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

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Even Silence Speaks...Text Background Challenge SDC254

First of all thanks to you all for visiting lately.... and great news re the WINNER of the $30 Gift Certificate from Stampotique that was up for grabs with the new release post (see side bar highlight post) - It was picked from my blog!!! Check out the lucky winner here.!!! Congratulations!!

This week's challenge SDC254 on the  Stampotique Designer's Challenge is TEXT BACKGROUND.. And theres another $30 Gift Cert up for grabs again over this months challenges - all you have to do is enter your artwork (follow the details on the site, linking to no more than 4 other challenges at the same time please).

I created a simple hanging...I used a pre printed paper, stamped MAJESTIC TREE onto that and placed the stamped words of EVEN SILENCE SPEAKS underneath, finishing off with a hand drawn line and touch of watercolour. Simple.

Hope you get an opportunity to join in with us at Stampotique Designer;s Challenge...this challenge lasts for two weeks so you have plenty of time :)

Monday, August 01, 2016

What an Angel!

Had a play with Kate Crane's new Scribble Angel for Stampotique Originals.

Combined it with Sheer and You are an Angel, all from Stampotique.

Sheer looks a character in her sparkly  frock doesnt she. Maybe a tad 'Darlek-esque' but shes the twinkle-queen for sure!

Hope you like the idea x Jo

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Oh I do like to be beside the sea...

Welcome to my new look blog...the black background and triple columns from 12 years ago has gone *sob* and now I'm on neutral colours and a more simple streamlined appearance. I figured that I dont need so much info on my blog nowadays, but it really took some doing, lots of memories.

Anyway..less of the chit-chat and on with the artwork.

Its week two of Stampotique's Designer's Challenge SDC254 Beach/Sea theme.  I hope you liked Mondays new stamp blog hop...?  If you missed it, the link to my contribution can be found in the 'featured post' on the side bar to your right. Thanks to everyone who kindly stopped by and left a comment...good luck in the prize draw!! (you still have time to leave a comment and be a have to be in it to win it!!)

Here's another piece using one of the NEW stamps...It's using The Crew #14018 from Kassa Hayseldon's new collection at Stampotique which I thought would make a fun, albeit unusual, beach scene. I placed the dynamic trio underneath a shady parasol that I drew for them along side  Starfish #3015.

I used Prima watercolour paints to colour and finished with a white pen border.

I hope you can join in with us for our second week. You can enter TWICE now (new rules are on the Stampotique Designer's site) which doubles the chance to win the $30 gift certicate. But if you are a fan of entering one piece for multiple challenge sites, then the new rules say no more than 4 others plus Stampotique's.

Here's a close up of The Crew having a day by the sea... 

Have a good week...hope to see you on the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog 

x Jo

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..