Friday, 4 April 2014

STAMPlorations fun!...

Hi guys!

I am super excited to be a Guest Designer over at STAMPlorations this month!  Woohoo!  I won the Stamps and Stitches challenge over there in February, which was prize enough for me, but not only that, I am now the proud owner of some great STAMPlorations stamps AND I got the opportunity to join the super talented Design Team for the challenge this month - did someone say 'humbled'?  Oh yeh, that was me!  So a great big thank you to Shery and the DT for having me :)

Ok, so the challenge this month is;

So, the challenge is to use stamps and your favourite technique!  I think this is a pretty sweet deal and I got off quite lightly here!  ;)

For those of you who know me, you'll know my go to techniques are heat embossing, stitching and distress/emboss resist.  I have used all three on my card, along with some AWESOME stamps from my winings ;)

For this card I used STAMPlorations Vignette: Retro Mod Shapes and Vignette: Chevron & Arrows.  These sets are so versatile I can't wait to get the time to put to paper all the ideas I have floating around my head :)  I especially love the Retro Mod Shapes set as they remind me of a doodle I have done for as long as I can remember.  Whenever watching the TV or at a loose end, I have always doodled interlinking squares/rectangles of varying sizes and then coloured in the alternating squares.  That may be a little difficult to picture so if I think about it I'll post one on here one day and you'll see the full extent of my OCD/crazy!  Until then, the interlinking squares on this card should give you some idea of what my doodles look like.

I stitched the two curved lines through the squares to break up the rigidity of all those straight lines and add a sort of flow to the whole thing.  A bit of ink blending and heat embossing and I was done!  Actually, this card did take some time to make, despite first impressions - I made that square panel twice as I was happy with the first one.  Having said that, I've just seen it lying on my desk and it's not as bad today as it was when I made it so maybe it'll crop up on another card in some capacity - who knows :)

As you may notice, this card was based on last week's CAS(E) This Sketch sketch...I couldn't help myself - I loved it!  It's too late to enter it, but that's ok ;)

So there you have it, my contribution to a super talented bunch of designers - I hope I didn't let the team down!  

I hope you all pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog and get yourself's too much fun to miss and the inspiration from the team is worth the visit if nothing else :)

Thanks again to Shery for letting me be a part of this, I really appreciate it :)

Thanks for stopping by guys ;)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White
Stamps: STAMPlorations Vignette: Retro Mod Shapes, Vignette: Chevron & Arrows
Ink:        Ranger - Perfect Medium; Distress Ink - Broken China
Other:    WOW! - Ebony, Opaque Pastel Purple, Earthtone Grape, Opaque Bright White Super Fine e/p;
                    coloured thread


  1. How cool that your are the Guest Designer at Stamplorations! Absolutely love your card! It's modern and soft and just perfect!

  2. Just curious... Were you notified that I pinned your card?

  3. we are so honoured to have you join us Sian and with this wonderful card. So cool you combined all these techniques and still made the card CAS, that takes talent!

  4. Great to have you join us as guest designer, Sian! I love the retro design of your card and the soft colours paired with black and white. And the curved stitching is genius!

  5. Sian, I just love how you sponged the square panel. Your card is gorgeous - great result of combining 3 techniques! You created a beautiful CAS-perfect card! We LOVE that you decided to play with us this month! Hugs!

  6. Oh this is so very cool. I love your stamping and the stitching is perfection!

  7. LOVE THIS! Totally awesome graphic card!

  8. This look amazing... Fabulous card Sian, glad you joined us as a guest designer,

  9. Congratulations on the GD spot, Sian, and well-deserved! They are lucky to have you for the month! Your card is your usual style of impeccable taste and execution and design and it took my breath away!! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Darnell

  10. What a fabulous design - the colors are unexpected, you used the rule of threes and your stitching is the perfect touch. Wonderful to have you join us at STAMPlorations this month!

  11. Great to have you as a guest designer at STAMPlorations this month - fabulous card - the stitching is wonderful and add so much!

  12. Sian, so much to applaud here - your GD spot, your engaging post (once again, you are such a gifted writer) and the AWESOME card you've created, The background, the images, the techniques...every detail in perfect sync. Net result = 'visual harmony' (my new phrase). Way to go in showcasing the STAMPlorations stamps; I have a few on my wish list! LOVE this x a zillion!
    Hugs ~c

  13. Hi Sian. Love the cool contemporary look of your card. It is simply stunning! Great to have you as our guest designer this month at STAMPlorations. Have a lovely day! Monika x


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