STAMPlorations Blog Hop Day 5

Hi Everybody,

I know it’s a while since I posted on Monika’s Blog as most of my posts are over on TinkerCards now, but since it is Blog Hop Week at STAMPlorations, I thought I’d post here too. 🙂

Today we, the STAMPlorations Girls and our guest designer Laura Bassen, are shining the spotlight on: A Girl and Her Shoes

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As soon as I saw this set, I fell in love with the boots and felt I had to do something with a map. The question was, which colour to use for the boots.

I stamped them out to start, something I tend to do when I am not quite sure is to start anyway, and that’s when it hit me, they had to be red! Well, what can I say, they simply started walking to create this card here, and then for today’s card they arrived in TURKEY. God knows where they’re now, I shall keep you posted once I caught up with them.

I used a shaped border die to cut my map, recycled from last year’s diary, attached it to my base card, added my sentiment and fuzzy cut red boots, and the card was finished!

Check out what the rest of the team made! You’ll find links to all our projects here.

Commenting closes 3rd February, and the winners will be announced 5th February

Prizes:

SIX (6) commenters randomly drawn from the designers’ blogs will each win a $10 gift certificate.

ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $30 gift certificate.

There might even be some surprise prizes.

Important: Please comment on my post here on the TinkerCards Blog to be entered into the prize draw!

 I’ll be back again tomorrow with more inspiration, and then on Sunday it’s time for our new feature

Have a lovely day!

hugs

Monika xxx

STAMPlorations Blog Hop Day 4

Hi Everybody,

I know it’s a while since I posted on Monika’s Blog as most of my posts are over on TinkerCards now, but since it is Blog Hop Week at STAMPlorations, I thought I’d post here too. 🙂

Today we, the STAMPLorations Girls and our guest designer Laura Bassen, are shining the spotlight on: The Bee’s Knees Newlyweds Extras and Sentiment Builders: Love

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For today’s project I made a CAS card using Sentiment Builders: Love

First I stamped the two hearts and embossed them in white. I then masked the top bit off and blended yellow and pink inks. I removed the mask and stamped my sentiment into place before rounding the corners, layering on my base card and finishing off by adding a few gems.

I would like to enter this card into the CAS challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More, STAMPlorations is sponsoring this week. 🙂

My next card is another CAS card, this time with a birthday theme, using the The Bee’s Knees Newlyweds Extras and VIGNETTE Chevron & Arrows. This is one I want to enter in the current CASology challenge, which STAMPlorations is sponsoring too.

I went back to basics and used coloured inks to stamp the bouquet and sentiment before rounding a couple of corners, layering on my kraft base card and adding some gems to finish.

Check out what the rest of the team made! You’ll find links to all our projects here.

Commenting closes 3rd February, and the winners will be announced 5th February

Prizes:

SIX (6) commenters randomly drawn from the designers’ blogs will each win a $10 gift certificate.

ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $30 gift certificate.

There might even be some surprise prizes.

 We’ll be back again tomorrow with more inspiration,

Important: Please comment on my post here on the TinkerCards Blog to be entered into the prize draw!
Have a lovely day!
hugs
Monika xxx
the other STAMPlorations set I used
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STAMPlorations Blog Hop Day 3

Hi Everybody,

I know it’s a while since I posted on Monika’s Blog as most of my posts are over on TinkerCards now, but since it is Blog Hop Week at STAMPlorations, I thought I’d post here too. 🙂

Today we, the STAMPlorations Girls and our guest designer Laura Bassen, are shining the spotlight on: The Bee’s Knees Newlyweds

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I decided to make a Wedding card in soft pastel tones, here it is:

I softly blended one side using a light shade of turquoise and randomly stamped the small bouquet from the Newlyweds Extras set down the same side using the same pale turquoise ink. I then attached my fuzzy cut couple, which I had previously used as mask when I made this card here hence the golden splatters, stamped my sentiment, layered it all on my white base card and added a few gems to finish.

Check out what the rest of the team made! You’ll find links to all our projects here.

Commenting closes 3rd February, and the winners will be announced 5th February

Prizes:

SIX (6) commenters randomly drawn from the designers’ blogs will each win a $10 gift certificate.

ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $30 gift certificate.

There might even be some surprise prizes.

 We’ll be back again tomorrow with more inspiration,

Important: Please comment on my post here on the TinkerCards Blog to be entered into the prize draw!
Have a lovely day!
hugs
Monika xxx

Newlyweds Extras set

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STAMPlorations Blog Hop Day 2

Hi Everybody,

I know it’s a while since I posted on Monika’s Blog as most of my posts are over on TinkerCards now, but since it is Blog Hop Week at STAMPlorations, I thought I’d post here too. 🙂

Today we, the STAMPLorations Girls and our guest designer Laura Bassen, are shining the spotlight on: Bold Sentiments: Hashtag Authentic

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Don’t you just love these grungy words!? I had to put them into an artsy context. The idea for this card came when I was playing with Brushos and created this almost heart shaped image …

I had spritzed a piece of card with water before sprinkling Brushos on, the heart shaped pattern happened by itself. I then waited for it to dry, gold embossed ‘Authentic’, stamped the word ‘be’ in black and attached my punched out heart before layering it all on my white base card and finishing off with a few sequins.

Check out what the rest of the team made! You’ll find links to all our projects here.

Commenting closes 3rd February, and the winners will be announced 5th February

Prizes:

SIX (6) commenters randomly drawn from the designers’ blogs will each win a $10 gift certificate.

ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $30 gift certificate.

There might even be some surprise prizes.

 We’ll be back again tomorrow with more inspiration,

Important: Please comment on my post here on the TinkerCards Blog to be entered into the prize draw!
Have a lovely day!
hugs
Monika xxx

STAMPlorations Blog Hop

Hi Everybody,

I know it’s a while since i posted on Monika’s Blog as most of my posts are over on TinkerCards now, but since it is Blog Hop Week at STAMPlorations, I thought I’d post here too. 🙂

Today we, the STAMPLorations Girls and our guest designer Laura Bassen, are shining the spotlight on: The Bee’s Knees: Houses

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These wonky houses are great, you can use them on their own or build little street scenes with them and use them any time of year, that’s including Christmas!

Here is my house-y card

I die-cut my fluffy cloud border, stamped and coloured my house, layered it on my base card, stamped my sentiment, rounded one corner and finished off by adding twine, charm and sequins. This could be an easy and quick New Home card.

Apart from The Bee’s Knees: Houses I used the ‘sweet’ sentiment from Sugar Rush.

Check out what the rest of the team made! You’ll find links to all our projects here.

Commenting closes 3rd February, and the winners will be announced 5th February

Prizes:

SIX (6) commenters randomly drawn from the designers’ blogs will each win a $10 gift certificate.

ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $30 gift certificate.

There might even be some surprise prizes.
We’ll be back again tomorrow with more inspiration.
Important: Please comment on my post here on the TinkerCards Blog to be entered into the prize draw!
Have a lovely day!
hugs
Monika xxx
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border die – Lil-inkers
‘home’ sentiment – freebie stamp from Creative Stamping magazine

January Challenge at STAMPlorations

Happy New Year, Everybody!
Hope you all had a great festive season.
Just a quick post today with a little teaser of one of my projects I made as my DT pieces for the January Stamps & Ink challenge over at STAMPlorations.

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This is a little corner of one of the cards I made. To see the whole card and find out how I made it, pop over to TinkerCards.
Thanks for all the lovely comments you’ve been leaving, they were very much appreciated.
That’s it from me for today.
Have a lovely day and Happy Crafting!!! :mrgreen:

Last Minute Stocking Fillers

Hello Everyone,

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

Today I want to share some quick last minute presents with you. I made these for some friends using the Sugar Rush set by STAMPlorations and some pretty papers I had. They also form part of today’s Spotlight Feature over on the STAMPlorations Blog, where you an find a more detailed description on how I made them.

I wanted to give these calendars the feel good factor and went with a summery theme and a slight retro feel. There are some variation in colours and layout, like on my first one the ‘sundae’ sentiment is black embossed to make it stand out more …

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whereas in my second one here I played more with different colours for the ice cream and the sequin sprinkles. The papers have also a slightly different tone of colour.

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For my last one I used a different stamp and gems instead of sequins, all little ways of making each one of them unique whilst still keeping roughly the same layout.

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Looking forward to 2015, I shall be making some changes in as much that I shall be moving away from WordPress for my blogging. I have decided to use my TinkerCards Blog instead, mainly because I want to streamline things a bit more. Commenting has become a little difficult recently, and I had to use my google account instead of WordPress to be able to leave comments and stay in touch. Things like this can get a little confusing hence I decided to move over to blogger completely. I know, it has its hiccups too, but at least I want to give it a go.

For the time being this will still be work in progress as I am planning to make changes to the template and layout plus moving some of my posts from here across too.

Thanks to everybody who followed me on Monika’s Blog, I hope that you will pop over to TinkerCards and follow me there too plus you will have Tinker, the black virtual cat, to play with whenever you visit. :-). I shall be putting up a blog candy, a calendar similar to the ones above, and a winner will be drawn from among my followers on the TinkerCards Blog at 10 am (GMT) 30th December 2014. 12 noon GMT on Sunday 4th January. I extended the deadline because ever since I decided on the move over to my TinkerCards Blog, I had been looking for the Google Friend Connect button and finally found it!!! YAY! Given that it has taken me so long to find the little gadget I am extending the Blog Candy, one of my hand made calendars, deadline until Sunday 4th January 12 noon GMT. I shall be drawing two lucky winners of one calendar each. This should give you all plenty of time to join and follow me on TinkerCards.

Until then,

Have a lovely Christmas!

hugs

Monika xxx

If you are still looking for that special crafty gift … click here for details

 

stamps I used:

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calendar tabs – Poundland

papers – downloads from docrafts Creativity Club

washi tape, promarkers, tinge markers, gems etc from stash

ATSM Challenge 126 and Saying Goodbye

Hi Everyone,

It is time again for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More, and it is your favourite – Anything Goes!!! It is the last challenge of the year 2014, but we will get to that later …

First of all I want to wish my Teamie Carol a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

I know Carol loves STAMPlorations stamps hence I have used some of those to make this card in her honour:

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and have a fantastic day!!!

I have used the daisy, got a feeling that this might be one of Carol’s fav’s, from Bloom Sketches and the sentiment from, you guessed it … Eat Drink Be Merry combined with a background stamp by Kaisercraft called Wood Panel, which I bought at my local craft shop at the Burleydam Garden Center. I first stamped the daisy, masked it before stamping the background. I then used some slightly opaque water colours, like the pastel effect, to colour my daisy and part of the background plus I added a hint of a stem. I then stamped the sentiment on a strip of card and layered as seen before finishing off with some gems.

My next card is to wish Marina all the best on her Wedding Day. Yes, she’ll be tying the knot in a few day’s time, I guess there is still time to pop over to her blog ….

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Marina makes these cute CAS cards … I went for CAS with a hint of lace from my punched border (punch by docrafts), a couple of scored lines and some gems and my card was done. The stamps I used came from another set by STAMPlorations called Ever After.

QKR STAMPEDE are back again as our sponsor this week and the winner gets to choose 3 digis from their store.

Please check out the fabulous projects my Teamies have made for your inspiration over at the ATSM blog.

Last but not least, it is time for me to say Goodbye as I am stepping down from the ATSM Design Team. I have had a wonderful 18 month working as part this fabulous team. Kylie, you are a star and your enthusiasm is so infectious. I am immensely thankful to you for giving me this chance all those months ago. It was my first experience of being part of a DT. Sending you big hugs and lots of love ….

I will still be around in blogland designing for STAMPlorations and entering challenges including ATSM and ATCAS of course plus all the other bits I shall be getting up to. Watch this space!

For now, I shall be back in a couple of day’s time with some last minute gifts, until then

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

 

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December Challenge at STAMPlorations

Hi Everyone,

It’s time for the December Challenge at STAMPlorations. We are welcoming Laura Jane from After Hours Leaves & Flowers as our Guest Designer for what naturally will be the last challenge of the year, and to celebrate the year 2014 I combined several of this year’s challenge themes in one project, which incidentally rings in 2015 too … a cover for my new diary!

My inspiration came from the following challenges:

June – Stamps & Borders – scored border enhanced with gel pen

July – Stamps & Glitter – pink glitter embossing powder, WOW

August – Stamps & Die Cuts – cats

September – Stamps & Markers – Sakura glitter gel pen

October – Stamps & Embossing – dry embossed border and heat embossed butterflies

November – Stamps & Layers – all layers real and faux

I probably could have included a couple more, but I decided to stick with the obvious ones …

so, here it is, the front cover …

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You know the way I like to leave myself encouraging messages around the place, well of course incorporating them into my diary cover was a must, especially once I saw the new Trendy Butterfly set which is out this month. 😀 Even better it is the set that our STAMP CLUB  subscribers get for free.

Back to how I made this … first of all I wanted my cover to have a fresh feel with texture and energizing to pick up and hold. This is how the colours came about and the idea of creating dimension through stamping and placement rather than adding 3-D elements. I used one of the leaves stamps from the new VIGNETTE Trendy Leaves set, I love anything nature … even spiders since I cured myself of a mild phobia through starting to call them Frederick. Don’t ask me why this name, all I can say is it worked! I have since discovered that they are my allies since they LOVE a good feast of mozzies and I’d much rather the spiders feast on mosquito than mosquito feast on me, but I’m digressing here …

Well I stamped the leaf all over in a colour that matched my card, I then shadow stamped the butterflies using the reverse of my stamp and once dry I heat embossed them in pink. I then stamped the smaller butterflies using pink pearlescent pigment ink for a translucent and shimmery feel, scored my border, blended the edges, stamped my sentiments in black and added a black die cut cat before highlighting the border with my gel pen. The cover itself is based on a similar one I shared here, I simply adjusted the measurements and pocket size to fit my calendar.

TIP! It is best to work with thin card or thick paper on this project as it folds into shape more easily.

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This is the inside with space for envelopes, note cards and pen. For the note cards I used simple stamping and masking by first stamping the butterfly and masking it off before stamping the leaves around it. Rounded corners complete the look.

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This is where I tried to catch some of the glimmer and shimmer in the sunshine of both my embossed and stamped butterflies, you can just about make it out when you click on the photo to enlarge.

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Of course I had to add a little marker ribbon too …

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Hope you feel inspired to pick one of our past challenges, monthly or sketch, and link up with us this month.

This challenge will run until 31st December and the winner will be announced 6th January 2015The winner receives 2 stamp sets (3″ by 5″) if she used STAMPlorations stamps in her entry; if not, she receives 1 stamp set. She also gets to be the guest designer for the February 2015 Challenge. This month with us all being so busy we won’t be doing the frequent player prize draw. We are making up for it by having an extended sketch challenge with great prizes here and of course our Anything Goes challenge for any project using STAMPlorations stamps here.

Before I go, just a quick reminder about the STAMPlorations DT call, if you’re interested in joining our amazingly creative team, check out the details here.

 

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cat dies – Xcut by docrafts

corner rounder punch – Creative Memories

 

Pool Party and Bermuda Bay inks from Stampin’Up!

thin green card – Poundland

ribbon, gems, WOW embossing powder, gel pen from stash

Going Festive

Hi Everybody,

Thanks so much for your lovely comments, so glad you liked my artsy Christmas cards. Today I’m getting into the festive spirit by looking at quick and easy table decorations using the new VIGNETTE Eat Drink Be Merry set. When I first saw this set I knew it was perfect for adding that finishing touch to any festive table hence we are making place cards and napkin rings, a couple of projects you can quite easily mass produce even for larger parties. It should only take you a couple of hours. Well it took me a lot less because this year we’re having a quiet Christmas with a little self-pampering to make it special.

Here are today’s projects:

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I am entering the place card of this project in the Photo Inspiration challenge over at House of Cards where any card style is welcome hoping that my place card will qualify. 🙂

For a written description on how I made my pieces check out the STAMPlorations Blog here plus I made a little craft along video giving my usual pointers as I go along …

 

Before I go, just a quick reminder about the STAMPlorations DT call, if you’re interested in joining this amazingly creative team, check out the details here.

Also the new STAMP CLUB sets are out soon, one of which I’ll be using in tomorrow’s project ….

until then …

Happy Crafting 🙂

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alphabet dies – Memory Box

label die – Katie Label Accordion by Karen Burniston/Elisabeth Designs

border punch – Xcut by docrafts

snowflake punch – Creative Memories

Pool Party ink – Stampin’Up!