Thursday, 19 September 2019

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #144

Hi everyone, hope your having a fabulous week and its full of sunshine like mine!! We haven't had rain for days, all the mud around our house has dried up and I've even been tempted to get into shorts the days are so warm. So exciting to see things starting to sprout with it being Spring and the weeds are starting to get a bit carried away too!!





I'm popping in today to remind you about our current TIME OUT challenge where we have this fantastic photo to inspire you. You might make a black/white themed project, something with housewares or even a hint of green somewhere like the plant on the table. Its totally up to you!!



Our Sponsor for this challenge is Poppystamps and they are giving a $20 voucher to the winner!! They also have a challenge running at the moment on their blog Poppystamps Challenge #60 where their theme is 'Anything Goes'. So if you do use a Poppystamp image/die on your project, you can join their challenge too!

For my card I definitely wanted a black/white theme and really liked the geometric striped mat on the floor, so found a background die that worked perfectly:


I started by die-cutting the Altenew 'Shutter Cover Die' from black CS and using Gina K Connect Glue to adhered to the card front. I then used a Uniquely Creative 'Stitched Nesting Square Die' to cut a small square from black CS and popped it on foam tape.

The flower (from Poppy Stamps 'Little Kindness') was stamped with Versafine Onyx black ink on white CS and immediately clear heat embossed with SSS Clear Embossing Powder. I fussy cut it out and put it on foam tape too.

The sentiments (both from Poppystamps 'Flower Garden') were stamped with Versafine Onxy ink on white CS and clear heat embossed. I fussy cut out the 'sending' and put both of foam tape. To include some green (like the plant in the photo) I glued on some Studio Katia 'Seafoam' Pearls.

You have until Wednesday 25th September to link your projects to the TIME OUT  challenge and if you need any help with ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our always amazing Guest Designer Hannelie of Desert Diva have created for you. Look forward to seeing you in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 

Monday, 16 September 2019

Reminder: The Flower Challenge #36

We are already up to the 15th of the month of September, which means its not only two weeks till Daylight Saving begins for us in New Zealand but also time to share another card with you for The Flower Challenge!!




The theme this month is 'Anything Goes' and we already have so many incredible projects in the Gallery!

Our Sponsor this month is My Favourite Things and they have generously given us two $25 vouchers, so there will be two winners this month!!


MFT were also very generous with the DT giving us a chance to use a voucher to purchase products for this challenge. I was able to get three stamp sets, I used two of them last week so I'm using the other one today:

 

 Funny how sometimes it takes me forever to make one card but every now and then I find it easier to make two!! This is such a beautiful stamp, I was going to colour it but decided to get a bit funky and use it as is and include some colour blocking. 

I started off by stamping the MFT Stamps 'Fresh Cut Flowers Background' stamp using Versafine Onyx ink on white CS and immediately clear heat embossed with SSS embossing powder. I did this twice and fussy cut out each one.

For the backgrounds I cut a panel of yellow and pink CS and also two panels of black CS which were slightly larger. I adhered them together so two black edges were showing. I put them on pieces of white foam, one from the bottom left and one from the top right. 

Using Gina K Connect Glue I glued the flower images in place. I then white heat embossed the sentiments (from MFT Stamps 'Sassy Pants Best Friends') on strips of black CS and put them on foam tape. To finish off I glued on some pearls from Studio Katia.

You have until Wednesday 25th September to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and if your needing a few ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you. Hope you have a chance to join us this month!!

Take care
Shona
 

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge

After rain all day yesterday and all night, it finally stopped raining at lunchtime today. Everything is so mushy so you can't really go and do much outside. So the kids and I decided to go to the movies and see 'The Angry Birds Movie 2'. It was very cute, funny and as always the popcorn was divine!! I also purchased the latest 'Pet Semetary' movie on DVD today, so will watch that tonight with the kids too. May as well make the most of horrible, cold days....





I'm still slowly making my way through a lot of my new stamps and dies. I finally created two cards with my new Studio Katia goodies and with the Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge having the theme 'Stamp It', I thought it was a great chance to share them with you:
 


This is the scene I immediately thought of when I saw this die. I created two cards, both the same design but with different plant images and colours.


For each card I started off by cutting a panel of white CS the same size as the card front. I then die-cut the Studio Katia 'European Window' die from each one. The die also cuts a frame around the window so I cut one from yellow and blue CS for each card.

After working out where the window opening would sit on the card front, I blended Distress Inks 'Salty Ocean and 'Tumbled Glass' on to one card and 'Worn Lipstick', 'Spiced Marmalade' and 'Mustard Seed' on to the other. I adhered the die-cut panel on to each card front and then glued in the coloured frames and windows themselves using Gina K Connect Glue.

On some white CS I stamped plant images from Studio Katia 'Potted Flowers' and 'Cactus Hugs' using Gina K Amalgam black ink and coloured them with my Altenew Artist Markers. I used the matching dies to cut the cactus plants and fussy cut the others. I grouped them in three on each window sill and glued them in place.

For the sentiments I white heat embossed on black CS using one from Studio Katia 'Cactus Hugs' and one from Studio Katia 'Floral Wreath'. These were popped up on foam tape and I glued on some Studio Katia Pearls in co-ordinating colours.

Its Sunday night here and I'm so tired. I've just started colouring images for lots of Halloween cards for next month (have all sorts of gory ideas....) so will set myself up in bed with my images and markers, while I watch 'Mindhunter' on Netflix. I was fascinated with the FBI and the Behavioral Science Unit when I was younger, reading lots of books, especially by John Douglas. For some reason I didn't see this programme listed on Netflix so I'm totally immersed in it now. I know its not everyone's cup of tea but so fascinating to me as to what makes these horrific people tick. And maybe its good to watch it while I think of Halloween cards too......

Take care
Shona