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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SDC191: Circles



Magda is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and she has us running in circles:

"I like using shapes in my projects especially circles. They can give interesting effects on projects depends in what way they are used. I would love to see circles on your creations. How you will use them, depends on your imagination."

For my card I pulled out one of Kate Crane's images, watercoloring it in with some bright colors.
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Card details:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Raspberry Fizz, Soft Sky, Certainly Celery and Whisper White
Inks: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black, watercolors
Embellishments: candy dots



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SDC190: Stitches

Coby vanWilligenburg is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and she has us in stitches:

I love stitches in my creations, sometimes stamped sometimes made by hand and sometimes with the sewing machine.  I challenge you to use stitching in your creations this week.


Our neighbors just had a baby boy a few weeks ago and so perfect time for me to break out some stitches on my card.

I had a little help from my friend Kristen as I've been in quite a creative slump lately so she made the suggestion on the stamp to use and I went with it.

I watercolored my bunny and balloon and added some Crystal Lacquer on the balloon to give it a shiny surface.  I decided to add the banner by stamping it onto some patterned paper and then coloring it a bit.



Hope you will join us this week over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate for stamps (does not include shipping).
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Card details:
Cardstock: Marina Mist, So Saffron, Confetti White and Day Dreamer by Dear Lizzy
Inks: Archival Ink Jet Black, watercolor
Embellishments: twine and button, Cyrstal Lacquer


Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello Beautiful


I missed my stamping friend LeAnne's challenge at The Paper Player's this past week because I was lazy blogger.  I actually made this card last week but it sat on my desk, just begging to be blogged, but was ignored.

I broke out some new to me papers and stamps to create this.  The sentiment reminds me of my good friend and neighbor-she's always so bright and cheerful and uses this statement a lot.

My hubby is embarrassed a little by it, but my nickname for him (before we started dating) was Mr. Beautiful.  Always admiring him from afar ;-)



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Card details:
Stamps: Summer Garden by Simon Says Stamp!
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Night of Navy, My Mind's Eye Now & Then "Dorothy"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic markers
Embellishments: pearls, twill tape

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SDC188: Favorite Background Technique

Nellie van Leeuwen is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and she's got us breaking out our techniques:

What's your favorite technique to make backgrounds?  I love making backgrounds with distress ink on a craft sheet.  I use distress ink, memento, brusho's, distress stains, whatever I feel like working with. Quick and easy and a different and surprising result every time.

So, I'm going to admit know I'm not a technique stamper so I don't have a favorite but I decided to try my hand at using some untouched masks I had, so I sprayed my background with my mister colored with a few drops of ink and then laid my mask down and sponged the color on it.

It's pretty simple but I love how it ended up-just my style I think!


I also used the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #261 with this card, worked so well with it.


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Card details:
Stamps:  10004 You're Strong and 10034 Majestic Tree from Stampotique Originals




Wednesday, March 11, 2015

SDC186: Stars


Carol Fox is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and she's got stars in her eyes:

Feature stars this week, one or more on your arty creation.  As part of your background or a main feature, it's up to you.  Just have fun with the challenge.

For my card I used the Mojo Monday sketch and while my card is pretty simple, I love making the sentiment the focal point of a card.


Card details:
Stamps: 3051 Jo's Star, 7321 Grow Your Dreams from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Gold cardstock
Inks: Archival Ink Jet Black
Embellishments: flower and card candy



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SDC184: Bring me sunshine

Kaz Boughton is our hostess this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge looking for a little sunshine:

It's cold in the UK and I can't wait for it to warm up.  Show me something sunny to hopefully encourage the sun to come out.


This image never gets old for me, I always love coloring it and never mind fussy cutting around it to pop it off my image panel.

Colored with my copics and added some subtle grey pearls to the center.

Hope you will join us for the challenge this week and your chance to win a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps.
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Card details:
Stamps: 9016 Earth Laughs in Flowers and 2149 Horizontal Tiles from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Rustic White, Blushing Bride, paper from stash
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic markers
Embellishments: $1 adhesive pearls from Michael's

Friday, February 20, 2015

Stampotique New Release Blog Hop

Card details:
Stamps: Love 8882 and Kate's Angel 11006 from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette, Rustic White, Crate Paper Oh Darling
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic markers
Embellishments: tag punch, mini clothespin, lace, sewing, petal ink liquid pearls


Today we are so excited about the new release for Stampotique Originals!!!  We've been keeping it under wraps for weeks now, but know that some of you got a sneak at one of our new stamp artists.  


Stampotique is thrilled to add to the line-up the designs one of our former team members and popular mixed media artist, Kate Crane (is that squealing we hear amongst you?).  We know you all won't be disappointed with the line-up of stamps from all our artists this go around.

Are you ready to see some wonderful artwork showcasing some of the new stamps?  There are 50+ new ones being released this time around, so plenty for everyone to choose from (or choose them all).

Card details:
Stamps: Bark Cube 6192 and Poochas Gracias 8972 from Stampotique Originals
Cardstock: Rustic White, Basic Black, My Mind's Eye Union Square
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, copic markers



Hop along with the design team and 2 special guest bloggers leaving comments along the way.  We will choose 3 random winners from 3 selected blogs along the way to win some goodies.

We will choose our winners with our next challenge on February 25th.

You should have arrived here from Claudine Criner's blog. Your next stop along the way will be Astrid Stulemeijer's blog.  If you get lost anywhere along the way you can come back to the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog to find your way.


Hope you enjoy all the design team creations, 
we can't wait to hear what your favorite new stamps are!
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