Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Tracy's inky fingers


Welcome to our mid month post where the current challenge for the Design Team is to 'try something new' and this month it's Tracy turn to share, so I will hand you over to her:

"It's my turn to do the mid month inspirational post were we need to 'try something new'. So I have tried two different techniques. I normally shy away from inky projects, they do scare me! I think I'm what they call a clean crafter, so I got some inky fingers and watched a few tutorials and came up with this card and gift bag".


So I used Distress Inks to make my background, after I had stamped my images I coloured them in with a black pen to make them into silhouettes. 


I made a background paper by stamping fairy dust and adding sparkle.  I don't have a grass stamp so I drew it in.  I surprised myself with the result.


I used a different technique for this gift bag, I put my Distress inks onto an acrylic block and sprayed it to give a water colour look.  Then I embossed a dandelion and brought it to life with distress inks and Glamour dust, then stamped the smaller dandelion.  To finish off  I made a backgound paper.

There's probably room for improvement, but I enjoyed doing it even if I got very inky LOL!!

Many thanks Tracy, I am sure you will inspire other "clean crafters" to get inky.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

October - Autumn Glory


A very good morning to you all and welcome to our October challenge and at this beautiful time of year there could only be one theme..............

********Autumn Glory********

So as the title suggest we would love to see all things Autumn, be it trees and flowers, Autumnal scenes or you may wish to use a favourite stamp and use all those lovely rich colours that we associate with this time of year.

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, Splitcoast etc. We do not want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who do follow the rules.



Stamp Addicts is a family run business based in Bedfordshire and have been in business since 1992. We have watched the popularity of rubber stamping and all papercrafts steadily increase over time and now manufacture our own branded rubber stamps which frequently feature on Hochanda TV as well as exhibiting at craft shows across the UK. Our lucky winner will receive a £25 store voucher.

We have two Guest Designers this month who have totally different style to inspire you, first up is Avril with this lovely Autumnal creation......................



And second is Lorraine with this adorable Autumnal Fairy..........


The Design Team have again pulled out all the stops and have some awesome Autumnal creations to share, thank you as always girls..........

Brenda
Using Stamp Addicts Leaves, Etched Flourish and Dream
Using Stamp Addicts Gypsy Caravan set

Dora

Joan

We hope you enjoy the theme as much as we have and look forward to seeing all your lovely Autumnal inspired creations.



Friday, 29 September 2017

September winners


Good morning to you, just popping in to announce the winners and Top 3 of our colour inspiration challenge. I think our theme scared some of you a little and not too many entries but those we did have were fabulous and we loved visiting you all.

After counting the DT's votes it was again a really close run thing but I am pleased to announce that first to the winning post is...................

Wonderful inkiness

A really stylish design

Well done to you both, please can you mail me with your full names and postal addy's but........as I am writing this post from my friends house in Italy 😎😎😎 and by the time it goes live will be cruising somewhere in the Greek Isles, it means I won't be able to reply to you or post off prizes until after 10th October 😭😭😭

And now for our Top 3................

A really dreamy creation

Both the colours and flowers from our inspiration

A really vibrant bloom

Well done to you all, please collect our Top 3 badge to display on your own blogs.

Our new challenge will be popping up on Sunday.


Monday, 18 September 2017

Pinky's been hard at work with a dictionary !


Good morning Peeps, time to challenge another of the Design Team to try out something new and this month Pinky has been having fun with pencils and a dictionary, I will pass you over to her to tell us what she has been up to.

It's my turn for a bit of mid month inspiration and I took the chance to try something I have been wanting to have a go at for ages. I have been admiring lovely makes on Pinterest of people stamping on book pages so I took one of my kids (now all grown up) school dictionaries and decided to have a go.


I used memento rich cocoa to stamp the image and coloured it with spectrum noir pencils.
All blended with stumps and sansodor.


The stamp I used is from Woodward. I intend to make my way through all my stamps and end up with a book I can flick through when I need some inspiration.

My first finished page!

Not very exciting but I'm happy to have started. The paper in this dictionary is fairly thick so the pencil does not show through. Happy Stamping!

Thanks for sharing that Pinky, look forward to seeing more of your creations using this technique.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

September - Photo inspiration

Note added: due to spammers who apparently have nothing better to do we have had to move to comment moderation, sorry Peeps, but we will keep an eye out for your lovely words of encouragement to the team. B x

Good morning, I hope you are all ready for a new challenge and this month we have some photo inspiration for you with some pretty colours that can range from bright to pastel, it's very much down to you wish ones you choose to work with, or you may want to go floral inspired by the lovely Iris.


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. We do not want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who do follow the rules.

We have a lovely prize of a collection of Hero Arts stamps.......................


And a second prize of a bundle of ribbons and gems.........................


Clearly the Design Team really enjoyed themselves playing with the colour palette and have some super creations to share with you, thank you girls.......................




Viv
Viv is taking a break this month

Happy crafting and we look forward to visitng your entries.

Friday, 1 September 2017

August winners


A very good morning everyone, what a super bumper month we had in August with a whopping 275 entries, thank you to each and every one of you for making it such a fabulous challenge.

With so many entries the Design Team had quite a task on their hands selecting their favourites, but I am pleased to say the votes have all been counted and I can announce the winners.............


First up and this months winner who will receive a £25 voucher from Swedish House Crafts is..............

A beautiful Butterfly resting majestically on the lovely background
Closely followed by two more lucky winners who will receive a  £10 voucher from our generous sponsor................

Beautifully stamped and coloured blossoms

Linda
Who can resist that super Owl


Well done to you all, please mail me with your full names and postal addresses so I can arrange for you to receive your store vouchers.

And now for our Top 3................

Super birds and fresh feeling creation

A really dreamy image on the soft background

Such a striking background for the lovely bloom

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

Please pop back on Sunday when we will have a new challenge for you.

 
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