Friday, April 24, 2015

day 5 STAMPlorations spotlight - Smallbirds

Welcome to day 5 of Spotlight Week - this is the last of five new sets in this release. Ready?

Here is today's spotlighted set - The Bee's Knees Smallbirds designed by Shirley B. You may recall some of her cards a while back, made with her homemade kingfisher stamp? Well that gorgeous sketched bird made it to a stamp set. See him in the lower right corner? Yay!

Here is what I did with those two little birdies next to him.

"Aus zwei mach drei!" The cool thing about those birdies is that you can use the reverse of the one facing right to stamp the solid color of the birdie facing right. Get it? That's what I did for the red bird! Then I used the reverse of him to stamp the solids of the other two and so on. Gotta love the rich saturation of Adirondack ink colors, eh?

The bits of grass? Those are kingfisher's tail feathers!

I was inspired by my sentiment, which is from Noteworthy, so I chose loud colors. And loud patterns of washi. Check out what the other gals did, including our special guest star this week, the one and only Darnell K. It's been such a pleasure having her. (Maybe Shirley will include a Hitler hummingbird in one of her next sets!?!

Hop around and leave comments (open until April 27th), there are great prizes up for grabs as always!

Darnell - Guest Designer

Thursday, April 23, 2015

day 4 STAMPlorations spotlight - Heaven Sent

It's day 4 of Spotlight Week - five new sets, one to be spotlighted each day this week. Ready?

Today's spotlighted set is - Heaven Sent - a baby set with unique illustrated images and sweet handwritten sentiments. I think it's so touching that Shery designed this set as a Mom-to-be.

Here is what I did with it.

My fave design of late, randomly stamped images all over the BG and a sentiment as the focal point. This time I stamped the bear in Willow, Pool and Aqua Adirondack dye inks then went over them lightly with a water brush to soften 'em up.

A heat embossed sentiment, and a bear heat embossed blue on blue and fussy cut, finished it off.

BTW, as I was trimming the zig zag edges of the sentiment banner with my scissors, I trimmed off a tiny strip. See where it went instead of into the bin? Yep, frugal is my middle name.

Check out what the other gals created, including our guest designer Darnell 's classic beauty. Hop around and leave comments, there will be prizes!

Darnell - Guest Designer
Wei Wei

I'm playing at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is Due Date. This card can go out when that day has arrived. (I was lucky.  No waiting til the due date for me. My kids both arrived two weeks early.)

I'm also joining the Watercolor challenge at Challenge Up Your Life.

See ya tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

day 3 STAMPlorations spotlight - Noteworthy

Welcome to day 3 of Spotlight Week - five new sets, one to be spotlighted each day this week. Ready?

Here is today's set - Noteworthy - another great handwritten set designed by Shery R.

Here is what I did with it when I saw "reach for the stars". Remember this card by Julie E. over at The Classroom? Well I blatantly CASEd it!

Check out Julie's video to see how it's done. Sooooo easy (but you will get really inky fingers ;) I used Studio Calico rub-on gold stars. And hit my moon with some Wink of Stella. See it twinkling in the photo below?

I love all the sentiments in this set. And the mix of fonts used with the handwriting. Check out what the other gals did with it, including our special guest this week, Darnell K. of the Playhouse. Hop around and leave comments by April 27th, there are great prizes up for grabs!

Darnell - Guest Designer
Maria (you are here)

Since I have no stamped focal image, I'm joining the Ohne Motive challenge #130 at Cards and More too.

And I'm joining the lovely ladies at City Crafter challenge #258 where we are to pick any element of Ros's gorgeous card to use for our card. I've got lots of stars in my night sky.

Have a wonderful day.

calling a nest a basket i am

Have you joined us at The Mixed Media Card Challenge yet? It's all about flowers this month. And I actually made a card with not only the flowers, but also the optional element of basket!

Sort of.

Cuz I don't have a basket stamp. Or die. At least not that I know of, which obviously means I have too many of each. But I have this trusty old bird's nest that I like to use. And I've also got "a thing" about putting bird's nests - or baskets - on top of ladies' heads. So all I needed were the flowers...

And some tissue paper that my latest stamps arrived in (which I dabbed some light pink pigment ink to) and a Martha Stewart hydrangea punch took care of that!

A side view...

So what's mixed media about my card? Well stamps and inks and

Techniques: stamping on PP, masking, heat embossing
Dimension: tissue paper blooms, sentiment on vellum, sequins
Texture: clear embossing paste through ARTplorations Shutters stencil on BG and heat embossing

You can see the clear embossing paste catching the light in this shot - upper left corner and on the right by that green swirl...

I recycled (tissue paper) and included LOTS of flowers so I'm hooking up at Mixed Media Mojo's April challenge.

And since this card is on its way to someone's birthday that I missed... I'm joining the Due Date challenge at Simon Says Monday.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

day 2 STAMPlorations spotlight - Baby Bump

Welcome to day 2 of Spotlight Week - five new sets, one to be spotlighted each day this week. Ready?

Here is today's spotlighted set - The Bee's Knees Baby Bump designed by Shirley B.

Remember a Toyota commercial from way back? "You asked for it, you got it, Toy-o-ta". Well, when I saw this set in development I was reminded of this card. So I asked Shirley if she could maybe work a little baby bump into the set. She did! So I had to give it a go. Here is what I did with it.

Now, DH saw this laying on the table and it evoked a "Huh?" from him. I'm figuring it's cuz he didn't "get it". And I'm telling myself that the card recipient would definitely "get it" since she'd have a baby bump, right? But that moved me to have another go at it.

Scaled the panel with the profile down a bit and placed "her" along a stripe. Chose pastels. Added some polka dots to underscore the baby theme and a sentiment with the word "baby" in it. Didn't even show it to DH. What does he know, right?!?

BTW, my PPs are from docrafts Papermania - Spots and Stripes. I am loving the colors and patterns.

Check out what the other gals did with Baby Bump, including our special guest star this week, the awesome Darnell K. of the Playhouse. And, Shery promised to share some exciting baby news with us today too, check it out. Don't forget to leave comments, there are great prizes up for grabs as usual!

Darnell - Guest Designer

I went with beige rather than gold cuz it would have been overpowering on the simple design, but I was inspired by this lovely picture  inspiration #273 from Stampin' Royalty.

And my baby shower card is surely welcome at Addicted to CAS #61 ...

Thanks for looking. Hop along! BTW, free shipping on STAMPlorations orders over $15 until April 30th! I love deals like that, don't you?

Monday, April 20, 2015

day 1 STAMPlorations spotlight - Fond Expressions

Welcome to day 1 of Spotlight Week - five new sets, one to be spotlighted each day this week. Ready?

Here is today's spotlighted set - Fond Expressions.

"May love always surround you". Hmm, sounds like a job for ARTplorations Hearts all Over stencil!

Masked off the center of my Neenah CS panel and pounced some red, orange and pink Distress Inks through the stencil. Removed the mask and stamped my sentiment in the white oval. And thought it needed something more. So I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut oval and adhered it. And you can't go wrong with a few enamel dots, right?

I'm joining the Make your own Background over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

So, hop on and see what the other girls have created. Be sure to comment by April 27th, there are prizes up for grabs as always! Enjoy!

Darnell - Guest Designer
Maria (you are here)

Sunday, April 19, 2015


A quick post - gotta get out and enjoy the beautiful sunshine! Hope it's lovely in your neck of the woods too.

Have you seen the new Pin-Sight challenges at Ellen Hutson? This time around it's based on a mood board and this is it.

How trendy is this photo? I'd take any of those rooms! I was enticed by the floral pillow on the white bed and had to go with that.

Now a requirement of the challenge is to use product from the Essentials by Ellen line. I have several dies, but only one stamp set. This one. Notice the arrows pointing to individual stamps...

Now can you find those stamps on my non-Christmas card?

Where are those ornaments? Well take the longer one, flip it over and stamp it five times, overlapping the hanger part in the middle and you get the pink blooms. The red bloom was made the same way with the rounder ornament. To get the flower centers, I inked up only the round portion of the round ornament with red ink and stamped it!

Where's the snowflake? Well flip it over, adhere it to an acrylic block and stamp it twice, offseting it slightly with a bronze color and you get the bronze blooms.

Where's the pine cone? See the small chartreuse leaves? Stamped 'em first with the reverse and then the normal side of the stamp.

Even the snowflakes made an appearance... doubling as berries!

I spritzed the whole card front with a bronze Perfect Pearls/water mixture and die cut the M from glitter CS. Added a charcoal frame to set the monogram off a bit too.

I used Avery Elle pigment inks for this card. Enabled by Julie E., I was. 

The inside has a glitter Essentials by Ellen "congrats" die cut and the words "you did it" from PTI. DD is taking her written driving test tomorrow ;)

I'm joining the Make Your Own Background challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.
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