Wednesday 18 December 2013

Good Morning to you all, I hope your Christmas preparations are all going to plan, not long now until the big day.

Following our Desert Island crafting theme this month sees Eret marooned on a nice warm paradise island and she tells us below what she will be taking with her..................

What six essential crafting item should I take with me? Hmm...

May I have

1) a working power generator,
2) my computer,
3) my printer,
4) scissors,
5) glue,
6) glitter.

Plus 50 sheets of white heavy weight A4 size paper and I would be happy crafter for some time :)

I could pre-design my cards in computer, print every piece I need, cut them out and glue together. I could colour all the digi images in computer, print out all the pattern papers and even make my own coloured papers. That would be perfect. Maybe I would even have time to draw my own images and design some pattern papers.

I would glue scrap pieces of papers on top of each other and make my own fake dimensional. The sand, sea shells, pebbles and twigs would be lovely embellishments.

I need tweezers to place all the pieces to the card, but sadly I don't have room in my luggage for that. I think I would cut a slit to the twig. If I put the paper piece to the slit I could use the twig instead of tweezers. I think it should work :)

Hopefully by the time I run out of the paper some ship will pass with free Wi-Fi connection and my computer will pick it up, so I could send e-mail with my coordination and I would be rescued.

With this scenario I'd be happy to spend a week on the desert island :) May I go right now?

What a lovely description of your time on that island Eret, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it and sure everyone else will as well, thank you for sharing.

Sunday 1 December 2013

December challenge

Good Morning and welcome to the December challenge at Stamping Sensations! This month we have chosen
 Free and Easy 

for our theme. We know what it is like on the run up to Christmas and wanted to give you free reign over what you enter this month, whether that is Christmas related or not!

Our sponsor this month is Visible Image who are a clear stamp designer and manufacturer run by Mark and Helen. Helen says 'Our stamps are made with high quality photopolymer and are 4mm thick, so very deeply etched, to ensure you get a perfectly stamped image every time you use them. Every stamp is also hand-cut ready for you to use. Our designs include unique character sets, brilliant backgrounds that match up perfectly for repeat stamping, stunning sets, original verses and sentiments, and much more.... We are sure to have something you'll adore!'
Now on to the prize, feast your eyes on these beautiful stamps...

Aren't they gorgeous? There are plenty more in their online store too, perfect for treating yourself to a stocking filler!
Tracy (Craftnut) 
is joining us as Guest DT for this month and has created this beautiful card

Now lets have a look at  the fantastic inspiration from the rest of the DT...

Using Visible Image Tree Trio



Now over to you! We look forward to visiting you and seeing your wonderful makes!

Friday 29 November 2013

November winners

It's time to announce this months winners and wow what a fabulous month it's been, you really have kept the DT on their toes with so many entries this month but they have done a sterling job in visiting you all (thank you team) and even if I have not been able to join them in commenting I have taken a peek at all the thumbnails.

So without further ado here are this months winner...............................

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With this absolutely stunning 3D project

Congratulations Nicola, please mail me with your full and postal addy so I can let you know how to claim your Stamp Addicts voucher. 

Now I have to say the next part which is selecting our Top 3 was rather more difficult as they were so many to choose from...........over 360 wonderful this month there will be a Top 6 to allow us to spread the love a bit further and they are.................

Unfortunately I can't show Glenda's entry as she has a copyright gadget on her blog which prevents showing her card here, but please do go take a peek at her clever use of inks and stamping onto a feather

Love the distressed feel

A beautiful Christmas bauble

Sarah JW
So lovely and traditional

Pure elegance

Beautifully embellished

Huuuuge congratulations to you all and an equally big thank you to each and every one of you for your super entries. Sally will be along with our new challenge on Sunday 1st December.

Monday 18 November 2013

Away in a fantasy world

Morning Peeps, time for our mid month inspirational post and I also want to thank you for all your wonderful entries so far this month, what an amazing array of Christmas inspired creations, I am thinking it's going to be another tough month for the DT selecting our favourites.

So this month it's my turn to be marooned on a desert island and I now realise what a tough job the other girls have had choosing their essential crafting items, but I have whittled it down eventually and here is the brief we have all been set..............

We can select six essential to us craft items, one of which can be a form of colouring medium and for that one choice we can have five colours options and explain why we chose those colours - e.g: five copics or PM's, five colour inkpads.

1) Pan Pastels as my colouring mediums, green, blue, yellow, brown and red, all primary colours as I can blend these to obtain other colours and create definition.

2) Black archival inkpad, I use this daily for all my scenic work.

3) 1" round craft punch to create my moons and suns, I can't have a scene without one or the other.

4) Andy Skinner Winters Tale stamp set - it has trees and birds plus lots of other useful stamps so I could continue to create scenes. 

5) Penny Black Take Flight butterfly stamp set

In addition we are all allowed 50 sheets of cardstock and I would like half Fabriano 140gsm hot press and half Centura Pearl as I use the reverse like watercolour card. Not sure how I will cut it but I guess I could fold it and improvise with a piece of driftwood to tear it against.

I realise now that I've not got any Sofft sponges to apply my Pan Pastels so I will probably go diving in the crystal clear waters to find some natural sponge, unless Captain Jack Sparrow - aka Johnny Depp arrives to rescue no time have I ever said I live in anything but a fantasy world.

Thanks for taking a peek and if you have not already entered I do hope you will join us this month.

Sunday 3 November 2013

November challenge

Welcome to our new challenge here at Stamping Sensations where we have another wonderful sponsor and a nice easy theme for you which is.....................


Apart from the super organised amongst you most of us are making our Christmas cards at the moment as we look forward to seeing what you will be sending to your friends and family this year. 

Stamp Addicts who lots of you are familiar with from their regular shows on Create and Craft are our fabulous sponsor and are offering one very lucky winner a £35 voucher to spend at their store which is jam packed with all your essential crafting needs along with a huge selection of stamps including their own unique designs.

Now for some inspiration from the design Team.....................

Using Stamp Addicts Santa


Using Stamp Addicts Brushed Snow Scene

using Stamp Addicts Scenic unmounted set


Have fun with the challenge and don't forget you can enter up to three times so lots of opportunities to be in with a change of winning the fab prize.

Friday 1 November 2013

October winners

There is only one word about our October challenge and that is WOW, what a fabulous array of entries from butterflies to birds, hedgies to horses all confirming what a talented bunch you are, so a huge thank you from myself and the team.

So on to your winner and Top 3 which as you might guess with so many entries was a really difficult task, but I am always confident that as each of the team have a different style of crafting the voting system we employ gives every entry an equal chance of winning.

The winner of the collection of Penny Black goodies is...............................

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A beautiful Vintage inspired creation

Congratulations Jean, please mail me with your full name and postal addy so I can get your prize posted off to you. And of course you can also pick up our winner badge for your own blog.

And our Top 3.......................

Lovely Vintage colouring

Like a Summers day

Detailed right down to the snow on the berries

Well done to you all, three stunning creations, please collect out Top 3 badge to display on your own blogs.

I will be back Sunday with our new challenge and of course yet another wonderful prize.

Friday 18 October 2013

Desert Island Crafting

Good morning to you all, I am here to share a card from Francesca who is our desert island castaway this month and telling us what would be her crafting essentials to take off to her sun kissed island to keep her occupied.

Here are Francesca must have crafting goodies......................

1) Watercolour pencils, Blue, yellow, pink, white and black.

2) A set of brushes, so I can use the pencils to create backgrounds.

3)  Scissors , to create shapes and cut the card.

4) A Stazon black ink pad , to ink the stamps 

5) A large bottle of stardust stickles, I gotta have some sparkle

6) A set of penny black stamps

Along with the above we are allowed 50 sheets of card. I would have 10 black, 10 pink, 10 green and 20 white.

Thanks for sharing Francesca, I saw a really massive tube of stickles the other day so I think that would suite you fine.

Lots of wonderful entries to this months challenge but still plenty of time if you have not already joined in or would like to enter again, remember you can do so three times.

Sunday 6 October 2013

October challenge

It's the first Sunday of October and time for our new challenge which this month is......................

********All Creatures Great and Small********

A nice and easy one for you all whatever your style and as always you can enter up to three times, combine with other challenges and make whatever you like providing it follows our theme. And as always there is a great prize on offer and this month it's a fabulous collection of Penny Black goodies..........................

Our lovely sponsors

Penny Black invite you to explore their creative world and see for yourself why their rubber stamps, stickers, beautiful papers for scrapbooking, cardmaking and stamp crafting are everyone’s favourites. Their products are designed to integrate style and colour for creating the best handicraft projects ever. And you can be one of the first to hear about new stamps and products by joining the club for free.

And now for some inspiration from the Design Team and this month Guest Designer who we are pleased to welcome is Beryl.......................

All stamps & butterfly stickers by Penny Black

using Penny Black slapstick 'Paisley Swirls'


Now it's over to you to wow us with all your animal makes.