Sunday 15 April 2012

Have you been to our Birthday bash ?

Good Morning to you all, I hope your weekend is going well.

Using the new Teresa Collins DP's, Penny Black stamp inked with 
Tim Holtz distress markers, Spellbinder edgabilities 
and Fleur de Lis and Hobby House pearls

It's mid month for our April Birthday challenge and we are thrilled to see so many of you joining in our Birthday celebrations. But if you've not had time to take part yet, fear not because you still have two weeks to enter the challenge and join in the blog hop and with so many prizes on offer I know you won't want to miss out. And remember if you have already entered a card, you can join in again with something else such as a box, tag, l/o, in fact anything other than another card.

I know lots of you have been patiently waiting for the arrival of the Tim Holtz distress markers, well they are here......................

As well as the fabby markers, there are loads of new goodies arriving at Stampalot every day so I thought I would share a few tasters and if you click on the pictures below you will go straight to the items and can read a bit more about them all.

I also have a few cards to share as Janice set me a challenge to create a few using some of the latest products. If you want to know more about what I did on them or specific colours used please do pop over to my blog where I explain in more detail.

But I have listed the main items under each picture so you have an idea what I used.

The Penny Black stamp is inked with Tim Holtz distress markers, Teresa Collins DP, 
Penny Black sentiment and Hobby House pearls which I think are 
fabulous value at £1.45 a sheet.

I think I am most excited about the distress markers, they come in all the same colours as the inkpads so you can blend everything perfectly. One of my favourite stamping techniques is inking the stamp and spritzing with water before stamping and for me this is where the new markers really come into their own as you can colour the smallest elements without bleeding, if you look at the card above you will see I even managed to get some blue into the middle of the leaves and it stayed put.

Penny Black image again coloured with Tim Holtz distress markers, 
some soft sponging using the same colour distress inks and some punched butterflies.

Just one more share, time sort of got the better of me and these three cards were as far as I got, must try harder !

Have a good Sunday everyone.

Sunday 1 April 2012

April Challenge

A very Good Morning to all you crafters out there and a warm welcome to a rather special month here at Stampalot Challenge. It might be April Fools day, but I can assure you the surprises are all good ones and my are you going to be spoilt rotten this month........there are a total of fourteen prizes to be won............yep that's right 14.................because it's our Second the theme this months:
Happy Birthday

You can make absolutely anything you want as long as it's to celebrate a Birthday and this is the prize from the lovely guys at Sir Stampalot for this months lucky challenge winner:

Before I tell you about the rest of this months fun activities, a reminder that the Sir Stampalot website is being constantly updated with new crafty goodies.

In the last couple of days the Stampy guys have been busy as ever updating the What's New section of the website and added pages of fabby new gems, pearls and other embellies from Hobby House.

The pearls and gems are a real steal at just £1.45 a sheet and guess who's already got hers on order ? And which colours you ask.......well I lack any self control when it comes to sparkly bits so quite a few of them I have to confess.

But it does not stop there, as in time honoured tradition we are having a Blog Hop and what fabby prizes Sir Stampalot are offering in addition the the challenge prize above, there's one at each of the DT's blogs and another for the winner of the correct blog hop answer. I know lots of you are familiar with what you need to do, but as we are seeing so many new crafters joining our challenge, I had better briefly explain:
  • Visit each of the DT's blog listed below
  • Leave each one a comment to be sure you are in the draw for the prizes on each of the DT's blogs
  • Pick up a letter from each DT blog you visit
  • Assemble those letters into two words - both have four letters and send your answers to me by noon GMT on 30th April
  • All correct answers will go into the draw for this super prize, don't you just love the sunny colours...................and a little clue to help you on your way "it's in the prize"...................

Here's the list of names you need to follow, each one will tell you where you should have arrived from and where you need to go next, but if you get lost you can always come back here and start again and don't forget you need to leave a comment at each blog, otherwise you won't be in the draw for their individucal prizes.

Just a reminder, you need to mail me with the two words you have made with the letters collected from the blogs above before noon GMT on 30th April.

And I am still not quite finished with prizes, because as this is a special month for us, this months Top 3  challenge entrants will also receive a little prize rather like this which I have put together...........

Wow, how exciting is all of that and I hope you've still got enough energy left to go make your Happy Birthday entry for a chance to win the challenge prize and be in the selection for our Top 3. Here's the inspiration from my oh so talented Design Team and our Guest Designer for April...........




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