Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique's Line Up

It's almost here!
Wishing you all a huge Halloween haul!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Line Up, Artichoke Monster, Stella's Hat, Stella's Broom, Happy Unbirthday, Old English Hallowe'en
“Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.” 
J.K. Rowling

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique Flying In Circles

Happy Tuesday!
Today I would like to share a 6x6 project featuring The Crafter.
She always gets into so much mischief with her scissors!
Today, she might have gone a bit too far!! 
Hubby says with just one wing, she can only fly in circles now! LOL!
I can't decide whether to turn it into a greeting card or a page in a little art journal.
Which do you think it should be?
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” 
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique Unleashed

Happy Tuesday!
It's a day for happy funky art!
I'm pretty sure it's impossible not to smile
when you see a monster wearing nothing but his socks!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
1879 Postmark, Unicorn's Cousin
“More of me comes out when I improvise.” 
Edward Hopper

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Barnmark

Happy Tuesday!
This weekend we are hosting longtime friends who are about to move to the other side of the country - to a tiny island!  It's been a very fun visit so far, but it's going far too quickly!  The little "barnmark"  featuring the new Ponytail, definitely reflects how I know I'm already feeling... and they're not even gone yet.  I'm thinking there's a west coast vacation in my not-too-distant future!!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals
Circles Cube, Ponytail
“When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.” 
Rodney Dangerfield

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Cup'a

Happy Tuesday!
Today I'd like to share an ATC made from the scrap pile with a few of my favourite new stamps.  Yum Yum fits perfectly in the largest teacup from the Stacked Cups.  Isn't he adorable? I love this little guy?!  He reminds me of myself... always eating! :D
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Altered Hello, Stacked Cups, Yum Yum
“The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.” 
Julia Child

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a 4-Wheelin' Postcard

Happy Tuesday!
Today I'm excited to share a project made for a postcard swap
The theme was "Hearts"... mine are little but they are there!  
I just love receiving the happy mail of swaps and will be stalking the postman!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Squiggle Arms, Scooter Girl, Just Be U, Stacked Boxes, In Stitches
“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.” 
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Naughty ATC!

Happy Tuesday!
Today I'm excited to share an ATC made for an ATC swap on the Stampotique Facebook Group.  The theme was "Naughty".  Now that's wide open to interpretation!! So I asked hubby to help me come up with some cute ideas.  Here's what "we" came up with! LOL!
I giggled the whole time I was making it!  
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Karin
This ATC relies on some doodling to pull the idea together (sentiment, nurse's cap, cleavage, garters, stethoscope, and borders).  To make this ATC work, Karin's legs have been folded up to look like she's sitting; however they have not been tacked down so they can be straightened out to reveal her cute garters.

"After two days in the hospital, I took a turn for the nurse."
W.C. Fields

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Sign of the Seasons

Happy Tuesday!
Do the leaves change colour in the fall where you are?
We have brilliant fall colour here on the east coast in Nova Scotia, Canada!  The leaves have just barely started to change but it won't be long now before the forest is ablaze with shocks of reds, oranges and yellows!  The Stampotique Leaf stamp is one of my favourites and is perfect for this season!  Be sure to check out the Stampotique Designer's Blog for daily inspiration!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Leaf, Forget not that the earth delights
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
Albert Camus

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Greeting

Happy Tuesday!
Today I'd like to share a cheerful little greeting card.
I drew inspiration for the coloring from the colors in the background paper and the fun sentiment (cut out from designer paper).  It was great fun playing with my Copics and getting a bit inky!!
Be sure to check out the other fabulous designs on the Stampotique Designer's Blog and join a fun new challenge every week on the Stampotique Designers' Challenge!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Bird Lady, Gucio Walking
Tweety: Oh, Mr. Putty tat. Don't you wike me anymore? 
Sylvester: I think... I think... I think you're... I think you're... delicious!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and Techniques

Happy Technique Tuesday everyone!
Today I have the pleasure of crafting with friends who are new to stamping during our lunch break!  I thought that making a couple of Stampotique bookmarks would be a great way to introduce them to stamping!  It's so much fun to play with color and make your own background papers - I know we'll have a blast!  For the details of how these were made, please see the text below each image.
Thanks for stopping by!
Val :)
To create this look, use thick multi-media paper, stamp Timeless with Versamark ink, emboss with detail white.  Randomly sponge on Fired Brick and Wild Honey Distress Inks then gently wipe the surface to fully reveal the clocks. Cut words from Whole Heart and Find Your Balance Text and alter the word 'with' to become 'within'. 
To create this look, pounce Adirondak Citrus ink on an acrylic block, spritz it with water and press it onto thick multi-media paper.  Repeat with Adirondak Stream ink and dry the bookmark with a heat gun.  Stamp Whole Heart in Versafine Onyx Black ink, doodle a border and add some bling to the corner.

“The most powerful relationship you will ever have 
is the relationship with yourself.” 
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and Duotone

Happy Tuesday!
Today I'd like to share an ATC made for a
Stampotique ATC swap over on the Stampotique Facebook Group.
The theme was black and white this time and I had lots of fun with this one!
If you haven't played along already, give it a go! It's heaps of fun!
Special thanks to Nikki Woodword for organizing them!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Master Butterfly, Large Butterfly
“The most colorful thing in the world is black and white,
it contains all colors and at the same time excludes all.” 
Vikrmn, 10 Alone

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Pop!

Pop Up Box Card that is!
The lovely Stella nestles into this dimensional greeting so nicely.
I started this fun project at the beginning of summer
and finally had a chance to finish this week.
I love how it folds up to lay flat for easy mailing!
If you have not tried one yet, give 'em a whirl, they're super fun!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stella by Stampotique Originals
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
Dalai Lama XIV

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and Liftoff!!

Happy Tuesday!
This week I'd like to share a Stampotique project that I made for a bookmark swap over on The Roc Nicholas' Facebook group!  It draws inspiration from hubby's obsession with kites of all shapes and sizes and features the awesome Screaming Bunny (designed by Roc herself)!  I'm not sure if bunny is flying kite or kite is flying bunny!! LOL! :)  
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Screaming Bunny, Fly Word, Design Cube (stars)
The background was created by spritzing watercolor crayon scribbles with water on my gelli plate and pushing multi-media paper into it.  I colored the sentiment with watercolor crayons and spritzed it with water and stamped it directly on the background.  The kite was hand drawn on a scrap and watercolor-stamped with stars.  Bunny was also stamped on a scrap then colored with Copics and watercolors.

"Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."
Leonardo da Vinci

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Film Strip

Happy Tuesday!
Today I'd like to share a fun film strip featuring
Roc's quirky characters by Stampotique,
text backgrounds and watercolor.
The film strip was created and cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.
To make the characters, I painted a book page with white acrylic paint, stamped the characters on it and then colored them using Tombow markers and a water brush.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Scooter Girl, Monster, Blessed Skellie
“Audience can live without a movie but a movie cannot live without an audience.” 
Amit Kalantri

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Comforting Card

Happy Tuesday!
Today I have a quick little card inspired by last week's Mojo Monday sketch.  It features the adorable kids on the Summer Days stamp. This image is like comfort food to me. It just reminds me of those simple summer days when we were little running through the sprinkler without a care in the world. Sitting out on the patio this weekend, I could hear the squeals of the neighbour's kids as they did exactly that, and it brought a smile to my heart.
I hope you're enjoying your summer too!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Summer Days, Comfort Zone
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” 
John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Song Inspiration

Today, I'm happy to be able to share a project I made for a recent Stampotique Facebook Group ATC swap.  The theme for this one was "Sing a Song". If you're familiar with this song, you'll know why I was giggling the whole time I made this project! :)
Stamp by Stampotique Originals:
Smushallaum
“You win some, lose some, and wreck some.”
 Dale Earnhardt

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Magnetic Bookmark

Happy Tuesday!
Today I'd like to share a simple little project.
It's a magnetic bookmark made from Roc's regal Bird Princess
using paper piecing and Copic coloring techniques!
This stamp is the perfect shape for a bookmark, so I just
made a skinny card and folded it over the top of the page and
affixed magnets inside the front flap and back flap 
so they would squeeze the page to mark my place!
Great bookmarks make reading even more fun!
Stamp by Stampotique Originals:
Bird Princess
 “The attitude you pose is greatly influenced by the links of friendships you bookmark. Good friends, good attitudes; best friends, best attitudes.
Guess what for toxic friends...!”

Israelmore Ayivor

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Little Gift Card

Happy Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadians!
Today I'd like to share a little gift card featuring the adorable dreaming Hazel.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Dreamer, Thinking of You
“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” 
Edgar Allan Poe

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Post Card

Happy Tuesday!
Today I'd like to share a 4" x 6" post card featuring Stampotique's fabulous Flamingo.
She has been paper pieced, colored with Copic markers and adorned with Jo's flower that has been outlined with Tombow markers, spritzed with a bit of water, stamped onto patterned paper, cut out and layered.  Isn't she fun?  I'd love to hear how you would finish this sentiment on the back of this card!!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Jo's Flower Block, Flamingo, Loving You
“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” 
Zelda Fitzgerald

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Swap Project

The Stampotique Facebook Group has been really fun lately!  
Several group members have been participating in ATC swaps featuring Stampotique stamps - we'd love to have you join us - just visit the group!

Here is my project for the most recent swap where we included real postage on the ATC.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Spidergrass, The Earth Laughs in Flowers
The background paper has been created with a spattering of Dylusions ink as well as Fireworks shimmer sprays (really shimmers in person!).  The spidergrass and sentiment were positioned with the stamp positioner to make sure the bumble bee postage could sit perfectly in place.  Faux stitches were drawn around the outside and a glitter pen was used to color the grass tips for added bling.


"The most interesting thing about a postage stamp 
is the persistence with which it sticks to its job."
Napoleon Hill

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Bookmark

Today I have a funny little Stampotique bookmark to share...
Who could resist Karin?!  LOL!!
Be sure to check out the Stampotique Designer's Challenge tomorrow!
“We read to know we're not alone.” 
William Nicholson, Shadowlands

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and Mother Nature

I was sitting on the front porch this weekend watching the bees attack the chive blossoms,  so when I cam across this scrap of paper,  I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! Isn't Mother Nature awesome!?!  The new look on the Stampotique.com site is also awesome!  It is now featuring six projects from the Stampotique Project Call during the Spring Release Blog Hop - check 'em out!
Featuring Medium Bee by Stampotique Originals
“Always respect Mother Nature. Especially when she weighs 400 pounds and is guarding her baby.” 
James Rollins, Ice Hunt

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bombshell's May 2014 Hump Day Hop!

Welcome to the Bombshell May 2014 Hump Day Hop! This month we're breaking out our die cuts and cutting machines and pairing them with the beautiful Bombshell rubber stamps!  The results are fantastic!
Stamps by Bombshell Rubber Stamps:
Lotus Garden, Butterfly Dreams
You should have arrived here from Marnie's blog and hop along to Kelli's blog.  If you arrived here from another location, you can start back at the Bombshell Blog and make your way through the entire list. Happy hopping!





Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Milkstache

I'm just in love with all of the Stampotique monsters, 
but these moustache monsters crack me up! 
 I had such fun giggling while I made this
with Kim Prince on Facetime last night!
This was definitely a joint effort - thank you, Kimmy!!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Smitten Moustache Monsters, Heart Background
"I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose."
Woody Allen

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bombshell's May Color Challenge

It's the second month of Bombshell's new monthly color challenge! 

Here's the swatch from Design Seeds!

 You're asked to use at least three colors from the palette. You may also use black, white, and skin colors, but try not to use any extra colors. You can use any stamp you'd like. However, if you do use Bombshell Stamps, you'll receive an additional chance to win a $20.00 gift certificate to Bombshell's store.  I hope you'll play along!

I have to confess that these colors are WAY out of my wheelhouse, so this really was a challenge for me!!  Here's my card done with a combination of some of these colors.
Stamps by Bombshell: Butterfly Dreams
“Hundreds of butterflies flitted in and out of sight like short-lived punctuation marks in a stream of consciousness without beginning or end.” 
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a New Phone Case

Yesterday was Victoria Day in Canada and Halifax was graced with a visit from Charles and Camilla!  I guess that got me thinking about the royal jewels and inspired this new phone case!

I created my own Silhouette Studio cutting file that fits the the iPhone5/5S and cut out a piece of patterned paper for a background. Next, I colored Stampotique's Froggie and sentiment with Copics. As you can see, I rearranged the sentiment and drew "Little bling" to match.  Froggie is finished off with hair and finger bling cut from Dollar Store cell phone stickers.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Froggie, Every Dog Text
Reveal Case (with clear back) for iPhone 5 by Griffin Technologies
“It's not what you have on the outside that glitters in light, it's what you have on the inside that shines in the dark.” 
Anthony Liccione

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Bombshell's May Sketch Challenge

As part of my reign as "Miss May" over at Bombshell Rubber Stamps, I have been invited to play along with their Sketch Challenge for May!

Here's the sketch.  Flip it, flop it, and make it your own. Then enter your project into the challenge on Bombshell's Blog. You don't have to use Bombshell's stamps, but if you do, you'll receive an additional chance to win a $20.00 gift certificate to Bombshell's store!


Here's my take on the sketch featuring the oh-so-adorable Peek-A-Boo Geisha digital stamp set!  I made the large parasol shape to match the digi stamp in Silhouette Studio and cut it out on black and Asian papers.  The geisha was printed X-Press-It paper using my new Brother HL2240 laser jet printer (purchased just for digi's) and was then colored with Copic markers.  I hope you'll play along too; sketch challenges are so much fun! :)
Stamps by Bombshell Rubber Stamps:
Peek-A-Boo Geisha digital stamp set
“He was like a song I'd heard once in fragments but had been singing in my mind ever since.” 
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Cup of Fun Certainty!

Influenced by a recent family birthday, plus Mother's Day, and announcing the winner of the Stampotique Project Call, "celebrating" seemed like the perfect theme for today's project!

This ATC background was made with a spritz of Dylusions Inks followed by a bit of stencilling using Distress Inks.  The stamped images and sentiment have all been colored with Copics then fussy cut and mounted to the card front.

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Smile, Cup of Fun Certainty, Enjoy Life
“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.” 
Unknown

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Bombshell's May Challenge - It's Hip To Be Square!!

I'm so excited to be Miss May over at Bombshell Rubber Stamps where they gave me the honour of selecting this month's challenge theme.  I'm a bit of a nerd plus I love projects with clean edges, so I called my theme "It's Hip To Be Square"!  It's wide open to interpretation and you're welcome to use any stamps so I hope you'll play along!  I had heaps of fun creating this little project with a square theme!!
Butterfly Queen by Bombshell Rubber Stamps
Words, boot, stars and card parts were cut with my Silhouette
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” 
Friedrich Nietzsche

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

One Week Left To Submit Your Stampotique Projects!

To celebrate the Spring release, Stampotique invites you to link up your best Stampotique projects to be considered for use within the Stampotique.com web site (as samples and examples).  Favorites will be featured in the slideshow on the front page of the Stampotique.com gallery and there will be a random draw for $30 to spend in the Stampotique store on May13th!

Because they are looking for lots of samples, you are invited you to link up to 3 projects.  They may be new or previously created and each project must:
  • contain only stamps made by Stampotique
  • be well photographed
  • include brief instructions how it was made
  • include a list of Stampotique stamps used
  • include your name to be credited for the work
Can't wait to see your projects!  Here's the ATC I made for the Stampotique Facebook Group "Color Saturation" ATC swap.  I just love the new Agatha character.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Agatha Moon, Barcode Text (fragile)
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” 
Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Exciting News To Share!

I'm excited to be guest designing at Bombshell Rubber Stamps this summer!  We did a little interview to get acquainted...

1. Brief info about yourself, including your name, where you live, your family (if you want), etc.
Hi, I'm Valerie Wilson from the beautiful East Coast of Canada in the Atlantic time zone.  I live next to a lake about half way between the between the city of Halifax and the coastal village of Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia.

2. How long have you been stamping and/or crafting?
I have been crafting since I could hold a crayon.  In the past, I have jumped from one craft to another, but stamping has been a mainstay in my craft room since I caught the rubber bug in 2001.

3. What are your favorite Bombshell sets and why?
I'm pretty sure it's impossible to choose favorites - they're all awesome!

4. What kind of projects do you like to do?
I like creating projects that look complicated but use simple techniques - some might call that lazy! :)  When I can manage to think of something witty, I also enjoy injecting some humour into my projects!

5. What are your favorite coloring mediums?
Hmmmm... that's a tough one.  Lately, one of my favorite ways to color an image is to stamp it multiple times on various papers, cut them all out, and then piece the full image in various papers.  I also enjoy using Copic markers, colored pencils with gamsol, or soft pastel chalks.

6. Describe your crafting "style".
My style is fluid.  I like incorporating a variety of techniques, playing with the latest tools,  and coming up with simple but eye-catching designs.  I like everything from vintage to cutesy and create projects in whatever style matches the mood I'm in.

7. Describe your crafting process. Do you start with a stamp set? A sketch? A technique you want to use?
I like being inspired by something going on in my life.  I often start with an idea or a feeling and I stew on it a bit and try to visualize it from different perspectives.  Then I sit in my craft room and flip through my binder of stamp images until I find ones that go together to express my feelings. Once I have the stamps selected, I usually look for a technique, papers or layouts that pull the idea and the stamps together.

8. Do you have any other hobbies?
My list of hobbies is really long.  Other than rubber stamping, the ones I enjoy most often are crocheting, knitting, gardening, herbal studies, cooking, and baking.

9. Free for all including little facts, etc. about you.
Other than paper crafting, my other addictions are chocolate, potato chips, bubble tea, television, staying up late at night, and "playing" on my laptop and iPad.

I would like to thank Bombshell for the invitation to be Miss May.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone's fabulous Bombshell creations during May!
Bombshell stamps used:
Lotus Garden, Banner Sayings
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
Marcel Proust

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

SDC145: Flowers

I can't believe how long it's been since I played along with the Stampotique Designer's Challenge! How time flies! This week, I got to choose the challenge theme and play along...
"April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, so let's add some flower power to our projects! I'll be excited to see if you stamp some flowers, create faux flowers, use a mask to create a flower background or come up with some other original idea for sprinkling a few petals on your project! And a little reminder to visit the Stampotique Designer's Blog for another chance to win!"
Gotta love flowers, so I created a giant 6" one on my Silhouette!  I cut an extra layer and attached it to the back to make a fun card!  A giant flower card would be perfect for your favourite gardener's birthday or even for Mother's Day!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Agatha Heart,
Plant kindness and gather love
“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.” 
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Don't Forget to Submit Your Stampotique Projects!!

To celebrate the Spring release, Stampotique invites you to link up your best Stampotique projects to be considered for use within the Stampotique.com web site (as samples and examples).  Favorites will be featured in the slideshow on the front page of the Stampotique.com gallery and there will be a random draw for $30 to spend in the Stampotique store on May13th!

Because they are looking for lots of samples, you are invited you to link up to 3 projects.  They may be new or previously created and each project must:
  • contain only stamps made by Stampotique
  • be well photographed
  • include brief instructions how it was made
  • include a list of Stampotique stamps used
  • include your name to be credited for the work
Can't wait to see your projects!  Here's the ATC I made for the Stampotique Facebook Page "Time Warp" ATC swap.  This image reminds me of those in my grandmother's photo album and takes me back to more innocent times.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Beauties, Word Collage
“The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children. ” 
Jim Henson

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Reminder

To celebrate the Spring release, Stampotique invites you to link up your best Stampotique projects to be considered for use within the Stampotique.com web site (as samples and examples).  Favorites will be featured in the slideshow on the front page of the Stampotique.com gallery and there will be a random draw for $30 to spend in the Stampotique store on May13th!

Because they are looking for lots of samples, you are invited you to link up to 3 projects.  They may be new or previously created and each project must:
  • contain only stamps made by Stampotique
  • be well photographed
  • include brief instructions how it was made
  • include a list of Stampotique stamps used
  • include your name to be credited for the work
Can't wait to see your projects!  Here's my latest little ATC creation made entirely from the scrap pile and featuring one of the brand new barcode sentiments and a paper-pieced, ever-adorable toucan and budgie. The circle layer was cut with my Silhouette.
Stamps by Stampotique:
Toucan and BudgieBarcode Text (Handle With Care)
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” 
Lao Tzu

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stampotique's Spring Release Blog Hop!

If you are a fan of the Stampotique Facebook page you may have already gotten a sneak peek of some of the new images we are excited to be releasing today.  We hope you will join us for the blog hop to see a variety of those images.

There are lots of new images from our favorite stamp designers and we are proud to welcome one of our newest stamp designer, Magda Polakow, whom you have seen tons of her fabulous creations here as part of our design team.  We think you will find a few stamps that you can't live without.  This project features just a few of my favorites!

Stampotique Stamps:
Bird Cage, Dog, Comfort Zone Text, Unleash Yourself
Join us commenting through the blog hop for your chance to win some random goodies-we will be randomly drawing two winners for a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps at the Stampotique online store.  The new stamps should be available over there now.

Also, make sure you hope all the way through for an exciting announcement on our Stampotique Designers Blog for an additional chance to win some goodies and some additional recognition as an artist.

Hopefully, you've landed here from Roc Nicholas' blog and will continue on your way over to Kaz Boughton's blog from here.

Have fun hopping, we will be pulling the random winners of the blog at our next challenge on April 23, 2014!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Happy Card

Today's project features the fun letters of the Altered Hello stamp. Bright background papers and an oversized flower seemed to complement this stamp perfectly. I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the card pieces and fabulous flower from the infamous scrap pile :)
Altered Hello by Stampotique Originals
“Between hello and goodbye is I love you.
” 
Jarod Kintz, 99 Cents For Some Nonsense

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Seriously Crafty Weekend!

What a great weekend this has been!  A day off work for shopping on Friday, an epic crafty day on Saturday and a pj party all rolled into one!! Janice, Kathy-Jo and I all found some great crafty bargains and we worked on all kinds of projects (be sure to check theirs out too)!

I wanted to share my very first mixed media canvas that I started well over a year ago!  With a couple of hours of clear focus yesterday, I finally managed to finish it.  I'm going to put it on my desk at work - it might be a bit distracting for a while -- I love it!


“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” 
Helen Keller, The Open Door

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Handmade Envelope

In a continuing effort to use up my scrap pile, I took my new Envelope Punch Board and Baby Cthulhu out for a test drive!  I can see that making envelopes from my scraps is going to be a new obsession!

What projects are you doing to use up your (well-orgainzed!!) scraps?
Baby Cthulhu by Stampotique Originals
"Letters are expectation packaged in an envelope."
Shana Alexander

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and Scrap Cleanup

Today I'm using up a scrap left over from last week's Stampotique project.  For that project and daily design team inspiration, visit the Stampotique Designer's Blog.

I love keeping a photo album of handmade background papers for use in later projects.  It's easy to flip through it and find the perfect background!  How do you store your scraps?
Stamps by Stampotique:
Queen of Life, Clothes Text
“When someone is mean to me, I just make them a victim in my next book.” 
Mary Higgins Clark

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and Watercolor Techniques

It's terribly cold here today so I have been daydreaming about summer.  This gorgeous Stampotique stamp takes me back to the beach with my brother when I was young. This quick little watercolor technique suits this image perfectly.
To achieve this look:
  1. Pounce three distress inks beside each other onto your craft mat and spritz them with water. Here I have used Squeezed Lemonade, Evergreen Bough and Broken China.
  2. Push a nice multimedia paper or watercolor paper into the wet ink and twist or move gently to get good coverage and nice blending.  (If the color is too dark, spritz with more water.  If the color is too light, dry the craft mat and repeat with less water.)  
  3. Dry the image with a heat gun.
  4. Stamp image with Versafine Onyx Black ink (or other insoluble ink).
  5. Heat set the image with a heat gun.
  6. Using a small watercolor brush, brush a bit of water into areas you wish to lighten and dab those areas with an absorbent towel to remove a bit of color. Here, I did the shirts and the hat.
  7. Heat the image one last time to dry the lightened areas. They will lighten a bit more when dry.

“A second wave collapsed over my feet, lipped with white froth, and the chill gripped my ankles with a mortal ache.” 
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Paris Card

Today I have a little note card to share with you!
This project makes use of several stamps as well as a
Prima paper freebie from the centrefold of an old magazine.
I don't know about you, but I always find it difficult cutting double-sided paper even though I do love how the colors match so well!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Quasimoto 5, Eiffel Tower, Love, Paris Postcard
To achieve this look, cut out the pre-printed centre piece and mount it onto the background mat made from the opposite side of the page.  Mask off the flowers and stamp the Paris postcard across the centre.  Stamp the Eiffel Tower on coordinating paper, cut it out and mount it onto the front of the card.  Stamp Quasimoto onto coordinating paper, color with Copic markers and mount onto the Eiffel Tower.  Finish off the card with the Love stamp in the corner.

“Oh, London is a man's town, there's power in the air;
And Paris is a woman's town, with flowers in her hair;
And it's sweet to dream in Venice, and it's great to study Rome;
But when it comes to living, there is no place like home.” 
Henry van Dyke

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday with a Stampotique Postcard

Happy Tuesday!
Today I have a postcard to share.
It features stamps designed by Roc Nicholas
(as well as a few in the background that are harder to see in this pic).
Is that bird playing a dangerous game of hide and seek?
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Feline, Just Be U, Heart Vine, Scalloped Lace Border, Jo's Flower Block, Vintage Script, Vintage Postcard
The background has been created with vibrant colors of Dylusions sprays.  Feline has been stamped on patterned paper and plain paper.  The colorful parts of the cat have been colored with Copics on the plain image and then cut out and applied to the patterned paper cat.  Just Be U has ben stamped on other papers made with Dylusions sprays and then cut out and applied to the background with Feline above it.  The border has been stamped on patterned paper, painted with white acrylic paint, cut out and applied to the edge of the card.  The word Just and the Heart Vine have been stamped directly on the background and colored with Copic markers.  Unseen background stamps have been stamped on the background paper with Versamark ink and brushed over with Perfect Pearls to make them shimmer in the light (pretty in person).  Faux stitches have been drawn around the edge to provide a border and finish off the piece.

“Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience.” 
Pam Brown

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