Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Floating Feathers

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I am sharing a fun card with floating feathers. The card was made as a step-by-step photo tutorial for STAMPlorations. The feathers really jump out at you once pulling this card from an envelope. I am working with STAMPlorations' current Stamp Club set Feathery and its matching Feathery Dies.


Here are a few close ups with shadows to give you a better idea of the floating effect.




Intrigued and fancy finding out how this card was made? There is a full step-by-step photo tutorial here on the STAMPlorations Blog.

That's it from me for today. If you fancy adding some floating dimension to one of your projects or make a project using any of the techniques shared by my teamies in their Spotlight Posts, make sure to link up your makes with STAMPlorations' Spotlight Project Gallery here.


Have a lovely day!
hugs
Monika xxx


Here is what I used:

preview-Feathery preview-Featherydies

Christmas In The Heart

Hello Crafty Friends!

This year, as part of the STAMPlorations DT of course, I am participating again in Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags Event. It's the 7th year Tracey is running the event and you can really find lots of fabulous inspiration on her blog.

I went for quite a simple tag, which can easily be mass produced, here it is ...


I mopped up some turquoise and purple brusho from my craft mat, the crystals had been spritzed with water of course, using a piece of white card from which I cut the largest Manila Tag Nesting Dies. I then randomly stamped the Christmas Flower - Large in Tempting Turquoise and my Typographia Christmas In The Heartsentiment in black Versafine. The little tree embellishment was made using a stamp from the Trendy Christmas Trees and the coordinating die with olive Archival ink and shrink plastic. A Stickles Border and fluffy ribbon finished my tag off.


The event has been going since 1st November, so there is lots to see and tags to suit any taste. For more tag inspiration, simply visit Tracey's Blog and enjoy!.



I shall leave you with one last look at my tag ...


That's it from me for now. I am back later today with a fun tutorial creating floating dimension on the STAMPlorations Blog. I shall share the project and link to the tutorial on my blog too.
Have a lovely day!

hugs
Monika xxx


here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop, remember to apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA (not case sensitive) at check out for a 20% discount on their stamps ***, stencils and dies:
Manila Tags Nesting Dies, Typographia Christmas In The HeartTrendy Christmas TreesTrendy Christmas Trees Coordinating Dies
preview-manilatags preview-christmasintheheart preview-SheryRuss_TrendyChristmasTrees CUTplorationsTrendyChristmasTrees-preview

ChristmasFlowersLARGE
*** Discount code works on sale items too

Nuts And Bolts

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I'm officially joining the DT over at The Male Room challenge blog where the bi-weekly challenge is all about making cards for the men in our lives. Here is my first DT project ...


Each challenge, of course, has a different theme. For challenge #74 we are asking you to dig into your stash, find some vellum and us it in your card. A good way of using vellum is to add it as a softening layer over a brightly coloured background as I did in my card with the tag.



I had this brightly coloured background I made a while ago using stencils, inks and marker pen which I always intended to use as a background for robots, but it was very bright. I added some random stamping and a layer of vellum to achieve my goal of toning it down.


The little robots are watercoloured, the border is heat embossed, adding a few eyelets, sentiment and heart finished my make of perfectly.


Fancy adding some vellum to your makes, pop over to The Male Room for more inspiration and to link up your masculine makes.

That's it from me for now, I shall be back shortly.
Have a lovely day!
hugs
Monika xxx

here is what I used:
vellum, eyelets, kraft card, red card, Versafine ink, Versamark, brush markers -  stash
Early Espresso embossing powder - Stampin'Up!
Xcut small heart palm punch - docrafts
Rectangles stencil - Clarity Stamps

from STAMPlorations:
Little RobotsArtsy Border MakerLuggage Tags Nesting DiesMixed Media Elements
preview-LittleRobots ArtsyBorderMaker-web-preview preview-stamplorations-luggagetags SheryRuss_MixedMediaElements

Dots And Dashes Stencil
preview-web-stencil-054-DotsandDashes
remember to apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA (not case sensitive) at check out for a 20% discount on STAMPlorations stamps ***, stencils and dies:
*** Discount code works on sale items too

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Christmas Deer

Hello Crafty Friends!

It's Inspiration Time over at STAMPlorations. This week my teamies and I are showcasing stamps by our very own Deepti under her label 'Dee's Artsy Impressions'.

I decided to work with the Yuletide Deer stamp set in combination with the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies and the Clustered Hearts Die to create a CAS Christmas card with a little shimmer and sparkle. Here it is ...


The pearlescent base card add a touch of shimmer for extra interest.


STAMPlorations have a special Thanksgiving Offer starting tomorrow with the Thanksgiving Blog Hop And Wishlist Linky Party. Keep checking their blog here for the start time at 7am Pacific (3pm GMT).

There will be a coupon code BIGTHANKS which can be used once per customer/shipping address for a whopping 40% discount. This offer excludes products from the New Release and Retiring category, Coloring Books and Gift Certificates.

The BIGTHANKS coupon code cannot be combined with any other coupon codes you might have.


Should you wish to purchase products from the New Release you can always use my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at checkout for a 20% discount. This code can be used more than once and works on sale items too, but cannot be combined with any other discount code.

Of course Shery will still draw a winner at random from all the comments left on this month's Inspiration Posts over on the STAMPlorations Blog. Pop over to see what my teamies created and to leave a comment for your entry into their prize draw.

That's it from me for today. Have a lovely week!
hugs
Monika xxx


here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop:
Yuletide DeerCrazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting DiesClustered Hearts Die
preview-yuletidedeer preview-CrazyDoubleRunningStitches-Rectangle preview-ClusteredHearts-CUTplorations

Sunday, 19 November 2017

November Stencil Sunday Post

Hello, Crafty Friends!

Welcome to November's Stencil Sunday over at STAMPlorations. May I take the opportunity to remind you of their current Mixed Media Challenge. As you know Anything Mixed Media Goes as long as it is not a card and you use at least one stencil.

My DT contribution for this Stencil Sunday is ... a Christmas tag


If it wasn't for drying time, this tag is actually quite quick to make: attach pieces of newsprint paper to tag, paste through the Oh, My Stars! stencils, watercolour, spritz with Gold, Purple and White Artiste Spritzing Inks, add glitter glue, add sentiment, die-cut and add Christmas Angel and finish off with little stars and ribbon.

I did die-cut the angel several times from white card and once from starry mulberrypaper and layered them all up.


I hope you feel inspired to create something different, maybe even do some up-cycling or re-purposing .... why not link it up with the Mixed Media Challenge over at STAMPlorations. The theme is always Anything Mixed Media Goes except cards which means projects such as tags, ATCs, canvases, layouts, art journal pages etc,are perfect for entering, and you must have used at least one stencil (any brand) in your project. The challenge will close at the end of the month. You can find the full challenge details plus more Mixed Media inspiration here on the STAMPlorations Blog.


That's it from me for today. I shall be back soon with another project to share.

Have a lovely day!

hugs
Monika xxx

here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop, remember to apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA (not case sensitive, can be used more than once) at check out for a 20% discount on their stamps, stencils and dies:

If you haven't yet taken advantage of STAMPlorations Thanksgiving offer, a single 40% discount coupon which cannot be combined with any other coupon codes, check out my post here for more details and links.

ARTplorations Stencils:
Oh, My Stars!
preview-web-stencil-009-stars.jpeg

STAMPlorations Stamps: 
preview-SheryRuss_WarmHandsWarmHearts

CUTplorations Dies:
Christmas AngelLuggage Tags Nesting Dies
preview-christmasiconangel preview-stamplorations-luggagetags
*** Discount code works on sale items too

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Thankful Gratitude

Hello Crafty Friends!

STAMPlorations are hopping again as they are celebrating their 3rd Annual STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop & Wishlist Linky Party. I am thankful to be part of their amazing DT, and here are my creations ...



It is an honour to be among so many talented designers, the full linky list of which will be at the end of my post. Each designer showcases some of the stamps from STAMPlorations Thanksgiving Release. A real time for celebration!


click here to go to the STAMPlorations Blog

F
or now, I'm briefly going back to my cards.

The first one was made with a background of Infusions Coloured Stains, A Bit Jaded & Golden Sands, with the Typographia Something To Be Thankful For sentiment being heat embossed in Early Espresso. I finished off with a strip of gold foiling and a couple of pearls.


My second card uses a purple and turquoise brusho background with stamping in Elegant Eggplant. The sentiment I used is the Typographia Gratitude Is A Blossom, and the florals are stamped using the Blissful Blossoms.


Back now to STAMPlorations' mega hop celebrations ... you can win prizes for commenting on participating designer's blogs, getting involved on Facebook and Instagram plus linking up to STAMPlorations Wishlist Linky Party. Here are the prizes up for grabs:

Prizes for commenting on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blogs:
  • THREE (3) winners randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $25 certificate to the STAMPlorations store
Prize for liking, commenting, tagging a friend, and sharing STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop & Wishlist Linky Party post on STAMPlorations Facebook page:
  • ONE (1) randomly drawn winner will receive a grab bag consisting of new products (valued at $25 MSRP) + another grab bag of the same value to the person he/she tags
Prizes for linking up to the STAMPlorations Wishlist Linky Party:
  • TWO (2) randomly drawn winners will each receive products in their wishlist (up to $40 MSRP)
Prize for commenting and re-posting STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop & Wishlist Linky Party post on the STAMPlorations Instagram page:
  • ONE (1) randomly drawn commenter will win her choice of Giving Thanks stamps (Thankful & Blessed; Wonderfall Time; Words of Gratitude; OR any 2 Typografia Thankful stamps)
Commenting on the blogs and linking up to the Wishlist Linky Party ends on Thursday 30th November at 11:55 p.m. Pacific (which is 7.55 GMT, Friday 1st Dec in the UK).

Winners will be announced on December 10 in the November Challenges and Hops winners post. Winners have until December 31 to claim their prize. The full details can be found here on the STAMPlorations Blog.

To add the cherry to the cake, Shery is having a Thanksgiving Sale too.

Use the BIGTHANKS coupon code at checkout for a whopping 40% discount of their stamps, stencils and dies. Please note: The BIGTHANKS code can only be used once per customer/shipping address and cannot be used in combination with other coupon codes. It does not apply to products from the New Release, Retiring, Colouring Books and Gift Certificate categories.

You can even get a freebie included in your order, here is what to do:

  • choose one word/phrase die from the shop up to the value of $10 which you would like for free
  • place your order using the BIGTHANKS coupon code
  • this is the important bit: include the following in a note with your order or email Shery directly mentioning that you were reading my Giving Thanks blog post and decided to order an that you would like your chosen die for free; there is no minimum order needed to qualify. Example: Hi Shery! I just read Monika's Giving Thanks blog post and decided to place an order taking advantage of your generous 40% off offer. I would like the AMAZING word die as my freebie. Many thanks
  • I would like to ask you one favour, please make sure you spell Monika with a 'K' as there is also a Monica with a 'C' who is a STAMPlorations teamie. It simply helps to keep us apart. Thanks so much! 💖💖💖


Should you wish to place an order for products from the new release category, you can stll use my personal discount code details of which are in the side bar.

Also check out the graphic below, but first here is the linky to all the participating blogs, mine is no 29 ...


That's it from me for today. Have a lovely week & Happy Hopping!
hugs
Monika xxx


here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop
Gratitude Is The BlossomBlissful BlossomsSomething To Be Thankful For
preview-Typografia-GratitudeistheBlossom InBloom4-BlissfulBlossoms preview-Typografia-SomethingtobeThankfulFor

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Mistle-doe

Hello Crafty Friends!

It's Inspiration Time over at STAMPlorations. This week my teamies and I are showcasing stamps by Becca under her label 'Big Grins By Becca Cruger'.

I decided to work with the Christmas Cookies & Cheer and the Reindeer Games sets to create a fun Christmas card. Here it is ...


A bit of stamping, masking, colouring and fuzzy cutting finished off with a die-cut frame, Stickles and gems.
The idea of Rudolph with an apron really tickled me. TIP!: It was easiest to cut off the apron strings rather than masking them hence the fuzzy cutting.


STAMPlorations have a special Thanksgiving Offer starting tomorrow with the Thanksgiving Blog Hop And Wishlist Linky Party. Keep checking their blog here for the start time at 7am Pacific (3pm GMT).

There will be a coupon code BIGTHANKS which can be used once per customer/shipping address for a whopping 40% discount. This offer excludes products from the New Release and Retiring category, Coloring Books and Gift Certificates.

The BIGTHANKS coupon code cannot be combined with any other coupon codes you might have.


Should you wish to purchase products from the New Release you can always use my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at checkout for a 20% discount. This code can be used more than once and works on sale items too, but cannot be combined with any other discount code.

Of course Shery will still draw a winner at random from all the comments left on this month's Inspiration Posts over on the STAMPlorations Blog. Pop over to see what my teamies created and to leave a comment for your entry into their prize draw.

That's it from me for today. I shall be back again tomorrow with my Thanksgiving projects.

Have a lovely day!
hugs
Monika xxx


here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop
Christmas Cookies & CheerReindeer GamesCrazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies
preview-ChristmasCookiesCheer preview-BigGrins-ReindeerGames preview-CrazyDoubleRunningStitches-Rectangle