Thursday, 1 December 2016

December STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - Anything Goes With Red and Green

And so we have entered the last month of the year. It feels like I hardly got used to writing 2016 and we are already speeding through the last remains of the year (to be fair, I still keep dating some of my documents 2015...). Another year coming to an end, another wonderful Holiday season just around the corner. Time off work, time with friends and family, and then that weird and wonderful New Year. A new start. But before we get to all of that, let's just enjoy the bitter sweet last weeks of the year along with a new STAMPlorations CAS challenge. You probably know the drill by now. We look forward to seeing your gorgeous CAS creations, you can link up to 3 cards each month and you can use whichever crafting supplies you would like but we would love to see you use STAMPlorations products if you have any. This month the optional colour twist is very Christmas-y: red and green. 

For my card I decided to use the gorgeous poinsettia from Framed Christmas: Peace, Love and Joy. I stamped the image onto watercolour card in black ink and heat embossed in clear powder. Then I used my Gansai Tambi watercolours to colour the image. To create the background for the card, I stamped the scripty text from Mixed Media Elements in Versamark and heat embossed in Gold. I did the same for the sentiment which I created using words from the Joyful stamp set. I then splattered a little bit of red watercolour over the background before attaching the poinsettia image. Quick and easy - if I already hadn't finished most of my Christmas cards this would have been perfect for mass production. Maybe next year!

Card: 250 gsm white card, 300 gsm Daler&Rowney Watercolour paper
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Gansai Tambi watercolours
Other: Gold embossing powder, Ranger clear super fine detail embossing powder

Saturday, 26 November 2016

25 Days Of Christmas Tags

I am thrilled to share a tag as part of 25 Days of Christmas Tags event which is brought to all of us by the fabulous Tracey McNeely of In My Creative Opinion. There has already been 25 days of amazing inspiration! However, you might have noticed that it's already the 26th today. This year 25 days of tags wasn't quite enough so there is a special slot sponsored by STAMPlorations today to make sure you get a bonus day of tag inspiration! And of course there is a way for you to play along and win some fabulous prizes by either commenting on the designers' posts or by creating your own tag inspired by one of the tags presented by the designers. You can see the linkup post here for more information.
For my tag, I started by die cutting a tag from watercolour paper using the largest of the CUTplorations Luggage Tags Nesting Dies. Then I stamped the Holiday Sketches: Christmas Candles in black ink and heat embossed in clear powder. I coloured the image using Tim Holtz Distress markers and a water brush. I then masked the stamped image and inked through the tag die using yellow, orange and brown Distress Inks. I also added some spots through the ARTplorations Dots All Over stencil for some added interest. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed in copper, and die cut a backing tag in copper card to match. Last, I added some ribbon which I tied with twine and added a sequin with a rhinestone as a finishing touch.

Card: 300 gsm Daler&Rowney Watercolour paper, Copper metallic card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Holiday Sketches: Christmas Candles, Joyful
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Distress markers for colouring
Other: CUTplorations Luggage Tags Nesting Dies, ARTplorations Dots All Over stencil, Ranger clear embossing powder, Papermania Copper embossing powder, ribbon, twine, gold sequin and red adhesive rhinestone from my stash

Monday, 21 November 2016

Perfectly Plaid Fall Thank You

I'm really good at buying patterned paper. I'm much less good at using it up. Luckily the sketch over at Retro Sketches this week was perfect for using up paper. Too bad I missed the deadline for the challenge by two days! Better luck with a few other challenges as I was also inspired by the colours over at ColourQ. I'm also linking up with Just Add Ink where the theme is to use two of the trio doily, die cut and designer paper. I obviously chose die cut and designer paper. Last, but not least I'm linking up with Shopping Our Stash where the theme is Front and Centre (use any leftover pieces, I used my leftover bits of patterned paper and the leftover watercoloured panel I used for the leaf) and just about making it for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is Thanks/Thanksgiving.

Card: 250 gsm white card, 300 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves, Scripty Thanks die, Stitched Rectangle dies
Ink: Gansai Tambi watercolours, Ground Espresso Distress Ink
Paper: Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall, Let's Polka In The Meadow 

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Colourful Circles

It's rather grey and dreary out there so I thought we really need a card with bright colours today. I was inspired by the new challenge over at AAA Cards which is circles. I was also inspired by the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch and the CAS Mixup challenge where I have already played along twice this month but could not resist a third go as I think this month's challenge of Stamping+Masking+Your choice (die cutting in my case) is just so much fun I couldn't resist a third go. I'm also linking up with Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With a Die Cut challenge.

I started by inking through the ARTplorations Bubble Dance stencil using Distress inks Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry. I just love how the colours blend and you get so many more colours than you start with. Then I used the CUTplorations Happy Word die and die cut words for the sentiment from Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper and black card. To complete the sentiment I stamped the word Birthday from STAMPlorations Balloons And Banners. Last, I added a lot of Ice Stickles for some bling. 

Card: 250 gsm white card, scarp of black card
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry
Stamps: STAMPlorations Balloons And Banners
Stencils: ARTplorations Bubble Dance 
Dies: CUTplorations Happy Word die
Other: Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper, Ranger Ice Stickles

Thursday, 17 November 2016

November STAMPlorations CAS challenge - Mid-month inspiration

Welcome to our mid-month inspiration post for the STAMPlorations CAS challenge. The DT has a bunch of fantastic projects to inspire you and to remind you that there is still plenty of time to link up to our November CAS challenge, where the optional colour twist this month is purple. What a perfect opportunity to get some Christmas cards done in a non-traditional colour. I've gone for a lot of non-traditional colours on my Christmas cards this year just to change it up a bit. And of course get a chance to win some great prized from STAMPlorations as well!

For my card, I started with die cutting a rectangle using the fun wonky stitched Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting die from CUTplorations from watercolour card. Then I attached the deer stencil from Christmas Reindeer using glue dots which I had made a bit less sticky by pressing them between my fingers for a while. Next, I used a spoon to sprinkle purple, violet and blue Brushos on the card, and sprayed with water from a spritzer. The key is to make sure you sprinkle very lightly with the Brushos if you want the speckled look. After letting the watercolours dry, I carefully removed the stencil and die cut the sentiment from a scrap of turquoise card and attached everything onto a purple card base. Quick and easy, and I just love that speckled Brusho look. I'm linking up with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Christmas Critters.

Card: Daler&Rowney 300 gsm watercolour card, purple card from my stash, scrap of turquoise card from my stash
Colouring: Brushos (violet, purple and blue)
Stencil: ARTplorations Christmas Reindeer

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop

Today I'm really excited to be part of the 2nd STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop. A whole bunch of incredibly talented designers (and lil-old me) are getting together with the fabulous Shery of STAMPlorations to show our gratitude, spread some inspiration and celebrate the wonderful STAMPlorations products that allow us to be so creative. But the best part is that we want you to come and celebrate with us - either by visiting the blogs linking up to the hop and leaving a comment and/or by creating something for the linky party. And there are lots of prizes of course!

Giving Thanks Hop
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blogs will receive a $50 gift certificate.
  • THREE (3) winners randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blogs will each receive a $20 gift certificate to the shop.
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from our Facebook page will win a $15 gift certificate for herself and a $15 gift certificate for one friend she tags in her comment.
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from our Instagram account will win her choice of Giving Thanks bundle (Be Thankful, Oh So Grateful, or Many Blessings)/
Giving Thanks Linky Party
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all entries linked up will receive the Be Thankfulbundle (stamp set with coordinating die, word die, and stencil)
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all entries linked up will receive Oh So Grateful bundle (stamp set with coordinating die, word die, and stencil)
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all entries linked up will receive Many Blessings bundle (stamp set with coordinating die, word die, and stencil)
Both the commenting and linky ends on November 30th at 11:55 pm Pacific.

You will also find a Thanksgiving sale over at the STAMPlorations store

You will find all the amazing participants of the blog hop in the linky below, and don't forget to hop over to the Giving Thanks Blog Hop over at STAMPlorations to link up your projects.

For my project I used the beautiful stamp and die from the new Be Thankful bundle. I started by inking through the Weathered Wood stencil in Vintage Photo distress ink to create the card background. Then I die cut a tag using the CUTplorations Luggage Tags Nesting dies. I used the sentiment stamp from the bundle to stamp the word Thankful on the tag in red and yellow ink and then inked around the edges in Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Inks. Then I stamped the apples onto watercolour card in Versafine ink and coloured with my Gansai Tambi watercolours. Last I die cut the Thankful with the die from the bundle and stamped the rest of the sentiment in Versafine onto yellow card which I cut into a banner.

Card: 250 gsm white card, 300 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper, scrap of yellow card
Stamps and dies: STAMPlorations Be Thankful bundleLuggage Tags Nesting dies
Ink and colouring: Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Vintage Photo, Early Espresso
Other: ARTplorations Weathered Wood stencil

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Stencilled Fall Florals

How are you? I mean really, how ARE you? It's that time of year when it's dark and cold and gloomy and don't even get me started on world events, I mean 2016 has been the year of so many strange and scary things. But let's not go there. Instead, I made a card for my lovely colleague who went above and beyond to help me a while ago when my key card just decided to stop working. Nothing like turning up to work hours before anyone else and realising you can't get in anywhere. On a day when your only other early bird colleague is on a trip out of town. Anyhow, I thought a little thanks would be in place and a good excuse to make a card.

I was inspired by the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch and the colours over at Color Throwdown. I'm also linking up over at AAA Cards where the theme is Thanks/Thankful, CAS Mixup where the theme is Stamping+Masking+Your choice (die cutting in my case) and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Thanks/Thankful. 

I started by inking through the lovely Fall Floral Trio stencil which has been patiently waiting around for a few weeks on my crafting desk. After finishing the flowers I added a bit of dots using the Dots All Over stencil. Then I inked a piece of scrap card using the orange, pink and red Distress ink and die cut the Thanks using the CUTplorations Thanks Word die. Last I stamped the other part of the sentiment (from Bloom Sketches) and added some orange Distress Stickles to the die cut for a finishing touch.

Card: 250 gsm white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloom Sketches
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks Mermaid Lagoon, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries, Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
Stencil: ARTplorations Fall Floral Trio, Dots All Over
Other: CUTplorations Thanks Word die, Ranger Distress Stickles Glitter Spices Marmalade