Monday, January 16, 2017

marbled again

Maybe you saw my use of shaving cream marbled papers on these cards last week. As I was going through all my marbled specimens I came across two that reminded me of the Winnie and Walter logo colors, so I had to make a card with them for Taheerah's Gossip Column challenge.

The blue/greens were acrylic paints on glossy cardstock, the pink/yellow Distress Ink reinkers on normal cardstock. Both have a little touch of gold acrylic paint on them too - it adds a nice surprise to the marbling.

I used WW Hello to die cut the sentiment which I adhered atop a gray (also a nod to the WW colors) True Multifaceted Heart die cut. A little yellow star enamel sticker finished off my simple design.

I'm joining the Hello challenge at AAA Cards too. Hope your week is creative!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

CUTplorations january - reminder

Happy new week. It's time for a little reminder to play with us at CUTplorations this month where this is our inspiration.

image source: Smashing Magazine

Here's what I did with some new product which you'll see coming to STAMplorations soon.

Dies make it so easy to create a fun card quickly. Stamped a few triangles (Balloons and Banners) randomly on my cardbase. Then layered a fun coming-soon full-of-numbers die cut which I cut from a gold foil scrap and a full-of-triangles die cut, cut from Concord and 9th (Modern Edition Paper Route) tissue paper.

Topped it off with a die cut diamond on which I added a snarky coming-soon sentiment and candle which I gold embossed. Three sequins continued the gold/black/party feeling and voila! The perfect card for my BFF who will always be older than me ;)

Check out the additional inspiration from my teamies and throw your hat into the die cutting ring with us.  Deets are here.

I'm hooking up at these fun challenges:
Little Tangles - Anything Goes with NT product
Where Creativity Meetc C9 - Try Something New (brand spanking new dies)

Friday, January 13, 2017

inspired by kate's sequin strands

I had a productive crafting session yesterday. Ready? Have you seen the lovely sequin strands Kate L. has been creating lately - like this one here? Had to do that. So I took a cue from this card and made this card.

I did some shaving cream/acrylic paint marbling awhile back and used a piece of glossy cardstock from that session and Diemond Dies Snowflake 1 to cut three flakes which I clustered together atop a BG heat embossed in white with a snowflake from Artemio. Added a white heat embossed Klartext Gluckwunsch sentiment too. Then the sequin strand and voila!

I chose my marbled specimen based on the colors at Rubber Dance January challenge. Perfect for wintery cards, don't you think?

So with lots of marbled loveliness still left, I pulled out Kesi Art Snowflakes and die cut one marbled and one gold large specimen. And made this.

Created my cardbase by randomly stamping with Winnie and Walter Sentimental Winter, then applying embossing paste through Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil and sprinkling gold glitter on some of the snow while it was still wet. Then I splattered with blue watercolor. See that sparkly gold snow gently falling? Such fun.

And, since there was still a wee bit of the marbled CS left... I made a card for my friend's hubby's January birthday.

Used Studio Calico Wonky Hearts Wedding to die cut hearts from a white panel. Dry embossed it with a woodgrain embossing folder. Adhered a few of the white hearts to the panel, some marbled snippets to a blue cardbase and then adhered the panel with foam adhesive.

I used the last tidbits of the marbled CS and fun foam and Memory Box Parker Alphabet to cut "happy". Completed my sentiment with a heat embossed Winnie and Walter Winter Wonderland "birthday". Completed the card, balanced it out a bit, with two bits of washi on the front panel. Don't you love how the woodgrain and marbling make a nice pairing?

Lots of texture happening here - glossy CS, acrylic paint matt-ness, dry and heat embossing as well as the raised panel and the extra white heart die cuts.

I'm taking these cards to The Heart Desires #8 too, inspired by those snowflakes on the cake and the wintery branches.

Cuz I used acrylic paints for marbling I'm joining CAS Mix Up for January.

I used new products (Klartext Gluckwunsch, WW Sentimental Winter and Studio Calico hearts die) so I'm hooking up at Danipeuss #034 - Alles neu too.

And the last two cards are going to Winnie and Walter Gossip Column - Marble

Hope you enjoyed this lineup. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

layered CAS

Howdy. Sharing a "clean and layered" card today I made at DD's request. "For a horsey gal" was the only tip she gave me. Infatuated with The Card Concept's inspiration photo, I did this.

Went with the colors of those peonies, added some gold with the leaves, the gold embossed sentiment and the die cut up top, and brought in the black in the form of the sentiment snippet and those hoof tracks! Not my standard way to make a cool B/W pattern, but I think it works!

Lots of layers here thanks to masking and stamping. Even brought in some stamp kissing (the stripes on the "m") and watercoloring (dabbing at the rose center with a wet brush to soften up the ink).

Have to share this... I was just tickled when I was looking for a scrap for "girl" and found that little one with the portion of a gold heat embossed/watercolored leaf on it. Recognize it (ha ha)? It's a leftover from this card that's literally been collecting dust on my workspace. I think it makes this card with that touch of teal! Well, it and that cool gold leopeard print acetate (new to me).

Stamps - rose (Viva), m (Technique Tuesday), horse hooves (Stabenfeldt), birthday (PTI), girl (Stampendous)
Inks - Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks, Delicata gold, Memento black
Die - hello (Technique Tuesday), cloud (WPlus9)
Acetate - We R Memory Keepers

I'm playing at:
Penny Black and More - Anything Goes
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it January Anything Goes
Card Mania #88 - Layer it (I've layered mostly stamps, but some snippets too!)
Danipeuss Kartenchallenge #034 alles neu
A Blog Named Hero - January

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

alice says thank you

A quick post today to share a card I made using the most nondescript stamp in Becca's Strong Women set from STAMPlorations. Remember, Becca's stamp line is 10% off this week. Plus you can use my discount code in the sidebar to get an additional 20% off!

Yesterday's card was one of those "detour" cards - it kinda created itself. Today's happened during the same sitting. All I knew was that I wanted to use the tiny "thank you" sentiment from the set. See it mid-left?

What to do with such a tiny stamp? As I was flipping through my STAMPlorations stash, Alice No. 1 popped out of the bunch (guess it's not in the store anymore!). I purchased this set cuz I love to perch things on things, like uplifted hands. Like a sentiment. Or three in emerald ombre Altenew ink tones.

But Alice is so tiny too. How to get her to the card's "sweet spot"? Enter some metallic embossing paste through Bubbles stencil. And that's my card! Hope you likey.

I'm hooking up at:
Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - CAS

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

spotlight on designing for sketch challenges

Howdy folks! I'm over on the STAMPlorations blog today with a tutorial on my design process for this card, created using the Scrapbook and Cards Today sketch challenge. Hope you'll check it out.

I'm playing at The Heart Desires #8 challenge too. Love these fresh colors in the new year.

And at Happy Little Stampers January Watercolor challenge. No twist.

STAMPlorations inspiration #114

And welcome to Tuesday's inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team! As I mentioned last week, we're tweaking it a bit and each Tuesday post we will all feature stamps from one of our talented stamp designers. And there will be sales ;)

Today we're using Becca's Big Grins stamps. From now until Jan 16 you can get any of Big Grins stamps at 10% off in the STAMPlorations store! Don't forget, with my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA you can earn 20% savings on top!

I must admit I was in a weird mood when I went to my craft room. This card just kinda happened. Not that it happened quickly, but it evolved ;) I used Strong Women.

I started with the stamp set and PP. Had three PP patterns I wanted to use together. Yeah, well, couldn't really make that happen. I chose to die cut (Bloom Happy) a white one too and stamp it with a Bloom Happy frame and Strong Women sentiment. And use only two PP die cuts. Hm. Then what to do with my "flags"? I pulled out Buttercups and Butterflies and a card was born. Landscape? Portrait? Back and forth five times and portrait won. A little bit of machine stitching and my card was done! Whew!

If you liked this one, come back tomorrow for another weird one that kinda created itself...

And if you're interested, here and here are a couple older creations using Strong Women.

So from now until next Tuesday, Becca's Big Grins stamp line is 10% off, Bunnies N Beans is even 20% 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?

I'm hooking up at The Artistic Stamper Anything Goes and Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies.

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