Wednesday, 21 October 2015

STAMPlorations October Stamp Release Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to Day 2 of the STAMPlorations Stamp Release Blog Hop and Flash Fall Flowers Linky Party! Today we'll be shining the spotlight on HOPE BLOOMS by Shery Russ Designs.

Again I made two cards for you starting with another tall slim one. I recently discovered a pack of these base cards in my stash somewhere at the back of a cupboard. They are coming in very handy.

For my first card, I simply stamped the brush stroke from the Celebrate Artsy set in pale yellows and a greyish green before stamping my main image and sentiment (Friends and Flowers) in black and finishing off with a couple of sequins.

TIP!: When using stronger colours for the brush strokes, use the 2nd or 3rd generation images for your card. This helps to keep the focus on the flowers.

For my next card, I combined the Hope Blooms set with the Retro Circles ARTplorations stencil which is dry embossed as part of my background.

I simply stamped and coloured the butterflies using alcohol markers before adding some glossy accents to one of them. It slightly changed the colours which adds a little more interest. I then stamped my sentiment down one side of my base card, edged my panel using a gold leaf pen, another treasure I recently found, and layered everything as seen.

As always with a blog hop there are prizes to be won for commenting on the posts. Commenting will close on Sunday 25th October. You can also link up a floral themed project (one entry per person, you can use stamps from other companies) for an extra chance to win one of the sets from the release, the link up will close on the same day commenting closes, October 25th. The winners will be announced on October 27th.

Check out what the rest of the team made! You'll find links to all our projects here.

  • SEVEN (7) commenters randomly drawn from the designers' blogs will each win a $10 gift certificate.
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $25 gift certificate.
  • THREE (3) players randomly drawn from the Fall Flower Flash Linky Party will each win a stamp set from the new release.
links to previous days: Day 1

That's it from me for today, back again tomorrow.

Have a lovely day!

Monika xxx

what else I used:
Celebrate Artsy and Friends and Flowers stamp sets and Retro Circles ARTplorations stencil, links in the above text


  1. What a nice change those tall, skinny cards bring to the world! The perfect canvas for that blocked stamp.

  2. both card are very nice. I love the CAS look of the long elegant one and the strip of gold makes #2 elegant, too!!


  3. Your butterflies are beautifully colors. TFS

  4. Love the colours and the layout of the tall one with the brush strokes behind the main image...great tip too about generation stamping, thanks. The colours of the butterflies are gorgeous and interesting how one changed colour with the glossy accents. Love them both, both so different x

  5. Love these CAS 'arty' designs. Very inspirational:)

  6. Don't you loveit when you find items you'd either forgoten about or misplaced? Lucky for you as both these cards are awesome. Thanks for the tip on the generational stamping.

  7. Lovely cards! Really like the tall & skinny cards you've been making. And those butterflies are so pretty!

  8. Both of your cards are so nice. Love how you used two stamp sets on one card. Very creative!!

  9. I like the reminder that you can apply color under the block rather than having to color the image. Lovely cards.

  10. Awesome samoles love the bfly one!

  11. Wow cool cards. The double colour effect from the brush stroke stamp is awesome. I'm gonna have to try that technique. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Wonderful cards Monika - the second one is really beautiful.

  13. Beautiful cards!! Love them both!!
    Moxie Craftie

  14. Now you have fired my imagination Monika - I have never thought to try dry embossing with my Stamplorations stencils: thank you so much! I naturally go to the mucky techniques more but I love what you have done here. Both cards are beautiful and I would be proud to create those. Thanks for the blog hop and for sharing your creations with us Karen x

  15. Beautiful the addition brush strokes in the first card!

  16. Cool brushstroke background on the first, and I like the dry embossing on the second (and that lovely colour-changing butterfly!).

  17. Beautiful cards, I particularly love the first one as it really puts the focus on the gorgeous flower image. That said, I love the brightly coloured butterflies as well.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Your comments are very much appreciated. Have a lovely day! Hugs XXX