Tuesday, January 16, 2018

{Spotlight Project} Becca Takes on the Ocean

Happy Tuesday, STAMPers! Today I'm going to talk about happy accidents and share with you how they can lead to one eye-catching card.

January TAGplorations Challenge Reminder

Hey, STAMPlorations friends! We're halfway through January. Have you played in any of our challenges this month yet? We especially would love to see you play in TAGplorations. Any type of project is welcome -- cards, ATCs, layouts, etc. -- as long as there's a tag (or tags) in it. 

While the girls in the TAGplorations team feature CUTplorations tag dies in the projects their create for this challenge, players (you!) don't have to use STAMPlorations products. Use whatever you have in your stash.

Link back:
If you play, make sure you include the graphic above in your post and link back to this challenge post in order to qualify for our prizes :o) Please also read our simple rules, which you'll find toward the end of this post.



{Inspiration Project Post #159}

Hello STAMPlorations Friends! The Inspiration girls have been busy creating a variety of projects for this week's showcase featuring stamps designed by our very own Deepti under her label Dee's Artsy Impression.

All of Deepti's stamp sets will be on sale at 15% off for the week until January 22 - no coupon needed; the discount is automatically applied. And if you happen to have a coupon code, such as a personal discount code for being a stamp club subscriber, you can use the code to get an even better deal.

We'll still randomly draw a winner from all the comments left on our Inspiration Posts, so have a look and leave a comment for your entry to win a $10 gift certificate to the store.




Monday, January 15, 2018

{Mixed Media Tutorial} No Mistakes Art Journal Page by Sanna

Hi there everyone, it´s Sanna here today again to share another mixed media tutorial with you! I have been really hooked on creating "faux watercolor" background based art journal pages recently. Just cannot get enough of those. So I thought, I´d share the how-to to those with you today. I´ve again prepared a start-to-finish video for you to watch, but let me first share the finished page with you:

CUTplorations January - Reminder

Hello STAMPlorations friends! Can you believe it's already the middle of January? Just stopping by to remind you that our die cutting challenge is in full swing and we'd love for you to join in on the fun. Don't forget, if your card has STAMPlorations products (stamps, stencils, and/or dies) as the main attraction, be sure to link it up to our Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge too :o)

image source: Jørn Allan Pedersen

Have a look at the CUTplorations girls' projects inspired by this month's photo!




Friday, January 12, 2018

{Mixed Media Tutorial} Art Journal Cover by Monika

Hello Crafty Friends! Today I am taking you through the process on how I made my journal cover. I have been meaning for a while to turn this bright pink notebook cover into an inspiring one for my journal. Today was the day, it finally got done. Have a look ...

As you can see, I went to town and covered it with lots of inspiring messages.

I started off by cutting a piece of white card slightly smaller than the actual cover and rounded two of the corners.

Next I coloured the piece of card with Coastal Cabana, Spritzed with water and added some stenciling through the Cobweb stencil using the same ink and a shaving brush.

I then added some more stenciling, this time using the Retro Circles stencil with Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry Inks.

To finish off the stenciled background, I used the Floral Flutes stencil with Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo inks.

Using the Bloom Silhouettes stencil, I first brushed some black ink through the stencil before adding the Black Stars Sparkle Medium.

Next I randomly stamped some sentiments from the Born To Roam set.

I inked up a piece of white card and stamped out some sentiments from the Subway Art Builders Dare and the MOM Subway Art Builders #2 - Grace In Each Step, which is a retiring stamp. If you like it, you need to get it before it sells out.

Next I heat embossed the large 'Celebrate' and the exclamation mark, both from another retiring set called Celebrate, in pink, added golden die-cut letters, Uppercase Alphabet Plate Die, to spell the words 'My Journey' and attached it to the front cover of my journal.

I then snipped the stamped sentiments apart, edged them with black and added them to the cover.

Some birds were needed too. I dug out the Trendy Birds 2 set and stamped them in black.

To blend it all in, I added stamping in Melon Mambo using the dotty border from the Mixed Media Grunge set and some black doodles.

I finished off with some sequins and a die-cut golden butterfly, Flutter Zen #2 Layering Dies.

Here is a little close-up for you.

That's it from me for today. Hope you feel inspired to have a playful time and create your own mixed media project. If you do, why not link it up with our January Mixed Media Challenge which will run until the end of this month. The Mixed Media Challenge is always Anything But A Card Goes + Use a Stencil, I look forward to seeing you there.

Have a lovely weekend!


Monika xxx

Here are theSTAMPlorations products I used:

ARTplorations Stencils: 

STAMPlorations Stamps: 

CUTplorations Dies:

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