Thursday, June 17, 2021

STAMPlorations Throwback Thursday - June 2021 - Inspired by Quick Card Fronts and ATC Ephemera


Hello and Happy Thursday! I am thrilled to be here today as Guest Designer for Throwback Thursday at STAMPlorations. Throwback Thursday is a sharing of 3 new projects inspired by a previous STAMPlorations project made by either the featured designer or another STAMPlorations designer. Every month, one lucky crafter is drawn from all of the comments left on the Throwback Thursday post, as well as from the featured designer's blog, to win a $15.00 gift code to use at the STAMPlorations Store.

My Throwback inspiration is a gorgeous card created by STAMPlorations owner, designer and artist extraordinaire Shery Russ, using Spring Florals A2 Card Fronts and Powerful Women ATC - Ephemera

I don't know about you, but this month has been moving at lightning speed for me. I recently received some samples of STAMPlorations new Paper Goods Products in a STAMPlorations order and I loved them. So for my first Throwback Thursday set of projects, I was inspired to show the gorgeous creations that can be made with these products in very little time. The card fronts are stunning, and they combine beautifully with so many STAMPlorations products. I also chose to feature Powerful Women ATC - Ephemera.

Here is what I came up with:

Project 1:
I cut down and adhered the floral card front to reveal 1/8 inch of a white card base. I trimmed one of the Ephemera Powerful Women ATCs, matted it with burgundy card stock, adhered it to the cover, and my card was complete.

Project 2:
I used a sage card base and mat this time. I made the mat for the ATC a bit bigger to make it stand out more. I popped up the ATC with fun foam. Another beautiful make in record time.

Project 3:
For this card, I adhered another of the beautiful Spring Florals card fronts to a 110# white card base and topped it with a Bloomtangled #2 Die cut. I lightly stenciled the Ephemera ATC with Tattered Rose DO ink using STAMPlorations Old Rose Prints mini stencil to add some interest and compliment the floral design on the card front. I then dragged the edges of the ATC over a VersaMark ink pad, and dipped them in SSS Rose Gold embossing powder to highlight the edges and provide some contrast. 
I popped the ATC up with fun foam, adhered to the card and my project was complete.

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Time Out Challenge 190 begins today, It is a photo challenge with the inspiration being the very cool photo below.


Here's a closeup:


I love those bright stripes and the juxtaposition of the plants in the picture. I feel like I have seen this place in Jamaica or Mexico. I'm imagining beyond this little building is blue Caribbean water. Maybe some cerveza inside??

Our uber-talented and incredibly witty Guest Designer for this challenge is Cornelia Wenokor of Stempel Spas. Cornelia's work is always fabulous and often makes me crack up right out loud. Please treat yourself to a visit to her blog for some awesome inspiration and a few giggles. You will be so glad you did.

The challenge runs from Thursday, June 17th to Wednesday, June 30th. Our wonderful sponsor is Uniko StampsChallenge winner will receive one in-stock stamp set of their choice.

To create my card, I used the Water Color Stripes stencil from A Colorful Life Designs with a variety of inks to mimic the stripes. The flower pot is from Altenew's Be Strong stamps and dies. It was stamped, colored with Copics and die cut, the greenery is from Pinkfresh Studio Curvy Leaves standalone die set. I adhered the pot and leaves to a Spellbinders Hemstitched Circle die, backed it with a circle cut from terracotta colored card stock, popped it up and placed it on the card front. To complete my card, I die cut one of the sentiments from CZ Design Gratitude Reverse Sentiment Strips with Pink and Main Sentiment Strips, and popped it up with foam tape.

Please hop on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog to see the wonderful creations that Cornelia and the Time Out Design Team came up with to inspire you. Come play with us!

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Celebrate New Beginnings


Less Is More Challenge #445 begins today. We are challenged to make a Clean and Simple card that features the colors pale blue and yellow.
I love this color combination, and immediately know that I wanted to use this floral image. I channeled my inner Izzy Scrap, and decided to make my card square. I stamped and clear embossed the floral image, colored it with Zigs, and die cut it. I lightly stenciled the left side of the card, stamped and clear embossed the sentiment, and popped the die cut floral piece with foam tape. I will use it as a retirement card for a dear friend who is starting a new chapter. I wish her every happiness, good health  and great adventures.

Please head over to the Less Is More Blog and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration. I hope you'll play along with us to share your creations. Remember to keep your design Clean And Simple. See challenge guidelines on the Less Is More Blog.

Supplies:
Stamps ~ Pinkfresh Studio Heart & Soul; Pinkfresh Studio - Mt Favorite Things To Say
Ink ~ VersaFine Onyx Black; Catherine Pooler It's A Boy
Accessories ~ Pinkfresh Studio Heart & Soul Die; Funky Fossil Knitted Background Stencil; Wow clear embossing powder

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My favorite style is CAS, but I have grown into it. I used to love lots of layers and embellishments, but now I appreciate the "less is more" mentality. It's a big challenge to me to make a big artistic statement with a clean and simple design.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Happy Father's Day


It's time for a new challenge at Festive Friday where every challenge is an inspiration list based on a selected holiday/festivity from the traditional to the unusual. Challenge projects must include at least three items from the festivity inspiration list.


Since the Inspiration List is a mix of elements related to the festivity, the creator has the choice to make something for that festivity, or to ignore the festivity all together and create something using just the three (or more) elements selected.

Today's festivities are in celebration of Father's Day, which falls on June 20th this year. The challenge runs from  June 11 - June 21.

I like to create a card for our challenge that goes with the celebration theme. To create my Father's Day themed card, I came up with a design, and I completed it using Paper Smooches Frame 3 Die, Papertrey Ink's Block Alphabet and Simple Circles Border Dies, Stampin Up 3 Heart Punch and some patterned paper from Carta Bella's 6x6 Yacht Club Collection. The final touch was a gray adhesive backed pearl on the heart, and my card was finished. I used heart, blue, and boat from the Inspo List.

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Sweet Spring Wishes







It's time for a new challenge at Time Out. Challenge #189  is is an IBW (Inspired By Words) challenge. We have until June 20 until spring is officially here, and until June 16th to complete the challenge..

We are generously sponsored by Alex Syberia Designs. Alex has a shop filled with gorgeous digital images and sentiments. She also has a line of stamps, stencils and more. Challenge winner will receive a $15.00 gift voucher to her ETSY STORE


To create my card, I took my inspiration from a magnolia tree that is on the property of the house where I grew up. This magnolia was planted by my grandfather some 65+ years ago. The house has been sold, but the tree remains. That tree is magnificent when in bloom. Every spring we would enjoy its grandeur and pray that a late frost would not come and destroy the flowers.

t used Simon Says Stamp Magnolia 3D EF. I brushed color on it in pinks, greens and browns and ran it through the Big Shot. I used the debossed side and added a little more color. I added a die cut sentiment from STAMPlorations and my card was complete. My beautiful mother died this past September. She loved that tree. Magnolias always put me in mind of her.

Please hop on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog to see the wonderful creations that the Design Team came up with to inspire you. Come play with us!

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

100% Happy


Less Is More Challenge #443 begins today. We are challenged to make a Clean and Simple card that features our favorite technique.
It is hard to choose one technique that is my favorite, but I certainly do love to stencil, so that is the technique I chose. To create my card, I used the Shimmering Rays Stencil from A Colorful Life Designs and four Distress Oxide inks in orange hues: Dried Marigold, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey. I then stamped the center with an image from SSS Flip Flop Season, and embossed it with clear EP. I then put the stencil back in place and applied Gina K Glitz Glitter Gel to give the rays sparkle and shine.

 I needed a retirement card for a man friend, and this will work wonderfully. I am certainly 100% happy that he is going out at the top of his game, and I hope he has a long and healthy new chapter ahead of him with the Jersey Shore and Florida sun shining down on him!
 
Please head over to the Less Is More Blog and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration. I hope you'll play along with us to share your creations. Remember to keep your design Clean And Simple. See challenge guidelines on the Less Is More Blog.

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Happy 4th!



It's time for a new challenge at Festive Friday where every challenge is an inspiration list based on a selected holiday/festivity from the traditional to the unusual. Challenge projects must include at least three items from the festivity inspiration list.


Since the Inspiration List is a mix of elements related to the festivity, the creator has the choice to make something for that festivity, or to ignore the festivity all together and create something using just the three (or more) elements selected.

Today's festivities are in celebration of National Flag Week, which is celebrated June 13th - 19th this year. The challenge runs from May 28th - June 7th.

I like to create a card for our challenge that goes with the celebration theme. For my National Flag Week-themed card (well, it is more of a flag-themed card), I used the Papertrey Ink's Vintage Picnic stamp set. It has a variety of baskets and seasonal images to fill them. I stamped the images and colored them with Copics. The basket and napkin are die cut. I added a flurry of metallic dots to add some interest above the basket. I added a little dimension with a star embossing folder on the left side, added some twine, and my card was complete
I used stripes, stars, banner/flag and embossing from the Inspo List.

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