Thursday, 10 January 2019

It's A Girl Thing Stamp Set Release

I'm here today to show you two cards I made using newly released STAMPlorations stamp sets It's A Girl Thing: Kindness and It's A Girl Thing: Sunshine. We are celebrating the release of these super fun stamp sets with a mini release over on the STAMPlorations blog. Of course, it wouldn't be a stamp release without prizes to be won! By commenting on my blog post, the main release blog post and the posts from our other designers (you can find the links in the main post) you are in the draw to win one of three $15 coupon codes. You have until January 31st to comment for a chance to win.

For my first project, I masked a rectangle using a piece of scrap paper and stamped an array of the fun doodle-y flowers around the mask, adding some leaves for good measure. I then coloured the flowers using Copics and added my favourite sentiment from the set. 

For my second card, I cut the front panel using Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies. I stamped the flowers randomly and coloured with Copics. I then stamped several sentiments in Versamark ink onto black card and heat embossed them in white.

I love these stamps, they are so versatile, and I haven't even had a chance yet to explore those gorgeous border doodle stamps.

Don't forget to check out the  main release blog post on the STAMPlorations blog, and check in with the other designers on the hop and leave some comments along the way for a chance to win!


Saturday, 5 January 2019

Fairy Tale Deer

I've been creating and crafting quite a bit this new year but I have mostly spent my creative time on my bullet journal and on knitting so I haven't had time to create too many cards. Today when I saw the first ever challenge over at CAS Stencil Challenge I thought this would be perfect chance to play with one of my NBUS stencils from the latest release of Sanna Lippert stencils in the ARTplorations range. I'm also linking up over at CASology where the theme is Fresh, and I interpreted this to be fresh spring colours (a girl can dream of spring, right?). Last, but not least I'm using my new stencil as an excuse to link up over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Something New.

I was utterly enchanted by Sanna's Fairy Tale Forest stencil and could not think of a better image to combine it with than my current favourite stamp, the super-cute deer from STAMPlorations Woodland Friends. To keep everything CAS, I only inked through a corner of the stencil using foam applicators and green, blue and pink Distress ink. Before inking, I stamped the deer, masked it and coloured it with watercolours. Last, I stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set and added a few tiny little adhesive rhinestones.

Stamps: STAMPlorations Woodland Friends
Stencil: STAMPlorations Fairy Tale Forest 
Ink: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Gansai Tambi watercolours

If you feel like doing some New Year's crafty shopping, hop over to the STAMPlorations store where the New Year Storewide sale (exluding New Release products) is continuing until January 15th!

Thursday, 3 January 2019

January STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - Burgundy

It's time for the STAMPlorations January CAS challenge. Nothing like getting off to a crafty start in the new year! For our first CAS challenge this year our optional colour twist is Burgundy. I hope you are inspired to play along. Thank you to everyone who linked up to our December challenge, the gallery was full of gorgeous projects. Don't forget to check in on the STAMPlorations blog on January 10th when we reveal the winners. 

Inspired by the burgundy colour theme I decided to create a thank you card as I always need them this time of year. I used the super cute flowers from Bloom Doodles to stamp along the edge of my watercolour card front. I used Distress Inks to watercolour the flowers. I die cut the main sentiment using Thanks word die from scraps of burgundy and purple card and stamped the second part of the sentiment using a stamp from For the Birds. I then added small squares of burgundy and purple card to two diagonal corners of the card before attaching it to the card base to add interest.

Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloom DoodlesFor the Birds
Dies:  CUTplorations Thanks word die
Ink: Distress ink and Tsukineko Memento Onyx Black

If you are looking to do some New Year's crafty shopping,
 you can use the discount code NY2019 for 25% 
off stamps, stencils and dies. 
For more details see the STAMPlorations store.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

January STAMPlorations TAG challenge - Winter

Happy New Year! I hope 2019 will be a very crafty year for you. Last year was full of things which kept me from my craft room. I hope 2019 will bring me more time to continue to develop my crafting skills and to simply enjoy creativity. 

On the first day of the year, we also launch of first STAMPlorations challenge of the year - January TAGplorations challenge. The theme is Winter, and there is an optional twist of using texture paste, which I didn't take this time. I wanted to create a wintery scene using the adorable fuzzies from Woodland Friends. I hope you are inspired by this wintery scene and share your creations with us!

I die cut my tag using Stitched Tags Nesting Dies and used the Oh My Stars Mini stencil with Distress Inks to create a monoprint to create the night sky. I then inked in yellow inks through the stencil to create the stars. I used a white gel pen to create the snowfall. I die cut the snowy landscape using Stitched Tags Nesting Dies and Stitched Winter Landscape. I stamped the cute critters from Woodland Friends, coloured with Copics and fussy cut. 

Stamps: STAMPlorations Woodland Friends,
Dies: Stitched Snow Hills, Stitched Tags Nesting Dies, Stitched Winter Landscape,
Stencils: Oh My Stars Mini stencil

Sunday, 23 December 2018

The Simple Joys of Christmas

Hope you are all on the home stretch with your Christmas prep and look forward to slow down and enjoy the celebrations. We travelled back home on Friday, and boy was it a crazy flight. We had a really tight layover and only barely made it, flights were running late and of course full to the brim. Luckily we made it, which is better than our bag which is now somewhere out there, who knows where. Luckily I had anticipated this might happen, so we had our toothbrushes and a change of clothes in our hand luggage. Unfortunately all our Christmas presents and the board games we were going to play were in the lost luggage. Not sure if we will get it in time for Christmas or not... I'm quite disappointed that it hasn't shown up yet as it should only be an hour away! But the most important thing is that we made it and get to spend Christmas with family and friends. And that's more than so many who were stuck in London due to issues at Gatwick. I hope they will all make it home for Christmas.
Anyhow, I failed to make quite enough handmade Christmas cards so some friends and neighbours ended up with a store bought card. I’ve decided it’s the thought that counts!  It's been quite a busy end to the year. I made the above card inspired by a smooshing Distress Oxides background which I found in the mess that was my craft desk. I tore the edges a bit, inked them with Distress Ink and stamped some grungy stamps in the background. I then stamped and coloured STAMPlorations Holiday Sketches Christmas Candles which I had taken out to make another card. Last, I added a heat embossed sentiment from Homespun Christmas. 

With this card I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas or any other holiday you celebrate this time of year  and thank you for stopping by my little blog. I hope to see you again in the New Year!

I’m linking up with CAS on Friday where the theme is Make a Christmas card, Crimbo Crackers where Anything Goes and ABC Christmas Challenge where the theme is Z is for Zero Embellishments. 

Ink and colouring:  Distress Oxides, Distress Ink, Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Card: white 200 gsm card, watercolour paper, scrap of red card
Other: WOW white embossing powder

If you need to create some last minute cards, you could 
use these stunning FREE digi stamps. You can download 
them on the STAMPlorations blog.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Rainbow Yuletide Deer

I created a card a few days ago using STAMPlorations Yuletide Deer and Distress Inks. I just finished sending off my Christmas cards back home and realised that depleted me completely of cards. As I still need quite a few (and to be fair, I have already cheated a bit and used some store bought cards...). I decided to create a batch of cards in different colours.

I'm linking up over at AAA Cards where the theme is Three of Something, CAS on Friday where the theme is Make a Christmas Card, Make My Monday where the theme is CAS Christmas, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Christmas and Shopping Our Stash where the theme is Tis the Season

Card: 200 gsm white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Yuletide Deer
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Tsukineko Versamark 
Other: Papermania Copper Embossing Powder

Friday, 7 December 2018

Christmas Night Dreams

Yes, it's another Christmas card... What can I say. Less than 20 days to go! Are you getting super energised or exhausted? I'm a bit all over the place. I look forward to spending the weekend with my sister as I haven't seen her in ages! The project I'm working on is coming to an end and I naively thought that as we get to the end the workload would start easing off. More fool me! And on top of long days at work, I'm applying for new jobs. Writing applications and doing interviews almost counts as a second job! I'm sure it will all end well, but I'm not very good with change, so while it's all going on I find it exhausting. I feel like I want to sleep for a week. 

Anyhow, nothing like a crafty break to take my mind off everything that is going on. I was inspired by the inspiration image over at Fusion. I'm also linking up over at Lawn Fawnatics where the theme is Winter Holiday, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is B is for (blue in this case) and Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers where the theme is W is for Winter (sorry - no snark this time).

Card: 200 gsm white card, scrap of dark green and red card, Hobbycraft 190 gsm white card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Winter Skies and matching dies
Dies: Lawn Fawn Forest Border, Stitched Hillside, Scripty Merry die
Ink and Colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Copics
Other: Wow White embossing powder