Friday, October 2, 2015

Craft Stamper October Challenge

Hello Friends 

Welcome to October and another new challenge from the Craft Stamper team!! This month the challenge is ' Take A Technique' which is any technique involving our strapline which is on the front cover of the magazine. 

Ink Stitch Paint Collage Print Paper. 

We want to see you use any one or all of those techniques as well as stamping on your project. 

 The design team are all show casing these lovely ATB boxes today, which is part of this month's prize. However you do not have to use them you can make any project you like. We just want to give you ideas on what to do with them.

My project today reflects all things Autumn. This is my favourite season of the year.  I decided to use things that you can find right outside of your door. I have a couple of huge trees that grow right over my house. So I picked up some of the branches and acorns that had fallen off of them. I cleaned them and set them aside to dry out for a few days. I would also recommend baking the acorns if you are keeping them indoors to to kill off any bugs.

 I decorated the ATB but left the top off as I wanted to  to use it as a container. I primed with gesso then painted three sides of it with several distress inks. The colours were quite bright so I went over it with the brown distress ink to dull it down a little. I then went over the top with clear crackle paint and it left a really nice distressed texture behind.

For the front of the ATB I cut out a square of card and created a background with the leaves stamp. Then I stamped the sentiment over the top. I then stamped a whole bunch of leaves in various colours and fussy cut them out.  I  glued each one of the leaves to the the branches.  

Once they were glued down I fanned the branches out and secured them with some twine. Then I used acorns to hold the branches in place inside the ATB.  To finish I glued some twine around the top of the ATB to give it a little border.  

I really enjoyed making this ATB.  I have never worked with one before.  I will admit I sat and looked at this plain box for about three days wondering what to do with it before I went with this idea. I love that I managed to bring a wee bit of nature from outside inside.

Now on to our awesome prize for this month. Our lovely sponsor Calico Craft Parts are giving away these lovely prizes. 

Top row left to right: 3" plain ATB cube kit, mini cogs style 1, geometric cut out ATC blank.

Middle row left to right: Mini fancy shapes 1 wood plaques, 2" square aperture ATB cube kit, mini crowns style 3.
Bottom row left to right: Fleur De Lis frame ATC blank, Mini butterflies style 3, Fancy cut out frame ATC blank.

So we would love it if you joined in with this month's challenge.  You can find all of the rest of details over at the Craft Stamper Blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you leave inspired :) 

Mandi xox

Products I used
Calico Craft Parts - 3'' Plain ATB Cube
Unity Stamp Company - Maple Girl
Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Shabby Shutters & Vintage Photo.
Clear Gesso
Clear Crackle Paint

Friday, September 11, 2015

Craft Stamper TIMI Reminder September

Hello Friends

Welcome back to another wee reminder for this month's TIMI Craft Stamper Challenge. You still have plenty of time to join in this month's challenge which is Take A Stamp. You can make anything you want as long as you have stamping on your project.

I made this piece of wall art for my project today. We live in Maine and I am fortunate enough to live less than five miles from the beach. I found this piece of wood laying on on the road beside the beach after a huge storm a few weeks ago. It was still soaking wet but rescued it anyway! I knew I wanted to craft with it when I saw it on on the road. The wood is pretty worn and weathered and I absolutely love that look.

I took it home and let it dry out. I pulled it out last week and decided to make something with it. I covered some of it in gesso to give me a base to work on. I left some of the wood showing through to keep that lovely distressed look. I got out my all time favourite stamp from Unity called Your Wings Exist designed by Phyllis Harris. I just love her art work and stamps. This set also has one of my favourite bible verses.  I used archival ink to stamp with and then a mixture of different paints to give it some colour.  My photos are a little dark showing you the process. I tend to work late at night on my projects and the light is not good. If I even remember at all to take pictures at all ha!

I was going for a beachy theme since I found the wood at the beach. So I created some sand under her feet with with paint brush splatters of different colours of paint.  took Next I took some of my shell collection and some glass chips to resemble sea glass. I glued them in place along the bottom to create a semi border.  I really love the way it turned out.  I need to put a little hanger on the back of the wood and then I can hang it on my wall.

I really love using things you find outside to craft with. I can nearly always can see another purpose for something even though it looks like it may belong in a rubbish bin. My husband is always pretty surprised with the things I make from so called trash!

So now it is your turn to create something. Hop on over to the Craft Stamper Blog and link up your project. Remember there are some amazing prizes this month from STAMPlorations. So go and check them out. Also STAMPlorations have supplied a coupon code for our lovely Craft Stamper challenge players. FREE shipping on orders over $20 or £12.90. 

 The code you need to use is CSTAKEITMAKEIT  

This code will be valid all through September. Happy Shopping!!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.

Mandi xox

Linking up to the Unity Be Inspired Challenge

Sunday, September 6, 2015


Hello My friends

I made a quick tag for the Itty Bitty A Day Challenge over on the Unity Facebook page. It has been going on all week but I am just getting a chance to make something and join in the fun.

I used my Courage To Imagine Itty Bitty on this tag.  I heat embossed the sentiment on to the tag and then dry embossed the tag with an embossing folder. I then stamped and embossed the butterfly separately and glued it in place.  I bought this Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink ages ago and have finally just got around to trying it out. I paired it with Worn Lipstick.  It is an unusual green colour I almost like a deep mint I quite like it.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!!

Mandi xox

Linking up with FWF

Friday, September 4, 2015

Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge September ~ Take A Stamp

Hello Friends

Welcome to the September Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge. Where is the year going?? It is flying by fast!!!  This month our challenge to you is Take A Stamp. That means as long as there is stamping on your project you can make whatever your little heart desires.  I made this tag  for my project this month.   

I also used two different stamps from Unity they are You Have Made a Difference & Insightful MeadowsMy love affair with Brusho continues! I can't seem to get enough of those powders. I used two colours on my tag Vermillion & Ost Red. I also used Brusho to colour the ribbon on my tag. It works really well the fabric absorbs the colours beautifully.

Here is wee tip for you. I used to buy lots of different types of ribbons for my projects but I would never have the exact colour match. It used to drive me crazy!!  Then I decided it was easier if I bought a  roll of seam binding ribbon and just dye it to match my projects. I think I paid $10 for 100 yards of white. I use distress inks and Brusho to colour them mostly. So you will always have the right colours to match your projects and you save money from buying every colour of ribbon under the sun ha!!!

So now it is your turn to make something for our challenge. We have a GREAT prize for you this month.  Our sponsor this month is STAMPlorations and they are giving away this lovely Stamps called Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments. Along with two stencils Bold Florals & Leaf Print. What a great prize package. 

But wait that is not all!!!! STAMPlorations have been incredibly generous and have supplied a coupon code for our lovely Craft Stamper challenge players. FREE shipping on orders over $20 or £12.90.

 The code you need to use is CSTAKEITMAKEIT 

Remember you need to spend $20  or £12.90. The coupon will work all through September, and can be combined with any other STAMPlorations coupon.  How amazing is that?? Here is the link to the  the STAMPlorations website so you can shop away!!!

So come and play along with this amazing challenge this month. I am looking forward to seeing what you all create. So head back to the Craft Stamper blog and link up your project. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Mandi xox

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Struggle & Strength

Hello my lovely friends

I got some new stamps in the mail yesterday and I just had to have a wee play along with them. I get excited when the mail man comes with my new Unity stamps ha :)  I wanted to create a silhouette flower card with wee butterflies dancing in a dusky sky.

I started off  with two different stamp sets. The flowers are from the  In My Garden stamp set and the sentiment is from the Struggle and Strength stamp set.  I used my Peerlees watercolor paints to create the background. Then I stamped each flower individually with black archival ink. Next I took a black fine liner pen and drew in some grass. I then punched two tiny butterflies from black card and glued them in place. Next I mounted it on to some black card and them a white card base.  Finally I stamped the sentiment at the bottom of the card.

I love the way my card turned out I hope you like it too.  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.

Mandi xox

Linking up with FWF

Friday, August 28, 2015

Dance In The Sun

Hello Friends

I wanted to make a quick tag for  Friends With Flair today. I got some new stamps and wanted to have a wee play with them.  So I made this kraft tag. It was super quick and easy to make. All I did was stamp with versamark ink on to a kraft tag and heat embossed it  with white embossing powder. I then added some lace and pearls to embellish it a little.  The flowers are from the Wish For The Best stamp set and the sentiment is from the In My Garden stamp set. It took me all of 5 mins to make and I love it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Have a great weekend :)

Mandi xox

Also entering Simon Says Stamp Wed - Anything Goes

Friday, August 14, 2015

Craft Stamper TIMI August Challenge Reminder

Hello Friends :)

I am back with a wee reminder of our August TIMI challenge - Take A Technique. You have to use your pens and pencils on your project this month.  I made this card and used my fine liner pen to create a border around the edge.  There is so much you can do with this challenge, all you need is your imagination.  So grab your pens and pencils and create something beautiful.  There is a great prize to be won a lovely stamp plate from Chocolate Baroque.  All of the details are over at the Craft Stamper Blog.

I made my card using a sentiment from the Unity Fly With Wings of Hope stamp set.  I stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Then I sprayed my paper to make it slightly damp. Next I sprinkled on two colours of Brusho. I chose turquoise and cobalt blue. I love the way both of the colours blend into each other and left this crazy pattern behind.  I dried it with my heat tool and then used my fancy scissors to cut around the edge of the card. Next I punched some of these lovely white butterflies using my Martha Stewart 3 in 1 Butterfly Punch. I glued them on to the card leaving the wings pulled up slightly. Then I attached it to a white card base. Finally I used my fine liner pen and just squiggled a rough border around the edge.

 I hope you like my card and you come and join in the challenge. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Mandi xox