Tuesday, April 28, 2015

guest star at Winnie & Walter - premiere Comfort & Friends

You may recall back in January I got all wild and crazy playing in the 1st Birthday Bash challenges over at Winnie & Walter. Well, Maya and I were chosen as lucky winners, and get to join the Winnie & Walter team as guest stars for the April/May release! Let me tell you,  I am over the moon to be sharing with you what I've created with these wonderful products. There are sentiments, florals and graphic images. How perfect, eh? Let's get the party started.

Today it's about two new sentiment stamp sets - The Big, the Bold and Comfort as well as The Big, the Bold and Friends - which continue the fabulous W&W tradition of individual words, some bigger in handwritten fonts and some smaller in typewriter fonts. You can see the sets here.

You'll see The Big, the Bold and Comfort, which is perfect for those oh-so-difficult sympathy cards, later this week. I've used The Big, the Bold and Friends on two cards today.

I used many of the adjectives from the set to create a card for a fantastic friend. I stamped the words in Adirondack Willow ink on creme CS before adding an angled panel of Me and my Big Ideas PP at the top of the card.

To finish it off, I added a fussy cut bloom and leaves from Addie's Garden being released this week (gotta come back on Thursday!), gold embossed onto vellum.

Next, is a card made with the first "big" word that jumped out at me from the set. "Hugs". I love hugs ;) I went mixed media this time.

My mixed media piece was inspired by Shery R. I made it by scribbling gelatos onto a piece of CS and blending them with a wet finger. Then I stamped a Multifaceted BG (come back on Friday!), and then I stenciled some gesso through a Bubbles stencil. Kinda makes you want to say things like "groovy" and "far out", eh? Attached it - with adhesive along the top edge only - to a deep orange CS base.

For the sentiment I heat embossed in gold onto vellum. Again ;) Attached this panel to my mixed media piece with strips of two different gold polka dot washi tapes. Added a few gold glitter stars die cut with Winnie & Walter Big Bang Confetti cutaways too. Here's a closeup of the yummy gold embossing on vellum. I must say, I am always impressed with the clean and crisp images of these sentiment stamps. 

I hope you liked what you saw. There is a ton of eye candy over at the Winnie & Walter blog, as well as generous giveaways. You must check it out here and here.

See ya tomorrow I hope!

I'm hooking my first card up at the Anything Goes challenge #141 at Addicted to Stamps. I'm hooking my second card up at Virginia's marvelous Layers and Dimension challenge.

Monday, April 27, 2015

STAMPlorations inspiration #14

A little venture in paper piecing and spotlighting today. Another inspiration card for you using the wonderful little houses from STAMPlorations The Bee's Knees Houses. But this time instead of masking them to create a village, like you might remember here, I chose to spotlight one house.

I put three houses onto my acrylic block and stamped them onto my cardbase. Then I stamped them again onto another piece of CS and die cut the tag from it.

Since this was a housewarming card for my cousin who is a MSU fan and MSU colors are green and white, I had to paper piece the house with green paper. I stamped and fussy cut a couple times - the glow in several windows, the roof, the door - then adhered everything to the house on the tag.

Then I grounded all the houses with a strip of grass using American Crafts glitter washi tape. I added some to the tag too, trimming it to fit the curves.

Then I added the family's initial (in UofM colors cuz I'm a UofM fan!) on a tiny tag, used a wisp of twine to attach the two tags and popped the tag up on dimensional adhesive.  A couple clouds in the sky completed my spotlight neighborhood scene.

Have you joined us over at STAMPlorations on the Inspiration CASE Playground yet? If you feel like CASEing this card or any of the other cards which have appeared in April Inspiration Project Posts, be sure to hook up in the gallery at the Inspiration CASE Playground. A random winner will get a $15 gift certificate to STAMPlorations or her choice of two ARTplorations stencils! Shery R. is so darn generous ;)

Friday, April 24, 2015

day 5 STAMPlorations spotlight - Smallbirds

Welcome to day 5 of Spotlight Week - this is the last of five new sets in this release. Ready?

Here is today's spotlighted set - The Bee's Knees Smallbirds designed by Shirley B. You may recall some of her cards a while back, made with her homemade kingfisher stamp? Well that gorgeous sketched bird made it to a stamp set. See him in the lower right corner? Yay!

Here is what I did with those two little birdies next to him.

"Aus zwei mach drei!" The cool thing about those birdies is that you can use the reverse of the one facing right to stamp the solid color of the birdie facing right. Get it? That's what I did for the red bird! Then I used the reverse of him to stamp the solids of the other two and so on. Gotta love the rich saturation of Adirondack ink colors, eh?

The bits of grass? Those are kingfisher's tail feathers!

I was inspired by my sentiment, which is from Noteworthy, so I chose loud colors. And loud patterns of washi. Check out what the other gals did, including our special guest star this week, the one and only Darnell K. It's been such a pleasure having her. (Maybe Shirley will include a Hitler hummingbird in one of her next sets!?!

Hop around and leave comments (open until April 27th), there are great prizes up for grabs as always!

Darnell - Guest Designer

Thursday, April 23, 2015

day 4 STAMPlorations spotlight - Heaven Sent

It's day 4 of Spotlight Week - five new sets, one to be spotlighted each day this week. Ready?

Today's spotlighted set is - Heaven Sent - a baby set with unique illustrated images and sweet handwritten sentiments. I think it's so touching that Shery designed this set as a Mom-to-be.

Here is what I did with it.

My fave design of late, randomly stamped images all over the BG and a sentiment as the focal point. This time I stamped the bear in Willow, Pool and Aqua Adirondack dye inks then went over them lightly with a water brush to soften 'em up.

A heat embossed sentiment, and a bear heat embossed blue on blue and fussy cut, finished it off.

BTW, as I was trimming the zig zag edges of the sentiment banner with my scissors, I trimmed off a tiny strip. See where it went instead of into the bin? Yep, frugal is my middle name.

Check out what the other gals created, including our guest designer Darnell 's classic beauty. Hop around and leave comments, there will be prizes!

Darnell - Guest Designer
Wei Wei

I'm playing at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is Due Date. This card can go out when that day has arrived. (I was lucky.  No waiting til the due date for me. My kids both arrived two weeks early.)

I'm also joining the Watercolor challenge at Challenge Up Your Life.

See ya tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

day 3 STAMPlorations spotlight - Noteworthy

Welcome to day 3 of Spotlight Week - five new sets, one to be spotlighted each day this week. Ready?

Here is today's set - Noteworthy - another great handwritten set designed by Shery R.

Here is what I did with it when I saw "reach for the stars". Remember this card by Julie E. over at The Classroom? Well I blatantly CASEd it!

Check out Julie's video to see how it's done. Sooooo easy (but you will get really inky fingers ;) I used Studio Calico rub-on gold stars. And hit my moon with some Wink of Stella. See it twinkling in the photo below?

I love all the sentiments in this set. And the mix of fonts used with the handwriting. Check out what the other gals did with it, including our special guest this week, Darnell K. of the Playhouse. Hop around and leave comments by April 27th, there are great prizes up for grabs!

Darnell - Guest Designer
Maria (you are here)

Since I have no stamped focal image, I'm joining the Ohne Motive challenge #130 at Cards and More too.

And I'm joining the lovely ladies at City Crafter challenge #258 where we are to pick any element of Ros's gorgeous card to use for our card. I've got lots of stars in my night sky.

Have a wonderful day.

calling a nest a basket i am

Have you joined us at The Mixed Media Card Challenge yet? It's all about flowers this month. And I actually made a card with not only the flowers, but also the optional element of basket!

Sort of.

Cuz I don't have a basket stamp. Or die. At least not that I know of, which obviously means I have too many of each. But I have this trusty old bird's nest that I like to use. And I've also got "a thing" about putting bird's nests - or baskets - on top of ladies' heads. So all I needed were the flowers...

And some tissue paper that my latest stamps arrived in (which I dabbed some light pink pigment ink to) and a Martha Stewart hydrangea punch took care of that!

A side view...

So what's mixed media about my card? Well stamps and inks and

Techniques: stamping on PP, masking, heat embossing
Dimension: tissue paper blooms, sentiment on vellum, sequins
Texture: clear embossing paste through ARTplorations Shutters stencil on BG and heat embossing

You can see the clear embossing paste catching the light in this shot - upper left corner and on the right by that green swirl...

I recycled (tissue paper) and included LOTS of flowers so I'm hooking up at Mixed Media Mojo's April challenge.

And since this card is on its way to someone's birthday that I missed... I'm joining the Due Date challenge at Simon Says Monday.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

day 2 STAMPlorations spotlight - Baby Bump

Welcome to day 2 of Spotlight Week - five new sets, one to be spotlighted each day this week. Ready?

Here is today's spotlighted set - The Bee's Knees Baby Bump designed by Shirley B.

Remember a Toyota commercial from way back? "You asked for it, you got it, Toy-o-ta". Well, when I saw this set in development I was reminded of this card. So I asked Shirley if she could maybe work a little baby bump into the set. She did! So I had to give it a go. Here is what I did with it.

Now, DH saw this laying on the table and it evoked a "Huh?" from him. I'm figuring it's cuz he didn't "get it". And I'm telling myself that the card recipient would definitely "get it" since she'd have a baby bump, right? But that moved me to have another go at it.

Scaled the panel with the profile down a bit and placed "her" along a stripe. Chose pastels. Added some polka dots to underscore the baby theme and a sentiment with the word "baby" in it. Didn't even show it to DH. What does he know, right?!?

BTW, my PPs are from docrafts Papermania - Spots and Stripes. I am loving the colors and patterns.

Check out what the other gals did with Baby Bump, including our special guest star this week, the awesome Darnell K. of the Playhouse. And, Shery promised to share some exciting baby news with us today too, check it out. Don't forget to leave comments, there are great prizes up for grabs as usual!

Darnell - Guest Designer

I went with beige rather than gold cuz it would have been overpowering on the simple design, but I was inspired by this lovely picture  inspiration #273 from Stampin' Royalty.

And my baby shower card is surely welcome at Addicted to CAS #61 ...

Thanks for looking. Hop along! BTW, free shipping on STAMPlorations orders over $15 until April 30th! I love deals like that, don't you?

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