Saturday, 16 June 2018

The Cats Pajama's Challenge #347 (Entry #3)

Those poor people at The Cats Pajama's Challenge will be so sick of my entries by the end of the challenge. I can't help it though, their stamps are so sweet and the challenge theme has lots of possibilities!!





The main image for my card was coloured over the past two weeks for The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge and I realised it fitted 'nearly' perfectly into this frame die:


This cute little doggie is from The Cats Pajamas 'Just Let It Happen' stamp set. I stamped it on some white CS and coloured the letterbox, envelopes and doggie tongue. I die-cut it with a rectangle die from Couture Creations and then glued on the grass which was die-cut from a green paint chip with a MFT Stamps die. To add a bit of 'sky' I gently blended some Distress Ink 'Salty Ocean' around the top edges.

The frame from Paper Smooches 'Frames 2' was die-cut from some woodgrain CS and then twice more from black CS. I glued them all together and then to the card front. Because the image wasn't quite wide enough to fill the frame, I glued back in one of the black CS inner frame die-cut leftovers. The image was then adhered to that.

The sentiment (from the same stamp set) was heat embossed in white on a black CS circle (die-cut with a Couture Creations die) and popped on some foam tape, along with some gold and coloured sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I'm also going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge
where their theme is 'Frame it'.


Max has his friend Sven over and I'm just waiting for dinner to be ready. We are going to watch a dvd while eating...its a horror movie so hopefully the kids don't choke on their food!!

Take care
Shona
 

Reminder: The Flower Challenge # 21

Hi there everyone, I'm just whipping in very quickly to remind you about our current theme at The Flower Challenge:





For this challenge we are asking you to choose a previous challenge theme to inspire your creation. My first card was inspired by our 'CAS' challenge, this time I'm going back to July 2017 where the theme was Embossing Heat/Dry:


I haven't been using my floral background stamps very much and really wanted to try out some colour blocking after watching a video by Lydia Evans where she colour blocked with a stencil. I loved the idea of colour blocking and even though I didn't have a stencil pattern that would work, my washi tape worked a treat!!

To start off I cut a panel of Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS and heat embossed the MFT Stamps 'Bundles of Blossoms' background stamp in white. Using strips of washi tape, I masked off different geometric shapes and used my mini-blending tool and Distress Inks to colour them in. When I had finished, I trimmed the panel down to fit on the card base.

For the sentiment I die-cut the 'Smile' from MFT Stamps 'Words for Friends' die set. I wanted to have grey CS behind the die-cut word, so adhered a strip to the card front and popped the coloured panel up on foam. The rest of the sentiment (from MFT Stamps 'Birthday Bears') was heat embossed in white on a strip of the same grey CS and glued to the card front, along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I'm going to link this to the AAA Challenge #117 where their theme is 'Geometrics'.


You have until Monday 25th June to link your floral projects to The Flower Challenge and if your needing any ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created just for you. Can't wait to see you in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 

Friday, 15 June 2018

The Cats Pajama's Challenge # 347 (Entry #2)

I actually was able to get outside and garden today....yippee!! After three days inside it was wonderful to get all dirty and muddy, and be in the open air. The weekend is looking good for weather too, so might be able to tackle some of my own weeds if I'm lucky......







I've loved doing The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge this month and it certainly helps with my card production. I have so many images ready to be made into cards and with two weeks left to go I'll have cards coming out of my ears!! It also explains why I have another entry for The Cats Pajama's Challenge!!

 

I coloured this card recently as part of the Colouring Challenge and finished off yesterday to turn into this card:



This is the sweetest stamp set and the sentiments are just as gorgeous as the images. Its from The Cats Pajama's and called 'Family Forever'. This card is made entirely from that set!

As this is a one-layer design, it was very easy to put together. I started off by stamping the bear and 'a bunch of baby ducks' on the card front. I coloured the animals with my pencils and then did something different.

The pencils I use aren't anything amazing. They are Faber Castell Watercolour pencils. I like them better than the normal pencils, they seem to have a nicer texture. I've never actually watercoloured with them but didn't want to 'pencil-in' the water. So....I scribbled with a blue pencil across the bottom of the card and then very gently with a big round wet brush, swished it a few times over the pencil. The card isn't watercolour CS so I had to be careful but after drying straight away and putting under some heavy books, it was a success!!

All I had to do then was stamp the sentiment and the raindrops, which I coloured blue as well. And I didn't feel the need to add even one sequin, which for me is unheard of!!!

I actually have another card to share using more TCP stamps and another one in the works, so they will be inundated with my entries again!!

Speaking of 'pajamas', Dave has just popped out to pick up 'Friday Night Pizza' so will go and put my pjs on so I can eat in comfort. I used to love Friday nights for the social outings to the bars, clubs and pubs but now I'm more than happy to get in my pajama's, eat pizza, drink a huge glass of Coke and watch a movie with my kids. Funny how things change.....

Take care
Shona