Saturday, 18 February 2017

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge

Its 2pm Saturday afternoon and I've actually managed to put two cards together!! Normally the weekend days are flat out with taking kids here and there but Dave has gone for a walk with Bella, Phoebe is in her room with her BFF Ella and Max has gone to a friends house, so I grabbed this time to create!!

This weeks theme at the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge is 'Fantastic Florals' and I think this will be my third entry!!

I recently purchased the new Altenew Alcohol Marker Set and have been trying them on on different floral images. I have fallen 'head over heels' in love with these markers. I need a lot more practice with them as I've never used alcohol markers before but can totally see why people are so addicted to Copics and the like!!  Now I just need Altenew to bring out more colours!!

One of the ideas I had involved the 'Persian Motifs' stamp set (also from Altenew) and I tried my hand at blending two colours on the flowers (and leaves) on each card. The card designs are the same but used different stamps on each one:

For this first card I stamped the colours on the edge of a panel of white CS and coloured using B201/B313 for the flowers and G702/G715 for the leaves. I adhered it to a card front and then cut a strip of white CS, stamped the sentiment in black and popped it up on foam tape. I carried the blue colour into the sequins.

For this card it was put together the same way, except I used R302/R304 for the flowers. And there is no way I can choose a favourite from these two cards but I must say I'm always partial to blue....

The sentiment stamps are from Altenew 'Celebrate' which is a tiny but oh so handy set that was sent to me by my wonderful friend Sarah G.  All of the sequins are from Neat and Tangled.

I really couldn't recommend these markers enough and the fact they match perfectly with their inks is such a cool idea. Hopefully they will bring out some more colours soon before I use these all up!!

I'm also going to link these to the Simon Says Stamp - Work It Wednesday - January Challenge where they ask you to 'Make something new from something new'. I've already linked another floral card with my markers as being something new, so this time the stamp set is my something new as I hadn't used them till now.

I'm off to do the groceries once Dave gets back and taking the girls with me. They both have boxes of chocolate bars to sell and raise money for their school, so they decided they would stand outside the supermarket and sell as many as they could while I shopped away. Unfortunately Blenheim is a small town and there are many kids with chocolates to sell, so fingers crossed they make a few dollars today!!

Take care



Friday, 17 February 2017

Calling All Sistah's - February Blog Hop

Hi there and welcome to the February Calling All Sistah's - February Blog Hop!!


This blog hop was organised to remind us all each month to do our self breast exams. Many of us forget about it, don't have the time or don't think its necessary. However, early detection can make a huge difference, so being able to give everyone a reminder each month to take a few minutes, could really change someone's life. I've included a link to a You Tube video here that shows how to do a self exam if you haven't done one before.

As this is a hop, you should have arrived here from Sandi's blog Life at the Beach - Slightly Off Center where I'm sure she dazzled you with her design. If you've lost your place on the hop, pop over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog for a full hop list!!  

Our theme for this month's hop is 'With Love from you Sistah' and luckily I had the design in mind straight away:

Firstly I stamped the Full on Floral stamp on to a piece of white CS. I cut it down so it was slightly smaller than my card front and die-cut the Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die from the middle of it. I then used my mini-blending tool and Distress Ink 'Picked Raspberry' to colour the card front and put the floral panel over top with some foam tape.

For the sentiment I die-cut the Love Ya Fri-Die from a soft pink paint chip and also twice more from white CS. I glued them all together for a bit of height and then to the card front. And of course I had to add some of the Sistahood Sparkle - Limited Edition Sequins for some sparkle.

I have three challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge  (use your favourite tool - mine is my We R Memory Keepers Cut n Score board.....its brilliant!!)

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Fantastic Florals)

Uniko Challenge # 39

If you would like to purchase any of the products I used today or any other CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  products, don't forget to use my special 'Girl Friday' code to save yourself 15%!!!


Your next 'hop stop' is the fabulous Sue from Foley's Friend who will no doubt have something beautiful to show you. Please take some time today to do your breast exam and we will see you again next month!!

Take care

Just Add Ink Challenge # 347

Its finally the end of the week (well, on this side of the world...). Even though it was a short week for me (having Monday off so Phoebe could have her braces put on in Nelson), it still feels like I've worked the past four days!! At least the weather has been wonderful and we are hopefully getting some rain tomorrow....yippee!!

It also means that we have a new challenge theme for you at Just Add Ink and this time its a colour combo:

Now, I'll be completely honest with you, I was completely stumped when it came to putting these colours together!! I adore the mint colour but hardly ever use the other three colours on my cards ever. So after much thought I decided to bite the bullet and let those colours be the absolute stars of my card:

 Talk about a crazy design but I actually really like how it turned out, even if the strips did drive me a little crazy......

I grabbed paint chips close to each colour and cut random strips from them. The purple and green chips are longer and I was going to cut them to the same length but thought the differences would be rather interesting on the card. I put them all side-by-side on the table and then rubbed a piece of Glad 'Press n Seal' over the top to keep them all together.  If you haven't heard of this stuff its genius and sticks to nearly everything. So handy for die-cutting!!

I flipped the strips over and used strips of washi tape to hold them all together. I very carefully adhered the 'hello' die and put thru my Cuttlebug and was so pleased that it all stayed together! To make the 'hello' stand out, I cut a piece of black CS and glued it to the card front and popped the strips up over top with some foam tape. It looked a little bare, so I stamped the rest of the sentiment on a strip of white CS, glued it in place along with some purple and clear sequins. 

The 'hello' die is from My Favourite Things. The sentiment stamp is from Neat and Tangled 'Say Yes to Donuts' and so are the sequins.

I'm going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge where their theme is 'Use your Favourite Tool'. This is my second entry using my all-time favourite tool - my Cuttlebug!!

You have until Wednesday 22nd February to link your projects to the Just Add Ink challenge and if you need any ideas on how to use these colours, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have made for you.  Looking forward to seeing what you've come up with in the Gallery!!

Take care