Patchwork Flower and February Challenge at STAMPlorations

Hi Everybody,

thanks so much for all your lovely comments, they were very much appreciated.

It’s the first Friday of the month, and that means it’s Challenge Time at STAMPlorations!!! The new monthly Challenge starts today and the theme is ‘Stamps and Stitches’. It will run until the 28th February and the winner will be announced on March 4th.

Here is my DT piece  to inspire you:

Patchwork Flower

I used the Graphic Pentagons set from the PATCHWORK FRENZY range to create my flower and one of the stitching stamps from the Graphic Squares stamp set from the same range to stamp the border. This card is very easy to make. I started with stamping the flower center followed by the petals plus 5 extra pentagons on a separate piece of card. I then stamped the stitching in the same colour around my petals, placed the sentiment slightly curved on an acrylic block before stamping it as the flower’s stem. I then cut out the 5 shapes, edged the edges with ink and shaped them each into a slight dome, before layering them on top of the already stamped petals for a quilted look. TIP! You only need one piece of 1mm thick 3-D foam pads in the middle, using anything thicker unfortunately will not give the same effect. I stamped the border, layered it on my base card and finished off by adding some gems to my flower center.

Now to the prize for the monthly challenge:

The winner will receive two clear stamp sets from the VIGNETTE or PATCHWORK FRENZY range and will be invited as guest designer for next month’s challenge!!!

We also have another twist … STAMPlorations hosts 3 challenges a month … one monthly and two bi-weekly sketch challenges … and if you enter all three challenges in a month, you will be entered into another draw to win a prize package from All About Scrapping. More details about how often you can enter and the draw itself can be found on the STAMPlorations Challenge Blog.

The Prize Pack for February is:

1 package of Nantucket Wood Shapes (Pink Paislee), 1 package of Mixed Half Circle Chipboard Banner Album (Maya Road), 1 package of Winter’s Roses – Aquamarine (Maya Road), 1 package of  Tranquility Sunflower Metal Slides (Maya Road), and 1 package of Mulberry Paper Flowers.
Hope all of this has inspired you to join into our challenges at STAMPlorations. You can always find a link to the current challenges at the top of the STAMPlorations’ Homepage!
See you there and …
Happy Stamping!!! 🙂

Dragonfly Patchwork

Hi Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments, they are very much appreciated.

A very quick post today. I have been patchworking again using the lovely Graphic Squares Set from STAMPlorations. It is fast becoming my favourite set!

Dragonfly I

From another angle …

Dragonfly II

I want to enter this into the Artful Times Challenge 46 which is BLUE.

I also want to encourage everybody who is visiting my blog to enter into the Challenges at the STAMPlorations Challenge blog. There are lots of prizes up for grabs, each challenge has one plus if you enter all 3 challenges in January you’ll be entered into an extra prize draw, details below:

January Prize Pack – Enter In All 3 Challenges This Month

Hello! As we have mentioned in previous posts, we’ve got a twist in our challenges. We host 3 challenges every month: 1 monthly challenge that starts on the 1st Friday, and 2 bi-weekly sketch challenges that start on the 1st and 3rd Monday. Anyone who participates in all 3 challenges for the month gets a chance to win a prize package from our sister shop, All About Scrapping. We’ll randomly pick one winner and announce who that is on the first week of the following month.
For January, here’s what the winner will get:
1 package of Artisan Ribbons (Pink Paislee), 1 package of Gold and Silver Luxe Rub Ons (Pink Paislee), 1 package of Artisan Corners (Pink Paislee), 1 package of Outdoors Ribbon Quintet (Cloud9 Design), and 1 package of Round Clips (Heidi Grace Designs).
Our challenges this month:
(ends January 31)
Link up your project(s) here
(ends  January 17)
Link up your project(s) here
starts on January 20 so be sure to check back for the sketch!
Tip: Make a feather-themed paper craft project based on the sketch and you can enter it to both challenges!

FYI: You can use stamps by other companies to create projects that you enter to our challenges, although if you have our stamps in your stash, we’d be tickled if you use them!

We’re looking forward to seeing what you create! Happy stamping!

~The STAMPlorations Design Team


Hope to see you there …
Happy Crafting!!!! 🙂
What I used:
Graphic Squares Stamps from STAMPlorations
Dragonfly and sentiment from Get Stamping Magazine issue 6
Marvy Brush markers 6 – blue, 36 – manganese blue, 60 – salvia blue
Bashful blue and concorde crush inks from Stampin’UP!
Versafine Majestic blue ink, clear embossing powder

A little Birdie

Hi Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments. They were very much appreciated, and I shall catch up with you tomorrow.

Today I got a very cute card I want to share with and also enter into the following challenges:

Moo-Mania wants Birds

CAS(e) this sketch is working with the following sketch

I also want to use this as a reminder piece for the monthly STAMPlorations Challenge which is ‘stamps and feathers’

… and here is my piece:

a little birdie

I started off stamping the stitched border using a stamp from the Graphic Squares set of the Patchwork Frenzy Range by STAMPlorations in light grey, I then stamped my feathers (Trendy Feathers by STAMPlorations coloured with Mavry pens) before stamping my sentiment (freebie from Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine, think it was issue 87 or 89). I then used my bird builder punch (from Stampin’UP!) to punch the shapes from white shrink plastic before colouring them with blossom, pastel yellow and pastel blue and stamping with one of the feather stamps and matching inks to add texture before heating them with my heat tool to shrink the shapes. Once cooled I glued them in position and finished by adding some doodled musical notes and gem.

… and her is one I was able to take outside and in focus …

a little birdie 2

Hope you like it.

Have a great weekend and …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Patchwork Pink

Hello Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments, they are very much appreciated.

Today I got a very pink card for you which I want to enter in the ‘Patchwork’ challenge at Out of a Hat Creations. Sorry girls I didn’t join in last week, but I was busy preparing for a party, and it took me all this time to recover …

Anything with a patchwork pattern. There would have been lots of possibilities ….

Patchwork Pink

I decided to use a pink card blank, I embossed a while ago (patchwork embossing folder from the Inspiration magazine, Crafter’s Companion), but hadn’t used as yet. I simply highlighted the pattern with some faux stitching, added some scored lines top and bottom before finishing off with a flower (mixed bunch stamp set by Stampin’Up!), button and ribbon.

Hope you like it!

What else have I been up to … I have started a bit of a craft clear out and shall add a new page to my blog to post items for sale, please feel free to check out my ‘Items for Sale’ Tab.

That’s it for today.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂