Friday, November 7, 2014

layer it on, baby (STAMPlorations)

Is it really already November? Besides the fact that today is my Daddy's 88th birthday, I am not ready for November cuz that means Christmas is right behind and then it'll be summer again!

Anyhoo, STAMPlorations has a great theme for this month's challenge:


My cardmaking (and menopausal) self loves layers. Light and airy layers that is...


I started with this wonderful wreath from the Joyful stamp set. Not ready to ink it up in green just yet, and having seen this delightful inspiration photo from Cure for the Monday Blues

I created a comfy, cozy fall card to send off to my aunt and uncle. This photo reminds me of them and their lovely home. And therefore I'm also hooking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday's challenge Thinking of You.

Wanna count the layers with me? I've got a cardbase, a stamped sentiment BG spritzed with a good coating of water/Perfect Pearls mixture, a swatch of tissue paper which is all nice and gold-ink-splotched from squishing into leftover spray ink from another project (which you unfortunately can't see in the pic), a gold-ink-striped vellum banner, my heat-embossed-on-vellum wreath, a die cut branch and a teensy gold birdie perched on it. I think that may be the longest sentence ever posted on my blog. Sorry Hemingway.

So how will you interpret "layers"? Grab those scraps you've got laying around and put 'em on a card. Or do some layered stamping. Give it your best shot and join us this month.

As always, there are prizes to be had. I f you are chosen winner of the November challenge you will win two stamp sets if your project used STAMPlorations stamps, one if not. This would be a good time to remind you that the oh-so-fabulous-and-perfect-for-endless-techniques November release (watch for it soon) is available at a great bundle price ($42) until November 11th.



And since it's a busy time of year, in November you will not be required to play in all of the challenges to win the random prize. Each entry will get you a chance at the prize of three digi stamps coming soon to the STAMPlorations shop. Digi stamps. Less tactile but definitely more versatile...


I'll be back next week with more creations made with the Joyful set. Hope to see you. Happy weekend.

23 comments:

  1. LOVE this card! Your neutral colors make this beautiful!

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  2. Gorgeous layers!! SO much detail yet still so fresh and clean!

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  3. Love the rustic and artsy feel of your design, Maria! You always piece these elements in such a artful way! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Thinking of You” Challenge! PS: Your comment about the LEAVES over FB made me (& Dr. John) Smile :)

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  4. Maria, this is fabulous, all these layers but still it has a CAS feel, love how the branch add a rustic feel. This would be great for a our challenge at TIME OUT, would be great to see you there, here is the link
    http://timeoutchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/challenge-18.html
    Xx

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  5. So very pretty Maria! Love the embossed wreath!

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  6. This is stunning :) ur designs are so cool and trendy !

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  7. Oh, my! GORGEOUS card!!! Loving the layers!

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  8. Wow...this is about as gorgeous as they come! I love that beautiful branch with the sweet bird.

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  9. Layered lusciousness, Maria ... a stunner! Anita :)

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  10. AMAZING design Maria. LOVE the soft colours mixed with your vellum. The wreath is gorgeous white embossed. Loll xx

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  11. Thank you so much for the comment on my blog! Love your work too, so I will visit your blog more often!! Best Wishes from Holland, Yvonne

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  12. What a gorgeous card Maria! Ii love the white embossed vellum wreath!

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  13. Hallo Maria,
    sorry, dass ich dir sooo spät antworte, aber es ging leider nicht eher :'
    Deine Karte finde ich total schön!! Trotz der mehreren Schichten Papier fine ich sie "Federleicht" und sehr elegant. Auch der etwas überstehende Zweig gefällt mir sehr gut!
    Vielen Dank für deinen lieben Kommentar und
    herzliche Grüße
    Rosi

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  14. I swear Maria, no one does layers quite like you! This one is so light and airy - just love it! The subtle little bird, almost hidden, is one of my favorite parts of your card. He's just the most perfect little thing. Happy birthday to your dad too. Hope you have a great week. Bev

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  15. That wreath! Wow! I love! And also loving that stamped card base with those slight separations of colours! Thanks so much for playing to find a Cure For The Monday Blues!

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  16. DUDE.....THIS CARD THOUGH!!!! So so so RAD!! ;)

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  17. Love the light and airy look, Maria! Totally gorgeous!!!

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  18. This is just so light and airy! Love how you've combined and layered the elements.

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  19. Lovely luscious, scrumptious, delectable layers, Maria...I feel a swoon coming on!
    ~c

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  20. O.M.G. Maria, WOWZA, so over the top FABULOUS!!! Love it!

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  21. This is stunning! I love the soft look of this, the branch is so delicate... What a beautiful card!

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  22. Hi Maria. Love the feel and see through of this card and adore the birdie on the branch - beautiful! have a great day! hugs Monika xxx

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