Friday, June 1, 2018

happy 5th birthday STAMPlorations!


Summer birthdays are such fun, aren't they? Five years ago Shery R. started a little company called STAMPlorations. It's grown incredibly since then and this month we are celebrating big time. Check out that graphic above, or the STAMPlorations blog, to see how you can celebrate with us and maybe win yourself some awesome prizes!

In honor of the birthday, Shery has released some birthday stamps (think revamped wonky cake) and some beautiful phrase dies (wait til you see the font!) Here are the two I used.


Because our challenge this month (there is only one) is for you to CASE the STAMPgirls, I thought I'd CASE some cards with the new products for my post today. Here we go. It's a long one.

Remember this card of mine with the wonky cake? Today I used the leftover die cut from DD's birthday card and gave it a drop shadow with rose gold foil CS. For my cardbase I smooshed some Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold and Cracked Pistachio (thought they matched the colors on the die cut best) on my mat, spritzed with water and "inked" up my stamp with the various colors before stamping the random BG. Did my best to keep the colors separate to prevent muddiness.


See that rose gold peeking out? Yum.


I think it's cool how the phrases are in the stamp sets too, in that cool font and with a retro feel. I decided to pair the two on this card, which is somewhat a case of this card by Emily L. Heat embossed the sentiment three times down the left edge of a PP panel. Applied Tea Dye through a brick wall stencil (thanks, Loll!). Stitched the panel to my card and added the die cut from PP and white craft foam.

patterned paper
clear embossing powder
stencil
distress ink


Might need your sunglasses for this next one. I'm actually going to use it as a graduation card for a young man. Know who I CASEd on this one - sun rays, yellow, black and white? My teamie Monica T. Wasn't going to use sequins, but there was an ink smudge mishap... Can you tell which of the three was necessary to cover the smudge? (If not, good ;)

Mustard Seed distress ink
white embossing powder
circle die
stencil
sequins

Even added a touch of B/W in the form of washi along the bottom (on the inside however) cuz I loved that element of Monica's design so much.


I love this next one. It was such fun to create. Getting a comic book vibe? The first person to leave a comment with the answer to who/what I was CASEing on this one will get this card! As is, to use...

distress inks
black Sharpie 

Thought the bold nature of the design could use a sentiment in glossy white CS - better known as recycled sticker packaging ;) Also popped this one up on a die-cut layer of yellow craft foam.


This last card  came about cuz I wanted to try stacking these phrase die cuts. I chose blue for a masculine card. Then I remembered this card. Took the "happy" stamp and stamped it from dark to light red to support the "birthday wishes".  Added splatters and Nuvo dots. Then a strip of B/W. One of those "don't know when to stop" creations, you know the kind! And now I cannot get a photo of it without it looking all blurry. It's not that bad IRL...

Altenew inks
patterned paper
Nuvo drops

Well if you stuck it out to the end, thank you!!!  There is a lot more inspiration over at STAMPlorations today and there will be all throughout the month as the DT members present their fave STAMP projects. I'd love to see you CASE a card of mine. I'll keep an eye on the gallery! Have a great day.

22 comments:

Esther Asbury said...

Super fun cards! I think the first one is my favorite with those pretty cakes for the background! Love it!

Superfly Mcguy said...

Maria, great cards and I love the way each card showcases the sentiment. Awesome~~

Gail said...

Maria - the backgrounds are sooooo lovely - like all of your creations of art you have made for this hop! Happy birthday to Stamplorations Yeah! Thanks for your inspiration!

Jennifer Earley said...

Incredible cards! Love the layers and colors! The last one is my favorite!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Oooh, your cards are all fabulous! It's so hard to decide which one to CASE! I think the colour blocking/comic book inspired card is my favourite! My guess is Batman comic book. Congratulations to you and STAMPlorations- this is going to be an awesome month of celebration and inspiration!

Golden Goddess Designs said...

wowza! I love all of them, but the ombre at the end...super neat to use it with stamping and die cutting and love the splatters. The stenciled brick one is amazing down to every last stitch! And I cannot find a smudge on the sun ray one, it looks perfect. thanks for sharing!

Alicia

BTW I have no idea who you are CAS(E)ing with the comic book card but it has a great wow factor!

Melissa Saunders-Loder said...

WOW! Your cards are always so inspiring, love the beautiful bold colors you used. Happy 5th Birthday to STAMPlorations !

Robyn Oliver said...

Your cards are way cool...I'd say Retro, Congrats on 5 years too

nancy littrell said...

Such fun...Happy...Happy Birthday cards, Maria. Congratulations on being on the DT's the entire 5 years. Happy Birthday wishes to Shery and all her DT members. Hugs..

Leanne said...

Lovely cards! Love them all.

Linda said...

What a fun showcase of amazing cards .... love them all!

StirYourCreativity said...

Super fabulous cards!

Anita in France said...

Each design draws the eye to those wonderful sentiments, Maria ... they're brilliant cards ... I especially love the dreaminess of the first! Hugs, Anita :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

What a great display of happiness, your cards are amazing.

Mac Mable said...

You are spoiling us now...You have a marvellous unique style, which I love x

Arianna Barbara said...

Oh my! I'm totally in love for all your birthday cards! Colouring is simply breathless!!!

SHartl said...

These are awesome and I love them all but the one with the sunburst just makes me happy!

Karenladd said...

Thanks for sharing your art with us! I love the brick stencil and die cut sentiment, which would make the perfect masculine card.

M Strach said...

Happy Birthday to Stamplorations!
Great cards and adorable backgrounds :)

Leanne said...

I just felt like starting the Stamplorations CAS(E)ing from day one, starting with this card of yours which has not left my memory since I first saw it on June 2. Well, I just read your question to guess today & my guess is Superhero comics.

Karen Letchworth said...

I love your fabulous cards, Maria. The colors are fantastic. Thanks so much for being a part of the STAMPlorations 5th Birthday celebration. It's been so much fun.
Blessings,
Karen Letchworth

Sue D said...

Wonderful variety of cards!

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