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

variations with winnie and walter

That Kaleidoscope background stamp came to my aid again today. I made two cards with the same design, however with variations a la Shay's challenge for WCMD over at Winnie and Walter. I used the Cutaway Hi die for both.

Here's the first, feminine and floral version. Some sloppy watercoloring to mimic roses. Stamped "birthday girl" on the inside.

And then a masculine version. Kept the embossing tone on tone and used a striped PP for the dimensional die cut. Stamped "birthday boy" on the inside.

Amazing how colors and techniques can make such a difference in the same design! Fun stuff. Great idea for a challenge, Shay.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

more flora and fauna

Did you see my post where I got around to playing with my new Flora and Fauna haul. I couldn't stop. The inspiration from The Heart Desires Challenge had me on a roll. Today I'm sharing those inspired by the orange color and that gold/white pumpkin.

This first card created itself thanks to the images in Llama. My fave? The pom pom banner! Used the dots from Texture Two with Delicata gold ink to ground the birthday llama.

And again playing the whimsy card, I masked a speech bubble and stamped around its perimeter with various images, mostly from Happy Place Woodland and Holiday Terrarium. I love how your eye notices the shape in the midst of the images.

Even included the die cut silhouettes of the fox and tree from Woodland Animals for more fun. A piece of woodgrain washi (see the mini heart in the pattern on it?) added a touch of orange to my design. Can you tell I've had tons of fun playing with these stamp sets and dies? Thanks for visiting.

I'm hooking up over at the WCMD challenge at Winnie and Walter too. I've not used WW product here, but there are WW sets, like Happiest of Holidays, that you could use for this design and it certainly fits Heather's CAS Challenge.

STAMPlorations typografia motivate blog hop

Guten Tag! Can you say "ahhhhhmazing"? Cuz that's what this newest line of Typografia stamps from STAMPlorations are. Love the messages. Love the variety of styles. Love what you can do with them - heat emboss, color, stamp on die cuts, ink up with markers, frame, use as inside sentiment ...

Well, keeping with my challenge to myself this month to create based on inspiration from my Pinterest board, I did none of those ;) Ready?

 used Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide and Today is Perfect

used Distress Inks and Distress Oxides, Broken Glass stencil, and The Optimist

 used Distress Inks, Scribbly Splattery Grunge and Be Somebody

Sure hope I've motivated you to revisit your Pinterest boards for inspiration. And perhaps I've even inspired you to get your hands on some motivational stamps! The entire line of Typografia Motivate stamps are currently 5% off, and you can use my discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA on top for 20% more.

Pop over to the STAMPlorations blog for more ideas for these great stamps. One commenter (randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMP blog and designers' blogs) will win her choice of 3 Typografia Motivate stamps. Which 3 would you choose???  Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

spotlight on mirror stamping

Check out my Spotlight post over at STAMPlorations for more on this fun anniversary card...

ETA: Cuz I am, and this popsicle couple is... I'm hooking up at CASology #270.

STAMPlorations inspiration #147

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 Oct 16 you can get Big Grins stamps at 15% off in the STAMPlorations store.

In keeping with my self-imposed constraint to create based on inspiration from my Pinterest board this month, I chose this image for today's card.

Some PP. Some red and green embossing (I did need to pull out a couple other stamp sets to get my crew for the balancing act), a hand drawn tightrope and a sentiment heat embossed onto a snippet.

So easy. Hope it made you smile! If you're interested, here is another card using the same silly deer.

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...

Off I go to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where it's all about Christmas.
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