Sunday, 23 April 2017

April Stencil Sunday

Hello, Crafty Friends!

Welcome to another Stencil Sunday in April. 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 'merci/thanks' ATCs


I decided to work with some new toys and others I hadn't used as yet. I randomly coloured a piece of Mixed Media paper using no 16, 17 and 18 of my new Prima Tropical watercolours. I also added lots of splashes and allowed to dry.
To create my background, I sprinkled Golden sands Infusion Powder through the Emanations stencil, spritzed with water and allowed to dry before clear embossing over the pattern, adding more no 17 watercolour and plenty of outline doodles. I blended with Early Espresso ink and added a coat of gesso.


Next I stamped the solid flower in Crushed Curry on my watercoloured MM paper and die-cut them using the matching flower.I die-cut some leaves, some more flowers from gold mirror card and layered everything up as seen before finishing off with a stamped sentiment, some matching sequins and copper Stickles.


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: Emanations, this is a new stencil and hasn't quite made it to the shop as yet

STAMPlorations Stamps: 
preview-SheryRuss_TrendySpringBlooms
CUTplorations Dies:
Trendy Spring Blooms Dies
preview-trendyspringbloomsdies
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Things With Wings 3

Hello Crafty Friends!

The Things With Wings Spring Blog Hop And Linky Party over at STAMPlorations is in full swing. As a little reminder, I made today's card using Dragonfly CUTplorations Layering Dies with a little help from the Winged ThingsArt Marks and Noteworthy 2 stamp sets.


What do you think of my third make for the 25 days of celebrating Spring with all things winged?


Here is How it was made:

  • I masked and sponged a wedge shape
  • stamped the dragonfly using the same ink
  • removed the masks and stamped the border and sentiment
  • die-cut the outline dragonfly from gold mirror card and the solid one from vellum, layered them up and attached them to my card to finish

Apart from the new range of Layering Dies, STAMPlorations have released some great Spring themed sentiment dies, floral dies and stamps too. Pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to check them out and, of course, to join the party through commenting and linking up your winged projects. Commenting and linking up is from Wednesday 5th April to Sunday 30th April, 11.55 pm Pacific.

As always there are prizes to be won: 
  • (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $10 gift certificate to the store
  • (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive Trendy Butterflies 2 + either Flutter Zen 1 or Flutter Zen 2 layering dies
  • (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive Sweet Spring Wishes stamp set + Dragonfly layering dies
  • (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive the Trendy Spring Blooms dies
  • (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive the Sweet Spring Wishes phrase dies
  • (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive a $20 gift certificate to the store.
All the links you need to comment and join the party can be found on the STAMPlorations Blog. For more winged inspiration, check out their post here too.
Hop along and have fun!
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:
Dragonfly Layering Dies
preview-dragonflylayeringdies-TheBeesKnees
STAMPlorations Stamps:
preview-SheryRuss_ArtMarks1 preview-TheBeesKnees-WingedThings preview-Noteworthy2-SheryRussDesigns

*** Discount code works on sale items too

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Essence Of Life

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 to create this one-layer CAS card. Here it is ...


I stamped the umbrella directly on white Centura Pearl card, watercoloured the image using inks, stamped the sentiment and added a couple of embossed lines to the bottom left.

I love how the shimmer of the card stock itself lifts the image.

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 Just Because 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:
Friends And Flowers
preview-DAI-FriendsandFlowers

*** Discount code works on sale items too

Saturday, 15 April 2017

CUTplorations April 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 simply picked up on some of the colours from the inspiration photo below and substituted the chicks for butterflies. The background is watercoloured and a stamp from the Scribbly Splattery Grunge set provided the added stamped detail. A die-cut sentiment, some doodles, punched daisies and gems was all that was needed to finish my card off.



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 Easter!
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: Be Kind Phrase DieFlutter Zen 1 Layering Dies
preview-bekind preview-flutterzen1layeringdies
STAMPlorations Stamps used: Scribbly Splattery Grunge
SheryRuss_Scribbly Splattery Grunge-preview

*** Discount code works on sale items too

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Embossing With Die-Cuts

Hello Crafty Friends!

I'm over on the STAMPlorations Blog today with a Spotlight Tutorial showing you how to get more out of your CUTplorations dies. I picked up the Trendy Spring Blooms Dies and a few other bits to create these two cards:



To find out how I made my cards and for a step by step tutorial, pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog. I shall just leave you with a couple of close-ups ...



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 their Spotlight Project Showcase.

Have a lovely Easter!
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 Blooms CUTplorations DiesScribbly Splattery GrungeBloom SketchesTweet Love
preview-trendyspringbloomsdies SheryRuss_Scribbly Splattery Grunge-preview BloomSketches.jpeg preview-Tweet Love
*** Discount code works on sale items too

The rubber embossing mat I used, is by Imagination Crafts and can be found here.

Things With Wings 2

Hello Crafty Friends!

The Things With Wings Spring Blog Hop And Linky Party over at STAMPlorations is in full swing. As a little reminder, I made today's card using Flutter Zen 2 CUTplorations Layering Dies with a little help from Sweet Spring Wishes, the Numbers Plate Die, the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies and the Distressed Floral Swirls stamp set.


What do you think of my second make for the 25 days of celebrating Spring with all things winged?


Well here is how it was made:
  • die-cut the same size rectangle from white card and one with a brusho background
  • using MISTI stamp the swirls on both pieces in exactly the same positions
  • die-cut the numbers from the white stamped card
  • die-cut the sentiment 3x from matching card and layer up
  • die-cut the filigree butterfly from Centura Pearl and the solid one from vellum and layer up
  • assemble card on a matching base card as seen

Apart from the new range of Layering Dies, STAMPlorations have released some great Spring themed sentiment dies, floral dies and stamps too. Pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to check them out and, of course, to join the party through commenting and linking up your winged projects. Commenting and linking up is from Wednesday 5th April to Sunday 30th April, 11.55 pm Pacific.

As always there are prizes to be won: 
  • (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $10 gift certificate to the store
  • (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive Trendy Butterflies 2 + either Flutter Zen 1 or Flutter Zen 2 layering dies
  • (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive Sweet Spring Wishes stamp set + Dragonfly layering dies
  • (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive the Trendy Spring Blooms dies
  • (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive the Sweet Spring Wishes phrase dies
  • (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive a $20 gift certificate to the store.
All the links you need to comment and join the party can be found on the STAMPlorations Blog. For more winged inspiration, check out their post here too.
Hop along and have fun!
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:
Flutter Zen 2Sweet Spring WishesNumber Plate DieCrazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies
preview-flutterzen2layeringdies preview-sweetspringwishesdie numbers preview-CrazyDoubleRunningStitches-Rectangle
STAMPlorations Stamps:
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*** Discount code works on sale items too




Tuesday, 11 April 2017

You're Amazing

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 set with its coordinating dies and a sentiment from Strong Women to create today's project. Here it is ...


The Centura Pearl card I used as base adds a lovely subtle shimmer and contrasts well with the plain white card used for the buttercup. Here are the steps on how it was made:
  • create a watercolour background with splatters on a die-cut piece of white Centura Pearl card
  • stamp, colour and die-cut the buttercup
  • die-cut 2 - 3 more of the buttercup shapes and layer them up with your coloured buttercup
  • stamp sentiment in place
  • add the buttercup topper
  • layer on your base card and finish off with a touch of Stickles and a couple of matching sequins


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 Funny Kinda Love 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:
Buttercups And ButterfliesStrong WomenButtercups And Butterflies Coordinating CUTplorations DiesCrazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies
preview-Buttercups & Butterflies preview-BeccaCruger_StrongWomen cutplorations-ButtercupsandButterflies preview-CrazyDoubleRunningStitches-Rectangle
*** Discount code works on sale items too

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Things With Wings 1

Hello Crafty Friends!

So far April has shown its sunny side here in the UK, and I have a very easy, yet impactful card to share, thanks to the new Flutter Zen 1 and Flutter Zen 2 CUTplorations Layering Dies, two of a stunning range of new dies STAMPlorations are introducing with a month long celebration.


This means it is time for the Things With Wings Spring Blog Hop And Linky Party, 25 days of celebrating Spring with all things winged.


My card was pretty easy to make, I die-cut the filigree butterflies from card and the solid ones from vellum. I then cut a little panel of watercoloured card using one of the Stitched Snow Hills dies, die-cut the Sweet Spring Wishes sentiment and layered everything as shown finishing off with some sparkly flowers.

I am entering my card at:
Addicted To Stamps And More - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar - April Showers or Spring, went for Spring


Apart from the new range of Layering Dies, STAMPlorations are releasing some great Spring themed sentiment dies, floral dies and stamps too. Pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to check them out and, of course, to join the party through commenting and linking up your winged projects. Commenting and linking up is from Wednesday 5th April to Sunday 30th April, 11.55 pm Pacific.

As always there are prizes to be won: 
  • (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $10 gift certificate to the store
  • (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive Trendy Butterflies 2 + either Flutter Zen 1 or Flutter Zen 2 layering dies
  • (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive Sweet Spring Wishes stamp set + Dragonfly layering dies
  • (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive the Trendy Spring Blooms dies
  • (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive the Sweet Spring Wishes phrase dies
  • (1) randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings Spring linky party will receive a $20 gift certificate to the store.
All the links you need to comment and join the party can be found on the STAMPlorations Blog.
Please leave a comment, hop on and have fun!
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:
Flutter Zen 1Flutter Zen 2Sweet Spring WishesStitched Snow Hills
preview-flutterzen1layeringdies preview-flutterzen2layeringdies preview-sweetspringwishesdie CUTplorationsStitchedSnowHillsdies-preview
*** Discount code works on sale items too