Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Beach Therapy

Hello again, my Crafty Friends!

The weather here is so dull today, that I wondered, if you too might fancy some beach therapy ....


If yes, this postcard could wing its way to you. All you have to do is, leave a comment by Sunday 24th September, and I shall draw the lucky recipient on Monday 25th September.

Have fun!
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:
Trendy LeavesBeach Therapy
stmp1080.jpeg BeachTherapy
*** Discount code works on sale items too

Flourishes

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I want to share a little stamping simplicity. A few weeks ago I bought a set of stamps from China with two large border stamps and a few lovely sentiments. I decided to ink them up and make some one-layer cards, here they are ...


I used my MISTI to stamp the cards which made getting the shading quite easy. I simply inked part of the stamp with Crushed Curry first followed by inking the rest with Melon Mambo. The overlapping areas naturally turned into a mix of the two creating this lovely shaded look.

Here is a closer look at the individual cards ...






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

here is what I used:
stamps - KWELLAM Store, AliExpress
Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo inks - Stampin'Up!
Black Versafine and Metal Embellishments from stash

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

STAMPlorations Special Stamp Release

Hello Crafty Friends!

Over at STAMPlorations they are having another special release week for some super cute monsters and robots, and they are celebrating in style with a blog hop. Details can all be found here.

I am counting myself so lucky to be part of this special release having made some projects using the Little Robots and Big Monsters. Have a look ....


On seeing the Little Robots, all I could think of was space, stars and sky which I incorporated into both of my robot projects.

The first one uses a simple background of homemade paste through the Oh,My Stars! stencil with a little bit of die-cutting help from the Stitched Snow Hills. Watercoloured robots and stamped sentiment finished the card off.


Next up is a shaker tag using some watercoloured robots and a night sky blended background. The tag shape is one of the recent nesting dies additions called Tags #1.


Did someone say tag .... check out this punk inspired monster on a background of Prisms stencil print with Mixed Media Elements stamping.


And last, but not least ... a monster with a purpose. It is quite amazing what simple doodles can do, just adding a few lines gives the impression of a striding monster! I can even hear him whistle ...

If you are as taken as I am by the robots and monsters, you might like to know that they are in the STAMPlorations Shop at 5% off during this week. You can save yourself an added 20% by using my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA at checkout.

Here is a look at all the 4 sets of this release ...


It's over to you now, hop along and comment. All the details can be found on the STAMPlorations Blog. Commenting closes on Monday 11th September and one lucky winner, drawn at random from all the comments left on the STAMPlorations and participating designers' blogs, will win their choice of stamp set from this release.

I shall leave you with one last look at my projects ...





That's it from me for today. Have a fang-tastic week! Happy Hopping and Good Luck!
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:

STAMPlorations Stamps: Big Monsters, Little RobotsMixed Media Elements
  SheryRuss_MixedMediaElements

CUTplorations Dies: Stitched Snow HillsTags #1 Nesting Dies
CUTplorationsStitchedSnowHillsdies-preview preview-nestingtags1

ARTplorations Stencils: Oh, My Stars!Prisms
preview-web-stencil-009-stars.jpeg preview-web-stencil-prisms
*** Discount code works on sale items too

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Looking For Rainbows

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I am sharing a tag I made using a set designed by my friend Deepti Malik. It's one of her super cute Kathryn series called Kathryn's Rainbow. I especially love the uplifting sentiments in this set hence I had to splash out and get it. 😇


I simply cut a tag from a black Brusho background I made a while ago, thought the grey was very fitting for a rainy day. I stamped the raindrops and sentiment, stamped, coloured and fuzzy cut Kathryn and her rainbow, attached them and added some dimensional shading, doodles, nail embellies and Stickles to finish.

I am entering my tag at:
UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group - August Tag Swap Anything Goes

Here is a little close-up ...



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 RainbowTags #1 CUTplorations Nesting Dies
preview-KathrynsRainbow preview-nestingtags1
*** Discount code works on sale items too

Friday, 18 August 2017

STAMPlorations Christmas Release Day 5

Hello Crafty Friends!

STAMPlorations are doing a Christmas in August Release. They are releaasing 6 stamp sets and 8 CUTplorations dies and, of course, are celebrating in style with a Blog Hop. Welcome to Day 5!

Today my teamies and I are showcasing the 8 new CUTplorations Dies of which I personaaly am showcasing 4. First up is a little lantern using the Christmas Icons - Christmas Angel die. Here it is:


I used my handmade box template from my Spotlight Post here and tuned it into a lantern by die-cutting the angel and backing the negative with vellum after embossing the panels with the Oh, My Stars! ARTplorations Stencil. To finish I added a touch of gilding wax and Stickles.

Next up is a card using the beautiful Merry Christmas Word Art Die ...


I clear embossed the poinsettia from the Christmas Flower set, cut the sentiment twice from white card, layered as seen and finished off with a couple of clear gems.

Next up is a shaker card using the Christmas Bauble #2 Layering Die ...


I first cut the doodled bauble and then the solid one,attached acetate to the back and pieced them in. I used glass glitter to add to my shaker element and finished off with a die-cut Merry Christmas and a little matching bow.

Next up are three cards using the super gorgeous Christmas Icons - Christmas Tree #2 die ...


I simply assembled all the cut out bits on a sponged background, added a sentiment from the Holiday Artsy set, a doodled line and gems to finish.


This card was made by simply cutting the tree into the base card finishing offwith gems and peel-off sentiment.


My last card turns the tree into a shaker card using silver glass glitter and a peel-off sentiment.

That's all my projects for today.

Here is a pre-view of all the CUTplorations Dies from this release:
:
preview-christmasiconangel preview-christmasiconchristmastree2 preview-christmasiconnativity
preview-christmasiconchristmastree1

Word Art Dies - Merry Christmas
preview-merrychristmasdie

Plate Dies - Holiday Words
preview-holidaywordsdie

preview-layeringbaubles2 preview-layeringbaubles1

And here is a little reminder of everything from this week's release, links to previous days can be found towards the end of my post:


As with any blog hop, it is best to comment on all the participating blogs, Facebook and Instagram, links to which can be found here on the STAMPlorations Blog.

Commenting closes on Monday 21st August at 11.55 pm Pacific (that's British Summer Time 7.55am Tuesday 22nd August) with winners being announced on August 24.

Here is what you can win:

Winners randomly drawn from all the comments left on the STAMPlorations Blog and participating designers blogs:
- THREE (3) winners of a $10 gift certificate to the STAMPlorations store
- ONE (1) winner of her choice of 1 stamp set and 1 CUTplorations die from the new release
- ONE (1) winner of a $25 gift certificate to the STAMPlorations store

Extra prizes:
- TWO (2) winners of their choice of 1 CUTplorations die from the new release -- drawn from STAMPlorations Facebook page (for commenting, sharing, and tagging a friend)
- ONE (1) winner of her choice of 1 stamp set from the new release -- drawn from STAMPlorations Instagram post (commenting, liking, tagging a friend)







Well. it's over to you now, you can find all the info and links here on the STAMPlorations Blog.
Enjoy your day and happy hopping!

hugs
Monika xxx

links to previous days: Day1Day 2Day 3Day 4

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:

Christmas Icons - Christmas AngelMerry Christmas Word Art DieChristmas Bauble #2 Layering Die
preview-christmasiconangel preview-merrychristmasdie preview-layeringbaubles2

Christmas Icons - Christmas Tree #2Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies
preview-christmasiconchristmastree2 preview-CrazyDoubleRunningStitches-Rectangle

Holiday Sketches: Christmas FlowerHoliday ArtsyOh, My Stars! ARTplorations Stencil
stmp1072.jpeg stmp1024.jpeg preview-web-stencil-009-stars.jpeg

*** Discount code works on sale items too