Monday, September 22, 2014

More Autumn Colors


With Autumn challenges happening at the moment,  I was inspired to create another autumn theme card.

Here is my card.  Click to see dimension and detail.

Started with stamping the leaves onto white cardstock base card, with wild honey and barn door using the rolling technique in some leaves.  I then stamped the sentiment onto vellum with black ink and colored it in with orange and yellow markers.  I marked lines around the leaves to correspond to the sketch #20 at STAMPlorations Blog.

I wanted to add more to the design, so I started thinking zentangle and create a type of fence outline, I wanted to add dimension so I used a pencil to create shadows.  I wanted to use the white space, so I created some lines and circles.

Inks Used :  Ranger Distress Inks (wild honey, barn door), StazOn (jet black)
Stamps Used : STAMPlorations - grateful, thankful set
Markers Used : Mont Marte - fine tip markers
Colored Pencils Used : Faber Castle watercolor pencils

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges :-

STAMPlorations Blog - biweekly sketch #20
The Mixed Media Card - challenge Autumn Colors (with option of leaves)
StempleGarten - challenge #29 Autumn Time
The Corrosive Challenge Blog - challenge #208 Autumn/Fall
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - #4 Color challenge (i used yellow, red, orange from flower)
Crafting for all Seasons - challenge #86 Colors of Autumn

Thanks for stopping by and as always love reading your comments and much appriciated for your thoughts.

seeya next time MOnika

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Autumn Colors


Been a while.  I have been catching up on my crochet project Snoopy and Woodstock graphgan.  Coming along nicely (with few hiccups along the way, but no matter, I keep calm and crochet on).  I am half way finished.

Anyways.  Always checking in to see what new challenges are around and again I found Mixed Media Card Challenge and Stamplorations Bi weekly challenge very interesting, using an autumn color theme and a new sketch.

My favorite colors of Autumn, yellow, red and orange, just gorgeous when you can create with Ranger Distress Inks with barn door and wild honey which blend in to make orange, especially when you use water spritzer.

Anyways, I bought more white 250gsm cardstock for my base cards at Office Works. (That was the main reason why I have not created more cards, I just ran out, who doesn't when one is having so much fun creating cards for all occasions).

Here is my card.


I squished wild honey and barn door on my craft sheet and spritzed with water, smeared a panel of watercolor paper, three times and dried with heat tool.  I stamped the leafs with the same colors all over in random order and cut into five strips.  Arranged them in order on my white cardstock base card and glued them with glue stick.

I stamped the sentiment with black ink onto vellum and colored in the letters with colorful markers to match the background leafs.  I stuck the sentiment on top of the leave panel with glue stick,  Glue stick is excellent for gluing down vellum, dries clear and cannot be noticed under the see through vellum.

I experimented with vellum a bit more, few days ago.   I squished wild honey, barn door and scattered straw onto craft sheet and spritzed with water.  I then smudged a vellum panel through the colors three times, drying with heat gun in between,  The vellum does curl but when you glue it down on paper it is all even.

Turn out excellent, dries and has same effects as if doing it on water color paper.  I then used my leaf die cut and cut out five of them.  I then glued them onto a project I was doing but did not like the outcome, so I cut the leafs out.   And now I am using one of them for this card.  I used pop dots to give the leaf dimension on the card..  I think when you glue the vellum onto white background makes the colors pop more.   On the leaf you see on my card that is the result of using distress inks with water.  Very cool.

I enjoyed making this card, I like when they are simple.  Makes me feel content.

Inks Used :- Ranger Distress inks - wild honey, barn door, scattered straw
Stamps Used :-  STAMPlorations - thankful, grateful set
Die Cut - MPress 3 in 1 nesting dies Leaves

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :-

  • Just Us Girls - trend week - #258 water coloring (mine watercolor with distress inks)

Thank you for stopping by and hope to hear from you soon

cya MOnika

Monday, September 8, 2014

Vellum Flower and Markers


Last time I bought some vellum sheets and have not had a chance to play with much.  I always had in mind to try and stamp on the vellum and heat embossing with powder.  So this is what I have created with my Happy Birthday card.

Here is my on image for detail on lighter shade of color on the vellum image.

I stamped the pretty flower (stamplorations - simple flowers and sentiments) in versamark water mark ink onto a sheet of vellum and heat embossed with black (zing - black opaque) powder.  I then colored the flower with marks (mont marte - fine tip markers) on the back side of the image, giving a subtle color look to the flower.

I then fussy cut the flower and used pop dot on the flower part and glued the bottom to a white cardstock, to give the flower a lift and to see the lighter shade of color, because of the vellum being see through.   I stamped the sentiment, from the same set as the flower in (versafine) onyx black ink under the flower. Also adding three bling jewels to jazz up the card.

Gave the panel a black frame and used pop up dots to adhere the panel to the card front,  The center panel I stuck plasters tape and sponged with distress ink dusty concord and using water brush went over it to give water effect and then peeled of the tape. I was trying to achieve that the flower was sitting on a fence type background.  I ran out of white card stock so I adhered the whole design onto green card.

I like how the vellum gives that see through look when you stamp on it and when adding color from behind gives a subtle look to the image.  Hard to capture that with camera.

Anyways hope you like my card.

I would like to enter into the following challenges :-

STAMPlorations - bi weekly sketch challenge #19
STAMPlorations - September challenge Stamps and Markers

Thanks for stopping by
cya soon

Monday, August 25, 2014

Untangle yourself from Life


Would you not want to untangle your worries, stress and everyday repeticious tasks.  Well I just found a way , it is called Zentangle.  I am on facebook and sometimes on my feed are these beautiful creatioins and I needed to find out how they were drawn.   So I goodled Zentangle and there you have a way to  get mesmerized and hypnotised by drawing with a 0.1 fine line pen and 3.5 inch sqaure paper and by using repetitious patterns you create this beautiful work of art.  Is so relaxing takes you into another world.

I have read that instead of making the usual card, create a Zentangle and incorporate it into the card.

Well this is what I came up with.  Is called a Nymph Flower.  Instead of adding in tangles I left it as it is.  Nice and simple.

Here is my card.  Click picture for detail of the flowers.


Simple to make.  I die cut a square and started drawing the Nymph flower, by following a tutorial on YouTube by Ellen Wolters (tanglepattern Nymph- Lovly laday has more tangle patterns to share).  I then die cut next size up square, pasted the pattern on and mounted pop dots on all four sides.  I wanted to prompt the pattern of the card front but have it receded.  I then die cut the front of the card with same square size as the pattern and tacked on the panel from inside the card.

I then used my score buddy to make indentend lines and used 0.1 fine line pen to outline the bars and also add a bit of shadow to the lines with a pencil.

I stamped the sentiment imagine (stamplorations - artful flutters) with stayzon (jet black) onto vellum sheet and cut it out and rounded the top corners.

Yes I finally found vellum sheets in Spotlight and I had to get some as everybody is using it for creations on their cards. I found stayzon, distress inks by Ranger are very good and they dry quickly on the vellum.  Versafine inks tend to smudge, even drying overnight.

I think I will be able to Zentangle on a vellum sheet, that would be cool. Must try soon.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :-

STAMPlorations - bi-weekly sketch #18
Addicted to CAS - #45 code word : geometric
Addicted to Stamps & More - challenge #109 CAS
613 Avenue Create - challenge #86 anything goes

Before I go I would like to share with you my very first Zentangle. Click pic to see detail.  The pattern in the middle is called BetweedFew tangle patterns by Rick and Maria on their YouTube Channell.

Not perfect but it is a start and am enjoying the process but I still think I cannot draw.  This is close enough and not bad if I say so my self.

Thank you for stopping by and Have a Fantastic Day.....maybe Zantangle your way through the day.

Cheers MONika

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Textured Canvas


I found this cool challenge blog called The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.  How awesome. I have not made a canvas in a while and when I came across this challenge I thought why not, I have stencils and modelling paste.

Love the rules too, can create up to 5 creations and create whatever you want and combine with any number of challenges, awesome.

Here is my mixed media canvas

I used distress inks (spiced marmalade and broken china - throughout the whole design of the canvas) for the background water color (smeared onto craft sheet, spritzed water and picked up with canvas, until desired look, not much with the canvas, maybe i should have painted it with gesso first, not sure).  Stamped on the sentiments (stamplorations - artful flutters) with broken china. Added some more stamps of leaves, small flowers, circles and birds.

I used the stencil (KaiserCraft) and white modelling paste to create a textured and raised pattern all over the canvas.  I positioned the stencil so the main design was in the center and the rest going of the canvas.  I love how the distress ink colors come through the modelling paste as it fully dries. Love this stencil as it shows swirls in the background after embellishments are added. I think this stencil gives the canvas an elegant look. 


Once the stencil design was dry, I thought it was too bright (but it still looked good this way too), so I sponged some spiced marmalade and broken china over the raised area. Still too light.  I was thinking of tissue paper ( I used this before to add more colour to a canvas with modelling paste)  So I sponged the tissue paper with spiced marmalade, broken china and aged mahogany, spritzed with water and heat dried, then glued it onto the whole canvas.

Then I started adding dimensional stuff, like die cut leaves, stamped and cut out butterfly, punched out dragonfly and tree and paper flowers, the sentiments stamped on banner with broken china.  For some added shine and bling I added blue jewels and copper/gold glitter paint.

The whole design of the canvas reminds me of the outdoors, mostly traveling the countryside, the birds, the free leaves floating in the air and the beauty of so many different trees.  I also love the sentiment words, imagine, dream and believe.  This goes through my mind sitting in the car as the scenery goes by.

Inks Used :-
ranger distress ink - spiced marmalade, broken china, aged mahogany,
versafine - onyx black
Paints Used:-ranger distress paint - peeled pain

Paste - mont marte modelling paste
Stencil - kaisercraft  12x12 damask
Die Cuts - mpress 3 in 1 nesting dies leaves (used in cuttlebug)
Glitter - mont marte - glitter paint gold/copper

Stamps Used:-
stamplorations - vignette:artful flutters, thankful grateful,
kaisercraft - weekdays, hummingbird
fiskars - friendly flowers
inkadinkado - circle and dots

I would like to enter this canvas into the following challenges :-

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge -
august #3 stencils with modelling paste
STAMPlorations Blog - august challenge stamps and die cuts

Thank you for stopping by
cya soon MOnika

Sunday, August 17, 2014



I have so much pretty designers paper in my stash which I have not used much at all. I remembered I had a Fairy Tale (KaiserCraft) one, with so many beautiful pages and colours.

I thought appropriate to use one of those for a challenge at CAS-ology where the current challenge cue card is Magic.

I really love this page, the colours and pretty fairies, makes you want to imagine, dream and believe.


I wanted to show more of the page (they are really big), so I chose to put on the inside as well.

Using my stamps (STAMPlorations -artful flutter), which I thought very appropriate for this challenge, I stamped the sentiments and butterfly in dusty concord (ranger - distress ink).


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :-

CAS-ology - cue card Magic


Thanks for stopping by

Cya soon Monika


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Butterflies !


Butterflies, I think I am hooked at the moment.

Here is another card I made

I think i am still hooked on spiced marmalade and broken china (Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink).  Just love the combination.  They really work together and they make green too.

I like the sketch at STAMPlorations Blog bi-weekly sketch #17 and made another card but highlighting the die cut squares with a black textured paper border.  I wanted to keep it simple so I just stamped the butterfly (stamplorations - artful flutters) with watermark ink (versamark) and heat embossing with black (zing - opaque finish) heat embossing powder.

I die cut (mpress 3 in 1 nesting dies) all the squares, positioned them and tacked them together with (x-press it Glue marker).  I then squished the two colors onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water.  Next I smooched the panel onto the colors and two more times to get the look I liked.  Took the squares apart and glued on the black borders except the larger square.

I stamped the sentiment (stamplorations - artful flutters) also with spiced marmalade and broken china using the rolling technique.  I then ran the squares and front panel of the base card through a Sizzix splash embossing folder to achieve a textured look to the front of the card.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :-

STAMPlorations - bi weekly sketch #17
Crafting at the Weekend - august Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday challenge - summer

Thanks for stopping by
Cheers Monika

Monday, August 11, 2014

More Butterflies


Butterflies and Summer everywhere, except Melbourne Australia.
Here is my card to cheer me up and think about summer


Nice and simple.  Stamp butterfly (Stamplorations - artful flutter) in watermark ink (versamark) and heat emboss with black embossing powder (Zing - opaque finish).  Use a square die cut and emboss for a frame.  Sponge with spice marmalade and broken china (Ranger - distress ink),  Take water brush and make water happiness.

Die cut 2 squares with designer paper (KaiserCraft - fairy tales) and assemble as sketch.   Stamp sentiment (Stamplorations - Patchwork Frenzy - graphic squares) with watermark ink (versamark) and heat emboss with gold embossing powder (Zing - metallic finish).

Finally use flower embossing folder, for some texture and dimension, to dry emboss the front of the card, glue on the butterfly assemblage and apply gold glitter glue and blue gems to the butterfly for some bling.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :-

Time Out Challenge - #11 Celebrations with a twist butterflies
Addicted to CAS - challenge #44 - code word gold
Stamplorations - August challenge - stamps and die cut
CAS on Sunday -  challenge #39 butterfly
Butterfly Challenge - #12 Summertime butterflies
Stamplorations Blog - Bi - weekly sketch #17

Thank you for stopping by and saying hello
Love reading your thoughts

Cheers Monika

Butterflies and More


Another day in the crafting room, creating another card with my favorites, distress inks and water.

Here is my card.

Simple card really.  On a white base cardstock I punched out small butterflies, stamped sentiment (with watermark ink (versamark) and heat embossed with black embossing powder (Zing, opaque finish).  Next I sponged dusty concord and broken china and spritzed with water (love the droplets, spritz from the side angle) and heat dried.  I found lovely blue designer paper (KaiserCraft - fairy tales) and glued it on the back with a border too.  Taped (double sided tape) the panel onto a blue textured card base.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :-

Time Out Challenges - #11 celebrations (option butterflies)
Stamplorations Blog - August Challenge - Stamps and Die Cuts

Stamp set used for the sentiment
( I cannot locate the name, so here is a picture)

Here is the lovely designer paper I used (clik on right picture to see the detail in butterflies)

This is the true color of the front panel, which was taken a little bit earlier

Apologies for the pictures, my camera was not co operating when I wanted the final shot, but I think the card looks alright in those colors too.

Thanks for stopping by and have a Great Day
Cheers Monika

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Golden Times


I got inspired by a challenge to make a card that is not the usual square. I also noticed that gold was going around too and summer in some places.

The clock reminds me of the times in summer when I was young we used to drive to Queensland (for a 2 week holiday on a hired boat, every year) from Victoria and I would get bored in the car, driving during the day, in summer. I would always ask my parents "Are We There Yet". The journey took a couple days. I would always check my watch to see how far we gotten.

The gold reminds me of the sun and the colour of the day, bright, colourful and golden. Plus I remember getting an ice-cream called "Golden Time", which reminds me of summer too, the hot heat and I'm cooling of with a delicious ice-cream, watching the day go by, through a car window.

Here is my card

I used a circle die cut on my cuttlebug to make the shape of the card. Next I used modelling paste with a clock stencil to give texture and dimension. Next I painted the front with black gesso. Replaced the stencil and colored it in with metallic gold marker. Placed some gold glitter glue on the arms of the clock and used a gold stud for the center. I stamped the sentiment in versamark watermark ink and heat embossed with zing gold metallic powder onto black textured appear and prompted up with pop dot for lift.
I liked the black and gold together and I wanted to use different types of gold. Marker, glitter glue, embossing powder and a metal stud.

I love how the clock popped out when I colored it in with the metallic marker over the stencil. Thus I wanted to show that off, so I kept the card simple and just added the sentiment, which I think worked out pretty good.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :-

Virgina's View Challenge Blog - challenge #6 Shape Cards

Addicted to CAS - #44 Gold

The Mixed Media Card Challenge - #2 Summer

Thank you for stopping by
Cheers Monika

Monday, July 28, 2014

Loving Distress Inks and Texture and Dimension


Recently I have been enjoying creating with distress inks (spiced marmalade and broken china), a beautiful combination and blending of two colors. Before and still like the combo of wild honey and red barn which blend to create orange, just beautiful. Also the lovely combo of harmony of dusty concord and broken china.

At the moment I like exploring with the stanly knife, to create dimension and lift on images. I do not currently posses The Dimensional Cutting Pad designed by Tim Holtz, one of many creations on my list of collections to buy.

I am also liking my embossing folders again, which I have not used in a while. On this card I embossed the two panels together, so the texture is on the butterflies and the flower.

Here is my card.

I used a wheat stencil and sponged with spiced marmalade and broken china, spritzed with water and placed down on watercolor paper. Very light but not distinct on the pattern. So I sponged/squished spiced marmalade and broken china on my craft mat, spritzed with water and placed the panel down and lift off, then dried with heat again, did that again another two times to achieve the look I wanted.

I then stamped the butterflies and flower in archival ink coffee and with stanly knife cut the pieces so they would lift and pop of the page. Added some holographic glitter paint and jewels for some bling. The sentiment i used the rolling technique with the two distress ink colors.

On the inside I stamped the three words and used the rolling technique on the butterfly and stamped it off three times.

Here is the panel after water coloring it with spiced marmalade and broken china. I spritzed with water on an angle from the side and heat dried, love the water effect on this, beautiful

Here is the panel with the full embossed area using cuttlebug leaves embossing folder.

Inks Used: distress inks - spiced marmalade, broken china. archival ink - coffee

Stamps Used: stamplorations - artful butterflies. fiskars - friendly flowers

Glitter Paint - by Mont Marte - holographic

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :-

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday challenge - Emboss it

STAMPlorations - July challenge - stamps and glitter

Inkspirational Challenges - #61 word prompt splash

STAMPlorations - bi weekly sketch #16







Thank you for stopping by andHave a Fantastic Day

Cheers MOnika