Thursday, August 17, 2017

STAMPlorations Release - Christmas in August Day 4


It's Christmas stamp release time at STAMPlorations! Every day this week, the STAMPlorations girls and I will be sharing projects we created featuring the new products. Be sure to hop along!

FIVE (5) lucky hoppers randomly drawn from the comments on the blogs will win a gift certificate to the STAMPlorations store or one of the new products. And there are prizes on Facebook and Instagram too! You have until the end of the day August 21 to comment here and on my fellow designers' posts for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on the STAMPlorations blog on August 24.

Today, we're putting the spotlight on the stamp sets designed by our fearless leader, Shery

Here's what I did. Extreme CAS again, but come back by my blog next week to see more creations - not so extreme - with the new products.


This card was Pinterest inspired. Used the log cabin image from Homespun Christmas and masked and stamped up top. Keeping with my non-traditional-colors-for-Christmas approach to this release, I repeat stamped the sentiment along the bottom with neon pink pigment ink and added a couple birdies from Fowl Play too. The tiny little seeds they're pecking on were created using the end of a paint brush tapped onto the ink pad!

So off you go to leave comments for your chance to win. You can start the hop here if you'd like. Thanks for stopping by today. Tomorrow it's all about the new dies in the release. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

STAMPlorations Release - Christmas in August Day 3


It's Christmas stamp release time at STAMPlorations! Every day this week, the STAMPlorations girls and I will be sharing projects we created featuring the new products. Be sure to hop along!

FIVE (5) lucky hoppers randomly drawn from the comments on the blogs will win a gift certificate to the STAMPlorations store or one of the new products. And there are prizes on Facebook and Instagram too! You have until the end of the day August 21 to comment here and on my fellow designers' posts for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on the STAMPlorations blog on August 24.

Here's what I did. (You've probably noticed that all my creations this week are extreme CAS. Come back by my blog next week to see more creations using the new products. I created a card inspired by a Pinterest photo that you should also see.)


I used the secondary images in the set for this platinum embossed CAS card. I love the starry sky!

I won't keep you any longer. Thanks for stopping by today. You can see the other gals' creations here if you'd like.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

STAMPlorations Release - Christmas in August Day 2


It's Christmas stamp release time at STAMPlorations! Every day this week, the STAMPlorations girls and I will be sharing projects we created featuring the new products. Be sure to hop along!

FIVE (5) lucky hoppers randomly drawn from the comments on the blogs will win a gift certificate to the STAMPlorations store or one of the new products. And there are prizes on Facebook and Instagram too! You have until the end of the day August 21 to comment here and on my fellow designers' posts for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on the STAMPlorations blog on August 24.

Today, we're putting the spotlight on the stamp set designed by Dee, Yuletide Deer.

Here's what I did. I should mention all my creations this week are extreme CAS. Come back by my blog next week to see more creations - not so extreme - with the new products.



This one's pretty self-explanatory I think! Just added a red heat embossed nose with a small circle stamp and the fun sentiment from Joyful.


Thanks for coming by today. You can start the hop here if you'd like.

Monday, August 14, 2017

STAMPlorations Release - Christmas in August Day 1


It's Christmas stamp release time at STAMPlorations! Every day this week, the STAMPlorations girls and I will be sharing projects we created featuring the new products. Be sure to hop along!

FIVE (5) lucky hoppers randomly drawn from the comments on the blogs will win a gift certificate to the STAMPlorations store or one of the new products. And there are prizes on Facebook and Instagram too! You have until the end of the day August 21 to comment here and on my fellow designers' posts for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on the STAMPlorations blog on August 24.

Today, we're putting the spotlight on the stamp set designed by Becca. 

Here's what I did. I should mention all my creations this week are extreme CAS. Come back by my blog next week to see more creations using these new products. Might help you decide which sets need to go onto your wish list ;)

What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than with Christmas cookies?!? Better yet, ones decorated with pink frosting (translates to Copic colored and topped with Glossy Accents)?!?


Couldn't resist heat embossing my sentiment onto a cookie sheet fussy cut from an old envelope with a metallic liner. I just love how it crinkled a little bit with the heat. Reminds me of well-worn cookie sheets.


I won't keep you any longer. Thanks for stopping by today. You can start the hop here if you'd like.


Friday, August 11, 2017

extreme cas baby card again

Ready for another extreme CAS baby card? This time it's one for the boys.


Went with the trendy, block of letters style and used a fantastic alpha stamp, Emmett from Studio Calico. Neon pigment ink. And a rubber ducky from Klartext Karten.

See ya next week for lots of fun with the STAMPlorations Christmas release. Hope you're ready for some Christmas in August ;)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

extreme cas baby card

Ready for an extreme CAS baby card? Don't blink or you might miss it.


Went with the trendy, block of letters style and used a fantastic alpha stamp, Emmett from Studio Calico. Neon pigment ink. And a rubber ducky from Klartext Karten.

See ya tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

simply graphic on distress ink smoosh again

Yep, that's what today's post brings - another twofer with one of the smooshed Distress Ink backgrounds I created.

You met my new Simply Graphic crocodile yesterday. Is that what he is? Don't really know but he's lean and lank and I like him!

Today's card used the negatives (yesterday's leftovers) from Rectangles and Doudous from Simply Graphic, some stamp surgery on Papertrey Belated Birthday Mini and a word from Tim Holtz Holiday Words Block (which obviously isn't just for the holidays!)


I couldn't resisit using that negative of "wishes" to go with the negative of the croc, whom I decided to back with some zebra striped PP. I love all the B/W on this. So playful, don't you think?

Have a great one! I'm enjoying some vacay with my Dad in MI as you read this... CU again next week.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

simply graphic on distress ink smoosh

Yep, that's what today's post brings.

I had a go at another of the smooshed backgrounds I created. Picked the faint blue/green one that you can barely see in the upper right corner of the IG photo. (Actually... notice the grid pattern on it? That's cuz I used my lined acrylic block and used the lined side to smoosh with. Oops. It leaves a line where the ink pools on the block. Well for this session it didn't really matter :)

Of course I had to reach for my new Simply Graphic dies again - I like the twofer effect, like in this post. Today I used Rectangles and Doudous.


To finish it off I did some stamp surgery on Papertrey Belated Birthday Mini. A strip of B/W PP along the bottom and voila! (When you see tomorrow's card, you'll know where I got the inclination to use a pop of B/W!)

Have a great one!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

zig clean color and bristol smooth again

Did you see yesterday's post?

I've been wanting to make the Zig clean color brush pen to paper watercolor thing work, ya know?

This Bristol paper is the answer. Its smooth nature makes moving and blending the color with a water brush pretty darn easy. FYI, the color of the paper is quite creamy. Since I kept my panel nearly full-size, that's why I chose to use a colored cardbase.

Yesterday's card was pretty in-your-face as far as the colors go. Here's my second example. I pulled out light purple and ochre (yeah, whatever) to color this STAMPlorations In Bloom Plumeria.


Added a  sentiment from Avery Elle Simply Tags Everyday and voila!

Next up, more Simply Graphic die fun. Have a good day!

Monday, July 31, 2017

zigs clean color and bristol smooth

I'm a believer!

You may remember this post where I grieved about watercoloring with Zig Clean Color Brush pens. My results always seemed so heavy handed. I know many of you scribble the Zigs onto an acrylic block and pick the color up to paint with. But I wanted to make the pen to paper thing work, ya know? Eliminate a step.

This Bristol paper is the answer. Its smooth nature makes moving and blending the color with a water brush pretty darn easy.

Here's my first example. I couldn't resist pulling out the pink and yellow to color this STAMPlorations In Bloom Plumeria when I googled and found this photo.

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Added a light and sweet sentiment from Avery Elle Oh Happy Day and voila!

Tomorrow I'll share my second card from this crafting session. Have a good day!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

zappy birthday

A day late and a dollar short... I made a card for a couple challenges and totally forgot to post it. I think it was Make it Monday and another challenge using primary colors. And I needed a birthday card for a little guy.

So I made this.


I think Papertrey's Zappy Birthday lends itself well for a little guy. Did some stamping. Did some die cutting using PP. Added a big ol' number.

Then I needed another card for a not-so-little guy. So I upped the design a notch.


Decided I liked the die cut words better in some in-your-face red. But since I'd heat embossed the sentiment in black (oh yeah, now I remember. I wanted to play in a MIM about drop shadows) I decided to bring black back in in the form of the lightning bolts!


I'm taking these over to:
Creative with Stamps - Celebrate

Seize the Birthday - no splatter topping for me


Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

spotlight on emboss resist with distress oxides

Check out my tutorial over at STAMPlorations today. I've played with heat embossing and the resist technique. Used Distress Oxides and water.



STAMPlorations inspiration #145

Time for another Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team where we all feature stamps from one of our talented stamp designers. Today it's our fearless leader's turn.

Today we're using Shery's Shery Russ Designs stamps. From now until July 31st all of Shery's stamps are 10% off in the STAMPlorations store! Faith Expressions is 20% off this week. Remember you can use the code STAMPGIRLMARIA for an extra 20% off anything you order too! If you missed the 4th Birthday celebration, you should check out all the new goodies in the store - stamps, dies and stencils!

In my series of cards stamping on patterned paper (like here, here and here) I chose to use a feather stamp and went in search of a fitting PP. Found one in a Heidi Swapp 6x6 pack.


I thought the "life is beautiful" phrase on the PP worked well with the artsy feathers. I heat embossed them in teal cuz there are little splodges of teal in the corners of the PP ;) And keeping with the feather theme, I added my sentiment on a die cut feather. This works well as it creates a trio of images on the card pleasing to the eye.



Wanna see more feathers? Here is a another project using Shery's feathers with a different technique. And another with some different feathers. Guess I like feathers, eh?

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

I'm going over to:
Danipeuss - Quick and Easy (cuz it was!)

Monday, July 24, 2017

anniversary a la clean up my desk

Had a request for an anniversary card. So I made one , a couple, many. And you got to see them all! Cuz today's is the last :)

Meet my card. This was really a get-into-the-anniversary-mode freebie. Cuz I just picked up scraps from this card off my desk and voila. I do prefer the original better, the colors, wispy die cuts... but this one's already on its way too!


Digi Papers are from The Lily Pad Herbology.

Cut my panels with Lil Inker Stitched Rectangles, hearts with Sizzix Hearts, blooms with Simply Graphic and sentiment with CUTplorations Hugs. Oh and there's a portion of that vellum cut with MFT Peek a Boo Polka Dots.

If you've been following my series of anniversary cards, did you have a favorite?

Hope your week is off to a great start. I'm starting my packing list for summer vacay in MI :)


Sunday, July 23, 2017

anniversary a la ... wine

Had a request for an anniversary card. So I made one , a couple, many. And you get to see them all. Tomorrow's is the last :)

Meet my card. My girlfriend who requested the anniversary cards actually suggested a card with "wine" as a theme. But she didn't end up taking this one :(

That's OK. I'm not sure why, but I'm not so keen on it either.


I heat embossed Stampendous Wine Labels gold and then watercolored about three layers over it with Gansai Tambi blues and a touch of purple. Not really happy with the watercoloring. Hm. I was envisioning elegant, regal blue, paired with lovely gold embossing. I got this :) Your thoughts?

Cut my panel with CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangles.  Added a Hero Arts Best Wishes sentiment on vellum.

I'm joining the fun at:
Happy Little Stampers - July Watercolor with plenty of the optional twist of blue this time
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes

Saturday, July 22, 2017

anniversary a la altenew

Had a request for an anniversary card. So I made one , a couple, many. And you get to see them all.

Today's was actually inspired by scrapbook layouts I've seen where strips of PP are used behind the main photo. Love that look when there's lotsa white space maintained. I lost some of the white space cuz my canvas isn't 12x12. And I used a floral image rather than a photo. But I used, count 'em, 12 snippets from my stash!!!!

Here's my card. And BTW,  it's one of the ones my girlfriend selected, the only non-CAS design she chose!


Stamped the butterfly from Altenew Wild Hibiscus onto my cardbase and then a bloom onto white CS which I fussy cut. Arranged my snippets and adhered or stitched them down. Heat embossed a sentiment from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages onto a black snippet and then popped up the bloom.

Since I had a snippet of debossed and gold inked white CS in there, I decided some gold splatters would tie in nicely!



I'm joining the fun at:
Snippets Playground - self-explanatory I think
Altenew - July challenge (chose red, pink and green snippets)


A Blog Named Hero - Florals (and my sentiment is HA)

Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes

Friday, July 21, 2017

anniversary a la lil inker designs

Had a request for an anniversary card. So I made one , a couple, many. And you get to see them all.

Today's was inspired by a brilliant anniversary stamp set It's Today Right? from Lil Inker. I'd love to hear about anniversary sets you have, especially funny ones. Please leave me a comment if you have one to suggest.

Here's my card. And BTW,  it's one of the ones my girlfriend selected, another CAS design!


White cardstock. Black ink. A tiny red heart over the happy couple. And I put the "has it been that long?" sentiment on the inside.

Only a couple more variations on anniversary to go, I promise.

I'm joining the challenges at:
CASology - Diamond (it might be a stretch but there's surely a diamond on her finger!)
Double D - B/W with a pop of color
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes

Thursday, July 20, 2017

anniversary a la moi

Had a request for an anniversary card. So I made one , a couple, many. And you get to see them all.

Today's was inspired by me! The gal who requested the card is the wife of the guy who got one of these birthday cards. So I figured a card similar to the one she'd liked so much couldn't hurt. (Yep, it's one of the ones she selected!)

Here's my card.


I used STAMPlorations Parfumerie and Newyweds extras from The Bee's Knees line along with a sentiment from The Birds and the BloomsAdded some red and blue hearts from Winnie and Walter So Tweet.

Hope you're enjoying all these variations on anniversary. I'm joining the challenges at:

Cards and More Shop -  Anything Goes with Summer (red white and blue are definitely maritime summer colors for me!)

Challenge up your Life - Colors

Let's Create and Craft -  Red, white and blue
Double D - B/W with a pop of color

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

anniversary a la miriam p.

Had a request for an anniversary card. So I made one , a couple, many. And you get to see them all.

Today's was inspired by this cool card Miriam P. made. Don't have those stamps (they went directly to my wishlist), but I tried my best to mimic her design with what I have, using the front and back sides of the stamps.

Here's my card.


Studio Calico Houseplants stamp 
Simon Says Stamp  Sending and Wishing stamp
Altenew green inks

Thanks for looking. I'm hooking up at:
Daring Cardmakers - If you go down to the woods today



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

STAMPlorations inspiration #144

Welcome to  our regulary scheduled Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team. Today we're showcasing Deepti's Artsy Impression stamps.

I'm on my mission to use patterned paper in my inspiration post cards this month so I've turned to a good, old technique to help me use up some patterned paper from my stash. Fussy cutting. First I stamped on patterned paper, like I did here and here.



Knowing I was going to turn this into a sympathy card with the sentiment about "memories" (BTW, that tiny "Thinking of You" sentiment in the set is gorgeous and perfect for when you need a small one - I put it on the inside of my card), I decided to subdue the fussy cut images behind a piece of vellum. To add interest I heat embossed the sentiment and the ripples (another cool image) onto it.

From now until July 24th all of Dee's designs are 10% off in the STAMPlorations store! Use the code STAMPGIRLMARIA for an extra 20% off too!

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

I'm linking up at:
The Flower challenge - Embossing



anniversary a la flora fauna

Had a request for an anniversary card. So I made one , a couple, many. And you get to see them all.

Today's was inspired by this cool card using Flora Fauna stamps. Don't have them but I tried my best cuz that design is just so cool.

Meet my card.

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Die cut a mask. Stamped graphic images within heart. Then stamped black images. Voila!

Aha Arts Painterly Shapes stamp 
Hero Arts All Occasion messages stamp
Amuse Heart Trio die

Thanks for looking. I'm hooking up at:
Basteltraum - colors
Creative with Stamps - it's an anniversary "celebration"



Monday, July 17, 2017

watermelon for winnie and walter

Oops. Nearly forgot to post this card I made for a couple challenges and of course one is closing soon, so here I am again. Know which color challenge inspired me?

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I discovered an old Basic Grey stamp set with a watermelon slice (definitely the summer trend this year!) and that reminded me of the Color Throwdown.


There's also this ant in the set and I decided he was going to be carrying the slice through the woods. What? Yeah, I don't know either...

Colored the slice with markers, spritzed and stamped. Stamped the ant. Masked the slice and stamped two trees from Winnie and Walter Kindness. Cuz it's the stamp set over at the Rerun Challenge this month. And since Taheerah A. is all about fruit at The Gossip Column, I'm going there too!

The inside sentiment (notice the reference to "seeds") reads "kindness happiness grows". Sweet, eh?

That's all from me today ;)

anniversary a la h&m

Had a request for an anniversary card. So I made one , a couple, many. And you get to see them all.

I'm starting with my favorite (though not one my friend selected!) cuz you just might want to go and recreate it yourself ;)

Two planets crossed for the inspiration for this one. The first was a desire to try the trend of one-layer card with a masked stamped sentiment and random stamping on the card front. Cuz you know I love me some random stamping. The second was an advert for H&M that entered the house, like this IG shot. Those colors!

This happened.

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Simon Says Stamp Sending and Wishing stamp 
Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp
various pigment and dye inks

I was thrilled that one floral stamp set (intended to produce gorgeous layered peonies) yielded enough different images to create this card. Stay tuned for more anniversary cards! And have a fabulous week.

I'm hooking up at:
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it July
The Heart Desires - used blues and oranges and pinks
Cherrylana - sentiment takes center stage
Creative with Stamps - it's an anniversary "celebration"




Sunday, July 16, 2017

give a girl the right dies...

Oh my goodness. Simply Graphic dies... simply exquisite.

I ordered several (so hard to choose which ones) and now I'm certain that at least three of them were definitely worth it.

Did you see my photo on IG last week? I had a Distress-Ink-on-acrylic-block session after watching Jennifer M.'s video. Well today I took one of those little rectangles of color and made these two cards with it using positives and negatives. I think they speak for themselves.
I know I'm enamored!



Picked Raspberry
Mustard Seed
Salty Ocean

I'm hooking these up at Freshly Made Sketches , Basteltraum and Happy Little Stampers.




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