Saturday, February 17, 2018

winnie and walter 4th birthday - scraps, dies and comeback

Winnie and Walter's 4th Birthday Bash! Are you playing? I'm using up more scraps today. And die cuts. And making a comeback.


I loved this card of Lydia's when she first made it and proceeded to CASE it. Today I've revisited it, albeit a bit differently, in the process of using up some more scraps for Kelly's Scraps challenge.

No idea where the leftover bits were from on this card - but I think they found a great place to live. All I had to do was stamp the leaves on the cardbase and add a strip of grid paper (yes, finally for Keren, a real grid!). Again more white leaves - I love how this card, though fully loaded, has a light and airy feel to it!

Thanks Winnie and Walter for being such a great company and inspiring with such great challenges! I'll be back with more scraps...

First I'm taking this over to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday's  Add a Die Cut challenge. And hooking up at Taheerah's Comeback, Lydia's Use Dies and Keren's Grid challenges  too!

Friday, February 16, 2018

winnie and walter 4th birthday - scraps and dies

Howdy peeps! Back with more cards for Winnie and Walter's 4th birthday bash.


Did you see Kelly's challenge - Use Your Scraps ? Well bless your heart, Kelly. I finally tackled the tower of scraps that has been threatening to tumble off my cabinet for the past few months!


Here's what I did with the first pretty scraps I found. Amazing how many WW pieces there were in the pile...

This card started with the negative of the tree from my cards a couple days ago for PTI's birthday bash. Added it over a "stamp off" page from my notebook (though I think this was cleaning up leftover gold embossing paste through a stencil - maybe from this project) cuz I thought that touch of gold through the leaves would look cool. Added a couple leftover sentiments and some leaves.

STAMPlorations love die

Then there was this negative left from this card. Backed it with some leftover watercolored scraps and some more leftover leaves - they were from this card for Winnie and Walter's 2nd birthday!!!


Then I grabbed this black scrap left from die cutting confetti. It also had a circle cut out of the bottom portion so I plugged it with a leftover die cut from this project. Stitched on a leftover vellum sentiment and added a couple more leaves. Yeah. I have a thing for leaves! Oh and a couple sequins seemed to finish it off.




Are you playing? Wouldn't today be a great day to tackle your scrap pile?!? I'm joining the fun at:
Winnie and Walter - Use Dies (Lydia just joined the party with her challenge)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Add a Die Cut
Double D - sequins

Thursday, February 15, 2018

papertrey 11th anniversary - colors and stripes

Made two cards from one idea for Papertrey's anniversary celebration.


The first is for the Colors challenge - I chose Stephanie's modern color combo and tried to give some older product a more modern feel on this anniversary card.


MFT dots stencil

And then for the Stripes challenge I used the leftovers from the "love" die cut, kept the same color combo and created this. It reads "birthday boy" on the inside. For my cousin's son.


Now all that remains is for me to win my PTI wish list to bring some more current product into my stash.... Wishful thinking.... Have a great day.

I'm entering:
CAS on Friday - Dies
Happy Little Stampers - AG with Dies
Die Cut Divas - Love is in the Air


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

spotlight on ... epic fail bokeh

Yep. I tried bokeh on a Dylusions spray ink background and this happened. Failure. For the full story check out my spotlight post at STAMPlorations. I'd love to hear if you've ever bokeh-ed with white pigment ink on Dylusions!


I'm hooking this card up at:
Happy Little Stampers - AG with Dies
Die Cut Divas - Love is in the Air
House of Cards - Valentine Background or Colors

papaertrey 11th anniversary - dies only

Made a card for the Dies Only challenge at Papertrey's anniversary celebration. Two cards actually, cuz die cuts are nice like that, yielding a negative for every positive!




Die cut the tree from a gelli print from my scrap pile. Used the positives for the first card to keep it CAS. Used the negative on the second and added the positives which I cut from scrap PP. Added a die cut cut from the leftover gelli print to the first, a leftover sentiment from my scrap bowl to the second.

I'm entering:
Winnie and Walter - 4th Birthday Kelly's Use your Scraps (2nd card used the negative from the first plus a leftover die cut from my scraps bowl)
Happy Little Stampers - AG with Dies
Die Cut Divas - Love is in the Air


STAMPlorations inspiration #163

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 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).

Maybe you caught my January inspiration projects featuring the trend of "Urban Tribe" - geometric with cool colors. Well this month I'm creating my inspiration post projects using this image from my Pinterest inspiration board and a trend that totally speaks to me - "Flat Abstract".

image source: Patternbank
Distress Inks

See how I was inspired? That image top right? I chose similar colors and did some inking.

Nothing tricky here. I used the butterfly die to cut a mask. Used the negative piece, masked off a rectangular area on Neenah CS and using a cheap makeup brush I applied Distress Ink through the negative space. Then I removed the negative, put the positive over the inked butterfly area and applied more ink with the brush. This yielded the color block with the lighter butterfly shape, like the inspiration photo.

To add a bit more interest I stamped butterfly and buttercup images and then the sentiment in black.

If you're looking for more inspiration ... I had more fun with the buttercup on this card.

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

Monday, February 12, 2018

papertrey 11th anniversary - floral

Popping in again to share my make for the floral challenge at the Papertrey 11th Anniversary celebrations.

Here's my take on using a soon-to-be-retired floral set that I like a lot - Year of Flowers - Violets.
I colored it with Zigs (direct to paper and blending with Zigs!) and gave it a splatter or two when I was done.



Are you playing? See you there.

I'm playing at:
Happy Little Stampers - AG with Dies
Challenge up your Life - Gray and Yellow

papertrey 11th anniversary

Thought I'd be around sooner to share my make for one of the Papertrey 11th Anniversary celebrations, but Mardi Gras got in the way ;) Helau!


Anyhoo, here's my take on using a soon-to-be-retired set that I think should live forever - Happy Trails.


Easy peasy super CAS cuz the set is that good. Just did some selective inking on the feather and voila!

Are you playing? See you there. Greetings from S' Goldisch Meenz...


I'm playing at:
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it February
Watercooler Wednesday - Anything Goes feminine
City Crafter - Light as a Feather

Friday, February 9, 2018

set of tags hostess gift

Heading out to watch the big Fastnacht show, Mainz bleibt Mainz, on TV with friends and made a little something for the hostess. You may have seen these die cuts I colored with my Zig clean color brush pens on IG as part of the #thedailymarker30day challenge. They finally found homes. I thought simple black would be a great way to show off their vibrancy. What do you think?


Packaged them up in recycled stamp packaging (so their bright colors can shine through) with a "thank you" die cut and ribbon. Voila! And Helau! Anyone else in Fastnacht/Carnival/Mardi Gras fever?

BTW, the Klartext German sentiment stamps are currently on sale at Danipeuss for about $10 a set... just sayin'.

Enjoy your weekend. I'm taking this set to:
CAS on Friday - Dies
Simon Says Stamp - Send a Card (in this case a set of tags)
CASE this Sketch - #258

Thursday, February 8, 2018

winnie and walter 4th birthday - b is for baby

Howdy peeps! Here to share my latest make for Winnie and Walter's 4th birthday bash.


This is one of those - took a turn during production - numbers. Was going to be a grid of four hearts with the letters atop the hearts. Basta. But because the CAS grid of b for baby struck me as b for boring when I looked at it.

Turned into a grid of four hearts lightly inked through a mask with cheap makeup brushes and distress inks then stamped with stars in the same color, then all masked and stamped repeatedly with the stars in all four of the colors, then topped with vellum which was then topped with the letters selectively cut from four "baby" die cuts and then topped with some sequins. Whew.

So here's the finished product for Shay's Four challenge (four hearts, four colors, four letters) and Keren's Grid challenge (again, I'm pushing the envelope, but there is a grid of hearts somewhere under all that!)


Just dawned on me you really can't see the hearts/stars action. So here's another shot. Pardon the green nails - it's Fastnacht time here in the 'hood ;)


Notice the yellow heart with yellow stars, the green heart with green stars. The pink and blue are the same and then the rest of the stars were stamped over the masked hearts. The vellum is loosely adhered, using matt medium underneath the letters.

I'm joining the fun at:
Papercraft Challenge - pastel colors
Always Fun Challenge - anything goes
Double D - sequins


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

winnie and walter 4th birthday - hollywood squares tweeties

I'm celebrating with Winnie and Walter this year for their 4th Birthday Bash! Congrats ladies!


Today's card combines three of the challenges: Keren's Grid , Crystal's Repeat Stamping and Heather's Watercolor with a Twist.

And I wanted to play over at Inspired by all the little Things cuz I love the natural feel yet the somewhat graphic alignment of the baskets and pillows:
watercolors
Polychromos

I may be stretching it, but I'm calling this design a grid ;)

I repeat stamped the frame and using a mask of it also stamped the various birdies.

I watercolored the birdies with two layers and then added my twist of some colored pencil over it to "try" to create a feathery look. Used a yellow Sharpie to color the beaks.

Again, thanks to Winnie and Walter for being such a great company and inspiring with such great challenges! I'll be back with more...

First I'm taking this over to Kathy R's #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge and Penny Black and More where it's about Love, Hearts and Flowers (two outta three ain't bad).

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #162

Welcome to a new month of STAMPlorations inspiration posts. Boy oh boy, this year is off and running, eh?

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).

Maybe you caught my January inspiration projects featuring the trend of "Urban Tribe" - geometric with cool colors. Well this month I'm creating my inspiration post projects using this image from my Pinterest inspiration board and a trend that totally speaks to me - "Flat Abstract".

image source: Patternbank

Distress Ink Festive Berries
Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick

I'm guessing you see how I was inspired. That image bottom center? I just changed the colors to make my project Valentine-y.

Nothing tricky to this. One cool thing about it is how the oxide pink ink gives an opaque-y cover up to the stenciled pattern.

If you're looking for more inspiration ... I had more fun with the snowman circles (probably my most used set lately) in this post ... And I used the scrap paper I stamped the leftover pink ink on in this layered card.

And I used the rosebuds set in a completely different way here ...

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

I'm stopping by:
The Paper Players - Will you be my Valentine?
The Artistic Stamper - Roses are Red
Penny Black and More - Love, Hearts and Flowers (yep!)


winnie and walter 4th birthday - waterfall shaker

Missed the fun last year but I'm excited to have time to celebrate with Winnie and Walter this year for their 4th Birthday Bash! Congrats ladies!


Today's card was inspired by Lea's Love Shaker Challenge. And by this card. Scroll down to see the whole card/message...





Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick ink
washi
recycled packaging
sewing machine
sequins

Whew! Quite the supply list, but such fun to create. I really like this take on a shaker, don't you? Another form of  "interactive". And the cohesiveness - papers from the same pack (Aldi special) and products from one company.

Again, thanks to Winnie and Walter for their great products and great challenges! I'll be back with more...

I'm taking this over to:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday's -  Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas - Love
Cuttlebug Mania - Happy Birthday
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it February
Allsorts - Spots and Stripes
CASual Fridays - Hearts


Monday, February 5, 2018

STAMPplorations february challenge - paint it red

If you're a STAMPlorations peep, you probably know that Ms STAMPlorations, Shery Russ, had a baby in December. To give Shery and her family a little break and a chance to get used to being a family of four (with an infant AND toddler!) we're handling things a little differently at the STAMP blog. For Feb, Mar and April we are having only one challenge - a theme challenge - and we'd love for you to join in. You can make any kind of project as long as it fits our theme.


February's theme is Paint it Red. Anything red or with a love theme is welcome.  I picked up on the illustrated nature of the graphic. And coffee ;)




I went pretty CAS. With some camouflaged die cutting. Have I inspired you to create something? You can join in until the last day of the month. Here is the link to the challenge and gallery.

I'm joining in at:
Penny Black and More - Love, Hearts and Flowers
CASual Fridays - Hearts


winnie and walter 4th birthday - thanks

Missed the fun last year since I was in the States with my mom as her health declined, but I'm happy to have time to celebrate with Winnie and Walter this year for their 4th Birthday Bash! Congrats ladies!


The message on the first card I'm sharing is directed at WW. I feel blessed to have a great arsenal of WW product and it makes me so happy to pull it out to create for the wonderful challenges these gals come up with!

Here's the photo from Gayatri's Inspiration Challenge.


 OK. I saw those tassels and knew instantly which stamp set I would use...

Delicata gold pigment ink
gold embossing powder


My Delicata gold pigment ink pad seems to have gotten a bit weird. I used to think it was the best gold out there, but it's kinda hit or miss lately. Anyone else having similar problems? So I decided to add a bit more pizazz by sprinkling some gold embossing powder over a couple areas while the pigment ink was still wet and then heat setting it.

To capture the colors of the inspiration photo, I die cut "thanks" from four different cardstocks.

Again, thanks to Winnie and Walter for being such a great company and inspiring with such great challenges! I'll be back with more...

First I'm taking this over to Simon Says Stamp Wesnesday's Anything Goes challenge. And hooking up at Winnie and Walter Rerun - The Party too!

Friday, February 2, 2018

papertrey make it monday

Playing along at the Papertrey Make it Monday where Stephanie created a lovely card using different types of recycled papers. Well I can do that. I could do that for the next million cards probably...

Here's her card.

Here's mine.


I should definitely get the prize for using up the most S**T from my workspace for this one! All I actually "did" for this, besides glueing, is die cut the notebook edge, the butterflies from a dictionary page and the mat for my sentiment.

The other "stuff" included my trimmed down stamping off scrap paper (recognize the pink snowballs and black scribble circles?), a PC-generated sentiment I've had in my drawer for years, a neon "happy" that was rejected in favor of a black one awhile ago and some little butterflies punched from scraps. I've got a whole box of them. Oh, and the mat is actually a piece of cloth I dyed with leftover Easter egg dye.

Are you playing too? I'd love to see what you recycle. Happy weekend!



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