Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Blog Candy from the Stamp man

Helloooo everyone

School holidays are keeping us rather busy... with 2 x weekly classes to prep for.. in the meantime, why not take yourself over to the Stamp Man's blog (  and stand a chance to win some wonderful,just wonderful Tim Holtz goodies....well worth a visit indeed...

Enjoy the great soccer happening at the moment... it's certainly getting to the exciting stage right now!



Monday, June 21, 2010

P is for Petunia

So, I had this cute little Petunia stamp from Paper Inspiratons which I thought would just fit perfectly on an ATC. I wanted a watercolor finish and decided to used my Mungyo Aqua Crayons (these look just like wax crayons, only they are water based) instead of regular ink. I stumbled across this technique purely by chance after I received these crayons as a gift, I was busy with one of my Penny Black brush stroke stamps…the hydrangea.. which comes in a myriad of differnt blues and purples... I wanted a mixture of colours which I didn’t have in inks…I tried the crayons.. and they worked like a charm… >vbg<…live ,experiment and learn...


The technique is very simple: all you do is wet the front of the crayon in a tiny bit of water and transfer the colour onto your stamp. You have to work quite quickly as they tend to dry fast, but if you have a mini mister or soft mist like spray bottle – that will also work to wet your ink again. Do experiment on scrap paper first to find the right consistency of water to colour ratio. If you look closely you can see areas of white showing thru the leaves, this is the kind of effect you will get.. some areas will be darker than others... but if one just takes a look around us at nature... there are just so many different greens in one leaf... that is why I mixed 2 different greens here to get a varied effect.
Please do feel free to email me if you have any questions about this... and I will try my best to help over the phone or email. If you are in Cape Town, you are welcome to pop around and I will show you how ;p)

I first cut my white cardstock with my nesties and embossed it before stamping my petunia onto the oval….this way I could place the petunia exactly where I wanted it onto the card.  I inked the edge with red ink and sponged the background slightly with red ink -  the white was just too stark. I then cut & emobossed gold paper in my wizard with petite Oval nestibilities and finally layed this onto my green card which I edged with gold ink. Just for an added bit of extra I embellshed the centre of the Petunia with stickles. 


 hugz Shamela ;p)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Scrap and Stamp Saturday challenge

This week on Scrap and Stamp Saturday the challenge is:


Challenge - Mixed Alphas
This was a page that I had done a while ago... and since I just adore using mixed alphabets... thought it was ideal for the challenge.

My photographic skills are a bit poor... so the full effect cannot truly be appreciated in this picture... hope you enjoyed looking anyway.




O is for Oriental

I must admit...coming up with ideas for these alphabet letters is becoming a challenge...'cause before I come up with an idea... I've got to check whether I have stamps to fit the bill!!  Luckily I had just received my consignment from Hero Arts ( and just fell totally in love with this set ClearDesign: World Dolls Product Number: CL349 (A collection of dolls representing different cultures from around the world.)....

and I oriental looks soo cute...and that was that... O is for Oriental (set available now at Kanje Krafts & Kreations) contact Shamela @

I started out with my Opale Wove pure white 280gsm cardstock and stamped my lovely oriental doll with black Versa fine ink..... it is waterproof so there is no need for heat setting especially if you are going to use watercolors to color your design. She stamps like a dream... I used Sakura's watercolors to color her in and highlighted her belt and buttons with some stickles.
This was mounted onto a black off cut... just a very thin border. I used Red 300gsm card stock (which I stock in a variety of colors... for a 300gsm @ R2.50 per A4 real value for money) Punched out the corners and used my gold pen to add a gold border - You could easily have also stamped a lovely thin border around the edge as well - but of course... I was in a hurry as usual... and had to send my swap via overnight mail again!!! Finally mounted my lovely Asian doll onto the red card, hand wrote Oriental with a Black Sakura 3D pen. and attached a small red flower with a tiny bit of stickles to finish!

As an afterthought I realised I could have overstamped my Asian image with some Asian wording in perhaps a light color like Antique Linen Distress ink or a light shadow ink which would have added an additional dimension to the completed project.... Live and learn...LOL

hope you like




Saturday, June 12, 2010

N is for Newspaper

Once again as part of our on going ABC ATC swap our recent one completed was N O P - I used a stamp from Charmaine for Newspaper.

I stamped my image with Memories Art print brown ink... this is fast becoming one of my favourite colours in the Memories range... coloured in the tie with my new Sakura glitter pens (watch this space they will be available from Kanje Krafts in the near future.. and work just wonderfully) Also used the Sakura ink to highlite the wording of Times in Black - it not clearly visible on the picture, but this creates a 3D effect which is simply marvellous for your cardmaking and scrapbook projects. the hard part was cutting out all the images. Overstamped onto my harlequin scrapbook paper with (yes... again my favourite) Hero arts H2365 Old French writing in Memories art print brown and layered it onto my brown base card. Assembled the card as shown... and highlighted the coffee with clear glossy accents... just to add a bit of interest.

Hope you like my attempt...TFL Hugz
Shamela ;p)

The world cup is officially here! this is not really stamping related... but I saw this on vixykins blog... and just had to"steal" it from her... hope you don't mind Vix >vbg< if only I can also make him wave the flag...LOL

Just wanted to say... I was extremely proud of our soccer boys... Bafana Bafana yesterday... they should have won that game... 'cause they were just amazing!! 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Love Birds ATC

As part of our on going ABC ATC swap.. this is what i completed for "L" is for Love Birds...

I stamped my love birds onto cream cardstock and coloured them in with a mixture of Distress inks and my Liquid Pearls (rub your distress ink pad onto a perspex block and add a bit of liquid pearl.....mix and use as a paint.) this will give you a lovely pearlized finished paint.Yep...there is another use for ink pads & liquid Pearls....

I punched the edge of the yellow card layered the bird image onto the yellow and attached my ribbon as shown. Finally mounted onto Green card,  embelllished the birds with some  Glossy Accents & stamped the words "love birds" with Brilliance green ink..Voila... all done...




Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Scrap and Stamp Saturday challenge

here is what I came up with...

I started with a Turquoise Bazzil card and stamped Penny Black Concentrics (3655H) onto the top half of the page with Encore Ultimate Metallic Green. On the bottom of the page I stamped paper Inspirations H9962 Love in Versa Mark and highlighted it with Perfect Pearls Kiwi.

I matted the bottom border with a lighter turquoise and used Tim Holts distress ink stormy skies to distress

 the edge of the turquoise card, then used my scissors to distress the floral paper and inked again with stormy skies distress inks. I also used some Glossy accents and turquoise glitter to "liven up" the patterned paper. I cut out a flower circle with my KNK maxx in Peach and a smaller circle in floral and stamped the words "love" all around the Peach card's edge.

Mounted my pics on a peach bazill basics card and then mounted onto the same turquoise card I used for the bottom border. Stamped out Paper Inspirations FF9951 "There is only one happiness in Life, to Love and be Loved" onto Peach card then layered with lighter turquoise, floral & finally onto light turquoise off cut again. 

Stamped with Encore Metallics green over the 2 peach flowers with Hero Arts H2365 Old French Writing (my favourite stamp) attached buttons and gold chord and finally added Vellum title.

Hope you like....




Sunday, June 6, 2010

ATC swap for the boys...

A while back my friend Lynn held a "for the boys" swap. I knew I wanted an aged vintage look to my swap... I found an old novel - the pages were all yellowed and aged and decided to over stamp my "noble gentlemen" with black Versafine ink... I really loved the completed look and was fortunate to be published in the "craftwise" magazine in South Africa.

The words Noble Gentlemen was stamped and sponged with Archival sepia ink to match the aged look. Sometimes the most unlikely resources work so well....

Friday, June 4, 2010

70th Birthday card

After the "grand" opening... I have been working on a school holiday programme. It looks like mums are anxiously looking to keep their kids busy during the long school holiday... in the meantime... I have had an order for an A4 birthday card... I didn't have any A3 card, so I had to improvise... and believe me.. filling up the space on an A4 card is not easy... especially if the mojo seems to have taken a massive dive... LOL...

anyway.. this is what I came up with I hope the recipient of this card is going to enjoy it... 


I decided to make the card open like a book and used 2 sheets of Opale wove cream card. Scored down the side to ensure it opens flat. Because the order was specifically for a tulip design, I used an old Hero Arts Tulip stamp - F 3832 (small watercolor tulip) inked it with: Versacolor: 11(canary); 13(orange); 22(fresh green) & 42(lime). Overstamped image with Hero Arts H2365 Old French writing in Antique linen distress inks...a time old favourite stamp of mine.

I used an old Penny black H 2948 climbing vine stamp for the outside border inked with Versacolor 42 Lime and used my old favourite Glossy Accents and Hero Arts Prisma Glitter to accent the vines as well as the tulip.

To assemble I used orange card ran it thru my Spellbinders Wizard with the CB emboss A2 Victorian folder. layered tulip on orange, green & finally on larger orange embossed folder.

Wording is an inkadinkadoo  97904LL " A special card for a special person".

In a rush peel offs are a true life saver - # 70 gold peel offs & some body bling for pizzaz....; finally a bit of lace to finish.....