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

Monday, September 7, 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

Wednesday, September 2, 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

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