Saturday, 11 August 2018

Geometric Twofer


I've missed out on loads of great challenges lately as I don't currently get to spend as much time in the craft room as I would like to. Life has an annoying way of getting in the way of the fun stuff, but luckily today after donating blood in the morning I needed something very sedentary to do for a few hours and therefore decided to see if I could come up with something for this month's Twofer challenge where the theme is geometric.
Every time I see the challenges come up in my Feedly feed, I swear I will play along and then a mere blink of an eye later I see the top picks posted for the challenges and yet again realise I didn't get around to play along. Does that ever happen to you?? 



Determined not to miss out on one of my favourite challenges out there, the fantastically fun Twofer challenge, I created two cards using the ARTplorations Tribal Triangles stencil as I thought the triangles would fit the theme perfectly. My first card is a baby card where I inked Spun Sugar Distress ink through the stencil to create a very soft background. I then stamped the super cute elephant from STAMPlorations Tweet Love. I coloured her with Copics, fussy cut and attached to the card. I die cut small stars using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card die and added a sentiment from Critters Down Under. The colours for this card were inspired by Color Throwdown.


For my second card, I used the Tribal Triangles stencil for stencil monoprinting using Distress Oxides. I attached the panel onto black card, die cut a black circle and the sentiment from STAMPlorations Feel Better Soon Phrase Die in gold mirri card. Last, I stamped a grunge barcode from Mixed Media Grunge at the bottom of the card and added some colourful dots and tiny adhesive gems. 



This card was inspired by the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch. I'm also linking up over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is to Distress It. **Addition** Last night when I published the post I was so tired I wasn't thinking straight but after a good night's sleep it's all coming back to me. I was of course inspired by the wonderful CAS Mixup challenge to use the stencil monoprint technique (thank you as always for the wonderful inspiration!!!) and this is the second card I'm linking up over there. I'm having a great time using my stencils this way and may have one more card up my sleeve as the rules allow you to link up three cards to the challenge!




Card: 300gsm watercolour card, black 200 gsm card, Hobbycraft 190 gsm white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Tweet LoveMixed Media Grunge, Lawn Fawn Critters Down Under
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versafine, Distress Oxides, Distress Ink Spun Sugar, Copics
Stencil: ARTplorations Tribal Triangles
Dies: STAMPlorations Feel Better Soon Phrase Die, Lawn Fawn Stitched Circle die, Stitched Journaling Card die
Other: Enamel dots and adhesive gems 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.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Stencil Monoprint


When I run out of mojo, I turn to the wonderful crafting challenges out there on the interwebs as they are a great source of inspiration. The DT projects often give me new ideas, and sometimes I get inspired to use a technique I don't usually use very much. The August CAS Mixup challenge is Stencil Monoprint which is a technique I don't usually use but is such a great way to get more out of your stencils and get really cool artsy backgrounds. So I got to work and created several monoprints. This is one of them which I created with Distress Inks (Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet) using the ARTplorations Just Flow Stencil and cut it up into two background panels. 


I stamped the poppies from Bloom Sketches, my first (and one of my absolute favourite) STAMPlorations stamp sets and coloured them with Copics before fussy cutting. I mounted the monoprint onto turquoise cardstock, added the poppies and heat embossed a sentiment (my additional choice of technique for the challenge) onto a strip of white card I inked with Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers. 

I'm also linking up over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where the theme is to create your own background. 

Card: White 200 gsm card, Daler&Rowney 300 gsm watercolour card, turquoise card from my stash
Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloom Sketches
Ink and Colouring: Distress Inks Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet, Copics, Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamark
Stencils: ARTplorations Just Flow
Other: gunmetal embossing powder 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.


Saturday, 4 August 2018

Amazing Rainbow


I've finally managed to spend some time in the craft room, but I used most of my day to play Find your mojo. You know the game, you sit in your room and every card you create goes straight into the bin. Then I came across the inspiration images for AAA cards and Just Add Ink and managed to put together a card! Nothing like a bit of rainbow magic to get going. As you can see, it's nothing too complicated. I love the vibrancy of the Distress Oxides, and they blend so well. It's always fun to create a rainbow with them. 



Card: grey shimmer card, Hobbycraft 190 gsm white card
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Oxides, Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies: CUTplorations Amazing word die
Other: Adhesive gems 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.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

More Bloomtangled Cards


A while ago I did a lot of die cutting using the STAMPlorations Bloomtangled #1 Cover Plate die to create a card for STAMPloration's 5th birthday. That left me with loads and loads of leftover die cuts. What a great excuse to do some more paper piecing!! Using the bits and bobs I put together three cards in the spirit of recycling and making use of those left over die cut pieces.


I was inspired by the floral image over at Just Us Girls, and I'm also linking up with the J is for Junk challenge over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers (although no snark this time, sorry!). I'm also linking up over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes this week.


After the relaxing paper piecing, I die cut sentiments using STAMPlorations dies in gold mirri card, and added some sequins from my stash to the first card for the extra bling factor. 


Card: various coloured card from my stash, 200 gsm white card, gold mirri card
Other: gold sequins from my stash


Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Welcome Little One


I made this card for a friend a while ago but never got around to publishing it. The background panel is a watercolour panel which initially was meant for something completely different but didn't turn out as I wanted. But I couldn't just get rid of it so it ended up in my UFO pile and then after a while found it's way to this card. I love it when that happens. 

The front panel was lots of stamping and die cutting. The sky, sun and grass are inked with a mix of Distress Inks and Distress Oxides and the critters are coloured with Copics. I also stamped and coloured an envelope to match the card, again creating the backgrounds with Distress Inks, this time colouring the critters with coloured pencils.


I'm linking up the card over at Make My Monday where the theme is Coloured Image, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where Anything goes and Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers where the theme is Colouring. I'm also linking up the envelope over at Shopping Our Stash where the theme is to Get krafty.

Main ingredients:
Lawn Fawn stamps (Critters Down Under) and various Lawn Fawn dies
Tim Holtz Distress inks and Distress Oxides
Copics
Gansai Tambi watercolours

Monday, 23 July 2018

Christmas in July over at STAMPlorations


Today I'm excited to be showcasing a whole bunch of Christmas cards for the STAMPlorations Christmas in July post over on the STAMPlorations blog. Trust me, there is a whole lot more than the sneak peak of three cards you can see here. You can also win your choice of one of the STAMPlorations products I used for my projects (or a $15 gift card to the STAMPlorations store) by leaving a comment on the post over on STAMPlorations blog. Shery also has a generous offer, -25% off all Christmas in July products if you use the code CHRISTMAS25 on checkout. Hope all of this got you inspired to kick-start your Christmas crafting. Feel free to leave a link to any Christmas creations below if you were inspired by my cards, as I would love to pop over and take a look!






I'm linking up my third card over at CAS on Friday where the theme is, appropriately, Christmas in July and over at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge where the theme is the same!

Monday, 2 July 2018

My Ice Cream is Melting!!


I can't recall a summer like this for the whole time I've lived in the UK. No rain, no clouds, just glorious sunshine! Everyone says that it will rain now, with Wimbledon starting... I know the garden could use some rain, but I'm loving the sunshine and warmth. I will think fondly on these sweaty, glorious, days when it gets cold and rainy and miserable again.


The July challenge over at House of Cards is lovely cold ice cream and all I could think about today was ice cream melting in the heat, so I went a bit wild with my watercolouring. I'm also linking up with the Ice Cream challenge over at Make My Monday and the Warm theme over at Time Out.



My card is super simple, I stamped the delicious ice creams from STAMPlorations Sweet Cravings using Antique Linen Distress Ink onto watercolour paper and watercoloured them using the colour scheme from the challenge, pulling the colours outside of the outlines of the images. After the watercolours dried (which is not long in this heat!), I stamped the sentiment from Bold Sentiments Sweet. Watercolouring is so much fun!


Card: Daler&Rowney 300gsm watercolour paper, white 250 gsm card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Sweet Cravings, Bold Sentiments Sweet
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks


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.