Tuesday, 2 June 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration



Thanks for checking in on my STAMPlorations Inspiration post this week - the first Inspiration post for June. June!! It's summer - the garden is beautiful, although we could do with a bit of rain. Preferably during the night so we can still enjoy the gorgeous sunshine during the day. I had a little picnic in the garden with a cold drink and my crochet yarns yesterday, in the shade of our apple tree and it was lovely. 

My card is inspired by the blooms and the colours in the garden. I used Shery's new Bloomin' Coffee and You. I stamped the floral tag multiple times and coloured with Distress Oxides.  I then used a similar colour scheme but in softer pastel Distress Inks to ink through the Rubber Bands stencil, added the tags and finished with a sentiment from the stamp set. Don't forget, if you comment on the STAMPlorations Inspiration post and the designer's blogs, you are in the draw to win a $10 gift certificate for the STAMPlorations store.

Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloomin' Coffee and You
Stencil: ARTplorations Rubber Bands
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink, Distress Oxide

Monday, 1 June 2020

STAMPlorations June CAS Challenge


It's summer! I know it's probably going to be slightly different than most other summers, but I am fully intent on enjoying all the things I can this summer. I'll have picnics in the garden, have more time for my hobbies and we'll try to go out more for cycle rides and walks where we live instead of travelling somewhere further away. It will be more environmentally friendly and challenge our imagination in different ways, and I'm excitedly looking forward to what this summer will bring. 


A new month also means it's time for a new STAMPlorations CAS Challenge. This will be our last challenge for this season, and we will take a summer break and be back again in October. But there will be plenty going on over on the STAMPlorations blog over the summer, so don't fear you will still find regular inspiration and ways to play along and win prizes. 

For my card, I stamped the gorgeous blooms from Sweetly and watercoloured them with Distress Inks. I splattered purple across the background and added a sentiment which I die cut in shimmering purple card using Everyday Sentiments. I really like the muted colour scheme used for this card.

Stamps: STAMPlorations Sweetly
Dies: CUTplorations Everyday Sentiments
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Dusty Concord, Hickory Smoke, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

STAMPlorations Spring Fling and Blog Hop Reminder


This is your official reminder that you still have a few days (until the end of the month) left to hop along and/or link up to the STAMPlorations Spring Fling Blog Hop & Linky Party if you were planning to do so but haven't yet done so. You can find lots of inspiration for spring-themed creations on the STAMPlorations Spring Fling blog post and if you hop along and comment, or link up your own creations you can win one of several great prizes. In addition, there is a free digi which you can download and which I used for my project.


I created my card using the free Coffee Bloom Prints Digital Stamp, which you can download from the STAMPlorations digi store for free! I re-sized the digi to 80%, printed it, coloured with Sharpies and fussy cut it. I ran a black marker around the edges of the coffee cup before attaching it to a background I created by blending Distress Oxides and splattered it with water. I heat embossed a sentiment from What's Brewing in white onto black card to finish the card.

I'm also linking up this card over at the Spring/Summer 2020 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Don't forget that STAMPlorations is one of the super sponsors for the hop, and there are additional prizes to be won over on the STAMPlorations Coffee Lovers Blog Hop post.


Ink and colouring: Distress Oxides, Sharpies, Tsukineko Versamark 


If you feel like shopping for new craft stash you should check out the promotions in the STAMPlorations Store. And if you want 20% off normal priced products, you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout!
 
Products in the SPRING FLING section are 15% off instantly. Discount is applied automatically when you add qualifying items in your cart.

 
Products in the COFFEE/TEA LOVERS section are 40% off with code COFFEE40.


Tuesday, 26 May 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration


Did you see May anywhere? I heard a rumour it was May, but now it's almost gone. How did this happen? I remember how March and April took at least a year each, but May, my favourite month always flies by. If you have any ideas what happened, let me know in the comments!

It's also time for this week's STAMPlorations Inspiration post. As usual, the design team is showcasing some of our favourite STAMPlorations stamps. This time I decided to play with the fun Houses stamps which I coloured with watercolours and attached to a card base created with Distress Inks. I added a sentiment using Skinny Sentiments.

Stamps: STAMPloratoins Houses
Dies: CUTplorations Skinny Sentiments
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Inks, Gansai Tambi watercolours


Don't forget the current promotions in the STAMPlorations store. If you prefer to shop from the non-discount categories, you can use my code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout for 20% off normal price products.
Products in the SPRING FLING section are 15% off instantly. Discount is applied automatically when you add qualifying items in your cart.

Products in the COFFEE/TEA LOVERS section are 40% off with code COFFEE40.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Coffee Mug for Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Have you already played along with the Spring/Summer 2020 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop? I have, but I feel this great event warrants at least another card. Also, this is a reminder that STAMPlorations is one of the super sponsors for the hop, and as usual, Shery is giving away extra prizes over on the STAMPlorations blog (and it's from the new CRAFTplorations product range so it's super exciting!) and there is a gorgeous free digi too.

A while ago, I created a bunch of panels by smooshing Distress Oxides, and decided to use some for this card. I started with a lovely pastel panel which I die cut with one of the beautiful, ornate dies from Zen Coffee Cup Layering Dies and matted on black card. I then used another panel and die cut that with Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies. I stamped the coffee cup from Bloomin' Coffee and You in grey on white card, added the Distress Oxide panel and coffee cup, and compelted the card with a fun sentiment from Coffee Happy.


Stamps: STAMPlorations Coffee Happy, Bloomin' Coffee and You
Dies: CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies, Zen Coffee Cup Layering Dies
Ink and colouring: Distress Oxides, Distress Ink Hickory Smoke, Tsukineko Versamark


Don't forget the Coffee Lovers Sale in the STAMPlorations store.
 
Products in the COFFEE/TEA LOVERS section are 40% off with code COFFEE40.

Friday, 22 May 2020

Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Today is the launch of the Spring/Summer 2020 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! As always, STAMPlorations is one of the sponsors of the event so along with the rest of the STAMPloratios Inspirations team we are sharing extra inspiration over on the STAMPlorations blog today. There are four STAMPlorations gift codes up for grabs over at Coffee Loving Card Makers as part of the main Blog Hop, but as usual, Shery is being very generous and there is an extra prize drawn from those leaving comments on the STAMPlorations blog post.

We also have another reason to celebrate over on the STAMPlorations blog as we have recently released two new coffee themed stamp set. You may have seen the release post earlier this week and here are two other projects I created with these fun new stamp set.

For my first card, I used the coffee stamp from Sweet Kindness which I stamped four times and coloured using Copics. I heat embossed sentiments from Coffee Happy in white on black card and added them to the card. 


For my second card I used the coffee cup from Bloomin' Coffee and You. I stamped it and coloured with Copics before fussy cutting the image. I die cut a background which I created with Distress Oxides using Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies, and added coffee beans using the Dots n' Beans stencil. Last, I added a sentiment from What's Brewing, matted everything on a piece of blue card which I attached to a card base decorated with Washi tape.

I hope you are inspired to create your own coffee themed projects!

  
Bloomin' Coffee and You | Sweet Kindness

Stamps: STAMPlorations Coffee HappyWhat's Brewing
Stencil: ARTplorations Dots n' Beans
Ink and colouring: Tsukinko Versamark and Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Distress Oxides, Distress Inks


 
Products in the COFFEE/TEA LOVERS section are 40% off with code COFFEE40.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Spring Fling Blog Hop Reminder


Hi all, this is a very quick post to remind you of the ongoing STAMPlorations Spring Fling Blog Hop and Linky Party. The STAMPlorations design team has a whole post full of more spring-themed inspiration over on the STAMPlorations blog. There are many ways for you to play along with us and win some great prizes too.

There are 2 parts to this fun event, and you can find them over on the main STAMPlorations blog Spring Fling post:
  1. a blog hop with 23 stops where you can leave comments; and
  2. linky party for linking up your spring-themed projects -- you're free to use non-STAMPlorations products but if you do use our products (stamps, stencils, dies, clear stickers, coloring pages) and you're randomly picked as a winner, you get a bonus prize + we've got a digital stamp you can download and use. 

I made a card using the new Sweet Kindness stamp. I stamped the flowers from the set multiple times over the front of the card and heat embossed in gold. Then I used pretty much all of the colours in my Gansai Tambi watercolour set to colour the image. I heat embossed one of the sentiments from the same stamp set in gold on a yellow scrap piece of card and added it onto a green 

I hope you will join us for the blog hop and linky party too over at the Spring Fling post. Also, don't forget the two sales campaigns over in the STAMPlorations Store! And if you feel like shopping for non-sale items, you can get 20% off using the discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA.

Products in the SPRING FLING section are 15% off instantly. Discount is applied automatically when you add qualifying items in your cart.

Products in the COFFEE/TEA LOVERS section are 40% off with code COFFEE40.