Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SDC167: Masculine



Happy Hump Day!

I'm so excited to host the challenge this week as it's one I'm always struggling with.  In a home where the males outweigh the females, you wouldn't think it would take much to create a masculine card, but it's something I have a hard time doing every time I sit down to make one.  I challenge you to show me your best masculine cards this week-are they ones that come naturally to you or do you draw a blank when you need to create one as well?

Can't wait to see all the possibilities you come up with this week!

We are also excited to welcome back Amanda Southern as our guest designer for October.  Here is some info on Amanda:


Hi My name is Amanda and I started crafting in 2009 where I just played about really, learning what it was I liked to create and how I liked to create it. On this journey of discovery I found the wonderful Stampotique stamps and inparticular the characters created by Daniel Torrente, I just fell in love with them and their versatility. I love trying out new techniques and mediums and my style I think is quite varied. Sometimes I like to create in a neat and precise way and then the next time I will splash and splat colour around with wild abandon. I am finding at the moment that I am drawn to playing a lot with a variety of paints and mediums that allow me freedom across a blank canvas. I start off with an idea in mind but somehow it never ends up that way which I think adds to the whole creative process. I also love getting my sewing machine out to add further texture to a project. I see my creativity constantly evolving with all the fabulous inspiration that I come across from the wonderfully talented people out there in Blogland.  

When I am not crafting I’m probably working, as I work full time as a Retail Store Manager for a large blue chip retailer here in the UK, doing a job I love. I am always saying “There is never enough time” which means I thrive on the fact that I am never bored.

Make sure you check out Amanda's blog and welcome her!

MPORTANT REMINDER:
Please read ALL RULES on the linkz page before linking your creation.
If you didn't follow the rules posted, you may have been deleted.  
Feel free to relink your creation with the correct information for a chance to win.

Kim Howard






Carol's favorites from the "Get Your Spook On" Challenge are:
(please e-mail khowardga@gmail.com for the favorites badge)

1)  I love the colours on this  

2)  The simplicity and shading of this card makes it a firm favourite,

3)  A lovely box with so much detail

and for the 2 random winners of the $30 Stampotique gift certificate for stamps are:
(please e-mail khowardga@gmail.com with SDC Sept Winner as the subject)


and


Can't wait to see what you all create throughout October!




Monday, September 29, 2014

SDC October Challenge Links

PLEASE READ ALL RULES BEFORE LINKING

Please remember you can use any stamps now for our challenge, but only one entry per person.  We will draw 2 random winners on the first week of our challenge in November from all those who played in the October challenges.

We are no longer accepting creations using digi stamps.  These will be deleted, we appreciate those that play with us each week and we welcome those using rubber or clear stamps.


Please link DIRECTLY to your creation, not to your blog.  You MUST  include the challenge # (which can be found at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog) behind your name (any not linking directly to your creation AND having the challenge # will be deleted and not eligible for prize).   For example if I'm entering it would look like this- MYNAME-SDC73 (or whichever challenge # it is) . 

We ask that if you have comment verification turned on, that you would consider turning this on and doing comment moderation instead.  

Please use Inlinkz below to link up your challenge.  

**Change to Stampotique submission rules:  You will now have until the first challenge of the following month to submit your entries-we will only have one Inlinkz per month; so today marks the start of the challenges for October and it will run through the close of our last challenge for October which will be November 4, 2014 at noon ET**


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SDC166: Get you spook on

Carol is our hostess this week:


I love Halloween and as a crafter it can never start early enough. So for the challenge this week I am sneeking it in a week early. So I hope you have fun getting an early Spook on. Carol x



IMPORTANT REMINDER:
Please read ALL RULES on the linkz page before linking your creation.
If you didn't follow the rules posted, you may have been deleted.  
Feel free to relink your creation with the correct information for a chance to win.








Gez Butterworth

Sam's favorites from the One Stamp challenge were:
(e-mail khowardga@gmail.com for favorites badge)


#36 Gay Peplow - Gay really made Tangled Enthusiasm really come alive with beautiful colours and wonderful attention to detail :)

#46 Helen Stewart - I fell in love with how Helen portrayed Heartthrob, just lovely :)

#39 Ruth Levy - A great piece with wonderful texture and energy to it, Twinkie rocked :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SDC165: One Stamp

Apologies to all that this didn't go live when it was supposed to-blame it on user error this week  ;-)

Sam is our hostess this week and she's got quite the challenge for us:

"One of the beauties of Stampotique stamps is even though there are 18 amazing artists designing our rubbery goodness and their images work so well together it's great to use a lot of stamps for one project, I often do.

So this week, I am challenging myself too and inviting you to use just one stamp . . . wondering off scratching head and rubbing chin . . . this is going to be SO hard to choose!!

Most importantly, have fun, Sam x

IMPORTANT REMINDER:
Please read ALL RULES on the linkz page before linking your creation.
If you didn't follow the rules posted, you may have been deleted.  
Feel free to relink your creation with the correct information for a chance to win.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SDC164: Birds or Animals

Kaz is our hostess this week and this is her challenge to you:

Napoleon once said that the English are a nation of shopkeepers.What he should have said is that we are a nation of animal lovers. Nearly everyone I know has got a cat or dog, a pet rabbit or bird, and I know that my Stampotique teamies have their pets too. So this week we're celebrating the fur and feathers and I challenge you to create something with either animals or birds. So put your best paw forward and bring it on.

Have fun!


IMPORTANT REMINDER:
Please read ALL RULES on the linkz page before linking your creation.
If you didn't follow the rules posted, you may have been deleted.  
Feel free to relink your creation with the correct information for a chance to win.


Julie Steed-Guest Designer





Gez Butterworth

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Kaz's favorites from last week's challenge are:
(e-mail khowardga@gmail.com for favorites badge)


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SDC163: Refresh It

Kaz is our hostess of the week and here is her challenge:

We all love playing with new stamps, but sometimes it's good to revisit some that have been neglected for a while. I'd like you to find an old favourite and give it a new lease of life.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:
Please read ALL RULES on the linkz page before linking your creation.
If you didn't follow the rules posted, you may have been deleted.  
Feel free to relink your creation with the correct information for a chance to win.








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The favorites from Kristen's flower challenge were:
(please e-mail khowardga@gmail.com if you would like favorites badge)


The favorites from Arwen's under the sea challenge were:
(please e-mail khowardga@gmail.com if you would like favorites badge)


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The random winners of the $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps are:
(please e-mail khowardga@gmail.com with SDC August winner as subject line)


and


Congratulations to all our favorites and winners!

Monday, September 1, 2014

SDC September Guest Designer: Julie Steed

We bid our wonderful August guest designer adieu today and welcome our September guest designer, Julie Steed.


Greetings!  My name is Julie and I hail from the often-soggy Pacific NW section of the U.S.  As a child my favorite part of school was when the teacher pulled out the art supplies.  Color, texture and composition still catch my eye.  17 years ago, when my daughter was born, I was introduced to scrapbooking and stamping which reinvigorated my love affair with paper and all the good stuff that can be done with it.  
I can be found in my creative nook at most any time of day though my favorite time is early in the morning when the hubster and kiddos are still sound asleep.  I joke that I have crafting ADD and am always eager to try new products and techniques.  The wonderfully quirky style of their designers is what first attracted me to Stampotique.
To support my paper and stamp buying habits I opened an Etsy shop, Elves In The Attic, in 2009.  Many of my creative experiments end up there and even more can be found on my blog, ElvesInTheAttic.blogspot.com