Saturday, June 21, 2014

One Layer Card Framed


I am on a roll with these simple cards...anyways here is one that is one layered and framed, inspired by a couple of challenges.

Here is my card
As I am looking at my card now, a couple of hours after made, it is so much subtle in color, especially the ferns stencils and the bling just shines, is so hard to capture that perfect picture.

I stamped and sponged with distress inks (spiced marmalade, barn door, scattered straw, wild honey).  I double stamped the flowers (Fiskars - friendly flowers) with barn door and scattered straw and water colored them in and dabbed silver/holographic glitter paint in the centers, for a bit of bling.

I sponged with spiced marmalade the fern (KaiserCraft) stencil in opposite corners and sponged with scattered straw inbetween, I then spritzed with water for a bit of splash (not so much, gosh how many times I sprayed, I got small dots but not much else) good enough for a light effect (might have to click on the photo for detail).

The sentiment I stamped with VersaMark (watermark ink) to heat emboss with white opaque (Zing) powder.  Then just a lovely border with red and black markers.

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

Time Out Challenges - challenge #8 CASE (i used three colors in card instead of sponging with three)

One Layer Simplicity Challenge - #6 I've Been Framed

Addicted to Stamps and More! - #100 Photo with Happy Birthday to You

Addicted to CAS - challenge #41 Sun (colors used reminds me of sunshine, the flower of a sun)

STAMPlorations - June challenge Stamps and Borders

Seize the Birthday -  Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by and i love hearing your opinions

Have a Fantastic Day
Regards MoNika

Simple Butterflies


I am enjoying creating CAS at the is another simple layout panel.


Just love my distress inks. Simply dabbed the ink pads (Distress Inks - forrest moss, crushed olive, walnut stain) onto a stencil (KaiserCraft - leaves)' spritzed with water and placed onto water colour paper. I then cut out stripes according to a sketch on STAMPlorations challenge and pasted onto white cardstock. I then used a cuttlebug embossing folder (small flowers) to emboss the whole panel for added dimension.

I also love butterflies at the moment, so I stamped three (STAMPlorations - artful flutters) onto watercolour paper and water coloured them in with distress inks (broken china, crushed olive), used mod podge gloss, blue glitter paint and blue jewels to give them some bling and stuck them onto the panel with wings up for dimension.

The sentiment also from artful flutters, stamped with broken china onto a label stamped in Archival - chocolate, cut out and used pop dots for a bit of lift.

I used markers to make a border and then stuck the whole panel on black textured paper to give it a frame and painted it with blue glitter paint.

Just something different is all.....I love how the colours work together in harmony, blue and green.



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

STAMPlorations - biweekly challenge sketch #14

STAMPlorations - Stamps and Borders

Addicted to Stamps and More! - photo inspiration (I choose a couple of colours, green and blue)

Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp - Monday challenge Anything Goes

Stemelgarten - challenge #26 Floral Dreams


Thank you for stopping by and I love hearing from all of you :)

Regards and Have a Fantastic Day



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Beautiful Flowers for You


Cool, I am on a winning streak with CAS at the moment.

Here is another clean and simple card I made today

This card was a challenge, redoing window cut outs and sizing up the frame and border for the front of the card and choosing weather to include a sentiment on the inside with the vase of flowers, but hay, this is suppose to be CAS, so it is simple as it gets and speaks for itself.

I stamped the vase of flowers with (STAMPloarations :- simple flowers and sentiments) StazOn Jet Black ink and colored with water color pencils (no water used).  For the front I used the Cuttlebug happy birthday embossing folder, die cut the frame through the textured piece, the design paper and the base white card stock.  Positioned it all until the piece looked good to the eye.  Who says borders and frames should be all linear.  Let me know what you think !!

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

CAS on Sunday - paper piecing (I used green design paper for border/frame)

STAMPloarations - June Challenge stamps and borders

Inspirational Challenges - clean and simple designers choice

Addicted to Stamps and More! - challenge #99 CAS

Seize the Birthday - seize the topping : summertime

Crafting by Designs - Birthdays

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes

Card & Scrap - #77 clean and simple

Lia Stampz - CAS

Digistamps4Joy - Flowers, Flowers, Flowers

Have a Great Day
Seeya MOnika

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Simple One Layer Card


I am always scouring the internet for inspiration on how to create simple cards, for example one layer cards, which for me is nail bitting because I like to create a bit of mixed media on my cards, tags and canvases.

Recently Shery from STAMPlorations and One Layer and Mixed Media Blog has been creating one layer cards, so I took head and starting to think about how to create my CAS card, which I would like to enter sketch #13 on Shery's Challenge Blog which I am a guest designer.

Well here is my simple one layer card.  Click on photo for details on pretty colored flowers.

Here is the inside and angled to see the sparkle of the copper/gold paint on the sentiment

A simple one layer card made on white card stock.  Stamped with StayZon Jet Black and Versafine Vintage Sepia using stamp set Steampunk by Inkadinkado.

Its funny, my initial thought was to stamp the corner gears in vintage sepia but when I started inking and stamped already in black, it hit me then.  But I thought, why not, do the reverse.  I think it turned out alright.   Looks much better in real life.

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

STAMPlorations - bi weekly sketch #13


Sisters of Craft - June Anything Goes

Crafting at the Weekend - challenge 2 Anything Goes

Suzy Bees Blooming Challenge -  challenge #32 Anything Goes

Simon Says Wednesday Blog - Fathers Day/Masculine

Inspirational Challenges - challenge #58 Designers Choice - CAS

Addicted to Stamps and More! - challenge #99 CAS

Cool, now I am happy...another CAS card on the way.....
Seems forever before I get my distress markers, maybe next month......

Seeya for Now

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Distress Inks !!!


Yes, I am going to admit I am a distress ink addict and becoming addicted to Tim Holt'z 12 Tags of 2014.

Yes that is right, I am admiring the very talented creative designer and  I cannot get enough of his products, I am hoping soon I will have in possession Tim Holt'z layering stencils and distress markers, very soon, yes very soon, soon i hope when i save up some mulla.....very very soon !!!!

I am also very admiring his matched up stamps and dies (I wonder if they will work in my cuttlebug), especially the butterflies set and dragonfly...oh please lord ( i do not usually pray!!) may i have this opportunity to save some $$$ so I may purchase some fantastic Tim Holtz products (would be fantastic to have some of his awesome idea-ology stuff too!!)...pretty please....(you may have a giggle, I will understand!!)

Ok enough of drooling (me!!), here is my tag for June inspired by
Tim Holt 12 Tags of 2014 June  Please click pictures for details.

If you go to his inspirational and flawless tag for how cool is his technique for water coloring with mini distress inks (they are on my list for the future!!) on stencils, very many color opportunities.

I choose my favorite distress inks (wild honey, scattered straw and barn door), love how they blend and create orange, one of my favorite combos.   I also used a favorite stencil, gears (I think by KaiserCraft).

I sponged three inks onto the stencil and spritz with water, turned upside down onto water color paper, pressed down with paper towel and lift.  Dry with heat what an outcome (wish i took pictures).  I then torn the bottom edge and sponged with wild honey and glued the water colored image onto a manilla tag and sponged the edges with wild honey as well.

I then stamped butterflies from STAMPlorations artful flutters with archival ink coffee (gotta get me some black) and stamped them again with Stazon jet black on water color paper and water colored them with the three distress inks and cut them out and used pop dots to add dimension to them on the tag.  I also painted them with copper glitter and gloss mod pod for that extra shine.  Just love those butterflies.

Then I stamped the sentiment which is complimentary to the butterflies (from the same stamp set) with the barn door (wish I stamped with black) and painted some copper glitter onto the letters (hoping that it would tone down the color, did not much!!). 

Next was the ribbon, I heard on the grape vine, that tags are suppose to have ribbons and such.  So here I gave it a shot.   I bought a beautiful light blue ribbon and I sponged it with the three distress inks and spritzed with water and dried with heat gun, love how the ribbon looks, very cool and I also painted with copper glitter.  Finally, i did not have the gears and such for embellishment, so I used golden star brads.

AND there you have it my tag inspired by Tim Holtz. 12 Tags of 2014 - June.

Inks Used :- Distress Inks - wild honey, scattered straw, barn door
Stamps Used :- STAMPlorations - artful flutter
Stencil :- KaiserCraft - gears
Brads :- mixit - mini gold stars
Ribbon :- Shmick light blue ribbon
Glitter :- Mont Marte - glitter paint copper/gold

I hope you enjoyed my tag, I did.

Looking forward to purchasing more from the Tim Holtz range of goodness.

My favorite store is STAMPlorations
Shery has some fabulous products.

I would like to enter my tag into following challenges :-

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - June

Thanks for commenting and stopping by hope to see ya soon.
Apologies for me babbling and raving on, tis my birthday and feeling all giddy for some reason.

ciao bellas
(did you know bella is meaning for beautiful, thought I would let you know!!)



P.S. i am freezing here as I am typing, crappy weather in Melbourne, first week of winter, yukky!!

Ok lovely's. PPs

Just searching through other blogs for challenges, well, inspiration to share to create more projects....
Anyways, there is one challenge about bookmarks, cool, is different and I thought this water color technique of TH is pretty thinking....and here is a this not cool or what.
This one is dry (with heat gun)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Guest Designer


I was preveledged to win yet again on STAMPlorations sketch #10 challenge. Here is my post on the canvas I created for that sketch.

I am happy to say that I am Guest Designer for the June 2 sketch #13 challenge and here is my card I created to inspire you.


The inside

The back


This is the sketch #13


At the moment I love working with distress inks and water. All I can say is wow, how the inks react with water, so many outcomes, and by surprise too.

That is what happened with this card, I sponged with dusty concord onto water colour paper and I wanted a sprinkle of water droplets all over, but check it out there is blobs of water as well. I guess it all depends how you spray your water. I achieved this by using small spritzer and spraying from above.

I used STAMPlorations clear stamps - distressed floral swirls. I coloured the leaves with water coloured pencils (no water) and stamped sentiment also from STAMPlorations - Patchwork Frenzy graphic pentagons. Finally added some bling.

I wanted to co ordinate the inside and back as well, so I stamped the distressed leaves and coloured them as well.

I really enjoyed creating this card and I hope you will be inspired to make a different view of the sketch too.

Do not forget to check out the Design Teams wonderful works of art as well.


Cheers and Have Fun Creating

Just is my Birthday on the 3rd June. Happy Birthday To Me !!

Regards Monika