Saturday, 18 March 2017

Stampendous P107

Good morning Peeps, Brenda here with our mid month inspirational post where the Design Team are sharing their "go to stamp" and it's always a bit odd when it comes round to my turn and introducing myself, but here goes. 

Most of the team and those that know me could have predicted the stamp I would use for this post, it's been a standard joke for many years that when in doubt Stampendous P107 Agapanthus Cluster will pop up, I even use it in class sometimes as it remains a popular choice. 

I can't really tell you what it is about it that has such an appeal, but it's probably the sheer simplistic elegance and the fact it fits just about any style of card and works particularly well alongside an inspirational quote and and stands out so well against an inked background. And it's wood mounted which are by far my preferred choice, I know they are bulky and take up room and I guess if I was not fortunate enough to have such a large craft room I might have to re-think that one.

It's been my favourite stamp for many, many years and was one of the first I bought. This might be cheating a bit as I have also used Penny Black 2695J Dance, Sing, Love which is my all time favourite Penny Black stamp, but I needed a sentiment on the card as well !!

So here is my offering using not only my favourite stamp/s but also Pan Pastels which are my go to medium of choice and I especially love these two colours together.

And if you needed any convincing how much I love the stamp, the above photo I know it's sad that I have two Stampendous P107's but I bought a second one a few years ago just in case it was ever discontinued..............and two is so helpful at classes !!

Thanks for taking a peek.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

March - Close to Nature

Good morning, it's the first Sunday of the month so that means we have a new challenge theme for you and this month it's...............

********Close to Nature********

Nature covers so many elements in our everyday lives and it is so often taken for granted what Mother Nature provides: flowers, plants, wild animals, breathtaking scenery and landscapes, the ocean, wildlife and so the list goes on. We are sure you will all have your own takes on this lovely theme and what better time of the year than Spring. And if you get really stuck then lets see lots of blossoms and flowers.

Please can I remind you we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artworkYou many enter up to three creations but please note: if we do not comment on your entry it will be because it does not follow the theme, qualify under our rules, or because we are asked to sign in or provide additional data to comment. We do not want to be rude but we do want to be fair to those who do follow the rules.

Here is the fabulous prize on offer this month.................

We are really pleased to welcome Jane as our March Guest Designer, just look at this beautiful fresh Spring inspired creation she has made.............




It's over to you now and we look forward to seeing all your creations.

Before linking your entry are you sure it meets our theme and challenge rules ? 

Friday, 3 March 2017

February winners

Good morning, time to announce the winners from our February challenge, we saw lots of lovely Animal Magic entries and really appreciate you all joining in. 

The Design Team have all voted for their favourites and I am pleased to announce the winner of the bundle of Tattered Lace goodies is.....................

Huge congratulations Anesha, please mail me with your full name and postal addy so I can post your goodies to you.

And our Top three...................

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

I will be back on Sunday with a new challenge.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

It had to be a Butterfly for Lynne

Good morning, time for our mid month inspiration post and this time round Lynne is sharing a card made with her 'go to stamp' and also explaining why, so I will pass you over to her.

"My heart sank a little when I saw the current DT mid-month task! For me, trying to pick a go-to stamp is like attempting to choose a favourite piece of music - there are so many I like and all so different. How do I narrow it down to one above all? Well, if I have to decide, I guess it must come down to trees or butterflies. And as this month's challenge theme is Animal Magic, I've gone with a butterfly. It's by Hero Arts and I have it in three versions: the original rubber, clear (in a set), and a rubber cling which is part of a Sizzix Framelits set. Oh, and a digi version! Sadly I think they are all now discontinued, but some occasionally pop up on eB*y.

The original one is one of my oldest stamps, but I still use it a lot, often as an embellishment to something else. This time, however, I decided to let it take centre stage, which, since it is so pretty, it certainly deserves to do. And it's wonderful to colour."

Thanks so much Lynne.

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