Monday, July 16, 2018

STAMPlorations summer release - layered watermelon

Welcome to day 1 of the STAMPlorations Summer Release. Today's set is gonna make you smile. Tell me what you see first when you look at this new set from Shirley. Meet Layered Watermelon.

I saw the smiley face. This face has been a part of my life since my Grandma bought me a smiley face ring at a rest stop on the Ohio turnpike on the way to a family reunion when I was about 7 years old! Do you see a dog's face in the set too???

An inked circle and heat embossed "eyes" and "smile" made this card. Thanks for the "smile" sentiment Shirley ;)

And then I went all watermelon-y. Using the MISTI I stamped the images a couple times with different colored inks spritzed with some water. Love the artsy look.

And then a watermelon slice in all its glory. I can't decide, but watermelon may just be the most iconic of summer food images... Or would it be a strawberry? Or a popsicle?

Altenew inks
clear embossing powder

All stamps, including the new release are 10% off right now. Please use my STAMPGIRLMARIA discount code for an additional 20% off too!

Shery's offering prizes as always. Leave comments by July 23 on all the release posts this week on the STAMP blog and the DT blogs to be in the running - there's a $25 GC and also your choice of a stamp set and word die from this release up for grabs! Check out what my teamies created over at the STAMPlorations blog.

I'm joining the fun at:
Time Out - Smile (#1)
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes (#2 no optional Sequins for me!)
Shopping our Stash - Feed Me (#2,#3)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Fun in the Sun = watermelon... right? (#2, #3)
Addicted to Stamps and More - Happy Birthday (#2)
House of Cards - Food/Popsicle (#2, #3)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

prismacolor blending for altenew challenge

Felicitationes France! And nice job, Croatia! It's amazing how the World Cup has a way of influencing daily life in our house. And how its end, leaves me feeling someone's moved out...

In that funk, I decided to quickly post this card I made yesterday. Lots of coloring with Prismacolor pencils on dark cardstock. Lots. But I am happy with the result. What do you think?

Altenew Arabesque Medallion stamp
Ranger Platinum embossing powder
Prismacolor pencils

Stamped the medallion twice and heat embossed them. Filled in some areas with my Versamark pen and embossed them too. Then I colored. And colored. And colored some more. Here's a great video from Yana S. if you're interested. I chose my pencil colors (four blues, black and white), BTW, based on this month's inspiration challenge at Altenew.

I'm joining these challenges:
Bastel Traum - AG (#2)

CASual Fridays - Heat Embossing

Thursday, July 12, 2018

60 is the new 40 with flora fauna

Created this fun card for DH's friend who lives in the boonies in Sweden. DH and DS have been up there to visit. As "romantic" as it sounds, the bugs would do me in by the end of day one. Thought Flora and Fauna stamps would be appropriate...

Flora Fauna Happy Place stamp
Flora Fauna Graphic Flower stamp
Flora Fauna Holiday Terrarium stamp

A little bit of masking. A lot of strategically-placed stamping. Some basic Copic coloring. Voila!

I'm playing at:
Always Fun Challenges - Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes (no optional Sequins for me!)
Watercooler Wednesday - Occasions
Addicted to Stamps and More - Happy Birthday
Paper Players - Celebration theme for their anniversary

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #178

It's summer break time over at STAMPlorations through September, but we're popping in today with an inspiration post from the inspiration DT . Hope you're enjoying summer (in this hemisphere).

This month I'm creating with the Stamp Club set Succulently. I was inspired during the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge to color. Meet today's creation. I had such fun with this.

STAMPlorations Hugs die
Studio Calico PP

I had fun with the images and Copics. There's just something about that vase! And the tiny blossoms - barely noticeable but allowing for a little pop of color.

Even Copic-colored the die cut sentiment. And added a coat of Glossy Accents to that fun vase!

A reminder that during the STAMP summer break, every Tuesday all stamps, dies and stencils in the shop are 15% off. Use my code STAMPGIRLMARIA to get an additional 20% off.

I'm going over to:
Inkspirational - #164
Crafty Hazelnut's PP Challenge - July
Crafty Cardmakers - At least two dies or punches

Thursday, July 5, 2018

spotlight on adding interest to a simple succulent card

I'm over at the STAMPlorations blog with a tutorial for this card today. Hope you're having a "fancactus" day"...

happy birthday, shery

Dropping in today with a birthday card for a virtual birthday party for Shery Russ, the heart and soul of STAMPlorations.

I decided to make a one-layer card (Shery's blog is called That One Layer Mixed Media Girl) that I hope Shery will like. It's not really mixed media. But there is a certain grunge factor ;)

Distress Inks

I stamped and masked the sentiment then stamped the flowers around it, masking them sometimes too. I used Distress Inks so when I was finished I took a wet brush and softened the lines a bit. Even added some additional ink to the flowers with my brush. And splatters. Cuz splatters are always good. Like washi ;)

Check out this post over on the STAMPlorations blog for lots more birthday card inspiration. And have a great day.

I'm playing at:
Stamping Sensations - In my Garden
CAS colors and sketches - #279
Paper Players - Celebration
Just Us Girls - AG

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

more smooshed sympathy cards

Did you see this card I made? Well, because ink smooshing (or as CAS Watercolor calls it - splash watercoloring) is such fun (YAY!) and I've needed several sympathy cards lately (BOO!), I actually created four more during that crafting session. And forgot to post them.

Distress Inks

While we're here, can we take a moment to praise the MISTI (or whichever stamp positioner)?!? I held out for the longest time. And y'all said "it'll change your life". And I thought, "yeah, sure". And boy were you right. It's a total game changer. Not just for crisper, clean images. But also for creating multiples. Which lowers the time spent per card. Which just makes you feel good, doesn't it?!?

I opted to keep these cards simple and one layer (no frames) and therefore I changed the position of the sentiment. But once the image and sentiment were in place, the cards were super easy and quick to produce. Thank you, MISTI.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm stopping by:
CAS on Friday - Watercolor
CAS Watercolor Card - July
Happy Little Stampers Watercolor - July
Just Us Girls - AG

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