Wednesday, March 22, 2017

SDC269: Tag It - Week 2

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge. We are onto week two of the "Tag It" challenge. Make a tag or add a tag to any project and upload it to the challenge here.  Two random people will win a 30.00 gift certificate to each month.  Here's my offering for this challenge using my very first Gelli Arts Printing Plate background and the glorious new Communitree stamp.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Communitree, Cicero
“Our memory is a more perfect world than the universe: it gives back life to those who no longer exist.” 
Guy de Maupassant

Monday, March 6, 2017

Be Happy

I recently played along with a super fun swap.  Our partner sent us an envelope containing some of their crafty stash and we were to use it to make an ATC to send back. Here are the results of this fun exchange!
Stamp by PinkPaislee
Spring Jubilee
“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” 
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

SDC268: Add Ribbon or Lace

Ready for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge - AND a fabulous new release?!!! Our first challenge this month is all about Ribbon and Lace. Let's see one or the other or both. Whether it be paper lace, a lace stamp, a lace die, some fabric ribbon or a ribbon stamp, no matter what it is it must be ribbon or lace (and I have stretched the interpretation to include satin rope).
New stamp by Stampotique Originals:
“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” 
Karl Lagerfeld

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

SDC266: Week 2 Love Bugs

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge - week 2 of the "Love Bug" theme. It's extra special because it features the new Stampotique February release! And, as if that wasn't enough, there is also a new February ATC Swap on the Facebook group and you're invited to join in before February 12, 2017.
Terra Cotta Bunny by Stampotique Originals
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” 
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SDC265: Favorite Stamp

I'm finally publishing my first post of 2017 and it's time for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge!!  This week we're challenged to use our favourite stamps - literally, an impossible challenge - I have stacks of favourites!! Among them are these two beauties which just seem to go together so well.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Peace and Love, Footprints
“We have one precious life: do something extraordinary today, even if it's tiny. A pebble starts the avalanche.” 
K.A. Laity

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

SDC262: Naughty or Nice

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designers Challenge!  This week we get to play along with the fun theme of Naughty or Nice.  My project does kinda reflect how I feel about all the goodies that just seem to be everywhere you go at this time of year - I eat as much as I can when no one is looking! I guess that makes me naughty!! I'm not quite as dedicated as Newton who took an elbow to the eye to score his big candy cane! :)  Which are you - naughty or nice?  I can't wait to see your project!  Play along for your chance to win a $30 Stampotique gift certificate! Happy Holidays!!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Newton, Candy Cane Swing
“The library is like a candy store where everything is free.” 
Jamie Ford, Songs of Willow Frost

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

SDC261: Human With Animal Head

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  The theme this week is super fun - "Human with Animal Head." The possibilities are endless. Use a human Stampotique body and add a Stampotique animal head to create a fun new character. The hardest part is going to be deciding which combo to use!!  Here's my nerdy feline friend, Gerty!  I can't wait to see who you create for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate to the Stampotique store.
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” 
William Styron, Conversations with William Styron

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

SDC260: Halloween Week 2

It's time again for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  We are in week 2 of the Halloween theme and we're just "die-ing" to see some more creepy, spooky, fun, or scary creations this week.

What's more creep-a-licious than Tracy Scott's Jacob!  Ok, he's far to cute to be creepy really, but he's perfect for Halloween! :) Be sure to play along for your chance to win a Stampotique gift certificate!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Jacob, Owl Tree, Happy Unbirthday, Old English Halloween
“The farther we've gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we've come to need Halloween."
Paula Curan

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SDC 258: Favourite Quote

It's time for a brand new challenge at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge!  This week our challenge theme is Favourite Quote.
"What is your favourite quote of all time? Be it funny, inspirational or religious, let's see your favourite quote this week."
So, of course it's actually impossible to select just one quote as my favourite, but I have been holding onto this quote for a long time waiting for just the right challenge!  A stamp positioner was a great help deciding where to put the quote on this clean and simple project.
Stamp by Stampotique Originals:
“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.” 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

SDC 256: Mail Art Week 2

It's time for the second week of the Mail Art theme at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge.
"Let's make some mail art!! Make something you can actually mail, weather it be, a postcard, envelope, ATC, pocket letter etc... anything you can mail."
There isn't any snail mail that's more fun to receive than mail art! I have attached the sequins with clear glaze so I can send it naked and they'll stay attached through all of the postal machinery.  I can't wait to see what you'll create this week!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Scribble Angel, Journey Collage, Texture Cube 1, Vintage Postcard
Back of the postcard
“I've always felt there is something sacred in a piece of paper that travels the earth from hand to hand, head to head, heart to heart.” 
Robert Michael Pyle, Sky Time in Gray's River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SDC 255 - Polka Dots

Welcome back for the next installation of the Stampotique Designer's Challenge!  This week the team is exploring the glorious world of polka dots!!  Polka dots are so versatile and there is such a variety of how you can use them - anything goes!  I have used a polka dot paper for Kassa's Bloom on my project, but I'm afraid they are pretty subtle and a wee bit difficult to see in the picture.  They are there - honest!  You'll have two fabulous weeks to play along with this theme!  I can't wait to see how you get your dots on!!

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Kassa's Bloom, Quiet Place
"Polka dots can't stay alone. When we obliterate nature and our bodies with polka dots we become part of the unity of our environments."
Yayoi Kusama

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

SDC254: Beach or Sea

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  The theme is Beach or Sea.
"The beach is always such a fun and relaxing place to be. Whether it's sun or just fun in the sand and surf, let's see your best Beach themed projects this week."
Here's a beachy little post card featuring several of the stamps from the new release!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Treasure Chest, Sailboat, Starfish Cube, Design Cube 2, Marcel Sea Travel,
Texture Cube 1, Spiral, Ocean Text
“Silently sit on the beach, close your eyes, now see the flowing blue sky, feel the dance of waves, and hear the whispering love song of the southern breeze.” 
Debasish Mridha M.D.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Stampotique Summer 2016 New Release Blog Hop

Yay!!! It's finally time to showcase the new stamps released from Stampotique this month with a blog hop!!!  You should have arrived here from Samantha's blog.  If you have just stumbled upon the hop, be sure to start from the Stampotique Designer's Challenge page so you don't miss a thing!

As with every release, there is something for everyone! Check out Tracy Scott's first ever Stampotique images! We always love to hear what your favorites are, so leave us comments about your favs along the way for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate and a grab bag of stamps announced during the first challenge in August!

Stamps by Stampotique Orignals:
Flower Cube 1, The Earth Laughs in Flowers, In Stitches

Have fun hopping!

Valerie Wilson < you are here

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

SDC252: Party

Hello and welcome to the Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This week I am thrilled to be part of the celebration as we welcome a new Design Team!! Which brings us to our Challenge theme! PARTY!  The new team brings with it a change - each theme will now run for 2 weeks AND you can enter each challenge TWICE!! So dig out your crafty supplies and play along - twice!

I have a party to go to this weekend, so I thought I'd make a card to take along!  It's definitely not traditional!! LOL! :)
Stamp by Stampotique Originals:
“My body is like a Temple in Nepal. It is sacred, but has a lot of damage from the earthquake of my youth!” 
James Hauenstein

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

SDC251: Black and White Only

It's time again for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This week Nellie van Leeuwen is our hostess and she is challenging us to "Black and White Only." Here is what Nellie says about this challenge:
"I challenge you to use only black and white in your project this week."
So here's my black and white card featuring Arwen's beautiful paisley background and Maryse's whimsical tiles.  Have fun playing along and show us your take on this week's fun theme!

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Paisley Background, Horizontal Tiles
“The dragonfly brings dream to reality and is the messenger of wisdom and enlightenment from other realms.”
Author Unknown

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SDC250: Butterflies and Flowers and All Things Garden

I'm back from vacation and I'm excited about this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  Jackie Payne is our hostess and she is taking us on a "Butterflies, Flowers and all things Garden" adventure.
Here is what Jackie says about this challenge:
"Now that summer is almost here, it's time to spend some time in the garden and enjoy the nature and flowers. Let's see your best Butterfly, flowers and all things Garden projects."
I'm a big fan of all things garden!  Here's a little card celebrating the official arrival of summer!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Wildflowers, The Earth Laughs in Flowers
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” 
Claude Monet

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SDC248: All Creatures Great and Small

Where did the week go?  It's already time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge!  Today we are celebrating all creatures great and small with Nellie van Leeuwen.  Here's what she has to say about her challenge:
"Wild and woolly or friendly and domesticated we love them all..make sure to include an animal or two on your creation this week."
Remember that, as always, you have the rest of the month to play along with this theme to be entered in our monthly draw!  Just link up a picture of your creature project for a chance to win!

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Picket Fence, Vic, Bella, Barcode Text #2
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.” 
Anatole France

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SDC247: Boo!

It's time for a fun new Stampotique Designer's Challenge and this week Coby is our hostess. She is challenging us to a "Boo" theme. Here is what Coby says about this challenge:
"Say Boo to little children and they will laugh.... use the word Boo in your projects this week to let us laugh."
Here is a little bookmark I made for Coby's fun challenge.  I lucked out finding a piece of paper for the background that had a little trio of birds in just the right spot!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Crocodile, Bird Border, Kate's Doodle Cube
“Oh, monsters are scared," said Lettie. "That's why they're monsters.” 
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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


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