Monday, 25 September 2017

a real HOOT of a hop with The Stencil Specialist

Are you ready to hop along, be inspired and have the chance to win too?

Well you're in the right place!

It is time for the September Blop Hop with Julie and the Design Team at the

The Stencil Specialist is the Australian Wholesaler for Stampendous products and much, much more.

The prize for one lucky winner is the beautiful 
STAMPendous Owl Clock Cling Rubber Stamp

You can start the Blog Hop HERE at The Stencil Specialist
but before you go, I do hope you will check out my projects using the beautiful Stampendous Owl Clock Cling Rubber Stamp and leave a comment for your chance to be a lucky winner.

To enter for your chance to win, all you need to do is leave a comment on one or all of the Designers Blogs, one comment equals one entry, four comments equals four entries.  Only one comment per blog please.  Please include what state you live in, as this competition is open to Australian residents only.  Entries close midnight Friday 29th September AEST

The Stencil Specialist - Julie
Tracy - that's me and you're here

Julie stretched out creative limits this month by adding a twist.

We were challenged to create a Christmas project using the
Stampendous Owl Clock Cling Rubber Stamp.

... and I have to confess that I was challenged and that is GOOD!
Being challenged pushes our creative limits and gets us to work outside our comfort zone, learning so much along the way => Thank You Julie!

Once we were given the Christmas theme, my mind kept returning to Steampunk ideas, with lots of gears/cogs and metallics.

Here is my Steampunk Christmas card.

It is an 8"x 8" top fold.

I printed the image on X-press It blending card and coloured with Copic markers, fussy cut then went around the edges with a black marker.

I cut the patterned paper and printed the sentiment before assembling my card.
The font I used for the sentiment is Comic Sans MS
... wondering if the owl ate the mice?

I die cut bundles of cogs / gears from metallic cardstock and created a Christmas tree, layering different sizes and colours together for cheery Christmas decorations.

I tucked some mistletoe under the gears framing the top of the card,
so the owl is ready and waiting for a festive kiss.

... better photos to come when the sun is shining.

Stampendous Owl Clock Cling Rubber Stamp
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
X-Press It A4 Blending Card
Copic markers - feathers - E30-31-33-35-37
Copic markers - eyes - Y18-38
Copic markers - beak - Y18 + YR23-24
Copic markers - vest & bow tie - G20-21-24 + R22-24-27
Copic markers - top hat - C-3-5-7
Copic markers - books
Copic markers - clock - Y00-11-15 + YR23-24-27 + W00-0-1-3
Copic markers - clock feathers - B0000-91-93
glasses & buttons - Kaisercraft metallic gel pen
Sizzix Thinlets Die Set - Gearhead
Couture Creations - Decorative Die - Be Merry Collection - Holly Berry Sprig
Paper Smooches - Stars Dies
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the patterned paper
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the cogs / gears


Sending a big Thank You to Julie from The Stencil Specialist for supplying the Stampendous Owl Clock Cling Rubber Stamp that I used today.

I know that the lucky winner from this September Blog Hop Giveaway will have wonderful inky adventures with this stamp, so don't forget to leave a comment with your state (Australian residents only) for your chance to win this beautiful stamp and then head on over to The Stencil Specialist blog to complete the Blog Hop.

We have a Blog Hop with prizes every month, so you might want to follow me so that you don't miss out on Stampendous inspiration and more chances to win with The Stencil Specialist.

I'm going to enter my card in the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Challenge #6 - Anything With A Critter Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft - Challenge #52 - Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge - S for Sketch, T for Trio
I have a trio of  stars layered on my steampunk Christmas tree and used three die sets
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Week 434 - Things With Wings
Cupcake Inspirations - CIC424
Come And Get It Challenges - Anything Goes FUN
Day Dreamer Challenges - Challenge #2 - Always Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge - WK37 - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - HLS Christmas Challenge Septmber 2017
Anything Goes - optional twist - Sparkle
there is a lot of sparkle on the owls glasses & buttons,
the metallic cardstock cogs have plenty of sparkle too
Happy Little Stampers - HLS September Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Incy Wincy Designs - 18th Sep to 2nd Oct - Unconventional Christmas
Jingle Belles - Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe
I have used red, metallic cardstock and bling
optional theme Picture Inspiration

Paint the flying spirit of the birds rather than its feathers


  1. Well done! Totally unique and fun.I knew you girls could do it.

    1. Thank You Julie :)
      I confess this one was a real challenge, especially when my mind kept wanting to go Steampunk style!
      I was totally inspired by everyone's creative designs, especially with strategic masking and fussy cutting, no wings or clock opens up this stamp to endless inky options.

  2. Great effort with your Steampunk Version Tracy! Wow. :-) Donna

    1. Thank You Donna :)
      Love your card design! Great idea to trim off the wings, it gives the image a whole new style!

  3. Love the steampunk take you have done on this card, looks amazing xxx

    1. Thank You Crece :)
      PS - don't forget to include your state if you're an Aussie - good luck in the prize draw!

  4. Hi Tracy. I love the creativity in this - the cog Christmas tree is ingenious. I also loooove how each and every card in this hop is so different. Great variety!
    Dot x

    1. Thank You Dot :)
      PS - don't forget to include your state if you're an Aussie - good luck in the prize draw!

  5. I really love what you did with the stamp Tracy! I was totally stumped.

    1. Thank You Robyn :)
      Yes, I really struggled, especially because my mind had already decided steampunk and wouldn't move away from that line of thought. I was impressed with the variety of designs, especially with the creative masking and fussy cutting of the stamped images ... will need to tuck that idea aside to use too!

  6. This is such a fabulous holiday card! Love your great coloring and those beautiful embellishments. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  7. such a beautiful and intricate holiday card, i really love the adorable scene you've created! thanks for joining our JINGLE BELLES tic tac toe game! ♥

  8. Well, I think Julie set you all a challenge, but I think you have all done an excellent job, I love the way you have used the cogs, gears, and stars to make the Christmas tree, even though I will admit that I didn't realize this until Dot pointed it out, LOL, that' s me and my not so good eyes, I am impressed as it is now an idea to use for Christmas cards too.
    Thank you Tracy, for you gorgeous inspiration, love it.

    1. Thank You Julie :)
      ... yes, I think I got a big carried away with all the cogs and gears, it was quite addictive mixing the different sizes and designs!
      PS - don't forget to include your state if you're an Aussie and best of luck for the prize draw if you are!

  9. Fabulous! Love all the cog detail!
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday! Jane S (DT) xxx

  10. Stunning card!
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday! Hester

  11. Lovely sweet card, thanks for joining us at Day Dreamer challenge, cheers Sue N (DT member)x

  12. Great fun card.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Things with Wings' challenge this week and good luck x Susan x

  13. wonderful card :)
    thanks for joining us at SheepSki Designs Challenges. i hope you’ll join us again 🙂
    DT heike 🙂

  14. That is totally awesome. Love everything you have amazing

    1. Thank You Kathy :)
      PS - don't forget to include your state if you're an Aussie and best of luck for the prize draw if you are!

  15. Awesome coloring ... and I love those gears ... so glad you joined our game of Tic-Tac-Toe at Jingle Belles.

  16. Cute Owl Card. Thank you for sharing with us at Cupcake Inspiration Challenges.
    Sandy, DT

  17. Love your xmas tree, fabulous idea. Great colouring too. QLD

  18. Tracy that owl is fantastic great add with all those gears
    Hugs Nikki

    1. Thank You Nikki :)
      PS - don't forget to include your state if you're an Aussie and best of luck for the prize draw if you are!

  19. Love it. I'm thinking steampunk..Lauren Ashby 4055

  20. Tracy, this is wonderful a steampunk Christmas, love it.(Victoria)

  21. Very creative & such a cute card! Thanks for joining our weekly challenge at QKR Stampede!

  22. Very steampunk and very original for a Christmas card. It totally rocks. Thanks for playing at HLS Christmas challenge.

  23. What a great way to make steampunk look festive - so clever!
    Thanks for sharing at ABC Christmas Challenge and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Carol x

  24. What a fun card. Love how you used steampunk with that fabulous owl stamp. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

  25. So wonderful, totally love it! thank you for joining us here at Daydreamer challenges.
    hugs Zowie (DT member) x

  26. Very laborious card. The whole looks great!
    Thank you very much for sharing this beautiful card with us on HLS Xmas.
    BożenA DT HLS

  27. Wow fabulous card! Beautifully put together!
    Thank you for joining us at SheepSki Designs Challenges and best of luck with your entry.

    Mary DT Member for SheepSki Designs...

  28. Wow made so crisp and with such great colours! Great images/stamps together! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

  29. Wow!! this is such an awesome Christmas the way you have embellished it..Thank you so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with dies Challenge. Hugs xx Deepti Aggarwal

  30. I love the collage of books, gears and that cute wise old owl. Wonderful. So glad you joined us at Morgan's ArtWorld.

  31. Fabulous card!
    Thanks so much for playing at Pile It On & the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x


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