Wednesday, April 25, 2018

spotlight on rainbow skies

I've got the rainbow bug these days. I'm over at the STAMPlorations blog with a tutorial on how I've masked and sponged a rainbow.


Used Distress inks along with STAMPlorations Wanderlust stamp set and Papertrey Cloud die.

I'm joining these challenges:
AAA Cards - Perfect Day (a rainbow makes a day perfect, especially if you're on vacation!)
The Paper Girls - Rainbows
heARTful Stamping - AG plus a stamp
Papercraft - CAS
Global Design Project - Show me the Sunshine

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

STAMPlorations release - wanderlust/travel dies

Hope you've been enjoying the events over at STAMPlorations this month where the gals have been creating with the newly released products? Today a group of us are working with the Wanderlust/Travel word and phrase dies. You can catch the whole lineup here.

When I saw these travel related products it jogged a memory. Have a moment for a story?

My cardmaking addiction hobby actually started when I made party invitations for DH's 50th. With one circle punch and one PP pack. After that I thought I could scrapbook memories for my kids. Went online to see what other PP was out there. HA! And got sucked in. I still remember discovering online shops. And galleries. And You Tube videos. And challenges. Basically the whole wonderful world of cardmakers (as my kids would say... "oh, you mean your ooooonline friends").

Well, I never made one scrapbook page (though it's kinda funny that my file for online order invoices is titled "scrapbook" - HA!).

But back to today's project. You may have caught wind of pocket page scrapbooking ;) Now that, folks, could be much more my style; I basically used to do it. Kind of. When I was in college I'd cut out words and sentences from magazines and add them into my photo album as captions or overlays for my photos. Ahead of my time, I was ;)

So I decided to make myself some cards/journal cards/whatever they're called (these dies are the perfect size and attitude for just that) in case I ever actually decide to do some scrapbooking!

distress inks
embossing powder
sewing machine

They're 3x4" with rounded corners. Kept the color scheme the same and quite limited. Used blues thinking they might go well with photos of lovely blue skies from our last road trip.... Not much more I can do now to make that scrapbook page happen than to JUST DO IT, eh?

I'd actually thought of doing the journal cards on old map paper. But then (it's graduation time, ya know?) I came up with this idea as a way to gift money.

old map
twine

Glued an old map (make it extra special by using a map of the recipient's destination) to CS and die cut the pillow box. Then I stamped a strip of CS and die cut "just go". I decided I liked the look of the negative better than the positives so I added a touch of twine and adhered the negative to the pillow box and called it good to go.

I hope you're enjoying the projects from the rest of the girls today. I just love all the new wanderlust projects. Maybe cuz I just love to travel...

Thanks for coming by. I'm stopping by these challenges:
Kreativtanten - Alles Geht
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies
Paper Players - Sketch


STAMPlorations inspiration #172

Welcome to a Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team where the team members feature stamps from one of our talented stamp designers.

Today we're showcasing Shery Russ stamps. There's still a little time left to take advantage of the sale at the store. All non-retiring products are 10% off (with an extra 20% off when you use my discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA).

Today again I was inspired by our challenge this month with its theme Say it Big...

Copic markers

This bot recently came to live at my house so I thought he could "embrace" that big sentiment nicely as he floats through outer space! Some stamping. Some masking. Some coloring. Some washi. And a couple silver sequin stars to go with the stamped ones after I got a nice smudge down next to the sentiment there ;)

You could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on the April inspiration posts. Check out today's post here. So happy you stopped by :)

I'm stopping by at:
Always Fun - CAS
Penny Black and More - B/W plus one Color
Creative with Stamps - CAS + Sentiment
Inkspirational - Play



Thursday, April 19, 2018

spellbinders dainty florals set of tags

Did you see yesterday's post? Well I mentioned having a hard time figuring out what to use as the focal image on the BG I'd created. I wanted to use neon. So I die cut lots of neon. But then didn't use them. So this tag set was born.

Spellbinders Dainty Florals Etched die
Inkystamp Geburtstagsgru├če stamp
Inkystamp Alltagsheldin stamp
Inkystamp Alles im Rahmen stamp
Sizzix Damask embossing folder
Craft Concepts Bees Delight embossing folder
white embossing powder
twine

Had the flowers cut from four neon colors so I mixed and matched the outlines and filler pieces. Adhered them to black tags I'd die cut and dry embossed. Then I heat embossed sentiments onto black snippets and added those to the tags. Twine finished them off. I think these will look great on B/W wrapping paper.

Thanks again to Team Spellbinders for the fun little florals to create with. I'm taking them over to:
Pinspirational - Anything Goes for their 6th Anniversary!
Kreativtanten - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with Dies for April

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

spellbinders dainty florals a la marimekko

Catching a folk art vibe from Spellbinders Dainty Florals Etched die, I went a little Marimekko for this card design.


Inkystamp Alles im Rahmen stamp
heart die
twine

Die cut 20 (yep, 20) of the white stems and adhered them to black CS in a folk artsy pattern. Then I had the darndest time figuring out what to do with it! As usual, I couldn't cover up what I'd just created.

Now neon colors are far from folk artsy, but I felt I needed them to go with this B/W design. So I die cut a few of the sweet florals and adhered them to a die cut heart which holds my sentiment. Since the heart is popped up the florals are also raised off the card a bit so they don't get too lost on the busy BG. Cuz like I said, I couldn't bear to cover any more of it up ;)


A bit of twine across the top fold finished it off. Hope you likey. Thanks again to Team Spellbinders for the fun little florals to create with. I'm taking them over to:
Pinspirational - Anything Goes for their 6th Anniversary!
Kreativtanten - Anything Goes
a2z Scrapbooking - Flower Power
Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with Dies for April

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

STAMPlorations inspiration #171

Back for a Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team where the team members feature stamps from one of our talented stamp designers.

We're showcasing Dee's Artsy Impressions stamps. If you haven't been to the store lately, all non-retiring products in the store are 10% off automatically from now through April (with an extra 20% off when you use my discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA).

Copic Markers

Had to pull out lovely little Kathryn to take a "beautiful ride" with her big balloon. Decided to keep everything B/W with the exception of those striped tights (they are probably the #1 reason I love this image so much!!!)

If you're looking for more inspiration with this sweet girl and coffee, check out this card

You could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on the April inspiration posts. Check out today's post for more inspiration here. Appreciate that you stopped by :)

I'm joining the fun at:
Addicted to Stamps - Balloons/Bunting/Presents - Happy 7th!!!
Creative with Stamps - CAS + sentiment - Happy 2nd!!!
Mod Squad - Simply Clean

oh happy day!

Squeaking in under the deadline with a card for you today inspired by those vibrant colors in the latest Pin-Sights challenge over at Ellen Hutson. Screamed Dylusions spray inks to me.

Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms stamp
Dylusions ink sprays
black gems

Did some ink smooshing using the tube in the ink spray bottle to tap some ink onto an acrylic block. Spritzed it with water and smooshed onto watercolor paper. Did the warm colors first, then the cool colors.

Added a couple of those sweet little blooms cut from black CS and a sentiment that seems to match the style and feel of the design perfectly. A couple black gems to the bloom centers and voila!


Thank you Team Spellbinders for the fun little florals to create with. I'm taking them over to:
Pinspirational - Anything Goes for their 6th Anniversary!
Ellen Hutson - PinSights Challenge March
Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge for April
AAA Cards - Perfect Day (a rainbow and flowers sure make me happy!)





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