Thursday, 18 May 2017

Joan's Go To Stamp


Good morning to you all, it's time for our mid month inspirational post which this month features Joan sharing her 'Go To' stamp.

Our current challenge Butterflies, Fairies and Fantasy is in full swing with lots of lovely entries, the challenge runs until 31st May so there is still plenty of time to join in or enter a second or even third entry to be in with a chance of winning the super Couture Mariposa Butterfly collection.

Now I will hand you over to Joan.................

"For my mid month card I am using Botanical Poppy stamp from Inkylicious.I don't really have a "Go To" stamp but I do love my flower stamps and I have a ridiculous amount of my very favourite flower Poppy Stamps, in fact my friends are instructed to stop me buying anymore of the when we go to the shows !"


Who could disagree with that choice Joan ! My thanks for creating such a lovely card to share with us all.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

May - Butterflies, Fairies and Fantasy


Hello everyone and welcome to our May challenge and this month we have a theme that always proves popular..................

******Butterflies, Fairies and Fantasy******

The perfect opportunity to ink up all those butterflies, fairies and other magical images, the choice is up to you but we do need to see something stamped and associated with the theme focally on your artwork.......a small punched or die cut Butterfly will not suffice.

You can enter up to three creations but please note: If we do not comment on your entry it will be because it does not follow the theme, qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third party hosts particularly Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Slipcoast. We do not want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who do follow the rules.

We have a really lovely collection of Butterfly dies for one lucky winner......................

The Mariposa Butterfly collection from Couture Creations

I am very happy to introduce Sandra as this months Guest Designer, just look at this stunning creation she has made to share with us all.....................


And lots more inspiration from the Design Team...................


We hope you enjoy the theme as much as the Design Team have.

Friday, 5 May 2017

April winner and Top 3


Good morning to you all and a massive thank you for all your fabulous entries to our April challenge, you certainly did keep us busy with a whopping 365 entries - wow !

So as you can imagine it really tested the Design Team when it came to voting for our favourites and it was a really close run thing, but we do have a winner of the £40 shopping voucher from PDA and that lucky person is........................

A unique style of inspired stamping

Congratulations Gerrina, please mail me with your full name and postal address so I can arrange for you to receive your PDA store voucher.

And our Top 3...................

Who can resist a Fairy as beautiful as this

Stunning stamping and gilding

Such clever use of colour and stamps

Well deserved recognition, please collect our Top 3 badge to display on your own blogs.

I will be back on Sunday with our new challenge theme and a super prize as well.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Viv's go to stamp


Good morning Peeps, I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter.

In this months mid month post Viv is sharing her 'go to' stamp and has created a lovely card to share with usm here is what Viv has to say about her chosen stamp:

"My 'Go To' stamp is called Vintage Rose by Inkylicious. Its been used for many different occasions from Weddings to Get Well cards! It's perfect too for fussy vintagey style of cards!


Thank you so much Viv.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

April - Anything Goes


Good morning and welcome to our April challenge and this month we have a nice and simple theme.......

********Anything Goes********

Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artwork. You can enter up to three creations but please note: If we do not comment on your entry it will be because it does not follow the theme, qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment on third party hosts particularly Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Splitcoast Stampers. We do not want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who do follow the rules.

PDA one of our regular sponsors is back with a fabulous prize of a £40 voucher to spend in their store.


PDA sell quality cardstock, pre scored cards and envelopes, essentials such as Spellbinder dies and embossing folders, Imagination Crafts beautiful Sparkle Medium, and some cute charms and crystals from Hobby House. The website is always changing, so call back regularly for all the latest products. There is a fabulous £40 voucher for the winner.


Anesha as this months Guest Designer and she has made a super card that really makes you think of warmer Summer days.....................


The Design Team have all been busy again (thank you girls) and have a splendid array of inspiration to share................

Brenda
Using PDA Colorplan 350gsm Black A3 card and Colourplan 135gsm Yellow and black matting paper

Using PDA White Advocate 330gsm 180sq card blank, Advocate 330gsm A3 card and Colourplan Red A4 135gsm matting paper

Dora

Joan



Happy crafting and we look forward to visiting all your entries.


Before linking your entry are you sure it meets our theme and challenge rules ? 



Friday, 31 March 2017

March winners


Good morning and a huge thank you for all your wonderful entries to our 'Close to Nature' theme.

When setting challenge themes it's always had to know how they will be accepted by our entrants and I will admit I was a tad worried about this one..............I need not have been as you really embraced the theme with some wonderful entries.

And with so many super entries it was an extremely difficult task for the Design Team selecting their four favourites and it was a very close run thing, but after counting the votes I can announce our winner is..................

How stunning this looks in the tone on tone colours

Congratulations Sandra, please mail me with your full postal addy so I can send our prize.

And very closely behind we have four creations with the same number of votes so this time round it is a Top 4......................

A truly magical creation

A super sunset scene

Great depth of colour

So delicate and feminine

Congratulations to you all, please collect your Top 3 badge to display on your own blogs.

Please pop back on Sunday when we will have a new theme and another fabulous prize.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Stampendous P107


Good morning Peeps, Brenda here with our mid month inspirational post where the Design Team are sharing their "go to stamp" and it's always a bit odd when it comes round to my turn and introducing myself, but here goes. 


Most of the team and those that know me could have predicted the stamp I would use for this post, it's been a standard joke for many years that when in doubt Stampendous P107 Agapanthus Cluster will pop up, I even use it in class sometimes as it remains a popular choice. 

I can't really tell you what it is about it that has such an appeal, but it's probably the sheer simplistic elegance and the fact it fits just about any style of card and works particularly well alongside an inspirational quote and and stands out so well against an inked background. And it's wood mounted which are by far my preferred choice, I know they are bulky and take up room and I guess if I was not fortunate enough to have such a large craft room I might have to re-think that one.

It's been my favourite stamp for many, many years and was one of the first I bought. This might be cheating a bit as I have also used Penny Black 2695J Dance, Sing, Love which is my all time favourite Penny Black stamp, but I needed a sentiment on the card as well !!

So here is my offering using not only my favourite stamp/s but also Pan Pastels which are my go to medium of choice and I especially love these two colours together.


And if you needed any convincing how much I love the stamp, the above photo confirms.......now I know it's sad that I have two Stampendous P107's but I bought a second one a few years ago just in case it was ever discontinued..............and two is so helpful at classes !!

Thanks for taking a peek.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

March - Close to Nature


Good morning, it's the first Sunday of the month so that means we have a new challenge theme for you and this month it's...............

********Close to Nature********

Nature covers so many elements in our everyday lives and it is so often taken for granted what Mother Nature provides: flowers, plants, wild animals, breathtaking scenery and landscapes, the ocean, wildlife and so the list goes on. We are sure you will all have your own takes on this lovely theme and what better time of the year than Spring. And if you get really stuck then lets see lots of blossoms and flowers.

Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artworkYou many enter up to three creations but please note: if we do not comment on your entry it will be because it does not follow the theme, qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment. We do not want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who do follow the rules.

Here is the fabulous prize on offer this month.................



We are really pleased to welcome Jane as our March Guest Designer, just look at this beautiful fresh Spring inspired creation she has made.............




Sally


Tracy

Viv

It's over to you now and we look forward to seeing all your creations.

Before linking your entry are you sure it meets our theme and challenge rules ? 


 
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