Friday, January 2, 2015

STAMPlorations january challenge

Time for a new year of challenges at STAMPlorations. There's a lot of news over on the blog you may want to check out. Cool new stamps in January. And new products like stencils and digi stamps. Shery R. is so creative. And productive!

On to the January challenge...

Doesn't get much better than that, right? Stamps. And inks. Pulled out my dye ink (Old Paper Distress), embossing ink (Versamark) and alcohol inks (lemon, butterscotch and lime) and summoned my mojo back from Christmas break ;)

I was intrigued by this card of Cornelia's. I began with a piece of DCWV shimmer CS and the alcohol inks. After adding the drops of ink I added some mixative and love the soft and shimmery result. I actually ended up using the reverse of the CS cuz it was even "softer". Die cut the Lil Inker stitched circle and heat embossed the sentiment from Typografia: Encouragement.

For my cardbase I first ran it through my Big Shot debossing the arrows with an embossing folder, then gently swiped the dye ink over the raised area. A strip of PP along the bottom and the token three enamel dots finished off this dreamy card.

Did your mojo disappear over the holidays? If so, give it a kick start with some stamps and inks. This challenge is open until January 31.

The winner (voted by the design team) will win two stamp sets if she used STAMPlorations stamps, one  if she didn't, plus a guest designer spot. A new addition is that the top picks will win three digi stamps and the option to be a guest designer too. 

I'm joining the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge which is Anything Goes and the AAA Card Challenge to Use a little Gold.


  1. Awesome bg on both the panel and the focal image! Thanks for joining in with AAA!

  2. Super cool background! Would have never guessed I inspired you here. Thanks for the backlink!
    ....Nail polish- somehow I never pictured you with that....never mind... Happy New Year to you, Maria!

    1. Ha! You're pretty much right about the nail polish. Happy New Year to you too!

  3. Fabulous card and I love that sentiment! Happy New Year!

  4. Amazing design ... love the techniques you've used Maria! Happy New Year! Loll xx

  5. Stunning, Maria ... soft, serene, dreamy ... just beautiful! Anita :)

  6. Love the background and the focal image. They work perfectly together. Great card! Thanks for joining in with AAA.

  7. Maria, you are killing me with these gorgeous cards! I love the swipe of gold! Thank you for celebrating with us at AAA Cards and Happy New Year!

  8. Gorgeous, beautiful card
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  9. So cool and so trendy :) you rock !

  10. Lots of inky goodness, Maria, love it! Have a great day! Hugs Monika xxx

  11. Adding my voice to the others, cheering this wonderful card! Trendy, artsy fabulous!

  12. Spotted your card on the Stamplorations Blog, Maria, and I think it is just spectacular! I need to try something like this. Soft and striking!


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