Saturday, July 01, 2017


It's that time of year again when Stampotique Originals have a switch round of the Design Team, new artists join, and sadly old team members who have now become such familiar faces move on to new and exciting ventures...or have a rest!

Its always exciting meeting new people though, and what better way to do so than in the form of a blog hop!! And with the new JULY 2017 Stampotique stamps.

You may  have arrived here from the wonderful Sternenglanz  if you came via the Stampotique Designers Blog. If not, don't worry, the full list can be found here...

For the NEW everything event I have created an 'anytime/just because'  card .  I swiped distress ink over the white card to create a mottled background. Stamped DaisyDaisy all along the base and created some depth to it using Abstract Foliage. After stamping and cutting out lots of flowers  from Flower Block, I created the little scene using Angel Girl as the main focal point, finishing with one of Arwens's new Hashtag stamps from her block of four and a little doodling.

Stamps used are as followed-

ANGELGIRL #6223 (new July release)
#HASHTAG #7435  (new July release)
and a bit of drawing by hand (stems with heart leaves)

If you leave a comment you will be in the main draw to be in with a chance of winning 


A $30 GIFT CERTIFICATE to spend online at STAMPOTIQUE!!!

So please do!!

And then hop on over to the next new Stampotique team member, the fabulous Michele Kosciolek 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

FLOWERS ...SDC275 wk2

Theres still time to take part in the Stampotique Designer's Challenge 'FLOWERS'.

For my contribution, I used one of the sets by Eileen Hull  to create this journal.

To begin with I 'applied' ALDI pastel paints (just cheap kids paints) with my fingers ...ok so smeared would have been a more accurate description lol...and glued the panels together. With this set you can lace up the pieces but I preferred a more solid structure (plus the lace thread I had didnt work with the layout I had in mind)

I stencilled and inked areas, highlighted the stencilled circles with pen...and added some stamping directly to the surface

I glued on the letters creating the phrase and added some bits and bobs to decorate...

Added the Giant Daisy and Flamingo & co.

Made an inside  pocket to hold pages


Stamps used are all by Stampotique

GIANT DAISY #3058 (Jo Capper-Sandon)

FLAMINGO #3061 (Jo Capper-Sandon)

DAISY DAISY #3002 (Jo Capper-Sandon)

BROLLY (the umbrella) #3083 (Jo Capper-Sandon)

IN STITCHES #8118 (Josie Cirincione)

ISABELLE #15011 (Tracy Scott)

ALPHA BACKGROUND (letters) #7431 (Arwen McCullen)

FLOWER BLOCK (flowers on flamingo) #9182 (Janet Klein)

Thanks to those that continue to support my blog.- really appreciate it xxx.. 
and for new visitors, all comments are gratefully received (takes ages to upload all these stamp links so gives me incentive to keep showing xx)

ps...I'm not really living the dream...haha...just a bit of artistic license I dont ride round the village on my flamingo...or do I? ;)  All I can say is it would have to be a blimming strong flamingo haha


Friday, June 02, 2017

New stamp images and makes

Here's the first of my makes for the new stamps for June at Stampotique.

 The new stamp 'MICROSCOPIC'   fits perfectly into one of another recent releases to create this little scene. Microscopic is the pebble type design within the circle and makes a perfect scene for the smallest LINE UP character by Kira Nichols, SYMPATHY CIRCLE from Maria Raita (details below), a heart from HEARTS CUBED from my range (Jo Capper-Sandon) and JUST SITTING HERE THINKING OF YOU.

Secondly, here is a more solemn card using France Papillons TREE HORIZON. The Deepest Heartfelt Sympathies is taken from the recently released  'leafy' angel wing wreath stamp 'SYMPATHY CIRCLE' by Maria Raita Sabina shown above (the text and leafy wing come as a pair). I added a heart from my range (its from a heart cube)

                                                    All the new images can be found HERE!

                                             Ideas from other team members can be seen here 

Oldie but goodie... SDC274

Oldie but Goodie theme card for the Stampotique challenge #SDC274 ...a simple CAS card using stamps from my range at Stampotique

SPLATTER BLOB (for background)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

'Bling It On' with apple stamping and glitter!

Bling It On is the theme for the next two weeks over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog.

Here I stamped the background by inking up half an apple. Great fun,,,like being three again!. Then added a little of Lindy's Raspberry Lemonade Flat Fario spray paint (LOVE IT!!) and once dry spread some PVA glue, covering it with tiny stars and glitter dust. On top of that I placed the Dragonfly stamped image which I had previously sprayed with more Lindy's spray colour.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Back in! Tag time...

Oooops...couldn't get into my blog for a short while but all sorted now. I shall post a number of 'catch up' pieces  asap.

Todays Stampotique Challenge is TAG IT #SDC 269

Here I made a tag using old sweet/candy wrappers that I saved from Christmas time, some old netting for lemons and watercolours. Stamps used are all available from Stampotique Originals and are...

Hope you can join in with us over at Stampotique Challenge Blog..prize to be won!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Favourite Stamp at Stampotique SDC265

This week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge (SDC265), they would like to know what is your favourite stamp!

Well I have quite a few for different I shall be sharing a few over the next two weeks during the time of this current challenge theme.

Here I've made a card using quite a selection. 


QUIET PLACE  is a stamp I designed some years ago now. Its a very personal one to me created during a period of my life when any time to myself or opportunity to get any sleep were very rare.

DAISY DAISY (the flowers at the front) is my 'go to' stamp when I need a filler ANYWHERE on a card or what ever it is I'm making at the time. Works equally well growing downhill from the top!

AGATHA HEART...How can you not love this little cutie...with her little skinny legs and her big dough eyes

Also you can see that I've used a couple of stamps I've received recently from Stampotique and LOVE. I can see these making regular appearances :) 

In the photo below, you may be able to spot the twinkly glitter I added to the Daisy Daisy stamp. Cant resist it, maybe its because the weather is so dark at the moment I'm using any opportunity to brighten up my art work that I can! 

If you are wondering about anything else you can see here, it was just hand drawn 

This challenge is a fantastic opportunity to use your favourite stamp/s and to be in with a chance to win a STAMPOTIQUE ORIGINALS gift certificate worth  $30 (HOW MUCH???!!! WOW!!) which is drawn at random at the end of the month (see challenge site for all the details) .

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Less is More - #310 COLOUR

The Less is More challenge them this week is a colour challenge...OMBRE (meaning gradual shading /shadow of one colour to another)...

hmm...not sure if what I've made really shows gradual too well in the photos, sorry, but in real life the flowers really blend from a soft pink to quite a deep claret. I really wrestled with this card as it kept going 'wrong' or at least not how I envisaged it to be. And I thought I'd never hear myself say this but an ancient sheet of peel-offs really gave me the final touches that I was searching for. Who-da-thunk it?! :) 

The black 'smudge' appearance on the stems is part of the 'In Stitches' stamp design, representing areas of thread. .

You can see the richness of the flowers as the colour gradually gets darker below.

I tried colouring the house...nope, looked wrong, coloured the fascia of the I left it colourless. 

Stamps used are all by STAMPOTIQUE ORIGINALS. 

IN STITCHES (for flower stems)
STITCHED HOUSES (just one of them!)

Always love to play along with Less Is More...such a challenge keeping that clean fresh look.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Its Christmas Time...

Writing that title I can't help but  hear Paul Young's voice then say ' ...And there's no need to be afraid...' (doesnt seem five minutes since that was in the charts...the first time round. ) .

Here are a couple of Christmas cards for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge #263 , beginning with this little number with a fabulous die I bought a while ago ~ SNOWFLAKE WAVE ~ Poppystamps  (by Memorybox).
  BRRR (Jill Penney ) 
Crown (Jo Capper-Sandon)
Merry Christmas

 .I dug out the Glossy Accents too and added a little to the punched out holly leaves. 

And a soft twinkly card using my snowman , Chilly , and the same Merry Christmas as above.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas...thanks for visiting and your support. Hope to see you over at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge!!

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Naughty or Nice

Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week is a continuation of the NAUGHTY OR NICE theme. I made something for this a little while ago and have put it away somewhere really safe...yep, too safe, I can't find yesterday had to make something else. Here's what I came up with...

I used MOTH FAB , stamped on to tissue then pasted on to a ceramic bauble (from Aldi), hand wrote Naughty Nice, added a touch of water colour and a load of sparkle!

I'm hoping to make a few of these as it was REALLY enjoyable and VERY quick to put together..

Hope you can make time this busy season to join in with us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

All dressed up...

Well when I saw the title 'Human with an animal head' for the latest Stampotique Designers Challenge my heart sank and I then laughed hysterically lol -That theme is so far out of my comfort zone I felt a bit sick so  I had to get started on it straight away as this could take lots of trials and plenty of errors.. As it happens I really enjoyed it !!! and went with my first attempt...who'd have thought?!. It just shows doesn't it that stepping into unfamiliar territory isnt a bad thing all of the time.

Stamps used...(all Stampotique)

FLAMINGO (head and lower straight leg)
MOTH FAB (body)
MEDALLION CUBE #2 (for the sun)

This is A5 on heavy duty card . Mainly created with sprays and watercolours with tissue paper torn strips. The stitch effect is hand drawn.

I hope you join in with us at Stampotique. Designer's Challenge...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


It's that time of year already... no not quite Christmas, although the garden centre in the village is decked out with twinkly stuff and Santas already , but HALLOWEEN! Or Hallowe'en as it should be written (short for All Hallows Even).

Recently I was thrilled to be asked to contribute towards the latest on line magazine MIXED UP! If you've not seen or heard of the magazine before (its brand new)  head over here to find out more. I created two of which was this three panelled piece (thank you to Katy Leitch for your relax on the 'reveal' rules with this particular contribution) which I can show you as part of the HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE week 2 on the STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNER'S CHALLENGE blog where the second stage of the Halloween theme is underway.

If ever a stamping company had a perfect niche for a particular time of year you are probably thinking Halloween is Stampotique's...but I've not gone with a traditional gothic style stamp image as you may have expected to see...I've dressed up one of the more recently released images (Flossie)designed by Kassa Hayselden with a collection of extras from my range at Stampotique.

As you can perhaps guess, this piece started out life as a tag...

then I placed the tag on to a card...adding leaves and fencing along the way,

then I placed that card on to another folded piece of card

and laced the entire lot together with some sheer ribbon!

Always seems to be the way with me, I like to see what was once a tag morph into something totally unexpected.

As always with STAMPOTIQUE CHALLENGES there is a prize draw up for grabs at the end of the month for all those who have taken part in the challenges leading up to it.. And you dont have to use Stampotique stamps in order to take part, but it would be fabulous to see them if you have any in your collection. They dont need to be Halloween themed as you can see by my design, just adapt what you have.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

STAMPOTIQUE Favourite Quote challenge

The theme for the current two week challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog is 


The reason I chose World All Her Own (Stampotique Originals) is that it is very adaptable and VERY useful with any of the nature based stamps. It can be used as intended or cut up in to two, or more, using elements of the quote.

The full quote stamp is 

" It was the sweetest,
most mysterious-looking place 
 anyone could imagine...
And she felt she had found
a world all her own."

(just the wings)

(the woodblock of this stamp  measures 5"/12.5cm across

(the second half of the words of the stamp)

I created the background by smearing  green acrylic over some floral printed paper, then getting a piece of floral laser cut paper and using it as I would a stencil/template and spraying over it creating a painty soft flower effect . 

I attached Medium Bee wings to the Jill Penney girl and placed her onto the Giant Daisy that I had previously  painted a stem for, cut out the flower with new stem and coloured with watercolour paints. Finish by adding gem stones for a bit of twinkle.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 'Put a Bug On It'

Here's my contribution to Stampotique Designer's Challenge 'Put a Bug On It!' . 

Soooo as my range of stamps is inundated with all things nature, that wasn't a difficult theme for me. I had a pocket letter swap lined up with my team mate Tera Calihan and so merged the two themes together (that way I could decide whether to use it for last weeks challenge Mail Art or this insect one.

This is my first Pocket Letter...I'm not sure how others go about making these, but I fancied linking all the panels together, image wise, so I placed all the cards on to the table as they would appear in the display sleeve, leaving slight gaps (as you can see below on the finished piece) and totally covered them all with watercolour. I then sourced all the stamps that might possibly work together well and went stamping crazy!!!!

Here's the list of all the stamps I used...all by me, Jo Capper-Sandon at STAMPOTIQUE ORIGINALS.

I highlighted areas using my favourite white pen (Pentel) such as the Symphony Scroll stamped images and extra dots , coloured in the flower centres and did a bit of doodling.

The photographs I've used here are out of their pocket letter clear sleeve as there was too much reflection going on, but you get the idea of how it would have appeared.

I hope this will perhaps inspire you into taking part in this weeks challenge. It runs over in to next week too so you have a week and a half still left. And at the end of the month if you've entered you will be in with a chance to win a $30 gift certificate so you too could add to your collection.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

MAIL ART week 2 with Stampotique

Here's my contribution for the MAIL ART challenge #256 - week 2 at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog .

I decided to go with a rather wild looking envelope design using Daniel's Head Clouds #6207

As you can see various parts smudged and bled into the masked address area , but I incorporated it all into part of the design.

Its a bit of fun don't you think? If nothing else, it would brighten up the postie's day I'm sure :) 

Hope you join in with us ...theres a draw for a chance to win $$ gift certificate to spend online at Stampotique Originals

...what's to lose?!!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Two more for the Polka Dot Challenge

Its the second week of Stampotique Designer's Challenge and the continuing theme is


I've made a couple more examples that might give you a few ideas .

Firstly , heres a bit of a fun card , nice and simple,

I used the wings from MEDIUM BEE(w/ tiny bee) 
 COOPER (the ghost) 

The second card is very much a contrast to the one above, but very polka dotty and still using the Bee stamp, this time BIG BEE

Thanks for stopping by. x Jo

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Flamingo Days in a Polka Dot Haze

Its time for a new challenge at Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog and the theme is POLKA DOTS!

I decided to use my FLAMINGO stamp to show how, when I designed it,  I envisaged she could be used as well as using it as a stand alone image, which will perhaps explain why its so large.

The woodblock mount of the Flamingo measures 3" x 5.5" !!(  and so therefore is perfect to carry a number of Stampotique characters on its back. :)   Ones that could perhaps look great having a ride are Moon Girl, Stella, Dance Party Break Up, Wicked Witch, Chessy, maybe even  Polka Dot Dog (perfect for this challenge but I dont have that stamp sadly) and RELAXIN..(which I used on this occasion. Pretty much anyone can sit on the Flamingo with a bit of clever scissor work :) 

I began by using sequin waste as a stencil and blended distress inks through it  to add the dots to the background, then piled on the watercolour, finishing with a few dots of white pen and black biro around the drawn frame.

This Polka Dot challenge lasts for two weeks...hope to see you there!! x

Monday, August 15, 2016

Last few days for the TEXT CHALLENGE at Stampotique

The last few days to submit your artwork and join in with the TEXT CHALLENGE at Stampotique are here so I have made a couple of straightforward mat and layer cards....

The first card is for all those people out there having to care for someone and for those being cared for. 
The text element was created using a template/stencil.
Stamps by STAMPOTIQUE- 'UNDER MY WING (Terri Richardson)
DANIEL'S HEARTS (Daniel Torrente)

This next card is more subtle in the text background much so you have to look quite hard as its written quite softly on the preprinted paper (the green/pink main outer layer).
STAMPOTIQUE stamps again..
.JACOB (Tracy Scott)
IN STITCHES- this is the background 'striped' lines not the border stitch (Josie Cirincione

Thanks for visiting :) x

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Papillon...Something French - Less Is More

'Fraid its more butterflies from me....

Its a SOMETHING FRENCH ONE LAYER challenge at Less Is More this week,  #289, so here is my Papillon card using two of my stamps from Stampotique Originals.(This butterfly is a fabulous 5" wide (woodblock measurement)  )- simply coloured with watercolours.

Thank you for stopping by...(dont worry I shall put all my butterflies away now - for a while at least ;)  )

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Less is More colour challenge #288 - Blue and Brown

BLUE AND BROWN...colours that look fabulous together but are a combination I rarely use...until this week when I spotted the Less Is More challenge theme #288 and decided to make a little butterfly range. The LIM challenges are always great for taking me in a direction not often visited and I always enjoy them.

I used  SMALL BUTTERFLY and ONE SECOND stamps , both from Stampotique Originals to create this postcard, card and ATC.

Hope you like them. The Butterfly is very versatile (I stamped it flat, painted it, left it black, cut it out, cut it in half and stamped more than once to create a faded look.).

The greetings card, just the top part of the wings are 3D

The ATC, watercoloured.

The faded effect card (although the left wing on the middle image didnt quite stamp evenly, sadly ....booo). The top butterfly is totally 3d.


...I checked the guidelines of the challenge as I was unsure on this occasion which photo to add to the link page on the challenge site...I've added the top main pic as I see them as a little set, but if this doesn't meet the guidelines please Limettes let me know and I will re-post one of the single creations on to the links page instead.

Thanks - Jo  x