Saturday, 25 February 2017

Bundle of Joy


I have often said this, but for a professional project manager I really suck at managing my own life. Unless by managing you mean eating chocolate and hiding from the world in my craft room. Anyhow, today I have taken refuge from the craziness that is my life and the craziness that is British February weather into the safety (and chaos) of my craft room. I'm writing this on the sofa, covered by blankets, munching on some Christmas chocolates our friendly nearby chocolate shop was selling at a whopping 70% off. Now that's what I call a good deal (for my wallet, not my waistline).

It's been a while since I've managed any crafty time, and I was inspired by a few recent challenges to create this card using the Lawn Fawn Plus One stamp set which I haven't had a chance to use yet. I was inspired by the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and the colour palette at Color Throwdown. I was also inspired by the Transport It theme over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and the Birds theme over at Make My Monday. Last but not least I'm also linking up with the Anything Goes theme over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.



This wasn't anything particularly sophisticated, a bit of die cutting, a bit of stamping and a bit of Copic colouring and hey presto. I like the colours as they are quite gender neutral so it would be great for a little bundle of joy of any gender.

Card: 250 gsm white card, Hobbycraft 160gsm white card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Plus One and matching dies
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Paper: Lawn Fawn Let's Polka Mon Amie and Let's Polka in the Dark
Dies: Lawn Fawn Simple Puffy Cloud and Spring Showers

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Watercolour Stencil Bold Bloom


It's been a busy few weeks with tags for the Love TAGplorations, the STAMPlorations CUTplorations release and the CAS challenge reminder. Today however I decided to make a card just for the sake of it. I love starting my weekend mornings with a bit of time in the craft room. Although the next time in the craft room I have to spend not crafting but cleaning - I tend to let everything pile up on my desk until I simply can't push stuff aside anymore to make room for crafting, and that's the dire situation I have reached once again. My desk is full of pieces of cardstock, stamps, ink pads and whatnot. What drives me crazy is that although I always try to be really careful with my embossing powder, there is embossing powder all over the place, and it clings to everything. I bet I can't be the only crafter with this issue?

Anyhow, today's card was inspired by the lovely image over at Inspired By All The Little Things. I was inspired by the colours and the lovely bokeh which I decided to represent by adding some sequins. I was inspired to use watercolour as that's the new challenge over at AAA Cards. The layout of the card was inspired by CAS(E) This Sketch. I'm also linking up with Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge where the theme is to use your favourite tool, which in my case is my beloved Big Shot which I used to die cut the sentiment. Last, but not least I'm linking up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where the theme is Fantastic Florals.





When I saw the sketch challenge I knew the blob in the middle had to be the lovely Peony Number Two stencil which I absolutely love. I used Gansai Tambi watercolours to colour through the stencil, blending some yellow and various reds to create the bloom. I also added some of the pearlescent Gansai Tambi watercolour to the outer leaves of the bloom for some added sparkle, I love the subtle effect of it. I love how the colours will run all over the place creating a very artsy version of the stencilled image. I took a piece of card from my UFO box which didn't work at all for whatever I initially created it for, but I thought it would be perfect for the die cut and used the CUTplorations Celebrate word die. Last, I added some blue Ranger Ice Stickles to the sentiment and added some blue sequins to represent the bokeh from the inspiration image. 


Card: 300 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper, scrap of card I created with blue Distress Paints
Colouring: Gansai Tambi watercolours
Stencil: ARTplorations Peony Number Two
Die: CUTplorations Celebrate word die 
Other: Ranger blue Ice Stickles and sequins from my stash

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes. If you have any questions or problems, just let me know!



Thursday, 16 February 2017

February STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - Mid-Month Inspiration


We are midway through February so it's time for a quick reminder of our current STAMPlorations CAS challenge. Although we have now passed the pink day (did you have a good V-day? or maybe you had an awesome Galentine's instead?) there are still a few weeks left to create a CAS card featuring hot pink for the challenge. It's an optional colour twist so if you had enough of pink for a while (whaaaaat??) you could just as well create a non-pink CAS card if you prefer. Pink or not I can't wait to see what you create!


I created a card to match my tag for day 2 of Love TAGplorations. I used Deepti's super cute Tweet Love stamp set which I watercoloured using Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I also stamped the sentiment using Sketchy Alphabet and coloured the letters in yellow. I added a bit of colour to the background by watercolouring through the Dots All Over stencil. Last, I die cut the Hello from a scrap of yellow card and added loads of Ice Stickles. 


Card: 300 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper, scrap of yellow card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Tweet LoveSketchy Alphabet
Ink and colouring: Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Stencil: ARTplorations Dots All Over
Other: Ranger Ice Stickles

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes. If you have any questions or problems, just let me know!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

CUTplorations Mini Release


It's been a busy week here in the InvisiblePinkCraftRoom. First we had the Love TAGplorations event with amazing creations from you all. And now I'm thrilled to be part of the new CUTplorations mini release. The amazing Shery has created three new die sets which me and some of the other STAMPgirls have got our hands on to play with and show you our creations. I got to play with the two new landscape dies, and they are just screaming for colourful skies. 
And it wouldn't be a STAMPlorations release if there wasn't some great prizes for you. By commenting on the STAMPlorations blog and the linked designer blogs by Tuesday February 21st you are in the random draw to win:
  • ONE (1) $15 gift certificate
  • ONE (1) choice of either Lacy Edges or the Winter & Spring Stitched Landscape dies
The winners will be announced in the February Challenges and Blog Hops winners post on March 10 so to make sure you don't miss out on the announcement, make sure you follow the STAMPlorations blog.

You can find the new products in the STAMPlorations store here

And if you got inspired to order the new products or anything else from the STAMPlorations store, don't forget you can get 20% off your order by using the discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA. More info at the end of the post.


First I played with the Stitched Spring Landscape. This die reminds me so much of our summer house, so I wanted to create a gorgeous sunset in the background. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolours for one card and Distress Inks for the other. I think my favourite is the one with the Distress inks as our summer house is also by a lake. I also used the Stitched Snow Hills dies and the Awesome Word die to create the sentiment from gold mirri card.

Next I had a play with the Stitched Winter Landscape die. I started by trying to create a northern lights background using watercolours, but I didn't like the way it looked so I made another one using Distress Inks. I added multiple layers of stitched wintery hills and some Ranger Ice Stickles along with a silver sentiment to create a Christmas card. 



After finishing the card, I thought maybe I could use the watercolour background after all and decided to use it to create a page for my journal. Very simply I just die cut the watercolour background using the largest Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle die. Then I simply die cut the Stitched Winter Landscape from white card. I coloured the sentiment stamp using Distress markers in the same colours as the night sky and lightly sprayed with water before stamping. Then I traced the outline of the letters using a black marker and added some highlights using a white gel pen. I also added some stars using the white gel pen and some small die cut snowflakes. I used some yellow Distress Ink and the Oh My Stars stencil to create a background in my journal before adhering the winter scene. Although it started with a background I didn't like at all it actually became my favourite scene in the end! 



Card: White 250 gsm card, Hobbycraft 190 gsm white card, Daler&Rowney 300 gsm card, scrap of gold and silver mirri card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Life In Full Colour, Bold Sentiments: Discover, Bold Sentiments: Hashtag Authentic
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Markers, Gansai Tambi Watercolours, White gel pen
Dies: CUTplorations Stitched Winter LandscapeStitched Spring Landscape, Crazy Double Running Stitch RectangleStitched Snow Hills diesAwesome Word die, Merry Christmas Phrase die,
Stencils: ARTplorations Oh My Stars
Other: Ranger Ice Stickles 

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes. If you have any questions or problems, just let me know!




Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Love TAGplorations Day 7


Welcome to the final day of STAMPlorations Love TAGplorations. I hope you have enjoyed the amazing inspiration over the last week and also have had fun creating your own Love themed crafts. I have certainly enjoyed all the inspiration both from my fellow DT sisters and especially from you. It's amazing to see all the different creations - proof that there are no limits to the human imagination. Today's tag is dedicated to my dear Culinary Consultant. He is not a very romantic soul - I have learned not to expect anything. To be fair, he did create a custom Valentine's day card the first year we were dating. That's a few years ago now... But that's ok, he has other ways of showing me he cares. We are all different and being in a relationship is all about accepting our differences, isn't it. So if you aren't in a relationship this Valentine's day don't think things would necessary be any different even if you were. I'm saying go out and buy yourself some chocolates (or wine, or whatever your favourite treat is). I will visit the chocolate shop in the weekend to see if they are selling their leftover Valentine's treats for half price, usually they do! If you are looking for a good deal on crafty stash, don't forget you get 20% off your purchase in the STAMPlorations store if you use my discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA. More info at the end of the post.

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For my tag, which I die cut using the largest die from Luggage Tags Nesting Dies, I created a background using Distress ink and the Retro Circles stencil. Then I stamped the delicious looking sundae on white card coloured with Copics and fussy cut. After adhering it to my tag, I added some Crystal Effects to the glass bowl to make it look more glassy and although you cannot see it well in the picture, I added some embossing paste to make the whipped cream look more foamy. Then I stamped the letters onto white card, coloured them with Copics, fussy cut and adhered them to the tag, adding some Ice Stickles for extra bling. Last, I used words from various sentiments to make the second part of the sentiment, sponged some pink ink around the edges of the tag and added a cute little ribbon from my stash. 

Card: 250 gsm white card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Sugar Rush, Sketchy Alphabet
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Picked Raspberry, Copics
Dies: CUTplorations Luggage Tags Nesting Dies
Stencils: ARTplorations Retro Circles
Other: ribbon from my stash, Ranger Ice Stickles, Stampin' Up Crystal Effects, Wendy Vecchi Embossing paste

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes. If you have any questions or problems, just let me know!



Monday, 13 February 2017

Love TAGplorations Day 6


Welcome to day 6 of Love TAGplorations. I'm sure you know the drill by now and hopefully you are having as much fun as we are with all these gorgeous tags. For my day 6 tag I used another piece from my UFO box - a piece of blue and pink coloured card I had created with Distress Paints way back when. I decorated it with the gorgeous Trendy Feathers 2 stamps which I heat embossed in white onto another piece of leftover card I created with Distress Paints. I used gesso with the Some Birds stencil - I always feel like I'm doing proper mixed media when I dig out the tube of Gesso. I die cut the sentiment using the Hugs Word Die from the same piece of leftover card as the feathers and finished everything off with loads of Ice Stickles and a ribbon. 

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Card: 300 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper
Ink and colouring: Tim Holtz Distress Paints, Tsukineko Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps: STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers 2
Stencils: ARTplorations Some Birds
Dies: Luggage Tags Nesting Dies, Hugs Word Die
Other: Ranger Ice Stickles, Papermania Seafoam White embossing powder, gesso, ribbon from my stash


STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes. If you have any questions or problems, just let me know!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge


Today I'm very excited to be guest designing over at Cupcake Inspirations as the current challenge is sponsored by STAMPlorations.  I always love the gorgeous cupcake images for this challenge, although I have to admit they sometimes make this recovering sugaroholic crave a fix... But at least I can channel all of that sugar craving into my crafting instead! This time the colour combo is a dramatic red - white - black. 


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I decided that the dramatic colours would look stunning on the equally dramatic Bloom Boldly stencil, so I inked through the stencil with Distress Inks. I love how the little hidden hearts in the stencil image match with the little hearts on the cupcakes! The Festive Berries red was absolutely perfect to match the red in the inspiration image, it's so vibrant. I then spritzed some water across the image to give it a little bit of a grunge-y and distressed look. Last, I die cut the sentiment using the Thanks Word Die and added some Crystal Effects to it although it doesn't show very well on the picture. I added three red rhinestones for a finishing touch and matted the panel onto black card before adhering to a white card base. If you got inspired to add some STAMPlorations goodies to your stash, you can use my discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at the check-out in the STAMPlorations store to receive 20% off your order (see below for more info)!

Card: 250 gsm white card, 250 gsm black card
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot and Festive Berries
Stencil: ARTplorations Bloom Boldly
Die: CUTplorations Thanks Word Die
Other: Stampin' Up Crystal Effects, adhesive rhinestones from my stash

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes. If you have any questions or problems, just let me know!