Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Purple Beauty

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 One Cool Chick and a sentiment from Deepti's Best Mom Ever set to create today's CAS card.


I was in the mood for simplicity and went with a die-cut frame and matching oval. on which I stamped my image. I the partially colored it using alcohol markers.


I then layered everything up as shown, added my sentiment and gems to finish.



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 A Cup Of Roses set and Many Blessings Stamps & Coordinating Die Set both of which will be 20% off. Yes, that's another week with two sets a 20% off, plus you can increase this by another 20 % to 40 % by using my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at check out.

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:
One Cool ChickBest Mom Ever
preview-OneCoolChick-Shery preview-BestMomEver-Deepti

*** Discount code works on sale items too, stamp sets on sale this week until 29th May 2017 with a 20% discount are:
A Cup Of Roses set and Many Blessings Stamps & Coordinating Die Set
preview-SheryRuss_ACupofRoses manyblessingsstampsdie Sale discount will be automatically applied at check out.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Watercolour Flowers

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 make a splash with watercolour using Deept's latest set Best Mom Ever. Here it is ...


What can I say .... stamped and splashed with watercolour, finished off with doodles. I used straight forward white card, not one that is specifically good for watercolouring. I rather like these accidental lines one gets when the colours aren't moving properly because the water is too readily absorbed. It makes it look rather sketchy.


What do you think?



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 and Rise And Grind sets both of which will be 20% off. Yes, that's another two sets this week at the special sale price. Just a quick reminder, my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA will give you an added 20% discount on these sale prices too.

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:
Best Mom Ever
preview-BestMomEver-Deepti

*** Discount code works on sale items too

Monday, 15 May 2017

CUTplorations May 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 drawing inspiration from the heart shaped flowers, did a bit of masking, stamping, embossing and inlaid die-cutting and added a few tiny hearts to finish.


I'm keeping it short and sweet today with one close-up of my card.


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: Magical Word Die
preview-stamplorations-magical
STAMPlorations Stamps used: Funny Kinda LoveBlossom Overture
preview-FunnyKindaLove StampClub-BlossomOverture-preview.jpeg

*** Discount code works on sale items too

Sunday, 14 May 2017

May Stencil Sunday

Hello, Crafty Friends!

Welcome to another Stencil Sunday in May. 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 uplifting and encouraging tag ...


Today I had one of my 'I wonder, if...' moments, sponged the Luggage tag with Strawberry Slush ink, let it dry, sprinkled some Violet Storm Infusion Powder through the Prisms stencil, spritzed with water and held my breath .....

Phew! I could breathe again, the little experiment worked. Whilst it was drying, I stamped, coloured and fuzzy cut the Cool Chick, stamped and snipped up the sentiment and die-cut another Luggage tag as backing. I added some white watercolour splatters and a strip of Washi, glued on the backing tag, attached the chick and sentiment, added some white doodles and finished off with sequins and ribbon.

I am really pleased with the amount of depth I achieved by simply adding the doodles. There is a little close-up below.


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: Prisms
preview-web-stencil-prisms
STAMPlorations Stamps: 
preview-OneCoolChick-Shery preview-Tweet Love
CUTplorations Dies:
Luggage Tags Nesting Dies
preview-stamplorations-luggagetags

*** Discount code works on sale items too

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Two Floral Postcards

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I'm sharing two postcards. They are very popular in online forums for swaps. Here is one I made with a floral theme capturing the atmosphere of Summer holidays.


For my first project I was working with STAMPlorations' current Stamp Club set Trendy Spring Blooms with sentiments from the Born To Roam set, the Camera Large from their Stamp Lab and the Smile CUTplorations Word Die. Full details on how it cam together can be found in my Spotlight Tutorial on the STAMPlorations Blog.


The ink smudged a bit more than anticipated when I coated the front with Mod Podge. This could be due to the card stock I used, it was different from my previous ones. I might also have been rushing it a bit and didn't put the Mod Podge on thinly enough for the first coat. Worth bearing in mind!

Anyway, if you fancy receiving this post card, I shall draw one lucky winner from all the comments left on this post by Sunday 21st May.

On to my next project, This one I made for the May Postcard Swap at the UK Stampers Forum on FB. I used my new goodies Irises (CS154D) from Hobby Art and some old favourites from STAMPlorations, Mixed Media Grunge for the brick pattern, Life In Full Color for the sentiment and Art Marks for the stamped pink splatters. Here it is:


I stamped and watercoloured the iris and its background. I then stamped the brick pattern and splatters in Blushing Bride SU ink, stamped my sentiment and added blue watercolour splatters and touches of golden eyeliner to finish before coating the front of my card with Mod Podge.


If you zoom in, you can just about see the delicate sparkle of the eyeliner in the center of my iris.

I shall leave you with one last look at both finished projects.



That's it from me for today. If you feel inspired to do some embossing using your die cut shapes, why not link your make up with our Spotlight Project Showcase. We love to see your 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:
Trendy Spring BloomsBorn To RoamCamera Large,
preview-SheryRuss_TrendySpringBlooms preview-SheryRuss_BorntoRoam CameraLARGE

Mixed Media GrungeArt MarksLife In Full Color
MixedMediaElements-preview.jpeg preview-SheryRuss_ArtMarks1 SheryRuss_LifeInFullColor-preview

Smile CUTplorations Word Die
smile-worddie
*** Discount code works on sale items too

other supplies used:
CS154D Irises Sharon Bennett Collection - Hobby Art Ltd
Strawberry Slush, Gumball Green and Elegant Eggplant ink - Stampin'Up!
Pool Party card stock - Stampin'Up!
Onyx Black Versafine ink
Daler Rowney Aquafine watercolours in round tin

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

A Woman Like You

Hello Crafty Friends!

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

I decided to work with Becca's newest set Sweet & Sassy Mom to create my. DT project for the week Here it is ...


When I first saw the flowers in Becca's new set, I immediately thought of creating a stamped arc to fuzzy cut around. Well, that's what I did for my card stamping some of the blooms as outline only and coloured the larger one using Promarkers. I also added my sparkly eyeliner glitter and glossy accents, stamped the sentiment and added a few pearls to finish.

I got two versions, the golden pearls in the above photo and white ones in the photo below.


What do you think?


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% apart from the Buttercup And Butterflies and the A Full Heart sets both of which will be 20% off. Yes, that's another two great sets at an amazing discount.

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:

Sweet & Sassy Mom
preview-SweetandSassyMom-Becca
*** Discount code works on sale items too

Monday, 8 May 2017

Something Old Something New

Hello Crafty Friends!

Just a very quick post today sharing a card I made using some of the new Uniko goodies from Saturday's Art Stamping Festival.

I used their Vines Winter set which a an add on to the Vines set and combined it with one of the first ever stamp I bought to make my very first Christmas card of the year. One never can start soon enough ....


I was inspired by the colours over at CAS Colours & Sketches #221


Of course I am entering there too! 😊


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