Tuesday, 7 July 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration


Hi and welcome to the first STAMPlorations Inspiration post for July. I am going to devote my July projects to some Christmas card ideas as I think July is a good time to start thinking about designs for Christmas cards so that once you get a bit closer to Christmas you have multiple cards and designs done and if needed, you can mass-produce one or a few of them. 

Another exciting thing for July is that the brand new STAMPlorations store is now open! All the STAMPlorations stamps, dies, digis and other crafting supplies are now available in one shop and you can also find the Outlet store in the same place. Don't forget to use the code RELAUNCH at checkout to get 30% off your first order in the new store and for subsequent orders, you can use my discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout for 20% off. And there is even a freebie you can get for FREE if you pay for shipping. And if you leave a comment on the STAMPlorations Inspiration post over on the main STAMPloratios blog you can win a $15 gift code to the STAMPlorations store!

For my first Christmas in July project involves one of my all-time favourite Christmas stamp sets, Joyful. I heat embossed the Christmas present image in gold on white card, watercoloured with Gansai Tambi watercolours and fussy cut the image. I used the Dream Flower stencil with Distress Inks to create the background for the card, which I think looks a bit like poinsettias. Last, I added a sentiment from Joy heat embossed onto kraft card. 


Note that if you use any of the affiliate links in this post I will get a small compensation from your order without any additional cost to you!

Stamps: STAMPlorations JoyfulJoy
Stencil: ARTplorations Dream Flower 
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versamark, Distress Ink, Gansai Tambi watercolours




Tuesday, 30 June 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration


Hi and welcome to this week's STAMPlorations Inspiration Post. I'm still inspired by the summer flowers in my garden. Today is also a sad day as one of my good friends will be moving far away. I wish her all the best in her new exciting adventures from the bottom of my heart, but I will also miss her. Luckily there is always a silver lining to every cloud, as she kindly gave me some plants from her garden which are now blooming in my garden! I once read that life will answer to the wishes you make. I have been wishing for more plants in large pots in my garden - and now I have been given a beautiful rose, hydrangea and two beautiful geraniums. How lucky am I?


But back to flowers of another kind - the paper kind. I started this card with a panel I made a while ago, adding strips of leftover card to create a rainbow which I die cut with Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies. Next, I stamped the flowers from Softly on vellum, heat embossed in gold and fussy cut them and added to the rainbow panel. Last, I die cut the sentiment from vellum and black card using Skinny Sentiments. I added everything to a white card base which I decorated with cherry blossom washi tape.

Also, the brand new fabulous STAMPlorations store is now open for all your crafting needs - stamps, stencils, dies, digi stamps and the outlet store are now all in one place!  And you can get 30% off your first order in the new store if you use the codRELAUNCH30 at checkout. If you use my affiliate link above I get a small commission on any purchases you make without any additional cost to you so you help me keep my stamping addiction going! For any future shopping sprees in the new shop I can offer you a discount code to use at checkout if you use code STAMPGIRLKAROLA you will get 20% off your purchase of normal price products in the main and digi store (but not the outlet store as the prices are already heavily discounted)!

Stamps: STAMPlorations Softly
Ink: Tsukineko Versamark


Tuesday, 23 June 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration


Happy Midsummer! Last weekend was Midsummer in Finland, and it's one of the biggest celebrations of the year. There is as much congestion on the roads as there is for Christmas. People travel to their summerhouses and the cities are as good as empty of people. Many people also start their four week summer holiday at Midsummer. According to folklore, if you pick 7 different flowers on Midsummer night and sleep with them under your pillow, you will dream about the person you are going to marry, so I was inspired by flowers for my card for this week's STAMPlorations Inspiration post.

I started by stamping the beautiful horse with his beautiful flower decorations from Deepti's Live, Love, Ride stamp set (note that this stamp set is currently out of stock and not visible anywhere while Shery is migrating the STAMPlorations store over to the new domain but I'm hoping it will be back in stock later as it's one of my favourites). I watercoloured the image using Distress Inks. Then, I masked the image and inked the same colours of Distress Ink through Sanna's Fairy Tale Forest stencil to create a magical floral background. Last, I stamped one of the sentiments from Live, Love, Ride.

Another important thing to note is that the new STAMPlorations store is now open for digi stamps as well as the outlet store. If you use my affiliate link above I get a small commission on any purchases you make without any additional cost to you so you help me keep my stamping addiction going! I can also offer you a discount code to use at checkout, if you use code STAMPGIRLKAROLA you will get 20% off your purchase of normal price products!

Stamps: STAMPlorations Live, Love, Ride
Stencil: ARTplorations Fairy Tale Forest
Ink and colouring: Distress Inks, Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black

Products in the BIRTHDAY MONTH SALE section are 40% off with code 7YEARS
***Code can be used up to 7 times per customer. Code cannot be combined with other codes. Expires 6/30.***

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration


Happy Monday! It's time for another STAMPlorations Inspiration post. Every week we get together with ladies from the STAMPlorations Inspiration Team to showcase our favourite STAMPlorations products. By commenting on the Inspiration post on the STAMPlorations blog you will enter our random monthly draw for a $10 gift certificate.

This week I felt we all need a few sweets to cheer us up. Well at least to cheer me up! I have to admit I have been self-medicating my work-related stress with too many Candy Kittens. They donate some of the proceeds to the NHS, so eating sweets is a way to contribute, right? 

For my card, I started with the yummy cupcakes from Sweet Kindness which I stamped and watercoloured. I then created two background panels, one by smooshing Distress Oxides which I die cut with Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies and another one which I created using the yummy Sweet Backgrounds Clear Stickers. I layered everything onto a card base which I splattered with pink Distress Ink. Last, I added a sentiment from Sweet Kindness which I stamped onto a scrap piece of background I created using Distress Oxides. It's a bit more layered than I usually do, but it was fun to create something.

Stamps: STAMPloratinos Sweet Kindness
Ink and colouring: Distress Oxides, Distress Inks, Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black


If you want to take advantage of the 40% Birthday June Sale you can do so by using the code 7YEARS at checkout in the STAMPloratios Store. And if you want 20% off non-discounted products, you can use my discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout.
 
Products in the BIRTHDAY MONTH SALE section are 40% off with code 7YEARS
 
***Code can be used up to 7 times per customer. Code cannot be combined with other codes. Expires 6/30.***

Monday, 15 June 2020

STAMPlorations June CAS Challenge - Reminder


Hi, how are you? Thanks for popping by today! So many things are different this summer compared to other summers, but one thing stays the same. It's going past way too quickly. How can we already be in the middle of June? However it happened, today I get to share my card for the STAMPlorations June CAS Challenge Reminder


For my card, I created a purple watercolour background using Distress Inks. Then I stamped the beautiful Layered Vase and heat embossed it in gold. Last, I added a lilac die cut sentiment using one of the dies from Everyday Sentiments. This is a very quick and easy way to create a beautiful card, and you can literally do it in a few minutes.

Stamps: STAMPlorations Layered Vase
Dies: CUTplorations Everyday Sentiments
Ink and colouring: Distress Inks, Tsukineko Versamark

Don't forget the STAMPlorations Birthday Sale as some products are 40$ off with the code 7YEARS. And if you want to shop for products which are not in the Birthday selection, you can get 20% off by using my discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout.
 
Products in the BIRTHDAY MONTH SALE section are 40% off with code 7YEARS

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration


Happy Tuesday, aka STAMPlorations Inspiration Post day! Today I have a really sweet project to share with you. Don't forget, if you comment on the STAMPlorations Inspiration Post and the designer's blogs (including mine!!) you can win a $10 gift certificate to the STAMPlorations store.

I started by picking out a bright pink and cheery Distress Oxide background from my stash. I die cut it using one of the Stitched Tags Nesting Dies. Then I stamped and heat embossed the sweet cupcakes from Shery's new Sweet Kindness stamp set in gold, watercoloured with Distress Inks and fussy cut the image. I created a sentiment by die cutting Happy Birthday using Everyday Sentiments dies in gold mirri card. This turned out to be a really bright and fun project, and a great way to use up some of those backgrounds you made but didn't quite know what they should be used for. I know you have them stashed away somewhere :) 

Stamps: STAMPlorations Sweet Kindness
Dies: CUTplorations Everyday Sentiments,  Stitched Tags Nesting Dies
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versamark, Distress Oxides, Distress Inks

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration



Thanks for checking in on my STAMPlorations Inspiration post this week - the first Inspiration post for June. June!! It's summer - the garden is beautiful, although we could do with a bit of rain. Preferably during the night so we can still enjoy the gorgeous sunshine during the day. I had a little picnic in the garden with a cold drink and my crochet yarns yesterday, in the shade of our apple tree and it was lovely. 

My card is inspired by the blooms and the colours in the garden. I used Shery's new Bloomin' Coffee and You. I stamped the floral tag multiple times and coloured with Distress Oxides.  I then used a similar colour scheme but in softer pastel Distress Inks to ink through the Rubber Bands stencil, added the tags and finished with a sentiment from the stamp set. Don't forget, if you comment on the STAMPlorations Inspiration post and the designer's blogs, you are in the draw to win a $10 gift certificate for the STAMPlorations store.

Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloomin' Coffee and You
Stencil: ARTplorations Rubber Bands
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink, Distress Oxide

Monday, 1 June 2020

STAMPlorations June CAS Challenge


It's summer! I know it's probably going to be slightly different than most other summers, but I am fully intent on enjoying all the things I can this summer. I'll have picnics in the garden, have more time for my hobbies and we'll try to go out more for cycle rides and walks where we live instead of travelling somewhere further away. It will be more environmentally friendly and challenge our imagination in different ways, and I'm excitedly looking forward to what this summer will bring. 


A new month also means it's time for a new STAMPlorations CAS Challenge. This will be our last challenge for this season, and we will take a summer break and be back again in October. But there will be plenty going on over on the STAMPlorations blog over the summer, so don't fear you will still find regular inspiration and ways to play along and win prizes. 

For my card, I stamped the gorgeous blooms from Sweetly and watercoloured them with Distress Inks. I splattered purple across the background and added a sentiment which I die cut in shimmering purple card using Everyday Sentiments. I really like the muted colour scheme used for this card.

Stamps: STAMPlorations Sweetly
Dies: CUTplorations Everyday Sentiments
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Dusty Concord, Hickory Smoke, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

STAMPlorations Spring Fling and Blog Hop Reminder


This is your official reminder that you still have a few days (until the end of the month) left to hop along and/or link up to the STAMPlorations Spring Fling Blog Hop & Linky Party if you were planning to do so but haven't yet done so. You can find lots of inspiration for spring-themed creations on the STAMPlorations Spring Fling blog post and if you hop along and comment, or link up your own creations you can win one of several great prizes. In addition, there is a free digi which you can download and which I used for my project.


I created my card using the free Coffee Bloom Prints Digital Stamp, which you can download from the STAMPlorations digi store for free! I re-sized the digi to 80%, printed it, coloured with Sharpies and fussy cut it. I ran a black marker around the edges of the coffee cup before attaching it to a background I created by blending Distress Oxides and splattered it with water. I heat embossed a sentiment from What's Brewing in white onto black card to finish the card.

I'm also linking up this card over at the Spring/Summer 2020 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Don't forget that STAMPlorations is one of the super sponsors for the hop, and there are additional prizes to be won over on the STAMPlorations Coffee Lovers Blog Hop post.


Ink and colouring: Distress Oxides, Sharpies, Tsukineko Versamark 


If you feel like shopping for new craft stash you should check out the promotions in the STAMPlorations Store. And if you want 20% off normal priced products, you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout!
 
Products in the SPRING FLING section are 15% off instantly. Discount is applied automatically when you add qualifying items in your cart.

 
Products in the COFFEE/TEA LOVERS section are 40% off with code COFFEE40.


Tuesday, 26 May 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration


Did you see May anywhere? I heard a rumour it was May, but now it's almost gone. How did this happen? I remember how March and April took at least a year each, but May, my favourite month always flies by. If you have any ideas what happened, let me know in the comments!

It's also time for this week's STAMPlorations Inspiration post. As usual, the design team is showcasing some of our favourite STAMPlorations stamps. This time I decided to play with the fun Houses stamps which I coloured with watercolours and attached to a card base created with Distress Inks. I added a sentiment using Skinny Sentiments.

Stamps: STAMPloratoins Houses
Dies: CUTplorations Skinny Sentiments
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Inks, Gansai Tambi watercolours


Don't forget the current promotions in the STAMPlorations store. If you prefer to shop from the non-discount categories, you can use my code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout for 20% off normal price products.
Products in the SPRING FLING section are 15% off instantly. Discount is applied automatically when you add qualifying items in your cart.

Products in the COFFEE/TEA LOVERS section are 40% off with code COFFEE40.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Coffee Mug for Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Have you already played along with the Spring/Summer 2020 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop? I have, but I feel this great event warrants at least another card. Also, this is a reminder that STAMPlorations is one of the super sponsors for the hop, and as usual, Shery is giving away extra prizes over on the STAMPlorations blog (and it's from the new CRAFTplorations product range so it's super exciting!) and there is a gorgeous free digi too.

A while ago, I created a bunch of panels by smooshing Distress Oxides, and decided to use some for this card. I started with a lovely pastel panel which I die cut with one of the beautiful, ornate dies from Zen Coffee Cup Layering Dies and matted on black card. I then used another panel and die cut that with Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies. I stamped the coffee cup from Bloomin' Coffee and You in grey on white card, added the Distress Oxide panel and coffee cup, and compelted the card with a fun sentiment from Coffee Happy.


Stamps: STAMPlorations Coffee Happy, Bloomin' Coffee and You
Dies: CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies, Zen Coffee Cup Layering Dies
Ink and colouring: Distress Oxides, Distress Ink Hickory Smoke, Tsukineko Versamark


Don't forget the Coffee Lovers Sale in the STAMPlorations store.
 
Products in the COFFEE/TEA LOVERS section are 40% off with code COFFEE40.

Friday, 22 May 2020

Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Today is the launch of the Spring/Summer 2020 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! As always, STAMPlorations is one of the sponsors of the event so along with the rest of the STAMPloratios Inspirations team we are sharing extra inspiration over on the STAMPlorations blog today. There are four STAMPlorations gift codes up for grabs over at Coffee Loving Card Makers as part of the main Blog Hop, but as usual, Shery is being very generous and there is an extra prize drawn from those leaving comments on the STAMPlorations blog post.

We also have another reason to celebrate over on the STAMPlorations blog as we have recently released two new coffee themed stamp set. You may have seen the release post earlier this week and here are two other projects I created with these fun new stamp set.

For my first card, I used the coffee stamp from Sweet Kindness which I stamped four times and coloured using Copics. I heat embossed sentiments from Coffee Happy in white on black card and added them to the card. 


For my second card I used the coffee cup from Bloomin' Coffee and You. I stamped it and coloured with Copics before fussy cutting the image. I die cut a background which I created with Distress Oxides using Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies, and added coffee beans using the Dots n' Beans stencil. Last, I added a sentiment from What's Brewing, matted everything on a piece of blue card which I attached to a card base decorated with Washi tape.

I hope you are inspired to create your own coffee themed projects!

  
Bloomin' Coffee and You | Sweet Kindness

Stamps: STAMPlorations Coffee HappyWhat's Brewing
Stencil: ARTplorations Dots n' Beans
Ink and colouring: Tsukinko Versamark and Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Distress Oxides, Distress Inks


 
Products in the COFFEE/TEA LOVERS section are 40% off with code COFFEE40.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Spring Fling Blog Hop Reminder


Hi all, this is a very quick post to remind you of the ongoing STAMPlorations Spring Fling Blog Hop and Linky Party. The STAMPlorations design team has a whole post full of more spring-themed inspiration over on the STAMPlorations blog. There are many ways for you to play along with us and win some great prizes too.

There are 2 parts to this fun event, and you can find them over on the main STAMPlorations blog Spring Fling post:
  1. a blog hop with 23 stops where you can leave comments; and
  2. linky party for linking up your spring-themed projects -- you're free to use non-STAMPlorations products but if you do use our products (stamps, stencils, dies, clear stickers, coloring pages) and you're randomly picked as a winner, you get a bonus prize + we've got a digital stamp you can download and use. 

I made a card using the new Sweet Kindness stamp. I stamped the flowers from the set multiple times over the front of the card and heat embossed in gold. Then I used pretty much all of the colours in my Gansai Tambi watercolour set to colour the image. I heat embossed one of the sentiments from the same stamp set in gold on a yellow scrap piece of card and added it onto a green 

I hope you will join us for the blog hop and linky party too over at the Spring Fling post. Also, don't forget the two sales campaigns over in the STAMPlorations Store! And if you feel like shopping for non-sale items, you can get 20% off using the discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA.

Products in the SPRING FLING section are 15% off instantly. Discount is applied automatically when you add qualifying items in your cart.

Products in the COFFEE/TEA LOVERS section are 40% off with code COFFEE40.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration Post - New Coffee Stamp Release


Today we have a special STAMPlorations Inspiration post as we get to share two new stamp sets with you. These new stamp sets, Bloomin' Coffee and You and Sweet Kindness, are designed by the wonderfully talented Shery. If you love flowers, coffee, cupcakes and lovely sentiments, these stamp sets are for you. And my fellow design team members have loads more inspiration over on the STAMPlorations blog

For my first card, I was inspired to showcase the tasty cupcakes from Sweet Kindness. I heat embossed the image in copper, watercoloured it with Distress Inks and fussy cut the image. To create the background, I used Spun Sugar and Vintage Photo inks through the  Oh My Stars! Mini stencil, and after attaching the cupcakes, added the final touch with the sweet sentiment.


For my second card I used the delicate floral frame from Bloomin' Coffee and You. I started with a Distress Oxide blended background. Then I stamped the floral frame and a sentiment from Bloomin' Coffee and You in gold on vellum. For that extra touch, I added a strip of patterned paper (it also helps attach the vellum) and three adhesive pearls. 


I hope you enjoyed this showcase of the new stamp sets!

  
Bloomin' Coffee and You | Sweet Kindness

I also used the Oh My Stars! Mini stencil for my cards in addition to the new stamp sets.  

There are two great sales going on in the STAMPlorations store and for normal priced products you can use my discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA for 20% off.


Products in the COFFEE/TEA LOVERS section are 40% off with code COFFEE40.

Products in the SPRING FLING section are 15% off instantly. Discount is applied automatically when you add qualifying items in your cart.

Friday, 15 May 2020

STAMPlorations May CAS Challenge Reminder


Have you played along with the STAMPlorations May CAS Challenge yet? If not, this is a quick reminder that you still have two more weeks to do so. This month our colour twist is the most delicious baby pink, so get your pink on and join us! If you need more inspiration, hop over to the STAMPlorations blog challenge reminder post for loads of projects created by all the challenge design teams.


For my card, I used Sanna's super fun Peacock Feathers stencil, inking through it with Distress Oxide ink pads. Then I used a black marker to trace the outlines of the stencilled feathers before adding a sentiment consisting of a stamp from Winter Chill and colour coordinated die cut using one of my favourite sentiment dies Skinny Sentiments which allows you to create gorgeous layered sentiments.

Stamps: STAMPlorations Winter Chill
Stencil: ARTplorations Peacock Feathers
Dies: CUTplorations Skinny Sentiments

Don't forget there are two big offers in the STAMPlorations store right now. And if you want $$ off normal price products also use discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout!

 
Products in the SPRING FLING section are 15% off instantly. Discount is applied automatically when you add qualifying items in your cart.


 
Products in the COFFEE/TEA LOVERS section are 40% off with code COFFEE40.