Monday, 29 February 2016

Welcome to our Leap Day Blog Hop ---- New release by Stampotique !

Hello everyone,

and welcome to the "Leap Day Blog Hop" to celebrate the wonderful new Stamps from Stampotique Originals
There are tons of new images from our favorite stamp designers and we are proud to welcome TWO (yes TWO) new stamp designers, Terri Richardson and also Karen Hayselden  
Both of these ladies are wonderful artists and we think you will really enjoy the new spin they both give to the Stampotique line.  Hopefully you will find some new stamps that you can't live without.
Join us on the blog hop for a first look at the new stamps and for some wonderful inspiration from our design team. 
This is also your chance to win some random goodies-we will be drawing TWO winners from TWO of the designer's blogs for a $30 gift certificate for the Stampotique online store
 You will need to hop all the way through and visit and leave comments on each designer's blog in order to win. 

You should have arrived from Sue Davies and if you didn't, you may want to start the blog hop from the beginning at the Stampotique Blog HERE   

Have fun hopping, we will be pulling the random winners of the Leap Day Blog Hop at the beginning of our next challenge on April 6th, 2016

Here's the full blog hop list ! 

Meet Wally ! Isn't he adorable... 
This postcard is slightly smaller than a normal postcard but that is because I used a piece of paper that  was coloured with pink and blue diluted acrylic paints. I had these left over on my desk and just brushed them onto a piece of card stock that I had lying around. 
I used a brayer and some white paint to tone it down a bit. 
Next I stamped the background with 2 new stamps and one old one. The bright white background stamp was heat embossed with white powder.  A list of all the stamps I used is at the bottom of this post. 
Wally was stamped on the panel and also on some white card stock. I coloured him with Copic markers, cut him out and adhered him onto the card. 
I used an older stamp for the sentiment. It still cracks me up and I thought it went really well with Wally. 

I used the following stamps:
Brick Road (New by France Papillon)
Mash up (New by France Papillon)
Wally (New by fabulous new designer Karen Haselden)

You will find all new images HERE

And this is Pedro. Aw, I love Pedro. This tag was cut from white card stock. I have dies but I never use them. I have one # 8 tag which I keep as an example and use to cut more. Every now and then I make a batch. 
Anyway this one was painted with Art Anthology Sorbet Paints. I scraped them on with a palet knife. I used yellow and green and a touch of turquoise. This paint has a little sparkle in it and looks very pretty. Next I stamped the background; I also stamped Pedro straight on the tag. I used Archival inks for this. Pedro was also stamped on white card stock with Memento Ink as I wanted to colour him with Copic Markers. I cut him out and glued him on top of himself, so to speak after putting down som washi tape to ground him on. I also put some of the same washi tape at the top of the tag. With a white gel pen I doodled in the numbers of the background stamp. I typed the sentiment, which came from my book of sentiments, collected from the internet. I adhered that too and doodled around it with a black pen. 

I used the following stamps:
Pedro (new by Daniel Torrente)
Upholstered (new by France Papillon)
Mash up (new by France Papillon) 

You'll fing all new images HERE

This is Florrie Doodle Dollie and I really love her. She is just too cute. This tag was cut from white card stock. I stamped Florrie on it and coloured her with a mixture of Copic markers and coloured pencils. After that was done I coloured the background with Gelato's and Coloured pencil. I struggled a bit as normally I would cut the stamped image out and glue it on the background. This is a one layer tag. Anyhow, once I was happy with the background I stamped it randomly and added some white paint around the edges. I took a quote from 'My fair lady' and typed it on my old typewriter and glued it on the tag. Lastly I added a ribbon. 

For this tag I used :
Florrie Doodle Dollie (new by Karen Haselden)
Brick Road (new by France Papillon)
Upholstered (new by France Papillon)

You'll find all new images HERE

Thank you so much for hopping to my blog, you should hop over to the lovely                  Gez Butterworth's blog now.. 

Have fun hopping ! 

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Inspiration Wednesday - week 4

Hello everyone,

This is week 4 of the Inspiration Wednesday series. I am really enjoying this and I have now caught up. Can't wait for the next video.

It was all about speed this week; how to do a quick page. Be creative when you don't have much time.

The word discovering is on the left page and inclusion. 

Thank you so much for stopping by ! 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Hip to be square...

Hello everyone,

Today I am hosting the challenge over at Stampotique Designers' Challenge and I chose 'Squares" as I wanted to get out of my comfort zone of using circles all the time. So why not join me an create something with squares in any form or any material on your project ! Have fun....

Here's mine :

I started with a piece of Mixed Media paper. I cut some squares of a different paper and adhered them randomly to my MM paper. I used India Inks to colour the whole thing. I used pink, orange and yellow inks. I applied them with a brush in two layers. Once I was happy with the result I took some colour pencils to add some definition around the squares. Next I stamped the background and splattered some white ink on it too. With a white gel pen I went around the edges and added a line with some tiny squares in it. 
I used Scootergirl as my main image and stamped her, without her wheels on white card stock. I replaced the wheels with squares. I coloured her with Copic Markers, cut her out and cut off her crown. I added a wing from the tree topper stamp. (List of all the stamps used at the bottom of this post). I adhered her to the page and added a little white Big Brush Marker around her to make her stand out a little more. 
All the time I was making this, the song "It's hip to be square" kept going through my mind so I decided to use this as the sentiment...  I used sticky letters for this but they were green, so I painted them with a white paint pen. After sticking these letters on I called it finished.....

I used the following stamps:

I would love it if you played along with me this week ! Just remember the rules! NO digi's and only one entry per person per challenge. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Inspiration Wednesday week 3

Hello everyone,

Slowly catching up with the prompts. This one I really enjoyed doing. Love the drippage and the colours. I used gesso, acrylic paints, modelling paste, glazing liquid and a couple of stencils for this.

Thank you for stopping by today ! 

Monday, 22 February 2016

Happy everything

Hello everyone,

For this months DT project for Inkadinkadutchies I have made a simple card. I am quite into simple CAS cards at the moment. They are not too difficult to make and usually look nice.

The stamp I used is called 'Tulip' and is by Carmen's Verandah/Lost Coast Designs. I stamped it on a piece of watercolour paper with Archival ink and watercoulored it with WInsor and Newton watercolour paints. 
I used a sentiment by Lost Coast Designs.

I love the dreamy light background which makes the tulip stand out even more. 

You can get these stamps at Lost Coast Designs if you live outside Europe. If you live in Europe you can get them from Inkadinkadutchies. If they do not have them in stock, they will be able to order them for you. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today !  

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Inspiration Wednesday on Sunday !

Hello everyone,

Today I have week 2 of Inspiration Wednesday to share. I am still about two weeks behind because I only joined this week. Anyway here is my version of week 2:

These pages were made with modelling paste, acrylic paint and glazing medium, some rubber stamps, a few pieces of washi tape and some ephemera for collage. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today ! 

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Inspiration Wednesday

Hello everyone,

This week I have decided to join the Inspiration Wednesday course with Donna Downey. I always used to love watching her videos. It is really good value too at $35 for 25 videos. Anyhow I started off by making a journal for it. I used a little box used for sending stuff in the mail. I used the front and the back (or top and bottom if you like) and the side. I ended up with a book cover. I used a paper stack (Graphic 45) I'd had for a long time to cover this book cover; I used a bit of Tim Holtz fabric for the spine. Also in my stash I had a Dylusions journal. One of the big ones and these days the big pages scare so I decided to use the paper from this journal for my IW journal. I made some inclusions as well as Donna herself always has inclusions in her journals. So here it is:

I think it is fab ! And... I have already used it for week 1. I am hopelessly behind but I am sure I will catch up. Here is the first make :

 I really enjoyed doing this page and I am looking forward to do the next one.

Thanks so much for stopping by today ! I appreciate all your support !

Friday, 19 February 2016

Sparkle in the rain

Hello everyone, 

Here she is again, isn't she lovely. This is of course one of the new release stamps from Visible Image

This card was really easy to make. 
I cut a card panel, slightly smaller than the card. I used 4 shades of blue acrylic paint and randomly brushed it on the panel. I then stamped the girl with black Archival Ink. I had to 'restore' her a bit as she didn't stamp perfectly.  Next I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark and sprinkled white embossing powder over it and heat embossed it. Lastly I adhered the panel to the card. 

Stamps used: 

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Four famous men...

Hello everyone,

For my VivaLasVegaStamps! DT post today, I have made a trio of ATC's with famous men.
I have made a little tutorial for this, so get a drink, sit back and enjoy !

As always I will start with the finished project:

And here is the step-by-step of how I made them:

I started off with 3 pieces of card stock measuring 3,5" x 2,5". 

With a bit of washi tape I connected them together so I could do the backgrounds in one go. 

I decided to use modelling paste and a brush to get some texture going.

I actually used a paintbrush for the first layer and then added another layer with a palet knife. 

Here's a close- up of the lovely texture. 

Next I got out my Lindy's Magicals. They are mica powders and I love them. Also the names of the colours crack me up..... (see top of pots)

I used the powder with water and also spattered some over the top. The light grey has other colours in it like pink and yellow and also blue... 

Look at all that lovely shimmer.....

Additionally I rubbed the texture here and there with my finger which was dabbed on the black Archival ink pad. The texture shows up even more like this.. 

Time for background stamping (There is a complete list of all the stamps I used at the bottom of this post). I tried to find stamps that I thought would go with the men... 

After I stamped it all, using grey and black Archival inks, I though it was too dark and uninteresting. So I restamped some of the stamps with VersaMark and heat embossed them with white WOW embossing powder.......much better... 
I also added some pink splatters from a Lindy's spray.

Next I stamped the famous men... I used Memento because I was going to colour with Copic Markers. 

Work in progress....

After colouring, I cut the images out and ...

adhered them to the ATC's. 

The next thing was the sentiments. I thought about this and came up with their professions. 
I typed this on an old type writer. Next I cut the words out and adhered them onto the ATC's..

And here is the end result again. I hope you like it and I have inspired you to go and create !! 

I used the following stamps:

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Wonderful world

Hello everyone,

For my DT post for Katzelkraft this time, I have made a CAS card. My projects are usually very labour-intensive and I thought I do something quick and easy this week.

I started with cutting a piece of watercolour paper to size. It is slightly smaller than the card that I am going to use. 
I stamped the cat and the sentiment with black Archival ink. This is waterproof so good to use with watercolours. I used my Derwent INKtense pencils and a water brush to colour this card front. 
It is very easy, you scribble on the colour with the pencil and then the water brush turns it into an ink. Once it dries it is waterproof so quite different to watercolours. 

I used stamps from the following sets:
Press the the links and they will take you straight to the shop! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Beep beep

Hello everyone,

and it is Wednesday again ! Doesn't time fly !

The lovely Samantha has chosen the theme of "Spots & Stripes" for today's Stampotique Designers' Challenge. This is what she had to say :

"I love anything spotty or with polka dots and I also love stripes but they can be difficult to combine. So my challenge for you this week is to use Spots and Stripes in your creations. Have fun !"

So here's mine:

It is an art journal. I so enjoy making art journals; to me they are all little paintings and I love looking at them over and over again. Anyway, I started with a clean page in my journal and used 4 colours of acrylic paints in hues of blue and brushed them on in stripes. Next I used a homemade stencil and white paint to add the polka dots and a Dylusions stencil and black paint to add the other dots. 
I then stamped the background a little. I didn't think it needed much as there is already so much going on. Next I stamped the 'Tweedles" and the taxi. I had to reverse the taxi as it was facing the wrong way. To do that I stamped it on a large blank stamp and then stamped this onto my paper. The image is usually not as crisp but that is easily rectified with a (Copic friendly) black marker. I then coloured the images,  cut them out and adhered them to the page. The sentiment is part of the taxi stamp and was stamped three times on white card stock, cut into strips and adhered too. 

I used the following stamps:

I hope you will play along with us this week. You could win one of the two $30 voucher to spend in the online shop. Just remember NO digi's and only one entry per person per challenge.. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Shine bright

Hello everyone,

For my DT post for Visible Image today I have used another one of the lovely new stamp sets. This one is called 'Shine bright' and I have made a tag and a CAS card with it.

For this project I painted a tag with Dylusions acrylic paint. When this had dried I used a Tim Holtz stencil and red Dylusions paint to add the sunburst. I used a black Archival ink pad to stamp some script here and there and also to add some black around the edges. Next I stamped the light bulb on a piece of white card stock, coloured it with my Copic markers, cut it out and adhered it to the tag.  I added the word 'bright' which is part of the sentiment that goes with the bulb. Lastly I added some white accents here and there. 

I used the new stamp set 'Shine Bright' and a script stamp from the 'Revolution set'

This clean and simple card was made by cutting a panel of white card stock that was slightly smaller than the card. I stamped both the light bulb and the sentiment with Jet Black Archival ink. I made sure it was dry before adding Distress Ink in two shades of yellow with a blending tool. I then added some orange around the word shine. 
With a black fine liner I added a line and then filled it with this black and white pattern. The panel was then adhered to the card. 

For this card I only used the 'Shine Bright' Stamp set. 

You will find the lovely stamps of Visible Image HERE... 

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Friday, 12 February 2016

She was famous...

Hello everyone,

I have just finished making a postcard with VivaLasVegaStamps! I just fancied playing, so that is what I did.

I used a piece of Pattern paper ( 7 Dots Studio - Destination Unknown - designed by the wonderful, ubertalented  DeeDee Catron. I am afraid I obliterated it a little by brayering paint on it. I used pink and white. I also scraped some black paint on to the edges using a palet knife. 
Next I did some stamping; first the background and then the lady and the sentiment, which is made of two sentiments. I just used a part of each to make a new sentiment. 
I coloured the lady with my Copic Markers, cut her out and adhered her to the card. 
That was it ! 

You will find all, almost 20.000 VLVS! Stamps HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Just hit the play button

Hello everyone,

Another sample made with one of the fabulous new stamp sets from Visible Image. I also used one of the Monoliths. I love these; it is so nice to make something different for a change. 



I started with painting both elements with 2 layers of gesso, drying in between. Next I measured out the chevrons and masked them with washi tape per colour. I used three colours of acrylic paints to give it a (I think) retro look. The back was painted with just the grey paint. Next I took a blending tool and black Archival ink and aged the edges of the elements. I also used my black Big Brush Marker again to colour the small edges. 
Next I stamped a sentement repeatedly on the back and also the music notes using grey and yellow Archival Ink. So to the front. I added white gel pen along the yellow chevrons and stamped the music notes. I splattered some white ink on it to brighten it up slightly. 
The cassette tape was stamped on white card. With a knife I cut out all the bits that you would be able to look through if the tape were real. I adhered it at an angle and cut off the excess. 
The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark and white embossed. 

Stamps used ; 

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Love is in the air...

Hello everyone,

and Happy Wednesday again ! Today the theme of the Stampotique Designers' Challenge was set by Coby and she chose: "Love is in the air". This is what she had to say about her challenge:

"Love, so sweet, so tender.... Love is more than a boy and a girl....Love are my children,  my grandchildren, my animals.... Show some love in your creation".

So that is what I did and made another postcard.

This postcard was made on Designer Paper from DCWV, it is an old paper pack. I used some white and turquoise paint to add some interest. After it had dried I stamped the background. You can barely see it as I used turquoise ink. Next I stitched the edges and added the splatters and the black rings; I used a bottle cap for this. Next I stamped "Heart Shirt" and coloured him with Copic Markers, cut him out and adhered him on to the card. I used a pencil to add some shading under his feet so he wouldn't be floating. Lastly I used my old typewriter to make the sentiment which I found on the internet. 

I used the following stamps:

Why not play along with us this week ! You might win one of two $30 vouchers at the end of the month. Just remember, no digi's and only one entry per person per challenge! Good luck everybody ! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Shine bright jigsaw...

Hello everyone, 

Another sample for Visible Image, made with a stamp set from the new release.. 

A while ago I bought some of these blank jig saws and I thought it would be fun to use one with this new "shine bright" stamp set. First I stamped the light bulb and the sentiment. (Not quite straight.....) I then used three colours of India Ink (Pink, Orange and yellow) and a watercolour brush to colour the background and the light bulb. I applied two layers. I then stamped some script to add some interest and splattered some white ink around. Lastly I used a black and white gel pen to add some doodling here and there.. 

Stamps used: 

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Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Monday, 8 February 2016

Don't forget to fly

Hello everyone, 

For a bit of fun I made this card ... I love to make backgrounds with model paste and, in this case, Mica powders and water...

This piece of card stock was cut slightly smaller than the card I put it on. First I used on of Tim Holtz layering stencils with model paste and a palet knife to add some texture. 
After it dried I gave it a coat of gesso and let that dry too. 

I then used mica powders and a paintbrush and water to add the colours to it. I used blue and green. When this had dried I added some white paint with a palet knife along the edges and on the raised bits of the flowers. I also added some background stamping. Next I stamped the butterfly on watercolour paper and coloured it with Lindy's stamp gang sprays. I didn't spray them but used a paintbrush. I then cut it out and thought that adhering it straight to the card panel, it didn't stand out enough... So I cut a white circle from book text, added some gesso and doodling to it and adhered it to my card. I then stapled the butterfly to the circle. Lastly I stamped the sentiment, cut it apart and adhered that too. 
All stamps used are by Finnabair via Prima Marketing. 

Thank you for stopping by ! 

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Crime scene

Hello everyone,

Over at the Country View Craft's blog there is a challenge for making your own background. I usually make my own backgrounds and it is my favourite part of the project,  so this challenge was right up my street. And here is what I made:

This tag was cut out of white card stock and then painted with black gesso. I added crackle past by Deco art and let it dry naturally. I then used Deco art Antiqueing cream and some turquoise acrylic paint to add some interest. Next I stamped the background using a variety of stamps and Archival ink. 

I love these new Tim Holz stamps called 'Crazy Cats' and had to use another one... ( I had already made two ATC's with different cats from this set) I paired him with the wool which he obviously has stolen from his master's knitting basket... lol 
He and the wool were coloured with Copic Markers and adhered to the tag. The sentiment was stamped on a piece of book paper with no text on it and cut out. I added some of the same turquoise paint to the edges.  Lastly I added some shading under the cat and the wool and put a piece of Tim's crinkle ribbon through the hole.. 

Than was it ! Thank you so much for stopping by !