Wednesday, 28 June 2017

More Summer Coffee


I just received a new batch of STAMPlorations goodies, including the awesome It's a Brew-tiful Day phrase die. So with the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop still going, I couldn't help myself, I had to take the die for a spin. 

I started by stamping the Framed Coffee to Go in Versamark and heat embossed in copper. Then I used the small dies from the Trendy Spring Blooms Dies set on some scrap pieces of rainbow card I created using Distress Oxides for another project. I cut the flowers to fit the coffee cup. I used the same scrap rainbow pieces to cut out the sentiment. I created a rainbow background by inking with Distress Oxides through the Dots All Over stencil. 

I'm also linking up over at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge where the theme is Stencil It and Make My Monday where the theme is Summer Brights. 

Card: 300 gsm white card, 350 gsm Daler & Rowney watercolour card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Framed Coffee to Go
Stencil: ARTplorations Dots All Over
Inks: Tsukineko Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Oxides 
Other: Papermania Copper embossing powder

Don't forget the STAMPlorations 4th Birthday Hop and Wishlist Linky Party is in full swing with lots of opportunities to win great prizes. Also, don't forget you can get 20% off when shopping at the STAMPlorations store by using the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. Together with the 15% birthday discount (which is applied automatically without any code) that adds up to a whopping 35% off your order!



Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Rainbow Congrats


I've been making up for lost time in the craft room lately. And as I made a few cards over the last few days which were not rainbow coloured, of course I had to make up that too, inspired by the image over at Just Us Girls. I also wanted to play along with Time Out where the theme is Celebrations with the Optional Twist of One Layer. I'm assuming inlaid die cutting counts as one layer! Last, but not least I was also inspired by the Words Have Power theme over at AAA Cards



The inlaid die cut technique is an easy and quick way of creating fun designs. Here, I started by stamping the gorgeous new Blossom Sprays #1 stamp from STAMPlorations in Versafine. Then, I die cut the sentiment using Congrats Word Die and sponged Distress Ink onto the die cut. The only thing you need to be careful about is to make sure you don't lose the tiny little bits from the die cut so you can glue them all back into the correct places. I added a few colourful rhinestones as a finishing touch. This would be a great design if you needed to mass produce cards, you could do a whole set with different flower stamps and different sentiments. 

Card: 250 gsm white card, Neenah Solar White Card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Blossom Sprays #1
Dies: CUTplorations Congrats Word Die
Ink: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron
Other: Adhesive gems from my stash

Don't forget the STAMPlorations 4th Birthday Hop and Wishlist Linky Party is in full swing with lots of opportunities to win great prizes. Also, don't forget you can get 20% off when shopping at the STAMPlorations store by using the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. Together with the 15% birthday discount (which is applied automatically without any code) that adds up to a whopping 35% off your order!


Monday, 26 June 2017

STAMPlorations 4th Birthday Blog Hop


I'm super excited to be part of the STAMPlorations 4th Birthday Blog Hop which is starting today and will go on for a whole week! Happy Birthday STAMPlorations and thank you Shery and David for the hard work you do to bring these wonderful inspirational products to all us crafters. There is a huge bunch of amazing new products available in the STAMPlorations store. All stamps are -15% off until July 7, and don't forget you can combine that with my discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA to get an additional 20% off. And of course Shery has lot of great prizes for you to win, check out the main post here, and see what my super-talented DT sisters have created using the great new release!


I wanted to create some colourful birthday cards using the new Cupcake and Gift builder dies. I love layering dies, so much fun to play with! I created a pink and red background for the delicious cupcakes using Distress Oxides and a rainbow background for my colourful gift using Brushos and the ARTplorations Retro Circles die. If you want to shop for these great new dies (or anything else) in the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA for a 20% discount at checkout (this will be on top of the 15% automatic birthday discount)!



Card: 250 gsm white card, Daler&Rowney 350 gsm watercolour paper, scraps of coloured card, gold and white glitter card, Scrap of Stampin' Up rainbow striped patterned paper
Ink: Distress Oxides Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick, Tsukineko Versamark, Brushos
Stamps: STAMPlorations Sugar Rush
Dies: CUTplorations Cupcake builder 1, Cupcake builder 2, Celebrate Word Die, Gift Builder 1, Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle
Stencil: ARTplorations Retro Circles
Other: Papermania Seafoam White Embossing Powder, white gel pen


STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes. If you have any questions or problems, just let me know!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Well I have to admit I haven't had such a slow blogging month in all the years I have blogged. But it's summer, work is crazy, and I just went away for a few days. To Barcelona! And not for work, but just for fun!! Tapas, warm nights, Sangria, architecture, churros, sea food and a bike tour (yes, it was mostly focused on food, less on sight seeing. Priorities, you know...). Sooo much fun. And now I'm back and trying to make up for lost time in the crafty room. So many challenges I missed while I've been busy with all the other stuff. 




I came back to realise the 2017 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is going on. Can't miss that one!! So I used the delicious Bloomin' Spring Coffee Basket stamp and coloured it with my Gansai Tambi watercolours, inspired by the colour palette over at Sunday Stamps and the Think Pink theme over at Shopping Our Stash. I splattered some watercolours on the backing card, and die cut the image using the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies using the CAS(E) This Sketch for inspiration.






Card: 300 gsm white card, 350 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper, scrap of black card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloomin' Spring Coffee Basket 
Inks: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Dies: CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies
Other: Ranger clear fine embossing powder, Papermania Seafoam White embossing powder

Don't forget the STAMPlorations Wishlist Linky Party is going on here, you can link up a wish list of your favourite products and win. The 4th Birthday celebrations will begin tomorrow, so make sure to come back both here and to the STAMPlorations blog tomorrow to get the week long party started! Also, don't forget you can get 20% off when shopping at the STAMPlorations store by using the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. Together with the 15% birthday discount (which is applied automatically without any code) that adds up to a whopping 35% off your order!







Thursday, 15 June 2017

June STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - Mid-Month Inspiration


Welcome to the mid-month inspiration post for the June STAMPlorations challenge. You still have two more weeks to play along with our Masculine Colours theme. There are some amazing projects already linked up in the gallery, thank you for all the inspiration. Keep it coming! Don't forget that this is our last CAS challenge for a while, we'll take a break over summer but there will be lots of fun things going on over at the STAMPlorations blog so make sure to check in over the summer. 


I created a Father's Day card for my father-in-law using the cheeky monkeys from the Chikoo Goes Bananas stamp set by Dee's Artsy Impressions. I thought he might enjoy the fun little monkeys as he is the adoptive father of Gordon, a very handsome orangutan living in Monkey World. I used Distress Oxides to create a jungle-like background and then stamped and coloured the monkeys using Copics. The sentiment was die cut from a scrap piece of card I created ages ago using Distress Paints. Last, I stamped the second part of the sentiment using a Lawn Fawn stamp set - the only one I have which says 'father's day'. 

Card: 350 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper, scrap of yellow card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Chikoo Goes Bananas, Lawn Fawn Happy Everything
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxide Vintage Photo, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber, Copics
Dies: CUTplorations Happy Word Die 


STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes. If you have any questions or problems, just let me know!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

June STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - Anything Goes With Masculine Colours


Summer is here!! Hope you are enjoying good weather and summer fun wherever you are. This will also be the last STAMPlorations CAS challenge before we go off on a break over summer. This month we challenge you to create something with masculine colours. But fear not, there will be plenty of exciting stuff going on over at the STAMPlorations blog. And don't forget that you can get a 20% discount if you want to go on a shopping spree in the STAMPlorations store by using the discount code STAMPGIRLKAROLA.


For my card I chose to create a one layer card using the gorgeous Born to Roam stamps. I stamped the globe, masked it and stamped the luggage. Then I coloured the images with Copics. Last, I stamped one of the sentiments from the stamp set using Vintage Photo Distress ink. Last, I masked the image and stamped some splatters from the Art Marks stamp set.

I'm linking up my card with this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where Anything Goes.

Card: 250 gsm white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Born to RoamArt Marks
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Distress Ink Vintage Photo


STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes. If you have any questions or problems, just let me know!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Rainbow Flower Silhouette



I had a mighty play in the craft room yesterday - the arrival of Distress Oxides truly got my dormant mojo up and running again. And it reminded me of the fact that it's long overdue for a clean out in the craft room - there are so many crafty products I no longer use and want to find new homes for. Time for some serious eBaying... hoping that my long forgotten Stampin' Up punches and stamp sets will find new homes where they will be used more than they have in my stamp room. 

Anyhow, yesterday I played a bit with watercolouring and Distress Oxides, you can see the result here. Another thing about the Oxides is that they blend much easier than the regular distress inks, so if you have found it hard to produce blends you might have more success with the Oxides. I used almost every colour I have of the oxides to create a rainbow background, inspired again by the colourful tulips over at Inspired By All The Little Things (hey, if there is a rainbow colour scheme anywhere to be found I will find it and play with it over and over and over again...). I'm also linking up (yet again) with this month's CAS Mixup (hope it's ok, as the rules say you can enter as many times as you like...) - I'm just a huge fan of splattering so can't resist playing along yet again! The "my choice" is die cutting, ink blending, heat embossing, stencilling... I'm also linking up with the AAA Cards Embossing challenge.




Card: 250 gsm white card, 300 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper
Ink: Tsukineko Versamark, Distress Ink Black Soot, Distress Oxides Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Faded Jeans
Stamps: STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2
Stencil: ARTplorations Bloom Silhouettes
Other: Papermania Seafoam White embossing powder

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes. If you have any questions or problems, just let me know!




Saturday, 20 May 2017

Oxide Watercolour Flowers


I've continued my play with the Distress Oxides - still not sure I know what exactly to do with them but I hope practice makes... well if not perfect, at least better. Today I had a bit of a play using the Oxides for watercolouring, inspired by the CAS Watercolour Flower theme.  I can't believe I haven't managed to play along with this month's challenge yet as I love both watercolour and flowers. I was also inspired by the beautiful rainbow coloured flowers in this week's Inspired By All The Little Things and the embossing theme over at AAA Cards




Card: Daler&Rowney 300 gsm watercolour paper
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Versamark, Distress Oxides Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Wilted Violet and Worn Lipstick
Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloom Sketches
Dies: CUTplorations Celebrate Word Die
Other: Papermania Seafoam White Embossing Powder, sequins from my stash


STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes. If you have any questions or problems, just let me know!


Friday, 19 May 2017

Gleeful Garden in a Box


I realised I haven't posted this year's Mother's Day Card. I was excited to get to play with the new Lawn Fawn box card die, and I thought I'll make a garden party to celebrate spring. I had so much fun stamping and colouring the flowers and all the cute little critters. And I love how all the pieces from the box card die fit together. I've made box cards before but this die takes away all the fuss having to cut and measure the elements of the box.


I'm linking up with the current Lawn Fawnatics challenge where the challenge is to play with the inspiration image and/or colours. I'm also linking up with Make My Monday where the theme is Sugar and Spice (can you see the little cupcake over there in the grass?) and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is A Bit of Sparkle.




Card: Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes, Perfectly Plaid, Let's Polka, Glitter Paper
Stamps: Gleeful Garden, Critters in the Forest, Baked With Love and Big Scripty Words with matching dies, Happy Everything
Ink and colouring: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Dies: Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up, Simple Puffy Clouds, Simple Puffy Cloud Frames, Rainbow, Grassy Border

Thursday, 18 May 2017

May STAMPlorations CAS Challenge - Mid-Month Inspiration


How the time flies when it's spring. Already half way through my most favourite month of the year. But the good news is there is still almost half of the month left to enjoy. We have had a few days of long overdue rain here, I'm hoping it will encourage the fruit trees to do well. There are so many apricots and cherries on the trees this year. Last year was a bit of a dud for both so it would be great to see all that lovely fruit ripen.

Anyhow, I'm not here to ramble on about fruit but to remind you that there is still plenty of time to link up your CAS cards in feminine colours to join the beautiful and inspirational creations which are already linked up to this month's challenge. You can find a whole post full of inspiration from the DT! You don't have to use STAMPlorations products, but if you have them we would love to see you use them. And don't forget, if you want to go for a bit of a shopping spree in the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA for 20% off!


For my card, I used the wonderful combination of flowers, coffee and doughnuts. I stamped the image from Bloomin' Spring Coffee Basket, coloured it with Copics and fussy cut it. I created a background for the card using the Fall Floral Trio stencil and orange, pink and purple Distress Inks. Last, I added one of the sentiments from the stamp set. I thought this would make a great card to cheer someone up if they were having a bit of a bad day.

Card: 250 gsm white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Bloomin' Spring Coffee Basket
Ink and colouring: Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet, Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Stencil: ARTplorations Fall Floral Trio 

STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes. If you have any questions or problems, just let me know!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Distress Oxides in da House


I can't believe it's been 10 days since my last post! I'm suffering from a bit of mojo gone AWOL... But I've been busy reading which has been wonderful as it's been a long time since I've found the peace of mind to just sit down and focus on a book. So that feels good. Not sure if it's just a coincidence that my reading streak started on the same day as I removed the Facebook app from my phone. 


Anyhow, I had a parcel arrive today, full of the Distress Oxides I've been waiting for ever since I saw the videos and beautiful cards start to appear a few months ago. I have to admit I was playing around for a while, and not really being able to re-create those gorgeous water splattered grunge-y backgrounds I've seen in the video where the King of Distress himself, Tim Holtz was demoing them, or this video where Jennifer McGuire creates gorgeous cards with the inks. But I guess it's all a learning process. I was going to discard all my attempts but then I thought I should make something out of at least one of the panels - it should be all about the fun of creating and not trying to achieve perfection. And I was inspired by the new colours over at Color Throwdown and the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch so I ended up creating a new home card using STAMPlorations dies, inspired by the Home Sweet Home theme over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I also added some stickles to the sentiment inspired by Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is A Bit of Sparkle.



Card: 250 gsm white card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card, Daler&Rowney 300 gsm watercolour paper
Ink: Distress Oxides Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber
Dies: CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies, Stitched Snow Hills, Stitched Winter Landscape, Happy Word die
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Claire's ABCs
Other: Ranger Mint Ice Stickles, sequins from my stash


STAMPlorations discount code: If you want to save 20% when shopping at the STAMPlorations store you can use the code STAMPGIRLKAROLA at checkout. The discount applies to all normal priced and discounted stamps, stencils and dies. The code cannot be combined with other discount codes. If you have any questions or problems, just let me know!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Candy Pastel Flowers


I attended a course a few weeks ago. I really need to finish the coursework, but as the true procrastinator I am, I turned to browse challenge blogs instead. And I couldn't resist a bit of die cutting inspired by the Flower theme over at the Paper Smooches challenge blog. I was also inspired by the colours over at Color Throwdown and the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch. I'm also linking up over at CAS on Sunday where the theme is Glitter or Sequins and CAS Mix Up where the theme is Stamping+Splattering+your choice (die cutting and heat embossing). Last but not least I'm also linking up with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where the theme is Hint of Pink.





I started by sponging Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Peacock Feathers onto white card. Then I splattered water on the inked background. Next, I started die cutting the flowers from white, turquoise, pink and purple paper and spent quite a while with my tweezers and glue putting together the flowers. Then I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed the sentiment in white, before adding a few sequins for embellishment. As I was left with so many left over die cuts I couldn't resist the urge to add a few more flowers inside the card from the pile of leftover bits and pieces. There is something truly calming about assembling tiny little pieces of paper although at the same time it drives you crazy!


Card: white 200 gsm card
Paper: Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes
Ink: Tsukineko Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Peacock Feathers
Stamps: Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
Dies: Paper Smooches Adorable Array
Other: Sequins from my stash

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Happy Mother's Day for the MIL


It's been a while since UK Mother's day (which is in March, not May like the rest of the world), and I made this card for my MIL but haven't gotten around to sharing it on the blog yet. A while ago I ordered the Lawn Fawn Penelope's Blossoms stamp set and immediately put it to good use by colouring it with Distress markers. Apart of the stamp colouring which does take a while, it was a super quick card to put together. 

I started by colouring and stamping the big blossom stamp from Penelope's blossom using pink, purple and two different green Distress markers. I misted the stamp very lightly with water before stamping. Then I stamped the "mother's day" from Lawn Fawn Happy Everything in Versamark and heat embossed in gold. Last, I die cut the banner and "Happy" using Lawn Fawn dies and added a few sequins for effect.

I'm linking up with the following challenges:
House of Cards - add sequins
Make My Monday - May Flowers
Time Out - Flowers (I didn't use the optional twist of kissing)
Just Us Girls - Mother
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Hint of Pink



Card: 250 gsm Daler&Rowney watercolour paper, scrap of pink card, scrap of gold mirri card
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Penelope's Blossoms, HAppy Everything
Dies: Lawn Fawn Everyday Banners, Big Scripty Words
Ink: Tsukineko Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Markers Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Spun Sugar, Seedless Preserves
Other: sequins from my stash, gold embossing powder