Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stampotique's Spring Release Blog Hop!

If you are a fan of the Stampotique Facebook page you may have already gotten a sneak peek of some of the new images we are excited to be releasing today.  We hope you will join us for the blog hop to see a variety of those images.

There are lots of new images from our favorite stamp designers and we are proud to welcome one of our newest stamp designer, Magda Polakow, whom you have seen tons of her fabulous creations here as part of our design team.  We think you will find a few stamps that you can't live without.  This project features just a few of my favorites!

Stampotique Stamps:
Bird Cage, Dog, Comfort Zone Text, Unleash Yourself
Join us commenting through the blog hop for your chance to win some random goodies-we will be randomly drawing two winners for a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps at the Stampotique online store.  The new stamps should be available over there now.

Also, make sure you hope all the way through for an exciting announcement on our Stampotique Designers Blog for an additional chance to win some goodies and some additional recognition as an artist.

Hopefully, you've landed here from Roc Nicholas' blog and will continue on your way over to Kaz Boughton's blog from here.

Have fun hopping, we will be pulling the random winners of the blog at our next challenge on April 23, 2014!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Happy Card

Today's project features the fun letters of the Altered Hello stamp. Bright background papers and an oversized flower seemed to complement this stamp perfectly. I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the card pieces and fabulous flower from the infamous scrap pile :)
Altered Hello by Stampotique Originals
“Between hello and goodbye is I love you.
” 
Jarod Kintz, 99 Cents For Some Nonsense

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Seriously Crafty Weekend!

What a great weekend this has been!  A day off work for shopping on Friday, an epic crafty day on Saturday and a pj party all rolled into one!! Janice, Kathy-Jo and I all found some great crafty bargains and we worked on all kinds of projects (be sure to check theirs out too)!

I wanted to share my very first mixed media canvas that I started well over a year ago!  With a couple of hours of clear focus yesterday, I finally managed to finish it.  I'm going to put it on my desk at work - it might be a bit distracting for a while -- I love it!


“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” 
Helen Keller, The Open Door

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Handmade Envelope

In a continuing effort to use up my scrap pile, I took my new Envelope Punch Board and Baby Cthulhu out for a test drive!  I can see that making envelopes from my scraps is going to be a new obsession!

What projects are you doing to use up your (well-orgainzed!!) scraps?
Baby Cthulhu by Stampotique Originals
"Letters are expectation packaged in an envelope."
Shana Alexander

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and Scrap Cleanup

Today I'm using up a scrap left over from last week's Stampotique project.  For that project and daily design team inspiration, visit the Stampotique Designer's Blog.

I love keeping a photo album of handmade background papers for use in later projects.  It's easy to flip through it and find the perfect background!  How do you store your scraps?
Stamps by Stampotique:
Queen of Life, Clothes Text
“When someone is mean to me, I just make them a victim in my next book.” 
Mary Higgins Clark

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and Watercolor Techniques

It's terribly cold here today so I have been daydreaming about summer.  This gorgeous Stampotique stamp takes me back to the beach with my brother when I was young. This quick little watercolor technique suits this image perfectly.
To achieve this look:
  1. Pounce three distress inks beside each other onto your craft mat and spritz them with water. Here I have used Squeezed Lemonade, Evergreen Bough and Broken China.
  2. Push a nice multimedia paper or watercolor paper into the wet ink and twist or move gently to get good coverage and nice blending.  (If the color is too dark, spritz with more water.  If the color is too light, dry the craft mat and repeat with less water.)  
  3. Dry the image with a heat gun.
  4. Stamp image with Versafine Onyx Black ink (or other insoluble ink).
  5. Heat set the image with a heat gun.
  6. Using a small watercolor brush, brush a bit of water into areas you wish to lighten and dab those areas with an absorbent towel to remove a bit of color. Here, I did the shirts and the hat.
  7. Heat the image one last time to dry the lightened areas. They will lighten a bit more when dry.

“A second wave collapsed over my feet, lipped with white froth, and the chill gripped my ankles with a mortal ache.” 
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique and a Paris Card

Today I have a little note card to share with you!
This project makes use of several stamps as well as a
Prima paper freebie from the centrefold of an old magazine.
I don't know about you, but I always find it difficult cutting double-sided paper even though I do love how the colors match so well!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Quasimoto 5, Eiffel Tower, Love, Paris Postcard
To achieve this look, cut out the pre-printed centre piece and mount it onto the background mat made from the opposite side of the page.  Mask off the flowers and stamp the Paris postcard across the centre.  Stamp the Eiffel Tower on coordinating paper, cut it out and mount it onto the front of the card.  Stamp Quasimoto onto coordinating paper, color with Copic markers and mount onto the Eiffel Tower.  Finish off the card with the Love stamp in the corner.

“Oh, London is a man's town, there's power in the air;
And Paris is a woman's town, with flowers in her hair;
And it's sweet to dream in Venice, and it's great to study Rome;
But when it comes to living, there is no place like home.” 
Henry van Dyke

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday with a Stampotique Postcard

Happy Tuesday!
Today I have a postcard to share.
It features stamps designed by Roc Nicholas
(as well as a few in the background that are harder to see in this pic).
Is that bird playing a dangerous game of hide and seek?
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Feline, Just Be U, Heart Vine, Scalloped Lace Border, Jo's Flower Block, Vintage Script, Vintage Postcard
The background has been created with vibrant colors of Dylusions sprays.  Feline has been stamped on patterned paper and plain paper.  The colorful parts of the cat have been colored with Copics on the plain image and then cut out and applied to the patterned paper cat.  Just Be U has ben stamped on other papers made with Dylusions sprays and then cut out and applied to the background with Feline above it.  The border has been stamped on patterned paper, painted with white acrylic paint, cut out and applied to the edge of the card.  The word Just and the Heart Vine have been stamped directly on the background and colored with Copic markers.  Unseen background stamps have been stamped on the background paper with Versamark ink and brushed over with Perfect Pearls to make them shimmer in the light (pretty in person).  Faux stitches have been drawn around the edge to provide a border and finish off the piece.

“Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience.” 
Pam Brown

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday with a Cheeky Stampotique Card

Today I'd like to share a "cheeky" (or is that cheaky? LOL!) little card with you.
To achieve the elements in this card, I have used:
Copic Markers, paper piecing, a Kaleidacolor ink pad and a bent sentiment.
Tip: To unmount a wood-mounted sentiment so you can bend it, just pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds to loosen the glue and gently peel it off of the wood.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Dance
Tenticurl
I wish I'd worn panties
“People who wear G-strings suffer from indecision.” 
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Confessions of a Misfit

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday with a Stampotique Bookmark

Good morning!
I have used Roc's beautiful Angel for this week's project.
Here's a colorful little paper-pieced bookmark made from the scrap pile.
Tip: use a stamp positioner to place your image in exactly the right spot on your scraps of paper.
Roc's Angel by Stampotique Originals
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."
Michelangelo

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuesday, February 11 with Stampotique

Today I would like to share 3 techniques!

  1. Shaped card: First, I stamped the chair on polka dot paper and pasted it to my card front.  I then cut through all layers (chair, card front, and card back) to create a shaped card.
  2. Paper piecing: Next, I stamped the chair on a baroque paper, cut out the arm covers and chair skirt and pasted them over the polka dot paper.
  3. Altered stamp: Finally, I inked the edges and face of the spotted monster (avoiding the dots in the centre) and drew in little hearts instead of spots just for Valentine's Day!

Of course, I couldn't resist the sentiment!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Spiral Velvet Chair, Waving Spotted Monster
"When the grandmothers of today hear the word 'Chippendales,' they don't necessary think of chairs."
Jean Kerr

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tuesday, February 3 with Stampotique

Today's clean and simple postcard is inspired by reality!
Hubby is outta town for the week and one of my sista-friends is out of town all month... it's pretty quiet around here this week!!
Guess I'll just have to spend more time stamping!!! :)
Stamp: Call Me by Stampotique Originals
Sentiment: Handwritten
“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” 
Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday, January 28 with Stampotique

Today I tried something new!
I have long admired the beautiful altered art cell phone cases I have seen online - so I finally made one!
I think this is the beginning of a new obsession!
What do you think my next one should be?
Lovelyarethesound by Stampotique Originals
To create this piece, I have used a case that has a clear back. I traced my cell phone onto the back of my patterned paper and cut it out. Then I traced the camera hole from the case onto the back of my patterned piece and cut it out with an exacto knife. I then stamped Lovelyarethesound on the front and paper pieced the face and wings onto it. I used my label maker and stuck the sentiment to it as well. The whole thing has been inserted inside so it is under the plastic!

"Love means never having to say anything because you are both looking at your smart phones."
- Unknown

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tuesday, January 21 with Stampotique

Today's project is an altered candle holder
adorned with Jo's giant butterfly!
I love butterflies!
Do you have a favorite Stampotique creature?
Thank you for stopping by,
Val
Large Butterfly by Stampotique Originals
“We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.” 
LeeAnn Taylor

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tuesday with Stampotique

Happy Tuesday!
Today I would like to share a 'lovely' little composition book!
It's the perfect location for the Queen of Hearts!
Be sure to drop by the Stampotique Designer's Blog for new daily inspiration!  Then pop over to the Stampotique Designer's Challenge to play along with the latest theme and enjoy all of the wonderful creations.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Hanging Hearts, Word Collage, Hearts Cubed,
Queen of Hearts, Heart Flowers
"I looked at the cards in my hand, the queen of hearts nestled between the king of clubs and the king of spades. No wonder she was smiling." 
Megan Hart (Tempted (Alex Kennedy, #1))

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2014 with Stampotique!

Aren't you just loving having a new post every day on the Stampotique Designer's Blog!?!
Today I would like to share a sentimental little ATC made from multi-media paper sprayed with Dylusions inks and over-sprayed with Shimmer Spritz for a twinkling shine.
Be sure to drop by the Stampotique Designer's Challenge to check out the latest creations there too!
Stamps by Stampotique:
Design Cube, Great Moon (star), You Give Me Wings, Word Collage (peace)
"God must need another star in heaven,
So he picked the brightest one that He could see."
Con Parsons, Lady From Long Island

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

SDC128: Anything Goes!

It's Wednesday again and it's time for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge! Can you believe it's December already? Only 21 days until Christmas, so if you haven't done your shopping for some new Stampotique stamps, you might want to hope over and order them now.

Stampotique will only be hosting one challenge this month, giving the team a chance to enjoy the holidays with their family and friends. And it's a super easy challenge this month - Anything Goes. No themes, no problem!  Can't wait to see what you create!

Here's a fun little ornament created with a background paper I made at a recent crafty night with my gal pals - it shimmers in person!  To me, Smushallaum looks a bit like she's stuck in an ornament full of water - somewhat like a genie in a bottle! LOL!
Smushallaum by Stampotique Originals
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous new year!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

SDC127: Early Christmas

 It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and Nellie is our hostess as we get ready for the holidays:
"I always intent to start early making my Christmas cards. But real life often gets in the way and before I know it it’s the middle of December and my Christmas cards end up being either very simple and quick or bought in a shop. So I thought why not set a Stampotique challenge to make Christmas cards in November and force myself to really make and early start. So here is what I came up with. And of course I love to see your Christmas cards or other Christmas projects!"
Here's my little snowflake ornament made with shimmer card stock and a shimmery embossing powder on Moon Girl and the sentiment.  Wouldn't a whole tree of snowflakes be pretty!?!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Moon Girl, Love With Your Whole Heart
“the wet brush of snowflakes was like your kisses everywhere” 
John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

SDC126: A SPLAT! of paint on your creation

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and it's a super fun one - use a SPLAT! of paint somewhere on your design.  We all love to get messy once in awhile and this week is your perfect opportunity to throw on some grubby clothes and splatter that paint all over your creation.

Here's my little super hero card with a twinkling splattered background (although the twinkle is hard to see in the photo, it's fantastic in person!).  To create our 'man of steel', first I stamped him on patterned paper and then drew the cape around him and colored the cape with copic markers.  Next, I cut out the cape and pasted it behind a colored cut out of this adorable hero. I really wanted him to look like he was flying or floating, so he's mounted extra high on the card and has a trail of super hero stars floating in his wake. This super hero 'steels' my heart! :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals 
"I liked the fact that Lois was one person with Clark and another with Superman. I think that, as women, we do that a lot when we fall in love."
Margot Kidder

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

SDC125: One Layer

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge hosted by Samantha Read who wants us to use just one layer!
"Hi Stampotiquers! I'm so excited to be your host this week and I'm inviting you to make a creation using just one layer. It doesn't necessarily have to be clean and simple, that's the challenge! I love lots and lots of layers but to achieve a sense of depth to a creation using no embellishments etc can really get you scratching your head and rubbing your chin!
Most importantly have fun ;)"
I really love using just one layer - it can be so dramatic!  I combined this challenge with using just black and white and one other color and came up with this heartfelt little card.  To achieve this look, the centre heart has been masked and over-stamped with the large heart background.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
A Heart, My Heart, Daniel's Hearts
Inks by Tsukinenko:
IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® Versafine™ Pigment Ink Onyx Black
IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® Versafine™ Pigment Ink Satin Red


The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.
Blaise Pascal

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

SDC123: Fabulous Folds

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and it's a fun (and simple) one!  Today the challenge is to try your hand at some fabulous folds.  Use more than one fold on your card or get all fancy and use multiple folds!

Here is my latest creation using the Double-Z fold!  Did I mention that I love folding paper? LOL! :)  I can't wait to see all of your creative folds this week!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Chicken
Double Z Fold
“But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

SDC122: Lace or Fabric

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and France is challenging us to use lace or fabric.  Her are her thoughts about this texture-filled theme,
When stuck while making a project, it's often adding texture that gets me rolling again. But lace or fabric is often the last thing i think about when searching for texture. So I thought it would be fun to have all of you lovely peeps make art using fabric or lace. And all those fab creations would make one awesome inspiration board!
I love both lace and fabric (especially if ribbons count as fabric)!  Here I've used one of my favorite laces that has holes - perfect for threading ribbon through it.  Thank you for a lovely theme, France.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals
It is difficult to see why lace should be so expensive; it is mostly holes.
Mary Wilson Little 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

SDC121: Halloween

Carol is hosting the Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week and it's time to get out your spooky stamps:
"I particularly choose the month of October to host the challenge as I love Halloween. it was the quirky off beat stamps of Daniel Torrente that first drew me to Stampotique all those years ago, as it then seemed to me that I could make Halloween themed items all year with his gothic style stamps and no one would realize that was what I was doing. I think I may have broken the record on my make for the challenge with the most rubber stamps used on one item, but it was hard as there were just so many to choose from. Hope you all enjoy the challenge and get your spook on for the whole month. carol x"
Be sure to play along with your spookiest creations for your chance to win a $30 Stampotique gift certificate!  Here's my little creation for this week's theme!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Tetewea, Batty About You
Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon's silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play.
Joel Benton

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

SDC120: Handles, Hinges, Buckles, Fasteners, Pulls

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and it's my turn to be hostess! YAY!  This week I'd like to see your handles, hinges, buckles, fasteners, pulls - different ways to flip, fold, fasten, open, close and grasp! These could be used on cards, dimensional projects, envelopes or altered/recycled/found objects.... faux or real - anything goes!

Here's a matchbook-style mini book with a faux fastener keeping it shut.  It's such fun to make these for cute little purse gifts.  This one features birthday themed paper. I hope you'll play along for your chance to win $30 in Stampotique stamps!
Girl with Heart Purse by Stampotique Originals


“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

SDC119:ATCs

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and Sam is our hostess!

"I love making ATC's the 2.5 x 3.5 inch size is perfect for any media you wish to use and you can squeeze in lots of details and layers in a small space or keep it quite plain and simple. ATC's can be dramatic or just plain fun so I can't wait to see yours!"

You've likely noticed that I've been loving ATC's lately so Sam's theme is is perfect! Here's my little creation. I adore the new Hazel stamps!  Isn't she sweet in the tub!?!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Relax, Learn To Relax, Bubbles
“I am sure there are things that can't be cured by a good bath but I can't think of one.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Stampotique Design Team Call 2014 x 2

Just a quick reminder that September 30 is the deadline to apply for the current Stampotique Design Team Call!  This fabulous team really is like my second family - I'm excited to re-apply! I'm not sure if I actually have a stamping "style"or not, but I do know that I love using Stampotique stamps; they keep me company and make me smile while I create!  I guess you could say that I like variety; I enjoy creating projects of various shapes, colors, sizes and subjects.  I'll be thrilled if Stampotique wants me to keep creating with their fantastic stamps!
Rainy Day Tag
Sheep Monster, Design Cube, 2 Nuages, Rain Text
Washi Tape Domino Fridge Magnets
Tree, My Heart Small, Lavender Sprig
6x6 Scrapbook Journalling Page
Grass, Small Butterfly
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
Marcel Proust

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

SDC118: Washi Tape

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge!  It's Astrid's to host and she chose Washi Tape for this challenge. Here's what she says about it:
"Not really a hard one is it ;-) I adore this stuff and I think a lot of us do. I especially love the black and white ones, it makes the other colors you use really intense. And it's just an easy way to add something extra on your creation.  So use this happy stuff as a background or as an embellishment on your creation. Hope you like Washi Tape just as I do."
Hope you will join up and put that washi tape to use for your chance to win one of two random $30 gift certificates for Stampotique stamps. Don't forget the current Stampotique Design Team call!!

I decided to make a little fridge magnet for this challenge.  The body is made from a domino covered in washi tape and backed with a magnetic strip.  I am actually surprised by how much I like it! LOL!  Maybe I'll make a set! :)
Tree by Stampotique Originals
"A painter paints pictures on canvas.  But musicians paint their pictures on silence."
Leopold Stokowski

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

SDC117:Birthday Theme

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and Kim is our hostess!  Here's her challenge:
Today, I'm is the lucky hostess of our challenge and I was a little selfish when I picked the date and the challenge theme.  Our challenge this week is "BIRTHDAY" and can you guess why I was selfish this week??  It is my birthday...today!  And it's not just any birthday, it's one of the big milestone birthdays and what better way to spend it then hopping around to see all the fabulous birthday creations from the SDC team and yourselves?
Hope you will join us and show off your birthday creations for your chance to win one of two random $30 gift certificates for Stampotique stamps.

Did you see the Stampotique design team call announcement?
If not, you can see the details here.

Happy birthday, Kim!!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Cheers, Design Cube, Splatter Long
"First you forget names; then you forget faces; then you forget to zip up your fly; and then you forget to unzip your fly."
Branch Rickey

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SDC116: Try A New Technique

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  Today the Stampotique team is asking you to try a technique that is new to you.  This is always a fun challenge to see what techniques everyone will be using and what we might be missing out there.  

Have you heard?  Stampotique has issued its 2014 design team call - with two options!  

I'm always excited to try new techniques!  This time I was inspired by the seasons changing and decided to try creating a unique background by stamping with leaves!
I ventured out into the garden and borrowed a leaf from the beautiful brown-eyed susans still in bloom.  I smooth brayered the leaf with IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® Kaleidacolor™ Dye Inkpad (Tomato Vine), placed it face-down on my background paper and rolled over it with a dry sponge brayer to transfer the ink.
I love how it turned out and used it for a background for an ATC.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Trees 2 Sided, Stones and Grass Cube,  Beauty Verse
"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, September 9, 2013

Stampotique Design Team Call 2014 x 2


Stampotique Design Team Call x 2!

What is x 2???

Stampotique is excited to announce their Design Team Call for 2014.  They get a lot of questions as to when they are going to be having one so here is your opportunity! They are looking for creative, inspiring, and friendly stampers to help promote Stampotique rubber stamps.

And they are looking for 2 teams!  One of the teams will be for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge and the other team will post specifically to the Stampotique Designer's Blog and Facebook page.

The call is open to everyone and Stampotique stamps are not required to be used in your submission, but of course they would LOVE to see your use of their stamps.  Most importantly in any creation you show, show them your style.

This call will only be open until September 30.  They will try their best to notify those they have chosen by October 15th at the latest.

Be sure to follow the submission instructions found on the Stampotique Designers Blog.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

SDC : Lots of Layers

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge!  Sue Davies is our hostess this week for our next challenge and here is what she says about her challenge:
I love to use layers on my projects, be it layers of paint and inks or layers of card, or both. I challenge you to use at least three layers on your creation. Have fun xx
If you have not joined our September New Release Blog Hop you still have a week to join for a chance to win some new release goodies!  Welcome to our September guest designer, you may recognize her as one of the Stampotique stamp artists, Maryse Carrier. We are thrilled to have her be a part of our team this month!

Here's my little layered ATC... I WISH I were in Paris!  The front is layered with various stamps in various colors of inks.  The background (see below) was made by layering 6 different distress inks onto a cardstock that I didn't really fancy (top part) to turn it into something I quite like for a background (bottom part)!  Once it was used as the bottom layer of the ATC, it was even hard to tell that it was patterned paper.  So grab a sheet of paper that needs a makeover and "have at 'er" as we say here in the Maritimes! LOL! :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Eiffel Tower, Bushes,  Sun Design, Wish Word

"Sometimes you have to peel a layer of your ego off in order for love to happen."
 Unknown  

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September New Release Blog Hop

Stacked Love (2427.J)
Owlseeyou (4034.I)
Just Be You
Some of you may have already heard, but Stampotique Originals has got some fabulous new designs being released today. Wait until you see these!!!

We know we say that every time, but each release seems to come with such great new stamps it's hard not to find a favorite with each new release. We've been bursting at the seams to share these with you.

This month, we also are introducing a brand new artist.  Her name is Linda Peterson and we think a lot of you are going to love her line of stamps, they are darling.

So hop along with the design team and some special guests to see the new stamps the team has been working with.  The more blogs you comment on, the better your chances of winning some goodies are.

Let us know what your favorite ones were and we'll pick a few random winners from the blog comments (this includes the design team blogs) to win a grab bag of the new stamps.  You will have until 9/10/13 to comment and our winners will be announced with the new challenge on 9/11/13.

You will want to hop on over to Sam Read's blog from here!

Be sure to check out the entire team!!
Valerie Wilson (you're here!)

Hope you enjoy hopping along with the designers and we can't wait to see what you create using your new stamps!

TSC46:Inspired By A Song - Using At Least One Stampsmith Stamp

It's time for The Stampsmith Challenge!  This month, Stampsmith is very excited to welcome another fabulous guest designer, Maria Green (aka Maz)! Be on the lookout for more of Maria's beautiful work on the Stampsmith Designer's Blog as she joins the designers during September, October and November. Maria has chosen the them and has asked us to use a song as our inspiration - your project doesn't have to represent the song, just be inspired by it! Be sure to play along for your chance to win $21 toward your choice of Stampsmith stamps!

Stamps by Stampsmith:
Love me Sweet from the Song Titles Sheet
Rita Hayworth playing Gilda from the Hollywood Stars In Movie Scenes Sheet

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

SDC114:Circles

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge with our hostess, Kaz.  Here is what she wants you to get creative doing:
"I love using circles on things I make, as you may have noticed. If I get stuck for an idea, I generally start with a circle to help me out. I'd like you to use 3 circles on whatever you make this week. Just make sure you have fun!"
I had fun making my creation but a bit of a hard time photographing it as it's quite dimensional and has high contrast - both hard to capture! :)  Hopefully you can see that the flower is made out of circles cut from tissue paper and music paper that have been distressed and layered together.  Be sure to circle this challenge on your calendar and play along for your chance to win $30 to spend at Stampotique!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Spiraling Out Of Control, When Heart Speaks
She sat down and pulled her necklace out of her shirt. "I read about it in my mother's journal. The Witches believe we are all parts of a whole. Like the phases of the moon. Together, we complete the circle and bring balance.” 
Amber Argyle, Witch Song

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SDC113: Wedding

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and Maria is our hostess!  She says,
"Summer is the perfect season for weddings and special events. I personally don't like weddings so much. But I do enjoy making wedding cards and other handmade items. My challenge for you this weeks is: WEDDING! Create a card, layout, favor, anything you want."
Well, when I was telling my DH what the theme was for this week, he immediately said, "Oh, the ole' ball and chain routine, huh?" and Molly in her "prison" garb popped into my head instantly!  Well, from there, it just went down the slippery slope of dark humour when I realized that Linda's purse was EXACTLY the right size for the "ball" at the end of the chain!! Sooooo... on it went!  When I showed DH the results of his inspiration and asked him what the sentiment should be, he said, "I'd say it's.... FOREVER!!!!" Yep!!! So it is!!! LOL!  I think this would make a really funny bachelorette/bridal shower card - but then, not everyone appreciates my sense of humour! LOL!  Be sure to play along with this week's challenge for your chance to win $30 to spend in the Stampotique store!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Molly, Linda (well, just her purse! LOL!)
Chandler: "Yep, from now on it's gonna be the four of you guys and me and missus... the little woman... the wife... the old ball and chain."

Monica: "Old?"

Chandler: "The young, hot, ball and chain."

-- Friends, The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

SDC112: Polka Dots

It's time for another Stampotique Designer's Challenge and Roc is our hostess this week!  Here is her fun challenge:
"Hi everyone. I am really happy to be hosting this week's challenge. I'm asking you to create something with polka dots. There is something about polka dots that makes me smile. You can't be sad when you are creating them. So make them big. Make them small. Make them any size at all. See how many polka dots you can work into your art, but most of all, have fun. I can't wait to see what you come up with!"
Here is one of my favorite stamps on some of my favorite polka dot paper!  Be sure to grab your favorite polka dots and play along for your chance to win this month's random draw for 30 Stampotique dollars!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Relaxin', Christmas 5 Sided Cube
Sentiment: computer generated
“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, August 7, 2013

SDC110:Purple, Yellow and Orange

It's time again for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge and this week Jane is our hostess.  Here's what she has to say about her theme choice,
"Jane here asking you to use any shades of purple, orange and yellow together on your creation for this new Stampotique challenge!   I love color and these really talk to me. :)  Hope you will join us in making this Stampotique challenge one of the most colorful challenges yet!  Can't wait to see these colorful creations popping out all over blog-land in purples, oranges and yellows :)  After all..Summer is suppose to be hot and colorful right?"
 I love it when an idea strikes and it actually works out!  These colors brought to mind the gorgeous supermoon we had for our July full moon so I went with it! I hope you'll play along too for your chance to win $30 to spend in the Stampotique store!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Owl Tree, Sun Moon Clouds
"The wailing owl Screams solitary to the mournful moon."
David Mallet

Thursday, August 1, 2013

TSC45: World Traveller - Using At Least One Stampsmith Stamp

It's time for this month's Stampsmith Challenge and the theme is World Traveller. Whether it's a spontaneous vacation abroad or a well-planned world tour, travel is always an adventure! We hope you'll use one of your best travel stories as inspiration for this month's project and join The Stampsmith Challenge for a chance to win $21 towards your favourite Stampsmith stamps!

If you're going to be a world traveller, you've gotta have great luggage tags!! This one is created using an old hotel room key covered by Stampsmith images on glossy card stock. The hole was created with my paper drill. The color has been added to the images by scribbling a Tombow marker on a plastic surface and picking up the color with a small, damp paintbrush.  I love the finished hand-painted look.



“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
Augustine of Hippo

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

SDC108: French Flair

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and Libby Hickson is our hostess!
Although I live in Atlanta, Georgia, I spend every summer traveling vicariously around France, thanks to a bunch of boys on bicycles riding in the Tour de France! It always inspires me to create cards with a little French flair - so today I'm challenging you to do the same! Anything you can think of - the colors of France, French script, classic landmarks - whatever you'd like, just give your card a little French flair!
We went to Old Quebec City for our honeymoon and we enjoyed all things French.  I hope you'll forgive my little play on words this week (and my wee bit of drawing for Eric's hat).
Eric by Stampotique
IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® Memento™ Dye Ink Tuxedo Black
"In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport."
Julia Child

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