Thursday, 19 April 2018

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #107

Hello there, I'm popping in with a quick little reminder about our current challenge at TIME OUT. 

Its all about Spring for this challenge and if your also feeling in the mood, a one-layer challenge as well. You could use Spring colours, spring stamps...basically whatever brings 'Spring' to mind for you, you can go with it!!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Uniko and they are giving a free stamp set to the winner of this challenge!!

For my card I went super simple and one-layer. I had a new Uniko stamp set to use and really wanted that to be the star of the design:

When I think of Springtime, I think of all the new flowers that are starting to pop out and all their beautiful colours, after a grey Winter. Its my favourite time of the year. And usually the butterflies start flitting about too, which is wonderful to see.

I really wanted to do one-layer but with lots of colour, so I grabbed on to my Distress Oxide inks and blended away on the card front until I was happy with the colours. It took quite a while actually as I didn't want some of them to become all brown/grey looking (as some colours don't mix well) but so happy with the finished card.

To add a bit of interest I flicked the card with some water, waited a few seconds and then sponged up the liquid with a tissue. Its such a simple but effective technique!! All I had to do then was to stamp the butterfly and sentiment from Uniko 'English Country Garden - Butterflies' with black ink. I didn't even add any sequins as I think there's enough going on already.

I'm going to link this to the Scrapbook Boutique April Challenge as my card fits the mood board perfectly.

Will also add to The Cats Pajama's April Challenge #345 where their theme is also 'Spring'.

You have until Wednesday 25th April to link your projects to the TIME OUT  challenge. And if your looking for any ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer Kimberly of Wienerhoneymooners has created for you. Can't wait to see your projects in the Gallery!!

Take care

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Ellen Hutson - March Pin-Sights Challenge - Entry #3

I tell you, sometimes I just get a challenge stuck in my head and all I can think about is making designs for it. Does anyone else have this problem??

This mood board for the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge has got my brain all a flutter with ideas on how to use the two Ellen Hutson stamp sets I own in a different way. This time I made my MISTI work overtime and drove my husband crazy with its squeaky hinges:

I set myself up on the coffee table with all my Waffle Flower and a few Hero Arts ink pads, my MISTI and the Ellen Hutson 'Rustic Botanicals' stamp set. Dave and I started watching the new Netflix show 'Lost in Space' while I stamped each individual stamp twice (for good coverage) in a pattern I made up as I went along. Dave kept asking me if I was nearly finished as the squeaking is so loud but I don't even notice it (the joy of being slightly deaf......). I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I'm never disappointed with my Waffle Flower Inks!!

I always like the look of black with a rainbow colour scheme, so I die-cut the MFT Stamps 'Smile' die 3x from black CS, glued them all together and then to the card front. I then covered it with lots of Glossy Accents which I haven't done in a long time. I heat embossed the 'happy birthday' (from MFT Stamps 'Itty Bitty Bears') in white on a strip of black CS and glued it to the card as well. Coloured sequins didn't seem to work but I wanted a bit more shine, so I glued on some clear sequins from Neat and Tangled. Promise this will be my last entry for this challenge!!!!!

I'm also going to link this to the Scrapbook Boutique April Challenge which has this equally gorgeous mood board, that once again has my brain in overdrive.....

I've finished gardening for the day and Max is at a friends house, so Phoebe and I are going to bike down to the local park. It was raining this morning (which wasn't nice to weed in.....mud everywhere.....) but now its boiling hot and very sunny. Best to make the most of it as the weather is so changeable at the moment....

Take care

Monday, 16 April 2018

Ellen Hutson March Pinsights Challenge - Entry #2

Yep, I'm back again with another entry for the Ellen Hutson Pin Sights Challenge, how could I not when they have a mood board like this:

If you haven't guessed by now, I love creating cards with a rainbow colour scheme. I don't know what it is about all those colours together, they just make me so happy and I can't help but smile. Funny though how my favourite colour at the moment is grey but that's me, I'm a bit odd......

For this card I decided that my Ellen Hutson - Leading Ladies 'Plant Lady' needed to be included in a rainbow design as she always deserves to smile:

I don't get to use grey very often on my cards but I thought grey and black would be a great way to make the rainbow colours pop even more off the card as they didn't need to compete with any other colours.

I stamped the 'Plant Lady' and the flower from Ellen Hutson 'Rustic Botanicals' in black on some white CS. I coloured them with my pencils, giving her a grey jumpsuit and solid black boots, apron and hat (with a rainbow ribbon). I die-cut her with the matching die and fussy cut the flower, which was then adhered over her apron.

Using my MFT Stamps 'Radiating Rays' stencil and a mini-blending tool, I coloured the card front using Mama Elephant 'Smoke' pigment ink. The lovely lady was then popped up on foam tape.

I needed a small circle die for the sentiment but my circle set didn't go small enough. So I hunted thru my dies and found the right sized circle. It was left over from die-cutting some white CS with my Waffle Flower 'Doily Square Die'. I needed it to be black so I coloured it with a black marker from my Altenew Markers Set A. I heat embossed the sentiment (also from the 'Plant Lady' stamp set) in white and put it on foam tape, along with some clear sequins for a bit of shine.

I'm also going to link this to the Scrapbook Boutique April Challenge which has the most amazing mood board too:

I'm off to get dinner ready. Its the start of the school holidays today for two weeks. Luckily it rained really hard overnight and this morning, so I didn't have to go to work. So have been hanging out with the kids, jumping on the trampoline, walking the dog, doing housework and finishing off this and another card. Back to work tomorrow......

Take care