Monday, 27 June 2011

Playing with Stampotique Stamps

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and i was very fortunate to get seven Stampotique stamps from different friends who knew i had fallen in love with Daniel Torrente and Jill Penney’s drawings. There is a list of seventeen images i would love to own, lists have been given out and will wait and see what happens… I have as many things crossed as i can, not permanently of course lol.

Here are the images of the stamps i now get to play with. Top from the left is Karin, Heart Throb, Weird Peggy and Moon Girl.

set of 4 stampotique   set of three stampotique

Here we have, from the left Moth Fab, Twinkie and O Joy who is my favourite, he reminds me of the Grinch and will be making a few xmas cards with him very soon.  All of these drawings are very Tim Burtonesque and yet so very individual.  Daniel Torrente is such a talented artist and i am so glad he decided to share his talent and give us such fun images.  Entered an image of Twinkie into the Play Date Cafe Challenge this week.  Very early this morning i made this card from the Moth Fab stamp.

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moth fab 01  

Mentioned above that it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and my two friends B & J were very kind and gave me four eggs from their home reared Hens.  Always have a joke about never being older than nine and shared this with J, when i opened the Omlet box of four lovely eggs she had painted them with letters spelling out one of the numbers which when added to the four eggs made my number for this year.

Does this sound complicated??? Not really if you want to play along just add your age numbers together, if you are 35 then you are 8, 3+5 = 8.  This way you are never older than nine and you get to have your terrible two’s all over again if you like, or not lol…

When stamping out any image i always stamp onto a backing sheet, to catch any off the page images or if need to take off a little ink before stamping directly onto a card, this goes for any colouring or mica spraying i do, it all ends up on this same backing paper.  After a little while these  papers start to develop into really useful background papers so i store them and use for occasions like this.  I stamped Moth Fab’s image onto one of these background papers  as i wanted a warm tone to the card.  Cut her out and then coloured in her hair using DI Aged Mahogany and Vintage Photo.  Her face was done using DI Tattered Rose.  Chose to add googly eyes just because thought it would bring Moth Fab’s face alive. 

Used Aged Mahogany, Pine Needles, Chipped Sapphire, Broken china and Spiced Marmalade DI’s for the background colours. Creative Expressions, American Crafts and Funstamps images and Claudine Helmuth’s Multi-Medium Matt glue to attach Moth Fab to the card.  Decided to go over the whole card with a coat of the Matte Multi-Medium.

Was really made up to have received such a thoughtful and imaginative present so had to make them a Thank You card. The eggs were amazing and so very tasty.  Thanks again to B & J:-) xxx

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Monday, 6 June 2011

Less Is More Challenge Number 18

This weeks over at the  fantastic challenge site Less is  More it’s a MONOCHROME challenge. Do go and check out this wonderful blog, always so much inspiration and lovely people who share some amazing ideas.

Would like to say a huge thank you to every person who has taken some of their precious time to drop by ad leave a comment.  I am not always able to return the compliment so apologise if i’ve neglected to comment over the last few weeks.  Time and health issues are not always on my side.

Managed six cards this week, some have worked and some haven’t, if you would like to leave feedback it is always appreciated whether it be good or bad, always wanting to learn…


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This last card was done using Weathered Wood DI but the cut and dry i used had a tinge of green on it so not too sure if it would qualify, just in case i did the tall card above. Used a setting on my camera which allows me to take a picture using a frame, i like it as it looks like it’s already in an album.

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That’s it for this week.  Hoping my cards qualify for this weeks challenge.  Trying to make the post shorter by not listing the materials used.  If anyone is interested please ask and i will tell you.

Have a great week, thanks for dropping by:-)

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Cat Stamp

I found this very lovely cat stamp at my favourite craft shop and i just had to purchase him.  It was my friends birthday a little while ago and i made her this card from her two cats.

marmalade cat crop 01 

Used  Creative Expressions stamp set Vintage Dressmaking for the cotton reels and used Rusty Hinge and Broken China DI to colour the cat image. Recently got a Martha Stewart Daisy border punch, used Cinnamon Stickles glitter glue for the centres of the daisy border.

The eyes have it…

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Less Is More Challenge Number 17

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This week over at the ever so popular Less Is More our challenge is to  PICK A SQUARE. Have just looked on the site and there are more than 250 entries so far this week, most of them are amazing and i’m not too sure if i should even post my not very good cards…

Went on a crafting day to learn how to make Millifiori polymer clay canes last week and my hands were so sore afterwards. They had swelled and bruised and have made it difficult to craft this last few days.  Started making the cards last Sunday during the Monaco F1 race and only just finished. Hands haven’t felt comfortable typing until now. I found this quite a tricky challenge but here are my entries …

skull 01 crop

skull macro 01 crop

Angel Hair crop 01

Angel Hair macro crop 01

button crop 01

button crop 02

Japanese crop 01

Japanese macro crop 01

medalllion crop 01

If you have the time to leave a comment it will be greatly appreciated and will pop by and leave one on yours.  Feedback is always welcome good or bad but i must say you might find it hard to find anything positive to say as i don’t feel the cards are that good.

Thanks for taking the time to drop by:-)