Tuesday, September 25, 2018

pti september blog hop

It's been way too long. But this month I'm joining the Papertrey blog hop fun. Our weather is perfectly aligned with the autumn feel of this inspiration photo so I was totally motivated to play along.

Wanna see?

Hero Arts ombre ink
Nuvo drops

Pretty much created itself. I'd seen this card of Betsy's and wanted to give the technique a go. Die cut several of the only PTI leaf die I own. Watercolored them. Stamped them with veins. Spritzed with perfect pearls. Stamped a hint of a plaid pattern down my cardbase and adhered the leaves, catching the vibe of the inspiration photo tablescape. Added a few Nuvo drops for more color and voila!


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

I'm stopping by at:
Cards in Envy - Feels like Fall
The Cat's Pajamas - Fall
 Time Out - #118


Monday, September 24, 2018

more pastel plus graphic

Did you see my sympathy card with a rainbow bridge theme? If you've made die cut rainbows before, you know that if you cut colored cardstock to make your rainbow (you can cut white and color it but I didn't think of that in time!) you end up with a lot of rainbows. And when you create the one you were aiming to make (in my case, with more blue for the sympathy card) you end up with leftovers that make some rainbows that follow the ROYGBIV order, like card #1 and some that end up being  more fantasy, like card #2.

Meet card #1. 

washi
And card #2.
Simon Says Stamp Be die
Simon Says Stamp Happy die
Simon Says Stamp Solar Burst stencil

For these birthday cards, I stamped the Plank Background background stamp in black and sliced the panel on the diagonal. I stamped it again in yellow on the card bases so it would line up with the sliced panels.

On #2 I also applied yellow ink over the Solar Burst stencil over the stamped background to imitate the sun peeking out behind the rainbow! See?


 Again I was inspired by The Card Concept challenge for these clean and layered cards.


Plank Background is a STAMPtember release by Simon Says. I missed the big STAMPtember party but  you can check out all the SSS goodies as well as their collaborations with other stamp companies here!

I'm also playing at:
Seize the Birthday - Die Cuts or Punches
Happy Little Stampers - September AG with Dies
The Paper Players - #411 (#1)



pastel rainbow bridge

A friend lost her best buddy, her four-legged hiking partner, so I revisited this design to create a sympathy card with a rainbow bridge theme.

washi
alphabet stickers


I was inspired by the current challenge at The Card Concept to use the cool background stamp called Plank Background that was released this STAMPtember by Simon Says. I missed the big STAMPtember party but  you can check out all the SSS goodies as well as their collaborations with other stamp companies here!

I'm also playing at:
Happy Little Stampers - September AG with Dies
The Paper Players - #411




Tuesday, September 18, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #187

Time for another inspiration post from the inspiration DT.  This month, I've been creating with the set, Art Expressions. Here's today's card.

 STAMPlorations Art Expressions stamp
Distress Inks

Creativity takes Courage. Like the courage to say, when you're flipping through your stash of artsy backgrounds and see six ink-smooshed-using-an-acrylic-block squares, "I could use those on a card front."

So I did. Decided to tear around the edges of the squares so as not to lose the loose ink edges. And adhere them askew. Die cutting them would have created a cool look too, but not as artsy.

Then I temporarily adhered them to the cardbase, chose and aligned the images, and stamped them all with my MISTI. Liked the result, so adhered the squares permanently. Talk about easy peasy.

Do you like the look? I'm constantly on the lookout for good layout ideas for smaller stamps (since I'm not the scene-maker type) and I think this one is kinda cool.

A reminder that during our 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. One random commenter will win a $10 GC this month too.

I'm going over to:
Stamping Sensations - September with my "b" for brush
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - AG #335 with Snippets
Sunday Stamps - Berry Beautiful


Friday, September 14, 2018

altenew layered lily for a sympathy card

Summer programming...

Here's a sympathy card I made for a friend. I thought it fitting to CASE a card of hers.

Altenew inks
vellum
sponge daubers

On PP I made some splotches with various inks and sponge daubers. Heat embossed the sentiment onto vellum and stitched it loosely to the card front. Stamped the lily and spritzed with perfect pearl mix before adhering with foam tape. Subdued. Yet pleasant.


Back in Deutschland and getting caught up. End of the summer programming!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

altenew winter cardinal for a sympathy card

Summer programming ...

Here's a simple sympathy card from a while back using two stamp sets I find perfect for the occasion.



The dark menacing sponged sky. A few watter splatters for interest. And a fussy cut cardinal. I used gray cardstock and Altenew Winter Cardinal with various red inks. The sentiment is Papertrey Botanical Silhouettes. Some perfect pearls mix gave a sparkle to the bird.


Thanks for visiting today.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #186

Welcome to another inspiration post from the inspiration DT.  I've got another happy rainbow creation today. CAS this time  This month, I'm creating with the latest Stamp Club set, Art Expressions. So many fun images to choose from! I chose a paint bucket.

 STAMPlorations Art Expressions stamp
Succulently die
Copics

Basically a one layer card with oomph. I stamped and masked and stamped... Colored the paint with Copics (remind me to add some Glossy Accents next time for more oomph). Then I die cut a panel from the card center, backed it with a die cut piece of craft foam and adhered it all back down.

Camouflage die cutting. Without much camo.

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. One random commenter will win a $10 GC this month too.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

spotlight on a bouquet of sunflowers and crystals

I'm over at STAMPlorations today with a tutorial for creating this non-conventional flower arrangement.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #185

DH and I are currently in the US and today just happens to be our anniversary. Happy 25th to us!

We've another inspiration post from the inspiration DT today and I've got a happy rainbow creation for this happy day. This month, I'm creating with the latest Stamp Club set, Art Expressions. What a selection of images!

 STAMPlorations Art Expressions stamp
Crazy Double Running Stitch rectangle die
Gansai Tambi watercolors

Recognize this design? I've CASEd this card by Ashley T.  Love her video. Watercolored a panel of Bristol. Die cut it (and a vellum panel and a white CS panel). Randomly stamped the artsy images. No coloring necessary cuz they have those nice solid areas within the images. Yippie!!! Splattered with white paint and black spray ink. Added spots of color to the sentiment and voila! A rainbowed artsy mess!

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. One random commenter will win a $10 GC this month too.

Monday, September 3, 2018

coffee and CUTplorations for september

I'd gotten a little carried away with my summer programming and too anxious to get back to making cards for CUTplorations challenge. I saw this photo and though we´re not having a challenge until October, I was inspired to create this card using my STAMPlorations goodies.

Looking at that photo I saw woodgrain and couldn't get it off my mind. So I went with it.

STAMPlorations Love Words die
Gelli print
textured embossing paste
washi tape

Applied the embossing paste through the stencil. Die cut and adhered a few leaves from an acylic paint Gelli print from my stash. A die cut sentiment, a strip of washi and a little pink flower sticker in a nod to the rose in the photo. Voila. Hot diggity - I love all that texture! I'm so ready for Fall, y'all!


Don't forget about my STAMPlorations discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA for 20% off should you feel a shopping spree coming on ;)


Friday, August 31, 2018

a simple design for a simple stamped sympathy card

Summer programming ...

Here's a simple sympathy card using one of my favorite designs - a bloom with a sentiment as a stem. I've done this here and here and here too.


Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

a simple design for a die cut sympathy card

Summer programming ...

Here's a simple sympathy card using a die cut to carry the design.


 I used a smooshed and splattered BG for the die cut to add some life to the dark color.



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #184

Back with one more inspiration post from the inspiration DT using a set from the latest release in July.  Today's card uses the wonderful Big Dreamer .


Prismacolor colored pencils
washi and PP

You may recognize this design. Consider today's card the little sister to this one. I'd had the stamps on my MISTI so stamped it again, this time heat embossing the sentiment pink. I decided on the strip of floral washi for the bottom edge so colored the flowers accordingly. Decided to add the strip of B/W PP to pick up the black outline of the images.

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. One random commenter will win a $10 GC this month too.

I'm going over to Stamping Sensations cuz I'm using my favorite current blooms and sentiment stamp.

I'm stopping by at Kathy Rac's Coloring Contest (beginner category).

Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes

Friday, August 24, 2018

thanks a latte

Summer programming...

Here's a card I put together using lots of STAMPlorations goodies and an embossing folder. Did some no-line watercoloring with my Zigs.

woodgrain embossing folder
Zig clean color brush markers


Heads up! Our CUTplorations die cutting challenge starts up again in September - just keep watching!

I'm stopping by at Kathy Rac's Coloring Contest (beginner category).

Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas - Silhouettes
Pinspirational - #222

Thursday, August 23, 2018

life in full color birthday card

Summer programming...

Here's a card I put together using STAMPlorations Life in Full Color stamp set.


Might seriously be the easiest way to get a rainbow onto a one-layer CAS card. Remember this design if you need a birthday card in a hurry ;) Hope your week is going well. Ready for fall yet? The humiditiy here in MI let up for a day and we got a brief taste of the feel of autumn. Kinda liked it.

I'm taking this to:
Time Out - Bright
CASual Fridays - #206
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #183

Back with another inspiration post from the inspiration DT. Did you see the latest release in July? I've got a couple more cards for you with those sets this month. Today I've used Brave One. But the smaller butterfly images.


 STAMPlorations Brave One stamp
Distress Inks


When I saw that sentiment I knew I had to pair it with the butterflies. So I created a rabble in an oval shape. Stamped them (and the sentiment) with Antique Linen. Did some messy watercoloring with yellow, oranges and pink. Added a few "trails" and splatters and rounded corners. Voila!

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. One random commenter will win a $10 GC this month too.

I'm going over to:

Friday, August 17, 2018

easy peasy birthday card layout with die cuts

Summer programming...

Here's another birthday card I put together for one of DD's girlfriends a couple years ago! Actually modeled it on a masculine card I'd made, just picked some pink papers.


I used a SSS happy die, MFT numbers, PTI birthday and alpha.  Happy weekend!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

celebrate with sweet cravings

Summer programming...

Here's a birthday card I put together for one of DD's girlfriends (she's studying law enforcement, thus the blue cake!). CASEd myself.

Copics

Thanks for coming by. I'm stopping by at Stampotique - Number it and Kathy Rac's Coloring Contest (beginner category).


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #182

Back with another inspiration post from the inspiration DT. We've got something a little different for you today. The Inspiration DT is trying their hand at Artist Trading Coins. In case you haven't run into these yet, here's a great video from the gal who came up with the idea.

Since this trendy form of Artist Trading Card also tends to go down the mixed media/artsy fartsy path, I decided to work with two artsy sets - the older Life in Full Color and the newest Art Expressions.


The deets, briefly. 2 1/2" in diameter. Two layers of cardboard with a PP piece on the reverse and a collaged piece on the front. You can personalize the reverse if you're trading them.

Great thing about these puppies, you can use up your scraps. I used an acrylic paint gelli print for my BG to collage on. Added some black and white splatters to it. Stamped. Added washi. Added die cuts. Added some pops of color with a red Sharpie. Fun, fun, fun. TIP: Prep your coin. Create your collage on the BG and as the last step, die cut the finished circle from the BG and adhere it to the coin (I used a glue stick). Much easier than working directly on the round coin.

Here are the coins individually.

StazOn inks
washi

snippets


Whaddyathink? Have you made these? Might you?

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. One random commenter will win a $10 GC this month too.

I'm going over to:
Creative Artiste - #41
Stamps and Stencils - Industrial Grungy
MFT Color Challenge - #99
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