Sunday 15 July 2012

Meet Pinky and Tracy.....and new Magnolia's

Good Morning everyone, I hope you are having a good weekend.

Our July challenge is going well and lots of you are sharing your 'Crafty Passions' with us, but if you have not had time to join in yet, fear not because there is still a couple of weeks to go so plenty of time.

Each month the Design Team come up with their work offering lots of inspiration to us all and will be recognisable to you by name, but I thought it would be rather nice if we could get to know a little bit more about each of them, the person behind the card each month. So for the next few months I will be doing a second post mid month where I will spotlight two of the DT along with a second piece of work from them following the months theme.

But before I introduce Pinky and Tracy, I will take this opportunity to let you all know that the Sir Stampalot web site has completed it's re-vamp. The new look site is quick and easy to navigate and as previously you will find all the new products under the whats new section, the new terms class schedule and of course the Specials section which is regularly updated with new offers.

The Turning Leaves Magnolia collection arrived in store this week, along with new DooHickey dies, as well as new August craft magazines which will make perfect holiday reading material. Click on the pictures below to go direct to the product in store.

Now back to this months DT Spotlight and I would like to introduce you to Pinky and Tracy. I have been lucky enough to know both for some years, in fact since my early days in blogland and whilst I could tell you little things about both, such as Pinky loves making baby cards and probably makes more wedding cards than anyone else I know and Tracy has a total love affair with House Mouse stamps and embellishing her cards with flowers, I know there is far more to each so I asked both to tell us a bit more about themselves and their crafting journey.

My favourite stamp, ribbon and colouring pens

"I live in Craigavon, Co. Armagh and have been married to my best friend for nearly 33 years and he supports my craftiness in more ways than one lol.  We have 4 grown up kids, the eldest is 31 and the youngest and only girl is 19. We also have a little dog called Squirt!

I've always been crafty and come from a long line of dressmakers, bakers,  embroiderers and stitchers.  I started off at a very young age thanks to my Mum who taught me everything I needed to know about knitting and sewing.  I moved into card making purely because I didn't like the sentiments and verses in shop bought cards.  I used to make up my own poems and verses and a lot of my cards were made from recycled bits and pieces. I shudder when I look back on them.

I joined the land of bloggers about 3 years ago and am totally addicted to entering challenges and working on design teams. The bulk of my cards though are all commissions and I've been running my own little card business for about 10 years now and have a large customer base who thankfully keep coming back for more so I must be doing something right!!"

Some More Crafty Passions:- Penny Black Stamps, Shabby Chic, Handmade Flowers, Crealie Dies

"I have a lovely hubby John of 17 years and I'm Mum of three gorgeous children, Scott 16, Jodie 14 and Bobby 6. And six adorable pets too.

My crafting started when my Mum taught me to knit. While I was pregnant with my first child I had started to cross stitch, then bought a magazine with a little free knitting kit on the front and that was it I was hooked and then taught my sister to do it as well.  After many years of knitting and cross stitching it became painful on my wrists so I started to buy scrapbooking bits and bobs after seeing another magazine with the intention one day to scrap.

Then about four years ago I found blogger through a forum, I used the first blog I went on as a lead to many others, then saw the challenge blogs. My daughter asked me to make her a card, so I had a go using my scrapbooking stash and that was it, I've never looked back.............

I just love rubber stamping so much, and I love blogging because everytime I log on I'm inspired by so many talented crafters. I am part of four lovely design teams, Sir Stampalot, Penny Black @ Allsorts, House Mouse & Friends and Oldie But A Goodie. I feel very proud to be part of them and with so many very talented ladies and have made some really wonderful friends too".

I hope you have enjoyed learning a bit more about Pinky and Tracy, I know I have and would like to thank them both for being supportive and enthusiastic members of Stampalot Design Team.

Sunday 1 July 2012

July challenge

Good Morning and welcome to the July challenge here at Stampalot and this month we would like you to tell us.......................

........ What's your Crafty Passion ? ........

We would love to see pieces of work that show us what you enjoy doing most when crafting, the Design Team certainly enjoyed working on this one and we hope you will too and can't wait to see what you all come up with. Don't forget to mention in your post what it is you especially like doing on your cards and projects.

You may have noticed that there are some changes going on with the Sir Stampalot website and they are till tweaking it here and there, but you can still shop 24/7 and amongst the new goodies are the Summer Special Collection of Distress Inks, the colours are just stunning, plus the new Magnolia magazine is now shipping. Also keep an eye out for the new term class schedule which will be going on line tomorrow.

We have another super prize from the guys at Sir Stampalot, just feast your eyes on this...............

Now on to what the Design Team have been getting up to using their favourite products and techniques......and our Guest Designer this month Heidi.


My crafty passion: Distress inks, suns and moons, flowers and Penny Black stamps

plus fairies, butterflies, more moons and champagne

My crafty passion: Nature, trying different techniques and enjoying the crafting process (without worrying too much about the outcome).

My crafty passion, Fairies, pink and green and flowers

My craft passion: Butterflies, distress inks, Cuttlebug and resist stamping

My crafty passion: Baby cards, favourite baby stamp, colouring with markers

My crafty passion: flowers, punching and dry embossing

My crafty passion: distress inks, trees, flowers, Hero Arts leaf flourish and
old french writing

My crafty passion: House Mouse, all things pink and handmade flowers

I hope you enjoy our theme this month and that you will join in and share your crafty passions with us.