Wednesday, 23 January 2019

TMR 23rd Jan

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 Nance, you can check out her fabulous creations on here on Nance's blog.

My DT project for the new challenge is ...

Each challenge, of course, has a different theme. For challenge #103 it's Nature. Lots of scope there!

As you can see, I went for a bright and sunny CAS design featuring a small landscape scene which I simply watercoloured. The yellow rays of my base card are simply sponged.

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.

I am entering my card at:
Craft Stamper Take It Make It - Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenges - #29 bright colours

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

here is what I used:
Wanderlust Hipster Icons, NoteworthySTAMPlorations, feel free to use my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA for a 20% discount on their stamps, dies and stencils
Stitched circle nesting dies - Marianne Creatables
Aurore Izink Ink - Craft Stash
black Versafine and Memento inks, white and yellow card, brushmarkers for watercolouring - from my stash

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Re-discovering Aperture Cards - Part 2

Hello Crafty Friends!

This is my second instalment of aperture cards for a tutorial over at STAMPlorations. This time I included some layers.

Here is today's make:

A full step-by-step photo tutorial can be found here on the STAMPlorations Blog.

That's it from me for today. Have fun and enjoy your day!

Monika xxx

Here is what I used from the STAMPlorations store:
Positive VibesCurly Labels/Tags Nesting Dies

Fancy getting an extra 20% off the store prices, you know that you can use my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at check out. Have fun browsing and playing with STAMPlorations' wonderful products!

Love Is In The Air

Hello Crafty Friends!

Shery, STAMPlorations owner, has decided to spread some love ....

- with three fabulous free digis to download here on the STAMPlorations Blog
- with a linky party and blog hop on their blog

Let's spread the love ....

I couldn't resist that delicious cupcake with the mouthwatering chocolate dipped strawberry ....

It is one of the three free digital stamps. Isn't it fabulous? I have a couple more projects which I will share over the coming days.

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Let's have a closer look. I got my pencils out and tried my hand at colouring. The pencils are nothing spectacular, just value ones from Amazon, but I'm quite happy using them.
I only lightly coloured a few parts of the rose in cream to create some shading as I wanted it to be a white one.

First time I tried colouring chocolate using 3 shades of brown and cream for the white chocolate. The overall shading was done in light grey.
The paper I used was simple 80 gsm all purpose printer paper suitable for inkjet and definitely not the smooth type. The slightly rougher surface provides a good key for the various colours.

As you can see, there is nothing spectacular that you need to start using digital stamps. You can even use a printer that only takes paper rather than card. Why not download them now from the STAMPlorations Blog and join their linky party with your loved themed make?

As with any hop, it is important to leave comments along the way. Commenting and linking up closes Friday 8th February with the winners being announced a couple of days later.

There are lots of prizes to be won, over $100 worth, full details can be found here on the STAMPlorations Blog.

I finished my card off with a bit of die-cut Clustered Hearts. That's it from me for now.
Have fun joining the party!

Monika xxx

here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop:
Clustered Hearts Die, Free digi downloads
preview-ClusteredHearts-CUTplorations No photo description available.
Should you wish to place an order, feel free to use my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA for a 20% discount on their stamps, dies and stencils.

Friday, 18 January 2019


Hello Crafty Friends!

I had some playtime again making some masculine birthday cards. Here they are ...

I picked up this cool stamp by Uniko and only coloured bits of it, the rest is playing around with different types of borders to get away from a symmetrical frame type of border.

I am entering at:
CAS Colours & Sketches #304 Colours - 
I used Bashful Blue instead of Balmy Blue, this was the closest match

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

here is what I used:
Background Blocks Equaliser - Uniko
Baa Baa - STAMPlorations, feel free to use my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA for a 20% discount of their stamps, dies and stencils
Real Read, Crumb Cake, Bashful Blue Stamp'n'Write Markers, Real Red card - Stampin'Up!
black Versamark ink - local craft shop

January TAGplorations Reminder

Hello Crafty Friends!

Just a little reminder that January's TAGplorations Challenge is in full swing over at STAMPlorations. There is still time to enter.

The theme for January is: All About Winter
The optional twist is: to use Texture Paste

Well, as you can see, I've gone all out for the optional twist of texture paste with my trees.

I cut a tag from a piece of card I had used to mop up some ink from my craft mat. I then used some texture paste through the Christmas Tree 1 stencil and sprinkled it with glitter to make my trees sparkle.

Whilst the paste was drying, I did some stamping using the Winter Chill set, colouring and fuzzy cutting plus a bit of heat embossing and doodling before assembling my tag and finishing off with a few snowflake sequins and a bit of silver and black ribbons.

If you love tags, why not give it a go and play along? Your project can be anything as long as it features a tag. You can enter as many projects as you want, but one per blog post please, and you don't have to use STAMPlorations products, yet we'd be thrilled if you would. There is currently a free winter/holiday image to download at STAMPlorations Never ending Anything Goes Challenge here. Please check out the full revised challenge guidelines here on the STAMPlorations Blog.

One lucky winner, voted for by the DT, will win a $15 STAMPlorations gift certificate and 3 randomly picked players will win a $5 STAMPlorations gift certificate each.

Ready for more tagtastic inspiration? Pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to see the gorgeous projects my teamies created and, of course, to link up your tag project/s too.

If you like challenges, check out January's Challenge Reminder Post over on the STAMPlorations blog too.

That's it from me for today. Have a lovely week.
Monika xx

here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop, you can use my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at checkout for a 20% discount on their, stamps, dies and stencils

preview-christmastree1 preview-WinterChill preview-manilatags

here is what else I used:

Versamark, Snowflake embossing powder, black Versafine ink, Tempting Turqoise ink, silver and black ribbon, glitter, white and black card, brush markers, snowflake sequins, black fine liner pens

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Cup Of Tea

Hello Crafty Friends!

It's Inspiration Time over at STAMPlorations ... and what a special mile stone one it is ... it's their 200th Inspiration Post.

If that isn't worth celebrating, then I don't know what is. To mark the occasion, Shery will randomly draw one winner of a $20 coupon code from all the comments left on the STAMPlorations Blog and the Inspiration Team Designers' blogs.

I am certainly celebrating with a good brew and a good read hence my bookmark showcasing a set designed by Becca Cruger called Literary Caffeine-ations which I combined with stamps from the Mixed Media Grunge and Scribbly Splattery Grunge sets plus dies from the Tag O'Coffee and the Tags #1 Nesting Dies. Here it is, my DT piece ...

As you can see the colour scheme was somewhat inspired by the tea's colour, especially as I like mine dark with either no or very little milk depending on type. I used the red and white to liven it up with a couple of green sequins.

I went for grungy stamping which I added to the patterned paper tag, added an embossed sentiment, some die-cuts and finished off with white doodles.

My bookmark will be entered at:
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes, optional twist of watercolour (sorry didn't play it)
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes, optional twist of fun technique (heat embossing for the sentiment)
Sisterhood Of Snarky Stampers - B is for Books

I am keeping it short and sweet today. For more inspiration and to comment on all the blog, pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog where you can find all the links and, of course, admire the fabulous pieces my teamies created..

Enjoy your day!
Monika xxx

here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop:
Literary Caffeine-ationsMixed Media GrungeScribbly Splattery Grunge
BG-LiteraryCaffeineations-preview MixedMediaElements-preview.jpeg SheryRuss_Scribbly Splattery Grunge-preview

Tag O'CoffeeTags #1 Nesting Dies
preview-TagOCoffee-CUTplorations preview-nestingtags1
for a 20% discount on their stamps, dies and stencils, feel free to use my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at checkout.

Monday, 14 January 2019

January Release over at STAMPlorations

Hello Crafty Friends!

STAMPlorations are releasing a few new stamp sets this week. Today is Day 1 of their blog hop celebrations, and I am up with Shirley showcasing her new Carved Flowers set.

I absolutely love this set, it offers so many possibilities of building flowers, bouquets and block printed borders.

Today I am sharing my first few ideas for quick and unusual cards.

First up is a simply stamped background with the larger flowers being inked up in tow tones of yellow (Aurore and Miel Izink inks) and the small ones being inked up in Miel and Cire (orange). I created some movement by stamping more or less diagonally across my front panel and finished off by adding a few contrasting sequins. 

Next up is a block printed border with splatters and bold die-cut sentiment.

The leaves from the set can also be used as buds. I simply inked them up with brush markers and added the stems with a watercolour brush. Framing one of my buds creates a bold focal point.

My last one is a bit more artsy. The flowers and leaves were inked up and spritzed with water before stamping for a loose watercoloured look. For a bit more dimension and interest, I die-cut a label and slightly raised it up by popping a couple of pieces of card underneath. A doodled border finished my card off.

These are my four projects. To check out how Shirley used her set and to join the fun, pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog. Leave comments along the way for your chance to win one of four $15 coupon codes which will be randomly drawn from all the comments left during the release on the STAMPlorations Blog and the participating designer's blogs links to which can be found here on the STAMPlorations Blog. Commenting is open from today, January 14, until January 31.

All of the 4 new sets will be on sale at 10% off during the release until 31st January. You can use my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at checkout to get an added 20% off that sale price.

That's it from me for today. Have fun hopping!
Monika xxx

Here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop.
preview-CarvedFlowers preview-congratswordartdie preview-curlylabelstagsnestingdies FloralBliss-preview
Remember to use my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA for a 20% discount on their stamps, dies and stencils. This discount code works on SALE items too.