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