Wednesday, March 1, 2017

guest designing at the heart desires #10

I had a blast the past couple months, creating entries for the beautiful challenges over at The Heart Desires. This month, for Challenge #10, I get to join the talented gals over there as guest designer. "Be still my heart" I thought when I saw all this lovely map goodness. I can seriously lose myself for hours in maps...


Which immediately brought to mind a card I'd created a long time ago for my hubby. Isn't it cool to personalize a card to include a special spot on this earth? I love this design for wedding or anniversary or plain ol' love cards. I went ultra CAS for today's card which also features a heart die cut from a map.


I die cut the letters using PTI Headline Alpha and adhered them. Die cut the hearts with Amuse Heart Trio die. And added a wooden arrow I painted with gold nail polish. A strip of washi adds a little punch at the bottom, bringing in the black dots of the cities on the map.

Thanks to the THD team for having me and I can't wait to see their projects!

On a personal note - as I write up this post I am waiting to depart for MI. My wonderful Mom is having serious health problems and I don't know what to expect or when I will be returning. So it'll be quiet around here for awhile. FYI. Positive thoughts are appreciated :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

STAMPlorations inspiration #121

Welcome to another Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team where all the team members feature stamps from one of our talented stamp designers. And there are sales ;)

Today we're using Shery's Shery Russ Designs stamps. From now until March 6 you can get Shery's line of stamps at 10% off in the STAMPlorations store!

You've probably noticed that I've been featuring Gelli prints this month and today's card is a classic example of how to work a print into a stamped design. Ready? I chose a classic stamp set of Shery's for this too,  Trendy Feathers 2.




TIP: A great design, even if you don't own a MISTI or the like! Put your stamps on an acrylic block and stamp onto the cardbase and the print or PP before removing the stamps. Then trim your print or PP and line it up with the images on the cardbase and adhere it. Easy peasy. Took more time to decide where to place the enamel dots!

Here is a watercolored card using the same stamp set.

So from now until next Tuesday, Shery's stamp line is 10% off. With the STAMPGIRLMARIA discount on top, now would be a good time to pick up any of Shery's great stamps on your wish list. Just sayin'.

And don't forget to leave comments on the DT's inspiration posts. One random commenter will be chosen each month to win a $10 GC to the store. Here's the lineup.

On a personal note, it's going to be a bit quiet around here. I'm writing this as I wait to depart for MI to be with my mom who's having serious health problems. See ya around.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

STAMPlorations inspiration #120

Welcome to Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team. Today we're using Deepti's Artsy Impression stamps.

Today's card is a biggie. As in 5.5 x 8". Cuz I  die cut some balloons using Kathryn's Big Wishes from a fun Gelli plate print and it had to be a big bunch of balloons! BTW, this die is a great one to have in your stash, for the balloon alone!




But it gets even better cuz with the Kathryn's Big Wishes stamp set you can add this sweet little gal to your die cut balloons. And she has so much nice detail on her you don't have to color her in. Can you say easy?

What wasn't as easy was getting those threads on there and knotting them! And I should have used my anti-static pad before heat embossing the sentiment gold offset over the red one. I'd used pigment ink and it looked dry ;) Guess it wasn't cuz the powder stuck to some of it and made the delineation less clear. Oops.

Want more? Here and here are a couple older creations using Kathryn's Big Wishes.

So from now until next Tuesday, Deepti's Dee's Artsy Impressions stamp line is 10% off. With the STAMPGIRLMARIA discount on top, you'll save yourself another 20%!

And don't forget to leave comments on the DT's inspiration posts. One random commenter will be chosen each month to win a $10 GC to the store. Here's the lineup.

I'm joining the fun at The Heart Desires with this card cuz of my colors and the threads (even though there's no sewn element).

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CUTplorations february - reminder

Hope you enjoyed a LOVE-filled Valentine's Day! Today I'm back with a reminder to play with us at CUTplorations this month where this is our inspiration.



image source: Huffington Post
Here's what I did with some leftovers from the January release Uppercase and Lowercase Alphabet Plates. If you missed them, check out this post. I went with the totally graphic vibe I got from the inspiration and added some artsy color mixing too.


These little rectangles were masks I used when creating a bunch of Gelli plate prints. I used them to create my ransom letter style message. Topped it off with a heat embossed sentiment from Hello You.

Check out more DT inspiration and the CUTplorations February gallery here. Look forward to seeing you there. Thanks for coming by today.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

spotlight on a gift bag from recycled paper

I'm over at the STAMPlorations blog today with a tutorial for how I put together this gift bag made with recycled brown packing paper. If you're interested, check it out!


STAMPlorations inspiration #119

Happy Valentine's Day!

And welcome to Tuesday's inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team! As you know, we're all featuring stamps from one of our talented stamp designers.

Today we're using Becca's Big Grins stamps. From now until Feb 20 you can get most of Big Grins stamps at 10% off in the STAMPlorations store!

It's Gelli plate print time here on the blog. Ready for a Valentine's Day inspired card using Funny Kinda Love?



I started with the stamp set and a print with Valentine-y acrylic paint colors. Since I need a card for a young couple that just got engaged I opted for the image and the "congrats" sentiment. I heat embossed the image white onto red CS. I heat embossed the sentiment (and the heart) red onto a scrap of the Gelli print. Was originally going to put the sentiment onto white CS but then liked the idea of it blending better into the BG, although still providing a bit of dimension. Not too much though, so it wouldn't compete with the image of the couple! I fussy cut both and adhered them. Stitched around the edges and my card was done!


And if you're interested, here is another card using Funny Kinda Love.

So from now until next Tuesday, Becca's Big Grins stamp line is 10% off. With the STAMPGIRLMARIA discount on top, now is definitely the time to pick up any of Becca's stamps on your wish list, don't you agree?



Sunday, February 12, 2017

love TAGplorations blog hop - day 4


Have you seen the LOVE TAGplorations blog hop at the STAMplorations blog? Today is day 4, but you can catch up on all the fun in this post.

I have a another tag for you. And, like yesterday, a little bit more! I follow Thurston Post on IG and let myself be inspired by Rebecca's work - did you see my post yesterday? Well today I created a masculine gift wrap/gift bag.



The wrap/bag itself is made from recycled heavy paper which is used (rolled up) in the center of gift wrap rolls here in Germany! It's 11 inches in diameter with an opening up top, so this could hold anything from a gift card to a pair of boxers!

Check out the STAMplorations blog next Tuesday for my Spotlight tutorial on making this project. These are the products I used:
Hello You

Luggage Tags
Hello Word

Zen Hearts

Are you enjoying the LOVE tag hop? You can leave comments or make a LOVE tag for  the linky party to have a chance at winning some of these LOVEly new products or a GC. You can link up and leave comments until Valentine's Day! Thanks for hopping.
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