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

 POLKA DOTS.

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) 
along with TYPEWRITER ALPHA





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 department...so 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)
SPIRAL DAYDREAM (Daniel T)
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.




MESSAGE TO LIMETTES.

...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 contender...you 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:

KITTY CUBE (new)








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 blogs...plus 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

PARTY!!!


 PARRRRRTYYYY!!!!!!!!
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
Stazon





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.