Wednesday, May 25, 2016

SDC246: Anything But Black

It's time again for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge. Samantha Read is our hostess this week and she is challenging us to "Anything but Black" Here is what Samantha says about this challenge:
"The first thing I usually do after choosing which stamp I'm going to use is to reach for my black inkpad. So I'm challenging myself and you to make anything you fancy so long as there is no black ink or paint etc. Have fun!"
I'm with you, Sam!  I pretty much always reach for the black ink pad.  It's nice to be reminded that I have some other beautiful colors that I should be using - at least occasionally!!  For this project, I decided to use VersaFine Vintage Sepia.  The thin lines of the camper sort of look like black, but you can tell it's brown because the tire is brown! :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Happy Camper Text, Camper
“Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business. ” 
Dave Barry

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SDC245: Circles

Can you believe it's time for another Stampotique Designer's Challenge!?  This week Kristen Catalano is our hostess and she is challenging us to use circles.  Here's what she has to say about her challenge,
"I love to use circles in my projects, so this week I am challenging you to get creative and show us what you can do with circles in your project."
Here's my second little project using my new Dylusions paints for the background - and about as many circles as I could manage!  You have all month to play along with your own circle creation!  I can't wait to see what you create...
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Kates Doodles Cube,  Mash Up,  Honeycomb Background,
1879 Postmark,  Vintage Date Stamp, Barcode Text
“Everything has a way of coming full circle. It takes patience and perseverance to see a dream close that circle. Because some dreams, like some circles, can be much bigger than others.” 
Karen Dale Trask

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

SDC244: Scribbles

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and Arwen McCullen is our hostess.  Arwen is challenging us to use scribbles.  Here is what she says about this challenge:
"I want to see scribbles in your projects this week, that can be by hand or by stamp, just add some scribbles."
Here's my scribbly little project.  It's my first time playing with Dylusions paints.  I just used a baby wipe to rub them around the page and make a background.  Then I stencilled and stamped on top of them.  I had such fun that I made a few more backgrounds while I was at it!!  I hope you'll play along with Arwen's super fun challenge - you have all month to submit an entry!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Tinglyitchiness, Tools Cube, Oodles of Doodles
 “Addison spoke in calligraphy while everyone else talked in scribbles.” 
Shawn Martin, Shadowflesh

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

SDC243: Motherly Love

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  With Mother's Day fast approaching, we are celebrating mothers.  Claudine is our hostess this week and she challenges us to show her our best "Motherly Love" creations.  Her is what Claudine says about her challenge,
"Let's make something with our Moms in mind.  Show Mom how much she means to you."
 Mom, I don't have to wait for Mother's Day to celebrate how special you are.  Every day of the year, the message is very simple...
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Hold On Tight, Just Be U
“Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face.” 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

SDC242: Masculine

It's time for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  The challenge this week is hosted by the wonderful Corrie Herriman and her challenge to us is "Masculine".  Here is what Corrie says about this challenge:
"I really struggle with cards for men. So this week I would like to see what you make when you need a masculine card."
Corrie, I always struggle with masculine cards too.  I usually end up trying to include something humorous or punny for guy cards... this one was no exception! :)  I really like how the new XXXX Border can be made to look like the perfect little fence!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Stack of Birds, Happy Head Appliances,  XXXX Border
“Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” 
Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SDC241: TV Show or Movie Inspired

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and Kristen Catalano is our hostess.  She is challenging us to create a TV show or movie inspired project.  Here is what Kristen has to say about her challenge:
"This week I want to see what you can create that is inspired by your favorite tv shows or movie."
Kristen's fun challenge gave me an opportunity to work on the next entry in my art journal.  I have to confess that work in an art journal is still quite foreign to me.  This is only my second page, but I had lots of fun pulling it together with a few stamps from the new release!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Kate's Doodles CubeGonno, Leaf Dot Border
“Practice makes perfect, but nobody's perfect, so why practice?”
Kurt Cobain

Friday, April 15, 2016

Party Girl

Grateful for an evening of crafty time.
Had fun blinging up gorgeous Sora for an ATC swap.
Hoping my partners like her! :)
Stamp by Third Stone Art Rubber Stamps:
“Water runs if you try to grasp it, but pours onto an open hand.” 
The Silver Elves, The Elven Way: The Magical Path of the Shining Ones

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SDC240: Crack Me Up

It's time for the next Stampotique Designer Challenge. This week Kathi Rerek is our hostess and she is challenging us to use crackle texture make her laugh this week.  Here is what Kathi says about her challenge,
"Crack Me Up!  Create a humorous project that also has a crackle texture."
Well, it turns out that being funny on queue really is a challenge - but a fun one! It also turns out that a stamp positioner is SUPER helpful getting a multiple images of a crackle stamp to look like a random all-over pattern! I hope you'll play along with this week's challenge for your chance to win!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Ta Dah!My Heart and Design Cube 2
“She blushed and so did he. She greeted him in a faltering voice, and he spoke to her without knowing what he was saying.” 
Voltaire, Candide

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

SDC238: What's Old Is New Again

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and it's my turn to be hostess!  This week I have you digging for treasure in the most unlikely places!
Re-purpose, re-use, recycle, and alter - words that are music to my ears!  Is there something destined for the trash heap that you can give a new art-filled life?  Or perhaps you're tired of that old wall hanging - can you give it a make-over?  My challenge for you this week is to take something old and make it new again! :)
I rescued supplies (shown below) from the paper recycling bin to create this fun little bookmark - and I have enough stuff left to create another!  Don't take yourself too seriously with this challenge - just have fun with it!!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Catholic Girl Gone BadLeaf Dot Border,
Design Cube 2, Dog Cube, Skiddy 
Supplies I found in the paper recycling pile!
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” 
Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SDC237: It's All About Birds

It's time for the next Stampotique Designer's Challenge! This week Nellie van Leeuwen is our hostess and she is asking us to use some birds in our creations. Here is what Nellie says about this challenge:
"So close to Easter, I would love to see you use birds and stuff related to birds, such as, feathers, eggs, nests etc... in your artwork"
For this feathery challenge, I'd like to share a coffee sleeve featuring a wonderful new trio of tweeters by Terri Richardson in the current release.  I'd love to see your take on this week's theme!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
3 on a Branch, Giggle
“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” 
Robert Lynd

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

SDC236: St. Patrick's Day

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and we are celebrating St. Patrick's Day with Jackie Payne as our hostess. Here is what Jackie says about this challenge:
"St. Patrick's Day was lucky for me, I married my husband on this date, so I would like to see the luck of the Irish in your projects. Such as lucky clovers."
Here's my little project for this fun green day.  I hope you'll link up your projects reflecting your take on this challenge for your chance to win!

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
]Journey Collage, Tall Word Collage
“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” 
Dalai Lama XIV

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

SDC235: Include Flowers In Your Project

Welcome back to another week and another challenge over at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge. This week, Carol Fox is our hostess and her challenge is to include some lovely Spring flowers in your projects. Here is what Carol says about this challenge:
"Spring is just around the corner in the UK. So share with me a project with flowers in it"
This happy new stamp by Terri Richardson is just perfect for this lovely challenge, so I broke out my trusty Crayola pencils and layered on some color! If you haven't seen all of the fabulous fun new stamps yet, head on over to Stampotique and check them out - there is something for everyone!!

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Springtime, I can sing
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard's Egg

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

SDC234: Time Challenge - 30 Minutes or Less

After a couple of fun days enjoying the Leap Day Blog Hop for the new Stampotique release, it's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge. Our hostess is Sue Davies and she is challenging us to a "Time Challenge", make something in 30 minutes or less. Here is what Sue says about this challenge:
"We can sometimes get caught up in making big production pieces. My challenge to you this week is to make something in 30 minutes or less (not including time taken to gather your supplies) I look forward to seeing what you create."
Here's my little paper-pieced project.  I thought I would share a few things that I tried to help save time.  I hope they help as inspiration for your own quick projects.

  1. Use patterned paper, scraps, or ready-made papers for your backgrounds and images.
  2. Keep your color palette simple.
  3. Use coordinating markers or pencils for highlights and letters.
  4. Use the clear piece that comes with your stamp positioner to stamp your images on so that you can play with their position before gluing them in place.

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Crocodile, Springtime
It's hard, when you're up to your armpits in alligators, to remember you came here to drain the swamp.
Ronald Reagan

Monday, February 29, 2016

March 2016 New Release and Blog Hop

Happy Leap Day!!  To celebrate, Stampotique is doing a special Leap Day Blog Hop to announce a new release!  There are tons of new images from our favorite stamp designers as well as two fabulous new artists, Terri Richardson and Karen Hayselden!

There are so many wonderful new stamps!
Here is my first little project using them - hope you like it! :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Circle Flowers, The Earth Laughs In flowers
If you've been hopping along with us, you have arrived here from Sam's beautiful blog.  If you're just arriving to our hop, be sure to start back at the beginning and leave comments on each blog along the way for your chance to win one of TWO $30 gift certificates selected randomly from all of the comments.  Here's a complete list of blogs in the hop so you don't miss a single one!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

SDC233: Use Squares

It's time for another Stampotique Designer's Challenge. This week, Corrie is our hostess and her challenge is all about Squares.  Here is what Corrie says about this challenge:
"Use Squares in any form or material on your project.  I am very fond of circles in my work, so I want to get outside my comfort zone and use squares for a change and I would like you to join me. Have Fun!!"
I love making square cards and this theme gave me just the excuse to do that!  Little Agatha and her giant flower make the perfect centrepiece!

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Calendar Squares Cube, Agatha Flower, Dream in Color
“Just when you thought you’d considered all the angles, life goes from a square to a cube. Love should also be 3D.” 
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

SDC232: Spots and Stripes

It's time again for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This week Sam Read is our host and she has asked us to use "Spots and Stripes".  Here is what Sam says about this challenge,
"I love anything spotty or with stripes and I also love stripes but the two can be difficult to combine. So my challenge for you this week is to use spots and stripes together in your creations. Have fun!"
As I dug around in my stash, I found this little striped notebook just waiting to be altered.  I decided to let Schmurfy have a party on the cover!  The stamps need to have their fun too! :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Piling Thing, Schmurfy, Love and Laughter
“one day my best friend said to me 'Jess, you rock a lot of polka dots' and that was the deal breaker, now we're mortal enemies” 
Zooey Deschanel

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SDC231: Love Is In The Air

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and Coby vanWilligenburg is our hostess! Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, she chose the theme "Love Is In The Air".  Here is what Coby says about this challenge:
"Love is so sweet and so is more than a boy than a boy and a are my children, my grandchildren and animals... show in your creation this week, Love"
I was so stoked to see Coby's theme as I have been wanting to use these two stamps together for the longest time - they just crack me up!  I think it would be a riot to get modern pictures taken with these vintage poses! LOL!  I hope you have as much fun playing along as I did! :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Newlyweds, You two are so hot together!
“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” 
Friedrich Nietzsche

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


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