Friday 6 March 2015

Take a Stamp ..... it's Challenge time again!

Happy Friday folks!

This is a scheduled post (so fingers crossed it has gone live on Friday!!).  I'm currently across in the UK having fun on a craft retreat weekend down in Retford, Nottinghamshire run by the fabulous Kay Halliwell-Sutton from IndigoBlu.  I'll let you know what we all got up to when I get back!

It's the first Friday of the month, and you all know what that means ..... a brand new challenge over on the Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge Blog.

It's the turn of 'Take a Stamp' again this month .... no specific theme .... you can create whatever you like as long as there's actual rubber stamping on there.

Our challenge sponsor this month is the fabulous PaperArtsy .......

And the prize for the challenge winner is ......

A set of Lin Brown Limited Edition Paints
(how gorgeous are these colours!!)
 AND ......
a brand new release Darcy Wilkinson stamp set ..... oooh!!!

Don't forget .... there's also the Design Winner, chosen by the DT ...... they get their wining project featured in Craft Stamper magazine, they're invited to be a Guest Designer on a future challenge and ... they also have a Winner's Profile post on the blog!!  Not bad eh! ..... come on get those stamps out!

Here's a little bit of inspiration for you to get you started ......

I've used one of the fab new stamp sets from Mr Tim Holtz ........  the gorgeous Flower Garden .... love this set!
I'm also still playing with all the coloured card I've made using the Brushos.  I stamped the flower heads onto some of the coloured card and then fussy cut around each one

I then stamped the stems for the blooms, 2 directly onto a piece of white card cut to fit on the front of my finished project, and one on a separate piece of card and then fussy cut around this.  They were all coloured using  Distress ink and a little water.

I attached the fussy cut stem over the other two and then tied a piece of dyed bakers twine around all three.

Using a stencil and some co-ordinating Distress inks I added a bit more interest to the background around the stems

I attached the stamped flower heads onto the card, using foam pads on one of then to add a little dimension

and finished off with a sentiment, from another new Tim Holtz set ...... Perspective, coloured to match

The usual little touch on the inside too ....

This time the flower was coloured using Distress ink mixed with a little water, and a few drops splattered around the edge with a paintbrush to add the final touch.

Now it's your turn.  Go on ..... take a stamp, and create something fabulous!

You have until midnight on March 25th to get your entries in.  Check out the rules and challenge guidelines on the blog .... you'll also find more fabulous inspiration on there today from the rest of the DT.  You never know, you could be our next winner ....... have fun and get stamping!!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day and have a great weekend ...... I know I'm going to!

Cheerio until next time



cotnob said...

This is a stunning card Linda, such a beautiful image and design.

Darnell said...

Be still my heart! My goodness, Linda, this is beyond stunning! I must get that stamp set, it's brilliant and it looks incredible against your Brusho masterpiece background. Your colors leave me in awe!! I hope you're having a blast!! Hugs, Darnell

Kath said...

A fabulous card. I love your blog and am now your latest follower.
Kath x

Bonnie said...

Gorgeous, Linda, just gorgeous!

Cocofolies said...

Hi Linda, I absolutely love your card and the way you have so beautifully attended to the smallest details! Like the stems either stamped or fussy cut out and tied with twine.. Gorgeous!! Coco xx

Redanne said...

Oh wow Linda you have done this flower stamp justice - big time, your card is fab-u-lous! Funnily enough, it is my most favourite of Tim's stamps ever and I have been playing with this very same flower.....

Have to pin this gorgeous creation! Hope you are having lots of fun at the Retreat! Hugs, Anne xx

Loll said...

This is so beautiful Linda. I love how the brushos add colour to the blooms, but no completely covering them. You are so inspiring and I always learn so much from you. Looks like the background might be sponged over the honeycomb stencil?? If so, I would love you to enter your card at HLS March CAS Challenge - Sponging. Loll xx

Unknown said...

A lovely card!