Wednesday, 15 February 2017

CUTplorations Mini Release


It's been a busy week here in the InvisiblePinkCraftRoom. First we had the Love TAGplorations event with amazing creations from you all. And now I'm thrilled to be part of the new CUTplorations mini release. The amazing Shery has created three new die sets which me and some of the other STAMPgirls have got our hands on to play with and show you our creations. I got to play with the two new landscape dies, and they are just screaming for colourful skies. 
And it wouldn't be a STAMPlorations release if there wasn't some great prizes for you. By commenting on the STAMPlorations blog and the linked designer blogs by Tuesday February 21st you are in the random draw to win:
  • ONE (1) $15 gift certificate
  • ONE (1) choice of either Lacy Edges or the Winter & Spring Stitched Landscape dies
The winners will be announced in the February Challenges and Blog Hops winners post on March 10 so to make sure you don't miss out on the announcement, make sure you follow the STAMPlorations blog.

You can find the new products in the STAMPlorations store here

And if you got inspired to order the new products or anything else from the STAMPlorations store, don't forget you can get 20% off your order by using the discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA. More info at the end of the post.


First I played with the Stitched Spring Landscape. This die reminds me so much of our summer house, so I wanted to create a gorgeous sunset in the background. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolours for one card and Distress Inks for the other. I think my favourite is the one with the Distress inks as our summer house is also by a lake. I also used the Stitched Snow Hills dies and the Awesome Word die to create the sentiment from gold mirri card.

Next I had a play with the Stitched Winter Landscape die. I started by trying to create a northern lights background using watercolours, but I didn't like the way it looked so I made another one using Distress Inks. I added multiple layers of stitched wintery hills and some Ranger Ice Stickles along with a silver sentiment to create a Christmas card. 



After finishing the card, I thought maybe I could use the watercolour background after all and decided to use it to create a page for my journal. Very simply I just die cut the watercolour background using the largest Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle die. Then I simply die cut the Stitched Winter Landscape from white card. I coloured the sentiment stamp using Distress markers in the same colours as the night sky and lightly sprayed with water before stamping. Then I traced the outline of the letters using a black marker and added some highlights using a white gel pen. I also added some stars using the white gel pen and some small die cut snowflakes. I used some yellow Distress Ink and the Oh My Stars stencil to create a background in my journal before adhering the winter scene. Although it started with a background I didn't like at all it actually became my favourite scene in the end! 



Card: White 250 gsm card, Hobbycraft 190 gsm white card, Daler&Rowney 300 gsm card, scrap of gold and silver mirri card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Life In Full Colour, Bold Sentiments: Discover, Bold Sentiments: Hashtag Authentic
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Markers, Gansai Tambi Watercolours, White gel pen
Dies: CUTplorations Stitched Winter LandscapeStitched Spring Landscape, Crazy Double Running Stitch RectangleStitched Snow Hills diesAwesome Word die, Merry Christmas Phrase die,
Stencils: ARTplorations Oh My Stars
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!




24 comments:

Deepti Aggarwal said...

Beautiful Cards Karola...Love each one of them.. so bright and cheerful.

Mary Holshouser said...

You get such fantastic colors in your skies.
Simply beautiful.
thanks for sharing.

Chrissie said...

Just love these dies.. your work is awesome!
Chrissie

Craftyfield said...

These cards are all beautiful but the Northern lights is my favourite!

Mac Mable said...

Amazing backgrounds and fabulous new dies x

Preety said...

Beautiful creations :) love the use of water colors

Dee Earnshaw said...

Wow you have an amazing ability to create gorgeously artistic backgrounds. Thanks for sharing your lovely eye candy with us:)

nancy littrell said...

OMG Karola, your watercolored sky backgrounds are Stunning!!! I love how each card is the same, but so different. You are a very creative artist my friend. TFS Hugs..

Jennifer Earley said...

Holy cow! These cards are beautiful! The colors and blending is fantastic! That first card...WOW! Beautiful landscape and colors!

Denise Bryant said...

Love all these pretty scenes! The new dies are fabulous! Gorgeous sky techniques and colors!

SHartl said...

I just love scenery cards and these dies are really fun. Your backgrounds make each card look amazing!

vinita jain said...

Wow! 3 such stunning watercolored BG! Love the different techniques, showcased the new dies so well!

Sue LD said...

Beautiful backgrounds on these scenic cards.

Ann said...

Beautiful cards, dies and those backgrounds are awesome.

Arianna Barbara said...

Oh wow! Awesome cards!!! Love the colors!!!

ionabunny said...

Love these cute dies. Gorgeous cards. Never had much luck with the nrthern lights technique but yours looks lovely. Hugz

Valerija said...

So sweet and beautiful. Love your backrounds and the dies you used.

Helen Gullett said...

They are fabulous and beautiful scene cards. I love these new dies!

shirley-bee said...

Fabulous cards, Karola! I love those gorgeous backgrounds :)

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Wow, your coloring is amazing on every single card. So pretty! And perfect BG for these new dies.

Mimi said...

These are AWESOME! Your skies rock, and look perfect with these homestead scenes.

Tina Z. said...

this is magical, great backgrounds.

Marjeta said...

Fantastic colouring and presentation new die set.

Marjeta

Craftychris said...

Wow! Awesome cards! xxx