Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Watercolour Wish

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 Kathryn's Big Wishes to create a dreamy watercolour card. Here it is ...


Today's card was pretty straight forward:
  • stamp Kathryn, balloon, string and sentiment in black Archival
  • watercolour in a way that allows the colour to lightly bleed outside the lines using inks (I used Crisp Cantaloupe, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso inks)
  • stamp the dots into the balloon (Crisp Cantaloupe)
  • layer on coloured base card
    In a change since the beginning of this year, the STAMPlorations Inspiration DT are showcasing stamps from one designer. All the stamps by that designer will be reduced by 10% for that one week apart from one set which will have a 20% discount. No coupon is needed at check out, and you still can apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA -which doesn't expire, by the way- for an extra 20% off all stamps, dies and stencils!


    As mentioned earlier, this week we are showcasing stamps designed by our very own Deepti under her label 'Dee's Artsy Impressions'. All her sets will be reduced by 10% apart from Chikoo Goes Bananas 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:
    Kathryn's Big Wishes
    preview-DAI-KathrynsBigWishes

    Sunday, 19 February 2017

    February Stencil Sunday

    Hello, Crafty Friends!

    Welcome to another Stencil Sunday in February. May I take the opportunity to remind you of the current Mixed Media Challenge over at STAMPlorations. As you know Anything Mixed Media Goes as long as it is not a card and you use at least one stencil.

    My DT contribution for this Stencil Sunday is ... a tag


    For today's project, I dug out one of those pieces I have been meaning to use for a while ... a piece of card I used to use up left over gold acrylic and red coloured paste from a couple of projects from which I cut a large tag.

    The paste at the time was used with the Old Rose Prints ARTplorations Stencil. It was done in a hurry and had smudged a little, and I wondered what it might look like covered up with tissue paper. I picked up some white crumpled tissue paper duly kept from packaging, added some stamping using stamps from the Scribbly Splattery Grunge set and Tempting Turquoise, Crisp Cantaloupe and Basic Grey inks, layered it onto my tag and gave it a thin coat of white gesso.

    Next I got out the Ethnic Organic Two stencil, placed it on my tag, sprinkled with A Bit Jaded and Are You Cerise Coloured Stains Infusions, spritzed with water and outlined the pattern in black once dry.

    Next I blended with Emerald and Golden Copper Decorating Chalks to bring out more of the rose pattern, added some glittery nail varnish and a piece of dry wall tape as a base for the rose and die-cut sentiment.

    All that was left, was to finish off with some glitter glue, fibers and sequins.


    The stamping on the tissue paper can't be seen in the finished project as stamping, it has become part of the overall colouring and texture. Interestingly it seemed to disappear and blend fully into the background through adding the dry wall tape despite it being a mesh.

    Here is a last look at my finished project.,,


    I hope you feel inspired to create something different, maybe even do some up-cycling or re-purposing .... why not link it up with the Mixed Media Challenge over at STAMPlorations. The theme 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. I shall be back soon with another project to share.

    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:

    ARTplorations Stencils: Old Rose PrintsEthnic Organic Two
    preview-web-stencil-013-old-rose-prints.jpeg preview-stencil118-EthnicOrganicTwo
    STAMPlorations Stamps: 
    StampClub-BlossomOverture-preview.jpeg SheryRuss_Scribbly Splattery Grunge-preview
    CUTplorations Dies:
    Luggage Tags Nesting DiesHugs Word Die
    preview-stamplorations-luggagetags hugs-worddie

    Wednesday, 15 February 2017

    Sliding Letters


    Hello Crafty Friends! It's Monika here today with a slider card idea using the current Stamp Club set Hello You in combination with the Lacy Edges And Border CUTplorations Dies from today's release and some other favourites named at the end of this post.

    There are two cards for you today using a slightly different way of making the slider element with a video for each. First up are the two cards:



    The slider element of the first one is slightly wider and it uses a tri-folded card as base and would require you to have a large die-cutting machine such as the Grand Calibur.

    In the card the slider element is contained in a large topper, which only requires a Big Shot or Cuttlebug size die-cutting machine. I also slightly modified the with for the envelope to slide out making it easier to attach the laptop over it.

    The following photos demonstrate how the envelope slides out from behind the laptop once the tag is being pulled.







    Interested on how they were made, check out the full Spotlight Feature including videos here on the STAMPlorations Blog.

    That's it from me for today. I shall leave you with one last look at the finished projects.



    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:
    Hello YouGroovy ShoesChevron And ArrowsBlossom Overture
    preview-HelloYou-SheryRussDesigns preview-ShirleyBampton_GroovyShoes stmp1031.jpeg StampClub-BlossomOverture-preview.jpeg
    Lacy Edges And Borders CUTplortaions Dies
    preview-CUTplorations-LacyEdgesandBorders

    CUTplorations Mini Release Blog Hop

    Hello Crafty Friends!

    STAMPlorations are releasing some fabulous CUTplorations edge/border dies today, and they are celebrating in style with a MINI Release Blog Hop. Here are the tree and edge beauties ...


    ... and here is what I made of them working mainly with white Centura Pearl card for a subtle shimmer ...


    First up is the Stitched Spring Landscape die which was cut from plain white card. I then added some texture using the medium sizes tree from the Tree Silhouetttes set and pigment inks (Mantis Green, Soft Pink and Gold Shimmer Pearlescent and Evergreen Metallic Artiste pigment inks). I made sure not to ink up the tree trunks as I wanted to randomly stamp the canopy using the generational stamping technique.
    I added two scored lines to my pearlescent base card, attached the Spring Landscape, inlaid the window, added a die-cut 'New' from the New Year Phrase Die, stamped the 'home' from the Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year set and finished off with a few sequins.


    Next up is the Stitched Winter Landscape die which I combined with the Stitched Snow Hills and the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies to create this Winter Wonderland Shaker card. It's a little tricky, but well worth it. I cut a piece of pearlescent card exactly the same size as my frame, I did use the nesting die for this, and a base card fitting the exact same size for which I used my paper trimmer. It is important to get the correct measurements for your base card at this point as it will help you when assembling the landscape.

    From my large stitched rectangle, I first die-cut the Winter Landscape and put it to one side, Next I die-cut the left hill before die-cutting the last hill using dies from the Stitched Snow Hills set making sure to keep the corresponding pieces together along the way.

    I then started assembling the landscape from the top down (pretty much in reverse order in which they were cut) starting with the sky piece which was quickly and easily aligned with the top of my base card. Next I sponged a little blue into the sky.

    To help me add the hills, I placed the Winter Landscape at the bottom and glued the pieces including the window on the right hand side in place. I removed the landscape and added some sponging. I repeated this process for the second hill before gluing the Winter Landscape into place, adding some white Flower Soft and attaching the shaker front into place.

    TIP!: When cutting the Stitched Winter Landscape, place your die slightly in from the edge for the trees to be seen within the frame. It is just a simple snip to fully trim the landscape off.


    Last but not least is my card using one of the Lacy Edges And Borders dies in combination with the Clustered Hearts die and the medium Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies plus a little sentiment from A Snarky Birthday To You.

    From my stitched rectangle, I started cutting the red edge first, edged with red and put the piece to one side. I rotated my die, cut and edged the orange edge and put to one side. I continued like this until all the edges were cut. I die-cut the hearts from red and white pearlescent card, assembled everything on a matching rectangle for ease, stamped the sentiment and layered on my base card to finish.

    Phew! There are a few die-cutting ideas here, and I am sure my teamies will add to them. Pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to check out the projects my teamies created and of course to join the hop.




    Commenting closes Tuesday, 21st February and there'll be two winners, randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations and participating designers' blogs. One will win a $15 gift certificate and the other one will win her choice of either Lacy Edges or Winter & Spring Stitched Landscape dies.

    The winners will be announced in the February Challenges and Blog Hop Winners Post on 10th March on the STAMPlorations Blog. Feel free to subscribe to their blog for updates on challenges, blog hops and of course winners too.

    That's it from me for now. I shall be back later with a fun Spotlight Tutorial making even more good use of the Lacy Edges And Borders Dies.

    See you then!
    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: Stitched Spring LandscapeStitched Winter LandscapeLacy Edges And Borders,
    Stitched Snow HillsNew Year Word DieClustered Hearts, Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies
    CUTplorationsStitchedSnowHillsdies-previewpreview-ClusteredHearts-CUTplorationspreview-CrazyDoubleRunningStitches-Rectangle
    STAMPlorations Stamps: VIGNETTE Tree SilhouettesSentiment Builders: Christmas & New YearA Snarky Birthday To You
    stmp1032.jpeg stmp1074.jpeg preview-ASnarkyBirthdaytoYou-BigGrins

    Tuesday, 14 February 2017

    Fly

    Hello Crafty Friends!

    It's Inspiration Time over at STAMPlorations. This week my treamies and I are showcasing stamps by Becca under her label 'Big Grins by Becca Cruger'.

    I decided to work with the Dino Things and Strong Women sets to create a cute card with Washi plasters and humour. Here it is ...


    Continuing with the Centura Pearl card theme, got quite a lot of it bought ages ago of course 😁, today's card was pretty straight forward:
    • cut the small crazy stitched rectangle from ivory pearlised card
    • stamp, colour and fuzzy cut this cute flying dinasour, as I like to refer to our wild 'pet' sparrows in the garden, using ivory pearlised card and Promarkers; seriously they are such good fun to watch at the feeder outside our back door
    • stamp the Strong Women sentiment
    • add Washi tape, layer up and add more plasters
    • add button and sequins to finish
    I am entering my card at:
    Addicted to CAS Challenge #104 - Pets
      New for this year, the STAMPlorations Inspiration DT are showcasing stamps from one designer. All the stamps by that designer will be reduced by 10% for that one week apart from one set which will have a 20% discount. No coupon is needed at check out, and you still can apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA -which doesn't expire, by the way- for an extra 20% off all stamps, dies and stencils!


      As mentioned earlier, this week we are showcasing stamps designed by Becca under her label 'Big Grins by Becca Cruger'. All her sets will be reduced by 10% and the Caffeinated Christmas set 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. Wishing you all a Happy Valentien's Day! Have fun and allow yourseleves to be spoilt!
      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:
      Dino Things, Strong WomenLiterary Caffeine-ationsClustered Hearts
      preview-BGBCDinoThings preview-BeccaCruger_StrongWomen BG-LiteraryCaffeineations-preview preview-ClusteredHearts-CUTplorations

      Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting DiesStitched Snow Hills
      preview-CrazyDoubleRunningStitches-RectangleCUTplorationsStitchedSnowHillsdies-preview