The first of a new month means a new challenge theme at The Stampsmith Challenge. For the month of May the theme is this…..
a Tic Tac Toe board. We are asking that you select one straight line from the board and incorporate those elements into your entry.
To enter TSC you must include at least one Stampsmith stamp on your artwork. It is well worth entering as the prize available is $21 to spend on stamps of your choice at The Stampsmith on-line store. All rules and samples by the other DT members can be viewed at TSC Blog.
The line I selected was the diagonal one with:- metal, stitches and pink.
Metal – the metal hanger
Stitches – the panel is stitched around the edges
Pink – The cotton fabric (of course you know where I sourced it from!) was painted delicate tones of pink before stamping. There is also pink in some of the lace I used and lastly I used pink watersoluble crayons to tint the transferred image.
The fabric has a pretty shimmer as I used Twikling H20s to paint the cotton. Lots of lace added to the bottom edge of the panel.The image was transferred onto cotton using TAP. In the past I’ve used inexpensive t-shirt transfers but TAP most definitely transfers to a far superior level, especially when using photo real stamps. As you can see in this photograph, the weave of the cotton is visible (this was macro setting) but the detail of the stamp is still remarkable.
Tea stained vintage lace was gathered with a marcasite brooch embellishing it.We hope you will join us this month with the Tic Tac Toe board, have fun with this.
01 May 2013 27 Comments
05 Apr 2013 33 Comments
I was thrilled (to say the very least!) to receive a complimentary issue of Stampington & co’s Take Ten (Spring issue) especially as the cards were a feature. Seven cards were included in the feature but as I want this scheduled post to be a short one I will only share one of the cards and explain a bit more of the feature in another post.
If you visit The Stampsmith Blog then you might possibly have seen the card there as I used it as a DT upload. Keeping on a Stampsmith note for the moment, remember, TSC is underway for April. If you click the link on my sidebar it will take you to TSC where you can read all the entry details and details of the prize available.
Beautiful Portia is from The Stampsmith’s Cleopatra and Friends plate.Unusually there is only one photograph, no detailed photographs. The reason, I did not take any at the time of photographing the card prior to submitting and as I never request for submissions to be returned, this is it, one photograph but it is clear enough for you to see the details.
It is possible at the time of this post being published that I have been very quiet and you’ve not seen me visit your Blogs. If that is the case, then hopefully over the weekend I will manage to catch-up with you.
My next scheduled post is for Sunday, how quickly those 7 days pass and once again it will be time for a That’s Crafty post. In the meantime, have a lovely weekend and know that your visits are always appreciated, even moreso when I am absent from blogland.
28 Feb 2013 25 Comments
I return today with what is an unusually short post.
This is a DT post for The Stampsmith although I will admit that this is another from the vaults as the item was created as far back in December when I made it as one of the gifts sent to a friend, a lavender sachet.
It is interesting that I selected Miranda from the Julia and Friends stamp plate for the focal on the lavender sachet, after all, lavender is renowned for its properties to help induce sleep.Miranda was stamped onto TAP before transferring to canvas and then of course the fun started adding creamy white lace to the sachet and a shabby seam binding bow.
Thank You for your visit to this post, the last post for the month of February. I wonder what March will have in store for all of us.
16 Feb 2013 34 Comments
It has been too long since I last shared a DT sample for The Stampsmith. This is a canvas I altered at the start of the year, turning to my ever faithful Ophelia. There are several versions of Ophelia, the one used on this canvas is the medium size version.
Ophelia was stamped onto painted cardstock then layered with an epoxy frame. To the canvas I applied layers of paint and created a frame with Tissue Tape with the addition of torn lace which had previously been stained with tea bags it creates a romantic backdrop for the corrugated heart which is adorned with seam binding stained the same colour as the lace and the addition of three MOP heart shaped buttons. A corner embellishment that matches the epoxy frame. The February Stampsmith Challenge is well underway now. All details on the challenge theme, rules and prize are available at TSC Blog and you can also see the team’s samples on display.
Thank You for taking the time to visit this post especially if you visited earlier in the day.
19 Jan 2013 43 Comments
Thank You for such positive comments on the circus canvas. Maybe I need to dabble in colour a little bit more often!
For this post I’d say it is more in keeping with my normal style in that pink is on display and also lace! The card I am sharing is DT art for The Stampsmith. I made this card many months ago when I first received the beautiful Olivia and Friends stamp plate. At the time of making the card I had been staining nearly everything in sight including tags and lace and so I reached for one of those tags to stamp Olivia onto. I knew I wanted to use one of the Cartolina Postale stamps to form the background and by luck a sheet of watercolour paper I had in my stash was a perfect match for the tag and the lace. The watercolour paper had been prepared with various media including Gesso, paints and watersoluble crayons. When I make up such sheets I work in a very random fashion, translated that means I cannot always remember what exactly I’ve used!The actual card was simply embellished with some lace, a paper flower and on Olivia’s dress you might have spotted the tiniest piece of lace with a pearl.
If you are interested, the Re-use/Re-cycle challenge is well underway at TSC blog and you will also read something that might be of interest to you as TSC is looking for Guest Artists. This is a wonderful opportunity for any of you who have a love for The Stampsmith stamps. To find out how to apply the details are there to be read at TSC blog.
If you live in the U.K. then I hope the snow isn’t spoiling your fun too much and you are managing to keep safe and warm.
Thank You for taking the time to visit this post, I always appreciate your visits and your comments.
01 Jan 2013 37 Comments
Welcome and a Happy New Year
It may well be a New Year but some things don’t change, as it is the first of a brand new month that means a new challenge theme at The Stamspmith Challenge. To kick off this new year we are asking you to Re-cycle/Re-use. The same rules apply, we ask that you include at least one Stampsmith stamp on your entry and as always there is a prize of $21 to spend at The Stampsmith on-line store.
For my DT sample I re-cycled a glass jarwith the idea of storing buttons. Taking the beautiful Ophelia as my selected stamp I framed her and made her the focal on the front of the re-cycled jar. There is lots of scope with this challenge theme as you could take it a step further from what I’ve done with the jar and create all of your project (excluding the stamped image) from re-cycled material which would be lots of fun to do.
I always look forward to seeing the entries at TSC as it is wonderful to see Estelle’s stamps being used in so many different ways.
I have some posts, some of which are Stampsmith related, that I never got around to sharing in 2012 so I will be adding them here and there but in the meantime Thank You for visiting my first post of 2013.
13 Dec 2012 25 Comments
Thank You for taking the time to visit this scheduled post.
This is a DT post for The Stampsmith where I share more glass ornaments using the Christmas Greetings plate, this time it is the sentiment Joyeaux Noel.The ornaments are more sparkly than they actually appear to be in the photographs.
Some little changes to make a second ornament.Have your preparations centered around a Handmade Holiday? If so and if you have used at least one Stampsmith stamp then we welcome you to enter the December Stampsmith Challenge (link on sidebar).
01 Dec 2012 31 Comments
Thank You for joining me for the first day of this new month, a month that I know will be busy, busy, busy for all of you.
Today we see a new challenge theme at The Stampsmith Challenge Blog. For the month of December we are asking for A Handmade Holiday. Here are a few words from TSC about the challenge theme:-
This is the time of year when we spoil those we cherish with gifts from the heart. Will you alter an item, make a mini-album, create a card, hang a holiday decoration or share something unexpected?
All rules and details of the prize are available at TSC Blog.
As with my sample for the November challenge I once again reached for Christmas Greetings stamp plate.
Joy is the word I selected for my glass ornaments with lots of sparkle in the form of glass glitter and of course touches of lace.
We hope you will join us for the final Stampsmith Challenge for 2012. If you are busy creating handmade gifts for family and friends and you happen to have a Stampsmith stamp then we would love to see your creations.
Tomorrow I return with a non-festive project as Sunday sees the announcement of a new challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge.
Have a lovely Saturday and that you for visiting.
28 Nov 2012 31 Comments
I actually had no plans on posting this item but as I was sitting organising photographs I realised it fitted in with the latest challenge theme at The Stampsmith Challenge, White on White. Not too long until this challenge closes so if you would like to enter then you need to be quick. All rules for entry and prize details are available at TSC Blog.
I simply stamped Joyeux Noel, from Christmas Greetings stamp plate, onto a white muslin bag. Lace, pearl beads and seam binding bow adorn the bag. What is tucked inside? Well I will leave that to share in another post, another day.
It surely feels as though I am bombarding you with posts at the moment, sorry there are so many but with several projects being Christmas related and the days whizzing past I sense the need to get those posts out there before the 25th of December is upon us.
01 Nov 2012 40 Comments
Here we are into a new month which means a new challenge theme at The Stampsmith Challenge. For November we are asking for White on White creations. Here are a few words from Val, who does an amazing job of running TSC:-
Use textures, patterns, layers, shapes and tones of white to create your masterpiece! Of course, you will need to stamp your image using a non-white ink LOL! I know some of us “think” better in off-white or eggshell… if that’s you, go for it! Will be putting players’ names in the hat twice if they submit a holiday creation.
The usual rule applies, you must use at least one Stampsmith stamp on your entry and of course as always a winner will be selected randomly at the end of the month with a prize of $21 to spend on stamps of your choice at The Stampsmith on-line store.
For my DT sample I used the Christmas Greetings stamp plate, the first time I have used this plate which is jammed full of sentiments, words, etc.I know you will all know what I used as it isn’t the first time I’ve used one! Here I layered various textiles in white, winter white and with a touch of sparkle.
Joyeux Noel from the Christmas Greetings plate was stamped onto found paper with grey ink and layered onto white glitter cardstock.More sparkle from the beaded crystal trim that dangles from the bottom edge. We hope you will want to join us for this challenge.
Thank You for taking the time to visit this post.