October 26, 2014
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!
August 21, 2014
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
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 Goes; A Gem of a Challenge #125 – Embossing (my background is heat embossed) and Addicted to Stamps and More #106 – Anything Goes.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Give someone a smile today :o)
July 10, 2014
Another STAMPlorations girl is celebrating her birthday today! (Isn’t July a fabulous month or what?) Monika, I hope you’re having a great birthday! You’re one of the sweetest, most creative card-makers I’ve been so fortunate to meet since I began my blogging adventure a year ago!
We put together a special birthday page for you too! (Sorry I had to briefly take over your Spotlight Project post on the blog! It was for a good cause LOL!)
I made a clean and graphic one layer card using some STAMPlorations stamps (the birthday block stamp and a soon-to-be-released daisy flower stamp) — I had lots of fun masking. Might as well enter this to Seize the Birthday (I skipped the optional topping of stars and/or stripes).
Hope you’re enjoying your special day, Monika! Big, big hugs from California!
July 10, 2014
I’m back with one more card before I call it a night. This one’s a one layer CAS card. Fairly straightforward card to make: I stamped the artsy brush stroke in various Memento inks and the sentiment in black and the card is done. It works as a birthday card and even as a congratulatory card…or it can be given to anyone who’s got reason to celebrate something.
My card was inspired by a couple of challenges: CAS on Sunday #37 – One Layer Wonder and Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge – Birthday Bash (I used bright, happy colors).
Lights out for me. Thanks so much for stopping by!
July 7, 2014
Click here to read my earlier post.
It’s time for a new sketch at the STAMPlorations blog! Our guest designer this week is the fabulous Monika Reeck. I hope you’ll check out her project, as well as the projects that the STAMPlorations girls made. You’ll see just how each of us interpreted the sketch. We’ve also got some news from the STAMPlorations HQ.
I went with a clean and graphic card. The sketch has plenty of white space but I really, really, REALLY like this sentiment block stamp (from the VIGNETTE: It’s Your Day) that I just had to use it (again). So what I did was stamp the block onto my card base until the whole front of the card is covered with it. Then I used one of the Lil’ Inker rectangle stitched mat dies, washi-taped it onto the center of the card, then ran it through the Cuttlebug. I die-cut 5 more of the same rectangle using plain cardstock and glued them together.
I sponged Distress inks (broken china and faded jeans) onto my die-cut panel then glued it onto the stack. I then stuck the stacked panel to the card base. I’ve been wanting to do this technique for the longest time, but I haven’t any of the snazzier thin dies that many crafters all seem to have. So I settled for this one — it’s rather simple, I know, but hey, I’m more of a one layer card girl, ya know…this here is (infrequently) chartered territory for me so I ought to be given a bit of slack :o)
In retrospect, I should’ve made my die-cut panel stack thicker so the dimension is more obvious, but since I’m mailing this overseas to my brother, I didn’t want it to be too thick and heavy. Anyway, to complete the card, I stamped the brush stroke (from the VIGNETTE: Celebrate Artsy), stamped and paper-pieced the birthday gift (from the SKETCHED: Simple Gift), colored the bow with Spectrum Noir, and then added some Diamond stickles to it so it sparkles a little.
I’d like to enter my card to Virginia’s View Challenge #5 – Die Cut (I’m hoping I’d be able to make another card or two for this challenge — I just gotta come up with something worthy!)
Thanks so much for stopping by!
July 5, 2014
July sure is a very special month! For one, July 6 is Kylie‘s birthday! Granted it’s still July 5 here in the US, but over in Australia, it’s the 6th already! Kylie is one super-talented card-maker. Have you seen her cards? This girl is awesome at CAS cards, and give her some Spectrum Noir markers for coloring and you’ll be amazed! (I’ve had my mouth hanging open those times I saw her cards where she’s colored them with markers.) I’m so fortunate to know her! Loll, who makes wonderful CAS cards herself, is hosting a linky party for Kylie and you can find it here.
Kylie loves butterflies and she’s having a love affair with stencils right now so I made a one layer card that has both! I threw in some modeling paste and (faded jeans, mustard seed, spiced marmalade) distress inks for watercoloring, a few STAMPlorations stamps (Artful Flutters, Live Love Laugh, Retro Mod Shapes, and It’s Your Day), and stickles to make the butterfly sparkle, and ta-da — a simple one layer mixed media card. Hope you like the card I made for you, Kylie! Have a blast on your birthday! Big hugs from 7,000 miles away!