Monday, 31 August 2009

Free Stamps!!!

This post will stay at the top of my blog till Aug 31.

As you know I have just released a range of stamps for sale of some of my own drawings.You can find the details on A Passion for Stamps

I have come up with 4 different themes(animals,flowers,male/female,my "Jenny" images) and hope to add more to each theme through time.You can see lots of cards made with these images by scrolling down this blog.

I'm offering 2 free stamps of your choice (either two of the single images or one of the double image set).

So....what I would like you to do is

a)Become a follower of this blog

b)Post on your blog a little about the new stamp range with a link to this blog

c)Put my blinkie in your sidebar if you can...
and finally.........leave me a comment here to let me know you have been.

I will choose a winner at random and post the winner on Tues 1st September,
Ruth x

Thursday, 27 August 2009

This is the first time I've made a card for the Basic Grey challenge (Hi Martine!) because,believe it or not,I've never had Basic Grey paper until now. Obviously now that I've used some I know I "need" more!
I've made the card using the layout from The Pink Elephant and one of the stamps from my new collection ( You can see the details in the sidebar)

The paper is Basic Grey/ Stella Ruby and I hope it fits the bill (brown,pink and yellow)
I've used my "Kitten at wall"stamp and doodled in some stones on the wall.
The grass punch is by Carl Crafts,
flower punch......X-cut
stems and leaves...X-cut impress border punch used in the Cuttlebug
and the large flower is from Ikea

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

New DT member!!

Tara's Card...........

I have some very exciting news tonight!!!
Tara has very kindly agreed to become a designer for my new stamp range.
I'm truly flattered to have her on board and just can't wait to show you her fantastic creations.
Tara has been an inspiration to me since long before I started blogging when she very kindly gave me lots of help and advice on my colouring techniques. I have to say she has also cost me a small fortune by introducing me to Promarkers!!

This is her first card made with my "Jenny at the Beach" stamp and I have to admit that I just sat wide eyed looking at it earlier when she sent it to me.
It is absolutley amazing and I am so proud of what she has done with it!!
Just look at the detail - I love the sea effect and the sand,the beach hut,everything ,in fact!!

I feel honoured to have both Tara and Erin on my design team and hope you will enjoy seeing all their wonderful work!

Friday, 21 August 2009

Friday Sketchers

I'm having a little break from finishing off some Orders of Service and thought I'd make a card for Friday Sketchers bacause the layout looked so adaptable.
Again, this is one of the stamps I designed for my new collection and details can be found on the sidebar.
Papers.........................Regency and Blueberry Hill by Papermania
Image..........................Morning Glory from my Passion for Stamps collection
Gems...........................Jewellery Seal
Flowers........................from a florist friend and coloured with Promarkers to match
Colouring.....................Promarkers (rose pink and moss )

Must get back to the wedding stationery as it needs finished asap!!

Jenny at the Beach

We are still enjoying the summer here- the weather is not great but it's lovely to still have our sons off school for another couple of weeks.
This week's card fits a few different challenges. I've used the colours from the Colour Create challenge with the layout from Sketch Saturday and combined this with the theme of "summer" from The Pink Elephant challenge.
This is "Jenny at the beach" which I designed for my new stamp collection and you can find details of how to buy this stamp (or any of the others) at the side of my blog.

The Tall Ships were in Belfast last week and we spent as much time there as work would permit!! I was in hospital having my first son the last time they were here(18 years ago) so I didn't want to miss them this time!
Tall Ships on Belfast Lough

The Bounty from Pirates of the Carribean.

You can see the cranes of Harland and Wolff where the Titanic was built in the background.

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Erin's card

I have another beautiful card made by Erin to show you today .This time she has used my Orchid stamp and I'm sure you'll agree she has made a wonderful card. It's lovely for me to see how she uses the stamps differently from me! Ruth

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Double Challenge

I've managed to combine the great sketch from Mojo Monday with the colours from The Pink Elephant to make a card today.
I wanted to use two of my stamps from my new collection and they went together in this sketch.
I've used Papicolor paper........Flora
Two stamps from my Passion for Stamps collection coloured with Promarkers
Cuttlebug embossing folder.........Victoria
Woodware flower punch
Ribbons from my stash

Please have a look at the post at the top of my blog!!

The Tall Ships are in Belfast for a few days so if I can get a couple of photos I'll put them on here soon.We had a look last night and the boats were beautiful with their masts all lit up reflecting on the lough.

Truly Scrumptious

My friend Mina came up with a lovely sketch this week for the Truly Scrumptious challenge and asked for a bit of "bling" to be added.
Well, I followed the sketch but maybe added too much bling.........
I tried something a little different for me using a Cuttlebug folder in an unusual way;
I haven't used any DP but made up for this by colouring some Cuttlebugging .I used a Victoria folder and shaded it with a Marsh Green Promarker.It takes a bit of time and patience but the result is that it looks like flocking(better than in the photo!)
The orchid image is one of the new stamps from my own collection a Passion for Stamps
I'm in a rush to get out now but will add more detail later if I can,Ruth

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Mina's Card

I'm delighted to be able to show you another gorgeous card..........this time made by Mina. I've spent many hours on Mina's blog and Docraft site oohing and ahhing at her amazing talent.
She has used my "Jenny in Bed" stamp and created a wonderful Get Well card.
I feel very honoured to have both Mina and Erin make such beautiful cards using these images!
Thanks so much,ladies !!

Saturday, 8 August 2009

New Designer!!

I'm really delighted to say that Erin has very kindly agreed to become Designer for A Passion for Stamps!!!
I've been a follower of Erin's blog and watched her wonderful creations on Docrafts for quite a while now so I'm really chuffed to have her on board. I wanted to have someone who could make the best possible cards with the stamps , so here she is...
She is very enthusiastic about card making and has a great chatty style in her blog which really appeals to me.
Erin has created a beauty for her first card using my new Bunny Bathtime stamp. I will be posting all her beautiful cards on my blog and look forward to seeing what she makes next.....

Thursday, 6 August 2009


This is for Clare's weekly challenge over at Docrafts following the sketch provided.
I just wanted to show you another card made with my new stamp..
I bought the gorgeous tan coloured background paper at the Papermill shop and it can either look like wood or leather depending on where it's used. It gave me the idea of a belt.

What I've used...
Papers............................DCWV black and white prints
Image.............................from my stamp range...A Passion for Stamps - coloured with Promarkers
Corners..........................DCWV photo corners
Gems..............................Jewellery seal

Monday, 3 August 2009

Mojo Monday/Cupcake Challenge

This is the first time I've made a card for Mojo Monday but I couldn't resist it as it was such a good excuse to ink up my"Jenny at the Beach" stamp from my new collection using the sketch provided and the beach theme fromthis week's Cupcake Craft Challenges
I drew Jenny a while ago and she is one of the stamps now available from a Passion for Stamps.
Have a look at the top of my blog for a chance to win one of these new stamps........

For this card I have used
Papers..................DCWV retro prints
Image...................Jenny at the beach from a Passion for Stamps
Flip flops & heart..HMA Creative?
Raffia and shell from stash