Thank you for your time to visit my blog. I hope you enjoy it and visit often :). If it inspires you feel free to use my ideas, but don't forget to give credit and back-link to my blog. Thanks again and have fun browsing! Cornelia

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Running Colors

Just a quick card for today - I have been quite busy making card for upcoming DT assignments, since my vacation is coming up and everything has to be in place by then... but I found a little time to play in two challenges. Just Us Girls has some of my favorite color combination this week - I had to play...and then CASology got me thinking about their theme "RUN"....

So that's what I decided to do:

A little different from my usual style...running colors - I kind of like it - just very different - I guess all those STAMPloration stamps are just begging to be used in mixed media projects.....

So I took some of those sprays that I have and put drops of liquid onto watercolor paper. Used a brush to spread the color around a bit and then had it run down the paper. I also spritzed the paper with water, to make the color more runny. Stamped some other stamps on top once the card was dry. Added colored Scotch tape on top and the sentiments. 

I also think it fits the Paper Players challenge this week - Monochromatic

Materials: All stamps by STAMPlorations: Holiday ArtsyMini Mixed Media BackgroundsSubway Art Builders: Create


Perhaps you like my experiment - gotta try something new every once in a while....Let me know what you think - I'd love to hear about it, even if you won't like it. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

STAMPlorations Spotlight on Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments

Hi, its Cornelia here!

Today I want to explore some options with the Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments set from STAMPlorations. I have already played around with it HERE and HERE. And if you are familiar with the STAMPlorations blog you have seen my teamies using it as well. 

And that is what I want to share with you today:

I used glossy paper and stamped with Staz-on ink and then used Marvy markers to color the images. I have that patterned paper at home, basically forever. It was the first patterned paper I ever bought. And I rarely ever use any.....but those stamps reminded me about some of those papers and wanted to incorporate it into a card somehow. I have tried them in the past, but found the pattern to overpowering and the colors weird......So I took some colored vellum and overlaid it onto the paper. I glued the vellum to the PP where the black panel is, so you won't see the glue. The string on top hold it in place there as well

I heat embossed the sentiments and added Paper Candi onto the rose card.
And now my tip of the week:

Have you ever had problems with embossing powder blowing away when heating it with the heat gun - especially annoying if it is a very detailed image? I solve that problem with heat embossing the backside of the paper - it takes a tad longer, but the powder melts beautifully without even loosing a single granule.

Thank you for visiting me today and if you click HERE it gets you over to STAMPlorations!

Monday, July 21, 2014

STAMPlorations Sketch Challenge 16

Hi, here is my second blog post for today - please scroll down for the House of Cards challenge post!
So its time again for the new sketch challenge at STAMPlorations!

The background strip I made with a Tim Holtz stencil - its called dot fade and you can also buy this in the STAMPlorations shop.  The butterflies are from the Vignette: Artful Flutters. I colored watercolor paper with distress inks and then stamped the butterflies onto it. Added a little Wink of Stella. The antennae I made with a thin wire and added Stickles to the ends. The sentiment is from the SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Happy.

And that is the sketch for this fortnight:

Go and visit the STAMPlorations blog to let our wonderful DT inspire you and also have a look at the fabulous card from our very talented Guest Designer Sue!
The challenge ends August 1; the winner will be announced August 5

I am also playing with this card in the Simon Says challenge - spots and dots (dotted background)

I hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Birthday Fishes

I recently ordered some Paper Smooches stamps (because I don't yet have enough stamps, LOL).....they are just so damn cute - hard to resist.....

But anyhow this set came in handy for this weeks Paper Smooches challenge. The inspiration picture is below - subtle stripes in blue, yellow and soft pink. I used the fish from the set Birthday Buddies, stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed it in silver - those jars have a silver lid. I made a mask for the fishes and then used a Memory Box stencil to sponge the stripes waves. I colored the fish with Copics - stripes here as well. 

 You see the silver embossing better on the oblique image, straight on it looks like black ink.... 
Added the sentiment and bubbles (with glossy accents) and a jute bow. this is a one layer card, which qualifies it also for the A Blog named Hero challenge - which is collaborating with Paper Smooches right now

I will also link up with KIS - add a bow
Seize the Birthday - Twine or String on a birthday card
CASology - Pet - we had guppies for quite a few years

So much for now - thank you all for visiting and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cure for the Monday Blues, Curtain Call and Hello to all my New Members!

 It has been a while since my last new member welcome and I have now 5 new members who joined my blog! You make me happy! Thank you so much for joining and a BIG thank you also to my long term members who are still with me!

Welcome my new followers in the order of joining:

Kate from Just Kate
Klaudiya Ray from Handmade by Kaudiya
Carla - sorry, could not find a link, but will happily add one....

And here is your welcome picture:

I discovered this on a recent visit in New York City - its called Seed 54 and is by Haresh Lalvani. Its fascinating to look at. If you are interested you can also watch this youtube video

And if you have time, you may visit my "newbies" and say hello - they have wonderfully creative blogs, full of  amazing inspiration!

 And now back to card making:
I finally managed to  make a card for the Cure for the Monday Blues - fabulous inspiration picture this week! And as luck will have it Curtain Call also has a similar picture, but its anything goes - so one card for two challenges!

I bought that filmstrip die from Poppy  dies a while ago and I immediately thought of it when I saw the inspiration picture. I added those cute Pandas from Mama Elephant Pandamonium, which I fuzzy cut. All the other stamps are from the same set as well.

Added some glossy accents to the hearts and lanterns and liquid enamel to the Panda eyes.
I hope you like it!

I am also adding this card to the Snippets Playground - add a snippet - this card is snippets only...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #104

Hi , 

its challenge time at Addicted to Stamps and More!

We have an easy one for you for this week - its CAS! Don't we all just love this! Although they are not always that simple to make....

I choose to do a one layer card and in celebration of Germany's world cup victory I decided to go with a soccer theme here..... Since I am German I naturally rooted for the German team - although I did not watch the game.... had better more important things to do ;)

The colors of the German flag are black, red and yellow - those ovals are actually my fingerprints - I did some generational stamping here. The sentiment is by STAMPlorations - Celebrate Artsy. The soccer ball - no idea....

We have a generous sponsor this week - its:

The winner will receive 3 free digis of her choice!

So come on over to the ATSM challenge blog  and get some inspiration from our wonderfully creative DT and we hope you find time to join in the fun!

I am also playing in some challenges with this card:

One-Layer Simplicity Challenge - Wave the Flag - I am waving the German flag here
Less is More - One layer card - Adapt A Fingerprint

Monday, July 14, 2014

Dream Valley Challenge #86 - Summer

Hi Everyone,

Dream Valley's new challenge is opening today - the theme is Summer - perfect timing I would say, that's what we have right now here in New Jersey and what a wonderful summer it is this year!

I did some tone on tone stamping here - using a striped background stamp by Market Street Stamps  called Candy Cane.  The flowers are by Stamplorations from the set Eclectic Florals, that I fuzzy cut. Added some Paper Candi, colored with Copics. The sentiment is by Papertrey - Signature series Flower.

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is proud to sponsor this challenge

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and owned by Robyn Weinrib.
Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to award the winner 3 digital stamps!

Now come on over to Dream Valley and let our wonderful DT inspire you and perhaps I'll see your creations on the blog - looking forward to that. 

Want our Badge

You have two weeks to link up with us!

Of course I had to play in at least one challenge with my card - this time it is Fusion and here is the inspiration picture:

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Little Tangles and Color Throwdown combined

It' s TAGS at Little Tangles  and a wonderful color combination at Color Throwdown #300! What a milestone - 300 color challenges - certainly a good reason to play. So I pulled out my favorite Neat &Tangled set - Everyday Labels and made a tag - something I very rarely do - not sure why, should make one more often.....

I als oadded some Paper Candi (colored with Copics) and ribbon, as you can see.

The tag die is by Mama Elephant. I popped it up with foam tape. 

I kind of like it - CAS and those colors - they are just gorgeous!


Thanks for visiting me today - have a great Sunday!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Merry Monday #116

I guess its time to make more Christmas cards! I basically could not resist playing in the Merry Monday challenge - such a great inspiration picture this time!

Who would have thought green wood looks so good? Although I still think there is something missing here - perhaps I should have grunged up the wood a bit? What do you think? But regardless it too late for that now....I am just not good with grunge....


I am also linking this card with my favorite challenge - the Snippets Playground - the stars and the white bottom panel are snippets
and with Simply Create Too - Christmas in July - I am on the DT there - you have another week to link up your creations - see you there, perhaps? Also linking with Virgina's view - die cuts

Materials: Papertrey Woodgrain embossing plate, Memory Box die: Modern Landscape, Mama Elephant - Merry Greetings, Simon Says star dies, copper brads - see those door knobs in the picture? Had to get those in somehow...

Thanks for visiting me today!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Monika!

Its another birthday celebration here at STAMPlorations - Monika is celebrating here birthday today! I hope you have FUN today, party your heart out and have a great cake! Just in case the latter did not happen  - I made you one, teamie - I hope you like it!

As we both are on STAMPlorations I used mainly STAMPlorations stamps for this card - the wonky cake is from the set Its Your Day, the "celebrate" is from the Sentiment Builder: Celebrate

The die cut is from Simon Says, as is the rest of the sentiment (heat embossed). The cake I stamped on watercolor paper and "sloshed" it with distress inks. Added some splatters and Paper Candi. 

And I will add this card to this weeks Cutting Edge challenge, the AAA Cards challenge and Moxie Fab - Wonderful Word Dies as well as with I am also linking this card with my favorite challenge - the Snippets Playground - the black bottom panel is a snippet and Virgina's view - die cuts


So go over to Monika's blog and wish her a Happy Birthday! 

Thanks for visiting me today!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Spotlight on STAMPlorations "Celebrate Artsy"

Hi STAMPloration friends, Cornelia is here today!

I am sure you have seen all the new STAMPlorations stamp sets that got released for STAMPlorations's first birthday celebration. Today I want to share some cards with you that I made with my favorite set from this release - its  the  Celebrate Artsy Vignette set:

It has soooo many possibilities! You can use it as background, but you can also use it as stand alone stamps.

As you can see, I was playing around and got a little silly here. I did some generational stamping in the first card, drew the ears and tail onto the doggie. The "dear friend" is from the Trendy Feathers set.

The second card is even simpler - I can envision some Halloween theme with it too - just not in the mood yet.... The "Missing you" is from Holiday Artsy. Added the googly eyes and those tiny punched hearts.

Now go, "stretch" your stamps and get silly, too! So much FUN!

And if your fingers are itching now to start making silly things with this fabulous stamp set, then you can head over to STAMPlorations

I am also linking this card with my favorite challenge - the Snippets Playground - the tiny hearts and the hello are snippets

Thanks for visiting and have a great day, Cornelia!

Monday, July 7, 2014

STAMPlorations Sketch challenge #15

Hi, here is my second blog post for today - please scroll down for the House of Cards challenge post!
So its time again for the new sketch challenge at STAMPlorations!

And here is my interpretation:

I kept it very simple - the colorful background panel I colored with alcohol inks on glossy card stock. This beautiful lily stamp I also stamped on glossy card stock and popped it up with foam tape and some gold thread behind it.

I used the sets Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments and PATCHWORK FRENZY: Graphic Squares (sentiment) for this card. Here is a close-up:

Go and visit the STAMPlorations blog to let our wonderful DT inspire you and also have a look at the fabulous card from our talented Guest Designer Monika!

The challenge ends July 18; the winner will be announced July 20

I am also linking this up with this month Bizzy Becs Challenge - Anything goes
and A Blog named Hero - color it in - colored the background panel