Wednesday, November 18, 2020

SDC362: Party

Welcome back! It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and we're being asked to Party!!  If I could safely travel the world right now, I'd have the biggest party in every place I'd stop! So I have created a luggage tag in preparation for the day when we can travel around the globe again safely! I can't wait to see what you create for your chance to win $30 to spend in the Stampotique Store!!

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Happy Birthday, 1879 Postmark, Ticket for Paris, Phonebooth Beauty

“Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead.”
Ma Jian, Red Dust: A Path Through China

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

SDC361: Favorite Stamp

Welcome back! It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge using your favorite stamp!  Ok, clearly we ALL know that it's impossible to choose just ONE but here's what surfaced when I used our first snow storm as inspiration! LOL! I can't wait to see what you create!

Stamp by Stampotique Originals:
Snow Birds

“Every snowflake is unique, yet they are each perfect.”

Donald L. Hicks, Look into the stillness

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

SDC360: Anything Goes!

Welcome back! It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge where Anything Goes!  I love it when there are no limits and you can create whatever your heart desires!  This week my journal page is all about the heart and what it desires.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Wonderland Girl, Tall Word Collage
“When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.”
Mitch Albom, For One More Day

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

SDC359: Halloween

 Welcome back! It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge featuring a Halloween theme!  The hardest part about this challenge is going to be deciding which stamps to use - there are sooooo many choices!  I can't wait to see what you create!  Here's my terrifying bookmark! LOL!

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Me and You Soup and Spider Girl

“What are you?" I rasped.  It smiled. "Whatever scares you.”
Kim Harrison, Dead Witch Walking


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

SDC357: Girls

 Welcome back! It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge featuring girls!  This is such a fun theme because there are sooooo many stamps to choose from - the possibilities are endless!  I can't wait to see what you create!  Here's my mostly monochromatic take on the theme.

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Affectionateasphalt, Snarky Quotes

“Dumbledore says people find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

SDC355: Not Colored Images of People

Welcome back!  You're just in time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This week we're featuring people stamps that haven't been colored!  There are just oodles of people stamps so the choices are endless for this challenge!! I can't wait to see what you create for your chance to win $30 to spend in the Stampotique store!

Stamps by Stampotique Oirginals:
Fallstaff

“To err is human, to forgive, divine.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay On Criticism

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

SDC354: Circles

Welcome back!  You're just in time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This week we're being asked to feature circles!  I love that there are infinite ways you can incorporate circles into a project!  Here's my take on it! I can't wait to see what you create for your chance to win $30 to spend in the Stampotique store!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Doodle Doily, Mer-Angel With Gift, Phrase Cube 4
“Apologizing does not always mean you're wrong and the other person is right. It just means you value your relationship more than your ego.”
Mark Matthews

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

SDC353: Use a stencil

Welcome back!  You're just in time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge to use a stencil!!  Stencils are so versatile and leave such a unique impression every time!  I can't wait to see what you create for your chance to win $30 to spend in the Stampotique store!

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Gristen, A single sunbeam
“Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.”
Walt Whitman

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

SDC352: Anything Goes

Welcome back!  This week The Stampotique Designer's Challenge theme is Anything Goes.  It's a great theme - we can pull inspiration from anywhere!  This little project features paper piecing and a bit of distressing.  I can't wait to see what you create!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Bleeding Heart, Tall Word CollageTexture Cube 1
“Love
Has a way of wilting
Or blossoming
At the strangest,
Most unpredictable hour.
This is how love is,
An uncontrollable beast
In the form of a flower.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

SDC350: Colorful - Week 2

Welcome back! You're just in time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge!  This week, we're making something colorful!  I love the new Drunken Bee by Terri Richardson so I had some fun coloring it up!  I can't wait to see what you create!!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Drunken Bee, Bubbles, Keep Calm, Bee-otch, You're Strong
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

SDC349: Anything Goes

Welcome back for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This week Anything Goes! so jump on board and play along!!  I can't wait to see what you create!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Soulful Heart, Just Keep On
“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

SDC347: Clean and Simple - Week 2

Welcome back for another instalment of the Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This week we're aiming to keep it clean and simple.  The more white space the better!  I can't wait to see what you create!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Splatter Circle, Terri's Roses, The Earth Laughs in Flowers
“If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”
Albert Einstein

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

SDC346: Tags Galore

Welcome back! You're just in time for this week's theme of Tags Galore for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge. My project this week is a tribute to enjoying my own quiet place in the craft room while being socially distant during these challenging times.  I look forward to seeing your creations from your quiet place.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Medium Bee with Tiny Bee, Spidergrass,
Swirlstalks, Quiet Place
“You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.”
Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights and Inspirations

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

SDC344: Birthday Card - Week 2

Welcome back! It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  The theme this week has us focused on birthdays.  Conveniently, I also needed a birthday card so I had fun using the recipient's favorite colors and fun quirky style.  I had such fun! I can't wait to see what you create!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Cake of Babel, Emma, Dream In Color
“There is still no cure for the common birthday.”
John Glenn

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

SDC341: All You Need Is Love - Week 2

Welcome!! It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and the theme is all about love.  The beautiful new Make Magic background stamp was perfect for this theme so I ran with.  I wanted to include the new Geisha stamp too, but I wanted her mirror image so I stamped her on velum and colored her with pencils for a soft look once she was flipped over.  I look forward to seeing what you create when you play along!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Geisha, Make Magic Background
“If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.”
Marilyn Monroe

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

SDC340: Favourite Stamp

Welcome back! It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This time, the challenge is both easy and impossible - using a favourite stamp.  Easy because there are so many favourites - just hard to choose what ones to use!  I think Moon Girl has to be my all-time favourite; I just love how she can so perfectly sit on just about anything!  For this quiet scene, I opted for paper piecing each of the elements on different papers and I added a bit of color to Moon Girl's wings and the RIP letters with Copic markers.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Moon Girl, RIP Stone
"Believe in your heart that you're meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles."
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

SDC338: Let It Snow

Welcome back for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  The theme is Let It Snow.  As much as I would be happy without snow all winter, I still always hope for a nice dusting for the holidays! I look forward to seeing your snowy creations!!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Jested, Phrase Cube 6
“A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.”
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

SDC337: Gift or Giftbox - Week 2

Welcome back! It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  The theme is perfect for this time of year - gift or giftbox.  It just so happens that I found the perfect little gift to myself not long ago so I decided to wrap it up!  Good things come in small packages!  I can't wait to see what you create! :)
Folded Tags by Stampotique Originals
“A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect.”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

SDC336: Mr. & Mrs.

Welcome back for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This week the theme is Mr. and Mrs. and I knew exactly which stamp I wanted to use!  This adorable couple always makes me smile.  Do you think they planned to dress the same?! :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Striped Shirts, Barcode Text #2
“The timeless marinière shirt, worn by beaucoup handsome French sailors, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn and James Dean, has earned its place in the fashion hall of fame.”
Libby Vanderploeg

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

SDC334: Happy Halloween - Week 2

Welcome back!  We're enjoying the second week of the Happy Halloween theme for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge!  This theme fits so many of the stamps so perfectly that the real challenge is deciding which stamp to use!! I opted for the adorable Kuruk Koala this time.  I can't wait to see what you create!
Kuruk Koala by Stampotique Originals
“Oh, monsters are scared," said Lettie. "That's why they're monsters.”
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

SDC333: Pets

Welcome back just in time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge theme of pets!  Stampotique has so many fun pet ideas that it was hard to decide which ones to use, but I've always thought that pigs make adorable pets so I ran with it.  I used a piece of clear mylar filament bent in such a way as to make piggie float above the ATC.  It's a great option for mailing since it can lay flat and pops up when opened :)

“The wolf sniffed beneath the door to be sure this was a human cottage. The scent was undeniable. No pigs, except in bacon form. The wolf thought bacon form was a very sensible way for pigs to behave.”

Vivian Vande Velde, Cloaked in Red

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

SDC331: Flower Power - Week 2

Hello again! You're just in time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge where the theme is Flower Power!  This is a fun one as there are so many ways you can interpret the theme!  Here's my little project celebrating the power of posies!

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...” 

Susan Polis Schutz

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

SDC330: Monochromatic

Welcome back.  It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This week the theme is monochromatic... in other words, shades of the same color and no black.  I'm not gonna lie, this one was definitely a challenge for me because I'm so used to at least stamping the image in black! I had fun with it and I can't wait to see what you create.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” 
Stephen King

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

SDC328: Friends Forever - Week 2

Hi! Welcome back for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  Our theme this week is Friends Forever.  Here's the summery little ATC I put together for this one.  There are so many ways to interpret this theme, I can't wait to see what you create!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Beach Buds, Octopus Quotes
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” 
Linda Grayson

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

SDC327: Something Funny

Welcome back!  This week the Stampotique Designer's Challenge theme is Something Funny.  I'm such a big fan of all of the Stampotique vintage stamps.  This one was begging for a funny sentiment and my great friend came up with the perfect words! LOL!  I hope you have as much fun as I did with this theme - I can't wait to see what you create!
A Car Full by Stampotique Originals
“That's why I love road trips, dude. It's like doing something without actually doing anything.” 
John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

SDC325: Favourite Stampotique Quote - Week 2

Welcome back! You're just in time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This week we're being challenged to use our favourite Stampotique quote in our projects.  Choosing just one quote is nearly impossible - there are so many!!  But I think this one is perfectly cheeky and playful.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Phrase Cube #3, Seekie
“For last year's words belong to last year's language 
And next year's words await another voice.” 
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

SDC324: Something Old, Something New - Week 2

Welcome back just in time for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge!  This week, we are challenged to use something old and something new - an older stamp and a newer one!  I had a lot of fun with this - although I chose the tiniest new stamp humanly possible, LOL!!  I can't wait to see what you make!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Older: Sing with words on the side, Blueberry bunnies in a basket,
Newer: Bluebird of happiness 
“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” 
Robert Lynd


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

SDC323: Artist Trading Coins

Welcome back for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge! This week we are challenged to make 2.5" round Artist Trading Coins.  I love working on small projects and these are super fun! Here's what I came up with! Can't wait to see what you create!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Potted Cactus, Mesh
"I remember very clearly someone saying, 'Don't shake hands with the cactus,' and I thought, 'Well, why not? What could possibly go wrong?' Shaking hands is a friendly gesture."
Benedict Cumberbatch

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

SDC321: So Cute - Week 2

Welcome back!  This week, the Stampotique Designer's Challenge theme is So Cute.  I love this theme, there are so many adorable stamp choices for this one!!  I think these little gals are so darn cute and they totally remind me of my cousins!  I hope you'll play along with your favorite cuties for your chance to win in the Stampotique monthly draw!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Little Friends, Antique Description
"Fog is just clouds that have fell down."
Dylan, age 6

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

SDC320: Anything Goes

Welcome to this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge where "Anything Goes!"  Here is a little pop-up ATC made with the fun new Slice of Hope. I'm looking forward to see what you make to play along!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Slice of Hope, Happy Birthday, Whatever, Texture Cube 1
“Knowledge may be power, but cake has great bargaining properties” 
Julia Seitz

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

SDC318: Birds and Bees - Week 2

Welcome back!  This week, the Stampotique Designer's Challenge theme is Birds and Bees.  Just so many ways to go with this one! LOL!  I created a little twinchie (2" x 2") project using a couple of my favorite stamps and some fun patterned paper.  It sure was an added challenge to create something so small! I hope you'll play along for your chance to win in the Stampotique monthly draw!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Snow Birds, Sometimes I pretend
“She decided to free herself, dance into the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing “yes” in the sky.” 
Monique Duval

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

SDC317: All About Pets

Welcome back just in time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  The theme is All About Pets.  In this little project, I have tried to capture how we all feel sometimes - not how we should actually handle it!! LOL! :) 
Stamps by Stampotique Originals
“You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don't help.” 
Bill Watterson

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

SDC315: Clean and Simple - Week 2

Welcome back! It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and the theme is Clean and Simple.  We are asked to embrace less as more. It's all about the design - not the technique, not the tools, and not the embellishments.  It should be uncluttered with lots of white or open space and one main focal point.  Here's my little project featuring Terri's wonderful new rooster.  I look forward to seeing your creations!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Terri's Rooster, Quotes #1
“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.” 
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

SDC314: Sarcastic

Welcome back from the holidays - just in time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  The theme is "sarcastic".  I hope you'll have fun with it - so many options! :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals: Lil Zin (Zinnia)Mistletoe
Computer generated sentiment inspired by Freakin' People Person

“Mr. Bennet, how can you abuse your own children in such a way? You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion for my poor nerves."

"You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these last twenty years at least.” 
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

SDC313: Snowy Christmas - Week 2

Welcome back for week 2 of the Snowy Christmas theme from the Stampotique Designers Challenge!  Here's my little bookmark featuring the very festive Holiday In a Can.  I love making bookmarks; they are fun and functional and they make great stocking stuffers for your favourite book hounds! Please join the fun and create a little something to celebrate the season for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate for the Stampotique store!
Holiday In A Can by Stampotique Originals
“One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” 
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

SDC313: Snowy Christmas

This month, the Stampotique Designers have Snowy Christmas as a challenge theme all month long!  That gives you loads of time to play along for your chance to win in the random draw for a $30 gift certificate to the Stampotique store!  Thankfully, we don't have this much snow where I live - yet!!!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Splatter, Barcode Text, Noelle
“Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.” 
Vesta M. Kelly

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

SDC311: Bugging Out - Week 2

Welcome back! Today I'm playing along with the Stampotique Designer's Challenge where they have asked us to include, of all things, bugs on our projects!!  The possibilities are endless and so much fun! I hope you'll play along for your chance to win $30 to spend in the Stampotique store!  Here's a little bookmark with my favourite type of bug on it :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Phrase Cube 4, Tulip
“A stray fact: insects are not drawn to candle flames, they are drawn to the light on the far side of the flame, they go into the flame and sizzle to nothingness because they're so eager to get to the light on the other side.” 
Michael Cunningham, By Nightfall

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

SDC310: Spooky Halloween

Happy Wednesday! It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge and this week's theme lets us have fun with Halloween!  The real challenge is choosing which of the fabulous Stampotique images to use - there are just so many that are perfect for Halloween!!  I can't wait to see what you create!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Some Bunny and Mr. Stripes 
“It was dark, now, the gossamer moon hanging among diamond stars in the soft black of the night.” 
Amber Newberry, One Night in Salem

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

SDC308: Unusual Card Shape Week 2

Welcome! Thank you for visiting. This week the Stampotique Designers are challenging us to make cards with unusual shapes.  This fun little card is made with two die cuts sandwiching the giddy Gordon Giraffe havin' a bath.  Be sure to play along for your chance to win one of the $30 gift certificates to the Stampotique store.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Gordon Giraffe, Bubbles, Relax Text
"Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future."
Robert H. Schuller

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

SDC307: All About Monsters

It's time again for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge!  The theme this week is monsters!!  Monsters come in all shapes and sizes - some scary, some not!  Whatever monsters are in your craft closet, let 'em out and play along for your chance to win stamps from Stampotique!!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
3 in a round, Quotes 2
“Will looked horrified. "What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?” 
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

SDC305: Under the Sea Week 2

Happily, it's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge! The theme is "Under the Sea" and we're excited to see your watery creations! I hope you'll play along for your chance to win one of two $30 gift certificates for the Stampotique store! Here's my little round project - it's just a little larger than an Artist Trading Coin.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Microscopic, Mini Sealife Cube, Tall Word Collage, World All Your Own
“Love comes in waves. It's natural law. There's always more coming.” 
Kate McGahan

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

SDC304: Number It

Welcome! Thank you for visiting. This week the Stampotique Designers are challenging us to use numbers in our projects. I made this little paper-pieced greeting card that isn't much bigger than an ATC using patterned paper. Love this new Glass Vase stamp!  Be sure to play along for your chance to win one of the $30 gift certificates to the Stampotique store.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Glass Vase, Turn over a new leaf
“Autumn. The grace in letting dead things fall.” 
Darnell Lamont Walker

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

SDC302: Artist Trading Coins Week 2

I'm back to share the Stampotique Designer's Challenge for this week - artist trading coins. These little 2.5" circles are all the rage right now and the team has been having a blast making them!  Can't wait to see your take on them!  Find all of the details about playing along for your chance to win $30 in stamps here: https://stampotiquedesignerschallenge.blogspot.com/.
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Beach Beauty, Sun Design, Relax Text
“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” 
Chinese Proverb

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

SDC301: Favorite Holiday Week 2

It's time again to join the fun at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge!  It's the second week of the Favorite Holiday challenge where we are asked to highlight our favourite holiday. There is a week left to join this fun theme so get out your stamps and show us your holiday artwork for your chance to win!
Noah by Stampotique Originals
“Real magic can never be made by offering someone else's liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back.” 
Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

SDC300: 300 Is the Number!!

Today I'm excited to share my little creations (a card and a purse notebook) for Day 7 of celebrating the 300th Challenge over at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge!! They will be giving away TWO additional $30.00 gift certificates on June 20th.  All you have to do to win is either play along with the challenge or just comment on any (or all) of the designer's projects for this challenge on the main Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog!  Check out all of the details here!

Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Alphabitties, Spiral Daydream, Take Your Time
Single Dragonfly by Stampotique Originals
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” 
Jimi Hendrix

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

SDC299: Mother Nature - Week 2

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  The theme is week is Mother Nature and I can't imagine a nicer way to celebrate that than with a wonderful bouquet of flowers!  Be sure to play along for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate to the Stampotique store!
Flos stamp by Stampotique Originals
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

SDC298: Black and White with a Pop of Color

It's time for this week's Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  The theme this time is one of my favorites - Black and White with a Pop of Color!  One of my favorite ways to add a pop of color is to smear distress inks on a plastic sheet, spritz them with water and push a stamped image into the color.  It gives unpredictable fun results as shown here!  Give it a try and play along for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate to the Stampotique store!
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Cindy Seahorse, Seaweed
"Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction."
Unknown

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