Creative with Stamps – Come play with us!

Cards, Creative With Stamps, mothers day card, Zig clean color real brush

Hi all, its the 15th of the month so I’m sending out a friendly reminder that you can share your cards with us at Creative with Stamps, until the end of the month, if you have made a “Mother” themed card.

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I was a little enthusiastic about stamping the little flowers from Pink Fresh Studio’s “Unicorn Dream” stamp set. So instead of having whimsical flowers artfully strewn around, it looks a little like a mess of overgrown wildflowers! Lol! Anyway i love this funny stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called “Mother’s Day Zingers” and I’ve used the sentiments from this set in most of my Mother’s Day cards this year, to give to my daughter’s friends. I stamped the black strip from Winnie & Walter on the right cause I realised my whole card was too much to the left…. oh well adds some contrast I guess!

Well I hope you enjoyed this card and that you’ll join us in this challenge. Thanks for your comments, they’re like little hugs to me!

Have a great day!

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Creative with Stamps & More – Mother’s Day card & origins

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Hi all.  Its the 1st of the month so another challenge begins at Creative with Stamps and the theme this month is Mother as Mother’s Day in most parts of the world is on May 13th, except the UK where it was on the 11th of March. We have a generous sponsor MHK Designs who are giving away 3 products of your choice from their Etsy store so I hope to see many of your cards with the Mother theme in the link up!

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I made my card using a Heart stencil from Stamplorations which I inked up with Spun Sugar distress oxide inks, and a stamp from Winnie and Walter called Big Hugs. I first stamped this cute image with Versafine black ink onto 300g watercolour paper and cut it with my Brother Scan and Cut. I then water coloured it, trying to give it a more “artsy” look! I really love the sentiment from Altenew Precious Moments set, which has very beautiful sentiments for parents and children. Unfortunately I stamped it crooked and unevenly…and I even used my Misti! I didn’t want to twice stamp it as I’m always afraid to smudge my  sentiments… The ribbon was a scrap in my drawer so unfortunately I don’t really know where it comes from.

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Do you know the origins of Mother’s Day? It started in the US in 1907 with the efforts of a devoted daughter, Anna M. Jarvis of Philadelphia. She did it to memorialise the work of her mother, Ann Jarvis, who started “Mother’s Work Days” to improve the sanitation and avert deaths from disease-bearing insects and seepage of polluted water. A few years later in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day, and within a few years, the idea gained worldwide prominence! Now isn’t that truly a labor of love from one mother to all mothers and the greatest show of love from a daughter for her mother! Well I hope this little history lesson inspires you to do something nice for your mothers on Mother’s Day and not just giving something nice… although I know if my kids remember the day at all I would be ecstatic! Lol!

Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll be inspired to join in our challenge at Creative with Stamps with your beautiful cards honouring your mothers. Do pop over to my team mates blog and leave them some love as they inspire you with their wonderful creations!

Thanks for stopping by and your comments always make me so happy! Have a Great Day!

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I’m also playing along at:

time outTime Out challenges – Wild

wordartWord Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

w&w-blogbannerWinnie and Walter link up

casology.jpgCASology – Jungle. Not sure if there are bears in a jungle…although Baloo was in The Jungle Book so…

PCM-challenges.pngParu’s cardmaking Challenge – Mother’s Day

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp – Anything Goes

work it wednesday SSS Work It Wednesday – Mother’s day

 

Addicted to stamps and More – CAS card

Addicted to Stamps and More, alcohol inks, Cards, Pink Fresh Studio

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Hi all! Its Wednesday so time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! This week we have a CAS – clean and simple theme, so show us your cards with lots of open space and minimal embellishments.

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The card I made today to inspire you is not very Clean but its simple to make. I just covered a piece of Yupo paper with my Spectrum Noir illustrator alcohol markers, using Cobalt, Lilac, and Hydrangea colours. I then added a few drops of alcohol hand gel randomly on my paper and moved it around with a dry wet wipe I had on hand, to mix and blend the colours. I then die cut it with the beautiful die from Pick Fresh Studio called “Bright side of Life”.

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To add a little more detail on my card, although I know I should have left it at that to make it CASer…, I stamped one of the stripe stamps from Winnie and Walter’s “Scenery Stripes” stamp set all down the left side of the card with distress oxide inks and went over it with a water brush to have graded looks on each line.

Well I hope you liked my card today and that you’ll pop over to the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog to admire my teammies cards and leave them some love too! Have a great day!

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I’m sharing this over at:

Calling All Sistahs.jpgCalling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

HLS AG with Dies BadgeHappy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies

DiesRUsDies R Us – Springtime

papercraftPapercraft challenge – Clean and Simple

 

 

Stretch your supplies

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There’s a new card challenge run by the amazing Darnell called Twofer Card Challenge where you have to make two different occasion cards using the same stamps and dies. I love this challenge as it enables me to use the same stamp or die set more than once without being repetitive. As I normally only use my stamps once before moving onto the next one, this will make me feel that I have really used my supplies and less guilty about buying new ones! 😉 Thanks so much Darnell! :))

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So for my first participation, I went further than using just one stamps/dies sets to make two cards. I used 3! The same Abstract stencil by My Favorite Things, Heart die by XCut and Nom Nom Kitties stamp set by Mama Elephant.

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To make the first card, I diecut the heart from Xcut and used it as a mask to stencil in my distress oxides through the MFT Abstract stencil.  The heart diecut also has a faint stencilled image as I put it behind my stencil when I was wiping off the inks with a wet wipe. I darkened the original image so you could see the stencilled heart below.

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I stamped the kitties onto a white card stock and FUSSY CUT it!!! I have a Brother scan and cut and I still have to fussy cut some images when the machine decides not to pick up the image! 😡 Anyway carrying on, I coloured my kitties with my Zig clean color real brushes, stuck them onto the heart and stuck the heart onto the card. As I didn’t have the sentiment I wanted, I created it using my Artemio  label maker.

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For the 2nd card, I used the negative of my diecut heart as a mask to colour in the heart through the same MFT stencil and distress oxides again. The kitty from the same Mama Elephant stamp set was coloured in using my Zigs as well. The sentiment from Winnie and Walter was stamped with Versafine ink and it implies a good birthday is one where we get to eat good food. Any Asian will understand as we’re all foodies!

Well I hope you enjoyed both my cards.  I ‘m also trying to make less flower cards so hopefully this will be a start of a series of cute cards before I go back to my flowers! Thanks for visiting and your comments make my day!!

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Twofer.jpg Twofer card challenge – Hearts

ssswchallengeSSS Wednesday challenge – It must be love

Cas on fridayCAS on Friday – Use a diecut

AAAcardsAAA Cards – All you need is love. So happy to be playing with them again!

HLS CAS.pngHappy Little Stampers CAS Challenge – Hearts

 

The Sisterhood of Crafters – Let the Sparkle Fly!

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Its a new challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters and our chief Sistah Darlene has chosen this month’s theme and its “Let the Sparkle Fly”. So make anything with bling and/or sparkle and join in the fun!

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I knew exactly what I was going to do for this challenge with my newly purchased Simon Says Stamp Elisabeth background stamp and it was a spinner card that I was going to make…with lots of glimmer and shine! I first stamped it with Versamark on a white card stock and heat embossed it with Wow gold embossing powder. With a large stamp like that its better to press your paper onto your stamp instead of the other way around.  I then used Sizixx scallop die and cut a circle in the middle of my card stock AND my card base so that the scallop circle would line up perfectly. I fussy cut the flower in the middle of the scallope circle I just diecut as that would be my spinner.

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I painted everything with my Derwent Graphik line painters and once it dried, I water coloured the background with Winsor and Newton paints. As the Derwent pens dry waterproof, this was very easy to do. The only problem was that I forgot to use watercolour paper so the result is a little splotchier than I would have liked. I cut the Congrats sentiment from Winnie & Walter from blue glitter cardstock as this card is going to someone’s 50th birthday.

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To create the spinner, have a look at my post here. For the other side of the spinner, I cut out another flower, coloured it with Prima Marketing gold watercolour highlights, let it dry and wrote 50 over it. Here’s a video of my spinner in action!

Before I end this post I also wanted to share a new product I just got for photographing my cards. I was so fed up of setting up my photo station or not being able to take good pics at night that I finally cracked and bought a photo box. I got it on Amazon and it costs around 30€. On the left is how I used to take pics and on the right is my new photo box. Its very easy to set up and it comes incorporated with led lights and a usb cable. Unfortunately one of my kids took my usb cable by mistake so I can’t show it to you lit up, but here is the link to the product. I got the 40x40x40cm and its perfect for my cards and paintings.

The photo on the left is with daylight using my old photo station and the photo on the right is using my new photo box at night! So happy I finally got it!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll hop over to The Sisterhood ofCrafters challenge blog to leave my “sistahs” some love and join in the fun. I look forward to seeing your creations there!

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I’m also sharing this card over at:

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper take it make it challenge – Anything Goes

create and makesCreate and Makes challenge blog – Anything Goes

lemon shortbreadLemon Shortbread challenge blog – Anything Goes

unicornUnicorn challenge blog – Anything Goes