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