Friday, 14 April 2017

Just Add Ink Challenge # 355

Happy Friday to you all on my side of the world and don't worry everyone else, your Friday is on its way!! Its Good Friday today in New Zealand which means a public holiday. Unfortunately the weather isn't supposed to be nice and nothing is open but it means we can hang out as a family which is always great.

And as its Friday it also means its time for a new challenge theme at Just Add Ink. This week we have a sketch to get your imaginations working:


You can turn this around or even upside down, as long as we can see the basic sketch in your design, you can do whatever type of project you like!!

I decided to combine this sketch with the colour combo from another challenge to create my card this week:



For the Altenew Inspiration Challenge this month they have this colour combo to inspire you:

 

I started off by cutting a panel of light grey CS slightly slimmer than my card front and popping up on foam tape. On some white CS I masked off a strip with some washi tape and blended Distress Ink 'Mustard Seed'. After removing the washi, I then stamped the border stamp on top using a teal colour ink pad from Mama Elephant. I cut the strip out leaving white on each side and adhered to the grey panel.

The flower and leaves were stamped in Navy ink and fussy cut out. The flower was put on foam tape and the leaves glued underneath. The sentiment was also stamped in Navy ink, put on foam tape and added along with some navy, clear and teal sequins.

The flower, leaf and border stamps are from Altenew 'Hennah Elements' and the sentiment is also from Altenew 'Adore You'. The sequins are from Neat and Tangled.

You have until Wednesday 19th April to link your projects to the Just Add Ink challenge. And if you need more ideas on how to use the sketch, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for you. Looking forward to seeing your projects in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 
 

Thursday, 13 April 2017

The Hearts Desire Challenge # 11 (Entry no. 3)

Yes, I'm back for a second time again today...and once again it isn't a DT card!! I don't seem to have much time to enter challenges these days so I grab the chance whenever it arrives!!







The Hearts Desire Challenge this month is this gorgeous mood board and colour combo. You can only enter three times so this is my final entry but might just keep using these beautiful colours some more as the weeks go by.

The card I posted a few hours ago was using my new Neat and Tangled 'Hexstar Cover Plate'. When I finished the card I was left with a big die-cut with a couple of spots of distress ink colour in the middle. I couldn't let it go to waste, so this is what I came up with:


Now you can see why I couldn't throw the rest of the die-cut out!! 

I used the same distress inks and blended the rest of the hexagon spots and glued it to a panel of black CS. Using the Neat and Tangled 'Celebrate' die, I die-cut it twice from black CS and once from silver glitter CS, gluing them all together and then to the card. The sentiment (from the Neat and Tangled 'Celebrate' stamp set) was heat embossed in white on a strip of black CS and adhered in place. And of course I had to lots of clear and coloured sequins for a bit more sparkle (also from N&T).

Since I'm using the same Spring pastel colours, I have two other challenges I would like to enter:

Scrapbook Boutique Challenge - April 



Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge 



Phoebe and I have been playing Battleship and The Game of Life this afternoon to pass the time. Its so much fun and we always have a laugh. I've got one more blog post to write for tomorrow morning and then I'm off to play again. I'm so glad that in this day and age of computers, apps and phones, boardgames are still going strong!!

Take care
Shona
 

Scrapbook Boutique Challenge - April

Hi everyone!! Well, Max and Phoebe are home sick today (Max's fever has finally gone down...) and its STILL raining, so no gardening for me either. So its been a very quiet day of board games and finishing off two cards I made last night. I finally had a chance to play with my new Neat and Tangled goodies and try out some new ideas!!


This month the Scrapbook Boutique Challenge has this gorgeous pastel mood board to inspire us all. I couldn't get the colours out of my mind, especially in a rainbow pattern so just had to make something using this combo. 

One of the new Neat and Tangled products I was given was the 'Hexstar Cover Plate' which I have coveted ever since it was released. Since I had more time on my hands yesterday I was able to look it over and think of different ways to use it and this is what I came up with:


Its another one of my 'why do I come up with such fiddly designs?' cards. Was so worth it though!!

To start off I die-cut the 'Hexstar Cover Plate' from a piece of white CS. To keep the pieces in place I covered the back of it with Glad Press n Seal (which is a magic product). I then used my mini-blending tool and Distress Inks to gently colour the middle of each full hexagon shape. I gently pulled off the Press n Seal and pressed it on to the front of the hexagons. Some glue was applied to the back of each hexagon triangle and I pressed the whole thing down on the card front.

I now needed to remove the rest of the surrounding die pattern. I should have waited for the triangle glue to dry a bit more but I was worried that the outer die shapes may have gotten glued down as well. So I very gently peeled off the rest of the die. Of course a few of the triangles came off as well so I just put the die cut back on again, re-glued the triangles and then removed it again. Done!!

For the sentiment I die-cut the Neat and Tangled 'Awesome' three times from black CS and glued them all together. To add a bit of interest I used the outer 'Awesome' die on some vellum, glued the word to it and then to the card front. The rest of the sentiment (from Neat and Tangled 'Awesome' stamp set) was heat embossed in white and adhered to the card, along with some co-ordinating Neat and Tangled sequins.

I have four other challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Spring Colours)



Stamplorations CAS Challenge - April



The Heart Desires Challenge # 11


Muse Challenge # 211 



When I went to bed last night I had only stuck the triangles to the card base and thought I would finish off today (which I did). I decided to catch up on some You Tube videos on my phone and came across a new one by my favourite lady Laura Bassen where she makes a similar card with another cover plate and some water colouring. I totally felt her pain when getting everything to stick on and was so happy to have had an idea so similar to my card making idol. I went to sleep with a big smile on my face!!!

Take care
Shona
 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Simon Says Stamp - Work It Wednesday Challenge - March

It is an absolutely dismal day here. Its been pouring with rain since around midnight (its now 4pm) and hasn't stopped once. Our lawns look like a lake and the river thru town is closed off because of major flooding. We've also been having a lot of earthquakes lately, we certainly don't need a big one right now...what a disaster that would be!! Max has been home sick and so has Phoebe, so at least I haven't had to go anywhere today. Its a perfect card making day, which is exactly what I've been doing!!







For the Simon Says Stamp - Work It Wednesday Challenge for March, their theme is Spring/Easter and I knew I would be making a few Easter cards here and there. Some of Phoebe's friends at school know I make cards (and even follow me on IG, what a cool Mum I am!!) and one of them asked me to make an Easter card to give to her little sister. I knew exactly what I wanted to do straight away, I hope she likes it:


This little chick image and sentiment are from Waffle Flower 'Welcome Spring' and is my go-to for all Easter/Spring cards. Since this card was for a little girl I thought she would appreciate a rainbow of pastel colours.

I started off by blending Distress Ink 'Salty Ocean over the top half of the card front to create a soft background. I cut a panel of white CS and used a Pretty Pink Posh 'Stitched Curved Die' across the top. This was popped up on foam tape on the card front, to give my chicks somewhere to sit. The chick images were stamped on white CS, coloured with pencils and fussy cut out. They were then put on foam tape, following the curve in the panel.

The sentiment was simply stamped in black ink, put on foam tape and I added lots of pastel and gold sequins from Neat and Tangled. Little girls LOVE sequins!!

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

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge 



Uniko Challenge #40 (Spring with optional twist of Easter)



The Heart Desires Challenge # 11 (Spring)



Stamplorations CAS Challenge - April (Anything Goes with optional pastel colours)



Scrapbook Boutique April Challenge 




I'm off to make a big bowl of ice cream for Max. He now has a really sore throat and was asking for some Panadol. He seems to have a bit of a temperature so I don't think I'll be going anywhere tomorrow. Although with all this rain I don't think I could garden anyway. Could be another card making day for me......(secretly whispering 'yay').

Take care
Shona

 



Friday, 7 April 2017

Little Tangles Challenge - April

Hi there everybody and welcome to a new challenge month at Little Tangles! Thank you so much for all your amazing rainbow creations last month, it was so hard to choose our favourites!! This month we have a very trendy theme:

I can still remember when water colouring started becoming popular over a year ago, and its popularity is still going strong!! There are so many amazing paint and paper products available now. And someone is always coming up with a new water colouring technique. This is your chance to paint away to your hearts content and maybe try something new!

For my card I was dying to use a new Neat and Tangled stamp set and see if I could do some shading (which I always find difficult with paint...):


I've seen so many people using these cute little squirrels from Neat and Tangled 'My Favourite Nut' , I'm so happy to finally have them living at my house!

Firstly I cut a panel of water colour CS the same size as the card base. Using some green Gansai Tambi water colour paint, I brushed it on to a clear stamp block, added some water and smooshed away to create a background for the acorn. Once it was dry I adhered it to the card front.

I stamped the acorn image on to water colour CS with black Versafine Ink and then heat embossed with clear powder. Then off I went, painting away with my Zig Real Colour Brush Markers and Gansai Tambi paints, trying my best to create some shading. Once it was dry I used the 'My Favourite Nut Matching Die Set' and popped it up on foam tape. All I had to do then was stamp the sentiment (from the same stamp set) and glue on some green and gold sequins also from Neat and Tangled.



I'm going to link this to the CAS on Sunday challenge where their theme is 'Leaves and/or trees'. Hopefully my acorn and its little leaf will be enough to be allowed...




And will also link to the gorgeous Darnell's blog for her 2nd Annual April Fools Boo Boo and NBUS #11 challenge since I'm using a brand new stamp and die set. 

  

You have until Thursday 27th April to link your projects to the Little Tangles challenge. And, if your struggling with ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created just for you. 

Can't wait to see your water colour creations in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Reminder: Time Out Challenge # 80

Happy Thursday everyone!! I'm just popping in with a quick reminder about our current TIME OUT  challenge. We have some words to inspire you this time:


          'When it rains look for rainbows, when its dark look for stars'


You can be inspired by one word, the meaning of a word or maybe the whole sentence...its totally up to you!!

We are very excited to have Uniko as the Sponsor of this challenge and they are giving a gift voucher to the winner. Lucky them!!

 
I LOVE creating rainbow cards so as soon as I saw the word 'rainbow in the sentence, I jumped on that idea straight away:


This little girl is such a cutie, I've been dying to colour her ever since she arrived a few weeks ago!!

I started off by stamping the little girl on some white CS, colouring her with pencils and then fussy cutting out. I wanted it to look like it was raining rainbow colours and the colours were running over the ground at her feet. I used a paintbrush stamp image and stamped each colour twice (with my MISTI to get a vibrant colour) across the card front. I then used the same ink pads to stamp the raindrops.

The little girl was popped up on foam tape, the sentiment stamped in black across the card and some co-ordinating sequins added for shine.

The little girl, raindrops and sentiment stamps are from Studio Katia 'Hello Alice'. The red ink is from Altenew 'Crimson' and the rest are from Waffle Flower. The paintbrush stamp is from Paper Smooches 'Positive Strokes' and sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I'm going to link this to my wonderful friend Darnell's 2nd Annual April Fools Boo-Boo Hop and NBUS #11 Challenge since this Studio Katia stamp set is a newbie!!





I'm also going to link to the Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge where their theme is 'Make a Rainbow'.


 


You have until Wednesday 12th April to link your project to the TIME OUT challenge. And for lots of ideas and inspiration, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer Marilyn have created for you. Can't wait to see all your projects in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
  

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge # 236

Happy Wednesday everyone and welcome to the start of a new theme for the Addicted to Stamps and More  challenge. This time we have everyone's favourite:




We always get so many entries for this theme which is fantastic to see in the Gallery. And I love that some people enter more than once!!

For my card I was inspired by the always amazing Jennifer McGuire and tried one of her new techniques:


This was incredibly hard to photograph but I hope you will be able to see what I did!!

Jennifer recently did a video (link here), that she called Pearlized Stamp Layering. It involved using Perfect Pearls which I had purchased a while ago but hadn't had the nerve to try out yet. This was my chance!!

I used the Altenew 'Peony Bouquet' stamp set for this flower. I started off by stamping the solid flower layer with Versamark ink on some dark pink CS. I then brush the Perfect Pearls over it, and it sticks to the ink. Next I used Versamark ink again on the next flower layer, pressed it on top and voila, magic!! The ink on the stamp causes the Perfect Pearls to stick to it and your left with an amazing image.

For some final added detail I took the next flower layer stamp and used Hero Arts 'Bubblegum Shadow Ink and pressed it over top. This gives the flower even more detail and definition. It is the most spectacular technique and I really encourage you to watch the video and give it a go!!!

I wanted the flower to remain the star of the card, so I kept the sentiment very simple. I used a sentiment from Altenew 'Geometric Flowers' and heat embossed it in white on a strip of the same pink CS. This was popped up on foam tape, along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

You have until next Wednesday 12th April to link your projects to the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge. And if you need any help with ideas or inspiration, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have made just for you. Can't wait to see all your entries in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 

 

 

The Flower Challenge - April

Hi there everyone! I can't believe its April already and its nearly the end of the first school term here in New Zealand. Its also Easter in two weeks so lots to organise. However, since its a new month that also means that its time for a new challenge theme at The Flower Challenge. This month we have a sketch to inspire you:




I know a lot of people like using a sketch to start off their design, so I hope you enjoy this one!!

For my card I was actually inspired by the sketch and another challenge that I wanted to enter:


Last month the Altenew Challenge had a colour combo of yellow, orange and dark red. I really wanted to enter as I would never normally use those colours together but it was getting close to finishing, so I decided to use this sketch just in case I didn't get it entered in time. And of course I didn't (was too busy packing for my son's school camping trip), so I'm lucky I get to use it here instead!!

I started off by cutting thin strips from some paint chips in yellow, orange and dark red, and adhering them across the card front. On a piece of white CS I stamped the leaves in grey ink and the flowers using the same colour combo from Altenew's 'Beautiful Day' stamp set. After fussy cutting them out, I arranged them on the card using double-sided tape and foam tape for a bit of dimension. And for a bit more shine I added some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

You have until April 25th to enter your projects to The Flower Challenge and please pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you. We will also be back on April 15th with a reminder. Looking forward to seeing your projects in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 
 

Monday, 3 April 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday - April

Hi everybody and welcome to my CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  'Girl Friday' post for the month of April!!





I'm still on a high from our March New Release Blog Hop which happened on Friday 31st March. So many incredible projects from the Design Team, I'm very humbled to be their team mate! 

For my card I decided I needed to give some older products some love and created a card for a friend:


I'm always looking for an excuse to make a shaker card, and since I'm so in love with the Sisterhood Sparkle 'Limited Edition' Sequins that Pretty Pink Posh created for the Calling All Sistah's Collection, I knew they would look so pretty in a shaker.

I started off by die-cutting a circle (using a die from Couture Creations) from white CS. From the centre of it I die-cut the Heart Board Fri-Die and glued a piece of clear acetate behind it. I added foam tape around the back of the heart to create the shaker, put a big pile of sequins on the card front and then pressed it down on top to seal.

To add a bit of interest to the shaker, I used the Heart Board Fri-Die again on a pink paint chip and glued two of the hearts to the acetate. To pretty it up even more I stamped two flower images from the Girlfriend  stamp set on to some water colour CS and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I then used my mini-blending tool and Distress Inks 'Picked Raspberry' and 'Worn Lipstick' to colour them and then fussy cut them out. They were glued into place and I kept the sentiment simple (also from the Girlfriend stamp set) by using black ink. 



If you've seen anything from the new release your thinking of buying or maybe the products I used today, don't forget to use my special 'Girl Friday' code to save yourself 15%. Every dollar counts these days!!


 


I'm going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Anything Goes'.


Thank you so much for stopping by and I will see you again on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog later in the month. Enjoy your week!!

Take care
Shona
 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Challenge - April

Hello April!! Pinch and a punch for the first of the month and no return!! We did this at school each month when I was a kid and so funny to know they still do this today, some things never change which is kinda wonderful!

The first of the month means its time for a new challenge theme at the Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Challenge. I know this one is going to be mega popular:






Yep, its rainbows!! Its totally optional but I know I'm always looking for an excuse to create a rainbow pattern. And if you play along you also have the chance to win a $15 discount at the Happy Little Stampers store!






There's a bit of a funny story behind my card this month. I spent the weekend at my Mum's last week crafting up a storm and on my list of cards to make was this one. I was so excited to be ready so early (you may know already I'm a last-minute crafter....). I got the photo ready with the watermark and went to link it the other day when I suddenly realised that its a watercolour challenge and all I did was stamp!!! What an idiot!!!

So I had to very quickly come up with a new card design and thank goodness for leftovers:


Last month I created a card with this heart die-cut from the middle of a panel. I kept it as it was to pretty to get rid of and knew I could use it somewhere. Yay for hoarding!!

To create this rainbow I took a panel of water colour CS, some Zig Real Color markers and a brush (with a water bowl). I brushed each Zig across the panel and immediately put the wet brush on it to bring the colour down. I was able to repeat doing this, adding more layers as I went to keep the colour vibrant. After drying with my heat gun, I die-cut the heart from it.

To keep all the pieces in place I covered the back of the heart with washi tape. I wanted to add a bit of interest so because of the washi I was able to remove some pieces and replace it with gold ones (after die-cutting from gold CS). I decided to keep the card one-layer so die-cut the heart from the card front, added a panel of white CS behind it and adhered the rainbow heart in place.

And keeping with the simple, CAS design, I simply stamped the sentiment twice with black Versafine ink and didn't add any sequins, not a one!!

The faceted heart die is from Neat and Tangled, as well as the sentiment from stamp set 'Big Bold Brew'.

I'm going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Anything Goes'.


You have the whole month of April to link your projects to the Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Challenge. And if you need any inspiration, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created just for you. Can't wait to see what you come up with in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - March New Release Blog Hop

Hello there and welcome  to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps March New Release Blog Hop!!!!!






You should have arrived here from the blog of the incredibly talented Taheerah (who is going to be a very hard act to follow.....). If not, the complete blog hop list is on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog and you can find out details about some prizes up for grabs on the hop too!!

I hope you enjoyed the Sneak Peek days showing all the new stamp sets. This hop will be showcasing those and and giving you lots of inspirational ways to use them. I have three cards to share with you today, so lets get started!


I am a HUGE fan of the 'Full on Floral' background stamp from our last release, so when I saw this new 'Floating' stamp set arrive in my letterbox I was over the moon!!

I stamped and heat embossed the balloon image on some water colour CS in gold and then water coloured using my Zig Real Color Brush Markers. Once it was dry I fussy cut it out. To create a sky background I used my mini-blending tool and 'Salty Ocean' Distress Ink to gently colour the card front. The balloon was popped on some foam tape and the sentiment (from the same stamp set) was stamped in black ink. I also added some sequins from the Sisterhood Sparkle 'Limited Edition' Sequin Mix for a bit of bling.


For a complete change of pace, I decided to create a masculine card (something I don't do very often) using the new 'Modern Petals' stamp set.

Using my MISTI, I stamped the 'Modern Petals' border stamp using black Versafine ink, on a panel of white CS. Each time I stamped it twice to get good coverage with the ink. I cut the panel to size and popped up on foam tape over the card front. For the sentiment I used the new 'Rad 2' stamp set, simply stamping the words on white CS strips and putting them on foam tape too. I thought I could also get away with adding some subtle shine using clear sequins from the Sisterhood Sparkle 'Limited Edition' Sequin Mix.


For my final card I created a design that could be used for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, or to celebrate another special occasion.

I started off by cutting a panel of water colour CS the same size as my card front.  I then stamped and heat embossed in gold the star image from the 'Star of David' stamp set. Using a mini-blending tool and Distress Inks 'Salty Ocean' and 'Mermaid Lagoon' I created the ombre colouring. Once dry the panel was adhered to the card front. The sentiments, both from the new 'Mazel Tov' stamp set, were stamped and heat embossed in gold on strips of water colour CS. To soften them I gently rubbed the mini-blending tool around the edges with any remaining blue ink. The strips were popped up on foam tape and I added gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I really hope you enjoyed seeing these cards and what you can do with the new stamp sets. All of the new sets are available to purchase today and if you want to buy some of those or any other products, don't forget to use my special 'Girl Friday' code to save yourself 15% on your purchase!!




Right, your next stop on the hop is the spectacular Lisa who I know will knock your socks off with her cards designs. So go grab another coffee, a packet of your favourite biscuits, sit back and relax and enjoy the rest of the hop!!

Take care
Shona