Tuesday, 15 October 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration


It's Tuesday and that means it's time for a new STAMPlorations Inspiration Post. Every Tuesday the STAMPlorations Inspiration team get to showcase our latest creations with our favourite STAMPloratons products. Over the years I have amassed quite a bit of these, and although I love them all, I have to admit some of them have become things I reach for over and over again. The Succulently stamp set is definitely one of my favourites, as I love house plants and succulents and cacti in particular (as they have a much better chance of surviving in my care than some of their more high maintenance cousins).

I started by stamping all of the sentiments from Succulently on kraft card in a matching ink for a subtle background. Then I stamped a few of the plants, coloured them with Copics and fussy cut them to create the focal image. Last, I die cut the sentiment using another workhorse of my crafty stash, the Hugs word die in brown card and added a few accents with my gel pen. 

Don't forget to leave a comment on the  Inspiration Post and the designer's blogs for a chance to win prizes every month!

Stamps: STAMPlorations Succulently
Dies: CUTplorations Hugs word die
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Copics, Signo white gel pen

Check out the CURRENT PROMOTIONS page in the STAMPlorations store for some awesome deals: October fall sale, new CUTplorations dies pre-order sale, coffee-themed sale, freebies with orders, and more!

STAMPlorations October CAS Challenge - Reminder


We are halfway through the month and depending on whether you are a glass half full or a glass half empty person it means that you still have half of October to play along with us, or that you only have half of the month left to play along with us for our October challenges. So if you have already played along, thank you for sharing your wonderful creations, and please feel free to join again as our challenges allow multiple contributions (but check the rules for each challenge for the exact number of times you are allowed to link up). If you haven't had time to play along yet, you still have plenty of time and all the ladies of all the challenge DTs have teamed up with plenty of additional inspiration today over on the STAMPblog


I have created a new card for the October CAS challenge where the optional colour twist is Orange. I used the super-fun Layered Citrus with Distress Inks and Oxides to create this clean and simple one layer monochrome card for your inspiration. Now I'm off to go make myself a cocktail!

Stamps: STAMPlorations Layered Citrus
Ink and Colouring: Tsukineko Memento Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Oxide Spiced Marmalade


Check out the STAMPlorations store CURRENT PROMOTIONS page for some awesome deals: October fall sale, new CUTplorations dies pre-order sale, coffee-themed sale, freebies with orders, and more!


Tuesday, 8 October 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration


Happy Tuesday and happy STAMPlorations Inspiration Post day. It's time for the weekly dose of STAMPlorations Inspiration. This time I created a baby card using Deepti's adorable stamp set Tweet Love. I started by creating a background using Distress Inks and splattered it with water. Then I stamped the cute little critters, coloured them with Copics and die-cut them with the matching dies. Quick and easy. I decided to use neutral colours as I don't know if it will go to a boy or a girl.

I'm linking up over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and Cute Card Thursday

Stamps: STAMPlorations Tweet Love and coordinating dies
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink, Copics


Check out the CURRENT PROMOTIONS in the STAMPlorations store for some awesome deals: October fall sale, new CUTplorations dies pre-order sale, coffee-themed sale, freebies with orders, and more!

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration


It's Tuesday and that means another instalment of the STAMPlorations Inspiration Post. It's starting to look a lot like autumn out there, so this week I was inspired by all the leaves which are starting to turn into those warm autumn colours. 

I used Distress markers in various hues of yellows, oranges, reds and browns to colour the beautiful leaves from Trendy Leaves, spritzed them with water and stamped around the edges of a watercolour paper card front. I also diluted a bit of ink with water and splattered on the card. I created the sentiment by colouring a scrap of watercolour paper with the markers and blended with water before die cutting using the Hello word die.

I'm linking up over at Make My Monday where the theme is Autumn and Crafty Gals Corner where the theme is Fall Colours.

Stamps: STAMPlorations Trendy Leaves
Dies: CUTplorations Hello word die
Ink and colouring: Distress markers

STAMPlorations October CAS Challenge - Orange


Welcome back to the STAMPlorations CAS challenge! We had a long break but are now brimming with pent-up CAS inspiration. I hope you will enjoy playing along, and can't wait to see what you create. And of course, you will have plenty of chances to win amazing STAMPlorations prizes too.


Our first optional colour twist this season is Any Shade of Orange. I was inspired to create a big flower using the lovely Peony Number Two stencil so I inked Distress Inks in yellow and orange through the stencil using a foam applicator. I finished my one layer CAS card with a sentiment from Noteworthy 2 and splattered some water for added interest.

Now it's your turn to create a CAS card, either with or without orange. You are free to use any products you want, but if you have any STAMPlorations crafty goodies, we would love to see what you create with them. Don't forget to display our challenge graphic in your post and link back to the CAS challenge post on the STAMPlorations blog to be eligible for our prizes.

I'm linking up this card over at AAA Cards where the theme is One Layer and the optional twist is autumn.


Stamps: STAMPlorations Noteworthy 2
Stencil: ARTplorations Peony Number Two
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral


Sunday, 29 September 2019

National Coffee Day Blog Hop


To celebrate National Coffee Day, Coffee Loving Cardmakers are hosting a great big blog hop. If you usually participate in the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog hops you know they usually involve linking up cards, but this time the blog hop is a bit different. All you have to do this time is hop along and leave a comment for all the sponsors and you can win lots of great prizes. STAMPlorations is stop #15 in the hop and by commenting on the main post and the posts from the STAMPlorations designers you can win prizes! And if you don't win a prize, you can always stock up on your coffee themed crafty stash using the 15% discount in the STAMPlorations store (discount applied automatically).


For my coffee themed card, I started by stamping Trendy Leaves in Versafine Onyx Black around the edges of a piece of watercolour card. I coloured the panel with watercolours, and inked Vintage Photo Distress ink through the Leaf Prints Mini stencil. I stamped the big coffee mug from Anywhere There's Coffee on watercolour card, coloured the mug with watercolours, inked Vintage Photo through the very apt Dots n' Beans stencil and added a coffeelicious sentiment from Coffeeology.

Stencils: ARTplorations Dots n' BeansLeaf Prints Mini
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, watercolours


Friday, 27 September 2019

STAMPlorations Christmas Release


Today I'm excited to share three projects I created for the Special Release of the new STAMPlorations Christmas Sentiment stamp sets Festive and Joy. I feel like I can never have enough different Christmas sentiments and I find these are a perfect size, both for use as the main focal point of cards as well as sentiments, combining them with other Christmas images.

As with all of our special releases, there are prizes for grabs. There are two prizes which will be randomly drawn from comments left on the Special Release post and the designer's blogs. One winner will receive a $15 gift code to the STAMPlorations store and one winner will receive their choice of any in-stock 4x6 Shery Russ Designs stamp set. Commenting is open until October 8 and the winners will be announced on October 10 in the September winners post.

For my first project, I stamped the sentiments from Joy in a criss-cross pattern, using both the solid and outline versions of the stamps. Then I added the reindeer horns from Yuletide Deer and mistletoe from Christmas Elf



For my second card, I used the merry and CHRISTMAS stamps from Joy to create the background using Distress Inks. I heat embossed the sleigh from Joyful in gold on vellum and watercoloured using Distress Inks. I stamped the sentiments onto vellum and inked around the edges with Distress Ink.


I also created a Christmas tag. I watercoloured using Distress Inks through the Retro Hearts stencil and heat embossed the lovely log cabin from Homespun Christmas in silver onto vellum. I die cut the tag using Stitched Tags Nesting Dies, added the fussy cut cabin and doodled around the stamped sentiments.

Stamps: STAMPlorations Joy, Yuletide DeerChristmas ElfJoyfulHomespun Christmas
Dies: CUTplorations Stitched Tags Nesting Dies
Stencil: ARTplorations Retro Hearts
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Distress Inks