Thursday, 25 July 2013

Whimsy Stamps July Release - Review Day Hop

Hello and welcome to the Whimsy Stamps July Release Review Day Blog Hop!

Yesterday (24th July) Whimsy Stamps released this month's new rubber designs, Shapeology dies, Whimsy Designer Paper packs and Shape EZ templates. From 23rd July until today the Whimsy Stamps DT are showcasing these fabulous new goodies with a daily blog hop!

Each blog hop has a prize of 2 new release stamps hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw.

To be entered into today's blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts listed below by 12.00PM EST tomorrow. All winners will be announced here on the Whimsy blog tomorrow.

To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below...


For my blog hop card I have use one of the brand new Elisabeth Bell Sweet Summer Time precoloured Whimsy Prints toppers (coloured by me, hehe!):


Remember that the entire new release is available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy hopping!

Hugs,

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps 3rd Anniversary BLOG HOP!

Hello and welcome to the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps 3rd Anniversary Hop! Not only are we here to help Sparkle celebrate 3 years of SCRS, but we are also officially releasing 4 new SCRS images this month -- Paris Lucy, London Charlotte, New York Josh, and Seattle Chloe. They are ALL available in the store NOW!

We have assembled an all-star line-up consisting of our Current Design Team, DT Alumni and Guest Designers. Click on all the links at the end of this post to participate in our anniversary blog hop!

What's a hop without prizes? We've hidden TEN single stamp prizes along the way and one lucky winner will win the ENTIRE July release! All you need to do is leave some love at every stop along the hop. You have until 11:59PM EST on Sunday to leave comments for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on the SCRS blog on Monday.

My mojo has gone walkabouts lately (it's probably off enjoying the heatwave, lol!), so I have been checking out the sketch challenge blogs for some inspiration. Well, as soon as I saw Jen's Deconstructed sketch 110 this week, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! I trimmed four squares of white card, then used my stamp positioner thingy to help me stamp Beach Chloe in the same position on each of the squares. I've never coloured an image in B&W before, but I *think* it turned out okay in the end? I thought the Party Time die cut (cut using my Whimsy Stamps Birthday Sentimentables die set) was the perfect finishing touch for my anniversary hop card!


Sorry for the rubbish photo.  Unfortunately our basic digi camera (it's a Canon IXUS 860 IS) is starting to die a death! :(  Once you have turned the camera on and taken one photo, the focus completely ceases to work!!  If you want to take another, you have to turn the camera off and on again.  Apparently it's a known fault of these Canons.  I've tried all the recommended "tricks" to try to fix it, but it's having none of it!!  So guess what we'll be doing this weekend ... camera shopping - eek!!  If anyone has any recommendations, I would LOVE to hear them as there are SO many on the market, it's a bit mind boggling, lol!

Anyway, now it's time for you to continue our hop by hopping over to Amy's blog, but don't forget to leave me a comment first to entire to win the entire July release!



Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Good luck and Happy Hopping!

Hugs,

Friday, 19 July 2013

Graph'it Challenge #4: Black Hair

Hi everyone!

WOW! What a glorious week it's been weather-wise here in the South West of England, with temperatures  hitting 30C every single day - phew! Thankfully we nabbed 2 of the last remaining fans (...in the whole of the city I think, hehe!) at the weekend, and they have been switched on almost constantly!  I do love the sun, but I'm afraid I don't love the extreme heat, so I've been staying inside, trying to keep cool and colouring with my delicious Graph'it markers (and I must say that the heat doesn't affect them AT ALL!).

So today it's the turn of Graph'it Challenge Team B (that's me, Cara, Debbie and Kevin) to provide you with some Graph'it inspiration! Our challenge this week is a BLACK HAIR. Pretty self-explanatory I think!

For my challenge card I used papers and a digi stamp from the brand *new* Polkadoodles Bonbon Belles Double CD Collection. The image is called 'Heather (with wings)' and the papers are from the 'Apple Lagoon' collection.  I bet you didn't know that Graph'it Markers come in no less than FIVE different tones of grey - Cool, Warm, Neutral, Green and Pink.  I only have some of the Neutral Greys so I used those to colour my black hair:


Graph'it Markers used:
Skin: 4155 4115 4125 4120
Blush: 4135 Lips: 5120 Eyes: 8220
Hair: 9509 9507 9505 9303 9501
Jacket & Shoes: 7160 7150 7140
Trousers: 8110 7210 0000
White shading: 4110 0000 Wings: 8110 7210
Flowers 7160 7150 7140 7210 1210 8260 8220

So now it's your turn to get creating! You have until Sunday 28th July at noon GMT to enter our Black Hair challenge. There is a FAB-U-LOUS prize up for grabs (worth a whopping £30!!!) and the lucky winner of this challenge will be announced on the blog on Friday 2nd August.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll be back tomorrow with my Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps anniversary hop card! It really is GO, GO, GO this week, lol ... and I still have magazine commissions to finish - eek!

Hugs,

SCRS July Previews - Seattle Chloe

Hi everyone and welcome to the final day of the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps July release previews! All new stamps will be available to buy from the store TOMORROW!! Today we are showcasing sneak peeks of Seattle Chloe.


Be sure to visit our fabulous SCRS designers for more peeks of Seattle Chloe. Sparkle is giving away a Seattle Chloe rubber stamp to one lucky hopper! We have hidden this stamp somewhere along the hop, so for a chance to WIN, be sure to visit and comment on ALL of the designers' Seattle Chloe blog posts (listed below). You have until midnight EST tonight to comment.


We're also holding a fabulous anniversary sale this month! All stamps (excluding this month's new release) are 30% off! Prices have been reflected in the store, so no sale code is needed!


I hope you all have a great day! We'll be back tomorrow for our 3rd anniversary blog hop!

Hugs,

Thursday, 18 July 2013

SCRC July Previews - New York Josh

Hi everyone and welcome to day 3 of the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps July release previews! Today we are showcasing sneak peeks of New york Josh.


Be sure to visit our fabulous SCRS designers for more peeks of New York Josh. Sparkle is giving away a New York Josh rubber stamp to one lucky hopper! We have hidden this stamp somewhere along the hop, so for a chance to WIN, be sure to visit and comment on ALL of the designers' New York Josh blog posts (listed below). You have until midnight EST tonight to comment.


We're also holding a fabulous anniversary sale this month! All stamps (excluding this month's new release) are 30% off! Prices have been reflected in the store, so no sale code is needed!


I hope you all have a great day! We'll be back tomorrow for the last day of our previews!

Hugs,

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

SCRS July Previews - London Charlotte

Hi everyone and welcome to day 2 of the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps July release previews!   Today we are showcasing sneak peeks of London Charlotte.  I used my new Graph'it Markers to colour this darling image and I have to say that I am quite pleased with the texture I created on her coat using the fabulous blender pen:


Supplies
SCRS London Charlotte rubber stamp
Papermania 'Christmas in the Country' 12x12 paper
Bazzill cardstock: Ruby Slipper & Kraft

Graph'it Markers
Skin: 4155 4115 4120 4135
Hair: 3290 3270 3250 3245 3210
Coat: 7180 7175 7170 0000
Scarf, bag & boots: 3180 5245 5220 5210
Trousers: 9505 8270 8260 8120
Building: 3255 3210 4110 9503 9501
Sky: 7105 0000
Clouds: 9503 9501 9500 0000
Grass: 8110 8120 8220 8240 8260 8270 8280

Be sure to visit our fabulous SCRS designers for more peeks of London Charlotte. Sparkle is giving away a London Charlotte rubber stamp to one lucky hopper! We have hidden this stamp somewhere along the hop, so for a chance to WIN, be sure to visit and comment on ALL of the designers' London Charlotte blog posts (listed below). You have until midnight EST tonight to comment.


We're also holding a fabulous anniversary sale this month! All stamps (excluding this month's new release) are 30% off! Prices have been reflected in the store, so no sale code is needed!


I hope you all have a great day! We'll be back tomorrow for day 3 of our previews ... I wonder which city the SCRS characters will be visiting next? :)

Hugs,

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

SCRS July Previews - Paris Lucy

Hi everyone!

We're very excited over at Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps as this month we are celebrating our 3 year anniversary! Woo-hoo!! I can't believe it's been 3 years since Sparkle started this fabulous stamp company, and 3 years that I have had the huge privilege of being on the SCRS DT! Huge thanks to Sparkle for continuing to put up with me (hehe!) and also a big shout out to our fantastic illustrator, Aki, for drawing such fantastic images year after year. I {HEART} SCRS!!!!!

Over the next few days the DT will be previewing 4 brand new SCRS stamps and today we are excited to show you Paris Lucy. All new stamps will be available to buy on Saturday 20th July 2013 when we will be holding a special blog hop to celebrate our anniversary with lots of special guests and past friends of SCRS!



Be sure to visit our fabulous SCRS designers for more peeks of Paris Lucy. Sparkle is giving away a Paris Lucy rubber stamp to one lucky hopper! We have hidden this stamp somewhere along the hop, so for a chance to WIN, be sure to visit and comment on ALL of the designers' Paris Lucy blog posts (listed below). You have until midnight EST tonight to comment.


I hope you all have a great day! We'll be back tomorrow with day 2 of our previews!

Hugs,

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

SCRSC108: Cruisin' Chloe

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I have my Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps Challenge #108 card to share. You have until Sunday, 14th July @ 9PM (PST) to play along with our current challenge which is:


For my challenge card, I inked up Cruisin' Chloe who is on SALE until the end of this month for only $5.00:


For my layout I followed the fab sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday #213:


Be sure to visit the SCRS blog for more inspiration from the rest of my teamies, and to read all the details about the prizes and how to enter! This week Challenge Team B have creations to share with you:


Oh, and before you go I MUST tell you about the fabulous ANNIVERSARY SALE that Sparkle is holding this month! All stamps (excluding this month's new release) are 30% off! Prices have been reflected in the store, so no sale code is needed! Stamps are currently on sale for $5 - $6.80:


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a great Tuesday!

Hugs,

Friday, 5 July 2013

Graph'it Challenge #2 - Birthday Bonanza!

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Hi everyone!

So did you join in our first Graph'it Challenge last week? Team A's creations were blow-you-away fantastic weren't they?  Well this week it's the turn of Team B (that's me, Cara, Debbie and Kevin) to provide you with some Graph'it inspiration! Our challenge this week is a BIRTHDAY challenge, so we want to see birthday cards. As a little extra, the team were also challenged to use bright and bold colours this week, so you may want to grab your sunglasses before you hop around our blogs, lol!

For my challenge card I decided to ink up my Whimsy Stamps Airborne rubber stamp (illustrated by KennyK) and paired him with some Simple Stories Urban Traveler 6x6 papers. I want to give a shout-out here to my lovely friend Heidy Blom!  Heidy made a fabulous card using this image and she added flame detail to the underside of the skateboard.  I loved it so much that I just had to do it too! Thank you Heidy for the fabulous inspiration!

Now remember the team is totally new to these markers - we've only had them for a few weeks - so we are all still learning.  I did stamp out 4 of these images as I thought I'd probably mess them up, but amazingly this is my first attempt - they are SO easy to use!  Yes it's official - Graph'it Markers ROCK!!

Supplies
Whimsy Stamps Airborne rubber stamp
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Graph'it Markers (colours listed below)
Simple Stories Urban Traveler 6x6 paper pad
Bazzill Night Mist cardstock
MFT Die-namics: Lead The Way


Graph'it Markers used:
Skin: 4180 4155 4115 4120
Hair: 3290 3250 3245
Red: 3180 5245 5220 5210 4135
Yellow: 3250 3245 1280 1180 1150 1110
Blue (jeans): 7180 7170 7125 7115 7105
Grey: 9505 9503 9501
White: 9501 9500 Blender
Green: 9505 9280 8220

I initially set out to follow Karen's FAB sketch #187 over at Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge, but as I was working on the card, I kinda went off on a tangent a bit, lol!  I will enter this into the challenge anyway, but Karen, if it doesn't qualify, please go ahead and take me off! :)  I'd also like to enter this card into this fortnight's challenge over at Kenny K's Krafty Krew Challenge (#150) which is Teenz Rock!

So now it's your turn to get creating! You have until Sunday 14th July at noon GMT to enter our Birthday challenge. There is a FAB-U-LOUS prize up for grabs and the lucky winner of this challenge will be announced on the blog on Friday 19th July.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs,

Paperbabe Stamps Launch Party Blog Hop!!

HELLO EVERYONE and WELCOME to the Paperbabe Stamps Launch Party Blog Hop! I'm sure you know the amazingly talented crafter, Kim Costello aka Paperbabe? Well Kim has launched her very own stamp line, Paperbabe Stamps, and I am beyond thrilled to be part of the Blog Hop to debut her very first collection! Thank you Kim for inviting me to play with your fabulous stamps!!


The debut release features 3 fabulous stamp sets - "Tree Hugs", "DesignA Knit" and "Ribbed Background" - and they are NOW in the Store to buy, woo-hoo!! Also, the long awaited "MayLeeDee" is available as digital download for INSTANT gratification! And that's not all ... there are svg files to help cut some of those images out!!

For my card I used the "DesignA Knit" stamp set (below) and the "Knitables" cut files. 

Paperbabe Stamps - DesignA Knit

I stamped one of the solid knit patterns in Memento Rose Bud ink several times onto white card to build up a knit pattern for my top and bottom borders. I stamped one of the open knit patterns in Memento Rich Cocoa ink onto the sock monkey svg file. I then used an E70 Copic marker to colour in the knit. The gorgeous sentiment is from the same stamp set. I love it because the "your" is actually a separate stamp, so you can stamp it in a different colour like I have done! I did add my own punched heart to the sock monkey's tummy, just because I thought it went with the sentiment, but everything else (apart from the twine, cardstock & ink of course!) is from Paperbabe Stamps! Oh and this was my first attempt using the stamps and as you can see a perfect impression and so easy to line up!


If you've stumbled across my post and would like to hop with us, be sure to hop back to Kim's blog to start the hop.  Then hop you way to the PAPERBABE STAMPS blog to see the endless possibilities with this new debut collection.  Don't forget to leave your comments along the way as there are some fabby prizes to be had!

To sweeten the deal in celebration of this new collection, there will be individual prizes given out as well as one ENTIRE release to a lucky winner! Yep, that's a LOT of prizes! So, here's what's up for grabs...

1 winner will be chosen to win the TREE HUGS SET

1 winner will be chosen to win the DESIGN A KNIT SET

1 winner will be chosen to win the RIBBED BACKGROUND Stamp

1 winner will be chosen to win the MAYLEEDEE DIGI

and ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive THE ENTIRE RELEASE for JULY!!!

That's a LOT of chances to win! So go, hop, party and be amazed... Here's where you want to be:


THANK you so much for joining us on this Launch Party.  Kim will announce the winners on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog on July 12th! You have until the July 10th to hop with us and enter to win!

HAPPY LAUNCH DAY, everyone!!!

Hugs,