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Showing posts with label CUTplorations Dies. Show all posts
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Monday, 5 February 2018

Let's start the week with a challenge ......

Happy Monday ......

And big Hello to all you STAMPlorations fans!
Thank you to all who played along with our January challenges.  Don't forget to check back on Feb 10th to see if you are one of our lucky winners. And get ready, because there's a whole load of brand new products on their way over the next three months.  But ... we also want to let you all know that for the next couple of months we are going to do things a little bit differently here on the Blog.

You've probably heard that there's been a new addition to the STAMP family.  Sherry's gorgeous little girl ... Winter, came into the world back in December.  So in order to give Shery a little time to catch her breath after the birth, and to adjust to daily life with two little ones, as well as running the store, we're going to take a little 'Winter' break.

Instead of all the different monthly STAMPlorations challenges, there will be just one challenge each month.  It will have a theme, and as long as you follow the theme, any type of project is welcome!
We will return to our regular challenge program in May.

The rules are simple ......

  • create any type of project .... cards, mixed media, tags etc. as long as you follow the theme
  • STAMPlorations products are not a requirement .... but we would love to see them
  • Enter as many times as you like as long as each entry has it's own blog post
  • You must display the challenge graphic and link back to the challenge page to qualify for the prizes
  • You must comment on the entry before yours in the gallery ...... lets spread the love
  • And for an extra chance to win, comment on the challenge post AND the Designers Blog posts throughout the month.
Prizes ......
TWO (2) winners of a $25 Gift certificate .... randomly drawn from all the entries
ONE (1) winner of a $25 Gift Certificate ...... randomly drawn from all the comments left on the Designers Blogs throughout the month.

Shery is also offering a generous 10% (no coupon code needed) off all stamps, stencils and dies in the store from February through to April.
Go on .... why not play along.

So .... the theme for February is ..... PAINT IT RED
Create a project with a love theme .... or the colour red in it!

Now normally it would be the CAS Card Challenge for me so I've stuck with that and,  as it's February, it had to have a love theme for Valentine's Day,  and the red bit was easy

I've used the pretty CUTplorations Clustered Hearts Die ....... and cut it from, Pink and Red Glitter card and again from a beautiful matte Red Mirri card

I then cut the hearts from a piece of white cardstock and stamped the words underneath (from the STAMPlorations Pocket Blooms)

I then mixed and matched the various hearts from my coloured die cuts and inlaid them into the cut out in the white card ..... gorgeous!

Now it's your turn to join in the fun.  Create your project and link it to the challenge blog.  Follow the simple challenge rules and you could be one of our winners.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

I'm off to pack the last of the boxes ready for the move tomorrow.  Removal men arrive first thing and we should be in the new place by late afternoon ..... can't wait!

Cheerio until next time ....

Thursday, 18 January 2018

STAMPlorations CAS Challenge .......

Happy Thursday ......

The weekend is almost here ..... have you got anything nice planned?  Me ..... I'll be spending most of it packing I think.  Just a few bits and bobs to finish off in the craft room, then it's time to pack it all into boxes ready for the move.

Today, it's time for a quick reminder of this month's STAMPlorations CAS Card challenge ......

The theme, as always, is Anything Goes with the optional colour twist this month of ..... SILVER

I've used the colour twist for my sentiment ...... heat embossed one the stamps from the STAMPlorations  Typografia range
I do love these stamps, there's some fabulous words and phrases suitable for all kinds of projects.  The one I've used here is called Plan A ........

I stamped it onto white card, heat embossed in silver and then die cut around it with a stitched circle die from my stash.

Leaving the die in place I added a touch of colour over the words using Distress Ink.  Leaving the die means that you get this crisp white edges around the design ...... it gives the look of layering without having to use the cardstock.

I used the CUTplorations Upper Case Alphabet Plate Die to cut the letters for the background and attached  them randomly around the edges of a piece of white cardstock.  I love doing this, it gives such a great effect, it looks like embossed card almost

I also added a few to the inside too ......

You can find all the challenge details over on the STAMPlorations Blog along with lots more inspiration from the rest of the DT .... why not pop over and take a look.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for stopping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time ......

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Warmest Wishes ......

Happy Tuesday .......

How is everyone? Staying warm I hope.
It's getting a little chilly again here ...... we're bracing ourselves for a bit of cold snap, according to the weather forecast anyway.  We've got gales and wintry showers to look forward to for the next few days.  We've had the hail sleet and snow already .... and it's freezing out!

It's nice and warm in the craft room though ........ I've got another busy week what with DT stuff, birthday cards (it's Lauren's birthday tomorrow), and all the packing.  It's a good excuse for another clear out I think.

 In between all that lot, it's also time for a little reminder of January's TAGplorations Challenge.

The theme for January is appropriately ......... All about Winter, with the optional twist of using texture paste.

My tag has been cut from plain white cardstock, using the largest die from the CUTplorations Manila Tags Nesting Dies

I then used the ARTplorations Coffee Cup stencil, along with white texture paste, to add the outline of my design.

Whilst the paste was wet I sprinkled fine crystal glitter over the swirls of steam .....

and once the rest of the paste was dry, I replaced the stencil back over the texture paste and added colour to the cup and saucer outline with Distress Ink

I then stamped a little design onto the cup with a cute little snowflake stamp from my stash, and heat embossed in white before adding a wash of the Distress Ink colour to the cup itself, and a touch of brown for the coffee

A few splatters of gold and silver ink onto the background ......

and a little touch of enamel accents onto the coffee adds a bit more texture.

Check out the STAMPlorations blog for the challenge guidelines and details of the prizes on offer. You'll also find lots of fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team on there too.

Mmmm ..... I think it's time for a nice hot coffee.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.  Stay warm.

Cheerio until next time .....

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Happy New Year! ......

Happy Tuesday ......

And welcome to 2018!

I hope you all had fabulous Christmas and New Year celebrations
Some of you may be having a touch of deja vu right now ..... thinking that you've already seen this post ...... well, you might have!  I'm not quite sure what happened ...... but somehow this got published a few days ago ..... before I'd even finished writing the post!!!!

Anyhow ...... we're all sorted now.
It's time to get January's challenges underway, and the first one up for me is the TAGplorations challenge for STAMPlorations.
We're starting the year with the perfect theme ..... All About Winter ..... brrrrr! 

There's a fun optional twist too ...... use texture paste.

My tag is cut from a piece of cardstock using the CUTplorations Luggage Tag Nesting Dies.
The card has been coloured with Distress Oxide ink using the 'smooshing' technique ....... swipe the ink onto a craft sheet, spritz with water then smoosh the card through the ink.

I then used a stencil and white texture paste to add the snow.

The cute little mittens are from the STAMPlorations Warm Hands, Warm Hearts set.   I've simply stamped them onto a piece of coloured card from my stash, heat embossed them in white and fussy cut them.
There are actually matching dies available for this stamp set, if you don't like fussy cutting.

I stamped the sentiment, from the same stamp set, onto a strip of white card and added it to the bottom of my tag.

Speaking of Winter ..... STAMPbaby #2 came into the world on December 20.  Shery gave birth to her second beautiful baby girl.  Huge Congratulations to the Russ family xx

There's prizes up for grabs for the challenge winners ...... $10 Gift Certificate for the winner and  $5 GCs for the 2 Top Picks.
You can enter the challenge as many times as you like (only one entry per blog post) and your projects must include a tag. 
You don't have to use STAMPlorations products but it would be nice if you did.  And ..... if we get over 50 entries then 1 lucky entry will be randomly chosen to win their choice of CUTplorations dies, to the value of $20!
Happy stamping!

There's also a great STAMPlorations New Year's Sale going on until January 15th.  20% off Stamps, Dies, and Stencils.  Check out the website for full details.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.

I think the festive season has taken its toll on me a little.  I managed to avoid all the various colds and flu that have been around before, and during the festivities, which was good considering everyone around me had some sort of lergy! 
But yesterday one finally caught up with me.  Sore throat, aching limbs, no patience, and no appetite (that isn't necessarily a bad thing considering what I've eaten over the last week or so!). The hangover didn't help either ..... too much of the bubbly stuff on New Year's Eve was to blame for that!
So ...... it's my turn to feel sorry for myself.   Today has been spent curled up on the sofa in front of the TV with lots of hot drinks.  At least hubby is off work to look after me

Cheerio until next time ......

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

The last TAG of the year ........

Happy Tuesday ........

It's been a bit touch and go as to whether I would make this blog post today.  My laptop decided that the festive season was just too much ....... it couldn't do anymore, so ...... it switched itself off last Monday afternoon, whilst I was a the checkout stage on two websites might I add, and wouldn't turn back on again!  Nothing at all ..... completely dead!  To make matters worse I hadn't backed anything up for weeks!!! Just what I needed ..... not!!

Anyhow to cut a long story short it was the power cable.  Could have been worse.
So ..... we're back up and running (yeah!) for the moment anyway, and I'm playing catch up with everything! 

It's time for a little reminder about this month's TAGplorations Challenge

The theme is  ..... All About Christmas with the optional twist of ..... Glitter
Who doesn't like a touch of sparkle at this time of year!

Here's a real quick and easy design for you ......

A simple Kraft tag, die cut using the CUTplorations Nesting Dies Tags #1  and then the greeting has also been die cut using the CUTplorations Merry Christmas phrase

The Merry Christmas was die cut from red glitter card and also from the Kraft tag.  The glitter card was then inlaid into the tag.

To finish off I added a touch of white ink around the edges, and sprinkled on some chunky white embossing powder to give a snowy look

I love this stuff on Christmas projects ...... sprinkle the embossing powder onto your tags and cards and then heat gently from underneath so that you don't blow the powder away. Perfect falling snow every time!

As it's Christmas, there's some special prizes for this month's challenge
  • Leave a comment on the December TAGplorations challenge post AND on all the designer's blogs for a chance to win a $15 Gift Certificate to spend in the STAMPlorations store
  • Play along with the challenge and 1 player, randomly drawn from all the entries will win a $20 Gift Certificate
  • and also 1 player randomly drawn from all the entries will win their choice of 1 set of Tag Dies from the store
Happy stamping!

Well, that's it ..... the last tag of the year.  I just need to put it on the last of my Christmas gifts.
All the presents are bought and wrapped, the cupboards are well stocked but ....... I'm still making Christmas cards!!!  The last ones need to be in the post tomorrow ........ it's going to be a long night!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day and just in case you don't visit again before the big day, have a wonderful Christmas ..... see you for more tags in the New Year!

Cheerio until next time ......

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

TAG! You're it ......

Happy Tuesday ........

It's the 5th of December, and it's time for a festive tag for this months TAGplorations Challenge.

The theme this month is All About Christmas ...... with an optional twist of ....... Glitter!  A touch of sparkle is perfect for the festive season. 

I've used Kraft card (again!) for the base of my tag, cut using the CUTplorations Tags #1 Nesting dies. 
I edged the tag with a little bit of Pocket Fence Distress Ink and sprinkled a touch of Chunky White Embossing Powder

The word 'Merry' is from the Merry Christmas Phrase Die, cut from Kraft card, covered with Versamark ink and then heat embossed using red and sparkly green embossing powders.

The present is cut from snippets of leftover card using the Gift Builder #2 die and then layered

The pretty bow has an extra layer of plain white cardstock to add a little dimension

Now I just need to find a gift for this to go on!

Why not join in the fun and create your own Christmas tags.
You can enter as many projects as you want, just remember only 1 project per blog post please.
Your entry doesn't have to be a tag, it can be anything you like but it must feature a TAG ....... a card with a tag on it perhaps, or a journal/scrapbook page featuring a tag. 
You don't have to use STAMPlorations products either ....... although it's great if you do!

There's been a little change to the challenge prizes this month, just for December.
To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is .....

  • comment on the December TAGplorations challenge post AND the posts on the Design Team's Blogs for a chance to win a $15 Gift Certificate to spend in the STAMPlorations store
  • also,one randomly drawn player from all the challenge entries will win a $20 Gift Certificate
  • and 1 player, again randomly drawn from all the entries, will win their choice of a set of CUTplorations Tag Dies from the store
TAG! .... now it's your turn

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day

Oh .... almost forgot ..... there's a mega Holiday Sale on at the STAMPlorations store.

A massive 30% off Stamps, Stencils and Dies (terms apply)
Just use code ..... HOLIDAY2017 at the checkout ...... see the website for full details.

Cheerio until next time ......

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

STAMPlorations are guesting on the 25 Days of Christmas Tags with Tracey McNeely ......

Happy Wednesday .....

Welcome to Day 22 of the 7th Annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags with Tracey McNeely

It's so exciting to be part of this amazing event.  
I'm here as part of the TAGplorations team from STAMPlorations who are today's sponsors.

For my tag I've used the brand new STAMPlorations Sketchy Yule Trees along with the CUTplorations Tags #1 Nesting dies

I cut my tag from Kraft cardstock and stamped one of the trees across the bottom and heat embossed in white

The sentiment is from The Christmas Reindeer stamp set from the Bee's Knees range at STAMPlorations and I used a stencil along with some white texture paste for the snow, sprinkled with crystal glitter to add a touch of sparkle

I stamped the same tree again, this time onto white cardstock.  I stamped it 4 times, heat embossed in white, and fussy cut them, cutting each one down following the layers so that I could decoupage them and add a bit of dimension before attaching it to the tag using foam pads

All of the trees were colored using ZIG Marker pens and I added a few dots of glitter glue for the decorations

To finish off I added a strip of scalloped cardstcok across the bottom of the tag

You can see the rest of the STAMPlorations Design Team's Tags over on Tracey McNeely's Blog today.  Have fun with the challenge and Happy stamping!

I'm also linking this tag up to the 12 Tags of Christmas with Loll and Friends.  

I've missed playing along each day but at least the linky is still open so I can squeeze this one in before the deadline.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
It's back to the Santa project for me ..... it's taking me a while!  Hope I end up on the Nice list this year!

Cheerio until next time ......

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

TAG time again ......

Happy Tuesday .......

Time for another Blog Challenge....... and guess what ..... it's another tag (I'm having great fun at the moment .... I love tags!) 
It's STAMPlorations this time with the second TAGplorations Challenge
Last month's launch was really popular ..... looks like you all enjoy making tags too, we had some fabulous entries.

This month the theme is All About Gratitude ....... and there's an optional twist ....... Polka Dots

This tag was so easy to do and it uses some of those pretty patterned papers that we all love to collect but never use!

I covered a piece of Kraft card with some pretty polka dot patterned paper and then die cut my tag using the largest die from the CUTplorations Manila Tags Nesting Dies

Blossom Spray #1 was stamped onto white watercolour card and then painted using Distress Inks

I fussy cut around the blooms and attached it to the front of my tag using foam pads for dimension

'Thank You' was stamped and heat embossed in gold across the bottom of the tag ......

and I finished it off by simply stamping the second part onto a snippet of card and cutting it into a banner shape before attaching it underneath ...... (sentiment from the STAMPlorations stamp set  For the Birds)

Check out the Blog for all the challenge details along with more gorgeous Tag inspiration from the rest of the Design Team, and then ........ why not join in the fun.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by again ...... enjoy the rest of your day.
I'm off to make a start on the packing for our weekend away ...... important stuff first, my craft trolley!
Because we're on the ferry with the car, there's no big decisions to be made on what to take with me, and what to leave behind ...... I can take the lot!!!  Well ..... not everything of course, but you know what I mean.

Cheerio until next time ......
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