Monday, July 25, 2016

Stampotique NEW RELEASES summer 2016

Whahooo... you've made it to me on the Stampotique Originals New Stamp Release Blog Hop Summer 2016
Hopefully you have arrived from Valerie Wilson's glorious creations and are eager for even more ideas. If you've just arrived here on a whim, no problem, I'll give you the main page link towards the end of this post.

I've made quite a few pieces...some not shown here (I've tucked one away for Wednesdays Challenge and a couple for a rainy day), but here are 5 ideas that I hope you like.

A Wish for You

Stamps used...
(I had to choose this stamp as Mum used to call me Flossy lol)

Close up of the layered flower

Close up of  Flossy

Best Fishes

Stamps used:

Hand written greeting

Best Fishes Close Up

Happy Birthday Scruff Cat 

Stamps used:

CASPER (new)
Hand drawn heart and stitches

Happy Birthday Scruff Cat Close Up

Chunky Mog  and the Flower Garden

Stamps I used:


Scrawny Mog  and flower garden

Stamps I used:

Close up of Cat and Flower

All the new stamps can be found here on the Stampotique Originals site

The Stampotique Challenge Blog is giving away two grab bags to two lucky drawn winners to those that have visited our someone will also win a $30 gift cert...check out the details on the STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNERS  blog page..

Your next stop is the talented design team member 

from the Netherlands... BUT DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT BEFORE YOU GO PLEASE to be in with a chance of winning those PRIZES!!!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016


Here's my 'Party' piece (well, pieces) for this fortnight's challenge SDC#252. The challenges on the Stampotique Designer's Blog are changing to every two weeks instead of weekly, but there will be inspirational artwork posted on a weekly basis. Check out the blog for more details.

I decided to make a couple of party invitations that you can hang up so that you don't mislay it!!.

On the reverse I stamped a few details and hand drew a border.

You may not recognise the two stamps that I used for the main images?? Thats because I combined stamps to create a different look. I placed the larger heads on to the usual size bodies.

 I really like the look of the big heads...

And they are so much easier to colour

I used watercolours to colour , and pre-cut letters for the words.

Here's the list of Stampotique stamps that I used:

and for the back of the invitation

I hand drew the pointy party hat :)

It would be great to see you over at the challenge blog - ( you could win $30 worth of stamps!!!) and/or at the Facebook group page.

xx Take care..

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Deja vu...I'm on the Stampotique Originals Design Team!!!

Well I timed that well didn't I...being away for a few years and then one day spotting the DT call on Facebook-. I didn't even used to use Facebook and had popped on to wish someone a happy birthday and there was the announcement-  it was all a bazaar coincidence. So, I applied and got back on to the Stampotique team.

Whahoooooo happy happy. Its very different than the last time I was there though- so not just a case of picking up from where I left off...only a few familiar faces from the old days and everything operates in a different way plus theres Challenges. Facebook, Pinterest, and You Tube to tackle now.

Please take a look at the new team HERE. A lovely mixed bunch of fabulously talented artists!! Mind you, we have a tough job following on from the previous wonderful team who I hope will still be around on their blogs and Facebook sharing their art with everyone..

Talking of Stampotique, theres an ATC swap taking place on the Stampotique Facebook group and you can sign up HERE.

It requires two  ATC;s using the theme FRAME IT....I've put my name down and so had a go at a few the other day,  but I made a set of four for the heck of it.

I used Stampotique stamps:

Below is an image of all four ATC's but at an angle that catches the shimmer gold...

Maybe you fancy joining in?

Otherwise, maybe see you at the Stampotique Designers Challenge for the latest theme tomorrow ?

Take care xxxxxx

Friday, July 01, 2016

It's Black and White Only...

Here's my take on Stampotique's Designer's Challenge 'Black and White Only- SDC251' , hosted by design team member, Nellie. I've used quite a selection of Stampotique stamps as you can see.

Symphony Scroll (for the cloud and hill)

Hope you like it... it wasn't as easy as I thought it might have been, just using black and white. Have you had a go?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

TWO cards today... 'Quiet' and todays challenge piece at Stampotique

*Those of you looking for my Stampotique #250 challenge piece, its a few images further down on this post*

Well I've been busy crafting and stamping again. Really enjoying it Last night I had a play around with a few stamps from my range at Stampotique and posted a few photos on to the Stampotique Originals Facebook page, thinking I'll upload them on to my blog this morning as it was too late last night. THEN...I saw the Stampotique Challenge theme #250 out this morning  'BUTTERFLIES, FLOWERS AND ALL THINGS GARDEN'.  ...darn....if only I'd held back a few hours from Facebook. Don't you just hate it when that happens and you pre-empt a challenge by a few hours...Of course, this means I'm unable to enter this first piece in to the challenge (I think the theming would have been ok...its isnt butterflies but its flowers and garden with a few bees thrown in for good measure...)

I used -

Prima Tropical Watercolours
Glimmer Mist spray - Marigold
Black embossing powder 

So thats the first item...

Second up today is a total contrast to the above...a quick make for Stampotique Designer;s Challenge #250 hosted by Jackie Payne- BUTTERLIES, FLOWERS AND ALL THINGS GARDEN using Small Butterfly and Papillon (which is Butterfly in French...also the name of  our house.)

I used-

Prima Tropical Watercolours

You can imagine how quick and easy this card is to make. Stamp stamp stamp (x quite a few) the butterfly, add some watercolour dabs, stand it upright so it runs downwards, stamp and add the Papillon text, fix to card stock that I inked a little around the edges. Da-daah.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Stampotique Challenge theme #249 - 'Man Up'

This weeks Stampotique Designer's Challenge (SDC #249)  is 'Man Up' hosted by DT member Carol Fox , who says pretty much anything goes as long as its male based. 

I've very few male images in my collection...not sure why, but I did discover this one by stamp artist Kira Nichols at Stampotique- Sick Kitty #4006 .......... which really reminds me of my husband when he has
  'man flu' ....heehee

I drew in a light fitting  (complete with moths)  and hand wrote the 'get well soon' along the edge of the bed.

All the colour is from my Tropical set of Prima paints which I adore.

Thought it would make a change to add a bit of colour to the inside of the card.


Hope you like it...thanks for visiting.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

My parcel of Prima paints has arrived...and I love them

My parcel arrived today from A Sprinkle of Imagination, a shop in Yorkshire that I discovered online in my search for Prima Watercolours. I still had some birthday money to spend given to me from my Dad (yaaay) and after a brief conversation on FB with Kassa Hayselden (doesnt take me long to decide) I knew they would be perfect for a few things I have lined up plus just to paint for leisure too when I ever go away- although I'll probably have to buy some more by then as is ages away before we'll be venturing off anywhere.

Treated myself to the three sets of Prima watercolours, 3 stencils and some tape.(the white flowery thing in the corner is a cushion its all resting on!)

I only intended to have a quick dabble and colour Stampotique's Big Bee using the Decadent Pies set, but ended up making it into a tag. 

The paint sets dont come with a brush but I have one or two I can use here so thats handy. The paints are fab to work with. Creamy and smooth, not washy.

Ended up adding Abstract Foliage, Dandelion Duo and Symphony Scroll along with a Tim Holtz layering stencil from my new bits and bobs called Typo.

Need to test out my other two sets now.  Its great having new craft items to open. Its been a while since thats happened.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

POST #500!! All Creatures Great and Small Challenge at Stampotique

As the title says, this week's challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge Blog is SDC #248 ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL hosted by Nellie van Leeuwen whose artwork I've admired for what must be 10 or 11 years now when I first started time flies.

Talking of flying, the 'creature'  I chose was the butterfly...hope that was ok and fits the bill.

I used two stamps from Stampotique Originals for this - 

and my new bargain paints I bought yesterday from ALDI for  £1.99!! The colours are just so crisp and soft, LOVE THEM!! (Bought two lots  of the pastel colours actually, can't go wrong for £1.99). Last year I brought a set of  neon brights, but these pastel shades are more me. Maybe its my age lol

The butterfly stamp I used from Stampotique is perhaps larger than you may realise... Stampotique produce two sizes of this small one large, Here is a ruler laying along side the large stamp. The actual butterfly itself is approx 5"/12cm which is probably one of the largest butterfly stamps available anywhere I would imagine.

Here are a few close ups etc of the card.

As you can see the wings are standing away from the card front.

Love those paint colours! So pleased with my bargain!

Thanks for stopping by.  x 

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

BOO !!,,,,

I fancied making a CAS card. Its been a few years since making one , but I had two challenges in mind when I was putting this together. One was a theme challenge- Coby is hosting  'BOO ! ' at Stampotique Designer's Challenge (SCD#247) and Less is More's sketch challenge #278.


So my starting point was OWL WITH WINGS, which looks like this...

 This stamp design gives you the option of adding the wings to create any wing position you like. I fancied putting this owl into a 'peepo' pose (a take on 'Boo' ), but to be honest if you look at Owl below,I think he looks more like he's going OLE' ! and doing a Spanish dance.

The sketch I based this layout on is from Less is More's latest challenge. My final result is quite removed from the actual sketch given (see below) but its what I used to create the end result, so I hope its ok and close enough.

Thanks for stopping by ...x

p I type this, there is 20% off Owl with Wings from A Sprinkle of Imagination here in the UK and 10/20% of other Stampotiques too.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Stampotique and Alice Mash Up

Spotted this Alice tribute theme over on the Stampotique Designer's blog- an Alice based theme using the Stampotique stamps, so I thought I'd gather a few Stampotiques together and have a go. I've discovered I need a new black... and some card... and pretty much just 'lots of materials' since all my old gear has seen better days lol. So I'd better get gathering some .

And here's a photo I took using a black and white option on my camera... kind of suits the story I think. Reminds me of the flickering black and white silent movie shots.

Will post it on to their Facebook page tomorrow...need to get straightened up here now and get to sleep ...night night x