Monday, 16 July 2018

Reminder: The Flower Challenge # 22

Hi everybody, hope your having a fabulous weekend!! Its just Max and myself at home at the moment as Dave and Phoebe have flown up to Auckland to see his family. Its too expensive for us all to go, so Max and I are hanging out watching movies, playing basketball and eating junk food.





I'm just wanting to remind you about our current challenge at The Flower Challenge where we have a 'Monochrome' theme for you. This basically means you can create a project where you have the same colour tone and there are already some gorgeous photos and ideas from you all in the Gallery!!

For my first card I watercoloured some flowers using grey and white. This time I'm going all white with some die-cutting and vellum:


This card actually started out in a completely different direction. I planned to colour some of the die-cut pieces in different shades of blue and inlay back into the piece. I also decided to colour in the actual die-cut area but got marker pen all over the place. So after a bit of fussy cutting, this card emerged and I actually like it better!

I started by die-cutting the Stamplorations 'Bloomtangled #2 Coverplate' from white CS which had been backed with double-sided adhesive. This made it very easy for me to then adhere to the card front. After making a mess of my original colouring idea, I decided to cut away the ruined part of the card front and carefully fussy cut along joining edges of the die pattern. 

Using a Wink of Stella pen I coloured in the smaller die-cut areas several times to show a lot of shimmer. Wish I could have captured it with my camera. I cut a panel of plain vellum and adhered behind the card front so it returned to a whole rectangle shape. I then white heat embossed a sentiment from Stamplorations 'Blossoming' stamp set. I put the card underneath my MISTI for a while with some heavy things on top to stop a lot of the warping from the heat gun and then glued on some pearl white sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I'm going to link this card to the Cutplorations Summer Vacation Challenge where they have an 'Anything Goes' theme.



Will also link to the Stamplorations Never-ending Challenge for the use of their products.


You have until Wednesday 25th July to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you. Looking forward to seeing you in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 

Friday, 13 July 2018

Your Next Stamp Challenge #93

Hi there everyone!! Its finally Friday and time for me to have a 4-day weekend, which is awesome. Will try to let the fact that today is also 'Friday the 13th' not ruin my fun!!





I'm up on the Your Next Stamp Blog today giving you an idea for the newest challenge:



This colour combo is so divine and the sketch has my brain overloaded with card designs. You can use the colour or the sketch....or even both!! One random person will win a $15 gift certificate and if you use YNS products, you get an extra $5 on top!! There is also a chance to win thru social media, all the details are on the YNS blog. 

Even though I was in love with the colour combo, I thought of an idea for the sketch straight away, using some new stamps:


I stamped the images from the YNS 'Framed Flowers' stamp set on some white CS using Memento Ink. I then used my Altenew Artist markers to colour them in, including the black frame around each flower. I fussy cut them out and put them on the card front with some foam tape.

The YNS 'Thanks' die was die-cut 5x from black CS, all glued together and then to the card front. I then heat embossed the sentiment (from YNS 'Star Friends') in white on a strip of black CS, and popped on foam tape along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled.


  
You have until Thursday 26th July Midnight EST to link your project to the Your Next Stamp Challenge. Pop over to the blog to see even more inspiration from the YNS Design Team.  Good Luck!! 

Take care
Shona
 

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge # 113

Hi there everyone, hope your having a fabulous week and your a lot warmer than I am right now!! I'm popping in quickly today to remind you about our current challenge theme at TIME OUT.





We have this fantastic quote to inspire you for this challenge. You could use one word, the whole phrase or maybe the way this quote makes you feel for your project...its totally up to you!!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is the fabulous Sarah Gray who sells her stencil designs from her Folksy Store. The winner of this challenge will receive 3 stencils of their choice from her store!!




Like for a lot of us, the 'smile' word jumped out at me from the quote and I found a perfect sentiment to go with it for a friend:


I want to hit a pinata every time I look at this card!! It has such a party feel to it and definitely makes me smile!

I started off by plonking myself in front of the tv with my Distress Oxide inks, CS and mini-blending tool. I knew I would be using the MFT Stamps 'Fringe' die on the coloured CS, so only had to colour strips big enough for the die. Once I had finished blending I die-cut each colour, doing two of the purple so I could cover the whole card front. I used double-sided tape to adhere them to the card, starting at the bottom.

The MFT Stamps 'Smile' die was cut 5x from black CS and glued together. I couldn't glue each letter to the fringe so decided to stick them to a strip of white CS. This was then adhered in place. The rest of the sentiment (from MFT Stamps 'Raving Raccoons') was heat embossed in white on a strip of black CS and glued into place along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled. I then ruffled all the fringe around the sentiments.

I'm going to link this to the MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #393 where their sketch is:




Will also link to the Kat Scrappiness July Card Challenge where their theme is 'Crazy for Backgrounds'.

You have until Wednesday 18th July to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge. And pop on over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer Amanda of Diamond Laine Designs have created to inspire you. Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Take care
Shona