A Mixed Bunch

Hi Everyone,
Thanks so much for all your lovely comments, they are very much appreciated.
Today I want to share with you a few cards I made a little while ago, but haven’t posted as yet.
First up is this little romantic beauty…

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I blended some yellow, orange and red on a piece of white card and stamped a plain square in orange to create a bokeh style background. I then stamped the couple in red and grounded them on a stitched border before adding the sentiment in orange and rounding two of the corners. To add extra interested, I decided to attach slightly tilted to my red base card.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Allsorts – no designer papers

My next card is another colourful one….

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… this time using a brayered background on which I flicked some water before stamping my silhouette stamp in black. Again I rounded some corners and layered on a white base card to finish.
My last card is a little less bright…

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A simple wreath with flowers, leaves and greeting. I stamped the circle, die cut the leaves, stamped the sentiment and stamped and punched the flowers before assembling and layering as seen. Adding some gems was the perfect finishing touch.

I am entering this card into to following challenges:

Allsorts – no designer papers

Less is More – Jingle all the way/Christmas

CAS(e) this Sketch – 

Hoped you enjoyed my little sharing today. Here is what I used:

First card:
Graphic Squares and Ever After stamp sets by STAMPlorations
Stitching stamp by Polkadoodles
Greeting by Inca Stamps
Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red inks by Stampin’Up!
Second card:
Stamp by IndigoBlue
Black Versacolour and Big & Juicy Inks
Third card:
Daydream Medaillon, Petite Petals stamps, punch, Always Artichoke card and ink, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobler inks and Sizzix leaves die by Stampin’Up!
Sentiment by Crafter’s Companion
Before I go, just a little note, that there is a Black Friday offer over at the STAMPlorations Shop.


Have a lovely evening and weekend.
Happy Crafting 🙂

A little update:

graphics of the complete STAMPlorations Sets, see below, for everything else check at your local craft shop or with a Stampin’Up! demonstrator

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Sketch 24 Challenge at STAMPlorations

Hi Everybody,

it is time for another sketch challenge over at STAMPlorations. This is going to be our last Sketch Challenge for the year 2014 and it will run … wait … until 28th December with the winner being announced on January 1st. Plus you can enter more than 3 times. What a better way to start the new Year!!!

We are welcoming Julie from Crafted By Jules as our guest designer for this challenge.

Here is my piece of inspiration …

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… and here is the sketch …

As you can see I have taken a few liberties with my design. The leaves are stamped and fuzzy cut and a little glossy accents was added to the smaller one. I also swiped my white craft ink pad over the kraft base card to add more dimension. Apart from that it’s simple layering and stamping. I thought it would be quite fun to have the larger leaves a sort of jumping out from behind …

 

Apart from using the stitching from the Graphic Squares and the sentiment from the Chevron & Arrows sets I have bee working with VIGNETTE Trendy Leaves, a set from our November Stamp Release. Incidentally the Blog Hop celebration of the release is still happening under the following links Day1Day2Day3Day4 Day5. You still have until Tuesday 25th 11.55pm PMT (that’s Wednesday 7.55am GMT) to join the fun.  During the hop the November bundle will be $50 (15% off), that’s for all five stamp sets. And whilst you’re at te STAMPlorations Shop why not check out the new goodies Shery has listed, most of all the gift certificates and a couple of new sets …

 

Prizes for the Sketch #24 Challenge:

$10 gift certificate to a participant who uses a STAMPlorations image – randomly drawn

$5 gift certificate to a participant – randomly drawn from all entries
That’s it from me for today. Back soon with more inspiration, until then …
Happy Crafting!!! 🙂
Here are the sets I used

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In Love With Cats

Hi Everybody,

First of all a massive THANK YOU to all of you who left such lovely comments, they were very much appreciated.

After blogging all week about the fantastic new STAMPlorations stamps, I thought I’d give you a bit of a break today. 🙂 Those of you who are interested can find more details at the end of this post.

Back to my initial intention … it is an open secret, that I LOVE cats. Big or small, I must be there No 1 Fan!

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Hence I couldn’t resist these great Xcut dies by docrafts. 13 cat silhouettes plus 3 accessories should provide me with ‘cats for all occasions’! A quick and easy card to make. The sentiment is a Papermania stamp by docrafts simply stamped and decorated with my new catty friends. Oh, and I did add a couple of dashed lines and gems too.

Ooops, I almost forgot, I promised to share this link for MISTI pre-orders, the most amazing stamping tool ever. If you are not familiar with MISTI check out Iliana’s video. It is her product, she invented it and has now finally found a manufacturer who can reproduce the high quality of her previously hand assembled ones:

This is the day you have been waiting for!  I will be taking preorders for the screen printed MISTIs.  The estimated delivery date is December 17th.  I have made this video explaining the difference and how to care for MISTI.  PLEASE watch and also PLEASE read the product description before purchasing.  Thank you so much for your patience.  It has been a long process.  You can preorder athttp://www.mysweetpetunia.com.

GIVEAWAY:  I will be giving away one MISTI, one magnet, one cleaner, and one grid pad to one randomly selected person that places an order by December 1st.

 

That’s it from me for today. Back again tomorrow with some more inspiration … until then

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Blog Hop details

The STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop celebration is still happening under the following links Day1Day2Day3Day4 Day5. You still have until Tuesday 25th 11.55pm PMT (that’s Wednesday 7.55am GMT) to join the fun.  During the hop the November bundle will be $50 (15% off), that’s for all five stamp sets.

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Day 5 STAMPlorations Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!
Welcome to Day 5, the last day of the November Stamp Release Blog Hop here at STAMPlorations! For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.
Today, we’re putting the spotlight on Trendy Leaves. We’ll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls’ posts for a chance to win the set.
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And here’s my project…
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Well, what can I say, I got a little carried away … and it was very easy to make. For the picture I blended different shades of yellow, stamped my leaves in green, the sentiment from the TYPOGRAPHIA Encouragement set in brown and highlighted a couple of words using Promarkers. I then painted this little frame, thanks to my friend Sue, first with white gesso and then with Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics. Once dry I applied a generous coat of clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and left it to dry. In the meantime I stamped and fuzzy cut my leaves and gave them too the crackle treatment. Once dry I swiped my frame and leaves with a little brown ink to highlight the cracks, added some further highlights using Treasure Gold and assembled as shown.
Just a couple more pictures to show off the finished frame …
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Of course all the new, gorgeous, versatile and fabulous stamp sets are available as a bundle during our Blog Hop at the reduced price of $50, that’s 15% off the normal price. This offer will last until 25th November, for more details click here.
This is it from me for today, back again tomorrow with some more inspiration.
Enjoy the Hop!!! 🙂
*** The stops in the hop***
Debra | Deepti | Kylie | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley |Vicki
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Treasure Gold and Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics: Stone, French Roast, Claret – PaperArtsy
More Mustard, Old Olive, Ruby Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green and Early Espresso inks – Stampin’Up!
clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint – Ranger

Day 4 STAMPlorations Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!
Welcome to Day 4 of the November Stamp Release Blog Hop here at STAMPlorations! For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.
Today, we’re putting the spotlight on CityGirl, another fabulous stamp set that Shirley Bampton designed. We’ll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls’ posts for a chance to win the set.
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And here’s my project…
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For the background, I did a little wash using yellow ink radiating out from where City Girl was going to be and spritzed with gold. Once dry I added the sentiment, attached my coloured City Girl using foam dots and finished by adding some golden gems.
Yep, you’re rightly thinking that I’m addicted to a touch of gold at the moment. It gives such a nice and luxurious sparkle which is difficult to resist LOL
Here is my card lying flat to capture some more of that sparkle ….
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Of course all the new, gorgeous, versatile and fabulous stamp sets are available as a bundle during our Blog Hop at the reduced price of $50, that’s 15% off the normal price. This offer will last until 25th November, for more details click here.
This is it from me for today, back again tomorrow with some more inspiration.
Enjoy the Hop!!! 🙂
*** The stops in the hop***
Debra | Deepti | Kylie | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley |Vicki

Day 3 STAMPlorations Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!
Welcome to Day 3 of the November Stamp Release Blog Hop here at STAMPlorations! For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.
Today, we’re putting the spotlight on TYPOGRAFIA. We’ll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls’ posts for a chance to win the set.
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And here’s my project…
open doors
First I embossed a piece of white card and cut a door into the brick wall. I then blended some pink, orange and yellow for my background and stamped the sentiment in dark purple before attaching my embossed panel and adding some gems, sequins and glossy accents to finish.
Of course all the new, gorgeous, versatile and fabulous stamp sets are available as a bundle during our Blog Hop at the reduced price of $50, that’s 15% off the normal price. This offer will last until 25th November, for more details click here.
This is it from me for today, back again tomorrow with some more inspiration.
Enjoy the Hop!!! 🙂
*** The stops in the hop***
Debra | Deepti | Kylie | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley |Vicki

ATSM Challenge 122

Hi Everybody,

the weeks have flown by, and it’s time again for Team A to give you some inspiration for the ‘Make Your Mark’ challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, short ATSM.

Here is my piece of inspiration for you …

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… and a couple of close ups …

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Well, I thought I’d make my mark not only by using my H2Os but also by making a card with a difference … or was it more that I wanted to use my new dies … 🙂

 

I started off die cutting and punching al the pieces I needed to make my card before assembling the frames and adding my layers of sprayed paper and card.

I then stamped and coloured three stockings using my Twinkeling H2Os and fuzzy cut them before attaching them to my card as shown. Next I stamped and added my sentiment before decorating my card using snowflakes, gems, sequins and glitter glue. To finish I joined my inner panels using the tabs provided.

Our sponsor this week is Eureka Stamps

 

and the winner gets to choose 3 digis from their store.

Check out all the fabulous inspiration my teamies prepared for you over on the ATSM blog.

That’s it from me for now. Back again tomorrow with my inspiration project for Day 3 of the STAMPlorations Blog Hop.

Until then …

Happy Crafting!!!

🙂

You can find the projects from Day 1 STAMPlorations Blog Hop here, and the ones from Day 2 here.

Katie Label Accordion Die by Elisabeth Designs – CraftsULove

punches, gems, sequins, H2Os, card – from stash

Stamps by STAMPlorations, click on the image for more information

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Day 2 STAMPlorations Blog Hop

Hi Everybody!
Welcome to Day 2 of the November Stamp Release Blog Hop here at STAMPlorations! For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.
Today, we’re putting the spotlight on VIGNETTE: Eat Drink Be Merry. Plus we’ve got a special guest designer joining us, the talented Amy Tsuruta! We’ll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls’ posts for a chance to win the set.
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And here’s my project…
first the outside …
70th birthday front
and now the inside …
70th birthday inside
Well for this card I’ve gone to town using my spritzing inks as I wanted to create the atmosphere of splashing out and having a big birthday bash/party. I have already someone in mind who has a BIG low key celebration coming up, this person likes sailing hence the colour scheme and spray. What better excuse to dig out my SB Celebrate and VIGNETTE Celebrate Artsy and combine them with the new VIGNETTE: Eat Drink Be Merry set!
How do you do this … spray a piece of white card with turquoise-yish blue and green, stamp the sentiments and champagne/cocktail glasses in black archival ink, add some blue watercolour to the ‘celebrate’ sentiment and some pale yellow to the glasses, spray with a few splatters of gold and add glossy accents (glasses) and gems to finish. The inside is simply stamped and sprayed for added luxury.
Of course all the new, gorgeous, versatile and fabulous stamp sets are available as a bundle during our Blog Hop at the reduced price of $50, that’s 15% off the normal price. This offer will last until 25th November, for more details click here.
This is it from me for today, back again tomorrow with some more inspiration.
Enjoy the Hop!!! 🙂
*** The stops in the hop***
Debra | Deepti | Kylie | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley |Vicki
Special Guest Designer: Amy Tsuruta
Here are the other STAMPlorations set used
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Day 1 STAMPlorations Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!
It’s stamp release month at STAMPlorations! Every day in the next 5 days, the other STAMPlorations girls and I will be sharing projects we created featuring the new stamps. Visit and leave a comment on all the stops on the hop for a chance to win.
FIVE (5) lucky hoppers randomly drawn from the designers’ blogs will each win a stamp set from the November release and ONE (1) lucky hopper randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $25 gift certificate to use towards products in the STAMPlorations shop. You have until Tuesday, November 25, 11:55 p.m. PST (GMT -800) to comment here and on my fellow designers’ posts for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on the STAMPlorations blog on Friday, November 28.
Today, we’re putting the spotlight on Rosebuds, the stamp set designed by Shirley Bampton. We’ll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls’ posts for a chance to win the set.
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And here’s my project…
Rose Bud vase
I made a one layer, tall and narrow card, a type I haven’t made in a long time. I thought it would be great to showcase the single rose in a vase which can be used for all sorts of occasions such as birthday, anniversary, get well etc. I simply stamped the vase, rose and leaves in black archival ink, added a touch of watercolour and a couple of squirts of Gold Artiste Spritzing Ink for a touch of glamour and finished off by adding the ‘with love’ sentiment into the bottom right hand corner on the inside.
Of course all the new, gorgeous, versatile and fabulous stamp sets are available as a bundle during our Blog Hop at the reduced price of $50, that’s 15% off the normal price. This offer will last until 25th November, for more details click here.
This is it from me for today. See you again tomorrow.
Hop along to any of my teamies for more fantastic inspiration. Enjoy!!!
*** The stops in the hop***
Debra | Deepti | Kylie | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley |Vicki

November Challenge at STAMPlorations

Hi Everybody,

back again with some more information for you. This time it’s for the November Challenge at STAMPlorations, which is STAMPS & LAYERS.

Most of us use stamps and layers, real or false ones, all the time without thinking much about it hence this should be an easy one for you all to join into.

This time round we are welcoming Lee-Anne Cross from Creatively LA as our guest designer, feel free to pop over and check out her amazing creations.

My main DT piece is this starry card …

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for which I used the following stamp sets: Joyful, Holiday Artsy and SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Christmas & New Year.

I started off by stenciling some pink stars on a piece of white card, stamping the CHRISTMAS sentiment from the Sentiment Builders in white craft ink on a die cut vellum star and the gift from the Joyful ser on it’s matching die cut (SVG file and eclips). I coloured my gift using Twinkling H2Os and layered a golden star border onto my vellum star. I then layered all the elements as shown, stamped my sentiment from the Holiday Artsy set and attached a matching bow to finish.

My next card is one I want to share more for the ideas rather than its execution. It is one where I probably wanted to pack too much into …. false layers, stamping across two layers, introducing my latest gadget MISTI (in the video) ….

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Well, let’s start by explaining a bit more about my thought process. The background is one I made in my Gelli Plate tutorial and I wanted to add some darker stamped wreaths to it thinking that it would create another perceived layer which it did. My stamping wasn’t as accurate as it normally is, I probably was rushing myself a bit, never mind, hope you’re getting the idea. The stamping across the two layers didn’t go to plan, guess my piece of card was a little too thick and I forgot to use my stamping mat too. As it turns out it probably was for the best, it keeps the focus on the stocking. Sprinkling Liquid Pearls with glitter was a bit of a mixed success, I have to work on getting my dots a little smaller,but it works wonders on the stocking … you can really see the glitter sparkle. 🙂

I shall be uploading the video too, it is far from perfect, please bear that in mind when watching …

Back to the challenge …

it will run until 30th November and the winner will be announced 4th December and of course there’ll be the usual fantastic prize.

This month we also have a new twist to our challenges, you only have to play once to be entered into our monthly frequent players prize draw, where the winner will get to pick  3 stamps from our soon to be launched DIGI Stamps Range.

These will be launched sometime after our upcoming NOVEMBER STAMP RELEASE BLOG HOP or more precisely towards the end of this month or early December. Just as a reminder the winner of our Sketch #23 challenge which is still in full swing here will get to choose 3 digital products from All About Scrapping plus a Guest Designer Spot for our Sketch #26 Challenge next year.

Looking ahead … due to our 5-DAY BLOG HOP our Sketch #24 Challenge will start 24th November and will be a super long one as it will end 28th December. It is a sort of our Chrisrmas present to you as you can enter more than 3 times plus there will be extra prizes for you to win, details nearer the time.

And now before I leave, a quick reminder about our Blog Hop … it’s due to start Monday 17th November 2pm GMT (6am PST). Each day we will be focusing on one of the new sets which means 5 days of BLISS ….

That’s it from me for today, back soon

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

 

the sets I used

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star stencil and nesting dies were magazine freebies (Simply Cards & Papercraft, Die Cutting Bookazine)

star punch – Creative Memories