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,


Friday, November 10, 2017

Be the YOU you want to be

Hi there,

I published a new Step by Step Scrapbook Page Tutorial over on the STAMPlorations Blog:



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,




Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Colorful Thanks

Hi there,

we are starting a new TAGplorations Challenge over on the STAMPlorations Blog and this month it is All about Gratitude and the Optional Twist is Polka Dots:

  • cover a piece of sturdy white cardstock with polka-dotted tissue paper using gel medium
  • cut out a tag with the help of one of the CUTplorations Manila Tags dies
  • add some color with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks (Sky, Lime, Lemon, Night)
  • stamp some numbers from the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Elements set with Memento Luxe (Teal Zeal) and heat-emboss them with clear embossing powder
  • stamp some more dots from the STAMPlorations Scribbly Splattery Grunge set and Archival Ink (Watering Can)
  • cut out a banner-shaped strip from kraft cardstock and stamp the sentiment using the STAMPlorations Sketchy Alphabet set, Versamark, WOW! Bright White Super Fine embossing powder and the same colors of Scribble Sticks used above
  • ink up the edges of the sentiment strip and dye a piece of seam binding with Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire)
  • thread the seam binding through the hole of the tag


I hope you got inspired.

Yours,


Monday, November 6, 2017

Lion Smile Tag

Hi there,

I would love to see your projects for the new Mixed Media Challenge over on the Happy Little Stampers Blog. This time is all about one of my favorite things to create "Tags":

  • cut out a tag from extra sturdy chipboard and adhere drywall tape and corrugated cardboard to create a first layer of texture
  • cover the whole tag with white gesso
  • add color with the help of Paper Artsy Infusions (Lemoncello, Emerald Isle, Blackcurrant) and water from a mister bottle
  • add black Stabilo All pencil all around the edges and activate it with a wet watercolor brush
  • stamp the dot pattern from the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Grunge set with Archival Ink (Black Soot)
  • stamp the cute little lion from the Paper Artsy EKD03 set with Memento (Tuxedo Black) and color it with Delta, Touch Twin Brush and Copic MArkers
  • use some masking tape to create a ground for the lion to sit on - grunge it up with the black Stabilo All pencil
  • adhere the lion on top of some cheesecloth
  • dye a piece of seam binding with Distress Stain (Seedless Preserves) and thread it through the hole of the tag
  • type the sentiment on a vintage typewriter and cut it apart - ink up the edges of the little pieces with Archival Ink (Black Soot) and use double-sided adhesive to adhere them to the tag

I hope you got inspired.

Yours,




Sunday, November 5, 2017

Be Free ATC

Hi there,

it is time for another Stencil Sunday and the start of a new 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 the help of one of the dies from the CUTplorations ATC/Tag Builder set
  • adhere vintage book paper to the front of the card and cover it with a thin layer of white gesso
  • color the page with a sprinkle of Paper Artsy Infusions (Violet Storm)
  • apply Texture Paste through the ARTplorations Old Rose Prints Mini stencil and let it dry thoroughly
  • color the beautiful roses with Paper Artsy Infusions (Lemoncello)
  • add black Stabilo All pencil around the edges and activate the color with a wet watercolor brush
  • add some texture with the dot pattern from the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Grunge set and Archival Ink (Black Soot)
  • draw in some dots with a white paint marker
  • stamp the sentiment from the STAMPlorations Trendy Birds 2 set with Archival Ink (Black Soot) onto a thick piece of kraft cardstock (I just glued two layers on top of each other) and grunge up the piece with black Stabilo All pencil and splatters of white gesso
  • use hot glue to adhere the sentiment strip on top of corrugated cardboard and a torn piece of sari silk ribbon

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,



Saturday, November 4, 2017

Be Jolly Tag

Hi there,

we are starting a new Christmas Challenge over on the Happy Little Stampers Blog and this time the optional twist is "Tag".


  • cut out a tag from watercolor paper and stamp the adorable Purple Onion Designs Jolly snowman with Versafine (Smokey Gray)
  • color the image and the background with Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Pencils and a damp watercolor brush
  • stamp the sentiment from the Avery Elle Be Jolly set with Versafine (Deep Lagoon) and heat-emboss it with clear embossing powder
  • add snowflakes using white Liquid Applique
  • dye a piece of seam binding with Distress Ink (Broken China) and Distress Oxide Ink Broken China) and thread it through the hole of the tag

I hope you got inspired.

Yours,


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy Birthday Florals

Hi there,

we are starting a new Challenge over on the Addicted to Stamps and More Blog and I would like to show you this pastel floral card:

  • cut out a stitched panel from Bristol Vellum
  • create the flowers with the help of the WPlus9 Freehand Florals stamp set and Altnew Crisp ink (Rose Quartz, Puffy Heart, Purple Wine, Cosmic Berry, Volcano Lake, Lagoon, Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris)
  • stamp the sentiment from the Altenew Painted Greetings set with Versamark onto a strip of torn vellum and heat-emboss it with WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Super Fine embossing powder
  • adhere the panel onto a kraft cardbase

Have a wonderful day.

Yours,


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Get well soon Gnome

Hi there,

I would like to show you this clean and simple get well card over on the Stamping-Fairies Blog:


Have a wonderful day.

Yours,


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Thank you Hedgehog

Hi there,

I created this sweet Fall card for the Gerda Steiner Designs Blog:


  • cut out a stitched panel from Neenah Desert Storm kraft cadrstock
  • stamp the hedgehog from the Gerda Steiner Designs Hedgehog with Sign set, pumpkins, pears and apples from the Gerda Steiner Designs Fall Mice set and leaves from the Gerda Steiner Designs Happy Fall set with Versafine Vintage Sepia - use the Masking Technique
  • color the images with Prismacolor Colored Pencils and Zest-it
  • add highlights with a white gel pen
  • create a backdrop with the help of patterned paper from the Maja Design Walking in the Forest 6x6 paper pad, the My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangles and the My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2
  • adhere the layers to a dark brown cardbase

I hope you got inspired.

Yours,



Happy Birthday Flower

Hi there,

today, I would like to show you this quick and easy birthday card:

  • stamp one of the Darkroom Door Fine Flowers and one of the Darkroom Door Fine Butterflies with Versamark and heat-emboss both with WOW! Bright White Super Fine embossing powder
  • create a background with Jane Davenport watercolors
  • cut out a stitched scalloped panel around the images and layer the watercolor panel onto another stitched panel before adhering it to a white cardbase
  • cut out the Mama Elephant Happy Scrips once from silver glitter paper and a second time from sturdy white cardstock - glue both layers on top of each other 
  • create the second part of the sentiment with a Dymo Label Maker

Have a colorful day.

Yours,


Monday, October 23, 2017

Für Dich zum Geburtstag - For your Birthday

Hi there,

I created this card with an inlaid die cut for the Karten-Kunst Blog:


  • cut out a stitched rectangle from smooth white cardstock and stamp the splatters from the Karten-Kunst Splatters Create set with three different colors of Altenew Crisp Ink (Lagoon, Ocean Waves, Persian Blue) for an ombre look
  • cut out the Karten-Kunst Für Dich directly from that panel
  • put three layers of grey cardstock behind the the original sentiment and puzzle the panel back together
  • stamp the second part of the sentiment from the Karten-Kunst Kombi-Set Grüße with Versamark onto a strip of black cardstock and heat-emboss it with WOW! Bright White Super Fine embossing powder
  • add Pretty Pink Posh sequins (6mm and 4mm Sparkling Clear) as final embellishments before mounting the panel onto a grey cardbase

Have a wonderful day.

Yours,


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Harvest of Blessings

Hi there,

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


Have a colorful day.

Yours,


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Love Wreath

Hi there,

it's time for a new CAS Challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More and I would like to show you this Clean and Simple Wreath card:


  • stamp the Neat & Tangled Floral Heart with Versamark onto a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock and heat-emboss it with WOW! Bright White Super Fine embossing powder
  • color the image with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Distress Markers and a damp watercolor brush
  • cut out part of the right side of the heart and add stitching to the panel using one of the My Favorite Things Homespun Stitch Lines
  • add some splatters with some olive green watered-down ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen
  • ink up the edges of the panel with Distress Ink (Antique Linen)
  • cut out the CUTplorations love from smooth white cardstock and ink up the bottom of the sentiment with Distress Ink (Antique Linen) 
  • layer the panel on top of a stitched panel of grey cardstock before adhering all the layers to the cardbase

I hope you got inspired.

Yours,