Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Rainbow Congrats


I've been making up for lost time in the craft room lately. And as I made a few cards over the last few days which were not rainbow coloured, of course I had to make up that too, inspired by the image over at Just Us Girls. I also wanted to play along with Time Out where the theme is Celebrations with the Optional Twist of One Layer. I'm assuming inlaid die cutting counts as one layer! Last, but not least I was also inspired by the Words Have Power theme over at AAA Cards



The inlaid die cut technique is an easy and quick way of creating fun designs. Here, I started by stamping the gorgeous new Blossom Sprays #1 stamp from STAMPlorations in Versafine. Then, I die cut the sentiment using Congrats Word Die and sponged Distress Ink onto the die cut. The only thing you need to be careful about is to make sure you don't lose the tiny little bits from the die cut so you can glue them all back into the correct places. I added a few colourful rhinestones as a finishing touch. This would be a great design if you needed to mass produce cards, you could do a whole set with different flower stamps and different sentiments. 

Card: 250 gsm white card, Neenah Solar White Card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Blossom Sprays #1
Dies: CUTplorations Congrats Word Die
Ink: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron
Other: Adhesive gems from my stash

Don't forget the STAMPlorations 4th Birthday Hop and Wishlist Linky Party is in full swing with lots of opportunities to win great prizes. Also, don't forget you can get 20% off when shopping at the STAMPlorations store by using the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. Together with the 15% birthday discount (which is applied automatically without any code) that adds up to a whopping 35% off your order!


Monday, 26 June 2017

STAMPlorations 4th Birthday Blog Hop


I'm super excited to be part of the STAMPlorations 4th Birthday Blog Hop which is starting today and will go on for a whole week! Happy Birthday STAMPlorations and thank you Shery and David for the hard work you do to bring these wonderful inspirational products to all us crafters. There is a huge bunch of amazing new products available in the STAMPlorations store. All stamps are -15% off until July 7, and don't forget you can combine that with my discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA to get an additional 20% off. And of course Shery has lot of great prizes for you to win, check out the main post here, and see what my super-talented DT sisters have created using the great new release!


I wanted to create some colourful birthday cards using the new Cupcake and Gift builder dies. I love layering dies, so much fun to play with! I created a pink and red background for the delicious cupcakes using Distress Oxides and a rainbow background for my colourful gift using Brushos and the ARTplorations Retro Circles die. If you want to shop for these great new dies (or anything else) in the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA for a 20% discount at checkout (this will be on top of the 15% automatic birthday discount)!



Card: 250 gsm white card, Daler&Rowney 350 gsm watercolour paper, scraps of coloured card, gold and white glitter card, Scrap of Stampin' Up rainbow striped patterned paper
Ink: Distress Oxides Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick, Tsukineko Versamark, Brushos
Stamps: STAMPlorations Sugar Rush
Dies: CUTplorations Cupcake builder 1, Cupcake builder 2, Celebrate Word Die, Gift Builder 1, Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle
Stencil: ARTplorations Retro Circles
Other: Papermania Seafoam White Embossing Powder, white gel pen


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!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Well I have to admit I haven't had such a slow blogging month in all the years I have blogged. But it's summer, work is crazy, and I just went away for a few days. To Barcelona! And not for work, but just for fun!! Tapas, warm nights, Sangria, architecture, churros, sea food and a bike tour (yes, it was mostly focused on food, less on sight seeing. Priorities, you know...). Sooo much fun. And now I'm back and trying to make up for lost time in the crafty room. So many challenges I missed while I've been busy with all the other stuff. 




I came back to realise the 2017 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is going on. Can't miss that one!! So I used the delicious Bloomin' Spring Coffee Basket stamp and coloured it with my Gansai Tambi watercolours, inspired by the colour palette over at Sunday Stamps and the Think Pink theme over at Shopping Our Stash. I splattered some watercolours on the backing card, and die cut the image using the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies using the CAS(E) This Sketch for inspiration.






Card: 300 gsm white card, 350 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper, scrap of black card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloomin' Spring Coffee Basket 
Inks: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Dies: CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies
Other: Ranger clear fine embossing powder, Papermania Seafoam White embossing powder

Don't forget the STAMPlorations Wishlist Linky Party is going on here, you can link up a wish list of your favourite products and win. The 4th Birthday celebrations will begin tomorrow, so make sure to come back both here and to the STAMPlorations blog tomorrow to get the week long party started! Also, don't forget you can get 20% off when shopping at the STAMPlorations store by using the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. Together with the 15% birthday discount (which is applied automatically without any code) that adds up to a whopping 35% off your order!







Thursday, 15 June 2017

June STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - Mid-Month Inspiration


Welcome to the mid-month inspiration post for the June STAMPlorations challenge. You still have two more weeks to play along with our Masculine Colours theme. There are some amazing projects already linked up in the gallery, thank you for all the inspiration. Keep it coming! Don't forget that this is our last CAS challenge for a while, we'll take a break over summer but there will be lots of fun things going on over at the STAMPlorations blog so make sure to check in over the summer. 


I created a Father's Day card for my father-in-law using the cheeky monkeys from the Chikoo Goes Bananas stamp set by Dee's Artsy Impressions. I thought he might enjoy the fun little monkeys as he is the adoptive father of Gordon, a very handsome orangutan living in Monkey World. I used Distress Oxides to create a jungle-like background and then stamped and coloured the monkeys using Copics. The sentiment was die cut from a scrap piece of card I created ages ago using Distress Paints. Last, I stamped the second part of the sentiment using a Lawn Fawn stamp set - the only one I have which says 'father's day'. 

Card: 350 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper, scrap of yellow card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Chikoo Goes Bananas, Lawn Fawn Happy Everything
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxide Vintage Photo, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber, Copics
Dies: CUTplorations Happy Word Die 


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, 1 June 2017

June STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - Anything Goes With Masculine Colours


Summer is here!! Hope you are enjoying good weather and summer fun wherever you are. This will also be the last STAMPlorations CAS challenge before we go off on a break over summer. This month we challenge you to create something with masculine colours. But fear not, there will be plenty of exciting stuff going on over at the STAMPlorations blog. And don't forget that you can get a 20% discount if you want to go on a shopping spree in the STAMPlorations store by using the discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA.


For my card I chose to create a one layer card using the gorgeous Born to Roam stamps. I stamped the globe, masked it and stamped the luggage. Then I coloured the images with Copics. Last, I stamped one of the sentiments from the stamp set using Vintage Photo Distress ink. Last, I masked the image and stamped some splatters from the Art Marks stamp set.

I'm linking up my card with this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where Anything Goes.

Card: 250 gsm white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Born to RoamArt Marks
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Distress Ink Vintage Photo


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!