Thursday, November 30, 2017

Wishing you Tons of Fun

Hi there,

I would like to show you this adorable birthday card over on the Stamping-Fairies Blog:



I hope you got inspired.

Yours,


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop

Hi there,

it's time for another ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop over on the STAMPlorations Blog featuring eight new stencil designs by the wonderful Sanna and these are my projects:

  • cut out the largest CUTplorations Manila Tag from sturdy white cardstock and cover it with white gesso
  • add a base coat of color with Paper Artsy Infusions Rocky Road
  • add some tissue paper using soft matte gel
  • stamp elements from the STAMPlorations Scribbly Splattery Grunge set and the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Grunge set with Archival Ink Black Soot
  • apply foil transfer gel through the brand new ARTplorations Leaves 1 stencil and let it dry thoroughly
  • run the whole tag and a piece of turquoise foil through the Mini Minc or a laminator
  • after doing so I found out that the foil adheres to the soft matte gel as well - for this reason I had to use sandpaper to get rid of the foil where I didn't want it
  • use a black Stabilo All pencil to darken the edges of the tag
  • add some splatters with watered-down white acrylic paint
  • stamp the STAMPlorations Dogwood Large with Versafine Smokey Gray onto a piece of confetti white card stock and color the image with Derwent Inktense pencils and a damp watercolor brush
  • use hot glue to adhere the flowers over a layer of vellum and corrugated cardboard
  • dye a piece of seam binding with Distress Stain Dried Marigold and Tea Dye and thread it through the hole of the tag
  • add a sentiment sticker at the top left


  • cut out the largest of the CUTplorations Luggage Tags from sturdy white cardstock and cover it with white gesso
  • apply texture paste through the fabulous new ARTplorations Senecio 1 stencil and let it dry thoroughly
  • add color using watered-down Distress Crayons (Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac, Broken China)
  • add droplets with Color Bloom Tea Stain spray and little splatters with watered down graphite Stabilo All pencil
  • darken up the edges with the graphite Stabilo All pencils as well
  • stamp the giraffe from the STAMPlorations Tweet Love set and color it with Copic, Touch Twin Brush and Delta Markers
  • stamp the sentiment from the same stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black and add color to the sentiment strip with Distress Crayons (Spun Sugar, Broken China)
  • thread three strands of twine through the hole of the tag



Enjoy the rest of the hop. One winner will get a $20 gift certificate and two winners are allowed to choose three Sanna Lippert Designs stencils. The winners will be randomly drawn from comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blogs. Commenting closes on December 4th, 2017.


Have a wonderful day.

Yours,


Peace Love Joy

Hi there,

it's time for a new Photo Inspiration Challenge over on the Addicted to Stamps and More Blog:



  • create a watercolor wreath using Art Impressions Watercolor stamps, Distress Marker, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens and a damp watercolor brush
  • ink up the edges of the watercolor panel with Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap)
  • cut out the CUTplorations Peace Love Joy from woodgrain patterned paper and mount it onto a second die cut from kraft cardstock for more dimension and stability
  • adhere the panel to a kraft cardbase 

Thanks for stopping by.

Yours,


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Naughty or Nice?

Hi there,

a while back I had the huge honor to publish this cute little Christmas Card for Gerda Steiner Designs on the Simon Says Stamp Blog,
Gerda came out with some fabulous new Christmas Stamp Sets this year. There really is something for everyone: Christmas Puppiesa cute Reindeermore Reindeera sweet Snowmanbaking Mice and Christmas Kitties.
Of course, I had to use one of the fun little cats, for I have four wonderful cats myself.

  • stamp the cute little cat and the bauble from the Gerda Steiner Designs Christmas Kitten set with Versafine Onyx Black and color the image with Derwent Inktense pencils and a damp watercolor brush
  • stamp the twig from that same stamp set with Versafine Olympia Green 
  • add highlights with a white gel pen and some sparkle with Wink of Stella Clear Glitter
  • apply Distress Oxide Ink Broken China through the Tim Holtz Stripes Layering Stencil to create a background
  • stamp the sentiment from the same stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black
  • adhere the stitched focal panel to another stitched panel cut from patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Sugar Plum 6x6 paper pad before adhering all the layers to a white cardbase


Thanks for stopping by.

Yours,



Monday, November 27, 2017

Merry Christmas Mouse

Hi there,

this is my third creation using the new Karten-Kunst Viecher im Winter (Winter Critters) stamp set:

  • stamp the sweet little mouse from the Karten-Kunst Viecher im Winter set with Versafine Onyx Black and color the image with Derwent Drawing pencils
  • cut out a wonky stitched rectangle from confetti white cardstock and cut the sentiment from the Karten Kunst Kreistexte Ein frohes Weihnachtsfest from that panel as well
  • cut the sentiment again but this time from turquoise glitter cardstock 
  • layer a piece of acetate behind the panel and puzzle the white little pieces back into the gaps to create that wonderful inlaid look
  • I used Multi Medium Matte here
  • add color to a white piece of cardstock with Distress Ink Tumbled Glass
  • cut out a little stitched hill-shape using one of the My Favorite Things Stitched Snow Drifts
  • create a christmasy background using the snowflakes from the same stamps set and Hero Arts Shadow Ink Silver
  • layer the panel on a piece of kraft cardstock before adhering it to a white cardbase

Thanks for stopping by.

Yours,


Thursday, November 23, 2017

You are Mermazing

Hi there,

I would like to show you this mermazing mermaid card over on the Stamping-Fairies Blog:



I hope you got inspired.

Yours,


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there,

STAMPlorations is joining the 25 Days of Christmas Tags Event and this is my creation:


  • stamp one of the STAMPlorations Sketchy Yule Trees with Memento Tuxedo Black and color the image with Delta, Touch Twin Brush and Copic Markers
  • add the baubles using different colors of Pearl Makers
  • cut out the largest and the smallest of the CUTplorations Manila Tags from watercolor paper
  • create a background using Distress Paints (Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Spun Sugar)
  • apply Prima Marketing Texture Paste Platinum Crackle through the ARTplorations Oh my Stars! Mini stencil and let the baubles and the stars dry thoroughly
  • stamp the "TO:" using the STAMPlorations Sketchy Alphabet set and Versafine Onyx Black
  • grunge up the edges of the tags with a black Stabilo All pencil and a wet watercolor brush
  • add splatters with Finetec Mica Watercolors Moon Gold
  • cut out a little star from glitter paper and add it to the top of the Christmas Tree
  • add some more texture by stamping the script from the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Elements set with Archival Ink Watering Can
  • dye a piece of torn seam binding with Distress Stains (Peacock Feathers, Broken China) and thread the strands through the holes of the tags

I hope you got inspired.

Yours,





Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Crackle Thanks

Hi there,

just a quick reminder of this month's TAGplorations Challenge - the Topic is All about Gratitude and the Optional Twist is Polka Dots:

  • cut a CUTplorations Manila Tag from an old gelli print and cover random areas with DecoArt Media white Crackle Paste - let this dry thoroughly
  • use a black Stabilo All Pencil around the edges and on the crackle to darken things up
  • cut the CUTplorations thanks from another piece of that gelli print and add some texture by stamping the STAMPlorations Bloomtangled #2 with Versafine (Onyx Black)
  • apply some Distress Oxide Ink (Peacock Feathers) through the ARTplorations Dots all over stencil
  • stamp some letters from the STAMPlorations Scribbly Splattery Grunge set with Distress Oxide Ink (Black Soot) onto the background
  • glue the thanks onto a piece of ripped corrugated board inked up with Distress Oxide Ink (Peacock Feathers)
  • thread some beige Sari Silk Ribbon through the hole of the tag

Be sure to join us.

Yours,


It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

Hi there,

I just couldn't wait to color the adorable little mouse from the new Gerda Steiner Designs Smell like Christmas set:

  • stamp the adorable little mouse from the Gerda Steiner Designs Smell like Christmas set with Versafine Onyx Black onto a stitched panel of watercolor paper and color the image with Derwent Inktense pencils
  • stamp the first part of the sentiment from the same set with Versafine Onyx Black and the second part with Versamark and heat-emboss it with WOW! Gold Rich Super Fine embossing powder
  • cut the panel apart with one of the Avery Elle Dotted Borders dies
  • adhere a strip of pink patterned paper behind the panel and mount everything onto a Neenah Desert Storm kraft cardbase


I hope you got inspired.

Yours,


Monday, November 20, 2017

Merry Christmas Reindeer

Hi there,

here's another creation using the new Karten-Kunst Viecher im Winter (Winter Critters) stamp set:

  • stamp the adorable little reindeer from the Karten-Kunst Viecher im Winter set with Versafine Onyx Black and color the image with Derwent Drawing pencils
  • add highlights with a white gel pen and Glossy Accents to its nose
  • cut out a stitched rectangle and a stitched hill-shape from Bristol Smooth cardstock
  • add color to the background with Distress Oxide Ink (Broken China, Faded Jeans) and mist it with water
  • add tiny snowflake splatters with watered-down acrylic paint
  • cut out the Karten-Kunst Kleine Texte Frohe Weihnachten from beige cardstock
  • adhere the panel to a kraft cardbase
  • add Neat & Tangled Like Magic Sequins as final embellishments

Have a christmasy day.

Yours,


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Soar ATC

Hi there,

this is just a quick reminder of this month's Mixed Media Challenge over on the STAMPlorations Blog. If you are interested in the products I used or other STAMPlorations, ARTplorations or CUTplorations products, I have a special treat for you: use the discount code STAMPGIRLTANJA and get 20% off on all stamps, stencils, and dies.

  • cut out an ATC from sturdy white cardstock with one of the dies from the the CUTplorations ATC/Tag Builder set
  • I used a piece of underpaper on which I created the Fixed Star Tag as a background for this ATC - I just love those outlined stars that appeared when I cleaned the ARTplorations Oh! My Stars Mini stencil
  • draw a line around the edges with a black Stabilo All pencil and activate the color with a wet watercolor brush
  • stamp the sentiment from the STAMPlorations Noteworthy 2 set and some birds from the STAMPlorations Trendy Birds 2 set with Versafine (Onyx Black)
  • stamp the "Born to Fly" text from the STAMPlorations Trendy Birds 2 set into the background - only use second, third and fourth generation stamping
  • create a watercolor background using Brusho (Turquoise) and Color Burst (Orchid)
  • I used an empty sticker sheet as a circle stencil together with a white gel pen

I hope you got inspired and don't forget to join us for our Mixed Media Challenge over at the STAMPlorations Blog. The theme is always anything mixed media except a card. You must use at least one stencil (any brand) in your project. The Linky closes at the end of the month.

Yours,


Thursday, November 16, 2017

I'm so glad we're Friends

Hi there,

I would like to show you this cute friends card over on the Stamping-Fairies Blog:



I hope you got inspired.

Yours,


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop

Hi there,

we are having this year's Giving Thanks Blog Hop over on the STAMPlorations Blog. From November 15th to November 30th, 2017 there will also be our Thanksgiving Sale. Stamps, Stencils and Dies will be 40% off with the code BIGTHANKS. This code can only be used once per customer but if you mention that you decided to order after reading this post on my (Tanja's) Blog a free word/phrase die (up to $10 value) of your choice will be included in your package. You can mention my name and the freebie of your choice either by commenting your order or by sending an email to Shery (sheryruss@gmail.com).

These are my projects:

  • cut out the largest of the CUTplorations Tags #1 dies from watercolor paper
  • stamp the STAMPlorations Coffee Cup Large with Versafine Vintage Sepia
  • embellish the coffee cup with pumpkins and leaves from the brand new STAMPlorations Wonderfall Time set - use the masking technique
  • color the image and the background with Daniel Smith and Schmincke Horadam watercolors
  • add some brown splatters and ink up the edges of the tag with Distress Ink Ground Espresso
  • stamp the sentiment from the STAMPlorations Wonderfall Time set with Versamark onto a strip of brown cardstock and heat-emboss it with WOW! Bright White Super Fine embossing powder
  • thread three strands of twine through the hole of the tag

  • cut a shadow-box card base from brown cardstock
  • cut an opening into the box base
  • cut out two hills from green cardstock 
  • create a background using Distress Ink (Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire) and some water droplets
  • stamp the sentiment from the very versatile STAMPlorations Wonderfall Time set with Versamark and heat-emboss it with WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Super Fine embossing powder
  • create some trees as a backdrop using brown cardstock, vellum and different colors of Alcohol Inks (Sunset Orange, Botanical, Watermelon, Mushroom)
  • stamp the scarecrow and some leaves from the STAMPlorations Wonderfall Time set with Versafine Vintage Sepia and color the images with Derwent Inktense Pencils and a damp watercolor brush





  • three winners randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $25 certificate to the STAMPlorations store
  • one randomly drawn winner will receive a grab bag consisting of new products (valued at $25 MSRP) + another grab bag of the same value to the person he/she tags
  • two randomly drawn winners will each receive products in their wishlist (up to $40 MSRP)


Enjoy the rest of the hop.




Yours,


Have a howly-jolly Christmas

Hi there,

Gerda Steiner Designs is joining the 24h of Christmas Tags Blog Hop and this is my creation:


  • cut out a CUTplorations Tag #1 from Perfect Colouring Paper and stamp one of the cute puppies from the Gerda Steiner Designs Christmas Puppies set with Memento Tuxedo Black
  • add the gift-wrapped bone from the same set and the thought bubble elements from the Mama Elephant Just hatched set and the Lawn Fawn A little Birdie told me set and stamp those with that same black ink
  • color the images with Delta, Touch Twin Brush and Copic Markers and add extra shading with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils
  • add highlights with a white gel pen
  • cut the bottom and the top part of the tag again but this time from patterned paper from the Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa 6x6 paper pad
  • stamp the sentiment from the Gerda Steiner Designs Christmas Puppies set with Versafine Onyx Black
  • thread teal and natural twine through the hole of the tag

Enjoy the rest of the hop.

Yours,


Naughty or Nice Maze

Hi there,

it's time for a Holiday Challenge over on the Addicted to Stamps and More Blog:


  • stamp the little girl and the presents from the My Favorite Things Jingle all the Way set with Memento (Tuxedo Black) and color the images with Delta, Touch Twin Brush and Copic Markers
  • add highlights with a white gel pen
  • I cut out five maze shapes with my Brother ScanNCut and glued them on top of each other - color the top layer with a matching green Alcohol Marker
  • adhere the maze to a piece of patterned paper from the Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa 6x6 paper pad
  • cut out a stitched base from white cardstock and a stitched panel from kraft cardstock
  • take the kraft piece and cut out a rectangle slightly bigger then the maze and cover this window with a piece of acetate
  • add some interest to the top layer with the help of the My Favorite Things Whimsical Woodgrain and Avery Elle Pigment Ink (Kraft)
  • I used three layers of foam adhesive to connect base and top layer with the maze shape in between - don't forget to add the little metal ball before closing everything up
  • stamp the sentiment and some stars from the My Favorite Things Gift Tag Greetings with Versafine (Vintage Sepia)

I can't wait to see your creations in the gallery.

Yours,


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Happy Fall Kite

Hi there,

I created this little fall scene using the adorable squirrel from the Gerda Steiner Designs Happy Fall set:


  • stamp the squirrel and some leaves from the Gerda Steiner Designs Happy Fall set with Versafine Vintage Sepia and color the images with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and Zest-it
  • cut out a kite from patterned paper from the Maja Design Walking in the Forest 6x6 paper pad and add extra shading with some colored pencils as well
  • cut out a stitched panel from Neenah Desert Strom kraft cardstock and create a scene with the help of green and blue cardstock and dies from the My Favorite Things Stitched Snow Drifts, the Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders and the My Favorite Things Trees in the Forest die sets
  • cut two little green banners using a die from the My Favorite Things Blueprints 27 set and stamp the sentiment from the Gerda Steiner Designs Happy Fall set with Versafine Vintage Sepia - I used my MISTI to get a good impression on the textured cardstock
  • add some natural twine and a little bow to the kite as final embellishment


I hope you got inspired.

Yours,


Monday, November 13, 2017

Merry Christmas Bunny

Hi there,

today, I am using a super adorable new stamp set from the Karten-Kunst Shop called "Viecher im Winter" (Winter Critters):

  • stamp the sweet little bunny from the Karten-Kunst Viecher im Winter set with Versafine Onyx Black and color the image with Derwent Drawing pencils
  • add highlights with a white gel pen and Glossy Accents to its nose
  • cut out a stitched rectangle from confetti white cardstock and cut the sentiment from the Karten Kunst Kreistexte Ein frohes Weihnachtsfest from that panel as well
  • cut the sentiment again but this time from blue grey cardstock 
  • layer a piece of acetate behind the panel and puzzle the white little pieces back into the gaps to create that wonderful inlaid look
  • I used Multi Medium Matte here
  • add some snowflakes to the acetate window using Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss White - and let them dry thoroughly
  • before adhering the panel to a white cardbase we need to create that multi-layered background
  • add color to a white piece of cardstock with Distress Oxide Ink Salty Ocean and mist it with pearlized water
  • cut out the Poppy Stamps House in the Woods from confetti white cardstock and cut away the little house for we want to use the bunny as out focal point
  • cut a little hill shape from confetti white cardstock for the bunny to sleep on

I hope you got inspired.

Yours,


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Stamp Connection #31

Hi there,

connected through our love for card making, blogging and being from Germany we (Cornelia from Stempel Spass and I) decided to create a monthly project within predefined requirements. We are going to show you the result every 2nd Sunday of the month and this is our 31st transatlantic get-together!

For this meet-up Cornelia chose the topic Faux Letter-Press:


  • cut out the Kesi'Art Biche three times from sturdy white cardstock and once from vellum
  • glue the layers in top of each other - I thought it would be a good idea to run the whole piece through my Big Shot and that's how the backside picked up all the texture from my cutting plate
  • ink up the backside with Altenew Crisp Ink Mocha and emboss the letter press element into a piece of confetti white cardstock
  • cut out one of the CUTplorations Tags #1 around the embossed deer
  • stamp some snowflakes from the Lili of the Valley Snowflakes and Christmas Trees set with Altenew Crisp Ink Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake and Lagoon
  • stamp the sentiment from the same stamp set with Altenew Crisp Ink Espresso and layer the sentiment strip on top of a piece of teal glitter paper
  • ink up the edges of the tag with Altenew Crisp Ink Mocha and a Mini Ink Blending Tool
  • dye a piece of torn seam binding with Distress Stain Peacock Feathers and thread it through the hole of the tag



Now make sure to hop over to see Cornelia's Creation.


Thanks for stopping by. We hope to see you again at the ...




Yours,