Friday, 8 May 2015

Home is where the Heart is .......

Good morning .... Happy Friday!

The end of another busy week ....... and it's going to be a busy weekend too! I'm off on a day out (again!) tomorrow.   Me and my crafty buddies are off to Port Sunlight over on the Wirral, for the Happy Stampers Festival.  If you've never been to this fabulous craft show you should definitely put it on your list of ones to visit.
The weather forecast isn't too bad so hopefully the ferry crossing will be fine ..... hmmm maybe I shouldn't have said that.  Time will tell!!

Today though I want to remind you all that the latest Craft Stamper challenge is up and running. Have you entered yet?

This month it's the turn of Take a Stamp ...... and that means anything goes really.  It can be a card, a scrapbook or a journal page, altered art or even a piece of home decor.

Please take time to read the challenge guidelines before submitting your entry.  Unfortunately some of the entries last month didn't follow the guidelines so couldn't be considered for the prizes (sigh!) Remember ....... original artwork only.  You can enter up to three times but each entry must have it's own blog post, and don't forget to include some rubber stamping, somewhere on your project!
You can find all the guidelines here over on the Craft Stamper Blog.

Need some inspiration?  .... what about a cute piece of home decor.

We've recently moved house and this is now hanging by my front door.

It's an old photo frame that my daughter gave me a while ago.  The picture in it was beginning to look a little faded so I decided to give it a new look.

I painted the wooden heart using IndigoBlu's English Cottage Acrylic Paint in Frosty Sky .... giving it two coats for a nice smooth finish

Once the paint was dry, I stenciled on the brickwork design randomly over the heart using Grunge Paste.

Next came the fun part ...... the stamping!  I've used a couple of the JOFY Mini stamps  .... the flowers (JOFY 34)  Stamped in black Archival ink and embossed with a clear powder, then I've used some of the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic paints to add the colour

The words inside the frame are JOFY 42, stamped onto white card and embossed as before, and coloured with the paints again.

I cut the card down to size, to fit in the aperture, then stamped around the edge using the flower stamp again, this time with Versamark ink and embossed with a white powder.
I then added colour around the edge with some Distress inks, spritzed with a little water to remove some of the ink and then polished over the top with a piece of kitchen roll to really bring out the flowers.

Now it's your turn .... what are you going to create?  Need some more ideas maybe ..... then pop over to the Craft Stamper Blog and see what the rest of the Design Team have been up to.

The prizes this month are .......
for the randomly chosen winner ......

a fabulous set of embossing powders .....

and this gorgeous lace design rubber stamp

both from the challenge sponsor .... the fabulous WOW! Embossing Powders

And of course, for the Design Winner .... chosen by the DT, they will have their winning project published in the Craft Stamper magazine, a Guest Designer spot on a future challenge AND they'll have their very own Winner's Profile published on the Craft Stamper Blog!!  So come on .... get those stamps out and get your entry in.  Good luck!!

Thanks for popping by ...... have a lovely day.
Have a great weekend ..... and if any of you are off to Port Sunlight .... I'll see you there!

Cheerio until next time



  1. I love that heart with the aperture and I love how you decorated it, the brick stencilling looks wonderful and that is such a great sentiment for your new home!

    Hope the crossing is a good one. Yes, I will be at PS tomorrow, meeting up with Neet, Rachel and Chris (hopefully) in the big back room around 11;30 ish... I will keep an eye out for you! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Gorgeous project!
    xxx Ellie xxx

  3. Sweet! What a lovely greeting for friend and family coming through your front door! :) Hope the ferry crossing was calm. Bet you had a lot of fun and hopefully picked up lots of goodies to play with. xx


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