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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Stampotique Challenge - Ornaments

Todays challenge over at Stampotique Designers Challenge has been set by the very talented Maria who has chosen Ornaments.  Here is what Maria has to say about her challenge

'' Christmas is right around the corner. Are you ready for Santa? Create an ornament for your Christmas tree, the front door or for a special present. How do you like Christmas this year? Traditional or modern? Have fun creating and Happy Holidays.''

 
I decided to make a hanging ornament using a Cherry Lynn heart die.  I started off by sponging various distress inks over some white card, then stamping some Stampotique text stamps randomly over the card :- Shoot for the moon (7114) and World all her own (3035)  Splattered some black ink then inked over a stencil.  Then I cut out 5 hearts, folded them down the middle and glued them together.  I then stamped Large Tree Topper Angel (6157) on the same card, cut her out and attached her to the ornament with ribbon.  And here it is...



Please pop over to Stampotique to see what my ultra talented Design Team members have created. 
 
To join in with our challenges, please link directly to your creations, not to your blog. You must include the challenge # behind your name! You may use any stamps for our challenges, of course we always enjoy seeing your work with Stampotique stamps, but is no longer required. The challenges are now open for the whole month. Two winners will be randomly chosen at the end of the month from all the challenge participants to win a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps.
 
Thanks for looking
 
Polly xx
 

Friday, 14 December 2012

Suzi Blu

Been a little quiet on the blog just recently but thats because in my spare time I've been practising drawing and colouring Suzi Blu dolls  :O)  I've also been trying out beeswax with a quilting iron.  So here is one of my dolls to show you - still got some way to go yet with the colouring but its getting there (kinda)

 
Thanks for looking
 
Polly xx




Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Stampotique is sponsoring the challenge blog Wicked Wednesday ATC. Their challenge this week is Wing it (things with wings) and it must be a ATC ;-)

I decided to use Stampbord on my ATC - something I have had in my stash for yonks - and one of my favourite Stampotique stamps ever Smushasha (6121)




Come join us and get the change to win a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps.

Thanks for looking

Polly xx

Stampotique Challenge - Sentiment

Its time again to join in with this weeks challenge over at Stampotique - this time the very talented Gez has chosen the theme SENTIMENT.  Here is what Gez has to say about her challenge:-

I love to add sentiments to my artwork whether I am cardmaking or art journaling. To me a simple sentiment can say it all. Stampotique Originals have a lovely selection of sentiments to suit all occasions and tastes and as you would expect from Stampotique some out of the norm sentiments too!  So, it's time to get creative and share your favourite sentiments with us.
Have fun!
 
Here is my creation for the theme - a little plaque using TH Baroque Die, Sizzix Wings, Cuttlebug embossing folder, rubon wax, some flowers from my stash and the Stampotique sentiment World all her own (3035)
 
 
Please pop over to Stampotique to see what my ultra talented Design Team members have created. 
 
To join in with our challenges, please link directly to your creations, not to your blog. You must include the challenge # behind your name! You may use any stamps for our challenges, of course we always enjoy seeing your work with Stampotique stamps, but is no longer required. The challenges are now open for the whole month. Two winners will be randomly chosen at the end of the month from all the challenge participants to win a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps.
 
Thanks for looking
 
Polly x

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Stampotique Challenge - Paint


Yeayyyyyy time again for a new challenge over at Stampotique - this weeks them has been set by the very talented Libby.  Here is what Libby has to say about her challenge:-

"Ever since I can remember I've been inspired by my Gramma Betty. She is an amazing artist. I grew up watching her paint sets for our local community theater group she co-founded, painting make-up onto the faces of the actors, painting beautiful paintings with her oils and painting gorgeous cheeseboxes with her acrylics. With a paintbrush in her hand, there's nothing she can't do!

I chose the theme for this week's challenge in honor of my amazing grandmother. She can paint with any medium, and so can you - acrylics, watercolors, daubers, whatever your little heart desires. Just use same sort of PAINT on your project this week!"

I decided to paint a plain door hanger that I have had in my stash for yonks!!  I used TH Paint dabbers to paint the background and used paint on the stamps too (remember to wash the paint off the stamps once finished).  I coloured Dweeze (6102) in copics, stamped Abstract Foliage (3031) around the edge in TH Paint Dabbers.  Painted through some sequin waste with dabbers, added the text Do I look like a freakin' people person (8987), a torn off sheet of text paper from an old book, added the black and white border and here it is......


Why not pop over to Stampotique Designers Challenge site and see what amazing creations my fellow Design Team have created.  Don't forget that each month 2 lucky people will win a $30 gift certificate to spend on Stampotique stamps!

Polly x

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Stampotique Challenge - Hanging / Home decoration

Wahayyy its that time again for another challenge over at Stampotique and this weeks theme of Hanging /Home decoration has been chosen by the very talented Samantha - here is what Samantha has to say..

"I'm a firm believer that everyone should enjoy art and the things we create shouldn't be hidden away in draws or boxes but shown and shared with everyone, and what better way than to embellish our homes than to make a decorative hanging using our Stampotique stamps? So your challenge for this week is to make a hanging decoration for your home, I can't wait to see your creations! The most important thing is to have fun!"

I decided to use Alcohol Inks and Acetate to make a window hanging using TH Baroque die and a similar Spellbinders shape.  I overlaid the alcohol inked acetate over some white glitter card to make the decoration POP but just couldnt seem to catch the glitter in ANY photo I took tut but it is there!!! (will have another try this afternoon from a different angle). I have used the quote Keep Calm (7305), a large crystal, some chain and here it is...



Why not pop over to Stampotique Designers Challenge site and see what amazing creations the Design Team have created.  Don't forget that each month 2 lucky people will win a $30 gift certificate to spend on Stampotique stamps!

Thanks for looking

Polly x

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Stampotique Challenge - Funny Halloween

Its Wednesday and time again for another challenge over at Stampotique.  This time the theme Funny Halloween has been chosen by the very talented Astrid and this is what she has to say about it -

Happy Halloween, everyone! How exited, this is my first time to host a challenge. Okay... I hope you like a Halloween themed challenge, even if it's a bit last-minute ;-) Personally I thought this years Halloween couldn't be skipped on the Stampotique Challenge blog. There are so many fun Stampotique stamps that can be used for this theme. I challenge you to make something funny this Halloween. I really can't wait to see what you come up with!
 
I decided to make a little Halloween invite using pumpkins from the Halloween Cube 2 (6110), the wings from Medium Bee (3000),  Hallowe'en (7216) and Gussie up, we're having a party (8815)
 
 
 
Please pop over to Stampotique and see all the amazing designs the Design Team have created for this wicked theme and remember you can use any stamps.  Oh by the way we've made a change to the submission rules:
 
 "You will now have until the first challenge of the following month to submit your entries-we will only have one Inlinkz per month (at top of blog); so today marks the start of the challenges for October and it will run through the close of our last challenge for October on November 6, 2012 at noon ET"
 
 which means that you now have even longer to take the opportunity to play along with us Yayyyyy.

Thanks for looking

Polly x
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Stampotique Challenge - Backgrounds


Wahaaayyyyyyy time again for a new challenge over at Stampotique Designers Challenge and this weeks theme has been set by the very talented  Carol Fox .  Here is what Carol has challenged us all with:

"It's my turn to set the theme this week for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge. I love to use my rubber stamps for my backgrounds, so this week you are challenged to use your stamps for your backgrounds, as well as your main focal image.

What I love about using your stamps in this way is that you can get a truly original background as even you will never be able to get the same one again."


I decided to use another one of my new stamps Winter (6053) as the main character.  As for the bacground well... I started off with a piece of 6x4" cardstock.  With a bowl of water I dropped 3 different Alcohol Inks into it and carefully dipped in my cardstock and let it dry.  Then I sponged distress inks around the edges and through a number stencil and then stamped with various colours of Stazon with the following stamps:- Abstract Foliage (3031), Dear Elizabeth Script (7202), Splatter (3014) to add background.  Colour My World was computer generated and here it is ....


Creating backgrounds with lots of inks and stamps is so much fun so why not hop on over to the Stampotique Designer blog for more DT inspiration. You can use any stamps you have too.  When done, link up your piece to the Stampotique Designer blog and who knows, the 30$ gift certicificate for Stampotique stamps might be yours!
 
Thanks for looking
 
Polly x

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Stampotique Challenge - Scrap IT!!!


Wahayyyyy time again for another challenge over at Stampotique and this weeks theme has been set by the ultra talented Jo - Scrap It!!!!

This is what Jo has to say about her theme:

It's my turn to set the theme this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge soI decided on something that I usually avoid- using photographs along sidestamping. No.... come back... don't panic, it's not as scary as it sounds!As a non-scrapper I too feel that fear that perhaps washes over so many when the word 'scrapping' is mentioned, but this challenge theme can incorporate your photographs in anyway possible either on a page, inside a journal, on a canvas, a mini book, an altered item...anything you wish, just as long as you are using stamping somewhere too. If you are a natural scrapper, this theme couldn't be better! And if you are not, make it work for you. Please take a look at the fantastic contributions from the team to see how diverse the artwork has turned out to be."


I love scrapbooking :O) and I have been waiting to use this lovely photo of my daughter for some time now.  The stampotique stamps I have used are Damask (5806)   Fabulous (8990)  and Jo's own designed stamp Leaf (3024).  I created the background by marking off 1.75" squares, stamping the damask stamp inside the square and then in between them - as easy as that :O).  I used a Martha Stewart round the edge punch to create a delicate frill to the page.  Jo's Leaf was stamped on green cardstock twice, cut out and crinkled up and added to some flowers.  I added a couple of white corner rub-ons to the page and a black diamate flourish and here it is........




Hope you will pop over to see what all the creative and talented design team have created - honestly they are all so different their pages will blow you away.

Thanks for looking

Polly x

Thursday, 4 October 2012

A Damask card

Had some time this afternoon to have a play in the craft room so out came my Stampotique Damask stamp (5806) and one of Marias new stamps for Stampotique which is Keep Calm ..(7305) and I made a card!!!!  Wowzers :O) - this doesnt happen very often :O)

I stamped the Damask stamp in Brown Stazon on some white card at 1.75" intervals and then in between them, distressed inked it all over with Old Paper and around the edges with Vintage Photo.  Lightly inked the Melissa Frances frame with Old Paper and Stormy Weather and stamped the sentiment also in Stormy Weather.  Added some cream Toile ribbon, lace, flowers and leaves and here it is....

 
I am adding this into the following challenges
 
The Ribbon Reel - Damsk pattern, lace and ribbon and a neutral colour palette
 
Thanks for looking
 
Polly x

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Stampotique Challenge - Weather

Wahayyyyyyy time again for a new challenge over at Stampotique Challenge blog and this weeks theme is Weather and has been set by the very talented Sue Davis:

Over here in England one of our main topics of conversation is the weather. We can have sun, rain, wind and snow all in the same day. So I'm challenging you to show me some weather - have fun!"

I decided to make a little wall hanging using one of my new Stampotique stamps Relaxin' - 6050.  I blended Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Cut Grass for the background, added some Mustard Seed in the corner and then blended Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed through a Dylusion mask to create rays of sunshine.   Spritzed with water and wiped off.  Relaxin was stamped onto the background and again on Neenah paper and coloured in with Spectrum Noir pens.  I then stamped and cut out Picket Fence - 6090, stamped Carols Small Flower - 9166 onto some already sprayed paper from my stash, stamped around the edges with Abstract Foliage - 3031, added a summer quote and here it is....... 



Why not pop over and see what fantastic designs the Stampotique Design Team have created and join in.  Remember you can use any stamps you like (but we love it when you use Stampotique). Don't forget there are two $30 gift certificates up for grabs at the end of the month to buy more lovely rubber.
Thanks for looking

Polly x







Monday, 24 September 2012

This is my last week as a Guest Designer for Cupcake Craft Challenge and their challenge this week is Fairy Tales.  Before I show you what I made for this challenge I would just like to say a mahoosive thank you to Faye and the team for having me - its been an absolute pleasure :o).

I decided to use my Wizard of OZ digital images by the talented Lily Chilvers of Octopode.  All were printed on Personal Impressions Artisan Smooth White card and all coloured in with Spectrum Noir pens.  I blended a combination of Distress Inks on Manilla tags, splattered water and added pieces of old text to the bottom of each tag.  A Dylusions leaf stamp was stamped at the top with Mowed Grass Distress Ink, a quote was added to each tag and here they are...



Do pop over and see what all the Design Team have created for this challenge - they will certainly inspire you :O)

Polly x

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Stampotique Challenge - Party Favours

Yeayyyyyy its that time again over at Stampotique Challenge and this weeks theme has been set by the ultra talented artist and design team member Maria

''We all like to party! A sweet treat for your friends, family or co workers is always welcome! But the message is the most important. I challenge you to create a party/lunch favour. Could be any theme: halloween, christmas, birthday theme or just because. ''

I decided to make a little party bag (plenty of templates to choose from on Google) inked with the following Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade.  Splattered some water on it, damped off with kitchen roll and splattered with some Dylusions Black Marble ink spray.  Both Smile (6078), Gussie up we're having a party (8815) and Carols Small Flower (9166) were stamped onto Neenah card.  Smile was coloured in with Spectrum Noir pens and the sentiment was cut was edged with black chalk.  A piece of torn text was added to the bottom of the bag, a pearl added to the centre of the flower, some bright pink ribbon was used to tie up the bag and here it is......



Why not pop over to Stampotique Designer's Challenge to see all the lovely designs the Design Team have created and join in with us. Don't forget we are now doing weekly challenges so you will have until Tuesday, 25th September 2012 to link up and play along for your chance to win. All winners from the challenges from the month will have a chance to win, we will randomly draw 2 winners for a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps at our first challenge of the following month (October).  You can use ANY images too but only 1 entry per person.  Stampotique will draw 2 random winners on the first week of our challenge in October fro all those who played in the September challenges.

Thanks for looking

Polly x

Monday, 17 September 2012

Cupcake Craft Challenge - Gold and Script

It's my third week as Guest Designer over at Cupcake Craft Challenge and their theme this week is Gold and Script.

This week I thought I would create a little wall hanging so I got some Manilla paper and used Distress inks in Mustard Seed and Orange Marmalade to create a background.  I then inked up Tim Holtz Papillon Script with Versaink and stamped onto the background, added some gold embossing powder and heated it up.  I then cut out a piece of hardboard and popped that through the Big Shot using Tiim Holtz Baroque diecut and then used the same die on the background and glued both together.  I painted a Melissa Frances frame with Orange Paint Dabbers and then highlighted the raised areas with gold rubon.  I glued behind this the sentiment 'Life is short do what you love'.  Added a flourish, flower and a little gold hanger and here it is......

 
Please pop over the Cupcake Craft Challenges to see what all the very talented Design Team have created and join in with the challenge.

Thanks for looking

Polly x
 

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Stampotique challenge - Mustard, Navy and Orange

Wahahhayyyyyyy its Stampotique Challenge time again - this weeks theme is a colour theme set by another very talented design team member - Jane. The colours - Mustard, Navy and Orange.

After a recent trip to Gainsborough I bought a few templates from House of Sandra and one of them was a shoe.  So out came my Claudine Helmuth Sticky Back Canvas and set to sprarying it with Dylusion Inks - Sweetened Orange, Lemon Zest and Pure Sunshine.  Once dry I then removed the sticky backing and placed the canvas on some orange card, cut round the template and started gluing together the pieces.   The back piece of the shoe was hand drawn as I wanted to create the look of an 'espadrille' (remember those???).  Orange and yellow buttons were stuck together to make the heel, some metal corners were bent slightly to cover the front toe.  A inner sole was cut freehand out of navy card.  Carols Flowers were stamped onto paper already spritzed with ink and cut out to form the flower.  A long length of ribbon was added to tie up the shoe and then it was mounted onto navy card.  I added some butterflies that I printed off on the computer, added the PAPILLON text and here it is...

 
Why not pop over to Stampotique Designer's Challenge to see all the lovely designs the Design Team have created and join in with us. Don't forget we are now doing weekly challenges so you will have until Tuesday, 18th September 2012 to link up and play along for your chance to win. All winners from the challenges from the month will have a chance to win, we will randomly draw 2 winners for a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps at our first challenge of the following month (October).  You can use ANY images too but only 1 entry per person.  Stampotique will draw 2 random winners on the first week of our challenge in Octorber fro all those who played in the September challenges.

Thanks for looking



Monday, 10 September 2012

Cupcake Challenge - In Stitching

Wahayyyyyyyy - my 2nd week as a Guest Designer at Cupcake Craft Challenge !!! and their challenge this week is to show Stitching- Faux or Real stitching.  I'm showing Faux stitching as I don't know how to thread my sewing machine - I seem to have lost the manual!!!

I have stamped the Gorjuss image Waiting onto Kraft card and coloured her in with Polychromos pencils blending with the lighter pencil.  I then diecut the image with a Spellbinders die - Labels and then rubbed on faux stitching from a transfer sheet that had white stitching on it.  Cut lots of pink paper with the same Label diecut, popped it through my Zutter machine, added complimentary ribbons and here it is.....  a little notepad :O)

 
Please pop over the Cupcake Craft Challenges to see what all the very talented Design Team have created and join in with the challenge.

Thanks for looking

Polly x

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Stampotique Challenge - Combining Stamps

Wahahhayyyyyyy its time again for a new challenge over at Stampotique Challenge and the theme has been set by the very talented France - combining Stamps!!!  Genius!!!!

After a lot of thinking and playing I decided to use Karin (6108) and Leaf (3024) - Karin was stamped onto Neenah paper and coloured in with Spectrum Noir pens, Carols Small Flower (9166) and Leaf was stamped onto paper already spritzed and sprayed with ink.  My background is just Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, and Worn Lipstick, spritzed with water and a few drops of black ink dropped onto it.  I added Karins head and legs to the leaf, added a piece of text from an old book, added a border, stamped the sentiment A little garden (9087) and here it is....


Why not pop over to Stampotique Designer's Challenge to see all the lovely designs the Design Team have created and join in with us.  Don't forget we are now doing weekly challenges so you will have until Tuesday, 11th September 2012 to link up and play along for your chance to win.  All winners from the challenges from the month will have a chance to win, we will randomly draw 2 winners for a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps at our first challenge of the following month (October).


You can use ANY images too.

Thanks for looking

Polly xx

Stampotique Grand Finale Blog Hop

Today is our last day of the hop and the images you have been seeing over the last few days are now available over on the Stampotique website.  I have my list all prepared :O)
So today I am very excited to showcase all the lovely images that I chose to work with.  Here I decided to make a little notebook using - Front Door Shubbery 6158 and an old favourite - Picture door 6146

Here is a card using - Stringed Lights 6150, Daniels Tree Topper Large Angel 6157 and another old favourite Jingle your own damn bells



I then made some tags  - the first one using Underwhere 6155 and the sentiment Well la de frigging dah


Daniels Large Tree Topper Angel 6157 and large Moon 3044


Front Door Shubbery 6158, Picture door 6146, Picket Fence 6090 and Hanging Hearts 6119


 All 3 tags together to make the start of an ever expanding Tag Book :O)


And finally a little wall hanging using  Keep Calm 7350


I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have created - your next stop on the blog hop is the very talented France Papillon 



Polly Bennett  You are here

















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And for our last little surprise, all of those who have hopped with us this week and today will be eligible for our random drawing of a winner to get some new release goodies. We will choose our winner next week before our next challenge.

Have fun hopping!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Wahayyyyyy Stampotique Blog Hop Day 4 and New Stamp Release

Did you love Kira's new images?  Doesn't she have the most darling little monsters?
Today we are sharing our last artist, one of our newer artists who makes some fabulous stamps for all those altered journals out there.  She's also one of our talented design team members.  Are you ready to see some of Roc Nicholas' new images?

Hop along with some of the design team today to see some of Roc's new images and come back and let us know what some of your favorites are.   Stick with us until tomorrow and one of you might be rewarded with some goodies.

Roc is sharing with us one of her creations here along with on her blog, so make sure to check it out.  She has used a few of her new stamps on this vibrant piece.

You'll want to start off your hop over at Kaz's blog.

Thanks for stopping by to visit us today and you'll want to stop back by tomorrow for the design team blog hop with all the new releases.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Wahayyy - Stampotique's Blog Hop Day 3 and New Stamp Release

I  know most of you hopping yesterday are chomping at the bit to get Daniel's images...but you'll have to wait a few more days.

Today we are sharing with you the release of the Kira Nichols new images.  You know her from creating the adorable little monsters and she's got a few more up her sleeve to share with us.

Hop along with some of the design team today to see some of Kira's new images and come back and let us know what some of your favorites are.   Stick with us until the final reveal on Wednesday and one of you might be rewarded with some goodies.

Kira is sharing one of her creations here as well as on her blog so make sure to end your hop over at her blog.  Look at this line-up, could they be any cuter?



You'll want to start off your hop over at Libby's blog.


Thanks for stopping by to visit us today and you'll want to stop back by tomorrow for the 4th and final artist we'll be featuring.  This artist always adds some great journaling stamps to the Stampotique collection.

Guest Designer for Cupcake Craft Challenge

Wahayyyyyyyy - I was so excited and so very very chuffed to be asked by Cupcake Craft Challenge to be their Guest Designer for September.  Their challenge this week was chosen by Donna who has selected the following inspiration colour photo....


Love this colour combination - very fresh and spring-like.

So with those colours in mind I decided to make a card!!!  Yep a card - its very rare I make cards - guilty of buying birthday and christmas cards, shocking I know ;o).  I have used lots of 'stash' paper for my card, no inking or distressing whatsoever  as I wanted to keep the card very fresh looking, the flower is made with a Cheery Lyn roll diecut, a few acetate butterflies cut out and here it is............



Please pop over the Cupcake Craft Challenges to see what all the very talented Design Team have created and join in with the challenge.

Thanks for looking

Polly x

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Wahayyy - Stampotique's Blog Hop Day 2 and New Stamp Release

Yesterday you got to see one of our new artists, Maria. Hope you enjoyed seeing her artwork!
Today we promised you a fan favorite, and we're hoping we can deliver on that. If you like spooky and strange characters, you will be happy to know Daniel Torrente has some new images coming your way. Now, I know you are jumping up and down screaming right now...but sit down and focus otherwise you might miss the sneak of some of new creations.
I decided to make a triangular box to hold chocolates in.  I spray inked the card first with Dylusion Inks in Blue London and Royal Blue. I added a piece of old paper text, Stamped Oh.. Tree 6152 on the centre panel.  Mini Ornaments 6153 were stamped onto Neenah paper and coloured in with Spectrum Noir pens, cut out and glued.  Rivets and co-ordinating ribbon were added and here it is............

Hop along with some of the design team today to see some of Daniel's new images and come back and let us know what some of your favorites are. Stick with us until the final reveal on Wednesday and one of you might be rewarded with some goodies.
You'll want to start off your hop over at Nellie's blog.





Thanks for stopping by to visit us today and you'll want to stop back by tomorrow for the 3rd artist we'll be featuring. This artist has some fun little monsters to share with you.
Polly x