Friday, 18 August 2017

Seize the Birthday Challenge - Anything Goes

Hi everyone!! Its 9pm Friday night and I've just finished re-watching (probably for the 6th time) Season 2 of Veep, one of my all-time favourite shows. The writers are so clever and the acting incredible. And I've even learned quite a bit about American politics along the way, so there you go, watching tv is educational!!  Its been a wonderful relaxing afternoon and now its the weekend with nothing planned....yippee!


I purchased a new stamp set over a week ago and finally had time yesterday to sit down and create with it. It has the cutest birthday sentiment, so I knew I wanted to create something for the Seize the Birthday challenge:


Isn't this bear image amazing??!! Its by a company Rosies Studio from their 'Twig and Twine' collection. It only costs $5 and its not the best quality of clear stamps however over the years they have gotten so much better with their polymer, this set is the best I've ever used. And for $5 its freakin' amazing!!

And yes, that is patterned paper you see on my card. The collection comes with a 6x4 paper pad and the papers are stunning. Lots of florals, wood and natural patterns. I really wanted to push myself and use them both.

I started off by stamping the bear with black ink on some white CS. I coloured him with my pencils and fussy cut him out.  Using a Studio Katia 'Stitched Oval' die, I cut the floral paper and adhered straight to the card front. I wanted the bear to have something in his hand so I grabbed some flower dies from Paper Smooches. I die-cut the stalk from a dark green paint chip and cut off the leaves. I wanted to have the flower in similar tones to the paper, so found some light and darker peachy/pink paint chips and die-cut the flowers from them. I held the middle of the flower in place with some washi tape behind it.

To put together I glued the stalk to the paper and put the flower and bear on foam tape. I stamped the sentiment on white CS, adhered to some black CS and cut around around it. This was put on foam tape as well and I added some peach and gold sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I have three other challenges I would like to enter:

 Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge



Stamplorations Summer Sketch and Theme Challenge 



Southern Girls Challenge # 166  (Add some Stamping)


Now I have to work out what tv series to watch next. I have about six different shows I'm halfway through watching on Netflix so I better finish one of those. But I also have so many shows saved on my MySky (like TiVo) box that need to be watched or deleted. I've always loved tv and there seems to be a new series coming out every week at the moment, especially on Netflix....and they are all so good. I need to take a week off and just watch tv 7 days straight to catch up but I think I would go nuts without getting my hands dirty or being outside. Maybe if it rained non-stop for 7 days.......

Take care
Shona

Winnie and Walter: The Gossip Column Challenge # 8

It was my birthday yesterday and it was also pouring with rain. Sounds like a bad mix but I had planned to take the day off and make cards anyway, so with all the rain I didn't feel so guilty being inside!!





I recently made a watermelon card for the CASology challenge and Taheerah left me a msg on Instagram saying 'this would have been perfect for The Gossip Column if I had used a Winnie and Walter product'. Why didn't I think of that?? My brain forgets so many things these days and I'm usually able to combine different challenges, so this bugged me and I was desperate to sit down and make a card for The Gossip Column Challenge - Summer Fruits!!

After going through my Winnie and Walter stash many, many times, I came to realise that I was going to have to 'think outside the square' with regards to a fruit theme and as usual it lead me down the die-cutting path:

 
I know its not exactly a 'fruit' but I'm hoping with my use of the different colours you can squint your eyes and think your looking at watermelon......what do you think??

I sat down for a while with my big box of paint chips and spent ages going thru all the different shades of pink and green, trying to replicate the variation/layers on a cut piece of watermelon. Once I was happy I grabbed the tag die from 'Essentials: Audrey's Cutaways' and cut one from each paint chip. I adhered the dark green one to the card front at the top and then layered them on top of each other to the bottom.

I wanted to keep the sentiment simple but also with a link (somehow) to it being a fruit, so I stamped the 'hello' from 'The Big, the Bold and Happy' and 'my sweet' from 'The Big, the Bold and Friends' using black Versafine ink and heat embossing with clear powder. I fussy cut around the 'hello' and cut a strip for the rest and put them both on foam tape.

To finish it off I somehow had to incorporate the black seeds, so I tracked down these black beads that are flat on one side, and glued them in place. Ta da!!

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

The Heart Desires Challenge # 15 



AAA Card Challenge # 96 



Stamplorations Summer CAS Challenge 



Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Add a Sentiment)



Its been a much nicer day today and managed to get a few hours of gardening in. Max has been home sick unfortunately and will have to miss his basketball game tonight. Every Winter I think is this the year he grows out of constant colds, flu's and croup but not yet it seems. Fingers crossed for 2018!!

Take care
Shona
 
 

 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Reminder: The Flower Challenge # 11

Hi everyone!! I'm popping in with a quick reminder about our current challenge at The Flower Challenge.





This month its all about 'background stamping', which could be one big stamp or lots of images stamped on top of or around each other....its completely up to you. 

The card I created at the beginning of this challenge had lots of solid stamps layered all over the card front. This time I decided to go with one big stamp and do some colouring:


This is one card that nearly got the better of me but I kept at it and finally was happy with the end result!!

To start with I stamped the floral background stamp on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS using black Memento ink. This way I was able to colour in some of the flowers using my Altenew Artist Markers. Once I had finished I fussy cut down each side of the panel around the flowers. 

I decided to die-cut the sentiment into the panel and used this large one 'Big Hugs'.  Once I had done that I adhered a piece of white CS behind it so I could inlay the pieces again. To add some variety to the layers I also die-cut it from some black CS and some white CS which I coloured with the light pink/peach marker I used to colour the flowers. I inlaid the black layer first, then the peach and then the floral die-cut on top but slightly over to the right so you see a hint of peach underneath.

This is where I had a problem. The sentiment die-cut was so well 'disguised' you couldn't see it at all. So I first decided to use the darker blue marker and colour the top die-cut layer around the flowers. It was very hard to do with it already in place but I finished only to find it looked bloody awful. So I then took a risk and used a black marker (from the same Altenew marker set) and coloured around the flowers. It was incredibly hard to do it cleanly but it worked. It covered up the blue and made the sentiment stand out so much more. Whew!!

My next risk was something I saw Jennifer McGuire do recently. Once the floral panel would be in place there would be white CS showing on each side. It didn't look right so I grabbed the light blue Altenew marker and coloured strips on each side. It looked all blotchy and you could see the lines from the marker so I was freaking out but luckily it dried as one colour. Another whew!!

All I had to do now was add some sequins and I added some Glossy Accents to the die-cut word to give it more shine. Was so glad to be finished!!!

The floral background stamp is from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 'Full On Floral'. The sentiment die and sequins are from Neat and Tangled.

I'm going to link this to the Uniko Challenge # 42 where their theme is:



You have until Friday 25th August to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and if your still needing any ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for you. Can't wait to see what you made in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 

Monday, 14 August 2017

CASology Challenge - Week # 261

Talk about a fast card!! Well, fast compared to my usual hours it takes to put a card together! It was raining today and Phoebe was finishing school at 1pm so I had 30 mins to whip up a quick card for the current CASology  challenge.



When I saw the word 'Safari' for this weeks challenge I knew I just had to join in but I didn't have a chance to come up with any ideas till today. This idea happened super fast, if only my other cards were created this way:



Told you it was simple!! I was thinking about people going on safari and trying to catch a glimpse of a lion or tiger hiding in the bushes.

Firstly I stamped the leaves 3x with Waffle Flower 'Chirp Chirp!' so they were extra green. I then used the matching dies to cut them out. The little lion was stamped on white CS with Versafine black ink, coloured with pencils and fussy cut out. To ground the image I then used my mini-blending tool and Distress Ink 'Mowed Lawn' to create a rough circle of colour in the middle of the card front. 

One leaf was adhered straight to the card front, the other leaf was slightly overlapped, leaving no adhesive under some leaves. This left me a spot to tuck in the lion so he was popping out and going 'roar'! All I had to do then was stamp the sentiment and it was finished!!

The green leaves are from Waffle Flower 'Leafy' and the lion and sentiment stamps are from Reverse Confetti 'Leaping Lions'.

I have three other challenges I would like to enter:

Stamplorations Summer CAS Card Challenge 



Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge 



Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (For a child)



Its Butter Chicken for dinner tonight so need to go and make my Roti bread. After the last three days of very hot weather, Winter has suddenly made a return today so some nice hot curry is just what the doctor ordered!!

Take care
Shona

Saturday, 12 August 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and Cardmaker Magazine Blog Hop!!!

Such an exciting day!! The 'Girl Fridays' of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  and amazing designers from Cardmaker Magazine are joining together today for a blog hop with a 'Floral' theme!!





You should have arrived here from Nicole's blog Deconstructing Jen who I'm sure wowed you with some gorgeous floral designs!! If you've lost your way on the hop, you'll find the full list of blog's at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps or Cardmaker Magazine.  There is a lot of inspiration to be seen and even a few prizes here and there too!!

For my card I really wanted to dedicate a design to my favourite colour blue/teal/aqua (or should I say colours....). I got the idea for this layout while scrubbing the bottom of the shower, at least I came up with something pretty while doing something gross...:


To start with I stamped the flower from Pretty Posies on a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS using Memento black ink. I then got comfy in bed and coloured it in using Altenew Artist Markers. The next morning I used the matching Posies Fri-Dies to cut it out and put it to the side.

To create some interest on the card front, I stamped the flower using Waffle Flower 'New Fish in Pond' randomly. I then grabbed the large circle die from Ornament Tag Fri-Dies and cut a circle from white CS. I then used the matching flower die again to cut the middle of it. After adding lots of foam tape to the back of the circle, I adhered it to the card front and then glued the coloured flower inside.

For the sentiment (also from Pretty Posies) I stamped it on a strip of white CS with black Versafine Ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I put the strip on some foam tape and added some clear and aqua sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. For a final bit of 'bling' I covered the coloured flower with lots of Wink of Stella!!



If I've tempted you to buy any of the products I've used today or any others from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps don't forget to use my special code to save yourself 15% on your purchase!!





Next up on the blog hop is the spectacular Diana of The Secret Life of Paper (such a cool blog name!!) who will definitely inspire you with some beautiful floral creations. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you enjoy yourself on the hop!

Take care
Shona
 
 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Reminder: Time Out Challenge # 89

Hi there everyone, hope your having a good week and had a chance here and there to do some crafting!! I'm just wanting to remind you about our current TIME OUT  challenge. We have a 'Home Sweet Home' theme for you this time with a photo to inspire you:





Its a rather masculine and stylish room with so many different elements to inspire you. You could create something based on a piece of furniture, the colours, what an item represents etc......its totally up to you!!

We are very lucky to have Stamplorations  as the Sponsor for this challenge and the winner will receive a $15 voucher. Oh the things I could buy with that!!




For my card design I knew I had a stamp of the world somewhere and wanted to capture the idea of someone being away in another country:


I don't think I've ever actually stamped out this map of the world before, so its nice to finally get that stamp dirty!!

I started by die-cutting the tag from white CS. I stamped the 'world' twice (using my MISTI) with black Versafine ink and then heat embossing with clear embossing powder for some shine. I then used a hole punch and tied a bow with some gold twine.

For the background I found this paper which is covered with words in different languages, so I die-cut the shape from it and adhered to the card front. I put the tag on some foam tape, added the fussy cut and heat embossed sentiment on foam tape as well, and glued on a few gold sequins for shine.

The map and sentiment are from Concord and 9th 'Map Love'. The patterned paper is from Basic Grey 'B-Side'. The stitched-tag die is from Pretty Pink Posh. The shaped die is from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 'Bubble Box Fri-Dies' and the gold sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I have two challenges I would like to enter:

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge # 12 



Stamplorations Sketch and Theme Challenge 


You have until Wednesday 16th August to link your projects to the TIME OUT  challenge. And if your struggling with an idea, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer Trina of My Crafting Closet  have created for you. Looking forward to seeing your designs in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 

Monday, 7 August 2017

CASology Challenge - Week # 260

Hi there everyone and happy Monday!! I've had a fantastic start to my week. Dave started a new job today and we had to drive him to Nelson to pick up his work car and meet with his colleagues etc. So I decided the kids could take the day off and we would go to the new Indoor Trampoline park. It was awesome and after 3 hours of jumping we drove home and are all ready for bed! 

I remembered though that I had a card for the current CASology challenge and only a few hours left to link it up, so here is my very quick post before my eyes close!






Yep, the Cue Word for this week is 'Juicy'. I had so many ideas for this but just didn't have the right stamps and dies to turn my ideas into a card. I was flicking through some patterned paper yesterday and kept coming across watermelons, so decided to try and create my own:


I think this is the very first watercolouring project where the paint did exactly what I wanted it to do!!!

I started off by cutting a 'curved triangle' freehand from some watercolour CS. I grabbed Distress Inks 'Mowed Lawn' and 'Worn Lipstick', a big round paintbrush, my palette and some water. I really wanted to capture the true colouring of a watermelon, where its green on the outside, fades to white and then light pink to darker in the middle. Using lots of water and doing brushstrokes across the triangle I managed to do just that. I'm so happy with how it turned out. There might actually be some hope for me in the 'watercolouring' world!!

Once the paint was dry, I used a fine tip black pen to draw on the seeds, added some foam tape to the back and put on the card front. I then found this sentiment from Clearly Besotted 'Vegetable Patch' which I thought fit the card perfectly. I stamped it on a strip of white CS, put it on foam tape as well and added some Neat and Tangled clear sequins for a touch of shine.

I have three other challenges I would like to enter:

The Hearts Desire Challenge #15 



AAA Card Challenge # 96 



Stamplorations Summer CAS Challenge 

 

My bed is calling my name. At least I don't need to worry about my electric blanket tonight. I don't know what's going on with the weather but it's so warm tonight. I took Bella for a walk at 5.30pm and it didn't start getting dark until 6pm, 30 mins later than usual for this time of year and it was 13 degrees (celcius) about 10 degrees warmer than usual. Spring may have arrived a month early, which would be great but I have a feeling we will be hit by a frost at some stage to shock us back into Winter! Buggar!

Take care
Shona



 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

AAA Card Challenge # 95 - Entry no. 2

If you haven't noticed by now, I LOVE a rainbow colour combo, so I couldn't let the AAA Card Challenge go by without creating another entry!!






For my card I actually ended up with a design that was completely different from what I started with. And then I changed it again, so I suppose this is 3rd time lucky:



I had always planned on doing a blended background but it wasn't until I had all my Distress Inks out in front of me that I came up with the rainbow idea. And you wouldn't believe it but this actually used to be a shaker card....I thought it would be cool to put a rainbow mix of tiny seed beads in but after going to all that trouble I decided it looked too busy. So a bit of surgery had to be done to pour out all the beads, which of course ended up all over my table!

To start off I cut a panel of white CS the same size as my card front and die-cut the heart shape from it. The die I was using has a smaller die with it and I used that to cut the negative piece so I ended up with this insert. Before I did anything else I stamped my sentiment on this piece, as I normally forget to do this until after I've put it on foam tape.  I put the panel over the card front and gently marked with a pencil where the heart shape would sit. This way I could blend away knowing where the colours would show.

Once I was happy with the blending, I popped the panel on top of it using foam tape. Now as I mentioned, this was originally a shaker card, so I had put a piece of acetate behind the panel and adhered the middle part to it. However, with it now having no beads in it, I could have forgone the acetate and just put the middle part on foam tape as well. To finish off I added a few pink and clear sequins.

The 'Floral Heart' dies are from Neat and Tangled, as well as the sentiment stamp 'Floral Heart' and the sequins.

I'm also going to link this to the Stamplorations Summer CAS Challenge.


Its nearly 5.30pm so I better start thinking about what to whip up for dinner. I wish I was one of those organised women who work out their weeks menu's on a Sunday so they have all their ingredients ready. Unfortunately I'm at the other end of the spectrum and just think up something on the spot. As long as everyone eats it I'm happy but just wish someone else would do all the dishes......

Take care
Shona
 

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - August New Release - Day 4

Well, this is it, the last day of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  August New Release. We hope you've enjoyed what you've seen so far and we're sure your going to love this last stamp set!!

Introducing 'Puffy Heart Love':






The font is so swirly and stylish and the 'Mwah!' is back with a bang! This stamp set is definitely going to be used ALOT!

I wanted to keep my card simple and graphic so the stamp set could be the star, so nothing is better for that than black and white:


Now you can see how large these words are, they are the perfect size for these tags and can take centre stage on any card!!

I started by die-cutting the large tag from Tag Buddies Fri-Dies with some white CS. I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment twice with Versafine Black ink and immediately heat embossing with clear powder.

To add some interest to the card front, I used the two-row heart dies from Funfetti Fri-Dies across the card. I then used it on a dark red paint chip to create some red hearts. To inlay the hearts I adhered a piece of white CS to the back of the card front and glued the hearts into place. I put the tag over top on some foam tape, used my Wink of Stella on the inside of the big heart and glued a heart into it. And I had to add some clear and red sequins from Neat and Tangled for a bit of bling.



If your making your shopping list to buy any of the New Release stamps or any others, don't forget to jot down my special code to save yourself 15% on your purchase!!


Well, that's the New Release done and dusted. I hope you enjoyed yourself, I know I did. And before you do your order, pop over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog to see what the rest of the Design Team made with this new stamp set and you will also get a chance to win it for yourself!!  Good luck and happy shopping!!

Take care
Shona
 

The Flower Challenge - August

Oh how I love the beginning of the month, as its time for 'month-long' challenges to start and we get to see what will inspire us!!  This month's theme at The Flower Challenge  will have you all grabbing for your ink pads:


                               



 I always tend to do some sort of stamping on my cards but its mainly outline stamps for colouring in later. This time I decided I would get out some solid stamps and go crazy:

  
How's this for a funky design and mix of colours! I would never have thought to put this combo together if not for a certain tissue box in my lounge room. I kept walking past it and it caught my eye every time, so I decided to pay hommage to it!! 



To start off I cut a panel of white CS the same size as my card front. I found a nice solid flower stamp and used Hero Arts Shadow Ink 'Navy' and Waffle Flower Inks 'My Pleasure', 'Like a Pro!' and 'Safe Choice' to create the background pattern. I wanted to make sure the navy flowers were on top of the rest, so started the random pattern with the light pink first, then the grey, the coral and then the navy on top.

I needed the flowers to have a bit more detail, so I used a stamp from the same set as the flower and heat embossed it in white only on the navy flowers. For all the others I used a white gel pen and added different sized dots. 

Since I had done so much stamping I decided to just create some die-cuts for the sentiment. I die-cut an oval from the middle of the panel. I then die-cut the 'hello' three times from white CS, glued them together and then to the oval. The panel was adhered to the card front and the oval popped on foam tape. I also added some co-ordinating sequins for a bit more shine.

The flower and flower detail stamps are from Hero Arts 'Let Love Grow'. The oval die is from Studio Katia. The 'hello' die is from Simon Says Stamp and the sequins are from Neat and Tangled.

I've got four challenges I would like to enter:

Southern Girls Challenge # 165 (Flower Power)

Uniko Challenge # 42 



Stamplorations CAS Summer Challenge 



Virginia's Summer Blog Party 



You have until Friday 25th August to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and don't forget to take a peek at the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for you. There's ALOT of inspiration there!! Can't wait to see what you come up in the Gallery and we will be back on the 15th with a few more cards to show you.

Take care
Shona
  

Friday, 4 August 2017

Curtain Call Challenge - Herb Garden

Its finally Friday night here in little old New Zealand and I'm so glad the week is over!! It was a fantastic working week, I had good gardening weather every single day which was a blessing and I got lots done. Now I'm ready for a slower pace for the next two days....

A few days ago I came across the Curtain Call Challenge photo:





It reminded me that I had some plant stamps that I had started colouring but never finished. This was the push I needed to finish them off and turn them into a card:


These are my first ever 'cactus' stamps and there were so much fun to colour and cut out (NOT!!). LOL!!

I stamped these images on to some Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS using Memento black ink. That way I could use my Altenew Artist Markers to colour them in. When oh when will Altenew bring out some more marker colours????

Once I was happy with my colouring I fussy cut them out. The succulents weren't so bad but the cactus thorns were a pain in the backside area. They look good though thank goodness, so all my bad language was worth it.

 I die-cut the window from dark grey CS and popped it up on foam tape. I put the images on foam tape as well, added a gold heat embossed sentiment and some co-ordinating sequins for that added shine. Oh and I also smothered the plants with lots of Wink of Stella too but of course that never shows in my photos, darn it!

The stamp images are all from Rosie's Studio 'Book Club'. The window die is from MFT Stamps, the peach and gold sequins are from Neat and Tangled and the green ones from Studio Katia.

I'm also going to link this to the Uniko Studio Challenge # 42 where their theme is:



Its after 10pm and I've been writing blog posts for nearly two hours. My eyes are going to pop out of my head soon if I don't stop and my bed and Netflix is calling my name. And of course I don't have to get up early tomorrow either......yippee!!

Take care
Shona