Wednesday, 29 June 2016

ATSM #200: Photo Inspiration

Hello again, friends! Time for another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More. This week the theme is Photo Inspiration and we are sponsored by Happy Little Stampers. The winner will receice a $15 gift certificate.

I drew inspiration from the colourful letters in challenge prompt and combined stamps from Lawn Fawn's Party Animal and Gleeful Garden to create this fun birthday card.

I used LF Cole's Alphabet dies to to cut cut out the letters in various colours.

So now it's your turn to link up your project for the Photo Inspiration challenge. Don't forget to follow the rules to be eligible for the prize.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have fun with this challenge. 

Beijinhos!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Tuesday Throwdown #300: Anniversary Hop + GIVEAWAY

Good morning, friends and welcome to a very special edition of Tuesday Throwdown . It's our 300th Challenge and we are celebrating it with a BLOG HOP. A party will not be fun without prizes... and we have plenty to give away. More on that later.

I made an Art Journal Page celebrating summer with big blooms, bold colours and plenty of glitter and shine.  The background started with layers of gesso and acrylic paints. When completely dry, I stamped little twigs from Chocolate Baroque's Wild Meadow A4 stamp sheet with Saffron Archival Ink. Then I applied Ranger Texture Paste over TCW Mini Daisy Cluster stencil. To finish I lightly dabbed yellow and gold paint with my finger for that sun-kissed look.

Here's a closer look at the blooms. These are single stamps by Chocolate Baroque and I've used 3 different blooms called Daisy Ring Centre Flowerhead, Swirl Centre Flowerhead and Dotty Centre Flowerhead. I coloured the blooms with Distress Inks and rubbed some Distress Micro Glaze to fix the inks. And for that celebratory pizzazz I adhered gold glitter foam in the middle of a couple of the blooms.

The letters for Bloom and Shine are die cuts and I used Lawn Fawn's Cole's Alphabet dies on some blue glitter foam.

And now for the fun part: BLOG HOP PRIZES. I'm giving away a couple of unmounted rubber stamps by Chocolate Baroque.  All you have to do is complete the hop by leaving comments as you make your way through the list below:

START HERE: Tuesday Throwdown 
You are here: Asha Martins
NEXT STOP: Berni Cuttino

I will randomly choose a winner from all those who leave a comment on this post. Everyone is eligible and you don't have to be a follower to win. The prize is the Swirl Centre Flowerhead I used in my Art Journal project.

However, if you are a follower I will throw in a BONUS PRIZEDotty Centre Flowerhead. That means my followers get TWO unmounted stamps by Chocolate Baroque shown below:
Swirl Centre Flowerhead
Dotty Centre Flowerhead

The giveaway will close on Monday July 4th at 3pm Pacific Time. I will announce the winner  on Tuesday July 5th in my regular Tuesday Throwdown blog post. Please make sure I have a way of contacting you if you are the winner.

Thank you so much for stopping by and good luck with the prize draw.

Beijinhos!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

MHKDesigns June / July Challenge

LATE EDIT: Thank you to my MHKD Teamies and Friends for organising and participating in this incredible Birthday Blog Hop. You are the BEST!!!

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Hello, friends!  Welcome to our sixth MHKDesigns Challenge. This Challenge is all about keeping it simple and having fun while creating. Each each month you will get  a photo and colour swatch prompt. YOU decide which you're inspired by to create your work of art. It can be either or both. AND you are free to make what ever paper project you fancy - a card, scrapbook layout, a tag, a box, art journal page... you choose! The options are limitless.

The Design Team will be showcasing products from MHKDesigns Etsy Shop and we would love to see you use them too. However, you are free to use any products and enter the challenge to win some fabulous goodies by MHKDesigns. If you use stamps or papers by MHKDesigns you may ignore the Challenge prompt altogether; i.e. it's ANYTHING GOES for you!

Let's take a look at the Challenge prompt:

Here's my card inspired by the colours only. Looking at the image, I wanted to go down the masculine seaside route. But NO! I decided to challenge myself and make something quite the opposite. I've paired Stitched Sunflowers with a patterned paper from Beautifully Brocade.

I coloured the image sunflower with Faber Castel Polychromos and finished it with Wink Of Stella Gold, tiny yellow bling and yellow twine tied in a bow.


The winner of this Challenge stands to win some fabulous products by MHKDesigns. So make sure you follow the challenge rules and you'll be eligible for the prize. And if you need a little creative boost, you'll find more inspiration by the rest of the Design Team over at the Challenge Blog. You have until July 15th to link up your project.

Thank you for stopping by today and I'm looking forward to seeing what you create for us this month.

Beijinhos!


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Tuesday Throwdown #299: Distressing

LATE EDIT: Thank you to my Tuesday Throwdown Teamies and Friends for organising and participating in this incredible Birthday Blog Hop. You are the BEST!!!

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Good morning, friends! Time for a new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown. The theme this week is "Distressing". Our sponsor for this challenge is MHKDesigns. . Check out MHKDesigns Etsy Store for some gorgeous vintage images.

My project this week features the Birds and Branches set. I have paired it with a patterned paper from the Beautifully Brocade collection and framed the focal image with WRMK Avocado washi tape.

Here's a closer look the image. I coloured it with Graph' It markers and some Stardust Stickles for sparkle.


Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Distressing". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK on Monday, June 27th.  And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. The weather man says it's going to be a beautiful day here ... blue skies, sunshine and all that. I hope your day is the same.

Beijinhos

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Monday, 20 June 2016

MHKD June Release: Butterfly Elements

Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 5 - the last day of MHKDesigns' June Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs June 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we have this delightful set called Butterfly Elements.

I have paired the large butterfly element from this set with a patterned paper from the French Country pack to create a CAS-ish birthday card.

I coloured the image with Faber Castell Polychromos, keeping it loose and sketchy. For added dimension I fussy cut the butterfly and adhered them to the card with their wings turned up.
Challenges:
Craft Your Passion #317: AG
Paper Players #300: CAS Celebration

How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below) 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.

Asha | Cohenna | Donna | Janie | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica | Lilian | Michele 
Mynn | NanaConnie | Rocky | Sathya | Shawna


Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day. 

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for the start of our June / July Monthly Challenge AND there'll be more prizes!

Beijinhos!







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Sunday, 19 June 2016

MHKD June Release: I've Been Framed

Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 4 of MHKDesigns' June Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs June 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Next up in this release is a set of elegant frames, aptly called I've Been Framed.

I'm keeping it very simple with this 4x4 card, with scalloped layers and lots of Liquid Pearls. Hopefully it's not too girly to give a man.

Here's a closer look at the frame. I coloured it with Graphit'It markers, layered it with scalloped circle die but and added little drops of Liquid Pearls. To finish a thin gingham ribbon tied in a simple knot.


How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:

  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below) 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there. 

Asha | Cohenna | Donna | Janie | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica | Lilian | Michele 
Mynn | NanaConnie | Rocky | Sathya | Shawna


Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day. 

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for another new digi set AND more prizes!

Beijinhos!








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Saturday, 18 June 2016

MHKD June Release: Eat Your Veg!

Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 3 of MHKDesigns' June Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs June 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we have this a fun set called Eat Your Veg!


I have paired the chillies from this set with papers from the Glorious Garden pack to create a fun and fiery card. Going with a Mexican look, I made a patchwork background with the digi papers and strung up some chilli peppers... just as I had seen in a Tex-Mex restaurant.

Here's a closer look at the "hot" image from East Your Veg!. I coloured the chillies with Copic Markers, added Wink Of Stella and doused them with Glossy Accent. And to crank up the heat I scattered a few chilli seeds in the form of Liquid Pearls.
Challenges:
Allsorts #368: How Does Your Garden Grow
Try It On Tuesday: It's All About Him
Crafty Cardmakers #166: For A Special Man

How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below) 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.

Asha | Cohenna | Donna | Janie | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica | Lilian | Michele 
Mynn | NanaConnie | Rocky | Sathya | Shawna


Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day. 

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for another new digi set AND more prizes!

Beijinhos!







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Chocolate Baroque: Dreams Rise In The East

Good morning, friends! I've got 2  projects to show you today, both featuring Chocolate Baroque's  brand new Teardrop Baroque Ornament.

First up is an Art Journal page. I am particularly excited to share this project with you because it's my very first attempt at art journalling and also my first proper dive into Mixed Media.  I say "proper" because I am not limited by size, dimension or bulk.  It's not a card and will not have to suffer the brutal beatings of the postal service.

The desire to do an Art Journal does not by itself translate into a tangible project. Unwittingly I've done more to discourage than to encourage myself. Lack of idea, inspiration, knowledge, skill, supplies... any of these sound familiar to you? Yep - they are the lies we tell ourselves. Truth is - if you are a cardmaker like me, you probably have all you need to start journalling.

My inspiration hit me on a Sunday morning. While watching my Dreamcatcher dancing in the breeze as the sun rose in the background, I thought to myself " do dreams rise in the east too?" Boom! Art Journal! LOL.

I heat embossed the Teardrop Baroque Ornament, with WOW Ebony EP, onto a piece of vellum. I also heat embossed the tassels in the same way. These little elements are from Indian Textiles and Indian Elephant.

First, I primed the page with Faber Castell Gesso and let dry completely. Then I inked the background with Tim Holtz Distress Paints in Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed. The page was too "flat",  so I used the Miniscript from the Mini Stamps Multibuy set stamped all over the page with Buttercup Archival Ink. Next textural interest:  I added a couple of drops of Scattered Straw Reinker to Ranger Texture Paste and randomly applied it to the page with TCW Cathedral of Love stencil. The scene is set.

I fussy cut the Teardrop Baroque Ornament and supporting elements and coloured the large ornament on the reverse with Fabel Castell Polychromos before adhering it to the page with Ranger Multi Medium Matt. Next came the quote. I die cut the words "dream" and "east" in black card with WRMK Parade Lifestyle and the rest I stamped using Lawn Fawn Riley's Alphabet and Black Archival Ink.

Finally, I added the tassels by by stringing them through the points in the Teardrop Baroque Ornament and securing the ends at the back of the page. To knock back the contrast of the white string I added stripes with a Gold Sharpie. And it's done!

Here's a close up of the Teardrop Baroque Ornament.

Another look at the page:
Challenges:
Happy Little Stampers June Mixed Media: Texture
Let's Colour Linky Party #10: AG + Something Coloured
Artistic Stampers June Creative Challenge: Red, Yellow and Blue

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The second project is an easy one. This time I heat embossed the Teardrop Baroque Ornament onto some black cardstock using WOW White EP and coloured it with Faber Castell Polychromos. For a dramatic finish I added little dots a Silver Sharpie.  And there you have it - a super simple all occasion card.
Challenges:
WOW June Challenge: AG + WOW EP

If, like me, you find Art Journals intimidating, I'd like to encourage you to give it a go. It can be a stratifying experience. Unlike a card, an Art Journal isn't going anywhere. It's for your pleasure and, best of all,  you don't have to worry if the recipient is going to like it. Go on... just do it. I survived and will definitely make more.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend and ... live your dream!

Beijinhos

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