Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Tossing Confetti

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 Power Of Words and the Lacy Edges And Borders CUTplorations Dies to create a CAS card with purple hues. Here it is ...


I took a piece of ivory Centura Pearl card, chopped it up using one of the Lacy Edges And Borders dies and inked the cut edges with two different tones of purple.
Next I stamped my sentiment in black Memento and coloured the confetti and balloon with an an alcohol marker before layering everyting on my base card and finishing off with sequins and a gel pen highlight.

Here is a closer look ...


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 set I used in my card 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:
Power Of WordsLacy Edges And Borders CUTplorations Dies
preview-PowerofWords preview-CUTplorations-LacyEdgesandBorders

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Friday, 17 March 2017

A Little Canvas

Hello Crafty Friends!

I am back today with another canvas to share. It is one I made as a tutorial for STAMPlorations, and it is a little more complex than last month's.
I can assure you, it doesn't look anything like what I had in mind.
That's the beauty and challenge of Mixed Media, trusting the process when projects take on a life of their own.


It does look a little on the brown side in the photo, but in real life the oranges and yellows give it a nice rich and warm glow.

The basis for my colour scheme came from a Color Blooms page which I had coloured using brushos and Promarkers some time last year, never daring to tear or cut into it. I wanted to combine it with the My Sunshine mask, and off I went on my journey.

Bits of the layers I added are popping through in the most unexpected places.

There are more photos and a little slideshow video on the STAMPlorations Blog taking you through all of the steps on how it came together in the end, that's after I was just about to give up on it. 😊
Yes, about 2/3 through I was very close to shelf it and as a result became less fearful of messing up. Of course, I thought it was already a mess and it couldn't get any worse. 😁
I am glad I persevered and hope that you enjoy and feel inspired by today's tutorial.

I am entering my canvas at:
Creative Artiste - challenge #24 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Craft Stamper - Make It Take It Anything Goes, must use stamps

If you feel inspired to dig into your crafty resourcefulness and create something to enjoy  .... why not link it up with the Mixed Media Challenge over at STAMPlorations. The theme for the Mixed Media Challenge 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. Have a lovely weekend!
hugs
Monika xxx


The little slideshow video can also be found here on my YouTube Channel.

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 and Masks: ShuttersMy Sunshine
preview-web-stencil-006-shutters.jpeg preview-stencil128-Mysunshinemask
STAMPlorations Stamps: Art MarksMixed Media ElementsMixed Media GrungeThe Birds And The Blooms
preview-SheryRuss_ArtMarks1 SheryRuss_MixedMediaElements MixedMediaElements-preview.jpeg thebirdsandtheblooms-web-preview
Colouring Book: Color Blooms
colorbloomscover

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other supplies: gesso primed canvas 20x20cm (8x8inches); Sepia, Tiger Lily, Potting Soil and black Archival Inks; London Bus and Zesty Zing PaperArtsy Fresco Paints; dark yellow Crafter's Choice acrylic paint; white gesso; arcylic medium; Brusho Powders and Promarkers for the Color Blooms page; Early Espresso ink and marker pen; white gel pen; Gelly Roll Black Sparkl; Micron 05; glossy accents; metal charms and skeleton leaves

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

CUTplorations March Reminder Take 2

Hello Crafty Friends!

Over at STAMPlorations the CUTplorations Challenge  is in full swing, and I just wanted to post a little reminder project  or two ... I just couldn't help myself after Happy Mail from Shery dropped through my letter box on Monday. In it were some new dies just perfect for this month's CUTplorations Challenge hence a second post in such quick succession.


I was using another piece of my mopped up Brusho card, still got one more piece left to use. 😊

I decided to use the following new dies, which are already in the shop, to make my card: Spring Flower Layering DiesTrendy Spring Blooms DiesHello Sunshine CUTplorations Phrase Die

image source: Stylecaster

Taking inspiration from the photo, the colours, sentiment and flowers capture the summery feel quite well.

I am so loving the new dies, expect to see more of them, I die-cut quite a few yesterday. Here is another look at the finished card ...


Pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to see how my teamies interpreted the photo and to link up your entry too. Please make sure you follow the rules of displaying the challenge inspiration photo and using at least one STAMPlorations product. If you don't have any as yet, there is a free digi stamp here available for you to download. 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: 
Spring Flower Layering DiesTrendy Spring Blooms DiesHello Sunshine CUTplorations Phrase Die
preview-springflowerlayeringdies preview-trendyspringbloomsdies preview-hellosunshine

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CUTplorations March 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 playing with Brushos the other day to make some ATCs for my post here. As always I try to get as much out of a messy crafting session as I can hence I got some prints of the stencils I used, see my card here, and whatever was left over on my craft mat got mopped up with cream card, a piece of which I used for today's project.

The cream card made the colours look a little peachy, exactly what I needed given the colours of the March Inspiration Photo, especially the dress on the right hand side ...

image source: Stylecaster

... which I combined with the idea of the three panels.


The background already was quite textured, and I felt a single flower from the Blooming Buds set would go well. Once I'd stamped and coloured (Cocktail and Antique Pink, Tan and Cinnamon Promarkers) my flower, I used my craft knife and scissors to cut a strip around the flower and layered on my kraft base card.
I then added the die-cut Hello and the stamped sentiment from the Bloom Sketches set to finish.


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: Hello Word Die
hello-worddie
STAMPlorations Stamps used: Blooming BudsBloom Sketches
BloomingBuds-preview-web BloomSketches.jpeg

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Flowers Bloom

... or bees become butterflies


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 Buttercups And Butterflies to create a quick and colourful card using a partial stencil print from a Brusho session I had last week. Here it is ...


It was a pretty quick card to make. I simply turned the partial stencil print to find the orientation I was happy with, stamped my sentiment, stamped some butterflies in Daffodil delight, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red, layered on a piece of Pumpkin Pie card, layered on my kraft base card and finished with a little star on one of the butterflies.


This post was all scheduled and ready to go, when this morning something magical happened. I had been playing with some new dies last night whilst watching television and dropped them on the craft table before going to bed .... the I saw this this morning ...


Without realizing I had placed the butterfly on what was going to be today's project for sharing, of course I had to finish it off especially given the cards sentiment! Bees become butterflies. 😊

I added a vellum die-cut of the solid butterfly shape underneath the filigree one cut from gold mirror card and attached it to my card adding more sequins to finish.

The butterfly is one of the new CUTplorations Layering Dies called 'Flutter Zen 2' due for release very soon, in fact they might even be in their shop later this week.

Here is another close look at my sneak pre-view ...



This week over at STAMPlorations, 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 Buttercups And Butterflies set I used in my card 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. I shall be back again tomorrow with a couple of 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:
Buttercups And ButterfliesZen Hearts
preview-Buttercups & Butterflies preview-ZenHearts-stencil
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Sunday, 12 March 2017

March Stencil Sunday

Hello, Crafty Friends!

Welcome to another Stencil Sunday in March. 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 are ... 3 love themed ATCs


I played with Brushos and ARTplorations Stencils, Hearts All Over and Zen Hearts, to make my ATCs. I wanted them to be bright and cheerful for a love themed swap I was planning on entering. 
I simply placed the stencils on my precut pieces of watercolour card, sprinkled with Brushos, spritzed with water, removed the stencils and allowed to dry.

Let's look at them in more detail. First up is the lovestruck Dino ...


I used the Hearts All Over background, stamped the script from the Mixed Media Elements sets inked up in red and yellow (Real Red, Daffodil Delight) all over and added a border from the same set in Chocolate Chip as grounding.
Next I stamped Dino from the Dino Things set on Mixed Media card, watercoloured and fuzzy cut it before attaching it in place.
To finish off, I stamped the sentiment from the same set, added a little punched heart and some doodles.

Next up are the Love Birds ...


Using the second of my Hearts All Over backgrounds, I stamped the script again, this time in Melon Mambo partially wiped off.
The birds from the Birds Of Paradise set were stamped on Mixed Media card, watercoloured with inks (Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo) and fuzzy cut.
To bring it all together, I doodled a border, stamped my sentiment, added a die-cut mesh heart, attached the birds, added two small punched hearts, added the white highlights and finished off with a bit of sparkly eyeliner and glossy accents on the birds' wings.

Last but not least the 'Love The Journey' ATC ...


For this one, I used the Zen Hearts background and added some doodles with a sparkly Gelly Roll Sakura Pen and a red marker pen before adding a little shading with grey Gelato.
To finish, I stamped my sentiment from the Trendy Butterflies set and added a little punched heart.

Here is another look at all three ...


I am entering my ATCs at:
UK Stampers Forum FB Group - March ATC Swap, theme: Love

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: Hearts All OverZen Hearts
preview-web-stencil-007-hearts.jpeg preview-ZenHearts-stencil
STAMPlorations Stamps: 
SheryRuss_MixedMediaElements preview-BGBCDinoThings preview-BirdsofParadise stmp1082.jpeg
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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Happy Women's Day 2017

Hello Crafty Friends!

Just a quick post from me today to wish you all a very Happy International Women's Day 2017!


Today I had some playtime doing some watercolour effect stamping with my MISTI.

First I started off by stamping the script (Mixed Media Elements, STAMPlorations) in Daffodil Delight and the Butterflies (Texture Butterflies, Kaisercraft) in Melon Mambo on a piece of Mixed Media card.
Next I did the watercolour effcet stamping of Ella Bella (Indigo Blue) similar to my video below using Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise.
Once dried I stamped Ella Bella again in Crushed Curry before adding my sentiment (Strong Women, STAMPlorations) and some fine splatters.


To finish I simply layered on a kraft base card.

I am entering my card at:
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes with optional twist 'The Rubber Room' no digis, playing optional twist


That's it from me for today. Wishing you a day full of joy cherishing yourselves!
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:
Mixed Media ElementsStrong Women
SheryRuss_MixedMediaElements preview-BeccaCruger_StrongWomen
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other supplies:
Ella Bella - Indigo Blue
Texture Butterflies - Kaisercraft
Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Crushed Curry inks and Early Espresso marker - Stampin'Up!
black Versafine, mixed media and kraft card - stash

watercolour effect stamping using MISTI video