Wednesday, May 21, 2014

exploration STAMPlorations grunge floral strips and a giveaway! (CTS)

Welcome to my third day of showcasing three of STAMPlorations latest stamp sets.  Today I am working with this kinda unique VIGNETTE: Grunge Floral Strips:

BTW, those green arrows mark the two stamps I used on my card.  But first off, the challenges I chose to inspire my card - CAS(E) this Sketch #76 and Colour Q #241.

I'm not really a hexagon gal.  When I looked at that sketch I saw a rabble of butterflies!  So I stamped the longer stamp (in brown) and the shorter stamp (in pool) onto scrap CS, and die cut and punched some butterflies.

So I basically used the stamps to create my own PP in the colors I needed.  The small motif lends itself to this, especially for smaller die cuts.What else could you do with these stamps?  How about making fake washi to match your project's colors?  Or creating a frame for a die cut word? Or how about this idea of Nonni's?

Oh. When I was looking for some graph paper-ish PP I stumbled upon this one from My Mind's Eye and decided that those blooms would be sweet down in the corner (thereby disqualifying myself from the Colour Q challenge!). But I still thought a gold flutterby would be fun! And then I added the sentiment from SUBWAY ART: Dare, inking it ombre with pool and turquoise before stamping. And I added a bit of Wink of Stella  to the large butterfly as you can see in the closeup.

Soooo. Did I mention a giveaway? I hope you saw my cards from day 1 and day 2? I'm giving away one of the three stamp sets I used on my cards (courtesy of Shery R. owner of STAMPlorations) and here's the deal...

Leave me a comment (by Friday midnight EST) telling me which set - Dare, Thank You or Grunge Floral - you like best and why. Or how you would use it. I'll pick a lucky winner on Saturday!

Have a great rest of the week and thanks for visiting.

Supplies for dare to dream
Paper:  CS Bringmann, PP MME
Stamps:  STAMPlorations
Ink : blues Inkadinkado, brown Memento
Tools: large butterfly die Memory Box, small butterfly Clearly Besotted, butterfly punch Martha Stewart
Other: Wink of Stella


  1. Your cards are amazing! I really love the Thank You stamps set because it is so versatile. Thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. beautiful! I think the Thank You set would be right up my ally... love love love the fonts on it!

  3. You have combined your patterns and textures so beautifully.
    Heather T

  4. So fun and what a fabulous card! I like the thank you set, so many possibilities.

  5. I think the Thank You set is my favorite, I would combine this with a Happy or Absolutely Die cut and the sentiments take on a whole new meaning.

  6. Also... Das Thank You Set hast Du ja so total schön auf der Karte letztens in Szene gesetzt - aber wenn ich jetzt wünschen könnte, würde ich wohl das "dare" Set aussuchen. Das könnte man doch auch soooo schön auf LOs einsetzen? *träum*

  7. Wow what a great way to use the BG stamps, love the BG too :)

  8. When I first saw grunge floral I liked it but wasn't sure where I would use it. I love your butterflies, how you made your own PP, and the washi tape idea is fab. So grunge florals it is. Thinking random stamping would make a cool background. Hmmmmmm..............

  9. All of your three cards are fabulous! The new sets look gorgeous and you have given marvelous inspiration on how to use them.

    Uh, it is really difficult to pick just one set. Maybe I'd have to go with "Grunge floral" because there is not that much need for English sentiments... (even though I love them!)

    Hugs from Finland,

  10. Oh my, but your innovative way of using this set - to create butterflies - is nothing short of amazing! Such a beautiful that emerges - and with butterflies (my current obsession) that have me swooning. Purely awesome! My favourite of the three...challenging decision - is the grunge florals. I love the versatility - as you've shown - as focal point images, backgrounds, additions to die cuts. My idea - I'd emboss a sentiment in white on white cardstock, then use the florals for 'concentrated' stamping to enhance the sentiment. I think that would be pretty (provided my 'talent and skills' are capable of such a task). Thanks for the inspiration and the give-away opportunities! I'm in love with these stamps!!

  11. Hi Maria, this is such a wonderful card, love the soft feel of it. Well.. I like DARE stampset. I think it's so cool and bold. And I can use those sentiments against the bold and bright backgrounds. Eg. Orange+dark Pink+the DARE sentiment in versafine black ink.. wow! I love it.. Thanks for the chance to win.. <3

  12. Oh, this is so pretty! Wonderful take on the sketch!

  13. love your cards maria! That THANKS set is fab! love the font and all the combination possibilities.

  14. Your card is just fabulous ...I really loved it ! And I really love the Thanks set it is chock full of amazing sentiments and I like the font will love to use it in my cards

  15. Oh WOW Maria, was für eine schöne Karte. Alles passt perfekt zusammen :-) GLG

  16. So cool how you saw a "rabble of butterflies"! I'm not a hexagon person, either!
    Thanks for joining CAS(E) this Sketch!

  17. Gorgeous card - love the collection of butterflies, particularly the way you have created the patterned background on the big butterfly! So creative :)


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