Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Nesting Dies - Take 1

Hello Crafty Friends!

A project without stamping for you today, hope you like it! The bag was made as a Spotlight Tutorial for STAMPlorations which can be found on their blog here.

I have been playing with Nesting Dies, the Curly Labels/Tags Nesting Dies to be precise, to make a little handbag inspired by one I made a few years ago when crafting with my friend Dianne. It is the first project in a little series using the nesting dies in various ways. Here is the finished bag:


Here are a few more photos of the finished bag:





That's it from me for today. The full step-by-step tutorial can be found here on the STAMPlorations Blog.

Have a lovely Valentine's Day!
hugs
Monika xxx

Here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop:
If you want to get an extra 20% off the shop prices, please use my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at check out. I would really love you using it. Thanks so much!

Spreading A Little Love

Happy Valentine's Day, my Crafty Friends!

I just want to spread a little love today by sharing two cards with you, I made whilst playing with bits from my desk. It is much easier to make cards using them than tidying them away. 😄


I used pearlised card, a bit of sponging, spritzing, a die-cut, some nail embellishment hearts and one of Becca's great sentiments. It looks a bit like fireworks of love going off.


This card simply used up some die-cut clustered hearts with a bit of bling.


That's it from me for today. Thanks so much for being there. Hope you are being spoiled.

Enjoy your Valentine's Day!
hugs
Monika xxx

here is what I used:
Centura Pearl card - Crafter's Companion
Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo inks, Melon Mambo Stamp'n'write Marker, Cherry Cobbler and Pretty In Pink card - Stampin'Up!
Black Versafine ink - stash
large hearts die - ALI Express
Zutter corner rounder

For a 20% discount on their stamps,dies and stencils remember to use my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at checkout.
Clustered Hearts DieReindeer Games, Sentiment Builder LOVE (retired)
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You're A Star!

Hello Crafty Friends!

It's the start of a new challenge 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 DT project ...


Each challenge, of course, has a different theme. For challenge #79 we are getting sporty. With the Winter Olympics being in full swing, you should get lots of inspiration. Lots of scope there!


I am not really the sporty type hence I really had to search through my stash to find this little cutie.


May I just take the opportunity to say, that the blue is purely coincidental. I am not a football supporter. Across the river in Liverpool the rivalry between blues and reds is too great to get involved.

Apart from that, the card is simply stamped, coloured and sponged. Pretty straight forward, I would say.


If you fancy getting sporty with us, 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:
Pacific Point ink, card and small circle punch - Stampin'Up!
character, football, sentiment and star stamps - from magazines
Tuxedo Black Memento ink - stash
Tinge Alcohol Markers - The Works
Promarkers - stash

from STAMPlorations:
Mixed Media ElementsTags #1 Nesting Dies
SheryRuss_MixedMediaElements preview-nestingtags1
remember to apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA (not case sensitive) at check out for a 20% discount on STAMPlorations stamps ***, stencils and dies:
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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

A Little Box

Hello Crafty Friends! Have you ever needed to make a box to fit a little gift? Well, I had this jar of chutney in need of a gift box, and I thought I'd share my process with you. I hope that my tutorial over on the STAMPlorations Blog will help even novices to make their own boxes. 

Here are a few photos of the finished project ...






For a full photo tutorial, pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog.

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

Here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop:
For a 20% discount on their stamps, dies and stencils, use my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at checkout.
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Happy Valentine's Day

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 Funny Kinda Love to create one skinny Valentine's card for the one you love. Here it is ...


The large heart was stamped on a brusho background and fuzzy cut. The sentiment was stamped before I attached the heart and again after the heart was attached using my MISTI.


I finished off with a few nail embellishment hearts.


As mentioned earlier, this week we are showcasing stamps designed by Becca under her label 'Big Grins By Becca Cruger'. If you like the Funny Kinda Love set I used in my card or any other STAMPlorations products you might have come across when browsing my blog, they are all reduced by 10% in their shop, apart from products in the retiring category, no coupon needed. You can get an extra 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:
Funny Kinda Love
preview-FunnyKindaLove

*** Discount code works on sale items too

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

A Stylish Birthday

Hello Crafty Friends!

It's Inspiration Time over at STAMPlorations. This week my teamies and I are showcasing stamps by our very own Shirley under her label 'The Bee's Knees'.

I decided to work with the Parfumerie and City Girl sets to create a one-layer CAS card. Here it is ...


I used white Centura Pearl as my base card and lightly coloured the perfume bottle with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. The stamped sentiment works well to ground the image.
This birthday girl loves her perfume so much that a bottle stays never full for very long. 😁


Before I forget, all stamps, stencils and dies (except products from the retiring category) are on offer at 10% off at the STAMPlorations Shop. Using my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at check out will give you an added 20% off.

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:
ParfumerieCity Girl
preview-Parfumerie-Shirley stmp1076.jpeg
*** Discount code works on sale items too

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Endeavour Morse Inspired

Hello Crafty Friends!

It's the start of a new challenge 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 DT project ...


Each challenge, of course, has a different theme. For challenge #78 we are looking for makes Inspired By Television. Lots of scope there!


I went for a make inspired by my favourite 'whodunnit' Morse, taken out of its Oxford setting and transplanted into a nautical theme mainly due to his first name being Endeavour, Nelson's flagship.

What did I take from it ...
You got the dots and dashes for morse code plus some letters and numbers - Morse in his younger years was a code breaker during WWII.
The musical score is for his love of anything Classic especially Wagner.
The lighthouse stand for him being kind of beacon, he can't be corrupted and hasn't got much time for bent cops.
The compass, well ... he follows his inner compass solving crimes.


Apart from that, the card came together using stenciling, stamping, masking and some colouring using watercolour and alcohol markers.


Fancy creating your own Television 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:
Tempting Turquoise and Smokey Slate inks, black card - Stampin'Up!
brush markers, alcohol markers - The Works
Old Paper Distress Ink

from STAMPlorations:
True North, Lighthouse - LargeMixed Media Grunge, Scribbly Splattery Grunge
SheryRuss_TrueNorth-preview LighthouseLARGE MixedMediaElements-preview.jpeg SheryRuss_Scribbly Splattery Grunge-preview

Uppercase Alphabet Plate DieLowercase Alphabet Plate DieDots And Dashes Stencil
preview-uppercasealphabetplate preview-lowercasealphabetplate 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