Life is What You Make it

Hi there! We have stempelfrida here on the blog today with the kind of card that would brighten anyone’s day…

Life is what you make it. Wow, that’s another killer statement, huh? I had this idea some time ago with the hearts, which I would arrange like this on a canvas and then place a saying at the bottom right. The ones who know me, are aware that this happens rather rarely with me. I usually do not know beforehand how my card will look like in the end. But you can be sure, even with this project it wasn’t clear before how it will look in detail afterwards. 

happy bright card | hearts | ink splats | life is what you make it

Each of these hearts makes its life as it pleases. And look how beautiful this variety is! Yes, I have consciously chosen something very beautiful for each individual heart. And look at what’s going on around the hearts! But also here: these are splotches and doodle circles, but how great and beautiful is this interaction? Life is what you make of it – look around you!

Life is what you make it – and indeed, isn´t that, what we should always remind us of? Yes, it might be hard sometimes, when you are feeling miserable because life gave you a hard time or you need to deal with a tough task. But in the end it is about YOU! You hold the strings in your hands. Your eyes can make the world grey or bright.

I wish you all have the power to realize this every day and especially when you are down.

I started to paint hearts with my LYRA chalks, which I have used so rarely until now. But I wanted something with great bright colours and actually the result is so wonderfully shiny. Thanks to the clearstamps I was always able to estimate the size I needed to paint, because I wanted to stamp the hearts in black on the edges later. I took the colours of the rainbow for my project.

In a second step I mixed the colours with a brush and water and added light and darker areas. I let them dry well and then stamped the hearts on them with Versafine and fussy-cut them.

Afterwards I made light spots with water and darker spots by spraying paint on the hearts with a brush. On the again dried hearts I set white and black accents with acrylic pencils. I bent the hearts a little bit up at the edges and fixed them with spacer pads of different thicknesses.

For my background I have combined the stamps from several sets of Visible Image stamps. I always call this kind of stamps “grubby maker”. Many stampers use them for mixed media techniques and often they are used in dark colours. But I wanted to use them in the right happy colours to set a perfect scene for my hearts and let them feel good. The lines at the bottom of the square are again painted with an acrylic pencil.

The whole picture is quite very big: 21×21 cm, if you want to make it yourself.


Stamps: Visible Image

Don´t Judge

mental health awareness | stamps | don't judge | healing takes time

No Regrets

sentiment stamps | no regrets | love yourself | life is what you make it

Ink splats

ink splats stamps


cosmic background stamps | star | galaxy | scribble circles

Stamp pads: Versafine onyx black; Distress Oxides wilted violet, salty ocean, broken china, twisted citron, mustard seed, wild honey, carved pumpkin, barn door, black soot
Lyra Artists’ crayons
Sakura 1.0 
POSCA pen – white

This card really makes us smile!  The hearts look wonderful coloured with crayons, and the ink splats stamps and scribbled circles behind them look awesome! Great choice of quote too! Thank you stempelfrida ♡

You can find more of Stempelfrida’s wonderful inspiration on her blog.

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Helen & Mark xx


Look Forward With Hope

Hello and Happy Monday to you! We hope you had a lovely weekend   Judy Rozema is kicking off this week’s inspiration here on the blog with a stunning card featuring our ‘Beautiful Soul’ face stamp and an inspiring quote…

Today I am sharing some watercolor painting and a card made with three different stamp sets from Visible Image.

face stamp | hair | woman

I started out by mixing oranges, yellows, and reds from my Kuretake paints. I didn’t have an image, or idea in mind for what I would make; I was just mixing colors. When it was dry, it reminded me of the gorgeous image from Beautiful Soul.

I used my MISTI to line up where the image might look best, and stamped it with VersaFine Clair Nocturne. I added the sun from Look Forward With Hope in the upper right corner, and the net from Mesh-ellaneous along the bottom and upper left corner in yellow and orange inks.

I stamped the sentiment sentiment in Nocturne ink. I think it’s the perfect sentiment for all that is happening in our world right now. For added sparkle, I used Orange Peel Stickles in three waves of her hair. I love how it turned out!

Stamps Used:

face stamp | woman | hair | positive | sentiment stamps

Hope | It's OK to not be OK | brave | storm | sentiment | stamps

mesh | ripped fishnet | background stamp

handmade card | hope | face stamp | woman

Thank you for stopping by today!

This card is so striking Judy! Your background is fabulous, we love the texture and interest you added with the fishnet background stamp. Thank you 

You will find more of Judy’s inspiring cards over on her blog.


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New Stamps Preview #12

Hi there! It’s the final week of previews and we are super excited to show you the rest of our February release!

Today is Day 12… another new quote stamp we think you will love!


Black And White World Promo

Awesome words for journaling and mixed media pieces!

All our NEW stamps will be available to pre-order from Saturday January 28th,
and we will be shipping worldwide week commencing February 13th.

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See you back here tomorrow for preview #13… another totally awesome set of stamps! ♡

Thanks for visiting our blog today!

We hope Monday is gentle with you.

Mark & Helen xx