Tuesday, June 18, 2019

sympathy card series - part 4

Recently I created eight sympathy cards as I needed to a) create the perfect card for someone I know as well as b) increase my dwindled stash.

In my crafting session I revisited a couple sympathy card designs I really like, here and here. Today's are two more using the ink smooshing with acetate technique.


Distress inks in Old Paper, Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap. Somehow I don't like the smooshed result as much as I did the look of them paired up on my swatches. Oh well. I thought I could use a couple cards with a more sombre color scheme...


Monday, June 17, 2019

sympathy card series - part 3

Recently I created eight sympathy cards as I needed to a) create the perfect card for someone I know as well as b) increase my dwindled stash.

In my crafting session I revisited a couple sympathy card designs I really like, here and here. Today's are two more using the ink smooshing with acetate technique.


Distress inks in Victorian Velvet, Milled Lavender and Shaded Lilac, smooshed onto a piece of acetate, sprayed with perfect pearls/water mix and smooshed onto cream cardstock.

I'm taking these over to:
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it June
Daring Cardmakers - Come FLY with me


Sunday, June 16, 2019

stencil sunday at STAMPlorations

Howdy peeps! I'm up on the STAMPlorations blog today with four projects using stencils. Maybe I can inspire you to pull out your stencils and give them some love.

First up is a great technique for stencils with a lot of open space. Choosing a light color cardstock for my base, as well as adding a drop of pink ink to the pearlescent embossing paste gives the overall design of this feminine card an elegant feel. If you chose a graphic stencil and white embossing paste on dark cardstock you'd easily have a masculine feel.

STAMPlorations Circular Two stencil
STAMPlorations New Day Clear Sticker 
embossing paste

One more tip... careful if using a heat gun to speed up the dry process... the embossing paste will bubble if it gets too hot. See that spot on the lower left?


For my second project I added clear embossing paste through over a PP. I chose a PP with stars and a stencil with stars. You could do the same with, say, hearts. Or animal prints. Or go for contrasts and use a stencil with graphic images, like circles, over a romantic PP. Subtle but packs a punch even though if as in my case, only partially covering the card front. You faintly see the stars in this photo...

STAMPlorations Oh My Stars! stencil
STAMPlorations Shine Bright Clear Sticker 

... but against the light they are very visible. See? Once again I used a  on a PP snippet for my sentiment.


My third projects takes it back to basics - with a slight twist. We all tend to lay the stencil down over a card front and start sponging ink through it, right? How about only using a portion of the stencil? And extending the images off the edge of the card? And flipping it over for one or two images?

STAMPlorations Senecio 1 stencil
Distress Inks 

Stencils with nature images or an organic feel are great for this technique. I found that using scrap paper to cover the holes I didn't want to ink through was a great safety measure ;) And I chose to use Distress Inks for their transparency but you could mix inks and oxides for a mix of transparency and opacity.

As for color choices, I went with blues and followed the gallon-quart-pint rule, adding the bright green for pep.



And my fourth project showcases a great way to use up those backgrounds you have in your stash. I pulled out my box with all my backgrounds and held a couple Faces stencils over some of the less busy ones to see what appealed to me. Surprisingly, this purple and green ink-smooshed background seemed to fit this gal and her mood.

STAMPlorations Faces: Pensive stencil
STAMPlorations Bold Florals stencil
Distress Oxides 

Notice how I inked with colors similar to those on my ink-smooshed background rather than just using black?  I also chose to use the oxides (in slightly darker tones than the smooshed ink to be certain they'd be noticed) for their opacity. Then I even added more stenciling with those colors around the edges using a floral image which fits the gal nicely.

You'll notice I also used my tried and true strip-of-PP-along-the-bottom-edge trick for a little touch of gold too!


You may want to check out my post at STAMPlorations. The Stencil Sunday posts include a prize for commenting. One commenter will be drawn from all comments left on the three Stencil Sunday posts for June to win a $15 gift code. Thanks for coming by!

sympathy card series - part 2

In yesterday's post I shared the first two of eight sympathy cards I created recently in an effort to a) create the perfect card for someone I know as well as b) increase my dwindled stash.

In my crafting session I revisited a couple sympathy card designs I really like, here and here. Today's are two more ink-smooshed-with-acrylic-block technique.


Distress inks in Broken China, Worn Lipstick and Scattered Straw.

Never would have guessed when I bought this stamp set years ago I would end up using it so often for sympathy cards...

The sentiment set (for those needing German sentiments) is pretty perfect too.

I'm taking these over to:
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it June
CASology - Calm

Saturday, June 15, 2019

sympathy card series - part 1

Why does my supply of sympathy cards go down so quickly? Grrrr.

And the situation called for something special. I wasn't sure what exactly. So I decided to revisit a couple designs I really like, here and here. And make several (as in 8) while I was at it. Cuz what I needed was one for a gal I know whose husband was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident. So incredibly sad. Their kids are about my kids' age. What can you even say???


Acrylic block smooshing. Distress inks in Broken China, Worn Lipstick and Scattered Straw.

Heavy heart.

In the end I decided on the one on the right. The sentiment reads "sometimes there are no words." My sentiments exactly.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

STAMPlorations inspiration #220

Welcome to another Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team. As I mentioned last week, this is a pretty special month for us at STAMPlorations cuz it's our 6th birthday. But with the unexpected passing of Shery's father we are postponing the partying for a bit.

Nevertheless, Shery has put together a giant selection of products in the store for a 6th Birthday Sale. Throughout the month of June, products in the 6th Birthday section are 30% off instantly + with my STAMPGIRLMARIA code, you actually get up to 50% off!
  
Again I've used a couple products from that sale section to make a fun birthday card.

 STAMPlorations Shaker Balloons #2 die
Distress inks
yellow embossing powder
sequins

I thought a party on a card would be nice. I love the tiny images from Dee's stamp set so I did some first and second generation stamping with them. Then I created my shaker which is super easy with the two piece die. I added a heat embossed sentiment in the upper right too.

If you're interested, I've used the tiny images from this stamp set in this post too.


You could win yourself one of 6  $25 GC to the store by leaving a comment on this month's inspiration posts! Check out today's post here. Thanks for looking.

I'm playing at:
Stamping Sensations - Show your True Colors
Die Cut Divas - Birthdays
Happy Little Stampers - AG with Dies

Monday, June 10, 2019

when you're swatching your new catherine pooler inks... part 5

So the other day I finally got around to swatching my new Spa Collection inks from Catherine Pooler. And I had some time on my hands so I had a play...

Meet the last four cards to emerge from this playtime! I totally CASEd Lisa S. and her plays with this Hexagon Hello stamp set from The Stamp Market and the sentiment from Beautiful Blooms.

First in navy blue with copper accents.


Then in colors inspired by The Stamp Market.


Then in horizontal form with black accents and a copper embossed sentiment.


And finally, I had to use that woodgrain hex too. Paired it in purple with a gold embossed With Love and a die cut Folk Heart.



I'm very satisfied with the colors and also the coverage of my new inks. What do you think of the Catherin Pooler inks? How about the colors in the Spa collection? Do they speak to you or do you prefer the bright and beautiful ones? Thanks for looking.

I'm taking my first card to Addicted To Stamps June - Man/Boy.
I'm taking my third card over to Craft Stamper TIMI for June and  to Inkspirational Fashion Photo.
I'm taking my fourth card over to ATSAM - CAS
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Sunday, June 9, 2019

when you're swatching your new catherine pooler inks... part 4

So the other day I finally got around to swatching my new Spa Collection inks from Catherine Pooler. And I had some time on my hands so I had a play...

Meet the fifth and sixth card to emerge from this playtime.



This design is basically the same as yesterday's, just with different colors. I was aiming for a modern Christmas vibe. (DD doesn't think it'll fly, but oh well.)

I used an old solid square wooden stamp and a Stampamajig to create my backgrounds. Again, each square only has one layer of ink. Can't beat the coverage. I then stamped the little images with the same colors to get the tone-on-tone result.

I used solid images from various Christmas sets and sentiments from Technique Tuesday and Inkystamp.

Tomorrow's makes are CASEs of Lisa S. working with The Stamp Market hexagons.

Today I'm hooking up at:
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - June AG option non-traditional colors
Watercolor Wednesday - AG Feminine
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - AG
STAMPlorations - CAS Challenge

Saturday, June 8, 2019

when you're swatching your new catherine pooler inks... part 3

So the other day I finally got around to swatching my new Spa inks from Catherine Pooler. And I had some time on my hands so I had a play...

Meet the third and fourth card to emerge from this playtime.




Now this Spa collection does not yield a "Picked Raspberry" vibrancy like Distress Inks would, but like I mentioned yesterday, that is exactly the reason I chose this collection to add to my ink collection. I like the muted tones. I chose four that reminded me of The Stamp Market or Winnie and Walter colors (why reinvent the wheel, right?) and played with them - Polished, Sauna, Green Tea, Skylight.

So... I'd recently done a tutorial for this card. And then there were also these two wooden stamps I'd decided to get rid of during my recent declutter action still lurking near my workspace...


They were what I used (with a Stampamajig) to create my backgrounds. I also like how the inks work with rubber stamps! Don't think I'm getting rid of these two yet ;)

On the first card I only stamped the solid block of color once cuz I didn't trust myself to get it right twice with the Stampamajig. Pretty good coverage, eh? Then I stamped the little images with the same color ink. Love that tone-on-tone result.

For the second card I used that stamp up top in the photo and inked it with all four colors. Since the ink pads are oval, you see the curves especially on the pink and blue areas. But I kinda like how that turned out. And I sure love how that caterpillar's "tatoo" makes for the perfect subtle sentiment!

Tomorrow I'll share two Christmas makes in a similar style.

I'm sharing my first card at:
Daring Cardmakers - Elemental Inspiration (colors, squares, leaves)
ATSAM - CAS

Friday, June 7, 2019

when you're swatching your new catherine pooler inks... part 2

So the other day I finally got around to swatching my new Spa inks from Catherine Pooler. And I had some time on my hands so I had a play...

Meet the second card to emerge from this playtime.

star sequin

This newly acquired sentiment stamp with all its curlique goodness was also sitting out on my workspace so I put it into my MISTI and did some selective inking. First the black. Then each individual area of color - blue, green, yellow, orange, red.

Now this Spa collection does not yield a Salty-Ocean-to-Picked-Raspberry vibrant rainbow like Distress Inks would, but that is exactly the reason I chose this collection to add to my ink collection. I like the muted tones. I added a little gold star atop the "i" for some more "shine".

And I'd also like to say that although working with these ink pads takes some getting used to (they're kinda squishy like pigment ink pads, and super sticky too) they perform really well on clear stamps.

So... there was also this wooden stamp I'd pulled out to get rid of in my recent declutter action...
Stop by tomorrow to see how the inks work with rubber stamps!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

when you're swatching your new catherine pooler inks... part 1

So the other day I finally got around to swatching my new Spa Collection inks from Catherine Pooler. And I had some time on my hands so I had a play...

Meet the first card to emerge from this playtime.


While swatching, I usually stamp onto the label on the bottom of the ink pad once too so I can see the color when my inkpads are stored (upside down). Well these inks really don't dry on "glossy" paper, so I grabbed some CS snippets, used the reverse of a stamp I had out, stamped an area of the ink color and then punched out the center area to glue to the bottom of the ink pads. With me so far? So I had this strip of stamped and punched images and couldn't bear to just toss it!

So I swiped some ink onto skinny CS strips, mounted them left and right of the strip and added a sentiment in the dark blue Juniper Mist (what a great color) too. Voila!

Stop by tomorrow to see what a CP Spa ink rainbow looks like :)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

spotlight on color blocking with stencils

I had a blast making a card for my latest Spotlight project over at STAMPlorations. Gotta love those Distress Oxides. Check it out.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

STAMPlorations inspiration #219

Welcome to another Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team. This is a pretty special month for us. Can you believe STAMPlorations is already turning 6 years old?!?!?


This month we would normally be celebrating that amazingness, but with the unexpected passing of Shery's father we are postponing the partying for a bit.

Nevertheless, Shery has put together a giant selection of products in the store for a 6th Birthday Sale. Throughout the month of June, products in the 6th Birthday section are 30% off instantly + with my STAMPGIRLMARIA code, you actually get up to 50% off!

  
So I've used a couple products from that sale section today. Ready?

 STAMPlorations Prosit die
Altenew watercolors

I think June is a good time for blue skies and tropical drinks at the pool. Tequila Sunrise anyone?  Today's cardbase was first-generation stamped with Tumbled Glass DOX ink and an old multi-square rubber stamp I own. (It didn't really show the texture as I'd hoped so I second-generation stamped it and made this card you may have seen a few days ago.)

I wasn't sure about coloring over the DOX area. I heat embossed the cocktail and then using a wet brush tried to remove the blue color from within the glass image. Didn't work.

So instead I just watercolored over it. Used some white to tone down the blue at the top of the cocktail. Hope your brain sees the image and thinks "cocktail" without having to look too closely at it ;)

If you're interested, I've used the Prosit set in this post from our 4th Birthday too.

You could be one of 6 to win yourself a $25 GC to the store by leaving a comment on this month's inspiration posts. Check out today's post here. Thanks for looking.

I'm joining the fun at:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Time Out  - Challenge (I just love this inspiration photo)

Monday, June 3, 2019

CUTplorations June

Howdy friends! It's time for a new challenge over at STAMPlorations CUTplorations! Here's the inspiration for the month of June.


image source: Cannypic
I just love the summer feel of the graphic. I hope there is something in this photo that makes you want to join us - sunshine, clouds, blue sky, picnic, family, red/white checks, heck even cake...

I did not go literal this time, but rather pulled out a cover plate and some patterned paper from my stash. Yay for using up PP!

Zig Clean Color Real Brushes

I was inspired by the sky and the picnic blanket. So I decided to add some red/white PP to the bottom area of the cover plate and to back the upper portion of the die cut with some cloud PP.

To bring in more of the primary color scheme I colored some portions of the butterfly with greens and blues and also that upper right corner with yellow to mimic the sun. Added a clear sticker sentiment on a strip of vellum and Voila!

I cannot wait to see what inspires you this month! 


Create a project based on the 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 find yourself shopping;) Be sure to check out the big sale section in the store in honor of our 6th Birthday. Thanks for coming by. See you in the gallery.

I'm heading to the gallery at:
SSS Wednesday - Anything Goes
Stempelkueche - Sunshine


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

STAMPlorations inspiration #218

Welcome to another Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team. Hope you'll forgive me. Today our theme is Things with Wings. Well. A space shuttle has wings, doesn't it? I guess I'm actually showcasing the line of Typografia stamps available in the store though.

Just so you know, til May 31, products in the Things with Wings section of the store are 15% off  and with my STAMPGIRLMARIA code you can get up to 35% off.   
And also til May 31, products in the Typografia section of the store are 15% off instantly + with my STAMPGIRLMARIA code you can get up to 35% off! There are so many great ones to choose from. Since I needed a graduation card I chose one that always brings a Dr. Seuss induced smile to my face...


So darn easy. Especially with a stamping tool to ensure good coverage on the solid areas. His school colors are black and orange. Hope he "gets" it ;)

I've used Typografia sentiment stamps in this post too.

You could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on today's inspiration posts. Check out today's post here. Thanks for looking.


altenew beautiful day

My beautiful DD just celebrated her 21st birthday. I decided to go all out on her birthday card. For me that means... add layers ;)

Inspired by this lovely by Kathleen, I set about to do something similar using a new-to-me Altenew set called Beautiful Day. Keeping the May Inspiration Challenge at Altenew in mind, this is what happened. Everything but the kitchen sink!

Altenew and Simon Says Stamp inks
Heidi Swapp black Color Shine
patterned paper, washi, doily, sticker, ribbon


I started with an oversized off-white pearlescent cardbase. And I knew DD likes rose gold. So I took it from there. Die cut the monogram. Added splatters to the cardbase and set it aside to dry. Stamped the peony and leaves and die cut them.  Arranged the pieces and decided to add some stamping to the cardbase to peek out. Took me forever to get it all figured out (layers are not my forte!) but DD liked it. And appreciated it (she's such a good kid!).


Thanks for visiting today. Hope you had a nice holiday weekend.

I'm also playing at:
Happy Little Stampers - May AG with Dies
A2Z Scrapbooking - May Flowers
Cuttlebug Mania - Orange

Monday, May 27, 2019

blossom spray for time out

I'm still lovin'  the latest Time Out Challenge ...



Ahhhh those colors ...

STAMPlorations Bloom Happy stamp
Zig Clean Color pens
white embossing powder
old pattern stamp
Tumbled Glass DOX

So, following the textured tiles idea in the photo, I pulled out an ancient multi-squares rubber stamp and inked it up with DOX. Stamped that on my cardbase (this is actually a second-generation impression cuz the first one didn't show enough texture).

Then using my MISTI, I colored up each portion of the flower spray stamp with Zigs and stamped it. I added some more color to the images with the Zigs and spread it out with a waterbrush and then added a bit of yellow BG behind the blooms.

The heat embossed sentiment on a yellow die cut circle completed my design. Kinda reminds me of the sun ;)


Thanks for looking. Hope you're having a nice Memorial Day weekend.

I'm also playing at:
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Bright Colors


Saturday, May 25, 2019

simon says stamp - parental props time out


Back with another make from the latest SSS release, Celebrate You. I received a fun stamp set from CZ Design to play with, Parental Props.

I'm still lovin' those dots, and I happened to see the latest Time Out Challenge and fall in love...


Altenew watercolors

Decided to give a nod to the lovely blue tiles by painting watercolor onto the dot stamp and creating a border. Love the nuances. And those bright flowers? Be still my heart. Somehow just what I needed this time of year. So I watercolored the die cut.

The subtle die cut "you" on the front supports the simple but powerful sentiment on the inside. 


Although this set is intended for Mother's and Father's Day, it is really very versatile.Check out the release if you haven't, and all the makes with it in the gallery at Simon Says Stamp. Thanks mucho, Simon.

I'm also playing at:
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Bright Colors
CAS on Sunday - Polka Dots (I couldn't resist though this might not really be CAS)
AAA Cards - One Third


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