Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SDC282 Blue Only

So, really you guys, this was a tough challenge for me. I am not a huge fan of most shades of blue. I lean more toward teal and green. However, once the project got rolling, it wasn't as hard as I anticipated.

I decided to create a gift box and use our new Flos  stamp from our latest release.  Oh, yes, we had a wonderful release this month! The toughest part of this challenge was not using black  for the stamping, but I like how the flowers turned out.

I used various ink sprays to watercolor my blue flowers.  I used Lindy's teal shaker to color texture paste and stenciled the top. I love how it turned out. I tried to create layers as well without creating too much bulk. 
I hope that you are inspired to think "outside the box" for this week's color challenge. Don't let it leave you feeling blue! Be sure to check out the rest of the design team as there is a lot of inspiration to go around. We have such amazing artists! And, also, join us to win some stamps!


Flos: Stampotique
Hashtags: Stampotique
Dylusions Ink Spray
Lindy's Ink Spray
Memento Ink
Lindy's Magical Shaker
Heidi Swapp Stencil
Texture Paste

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Word Up Weekend

So, I got this idea in my head and I had to create it. Honestly,it turned out even better in real life. Don't you love it when that happens??  I have had this old wannabe Altoid tin for pretty much forever and never really had any inspiration until I was on Pinterest. Man, don't you love Pinterest?

So, this month we had a release over at Stampotique and this "Black-Eyed" girl was perfect for a spooky shadow box. And, of course, the sentiment was just right for her. And, since Halloween just just around the corner, what is one more decoration to have sitting around the house?
I recently have been loving creating paper beads and this project lent itself to more! I made them longer and used them as a base for my sentiment. The bewitching invitation is from Teresa Collins (see below). I used lots of washi tape and decorative papers to create a lot of layers and interest.

Be sure to hop over to Stampotique's Facebook page for more sentimental projects! It IS Word Up Weekend, after all! Have a wonderful and inspired weekend!


Phrase Cube #2: Stampotique
Blackeyed: Stampotique
Teresa Collins Masquerade Party Paper Stack
Washi Tape
Star Punch
Core'dinations Papers (Various)
Paper Studio Papers
Faber Castell Gelatos
Color Box Black Ink
Altoid Container (off brand)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Word Up Mail Art

Howdy! Back again with some more wise words and some fun mail art for Word Up Weekend over at Stampotique! I used this new stamp from our release yesterday, "Dog and Kittens". I think the recipient is going to like this image a lot. I used the sentiment from Quotes #1 because I found it amusing with the dog's expression with having the cats hanging all over him.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to watercolor the envelope and the image both. A few splatters for some character. I love using messy splatters. 

I really hope the recipient is happy to receive this envelope and the ATCs that will go in it. Be sure to hop over to our Facebook page to see more Word Up Weekend goodies!


Dog and Kitties: Stampotique
Quotes #1:Stampotique
Circled Lines: Stapotique
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Abandoned Coral, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers
Le Pen Black Pen
Color Box Ink
Acrylic Gesso

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

SDC 281 Amazing Backgrounds

Now THIS is my challenge! I love creating backgrounds. It is almost an addiction, so this was a fun challenge to work on. I have had this rainbow background paper for quite sometime waiting for just the right project, and this was it! I used it to create a rainbow pocket letter and I can't wait to surprise its recipient!

In addition to a new challenge, this month we had another AMAZING release and I fell in love with Whookie, so he took center stage for this pocket letter.  I used more rainbow background papers to create his different looks. I also used one of our newest sentiments. I thought it was fitting.

I also played with our television stamp and some older sentiments. Check it out! Whookie is under cover with his mustashio! (a brad I was gifted)Isn't he handsome? And how adorable are his toes? Did you spot the tiny whookie? He is stamped all over the background of a few of the cards. 

And, of course, no pocket letter is complete without some goodies. Brads, Washi and Twine! Those letters are from our Alphabet backround stamp.  Block stamped and each letter cut out to create the words of my choice. Oh, and of course, a sparkly sentiment for the bling!

I hope this inspires you to create an amazing background for our challenge this week! Backgrounds are so fun to create using just about anything in your stash! Be sure to check out the rest of the design team creations and enter for your chance to win stamps! Happy creating!


TV (Stampotique)
Hanging Hearts (Stampotique)
Circles Cube (Stampotique)
Dylusions Ink Spray
Color Box Ink
Bristol Strathmore Paper
Tim Holtz Twine

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Word Up!

Fall is just around the corner and for my household, that means my son is going on a 2 night, 3 day camping trip with his 5th grade class. I will most likely be the parent going with him as well....I really don' camping. Curly hair plus humidity and camping equals...Just no. Haha.

However, it made my think of these sweet stamps from Stampotique and I thought, what better thing to do then to make a cute paper bead necklace with some shrink plastic charms??

So, the beads were super easy, and even the charms were easy to make....but I have NO earthly idea how people deal with jump rings. I wanted to throw them across the room. Needless to say, I stopped with the necklace. Haha. No matching earrings just now. I do really love how it turned out when all is said and done, tho. Cheerful and sweet.

So maybe, just maybe, this necklace will help me to be a "happy camper" when I am wrangling kidlets on a camping trip!

Also, don't ever be afraid to craft outside your comfort zone! You never know what will happen!!


Happy Camper: Stampotique
Tee Pee: Stampotique
Color Box Ink
Shrink Plastic
Deco Page
Various Decorative Papers
Decorative Wire
Necklace Chain

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Word Up Weekend!

Time for more wonderful words, brought to you by Stampotique! This week I just just a cute and simple greeting card. I even went  a bit old school for me and used designer papers.

I love the idea of a snarky greeting card and I thought this sentiment went perfectly with these adorable trees. I can imagine the more mature tree being irritated by the overly excited tiny tree.

And, check it! I even got out my crop-o-dile and used eyelets! Long live the eyelet!

I hope you are having a great weekend and that no one is getting on YOUR last nerve! Be sure to hop on over to our Facebook page and check out the other word up weekend offerings! An, of course, be sure to check out our shop each month for new and amazing sentiments and images!


Phrase Cube #3 (Stampotique)
Short/Tall Trees (Stampotique)
Color Box Ink
American Craft Eyelets
Pebbles Lakeside Paper Stack
Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss Paper Stack

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

SDC 279 Animals Only!

So, I am always haunting the clearance aisle, as a thrifty crafter, and this last week I found this amazing Heidi Swapp Instalove photo holder and it was so cheap that I just had to have it. I knew it was destined for Stampotique. My thought behind it was that it could be used to hold ATCs and display them.

So, on to the challenge at hand. Use ANIMALS. Well.....I feel like unicorns are for sure animals.
Yes, geek is showing. Ask me if I care....10 points if you can name this book. (yes, movie too)

ANYhow. So I colored up our adorable unicorn with copic markers. I must get back into the habit of using copic markers. It is so fun to color and watch an image come to life.  I also used one of our new hashtag sentiments. I stamped #artwork onto a gesso treated veneer. Some fun papers,  washi tape and, of course, BLING...
I even had some amazing GOLD glitter flaked paper that was perfect for the edging. My Tombow adhesive is amazing for stuff like this! Take note!! Oh, and a sweet paper flower.
See how perfect this is for holding ATCs?? It would be a great project for those of you that love ATC swapping as much as I do! Someday I will post a video if my amazing year of swapping!
Alright! I hope this inspires you to get creating with all of your amazing animal stamps and papers and things! Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created and be sure to link up when you get your projects done!


Unicorn: Stampotique
#artwork: Stampotique
Heidi Swapp Instalove Tall Photo Display
Some Odd Girl Designer Paper
Heidi Swapp Washi Tape
Glitter Paper
Copic Markers
Tombow Glue
Color Box Black Ink
Various Bling

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Word Up Weekend!

So, as most of you know, we just had another release over at Stampotique. This week, for Word Up Weekend I used ""Wonky Town" to create a mail art envelope.

I thought that this sentiment, "shut the front door" was doubly amusing when paired with the houses. I pieced the houses with various dylusions ink papers to create a more dimensional look. I also decided to use one of the houses for the shipping label. Same with the sentiment.

I can't wait to send this off to its new owner, but they have to wait just a bit longer.

I hope this inspires you! Be sure to hop over to our Facebook page to check out more word up weekend posts! And, of course, our shop is loaded with sentiments! Have a great weekend!


Funky Town (Stampotique)
Phrase Cube #2 (Stampotique)
Hanging Hearts (Stampotique)
Dylusions Ink Sprays
Color Box Ink
Acrylic Gesso
Tombow Glue

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Word Up Weekend....Need Coffee!

Hello, hello! It is that time of week again....Word Up Weekend! 

I bought some new inks...shocking, I know...but I really didn't have any distress inks and when I saw that ALL of Tim Holtz Distress Inks were 2 dollars off retail at Hobby Lobby, I had to have them. I will probably go get more. Hopefully this means that here in TN we will finally be getting the new Oxide Inks. 

So, I used these 3 colors to create a fun splattered background and also stamped my sentiment AND my bird image onto what was left. Oh, and layered strips on top of vellum that I burned....with fire...
 That's makes a really cool texture and scorch look. I doodled on the strips of paper with my paint pen, know...was fun. I chose this sentiment and bird because, well, they go amazingly well together, but additionally, my son knows and says often, "No coffee, no works!" and, I thought it applied here. HAHA
Be sure to head over to our Stampotique FB page and check out all of the other wonderful word up weekend projects! Who knows what may strike your fancy?


Cocoa Bird: Stampotique
Coffee Quote (Phrase Cube #2) Stampotique
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Peacock, Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral
American Crafts Eyelets
Color Box Ink

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SDC 278 Use Some Kind Of Tape

Or, as I like to call them, WASHI TAPE WONDERS! Seriously. I have half a dresser drawer of washi tape that doesn't get used nearly enough anymore. SOOO, I am in love with this challenge. Did you know we also had a new release this month over at Stampotique? This has to be one of my FAVE releases. So many wonderful pieces of art to play with!

It is a bit more busy than anticipated but it is sooo sweet so how can you be upset, right? I used 4 different kinds of washi tape and then stamped our new hastag stamps over a stenciled background.This new little angel girl is also one of our latest release stamps. I colored her with soft colored pencils. Wanted it to be soft and sweet, just like the image. 
I really hope the recipient of this envelope is happy. It is to make her happy. I love having a few pen pals now. Pen pals are awesome! Annnnnd having a pen pal gives you a reason to create MAIL ART!!! See how that works together? ;)

Please make sure to check out the other design team members for their wonderful creations and break out some Washi tape of your own!! We want to see how creative you can be! Happy taping!


Angel Girl (Stampotique)
Hashtags (Stampotique)
Hanging Hearts (Stampotique)
Americana Acrylic Paint
Color Box Black Ink
Various Washi Tape
Crayola Colored Pencils
Star Stencil

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fantastic Fabric ATCs

This month for the ATC swap over at Stampotique we tried to come up with something a little bit different. So, I asked my husband to give me ideas. He said, "What about fabric?" Still high off my banner for the blog hop I said, "Yes! That is perfect!" So back to my scrap fabric stash I went.

I recently ordered a few new stamps from Stampotique and this puppy was needing to be on this ATC....and...given his position....I thought the, "pull my finger" stamp was just about perfect.

The only paper used on this ATC was for the back (stampted ATC back) and the dog and sentiment. The rest is fabric, interfacing, thread and twine. Oh, and a bit of acrylic paint and watercolor. I really hope that my partners enjoy these.
Additionally, it is Word Up Weekend once again over at Stampotique so..."Pull My Finger"....::snicker:: These ATCs were a blast to make so maybe in the future I will create more. Fabric is just as fun as paper, and we ALL know how I feel about paper!
Happy weekend, happy sentiments know...if you gotta....pull my finger!

Floating Dog: Stampotique
"Pull My Finger": Stampotique
Various Joann Fabric Fabrics
Tim Holtz Twine
Color Box Ink
Faber Castell Gelatos

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Stampotique Blog Hop

Stampotique Design Team Announcement and Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back to the blog. We are so excited because today we are announcing our new design team and we will be having a Blog Hop

We would first like to extend a fond farewell to some of our current team. We are blessed here at Stampotique to have so many wonderful and talented ladies on our team and we are always heartbroken when we have to say goodbye.
Saying goodbye for now but maybe not forever to:

Samantha Read
Kathi Rerek
Gay Peplow
Gloria Steiger
Tera Calihan
Julie Steed
Corrie Herriman

We are so happy to have had these ladies on our team, thank you all so much for lending us your talents. We hope you have wonderful success in whatever adventure are to come.

Now onto our new team and Blog Hop……. Our new team will be showing off Stampotique’s new stamps for July and will be showcasing their talents. Make sure to leave a comment on each blog. We will be doing a random drawing for:

1.     A Stampotique Grab Bag
2.     A 30.00 Gift Certificate to the online Stampotique Store

You will not know which blog we are drawing from so leave a comment on each one. Come back here on Friday July 8th to see if you won!!
 The Blog Hop line-up and new teammies are:

Arwen McCullen
Karen Hayselden
Nellie Van Leeuwen
Cassandra Sloan
Jo Capper-Sandon
Michele Kosciolek
Cornelia Wenokor
Jools Robertson
Milo Lilja
Gemma Maggs
Valerie Wilson
Yvonne Baas
Cheetarah Cheda
Elena Martynova

We are thrilled and SO excited about this new team. Some ladies have re-joined us from our previous team and some are new to us.

Please bid a warm welcome to them! I think you will enjoy all their different esthetics and the many ways they show off the Stampotique’s line of stamps.
Again – be sure to hop to each blog and leave a comment then come back here and let us know what you thought.

Have fun!!!

Omgosh, so July is huge for Stampotique so I wanted to make something a bit more special for our big month. Not only are we having a massive release, we have new DT members! It is So huge! Guys, I am so sad to see some of my team mates go, but thankful to get to stick around and excited to get to design with new talent. <3

For my project, I chose to use one of our new images with a few of our older images. When I saw "Floating", I knew he had to be partnered with "Smile". Like brothers. SO sweet!! I also decided to try something I have never done before and make a mixed media banner with fabric scraps and paper. Oh, and a stick from my yard and some scrap lace.

This was SO fun to make and I really cannot wait to create another! It was so easy and so fun and kind of....I dunno, its just neat. I am thinking this may hang on our door for Valentine's Day next year! I think the sentiment goes well too and it is good for any time. I used my zig zag stitch to attach it to the banner. 
 And srsly, look at these lil guys!!! How sweet are they together! It was like they were meant to be! And the wings on the heart is kind of awesome, if I do say so myself! I colored the images lightly with Copics, but just enough to make them come to life. I didn't want to over-do it.

So, onto the next person, Sternenglanz I hope you have a blast with this blog hop!! Happy hopping!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Word Up Weekend

So this weekend my post is, hopefully, an inspiring card! We over at Stampotique just had a release and this beautiful tree-line was one of the new stamps. What I love about this stamp is that it could be used for literally any and all seasons, serious and not...very versatile. The sentiment is also from Stampotique from our May release.

Can you see the snow? It is 3-D! I love my snow pen. Color where you want the snow or the puffiness to be and activate with your heating tool and poof! Snow! Or icing...or...whatever!
 For my background I used Lindy's Stamp Gang products. We collaborated with them a few months ago and I loved their products so much that I ordered more. So I used sprays as watercolors and also used magical shakers and the sidewalk chalk white magical. SO excited with the way it all turned out!
So yea, there you have it! Word up weekend and watercolors!! Makes a happy stamper! Be sure to pop over to Stampotique's Facbook page too to see more wonderful words and projects! Each weekend there is something new!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

SDC 276 Stencil It!

This month Stampotique is collaborating with Eileen Hull. We were given some very wonderful die cuts to play with, not the least of which was this wonderful Passport Book cut. I admit, I was a bit perplexed at first as, I have never bound a book in my life. It was for certain a learning curve, but in the end I am pleased with the results.
I decided to create a recipe book/journal. I used one of our new release images from Daniel Torrente at Stampotique. Don't you just love this adorable stove?? It has myriad possibilities.
I used several stencils on this book and I love how each page turned out. The words were created using our Alphabet Background. I stamped the background and then cut each stamped letter out to create each word. I regret that my ink was running low, but I kind of like the distressed look.
For the first two pages I, of course, used stencils, also an envelope and more stamps. I used Tera Callihan's Cupcake Girl from Stampotique and more words from my alpha stamping. I love how the cupcake girl pops off of the stenciled background.
So for this page, of course, more stenciling as well as Stampotique's cupcake (from Terri Richardson). How much more perfect could a cupcake be for a food book? Especially one this scrumptious! See the tab here and the latch and label on the book? Those also came with the journal from Eileen.
I like how happy and cheerful the book is. .Would make me want to cook! And I am not that good of a cook, haha. Just ask my little boy! ;)

Be sure to check out the rest of the design team as well. Lots of beautiful work to be sure! Also, make sure you join our Facebook page in order to see much more inspiration as well as ATC swaps monthly! 

Eileen Hull Passport Book Die Cuts
Copic Markers
Dylusions Keyholes Small Stencil
Balzar Designs Mini Numbers Stencil
Faber Castell Arrows Stencil
Heidi Swapp Triangles Stencil
Dina Wakely Acrylic Paint
Lindy's Spray Ink
Color Box Black Ink
Pom Pom Trim (target)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Word Up Weekend

I'm Baaa-aaaakkk!!! So this weekend I have another wonderfully snarky sentiment from Stampotique.

For this card I went simple and classic. I wanted it to look serious and read the sentiment. HA.  If you can look close you can see I used vellum over watercolor.

I even pulled out the eyelets for this one!! This card turned out so fun! And you can't help but laugh at the sentiment. Lick the windows. Haha. Silliness.

Hope you have a great weekend, SUNSHINE!


Quotes #1 (Stampotique)
Color Box Black Ink
Faber Castell Gelatos
American Crafts Eyelets
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Bakers Twine

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Word Up Weekend!

Hello!! Its that fun time again where you learn how many amazing Stampotique sentiments there are! This project also happens to double as a texture ATC project. I love that Stampotique has ATC swaps every month.  Click the link and join! SO many talented artist participate each month! <3

So for my texture I used texture paste with a stencil (colored the paste with Lindy's) and then I used green flocking on the feathers.
I used Kassa's feather stamps in conjunction with Dina Wakely's flying bird stencil. I water-colored the feathers and then added a touch of flocking to them. Looking at them now, they also could double as ferns. I liked the words from the "barcode" stamp set (stampotique). Not sure why, but the popped out at me.
I tried to get a side view so you can see the texture. I tried to make the paste extra thick too. After not being overly inspired when I started, I really like the end result. I hope whomever I am partnered with likes them a well.
Happy weekend!!!


Feather (Stampotique)
Barcode Text
Dina Wakely Birds Stencil
Color Box Black Ink
Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical Saker
Studio G Flocking
Dylusions Ink Sprays
Ranger Texture Paste
Faber Castell Gelatos

Saturday, June 3, 2017

June Release and Word Up Weekend

I am back and it is not only Word Up Weekend but we just had another wonderful release at Stampotique! Loads of new, fabulous stamps to be had, but 2 of my favorites are these two feathers.

I also used an older sentiment for my words this weekend. They belong with these feathers, wouldn't you say? I used ink sprays and gelatos for the background here and used gelatos to make the feathers and words pop a bit with just a sprinkling of bling. This card is all wrapped up in whimsy.

Be sure to pop over to the Stampotique website and check out all of our latest images! Happy weekend!


Color Her Soul: Stampotique
Kassa's Feathers: Stampotique
Tattered Angels Ink Sprays
Faber Castell Gelatol
Color Box Black Ink
Bristol Smooth Paper
Various Sequins and Bling

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

SDC 274 Oldie But A Goodie

So, awhile back I realized I had lost one of my most favorite Stampotique quotes and I was so bummed! When this challenge came up the first thing I lamented to myself that this sentiment would have been perfect. Thankfully, I was able to find it and I was so excited! It was the perfect sentiment for this beautiful tea cup from our latest release.

I used a blank wooden piece and created this plaque hanger. It was such a joy to work with this sentiment and this new tea cup. I tried to use subtle colors and make it feel like a tea party. And of course, flowers and twine.

I used gelatos to water color the tea cup and inks and a nail file to distress the edges of the papers and make it feel shabby chic.I really loved how it turned out and this may find its way to my mother for Mother's Day. ;)

Be sure to check out our entire new release and stay tuned for next month's release as well! We hope you enjoy this challenge and, as always, you can see the rest of the design team's work on our Designer Challenge Blog, or on my sidebar here :)


Tea Cup: Stampotique
Enjoy Today: Stampotique
Faber Castell Gelatos
Prima Flowers
Decorative Papers
Memento Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Twine
Adhesive Gems and Pearls

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Word Up Weekend Ya'LL!!

Word up weekend time once again and I am here with a more masculine card and colors way out of my comfort zone but in the end I sure loved it.

I really love this image from Daniel Torrente (Cranium). I thought this sentiment went perfectly. For the background I used another image from Stampotique (Smile) and only stamped his head over and over to make it look like he had voices in is head as well as Bla Bla sentiment. All of these stamps are from Stampotique. I love how this card ended up coming together in the end.


Cranium (stampotique)
Quotes #1 (Stampotique)
Smile (Stampotique)
Bla Bla Bla (Stampotique)
Memento Ink
Ranger Archival Black Ink
Watercolor Pencils
Dove Blender Pen
Various sequins and veneers

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Word Up Weekend!

Its the weekend....and I need coffee...I imagine most of you do as well.  This time around for Word Up Weekend I created a ATC using one of our new release sentiments. It is so perfect and I believe I will find myself using it a lot.

For the ATC itself, I used Yupo paper and alcohol inks. This side of the paper was originally my mess up but the more I looked at the design the more it grew on me. I also liked that they were colors outside of my normal theme. And guys, can you believe that I pulled out my VELLUM?!?! WOW!! I colored this lil guy with gelatos as well.
Really enjoyed creating this card and can't wait to make more projects with this fun and quirky sentiment! Have a great weekend guys!!

Ingredients Used:

Smile, Stampotique
Phrase Cube #2, Stampotique
Yupo Paper
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink
Faber Castell Gelatos
Color Box Black Ink
Ranger Archival Black Ink