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November 18, 2014

STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop – Day Two

Welcome to Day 2 of the November Stamp Release Blog Hop here at STAMPlorations! For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.

Today, we’re putting the spotlight on VIGNETTE: Eat Drink Be Merry. Plus we’ve got a special guest designer joining us, the talented Amy Tsuruta! We’ll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls’ posts for a chance to win the set.


This set is perfect for creating clean and simple (and graphic) cards and other projects. I stamped the food icon/silhouette in four Memento dye inks (dandelion, tangelo, morocco, rhubarb stalk) all over my card base to create a birthday or celebratory card that has an autumn and retro feel. Then I used one of the sentiments to stamp around the card to create a border. On a piece of card stock, I stamped my main sentiments (from Sentiment Builders: Celebrate), cut it down to size, and matted the panel to textured cardstock before adhering it to my card base using foam tape. And that’s it for my card. Check out the fun cards the other STAMPlorations girls made using this fun and graphic set. Thanks so much for stopping by! See you again tomorrow!

*** The stops in the hop***

STAMPlorations Blog

Debra | Deepti | Kylie | Maria Monika Nonni | Shery | Shirley Vicki

Special Guest Designer: Amy Tsuruta

November 3, 2014

Paper craft project no. 295: Celebrate one layer card

It’s the first Monday of the month, which means we have a new sketch challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog. Joining the STAMPlorations girls is guest designer Ingrid of Ingrid’s Craft Corner. We hope you’ll stop by the blog and see how we interpreted the sketch. And we’d love for you to play along! The challenge is open until Friday, November 14, and the winner gets to guest design in a future sketch challenge.

I went clean and simple and one layer to create this happy card. Stamped the circles and squares from the Retro Mod Shapes set in various Memento and VersaMagic inks and stamped the big sketchy sentiment and brush/crayon stamp in jet black ink.

Linking up my card to the following fun challenges: Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes; Addicted to Stamps and More #119 – CAS; and Allsorts Challenge #282 – Masculine;

Thanks for stopping by!


October 26, 2014

Paper craft project no. 289: Sending happy birthday wishes to you, Shirley!

2014-10-26 Sending happy birthday wishes

Today, we’re celebrating the birthday of one of the most creative cardmakers I know: Shirley B.! I “met” Shirley nearly a year ago when she started playing over at STAMPlorations. It was just Nonni and me on the design team and we put out a DT call. Shirley responded to the call with 3 entries (here, here, and here). Each one was so creative that I knew I wanted her on the team. And I think STAMPlorations is the first design team that Shirley joined so I’m giving myself a big thump on the back for snagging a talent like her! Didn’t stop there, though, because Shirley is now also a stamp designer through her own line, The Bee’s Knees, and nothing makes me prouder than to have her designing and illustrating stamps along with me! Again, I’m giving myself a big thump on the the back for “discovering” her as a stamp designer ;o)

And so to celebrate her birthday, I made this one layer card featuring the super-cool doodled bouquet from the Rosebuds set that she designed. It was tough to not use her stamps right away when I got them. I usually immediately break out new stamps before I’m even done designing their packaging. But I wanted the first time I used Shirley’s stamps to be on a card I make for her so it’s no easy feat that I held out for over a month!

Shirley loves watercoloring. And Distress inks. And sloshing. And spattering. So I made sure my card met all those criteria ;o) So I stamped the bouquet several times (masking as I went along) then sloshed Distress inks on the buds —  first with diluted spun sugar, then diluted barn door, and then lastly not-so-diluted barn door. Then I happily sloshed/watercolored antique linen, scattered straw, and broken china all over. I added a bit of texture to the background by stamping the rosebud definition stamp in antique linen ink. Oh, and the spatters…we can’t have a Shirley card without spatters! So I happily spattered some broken china, scattered straw, and barn door all over the card. And because I’m such a font-nerd, I created a custom sentiment by combining stamps from this set, this set, and this set. (Gotta love our sentiment sets…you can come up with a gazillion sentiments with them!) This card’s on its way to you, Shirley, so I hope you like it :o)

Maria, another STAMPlorations girl, is hosting a virtual birthday party for Shirley so check out the cards made by fellow crafters who are celebrating Shirley’s birthday!

I’d like to link this up to the following fun challenges: Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes (I skipped the optional washi tape toppings) and Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!



October 22, 2014

Paper craft project no. 286: Let’s celebrate you, Debra!

2014-10-22 OLC Happy birthday Debra

It’s Debra‘s birthday today, and we’re celebrating her birthday on the STAMPlorations blog. She’s one of 9 talented girls in my design team. Right from the start, I’ve always been amazed by her talent, especially when it comes to coloring with markers. You gotta see how she uses those Copics. Her cards are works of art! We also know that she loves cupcakes…the cupcake stamp we have, to be specific. So I thought it’s only fitting that I make a birthday card with cupcakes in it. And color ’em with markers. Debra, we hope you have a super day!

Linking up to these fun challenges: Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes; Addicted to Stamps #89 – Anything Goes; and Robyn’s Fetish #234 – Food or Drink.

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies: Stamps – Sketched: Cupcake, Sentiment Builders: Celebrate, Bold Sentiments: Cherish by STAMPlorations; Inks – Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink; Markers – Chameleon Color Tones; Paper – Neenah

August 21, 2014

Paper craft project no. 245: It’s your birthday, Nonni!

2014-08-22 OLC It's your birthday

Guess what today is? It’s Nonni‘s birthday and there’s a birthday party happening on blogland! Sandie masterminded organized this surprise party and is hosting it on her blog. Of course, as Nonni is a BIG part of STAMPlorations, we’re celebrating over there too (see this post)! Blame her baby, Rafa…he’s the ring leader; he got our pets to show up too!

I “met” Nonni almost a year ago (September 10, 2013 to be exact) when she left a comment on this card I’d entered to ATSM. She is the sweetest person I’ve had the fortune of bumping into online and certainly one of the most talented card-makers! She colors like a pro and I always try to channel my inner Nonni when it comes to coloring with markers. (I think I’ve improved somewhat, though I still have a love-hate relationship with alcohol markers.) Nonni is a wonderful friend, always there to encourage you, and I’ve told her this before but it’s worth telling again: her encouragement had meant a lot to me during the early days of my little stamp company. I was about to scrap the idea of continuing with STAMPlorations but she came at a time when I needed encouragement and to believe in what I was trying to do. For that, I’m grateful.

So Nonni, I hope you have the best birthday yet! Enjoy this day and the next ones…because I’m quite certain your birthday linky is going to have a steady flow of cards made by people who know you, appreciate you, and love you!

Because you’re the Queen of Copic Coloring, I made this card for you. My coloring skills are nowhere close to yours, but I hope this brings a smile to your face. You’re a genuinely awesome girl!



Supplies: Stamps – Sketched: Tulips, Sentiment Builders: Celebrate by STAMPlorations; Inks – Distress ink (broken china), Memento (tuxedo black); Spectrum Noir markers; Paper – 100# classic white heavy card stock; burlap.

August 4, 2014

Paper craft project no. 235: Celebrate

2014-08-04 Celebrate

We’ve got a new sketch at the STAMPlorations blog! Our guest designer is no stranger to us, as we’ve had the privilege of having her guest design before: the super talented Kimberley Makortoff of Art Keeps Me Sane. She did a fabulous job on the sketch, as did the STAMPlorations girls. Check out our sketch-inspired projects and we’re hoping you’ll join us as well and share your creations!

For my card, I used the sentiment from the Sentiment Builders: Celebrate set and the sunflower from the August stamp set, BLOOM SKETCHES (see the preview of this stamp set and the September stamps here). On chalkboard card stock, I heat embossed the sunflower in white and gave it a bit of shimmer with Twinkling H2Os (mango mamba) before adhering it to my card base. I also cut a couple of the chalkboard card stock into squares, heat embossed the edges, and then stuck it to the panel. On scrap watercolor paper, I brushed some mango mamba Twinkling H2Os before stamping the sunflower stamp in coffee archival ink and cropping it to a slightly larger square. Then I stamped the sentiment in Memento morocco dew drop ink on scrap watercolor paper, cut it to size and adhered to the card. It may not be too obvious in the photo, but the embossed panel has a gorgeous sheen to it — Twinkling H2Os have just become one of my favorite supplies ;o)

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Seize the Birthday – Seeing Yellow Birthdays (I skipped the toppings, monochromatic yellow, although I still used yellow on my card); Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything GoesA Gem of a Challenge #125 – Embossing (my background is heat embossed) and Addicted to Stamps and More #106 – Anything Goes.

  Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog  GRAB OUR BADGE!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Give someone a smile today :o)


July 30, 2014

Paper craft project no. 231: Celebrate one layer card

2014-07-31 OLC Celebrate TO

Hello, everyone! It’s been awhile. I haven’t been able to craft as much this week and last week. For one, my craft area looks like a tornado went through it. I started re-organizing and cleaning it more than a couple of weeks ago but I’ve yet to make noticeable progress. (If I were being graded on it, I’d get an F.) For another, the allergies decided to come back. They’ve been on and off this last couple of weeks (mostly on than off) and making my life miserable. I’ve re-acquainted myself with my anti-histamines, decongestants, and inhalers — they’re my best friends right now. I really thought that once spring was over, I wouldn’t have to see  them until next February. (The cost of living in the valley where we’ve got terrible air and a host of pollutants!)

Since I couldn’t really craft all that much because of those two things, I’ve been taking my revenge on the machines at the gym, namely the rowing machine, exercise bike, elliptical, and weights, and working out for a couple of hours every day. Oddly enough, it’s what’s helping clear up my congestion and allowing me to breathe easily. That, and walking at least 3 miles every day. (Fortunately, we have a long driveway and 10 laps around it is the equivalent of 1 mile.) On a good day, I’m able to log a combined 25 miles. On a bad day, it’s a pitiful 12 miles. The good news is I’ve lost 8 pounds the past 2 weeks, and close to 20 pounds since the middle of June when I decided to walk more and exercise more. My clothes are now baggy (I’ve dropped 3 sizes) and soon I’ll have a good excuse to go shopping for new clothes ;o) If it weren’t for these darn allergies, I’d be dandy.

Aaaannnyywaaayyyyy…I hope I haven’t lost you yet or made you fall asleep. I’m coming to the real reason for this post: it’s time for a new challenge at Time Out!  This week is our theme challenge that has a little twist.  The challenge theme is CELEBRATIONS and the optional twist is BUTTERFLIES. Pretty easy! Any kind of celebration is perfect. Enter a project with butterflies in it and you’re in the running to win the stamp set of your choice from our sponsor, which happens to be STAMPlorations, the little stamp company that my hubby and I own. And if you use a STAMPlorations stamp in your entry (with or without the twist), you also get the chance to win the stamp set of your choice. While winner and top picks are voted by the design team, the winners of the sponsor prizes are randomly drawn so everyone has an equal chance of winning. Do stop by the Time Out blog and check out what my lovely teammates created. We’re joined once again by the super talented Sarah of Funky Fossils Designs.

For my project, I went with a one layer card. Actually, I started making a layered card with patterned papers, die-cuts and all, but in the middle of it, it just wasn’t looking right so I scrapped it. (I really suck at making cards with real layers.) Once I resolved to make a one layer card, things fell into place and I felt so much happier. (I really am a one layer card girl.)

STAMPlorationsBloomSketches5x7August2014First, I masked the bottom portion of my card base (100# classic white premium heavyweight card stock) and sponged the upper portion with Distress inks (mustard seed, spiced marmalade, and broken china). I stamped the daisy several times (masking the blooms as I went along) in coffee archival ink. The daisy stamp, by the way, is in the new 5″ by 7″ stamp set called Bloom Sketches that’s coming out this August (see sneak peek on the right). The 4 flowers in the set are ones I have illustrated, and there are 3 more of my flower sketches coming out in September along with some pretty cool Christmas stamps that I drew and designed as well. (There’ll be sneak peeks and full reveals of the August/September stamps–plus projects featuring them–on the STAMPlorations blog over the next few weeks.)

My card has the twist too: I stamped a few butterflies (from the Vignette: Artful Flutters) with coffee archival ink. To give it a shabby/vintage-y look, I randomly stamped grunge and text backgrounds (from the Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds and Vignette: Live Love Laugh sets).

For the bottom, I masked the upper portion then repeatedly stamped the scripty “celebrate” (from the Sentiment Builders: Celebrate) in tide pool shadow ink (Hero Arts). I stamped the sketchy “celebrate” (from the same stamp set) and the brush stroke underneath it (from the Vignette: Celebrate Artsy set) in jet black archival ink. I finished the card by adding diamond stickles to make the main sentiment sparkle a bit. And that’s it. The card’s done.

Whew. If you’ve read this far along, I truly appreciate it! My next posts won’t be this verbose. Goes to show I should try to not take a week off from blogging or I end up talking my head off! :o)

See you tomorrow — I’ve got a short post, as it’s my turn to share a spotlight project over at the STAMPlorations blog and I’ve got a couple more one layer cards made for that.


7 fun challenges:

Addicted to Stamps & More #106 – Anything Goes
Divas by Design – Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesdays – Things with Wings (I’ve got butterflies in my card)
Crafting from the Heart #29 – Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion #224 – Flower Power
Through the Purple Haze #52 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #82 – Anything Goes (Optional: Sentiment)

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