Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The Cat's Pajama's Challenge #347 (Entry no. 4)

It has been the coldest day ever today and I'm off to bed soon to snuggle with my electric blanket. Its the shortest day tomorrow so maybe that has something to do with it, at least it means from Friday onwards our days will be getting longer and closer to warmer weather....yippee!!

I'm afraid I couldn't help myself (especially with The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge going on...), with some images coloured in the past week I  had to turn them into a card for The Cats Pajama's Challenge:

These bunnies from The Cats Pajama's 'Family Forever' stamp set are so adorable and I love colouring them!!

I stamped this image on some white CS and coloured with pencils. I then used an oval-stitched die from Studio Katia to cut them out. It looked a bit blank with no sky so I gently blended some Distress Ink 'Salty Ocean' around the top.

I wanted to die-cut the larger oval die (from the same Studio Katia set) to go behind it but didn't want to resort to patterned paper. So......I die-cut the larger oval from white CS and stamped the flowers (from the same stamp set) with Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Bubblegum. I then gently blended some Distress Ink 'Picked Raspberry' all over it. Kind of reminds me of olden day wallpaper. The smaller oval was popped on top with some foam tape.

The ovals didn't look right on a white card base, so I cut a strip of grey CS, adhered it to the card front and then glued the ovals in place. The sentiment (from the same stamp set) was heat embossed in white on black CS, fussy cut out and popped on foam tape, along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I'm also going to link this to the Uniko Studio Challenge #47 where they have this lovely photo for inspiration.

My bed and iPad are calling my name. I'm catching up on Jennifer McGuire videos and watercolouring videos, trying to find more tips to make my painting look better. Think I just need to practice, practice, practice but its hard when it looks the same every time. Thank goodness for YouTube, so many incredible artists willing to share their knowledge!!

Take care

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

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