Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Spring Sunshine

Hello Crafty Friends!

It's Inspiration Time over at STAMPlorations. This week my teamies and I are showcasing stamps designed by STAMPlorations owner Shery under her label 'Shery Russ Designs'.

Inspired by a lovely sunny weekend at the caravan, I decided to work with the Framed Solitary Daffodil and the Hello Sunshine CUTplorations Phrase Die to create a card capturing the warmth of a Spring day.

We were staying out in the Cheshire countryside by the Shropshire Union Canal near Beeston. On our way there we saw lots of daffodils adorning the roadside with their cheerful yellow blooms.


I stamped the Framed Solitary Daffodil on a folded piece of Mixed Media card and watercoloured it using Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green and Tempting Turquoise inks, added some spritzing and finished off with a die-cut Hello Sunshine and a couple of sequins.


As mentioned earlier, this week we are showcasing stamps designed by Shery under her label 'Shery Russ Designs'. All her sets will be reduced by 10% apart from the Big Greetings set which will be 20% off.

Of course Shery will still draw a winner at random from all the comments left on this month's Inspiration Posts over on the STAMPlorations Blog. Pop over to see what my teamies created and to leave a comment for your entry into their prize draw.

That's it from me for today. Have a lovely week!
hugs
Monika xxx


here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop, remember to apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA (not case sensitive) at check out for a 20% discount on their stamps ***, stencils and dies:
Framed Solitary DaffodilHello Sunshine CUTplorations Phrase Die
preview-FramedSolitaryDaffodil preview-hellosunshine
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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Cupcake & Butterfly

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I am celebrating with the Sweeties from the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge. They are celebrating their 400th challenge, and they are celebrating big. The idea is to make a birthday card using one of their past challenges as inspiration.


I didn't stray very far into the past taking my inspiration from challenge #397.


I simply loved the chocolate butterflies or did it simply have to do with working with some of STAMPlorations' new dies? BTW STAMPlorations is one of the sponsors hence my GDT spot as part of the STAMP team.

Well, I picked up the Flutter Zen 2 Layering Die, the Sketched Cupcake and the A Snarky Birthday To You sets plus Coffee Archival, Strawberry Slush and Bermuda Bay inks to create this watercolour beauty.


If you fancy joining the celebrations, pop over to the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge blog for some more cupcake inspiration and to link up your make.



That's it from me for today. I shall be back in tomorrow with more of my makes.

Have a lovely week!
hugs
Monika xxx


here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop, remember to apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA (not case sensitive) at check out for a 20% discount on their stamps ***, stencils and dies:

Flutter Zen 2 Layering DieSketched: CupcakeA Snarky Birthday To You
preview-flutterzen2layeringdies stmp1057.jpeg preview-ASnarkyBirthdaytoYou-BigGrins

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Spring Cuppa

Hello Crafty Friends!

Spring has firmly set in, and the coffee-loving cardmakers are celebrating with a blog hop/linky party.

I thought I'd join the party as part of STAMPlorations DT. Shery is one of the hop's sponsors and asked us, if we wanted to take part. All the DT's projects can be seen here on the STAMPlorations Blog.

Well, I am offering you two pieces of inspiration. First up is a slider-shaker using A Cup Of Roses, one of the new sets, and the large rose from the Blossom Overture set in combination with all thre of the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies.


Here is briefly how it was made:

  • you basically cut a frame using the largest and smallest of the nesting dies for the top frame
  • cut another frame using the largest and the middle one of the nesting dies for the slider and spacer frame with the top cut away to form a U
  • cut a piece of acetate
  • cut a piece of card using the large nesting die for the backing and to stamp the cup of roses on.


  • colour the stamped image
  • stamp, colour and fuzzy cut the large rose
  • stamp the sentiment on the slider
  • add a tab to the slider and partially attach the rose
  • assemble card making sure to put foam tape and sequins/confetti/pearls between the cup of roses panel and the acetate
  • the slider and its frame sit between the acetate and the outer frame


Next up is another shaker card, this time a little gungy using sentiments from the Bloomin' Spring Coffee Basket in combination with the Coffee Cup Silhouette Die.


  • I picked a piece of card with a splodgy background and masked the area where I wanted the coffee cup shaker to go
  • next I picked my sentiments, used one to stamp the background and the other one to stamp on a strip of card
  • I die-cut the coffee cup from gold mirror card and wonkily assembled my shaker finishing off with some sequins
Here is another look at both cards.



I am linking my first card up with:
Coffee Loving Cardmakers - Spring Hop


That's it from me for today. Have a lovely weekend!
hugs
Monika xxx


here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop, remember to apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA (not case sensitive) at check out for a 20% discount on their stamps ***, stencils and dies:

A Cup Of Roses, Blossom Overture Bloomin' Spring Coffee Basket
preview-SheryRuss_ACupofRoses StampClub-BlossomOverture-preview.jpeg preview-BloominSpringCoffeeBasket-Shery

preview-CrazyDoubleRunningStitches-Rectangle CUTplorations-coffeecup-preview

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Tossing Confetti

Hello Crafty Friends!

It's Inspiration Time over at STAMPlorations. This week my teamies and I are showcasing stamps by our very own Deepti under her label 'Dee's Artsy Impressions'.

I decided to work with the Power Of Words and the Lacy Edges And Borders CUTplorations Dies to create a CAS card with purple hues. Here it is ...


I took a piece of ivory Centura Pearl card, chopped it up using one of the Lacy Edges And Borders dies and inked the cut edges with two different tones of purple.
Next I stamped my sentiment in black Memento and coloured the confetti and balloon with an an alcohol marker before layering everyting on my base card and finishing off with sequins and a gel pen highlight.

Here is a closer look ...


As mentioned earlier, this week we are showcasing stamps designed by Deepti under her label 'Dee's Artsy Impressions'. All her sets will be reduced by 10% apart from the Power Of Words set I used in my card which will be 20% off.

Of course Shery will still draw a winner at random from all the comments left on this month's Inspiration Posts over on the STAMPlorations Blog. Pop over to see what my teamies created and to leave a comment for your entry into their prize draw.

That's it from me for today. Have a lovely week!
hugs
Monika xxx


here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop, remember to apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA (not case sensitive) at check out for a 20% discount on their stamps ***, stencils and dies:
Power Of WordsLacy Edges And Borders CUTplorations Dies
preview-PowerofWords preview-CUTplorations-LacyEdgesandBorders

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Friday, 17 March 2017

A Little Canvas

Hello Crafty Friends!

I am back today with another canvas to share. It is one I made as a tutorial for STAMPlorations, and it is a little more complex than last month's.
I can assure you, it doesn't look anything like what I had in mind.
That's the beauty and challenge of Mixed Media, trusting the process when projects take on a life of their own.


It does look a little on the brown side in the photo, but in real life the oranges and yellows give it a nice rich and warm glow.

The basis for my colour scheme came from a Color Blooms page which I had coloured using brushos and Promarkers some time last year, never daring to tear or cut into it. I wanted to combine it with the My Sunshine mask, and off I went on my journey.

Bits of the layers I added are popping through in the most unexpected places.

There are more photos and a little slideshow video on the STAMPlorations Blog taking you through all of the steps on how it came together in the end, that's after I was just about to give up on it. 😊
Yes, about 2/3 through I was very close to shelf it and as a result became less fearful of messing up. Of course, I thought it was already a mess and it couldn't get any worse. 😁
I am glad I persevered and hope that you enjoy and feel inspired by today's tutorial.

I am entering my canvas at:
Creative Artiste - challenge #24 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Craft Stamper - Make It Take It Anything Goes, must use stamps

If you feel inspired to dig into your crafty resourcefulness and create something to enjoy  .... why not link it up with the Mixed Media Challenge over at STAMPlorations. The theme for the Mixed Media Challenge is always Anything Mixed Media Goes except cards which means projects such as tags, ATCs, canvases, layouts, art journal pages etc,are perfect for entering, and you must have used at least one stencil (any brand) in your project. The challenge will close at the end of the month. You can find the full challenge details plus more Mixed Media inspiration here on the STAMPlorations Blog.


That's it from me for today. Have a lovely weekend!
hugs
Monika xxx


The little slideshow video can also be found here on my YouTube Channel.

Here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop, remember to apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA (not case sensitive) at check out for a 20% discount on their stamps ***, stencils and dies:

ARTplorations Stencils and Masks: ShuttersMy Sunshine
preview-web-stencil-006-shutters.jpeg preview-stencil128-Mysunshinemask
STAMPlorations Stamps: Art MarksMixed Media ElementsMixed Media GrungeThe Birds And The Blooms
preview-SheryRuss_ArtMarks1 SheryRuss_MixedMediaElements MixedMediaElements-preview.jpeg thebirdsandtheblooms-web-preview
Colouring Book: Color Blooms
colorbloomscover

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other supplies: gesso primed canvas 20x20cm (8x8inches); Sepia, Tiger Lily, Potting Soil and black Archival Inks; London Bus and Zesty Zing PaperArtsy Fresco Paints; dark yellow Crafter's Choice acrylic paint; white gesso; arcylic medium; Brusho Powders and Promarkers for the Color Blooms page; Early Espresso ink and marker pen; white gel pen; Gelly Roll Black Sparkl; Micron 05; glossy accents; metal charms and skeleton leaves

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

CUTplorations March Reminder Take 2

Hello Crafty Friends!

Over at STAMPlorations the CUTplorations Challenge  is in full swing, and I just wanted to post a little reminder project  or two ... I just couldn't help myself after Happy Mail from Shery dropped through my letter box on Monday. In it were some new dies just perfect for this month's CUTplorations Challenge hence a second post in such quick succession.


I was using another piece of my mopped up Brusho card, still got one more piece left to use. 😊

I decided to use the following new dies, which are already in the shop, to make my card: Spring Flower Layering DiesTrendy Spring Blooms DiesHello Sunshine CUTplorations Phrase Die

image source: Stylecaster

Taking inspiration from the photo, the colours, sentiment and flowers capture the summery feel quite well.

I am so loving the new dies, expect to see more of them, I die-cut quite a few yesterday. Here is another look at the finished card ...


Pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to see how my teamies interpreted the photo and to link up your entry too. Please make sure you follow the rules of displaying the challenge inspiration photo and using at least one STAMPlorations product. If you don't have any as yet, there is a free digi stamp here available for you to download. There are prizes for the winner ($10 gift certificate) and the two runner-ups ($5gift certificate each) as voted by the DT plus, if there are 30 or more entries, one randomly drawn winner can choose any 2 of the CUTplorations Word/Phrase Dies the DT used in their projects. That's well worth creating for, what do you think?

That's it from me for now.
Have a lovely day!
hugs
Monika xxx


here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop, remember to apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA (not case sensitive) at check out for a 20% discount *** on their stamps, stencils and dies:


CUTplorations Dies used: 
Spring Flower Layering DiesTrendy Spring Blooms DiesHello Sunshine CUTplorations Phrase Die
preview-springflowerlayeringdies preview-trendyspringbloomsdies preview-hellosunshine

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CUTplorations March Reminder

Hello Crafty Friends!

Over at STAMPlorations the CUTplorations Challenge  is in full swing, and I just wanted to post a little reminder project for you to get your creative juices flowing. Here it is ...


I was playing with Brushos the other day to make some ATCs for my post here. As always I try to get as much out of a messy crafting session as I can hence I got some prints of the stencils I used, see my card here, and whatever was left over on my craft mat got mopped up with cream card, a piece of which I used for today's project.

The cream card made the colours look a little peachy, exactly what I needed given the colours of the March Inspiration Photo, especially the dress on the right hand side ...

image source: Stylecaster

... which I combined with the idea of the three panels.


The background already was quite textured, and I felt a single flower from the Blooming Buds set would go well. Once I'd stamped and coloured (Cocktail and Antique Pink, Tan and Cinnamon Promarkers) my flower, I used my craft knife and scissors to cut a strip around the flower and layered on my kraft base card.
I then added the die-cut Hello and the stamped sentiment from the Bloom Sketches set to finish.


Pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to see how my teamies interpreted the photo and to link up your entry too. There are prizes for the winner ($10 gift certificate) and the two runner-ups ($5gift certificate each) as voted by the DT plus, if there are 30 or more entries, one randomly drawn winner can choose any 2 of the CUTplorations Word/Phrase Dies the DT used in their projects. That's well worth creating for, what do you think?

That's it from me for now.
Have a lovely day!
hugs
Monika xxx


here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop, remember to apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA (not case sensitive) at check out for a 20% discount *** on their stamps, stencils and dies:


CUTplorations Dies used: Hello Word Die
hello-worddie
STAMPlorations Stamps used: Blooming BudsBloom Sketches
BloomingBuds-preview-web BloomSketches.jpeg

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