Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SDC230: Mardi Gras

Our Host for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week is Kathi and she is challenging us to a Mardi Gras theme.  Here is what Kathi says about this challenge:
"The colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold... use them or the symbols of Mardi Gras - Fluer de lys, masks, costumes or music!! Let the good times roll"
This week, I had the Femme Collage stamp on my desk so it got the ol' Mardi Gras treatment to transform it into this quick little card! The Distress Inks Antique Linen, Peacock, and Wilted Violet served nicely as Mardi Gras colors for this project.
Femme Collage stamp by Stampotique Originals
“The only way he could truly stick out in New Orleans was if he were walking down the street on fire.” 
Hunter Murphy, Imogene in New Orleans

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SDC229: Two Much Fun

This week, the Stampotique Designer's Challenge has a special theme of 2's celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the Stampotique ATC Swap facilitated by the lovely Nikki Woodward. You can interpret the theme of 2's any way you want. Duos, mirrors, the number two, duplicates - whatever comes to mind.  Be sure to link up your creation for your chance to win this month's $30 Stampotique gift certificate!

Here's my little project for this theme - also doubling as my entry for the 2nd anniversary ATC swap this month.  I can't wait to find out where in the world they are heading - it's 2 exciting! :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Measuring Tape, Two Sticks, Stitched Houses
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

SDC228: Use Only Hues of Reds and Pinks

It's time for the new Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This week our hostess is Sue Davies and she is giving us a fun challenge to use only hues of reds and pinks.  Here is what Sue says about this challenge:
"With Valentine's Day around the corner we have all seen hues of reds and pinks. I challenge you to create a Stampotique Valentine's Day creation inspired by reds and pinks."
This Christmas, hubby surprised me with a new phone and a new clear case (made by Spigen)!  I really like that the clear part of this case is a special soft, flexible type of plastic that has a non-slip property and won't show scratches easily either.  For this challenge, I made an insert to fit inside the case.  She will be fun to have hangin' around for a while!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Penelope, My Heart Small, Love Definition
“I love bright red drinks, don’t you? They taste twice as good as any other color.” 
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

SDC227: Color Blobs

It's time for the next Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This week Arwen McCullen is our hostess and she is challenging us to "Color Blobs".  Here is what she says about this challenge:
"I would like to see different color Blobs in your project this week"
Below our design team has come up with some amazing inspiration for this challenge.
I had a little giggle when I looked at my challenge piece from last week with all those color blobs behind that beautiful tree - perhaps I should have saved it for this week! LOL!  Anyway, I dragged out a great piece of patterned paper covered in all kinds of color blobs and then added more of my own.  I know I'm going to enjoy seeing all of the ways this challenge gets interpreted.  It's a super fun one... hope you'll play along for your chance to win free stamps!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Roc's Horse, Splatter Long
“Sometimes you have to go a little crazy before you can find sanity. I think I'm close.” 
Tawny Lara

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

SDC226 - Trees

It's time for the first Stampotique Designer's Challenge of 2016!  Our hostess this week is Claudine Criner and she is asking us to use "Trees" in our creations this week.

Here is what Claudine says about this challenge:
"Trees have always been such a source of life for many living creatures and I just love them. I am asking you to add some trees to your entries this week."
When I started this theme, the first thing that came to mind was the fireworks over the trees around our lake on New Year's Eve this year.  Here is my project inspired by New Year celebrations around the world.  Happy New Year!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Majestic Tree, Splatter Long, Splatter Blob, Abstract Foliage 
“Whatever makes my soul feel good in 2016, that's what I'm chasing.” 
Robert Tew

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

SDC225: Alphabets

It's time for the last Stamptique Designer's Challenge of the year!! Our hostess for this challenge is Claudine Criner and she has chosen the theme "Alphabets." Here is what she says about this challenge:
"Use your alphabet stamps or image stamps to create a letter of the alphabet."
This was a fun challenge.  I think the trickiest part was choosing a letter!  Here's my little creation. You'll see that I also had the sequins still on my desk from the last challenge so a few of them made their way onto the page too! :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Great Moon, Line Up, Alphabet Lower
“Why is the only question that bothers people enough to have an entire letter of the alphabet named after it.” 
Douglas Adams

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

SDC224: Sequins

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and I have the great pleasure of being this week's hostess!   This week, I would like to see you use sequins!  Let's see where your creativity takes you. Sequins come in every size, shape and color and can be used in so many ways. Where will they end up in your project?

Now, the sequins I have used in my project are iridescent, so they look like they are pink when, in fact, they are white!  At least they show up!! :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Buru, Paris Lamp Post, Neverending Wall,  Peace and Love
“And now, I'm just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.”
Lady Gaga

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

SDC222: At The Movies

This week, Corrie Herriman is our hostess for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge and she is asking us to do something in the theme "At The Movies".  Here is what Corrie says about this fun challenge:
"Make something this week inspired by the movies or a move star and as always, have fun!!!"
Be sure to play along for your chance to win on of this month's prizes for $30 to spend in the Stampotique Store.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Clock Shop, Romek, Typewriter Alpha, Majestic Tree
“I am floating, I thought, completely without anchor, at the mercy of the wind.” 
S.J. Watson

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Halloween Pockets

Today I would like to share my latest pocket letter project created for an online swap.  The paper is My Mind's Eye.  It provides the perfect backdrop for a variety of stamps, digital art, and cut out embellishments.  Halloween provides lots of inspiration!

“Halloween shadows played upon the walls of the houses. In the sky the Halloween moon raced in and out of the clouds. The Halloween wind was blowing, not a blasting of wind but a right-sized swelling, falling, and gushing of wind. It was a lovely and exciting night, exactly the kind of night Halloween should be.” 
Eleanor Estes, The Witch Family

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

SDC220: Bright Colors

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This week Carol Fox is our hostess and she's challenging us to use bright colors.  Here is what carol says about this challenge:
"Bright eye popping colors to brighten up November.  So let's see your best and brightest projects this week."
This week I wanted to create a new insert for my cell phone case.  I knew I wanted to use Kate Krane's Boy Angel in pure white, but it took a while to find the right sentiment.  In my search, I stumbled across this 1998 song title by The Offspring and I knew I just had to use it!  Of course, I couldn't resist making it my new ring tone too! LOL! Be sure to play along with Carol's bright challenge for your chance to win a gift certificate to the Stampotique store!
Boy Angel by Stampotique Originals
“For truly we are all angels temporarily hiding as humans.” 
Brian L. Weiss

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Something Stampotique

Happy hump day!  Today I would like to share an ATC made a while back for an online snail mail swap with the beautiful Stampotique Originals rubber stamps, a variety of paper scraps, and some cheese cloth - all colored with Copic markers.  Simple torn edges and a bit of Distress Ink add to the tattered look that the cheesecloth gives to the wings. Be sure to play along with this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge for your chance to add some new stamps to your collection!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Lovely Wings, Stella, Stacked Suitcases, Word Collage
“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” 
Coco Chanel

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

SDC218: Blue & Brown Color Challenge

It's time again for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This week Gez Butterworth is our hostess and she is challenging us to a color challenge "Blue and Brown".  Here is what Gez says about this challenge:

"Blue and Brown is one of my favorite colour combos, I hope you have fun with it too."

Lately, I have been making a lot of ATCs, so this week I decided to make a quick card.  I kept it super clean and simple using blue patterned paper and Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.  In person, the snowflakes twinkle as they catch the light.  I hope you'll play along with us for your chance to win one of two $30 prizes for the Stampotique Originals store.

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Majestic Tree, Silence Speaks
“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SDC16: Tag

Today is the start of a new Stampotique Designer's Challenge!  This week Coby vanWilligenburg is our hostess and she is challenging us to "Show her a Tag".  Here is what Coby says about this challenge:
"I do love tags but I use them too often. So please show me a tag on your project."
Sorry, Coby, I couldn't resist doing a toe tag*! It's just that time of year! LOL! I also had great fun creating a little evidence filmstrip to go with it!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Splatter Long, Barcode, Barcode Text 2, Stella's Hat, Stella's Broom, Girl With Heart Purse
*No witch was hurt in the making of this project.
"I won't say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner.  We used to write essays like: What I'm going to be if I grow up."
Lenny Bruce

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

SDC214: Early Halloween

It's time for another fun Stampotique Designer's Challenge. This week Carol is our hostess and she is challenging us to an Early Halloween.  Here is what Carol says about this challenge,
"I really love Halloween so any excuse to sneak a make in, a month early is OK in my book."
So many stamps in the Stampotique catalogue lend themselves perfectly to Halloween!  The hardest part of this challenge was narrowing down which stamps to use! :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Helping HandsHalloween Cube 2, L'il Tatawea, Batty
"If human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween."
Douglas Coupland

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

SDC213: Milestone Celebrations

It's time for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge and this week Kathi is our hostess.  She is taking us to a scary place, Milestone Birthday or Anniversaries. Here is what she says about this challenge,
"21, 25, 50, 60th Birthday or Anniversary -- It's time to celebrate! Let's see a project that celebrates those sometimes scary milestones of life!"
My mom and dad just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and I am so inspired by their love for each other and commitment to each other.  Here is just a little project celebrating their beautiful milestone...
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Little Church, Word Collage, Vintage Script
“If I get married, I want to be very married.” 
Audrey Hepburn

Saturday, September 12, 2015

SDC212: Use Only 2 Stamps

Nellie is our hostess for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week and she is asking us to use only two stamps. Here is what Nellie says about this challenge:
"I tend to use a lot of stamps when I create something. Thought I might challenge myself and all of you by limiting the number of stamps. So no more than two stamps please!"
Here's my little project for this week's challenge.  It is an ATC, but it is folded so that it can latch on the back to contain a tea bag.  I think it would be perfect for a pocket letter!  My favorite thing about this ATC is that I was able to trade it with a new crafty friend for her very first AWESOME ATC!!

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Tiny Bee, Flower Shop

Little latch on the back with a tea bag inside.

With the sides slightly folded, this ATC will even stand up like a greeting card!

Just in love with everything about Christine's very first ATC!!
It even came in its own fabulous personalized box!!
I'm looking forward to our next swap already <3
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” 
C.G. Jung

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SDC210: Anything Goes

It's time for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge! Kim Howard is the hostess this week and she's making it easy on us:
"Create using freedom this week with no specific theme."
If you haven't yet done so, make sure to alsoStampotique's New Release Blog Hop here.  Be sure to enter the challenge and comment on the blog hop for extra chances to win this month's gift certificates!

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Barcode Text, Sunflower Large
“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...” 
Susan Polis Schutz

Monday, August 24, 2015

Stampotique Summer 2015 New Release Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be showcasing the images released from Stampotique this month!  If you haven't had a chance to see what's new, you can do that over on the Stampotique website here.
You can win a $30 gift certificate for stamps and a grab bag of stamps on two of the blogs just by leaving some love in the comments as you go!
I'd like to take this chance to thank Kim Howard for her amazing work as our fearless design team leader and wish her well as she moves on to her next adventure!

Have fun hopping over to Carol Fox's blog from here!
If you've missed the previous blogs, here is the entire list.

Valerie Wilson <--you are here

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Some Like It Hot!

Some do like it hot, but I am not one of those people.  We have had the most stellar, uncharacteristically warm weather here over the past week and I have been hiding inside with the a/c cranked!  I thought I'd put some of my indoor time to good use and share a project that I completed for an international bookmark swap a while back.  Swaps are so much fun - I just love receiving mail, and there's no mail better than art mail!  Here are the projects I sent to my partners abroad.
Marilyn by Stampsmith
“Summer, dropping so easily a delicious everything upon your skin and lips. Like a never-ending kiss—taunting, deep, and luscious. The sun. The heat. The thousand echoes of a timelessness before time, when every day seems longer than the next and no day seems likely to ever truly end. Summer.” 
Carew Papritz, The Legacy Letters: his Wife, his Children, his Final Gift

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SDC208: Animals

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and Jackie Payne is our hostess.  Here's what she has to say about her challenge:
"We all love our animals, incorporate an animal into your project."
Here's my little project for this week's challenge featuring the owl and the bee from the new release!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Thinking of You, Mr. Owl, Heart Flowers, Agatha's Watering Can
“Perfumes are the feelings of flowers.” 
Heinrich Heine

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

SDC207: Selfies or Photobombing

It's time for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge and Claudine Criner is our hostess this week.  Here's what she has to say about her theme:
"We all know those crazy animals or people who make funny faces behind or in front of us while we are taking a photo or those who like to take photos of themselves.  Well this challenge is all about that. I want to see those funny photobomb projects or your best selfie."
Here's my little photobomb creation featuring the fabulous new Agatha Antlers and Ellie stamps from the August release!! They are entirely too much fun! :)
All stamps by Stampotique Originals
“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” 
Karl Lagerfeld

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SDC206: Under The Sea

The next Stampotique Designer's Challenge starts today.  Kristen Catalano is our hostess this week and here's what she as challenged us with:
"The ocean is my happy place. It is calm and soothing and I love the sound of the waves. So this week, I challenge you to create an ocean themed project. I can't wait to see what you come up with."
Living in a place surrounded by water, I have grown up loving the ocean too!  I took this opportunity to start my art journal.  The pages have been white for far too long.  Although it's generally out of my comfort zone, I had fun adding a little bit of doodling.  I wish you could see more of the shimmer sprays that make these underwater creatures shine! :)
All stamps by Stampotique Originals
“Writers fish for the right words like fishermen fish for, um, whatever those aquatic creatures with fins and gills are called. 
Jarod Kintz, This is the best book I've ever written, and it still sucks

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

SDC205: Stamped Background Using Household Materials

It's time for the next Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  Arwen is our hostess this week and here's what she has to say about her theme.
"Stamp a background with things from the budget.  For example, sponges, foil, cutlery or the likes of."
Here's my little project.  I used an onion bag and stuck it to an acrylic block covered in Tack 'N Peel by Tsukineko (LOVE this product!).  I pounced the block with a white pigment ink pad over the onion bag and then lifted the bag up to reveal the bag pattern on the Tack 'N Peel. I stamped direct-to-paper with the Tack 'N Peel block to create the cage-like background.
Cockatoo by Stampotique Originals
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” 
Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SDC204: Twinchies

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge!  Janet Klein is our hostess this week and she's got us thinking twins:
"Twinchies are small works of art that measure 2 x 2". Create a set of twinchies using your favourite Stampotique images (or if you don't own any yet, feel free to use any stamps that are not digital)."
I love making little projects!!  The smaller size can be a challenge within itself and can even take more time than a project much larger.  I upped the ante and added another challenge for myself.  I pulled one page out of a recycled novel without looking at it and forced myself to come up with sentiments using only the words found on it.  I like what jumped off the page - give it a try! :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Bold Birds, Strut Your Stuff
“When the Sun of compassion arises darkness evaporates and the singing birds come from nowhere.” 
Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power

Sunday, July 12, 2015

My Second Pocket Letter Swap

Today I'd like to share a pocket letter swap with a friend that we actually finished quite some time ago.  There wasn't any theme so I went with a bit of a book theme.  The left pocket of the middle row is actually a handmade mini notebook with a little bookmark in it.  There are also wire bookmarks on the centre pocket and the bottom left pocket.  The sentiment on the middle pocket of the bottom row is a magnetic bookmark too.
The back has a fridge magnet designed to hold notes in the top left pocket and various embellishing elements in many of the other pockets.  I made a plastic tag out of recycled plastic packaging and wrapped washi tape, twine, and ribbon around it.  There is fabric left from the making of my wedding dress in the middle pocket as well as pages from my grandmother's novels wrapped around tea packets in the left hand pockets.
Here is the beautiful pocket letter I received in return from Sunflower Mel.  It features an amazing poppy paper and buckets of gorgeous bling elements.  Of course my pictures aren't doing the bling justice - but, trust me, it shines!  I don't think Mel actually knew that poppies were one of my absolute favorite flowers!!  Color me thrilled :)
Mel also tucked in all of these awesome goodies, a delicious tea, and a great letter.  Thank you so much, Mel, I love everything about it!!
“Every body allows that the talent of writing agreeable letters is peculiarly female.” 
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Tonight I had a rare moment of quiet time in the craft room and had fun getting inky.  As a challenge to myself, I limited my supplies and tools to only those found within my reach.  Thankfully, my desk is extremely messy and crowded with lots of goodies so I had plenty to work with - including these fun Stampotique images! Don't forget to drop by the Stampotique Designer's Challenge and play along for your chance to win free stamps!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Word Collage, Phineas, Quiet Place
“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude.” 
Rollo May

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SDC202: Use Ribbon

It's time for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  Corrie Herriman is our hostess this week and here is what she is challenging you with:
I struggle to use ribbon in my projects but I do like it. So I want you to show me what you do with ribbon. Have fun ! Corrie x
Here's my little project for this week.  I love using photo-realistic stamps for a vintage throwback.  Here I have stamped on glossy cards tock using a scant application of Ancient Page black ink.  I added little pops of color with a damp paintbrush dipped in water soluble marker scribbles.  Adding ribbon turns it into a quick bookmark :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Phyllis and Eileen,  Word Collage
“Forget art. Put your trust in ice cream.” 
Charles Baxter, The Feast of Love

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

SDC198: Favorite Stamp

Gez Butterworth is our hostess this week and she's playing favorites this week:

We've ALL got one!  What's yours?  We would love to see your favorite Stampotique images (if you can't pick just one) on your creations this week.  Which stamp makes your heart skip a beat?

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Jasmin, Escape the ordinary... daydream

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SDC196: Something old, something new...

It is time for this weeks' Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  Coby vanWilligenburg is our hostess this week and here is her challenge:
Something old
something new,
something borrowed
something blue
"I love this quote.......Get inspiration out of it, make what you want but let me see one or more aspects from this quote. Have a lot of fun!"
Here's my take on Coby's challenge.
  • Something old: cloth torn from the fabric mom used to make my wedding dress, book pages torn from an antique botany encyclopedia.
  • Something new:  the birds and the sentiment stamps are new to me, the Pinkpaislee Spring Jubilee tag and the bakers twine are also new
  • Something borrowed: the leaves for the rose are borrowed from a separate rose die
  • Something blue: bakers' twine and the birds 

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Birds of a Feather, Take time to smell the roses, 1879 Postmark
“In order to see birds
it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” 
Robert Lynd

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SDC 194: Stencils

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and Corrie Herriman is our hostess.  Here's what she's challenged us with:
"Hello and Happy Wednesday!  I love using stencils.  They add another layer to your background and lots of interest too.  Use them with paint, ink model paste or even gesso.  Show me what you do with stencils and have fun!"
I have to confess that my stencils were in dire need of a good workout so this challenge has perfect timing!  Here's the little card that I made using Daniel Torrente's fun new seahorses!  Can you spot the stencils?  Be sure to play along for your chance to win $30 of Stampotique stamps!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Rudy, Reggie, Barcode, Friend
“In high seas or in low seas,
I'm gonna be your friend...
I'm gonna be your friend.
In high tide or in low tide,
I'll be by your side...
I'll be by your side.” 
Bob Marley

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Stampotique Photo Bomb ATC

Have you ever captured something unexpected in a photograph?  Maybe someone famous?  Maybe a ghost?  Well today's project pays homage to the ever-popular photo bomb! I've titled this one "Bee Bomb"! :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Find Your Balance, Tiny Bee, Sun DesignFloral Flutter
“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” 
Karl Lagerfeld

Monday, April 27, 2015

My First Pocket Letter Swap

Admittedly, I'm not really one for jumping onto the latest craze in anything.  However, I'm usually all in for just about any kind of swap, so when friends suggested a pocket letter swap, I was too excited!  I watched some videos, got a few ideas, picked a theme, and gave it a go!

Here is my very first pocket letter inspired by my mom's efforts creating my wedding dress.  It features mementoes reminiscent of our big day 13 years ago.  Thank you to Debbie Reid for getting such great pics of it after she opened it!
Centre: fabric from the overskirt of my wedding dress
Middle row: ribbon from my bouquet,
fabric from the underskirt of my wedding dress, lace from my updo
Bottom row: music from my grandmother's music book,
text from my other grandmother's novel
Here is Debbie's beautiful letter that she made in return.  The details are amazing and she absolutely nailed the theme and colors to match my taste.  She even put pretty border paper on the spine - so clever!  I'm thrilled that this stunning piece of art is the first pocket letter in my album!

“Every body allows that the talent of writing agreeable letters is peculiarly female.” 
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SDC 192: Springs

It's time again for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and today, I get to select the theme! In my town, there is still snow on the ground, but I'm hoping that if we keep thinking "Spring" really hard, that Spring will arrive! To encourage the arrival of Spring, I'd like to see you actually use springs or something that makes things spring up off your project!

Nothing says spring like flying a kite, so my kite actually flies with a little help from an acetate spring! As you might guess, hubby really likes this one! :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
2 Nuages, Floral Flutter
“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SDC191: Circles

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designers Challenge and Magda has us running in circles today!  Here's what she has to say about her theme,
"I like using shapes in my projects especially circles.  They can give interesting effects on projects depends on what way they are used.  I would love to see circles on creations.  How you will use them depends on your imagination."
Here is a little project I created for a swap on the Stampotique Facebook Group.  I'm not sure how many circles there actually are on this ATC, but between the background, the border, the images and the words, I think it fits Magda's theme perfectly!  I hope you'll play along this week for your chance to win $30 to spend in the Stampotique store! :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Agatha Pirate, Agatha's Parrot, Peace and Love,
Hold on Tight, Freakin' People Person
“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” 
Henry Havelock Ellis

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SDC190: Stitches

It's time for the latest Stampotique Designer's Challenge and this week Coby 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."
Here is my not-so-little bookmark creation.  I had fun putting together all of the layers for this paper-pieced project!  Be sure to play along for your chance to win a gift certificate for more fun Stampotique stamps!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Kate's Angel, Stitched Houses, In Stitches, 1879 Postmark,
Vintage Bill, Tall Word Collage, Word Collage
"I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions." 
Augusten Burroughs (Magical Thinking: True Stories)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Nursery Rhyme ATC

I'm excited to finally share the ATC I created for the January Stampotique ATC Swap hosted by Nikki Woodword on the Stampotique Facebook Group.  If you haven't had a chance to check out the group, it's well worth the visit!  There is eye candy for days (seriously!) and everyone there is so kind and supportive.  The theme for this swap was Nursery Rhymes, so I pulled together some of my favorite stamps to create this quirky little scene.  Can you spot the stamp used to create the bowl?
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Mushroom Group, Stella, Birds and Bugs Cube,
Mystery "bowl" stamp
Little Miss Muffet 
by Mother Goose

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SDC188: Your Favourite Background Technique

It's time once again for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge!  Nellie van Leeuwen is our hostess this week 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."
Woah, Nellie!  How's a girl to choose!!  There are sooooo many fun techniques!  I love using a brayer and a multi-coloured ink pad to create all kinds of background effects.  I have oodles of embossing folders that don't get used to their full potential so I thought I'd try brayering Kaleidacolor inks onto one to try using it like a stamp!  I spritzed it with a good amount of water and then used a dry brayer to apply pressure so the image would transfer to the paper evenly.  Here are my results!  Maybe I'll get to go to Paris in the Springtime this year!!

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Old Timey Frog, Eiffel Tower, Trees 2 Sided
"The art galleries of Paris contain the finest collection of frames I ever saw."
Humphry Davy

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

SDC186: Stars

It's time for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge!  Carol Fox is our hostess this week 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."
Here's my little paper-pieced project for this week featuring one of Kate Krane's new stamps combined with a big star from Jo Capper-Sandon and little stars from France Papillon!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Hold on Tight, Jo's StarDesign Cube, You are a child of the universe
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” 
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SDC 184: Bring Me Sunshine

Kaz Boughton is our hostess this week at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge and she is looking for a little sunshine - along with the rest of us on the East Coast of Candada!
"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."
Seriously, I would do just about anything to help encourage the sun to come out right now!!! We're having a strong dose of winter here too and I just can't wait for Spring to be "sprung"!  To play along with Kaz's challenge, here's a sunny little ATC featuring stamps from the new Stampotique release.  I can't wait to see your sunny creations too!!
Sing, Birch Tree, Stack of Birds, Ambrosius
“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” 
Helen Keller


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