Monday, 30 March 2009

More swaps and Inspiration

Hello, like I promise you here s my second set of swaps organized between a few demos on ILWS. This time I used my markers to show how you can add more than one colour to your solid stamps. Using Soft Summer again (I know you re probably gone off it by now seeing me using it so much and is not even been released yet LOL), I have used the solid part as this set is another one of those brilliant two step stamping ones.

My favorite colour combo in the whole wide world, Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal and Chocolate Chip, heavenly soft but still visually interesting at the same time. The coral layer was stamped in Coral ink using the seedy head stamp and the dogwood branch simply stamped onto a whisper white layer, doesn't it look like is been watercoloured?

Now where do you find inspiration, me personally I find it everywhere, a nice top a piece of fancy packaging in a shop, seeing all those yummy cards on various blogs could spark off an idea that I might use next, but I also drew inspiration from cards sent to me, and I wanted to share with you two cards I have received this last week. I was blown away by the card sweet Val sent me, just look what she did with the Botanical Blooms SAB set and the Stamp a ma Jig!!!!!!!

How clever and beautiful is this? Can I point out that she masked and stamped everything on one layer only the 3 pink heads in the middle are raised on 3 d foam pads. Incredible attention to detail as well as the centre of the flower heads were all doused with diamond glaze or glossy accents which gave them extra interest and texture. Val did say how delighted was with her free stamp set and she loves the SAMJ I know just what she means. Love it Val, is Bootifully bloomingfull.

And then a card that my dear Fi sent

Fiona is incredibly talented, her style is clean and not fussy at all and she manages to make the most stunning minimalist cards, a style which I cannot comprehend or even attempt to make it look good so I am very envious of her skill, she sends me a perfect card with every order and even DH now recognise her unique style. Love is as always Fi, and huge thanks once again ladies. I will start posting carss I receive more often as what good it is to keep them just for me?, I have some really clever ones from Christmas too and one stood out from sweet CASS she made the Crazy for Cupcakes look very festive by drawing a sprig of holly on top instead of the cherry, there are so many so I will start sharing them.

Ok now don't forget that you have today and tomorrow left to enter my draw for pre ordering from the new mini catalogue, here s what you can win , simply email me your pre order and I will add you to the draw, The draw will take place tomorrow night at 10 pm and email will be sent to the winners straight after and I will announce them here on the 1st of April. Go shopping here and treat yourself a little today. Hugs Monica xxx

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  1. Fabulous array of cards, I just lurve your so soft one, That set is first on my list, and I never tire of seeing what is made with it...

    How lucky are you to recieve such beautifulness from fellow crafters...

  2. Thank you Monica, I am thrilled that you liked my card enough to put it on your blog. The little tag is also from one of the Stampin Up sets. I know the pink flowers look as though I have used foam but I actually used the free glue you put in with my order - it was fab.

    Keep posting your gorgeous cards, they are so inspirational.


  3. Love the Soft Summer card - I would never have thought of just using the solid image. I must try that!


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