Monday, November 12, 2018

4th giving thanks blog hop with STAMPlorations

I'm so proud to be taking part in the 4th Giving Thanks Blog Hop over at STAMPlorations. It's easy to find so much to be thankful for if you only take the time! You'll find lots of inspiration from a great group of designers on today's hop.  Check out the STAMPlorations blog here

First up, I couldn't resist some traditional Thanksgiving colors (in my mind at least) cuz that's what the message reminds me of. I started with one of the new coverplates and ended up with a super CAS card. Cuz white goes with everything ;)

Distress inks

I die cut the cover plate and then using bits of paper I masked off the area around the pumpkin to avoid errant ink while inking with daubers. I then just adhered the die cut sentiment in all its glory. Love the message. Love the result.

And then I just had to do something with the "stencil" I'd used to ink that pumpkin, right? Just added a little more ink around the area of the pumpkin to give it a halo and then adhered the die cut to a white cardbase. I liked all that white so much, the same sentiment (in olive green) adorns the inside of the card rather than the front.

Distress inks

As always there will be prizes, over $200 worth, for commenting on stops on the hop, for commenting on FB and IG and there's a wish list linky party again that you should be sure to hook up to! And there's a super sale going on too! All the deets are here.

Thanks so much for visiting, today and every day. I'm so thankful for your encouragement. Let me know what you're thankful for right now and I'll send two of you one of my handmade cards.

I'm joining these wonderful challenges too:
Cut it Up - CAS
The Card Concept - #101 (how could I not?)

Thursday, November 8, 2018

spotlight on the color wheel - part 1

I'm over at the STAMPlorations blog with a spotlight talking about my color choices for this card.

I'm joining the fun at:
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes with option of ribbon
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Thanks/Thanksgiving
Simon Says Stamp - Work it Wednesday Giving thanks
Craft Stamper - Take It Make It November

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #193

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 The Bee's Knees stamps.  From November 6-12 all of Shirley's stamps are 10% off - no coupon needed.

This month, I 'm creating  cards inspired by some of my favorite cards designed by others which I've pinned and finally decided to use to inspire myself! One of my top five designers is Aga M. This card of hers was my inspiration for today's card. Here's my card.

Altenew inks

Pretty straightforward. Following Aga's lead, I grabbed a leftover die cut negative and used it as my sentiment. I don't know - those are poinsettias but is this a Christmas card!?!

See more of my cards using this new layered set here.

You could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on the November inspiration posts. Check out today's post here. And I'd love it if to get an extra 20% off your next order, you use my discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA.

I'm hooking up at:
The Flower Challenge - #26
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - AG with glitter option
Jingle Belles - Mele Kalikimaka with tropical flowers

Have a great day :)

Monday, November 5, 2018

CUTplorations november

We're back with a new CUTplorations challenge for November over at STAMPlorations. Here's our inspiration.

image source: Magrikie

Can't wait to see how this image inspires you. I saw blooms. And thought of the Bloomtangled cover plates. And made this card.

STAMPlorations Thanks die

I got my inspiration for the BG from this card. Swiped DI. Stamped. Applied some embossing paste. Then I did some die cut surgery - using scissors to trim a few blooms from the cover plate die cuts. I swiped some DI color onto several of them before adhering them. Added a sentiment die cut with a white drop shadow to finish it off.

Would love to see you join us for some die cutting fun over at the CUTplorations challenge. Just make a project based on our inspiration using at least one die cut and at least one STAMPlorations product. Your project might be chosen as the winner of a $15 GC to the shop. Check out how the CUTplorations DT was inspired by this month's photo here.

And don't forget about my STAMPlorations discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA for 20% off should you feel a shopping spree coming on ;) Thanks for coming by. See you in the gallery.

I'm headed to the gallery at:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything Goes
SSS Work it Wednesday - Gratitude
Basteltraum - Herbst/Halloween
Time Out - #121

the great pink pumpkin

Spent a wonderful few days with some family from the US so I'm late for the big pumpkin party, but after I'd seen the Card Concept 100th challenge a bit ago I had pumpkins and pink and white in my head. So when I had a moment I did this.

gold embossing powder

Gave the new STAMPlorations cover plate a run with some shabby chic whitewashed PP and adhered it over a pink PP with flower pattern. Then I die cut just the pumpkin from woodgrain PP, heat embossed the bottoms gold and inlaid them. Inlaid a few of the whitewashed pieces for interest and added a stacked sentiment too.

I think it's too busy, but I like the woodgrain pumpkin with the embossing. Such a fun touch.

I'm taking this one to:
Inkspirational - #173
Time Out - #121

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Christmas CUTplorations blog hop

Howdy folks and welcome to a quick little blog hop to share with you a couple more CUTplorations dies that STAMPlorations has come out with for the holiday season.

For my first card I wanted to use the Merry and Bright phrase die. So I figured I had to make something merry and bright to go along with it. I remembered this gold foiled PP pack I had and pulled it out. Ended up making this shaker card and another golden card too.

I used chunky glitter (thanks Bev) for the shaker. The color in this next photo is a bit off, but you can catch all that golden goodness.

These dies are good sized so they pretty much carry the card design. I decided to die cut the stag head from a striped paper. Adhered it with foam tape at the top and glue at the bottom for added interest. TIP: Back a die cut sentiment with a black drop shadow to help it pop off a busy backgroud better.

Same goes here, lousy color quality on the photo, but lotsa festive gold shine.

Hop along and leave comments for a chance to win either one cover plate die & one word/phrase die from the new Christmas dies featured during the hop OR a $15 GC to the store. There was another mini hop yesterday - you can find it here. Commenting closes November 9 and the winner will be announced in the October Winners post.

And from October 29 to November 12 items in the Christmas Dies section are 10% off - no coupon needed. With my discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA you can get an extra 20% off.  Just sayin' ;)

I'm taking these cards to:
Cards in Envy - Favorite Holiday (Christmas is mine, hands down)
Daring Cardmakers - Go Glitter
Happy Little Stampers - October AG with Dies

STAMPlorations inspiration #192

Welcome to another Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team where the team members feature stamps from one of our talented stamp designers. Today's an anything goes bonus day and I've used one of Shirley's stamps. It's not new, but it's new to me!

This card was my inspiration for today's card. Had to try those watercolor stripes. Added some splatters too.


I love the technique. I kept my repeated washes a bit lighter than Miriam's. I love the result. You should try it. And doesn't it pair well with the typewriter font?!?

You could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on the October inspiration posts. Check out today's post here. And I'd love it if to get an extra 20% off your next order, you use my discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA.

Have a great day :)

I'm playing at:
Happy Little Stampers - October Watercolor

Thursday, October 25, 2018

spotlight on bloom doodles

I'm over at the STAMPlorations blog with a spotlight tutorial for this coffee-themed card.

I'm joining the fun at:
Addicted to Stamps - Autumn colors
Die Cut Divas - Autumn/Halloween
CAS Mix Up - October

pti october blog hop

I'm joining the Papertrey blog hop fun. Our perfect fall weather has become less perfect, but I'm still totally in the mood for pumpkins!

Here's my take.

patterned paper

Pretty much created itself thanks to a PP pad I had with lovely autumn color tones. I was inspired by the natural tones of brown and green in the photo, in addition to the pumpkins. I used a new cover plate die and topped it with sections of the Phrase Play die for my sentiment. Easy peasy.

I'm looking forward to seeing this month's gallery with all its autumn beauty. Thanks for coming by.

I'm stopping by at:
Die Cut Divas - Autumn
Happy Little Stampers - October AG with Dies

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #191

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

Today we're showcasing Shery Russ stamps. Shery's designs are 10% off through October 29 (with an extra 20% off when you use my discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA).

Today again I was inspired by a pin to my inspiration board. Meet my card.

Keeping the feel of the gray buildings with pastel touches from the pin, I masked and stamped the cozy cottage in the woods, then gave them each a watercolored cotton candy snow roof. Easy peasy, though again, not very traditional.

For more inspiration with this set, see this card.

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

Friday, October 19, 2018

altenew october challenge - mega succulent goes bold

You've probably seen that I've been creating with Mega Succulent, inspired by this month's Altenew challenge. I finally decided to give this daunting stamp a workout. After I headed to the interwebs ;)

Now I'm more about doing the unexpected than doing what everyone else does. So in this case, forget that succulents are green. Fergetabboudit! And maybe take a look at the amazing Erum T's messy watercoloring video...  Artsy fartsy here we come.

Gansai Tambi watercolors
MFT By the Letters die
gold embossing powder

Used yellow, red, a spot of brown and green. Had a little bit of an issue with some old "gold" watercolor. What? No sparkle left after 15 years? So there are a few dull patches. But hey, after a good hour and a half I'm calling it good. I actually pulled out another gold I have to put a gold line along the top edge of each green leaf. But you can't really see the sparkle in the photo :(

At least you can see the gold mirrored cardstock effect for the alphas. And the shine of the gold embossing powder.

OK, I'm finished. Unless I decide to try this with blues ;) Thanks for visiting. Have a lovely weekend.

I'm joining:
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it October AG
Country View Challenge - Plant-tastic
Time Out - Colorful
Happy Little Stampers - October Watercolor (got the gold!)

Thursday, October 18, 2018

a tribute to melissa lane

It's incredibly sad. To be taken so "young". They'd finally gotten away from military life, back to the US and settled down to start their farm life. And now a year later Melissa, my STAMPlorations teamie, is gone. Much too soon.

I know how much she loved nature - flowers, fruits, veggies, beautiful snowfalls, sunrises... I'm sure she's very happy to know that those things all continue on as if nothing's changed. Baffling, isn't it?

I can't even begin to imagine how much has changed for Melissa's family. But they share an amazingly strong faith in God and I trust this will help them get through.

To help all of us "get through", Shery from STAMPlorations has organized this tribute today so we can share our sadness but also celebrate Melissa's love for this vibrant, colorful life.

I chose a card of Melissa's from a recent post of hers which I think is incredible. I don't claim to understand how she created this beauty, but I decided to try my best to create something similar.

Here is my version as a sympathy card for her family but also in celebration of Melissa's life.

acrylic paint
Distress inks

I started with a gelli plate background I'd created with orange and yellow acrylic paints. I put the butterfly mask down and applied red ink. I also applied dark blue ink up top but then switched to blue acrylic paint to get the vibrancy I wanted. When all was dry and in a nod to Melissa's blog name "Honeybee Lane" I used the honeycomb stencil and applied white pigment ink. I also stamped the bee in the lower right. A die cut sentiment backed with a white shadow finished my card.

I hope you like it. I hope Melissa would like it. I hope it captures nature's beauty and vibrancy that she so appreciated. To appreciate the hard work and passion Melissa and her family put into their new farm as well as the beauty they were already able to reap, check out their instagram grid.

And if you'd like to join our tribute, you will find the details here. (As well as 15% off  stencils thru Oct 21 should you feel like getting inky.)

I'm sharing this card at:
STAMPlorations Mixed Media - October
Hiding in my Craft Room - Super Scraps Saturday
Tuesday Throwdown - Missing You
Love to Create - Anything Creative/Mixed Media
Inkspirational - Comfort

altenew october challenge - subtle

Been creating, inspired by this month's Altenew challenge, and here are my next two creations. You might have caught my mention of the Mega Succulent stamp sitting in my newly-purchased-to-be-used-before-putting-away basket. A fantastic stamp (which appears to be on sale at Altenew right now ;) but daunting too. So I headed to the interwebs.

Jennifer M. made this version scribbling Zigs and spritzing lots of water. Her video explains it all so I'll skip that part. Here's my version, using the orange, yellow and green tones of the challenge. And some perfect pearl/water spritzes on top for lots of shimmer.

Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens
white embossing powder

The inside reads "happy". The sentiments in the stamp set work perfectly with the image too, BTW. Love that perfect pearls shimmer! And this is definitely the quickest way to get that stamp colored. I spent a little time adding some shading, but in total it probably took about 20 minutes.

So then I made a version inspired by Therese C's version which you can watch her make here. I used two yellows, two oranges and a green Zig (and more than three times as many minutes as for the first one ;) But that was OK with me cuz I had some "me" time in my craft room ;) I did decide to not cut this one down but rather leave it square. I like the aesthetic of the total image.

Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens
bronze embossing powder

Shading. Highlighting. I've still got a long way to go, but I'm glad I gave it a try. Love how the glitter bronze embossing powder is carried through from the outline of the bloom to the sentiment embossed on vellum.

I'll be back with one more version. Don't know if this second one counts as subtle, but the next one? Definitely not subtle ;)

I'm joining:
Moo Mania - Autumn
The Flower Challenge - Add Sparkle
Happy Little Stampers - October Watercolor (got the gold!)
Stempelkueche - Leaves (cuz succulents have leaves!)
Time Out - Colorful
MFT Sketch Challenge - #407 (no MFT products, but inspiration for sentiment placement!)

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