Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Inside My Book

Hello Crafty Friends!

It's Tuesday and this means it's Inspiration Time over at STAMPlorations. For today's project I am sharing the first double page from my book. Here it is ...

I find a lot of Shery's large sentiments are very motivational and uplifting hence I felt that I wanted to create a little book to showcase them. A sort of a little 'pick me up' read, it could make a nice gift once finished.

The inside of the cover has a little pocket ...

The technique I used for my stencilled background is one I shared using a die as stencil in this tutorial here on the STAMPlorations Blog. I then simply added some stamping to finish. The reverse of this page has space for thoughts and reflections encouraging the reader to explore and journal.

Inside the pocket is plenty of space for more pages should they be needed.

This page is fixed in place and features a brusho background with a bit of stencilling and stamping. The Typographia Doubts sentiment got snippet apart and edged in black before attaching the pieces into place. I then finished off with a Bloomdala Bliss Festive die-cut doily plus some sequins.

Here are a few more close-ups ...

Like the book cover from my post here, these pages would make lovely cards too.

Just giving you a little heads up, some of the STAMPlorations products I used in my project are on offer in their shop this month:
The Artsy Border MakerBloom DoodlesComfort Zone and Doubts are some of the selected stamps on offer at 25% off with code TAKE25.
The Bloomdala Bliss Felicity Dies and the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies like all their CUTplorations dies are on offer at 30% off using code DIES30.
You can check out all their current promotions here.

Again, I am keeping it short and sweet today. Pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to check out the fabulous projects my teamies made.

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

here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop:

Artsy Border Maker, Bloom Doodles, Trendy Butterflies 2, Comfort Zone,
 SheryRuss_TrendyButterflies2-preview preview-comfortzone

preview-doubts preview-BloomdalaBlissFelicity preview-CrazyDoubleRunningStitches-Rectangle

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

TMR 2nd October - Stay CAS

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is Wednesday and time for a new challenger over at The Male Room challenge blog where the bi-weekly challenge is all about making projects for the men in our lives. Our guest designer for the next fortnight is Sheryl, you can check out her fabulous creations on here on Sheryl's blog.

My DT project for the new challenge is ...

Each challenge, of course, has a different theme. As you can see, the theme for challenge #121 is to stay CAS. Lots of scope there!

This is one for the cat loving gents in our lives ... as for CAS ... you got plenty of white space and minimal layers with mine being a one-layer card.

The image and sentiment speak for themselves. The cats were only lightly coloured using metallic pencils, a bargain buy from a few weeks ago in Aldi's Middle Aisle.

Fancy creating something for a male person in your life, pop over to The Male Room for more inspiration and to link up your masculine makes.

That's it from me for today
Have a lovely day!
Monika xxx

here is what I used:
Scratch Pad and Cool Cats by Your Next Stamp - available from Dies To Die For in the UK
metallic colouring pencils - Aldi special buy from a few weeks ago
black Versafine ink and white card - from my stash

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Seize The Day With Coffee

Hello Crafty Friends!

It's Tuesday and this means it's Inspiration Time over at STAMPlorations. For my DT project, I made a coffee inspired card and went a little sticker crazy.

Here it is ...

I wanted to try out some of STAMPlorations stickers and used one of the Mixed Media Backgrounds #2 The sentiment sticker went on a piece of vellum which I attached behind the stamped and fuzzy cut frame. The rest was simply a bit of stamping. As you can see, the stickers work well on vellum. One can still see all the layers through it.

For more inspiration, pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to check out the fabulous projects my teamies made.

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

here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop, all the products in their Coffee/Tea Lovers section are on offer at 15% off. You can check out all their current promotions here:

Coffeeology Clear StickersMixed Media Backgrounds #2 Clear StickersLatte Love,
preview-coffeeology preview-mixedmediabackgrounds2 LatteLove.jpeg

Floral BlissScribbly Splattery Grunge
FloralBliss-preview SheryRuss_Scribbly Splattery Grunge-preview

Sparkly Wish

Hello Crafty Friends!

Welcome to October and the start of another round of challenges over at STAMPlorations. With the new term, I moved over to the Theme & Photo Prompt challenge team.

Here is my card ...

The theme for the current challenge is Stamps & 3 Colours and the photo prompt can be seen below. Your project can either be inspired by the theme, photo prompt or both. The full challenge rules can be found here on the STAMPlorations Blog.

No photo description available.

I have taken 3 colours -pink, green and yellow (Cerise, Menthe and Aurore Izink inks)- from the photo. Some of the baskets for the flowers reminded me of the gems from the Sparkly set which gave me the inspiration to make my card.
The bold shapes have been stamped using the reverse of each stamp and a little bit of vellum helped my die-cut sentiment stand out.

As for the prizes:
Two winners, one of a $15 gift certificate and one of a $10 gift certificate, will be picked by one member of our DT. This month it's Jane who has the honour to choose.
Plus 3 randomly drawn winners will each receive a $5 gift certificate.

In order to be considered for a prize, make sure you've followed the rules here.

Pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to check out how my teamies interpreted the challenge theme and prompt and of course to join in the fun too.

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

here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop:
Sparkly-preview 00preview-makeawishCUT

Sunday, 29 September 2019

National Coffee Day

Hello Crafty Friends!

It's National Coffee Day over in the US hence I thought I'd treat you to a couple of makes as part of the STAMPlorations DT. STAMPlorations are one of the sponsors of the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog hop to celebrate the day.

Here are my cards ...

The idea here was to make the light bulb glow with a bit of yellow sponging. I cut around the light bulb before peeling the sticker off, securing it to my card and stamping the beans.

Well, you might have noticed that my photo is different from that on the STAMPlorations blog. Late yesterday I decided to add one more sequin and take new photos.
The little bunny was roughly coloured with watercolour pencils and lightly shaped. The background was easily done by simply attaching one of the Mixed Media Background stickers to my kraft card base.

Over on the STAMPlorations blog you can find all the details about the hop, how to play along and prizes on offer plus the links to the other sponsors of the hop.

I shall leave you with one last look at my makes ...

Pop over to the STAMPlorations blog to find the link to the blog hop and join the fun.

Monika xxx

here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop, all the products in their Coffee/Tea Lovers section are on offer at 15% off:

Coffee Time Clear StickersLatte LoveMake Marks 1 Stencil
preview-coffeetime LatteLove.jpeg preview-makemarks1

Bunnies 'N BeansMixed Media Backgrounds #2 Clear StickersJust Caffeinate Clear Stickers
preview-BGBC-BunniesNBeans preview-mixedmediabackgrounds2 preview-justcaffeinate

Friday, 27 September 2019

Joy & Festive Christmas Release

Hello Crafty Friends!

STAMPlorations are releasing two new Christmas stamp sets and they are celebrating with a little blog hop over on their blog.

I was working with one of the sets called Joy. I really like the combination of solid and outline stamps that can be used either on their own or combined. Have a look at my cards ...

The first one was inspired by brightly coloured gingerbread. I randomly stamped the outline and small word stamps in bright colours to create my background.

For my next card, I pencil coloured the word Christmas using 3 shades of red.

For my last card, I simply arranged the outline word stamps and combined some of them with their solid counterpart.

Having one basic layout you can easily change the look by choosing different words to highlight.

Here are the two sets being released today ...

preview-Joy preview-Festive

Two winners, one of a $15 gift code and one of a in-stock 4x6 Shery Russ Designs stamp set, will be randomly drawn from all the comments left on the STAMPlorations Blog and contributing designer's blogs. Commenting closes Tuesday 8th October and the winners will be announced in the September Winners post on 10th October.

More details and all the links can be found here on the STAMPlorations Blog.

That's it from me for today. Pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to join the hop and check out the beautiful cards my teamies made.

Have a lovely weekend!
Monika xxx

here is what else I used: