Sunday, December 18, 2016

One Card 3 Different Ways

Hello and thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you are all ready for Christmas, it's coming pretty fast, can you believe how quickly it comes and then goes?
I was perusing Pinterest the other day, as I usually do and I found a great card that I wanted to take inspiration from. I can't give anyone credit for the inspiration because the photo doesn't link back to a blog or anything but whomever you are, thank you for the inspiration for this project.
I decided to make a similar card BUT I wanted to show the versatility of Stampotique stamps and make this card, three different but similar ways using Stampotique stamps.

The first one I did was this one, using Karen Hayselden's Safina Stamp

The gold paper in the background is Tim Holtz Deco Sheets, these are fabulous thin sheets of glittery paper with a self adhesive backing. The Ribbon is also a Tim Holtz product
The snowflake die comes from Memory Box and it's called Dazzling Snowflake

Next up I used a stamp by Kate Crane called Christmas Boots
This is the cutest bunny in a santa suit and I thought it worked so great on the card 
I also used words by Kate Crane, these words come on the side with Peace and Love Angel

The background was made exactly the same as the one above, the dimensions are different I made this card taller to accommodate the bunny

and lastly for this card I used the Hohoho words from the stamp by Karen Hayselden Holly Wally

Tracy Scott's Stamp called  Lola

Daniel Torrente's stamp called Christmas Cubed

This time I used silver Tim Holtz Deco Sheets behind the red and a blue card base.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how the same card can be done three different ways but still be so precious. I love how each one has it's own personality

Thanks for stopping by today. 
If your in the Colorado Springs area stop by Simple Pleasures and say Hi. We have all of these products in stock!!

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Word Up Weekend

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog today. I've been working on more samples for my work AND Stampotique items.

We at Stampotique have this wonderful thing called "Word Up Weekend" where we are sharing words, phrases and alphabets that Stampotique carries in their line of fabulous stamps. We want  people to be aware of all the wonderful words and phrases that Stampotique carries. They have quite a diverse array of them.
The design team has been sharing these on the weekend on our Facebook Page, that is why we call it "Word Up Weekend"

I figured I'd take part in the fun this time. 
Here are my submissions:
A Card

Stamps Used:
God Loved by Terri Richardson
Kate's Angel - By Kate Crane
Ta-Dah - By Kate Crane (for the flowers on her head)

A Cell Phone Case

Stamps Used:
Florae Doodle Dolly - By Karen Hayselden
Circled Circle - By France Papillon
Barcode Text 2 - By France Papillon

Thanks so much for coming by, I hope that you have enjoyed my "Word Up Weekend" projects. 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Christmas Card Samples

Hiya everyone, it's been awhile since I've posted but I'm excited to share with you some Christmas cards I have made for samples for the store where I work. Simple Pleasures here in Colorado.
We carry the much loved Stampotique line and I'm
always honored to make samples for the store.

I just love all of the Stampotique line of stamps and I like how they can be used in so many different and unique ways. 
For these cards, I used all the following stamps:

Sonia WinterNina As FankieAgatha Antlers all by Magda Polakow

Snowy Owl - by Terri Richardson

Holly Wally - By Karen Hayselden

I hope you enjoyed my cards. If your ever in the Colorado Springs area come by the store and say hello.

Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Simple Cards

Hello all and welcome back to the blog today. I wanted to share with you some simple cards that I have been making. Mostly for my daughter who went off to college. I like to send her a card at least once every other week and these are some of the cards I've made

The first two cards are some that I created with Stampotique stamps:
Leaf Tree - By Terri Richardson
Animal Cube - By Magda Polakow

The next two cards were made by using Stamping Up stamp and die sets. I love these two they are so fun, thanks to pinterest for the inspiration haha!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you like my Simple cards... I love your comments so if you have a chance let me know what you think.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Feature In Mixed Up Magazine

Hello and welcome back to the blog today. I am so excited to share that I have been featured in the new Mixed Up Magazine.

 Which is a digital Magazine with a mixed media twist. Katy Leitch is the editor and was former editor of Craft Stamper and Craft 365 magazines and she has gone out on her own to create this wonderful Digital magazine. You can find the magazine on Facebook and online.

I am so excited to be a featured in the very first October issue. It is quite an honor to be amongst artist such as Tracy Weinzapfel, Tracy Scott, De Oliver, Jo Capper Sandon, Samantha Read  and many more. 

My feature is on page 58 of the magazine and here is a photo!

I used Stampotique stamps for this Halloween project

If you would like to subscribe to Mixed Up Magazine you can go HERE to find out more about it.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Dashboard for my Travelers Notebook

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog. Today I am sharing with you a dashboard that I made for my Chic Sparrow travelers notebook. I use this planner as my wallet and carry it in my purse, it is my go-to for all my planner needs. I bought my newest calendar with months, October, November and December from Chic Sparrow and I really like to decorate my own cover.

For this cover I used Stampotique Stamps:

Arnold and Sargent by Daniel Torrente

Animal Cube by Magda Polokow

I used mostly acrylic paints in my background and just printed out my own sentiment in Word
I used the new Enamel Accents and created a few little dots in yellow. They are raised and add a nice little touch.

I had so much fun with this. It's so relaxing to just throw some paint on a page and just go with it. 

Don't forget about Stampotique's ATC  swap on our Facebook page there is tons of inspiration there and on

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Homemade Coasters with Stampotique

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by today. I wanted to show you some coasters that I made for my daughter and sister featuring Stampotique stamps and some Dylusions sayings.
I also want to invite you to come over to the Stampotique Designer's Challenge Blog and join us this week in our challenge. We always have some great prizes.

this project took me all of about two days to finish. I made two sets of 6 coasters for a total of 12. I created my backgrounds, two by two, all the same so that I could make two sets of coasters pretty quickly.

For the backgrounds I used mostly acrylic paint (since it's permanent and won't smear when I get ready to seal them)
If I used inks it was mostly Archival that I used. Distress or anything else would smear. I love to add washi tape and doodles into my backgrounds as well.
Most of my stamped images were stamped onto thinner cardstock and colored and then fussy cut out. (that what takes the longest in this process) 
The first set were made for my sister. She is a fun and sarcastic person so I used some of the Dylusion's stamped sayings on them.
The second set were made for my daughter and I used mostly Stampotique's sayings
Even though the backgrounds are the same, the coasters came out very different. 
This was so much fun and I loved making them. Time to buy some more blank coasters and make more!!!
(At the bottom of this email I will list with links, the Stampotique stamps I used.)

Don't forget about Stampotique's New ATC  swap on our Facebook page, there 
is tons of inspiration there and also on

Stampotique Images:

Starfish CubeDog CubeReggieRudylovelyarethesoundFriendBla Bla Bla = all by Daniel Torrente

WillowCasper = By Tracy Scott

Phrase Cube - By Terri Richardson

Sealife CubeAnimal CubeAgatha FlowerIgnis - By Magda Polakow

Wally - By Karen Hayselden

Design Cube 2 - By France Papillon

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 256 - Mail Art

Hello all and welcome back to the blog this week. I have a fun project to share with you today. Over at Stampotique's Challenge Blog they have great new challenge. This week it's all about "Mail Art"
make something you can mail.

As you all know I have been missing my baby girl, she went off to college a couple of week's ago. Well, I made her some things that I could mail to her. Last week I showed you the bookmark. Well this week I wanted to show the envelope I created for her letter and bookmark.

I used a envelope tool to create an envelope with this pretty piece of polka dot cardstock
It is a turquoise color with shiny silver polka dots. It's hard to see in the pic because I got a glare.

I used my stamps to stamp onto white cardstock and colored them and then cut them out and glued them onto the front of my envelope.

I used Stampotique stamps:
Take your time - By Daniel Torrente
3 Daisies  - By Terri Richardson
I hope my daughter really likes getting fun mail art haha! I plan on mailing many letters like this to her.

Don't forget that we have a brand new ATC swap on our Facebook 
page this month too. Come on over and join us
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 255- Polka Dots

Hello all and welcome back to the blog today, thanks for stopping by. Today I want to share with you a bookmark that I made for my daughter Leanne. She went off to college last week and I really miss her. I wanted to make something special for her that she can look at and know that I'm thinking about her.
Over at Stampotique's Designer Challenge we have a Polka Dot challenge going on so I'm entering this.

I used Stampotique stamp - Take Your Time by Daniel Torrente

I laminated it after I made it so that she can use it anywhere and not worry about messing it up or getting something on it.
I also wrote some of my favorite Bible verses on the back for her

I hope you will come on over to Stampotique's Designer Challenge  and join us for this fun challenge. Who doesn't like polka dots?? haha!

Don't forget that we have a brand new ATC swap on our Facebook page this month too. Come on over and join us
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sorry it's been awhile!!! Pocket Letters

Wow, it's been way too long since I've updated my blog. So sorry.... I've had so much on my plate lately and just haven't had enough time in the day. 
If you haven't already seen the new release from Stampotique and taken a trip on the blog hop, you have to check it out HERE!
There are some fabulous new stamps and a new designer too!
We have a fun ATC swap going on too at the Facebook page
If you can I would encourage you to join us.

I wanted to show you a pocket letter that I created for a swap with one of the Stampotique design team members.
I love pocket pages but haven't made one just yet. I really don't have a clue what I'm doing haha!
Funny thing is, I ended up making two of the pocket letters haha!
I used loads of new stampotique stamps and also some older ones.

Stampotique stamps I used are:

Medium Bee with Tiny bee - By Jo Capper-Sandon
Bella and Lola by new designer - Tracy Scott
Small Homes Quote - By Janet Klein
Kassa's Bloom - By Karen Hayselden
Phrase Cube and Lightening Bug - By Terri Richardson
Beach Huts - By Kate Crane
Flower CubeAnimal Cube and Agatha Flower - By Magda Polokow
Take your Time - By Daniel Torrente
Whisker Monster - By Kira Nichols
Paisley Background - By Arwen McCullen

Whew!! That's a lot of stamps!!! These pocket letters were a lot of fun to put together and I hope my partner likes them :)
Thanks for stopping by and Have a wonderful day!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 251 - Black and White Only

I am so glad that you stopped by again today. Thanks for all your support. Today marks another challenge over at Stampotique's Designer Blog and Nellie van Leeuwin is our hostess, she is challenging us to use "Only black and white"
This is always difficult for me because I just love color.

I decided to make a card for someone special
For this I used Stampotique stamps:
Ruff - By Artist Kate Crane

The splatter circle is a die by Seth Apter. So fun!

I am also so happy to announce that the store where I work "Simple Pleasures" is now carrying Stampotique stamps for the first time ever! Yay! and we SHIP!!! 
We put them out the other day with loads of fun samples created by the design team and some friends and wonderful teachers. 

I sure hope you will join us in this wonderful challenge this week at Stampotque's Blog. We always give away two lucky winners a 30.00 gift certificate.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 250 - Butterflies and Flowers

Oh my goodness I can't believe that it's June 22nd already. Time has really flown by this summer. July will be here before we know it. Which brings me to Stampotique's next challenge. 
Jackie Payne is our hostess this week and her challenge is "Butterflies and Flowers and all thing Nature"
Here is what Jackie has said 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"

For my project I went with Butterflies, they are my favorite. I made a journal page
This background was made using a gel print and I love the colors. 

I used Stampotique stamps:

Learning to Fly - By Roc Nicholas
Hanging Hearts - By Daniel Torrente
Dragonfly Dreams - By Terri Richardson
Bard - By Amy Wilson-Wellenstein 

I hope that you enjoy my creation this week. Come by the Stampotique Designer's blog and join us this week... and remember, Stampotique always gives away two 30.00 gift certificates each month to their online stores to 2 lucky winners who join our challenges!!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 249 - Man Up

Hello and welcome back to the blog this week.

Carol Fox is our hostess and she is challenging us to a manly challenge. "Man Up" is her challenge theme and here is what Carol says about this one:
"Journal page, card or mixed media, all is ok as long as it has a male image on it"

So let's see your best "Man Up" projects Yay!

This week I am channeling my inner "Guy" haha! I created a Father's Day card using a technique from Tim Holtz's 3rd book. I just love Tim's fabric and so I decided to use it on this card. I also broke out my sewing machine this week. Love to sew but just haven't had much time to do it lately. 

For this card I used Stampotique Stamps:

Checkers - By Artist Daniel Torrente
My Heart - By Artist France Papillon

I had a great time creating this card for my husband and he is one of my biggest fans so I hope he likes his Father's Day card.
Come by the Stampotique Designer's blog and join us this week... and remember, Stampotique always gives away two 30.00 gift certificates to their online stores to 2 lucky winners who join our challenges!!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SDC248 - All Creatures Great and Small

Hello everyone and thanks for coming back to the blog today. We have a fun new challenge over at Stampotique's Designer Blog and our hostess this week is Corrie Herriman and she has challenged us to "All Creatures Great and Small"
Here is what Corrie says about this fun 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."
I decided to do an art journal page for this challenge... it turned out more masculine than I thought it would but I tried a technique on my background
I painted my background black first and then added paint and embossing paste on top of that, then I used an embossing folder over it all. Pretty cool result....

For this I used Stampotique stamps:

Dog Cube and Tweeze by Daniel Torrente

Sometimes I Pretend - By Jo Capper-Sandon

Come on over to Stampotique Challenge Blog and join us for this fun challenge and thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 247 - Boo

Hello all and welcome back to another week and another fun challenge at Stampotique....

Before I get into the challenge I want to tell you some exciting news! I've been published! YAY! I'm so excited, this will be my first time in a magazine and I'm thrilled to pieces!

Stampotique's designers had a two page spread in Craft Stamper Magazine's June issue and I was one of the designer's
Check it out!!

This is the full photo of my Tag:

How cool is that? I'm so excited!

Now onto the Stampotique challenge for the week

Our Hostess this week is Coby and she has challenged us to a "Boo" of a challenge. Here is what she says:

""Say Boo to little children and they will laugh.... use the word Boo in your projects this week to let us laugh."
So let's see how you can use the word Boo this week"

I decided to do a bookmark this week, I thought it would be fun to have a bookmark with the word Boo on it haha!

I used Stampotique Stamp:
Agatha Witch - By Magda Polakow

One of my favorite books is To Kill a Mockingbird and I love how Agatha peeks her head out of the top of the book, too cute, right??

I really hope you will join us this week at the Stampotique Challenge Blog  and thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Stampotique and Alice in Wonderland Mash Up

Hello and welcome back to the blog. I'm so excited for this post because it's kind of a tribute to one of my favorite movies of all time "Alice in Wonderland". The new movie "Through the Looking Glass" is coming out today and in honor of the release all of us Stampotique designers decided to do a special project. You can check them all out at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge Blog.

For my project I made some Alice In Wonderland playing cards, only two so far but it's a work in progress haha!

I used Stampotique Stamps:
Playing Card Front - By Arwen McCullen
Moth Fab - By Daniel Torrente
Mad Hatter - By Janet Klein 

If you have an Alice project you'd like to share, come on over to our Facebook page and share it with us :)
I'm off to see the movie, Cheers! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Stampotique Challenge 246 - Anything But Black

Welcome back to another week and another new challenge over at Stampotique. This week Samantha Reed is our hostess and she is challenging us to a "Anything BUT Black" challenge.
Here is what she 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!"

So let's see your best "non-black" creations. No black what-so-ever is going to be quite a challenge for me, I use black on everything I create, I think black is my most used color.

This week I created a dashboard cover for my Midori travelers notebook. This one is going to be the cover for my calendar insert

To begin I covered the entire page with gesso
I then used my DecoArt paint to paint the entire background an orange color
After that was dry I combined some DecoArt turquoise paint and this awesome stuff called Texture Powder (by Prima)
The powder essentially makes any paint into a texture paste when combined. It's the coolest stuff. I used the paste through a stencil onto my background

I then used my finger to apply some more of the paste here and there

So this part is actually funny, I stamped my image and then embossed it and realized that, out of habit, I stamped with black ink!! I had to go and re-stamp the image with a brown ink instead. LOL see how much I use black ink?
The bottom image was my black one LOL..

I then colored my brown embossed image with the copic markers and cut her out

After decorating my background, stamping, painting some more, inking and using some dies, it was finished. I love it!! and no black whatsoever! Those streaks on the bottom, sides and top are a dark brown, no black, I promise. :)

 For this project I used Stampotique stamps:
Ruff and Kate's Doodle Cube - By Artist Kate Crane
Comfort Zone  - by artist France Papillon

This was a super fun challenge, I really hope you will join us this week at the Stampotique Challenge Blog  and thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!

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