Friday 25 November 2011

Collage/Collage Background Winner

Wow, That was a really difficult task , There were so many amazing entries for the Collage challenge it was a very close decision! Such a talented bunch you all are.
There must be a winner though, so, drum roll please.....................

Congratulations to #24 Alison Manning as the winner of the Stamp Man voucher.
We loved her colorful and interesting Thank you card.

Please contact Jill at to claim your prize.

Our 4 runners up in numerical order are:

Well done everyone, please grab the blinkie on the sidebar and wear it on your blog with pride!!!

Don't forget you can still join in with our Tim's Tag Technique challenge.
We would love to see you there!

Have a wonderful week!

Friday 18 November 2011

Tim's Tag Techniques

Happy Friday Everyone - the weekend is almost upon us.

Today it is me, Brenda, who is your host for this challenge but first I have to say
the collage entries have been amazing over the last 2 weeks
We are going to have such a difficult job again choosing the winner and top 5.
For this next challenge, I am asking that you choose any of
(so that gives you 48 to decide from) ....
and use his techniques to create your own Christmas project.
You don't have to re-create T!m's tag, in fact you don't have to make a tag at all,
it could be a card, bag or altered item.
Please just tell us which tag you have chosen and the techniques you have used from it.
This really gives you the opportunity to be as creative as you want, but with a T!m seasonal theme.
Now Don''t forget we have a prize of a
£10 gift voucher
for the Stamp Man shop up for grabs.
All the challenge details and rules for entering can be found by clicking the associated tab at the top of the page.
Our super talented design team have been very busy making lots of inspiration for you. You can click on their names to see more info on their wonderful projects.

I chose tag one from Christmas 2007
and used the following -

Tim Holtz Crackle Paint - picket fence, old paper, tattered rose, brushed corduroy, brushed pewter, tarnished brass
Distress Inks - weathered wood, dusty concord, seedless preserves, black soot, tumbled glass, tea dye, pumice stone, chipped sapphire, tattered rose. stormy sky, vintage photo, bundled sage, barn door, antique linen, mustard seed, ripe persimmon
Tim Holtz stamps - mini holidays 2
Plus a number of ribbons and embellishments

Tim's Plaid background with alcholo inks
Siobhan chose the tag from Day 3, 2009 as inspiration and used the following
Glossy cardstock
Alcohol inks - various colours
Stamps from the following Stampers Anonymous sets
CMS094 Winter Sketchbook and
CNS061 Urban Tapestry
Tim Holtz Alteration Delight
Tim Holtz Christmas Muse Tokens, Silver Brads and Washers
Distress Inks - Chipped Sapphire and Tumbled Glass
Jet Black Archival Ink

Sue used: Tim Holtz die - Tattered flowers; Elegant Flourishes Grunge Paper Distress Stains - Fired Brick; Picket Fence Tim Holtz Stamps - Mini Holidays Tim Holtz Ideaology - Type Charm Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Distressed Stripes

Lisa used:
Cosmic Shimmer Mist-Lime Green

The technique I used is from the 
12 tags of Christmas 2008

Materials I used;
Aspects Of Design - Christmas I (Spruce and Background)
Black kraft card, Manilla Tags #8
Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber - Black and Juniper
Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die - Tattered Pinecone (657492)
Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die - Reindeer Flight (656923)
Tim Holtz Alterations Movers & Shapers- Joy (656935
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Swivel Clasps
Ranger Distress Stickles - Diamond
Lindys Stamp Gang Moonglow Embossing Powder - Terra Cotta Plum
Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder
Cosmic Shimmer Ultra Thick - Lapis Black
Seam binding, Snowflake charm, Bling and Metal mini bell


Loosely based on Tim's 2010 tag number 9 
Neil used
Stampers Anonymous Seasonal silhouettes and mini holidays
Alterations Rosette and Carnavale dies
Distress ink - Tumbled glass and peeled paint
Tim Holtz Christmas charms
Glossy accents

Lisa used:

Have fun everyone.

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Night Time Winners!

Sorry I' late posting the winners for this challenge, it was such a hard job choosing just 5 winners from the host of wonderful entries. There sure is some talent out there!

Without further ado here are the top 5 for this challenge

The Winner of the prize this week after much deliberation is 

number 34 Trace

Thanks Trace this was a lovely entry which had virtually unanimous votes!
Please contact Jill at to claim your prize

                                           and in no particular order the 4 runners up are

                                                                          26   Alie
2     Tracy
  11   Clare C
39   Emma

It truly was a difficult decision as there were so many stunning entries this week so well done folks please grab the blinkie and display on your blog with pride.

Hope you find time to join in with this weeks challenge - there are some stunning entries already!

Have a good week
x Michelle

Friday 4 November 2011

Collage/Collage Background Challenge

Hello and welcome back for another fun challenge this fortnight. Angela here, and I have to say your entries for the last challenge were all spectacular. All those beautiful colors and designs...Fabulous. We'll be back next week to announce the winner.

So now onto our new Challenge and the theme this fortnight is "Collage" Now don't let this scare you off. A Collage is an artistic composition of materials and objects pasted over a surface, often with unifying lines and color or in non definition terms it is a collection of images and/or items grouped together representing your artistic image on a subject or theme.

Now to further inspire you along I have created a tutorial showing how to create a collage background using the USARTQUEST Napkin Collage kit. Napkins are wonderful for collage as they will easily layer and allow you to create a variety of effects. Why not try it. You can find the tutorial here or by clicking the tutorials tab at the top of the page.

We would love to see your creations with your interpretation of collage. As ever, there's a £10 voucher to spend at The Stamp Man up for grabs for our winner! So come on and join in!

Now lets bring you some inspiration from the team....

Michelle Used

15 - Winter Wonderland

Scrap Paper

Siobhan Used
Stampers Anonymous - CMS094 Winter Sketchbook
Tim Holts Alterations Die - Reindeer Flight
Tim Holtz Ideology - Ornate Plates
Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Broken China and Pine Needles
Stampendous White and Stardust embossing powder
All available from The Stamp Man

Sue used:
Nestabilities - Labels 16

Lisa Sparkle

Lisa used:
Starburst Stain daubers - Canna lily burnt orange, Sweet violet purple teal, Marigold yellow orange and Ramblin rose pink
Moonglow 2 tone embossing powder - golden pumpkin blush
Tim Holtz stamp set- Haberdashery
Aspects of Design stamps - 40 Dragonfly dreams
Brilliance ink pad- Moonlight white

Caroline used:
10 envelopes (A2)
8" x 11" kraft card
Penny Black A4 backing paper - Vintage writing
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain
Non-Sequitur Stamp Sheet - 43 Across The Miles
Stampendous Clings Magical 2011 - CRS5020 Jumbo Cameo Frame
Lindy's Stampgang Moonshadow Mist - Tawny Turquoise
Organza Ribbon - green


Brenda used -

Tim Holtz stamps - slight alterations, urban tapestry
Tim Holtz paper stacks - crowded attic, lost and found
Distress inks - vintage photo, peeled paint, forest moss, weathered wood

Aren't they all wonderful!

All the materials used for the Design teams projects can be found at The Stamp Man website.

We hope you have a wonderful week and cannot wait to see your creations for this this challenge.