Thursday, 15 November 2018

25 Days of Christmas Tags - STAMPlorations


I'm super excited to be part of the 8th 25 Days of Christmas Tags event. This event is organised annually by the wonderful Tracey McNeely of In My Creative Opinion
This event has become one of the eagerly awaited pre-Christmas crafting events as you can see from the quality and quantity of sponsors. Designers from each sponsor team share Christmas tags from November 1st to 26th and hopefully you will be inspired by one (or some, or many!) of these to create and link up your own tags. 


As you can probably guess, today is when the STAMPlorations team get to showcase our tags. You can find the tags of my fellow team members, along with the previous posts of this event and the linky on Tracy's blog.


For my tag I used one of my favourite winter themed stamp sets, STAMPlorations Winter Chill. I can't resist those cute penguins. I die cut a tag using CUTplorations Stitched Tags Nesting Dies from watercolour card and inked the aurora in the sky using Distress Oxides. After letting the ink dry, and thoroughly dabbing with my embossing buddy, I heat embossed the grungy snowflakes in glitter emossing powder in the sky.  I used CUTplorations Stitched Snow Hills on a shimmery white card to create the undulating snowy hills. I stamped the penguins, igloo and snowman and coloured them with Copics before fussy cutting and arranging into the wintery scene. Last, I heat embossed the sentiment in white powder onto black card and added some ribbon from my stash.


Card: 300 gsm watercolour paper, Neenah Solar white card, scrap of black card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Winter Chill
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versamark, Versafine, Distress Oxides, Copics, Signo white gel pen
Other: White and glitter heat embossing powder

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.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Copper Christmas Floral


Just a quick post today to show a Christmas card I created, inspired by a number of challenges. I was inspired by the Winter Flowers and Foliage theme over at Daring Cardmakers, Christmas Florals and/or Greenery over at CAS Watercolour, flowers over at Jingle Belles, the colours over at Inspire Create and the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch.




I stamped the (now discontinued) STAMPlorations Peace Love Joy Christmas floral, heat embossed it in copper and watercoloured the florals in Distress Ink (Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany and Pine Needles). I then stamped the sentiment from STAMPlorations Holiday Sketches: Christmas candles and heat embossed in copper. Last, I splattered some inks and copper Gansai Tambi watercolour on the card. 


Card: Kraft card from my stash
Stamps: STAMPlorations Peace Love Joy, Holiday Sketches: Christmas candles 
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versamark, Tim Holz Distress Ink Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany and Pine Needles, Gansai Tambi watercolour copper
Other: Papermania Copper embossing powder

Note that there is currently a 40% off sale in the STAMPlorations store which applies to previously released products. If you want to order from the NEW RELEASE and 5x7 STAMP CLUB categories, use my code above. As all NEW RELEASE products are already 10% off in the store (no code needed), using the code above you will actually get an extra 20% off on top of the standard discount, AND a free thin metal die to add (free die only if you order by November 30th)! Also, don't miss the STAMPlorations Thanksgiving blog hop!

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Twofer Wreath


I always mean to play along with the Twofer challenge when I see it pop up on my blog feed, and then the next thing I know I see the winner's post. I have no idea where the days go right now, it seems like the last two months have been going past in extra fast forward. There are so many things going on, both at work and with family and I can't keep up. One of the things which unfortunately always suffer is crafty time. Today I decided to ignore all the dust around the house and spend a few hours in art therapy, a healthy mind is more important right now than a clean house.

So today I finally managed to play along with this month's Twofer challenge where the theme is wreath. I created a Christmas card and new home one. I love the little Lawn Fawn wreath die, but don't use it enough. My Christmas card was also inspired by the colour challenge over at Lawn Fawnatics. I recently ordered the Really Rainbow paper, but haven't had a chance to use it yet so it was a great reason to break out the paper. I'm a really bad paper hoarder so I tried to use various bits and bobs from my patterned paper drawer (I have a full drawer of just Lawn Fawn patterned paper which only seems to grow).



For my first card I used a light grey card base and Really Rainbow Christmas patterned paper. I die cut the wreath out of the paper as well and used a scrap of polka dot pink paper for the bow and the berries on the wreath. I also stamped the Christmas presents from Toboggan Together and coloured them to go with the colours on the patterned paper. 


For my second card I created a scene with a door with a wreath and a dog sitting outside as I thought it would be a nice little scene for a happy new home card. I die cut the door from Knock on Wood paper using the Stitched Rectangle dies and die cut a bigger rectangle from yellow paper from the same set for the background. I coloured the pooch with Copics and stamped the banner from Bannerific onto Knit Picky patterned paper. The sentiment is a combination of a few different sentiments as I realised I don't have any stamp set with a "happy new home" sentiment. I'm also linking this card up over at Shopping Our Stash where the theme is "It's raining cats and dogs"

Card and patterend paper: White 200gsm card, Neenah Solar white, light grey card, Lawn Fawn Knit Picky, Knock on Wood, Really Rainbow Christmas and scraps of Perfectly Plaid Fall, Perfectly Plaid Christmas and Let's Polka Mon Amie
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Bannerific, Critters at the Dog Park and Toboggan Together and matching dies
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black and Copics
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Circle dies, Mini Wreath

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Floral Thanks


Sometimes the smallest thing mak you feel like an adult again. I started the day by cleaning my bathroom as there was a bit of dust settling on the surfaces. Oh, don't look at me like that, I've been busy lazying it up on the sofa doing nothing! Anyhow, it didn't take me long, but it felt so good to have it done. We were out all day and when I came back home and went to wash my hands I had already forgotten I had done a deep clean and it just made me so happy stepping into the clean bathroom. I felt so good - as long as I didn't look into any other room in the house...

A quick post today to show a card I made a while ago but haven't had time to post.  The background is a stencil monoprint using the ARTplorations Ethnic Organic One stencil and Disterss inks. I love the look of this technique. I stamped some of the pretty flowers from STAMPlorations Big Dreamer, coloured them with Copics and fussy cut them. I die cut the sentiment from purple and turquoise card and before assembling, I added scraps of purple and turquoise card behind the panel. To add a finishing touch I added some purple stickles to the sentiment

I'm linking up my card over at Inspire.Create.Challenges where the theme is thankful, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is Create your own background and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge whre the theme is Thanks/Thanksgiving.

Card: White 200 gsm card, 300 gsm watercolour card, scraps of purple and turquoise card, Neenah solar white 
Stamps: STAMPlorations Big Dreamer
Dies: CUTplorations Thanks word die
Ink and colouring: Distress Ink Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet, Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Other: Distress 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.



Tuesday, 6 November 2018

November STAMPlorations TAG Challenge - Thanksgiving


It's time for the STAMPlorations November TAGplorations challenge. This month the theme is All About Thanksgiving. I chose to not use the optional theme which is polka dots, but maybe you will come up with creative ways of working in polka dots in your creation?


For my tag, I inked up the background with Distress Inks, splattered with water and inked the edges in Vintage Photo. I stamped the trees and the sentiment in Versafine and finally inked Chipped Sapphire through the Some Birds stencil.


Card: White 200 gsm card
Ink: Distress Ink Squeezed Lemon, Mustard Seed, Abandoned Coral, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Vintage Photo
Stamps: STAMPlorations Tree Silhouettes, Words of Gratitude 
Dies: CUTplorations Luggage Tags Nesting Dies
Stencil: ARTplorations Some Birds
Other: 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.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

November STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - Rainbow


Hi you, I'm very happy to see you here today. Thanks for visiting and thanks for supporting the STAMPlorations CAS challenge. I know I don't say it enough, but you are amazing! Now that I got that off my chest, how about focusing on the STAMPlorations November CAS challenge. This month the optional colour twist is my all time favourite colour - rainbow. There is nothing that makes me happier than getting all those beautiful inks out and creating a card in the full spectrum of colours.


Today's card is a quick and easy Christmas card idea. Start by picking out your favourite Christmas trees (mine are from STAMPlorations Sketchy Yule Trees). Ink up half of your stamp with one colour and the other half with another colour. For the benefit of your ink pads, ink up the lighter colour first. Then stamp the tree, and make sure to cover it with a mask before stamping the tree next to it. Once all trees are stamped and the ink has dried, die cut the sentiment. Make sure you keep track of all the small pieces like the parts inside the letters. Then it's just a bit of a puzzle. I attached the sentiment using 3D foam pads which I cut into tiny pieces, and then I made sure to add all of the tiny pieces inside the letters. I attached a piece of black card to the back of the front panel to give the sentiment a bit of definition.  


I hope you are inspired to link up your CAS cards (with an optional twist of rainbow) over at the November CAS challenge. You can use any products you want, although if you have STAMPlorations products we would love to see what you create with them. Don't forget to link up to the challenge in your post and add the badge to be eligible for the prizes!

Card: White 200 gsm card, scrap of black card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Sketchy Yule Trees
Dies: STAMPlorations Merry Christmas Phrase Die
Ink: Distress Oxides

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.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Starry Sky Bunnies


Just a quick post today to link up with a few starry sky related challenges. I tried something a bit different with inking up the moon and the sky on black card using Distress Inks and then adding plenty of Ice Stickles to the moon and stars. 

I'm linking up with a few challenges:
AAA Cards - Moonlight 
Lawn Fawnatics - Bling It Out




Card and paper: White 200 gsm card, black card, Lawn Fawn Let's Polka in the Dark, Perfectly Paid Rainbow, Perfectly Plaid Fall
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Starry Skies
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxides, Copics
Dies: Lawn Fawn Grassy Border Die
Other: Gold embossing powder, Ranger Ice Stickles