday 29 September 2013

Stampotique Design Team Call 2014 x 2

I have submitted this creation to showcase for the Stampotique Designer Team call as I feel it really demonstrates my ability to  think "Outside the Box", which is one of the criteria asked for in the brief.
Brooom, Brooom

My work is often peppered with humour. Hence the title for this piece "Brooom, Brooom". Just how a supersonic, modern day witch should travel, house and all, two broomstick powered.

Broom Broom Photoshop

I enjoy combining stamps, using two or more together and finding ways to combine them, adding hats and patterns to create characters and interest.

My work is often a bit quirky and grungy but recently I have been enjoying making clean and simple cards that have a sharp eye for design.

This is a recent example of one of my clean and simple makes. I stamped on to fabric and then free machined stitched into it to add detail and contrast. Simply attached with eyelets and a piece of washi tape and finished with a sentiment in cherry ink.

I have been an avid fan of Stampotique stamps for a long time and have been using them from my early days of exploring stamping. I first happened across Stampotique stamps when I attended a workshop with Sue Roddis, which I think was in 2007. I fell in love with them and started my collection from that day. I believe my use of them in my creations and blog posts contributed to them becoming popular in the UK as I often received comments like " What quirky stamps, not quite sure if I like these stamps or love them, where did you find them?" Over time I saw more and more people start to use them. I would link my blog posts up to where they could be purchased in the UK.

I like to try to use the stamps in an imaginative way. Thinking up new ways to use them and to think outside the box and play with materials.

I have been involved with numerous design teams such as Gingersnaps, Unruly Paper Arts, Rogue Redhead Designs and Something Completely Different. I have been guest designer for a number of stamp companies. I have had my work published in Craft Stamper magazine.

I enjoy challenges as they push you to create and challenge you to adapt and to think around a subject. I like to push my boundaries rather than copy others.

I would be proud, delighted and extremely happy to be part of the Stampotique Design Team in either capacity, the challenge team or the blog team.

LIM:Week 139 Sketch #10: Sketch

Tis week at Less is More it is sketch week.

Here is the sketch to use.

And here is my creation.

I used Technique Tuesday Stamp frames and a Paperbag Studio stamp for the face.
Coloured in the face to give highlight, definition and focus.

As it is a one layer card I will also enter it into One Layer Wednesday.

Thursday 26 September 2013

LIM : Week 138: Felt or Fabric

For the Less is More  this week the challenge was to use fabric.
I have stamped onto fabric with Butterscotch yellow and then free machined into the image to give definition and character. Simple attached with two eyelets and a piece of script tape at the bottom.
A wonderful saying using Cranberry Ink.

Tuesday 24 September 2013

SDC117: Birthday Theme

This is my Birthday card for the SDC117 Challenge
I started with a word stamp as a background.
The Kisses ribbon was used above this.
I have used Stampotique  stamps "Framed" and "Cone Hat". I first stamped the hat onto the card. I stamped "Framed" onto Kraft card and cut out. I then  carefully cut up the sides of the hat to fit it onto the boys head. "Framed" was slid into position and stuck down.

Sunday 22 September 2013

Tag Along: Masculine

This is my entry for Tag Along: Masculine. I rather enjoy making masculine images and colours.
I have used a "Sneaker" stamp which I can proudly say is my own design. A rather iconic image. It is available from The Artistic Stamper if anyone is interested and only £3.85

Saturday 21 September 2013

Paper Artsy Challenge with Joanne Wardle

I loved joining in this challenge. I must admit I am a sucker for a good pun! And this idea tickled me.
I hope it is eligible as not all the stamps are Paper Artsy. I tried reading very carefully but could find no information as to yeah or nah.
It doesn't really matter as I enjoyed myself, which is the most important aspect.

The splatter stamp and the alphabet letters are both Paper Artsy stamps.

Tuesday 17 September 2013

Less is More: Get Well card

Trust me. I did not read the brief carefully enough at Less is More! So thank you Chrissy for bringing it to my attention. I appreciate that. Here is the second take. Similar layout but this time it definitely is a one layer card!

This time the border was sponged ink through a stencil. The stamp was coloured with water colour pens and then huffed on and stamped.

Sunday 15 September 2013

Less is More 137: Get well Card

A simple get well card to join in the challenge at Less is More.

I actually do not have a "Get Well" stamp or anything similar, or least could not find one. I could have hand written or used alphabet stamps but decided I preferred the card plain and simple and I would write Get Well Soon inside instead.

Ironically I have a really dear friend who I talked to yesterday and who has come down with shingles. 
I have just picked some flowers from the garden, baked a cake and will delivery these with a home made curry in about half an hour along with this card.

Friday 13 September 2013

One Layer Wednesday 157: All about the sentiment:

All about the sentiment at One Layer Wednesday 

I can do that!

Love this sentiment and to bring it further to life I have made openings in the card to mirror the words.
There are punched openings where the love can pour through!

Again I would not have done or known about this challenge if it were not for my stamping friend! Joanna!

Tag 3. Polka Dots

Polka Dots

Since I am playing along with Joanna, it was she who led me to this challenge.

Just a quick bit of fun to keep me on my roll and to tag Joanna back!
The background polka dots is an Artistic Stamper background image.
The spotty ribbon and saying are both Elusive Images stamps.

Sunday 8 September 2013

Less is More 136: Play it Back: To Joanne

Less is More this week is colour week with Dark Green and Rust


I think this is just such an amazing photograph. I actually have it in my scrapbook of images. Those eyes tell a thousand stories and just soooo beautiful, but also haunting. And the colours glorious.

Joanne and I have been playing together and she is leading me back into enjoying stamping and blogging again.

I only wish we could share a cup of tea together, so the next best thing is to send you this.

Have a great Sunday.

Saturday 7 September 2013

Clean and simple stamping 256

Sketch challenge:    256


Again the knowledge of this challenge came from Joanne Wardle. I saw her make and looked at the challenge and felt yes, this too would be manageable. I hope Joanne doesn't feel as if I am stalking her. I look at is as if I am playing along with Joanne. Thank you Joanne for again giving me inspiration.

It doesn't take me long to get back into my quirky stride!

Old Paper and Pumice stone were sponged through sequin waste. Then stamped over with 2 different stamps. The border was cut from a paper pad...sorry forgotten the name...I am sure many of you will recognize the image.

Thursday 5 September 2013

Time to come out of hiding!

Yes, I have been a non blogger for long enough now. It is time I came out of hiding and started being active with the blogging world again. It has been a long time for numerous reasons. I was doing 3 courses last year that kept me very busy and that coupled with an unpleasant crafting experience rather took the joy out of it all for me. (some of you may know what I am talking about, but that is as far as I am prepared to go on my blog. It is all behind me now anyway.)

This change has accumulated for a number of reasons. It is a new academic year and a good time to turn a new leaf. My eldest daughter has gone off to Uni which is very emotional but also I am very proud of her and so pleased for her. Thirdly my courses have stopped temporarily so I have a little more time. But 2 weeks time I plan to continue with photoshop level 3 and web page design. We will see how this pans out. I realised a while ago a day was not perfect unless I could learn something new.
Fourthly, I want to salute Joanne Wardle, as her simple cards recently have inspired me that to start I can do simple cards, to break the ice so to speak.

So with less waffle her is my contribution this week.

So any encouragement you can give me to get me back on the road will be hugely appreciated. Saying that I am away next week so it will probably be quite then.

Thank you all you wonderful crafters.
I know 99.9% of you all are the most generous and sharing people. XXX
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