Thursday, April 19, 2018

spellbinders dainty florals set of tags

Did you see yesterday's post? Well I mentioned having a hard time figuring out what to use as the focal image on the BG I'd created. I wanted to use neon. So I die cut lots of neon. But then didn't use them. So this tag set was born.

Spellbinders Dainty Florals Etched die
Inkystamp Geburtstagsgruße stamp
Inkystamp Alltagsheldin stamp
Inkystamp Alles im Rahmen stamp
Sizzix Damask embossing folder
Craft Concepts Bees Delight embossing folder
white embossing powder
twine

Had the flowers cut from four neon colors so I mixed and matched the outlines and filler pieces. Adhered them to black tags I'd die cut and dry embossed. Then I heat embossed sentiments onto black snippets and added those to the tags. Twine finished them off. I think these will look great on B/W wrapping paper.

Thanks again to Team Spellbinders for the fun little florals to create with. I'm taking them over to:
Pinspirational - Anything Goes for their 6th Anniversary!
Kreativtanten - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with Dies for April

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

spellbinders dainty florals a la marimekko

Catching a folk art vibe from Spellbinders Dainty Florals Etched die, I went a little Marimekko for this card design.


Inkystamp Alles im Rahmen stamp
heart die
twine

Die cut 20 (yep, 20) of the white stems and adhered them to black CS in a folk artsy pattern. Then I had the darndest time figuring out what to do with it! As usual, I couldn't cover up what I'd just created.

Now neon colors are far from folk artsy, but I felt I needed them to go with this B/W design. So I die cut a few of the sweet florals and adhered them to a die cut heart which holds my sentiment. Since the heart is popped up the florals are also raised off the card a bit so they don't get too lost on the busy BG. Cuz like I said, I couldn't bear to cover any more of it up ;)


A bit of twine across the top fold finished it off. Hope you likey. Thanks again to Team Spellbinders for the fun little florals to create with. I'm taking them over to:
Pinspirational - Anything Goes for their 6th Anniversary!
Kreativtanten - Anything Goes
a2z Scrapbooking - Flower Power
Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with Dies for April

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #171

Back for a Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team where the team members feature stamps from one of our talented stamp designers.

We're showcasing Dee's Artsy Impressions stamps. If you haven't been to the store lately, all non-retiring products in the store are 10% off automatically from now through April (with an extra 20% off when you use my discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA).

Copic Markers

Had to pull out lovely little Kathryn to take a "beautiful ride" with her big balloon. Decided to keep everything B/W with the exception of those striped tights (they are probably the #1 reason I love this image so much!!!)

If you're looking for more inspiration with this sweet girl and coffee, check out this card

You could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on the April inspiration posts. Check out today's post for more inspiration here. Appreciate that you stopped by :)

I'm joining the fun at:
Addicted to Stamps - Balloons/Bunting/Presents - Happy 7th!!!
Creative with Stamps - CAS + sentiment - Happy 2nd!!!
Mod Squad - Simply Clean

oh happy day!

Squeaking in under the deadline with a card for you today inspired by those vibrant colors in the latest Pin-Sights challenge over at Ellen Hutson. Screamed Dylusions spray inks to me.

Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms stamp
Dylusions ink sprays
black gems

Did some ink smooshing using the tube in the ink spray bottle to tap some ink onto an acrylic block. Spritzed it with water and smooshed onto watercolor paper. Did the warm colors first, then the cool colors.

Added a couple of those sweet little blooms cut from black CS and a sentiment that seems to match the style and feel of the design perfectly. A couple black gems to the bloom centers and voila!


Thank you Team Spellbinders for the fun little florals to create with. I'm taking them over to:
Pinspirational - Anything Goes for their 6th Anniversary!
Ellen Hutson - PinSights Challenge March
Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge for April
AAA Cards - Perfect Day (a rainbow and flowers sure make me happy!)





Monday, April 16, 2018

stuck on you

One more cacti creation for you today using the fun Spellbinders Build a Terrarium Etched dies. Still working with those iconic cactus figures but this time inspired by the latest Pin-Sights challenge over at Ellen Hutson. Talk about attitude!


Well I got some of that! That grapefruit caught my eye and this is how I interpreted it. There are a few pie shaped cuts to be found...

Dymo label maker
washi

Used up some cardstock scraps and filled in bits of the cover plate die cut. Added some cacti silhouette, a label maker punny sentiment and a pop of washi. Voila!

Thank you Team Spellbinders for the fun cacti to create with. I'm taking them over to:
Challenge up your Life - Rainbow/Unicorn
Die Cut Divas - Anything Goes for April
Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with Dies for April
Pinspirational - Anything Goes for their 6th Anniversary!



cowgirl cacti

I've another cacti creation for you today using the fun Spellbinders Build a Terrarium Etched dies. This time the iconic cactus figure became the star of my show. Desert. Cactus. Cowboy. Well, I decided to go kinda Cowgirl...

Distress inks
fun foam
white embosing powder

Lots of little die cut cacti, gently inked with some Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick and some white gel pen dots. See those patches of desert the cacti perch on? I die cut the "dirt" die from fun foam to make my own stamp, attached it to an acrylic block with temporary adhesive and stamped away! Added some light gray "stones" from the FF Texture set as fillers.

The heat embossed sentiment with a touch of B/W PP and a couple big ol' sequins finished it off.


Thank you Team Spellbinders for the fun cacti to create with. I'm taking them over to:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Texture
Die Cut Divas - Anything Goes for April
Pinspirational - Anything Goes for their 6th Anniversary!


Sunday, April 15, 2018

christmas cacti shaker

Not one for making Christmas cards when it's not really Christmas-time, (though the crazy weather in MI at the moment would sure inspire holiday cards - geesh - got outta there just in time but my poor Dad is wearing a jacket in the house cuz the power/heat went out too!) but I got some goodies from Spellbinders to play with and when I saw the dome in this die I couldn't get "snow globe" outta my mind!

Penny Black PP
acetate
sequins
twine
white embossing powder

So why not cacti in the snow? I added some white heat embossed dots to the BG panel and some acetate to the die cut front panel and created a little shaker to mimic a snow globe. There's just something fun about cacti isn't there? Only from afar of course ;)


Thank you Team Spellbinders for the fun cacti to create with. I've another creation tomorrow.

I'm joining the fun at:
Mod Squad - Simply Clean
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Texture
ABC Christmas - I for ice (guess it's actually snow, but with the weather in MI right now...)
Crafty Hazel's Christmas Challenge - April

Saturday, April 14, 2018

trying to be escher-esque

Another pre-vacation creation for you today. This was to test drive a new die. And give Escher-esque a try. I love optical illusions, don't you?

recycled envelope liner

Know how in her blog posts Joan B. says "mood when finished..." Well on this baby I'd have to say "mood when creating: experiment friendly", "mood when finished: what the heck did I think I was doing?".

If I recall correctly, it all started with a green watercolored piece from this project. Then I sorted through my watercolored background stash for a contrasting piece. Now I know that solid color CS would have had a much better effect ;)

On these illusion thingies, the eye will go to the darkest first - thus you see the leaf green and recognize those as the tops of the stacked squares. And I wanted the two left rows of cubes to appear to be "facing right" - in other words I used the purple pieces to fill the right sides of the cubes since that was the next darkest color I had. Then I used the orange/reddish pieces to fill the left sides of the remaining rows of cubes. But the gradient nature of the non-green watercolored piece made this difficult to achieve! If you want to see what originally inspired me, check this out.

Since things were already pretty outta control, I went with some funky envelope liner for the background and then a plain white die cut sentiment. No idea who I'll ever send this to!!!!!

Thanks for looking though. You're a real trooper ;) I'm actually going to take this over to:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Texture
Die Cut Divas - Anything Goes

Thursday, April 12, 2018

be still my ink smooshing hearts

Howdy peeps!

Popping in quickly today to share a make from a little bit ago - we were in the snow in northern Italy for a sun and snow-filled week before I headed off to spend two weeks with my Dad in cold and sometimes snowy Michigan - that made use of a fabulous die cut panel sent to me by the lovely, happy dancing Bev B.

Cornish Heritage Farms Alphabet BG
Distress Inks
embossing powder

First off I stamped the die cut panel with the background stamp. Then I backed it with an ink-smooshed BG. Heat embossed the "HI" section of the BG stamp onto a black snipet and mounted the panels askew to a cardbase. Voila! Love that dimension and interest!


I'm off to play at:
Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Texture
Die Cut Divas - Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenges - Bingo - I've got heat embossing, text and no PP
Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with Dies April

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #170

Welcome to another Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team where the team members feature stamps from one of our talented stamp designers.

Today we're using Becca' Big Grins stamps. All non-retiring products in the store are 10% off automatically from now through April (with an extra 20% off when you use my discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA).

I thought this fun little guy from a Christmas set of Becca's looked ready for some wanderlust...

Copic markers

Pretty straightforward. Arranged the sentiment and deer. Stamped. Colored. Added a strip of washi and called it a day.

You could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on the April inspiration posts. Check out today's post here. So happy you stopped by :)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

STAMPlorations april challenge - focus on sentiments

It's time for another STAMPplorations challenge and this month we've got a fun theme - Focus on the Sentiments. So I did!

A belated birthday card was born using this punny sentiment.

Clouds stencil
Oh Frap die
Distress inks
Washi tape

There's an incredible lineup of creations with the sentiments in the spotlight over at the STAMPlorations blog. Why not check them out? Better yet, create something and join the April challenge.

As a reminder, all non-retiring products are 10% off in the store. And you can use my STAMPGIRLMARIA discount code for an additional 20% off. There are so many great new additions to the Typografia and Say it Big lines of sentiment stamps. Just sayin' ;)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #169

Welcome to the first of April's STAMPlorations inspiration posts. It's time for a Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team where the team members feature stamps from one of our talented stamp designers.

Today we're using Shirley's The Bees Knees stamps. All non-retiring products in the store are 10% off automatically from now through April (with an extra 20% off when you use my discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA).

This month I was inspired by our challenge theme at STAMPlorations which is Focus on the Sentiments! So I'm using some big sentiments in my designs. Here's this week's.

STAMPlorations Wanderlust coming soon
Copic markers
washi tape

I must admit, designs like this are pretty worry free when you use a stamp positioner. I stamped the sentiment and then could easily line up where I wanted those "curious" chicks to be perched. Colored them roughly with Copics and voila!

I used the chicks in a completely different way here ... And here.

You could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on the April inspiration posts. Check out today's post here. So happy you stopped by :)

Monday, April 2, 2018

STAMPlorations release - say it big

Hope you've been enjoying the events over at STAMPlorations where the gals have been creating with the newly released products. Today a group of us are working with the new additions to the Say it Big series. You can catch the whole lineup here.

Do you own many large sentiment stamps? If you do, you may like today's post where you can get more ideas on how to use them. I have two projects for you. And check out our challenge this month at STAMPlorations too - it's about putting focus on the sentiment.

For my first card I pulled out a smooshed background from my stash and using my MISTI stamped the sentiment a few times. I needed to do this because the paper has a linen texture. But I think it turned out OK.

To add something more, I stamped the sun and rainbow and used watercolor pencils and my water brush to give them a touch of color. Drew the wonky border with a Sharpie.


For my second project, I actually used two big sentiments. Not sure that I like the result, I'd hoped the inlaid die cut would be more subtle. Maybe I should have stuck with tone-on-tone?? - if you have any tips on how to make this idea more effective, please share.

sewing machine
Teresa Collins PP

Hope you'll check out what the other girls did with these large sentiments. And if you create something with the focus on the sentiment, be sure to hook up with the monthly challenge at STAMPlorations which will go live on April 5!

Friday, March 30, 2018

STAMPlorations spring release - woodland friends


Welcome to day 5 and the last day of the STAMPlorations Spring Release. The four-legged friends are the star of the release and today it's all about our friends in the forest. Meet Woodland Friends.


I may not be a cat fan, but I love me some woodland critters. And I love that Shery illustrated these with some solid areas, cuz I'm a fan of black and white. In other words, no coloring necessary. You may have seen this card of mine with lotsa coloring (for me at least). Well, I went with a similar design, but kept the critters B/W. See how those touches of black give them just enough interest? I love it!


I actually masked and stamped and fussy cut the bottom section from white CS and added some watercolor shadowing under the critters before glueing it onto my Distress Inked BG (Stormy Sky, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot). Heat embossed the sentiment almost camouflaged into that wintry sky.

And then I decided to showcase the racoon and his (or in this case, her) wonderful tail.


Paired her up with a bold sentiment Be You, colored the tail with Copics (cuz she's being the "you" she wants to be, get it?) and gave it a shot of Wink of Stella for sparkle. A touch of washi gave this super CAS card a little something extra.

And then, cuz a gelli print scrap fell into my hands during my craft room organizing...


From the moment I saw the deer's stance and that sentiment, I knew I wanted to pair them up. I thought that little forest scene (Poetry of the Earth) on the gelli print strip was wonder-worthy. So I added it to the card. Used Memento brown ink to stamp the sentiment and the ground using Mixed Media Grunge. Stamped and watercolored the deer with DI Gathered Twigs.

I think this set is going to be a lot of fun ;) It's somewhere between cutesy and artsy which I predict will make it a joy to reach for for both styles of projects.

Shery's offering generous prizes during this release. Leave comments by April 2 on all the release posts this week on the STAMP blog and the DT blogs to be in the running for a $25 GC or all five new stamp sets from this release! Check out what my teamies created over at the STAMPlorations blog.

I'm joining the fun at:
Simon Says Stamp - Work it Wednesday - Inking Technique
Simon Says Stamp - National Craft Month
Kreativetanten - Tiere

Thursday, March 29, 2018

STAMPlorations spring release - purrfectly pawsome


Welcome to day 4 of the STAMPlorations Spring Release. The four-legged friends are the star of the release and today it's all about the cats. May I introduce Purrfectly Pawsome.


I have a confession to make. I'm not a cat person. I grew up with dogs.  One of my cat stories (besides the time my eyes totally swelled up after I'd been petting a friend's cat) goes back to my babysitting days. I walked into a dark kitchen, reaching for the light switch as I came through the doorway and as the light went on, down onto the counter jumped the family cat who had been perched atop the kitchen cupboards. Scared the crap outta me.

No dog has ever done that to me. Get my point?

Perhaps that cat-on-a-hot-kitchen-cupboard inspired my card design.


Basically a one-layer card. Masked and inked with Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick. Added more ink through the Zen Hearts stencil. Stamped the cats and gave them touches of orange with Polychromos. Added the sentiment on a wonky scrap and added two sequins. Cuz pink.

Makes for a cute card, eh? But I'm still not a cat person :)

Shery's offering generous prizes during this release. Leave comments on all the release posts this week on the STAMP blog and the DT blogs to be in the running for a $25 GC or all five new stamp sets from this release! Check out what my teamies created over at the STAMPlorations blog.

I'm joining the fun at:
Simon Says Stamp - Work it Wednesday - Inking Technique
Simon Says Stamp - National Craft Month
The Artistic Stamper - Stencils and Masks
Cards in Envy - No Patterned Paper
Penny Black and More - Feature a Creature
Kreativetanten - Tiere

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

STAMPlorations spring release - hashtag walkies


Welcome to day 3 of the STAMPlorations Spring Release. The four-legged friends are the star of the release and today it's gone to the dogs. Meet Hashtag Walkies.

The image in this set is typical Shirley as far as the artwork goes. And the humor... it's Shirley too. See that last hashtag? I saw it and couldn't forget it.


If you were around in the 80s, those words might remind you of these guys. Are you ready to "crack that whip"? Well, let's "whip it good" shall we?

image source


Silver gray and red. Had to do it. Considered adding Glossy Accents to the reds, but I am using a new-to-me cardstock (Papyrus Color Copy) and wasn't ready to risk ruining my one-layer card with Glossy Accents gone awry since I'm not sure how the paper would react.

Used Polychromos to color. And opted for a lightly inked cloud from Clouds stencil and a die cut sentiment from 5 Love Words.

Shery's offering generous prizes during this release. Leave comments on all the release posts this week on the STAMP blog and the DT blogs to be in the running for a $25 GC or all five new stamp sets from this release! Check out what my teamies created over at the STAMPlorations blog.





Tuesday, March 27, 2018

STAMPlorations spring release - baa baa


Welcome to day 2 of the STAMPlorations Spring Release. The four-legged friends are the star of the release and today it's all about those wooly creatures who call the embankments at the North Sea home. Meet Baa Baa.


And when you're strolling down on the path and they're up on the top of the embankment, this is pretty much what it looks like!


More fun with ink blending on my super smooth new-to-me cardstock (Papyrus Color Copy). Used Twisted Citron, Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks. And water splatters. Which were supposed to be like little daisies in the grass (Gänseblumen) but oops! Too big! More like piles of p**p ;)

Don't you love the punny sentiments?

Shery's offering generous prizes during this release. Leave comments by April 2 on all the release posts this week on the STAMP blog and the DT blogs to be in the running for a $25 GC or all five new stamp sets from this release! Check out what my teamies created over at the STAMPlorations blog.

I'm joining the fun at:
Simon Says Stamp - Work it Wednesday - Inking Technique
Simon Says Stamp - National Craft Month
Cards in Envy - No Patterned Paper
That's Crafty - Spring into Action
Penny Black and More - Feature a Creature
Kreativetanten - Tiere
Time Out - 4th Birthday

Monday, March 26, 2018

STAMPlorations spring release - live love ride


Hi friends! I'm back from a wonderful week in the sun and snow in northern Italy and want to welcome you to day 1 of the STAMPlorations Spring Release. The four-legged friends are the star of the release and today it's all about those big, beautiful beasts. Meet Live Love Ride.


I immediately fell in love with that artistic, flowing beauty and its beauty reminded me in some way of a unicorn. So when this rainbow watercolored scrap fell into my hand while I was cleaning/organizing my craft room, I decided to pair the two for a dreamy look. Did some stamping in black and heat embossing in white.


And then on a completely different note...


How's that for polar opposites? But I had to color those blooms on the horse's head. So I thought... look for some rarely-ever-used-but-hoard-oh-so-much-of-it PP with blooms. When I saw this old Basic Grey design I decided that horse needed pink blooms and green leaves. I heat embossed the image and then used watercolor and colored pencil to color it too.

Opted for a wonky angle on the watercolored image so went with a wonky sentiment design too. Half-stamped and half heat embossed onto a pink scrap.

Shery's offering generous prizes during this release. Leave comments by April 2 on all the release posts this week on the STAMP blog and the DT blogs to be in the running for a $25 GC or all five new stamp sets from this release! Check out what my teamies created over at the STAMPlorations blog.

I'm joining the fun at:
AAA Cards - Use only One Third
Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS
Penny Black and More - Feature a Creature
Kreativtanten Challenge - Tiere
That's Crafty - Spring into Action

Thursday, March 22, 2018

alcohol inked and bloomtangled again

Did you see my post yesterday where I was inspired by this amazing card by Janette K and it occurred to me that I could do something similar using a cover plate die? AND one of the alcohol ink on Yupo backgrounds I'd just created (maybe you saw these on IG). I'm so proud of myself. I used a second BG right away! 

gifted die cut
alcohol ink Sailboat Blue and ?
gilding flakes

I wanted to use the Yupo BG that had warped from too much heat gun. So with the cool colors, I chose to use a white die cut. I had the bottom portion and the sentiment done but was stumped as to what to do with the white space up top. Sprinkled some sequins but it needed something meatier. Enter another fussy cut portion of the die cut and another bit of the inked BG! Glued everything together with Multi Matte medium.

I would like to take this to:
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes March
The Flower Challenge - #18 Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - AG with Dies March
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