Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Celebrating STAMPlorations 4th Birthday!



Hello Crafty Friends!

I am back again with two more cards as my DT contribution to the STAMPlorations Birthday Celebrations. Both of them are very CAS and along the lines of a two in one.

First up is a super adorable shaker card ...


... made using the new Gift Builder #2 CUTplorations Dies in combination with the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies and a sentiment from the Celebrate Artsy set.

I simply cut the solid gift from the white card, backed it with acetate and layered the pink die-cuts on top.

My next card uses the pink circle shape and the 'left overs' from die-cutting the pink bits for my first card ...


... for more definition, I stamped the Zinnia - large on the square piece of the gift, added a white bow and a shadow layered Congrats sentiment.

What can I say about the new release? It's amazing, I absolutely LOVE the dies and Floral Sprays stamps. There are some pretty cool word dies and stamps too, one of my favourites is 'Prosit'. You can check them out in the shop here

Now comes the best bit, we all know how generous Shery is ... and to celebrate STAMPlorations 4th Birthday all stamps, dies and stencils including the new release will be on sale at 15% off, no coupon needed. This means that you can use my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at checkout to get an extra 20% off, saving you 35% in total until Monday 3rd July. On top of this every order of at least $25 (after discounts and GC's are applied and before shipping) will get a free 3x5 Heartfelt Rose stamp set.

There will also be a host of prizes:


  • Three (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the store
  • One (1) randomly drawn winner from comments left on STAMPlorations Facebook page will win a grab bag consisting of new products worth up to $30
  • One (1) randomly drawn winner from comments left on STAMPlorations Instagram page will win a grab bag consisting of new products worth up to $30
  • Two (2) randomly drawn winners from the Wishlist Link Up will each win the products in their wish list (up to $50 MSRP)

For more details and links check out the STAMPlorations Blog here. I shall leave you with one last look at both of my cards.



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:
Gift Builder #2Congrats Word Die
preview-giftbuilder2 
preview-CrazyDoubleRunningStitches-Rectangle stmp1060.jpeg ZinniaLARGE

*** Discount code works on sale items too

Find 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'.

Well, I got a bit of a surprise for you and ended up making two cards, the first one using the butterfly from Gone Postal, the Find Beauty sentiment from the new Say It Big Series, the little corcles from the Artsy Border Maker and a print of the Ethnic Organic 2 ARTplorations Stencil to create a card fitting the sentiment.


It was a pretty straight forward card to make, the stencil print was one I took when working with Infusion Powders through the Ethnic Organic 2 stencil. It's on linen effect card ,and all I had to do was stamp the sentiment and dotty circles, add the stamped and fuzzy cut butterfly and finish off with a few sparkly enamel dots.

My second card uses the Blossom Sprays #2 stamp and the Good Luck CUTplorations Phrase Die, both from the new release.


It's simply stamped and watercoloured and finished off with a die-cut sentiment.



As mentioned earlier, this week we are showcasing stamps designed by Shery under her label 'Shery Russ Designs'. Normally it would be only her stamps on offer for the week, but hey ... it's STAMPlorations 4th Birthday and all stamps, dies and stencils are reduced by 15%, no coupon needed!!!! Using my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at checkout will give you an added 20% off, you could save yourself 35% in total, just saying. 😊

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:
Gone PostalFind Beauty - Say It Big SeriesArtsy Border MakerBlossom Sprays #2
preview-SheryRuss_GonePostal copy FindBeauty ArtsyBorderMaker-web-preview

CUTplorations Dies:
Good Luck

ARTplorations Stencils:
Ethnic Organic Two
preview-stencil118-EthnicOrganicTwo
*** Discount code works on sale items too

Sunday, 25 June 2017

June Stencil Sunday

Hello, Crafty Friends!

Welcome to another Stencil Sunday in June. My 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 with a vintage feel ...


I started off with a Gelli Plate print from a while ago. As I had used the Bubbles stencil at the time, i decided to dry emboss the die-cut tag using the same stencil for added texture. I then played around with Distress Oxides on the tag and swirl before adding some shading using golden copper decorating chalks and black Versafine stamping with stamps from the Mixed Media Grunge set. I stamped the large Zinnia on newspaper print paper, fuzzy cut and sponged it with Old Paper DI. At this point I also blended the tag's edges with the same ink.
I added a doodled border, attached the swirl, added some rub-on sentiments and star,, set the floral eyelet and attached my flower before finishing off with sequins and ribbon.


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.


Just a heads up: All stamp sets, dies and stencils in their shop are still on the Birthday Sale at 15% off until 7th July. You can check out all the details on the STAMPlorations Blog here. Using my personal discount coupon code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at checkout will give you an added 20% off.

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: Bubbles
preview-web-stencil-008-bubbles.jpeg
STAMPlorations Stamps: 
ZinniaLARGE MixedMediaElements-preview.jpeg
CUTplorations Dies:
Luggage Tags Nesting Dies
preview-stamplorations-luggagetags

*** Discount code works on sale items too

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Hello

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 Friends And Flowers stamp set, the Prisms ARTplorations Stencil, the Hello Word Die and the Luggage Tags Nesting Dies to create a CAS card with purple and pink hues. Here it is ...


The Prisms print was from another project, I always take prints when working with stencils and pigment powders, they make the most delicate backgrounds. I simply die-cut a tag, added some Washi, die-cut sentiment, the watercoloured watering can and just one single pearl ... and my card was finished.



As mentioned earlier, this week we are showcasing stamps designed by Deepti under her label 'Dee's Artsy Impressions'. All stamp sets, dies and stencils in their shop are on the Birthday Sale at 15% off until 7th July. You can check out all the details on the STAMPlorations Blog here. Using my personal discount coupon code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at checkout will give you an added 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.

Before I go, just a quick heads up, check out the Wishlist Link Up over on the STAMPlorations Blog to get a pre-view of the new release goodies, it opened yesterday. I am sure, Shery has pinned it, just in case I forget about adding the link.

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:
Friends And FlowersHello Word DieLuggage Tags Nesting DiesPrisms ARTplorations Stencil
preview-DAI-FriendsandFlowers hello-worddie preview-stamplorations-luggagetags preview-web-stencil-prisms

Stamp sets with 20% off this week are:
Best Mom EverFrames And Flowers
preview-BestMomEver-Deepti preview-DAIFramesandFlowers

*** Discount code works on sale items too

Thursday, 15 June 2017

CUTplorations June 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 ...


... and this is where the inspiration came from ...


I started off with a touch of light purple ink on linen effect card. It ended up being a bit streaky so I added some splatters and stamping. I then added the die-cut smile and watercoloured dino finishing off with sequins and a little Stickles.


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?

Before I go, I just want to give you a heads up on an upcoming event. STAMPlorations is turning 4 and the celebrations will start next week with a Wishlist Link Up Party. Check out the STAMPlorations Blog on Monday 19th June for more info.



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: Smile Word Die
smile-worddie
STAMPlorations Stamps used: Dino ThingsSketched: Birthday Cake
preview-BGBCDinoThings stmp1058.jpeg

*** Discount code works on sale items too

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Congrats

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 the Funny Kinda Love to create a love themed card ready to ring in the Wedding Season. Here it is ...


First I stamped the couple, masked them off and sponged the rainbow heart through a stencil I created with a large die-cut, stamped my sentiment and the two smaller heart before finishing off with some white shadow doodles and a few clear gems.

Sometimes simplicity can be very effective.


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 A Cuppa Love and A Snarky Birthday To You sets, both of 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:
Funny Kinda Love
preview-FunnyKindaLove

Sets that are 20% off this week:
A Cuppa LoveA Snarky Birthday To You
preview-BigGrins_ACuppaLove preview-ASnarkyBirthdaytoYou-BigGrins
*** Discount code works on sale items too

Hey Chickie!

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I am sharing a quick card with you, simply stamped and with a tiny bit of masking. Hope this one brings a smile to your face ... 😄


I wanted the sentiment to take center stage and make it lighthearted ... laughter is after all the best medicine! Shirley's chicks came in very handy indeed to make eyes sparkle.


I am entering my card at:
Craft Stamper Make It Take It - June challenge, AG must use stamp
Addicted To Stamps And More - #245 photo inspiration, I was inspired by the sentiment taking center stage plus a little bit of sparkle 😄

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:

Let Go - Say It Big SeriesFowl PlayGrunge Floral Strips
LetGo preview-FowlPlay-TheBeesKnees stmp1047.jpeg

*** Discount code works on sale items too

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

So Happy For You

Hello Crafty Friends!

It's Inspiration Time over at STAMPlorations. This week my teamies and I are showcasing stamps by our very own Shirley under her label 'The Bee's Knees'.

I decided to work with the Baby Bump to create a CAS shaker card. Here it is ...


It's a pretty straight forward card to make. The baby bump got sandwiched between the frame and acetate and the little sprinkles are tiny nail embellishments, the ones you can easily pick up in any supermarket or £shop.


As mentioned earlier, this week we are showcasing stamps designed by our very own Shirley under her label 'The Bee's Knees'. All her sets will be reduced by 10% apart from the Houses Extras and Two Of Us both of  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:
Baby Bump
BabyBump-preview

The stamp sets on the 20% off offer this week are: Houses ExtrasTwo Of Us
preview-TBSHousesExtras preview-TwoofUs-Shirley

*** Discount code works on sale items too