Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Reminder: The Flower Challenge #34

Hi everyone!! I've just come back from a weekend at my Mum's house, where MANY cards were made, lots of chocolate consumed and I'm nearly through Season 2 of Boston Legal on dvd....it was awesome!!! We also went to see the movie 'Crawl', a horror movie about alligators, which was real 'edge of your seat' stuff, highly recommend it!!

I'm popping in today to remind you all about our current theme at The Flower Challenge. Its all about 'Pretty Pastels' which I think is a huge favourite when it comes to colouring floral images. Being right in the middle of Winter there aren't many flowers around at the moment (although its been so warm, some roses are still going strong and even some tree's have started blossoming....), I can't wait for Spring to see all the flowering cherries start to bloom.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Uniko and they are giving a stamp set to the winner. They have some gorgeous floral stamps, so would be so hard to pick just one!!

Since Uniko is our Sponsor, I decided to use their stamps (which I had in my stash) for my card design. The flower is from one of the very first Uniko stamp sets I purchased and its still fabulous, especially for colouring:

I've always loved light blue (especially Tiffany blue) and pairing it with a pink is such a sweet combo.

I started by stamping the flower image from Uniko 'Flower Power #2' with Versafine black ink on watercolour CS and immediately clear heat embossing with Simon Says Stamp 'Clear Embossing Powder'. I did this 10x!! I then watercoloured each flower with Catherine Pooler 'Fiesta Blue' ink, not worrying about getting it perfect. I did a soft colour layer first, dried the flowers with the heat gun and then went back in with the same colour but with less water to add some depth. Once they had dried I fussy cut them out.

For the background I wanted something 'pretty' and not too solid, so I stamped the Uniko 'Large Background: Scattered Polka Hearts' stamp on the card front using Catherine Pooler 'Be Mine' ink, stamping it twice for a darker hue.

To create the ring of flowers I die-cut a piece of grey CS with a Couture Creations circle die and added white foam behind it, adhering to the card front. I cut little squares of foam tape to put on the back of all the flowers and then set about layering them on each other around the edge of the circle. For the sentiment (from Uniquely Creative 'Beautiful Birthday Wishes') I stamped it on white CS with Versafine black ink and put on a double-layer of foam tape. And instead of sequins I glued clear jewels from Pretty Pink Posh in the middle of the flowers, with a smaller one by the sentiment.

I'm going to link this to the AAA Birthday Challenge: Game #3 where their theme is 'For the Girls'.

And will also join the Stamplorations - July is World Watercolour Month linky party.

You have until Thursday 25th July to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and if your needing any inspiration, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our talented Guest Designer Michelle of Handmade by Michelle have created for you. Looking forward to seeing all your pastel gorgeousness in the Gallery!

Take care

Monday, 15 July 2019

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge - Entry #2

Hi there, I'm whipping in at the last possible minute with a second entry for the Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge!!

The theme for the challenge is 'Ocean Waves' and I've already created one card using my new stamp set from Funky Fossil Designs but there is one more image in this set that I just had to share with you:

Years ago when I was pregnant with Phoebe, I was having terrible nightmares and my midwife suggested a technique for calming myself if I woke scared in the night. She said to go thru the alphabet and name an animal for each letter. She used it herself but she used to get frustrated because for years she could never think of one for the letter 'N'. I immediately said 'Narwhal' and she was blown away! Ever since then I've been fascinated by them and love seeing videos of them on YouTube. So I was so excited to see one in this set!

I started off by stamping the narwhal from the Funky Fossil Designs 'Whale of a Time' stamp set on white CS using Gina K Amalgam black ink. I coloured him with my Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cut out. I also cut a panel of dark grey CS and adhered to the card front.

On a piece of white CS I adhered the Uniquely Creative 'Ocean Waves' stencil with washi tape and used a mini-blending tool to randomly add colour with blue Distress Inks. Once I was happy I spread over a thin layer of Nuvo Glimmer Paste 'Moonstone'. I removed the stencil and wiped it straight away and dried the paste with my heat gun.

I put the glimmer panel on a piece of white foam and popped the narwhal on foam tape. The sentiment (from the same stamp set) was stamped with Versafine black ink on white CS and fussy cut out. I then glued it to some black CS and fussy cut out again. This was put on foam tape, along with some Neat and Tangled sequins. And I added some Glossy Accents to the narwhals eye for a bit of shine.

Right, better get this post linked up to the challenge before my time runs out and will be back here tomorrow with some more of my cards from the weekend!

Take care

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge - Entry #1

After a wonderful weekend with my Mum, I've come home with quite a few cards and can't wait to share them all with you!! 

The current theme for the Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge is 'Ocean Waves' and closes in two hours, so I better make this post quick!!

A few weeks ago my lovely friend Sarah of Funky Fossil Designs sent me one of her new release stamp sets that I loved but because I had purchased two of the other sets she released, I couldn't afford to buy that one as well. It was such a wonderful, generous surprise and I coloured the images straight away. But of course I never found time to put them into a card till this past weekend:

Aren't these whales so amazing and I'm in love with their sketchy designs. I can see myself using them on many more cards, especially as I love sea animals!

I started off by stamping these whales from the Funky Fossil Designs 'Whale of a Time' stamp set on white CS using Gina K Amalgam Black ink, so I could colour them with my Altenew Artist Markers. I then fussy cut them out and added foam tape to the back. 

To create a ocean-like background, I used a stencil from Uniquely Creative 'Ocean Waves' along with a mini-blending tool and array of blue Distress Inks. I used washi tape to hold it over the card front and just randomly blended the blues over the stencil until I was happy with the colours. All I had to do then was pop the whales on top. I stamped the sentiment (from the same stamp set) on a piece of white CS and put on foam tape, along with some blue sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I've got one more card to share with you for this challenge, using this same stamp set so better get a wriggle on before the time runs out. Why oh why do I always leave things to the last possible moment????....

Take care