Friday, 22 September 2017

2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Entry # 3

I'm whipping in with one last entry for the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop while I have a few moments spare....

I don't usually make many cards with an 'Autumn' theme but have loved getting all the fall colours together with my inks and pencils. Maybe now I have a few more colours to choose from it makes it more enjoyable!!

For this final entry I really wanted to create a one-layer design and knew which stamp sets would be perfect:

This was so much fun to make and love all these warm colours together. And the details in those leaf stamps are fantastic!!

Firstly I stamped the cup and saucer image with black ink and then the sentiment above it. That way I was able to stamp all the leaves around them. I used my MISTI to stamp all the leaves 2 or 3 times each, which took a bit of time but I wanted to make sure I got really good coverage with the ink colours. I used Altenew 'Dark Chocolate' for the brown leaves and all the brown leaf vein details. The other leaves were all stamped in Hero Arts 'Soft Cantaloupe' and 'Soft Vanilla', and Altenew 'Peach Perfect'. 

Once I was happy with the leaves I coloured the cup and saucer with my Faber Castell pencils. Normally I would add some sequins but I felt there was already so much going on with this card, it didn't need anything else.

The leaves are all from Hero Arts 'Let Love Grow' and the cup/saucer and sentiment are from Waffle Flower 'Warm Wishes'.

I've got three other challenges I would like to enter:

AAA Card Challenge # 99 

The Cat's Pyjama's Tuesday Challenge # 339 

A Blog Named Hero - September Challenge 

Dave has just left to pick up our pizza so I better get a move on. Even though I haven't been gardening this week I've still been so busy catching up on housework and other jobs. Has been rather nice though being home on my own but I'm rather desperate to get my hands covered in dirt again!!

Take care

2017 Fall Coffee Lover Blog Hop - Entry #2

Its still raining.....We are now on to Day 7 of rain which has turned the lawn and gardens into muddy mush. Although the lawns are all super long and I can see the weeds sprouting before my eyes the little devils!! So all this extra time on my hands has resulted in another entry for the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!
For this card I wanted to use some different stamps but turn them into an 'Autumn' theme using fall colours:

This stamp set is so cute and I wasn't sure if it would look right with the leaves and flowers being coloured this way but I'm so in love with how it turned out!!

I started off by stamping the two floral patterns on the card front and colouring them using my Faber Castell pencils. I then stamped the bear image and the cup on some white CS, coloured with my pencils and fussy cut out. The cup was put on foam tape over his hands and he was then popped up on some foam tape as well. The sentiment was simply stamped on the card front with black ink and I added some co-ordinating sequins. 

The floral, bear and cup images are from Waffle Flower 'Bear and Bird'. The sentiment stamp is from Altenew 'Coffee Love' and the sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I have four other challenges I would like to enter: 

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Pop it Up)

AAA Card Challenge # 99 

Stamplorations Summer CAS Challenge 

The Cat's Pyjama's Tuesday Challenge #339 

I've got one more coffee card to enter (so excited that I managed to make 3 this time!!) but need to work out whats happening for dinner first. Although quite often Friday night turns into Pizza Hut night which I don't mind at all. In fact don't you think Pizza would be lovely on a cold, rainy evening...??? I'm sold!

Take care

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Reminder: Time Out Challenge # 92

Hello there from a very wet Blenheim, New Zealand!! We had one day of reprieve yesterday from four days of constant rain and now its back for the next few days. Talk about Spring madness!!

I'm popping in with a reminder about our current TIME OUT  challenge where we have these words to inspire you:

                      Paint The Flying Spirit Of The Birds Rather than its Feathers

A rather fabulous phrase don't you think!! You can use anything from this phrase to inspire you i.e. a single word, the meaning of a word or how your inspired by what the phrase means etc.

We are also very excited to have Happy Little Stampers as the Sponsor of this challenge and the winner will get a $15 gift voucher!!

For my card the words 'Birds' and 'Feathers' really caught my eye so I really wanted to have them feature in my design:

I've had this stamp set from Rosies Studio for years and I think this is the first time I've used it. And it couldn't be more perfect!!

I started off by stamping the single feather image randomly on the card front using grey ink to create a background. Because the phrase talked about not painting a birds feathers I wanted them to be grey and uncoloured.

The bird image was stamped on white CS and coloured with my Faber Castell pencils. For some reason I just wanted to use blue and teal on the bird and just made up the pattern as I went along. Kind of reminds me of a Hummingbird or Kingfisher. I fussy cut it out and added foam tape to its back.

For the sentiment I found some light grey CS and die-cut using a a die from MFT Stamps 'Blueprint 27' to give it a fishtail look on one end. This was adhered to the card front and the bird over top on its foam tape. And I found some pink, teal and clear sequins from Neat and Tangled to finish it off!!

I have two challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Pop it up - like my bird on foam tape)

Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge 

You have until Wednesay 27th September to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge and if your struggling for ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our gorgeously fabulous Guest Designer Carol have created just for you. Look forward to seeing your designs in the Gallery!!

Take care

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

My Favourite Things - 2017 Card Design Superstar

Wouldn't it be so cool to be a My Favourite Things - 2017 Card Design Superstar??!! I don't like my chances but you've gotta be in to win right??!

I can still remember sitting in bed last year at night, colouring a million wooden fence images for one of my entries. I had cramp in my hand but it was so worth it, I love that card!!

As you can imagine I'm going in for the 'Clean and Simple' category. I was going to create an entry for the 'Colouring' category but after seeing the projects linked already, I decided to give it a miss. There are some incredible colourists out there in the crafting world and I can't wait to see who they choose as the winners!!

For my design I wanted to keep it colourful, simple but with lots of dimension. I even managed to make it without smudging Distress Ink on the card front, so I'm very pleased with the finished product:

I created a similar card to this a few months ago when I received these 'Color Drops' dies using five large petals. Ever since then I've had a multi-petaled image in my mind, so I'm so glad its out of my head and on to a card front!!

I spent a bit of time die-cutting the four different drop shapes (6 of each) from Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS. I then used my mini-blending tool and Distress Inks 'Picked Raspberry', 'Worn Lipstick', 'Spiced Marmalade' and 'Mustard Seed' on each drop piece. So the 'flower' would fit, I created a card base that was slightly wider than normal.

Firstly I adhered the pink petals to the card front. I then added the 'Worn Lipstick' ones, placing then over the spots where the larger petals meet. I did the same with the orange petals and then the yellow.

I wanted the sentiment to be just as graphic and simple, so I die-cut the 'hugs' twice from white CS and glued them together. I then glued each letter to a strip of black CS and trimmed around the word. This was then put on some foam tape. For a bit of sparkle I added lots of Wink of Stella to the letters and glued on some sequins from Neat and Tangled.  And for a bit of dimension I bent all the petals upward, except for the pink ones. I hope they like this as much as I do!!

I have two other challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Clean and Simple)

Stamplorations Summer CAS Challenge 

Time to go get my jammies on, grab my pencils and colour in some new stamp images that arrived today. It didn't rain today (first time in four days....) but couldn't garden for anyone as the ground is like mud. Now its supposed to start raining tonight for another two days. Seems like I will be having a week off which is kind of nice but means I'm a week behind and those weeds wait for no one.......eeek!!

Take care



Tuesday, 19 September 2017

2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Yippee!! Thanks to four days of constant rain (which means no gardening) I finally had a chance to create an entry for the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!
I don't actually own too many 'coffee' related stamp sets and dies (really must remedy that) but its quite fun trying to find a different way to use what I have. For this card I used a product I haven't touched in months:

Yep, that's right...patterned paper!!!! Its something I love to buy but hardly ever use, hence I've used a rather old Lawn Fawn paper pad. But I love it and I'm so glad I kept hold of it!!

I started off by die-cutting the two mugs using My Favourite Things 'Hugs in a Mug' dies with the Lawn Fawn 'Into the Woods' paper. I wanted a soft 'pumpkin orange' colour behind the mugs so blended Distress Ink 'Spiced Marmalade' on the card front. I was then able to pop the mugs on foam tape, stamp the sentiment also from My Favourite Things 'Hugs in a Mug' stamp set and glue on some Neat and Tangled sequins. Almost makes me wish it was Autumn here again....almost......

I have three other challenges I would like to enter:

TCP Tuesday Challenge #339 

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Clean and Simple)

AAA Card Challenge #99 

That's it for me, I'm off to bed. Love listening to the rain on the roof at night and bedtime is when I get to catch up with what everyone has been putting on Instagram/Facebook etc. Have been loving all the coffee themed cards and projects, so many clever crafters out there in the world. Fingers crossed its still raining tomorrow so I can make some more.......

Take care

Monday, 18 September 2017

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge

What a cold, yucky day it is today!! Last week it was so warm and 'Spring-like', I even wore my shorts for the first time since Summer (was so wonderful for me but probably not so good for the people seeing me lol!) but now.....the fire is going and I'm wearing a thermal. Yuck!!

For a bit of brightness on a dull day I was playing around with my Distress Inks and came up with a card just right for the current Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Clean and Simple':

I started off by cutting a panel of Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS. I then randomly blended 'Picked Raspberry', 'Worn Lipstick' and 'Mustard Seed' till I was happy with the colours. For a bit of shimmer and interest I sprayed it with Imagine Crafts 'Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Spritz', doing it close to the panel so that droplets would drop on it that I could then press with tissues.

Once it had dried I used a stitched waffle-edged die to cut it out and then the 'hugs' die in the middle of it. I added lots of foam tape to the back and pressed it on to the card front. I wanted to keep the rest of the sentiment simple, so die-cut a strip, stamped on the sentiment with black ink and put on foam tape, along with some pink, yellow and clear sequins. I so wish you could see all the sparkle!!

The sequins are from Neat and Tangled. Everything else is from My Favourite Things. The sentiment and stitched waffle-edged dies are from 'Blueprints 27'. The sentiment stamp is from 'Beary Special Birthday'.

I'm also going to link this to the Stamplorations Summer CAS Challenge where their theme is 'Anything Goes'.

Better go stoke up the fire and work out what to make next. I'm really disappointed that I've not been able to colour every day with The Daily Marker 30 Day challenge but have coloured some things over the last two days and can't wait to turn them into cards!!

Take care

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Reminder: The Flower Challenge - September

Hi everybody!! I'm so very glad its the weekend. Its been an extremely busy week with gardening, Spring is causing everything to grow at double-time!! I love this time of year though and I'm anxiously waiting to see if I get more than one peony flower from my garden this year!!

We are half-way through our challenge at The Flower Challenge and already the Gallery is full with some spectacular projects. 

For my 'reminder' card I decided to try a different line across the tic-tac-toe. This time I tried 'Embossing, Watercolour and Blue', although I got a bit 'off topic' with my blue colouring....:

I really wanted to use this large floral image from Studio Katia 'You're So Ranunculus' but in a different way. So....I started off by cutting a panel of watercolour CS and stamping/heat embossing each corner of the image with white powder. I watercoloured the images using my Gansai Tambi 'Pearl Colors' with the Pink Pearl and Pearl May Green. I so wish you could see the shimmer of this paint in real life, its just gorgeous!!

Once the paint was dry I fussy cut out each corner. To incorporate the 'blue' part of my combo, I cut a panel of blue CS and adhered it to the card front. I then added lots of foam tape to the back of the corners and put them in place. I didn't want to cover up the flowers with a big sentiment, so I heat embossed the sentiment in silver (from the same Studio Katia set) on a strip of white CS and put it on foam tape, along with some pink, green and clear sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I have three challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Work It Wednesday (August/September) - Stamp It

Stamplorations - Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge 

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge  (Clean and Simple)

You have until Monday 25th September to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and for lots of inspiration and ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for you.

Take care

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and Chibitronics Blop Hop - Day 1

Talk about an exciting day!! I'm so excited to be part of this collaboration blog hop between CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and Chibitronics!! 

You should have arrived here from the blog of the fabulous Vanessa who I'm sure wowed you with an incredible project. If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop, you can get the complete list on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog.

I've always wanted to try using Chibitronics on a card but didn't think my brain would allow me to work it all out. Well, it turns out its not as hard as I thought:

So here is the finished card. I'll be totally honest with you, I did have some teething issues at the beginning but with the help of my husband and the book that comes with the Chibitronics Starter Kit I worked out what I had done wrong and now I'm hooked!!

I'm sorry I didn't get a photo of the circuit I created but I was so worried it wouldn't work that I didn't think about it until it was all together. And there is no way I would dare take it apart now, lol!!

So, to start with I die-cut some white CS using the larger circle die from the Ornament Tag Fri-Dies. I then die-cut this snowflake from Flurry Fri-Dies from the middle. I added a piece of plain vellum to the back of the circle and then inlaid the same snowflake die-cut from silver glitter CS. From the card front I then die-cut the 2nd largest Bubble Box Fri-Die, adhered a piece of white CS behind it and inlaid the same die-cut from pink glitter paper.

The circuit and battery cover is the same as this one used by Jennifer McGuire here. I used two white lights on either side behind the snowflake middle and I built up the foam tape to a double layer so that the light didn't stay on until you pressed it, like this:

Thanks Phoebe for the use of her 12yr old hand instead of looking at my grubby gardening fingers!!  And this is what it looks like in the dark:

Its so cool, I can't believe I got it to work!! The reason I had a problem is not that my circuit was incorrect with the positive/negative side of things. I relaid the copper tape again and it worked perfectly, so I think I must have torn it and not realised. All I had to do now was adhere the circle to the front of my card. And I also heat embossed the sentiment from Lovely Blessings in silver on a strip of white CS, popped it on foam tape and glued on some pink and clear sequins from the Sistahood Sparkle Sequin Mix.

I'm going to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Clean and Simple'.


And all the products I used today (except the sequins) have amazing sale prices at the moment. AND if you use my Girl Friday code you can save an additional 15%!!!

Whew, that was one long post, I hope your still with me!! Your next stop is the fabulous Wei Wei and I can only imagine the gorgeous project she will have to show you. Don't forget there is a 'Day 2' tomorrow and you have the chance to win prizes from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  and Chibitronics

Take care


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Holiday Savings Parade Day 2!!!!

I'm feeling very festive after making these cards for the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  'Holiday Sale' Parade!!  That's right, Michelle (the owner) has gone into 'Super Sale' mode and put a whole lot of products on sale here to get you organised for Christmas. Over three days, myself and the other 'Girl Friday's are showing you projects using these products to get you in the creating and 'shopping' mood!!

For both of my cards I really wanted to use these products in a different way than I have before so I hope you like what I came up with!!

I always love blue and white on a Christmas card, especially with snowflakes for some reason. For this card I started off by cutting a panel of white CS the same size as my card front and die-cutting the small circle from the Ornament Tag Dies. I used a pencil to lightly mark out where the circles would sit on the card front and then used a mini-blending tool and Distress Inks 'Salty Ocean', 'Peacock Feathers' and 'Mermaid Lagoon'. I added lots of foam tape to the back of the panel and put on the card.

I die-cut the snowflake from Flurry Fri-Dies 3x and put on tiny pieces of foam tape in each circle. I then covered them with LOTS of Wink of Stella for sparkle. For the sentiment (from Christmas Sparkle) I heat embossed it in Silver on a piece of white CS, fussy cut it out and put on foam tape, along with some clear sequins from the Sistahood Sparkle Sequin Mix.

For my second card I got even more CAS (Clean and Simple)! I started off by using the larger circle die from Ornamental Tag Fri-Dies on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS. I then used my MISTI to stamp and heat emboss the patterns from Holly Jolly Borders  in Gold. I then used my mini-blending tool and Distress Inks 'Picked Raspberry' and 'Worn Lipstick' to create the colour. Using some white CS I created the ornament frame using the same large circle die along with the smaller one and put it over the coloured circle with foam tape.

To co-ordinate with the gold embossing I die-cut the ornament holder from gold CS and glued it in place, and then tied the bow with some gold twine. The whole ornament was then adhered to the card front. To make sure the ornament was the 'star' of the card I simply stamped the sentiment from Lovely Blessings twice using my MISTI and black Versafine ink, and then immediately heat embossing with clear powder. And I just had to add some gold sequins as well from Pretty Pink Posh.


I hope these have given you some ideas for your Christmas cards and if your tempted to do some shopping, please don't forget to use my special Girl Friday code to get an additional 15% off the already incredible sale price of these products!

If your looking for more Christmas project ideas pop over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog to see more from the other Girl Fridays, their ideas are amazing!!!

Take care

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Honey I Shrunk the Kit - September 2017

Hi there, I can't believe its time to show you all our projects from the latest Honey I Shrunk the Kit!!

If you haven't seen my HISTK blog posts before, it's myself and some card making friends who take turns every few months to send an envelope filled with identical card-making goodies to each of us and we then show off what we have made. Its so much fun and a good way to try out different products without buying them yourself!!  Our 'Hostess' for this kit is the incredible Anita of  Neet and Crafty, here is what she sent us:

I can't believe she was able to fit all of this into a standard sized envelope but she did and its been so much fun to play with!!  Here is a list of what she included:


Your Next Stamp - Flippin' Fabulous (crab/sentiments)
Clearly Besotted - Life's a Beach (flip flops/sentiments), So Sweet II (ice cream), Hung Up on You (mini cocktail/sentiments), Good Times II (sentiments), Petite Plushies (lolly/pinwheel)
Hero Arts - Let's Chill (palm/hibiscus/cocktail/beachball/sentiment)
Avery Elle - Sip Sip Hooray (sentiments)
The Greeting Farm - Rain Snow Shine (girl)
Little Claire (beach huts)
Clear Impressions - Sea Breeze (deck chair)

Paper Smooches - Warm Wishes, Birthday Words (cheers)
Echo Park - Flamingo Palm die set
Newton's Nook - Hibiscus
Clearly Besotted - Scalloped Edges die collection

Patterned Paper:
First Edition - Paradise Crush (floral)
Decotime - no name (ice creams)

Ribbon - Dovecraft
Gems - Papermania Glazed Gems Iridescent
Reversible coloured card from stash

I certainly didn't have any problems coming up with some card designs and have so much left over. Okay, here we go!!

For this card I kept it very CAS so that the coloured images could be the stars!! I simply coloured the ball and girl with my pencils. I fussy cut the ball and adhered it to the card front which had been blended with Distress Ink 'Salty Ocean'. I fussy cut the girl as well and put her and the sentiment from the kit on foam tape. I added the gems from the kit and put some Glossy Accents on her glasses for a bit of shine!

For my second card I used the coloured CS from the kit. I die cut them both using Waffle Flower 'Lacy Flower Mats' and adhered them to the card front. I used lots of Wink of Stella on the middle flower and then put the fussy cut (pencil coloured) crab image on top with foam tape. I put the kit sentiment on foam tape as well, along with some similar coloured sequins from Neat and Tangled.

This one was took a bit of time to put together but so happy with the final scene. I watercoloured the palm and flamingo using Distress Inks. While they dried I used the MFT Stamps 'Sun Rays' die and Distress Ink 'Mustard Seed' to create the background. I blended with the stencil first and then blended again gently over top to add a soft yellow glow. The first wave was adhered to the card front, the flamingo added in and then the other wave over top. I tucked in the palm tree and popped the kit sentiment on foam tape. A few blue and clear sequins from Avery Elle gave it some shine and covered up a mis-hap with the flamingo's eye (the gel pen dot for the eye didn't dry, I smudged it everywhere, hence the sequins and googly eye....).

For my final card I tried to make a tropical scene that looked delicious as well!! I coloured all these images with my pencils and fussy cut them out. I adhered the palm first, the flowers on top and then the cocktail on foam tape. I coloured the 'cheers' die-cut with one of my blue Altenew markers and then glued on the card, along with some gems.

I could have made so many more cards but this post would have gone on all night!!! So will save them for another day!! Thanks so much Anita for creating such an incredible kit, you totally outdid yourself!

Now you've seen what I created, you can now go and see what the other girls made:

Thanks so much for stopping by and well done getting to the end of this long post!! I'm off to see what fantastic projects the girls have made. I'm always amazed how different our cards are even though we all used the same products!

Take care