Sunday, 16 February 2020

Funky Fossil Designs - Butterfly Kisses

Its Sunday morning here and I've just dropped Max off at his school. He's off to camp today with another class, since he was too sick to go on Thursday. Luckily he has a lot of his good friends going today so he's really happy and after being sick for nearly two weeks, he's looking forward to being outside. 

Now I'm just waiting for Phoebe to tidy up her room so we can go thru what she's taking to camp tomorrow and will then go off to buy her a sleeping bag, raincoat etc. After not raining for nearly 60 days its been spitting today and rain is forecast for Monday night/Tuesday, so not the best timing but we sure need it!!

I've been watching a bit of Netflix lately (just finished Part 2 of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and doing some colouring with my Funky Fossil Designs stamp sets. I created a card with what I coloured recently and thought I'd share it with you and let you know about a sale going on this weekend:

I've been trying to use other colours lately instead of just pastels and green is always so fresh with white, so really like this combo.

I started by stamping the butterfly from the 'Butterfly Wishes' stamp set on white CS using Gina K Amalgam Black ink. I coloured it with my Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cut out.

For the background I used the 'Butterfly Heart' stencil. I blended Distress Ink 'Cracked Pistachio' in the middle and Catherine Pooler 'Aquatini' around the outside. I've seen a lot of cards lately with black and other dark colour inks splattered over the backgrounds, so decided to give this a try with the 'Aquatini' ink and some water. Once it was dry the butterfly was put in the middle on some foam tape. 

I stamped the sentiments from the same stamp set with Versafine Onyx ink on white CS, fussy cut out and put on foam tape, along with some green and clear sequins from Neat and Tangled. I also added some Wink of Stella to different parts of the butterfly for extra shine. 

For Valentines Day Funky Fossil Designs is having a big Sale over the weekend with 15% off everything in store, just use the code HEART15 with your purchase. Sarah is now stocking WOW! Embossing Powders and all sorts of other goodies. There are also a lot of new stencils, so definitely worth checking out!! Sale ends Midnight Monday 17th February.

Right, Phoebe is all ready so we are off to do some camp shopping. Such an overcast but humid day. Is supposed to be 29 degrees celcius but will see how it goes....

Take care


Reminder: The Flower Challenge #41

Hello there!! Hope you've finally made it to the weekend and are relaxing, doing some crafting. Although your probably working thru a huge list of jobs you didn't get time to do during the week (like myself....).

I was just wanting to remind you about our current theme at The Flower Challenge. This month is all about adding leaves, which usually go hand-in-hand with floral images but I quite often just use the flowers themselves, so its good to add a bit of greenery.

For this card I got a bit creative with lots of die-cutting and alcohol inks:

The few times I've used alcohol inks I've always used them as backgrounds. I was playing with some the other day for another card and it suddenly dawned on me that I could use them like coloured cardstock. That is how this flower came to be and I couldn't be more happy with it!

I started off by die-cutting some dark and light green CS with the 'Botanical Beauty' die from The Stamp Market. I think the CS is by American Crafts (I purchase it in single pieces from Warehouse Stationary, one side is smooth, the other has a slight texture to it. I used the smooth side for the outside of the leaves and the textured for the inside and glued them to the card front.

On some Tim Holtz Yupo paper I added drops of Ranger Alcohol inks in 'Watermelon', 'Salmon' and 'Flamingo'. After adding drops of Blending Solution I blew it with a straw, adding more colour and solution as I went. I then left it to dry.

Using the Altenew 'Peony Dream 3D die', I die-cut the two solid pieces from the Yupo paper. I then die-cut a light pink for the edge, and a light peach and red for the centres. I glued these all together with Gina K Connect Glue, adding a black CS piece to the middle and popping up on foam tape.  All I had to do then was stamp the sentiment (from The Stamp Market 'Just Wonderful') in Versafine Onyx ink on white CS, back it with black CS and put on foam tape, along with some Neat and Tangled sequins.

You have until Tuesday 25th February to link your projects to  The Flower Challenge and if your struggling with ideas on how to add leaves to your design, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you. Can't wait to see your creations in the Gallery!!

Take care

Friday, 14 February 2020

Uniquely Creative - Your Possumbilities are Endless

Well its Friday here in NZ and its a welcome end to the week. Max has been off school all week with the flu and an ear infection. He's going on camp on Sunday morning with his school and should be okay to go (I hope!!). And its been gorgeous weather all week. My Mum told me this morning that its been 55 days since we've had rain, the longest for any place in the country, so no wonder everything is so dry!! Its supposed to rain on Monday so crossing all my fingers and toes....

I've got another card to share with you using the Uniquely Creative - Stamp and Colour Kit - Summer that had me using some of my Alcohol inks:

I've been a little intimidated by my Alcohol inks as I'm not entirely sure how to use them or get them to do what I want. But thinking about a swimming pool on a Summer's day seemed the perfect time to try them out!!

I started off by using the 'Flamazing' stamp set that comes in the kit, stamping the possum on white CS using Gina K Amalgam Black ink. I coloured him with my Altenew Artist Markers and then used the 'Flamazing Fussy Cutting Dies' to cut him out.

On some Tim Holtz Yupo paper I added some Ranger Alcohol ink in 'Aqua' and Alcohol Pearl 'Tranquil'. I dropped on some Alcohol Blending Solution and blew thru a straw to gently move the colours around. Once I was happy I left it to dry.

Using the Cross-stitch Circle Frames Dies I cut some of the pink CS that is in the kit and adhered to the card base (which is also in the kit). I then die-cut the Yupo paper with the smaller frame die, gluing the frame part to the pink CS and popping the middle up on some white foam. I put the possum on some foam tape and then white heat embossed the sentiment (from the 'Lazy Days' stamp set, which is an 'add-on' for the kit) on a strip of black CS and adhered with some foam tape under the end. And to finish off I glued on some 'Crystalline Sequins'.

I hope you end up relaxing this weekend like this possum. After getting Max off to camp on Sunday morning I then have to prepare Phoebe to go on camp on Monday but just for one night. It does mean though that Dave and I will have a night with no children, which has only happened one other time in nearly 15yrs. Good grief, will have to talk to him, might have to think up some talking

Take care