Sunday, 21 May 2017

Rainbow Flower Silhouette



I had a mighty play in the craft room yesterday - the arrival of Distress Oxides truly got my dormant mojo up and running again. And it reminded me of the fact that it's long overdue for a clean out in the craft room - there are so many crafty products I no longer use and want to find new homes for. Time for some serious eBaying... hoping that my long forgotten Stampin' Up punches and stamp sets will find new homes where they will be used more than they have in my stamp room. 

Anyhow, yesterday I played a bit with watercolouring and Distress Oxides, you can see the result here. Another thing about the Oxides is that they blend much easier than the regular distress inks, so if you have found it hard to produce blends you might have more success with the Oxides. I used almost every colour I have of the oxides to create a rainbow background, inspired again by the colourful tulips over at Inspired By All The Little Things (hey, if there is a rainbow colour scheme anywhere to be found I will find it and play with it over and over and over again...). I'm also linking up (yet again) with this month's CAS Mixup (hope it's ok, as the rules say you can enter as many times as you like...) - I'm just a huge fan of splattering so can't resist playing along yet again! The "my choice" is die cutting, ink blending, heat embossing, stencilling... I'm also linking up with the AAA Cards Embossing challenge.




Card: 250 gsm white card, 300 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper
Ink: Tsukineko Versamark, Distress Ink Black Soot, Distress Oxides Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Faded Jeans
Stamps: STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2
Stencil: ARTplorations Bloom Silhouettes
Other: Papermania Seafoam White 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. If you have any questions or problems, just let me know!




Saturday, 20 May 2017

Oxide Watercolour Flowers


I've continued my play with the Distress Oxides - still not sure I know what exactly to do with them but I hope practice makes... well if not perfect, at least better. Today I had a bit of a play using the Oxides for watercolouring, inspired by the CAS Watercolour Flower theme.  I can't believe I haven't managed to play along with this month's challenge yet as I love both watercolour and flowers. I was also inspired by the beautiful rainbow coloured flowers in this week's Inspired By All The Little Things and the embossing theme over at AAA Cards




Card: Daler&Rowney 300 gsm watercolour paper
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versamark, Distress Oxides Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Wilted Violet and Worn Lipstick
Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloom Sketches
Dies: CUTplorations Celebrate Word Die
Other: Papermania Seafoam White Embossing Powder, 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!


Friday, 19 May 2017

Gleeful Garden in a Box


I realised I haven't posted this year's Mother's Day Card. I was excited to get to play with the new Lawn Fawn box card die, and I thought I'll make a garden party to celebrate spring. I had so much fun stamping and colouring the flowers and all the cute little critters. And I love how all the pieces from the box card die fit together. I've made box cards before but this die takes away all the fuss having to cut and measure the elements of the box.


I'm linking up with the current Lawn Fawnatics challenge where the challenge is to play with the inspiration image and/or colours. I'm also linking up with Make My Monday where the theme is Sugar and Spice (can you see the little cupcake over there in the grass?) and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is A Bit of Sparkle.




Card: Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes, Perfectly Plaid, Let's Polka, Glitter Paper
Stamps: Gleeful Garden, Critters in the Forest, Baked With Love and Big Scripty Words with matching dies, Happy Everything
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Dies: Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up, Simple Puffy Clouds, Simple Puffy Cloud Frames, Rainbow, Grassy Border

Thursday, 18 May 2017

May STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - Mid-Month Inspiration


How the time flies when it's spring. Already half way through my most favourite month of the year. But the good news is there is still almost half of the month left to enjoy. We have had a few days of long overdue rain here, I'm hoping it will encourage the fruit trees to do well. There are so many apricots and cherries on the trees this year. Last year was a bit of a dud for both so it would be great to see all that lovely fruit ripen.

Anyhow, I'm not here to ramble on about fruit but to remind you that there is still plenty of time to link up your CAS cards in feminine colours to join the beautiful and inspirational creations which are already linked up to this month's challenge. You can find a whole post full of inspiration from the DT! You don't have to use STAMPlorations products, but if you have them we would love to see you use them. And don't forget, if you want to go for a bit of a shopping spree in the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA for 20% off!


For my card, I used the wonderful combination of flowers, coffee and doughnuts. I stamped the image from Bloomin' Spring Coffee Basket, coloured it with Copics and fussy cut it. I created a background for the card using the Fall Floral Trio stencil and orange, pink and purple Distress Inks. Last, I added one of the sentiments from the stamp set. I thought this would make a great card to cheer someone up if they were having a bit of a bad day.

Card: 250 gsm white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloomin' Spring Coffee Basket
Ink and colouring: Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet, Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Stencil: ARTplorations Fall Floral Trio 

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, 17 May 2017

Distress Oxides in da House


I can't believe it's been 10 days since my last post! I'm suffering from a bit of mojo gone AWOL... But I've been busy reading which has been wonderful as it's been a long time since I've found the peace of mind to just sit down and focus on a book. So that feels good. Not sure if it's just a coincidence that my reading streak started on the same day as I removed the Facebook app from my phone. 


Anyhow, I had a parcel arrive today, full of the Distress Oxides I've been waiting for ever since I saw the videos and beautiful cards start to appear a few months ago. I have to admit I was playing around for a while, and not really being able to re-create those gorgeous water splattered grunge-y backgrounds I've seen in the video where the King of Distress himself, Tim Holtz was demoing them, or this video where Jennifer McGuire creates gorgeous cards with the inks. But I guess it's all a learning process. I was going to discard all my attempts but then I thought I should make something out of at least one of the panels - it should be all about the fun of creating and not trying to achieve perfection. And I was inspired by the new colours over at Color Throwdown and the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch so I ended up creating a new home card using STAMPlorations dies, inspired by the Home Sweet Home theme over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I also added some stickles to the sentiment inspired by Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is A Bit of Sparkle.



Card: 250 gsm white card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card, Daler&Rowney 300 gsm watercolour paper
Ink: Distress Oxides Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber
Dies: CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies, Stitched Snow Hills, Stitched Winter Landscape, Happy Word die
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Claire's ABCs
Other: Ranger Mint Ice Stickles, 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!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Candy Pastel Flowers


I attended a course a few weeks ago. I really need to finish the coursework, but as the true procrastinator I am, I turned to browse challenge blogs instead. And I couldn't resist a bit of die cutting inspired by the Flower theme over at the Paper Smooches challenge blog. I was also inspired by the colours over at Color Throwdown and the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch. I'm also linking up over at CAS on Sunday where the theme is Glitter or Sequins and CAS Mix Up where the theme is Stamping+Splattering+your choice (die cutting and heat embossing). Last but not least I'm also linking up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where the theme is Hint of Pink.





I started by sponging Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Peacock Feathers onto white card. Then I splattered water on the inked background. Next, I started die cutting the flowers from white, turquoise, pink and purple paper and spent quite a while with my tweezers and glue putting together the flowers. Then I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed the sentiment in white, before adding a few sequins for embellishment. As I was left with so many left over die cuts I couldn't resist the urge to add a few more flowers inside the card from the pile of leftover bits and pieces. There is something truly calming about assembling tiny little pieces of paper although at the same time it drives you crazy!


Card: white 200 gsm card
Paper: Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes
Ink: Tsukineko Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Peacock Feathers
Stamps: Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
Dies: Paper Smooches Adorable Array
Other: Sequins from my stash

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Happy Mother's Day for the MIL


It's been a while since UK Mother's day (which is in March, not May like the rest of the world), and I made this card for my MIL but haven't gotten around to sharing it on the blog yet. A while ago I ordered the Lawn Fawn Penelope's Blossoms stamp set and immediately put it to good use by colouring it with Distress markers. Apart of the stamp colouring which does take a while, it was a super quick card to put together. 

I started by colouring and stamping the big blossom stamp from Penelope's blossom using pink, purple and two different green Distress markers. I misted the stamp very lightly with water before stamping. Then I stamped the "mother's day" from Lawn Fawn Happy Everything in Versamark and heat embossed in gold. Last, I die cut the banner and "Happy" using Lawn Fawn dies and added a few sequins for effect.

I'm linking up with the following challenges:
House of Cards - add sequins
Make My Monday - May Flowers
Time Out - Flowers (I didn't use the optional twist of kissing)
Just Us Girls - Mother
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Hint of Pink



Card: 250 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper, scrap of pink card, scrap of gold mirri card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Penelope's Blossoms, HAppy Everything
Dies: Lawn Fawn Everyday Banners, Big Scripty Words
Ink: Tsukineko Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Markers Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Spun Sugar, Seedless Preserves
Other: sequins from my stash, gold embossing powder

Thursday, 4 May 2017

May STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - Anything Goes With Feminine Colours


It's May! My favourite month. Not only because it's my birthday month (although that's still a few weeks away) but also because it's when spring turns into summer. April tends to be a bit of a trickster, this year we had a wonderful hot weekend in April and I thought yes, this is it, now I will be able to wear nothing but T-shirts and skirts for the next four months. But instead the following week we went back to scraping ice off the windscreens in the morning. But May wouldn't do that to us, now would you May? 

Our May CAS card challenge over at STAMPlorations starts today and as usual anything CAS goes. This month we have the optional colour twist of Feminine colours. Interpret that as you wish! I thought I would go with a combo of pink/red/yellow. 


I totally adore the new Trendy Spring Blooms dies and thought this time I'll just go with die cutting and nothing else for my card. So even if you are new to crafting and haven't yet collected a room full of crafty stash, there is so much you can do with even a very limited amount of supplies. For this card I only used the Trendy Spring Blooms dies and a word die for the sentiment. If you want to add these dies, or any of the other gorgeous products from the STAMPlorations store, to your stash you can use the discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA for 20% off your purchase at checkout.



Card: 250 gsm hammered white card, Craft Creations Mulberry Effect Colour Blends card, White Glitter card

I'm linking up with the following challenges:
AAA Cards - Bright & Beautiful 
Time Out - Flowers (I did not use the optional twist of kissing)




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, 3 May 2017

Oh The Places You'll Flamin-go


It's been a while since I just had time to sit on the sofa, browse challenge blogs and get inspired by the challenges. And we have finally moved into spring proper, one of the great things about that is there is enough light in the evenings to have a crafting session and get photos as well! Better enjoy that while it lasts. And today everything just fell into place, and I found a bunch of super inspiring challenges. 

I have been meaning to play along with the new Lawn Fawnatics challenge, but life has been so hectic lately that I haven't managed to join in the fun for the first three challenges. However, as soon as I saw their new challenge, "Black/white And Bright", I knew this time I had to play along. I was also inspired by the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and the "A Hint of Pink" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Last but not least I was also inspired by the bright colours and sequins over at House of Cards and the Stamping+Splattering+Your Choice over at CAS Mixup. My choice to add was die cutting and heat embossing.




I started by stamping the flaming from Lawn Fawn Flaming together and the palm from Critters from the Past, colouring them with Copics and die cutting with the matching dies. I also die cut the sun from Spring Showers and banners using the Everyday Sentiment Banners and stamped the sentiment from the Flamingo Together set, heat embossing in black and white. Then I splatted three different yellow Distress inks onto the background before arranging the scene, adding a strip of black and white paper to the side of the card in line with the black and white theme over at the Lawn Fawnatics challenge. Last, I added some sequins as a finishing touch, inspired by the House of Cards challenge.

Card: 250 gsm white hammered card, scrap of black card
Paper: Lawn Fawn Let's Polka in the Dark, Let's Polka in the Meadow, Perfectly Plaid
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Flamingo Together, Critters from the Past and matching dies
Dies: Lawn Fawn Spring Showers, Everyday Sentiment Banners
Ink and Colouring: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine, Copics, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber
Other: Heat embossing powders in white and black, sequins from my stash

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Things With Wings Blog Hop Final Reminder


Thanks for stopping by today for the final reminder of the Things With Wings Blog Hop and Linky Party over at STAMPlorations to celebrate spring. The inspiration in the linky is absolutely amazing, thank you for everyone who has linked up. I'm honoured to join a bunch of the amazing DT ladies for the final inspiration and reminder post, you still have a few more days to link up, until April 30th to join us and also for your chance to win a bunch of great prizes. And if you aren't lucky enough to bag yourself some prizes this time round, you can always use my discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA in the store for 20% off your order. 



For my card today I wanted to use the gorgeous Bloom Boldly stencil and the super fun Dragonfly Layering dies. I stated by inking Distress Inks through the stencil and die cut the tag using the Luggage Tags Nesting Dies. I'm happy I went for a slightly different colour combo from what I usually use, I think the bright colours have such a spring feel to them. I die cut the dragonfly and the thanks for the sentiment from a piece of green card I found in my UFO box which I created using Distress Paints way back when. Last, I die cut the solid dragonfly from vellum and another "thanks" from purple card to create a bit of contrast. Last, I mounted everything onto white card and added Ice Stickles to the sentiment and dragonfly wings.




I'm linking up with the following challenges:
AAA Cards - Stencil 
CAS on Sunday - Stencil





Card: 250 gsm white card, 250 gsm white hammered card, 300 gsm watercolour card, Dovecraft 110gsm premium vellum, scrap of purple card
Stencil: ARTplorations  Bloom Boldly stencil
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Distress Paints
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!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

April STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - Mid-Month Inspiration


Welcome to my little mid-month reminder for the April STAMPlorations CAS Challenge. Absolutely loving the beautiful pastel creations in the gallery! And the great news is that you still have a few more weeks to link up. Don't forget that if you combine our pastel colour CAS challenge with winged things, you can also link up with the Things With Wings Spring Hop. Why not double your chances of winning some great prizes.


This time I thought I would create a one layer card with the super-cute Hello You stamp set. I started by stamping the retro typewriter and coloured it with Gansai Tambi watercolours. I added the sentiment below the typewriter. I thought it all looked a bit bare so I added stamps from the fantastic Scribbly Splattery Grunge set in pastel colours to the background. I just love the grunge-y alphabet, I think it works so well with the typewriter theme. 

Card: 250 gsm white hammered card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Hello You, Scribbly Splattery Grunge
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up So Saffron, Soft Sky, Blushing Bride, Gansai Tambi watercolours

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Things With Wings Blog Hop Reminder 2


It's been a full week since I've shown you some wings - so here we go! This is your second reminder that the STAMPlorations Things With Wings blog hop is still in full swing. I hope you have been enjoying the inspiration so far, we certainly have loved the gorgeous creations in the link-up.

For my third card, I decided to do a whole lot of stamping, masking and fun colouring. The awesome Trendy Butterflies 2 are perfect for colouring with all their beautiful, intricate patterns. I used pretty much all the colours of my Tim Holtz Distress markers when creating this card! Then I simply stamped one of the sentiments from the same stamp set in Versamark on black card and heat embossed in white for a high contrast sentiment. Sometimes it's nice to create something with nothing but one stamp set and some markers, no fancy techniques or tons of equipment. Just you and your markers. So even if you are just getting into crafting and haven't bought very much stuff yet, there are so many options out there. And of course, if you want to do some shopping you can use the discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout in the STAMPlorations store for 20% off your purchase!


I'm linking up with the following challenges:
Make My Monday - Embossing Heat or Dry 
The Card Concept - Fresh Flutters (style: clean and simple)
Time Out - Inspiration image





Card: 250 gsm white smooth card, scrap of black card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies 2
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Markers
Other: Papermania Seafoam White 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. If you have any questions or problems, just let me know!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Things With Wings Blog Hop Reminder


This is a reminder for the STAMPlorations Things With Wings Blog Hop which is taking place to celebrate spring and is going on until the end of April. I'm honoured to join in with a bunch of the super-talented ladies from the STAMPlorations DT to show you our creations for this first reminder post for the hop. I hope you will join us by either commenting on the DT creations or link up your own cards to be in the draw to win one of the many prizes from the new spring STAMPlorations release.  


For my second card, I decided to continue with the rainbow colour theme in line with my first card last week. This time I created a rainbow using Brushos. I attached the Shower of Flutters stencil to watercolour paper, sprinkled over some Brushos and sprayed with my mini mister until the colours blended. After the Brushos dried, I stamped the butterflies from Trendy Butterflies which match perfectly with the stencil. I die cut the intricate butterfly and sentiment from glittery gold card - I used a shim  made of a folded piece of paper in my cutting sandwich for the butterfly to ensure the intricate small pieces of the lattice-work popped out of the die cut cleanly. All that was left to do was to add the die cuts to the card. I just love the look you get when you sprinkle Brushos and then mist - you can't plan what comes out and you can never get the same look twice, every card is totally unique.




I'm linking up with the following challenges:
AAA cards - Shiny Spring
Shopping Our Stash - Use Punches or Dies
The Card Concept - Fresh Flutters




Card: 300 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper, gold glitter card
Ink and colouring: Brushos, Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies
Stencil: ARTplorations Shower of Flutters

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!