Sunday, 16 June 2019

Happy Father's Day

Apologies for the lack of blogging recently, there is so much going on at Stamp Addicts that I've been surviving on 5-6 hours sleep a night and still haven't had time to blog until today.

Happy Father's Day to all those wonderful Dad's out there.  I'm lucky to have my husband Martin who is a great Father to our 2 kids (now teenagers and taller than both of us) and a great Father-in-law Bill, unfortunately my dad doesn't want to be part of our lives and hasn't done for nearly 15 years - his loss.

For those of you with teenagers in the middle of A Levels you will know that now is the time to start looking at universities which is what our daughter is doing very soon, in between lots of exams.  I can see this being a stressful time in our household, bad enough with exams but then the pressure of choosing the university that you think is right for your future.  I didn't go to university, the closest I got was Open University several years ago with a few days at Cambridge, not quite the uni experience.

I will do my best to keep blogging in between, especially as we have an exciting new designer coming on board and hope to start releasing those new stamps next month.

Plus designer Teri Sherman has some fabulous Christmas designs that we will also be releasing soon.

Card by Denyse.
Dahlia designed by Teri Sherman.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Bright Dalia Background

I think Denyse created this one, using our Dahlia Background.
Beautiful shading on some fabulous flowers.
Image designed by Teri Sherman.

Teri has been busy working on a couple of Christmas scenes which we are hoping to launch in July.  Warning - they look amazing :)

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Gold Leaf Butterflies

A nice simple black on white background with Blossom Background.
Butterflies are embossed in black onto Laminating sheets with imitation gold leaf on the sticky side.
Images designed by Teri Sherman
Card by me.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Sprayed Poppies

I have to admit that I can't remember who made this card and without having it in my hand to look at the name on the back I'm not going to be able to give credit to the right person.
We've been so crazy busy that I forgot to make a note of who made which card so apologies to our DT or maybe it's one of Vicky's!
Poppy Background and Poppy Head designed by Teri Sherman.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Dahlia Background

Our DT sent us so many wonderful samples but I think this is one of my favourites.
It reminds me of a photography course I took at college many many moons ago.
It was before digital cameras, we worked with black and white film and developed our own photos and learnt how to add touches of colour to the black and white photos.
I vividly remember a particular photo I developed of some daffodils where I added colour to just one of the daffodils so it would stand out from the others.
Card by Denyse.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Blossom Inchies

You might have spotted this in our Hochanda show on Sunday
featuring our new Inchies and Blossom Background stamp.
Stamp Designed by Teri Sherman
Card by Vicky
Stamp and Inchies available here.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Stamperama Worthing

Thank you to everyone that supported our first Stamperama Worthing on 25th May, we had a thoroughly wonderful time and we know the visitors did too as they all very kindly told us.

An extra big thanks to Jenny, Becki, Peter & Chris from Hobby Art Stamps for helping to launch Stamperama at the Charmandean Centre (approx 9 years since the last South Stamp Show), this was the first of many more to come.
2020 date is Saturday 13th June.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Poppy Heads

We are on HOCHANDA TV today at noon with these new Poppy Heads plus new big background stamps.  All designed by Teri Sherman.
Card by Brenda

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Dahlia Head

Our new Large Dahlia Head
Designed by Teri Sherman
Card by Denyse
See this and other new stamps on HOCHANDA TV on Sunday at noon.

Friday, 31 May 2019

New - Blossom Background

Some more new stamps designed by Teri Sherman
Blossom Background and Small Butterfly.

See us use these stamps on HOCHANDA TV on Sunday at noon.
Find these and more new stamps here.

Card by Brenda

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Purple Dahlias

This is our new Dahlia Background and Large Dahlia Head
unmounted rubber stamps.
Designed by Teri Sherman
The background is stamped with Izink dye based ink and the Dahlia Head has been coloured with Izink dye pens.
Card by Vicky

Find these and more new stamps here.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Doodle Heart - Glitter

Doodle Swirl Heart rubber stamp 
All images are stamped and embossed with Sticky Stuff embossing powder and then covered with glitter.
The background is Pattern Patches Solid Hearts rubber stamp.
You can see how the Sticky Stuff gives extra depth to the glitter.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Dandelion Dreams

Our new Dandelion Wishes stamp set, stamped in Distress Oxide.
Sentiment from our Chase your Dreams word set.

It doesn't get much quicker and simpler than this

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Love Glitter

This is the card I didn't get to finish on TV.
All stamped with Sticky Stuff embossing powder.
The Love is then covered with glitter, which you need to rub on with your finger to make sure it aheres.
The Pattern Patches Solid Hearts are covered with Oxidating Blue Art Metal.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Dandelion on Pink

One of my demos from our Hochanda show on Thursday.
This is lovely matt card which we stock in pink, purple and black.
Anti-static the card first and then stamp and emboss Dandelion with Sticky Stuff embossing powder.
Then carefully apply Mica powders.

Friday, 17 May 2019

White Dandelions

You might have spotted this in our show yesterday amongst the samples.
Our new Dandelion Wishes, Daydream is from our new Chase Your Dreams set.
All stamped and embossed in white onto kraft card.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Glittered Peacock

We are live on HOCHANDA today at 3pm.
This is Teri Sherman's Proud Peacock and our new Solid Hearts Patter Patches.
All stamped with clear ink and Sticky stuff embossing powder and then covered with glitters.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Gold Leaf Dandelion

This is our new Dandelion Wishes, which replaces the old version that we discontinued.
All foreground images are stamped in clear ink and covered with Sticky Stuff embossing powder, then covered with Oxidating Blue Art Metal.

Monday, 13 May 2019

NEW - Chase your dreams

We've got a few new stamps launching on Wednesday.
This is 2 of them - Dreaming Face & Chase your Dreams.
The background is a selection of Ink Splat, Ink Splash and Ink Splodge.
Tune in to our Hochanda TV show on Thursday at 3pm to see these plus more.

Monday, 6 May 2019

3D Flower - Shrink

Sarah's 3D Flowers rubber stamp set, stamped onto white shrink plastic that has been coloured with Distress Oxides.  And then overstamped with Pattern Patches Hearts.
The background squares are Nature's Background rubber stamps.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Thank you - Bloom

A small Doodle Bloom coloured and then covered with Amazing Glaze.
The background is Ink Splash and Ink Splat, inked with Distress Oxides and spritzed before stamping.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Amazing Glaze - Nature's Backgrounds

These 2 images are from our Nature's Background rubber stamp set.
The tile in the centre is 3 layers of Amazing Glaze and a top layer of Silver embossing powder, whilst hot we stamped into it with the leaves stamp but inked it with a green Distress Oxide inkpad first, hence the hint of green.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Amazing Glaze Seashells

Did you see these seashells on TV?
The detail is amazing.  It is the Katy Sue Designs Seashells Silicone mould.
We melted Amazing Glaze in the melt pot and then added Pastilles embossing powder, the trick when using coloured embossing powders is not to mix it.  When you mix Pastilles it becomes a caramel colour.
So when all your Amazing Glaze is melted you sprinkle Pastilles on top, when that has melted you pour into the mould and leave to cool.
The background is from our Nature's Background stamp set

Monday, 29 April 2019

Pattern Patch Hearts

Our new Pattern Patches are so fun and easy to use.
This is one of the new Doodle blooms Small coloured and then covered with Amazing Glaze.

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Amazing Glaze Texture

If you missed the shows on Hochanda you can watch them via their website here.
This card I made using layers of Amazing Glaze and then covering 2 with Denim embossing powder and 1 with Pastilles embossing powder.   
I then stamped into them with the Pattern Patches and a blank ink.
You can find the Pattern Patches, Amazing Glaze, Pastilles and Denim embossing powders on our website here.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Hochanda TV

Tomorrow I will be on Hochanda TV at 10am and 2pm.
I hope to make this card using JudiKins Amazing Glaze.
Lots of you already know Amazing Glaze, can you believe we have been using it for 23 years, I'm suddenly feeling really old!

These are new versions of our Doodle Blooms and the background is one of our new Pattern Patches.
Stamps are available on our website here.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Sneaky Peek No.2

Another set of Pattern Patches.
Make sure you tune in Friday at 10am and 2pm.
The 10am show is about Amazing Glaze
The 2pm show is about new Bloom stamps.

Monday, 22 April 2019

Sneaky peek

We have been working on new stamp designs for our Hochanda TV shows on Friday.
Here is the first sneaky peek of some of our new Pattern Patches.

Friday, 19 April 2019


These large poppies are hidden in the hedge in the car park outside our store, they were enjoying the gorgeous sunshine yesterday.

We hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Teaching in Switzerland

Today is my fourth and last day of teaching in Switzerland this trip.
Yesterday I taught a surprise box class and Jacqueline wanted a travel version so this is the one I made, I also have another (tropical) one on the go but I need to add our Flamingo stamps to finish it off first.
I have used our Distress Cogs and stamped them onto gold and silver shrink plastic.
The middle layer has our World Map stamped in the background and the whole box is stamped with our Ink Splodges, Crumpled and Grunge Bubbles in Vintage Photo and Antique Linen oxides..  
The hot air balloon is from our Happy Travels set and I stamped it twice and then overstamped the top layer with Scratched Lines in Wilted Violet.
Created from Kraft card.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

On my travels

Monday I am off on my bi-annual trip to Switzerland

These are a couple of photos from a previous trip.
So I will be gone for just over a week and don't always have internet access but will try and blog if I can.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Doodle Blooms

Vicky created this card by stamping and embossing in gold 'Love' and then placing a mask to create the strip through the middle and stamping the Doodle Blooms and Doodle Swirls over the mask.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Golden Wings

Our Distressed Wings with our Cracked Heart.
The heart is embossed in white onto vellum.
The wings are embossed with Sticky Stuff powder (which turns to glue) and then cover with a sheet of imitation gold leaf.
I know I've said this many times before but I'm going to say it again: I love the sheets of gold leaf, you could achieve a similar look with flakes but you don't usually get the pattern which is the part I like to see, I think it is where they run an electric current through the gold leaf and then it produces different colours - but don't hold me to that as my memory does sometimes fail me these days and I could have just completely made that up!
You can find these stamps here.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Powertex Canvas Workshop

Jo and Mark will be back at Stamp Addicts on Thursday 30th May to teach this Powertex canvas but we only have a couple of spaces left so if you would like to book please let us know as soon as possible.
The cost is £30 for the day.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Laugh with Doodle

Sometimes it is best to keep things simple.
Stamped and embossed in gold our Doodle Swirls and Laugh from the Live Create set.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Powertex Workshops

The Powertex Workshops with Jo & Mark Channon went down very well, here are a few of the photos.
 We were able to squeeze in Vicky's 4 year old daughter Melody, can you see the tiny birdhouse she is decorating.

Every creation was very different.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Happy Mother's Day

I've heard Mother's Day is a day of pampering and relaxation and being spoilt by your kids!
Maybe one day that will be me but right now I am grateful that all my family are happy and healthy and the teenagers are not trying to kill each other.
Vicky had stamped and embossed the Cracked Heart onto vellum in several different embossing powders and I was trying to use them up and this one of the things I came up with.
I stamped the Distressed wings with the Pickled Pink Oxide and embossed with Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder onto vellum.
I used the same pink inkpad to colour the background layer and stamp the Love word.
Find all these stamps on our website here.
Could be the perfect card to tell your angelic mother that you love her - or is the angelic one sending the card?

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Live with Cogs

The English language is complicated 'Live'  can be said in different ways and mean different things.
Here it is live your life in the best way you can.
With some embossed Distressed Cogs for fun and frivolity - sorry, I guess the Tramadol is kicking in again, but hopefully not for much longer as today I should be having an injection under my collarbone (ouch) which hopefully means no more drugs, which in turn will mean a clearer mind that doesn't ramble quite so much.

So back to the card, the background layer is coloured with Antique linen Distress Oxide and some cogs were stamped in the same inkpad before the embossed ones were layered over the top.  The words is stamped with a copper inkpad.

Find all stamps here.

Friday, 29 March 2019

Doodle Swirls

You can see Vicky was having a lot of fun with our new Crumpled stamp in the background along with the Doodle Swirls, Doodle Blooms and Live Create word set.
Find all our new stamps here.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Jo Channon will be here

on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th March Jo Channon will be in our store with Powertex.
Jo will be teaching all day workshops but you are welcome to drop in and see all her amazing samples and maybe buy some of the Powertex products.
The wonderful Mr Channon (Mark) will also be in store and available to answer any questions - Powertex related.