Thursday, October 19, 2017

wreath card - three ways

Started by creating a wreath inspired by sweet Melissa P. over at Papertrey Make it Monday. I started with Rustic Wreath like Melissa, but then took a shabby chic route.

My wreath nearly disappeared under all those goodies from Mini Blooms and Birds and Blooms. The sentiment is Scripted, die cut from brown glitter cardstock. The cardbase is stamped to give a modern feel using Flora and Fauna Texture Two.

I'm playing at:
Die Cut Divas - October

Then while I had Birds and Blooms out, I went back to my CAS roots and created this wreath.

I'm joining these challenges with my CAS card:

Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS

And while the leftover blooms were still on my desk, I took a look at Winnie and Walter's Color Challenge for October and created this different kind of wreath around the wood slice from  Winter Woodland.

Added some gray leaves using In Bloom: Maggie's Roses and Big, Bold Extras. And a nestled-in sentiment from Flora and Fauna Texture Two. I'm really liking that copper embossing...

This last card is going to Sweet Stampers - Autumn or Halloween challenge too!

I actually had this inspiration photo from City Crafter Pumpkins challenge in mind while creating - I love the softer tones, though it's clearly an Autumn photo. Don't actually have any pumpkins on my cards, though!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

recycling for a pocket shaker card

I saw a Christmas card over at Kristina W.'s and my recycling-loving creative soul got all excited... What do you think I recycled?

That's recycled stamp set cellophane packaging, my friends! Made my card, a pocket shaker really (who says a card has to have a flap?!?) by filling and stitching one up!

Chose packaging which would fit my envelope. Trimmed a piece of vellum to fit inside it and added sequins and die cut Confetti from Winnie and Walter that was left over from the stencil I made for this card

I die cut "happy" from Papertrey from paper that matches the printed vellum. These were from a pad I got at Aldi years ago! Finally found a way to use it up that I actually like! See how cool it looks when the light shines through the pocket?

That white strip with the secondary sentiment from Keep it Simple Belated Birthday is matched by a white strip on the back so I have a place to write a message.

Loving this fun "card", I decided to pair sequins and unicorns. Cuz why not, right? And I remembered this challenge over at Where Creativity Meets C9.

This is also a pocket shaker, but with a piece of PP I stamped on in it rather than a piece of vellum. I incorporated the Concord and 9th colors and played with Unicorn Awesomeness. Added a strip of blue torn CS along the bottom and stamped the sentiment onto an ombred die cut. I stamped white CS with Altenew teals and blues using a stamp from Scribbly Splattery Grunge, spritzed it with lotsa Perfect Pearls and die cut it using STAMPlorations Bloom Happy before stamping the sentiment in navy.

I absolutely love playing with the finished result - all those fabulous sequins, hearts and moons and stars (no clover for you Lucky Charms eaters out there ;)

 Hope you enjoyed these. So easy to make and SUCH FUN to play with ;)

I'm taking both of these birthday cards over to Anything Goes at Seize the Birthday, too. And the first one to Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

STAMPlorations inspiration #148

Welcome to  our regulary scheduled Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team. Today we're showcasing Dee's Artsy Impression stamps.

Remember I'm using my Pinterest board for inspiration this month? Well here's what inspired today's card.

source: freepik

Any flower can be a poinsettia given some veins and the color red, right? I chose to frame my sentiment and mask it, then stamp Dee's spray twice and do some no-line watercoloring using Zigs. I didn't use watercolor paper, so had a rough time with the "coloring" but let's call it artistic freedom, shall we?

The sets I used. For a completely different look with the floral spray check this card.

From now until Oct 23 all of Dee's designs are 15% off in the STAMPlorations store! Use the code STAMPGIRLMARIA for an extra 20% off too!

And don't forget to leave comments on the October inspiration posts. One random commenter will be chosen each month to win a $10 GC to the store. Here's the lineup.

I'm going over to:
ABC Christmas Challenge - "U"nlimited, "V"ibrant
Happy Little Stampers - October Christmas Challenge

Inspired by all the Little Things - #68

Monday, October 16, 2017

CUTplorations october - reminder

Hope you're enjoying a colorful October. Today I'm back with a reminder to join us at CUTplorations this month where this is our inspiration.

image source: marmaladebleue

Here's what I did with some watercoloring. I went with the fall color vibe (sure miss the Michigan color change!) I got from the inspiration photo.

So I used the Trendy Leaves 2 die and cut some leaves from watercolor paper. Did some freehand watercoloring in the colors from the photo. Adhered the leaves to a piece of white CS. Then I die cut that piece using a rectangle from Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting die. TIP: Die cutting die cuts (or double die cutting) has the advantage of really pressing your adhered die cuts down tightly, as well as embossing the stitched pattern. Gives the piece a truly "finished" look.

I chose a really textured watercolor paper to make the leaves more interesting. Some twine for a rustic feel, and a golden Blessed die cut finished off my thank you card.

Have you joined us yet? Check out more DT inspiration and the CUTplorations October gallery here. Look forward to seeing you there. Thanks for coming by today.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

stenciled trio of tags with winnie and walter

I'm done! Been having way too much fun (like every year) with the WCMD challenges over at Winnie and Walter.

I've given Kelly's Anything but a Card a go, although not nearly as creatively as she. And since I used a stencil I'm joining Stenciled Challenge with Kate too. Actually there are three variations on the same design here so I could join Shay's challenge, but I didn't take a photo of the three together.

I made a trio of kraft Christmas tags using STAMPlorations Luggage Tag die and Old Rose Prints stencil.

Sponged Evergreen Bough DI. Applied embossing paste while ink was wet. Embellished with The Big, Bold, Extras
Applied embossing paste. Stamped images from Elsa's Flora with DI and heat embossed clear. Sentiment from Sentimental: Winter
Sprinkled green glitter on wet embossing paste. Die cut STAMPlorations Merry Christmas and heat embossed Sentimental: Winter on snippet

Thanks again to Winnie and Walter for getting my mojo flowing. Great challenges ladies. Thanks for letting me clog your readers, my friends ;)

I'm playing at:
The Merry Christmas Challenge - #38 AG
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Not a Card
Tuesday Throwdown - Stencilling
STAMPlorations - October Mixed Media
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Die Cuts Oct

backgrounds and rainbows with winnie and walter

Yes another post. I'm having fun (like every year) with the WCMD challenges over at Winnie and Walter.

I love what this gal does with stamps so I had to give Mayuri's challenge to background build a go. I made it fairly easy on myself by pulling out Scenery Stripes 2  and Altenew ink cube sets. And my MISTI. I started with the two tone green chevron stripe and winged it from there for this get well card for a friend.

Camouflaged a Hugs die cut popped up on fun foam and added a secondary sentiment on a snippet. And two metal dots to draw the eye in toward the die cut...

Next a pet sympathy card, inspired by Julie E. for Lea's Rainbow Challenge.

Is this not the most beautiful dog you've ever seen? Just wanted to let my cousin know her sweet dog who's crossed the rainbow bridge will truly be missed. I brushed (cheap makeup brush from Target) Distress Inks onto Neenah white CS and sprinkled water onto the panel. Stamped sentiments from The Big, Bold and Friends series and added the die cut Precious. The dog images are from STAMPlorations Pets.

With #1 I'm playing at:
The Crafter's Cafe - Use Dies or Punches
Cards and More - Get Well
Stamps and Fun - #309 Non-Cute
Stampotique - #284 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Thinking of You
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Die Cuts Oct

With #2 I'm playing at:
Stampotique - #284 Anything Goes
Dies R Us - Life Events
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Thinking of You

layers and stencils with winnie and walter

I'm having fun (like every year) with the WCMD challenges over at Winnie and Walter.

I've given Keren's challenge to layer a go. In my dreams I'd produce a Lea Lawson dreamy creation with lots of layers. In reality I was happy to use my new Radial Stitched Circle Stax and use up some PP!

Not sure if that little birdie from So Tweet looks to be resting on a tree top or tumbling out of a plane (with her aviator hat on). Colored her with Copics. The sentiment is from Sentimental: Winter. And look - there're five layers!

Next a masculine birthday card for you, CASEing myself. Got some layers and stenciling happening on this one.

First I die cut Hello and Confetti from some leftover cardstock I'd marbled with shaving cream. Glued the die cut confetti onto my card. Then I applied embossing paste through the die cut negative, offset slightly.

Added another layer by popping the "hello" up on fun foam. And added an embossed "birthday boy" from Sugar Rush on a snippet.

I'm playing at:
WW - Stenciled Challenge with Kate
The Crafter's Cafe - Use Dies or Punches
Always Fun - Lots of Layers
Little Red Wagon - Leftovers
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Die Cuts Oct

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