Thursday, June 10, 2021

another spotlight on flexi templates

 Hi friends. Check out my tutorial over at STAMPlorations where I used the oval flexi templates as stencils to create a masterboard which I then used to make four cards! Here are the last two.







Tuesday, June 8, 2021

STAMPlorations inspiration #321


Playing with my new Decotime Twinmarkers alcohol markers again. I actually colored this image during Kathy Rac's last coloring challenge.

For today's card I turned the colored digi image into a card.


alcohol markers, Distress Inks

I fussy cut the image, took a black marker to the cut edges and popped it up over a panel I'd inked through a stencil. Added the perfect sentiment and voila!

You could win yourself a $15 prize code to the store by leaving a comment on this month's inspiration posts! Check out today's post over at STAMPlorations. And if I should ever inspire you to order something from the store, I'd appreciate it if you used my STAMPGIRLMARIA discount code for an additional 20% off your order - at no extra cost to you.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

STAMPlorations inspiration #320


I recently picked up some Decotime Twinmarkers alcohol markers at the local "dollar store" and decided to play with them for my inspiration posts.

For today's card I used markers to add color, but not a stamped image. Rather I traced a portion of a stencil with a Copic fineline and then colored with my markers. For added interest in the white space, I applied pearlescent embossing paste through the brick stencil.

alcohol markers, embossing paste

That purple flower... Aargh! I've still got a lot to learn!

You could win yourself a $15 prize code to the store by leaving a comment on this month's inspiration posts! Check out today's post over at STAMPlorations. And if I should ever inspire you to order something from the store, I'd appreciate it if you used my STAMPGIRLMARIA discount code for an additional 20% off your order - at no extra cost to you, just with perks for me ;) 

cas cards challenge june



As always the challenge is to create any CAS card, with an optional color twist - this month the twist is light blue and cream.

Those colors would normally take me down the baby card road, but alas I need several sympathy cards right now so babies will have to wait. Here's my first card.

distress inks, clear embossing powder

Revisited a standard sympathy card design of mine, just with some different products. Masking, inking, silhouette stamp and an appropriate sentiment.

CAS card tip: When you've added an area of interest to a portion of your CAS design, extend your image off the edge of it to create more interest.

For more inspiration with this stamp set check out this post

I'm looking forward to your CAS card creations! Your project might be chosen as one of the prize winners. Check out how the DT was inspired by this month's photo here.

And don't forget about my STAMPlorations discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA for 20% off should I ever inspire you to do some shopping ;)  Thanks for stopping over today. See you in the gallery. 


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

STAMPlorations inspiration #319


I recently picked up some Decotime Twinmarkers alcohol markers at the local "dollar store" and decided to play with them for my inspiration posts in May.

For today's card I used markers to add some color to a die cut - a cover plate actually. 

alcohol markers

Besides adding color to the die cut, the only other thing I did was add the scalloped PP strip down the side to hide the edge I'd trimmed off.

You could win yourself a $15 prize code to the store by leaving a comment on this month's inspiration posts! Check out today's post over at STAMPlorations. And if I should ever inspire you to order something from the store, I'd appreciate it if you used my STAMPGIRLMARIA discount code for an additional 20% off your order - at no extra cost to you, just with perks for me ;)

Thursday, May 20, 2021

hello birthday girl

I'm working on turning things I actually colored this during Kathy Rac's last coloring challenge into cards.

I turned the watercolor panel, which I actually colored with Polychromos, into a card. Just added a big, bold die cut sentiment.

Suzy Plantamura watercolor card
colored pencils, white gel pen

Love the vibrancy set off against the black and white.  I'm hooking up at SSS Wednesday Challenge where it's about Dies and/or Punches. Hope your week is going well.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

STAMPlorations inspiration #318


I recently picked up some Decotime Twinmarkers alcohol markers at the local "dollar store" and decided to play with them for my inspiration posts in May.

First up, an oldie but goodie design and a great way to either use up cardstock scraps or create your own colors of cardstock.

alcohol markers

Trim strips of white cardstock. Color them with markers. Stamp image on cardfront using stamp positioner and leave stamp on positioner. Adhere strips. Line card up in positioner and stamp image again. Add sentiment.

You could win yourself a $15 prize code to the store by leaving a comment on this month's inspiration posts! Check out today's post over at STAMPlorations. And if I should ever inspire you to order something from the store, I'd appreciate it if you used my STAMPGIRLMARIA discount code for an additional 20% off your order - at no extra cost to you, just with perks for me ;)

Saturday, May 15, 2021

cas cards challenge may reminder

Hi there! Have you played in the STAMPlorations May CAS Cards challenge yet? 


As always the challenge is to create any CAS card, with an optional color twist - this month it's an interesting one - copper and yellow!

Here's my second card.


See all that lovely sparkle and shine of the embossing?

Catherine Pooler inks, copper embossing powder

Some masking, stamping and heat embossing, that's it!

CAS card tip: Go wild with stamping, but only stamp a portion of your card panel

For more inspiration with this stamp check out this post

I'm looking forward to your CAS card creations! Your project might be chosen as one of the prize winners. Check out how the DT was inspired by this month's photo here.

And don't forget about my STAMPlorations discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA for 20% off should I ever inspire you to do some shopping ;)  Thanks for stopping over today. See you in the gallery. 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

spotlight on flexi templates

Hi friends. Check out my tutorial over at STAMPlorations where I used the oval flexi templates as stencils to create a masterboard which I then used to make four cards! Here are the first two.


I'm hooking up at SSS Wednesday where it's about Stencils and also at ATSAM where it's about Stencils and/or Dies and I've used both!


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

STAMPlorations introducing spring coffee kit

There's a new product in town. Over at the STAMPlorations shop. Have you seen it? Shery is putting together kits at a great price point.

Today a few of my teamies and I are sharing our makes with the new Spring Coffee Kit. Ready?

The kit contains an image stamp, sentiment stamps and stencils (2 patterns each in large and mini). All you have to decide is...

Do you want to color? Then go for it. Color and fussy cut the image and pop it up on a background created by randomly stamping one of the sentiments.

alcohol markers, washi tape

In case you're interested, I watched this video before coloring my coffee (yes I was intimidated by that big expanse of brown!) Easy peasy.

If you're not into coloring, use the mini stencil and a circle mask to "color" the coffee. I added some blue touches with alcohol markers but you wouldn't even have to. I heat embossed one of the kit sentiments in blue but didn't like it so I then stamped over it in black and clear embossed it.


circle die, Distress Inks, alcohol markers, embossing powder

And then there's this method for getting color onto a B/W stamped image. Check out this post for the deets. Basically it involves stamping, applying embossing paste and then sponging ink.


clear embossing paste, Distress Inks, enamel dots

So, that's a wrap. Are you a fan of kits? Be sure to check out all the DT's creations over at the STAMP blog. And be sure to leave a comment, Shery's giving away a kit.

Please remember to use my STAMPGIRLMARIA code if I inspire you to place an order. You'll get an extra 20% off!

Appreciate your visit. Have a great day. I'm hooking up card #1 over at SSS Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

cas cards challenge may

Welcome to the STAMPlorations May CAS Cards challenge. Yep, May already.



As always the challenge is to create any CAS card, with an optional color twist - this month it's an interesting one - copper and yellow!

Here's my first card.


See all that lovely sparkle and shine of the embossing?

Decotime alcohol markers, copper embossing powder

Some heat embossing, some coloring with alcohol markers, some fussy cutting and some washi.

CAS card tip: Color only a portion of an image, or fussy cut and pop up only a portion of an image to keep things CAS.

For more inspiration with this stamp check out this post

I'm looking forward to your CAS card creations! Your project might be chosen as one of the prize winners. Check out how the DT was inspired by this month's photo here.

And don't forget about my STAMPlorations discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA for 20% off should I ever inspire you to do some shopping ;)  Thanks for stopping over today. See you in the gallery. 


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

STAMPlorations inspiration #317

Welcome back for another Tuesday inspiration post from the STAMPlorations inspiration team girls. 

I'm back with my last creation using my Flexi Template theme this month. I've used the ovals again today.

This time I used the four smallest masks, lined up the bottom edges and fanned them out a bit. I inked the three "channels" first with Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch and then I offset them slightly and inked with Citron, Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon.

Distress Oxides, white gel pen, black Sharpie

Thought those arcs would lend themselves well to Mr Super Hero. I love this little guy and that KAPOW sentiment! 

Hope you've enjoyed this series with the Flexi Templates. What would you do with the templates - I'd love to hear your ideas.

You could win yourself a $15 prize code to the store by leaving a comment on this month's inspiration posts! Check out today's post over at STAMPlorations. And if I should ever inspire you to order something from the store, I'd appreciate it if you used my STAMPGIRLMARIA discount code for an additional 20% off your order - at no extra cost to you, just with perks for me ;)

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

STAMPlorations inspiration #316

It's time for another Tuesday inspiration post from the STAMPlorations inspiration team girls

Back with more of STAMPlorations Flexi Templates - the rectangles again. Like in my first card this month, I used the same three  overlapping rectangles, just flipped the orientation.

Distress Oxides - Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch

Do you have any of these Flexi Templates? Are you liking what you're seeing? They are new and different in my crafting world.

You could win yourself a $15 prize code to the store by leaving a comment on this month's inspiration posts! Check out today's post over at STAMPlorations. And if I should ever inspire you to order something from the store, I'd appreciate it if you used my STAMPGIRLMARIA discount code for an additional 20% off your order - at no extra cost to you, just with perks for me ;)


Thursday, April 15, 2021

CAS cards challenge april reminder

Stopping in to remind you about the STAMPlorations April CAS Cards challenge



As always the challenge is to create any CAS card, with an optional color twist - this month it's pale pink and navy.

Here's my second card.



I used some gelli plate backgrounds for this card. Tore one print into strips, adhered them onto cardstock then die cut the tag. Added the butterfly die cut from another print (and his body cut from the navy print).

CAS card tip: Go bold with color (and even texture) but keep lots of white space.

For more inspiration with this die check out this post. 

I'm looking forward to your CAS card creations! Your project might be chosen as one of the prize winners. Check out how the DT was inspired by this month's photo here.

And don't forget about my STAMPlorations discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA for 20% off should I ever inspire you to do some shopping ;)  Thanks for stopping over today. See you in the gallery. 


masculine birthday with birthday block die

I'm guest designing at Addicted to Stamps and More where the theme is Birthday.

For my guest designer project I made a card using the Birthday Block die. For this card I used the positive die cuts that were leftover and made a masculine birthday card. I recently picked up some more alcohol markers from the "dollar store" and wanted to have a play. I used various gray tones (warm, cool, blue gray) to color the Neenah white die cut letters.


Action Deutschland Decotime alcohol markers

Pop over to the Addicted to Stamps and More blog for more birthday card inspiration. I'm hooking up at Always Fun Challenges where it's about Pastels.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

guest designing at ATSAM

I'm excited to be joining the folks over at Addicted to Stamps and More after winning a challenge a couple weeks ago.

The theme for this fortnight is an easy one - Birthday.

I made a card for a little cousin who happens to love hedgehogs. I used a die, a background I made with leftover Easter egg dye (!) and a stamp.

Action Deutschland Hedgehog stamp
pigment inks, sequins

Pop over to the Addicted to Stamps and More blog for more inspiration. Thanks for having me as a guest, Kylie.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

STAMPlorations inspiration #315

Welcome back for another Tuesday inspiration post from the STAMPlorations inspiration team girls. 

I'm back with another card using my Flexi Template theme this month. These masks were designed by my teamie Monika S. and there is so much you can do with them. 

I used the oval templates today and by lining up three, taping them together, flipping them over and carefully pulling off the middle one you get a "masked channel" you can apply ink through. I used sponge daubers and distress oxides. (Check out my last Spotlight tutorial over at STAMPlorations for more deets.)

Distress Oxides - Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Aged Mahogany

Intrigued by the Flexi Templates? Just keep watching...

You could win yourself a $15 prize code to the store by leaving a comment on this month's inspiration posts! Check out today's post over at STAMPlorations. And if I should ever inspire you to order something from the store, I'd appreciate it if you used my STAMPGIRLMARIA discount code for an additional 20% off your order - at no extra cost to you, just with perks for me ;)

I'm playing over at Bastel Traum - Butterfly

Thursday, April 8, 2021

spotlight on flexi templates

I'm over on the STAMPlorations blog today having fun with some Flexi Templates to make this one layer card. Check it out. 



Wednesday, April 7, 2021

STAMPlorations things with wings hop and linky party



Spring has sprung and it's time for our annual Things with Wings event. Help us celebrate Spring by creating a winged-themed project and hooking up at the linky party and you could be a lucky winner of some fun prizes. I was inspired to have a little mixed media fun by the colors in the graphic and a butterfly stencil.
  

 Fluttery stamp
distress oxides, Heidi Swapp Pink Color Shine

I can't actually tell you exactly what I did! I played. I inked the whole piece with Tattered Rose. I put the stencil down on one side and added more ink. Flipped the stencil to the other side and went around the edges with Lilac. Repeated with Peacock Feathers. And spritzed water many times in between. Stamped a few butterflies. Wet the stencil and pressed it down to get the oxidation too. Oh - and I splattered!

For extra fun I stacked three word die cuts and then heat embossed it three times!

If you'd like to see a different look with this unique stencil check out this card.

Have you seen the April CAS Cards challenge? The optional colors are navy and pale pink. Sounds like perfect colors to me for a Things with Wings creation...

So with our Things with Wings event you could win yourself various prizes by leaving a comment and/or playing along with us. Check out today's post here for the details and the link up. Thanks for coming by today. 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

STAMPlorations inspiration #314

It's time for another Tuesday inspiration post from the STAMPlorations inspiration team girls

Again I have a theme for you this month. I got my hands on some of STAMPlorations Flexi Templates, so I'll be playing with them. Fun stuff. 

So I pulled the rectangle templates out of the cellophane and a couple corners got stuck together. That gave me an instant inspiration. This happened.

Distress Oxides - Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Aged Mahogany

Intrigued by the Flexi Templates? Just keep watching...

You could win yourself a $15 prize code to the store by leaving a comment on this month's inspiration posts! Check out today's post over at STAMPlorations. And if I should ever inspire you to order something from the store, I'd appreciate it if you used my STAMPGIRLMARIA discount code for an additional 20% off your order - at no extra cost to you, just with perks for me ;)


Thursday, April 1, 2021

CAS cards challenge april



As always the challenge is to create any CAS card, with an optional color twist - this month it's pale pink and navy.

Here's my first card.


distress inks

Some stenciling with pink inks, a sentiment in navy and a die cut layered dragonfly. The navy is from my stash of backgrounds, this one was distress inks brayered onto glossy cardstock.

CAS card tip: Use your stencil to add interest to only a portion of your card to keep things CAS.

For more inspiration with this die set check out this post

I'm looking forward to your CAS card creations! Your project might be chosen as one of the prize winners. Check out how the DT was inspired by this month's photo here.

And don't forget about my STAMPlorations discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA for 20% off should I ever inspire you to do some shopping ;)  Thanks for stopping over today. See you in the gallery. 

I'm joining in at:
Less is More - CAS Inking
Perfectly CAS - Birthday
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

STAMPlorations inspiration #313

It's time for another Tuesday inspiration post from the STAMPlorations inspiration team girls

I have a theme this month - white on white

I told you last Tuesday that my card was made with leftovers from my last Spotlight card cuz I couldn't throw the little circles away. Today's card uses up some white papers from my paper scraps. I think it's a fun way to add interest to a white background. And I happen to love wispy threads ;)




That wraps up my month of white on white. Hope you enjoyed it.

You could win yourself a $15 prize code to the store by leaving a comment on this month's inspiration posts! Check out today's post over at STAMPlorations. And if I should ever inspire you to order something from the store, I'd appreciate it if you used my STAMPGIRLMARIA discount code for an additional 20% off your order - at no extra cost to you, just with perks for me ;)

 

Friday, March 26, 2021

simon says stamp - all the feels part 2

Did you see my post yesterday? There's a new release at Simon Says Stamp called All the Feels and there are a lot of fun products for all styles of cardmakers. Check it out here.

I had more fun with the red rubber stamp, Halftone Circle Background, on a masculine slimline card. Did some stamping and masking and die cut stacking. The "happy" is half of "Happy Everything," another word/shadow die from CZ Design.



And since I'm loving this Catherine Pooler ink color combo lately, I used it with the new Painted Flowers Wreath stencil. This stencil is so simple yet so versatile.


 
SSS Hello You stamp

Check out all the makes with the products from the All the Feels release in the gallery here. And check out today and tomorrow's blog hops for more inspiration. Thanks for coming by my blog today.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

simon says stamp - all the feels release


 
There's a new release at Simon Says Stamp called All the Feels and there are a lot of fun products for all styles of cardmakers. Check it out.

I started by playing with the Happy Meowther's Day stamp set. Are you a kitty lover? There are six kitties in this set, but this image is my favorite. (The heart and paws stamp are in the set too!)



With this next card you can probably tell that I'm not a cat person. Do they even make dark brown cats?!? ;)

Check out all the makes with the products from the All the Feels release in the gallery here. And watch for the upcoming blog hops for lots of inspiration. Thanks for visiting my blog today. 

I'm playing at The Paper Players where it's about CAS Animals.




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