Sunday Play Time

Hi Everyone,

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

I’ve been playing today trying out some ideas I had. The following card is the result of my play time. It doesn’t really show what I’ve been trying to do, but all will be revealed in good time.

Daisy Bloom Sketches

This beauty is based on the current sketch challenge over at STAMPlorations. I have played with it a bit in as much that I swapped the top layer with the one below. The daisy from the Bloom Sketches set is embossed in white on coral pink card. I sponged the center with cameo coral ink and added some shading using my cool grey 1 Promarker. The background is stamped in an ombre style using blue-turquoise-green colours and the large brush stroke from the VIGNETTE Celebrate Artsy set. The sentiment is from the Bloom Sketches set and I stamped it using cameo coral ink.

Hope you like it. If like me you simply LOVE STAMPlorations stamps, you might want to join their bi-monthly STAMP CLUB and apart from the bi-monthly 5″x7″ set, which is included in the prize (that’s also including free world wide shipping on the bi-monthly set plus other benefits), you also get 15% off all the other stamps from their shop and even the pre-release offers …. which includes all the new Christmas sets due out in September. They are fab and I can’t wait to get my hands on them. Might have to stalk the postman .. LOL

That’s it from me for today

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

 

all stamp set used by STAMPlorations, click on images for shop

VIGNETTE Celebrate Artsy                       Bloom Sketches, current STAMP Club Set

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all inks used by Stampin’Up!

 

 

Happy Birthday Nonni

Have a wonderful Day!

doggy birthday

Well, initially Nonni’s birthday card was going to look completely differently, but then I saw Raffa’s picture on Facebook …. 🙂

Nonni also loves using doilies and lace which was a bit trickier rooting through my stash, luckily I found these retired SU papers, add a bit of grassy washi tape, a fence, speech bubble and the card was ready.

I made a little video on how to fold the dog a little earlier just after getting up. A day’s work done before I even had breakfast! LOL

Nonni, hope you enjoy your day and that the weather in Finland is better than here in the UK. Have fun …

hugs

Monika xxx

Before I go I would like to remind you about the new bi-monthly STAMP CLUB over at STAMPlorations,  info is here. It is fantastic value for money and best of all no extra shipping costs plus you get a 15% discount on all the other stamp sets from the shop …

what I used to make Nonni’s birthday card:

VIGNETTE Eclectic Florals                         VIGNETTE Chevron & Arrows

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SENTMENT BUILDERS Happy       PATCHWORK FRENZY Graphic Squares

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Designer paper, Sizzix Framelits die –  Stampin’Up!

speech bubble – Sizzix Eclips shape

fence die – Magnolia DooHickey

daisy pucnh – Xcut by docrafts

ATSM Challenge 108

Hi Everybody, it’s time again for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #108 – Holiday. Well. this time of year for me that means only one thing – Christmas, but then again you might have other interpretations of Holiday and I would love to see them.

Rick St. Dennis is back again as our sponsor with his funky images, pop over to his shop here to see which 3 you would pick, if you were the winner.

For my DT project I worked with an image called Rainbow Angel, and here is what I made:

Rainbow Angel

I simply coloured the angel using alcohol markers and layered it on gold mirror card before attaching it to mu base card. A peel-off, something I only ever use around Christmas time, was just the perfect finish.

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

Addicted to CAS – Gold

Inkspirational – use markers or pencils

Hope you enjoyed my piece of inspiration. Pop over to the Addicted to Stamps and More Blog to see the fab creations my teamies have come up with and, of course to join into the fun too.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Cute and Girlie Winnings

Hi Everybody,

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

Today I have a piece of good news to share. Last week I found out that I won a prize over at the Happy Little Stampers Forum, link in my sidebar, simply click the picture.

Part of the prize were some adorable digis by Kathryne from StampArt Designs, and I was able to choose my own. One of my chosen digis is called Katie and I used her to make the card below. Kathryne also sponsors the current challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More and I would like to enter this beauty into their Mark Your Mark Challenge.

Katie with Daisy

 

The other piece of good new is that I came across a very affordable range of alcohol markers … Tinge Art Markers …

 

I coloured Katie’s skin and dress using my new Tinge Art Markers which I bought in The Works for only 99 pence each, a bargain. They handle differently to my Promarkers, but they do have a finer tip which is great for detail work. The colour range is not as large either, but I still think they are a really good budget option, I just need to get used to them. You can also buy them online, where they have a better range than in my local store. I just bought some more and got a discount voucher for friends, feel free to use the link below.

TheWorks.co.uk
Refer a Friend Program
Give your friends 20% Off Your Order. In appreciation, you’ll also get 20% Off Your Order when they make a purchase.*Discount expires on 19 August 2014.
Simply forward this link or share it online:
http://theworks.refr.cc/GT98RN8

As I was crafting with some friends yesterday and we used some of the markers again to make this lovely card following the same layout I used for Katie’s card.

Freebie stamps Quick cards issue 130

Again I used the Tinge Markers to colour the skin and clothes, still need to work on the shading. The stamp is a freebie from Quick Cards Made Easy, out 14th August 2014. Got mine early in the post.

Back soon with more inspiration.

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

August Challenge at STAMPlorations

Hi Everybody,

a new month and a new monthly challenge at STAMPlorations and it’s STAMPS & Die-Cuts this month.

The challenge will end 31st August and the winner will be announced 4th September.

We are welcoming Karen from Snippets as our guest designer for this our August challenge.

Here it is my piece of inspiration for you …

Stamps and die cuts

To get some inspiration for this card I rooted through my box of bits. It is full of die cuts and stamped bits I made but never used on a project. First I grabbed the background, you may remember it from my video here from my Boxed Blooms Lily card, the one with he shrink plastic. It is the background I made before recording the video to try out the technique. The stamps are from the Boxed Blooms & Bold Sentiments set. Next I just picked out some die-cuts, punched label and a tag to see if the shapes would work and to my surprise the colours worked too! You never know what comes out of your box of tricks, it might just be perfect. I then stamped and punched out my sentiment from the VIGNETTE Celebrate Artsy set and blended the edges with brown before deciding that my tag and label needed some subtle texture. I then punched out a butterfly and daisies, edged my tag with white craft ink and layered my elements as seen adding some pearls, gems and sequins to finish.

Handy Tip! To add some subtle texture, emboss your card as normal in an embossing folder and then run it through your machine again sandwiched only between the cutting plates. This will flatten the card somewhat but will still leave you with a nice subtle embossed finish.

Hope you feel inspired to look through your box of tricks, I shall look forward to see your pieces of art. Should you need some more inspiration, pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog to check out the wonderful work my teamies have prepared for you. There you will also find the information about the prizes that are up for grabs.

Back soon,until then

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

I’m entering this card into the following challenges:

Time Out #11 – Celebrations, optional twist butterflies – I think my card would make a great birthday or anniversary card

Shopping our Stash – Splish Splash, wet medium – I lifted a sprayed ink background print from my craft mat

 

Die cuts: swirl – Tim Holtz by Sizzix; flourish – Marianne Designs, Flowers – Sizzix retired Stampin’Up!,

Punched: label, oval and butterfly – Stampin’Up!; daisy – Xcut by docrafts

Tag, pearls, gems and card from stash

Docrafts Monday

Hi Everyone,

Just a quickie, sharing a super speedy card with you using the snowflake die from the current issue of the Docrafts Creativity Magazine, available at good High Street news agents such as WHSmiths, combined with the stamps from the last month’s issue and the Holiday Artsy stamp set, another favourite of mine, by STAMPlorations.

cut snowflake

I would like to enter this card into the August Challenge at House Of Cards – a sketch

…and of course I’m going to share it at #docraftsmonday on Facebook.

Enjoy!!!

and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Showers of Love

Hi Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments. So glad you liked the cards I made using the papers from the Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine.

Today I have a real cutie for you: Emily, Showers of Love

Emily Showers of Love

I just love how Emily is being showered with hearts, you can find her here in the Lacy Sunshine Shoppe.

I basically sized and printed her, then coloured her and used my Floral Frames to die cut her before blending the edges and layering my card as seen.

I would like to enter her into:

Lacy Sunshine Challenge #38 – Flowers

Inkspirational – Splash

Enjoy and have a lovely weekend!

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

 

Sizzix Floral Frames Framelits, Wisteria Wonder and Rose Red card and ink, flower punches large and medium all from Stampin’Up!

Xcut daisy punch by docrafts

floral corner punch from HobbyCraft

Flourishes by Marianne Designs

gems and base card from stash

ATSM Challenge 106

Hi Everybody,

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

Well I’m back from holiday and slowly getting back into the swing of things.

It is Wednesday and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More …  Challenge #106 – Anything Goes!!!

Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

Eureka Stamps is back again as our sponsor this week! The winner gets 3 digis. There are some fab images in their shop, you can check them out here.

 

Here is what I made to help your creative juices to flow …

Thank You heart

I did challenge myself a bit to do something different and not use stamps. I used pretty papers and die cuts instead to make this bright and cheerful card with a summery theme.

The papers were downloads from the Quick Cards Made Easy magazine’s August issue. I printed them off this afternoon and by dinner time I had made four cards!!! Here are the other three …

Bee's Knees

 

Coming for a Picnic

… of course the tag can sit also fit straight into it’s pocket, but you wouldn’t have been able to see the writing.

Birthday Ladybirds

With the above  one I meant to add some twine, and then I forgot … but is still looks nice with it’s wavy greeting banner.

 

Hope that you feel inspired to allow your imagination to flourish and enter this week’s ‘Anything Goes’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.

 … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!!!
🙂
heart cutting dies from docrafts, Hexagon Hive Thinlits by Sizzix from Stampin’Up! and pretty papers from Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine

Splashing about with Ink

Hello Everybody,

Just a quick post today. I have been playing about with ink … again!

At the moment I seem to be in a pink & yellow phase, well at least that seems to be true for three of the cards I want to share with you today.

First up a couple of cards I made today …

friends eat cake

This was such a speedy and fun card to make … a bit of stamping, masking, blending and splashing/spraying and you’re done. I thought about adding gems, sequins or pearls, but it somehow seemed to start fighting with the cake hence I decided against it and simply added some glitter instead.

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

Inkspirational – Splash

Case this sketch  I turned it upside down

Next up is another card I made today …

celebrate you

This time I used a mix of pink and blue, some stenciling, stamping and punching and you’re done.

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

Addicted to CAS – celebrate

House of Cards – Add a Bow

CASology – Run

Time Out – Photo Inspiration, I went with the chevron/arrow theme and overall graphic feel of the image below

Next up are a couple of projects I made for my STAMPlorations Spotlight Post which went live today …

Shrink Plastic Liliy

There are detailed instructions on how to make this card plus a craft-along video tutorial on here the STAMPlorations Blog.

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

Inspirational – Splash, there are some very visible splashes in the background

Case this Sketch – same sketch as above for my first card, I have taken some liberties with it, but I hope it will still qualify

… and now to my last card …

hello Lily

Again there is an in depth tutorial plus craft-along video here on the STAMPlorations Blog.

Hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration.

Thanks for popping by and leaving such lovely comments, they are all very much appreciated.

Back soon … until then

Happy Crafting 🙂

Materials used:

1st card: VIGNETTE It’s Your Day stamp set by STAMPlorations, sentiment by Polkadoodles (was freebie from Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine), stencil for border was die cut using Sizzix Eclips, black Memento Ink, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight Stamp’n’Write Markers and Ink pads from Stampin’Up!, glitter glue, white and yellow card from stash, colour spritzer tool, shaving brushes for blending

2nd card: VIGNETTE Celebrate Artsy, Trendy Feathers (both for sentiment) and Chevron & Arrows stamp sets by STAMPlorations, Stencil by Clarity Stamps, Twine, paper clip, Melon Mambo and Pacific point ink pads plus pacific Point card stock from Stampin’Up!, corner rounder punch and white card from stash, shaving brushes for blending

3rd card: Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments  stamp set by STAMPlorations, Melon Mambo card and Ink, Daffodil Delight ink by Stampin’Up!, Splodge Away mat from Clarity Stamps, black card, shrink plastic, black Memento ink, sequins and gems from stash

4th card:  Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments stamp set by STAMPlorations, Stencil by Clarity Stamps, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight inks by Stampin’Up!, shaving brushes for blending, sequins, corner rounder punch and white card from stash

ATSM Challenge 104

Hi Everybody,

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

Well I’m back from holiday and slowly getting back into the swing of things.

It is Wednesday and time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More …  Challenge #104 – CAS!!!

This clean and simple cards with lots of white space! Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

Eureka Stamps is back again as our sponsor this week! The winner gets 3 digis. There are some fab images in their shop, you can check them out here.

 

Here is what I made to help your creative juices to flow …

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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.

 … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!!!
🙂
I am entering my card into the Summer Colour Challenge #7 at Lavinia Stamps
All stamps by Lavinia Stamps
Zen Leaf 2 coloured using Promarkers
Bugs
Midsummers Night (swirly bit only, stamped in green underneath punched flower)
… and because i had so much fun crafting last weekend, here is another one I made:
fairy 1
As you can see. it is not a CAS card, but I thought it would be fun to share it anyway in this post especially as I am entering the Lavinia Stamps Challenge.
fairy 2
fairy 3
Back with more weekend makes tomorrow.
Enjoy!!!