Monday, September 1, 2014
Time again for a new sketch challenge at STAMPlorations! This one is a really versatile one - I am sure you find it quite easy to use!
Since STAMPlorations just came out with absolutely gorgeous Christmas stamps I had to use one of the sets for this card. It is called Vignette: Christmas Block. I used all the stamps in this set:
I created the background strip with the snowflakes, which I heat embossed in silver. Did the same with the bells, colored them with Copics and fuzzy cut them.
Here is the sketch:
Head over to the blog to get inspired by our fabulous DT and our wonderfully creative Guest Designer Carol from Just Me: C
The challenge ends September 12, the winner will be announced September 14.
We also still have a prerelease discount going on - until September 5th you'll get them at a whooping 29% OFF. If you do not want to buy all of them there is a discount of 15% for the new August/September stamps. And if this is not good news enough - join our stamp club, get FREE shipping worldwide and receive fabulous discounts - for more info click HERE
I could not help myself and had to play in a challenge - Lesley's challenge #13 - just changed the grey to silver. It looks grey anyhow, if the light does not shine on it....
And of course Di's Snippet challenge over at Pixies Crafty Workshop - use a snippet. Buy the way Di is celebrating her 300 follower. If you don't know her yet you should pay her a visit. She has one of the most fun blogs out there!
See you over at STAMPlorations!
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Neat and Tangled is celebrating and I just discovered that the current challenge is about to end. I needed some Thank You cards, so I decided to make a few for this challenge over at
Little Tangles - create a gift.
I took the diamond stamp from Neat and Tangled and heat embossed it in white. The round Thanks is also by Neat and Tangled - Everyday Circles.
I made two of each, slightly changing the cars, with splatters on the first, twine on the second and sequins and silver string on the third.
Here you can see the three cards together:
I put them in a clear gift box, together with the envelopes and added some more twine:
I hope you like them!
I am also adding them to the current KIS challenge - Ombre
Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes
The Alphabet Challenge Blog - O for ombre
Just Add ink - rainbow - All three cards together make a rainbow
Friday, August 29, 2014
I just got back from vacation - having missed my nightly card making session .... so I took some time this evening to get back into the swing of things! And what better than this weeks Muse challenge to start again. Bobby from Bits & Pieces made such a beautiful card - you can see it below.
And here is my take on it:
I liked the ombre coloring, which I kind of have here and the swirly pattern. The stamp I used is by Autumn Leaves - I have not used that set in a while, although it is so pretty. I inked it up with a Kaleidocolor ink pad and spritzed the same colors around the stamp. Added some sequins, as you can see.
Here is Bobby's gorgeous card:
And before I end I want to thank all of you for leaving me so many wonderful comments! I enjoyed them so much! I am still trying to catch up, but I try to visit you to over the next couple of days.
I am also adding them to the current Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
its challenge time at Addicted to Stamps and More! This fortnight we have a gorgeous inspiration picture for you:
I used my favorite Papertrey Woodgrain embossing plate, which I inked up with grey Memento Luxe ink and ran it through my Big Shot using light grey card stock. The beautiful daffodil stamp is by STAMPlorations - Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments. I heat embossed it in silver and colored it with Copics. The sentiment is from the same set.
Some how this card turned into a Sympathy card - did not really plan to make one, but the end results fits that best. I hope I won't need it soon......
We have a generous sponsor this week - its
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!
Monday, August 25, 2014
Its time for a new challenge at Dream Valley - the theme is Flowers. You have two weeks to play with us.
I pulled out this lovely Hero Arts poppy stamp from Delicate Blossoms and heat embossed them onto watercolor paper. I wet the paper with water and then colored the poppies with water colors. If the paper is really wet, it gives a nice halo around the flowers. Although I think I need a bot more practice with that technique.
I still like the outcome! Added the sentiment - Hero Arts Heart Felt Messages once the card was dry and added some splatters. I rounded one corner - it softens it a bit. And added some Stickles in the center of teh poppies.
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I will also be linking this card with the
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Hi, Cornelia here today,
I want to share a water color emboss resist technique with you, using two of the sentiment builder sets - Thank You and Happy:
The technique I used varies a bit and I have a tutorial for you below.
For the Happy Birthday card I also used those circles form the Holiday Artsy set and some sequins, as you can see.
For the Thank You card I heat embossed oink vellum with that pretty little flower from the Vignette Eclectic Florals and added distress Stickles to the center.
You see my supplies - water color paper, Versamark, clear embossing powder and my ancient watercolors that I used when I was in school.....nothing fancy....
After clear embossing the sentiment I took a brush and applied some water color around the letters and misted them with water, using a mini mister. See fist picture in the second row. Added some more colors and misted again, as needed. Once I was done and the paper dried I cleaned off the embossed sentiment - middle image last row.
The Thank You card I made slightly differently. I clear embossed just like before, but I wet the paper, before applying my watercolors.
You get a slightly different effect - a somewhat softer blend of colors. You also have to work quite fast - the paper dries very quickly......and then you get borders rather than a smooth blend of colors. I kind of like both effects - depends on the card you want to make. And the overall feel of the card can be influenced with different tyes of embellishments.
So here they are next to each other and you can compare - which one is your favorite?
And if you click HERE it will take you to the STAMPlorations blog.
I am also linking up the birthday card with Seize the Birthday - anything Birthday
I am also linking up the birthday card with Seize the Birthday - anything Birthday
Just to let you know - I am still on vacation and I won't be able to comment. But I still will enjoy reading yours and I sure will catch up with you once I'll be back home again.
Have a great day and thank you for visiting!
Monday, August 18, 2014
Hi Everybody, we have a new sketch challenge for you at STAMPlorations!
So here is our sketch:
Our team has fabulous inspiration cards for you, so head over to our BLOG and we also have a wonderful guest designer this month - its Carol from Just me:C - she is an amazing card maker and very creative. Go and visit her and leave her some love!
This challenge ends August 29; the winner will be announced August 31.
I am also linking up with Seize the Birthday - anything Birthday
Hope to see you there! Thanks for visiting!
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
its time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! For the next two weeks we like to see your holiday cards - any holiday for that matter, it does not need to be Christmas.
But I felt like playing around with my favorite Christmas stamp set from STAMPlorations - its called Holiday Artsy. I heat embossed it in different shades of green and then sponged around it and added some splatters.
Here you can see it a bit better. I also added some Stickles for sparkle...
The sentiment I cut out and mounted it on chipboard.
We have a wonderful sponsor for this challenge - its
The winner will get 3 digis!
I am also linking this card with Wow embossing powders challenge - the theme is Monochrome.
and with Simon Says Wednesday challenge - make it sparkle - added Stickles to the stars
Just to let you know - I am on vacation now for the next two weeks and I won't be able to comment. But I still will enjoy reading yours and I sure will catch up with you once I'll be back home again.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Its time for a new challenge at Dream Valley - this time we have a really interesting theme - its
for the next two weeks!
Remember is doesn't have to be a card to enter our Challenge, you can enter anything at all as long as it follows the theme!
I used a silhouette stamp by Recollections for this card. the sentiment and little red hearts are by the same company. Added some red metallic thread and some coral beads to pep up this one-layer card.
Our sponsor this time is:
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The winner gets 3 images
Now come on over to Dream Valley and let our DT inspire you and perhaps I'll see your creations on the blog - looking forward to see you there!
Sunday, August 10, 2014
My favorite neighbor is moving away....she also loves my card and is one of my best customers....I rummaged through my card supply to give her some as a good bye present and I made that tag for her to go with the cards:
The inspiration for this I got from Taheera's Cure For The Monday Blues inspiration picture and since I used gold embossing powder I am also linking this up with Addicted to CAS.
And since I had so much fun making the tag I made a second one:
Same color scheme - same challenges.
And here is another picture:
Its really hard to bring out the gold in the picture....
Supplies: Mama Elephant tag die, Mama Elephant Full House, the script dies are by Papertrey
Saturday, August 9, 2014
I can welcome two new members to my blog -
Sid from Harpies Crafty Corner
Pauline from Crafting with Cotnob
both are from Great Britain and are experienced an well versed card makers - I am so happy you joined! I also want to thank my new members - the ones without a picture that end up at the end of the member list - I have not been keeping track of you - so sorry and I also have by now a few email subscribers - again I am not keeping track - but nonetheless I value that you joined my blog and stayed with me! And for all of you I have a welcome picture:
I took this photo on one of my last trips into New York City - it is taken from the Highline - that former elevated subway line transformed into a park. The mural depicts a soldier kissing a nurse and is painted by Eduardo Kobra. The original is a statue by Seward Johnson.
As you easily can imagine it appeals to me on many levels - but foremost the fabulous use of color! I hope you like it as much as I do!
I made a card for the TAWS challenge - had to get that in before I finally leave for vacation on Monday....I know I have been talking about that forever now.....
I just love this fun set called Sea Mates. And it begs to be used with that fabulous Memory Box stencil. I flipped the stencil over and sponged with two different kind of blues to get more motion in those waves - and also to mimic the inspiration photo more closely.
The fish I colored with Inktense pencils - love those - and fuzzy cut them. Added some white pen to the tendrils of that jelly fish and added glossy accents to the air bubbles. I added a black line around the speech bubble to make it look more like the air bubbles and mounted it with foam tape.
I am also adding this card to the The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge - Zoo
Inkspirational - use markers or pencils
CAS Colours and Sketches - see colors below