ATSM Challenge 120

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 #120 – Photo Inspiration!!! Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

Kylie has chosen another great photo to take inspiration from, here it is:

There is lots of scope here, you could go with the bauble, stars or general Christmas theme or choose any of the colours in any combination. The photo looks really crisp and clean which would make CAS an option too, curls and swirls from the ribbon, a bow …. it’s up to whatever inspires you.

Here are my DT pieces for our Photo Inspiration Challenge …

red holly

 

green holly with bauble

They are a sort of two for one, when it comes to the holly. I simply die cut the holly from green card and then pieced the ‘left overs’ on a pice of red card to create my topper for my first card. To finish off i added some pearls, a bow and a golden peel-off sentiment.

For my second card, I attached my holly to a piece of designer paper, added a die cut bauble made up of a die cut circle with filigree bauble layered on top, stamped my sentiment and finished off with a gem, bow and some golden glitter glue.

Kathryne from StampArt Design is back with us again this week as our sponsor, 

and the winner will receive 5 digis from her store.

Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘Photo Inspiration’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.
Happy Crafting!!!!
🙂
Wild Rose Studio Holly Flourish cutting die – Dies To Die For
Die’sire Christmas Bauble die by Crafter’s Cpmpanion – recent freebie from the Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine
Circle cutting die from labels dies by Inspired by Stamping
Sentiment from the Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower set by STAMPlorations
ribbon – Fantastic Ribbons
designer paper – free download for docrafts Creativity Club members
pearls, gem, peel-off from stash

One Card Two Looks – Take 2

Hi Everybody,

I’m back again with another card for you that can easily be adapted to look differently. You may remember my DT card for STAMPlorations’ September Challenge – Stamps & Markers … well it was based on today’s card. You might have guessed by now I had a bit of a monochromatic phase ….

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There is a little video on how I made the subtle snowflake background at the end of this post. Apart from that it’s simple blending and stamping plus some added gems. Generational stamping was used stamp the sentiment and stitching to add depth and make the candles stand out.

For the card below I dug out an old Hero Arts shadow ink pad which I used ‘direct to paper’ to create the background. The sentiment, candles and stitching are all stamped using the same dark blue, this time without the generational stamping. To finish a few highlights with a sparkle gel pen and some glitter glue plus three rounded corners were added.

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Two of the sets used in today’s cards (HOLIDAY SKETCHES Christmas Candles and VIGNETTE Christmas Block) are part of the Christmas Bundle which is on offer during the STAMPlorations Blog Hop, details of the 15% off offer can be found here.

The Blog Hop over at the STAMPlorations Blog is still in full swing and there is still time to join the fun too plus you’ll get to see lots of fantastic inspiration!!!

**** the stops in the hop****

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂
the craft-along video
The stamp sets used, simply click on each picture to view details
2088b-holidaysketches-candles  stmp1041.jpegf5bb6-vignettechristmasblock

One Card Two Looks – Take 1

Hi Everybody,

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

Today I want to share a card with you which is very easy to make and quite easy to alter.  The basis is a B&W card stamped on centura pearl card. The sentiment is stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and the poinsettias (Holiday Skteches: Christmas Flower) are stamped with the same ink, but I used and older ink pad that had been used a lot and has faded. This gives the same effect as generational stamping would – a lighter tone of the same colour. The sentiment for my card is one I made up using STAMPlorations’ new SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Christmas & New Year. Some clear gems for added sparkle were the perfect finishing touch for my first card.

Both sets used in this card are part of the Christmas Bundle which is on offer during the STAMPlorations Blog Hop, details of the 15% off offer can be found here.

B&W Poinsettia 1

TIP! if you are looking on how best to align your stamps and stamping for fab results please check out Vicki’s post here, she has some great advice!!!

You could of course use some red glitter instead, if you wanted to stay below the 5mm thickness for standard size letters, that’s for us here in the UK to avoid large letter postage. I tried to mimic that look by colouring the berries using red promarkers and adding some clear glitter glue. of course you could always colour the poinsettias for a bolder look or add a big bow to alter this basic card. It’s only up to your imagination!

B&W Poinsettia 2

The Blog Hop over at the STAMPlorations Blog is still in full swing and there is still time to join the fun too plus you’ll get to see lots of fantastic inspiration!!!

**** the stops in the hop****

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂
the stamps I used:
06f39-sentimentbuilderschristmas daf42-holidaysketches-poinsettia

Inspired By

Hi Everybody,

so glad to see that you’re enjoying the STAMPlorations Blog Hop and that you liked my little stamp storage book too. Today’s card might look familiar to you. My inspiration came from the cover I made for my stamp storage folder for yesterday’s post. I simply wanted to show how transferable design can be, plus it gave me the opportunity to make a little video to share the creation of this look. I also have a scrapbook layout in mind using the same principle … watch this space.

Inspired By card

I simply blended some yellow and green ink, stamped and coloured the poppies, stamped my sentiments, layered it all up and added some ribbon and sequins to finish. Well the glue was still wet when i took the picture 🙂

Here are the details of the blog hop again:

 

**** the stops in the hop****

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂
 …. here is the link to my craft-along video including my usual ramblings LOL
here are the sets I used to make my card:
  
alternatively use the large Bloom Sketches set which is our current STAMP CLUB set
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the inks are all by Stampin’Up! – gumball green, garden green, summer starfruit and soft suede
Promarkers used: pear green, pastel beige, buttercup and tulip yellow
cream card, ribbon and sequins from stash

 

STAMPlorations September Stamp Release Blog Hop

It’s stamp release month at STAMPlorations! The other STAMPlorations girls and I are 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.THREE (3) lucky hoppers randomly drawn from the designers’ blogs will each win a stamp set of their choice from the new 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 Monday, September 15, 11:55 p.m. PDT (GMT -700) to comment here and on my fellow designers’ posts for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on the STAMPlorations blog on Thursday, September 18.
And here’s my project.
Stamp Storage Folder 2
Stamp storage folder 2a
As you can see I made another stamp storage folder, I needed one that would fit the larger sets. Simple pages with pockets bound together with book binding rings. I like to add some encouraging words to the covers for the times when my mojo needs some support. There are some fab sentiments and of course stamp in STAMPlorations New Release sets. I’ve been working with a couple the of new sets here from the Bloom Sketches range, Poppies and Sunflower Artsy, plus one of the sentiments from Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year.
All of the new stamps are of course available in the shop to buy, and best of all: the Christmas stamps as a bundle are available at a 15% discount, that’s only $30 for 5 sets!
*** The stops in the hop***
Enjoy the excellent eye candy my teamies have prepared for you, and remember to leave a comment at each stop to be in with a chance of winning one of the fab prizes on offer.
Happy Crafting!!! 🙂
   

ATSM Challenge 102

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 #102 – Make Your Mark!!! Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

First of all a warm welcome to my new Teamies … and there are quite a few 🙂 which means more inspiration for you … so here they are:

Loll, Cornelia, Lee-Anne, Wei-Wei, Anita, Barb, Rahmat, Tenia, Katie, Carol, Julie and Marina

You might already have met some of them here at ATSM as they have been regularly entering our challenges.

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 Make Your Mark Challenge …

Spunky with cupcake

The adorable SPUNKY THE MOUSE, one of Kathryne’s images, is back with us too this week. This time we weren’t making cheese, Spunky told me he had developed a sweet tooth of late hence we simply baked cupcakes instead. I coloured him and my stamped cupcake (SKETCHED Cupcake by STAMPlorations) using Promarkers, fuzzy both and entwined them a little. For my stamped background I inked up a couple of stamps (Mini Mixed Media by STAMPlorations) one in Crumb Cake and the other one in So Saffron (both by SU) and stamped them onto white card. I then added the stamped stitching (PATCHWORK FRENZY Graphic Squares by STAMPlorations) and edged my panel using Chocolate Chip (SU), attached Spunky and his cupcake, stamped my sentiment, attached my panel to the inside of my card and added some gems and glitter glue before creating the front panel of my card …

Front of Spunky with cupcake

Yes, this is what the front of my card looks like. I first stamped my cupcake on the card and masked it off before continuing stamping in the same way as for my inside background. I then removed my mask and added some colour to my cupcake using watercolour pencils before edging my panel and attaching it to the card front.

… and because I liked my card front so much, I turned it into another card with a video tutorial here ….
cupcake, feel better
Hope that you feel inspired to enter this week’s ‘Make Your Mark’ challenge at ATSM, please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.
Before I go, just a quick reminder: there is also still time to join the Birthday Blog Hop over at STAMPlorations, you have to be quick as it is due to finish in a few hours’ time. Simply comment on each blog in the hop for your chance to win one of 14 stamp sets …
*** The stops in the hop***
Design Team:
Cornelia | Debra | Kylie | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley | Vicki
Guest Designers:

Ardyth | Chrissie | Deepti | Melissa | Mynn

Please join the fun … at ATSM and STAMPlorations … look forward to seeing you there … and
Happy Crafting!!!!
🙂

Wonderful Acetate and Blog Hop Reminder

Hi Everybody,

thanks for all you lovely comments they are very much appreciated.

This is one of a series of scheduled posts to keep you inspired whilst I’m enjoying the Welsh Sunshine in Morfa Nefyn on the Llyn Penisula in our little caravan.

I have a couple of easy cards using acetate. The first one is very much a CAS card using STAMPlorations’ SKETCHED Simple Gift set. I aligned the stamps on my acrylic block and stamped the in pink StazOn onto my acetate, attached it to my grey panel layered it onto my pink base card.

pink birthday 1

 

For the inside, I stamped the gift only in a lighter pink  onto white card and doodled a border as shown.

Because the acetate is slightly wider than the grey card it bows up and you get a wonderful shadow effect which sadly doesn’t show up that well in the photo.

pink birthday 2  pink birthday 3  pink birthday 4

 

There is also a video on how to make this type of card. Sorry it’s not the most professional, but I’m still learning. I sometimes go a bit off screen, but you can still see quite well how the card is made.

Here is another card I made using the same technique over a stamped background (using Holiday Artsy and SENTIMENT BUILDERS Celebrate) rather than textured card. I intended for the gift and sentiment to be black rather than pink, but my black StazOn had other ideas …. still it does look a treat.

celebrate 1

My Teamies have worked wonders using the new stamps in their projects. During the Hop you can buy all the stamps as a bundle at a 17% discount for only $30 and very reasonable shipping too.

There is still time to join the STAMPlorations Birthday Blog Hop with lots of prizes o be won. Simply start at the STAMPlorations Blog, leave a comment and then hop to Cornelia, leave a comment, hop to Debra …. and so on

*** The stops in the hop***
Design Team:
Cornelia | Debra | Kylie | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley | Vicki
Guest Designers:

Ardyth | Chrissie | Deepti | Melissa | Mynn

Have Fun and Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

 

STAMPlorations Birthday Blog Hop

Hello Everybody,

It’s CELEBRATION TIME!!!

STAMPlorations turns a year old this month and we’re celebrating with a blog hop! We’re also releasing the new stamps for July so it’s a double celebration. The other STAMPlorations girls and I are sharing projects we created that feature the new stamps. And we’ve got 5 talented card-makers celebrating with us too! Visit all the stops on the hop and leave a comment for a chance to win stamps. We’re giving away over $120 worth of stamps!

FOURTEEN (14) lucky hoppers randomly drawn from the designers’ blogs will each win a stamp set and ONE (1) lucky hopper randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win all the stamps in the July release. You have until Wednesday, July 2, 11:55 p.m. PDT (GMT -700) to comment here and on my fellow designers’ posts for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on the STAMPlorations blog on Sunday, July 6.

And here’s my project

It's Your Day

Cake, Fireworks and Streamers came to mind when I was thinking about celebrating this huge achievement and I hope my card does reflect this. The explosive background and sentiment were created using stamps from the new VIGNETTE Celebrate Artsy and VIGNETTE It’s Your Day Sets combined with some splatters from the Holiday Artsy set. The cake was stamped on a piece of white card, coloured using Promarkers, fuzzy cut and layered using 3D foam tape. I then edged my panel with brown and layered it onto my Kraft base card before adding some sparkle using sequins and glitter glue.

The winner’s prize on my blog is SUBWAY ART BUILDERS Dare, one large stamp consisting of 5 enormously encouraging sentiments. One example of me using SAB Dare can be seen in my header. The reason I chose this set is that simply through looking at the sentiments I feel encouraged to move outside the box especially when my creative mojo is down a bit. A perfect pick me up! … with this prize I dare you to dream, imagine the impossible possible, to seize the moment, bloom where you are and follow your heart!

My Teamies have worked wonders using the new stamps in their projects. During the Hop you can buy all the stamps as a bundle at a 17% discount for only $30 and very reasonable shipping too.

Good Luck!!!

*** The stops in the hop***

STAMPlorations Blog

Design Team:

Cornelia | Debra | Kylie | Maria | Monika (that’s me)| Nonni | Shery | Shirley | Vicki

Guest Designers:

Ardyth | Chrissie | Deepti | Melissa | Mynn

Yet More Canvas

Hi Everybody,

today I have another project involving printable canvas for you. This time I cut it, inked up an embossing folder and used it to print onto my piece of canvas without embossing. I simply folded the folder and lightly pressed it between my hands. My original panel was larger and I cut it down to make this card

Canvas birthday

I used the sentiment from the Chevron and Arrows set and the stitching from the Graphic Squares set to stamp my border and sentiment. The flowers from the Eclectic Florals set are stamped on white card, fuzzy cut and slightly shaped. I finished off by adding some sequins, gem and two de-bossed lines. All the stamps I used for this project are by STAMPlorations and a little birdie told me that they’ll have another blog hop soon … watch this space!

Hope you feel inspired, back soon, until then

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

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!!! 🙂