Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Amazing Vintage - A Real Classic

Hello Crafty Friends!

It's Wednesday today and over at The Male Room challenge log their new bi-weekly challenge has started. As the name says, their challenges are all about making cards for the men in our lives. Here is my DT project ...


Each challenge, of course, has a different theme. For challenge #77 we are looking for Vintage inspired makes. Lots of scope there!


The inside of my card will eventually read something like 'a real classic, getting better with age 😁'. I don't normally do Vintage hence I thought a little outside the box with my approach to making this card.


A bit of pretty paper, stamping, die-cutting plus a classic car image were all I needed for this cheeky take on the Vintage theme.


Fancy creating your own Vintage inspired make, pop over to The Male Room for more inspiration and to link up your masculine makes.

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

here is what I used:
Designer Paper - We R Memory Keepers
classic car image - Crafty Individuals
Cog dies - Xcut by docrafts

from STAMPlorations:
It's All About YouUppercase Alphabet Plate Die
stmp1001-a.jpeg preview-uppercasealphabetplate
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, 16 January 2018

Counting Rainbows

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 Kathryn's Rainbow and the Droplets ARTplorations Stencil to create a sunny CAS card despite the rain drops. Here it is ...


A bit of stenciling, stamping, watercolouring and fuzzy cutting was all that was needed for this cheerful card.


I added some glittery doodles to the clouds and the rainbow which you can just about see in the above photo. And of course, Kathryn needed a flower in her hair too.


As mentioned earlier, this week we are showcasing stamps designed by Deepti under her label 'Dee's Artsy Impressions'. All her sets will be on sale at 15% off for the week until Monday, 22nd January.

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, remember to apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA (not case sensitive) at check out for a 20% discount on their stamps ***, stencils and dies:
Kathryn's RainbowDroplats ARTplorations Stencil
preview-KathrynsRainbow preview-web-stencil-029-droplets.jpeg

*** Discount code works on sale items too

Friday, 12 January 2018

Inspiring Journal Cover

Hello Crafty Friends! Today I am sharing a project made as a tutorial for STAMPlorations. I have been meaning for a while to turn this bright pink notebook cover into an inspiring one for my journal. Today was the day, it finally got done. Have a look ...


As you can see, I went to town and covered it with lots of inspiring messages.

To check out how it all came together, pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog for a full photo tutorial.

Here is a little close-up for you.


That's it from me for today. Hope you feel inspired to have a playful time and create your own mixed media project. If you do, why not link it up with STAMPlorations January Mixed Media Challenge which will run until the end of this month. Their Mixed Media Challenge is always Anything But A Card Goes + Use a Stencil, I look forward to seeing you there.


Have a lovely weekend!


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:

ARTplorations Stencils: CobwebRetro CirclesFloral Flutes
preview-web-stencil-cobweb preview-web-stencil-051-retrocircles preview-web-stencil-floral-flutes

STAMPlorations Stamps: Born To RoamDareGrace In Each Step
preview-SheryRuss_BorntoRoam stmp1048.jpeg stmp1043.jpeg

stmp1055.jpeg preview-SheryRuss_TrendyBirds24x6 MixedMediaElements-preview.jpeg

preview-uppercasealphabetplate preview-flutterzen2layeringdies

*** Discount code works on sale items too

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

A Cheeky Angel


Hello Crafty Friends! For today's project, made as my Spotlight Tutorial for STAMPlorations, I stamped an angel with a not so angelic cheeky grin. I dug out one of STAMPlorations' past Stamp Club sets called Artsy Tribal Doodles and combined it with a sentiment and small heart from Becca's Funny Kinda Love set.


I leave you to savour this big, characterful grin. If you want to check out the full tutorial, it can be found here on the STAMPlorations Blog.


That's it from me for today. Hope you enjoy the broad grin. If you fancy a bit of angel stamping 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 our Spotlight Project Gallery here.


Have a lovely day!
hugs
Monika xxx


Here is what I used:
Artsy Tribal DoodlesFunny Kinda Love
preview-Shery_Russ-ArtsyTribalDoodles preview-FunnyKindaLove

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Rise Like The Sun

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 Wonderful Life set to create a card with texture yet easy on postage costs. Here it is ...


The idea for this card came from the sentiment. I wanted only the sun to be coloured, and the die-cuts to provide texture without being overpowering hence the inlaid die-cutting rather than layers..


As mentioned earlier, this week we are showcasing stamps designed by Becca under her label 'Big Grins By Becca Cruger'. All her sets will be reduced by 15% until Monday 15th January. You can get an additional 20% off by using my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at checkout.

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, remember to apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA (not case sensitive) at check out for a 20% discount on their stamps ***, stencils and dies:
Wonderful LifeStitched Spring LandscapeStitched Snow Hills
preview-wonderfullife preview-CUTplorations-StitchedSpringLandscape CUTplorationsStitchedSnowHillsdies-preview
*** Discount code works on sale items too

Sunday, 7 January 2018

January Mixed Media Challenge

Hello, Crafty Friends!

It's Sunday 7th January today which means, it's the start of a new Mixed Media Challenge over at STAMPlorations. 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 January is ... a little canvas ....


This canvas is one of those projects that develop as you go along, just like life turning 'mistakes' into positive outcomes.

I started off creating a shaded blue background on canvas using DIs before stamping the Zinnia Row in both blue and black. The black was too strong, and I decided to cover up with crumpled white tissue paper. Before doing that I added the Peony #1 with paste and some die cuts too for added texture. The tissue was a bit too messy in places hence I removed some of it and, once dry, covered the canvas with translucent Beach Hut paint.

I then added the flowers, thanks to Cath Barnard for my win, and die-cut leaves before painting them with pink acrylic, Bright Fuchia and Blue Starlight Paints. I then added the sentiment, stamped on a piece of tissue paper, some stenciling using the Crisscross stencil with Blue Starlight Paint, plenty of fine splatters, the die-cut Flutter Zen Butterfly, some pearls and finished off with Treasure Silver and Royal Amethyst Treasure Gold Gilding Waxes.


You can still see a bit of the stamped Zinna Row in the photo below towards the top of the canvas between the roses. The blue stenciled Crisscross diamonds are not that easy to spot in the photos, but show up well in real life.


TIP!: For varying depth of texture, try layering several die-cuts of the same shape on top of each other.


The photo below is a bit darker, but captures the sparkle quite well.


I hope you feel inspired to dig into your crafty resourcefulness and create something to enjoy  .... why not link it up with the Mixed Media Challenge over at STAMPlorations. The theme for the Mixed Media Challenge 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.


Ooops, almost forgot to mention the prizes: one winner as chosen by the Mixed Media DT will receive a $10 gift certificate and two Top Picks will receive a $5 gift certificate each, all of course redeemable at the STAMPlorations Shop ... but that's not all ... if there are 25 or more entries one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive two standard sized stencils of their choice.


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) at check out for a 20% discount*** on their stamps, stencils and dies:

ARTplorations Stencils/Masks: CrisscrossedPeony Number 1
preview-web-stencil-086-CrissCrossed preview-web-stencil-peony-number-one

STAMPlorations Stamps: Be YouZinnia Row
BeYou preview-SheryRuss_ZinniaRow2x6

CUTplorations Dies: Trendy Spring Blooms DiesFlutter Zen #2 Layering Dies
preview-trendyspringbloomsdies preview-flutterzen2layeringdies

*** The personal discount coupon STAMPGIRLMONIKA works on already reduced items too, but can not be combined with any other coupon codes.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Prosit New Year!

Hello Crafty Friends!

Happy New Year to all my followers and players at The Male Room challenge blog where the bi-weekly challenge is all about making cards for the men in our lives. Cheers to a new year full of crafty inspiration! Here is my DT project ...


Each challenge, of course, has a different theme. For challenge #7 we are looking for anything with the theme of 'New Beginnings'. Lots of scope there!



What do you do, when you haven't got either a stamp nor paper with fireworks on .... go for brightly colored paper and mirri card combined with black and get die-cutting ... 😁


Need a bit more crafty inspiration to get your creative mojo going? Pop over to The Male Room for more inspiration and to link up your masculine 'New Beginnings' makes.

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

here is what I used:
Designer Paper - We R Memory Keepers
rounded rectangle nesting dies, stars nesting dies, mirri card and black card - stash

from STAMPlorations:
Prosit Word Die and Stamp
preview-prositstampanddie

the New Year Die is a STAMPlorations design too, but no longer available in their shop

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