Saturday, 20 October 2018

Collaboration Blog Hop with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and Coffee Loving Cardmakers

Well, what a fabulous day it is and what a wonderful day to be blog hopping!! I'm so excited to be a part of today's blog hop with the Design Teams from Coffee Loving Cardmakers and CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!!

There is going to be coffee and tea loving projects all over the place, with so much inspiration and ideas to be had. I suggest making your favourite cup of tea or coffee, grabbing a few biscuits (alright, maybe the whole packet) and getting comfortable while you wander through blogland.

There is also the chance to win 1 of 3 $25 gift certificates to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps up for grabs from all comments left on the blogs. So the more comments you leave, the more chances you have of winning!!

For my card I'm still in 'Halloween' mode and there was one sentiment I had never used that would be perfect for a bit of blood splatter:

This was a lot of fun to make and I must have looked hilarious sitting here holding the die-cut cup, trying to work out where the finger prints would go!!

I started off by die-cutting the To Go Cup Fri-die 3x from white CS and gluing them all together for a bit of stability. I also did the same with the lid from black CS and glued it on top.

To create the blood I smeared some Altenew 'Crimson' ink on a clear block and added a bit of water. After working out where my fingers would sit if this was a real cup of coffee (although now looking at it I didn't include my little finger, must have been having a 'royal' moment) I used a brush to put the ink on my fingers and thumb and pressed on to the cup. I then used the brush to add some blood splatters and a few smears for good measure!! 

Using my MISTI I stamped the sentiment from 'Coffee Talk' on the card front with black ink and popped the cup up on some foam tape. Using a red paint chip I die-cut the 'Coffee' from the 'Coffee Cup Fri-dies' and also two more times from black CS. I glued these all together and then to the front of the cup. I finished off with some black half pearls.

I hope you enjoyed my card and it gave you a few ideas for your own creations. If you haven't seen these coffee stamps/dies before and are thinking of making a purchase, don't forget to use my special code to save yourself 15%!!

There are plenty of projects to look at as you can see by all these thumbnails below. You can look at them all in any order you like and I'm sure you'll enjoy yourself!!

An InLinkz Link-up

Thanks so much for stopping by, I'm going to hop now myself and I can imagine I'll be blown away by everyone's creativity!!

Take care

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #120

Hi everybody!! I've had a super-busy week, the weeds are growing like 'weeds' and so is everything else in everyone's gardens. At least the weather has been gorgeous so its wonderful to be outside in the sun!!

Our current challenge theme at TIME OUT  is 'Colourful' which has our Gallery looking all kinds of fabulous!! You can make any type of project you like, with as many colours as you like. This is such a fun challenge!!

We are very lucky to have Winnie and Walter as our Sponsor for this challenge and they are giving the winner a $25 gift voucher. They were also very generous with the TIME OUT Design Team and I received a new Christmas stamp set that was perfect for lots of colour!!

I've always loved making Christmas cards with non-traditional colours and recently discovered a new colour combo that will be turning up on a lot of my Christmas cards this year:

All of these pastel colours and the fabulous 'candy house' makes me want to reach for a lollipop right now!! And I love light blue, red and white together, its so pretty but fresh and modern.

To start off I stamped the images from Winnie and Walter 'Sweet Holiday with Evelin T Designs' with Gina K Amalgam Ink on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS. I coloured them all in with Altenew Artist Markers and then fussy cut out.

For the background I blended Distress Oxide ink 'Picked Raspberry' on the card front, leaving a border around the outside. I then flicked on some water with a brush and dabbed with a tissue, to give the impression it was snowing. I then stamped the sentiment (from the same stamp set) with Versafine black ink.

The candy house was adhered to the card front, and the doggie and bear were popped on foam tape. To finish off I also glued on some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

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

Cards in Envy Challenge (Favourite Holiday)

You have until Wednesday 24th October to link your projects to the TIME OUT Challenge and if your needing any inspiration pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for you. I hope you have a chance to join us and look forward to seeing you in the Gallery!!

Take care


The Card Concept Challenge #100 - Guest Designer

This is a very exciting blog post for me!! My super talented friend Marcie of Sharp Designs sent me a message a few weeks ago inviting me to be a Guest Designer at The Card Concept challenge. They are celebrating their 100th challenge and the Design Team were asked to invite a guest to join in. I was super honored she asked me and of course I said yes straight away!!

Funnily enough I've always loved The Card Concept challenge. I used to have the time a few years ago to join in every single one, and one of my most viewed cards ever on my blog was for one of their Christmas challenges a long time ago, so I'm very happy to be helping them celebrate!! 

I don't know who chooses their inspiration photos but they are always gorgeous and offer so many ideas for your project. This is the photo for their 100th challenge. Its so stunning and with Thanksgiving coming up in the U.S. I know this is going to have an amazing Gallery of projects!!

For my card I definitely had to include some pumpkins, especially with soft pinks and golds. And find a way to add in some pretty flowers too:

My card comes under the 'Clean and Layered' category, since a have a few different elements on top of each other on foam tape.

I started off by heat embossing the pumpkins from MFT Stamps 'Witch way is the Candy?' in white and the flowers from Neat and Tangled 'Bloom' in gold. I coloured them both with a water brush and Zig Clean Color Brush pens. Once they were dry I fussy cut them all out.

To bring the elements together I blended some Distress Oxide ink in 'Spun Sugar' on the card front and stamped the sentiment from Neat and Tangled 'Scandinavian Prints Christmas' in black. The flowers were popped up on foam tape.

To add some gold to the pumpkins I used a small brush and Gina K Connect Glue on the lower part of each one. I then sprinkled on some WOW! Gold Glitter. Once the glue had dried I put these on foam tape, along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

Congratulations to the team at The Card Concept on your 100th challenge and here's to many, many more!!

And thanks so much Marcie for inviting me to play, so lovely of you to think of me and what a fabulous celebration to a part of!!

I hope you all have a chance to join in the challenge too!!

Take care

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday post #2 for October

Hi everybody, just wanted to let you know I'm up on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog today with this rather creepy 'Halloween inspired' card:

We don't have raccoons in New Zealand but I've heard they sometimes get rabies and attack people/other animals. They are such cute animals but I don't think I'd like to come out my back door at night to these four 'nasties' who want to eat me for dinner!!

To find out how I put this together, pop over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog!!

I'm going to link this to The Cats Pajama's Challenge #351 where their theme is 'Holidays'. 


I'll also link to the Cards in Envy Challenge  where they are looking for your 'Favourite Holiday'. Christmas is definitely my favourite but Halloween comes a very close second, its so much fun creating these crazy, creepy cards!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll be back here tomorrow with another card....its a busy week!!

Take care

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Reminder: The Flower Challenge #25

Hi everyone!! This month seems to be whizzing by faster than any other. I think its because we've just had two weeks of school holidays, which was a blur of kids being here all the time and having sleep-overs. Suddenly its the middle of the month and the kids went back to school today....its crazy!!

It also means that we are already half-way thru our current challenge at The Flower Challenge where we are asking you to 'Add Sparkle' to your floral projects. There are already some amazing projects in the Gallery, your all so talented!!

For my card, instead of adding some sparkle to a die-cut, I used the same sparkling embossing powder on a stamped image and played with some Zig Real Color Brush Pens:

I've wanted this stamp image for such a long time, it was a real pleasure to finally stamp it out and colour it!!

I was in a stationary store the other week and came across a new watercolour pad. Its by Reeves and the sign said it was for 'Acrylic, Oil and Watercolour'. Its quite white and has a slight texture to it but its thicker than I normally use. The pad itself says its for 'Acrylic' painting but I thought I would give it a go. And so far so good!!

I stamped the image (from Simon Says Stamp 'Kind Flowers') on a piece of the Reeves paper with Versamark ink and heat embossed using WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter. I then used my Zig pens and a little water to colour it in. When it came to colouring the 'KIND' I coloured it without any water so it would stand out.

I used a scallop-edged die from Winnie and Walter 'Essentials: Audrey's Cutaways' to cut out the image and added a piece of white foam to the back. I managed to find a piece of pink CS similar to the colours I used and cut it slightly bigger than the die-cut, adhered it to the card front and then glued the panel on top.

The sentiment (from the same SSS stamp set) was stamped on a strip of the Reeves paper with Versafine black ink and glued in place with a Gina K 'Connect' glue pen, along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

And here's a photo to show you how much this embossing powder sparkles:

I'm going to link this to the SSS Flickr Challenge #108 where their theme is 'Anything Goes'. I'm thoroughly enjoying playing along with this fortnightly and now I have a few more SSS products I can come up with more exciting designs!!

You have until Thursday 25th October to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and if your trying to find some new ideas on how to add sparkle, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created. They are always inspiring me with their incredible designs!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to seeing your floral projects in the Gallery!!

Take care

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

The Cats Pajama's Challenge #351 - Entry no. 2

As you all know I LOVE horror movies. I get it from my Mum and we have watched so many together over the years. Last month we went to see The Nun, which I found to be mega-scary, it had so many jump scares and the Nun herself is so creepy. I was trying to work out how I could incorporate this movie into a Halloween card and realised that once again, the Ellen Hutson 'Leading Ladies' would come to my rescue!!

Since the theme is 'Holiday' at this months The Cats Pajama's Challenge this gives me a perfect place to show you all my Halloween card ideas.

Ellen Hutson is probably going to ban me after seeing this card. Last year I used the 'Gardening Leading Lady' to make a witch who was holding a leg from a child and then created another card where I turned her into the 'IT' clown. This year its the 'Crafty Leading Ladies' turn:

This is what the card looks like when you take it out of the envelope.

The door will pop open a little so you can see someone (or something) is waiting inside.

 You can then open the door for the full reveal!!!! So happy with how she turned out, it took ages doing all the clothing but she definitely looks the part!!

If you've seen the film, the Nun quite often appears in the dark hallways, corners and see her yellow eyes first and then she bursts out at you. So I wanted to create an all black card, like she was appearing from the dark shadows....

I started off by stamping the Ellen Hutson 'Crafty Leading Lady' on some white CS and fussy cut her out. After looking at lots of images of The Nun, I cut a piece of white CS to go across her forehead. It then took forever to create the headpiece. I ended up by stamping the top part of the image on black CS and cutting it out around her face. I coloured her hair black as it would show either side of her neck and I added white gel pen around the inside edge.

I stamped the image again on black CS and cut around her shape up to her neck. I then flipped it over and glued it to her body. I created a white CS piece to be her collar and adhered that as well. I was then able to glue the headpiece on, colour her shoes black and use a silver gel pen to draw on her cross necklace.

I used a yellow marker to colour around her eyes but her mouth was a bit of a problem. Because she has such a big smile I used a black fine tipped pen to open the mouth up and colour it black. I used a white gel pen to create some teeth and used a red marker to add some blood.

For the doorway I blended some Distress Ink 'Black Soot' on the card front to be the background. I cut a panel of black CS the same size as the card front. I worked out where the door would be, drew some pencil lines and then used a blade to cut the edges. I also scored the folding side of the door. I added lots of black foam to the back of it and adhered to the card front. 

 All I had to do then was put the Nun in the doorway. I stamped the sentiment (from Hampton Arts) several times on white CS with Versafine black ink and clear heat embossed. I cut it out and blended some more of the black Distress Ink around the edges. This was put on foam tape across the door so you could use it to open it up!!

I'm also going to link this to a new challenge that I found. My friend Toni of Frankie Helps Craft has a similar love of 'spooky' cards and she belongs to the Cards with Envy Challenge DT and their current theme is 'Spooky'. I think this will fit in just nicely!!


Wow, this is a long post, didn't realise I had done so much to put it all together because it looks so simple!!

My main worry with this card is that I might offend someone by using a Nun. I'm very sorry if this happens and hope they understand that its just a bit of fun.

There are a few weeks to go till Halloween and who knows what else I might come up this space....

Take care

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The Cats Pajama's Challenge #351

I feel like I haven't done a blog post for weeks but had three blog posts last week. Think its just because its the school holidays and between working and doing things with the kids, its all a blur!! The weather has been super fantastic so lots of jumping on the trampoline and playing tennis/basketball, so everyone's very happy.

Recently they had a New Release at The Cats Pajama's and I ordered a stamp set and die which arrived yesterday. Usually new products sit on my desk for ages before being used but I inked these up right away so I could join the TCP Challenge!! 

The stamp set is all about 'halloween' and I have so many ideas on what to do with the images. I purchased the die for my Christmas cards but suddenly realised it would make a cool background for creepy creatures....:

This rabbit was one of the reason's I wanted this stamp set, he's so creepy with his 'blood spattered' apron and meat cleaver!!

I started off by stamping the bunny from TCP 'Faboolous' with Gina K Amalgam ink on Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS. I coloured him with my Altenew Alcohol markers and fussy cut out, adding on the bloody bits.

I cut a panel of black CS the same size as the card front and die-cut my new TCP 'Round Tree' die from it. I glued the bunny to the back of it, making sure the cleaver and one of his ears poked thru the trees. To create the background I blended Distress Ink 'Black Soot' on the white card front and also added dots of white gel pen for stars. I then popped the die-cut panel on top with black foam.

The sentiment (from TCP 'Just Let It Happen') was stamped 3x with Versafine ink and clear heat embossed on a strip of white CS, which was also popped up on black foam tape. To finish off I added some white gel pen to the whites of the bunny's eyes and glued on some black half-pearls. I think its super creepy!!

I started watching a new scary movie on Netflix last night called 'Malevolent' so going to jump in bed and finish watching that now. Netflix are so good with their movies, so many different genres and all the stars seem to be clambering to star in them. Maybe going to the movies will really become a thing of the past at some stage, which is such a shame as I love the big-screen 'not being in your own lounge room' feeling. Although sitting in bed with chocolate and in your pjs is pretty good too....

Take care

Friday, 5 October 2018

The Flower Challenge #25

You wouldn't believe it but its our 2nd Anniversary at The Flower Challenge!!  I can't believe its been that long, seems like just the other day I received an email from my friend Aileen (who runs the challenge with Viv) to see if I would like to join the DT for a 'flower' themed challenge. Time flies when your having fun and I'm very lucky to be on a team with such fabulous people too. And you can just imagine how large my floral stamp collection is now.....

And because its our Birthday we have a prize package for one lucky person. All the details are on The Flower Challenge Blog!

This month we are all about 'Adding Sparkle' to our floral projects. Its not something I do very often with flowers but I recently purchased some sparkly embossing powder that would be perfect. You could heat emboss, add sequins, glitter....basically anything that puts a sparkle in your eye!!

I purchased a new floral die recently and the first thing I wanted to try was heat embossing it:

This flower is heat embossed with WOW! 'Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter'. Its a little hard to see the sparkle in this photo, here's a closer look:

It looks amazing in real life and when you move it around in the sun its spectacular!!

I started off by die-cutting the Simon Says Stamp 'Floral Frame' from white CS. I stamped it with Versamark ink and heat embossed. To make sure it had good coverage and dimension, I heat embossed it again two more times.  

I die-cut the floral die two more times from white CS and glued them all together. I die-cut it again one more time from white CS but this time I cut away the flower part and trimmed around the edge so I could make the perfect frame to adhere on top. 

To put some colour behind the die I blended Distress Oxide ink 'Picked Raspberry on the card base and then adhered the flower over top.  I stamped the sentiment (from SSS 'Kind Flowers') with the same Distress Oxide ink on a strip of white CS. I glued it to some grey CS, fussy cut around it to create a frame and then popped it up on foam tape. I finished off with some gold and pink sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I'm going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #107 where their theme is 'Do it with Dimension'.

You have until Thursday 25th October to link your projects to The Flower 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 created. We will be back on the 15th October with some more projects for you and can't wait to see what you come up with in the Gallery!!

Take care

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #119

Hi everybody!! Its been a glorious sunny day here today and I spent the day gardening, mainly trimming hedges. Everything is growing so fast at the moment but at least its keeping me busy!!

I wanted to remind you all about our current challenge at TIME OUT. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so we've incorporated that into this challenge theme. You could make a card for a friend, maybe a friend going thru cancer or send a note to a friend to remind them to do those breast checks!!

And funnily enough I just received my first appointment to have a mammogram!! In New Zealand we are given free 2-yearly mammograms from the age of 45yrs to 69yrs. And since I turned 45yrs in August its finally my turn. I've never had one before and being rather large in the 'chest department' I'm a little nervous about it but also curious as to how it all works. It certainly also pays to do regularly breast checks yourself to catch things early too!!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. They have a fantastic variety of stamps and dies for cancer support and reminders. The winner of this challenge will get a $25 gift card to spend in their store!!

For my card I was picturing sending a card to a friend who had just been diagnosed with cancer, and I went with the 'one-layer' twist of this challenge because I think simple is best for this sort of thing:

I started off by stamping and heat embossing the ribbon from CFS 'Hope Ribbon' in white. I then used my MISTI and a variety of pink inks from Waffle Flower and Hero Arts to stamp the brushstroke image from CFS 'Breathe' over the image. This way the white ribbon would be exposed by the stamping. I then stamped the sentiment from CFS 'Calling All Sistah's' with black ink and glued on some pink sequins from Neat and Tangled.

As I'm part of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Design Team I wanted to share with you my special code which will save your 15% from your purchase, just incase you hadn't seen these stamp sets before!!

You have until Wednesday 10th October to link your projects to the TIME OUT Challenge and if your needing any ideas or inspiration, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer Marieke have designed for you. Looking forward to seeing all your fabulous projects in the Gallery!!

Take care

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday post for October #1

Hi everyone! Really hope your all having a fabulous week and that work isn't too horrible. Only a few more days till the weekend so hang in there!!

I'm up on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog today with a card that uses my all-time favourite colour combo - blue and white:

Yes, this took a long time to get organised and put together but I'm so happy with how it turned out!!

I started off by using the largest die from the 4 Petals Fri-dies and die-cut 15 white flowers. I measured three of these flowers across and cut a panel of white CS that fit that exactly, as well as five rows down. Using Gina K Connect Glue I adhered each white flower to the panel.

For the blue flowers I firstly blended some white CS with Distress Oxide ink 'Tumbled Glass' and then used the smaller die from the 4 Petals Fri-dies to die-cut 15 flowers. I folded the petals up slightly and then used the same glue to hold them in place. I popped the panel up on a piece of white foam on the card front.

To add some interest to the flowers I added small blobs of Nuvo Crystal Drops 'Gloss White' to the middle of each flower. I then heat embossed the sentiment (from Peaceful Garden) using Wow! 'Pastel Glacier Mint' embossing powder on a strip of white CS and popped it up above the flowers on some foam tape. All I had to do then was glue on a few light blue and clear sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I hope you like this simple but 'flowery' card and you get to do some crafting yourself today. If your thinking of purchasing any of the sets I used today or any others from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps don't forget to use my special code to save yourself 15%!!

Enjoy the rest of your week and I hope the change of season's isn't too bad where you are. I just saw today two photos on Instagram of people in the US who suddenly have snow a month early. Talk about crazy weather patterns, I'm quite happy if Summer comes a month early as long as it doesn't finish a month early at the other end!!

Take care

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Winnie and Walter Rerun Challenge #34

I love card challenges!! I wish I had the time to join in more of them, not for the prize winning etc but for the inspiration they offer for using stamps/dies in a different way. And some of them really are a 'challenge', especially when they are colours I don't use very often!!

For the current Winnie and Walter Rerun Challenge they are looking at the stampset 'Typecast', which is full of large capital alphabet letters. I've had this stamp set for so long and to be honest I never knew what to do with it. Now my eyes have been opened to the possibilities:

I would never have thought about using alphabet letters for a background before seeing the amazing DT cards for this challenge. Its such a cool idea!!

I started off by die-cutting a piece of white CS with the smaller waffle-edged die from W&W 'Essentials: Audreys Cutaways'. I grabbed pink ink pads from Waffle Flower and Hero Arts and the 'U' from the stamp set (along with my trusty MISTI) and stamped the 'U' across the panel (as straight as I could) with each pink shade. I then popped it up on the card front with a piece of white foam.

I decided to use one of the 'U's' to go with the sentiment, so I covered it with Wink of Stella and then with Glossy Accents. Unfortunately I got a bit carried away with the Glossy Accents and it went over the edges of the stamping (which drives me nuts every time I look at it) but not much I can do about it now....

I used sentiment stamps from W&W 'The Big, the Bold and Happy' and stamped with black ink on white CS. I fussy cut it out, adhered to black CS and cut around it to form a frame. I put this on foam tape beside the 'U'.

To add a bit more 'cuteness' to the card, I quickly blended some of the pink inks on white CS and die-cut the butterflies (also from W&W 'Essentials: Audreys Cutaways'), folded them in the middle and glued to the card front. I also added Wink of Stella to them and glued on some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

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

And will also link to the Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge where their theme is 'Monochrome'.

 Daylight Savings started last night in New Zealand and I'm all mixed up with my time. Its 1pm and feels like its still before midday. I do love this time of year, when we can go and play tennis etc after dinner and jump on the trampoline and look at the stars. Bye bye Winter!!

Take care

National Coffee Day Blog Hop!!!

How exciting, a whole day dedicated to all you coffee drinkers out there!!! Some of you may know that I don't actually like to drink coffee (I can hear you all gasp from here....) but I do love the smell of brewed coffee and know there are so many of you that are passionate about your favourite brew.

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is part of a fun coffee-related blog hop today and myself (along with the other 'Girl Fridays') are up on the CFS Blog with some coffee-themed projects. There is a prize up for grabs and also a sale on Coffee/Tea stamps and dies, so a great chance to purchase some of the sets if you haven't seen them before. On the blog post you will also see the other companies involved in the hop and see where the hop begins. You don't want to miss any of the stops along the way, there are lots of prizes and inspiration to be seen!!

For my card I wanted to use my favourite die and sentiment:

Every time I see this sentiment I can't help but sing 'I like big butts' by Sir Mix-a-lot in my head. I tried explaining the song to my Mum and she thought it was hilarious!!

I started off by using the large cup die from the Coffee Cup Fri-dies on two paint chips in one of my favourite colours. I also used the same die on a dark brown paint chip for the coffee colour. These were held in place with some washi tape behind them. I cut a strip of woodgrain CS (to be a table top) and adhered to the bottom of my card front, and glued the two cups on top.

I thought because the sentiment is about 'liking' something, I would create the coffee steam using a heart stamp from the Peace Love and Coffee stamp set above each cup. I stamped the sentiment (from Hot Coffee) in black ink on a strip of white CS, adhered it to some black CS and cut around it to create a frame. This was popped up on foam tape, along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I hope I've inspired you with my 'Big Cups' and you've gotten yourself a big cup of coffee, settled into a comfy chair and are ready to hop along the rest of the blog hop. Don't forget to visit the CFS Blog and answer the question for a chance to win. Enjoy your hopping and your coffee!!

Take care