07 December 2018

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #88

It's Fri-Yay  and I for one can't wait for the weekend and some extra sleep and crafting time. Before that let have a look at the new challenge from Paperbabe Stamps, the theme is 
"anything goes".

That means you can make anything you like, a card, journal page, a piece of mixed media art.... Just get creative and join in for the chance to win a prize. Pop over to the Paperbabe Stamps Blog for the linky and more details.

As Christmas is fast approaching I thought it would be a good idea to get on with a Christmas project.

I have used the Cute Nativity MDF substrates and matching Stamp set to put together a rustic Nativity set.

Now let me start by saying I'm not religious but I have always loved a nativity scene. In fact Nativity scene hold a special place in our families heart, let me tell you a funny little story,  It was a couple of days before Christmas  and myself, Hubby and the kids were visiting my Mother in Law.  She had a beautiful Nativity set up and each year she would bring out each of the key characters on  the day they arrived and light a little candle too.

This particular year she had a little mishap while lighting the candle and managed to set fire to the snow on top of the stable. Hubby and I were in the next room and heard one of the kids shouting "Babcia (Nan in Polish) has set fire to the Nativity", I think the other was shouting "oh no poor baby Jesus"!!!  I didn't know weather to laugh or cry, luckily hubby dealt with the flames and saved baby Jesus!!

This was the last Christmas we were together before my Mother in Law passed away, every year since, we all chuckle every time we see a Nativity scene and remember that moment.

To create the nativity I put together a stable using some salvaged wood, I used twigs for the fence panel and added straw to the floor and moss to the roof.  I even placed some Alfalfa rabbit treats that look like bales of hay into the stable.

As I wanted a rustic look I decided not to paint the MDF substrates and instead stamped straight onto them and coloured using a wash of Neocolour II water colour crayons. 

You might remember that last year I made a Nativity plaque with the same kit from Paperbabe but it was a different look all together, you can see it here.

I really hope you'll join in with the challenge, I can't wait to see what you create. Have a fabulous weekend.

06 December 2018

STAMPlorations December CAS Card challenge

Hi there, thanks for popping by. Today I have a DT project to share with you.

Can you believe it's time for the December CAS card challenge already? I know, right! Where has the year gone?

The theme is, Anything CAS goes with the added colour twist of Green.  I have put together a Christmas card using a couple of items from my STAMPlorations stash.

I chose to make a fair Isle inspired print using green as the main color.  I used the Nordic-Knit-Tag stamp set and the Warm-Winter-Wishes die.  I can't wait to give this card to a loved one this Christmas.

Now it's over to you, to join in with the challenge visit the link below

I have a discount code for you to use on the STAMPlorations store which will entitle you to 20% off your order, this can not be used with other discount codes

Use>>>>>>  STAMPGIRLTERRI when checking out at http://stamplorations.com/shop/

23 November 2018

Paperbabe Challenge #87

Good morning, today we have a new challenge over on the Paperbabe stamps blog, this time around it's a sketch challenge

You can use the sketch any way you like, flip it, rotate it just get creative. I decided to make a scrapbook layout

I used the Herringbone stencil to add the detail behind the flowers which I stamped using the Peony and Bud stamp set and fussy cut. I added splatters in the background with distress oxides in the same colours I stamped in. I added a sentiment from the Birthday wishes set and then chose 3 photos to add to the layout.

To join in with the challenge pop over to the blog and link up your project, there you will find all the details, I can't wait to see what you create.

09 November 2018

Paperbabe Stamps chellenge #86 DT inspiration

Hey there crafters, today we are starting a new fortnightly challenge at Paperbabe Stamps, the this this time around is "Animals/Pets"

The theme can be used in any type of crafty project, be it a card, mixed media piece or maybe even a scrapbook layout.

I have put together a project to inspire you

Meet Mr Floppy Ear. How cute is he?

I decided to make a Mixed media decoupaged card using the White rabbit template, face stamps and a few stencils from my Paperbabe stash.

I started by creating some prints on my Gelli plate using the following High viscosity Pebo acrylic paints; Buff Titanium, Raw sienna, Yellow Ochre, Naphtolene Carmine and Iridescent gold. I used some tissue paper and stencils to help create patterns and texture to the print.

Once dry I drew around the templates for the White Rabbit on to the prints, deciding which print to use for which part of the rabbit and his clothing as I went. I then fussy cut them and added some Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) to the edge of all the cut pieces, this helped take away any stark white and kept with my vintage feel.

I assembled the Rabbit using foam tape to add layers and shadows, I love decoupage style projects.  To finish the rabbit I stamped his face in brown ink and added a few pencil lines to his whiskers and eyebrows.

My card base was also a Gelli print using the Naphtolene carmine and iridescent gold along with the checkerboard stencil.

I am so pleased with how Mr Floppy Ear turned out, he's so cute and full of charm. Here are the links to the Paperbabe products I used

To join in with the challenge pop over to the Paperbabe Stamps blog where you will find all the details and linky tool, I cant wait to see what you create.

01 November 2018

STAMPlorations November CAS Card challenge

I am really excited to share todays post with you because I've created a super cool card for the November STAMPlorations CAS Card challenge. 

So as you can see from the graphic above this month the theme is anything goes with the added colour twist of RAINBOW. I love a rainbow card and this one is my all time best.

I stamped the little monsters onto masking paper and roughly cut around the outline leaving a bigger edge than I normally would. I then stamped the monsters onto my card and added the masks over them.

I used Distress Oxide inks to add the rainbow colours from top to bottom making sure to gently overlay the colours so I didn't get a harsh line where they meet.

I flicked water at the card and used a paper towel to blot, this bleaches the colour leaving lighter patches behind. Once dry I stamped and embossed my sentiment in white, I love the bright white against the rainbow colours.

To join in with the challenge visit the link below

I have a discount code for you to use on the STAMPlorations store which will entitle you to 20% off your order, this can not be used with other discount codes

Use>>>>>>  STAMPGIRLTERRI when checking out at http://stamplorations.com/shop/

26 October 2018

Paperbabe challenge #85 - design team inspiration

Good morning crafty friends, it's time for a new challenge from Paperbabe Stamps
This time we have a picture inspiration theme

You can use the inspiration any way you like, pick out the colours, use an image or just be inspire by how it makes you feel.

I was feeling all Halloweeny and decided to create something a little moody and different from how I would normally use the Alice template.

I chose to go for a more goth like Alice

To create my project I chose to work with the Rose edge layered frame mdf substrate. I used the Alice portrait template and Female face stamps to sketch out my picture, I then added colour and detail with both acrylic paint and water colour crayons.

I like how Alice looks a little spooky and ready for a haunting time this Halloween.

If you'd like to play along and join the challenge then pop on over to the Paperbabe Stamps blog and link up your project and you also find all the details on prizes and when the winner will be announced, good luck, I can't wait to see what you create.

15 October 2018

Sanna Lippert ARTplorations blog hop part 2

Hi Crafty friends I am really excited to be part of  a fun bloghop for the second release of Sanna Lippert designs stencils.

To see all of the awesome inspiration from the STAMPgirls please hop along with us

I used 2 of the new stencils to create a couple of cards, the first used the Wales Tail

I created a simple background using a Gelli plate and the added Whales Tails in gold and black

The second card uses the Abstract Oats stencil

I made another Gelli plate background and then used some gilding wax through the Abstract Oats stencil. I also dry embossed with the stencil to add some dimension to my card.

All of Sanna's stencils can be found here

Please leave a comment for a chance to win one of 4 prizes. There will be one winner of a $20 gift certificate, one winner of a $10 gift certificate, and 2 winners of their choice of three (3) Sanna Lippert Designs stencils. Commenting closes October 21. Winners to be announced on November 10 in the October Winners post.

***Special Offer***
From October 8 to 21, all stencils are 15% off - no coupon needed. The discount is automatically applied in the shopping cart. Customers can get an extra 20% off if they use my discount code STAMPGIRLTERRI

12 October 2018

Paperbabe stamps challenge #84

Good morning crafty friends, it's time for a new challenge over at the Paperbabe stamps and this time it's a "Anything goes" theme.

I have put together a cute little card with an added twist, Using the DesignA Adorimals and the matching Kawaii face stamps, Terri stamped and coloured her images before turning them into 5 cute animals on magnets. They were added to a card which was inked with the Polka dot stencil and a sentiments added using the Watercolour alphabet stamps. The animals can be removed and used as fridge magnets to enjoy forever more.

To join in with the challenge pop over and visit the Paperbabe Stamps Blog, there you will find all the details you need on how to join in and the prize information.

I can't wait to see what you create.

08 October 2018

Sara's Stamping techniques - Basic and beyond review

Hi Crafty friends, today's post is a little different from my usual crafty makes. I recently got my hands on a copy of Sara's stamping techniques by the awesome Sara Naumann and wanted to share with you my views on the book and the techniques shared within it.

Before I dive in some of you may be asking who is Sara Naumann well, she is a very talented crafter, demonstrator and designer. Some of you may recognise her name/face from her time on Create and Craft while others may have seen Sara's facebook live's for Altenew.....yep this lady has her crafty fingers in several pies, lol.  I love all of her work and believe me she can pull off any style, be it mixed media or clean and simple.

So on to the book, "Stamping techniques - basic and beyond" is so much more than the title gives it credit for. Whether you are a seasoned crafter or just starting out you are bound to learn something new or be reminded of a technique you had long forgotten.

The book is a digital book which can be viewed on any device and retails for $14.97, inside there are 24 stamping projects which show inking, embossing, brayering and many more techniques. The big bonus here is that there are 7 exclusive videos in which Sara shows the techniques up close and personal, I dont know about you but I love to see things in action as well as reading the steps.

Each of the techniques have clear step out photos and written instructions to help guide you. Sara takes you through everything you need to know to create beautiful cards, from getting your stamps out of their packaging to how to make that first stamped image, Sara really holds your hand and you can tell that she is the voice of experience.

One of my favourite parts is the section on masking, when I started out I was baffled by how others managed to get one stamped image to look like it was behind another, this book clearly shows you how to achieve this. 

One of the techniques I hadn't tried until I read Sara's book was, stamping through a stencil. Yes you read that right, stamping through a stencil. I always thought stencils were for inking through or drawing round but now my eyes have been opened and I can see lots of new things I could achieve.

Here's a card I made using one of the techniques from the book, (using a brayer to add watered down ink to card)

The book really is jam packed with great advise, tutorials and card ideas. I really hope you'll give it a read and try out some of the techniques shown.

Here's a link to where you can purchase

Terri x

04 October 2018

STAMPlorations October CAS Card challenge

I have put together a project to inspire you

I used the Little-Robots stamps to create a CAS window card. I used black die cut rings to highlight the windows and fit in with the colour twist. 

To join in with the challenge visit the link below

I have a discount code for you to use on the STAMPlorations store which will entitle you to 20% off your order, this can not be used with other discount codes

Use>>>>>>  STAMPGIRLTERRI when checking out at http://stamplorations.com/shop/

28 September 2018

Paperbabe Stamps challenge #83 Design team project

Good morning everyone, today we have a new challenge over at Paperbabe Stamp
This time round it's a sketch challenge

You can use the sketch any way you like, flip it, rotate it or keep it as it is. Let your imagination run wild.

I used the sketch to create a Christmas card. I know it's only September but it's never to early to start thinking about all those cards that need making.

I thought it would be fun to use some trees and a little deer to represent the image in the corner of the sketch.

Now it's over to you, To join in with the challenge pop over to the blog and link up your project. You'll find all the information you need, I can't wait to see what you create.

24 September 2018

Christmas CUTplorations Redux blog hop

Hey crafty friends I am so excited to be part of the CUTplorations Christmas Redux blog hop. We have alittle hop going on with tons of inspiration, a couple of prizes and a special offer.

First up let me share my projects with you.

Time to hop along

Hop along and visit the blogs, leave comments for a chance to win one of two prizes: choice of two (2) Christmas word/phrase dies or a $15 GC to the store. Commenting closes October 5. Winner to be announced on October 10 in the September Winners post.

***Special Offer***

From September 23 to October 7, dies in the Christmas Dies section (https://stamplorations.auctivacommerce.com/Christmas-Dies-C…) are 10% off - no coupon needed. The discount is automatically applied in the shopping cart. Customers can get an extra 20% off if they use my  discount code STAMPGIRLTERRI

15 September 2018

Craft4crafters show in October.....plus a giveaway!!!

Happy Saturday guys, The sun is shining and all is good here so I thougth it would be a good time to tell you about my up coming workshops and do a giveaway.

As you know I became a certified Altenew Educator last month and as such I can now teach crafting skill using the Altenew brand.

I will be running classes at the Craft4crafters show here in the UK next month.  The show runs from 18th-20th Ooctober at the Bath and West Showground in Somerset.

I will be holding 4 workshops each day, here are all the details

Stamping Techniques - Getting more from your stamps

Everyday at 10.30am to 11.30am - £7.50

In this workshop, you will learn techniques that will allow you to use your stamps in new ways, perfect for those who are starting out with stamps or for those looking to find new techniques. You will create a card, bookmark and tag using stunning stamps and inks from Altenew. 

Scrapbooking and Home Decor with Altenew Products

Everyday at 12.00pm to 1.00pm - £8.00
In this workshop you will learn how to use stamping techniques to create larger projects, it could be a scrapbook page or a piece of home d├ęcor. If you’ve never scrapbooked before this is a perfect introduction, bring along a photo or two and we’ll create a piece you’ll be proud of. If home decor is more your thing, you can create a piece to take home and add to a box frame. 

Creating Watercolour Effects

Everyday at 2.00pm to 3.00pm - £8.50
In this workshop you will learn quick and easy ways to produce stunning watercolour effect which can be used in all your crafting projects – you don’t need to be a fine artist to use watercolours, they are a great tool for crafters and hobbyists too.

Contemporary Christmas Crafting 

Everyday 3.30pm to 4.30pm - £7.50
In this workshop you will create 5 projects in a contemporary style. If you like clean and modern looking cards or would like to create them for your loved ones then this workshop is for you. You will be using Altenew product to achieve a high end look. 

If you would like to book on to any of the workshops, please email tkoszler@yahoo.co.uk and include: The name of the workshop, your name, how many people wish to take part in the workshop, and the date and time you wish to attend.

*** GIVEAWAY ***

I have 3 pairs of tickets to giveaway, 1 here, 1 on my Instagram page and 1 on my blog

To enter here please leave me a comment with your name and which workshop sounds most interesting to you. Giveaway ends at 4pm on 29th Spetember

Feel free to pop over to my Facebook page and Instagram and enter there too.

Good luck.

09 September 2018

Pop Art meets Altenew

Today I am sharing a card I created after watching one of Lydia Evans video tutorials she created for Altenew. You can see the post here, Lydia using a halftone stamp to create Pop art card to die cut from. As soon as I saw the video I knew I had to give it a go and put my spin on it, so here goes......

Using the Halftone Circles Stamp set I stamped several circles in all the shades of  the Tea Party mini inks, these will be for the flowers layers. I then stamped the leaf layers using the Green Meadows mini inks.

I then set about cutting all the layers for the flowers and leaves using the Peony Dreams 3D dies. Once everything was cur and release from the dies I stacked and glued them together.  Toadd some definition to the layers and add striking detail I used a black fineliner pen to outline the layers. I also ran a black alcohol marker around the edge of the flowers and leaves.

I wanted a background for the flowers to sit against but didn't want anything to fussy or detailed. This is where the Watercolor stripes cover die came into play. I cut it from white cardstock and adhered it to a black card base. The black and white is the perfect backdrop for the pop art style flowers and leaves. I adhered everything using glossy accents, it's my go to wet adhesive.

The last thing to do was to add a sentiment, I chose the "stay awesome my friend" from the
Leaf Canopy stamp set. I heat embossed it on to black card using Altenew's Clear embossing ink and Pure white crisp embossing powder.

All the items used can be purchased from the Altenew store

05 September 2018

Altenew watercolours - Creating a grungy card

Good morning Crafty friends, today's post is all about Altenew's watercolor 36 pan set, I recently purchased them along with a few other Altenew products and thought I'd jump straight in and see what I could do with them. 

I started by creating swatches to show the colours vibrancy and how well they flow, let me tell you I am blown away by how bright and rich in pigment these paints are, I'll be sharing more about my swatches and how I store them in a separate post.

So this is the first card I've made using the watercolours and as you can see it's very different from my usual CAS cards. 

I started by adding paint in concentric circles using the largest of brushes from the Watercolor brush bundle to add some colour to the cardstock, I made sure it was very wet so that when I added some plastic wrap I could move it around to help create texture.

After about an hour of drying time I peeled back the plastic wrap and this is how it looked, cool hey. It reminds me of the tie-dye we did at school many years ago.

I wanted to add some depth and pattern to the painted panel so I decided to use the Leaf burst stencil with some of the watercolour paint and a make up sponge, I dabbed the paint through the stencil building the colour as I went. After a quick blast with a heat gun I used a fine liner through the stencil to outline the pattern.

My sentiment is 5 stacked die cuts glued together to create a faux chipboard, I used the Bold alpha dies for this.  Lastly I added some Nuvo drops in blue and white to embellish the card.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out and think I may try this technique again with softer shades.

Thanks for stopping by today, I'd love it if you left me a comment with a technique you'd like me to try, bye for now x

31 August 2018

Paperbabe Stamps challenge #81

Hey crafters it's time for a new challenge over at Paperbabe stamps, the theme this time is picture inspiration

You can use the picture in any way you wish to inspire a project and join our challenge.

I create mixed media page to help spark your creativity

I started by inking a distress oxide background using the colours from the inspiration picture as my pallet. I then used the Bottle of stamp set to create my potion bottles. I added texture to the background using the Checkerboard stencil and a brown fineliner pen.

By adding the words from the stamp set in a repeated pattern across my background it not only adds interest but feels like someone is reading out a spell.

If you want to join in the fun pop over to the Paperbabe Stamps blog and link up your project and you could be in with a chance of winning a prize from Kim.

Good luck, I can't wait to see what you make.