Fairy Canvas

Hi Everybody,

thanks again for your lovely comments. Glad to hear that my DIY Room Freshner has inspired you to up-cycle and create your own too.

Today I want to share with you a project which is still work in progress. I have made a little canvas using the set of stamps by Lavinia Stamps from the current issue of the Papercraft Essentials Magazine. Here it is

Fairy Canvas

Once it’s framed, it will make a lovely birthday gift.

I would like to enter this canvas into the ‘Birthday Girl’ Challenge at the Lavinia Stamps Challenge Blog. Sorry I haven’t been joining in for the last two month, but time just flew by. I haven’t even managed to use my new Lavinia stamps from Hulme Hall yet …

The canvas is one I painted a while ago, but it was a bit too dark in colour to use for what I wanted at the time. This time I simply painted it with some gesso to lighten it, sponged a hint of green hills and a moon before starting to stamp my images using Versafine ink. for the finishing touches so far I added some gilding using waxes by PaperArtsy and some little dots of glitter. The canvas could be used on its own by adding some ribbon and beads as a hanging loop or it could be framed in a larger frame. At the moment I am still on the look out for the larger frame, but who knows …

I can’t leave today without a final reminder about the STAMPlorations Blog Hop. There is still time to join, simply click here and have fun or follow the links below starting at the STAMPlorations Blog. All of the stamps in the new release are on offer as a discounted bundle.

*** The stops in the hop ***
STAMPlorations Blog | Cornelia | Debra | Monika (that’s me)
Nonni | Sandie | Shery | Shirley | Vicki

Back soon with some more projects … until then

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

 

DIY Room Freshner

Hi Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments, they were very much appreciated.

As promised I am back with another project for you. This one involves some up-cycling …

DIY Air Freshner

… of an empty spice/herb jar. I normally don’t use Air Freshners as the man made fragrance tends to give me headaches, but this one uses some old essential oils of mine one’s which I can’t use in massage anymore, but still have a good fragrance. Some more up-cycling! I simply used some scraps of DSP and ribbon to decorate my jar and then finished off with a sentiment from the new May release Dare SAB by STAMPlorations and some stamped flowers from their VIGNETTE Eclectic Florals Set and for added sparkle some sequins. Three BBQ skewers to help diffuse the fragrance finish off my DIY Air Freshner.

I can’t leave today without another reminder about the STAMPlorations Blog Hop. There is still time to join, simply click here and have fun or follow the links below starting at the STAMPlorations Blog. All of the stamps in the new release are on offer as a discounted bundle.

*** The stops in the hop ***
Nonni | Sandie | Shery | Shirley | Vicki

 

Enjoy!!! 🙂

The World Is Your Canvas

Hello Everyone,

Have you ever felt in need of encouragement when your crafting mojo is low?

Today I might just have the right card for you …

The world is your canvas

well of course it could also be used for travel, exploring etc. Crafting is all about exploring your creativity and going beyond perceived boundaries … I have framed with some embossed lines only rather than matting my canvas on coloured card, I feel it draws the eyes beyond the world into the realms of possibility and creativity.

I basically inked my world map stamp (urban stamp by docrafts) with crumb cake and early espresso ink (Stampin’Up!) and stamped onto printable canvas. My sentiment (Create SAB by STAMPlorations, new May release) is stamped onto white card. To achieve the slightly grungy faded look  i simply didn’t use an acrylic block. I left my stamp on the acetate backing sheet, inked it up and stamped using the uneven pressure from my fingers. I added the stitching (Graphic Squares by STAMPlorations) and assembled my card as shown.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Addicted to CAS – Grunge, hoping that it looks grungy enough without splatters and spray

Less is More – three colours or Three Shades of the same colour, I got the slight cream of the canvas, crumb cake and early espresso

I can’t leave today without another reminder about the STAMPlorations Blog Hop. There is still time to join, simply click here and have fun or follow the links below starting at the STAMPlorations Blog. All of the stamps in the new release are on offer as a discounted bundle.

*** The stops in the hop ***
Nonni | Sandie | Shery | Shirley | Vicki

Back soon with some more projects … until then

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

CAS Grunge and Girly Girl

Hi Everyone,

thanks for your lovely comments, they were very much appreciated.

Today I have two projects for you. First of all a big Thanks to Manderly from Lacy Sunshine for her help yesterday. This brings me to my first card the girly Emmmilou Boo’s Inchworm, the digi for their challenge #32, which I want to enter, the theme is ‘Favourite Colours’. I have chosen to work mainly with pink and green to create this dreamy card …

Emmilou Boo's Inchworm

I had to take the picture before the glitter glue had time to dry as I wanted to get the post out tonight. The sentiment is from STAMPlorations’ new release SUBWAY ART BUILDER Dare and goes really well with the cute Emmilou. Thought the pretty patchwork paper from the docrafts Boofle collection would be perfect to go with Emmilou’s casual look.

My second card is a CAS Grunge one …

CAS GrungeI have been meaning to use the big sentiment stamp by LOTV for quite a while, finally I had my chance. I teamed it up with Kaisercraft’s Grid stamp, Papertrey Ink’s Grunge Me Set (Larger splatters) and STAMPlorations’ Holiday Artsy set (rings) plus Island Indigo, Baja Breeze and Pool Party inks by Stampin’Up!  To add to the grunge feel I slightly sanded my white brads and tied the twine offset from my two embossed lines. To Finish I sprayed some Baja Breeze and Island Indigo to add the fine splatters.

I want to enter this grungy card into the following challenges

Additcted to CAS – Grunge

CASology – Metal, the word ‘Nickels’ and the brads

Less is More – Three colours or three shades of the same colour, I used shades of blue

Cardz 4 Guyz – Bingo Card, I went for Twine, Brads, Embossing (2 embossed lines)

Finally I would like to remind you of the STAMPlorations Blog Hop, there is still time to join in …

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With only 9 stops and lots of prizes up for grabs, it should be easy for you even if you never hopped before, more details can be found here.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!!

STAMPlorations Stamp Release Blog Hop

So glad you can join us in the STAMPlorations Stamp Release Blog Hop! The other STAMPlorations girls and I are sharing projects we’ve created that feature the 5 sets released this month. Visit all the stops on the hop and leave a comment for a chance to win 1 of the new stamp sets!
FIVE (5) lucky hoppers randomly drawn from the designers’ blogs will each win a stamp set and TWO (2) lucky hoppers randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a stamp set of their choice. You have until Sunday, May 11, 11:55 p.m. PDT to comment here and on my fellow designers’ posts for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on the STAMPlorations blog on Monday, May 12.
And here’s my project …

Stamp Storage Folder 2

 

I made another Stamp Storage Folder for my STAMPlorations Stamps intended to house my SUBWAY ART and SENTIMENT BUILDERS hence I used a selection of sentiments from the new ‘Dare’ and ‘Create’ SAB’s. I teamed them up with stamps from the Holiday Artsy and VIGNETTE Tree Silhouettes (for the flower) sets to create a cover that would always encourage me to try something new.

Before I pass you on to the next stop in our Blog Hop I want to tell you about the fab Bundle Sale where you can buy all 5 sets for only $25, that’s a discount of 28%, between 7th and 12th May or until the current stock runs out, whichever comes first. More details can be found here. Shipping rates are very reasonable too.

Hope I inspired you and Happy Blog Hopping ….

*** The stops in the hop ***
 Monika – that’s me
🙂

ATSM Challenge 94

Hi Everybody, Thanks so much for your lovely comments. They were all very much appreciated.

It is Wednesday again and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More …  Challenge #94 – CAS!!! Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

Kathryne from StampArt Design is back with us again this week as our sponsor.  and the winner will receive 5 digis from her store.

Here it is my DT piece for our CAS Challenge …

Frosty Friend

Aren’t they just cute??? I found this Frosty Friend image from our sponsor StampArt Design simply adorable. I really love these two characters and apart from making great Winter/Christmas cards they’re just perfect for a Friendship card.

I simply sized, printed and coloured these ‘frosty’ friends’ who of course are made of the same stuff of course using my promarkers and finished my card off by adding a punched border (Xcut by docrafts), two scored lines, a sentiment (Wild Rose Studio) and a kiss before layering on a piece of blue card and finally on my white base card.

Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘CAS’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.
Please join the fun … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!!!
🙂
Something to look forward to … starting at 2pm GMT Wednesday 7th May 2014
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Sketch 11 Challenge at STAMPlorations

Hello Everybody,

Hope you had a great Easter!

It is time again for another Sketch Challenge at STAMPlorations. Thanks to everybody who entered our last sketch challenge. We had some great entries.

We’re also welcoming Mynnette from On a Stampage as our guest designer for this challenge!!!

… and here is the sketch to take your inspiration from:

 

This challenge will run until 16th and the winner will be announced on the 18th May!

Again there is a lot of scope in this sketch as you can see from the fabulous creations of my teamies on the STAMPlorations Challenge Blog. I personally came up with the following interpretations using some of the new stamps due to be released later this week 😀 …

Happy Day

I used the Happy SUBWAY ART BUILDER and as you can see I pretty much followed the sketch for my first card and simply added 3 little stars instead of banners.

For my next card I created what I would call the Desktop Grunge Look or shall I say Crafter’s Workspace Grunge, if mine is anything to go by. I wanted it to look like accidental doodling, stamping etc …

Thanks

I went off the sketch a bit in as much that I added a little sticky note courtesy of Shery, who owns STAMPlorations of course, … she attaches them to stamps she sends out … in fact I made this card with her in mind. She is AMAZING! I teamed the Thank You Sentiment Builder (New Release) with the It’s All About You and  Holiday Artsy sets, stamped all of the small words that come with the builder on DSP (Vintage Icecream Social from All About Scrapping) to create my background, I then stamped my panel, blended some inks and attached it all to my base card before adding the splashes and circles, metal heads and upturned corners.

My last card has a feel of ….. well see what you make of it. It is a card that just happened, I intended it to look different from what it turned out to be … Is it a new style coming through? I don’t know …

Dare

 

I used one of the new SUBAWAY ART BUILDERS and the VIGNETTE Chevron and Arrows set on a stenciled background, doodled border and tiny diamond glazed heart.

Hope you like my cards and feel inspired …

Please pop over to the Challenge Blog to see the amazing projects that my DT Teamies have created … and of course … to join in the fun. The winner will receive 3 digital products from our sponsor All About Scrapping and will be invited to be our Guest Designer for one of our Sketch Challenges.

As always there is a twist … Participate in all 3 challenges we host this month and you’ll be in the running to win this lovely set goodies (Cloud9 Design Epoxy Accent Stickers, K&Co. Blue Awning Die-Cut Cardstock Tags, Elle’s Studio Day to Day Tabs,Bella Blvd Crochet Flowers, The Card Co. Funky Lipstick Paper Flowers, and Heidi Grace Printed Flowers) courtesy of our sister shop, All About Scrapping.
Just a quick reminder before I go, the BLOG HOP starts …
 … simply click the image for more information …

Happy Stamping!!! 😀

 

Trees becoming Flowers

Hi Everybody,

it’s time again for another monthly challenge at STAMPlorations … it is May and the challenge theme is …

 

… and you have until the 31st May to enter for your chance to win 2 stamp sets from the VIGNETTE, Patchwork Frenzy or SUBWAY ART BUILDER range, the winner will get to choose two sets of their choice. More details can be found on the STAMPlorations Blog here.

The winner will be announced on 2nd June.

For this month we are welcoming Sue as our Guest Designer. Please check out her blog to discover her fabulous creations.

For my DT pieces I gave myself the challenge to create my cards without using any flower stamps! Here is my first card …

stamps and flowers 1

 

The stamps I used to create this card are from the Holiday Artsy and the VIGNETTE Tree Silhouettes sets. I hear you ask ‘Where are the trees?’ I used one of them to create the pattern and texture of my punched flower. There is also a short ‘How To’  craft along video to show you how I made the flowers.

Sandie also thought that i ought to enter the above card into the Green & Pink Challenge at Inkspirational. Hope it is ok to do at this point, I’ve been away for a few days with no/very limited internet access.

For my next project I used one of the new May Release Sets to create the bold contrast with a tiny added flower …

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I love this bold happy sentiment, it never fails to make me smile! it is a Sentiment Builders set with one bold word and little add-ons, I love it!

These are all the new sets due to be released this month …

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They are lovely and I am sure that they very quickly will become a ‘stash staple’. We will be celebrating the release with a BLOG HOP. Keep checking back for details here.

Enjoy!

As always there is a twist … Participate in all 3 challenges we host this month and you’ll be in the running to win this lovely set goodies (Cloud9 Design Epoxy Accent Stickers, K&Co. Blue Awning Die-Cut Cardstock Tags, Elle’s Studio Day to Day Tabs,Bella Blvd Crochet Flowers, The Card Co. Funky Lipstick Paper Flowers, and Heidi Grace Printed Flowers) courtesy of our sister shop, All About Scrapping.

 

Our next Sketch Challenge will start on Monday 5th May and run for two weeks.

To enter and to check out all the lovely creations by my teamies simply pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog. As always there will be information/links at the top of the homepage about our current challenges. See you there…

More STAMPS & FLOWERS inspiration using STAMPloration stamps from me can be found in two of my recent posts ‘Sending Happy Thoughts’ and

That’s it from me for today, back soon, until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂