Saturday, 19 January 2019

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday post #2 for January

Hi there everybody!! Hope your all getting ready for an amazing weekend. Its supposed to be a very hot Saturday here for us in New Zealand so will probably head to the beach or to one of the many river swimming-holes we are lucky to have here. Will be way too hot to sit at home where we have no air-conditioning that's for sure....

Just wanted to let you all know that I'm up on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog 
today with a simple but sweet 'Love Ya' card:


Thought it would be nice to have a break from the usual 'pink/pink' colour combo of my lovey-dovey cards and I love this WOW! Embossing Powder so much. For all the details on how I put this together, pop over to the CFS Blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I'm off to get my togs on (that's what we call 'swimming costumes' in New Zealand) and jandals (what we call 'flip-flops' in New Zealand) and hit the water. So not only will you be seeing a new card from me today but you'll be learning a new language too!! LOL!!

Take care
Shona
 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Reminder: The Flower Challenge #28

Hi everyone!! After a quick long-weekend trip to Hanmer Springs with the family (which was so much fun), I'm back into my gardening work. With all the sunshine and odd patch of rain over the last few weeks, the weeds have gone ballistic and jobs that usually take 2hrs are taking 4-5hrs, so I'm a very tired woman..... The good thing is that I've received a lot of crafty 'Happy Mail' lately, so keep thinking about how to use my new stamps and dies to get me thru each day.





We have a colour theme for you this month at The Flower Challenge, its 'Pink and Grey'. Grey is one of my favourite colours and just today my Mum was telling me I'm 'grey obsessed' because were are getting the outside of our house painted grey/white, I'm repainting the hallway grey and I've chosen a grey pattern for the floor in our kitchen. Maybe I am a bit 'grey crazy' but its a wonderful colour to put with everything and looks so stylish. 

We've already got some stunning projects in our Gallery so far this month. I decided to use one of my brand new stamp sets and get my coloured pencils out for a change. I remember when I used to colour EVERYTHING with them but I haven't used them for months. Was wonderful to be blending them again....:


This stamp set is from Mama Elephant 'Heart in Bloom' and I thought it would be great for Valentine's cards and many others!! This was super simple to put together. I wanted to keep it clean so this stamp was the star of the card. 

Firstly I stamped the floral heart on white CS using Versafine black ink. I then used my Faber Castell pencils, going over everything at least 3x to try and get as much shading and dimension as I could. Once I had finished I fussy cut it out and then heat embossed the sentiment (from the same ME stamp set) in silver embossing powder.

I wanted a grey background, but having an 'all-grey' card front seemed a bit bland, so I die-cut some grey CS using the MFT Stamps 'Blueprints 27' rectangle die so it had some interest and it allowed the white card front to show thru. I adhered this to the card base and then popped the heart on some foam tape. And to finish off I glued on some Neat and Tangled sequins with Gina K Connect Glue.

You have until Friday 25th January to link your projects to The Flower Challenge. And if your struggling for design ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you. Can't wait to see you all in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #126

Hi there everybody!! Hope your week is treating you well and your having wonderful weather wherever you are in the world!! Its been mega hot here and I'm back at work, so lots of sweating going on. Really good though to be back gardening and have started some huge clearing jobs this week.





Our challenge theme at TIME OUT is 'Loving'. I do tend to make a lot of cards around the word 'Love' so very happy about this one!!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Birch Press Designs and they are giving the winner a $20 gift voucher to their store. How fabulous is that!!




For my card I definitely wanted to include the word 'Love' but I also wanted to use some colours that I wouldn't normally associate with a 'love theme':


A couple of nights ago it was still 32 degress Celcius at 8pm. I realised that it was cooler on our front deck (in the shade) than inside, so I grabbed my Tim Holtz Glass Mat, Distress Oxide inks and paintbrush and sat outside to paint this design. I was out there until it was dark and the sandflies were starting to drain me of blood.....

First off I heat embossed the Simon Says Stamp 'Centre Cut Kaleidoscope' background stamp in white on some dark grey CS. I then used my Distress Oxide inks in 'Spun Sugar', 'Blueprint Sketch', 'Cracked Pistachio' and 'Tumbled Glass' to water colour the pattern. The stamp pattern is much better than this but I stopped when I had this 'flower-like' area painted.

Once it was dry I fussy cut it out and popped up on some white foam. For the sentiment I die-cut the SSS 'Love' die from a dark pink paint chip, and also twice more from white CS. I glued them all together and then to the card. The rest of the sentiment (from SSS 'Love') was stamped on a strip of white CS using Mama Elephant 'Lollipop' to match the pink die-cut. This was glued to the card along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

You have until Wednesday 16th January to link your projects to the TIME OUT Challenge. And if your needing any help with ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our amazing Guest Designer Jane of Purplejet Loves Crafts have created to inspire you. Looking forward to seeing all your 'LOVE' in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona