Friday, 30 December 2011

The Stamp Man 3rd Annual Favorite crafting project awards

Its Time for the 3rd annual Stamp Man Annual Awards challenge and we'd love you to join us this year by proudly presenting your best/favorite project that you feel you have made during the year.

It doesn't have to be something you entered for our challenges, Just as long as it was something you enjoyed making and would like to share. The most important part of this challenge is to have fun and enjoy taking time to look back on your crafting over the last year.

My favorite project of 2011 was from the Dragonflies and Butterflies challenge. You can view my original post here. I loved making the vellum butterflies and the cage from recycled plastic packaging and one of my favorite stamps the mesh from the Christmas set Aspects of Design. The butterflies and dragon flies are also another well used set in my collection. On gossamer wings.

Now if you pop on over to The Stamp Man Challenge blog you can see all the other DT favs from the year and then show us yours.

There will be a random prize draw for the top prize which will be

£30 of Stamp Man Gift Vouchers, and 4 runner up prizes!

For a chance to win a prize you must:

- Display The Stamp Man award blinkie in your sidebar
- Link to a post about our annual awards. Within the post you should then either show your project again or you can place a link to your original project whichever you wish to do.
- Use Inlinkz on The original Stamp Man post to link to your post.

We have really enjoyed viewing all your wonderful work throughout 2011 and hope you will join us again in 2012. Thanks for popping in and have a wonderful New Year!

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Try it on Tuesday new Challenge

The theme this week over at Try it on Tuesday is "Anything goes" So I decide to do this layout. I had to use all the items in a kit as a challenge so here is the outcome. The pics are from Belle when she decided to take a box of Packing peanuts and make snow angels. Unfortunately they are not easy to vacume up and all had to be picked up by hand because of the static. Yuk. What a mess. But at least she had fun.

Now head on over to the TIOT blog for some more brilliant inspirations and a peak at our very talented Guest designer Kelly.

Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful day. Angela

Friday, 16 December 2011

New Stamp Man Challenge

The new challenge is up at The Stamp Man and this time we want to see you use a technique you have never used before. This one had me racking my brain as I normally have to try something the minute I see it. I scoured my Craft Stamper mags to see what I could find and I remembered seeing a salt technique so that is where I started although the embossing bit went a bit all too wrong. After several days of playing I finally settled on this card. I will have to say it is not going to be a favorite technique for sure but I got to give it a go. The technique originally used Salt with embossing but my results time after time for that were very daunting so I switched it around a bit and used the salt with inks instead(think I saw that one in Craft Stamper too). It had a nice effect although very hard to see in a photo. The snowman is stamped and cut and wording is stamped on the background using white Stazon.
Now there is more inspiration on The Stamp Man Challenge blog then we would love to see your projects. Don't forget to tell us what technique you used in your post.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

My Materials list:
White Stazon ink
Border Ribbon (the Stamp Man Shop)

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

I'm late....

I know I am very late this week for the TIOT challenge. After a bit of and accident monday it has taken me a few days to catch up. So Sorry.

This week the challenge at TIOT is "Gift Tags Galore" so we want to see all your wonderful gift tags. For mine I made them using various Dylusions sprays and paints along with Distress inks, Tim Holtz Stamps and Hero Arts Owl stamp. The owls are colored with Promarkers and the tag is edged with Distress stickles.
Now its your turn to hop on over to the TIOT blog and show us your tags. There is lots more brilliant inspiration from the rest of the team so be sure to check it out.

We have been having a few problems with the post and Mr Linky over at the TIOT blog so please bear with us during our technical difficulties. Thank you!

Now I also have to apologize for being MIA for so long. Aside from my little accident I have been working hard at home trying to finish the unpacking so that we could get things in order and get the Christmas decorations up. Here is a pic of my little village. Unfortunately 2+ years in the attic has caused alot of the little pieces to get broken but most were easily fixed.
And here is the tree. It seems as though we have enough stuff to decorate about 5 trees. Don;t know how that happened.
And here is something I just have to share. Our Foster girl Lexie a 6 year old Rottie has an interesting hobby. She loves the TV. She will literally sit for hours watching the telly and yes she actually is watching it. Too funny. She even has her favorites.......
Now Sun on the other hand could care less about the telly. Just give her a blanket and cozy place to curl up and she is good.
Guess she is worn out from all the decorating.

Now don't forget to check out the new challenge over at TIOT. It's tag too so it fits right in with the holidays.
Thanks for stopping in and have a lovely day. Angela

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Time for another Challenge at Try it on Tuesday and this week we are celebrating the big guy so we want to see all your cards with him. We are once again sponsored by our good friends at One Stop Card Crafts this week so one lucky winner will get a voucher to use in their online shop.

For my card I used my Stampin up tree and Santa. they are colored using Promarkers and touched up with some Spica glitter pens and sticky gems. The background started as some white card. I inked it up with old paper and walnut Distress inks then stamped it using Tim Holtz Christmas Carol stamp and some old canvas for the texture. The red card is inked with Fired brick Distress ink and stamped in Walnut with the same stamp. The button is from BoBunny and the ribbon from my stash. I have to say I did not think the images would take as long as they did to color. There were so many intricate bits to color. Sorry about the lighting on the card it is a bit washed out because of the flash. I so miss our house in England with all the natural light. So much better for photos.

Now you can see some more great inspirations from my team mates at the Try it on Tuesday blog. You can also upload your card for us to see. We cannot wait to view them.

Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful day. Angela

SDC43 card

The challenge over at the Stampotique Designers challenge Blog is to create a non traditional Christmas card without using red and green. It is also a Stampotique only week so you can only use there stamps. I do not have any Christmas related stamps from them so I chose to go with "The Crafter" The background is done with blues, purples and pinks of Dylusions spray inks and stencils with water. I then added some trim using Dylusions paints. The Crafter is stamped and embossed in clear then some glitter added. Her hat is made from stamping her shoe then cutting it out. the flowers are Stampotique too. The wreath is made from free handed cutout hearts. The sentiment is also hand doodled. The colors show more vibrant in person but are getting washed out with my flash, so sorry. I might have to try and get a pic outside tomorrow if we get some nice light.

I am entering this into the SDC43 challenge.

Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful day. Angela

Friday, 2 December 2011

Wow! I cannot believe it is December already. Time is flying by the quicker we get to Christmas and the end of the year.

Well its time for another challenge over at The Stamp Man and the theme this fortnight is "Ornaments" chosen by Jill. It can be an altered item made into an ornament, table decoration or even an ornament shaped card, and it doesn't have to be Christmas themed. Just dig out those festive supplies and have some fun!

For my project I chose to make some paper ornaments using Nestabilities dies from Spellbinders. These are really easy to create. Just cut 3 of the larger Nestie shape and fold each in half adhere one back side of each to another then adhere the final 2 side. the inside is a smaller Nestie die decorated and adhered by the sides inside each larger Nestie. the beads are on pins and held in place with a drop of glue. My complete materials list may be found below.

Now hop of over and see the rest of the fab projects created by my team mates at The Stamp Man then we would like to see yours.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

My Materials List: