Friday, July 21, 2017

anniversary a la lil inker designs

Had a request for an anniversary card. So I made one , a couple, many. And you get to see them all.

Today's was inspired by a brilliant anniversary stamp set It's Today Right? from Lil Inker. I'd love to hear about anniversary sets you have, especially funny ones. Please leave me a comment if you have one to suggest.

Here's my card. And BTW,  it's one of the ones my girlfriend selected, another CAS design!

White cardstock. Black ink. A tiny red heart over the happy couple. And I put the "has it been that long?" sentiment on the inside.

Only a couple more variations on anniversary to go, I promise.

I'm joining the challenges at:
CASology - Diamond (it might be a stretch but there's surely a diamond on her finger!)
Double D - B/W with a pop of color
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes

Thursday, July 20, 2017

anniversary a la moi

Had a request for an anniversary card. So I made one , a couple, many. And you get to see them all.

Today's was inspired by me! The gal who requested the card is the wife of the guy who got one of these birthday cards. So I figured a card similar to the one she'd liked so much couldn't hurt. (Yep, it's one of the ones she selected!)

Here's my card.

I used STAMPlorations Parfumerie and Newyweds extras from The Bee's Knees line along with a sentiment from The Birds and the BloomsAdded some red and blue hearts from Winnie and Walter So Tweet.

Hope you're enjoying all these variations on anniversary. I'm joining the challenges at:

Cards and More Shop -  Anything Goes with Summer (red white and blue are definitely maritime summer colors for me!)

Challenge up your Life - Colors

Let's Create and Craft -  Red, white and blue
Double D - B/W with a pop of color

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

anniversary a la miriam p.

Had a request for an anniversary card. So I made one , a couple, many. And you get to see them all.

Today's was inspired by this cool card Miriam P. made. Don't have those stamps (they went directly to my wishlist), but I tried my best to mimic her design with what I have, using the front and back sides of the stamps.

Here's my card.

Studio Calico Houseplants stamp 
Simon Says Stamp  Sending and Wishing stamp
Altenew green inks

Thanks for looking. I'm hooking up at:
Daring Cardmakers - If you go down to the woods today

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

STAMPlorations inspiration #144

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

I'm on my mission to use patterned paper in my inspiration post cards this month so I've turned to a good, old technique to help me use up some patterned paper from my stash. Fussy cutting. First I stamped on patterned paper, like I did here and here.

Knowing I was going to turn this into a sympathy card with the sentiment about "memories" (BTW, that tiny "Thinking of You" sentiment in the set is gorgeous and perfect for when you need a small one - I put it on the inside of my card), I decided to subdue the fussy cut images behind a piece of vellum. To add interest I heat embossed the sentiment and the ripples (another cool image) onto it.

From now until July 24th all of Dee's designs are 10% off in the STAMPlorations store! Use the code STAMPGIRLMARIA for an extra 20% off too!

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

I'm linking up at:
The Flower challenge - Embossing

anniversary a la flora fauna

Had a request for an anniversary card. So I made one , a couple, many. And you get to see them all.

Today's was inspired by this cool card using Flora Fauna stamps. Don't have them but I tried my best cuz that design is just so cool.

Meet my card.


Die cut a mask. Stamped graphic images within heart. Then stamped black images. Voila!

Aha Arts Painterly Shapes stamp 
Hero Arts All Occasion messages stamp
Amuse Heart Trio die

Thanks for looking. I'm hooking up at:
Basteltraum - colors
Creative with Stamps - it's an anniversary "celebration"

Monday, July 17, 2017

watermelon for winnie and walter

Oops. Nearly forgot to post this card I made for a couple challenges and of course one is closing soon, so here I am again. Know which color challenge inspired me?


I discovered an old Basic Grey stamp set with a watermelon slice (definitely the summer trend this year!) and that reminded me of the Color Throwdown.

There's also this ant in the set and I decided he was going to be carrying the slice through the woods. What? Yeah, I don't know either...

Colored the slice with markers, spritzed and stamped. Stamped the ant. Masked the slice and stamped two trees from Winnie and Walter Kindness. Cuz it's the stamp set over at the Rerun Challenge this month. And since Taheerah A. is all about fruit at The Gossip Column, I'm going there too!

The inside sentiment (notice the reference to "seeds") reads "kindness happiness grows". Sweet, eh?

That's all from me today ;)

anniversary a la h&m

Had a request for an anniversary card. So I made one , a couple, many. And you get to see them all.

I'm starting with my favorite (though not one my friend selected!) cuz you just might want to go and recreate it yourself ;)

Two planets crossed for the inspiration for this one. The first was a desire to try the trend of one-layer card with a masked stamped sentiment and random stamping on the card front. Cuz you know I love me some random stamping. The second was an advert for H&M that entered the house, like this IG shot. Those colors!

This happened.


Simon Says Stamp Sending and Wishing stamp 
Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp
various pigment and dye inks

I was thrilled that one floral stamp set (intended to produce gorgeous layered peonies) yielded enough different images to create this card. Stay tuned for more anniversary cards! And have a fabulous week.

I'm hooking up at:
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it July
The Heart Desires - used blues and oranges and pinks
Cherrylana - sentiment takes center stage
Creative with Stamps - it's an anniversary "celebration"

Sunday, July 16, 2017

give a girl the right dies...

Oh my goodness. Simply Graphic dies... simply exquisite.

I ordered several (so hard to choose which ones) and now I'm certain that at least three of them were definitely worth it.

Did you see my photo on IG last week? I had a Distress-Ink-on-acrylic-block session after watching Jennifer M.'s video. Well today I took one of those little rectangles of color and made these two cards with it using positives and negatives. I think they speak for themselves.
I know I'm enamored!

Picked Raspberry
Mustard Seed
Salty Ocean

I'm hooking these up at Freshly Made Sketches , Basteltraum and Happy Little Stampers.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

one unicorn, bitte

Funny how life is sometimes. Just commented on IG that although I'm not a unicorn fan, I really like the new one from Concord and 9th. The same day, DD asks me if I can make a card for her girlfriend who's turning 20. With a unicorn, bitte! Whaaaaaaatttt?

Thank goodness for clip art.

I used Winnie and Walter's Color challenge for July. And while I was over there I saw that this month's Rerun is Kindness. So I used that too for some tree and mini heart stamping on my cardbase. (I must apologize. This was the only photo in focus, so it'll have to do. I'm still getting the hang of flatlay photography. You can barely see the tree in the lower right corner.) I'm hooking up at:
Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with Dies too

Added some gold striped washi, a gold striped horn and a flower sequin for some shine. Because unicorn.

Other products I used were Audrey Cutaways, Big Bold Party Cutaways, MFT Bottlecap Numbers and digi paper from Melstampz.

Friday, July 14, 2017

watercolor girly birthday

I smooshed some Dylusions inks recently and afterwards had a piece I'd used to sop up the leftovers. And this Simon Says Stamp Alphabet Blocks die fell into my hands. Literally. Forgot I had it. And wouldn't you know it fit exactly on the leftover piece! So I die cut it.

Made this card with some of the letters.

Figured with the watercolored alphas I was going to play at CAS Watercolor July, so chose an old foam butterfly stamp inked up with yellow and orange Distress Oxides to add to the lower corner. And some black splatters to tie in with the Dymo label.

Playing at:
CAS Watercolor July - Butterfly
Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor AG
Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with Dies
Rubber Dance - Color (although there really isn't any purple left in the "leftover" sopped up ink)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

yellow, purple, magenta

Those are the colors over at Rubber Dance challenge.  Where my STAMPlorations teamie Susanne R. also designs. Who has a fantastic way with bold color. And those colors screamed Dylusions ink spray to me. As in Pure Sunshine, Bubblegum Pink and Crushed Grape. Sound good enough to eat don't they?  So I made this.

Ink smooshed BG, PP strip along edge, ARTplorations Flutterby stencil, STAMPlorations Scribbly Splattery Grunge stamp, Papertrey Birthday sentiment.

And my teamie Cornelia W. is being CASEd at Time Out so keeping these colors in mind I used Cornelia's layout and sentiment style.

Masked a portion of a circle, sponged on Distress Oxides then stamped Concord and 9th Tree Ring with water. Obviously too much water, but you can still catch a bit of the woodgrain effect in this close up!

A heat embossed Martha Stewart butterfly on vellum and Altenew Label Love German sentiment finished it off.

I'm also playing at:
Where Creativity meets 9 - Embossing
CAS Watercolor - Butterfly (both cards)
Seize the Birthday 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

celebrating 25 years with pastels

Have you seen Case This Sketch #229?

It totally intrigued me. And I needed two anniversary cards. So... this happened.

Hello Heidi Swapp Dreamy PP, paper trimmer and sewing machine. Six rectangles from the sketch? Check. Hello Technique Tuesday Hello and MFT High Rise Number dies. Die cuts atop the rectangles? Check.

Then I veered from the sketch, inspired by the fabric layers of the bed canopy in the Daring Cardmakers inspiration photo.

Stitched on pleated crepe paper. Gold heat embossed the cake from Winnie and Walter Sugar Rush onto PP and fussy cut it. Added a die cut negative (CUTplorations Love) and a pink flower. A touch which I think my niece will like ;)

Inspired by these, I was.
Double D Challenges - made me pull out old Heidi Swapp Dreamy PP to get those colors

Daring Cardmakers - a cake, pink flower, ruffles and a touch of gold

Thanks for visiting. Enjoy your day.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

spotlight on watercolors and bleach

If you're interested in my attempt at giving texture to watercolors using bleach, I'm up over at the STAMPlorations blog today with a Spotlight describing my epic fail and how I managed to make cards out of it anyway.

STAMPlorations inspiration #143

And welcome to Tuesday's inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team! You know the routine, we're all featuring stamps from one of our talented stamp designers.

Today we're using Becca's Big Grins stamps. From now until July 17 you can get Big Grins stamps at 10% off in the STAMPlorations store, Sweet and Sassy Mom is available at 20% off!

In keeping with my self-imposed constraint to use up PP this month, I grabbed me some buttercups and stamped on patterned paper, like I did here.

Here's a shot showing the beauty of the gold embossing with some sunshine on it!

So easy. Choose a paper that compliments your stamp image (in this case feminine stripes). I heat embossed in gold to add to the pretty factor. And added a crinkled seam binding (remember that stuff?) bow to up the feminine feel.

If you're interested, here is another card using the same stamp set.

I'd love it if you use my STAMPGIRLMARIA discount on top, if you decide to pick up any of Becca's stamps. Or anything on your wish list. You might win yourself a $10 GC to the store if you leave a comment on the inspiration post. Off you go...

I'm off to hookup at:
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it July (STAMPlorations is sponsoring this month!)
The Flower Challenge - Embossing

Monday, July 10, 2017

the heart desires beachy challenge - take two

Ahhh summer! And how about that touch of Wilted Violet ;)

I had to play along with The Heart Desires challenge #14, not only cuz I missed last month's but cuz it's the store's first anniversary so all the more reason to join the fun. Aren't their challenge mood boards gorgeous?

Well my first inclination was to pull out some digi papers and layer away. You can see my cards made with the papers in yesterday's post.

I had also watercolored some seashells with my Gansai Tambi but they didn't "work" with my digi paper cards, so I turned them into two additional cards. 

Stenciled some Distress Inks through ARTplorations Bubbles stencil then heat embossed Say it Big - Dream the Impossible.

The second seashell I'd given some touches of  ochre and violet, so I decided to let it shine all by itself on a card.

Stamped the image and sentiment from Beach Therapy, added some grungy dots in a nod to a sandy beach and then adhered the watercolored and fussy cut seashell.

Clean and simple. But kinda dreamy beachy, eh?

I'm playing at:
Cards und More Shop - Anything Goes Summer
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it July
Addicted to CAS - Summer

Sunday, July 9, 2017

the heart desires beachy challenge - take one

Ahhh summer! I realize it's only true in my hemisphere. But doesn't this mood board just scream summertime? And oh that touch of Wilted Violet ;)

I had to play along with The Heart Desires challenge #14, not only cuz I missed last month's but cuz it's the store's first anniversary so all the more reason to join the fun. Their challenge mood boards are always gorgeous, don't you agree?

Well my first inclination was to pull out some Lilypad digi papers which I discovered through Kate L. I thought the color scheme kinda fit. Though beachy it's not.

(I also watercolored some seashells with my Gansai Tambi but they didn't "work" with my digi papers, so I turned them into two additional cards you'll see tomorrow.)

Decided to channel my inner Kate and play around with PP and layers.

On my first card I just started die cutting some panels.... big print, neutral print...

Added a strip of washi, a piece of die cut vellum, some die cut stems and a circle and then topped it all off with a heat-embossed-on-vellum seashell and "hugs" cut from cardstock I'd swiped some Wilted Violet Distress Oxide onto.

And needing a sympathy card I layered a stripe cover die cut from woodgrain cardstock over the darkest PP from the pack.

Added a single white stem and a heat embossed sentiment on ripped vellum. I've only partially adhered the die cuts so there is movement to the design. I really like how the artsy PP works paired with the graphic white stripes. Did I capture the striped-beach-towel-summery-feeling?


I'm hooking these cards up at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Die Cuts. Thanks for visiting. Hope you're enjoying your weekend. We had a lovely summery one. And beer!

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