Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Altenew Inspiration Challenge - September - Entry No. 2

It stopped raining today so the kids and I were able to get out of the house and go to the park. So nice for them to get some fresh air and exercise. Max also had Futsal (Indoor Soccer) at 5pm for 90 mins so everyone should sleep well tonight!!

Last night I was trying to finish off my second card for the Altenew Inspiration Challenge and had the stamps for my third idea sitting beside me. My eyes kept being drawn to the stamps and I suddenly had a different idea for them that had to be done straight away.

I wanted to try and use some of my older Altenew stamps and a technique that I don't do very often. Its a bit 'different' but I love how it turned out:

Told you it was different!!! I've seen a few different blog posts lately talking about 'spotlight colouring' and even though I love the technique, I never think to do it. I wanted to try and do it a slightly differently though....

I started off by cutting three strips of white CS that hung off each side of the card front. I used washi tape to hold the card base down and then the ends of each strip once it was in place. This was the hard part, I had to stamp the giraffe down really hard so it would stamp on the card base AND on the strip. Luckily there was only once that it didn't quite work and I was able to touch it up with a black pen.

All I had to do then was colour the strips, stamp on the sentiment and pop then up on foam tape. And I also added some co-ordinating sequins. The stamp set is from Altenew 'Geometric Menagerie' and the sequins from Neat and Tangled.

Hopefully I can get back to my second idea before the end of the week. Phoebe has her friend Ella staying tonight and Max has his friend Thomas coming over tomorrow so might get a little bit of time to myself. I'm taking them all to the SPCA to give the cats and kittens some cuddles which will be a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

Take care

Monday, 26 September 2016

Altenew Inspiration Challenge - September

Its Monday, the first week of a two school holiday and its raining.....and supposed to rain till Friday. Eeeekkkk!! Being in a small town (and with not much money to spare) the options for entertaining children is few and far between. Luckily they are happy at this stage to watch a movie or two and practice some bottle flipping and ball skills in the lounge (with me stamping and colouring in the background....) but come Friday it could be a different kettle of fish!!

Yesterday (yes, the rain started at the weekend.....ugh) I was able to finally think of designs for this months Altenew Inspiration Challenge. These aren't colours I would usually use together so it stumped me a bit but now have three different ideas I will try to whip up before the end of the week.

This first idea came to mind because of all the wonderful coffee cards that I've seen lately (I haven't made my Coffee Blog Hop card yet but don't count me out....) and I still hadn't used this stamp set:

I love anything 'retro' inspired and can just imagine these colours as part of some funky tea set. It was wonderful to colour while watching Alvin and the Chipmunks - Road Trip and love the sketchiness of these images.

To create the table I just cut a strip of wood veneer paper and adhered along the bottom of the card front. The cups and coffee pot were all stamped in black on some white CS, coloured with my Faber Castell pencils and then fussy cut out. I popped them on the table with some foam tape, stamped the sentiment and added some co-ordinating sequins.  Its a simple scene but love all that white behind the images, makes them the star!!

The stamps are all from Altenew 'Coffee Love', the wood veneer paper is from Papervine and the sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I'm part way thru my second card and just changed my mind for the third, so fingers crossed I can get them made tonight or tomorrow. At least I can work into the night without having to worry about waking up early for school. Bliss!

Take care

Friday, 23 September 2016

Just Add Ink Challenge # 330

Hi everybody!! Its Friday again and not only does that mean the end of the week (and the start of the school holidays for kids in New Zealand) but it also means its a new challenge theme at Just Add Ink!! We have a sketch for you this week, which is always a great help with regards to a card design.

I love anything with a big circle involved and I always love to see what people put on their cards with regards to the other shapes in the sketch. Luckily I had been playing around with some new stamp images which got my imagination going for my card design:

I haven't used my Zig Real Color Markers for a while. I was watching a video by Kristina Werner in bed the other night and she was using them beautifully, so she totally inspired me to get them out!!

To start off I die-cut the circle from water colour CS. To create the stripes I rubbed my yellow Ziggie on a plate and mixed a little water with it using a wide brush. I then just carefully painted the stripes across, not worrying too much if they weren't exactly the same and a little wonky. 

While that dried I stamped and heat embossed the bear image in white on some water colour CS and painted using my Ziggies and a water brush. I'm trying to work out how to do shading when I water colour, its taking a long time to get it right. Once this was dry I fussy cut it out.

I die-cut the squares from some black CS, cut it down to size and glued to the circle. I popped the bear up on foam tape and also added it to the back of the circle. The sentiment was stamped in black on a strip of white CS and glued in place, along with some sequins for a bit of sparkle.

The circle die is from Couture Creations. The bear image and sentiment are from My Favourite Things 'Beary Special Birthday', as well as the 'Retro Squares' die.The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.

You have until Wednesday 28th September to link your projects to the Just Add Ink challenge and to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for you, pop over to the blog for some inspiration. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with in the Gallery!!

Take care