Tuesday, 20 September 2016

More festiveness - flowers, flowers and trees!

I'm back again with some more Stamp Soup! If you've never come across our range of 'Soup' it offers you something really different for your stamping. The Soup sets of stamps bring you the ingredients to create 100s of possibilities with your stamps - we give you the leaves and petals and shapes and patterns which you can then build and layer to literally create as many different things as you wish - nothing is as it seems, you need to turn them all upside down, left to right and back to front to see all the possibilities - it gives you sooooo much fun!! 


This is the sample card which was the form of the demo I did live on air - it turned out a little different live but that's what I love about Stamp Soup - you never have to make the same thing twice!!...
This was such a simple card to make and super quick too, I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints on this card for the background and the holly, deliciously rich and opaque I adore those paints...
I literally just sketched a couple of lines out and then used the holly to make up the branches - you have different holly leaves so make sure you change them around to give you a more realistic and artistic impression to the branches, don't have them all facing the same way etc...


On this card I used the Lindy's Stamp Gang Spritzer sprays to create this gorgeous background. All I used here was the Reindeer Red and a tiny bit of blue and oversprayed it with the Flat Fabio Chalk White, love how it went all pinky round the edges. The flower is again made up just from that one leaf/petal and the leaves are the larger version so you can get diddy little flowers and leaves or great big massive ones! ....
 And finally today an uber simple CAS card - love this tree - all I did was use some Altenew blue inks for the snowflakes which again everything is from the Stamp sets....I think this is really pretty and is a super quick card to make if you want to send out all the same cards this year, you could easily batch make these and have them all made in a day (unless you're like Imelda Marcos with your cards!)....

You can get all the stamps and CD here
there are 2 stamp sets and just one CD to co-ordinate but as ever with Stamp Soup nothing is as it first seems so make sure you look at the ideas sheet - you can make postboxes, windows, doors, fences with these and the leaves and petals are definitely NOT just for Christmas which makes it a really great investable set of stamps to take you all year round.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Festive Christmas Stamp Soup

Hey! Day 2 of some more Stamp Soup Festive Christmas-ness!

This card is not the usual kind of thing I would make but it's quite grand! The background within the aperture uses Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists and Magicals and you can't see it here but it has a really luscious shine and shimmer to it. I've just made the big pop out aperture with a Spellbinders Grand Nesties die which I've had forever and is one of my favourites, then folded it in half for the popout and decorated with stamped elements and papers from the CD. I think I need to retake this pic it really doesnt show the real dimension on this.

 The strings of diamantes were actually from Home Bargains - a huge long wide strip for 99p and I've been cutting them down so I get loads (have to admit I did buy 6 strings and they will last forever using them this way LOL). I actually sprayed them with the Reindeer Red from Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists and let them dry - because they are a die based mist they will actually colourise and as long as I don't get them wet stay permanent! Fabby doo!

This next is a lovely little tag - I love doing tags, every time I make one I realise I need to make more, there's less boundaries with a tag so you don't have to think about making everything be a 'card' format I find....
So to make this I used these stamps from both sets to make the postbox:  Rectangle, snowy top, robin, poinsetta leaf, flower leaf, holly, 25




You can get them all here
there are 2 stamp sets and just one CD to co-ordinate but as ever with Stamp Soup nothing is as it first seems so make sure you look at the ideas sheet - you can make postboxes, windows, doors, fences with these and the leaves and petals are definitely NOT just for Christmas which makes it a really great investable set of stamps to take you all year round.

xx

Sunday, 18 September 2016

It's that time of year again!

In truth I've been designing Christmas since February this year - yes, February! It's been such a busy year for me designing and I kinda zoned out a little and have really struggled to get back designing our Xmas releases the rest of the year so we are very late with our latest collections now LOL...

Anyhoo, we launched our latest Stamp Soup Festive Christmas range on Create & Craft this week so I will show you some of my makes throughout the next couple of weeks so I don't overdose you all haha.
I also got to use the Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals and Mists range which has been lovely to get nice and inky and messy.

My whole thing with Stamp Soup this time was to give you stamps which could really be changed around for a whole variety of looks, whether that was traditional or more modern so I hope I fulfilled my own brief for you...I think so. 
You can get them here
there are 2 stamp sets and just one CD to co-ordinate but as ever with Stamp Soup nothing is as it first seems so make sure you look at the ideas sheet - you can make postboxes, windows, doors, fences with these and the leaves and petals are definitely NOT just for Christmas which makes it a really great investable set of stamps to take you all year round. I think the only pieces which cant be changed up are the holly, everything else has another use, even the robin can be another bird if you colour it differently, he would make a great blue tit I think too.


I really love the vintage feel of this collection, the papers are to die for and it really is very versatile! 

Here's one of my favourites I made for the show...
 Really loved how the Lindy's Mists and Magicals spiced it up with all the shimmer and shine...I know this would be expensive to post but for me this is a card I would make a box for and hand delivery probably, this would stay up on the mantelpiece for a long time...
 And here is another really simple make. I just created the background first with the Mists and let it dry and just overstamped with black Versafine. I'm definitely in a more CAS zone right now.
If you didnt manage to catch the shows you can watch on catchup on the C&C website here for the next 7 days - and we don't have a whole load of stock of these so don't miss out because we won't be able to reorder, once it's gone it's gone...

I'll be back soon with some more pics of the lovely things you can do with these stamps : ) Remember you can either get them on the Create & Craft website or you can get them here, at Polkadoodles x



Friday, 2 September 2016

Anything Goes with Graph'It and being subtle!

Hi! Time for another Anything Goes challenge over at Graph'It today, hop over there and join us for some great prizes from our sponsors!

I decided to go with some classic colours on this image from the sponsor...Sometimes you don't have to colour the WHOLE thing especially if you want to colour quick and easy...this is what I love about Graph'It, their blending is great if you want to go with very soft colours....
Colours used: Skin: 4101, 4110, 3105, 4145, 4135 cheeks
Hair: 9909, plus I used 9102
Kimono: 4125, 3105, White Brush Blender, 9500 Grey, Brown 3125

See you soon! x