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.

Friday, February 10, 2017

love TAGplorations blog hop - day 3


Have you been checking out the LOVE TAGplorations blog hop at the STAMplorations blog? Today is day 3, but you can catch up on all the fun in this post.

I have a tag for you. And a little bit more. I follow Thurston Post on IG and let myself be inspired today by Rebecca's work. It's enchanting really. If you've never visited, you must. After you peek at my creation! Here's the tag...


And this is the whole gift bag getup.  Made from recycled heavy paper which is used (rolled up) in the center of gift wrap rolls here in Germany!


It's 8 inches in diameter with an opening up top. I'm planning to use it to gift a set of handmade cards, but you could use it for so many things.

Stop by the STAMplorations blog next Tuesday for my Spotlight tutorial on making this gift bag. These are the products I used:

Pocket Blooms

Luggage Tags
Artsy Tribal Doodles

Zen Hearts

Join us won't you? Link up a LOVE Tag in the linky party. And leave comments to win a GC or some of these LOVEly new products. You can link up and leave comments until Valentine's Day! Thanks for hopping.

I'm joining these fun challenges:
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Sweet Inspiration
Stempelkueche - Von Herzen
Artistic Stamper - Love Hearts

And on a personal note... 2017 has been quite the downer so far in my world. Won't bore you with the details but among other things my Mom (who is in MI - I am in Germany) is having health issues. Many of you probably know how difficult it is to manage this from afar. The medical personnel are telling me it's a temporary medicine-related thing, but she feels miserable. I was wondering if any of you wonderful cardmaking peeps would care to send her a card to brighten her day? If so, please tell me in the comments and I'll PM you her address :)


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

STAMPlorations inspiration #118

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

Today we're using Shirley's The Bees Knees stamps. From now until Feb 13 you can get most of Shirley's line of stamps at 10% off in the STAMPlorations store! Don't forget, with my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA you can earn 20% savings on top!


Groovy Shoes
Feeling groovy I was. I warned you that February was going to be Gelli plate month here on the blog. Well I grabbed a print that had a groovy vibe and it became the background (die cut with Crazy Double Stitched Rectangles) for this heat-embossed-on-shiny-green-recycled-cardstock-ransom-style sentiment.


And the foreground for some randomly stamped blooms and clogs. I added a touch of pink Sharpie to the bloom centers to pull in the pink from the Gelli print.

Do you like this set? If you'd like to see more cards using this stamp set check here and here.

Remember, this week all of Shirley's older stamps are 10% off, HousesExtras is even 20% off. If you leave comments on the DT's inspiration posts you might win yourself a $10 GC to the store. Check out the lineup.

I'm lining up over at:
Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge - Blue

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Young at heart (you have to be to love these groovy shoes!)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

CUTplorations february

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Adios January. Hello February. Time for a new  CUTplorations challenge. This one could be graphic, romantic, Valentines...you tell me.

I went all kinds of crazy with my new dies. And out came an all occasion card.


My Gelli plate got taken for a ride again. With acrylic paints. February is gonna be Gelli plate month on my blog. Don't say I didn't warn ya ;)

This card was actually pretty simple to make. I used negatives from Uppercase Alphabet Plate and Lowercase Alphabet Plate as masks on my Gelli plate when pulling a print and then used a portion of that print for my BG here. Used my handy dandy frame cut from a cereal box to decide which section of the print I wanted to use.

I adhered a bit of vellum to tone done the bottom half of the card. Then glued one of the masks on top of that and finished it up with the Awesome Word die cut from woodgrain CS and backed with fun foam. And the "U R"? That little blue square was a mask from a different Gelli plate print!

I sure hope you'll join us for some die cutting fun this month over at CUTplorations. Just make a project using die cuts based on our inspiration graphic. Be sure to use at least one STAMPlorations product and hook up to the gallery. Winners will be chosen by the DT. Here's the link.

Don't forget about my STAMPlorations discount code in the sidebar if you're in a hurry to get your hands on some new goodies ;)

I'm taking this card over to Danipeuss Kartenchallenge - Explosion of Color and Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.



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