Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Last Minute Gift

Hello Crafty Friends! Today's project is one I made as a tutorial for STAMPloratiosn. It is one you can easily make as a last minute gift for a friend. Why not get your kids involved and make it as a gift for their teacher? I am using Feathery with its matching dies, one of STAMPlorations Stamp Club sets to make a set of note cards in a box.


The box takes 5 cards and envelopes.

 
Here are a few more photos of the finished project.



That's it from me for today. You can check out the full step-by-step tutorial here on the STAMPloratiosn Blog. If you fancy making a last minute gift or make a project using any of the techniques shared by my teamies in their Spotlight Posts, make sure to link up your makes with STAMPlorations' Spotlight Project Gallery here.


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:

preview-Feathery preview-Featherydies

*** Discount code works on sale items too

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

One Layer Christmas

Hello Crafty Friends!

It's Tuesday, which means, it's Inspiration Time over at STAMPlorations. This week I want to share a postage friendly one-layer card.


Simply stamped with black Versafine and watercoloured. Quick and easy to make, perfect for those last minute cards.

Well, what can I say, I did make a little mistake, and it was too late to make another card. Let me know in the comments, if you spotted it. 😁


For more inspiration and latest offers, pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog. They are still running their 30% off December Offer. Using the one time only code HOLIDAY2017 at check out gives you a 30% discount on their stamps, dies and stencils. This code can not be combined with other coupon codes and doesn't apply to products from their New Release, Retiring, Coloring Books and Gift Certificates categories.

Should you wish to purchase products from the New Release category, feel free to use my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA for a 20% discount.

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:

Layered HollyPoinsettia Row
preview-LayeredHolly preview-ArtsyBorderPoinsettiaRow

*** Discount code works on sale items too

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Male Room Christmas

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my second outing as DT member over at The Male Room challenge blog where the bi-weekly challenge is all about making cards for the men in our lives. Here is my DT project ...


Each challenge, of course, has a different theme. For challenge #75 we are having a theme whci translates into Christmas/Winter Wishes and/or any other December Celebration. Lots of scope there!


I decided to make another card using a piece from a Stencil Foil Art Kit for kids. It is basically like a scratch card, you scratch bits off and beautifully shiny foil is revealed, which reminds me of Christmas Tree Baubles. The black covering makes it perfect for a male card.


I simply used one of my stencils with the enclosed scratching tool and ended up with this beauty!


Fancy creating your own festive make, pop over to The Male Room for more inspiration and to link up your masculine makes.

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

here is what I used:
Stencil Foil Art Kit - Poundworld
Peel-offs - stash

from STAMPlorations:
Leaves 1
preview-leaves1
remember to apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA (not case sensitive) at check out for a 20% discount on STAMPlorations stamps ***, stencils and dies:
*** Discount code works on sale items too

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

CASE-ing Myself

Hello Crafty Friends!

It's Tuesday, which means, it's Inspiration Time over at STAMPlorations. This week I want to sher two cards I made based on two recent Mixed Media projects.

First up is a B&W card based on an altered candle I made for yesterday's post here.


As you can see, I took the Peace Love & Joy sentiment with the stenciled Trees 1 and 'added' them to a white base card and finished off with a couple of debossed scored lines.

 

For my next card I took inspiration from a tag I made as my DT project for STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge. You can find it in my post here.


As you can see, the stenciled trees became white embossed Leaves 1, the ornamental bracket became a Curly Labels/Tags Nesting Dies frame, the shiny stars turned into a heart charm tied on with some twine while the sleigh and sentiment stayed pretty much the same.

 

Here is one last look at today's projects ...



For more inspiration and latest offers, pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog.

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:

Peace Love & JoyTrees 1Leaves 1Curly Labels/Tags Nesting Dies
preview-peaceloveandjoy preview-trees1 preview-leaves1 preview-curlylabelstagsnestingdies

preview-SheryRuss_WarmHandsWarmHearts CUTplorationsWarmHandsWarmHearts-preview 
*** Discount code works on sale items too

Monday, 4 December 2017

Festive Candle

Hello Crafty Friends! Today I'm going all festive decorating a plain cream pillar candle with golden tissue paper, the Trees 1 stencil from STAMPLorations new Sanna Lippert Designs range and their large Christmas Typografia stamp Peace Love And Joy.


I've been wanting to make one of these candles for a while, but despite knowing how to make them, ideas never really flowed. Thanks to Sanna's funky tree design and a recent demo at craft club, they're all over sudden flowing.


I won't go into any details how the candle was decorated as there is a full step by step tutorial here on the STAMPlorations Blog, where I share my hints and tips.


That's it from me for today. Hope you feel inspired to have a playful time and create your own mixed media project. If you do, why not link it up with STAMPlorations December Mixed Media Challenge which started yesterday and will run until the end of this month. Their Mixed Media Challenge is always Anything But A Card Goes + Use a Stencil, I look forward to seeing you there.

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:
Trees 1Peace Love And Joy
preview-trees1 preview-peaceloveandjoy
*** Discount code works on sale items too

Sunday, 3 December 2017

December Mixed Media Challenge

Hello, Crafty Friends!

It's Sunday 3rd December today which means, it's the start of a new 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 December is ... a Christmas tag ....


As you may have already noticed, I am not one for using traditional colours this year. Turquoise and purple seems to be my favourite combination.

I cut the largest Manila Tags Nesting Dies twice once from plum card and once from a piece of brusho coloured card before edging the latter using one of the ATC/Tag Builder Dies. I used white paste through the Trees 1 stencil for a wintery look, added some washi, die-cut sleigh and sentiment before finishing off with tiny stars, a little gold edging, Stickles and fibers.


I hope 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.


Ooops, almost forgot to mention the prizes: one winner as chosen by the Mixed Media DT will receive a $10 gift certificate and two Top Picks will receive a $5 gift certificate each, all of course redeemable at the STAMPlorations Shop ... but that's not all ... if there are 25 or more entries one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive two standard sized stencils of their choice.


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/Masks: Trees 1
preview-trees1

*** The personal discount coupon STAMPGIRLMONIKA works on already reduced items too, but can not be combined with any other coupon codes.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Thank You & Stencil Hop Reminder

Hello Crafty Friends!

Just a quick reminder that over at STAMPlorations they are having a Stencil Blog Hop to celebrate the release of new stencils by their new designer Sanna Lippert.

I feel very lucky to have been working with two of her fabulous designs, Leaves 1 and Trees 1 to make an artsy CAS Thank You card. Here it is:


I re-visited a technique I used in my Spotlight Project here on the STAMPlorations Blog. Instead of using die-cuts I simply used two of the cut out trees which were included with the Trees 1 stencil, layered them on top of each other and secured them in place with low tack tape before dry embossing.

The embossed Leaves 1 on the white background can be more easily seen by zooming in. I really love the subtle embossed effect you get when using stencils for dry embossing

Here is a look at all the stencils Sanna designed for this release:


Pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to join the fun and of course to check out all the other gorgeous inspiration my teamies created. Please leave comments along the way for your chance to win one of the following prizes:

  • one winner of a $20 gift certificate
  • two winners will win their choice of three stencils from the new Sanna Lippert Designs range

Commenting closes Monday, 4th December. Winners will be randomly drawn from all the comments left on the STAMPlorations Blog and the participating designers' blogs.

Here is one last look at my make ....


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:

Leaves 1Trees 1 (contains some of the little cut out trees too), Curly Labels/Tags Nesting DiesStrong Women
preview-leaves1 preview-trees1 preview-curlylabelstagsnestingdies preview-BeccaCruger_StrongWomen

*** Discount code works on sale items too