Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Design Team Call

Call for DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS now...........

As you all know, nothing lasts forever and through this year we've lost a few DT members due to life happenings.  We are once again in search of new additions to our design team family.  If you are interested, here are two bits to chomp on BEFORE sending us a yeah or nay and your blog link: 

1. You must have a blog and be familiar and comfortable with frequent entries.

2. You must be dedicated as the entire team is only as good as it's weakest link.  Everyone depends on each other and Stampotique DEPENDS ON THE DESIGN TEAM.  We would ask that you provide maybe 4 items per month using Stampotique images (we provide the rubber; you choose the images).  There might be a time when we would ask you to use a specific image. 

When you send your email to Carol@Stampotique.com there are 4 items to note 
1. your blog address, 2. your name,  3.what state or country you live in and  4. which one of the Stampotique artists is your favorite. 
PLEASE remember to list those 4 itemsThank you.

Depending on the number of applicants received, we may or may not respond to all. 

The CALL OPENS NOW and will CLOSE ON JANUARY 10th, unless we find new members before that date.     (we'll be sure to let you all know as a group). Spread the word, tell your friends; tell any men stampers that you know!

Thank you all who are interested and BONNE CHANCE!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

SDC21: Punches and Die Cuts

Welcome back to another Stampotique Designers Challenge!  We hope you'll escape from the seasonal weather in your craft corner and join us for our longest running challenge to date - open until 01/11/11!!!  Find all of the details below...

This week,  Valerie is asking us to dig into our crafty cupboards to pull out our favorite punches and die cut shapes and images.  She challenges us to create a project that includes at least one punched shape and one die cut shape or image! They can be any brand, any style, any size - shapes, layers, flowers, swirls, snowflakes... anything!!!!  Even hole punches count as punches and pre-cut purchased shapes and chipboard count as die cuts - right!!???  We think so!!! :)

Since it's the first challenge of the month, you are welcome to use stamps from any company.  Of course, if you have Stampotique images, we'd love you to include them in your project!  Just add your project below to be included in the draw for a fabulous $30 gift certificate to the Stampotique Store!
*only one entry per person please, additional entries will be deleted* 

The entries for the bling challenge were simply stunning!  Kim Prince had the impossible task of choosing only 3 favorites from last challenge - but she managed to do it and here they are! Congratulations ladies!
(Please e-mail khowardga@gmail.com if you would like to display the SDC Favorites Banner on your blog)

And a very big Design Team congrats goes to the winner for the $30 gift certificate from Stampotique this week...
(Please e-mail carol@stampotique.com to redeem your gift certificate)

Now, let's take a look at the beautifully inspirational eye candy created by the design team for the SDC#21!  (Click each designer's name for more details on her project!)

*only one entry per person please, additional entries will be deleted*

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Imagine the Mojo Locked in a Cage

Oh where, oh where, has my stamping mojo gone, oh where, oh where could it be?  Well, it definitely wasn't with me last night!  I had the night to stamp, and I just sat here staring at the computer (ok, I was chatting away online) but I couldn't think of a thing to do.  Even my usual inspiration of a sketch challenge wasn't sparking anything.

Finally, after more than an hour of sitting around pondering what I could do, I finally decided to just break out my mojo out of a cage and grabbed some stamps, paper, etc. and try to finish a card.  I succeeded in doing that, not sure if I'm thrilled with the outcome of the card, but I stamped and I'm happy about that.

This card uses the Card Positioning Systems Sketch #195 this week.  I've been neglecting some stamps that I've wanted to use, so I thought last night was a good night to break them out.  This uses Bird in a Cage from Stampotique which I thought fit this paper quite appropriately.  I *really* wanted some type of love sentiment but decided to go with a different on instead.
Is this paper too much?  I'm always loving how some of the stamper's I follow pair their papers and I've struggled with this over the years.  I want to pair patterned papers, but it seems like when I do, I'm never quite confident that the pairing works.

Hope your week is going good!  I'm looking forward to a day off tomorrow in which I pray my mojo will arrive.  I'm done prepping for the holiday festival I'll be having a table at on Saturday and so nothing on my plate except stamping and maybe some gift wrapping.

Card details:
Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst, Basic Black, Bo Bunny Crush Collection, Whisper White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Hibiscus Burst, Copics
Accessories: Dare to be a Diva Red ribbon, Amuse creative candy pearls

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

SDC 20 Bling Bling

Kim Prince here- I am so excited to be offering the challenge again this week!
With Christmas right around the corner, I thought the theme of BLING would be
fun! I love seeing sparkles, shimmer, and shine. So, make your project to
include bling of any kind. This weeks challenge is open to Stampotique Originals
stamps only. This is a great way to grow your collection of Stampotique
Originals stamps, as Carol and Jim, the owners, are giving away a fabulous $30
gift certificate to their store! So, come and upload your card and play along
with us, we would love to see what you come up with!

Thank you to everyone who played in the challenge last time! As always, it is so
hard to pick favorite cards, but here they are:
Please e-mail Kim if you would like to display the SDC Favorites Button (khowardga@gmail.com)

- Artvien

- Julie Mutch

- Cheryl Valadez 

Congrats to our random winner from the last challenge for the $30 gift certificate:
Please e-mail Carol to claim your goodies (carol@stampotique.com)

We also want to say a big Thank You to all of the Stampotique fans out there, this blog would be no where without you following along and joining in on the challenges.  We all enjoy seeing what you create with each challenge and always enjoy the comments & encouragement on our creations.  Thank you so much for loving Stampotique as much as we do!

A huge thank you also goes out to the very talented Janet Klein.  Her wonderful creations during the month of November have really brightened the blog and make sure you check out our sister blog for some of her other creations.  We will not have a guest designer in December but we are looking forward to many new guest designer's for 2011.

Janet Klein
Vicki Garrett-Summerthyme Studio

Come join us by creating with any kind of bling and linking below.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

SDC19: Girly Girl

Kim Prince here- I am so excited to be offering the challenge this week! It has been a dark and dreary week here in Halifax, with so much rain it's crazy! So, I would like to challenge you all to make something using a girly girl theme! I know your cards will bring some much needed sunshine to us all! This challenge is open to any and all stamps, but if you do have Stampotique stamps, we would love to see you use them! If you would like to be in the draw to win the FABULOUS $30 gift certificate from Stampotique Originals, please upload your card and share with us your creation, and you will be entered in the draw! I can't wait to see all
your creations!

I had such a hard time picking 3 favorites, as all the cards for this last challenge were amazing!  
Here are Kim's picks for the Spooky, Creepy, Crawly challenge:

   - Laura


 -Mary Anne

The random winner from our last challenge for the $30 gift certificate to Stampotique is:

Lucky #1: Tracy Evans

*please e-mail carol@stampotique.com to redeem your gift certificate*

As always, the design team enjoys seeing all the wonderful creations from the Stamptoqiue fans out there, you always are amazing us and we appreciate you joining us every other week for the challenges.

Now for the eye candy! Check out these gorgeous creations from the Design Team and our November Guest Designer, Stampotique's very own stamp artist, Janet Klein!

Janet Klein-November Guest Designer

Monday, November 1, 2010

Welcome our November Guest Designer

We are very excited about our November Guest Designer here at Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week.  She is someone you may or may not be familiar with. You may even have some of her fabulous stamps in your collection.  Please welcome one of Stampotique Originals own stamp artist, Janet Klein.  Janet will be joining us here for our challenges this month as well as sharing her work over on our sister blog, Stampotique Originals Designer's Blog.

Janet has been drawing all her life.  She is an elementary art specialist inspiring over 800 children a week.  Janet is the art teacher that we all wish we had had when we were in school.  Not only is she great with children, but she also teaches art education classes to teachers and  taught for Stampotique when it had a retail shop.

Janet has two “sides” to her rubber stamp images; the ‘flower girl’ images, which are tongue and cheek and her beautiful vintage photographic images of her family and her husband’s family.  Janet’s work has been published in most of the industry magazines as well as in Tweety Jill Publications books. 

Janet resides with her husband Jess, and their adorable doodlesPhoebe and Humphrey

Please give Janet a warm welcome to the group and if you've used Janet's stamps, collect them or are just seeing them for the first time, let us know which one is your favorite.  

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Top 3 Treat Containers & Winner

Thanks for your patience while we waited for InLinkz to start working again.

Betty had a tough time choosing her top 3 this week, but she picked the following as her favorites.  Please e-mail Kim at (Khowardga@gmail.com) for the Designer's Pick Badge if you would like to display it.

and Congratulations to our random winner of the $30 gift certificate for Stampotique.  Please e-mail Carol at (carol@stampotique.com) to redeem your gift certificate.  Please be patient if she doesn't respond immediately as Stampotique is currently closed and will respond as soon as they return.  Thanks!

Congratulations #10 Julie

SDC18: Spooky, Creepy, Crawly

Welcome to the Stampotique Designer's Challenge featuring Stampotique Originals stamps!

RE: last week's highlights and winner:
Inlinkz is down at the time of this post so Kim will be doing a separate post with Betty's top picks from last week and our random winner as soon as it's up and running.  Thanks for sticking with us!

This week we pay homage to the upcoming "Fright Night"!  Valerie has embraced her dark side and challenges us to create something spooky, freaky, ghoulish, dreadful, dark, mysterious, creepy, ghastly, tragic, grim, shocking, wicked and fun using only Stampotique Originals stamps!

(If you have not yet started your Stampotique collection, please join us on the second Wednesday of every month when you may use any stamps.)

To help give you some ghastly ideas, the design team is showcasing some seriously spooky scenes!  Click the pics for a closer look and click the designers' names to visit their blogs for more details about their creations.  We look forward to seeing how dark and daring you can be!

Kaz Boughton

Sue Roddis


A special thanks to our October guest designer, Shannon Sawyer for her fabulous creations this month.  We appreciate her joining us and showcasing Stampotique.