Thursday, 18 October 2018

The Card Concept Challenge #100 - Guest Designer

This is a very exciting blog post for me!! My super talented friend Marcie of Sharp Designs sent me a message a few weeks ago inviting me to be a Guest Designer at The Card Concept challenge. They are celebrating their 100th challenge and the Design Team were asked to invite a guest to join in. I was super honored she asked me and of course I said yes straight away!!

Funnily enough I've always loved The Card Concept challenge. I used to have the time a few years ago to join in every single one, and one of my most viewed cards ever on my blog was for one of their Christmas challenges a long time ago, so I'm very happy to be helping them celebrate!! 

I don't know who chooses their inspiration photos but they are always gorgeous and offer so many ideas for your project. This is the photo for their 100th challenge. Its so stunning and with Thanksgiving coming up in the U.S. I know this is going to have an amazing Gallery of projects!!

For my card I definitely had to include some pumpkins, especially with soft pinks and golds. And find a way to add in some pretty flowers too:

My card comes under the 'Clean and Layered' category, since a have a few different elements on top of each other on foam tape.

I started off by heat embossing the pumpkins from MFT Stamps 'Witch way is the Candy?' in white and the flowers from Neat and Tangled 'Bloom' in gold. I coloured them both with a water brush and Zig Clean Color Brush pens. Once they were dry I fussy cut them all out.

To bring the elements together I blended some Distress Oxide ink in 'Spun Sugar' on the card front and stamped the sentiment from Neat and Tangled 'Scandinavian Prints Christmas' in black. The flowers were popped up on foam tape.

To add some gold to the pumpkins I used a small brush and Gina K Connect Glue on the lower part of each one. I then sprinkled on some WOW! Gold Glitter. Once the glue had dried I put these on foam tape, along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

Congratulations to the team at The Card Concept on your 100th challenge and here's to many, many more!!

And thanks so much Marcie for inviting me to play, so lovely of you to think of me and what a fabulous celebration to a part of!!

I hope you all have a chance to join in the challenge too!!

Take care

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

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

Hi everybody, just wanted to let you know I'm up on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog today with this rather creepy 'Halloween inspired' card:

We don't have raccoons in New Zealand but I've heard they sometimes get rabies and attack people/other animals. They are such cute animals but I don't think I'd like to come out my back door at night to these four 'nasties' who want to eat me for dinner!!

To find out how I put this together, pop over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog!!

I'm going to link this to The Cats Pajama's Challenge #351 where their theme is 'Holidays'. 


I'll also link to the Cards in Envy Challenge  where they are looking for your 'Favourite Holiday'. Christmas is definitely my favourite but Halloween comes a very close second, its so much fun creating these crazy, creepy cards!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll be back here tomorrow with another card....its a busy week!!

Take care

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Reminder: The Flower Challenge #25

Hi everyone!! This month seems to be whizzing by faster than any other. I think its because we've just had two weeks of school holidays, which was a blur of kids being here all the time and having sleep-overs. Suddenly its the middle of the month and the kids went back to school today....its crazy!!

It also means that we are already half-way thru our current challenge at The Flower Challenge where we are asking you to 'Add Sparkle' to your floral projects. There are already some amazing projects in the Gallery, your all so talented!!

For my card, instead of adding some sparkle to a die-cut, I used the same sparkling embossing powder on a stamped image and played with some Zig Real Color Brush Pens:

I've wanted this stamp image for such a long time, it was a real pleasure to finally stamp it out and colour it!!

I was in a stationary store the other week and came across a new watercolour pad. Its by Reeves and the sign said it was for 'Acrylic, Oil and Watercolour'. Its quite white and has a slight texture to it but its thicker than I normally use. The pad itself says its for 'Acrylic' painting but I thought I would give it a go. And so far so good!!

I stamped the image (from Simon Says Stamp 'Kind Flowers') on a piece of the Reeves paper with Versamark ink and heat embossed using WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter. I then used my Zig pens and a little water to colour it in. When it came to colouring the 'KIND' I coloured it without any water so it would stand out.

I used a scallop-edged die from Winnie and Walter 'Essentials: Audrey's Cutaways' to cut out the image and added a piece of white foam to the back. I managed to find a piece of pink CS similar to the colours I used and cut it slightly bigger than the die-cut, adhered it to the card front and then glued the panel on top.

The sentiment (from the same SSS stamp set) was stamped on a strip of the Reeves paper with Versafine black ink and glued in place with a Gina K 'Connect' glue pen, along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

And here's a photo to show you how much this embossing powder sparkles:

I'm going to link this to the SSS Flickr Challenge #108 where their theme is 'Anything Goes'. I'm thoroughly enjoying playing along with this fortnightly and now I have a few more SSS products I can come up with more exciting designs!!

You have until Thursday 25th October to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and if your trying to find some new ideas on how to add sparkle, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created. They are always inspiring me with their incredible designs!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your floral projects in the Gallery!!

Take care