Saturday, 21 July 2018

Altenew Inspiration Challenge - July

Hi there and welcome to the weekend!! Its 9pm Saturday night here in New Zealand so hopefully that means that most of you (around the world) have finally made it to the end of the week and about to start your weekend!! 

Its been a rainy day today, perfect for staying inside, watching movies and crafting!! Well, that's after I've done the washing, cleaned the toilet, sorted the dishes etc.....yuck!

After playing around with some Altenew products for the current Altenew Inspiration Challenge I ended up trying something completely new for me and I'm so excited that it worked:

I don't own many background dies because they are rather pricey but I think I've found a new way to use the ones I have!! I dry embossed the background die and then glued the pieces on top. It gives almost a quilted texture, the grey CS looked almost squishy and gives it some dimension without taking up too much room. Yay!!

I started by cutting a panel of grey CS and dry embossing the Altenew 'Spring Shower Cover Die' into it. I then die-cut the same die from white CS, set myself up in front of the tv with my glue and Quik Stick and glued most of the die-cut pieces on their places in the embossing. The panel was then adhered to the card front.

After all the time I spent gluing those tiny pieces, I didn't want to cover it all up with a massive sentiment or stamped images. So I used my mini-blending tool and Altenew inks 'Dusk' and 'Ocean Waves' to create an ombre look on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS. I then die-cut the Altenew 'thanks' die from it and also twice more from white CS. These were all glued together and then to the card front. I then stamped the sentiment from Altenew 'Adore You' on a strip of white CS with the same 'Dusk' ink and popped it up on foam tape, along with some Neat and Tangled sequins. And to give it some shine I added LOTS of Glossy Accents to the 'thanks' die-cut.

I love how this background looks and can't wait to try it out with some of my other background dies!!

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

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Use die or punch)

Kat Scrappiness July Challenge (Crazy for Backgrounds)

I've been doing all sorts of colouring and watercolouring this afternoon so have lots of finished images for cards. Will see if I can rock out a few designs before I hit the hay as its been such a busy

Take care



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

Hi there, thanks so much for stopping by! I just wanted to let you know that I'm up on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog today with my second 'Girl Friday' post for July, sharing this 'rainbow' card:

Pop on over to the CFS Blog to find out how I put this together!!

I'm going to link it to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Use A Die or a Punch'.

Will also link to the Kat Scrappiness July Challenge where their theme is 'Crazy for Backgrounds'.

Take care

Monday, 16 July 2018

Reminder: The Flower Challenge # 22

Hi everybody, hope your having a fabulous weekend!! Its just Max and myself at home at the moment as Dave and Phoebe have flown up to Auckland to see his family. Its too expensive for us all to go, so Max and I are hanging out watching movies, playing basketball and eating junk food.

I'm just wanting to remind you about our current challenge at The Flower Challenge where we have a 'Monochrome' theme for you. This basically means you can create a project where you have the same colour tone and there are already some gorgeous photos and ideas from you all in the Gallery!!

For my first card I watercoloured some flowers using grey and white. This time I'm going all white with some die-cutting and vellum:

This card actually started out in a completely different direction. I planned to colour some of the die-cut pieces in different shades of blue and inlay back into the piece. I also decided to colour in the actual die-cut area but got marker pen all over the place. So after a bit of fussy cutting, this card emerged and I actually like it better!

I started by die-cutting the Stamplorations 'Bloomtangled #2 Coverplate' from white CS which had been backed with double-sided adhesive. This made it very easy for me to then adhere to the card front. After making a mess of my original colouring idea, I decided to cut away the ruined part of the card front and carefully fussy cut along joining edges of the die pattern. 

Using a Wink of Stella pen I coloured in the smaller die-cut areas several times to show a lot of shimmer. Wish I could have captured it with my camera. I cut a panel of plain vellum and adhered behind the card front so it returned to a whole rectangle shape. I then white heat embossed a sentiment from Stamplorations 'Blossoming' stamp set. I put the card underneath my MISTI for a while with some heavy things on top to stop a lot of the warping from the heat gun and then glued on some pearl white sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I'm going to link this card to the Cutplorations Summer Vacation Challenge where they have an 'Anything Goes' theme.

Will also link to the Stamplorations Never-ending Challenge for the use of their products.

You have until Wednesday 25th July to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you. Looking forward to seeing you in the Gallery!!

Take care

Friday, 13 July 2018

Your Next Stamp Challenge #93

Hi there everyone!! Its finally Friday and time for me to have a 4-day weekend, which is awesome. Will try to let the fact that today is also 'Friday the 13th' not ruin my fun!!

I'm up on the Your Next Stamp Blog today giving you an idea for the newest challenge:

This colour combo is so divine and the sketch has my brain overloaded with card designs. You can use the colour or the sketch....or even both!! One random person will win a $15 gift certificate and if you use YNS products, you get an extra $5 on top!! There is also a chance to win thru social media, all the details are on the YNS blog. 

Even though I was in love with the colour combo, I thought of an idea for the sketch straight away, using some new stamps:

I stamped the images from the YNS 'Framed Flowers' stamp set on some white CS using Memento Ink. I then used my Altenew Artist markers to colour them in, including the black frame around each flower. I fussy cut them out and put them on the card front with some foam tape.

The YNS 'Thanks' die was die-cut 5x from black CS, all glued together and then to the card front. I then heat embossed the sentiment (from YNS 'Star Friends') in white on a strip of black CS, and popped on foam tape along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

You have until Thursday 26th July Midnight EST to link your project to the Your Next Stamp Challenge. Pop over to the blog to see even more inspiration from the YNS Design Team.  Good Luck!! 

Take care

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge # 113

Hi there everyone, hope your having a fabulous week and your a lot warmer than I am right now!! I'm popping in quickly today to remind you about our current challenge theme at TIME OUT.

We have this fantastic quote to inspire you for this challenge. You could use one word, the whole phrase or maybe the way this quote makes you feel for your project...its totally up to you!!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is the fabulous Sarah Gray who sells her stencil designs from her Folksy Store. The winner of this challenge will receive 3 stencils of their choice from her store!!

Like for a lot of us, the 'smile' word jumped out at me from the quote and I found a perfect sentiment to go with it for a friend:

I want to hit a pinata every time I look at this card!! It has such a party feel to it and definitely makes me smile!

I started off by plonking myself in front of the tv with my Distress Oxide inks, CS and mini-blending tool. I knew I would be using the MFT Stamps 'Fringe' die on the coloured CS, so only had to colour strips big enough for the die. Once I had finished blending I die-cut each colour, doing two of the purple so I could cover the whole card front. I used double-sided tape to adhere them to the card, starting at the bottom.

The MFT Stamps 'Smile' die was cut 5x from black CS and glued together. I couldn't glue each letter to the fringe so decided to stick them to a strip of white CS. This was then adhered in place. The rest of the sentiment (from MFT Stamps 'Raving Raccoons') was heat embossed in white on a strip of black CS and glued into place along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled. I then ruffled all the fringe around the sentiments.

I'm going to link this to the MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #393 where their sketch is:

Will also link to the Kat Scrappiness July Card Challenge where their theme is 'Crazy for Backgrounds'.

You have until Wednesday 18th July to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge. And pop on over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer Amanda of Diamond Laine Designs have created to inspire you. Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Take care

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

MFT Stamps - Colour Challenge # 96

Talk about being forgetful!! When I stayed at my Mum's place nearly two weeks ago, I made a card for the current MFT Stamps Colour Challenge. I just found it and realised I didn't link it up. Thank goodness there are 9hrs still to go!!!!

These are such pretty colours together. Unfortunately I didn't have any ink pads that would come close to these colours or even pencils, so I had to get creative:

My daughters friend Ella just brought in her new puppy for me to have a cuddle. Funnily enough she is black and white, and of course cute as a button. Bella (our Golden Retriever) was so excited and couldn't stop sniffing and licking her. I so wish we could get her a new playmate!!

To start off I grabbed my box of paint chips and found a pink, blue and mint that matched the challenge colours. I then used a banner die from MFT Stamps 'Blueprints 26' die set to die cut them all a few times each. I adhered them to the card front, alternating their length to add some interest.

This puppy (from MFT Stamps 'Furever Friends') was coloured with pencils. I got a bit creative with this one and added some black splotches. I fussy cut him out and added some foam tape to his back. I then used one of the paw print stamps (from the same set) and stamped it in black up the right side of the card.

The sentiment (also from the same set) was white heat embossed on black CS, fussy cut out and put on foam tape, along with the puppy and some co-ordinating sequins from Neat and Tangled.

Max has gone to stay at a friends house tonight, so Dave, Phoebe and I are having Doner Kebabs for dinner. I haven't had one for ages and love chicken and falafel in mine. I had a very busy day trimming huge hedges all day, so think I'll go and put my pjs on and plonk myself on the couch, ready for when Dave comes home. Heaven!!

Take care

Your Next Stamp - DT Dare

Hi everybody, I'm back with another post as a Guest Designer for Your Next Stamp this month, with their 'DT Dare'!!

This month the DT were dared to 'Pop up or add dimension' to their project using the New Release products. I was dying to try out a technique I saw recently so this was perfect timing:

A green card? Hardly anything on the front?? Whats going on your thinking.....well look inside....:

Yep, along with the rest of the 'card making world' I tried out the Inside Shadow Box Card Technique by Jennifer McGuire. When I saw her video a few weeks ago I fell in love with the idea and desperately wanted to see if I could do it.

I'll be honest, this card took me 2.5hrs to finish!!! The joys of not having the right tools and brain to work it all out.... My 'bone folder' doesn't have a straight edge, my white CS is only 8 1/4 inches wide (I needed 8 1/5 inches) which totally threw me off and I did the measurements for my folding from the wrong direction. There were a few tears and bad words but I didn't give up and I'm so happy with how it turned out!!!!

I'm not even going to try to explain to you how to put this together. Jennifers video here has all the details. I did use the new Honey Bee Stamp and Co-ordinating Dies on my card, and also the new YNS Gumdrops on the front. These were all coloured with pencils. And I used a MFT Stamps 'Cloud Stencil' to create the background with Distress Ink 'Salty Ocean'.

You have a chance to win a stamp set of your choice by heading over to the YNS Blog and leaving a comment on the DT Dare post. You have until July 13 Midnight EST to do this, so pop over there asap!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll be back later in the week with lots more cards!!

Take care

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Your Next Stamp - July New Release

Hi everybody!! I'm so excited because today is New Release Day at Your Next Stamp!!!!

There are lots of new stamps and dies to choose from and no way I can choose a favourite!! 

You have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate by hopping along and leaving comments as you go. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!!

I've got three cards to share with you as I got totally carried away with all these gorgeous goodies, so lets get to it!!

First up are lots of yummy cocktails from the Happy Hour Stamp Set, which cut out beautifully with the Co-ordinating Happy Hour Dies. This stamp set has so many little images to create the most amazing tropical scenes!!

Love this set so much!! These images are all from the new Coffee Cart Stamp Set. It has all the stamps you need to create a coffee shop scene, including a coffee cart attached to a bike!! I created this scene with the Window Panel Die, colouring all the images with pencils. This set will be so popular with all you coffee drinkers out there!!

Lastly I created some rainbow tiles with the new Larger Honeycomb Die. I die-cut the die 7x from white CS and stacked them all together. I then coloured hexagons to fit in each one with my Altenew Artist Markers. To make them shine I filled up each hexagon with Glossy Accents. Here's a closer look:

I left the rest of my card clean and added a sentiment from the new Honeybee Stamp Set. I also used some new YNS Gumdrops which are part of this New Release.

All of these New Release Products are available right now and can be found on the New Products Tab on the blog. We also have a sale for you to tempt you even further....

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you enjoyed seeing the new products in action!! The Blog Hop List is below and don't forget to leave your comments to win!

Take care

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Your Next Stamp - July New Release Sneak Peek!!!!

Hi there everyone!! So excited as this is my first Guest Designer post for Your Next Stamp this month, and its for their July New Release!!!

I have two cards to share with you showing off some of the new products that will be available today (7th July) at 10pm EST. And you will not be disappointed, they are adorable!!!

First up I have this sweet little bee from the new 'Honey Bee' stamp set and also some hexagon dies, which fit the 'bee' theme perfectly!!

This was fiddly but simple to make. I started by cutting a panel of white CS slightly slimmer than the card front. I die-cut the hexagons twice from the panel and also twice more from some yellow CS. I popped a piece of white CS behind the die-cut holes and this gave me somewhere to inlay the hexagon shapes and frame into place. 

The bee was stamped with Versafine Ink on white CS and heat embossed with clear powder, coloured with my Altenew Artist Markers and die-cut with the matching dies. He was popped on foam tape along with a sentiment (which was also clear heat embossed) from the new Honey Bee set. The panel was then put on a big piece of foam onto the card front and I added some new YNS Gumdrops which are part of this release. 

My second card is full of images from the new 'Happy Hour' stamp set. Talk about a tropical dream!! I'm in the middle of Winter here in New Zealand and so wish I could be on a warm island somewhere....

This took a lot of stamping but was fun fitting all the images in on a one-layer card. I then coloured away with my pencils (while watching old episodes of SVU) and added some of the new YNS Gumdrops as well.

I hope this has been enough to wet your appetite and hop along from the YNS Blog with us later on today at 10pm EST, where you also have the chance to win a $25 gift card...eeek, there is so much to shop for!!

I'll see you all back here later on today with a full reveal of all the new products available. I can't wait!!

Take care

Winnie and Walter June Colour Challenge with Heather H

Talk about sliding in at the last minute......I made this card for the Winnie and Walter June Colour Challenge last weekend while at my Mum's and then forgot to link it up during the week. I had a quick look now and had 2hrs left......yippee!!

This was quite a good challenge for me to do as I use yellow and pink on my cards often but hardly ever use red, let alone a dark red!! It got my creative brain working overtime to incorporate it all!!

I started by using Altenew ink 'Crimson' to stamp the hydrangea from W&W 'In Bloom: Addie's Garden' all over the card front. I then stamped two other flowers from the same stamp set on watercolour CS using Distress Inks 'Picked Raspberry' and 'Mustard Seed'. That way I could use a waterbrush and colour the flowers using the ink from the image. When they were dry I fussy cut them out.

To incorporate the darker red I stamped a square frame from W&W 'Framed with Evelin T Designs' on some white CS. I then decided I wanted to colour it all over, so I took a risk and watercoloured with the Altenew 'Velvet' ink....and it worked!! I used a mini-blending tool and Distress Ink 'Mustard Seed' to colour inside the frame and then fussy cut it out. This was popped on foam tape on the card front.

I arranged the other flowers in the frame, putting the pink one of foam tape for dimension. I then heat embossed the sentiment from W&W 'Welcome to the Family with Evelin T Designs' in white on black CS, fussy cut it out and put on foam tape. And found some sequins from Neat and Tangled in the same colours!!

Its raining here today and also warm which is very odd for the dead of Winter. I'm just catching up on housework and doing stuff with the kids. I've got lots of cards to make later and Bella desperately needs a walk...who says the weekends are for relaxing!!

Take care

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday post for July

Hi everybody and welcome to my 'Girl Friday' post for July!! Its been a very busy week here with lots of cold frosty mornings and now the kids have finished school for two weeks holiday. Hopefully between the odd days working we can find something to amuse ourselves.....

I'm up on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog today with a card that required some masking, which I'm not very good at but practice makes perfect...right???

I've just realised that in this photo it looks like one of the sequins is blue...its actually iridescent pink but must have picked up some colour from the blue shirt I was wearing. I actually like the colour combo, might have to use that on my next about unexpected inspiration!!

I started by stamping the bunny from the Somebunny stamp set on my card front. I also stamped it on some Inkadinkadoo masking paper and fussy cut it out. I placed the mask over the bunny and stamped the Full-on Floral Background Stamp over it in black ink. I then removed the mask and coloured the bunny, balloon and the odd flowers with pencils.

The sentiment (from the same set) was stamped in black on white CS, then adhered to some pink and then black CS, creating a frame around it. This was popped on foam tape, along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled. Its hard to see in the photo but I also added some Glossy Accents to the balloon for a bit of shine and dimension.

Hopefully I've inspired you to try some masking with your background stamps and if your wanting to purchase these products or any others from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps don't forget to use my special code to save yourself some money!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and will see you back on the CFS blog later in the month!

Take care

Thursday, 5 July 2018

The Flower Challenge #22

Hello, hello and welcome to another month at The Flower Challenge!! Before I share what our theme is this month, I just wanted to thank you for all the amazing entries we got last month. It was very overwhelming having to choose our favourites, there were so many incredible designs it was excruciating having to choose.  So, even though I know it will be hard again, I'm so looking forward to seeing what you come up with this month!!

That's right, 'Monochrome', meaning designs where the colours are basically all the same, just in different shades. You can certainly use black, white and grey (which would be scary if not) and then one colour palette. Its amazing what you can do with one colour so can't wait to see your projects!!

When I saw it was 'Monochrome' month I knew I wanted to do grey straight away. Its one of my favourite colours at the moment and I love using it on flowers:

I've been struggling a lot with my watercolouring lately and received some fantastic tips from my friends, which helped a lot. I just need to keep practicing and hopefully it will slowly get better....

I cut a panel of watercolour CS slightly bigger than my card base and heat embossed the Studio Katia 'Your So Ranunculus' image in white. Then using a water brush and a Zig Real Color Brush pen in grey I coloured it in, trying to add shading as I went. Once it had dried I die-cut it using a waffle-edged die from MFT Stamps 'Blueprints 27' and adhered to the card front.

The sentiment (from the same Studio Katia stamp set) was heat embossed on a strip of the same watercolour CS in silver and popped up on foam tape. And for a bit of shine I added clear sequins from Neat and Tangled.

You have until Wednesday 25th July to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and we will be back on the 15th with some more inspiration for you. I can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Take care

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Entry #2)

I'm back, twice in one evening!! Had a very productive weekend at my Mum's, with lots of watercolour practice and the 'Anything Goes' theme at the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge is a great way to show you what I've been up too!

As I've mentioned a few times, my watercolouring skills are lacking ALOT and I get so frustrated not being able to get the colours in my head to be the same on my design. I've had a lot of tips sent to me recently from some incredible crafters and they have helped a lot. 

I had a stamp set that I purchased second-hand a few months ago and hadn't used it at all, so what a fab way to give it some love and to practice my watercolouring:

For the first time ever I was able to get the paint to look how I wanted it and I'm in love with the finished result!! Yippee!!!!

I started by cutting a panel of watercolour CS the same size as my card base. I used a long, wavy image stamp from Waffle Flower 'Doily Circle' to heat emboss in white a frame around the edge of the panel. It fitted perfectly along the long edges and I only stamped the '3 humps' with Versamark ink to fit in the end gaps. 

Using a water brush I wet the wavy areas one at a time. I then added the purple from a Zig Real Color Brush Pen along the heat embossed edge and faded the colour towards the outside edge. I then did the same with another Zig Brush Pen in blue, keeping the colour concentrated by the heat embossing and bringing the colour into the middle of the card. Once this had dried I adhered it to the card base.

The doily image was stamped and heat embossed in white on a piece of watercolour CS. I used the same blue and purple pens, along with a pink pen, fading the colours out. Once it had dried I fussy cut it out and popped it on some foam tape.

The 'celebrate' die (also from Waffle Flower) was die-cut from a dark pink CS and then twice more from black CS. I glued these all together and then on top of the doily. I then added lots of Wink of Stella to it. The sentiment (from Waffle Flower 'Congrats') was heat embossed in white on a strip of black CS, glued in place along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I used to hate using the Zig pens but now I know how to use them a bit better, I think we are going to become friends....which means I might have to purchase some more.......eeek!

I'm also going to link this to the AAA Card Challenge #118 where the theme is 'Use a frame'. Hopefully my heat embossed frame will suffice....

My electric blanket is calling my name and need to tuck the kids in bed. Phoebe has said that a lot of her friends (she is 13yrs old) don't get tucked into bed anymore, the parents don't even know when they go to sleep. I think that's so sad and as long as Phoebe and Max want me too, I'm there with bells on. I have some of my best conversations with the kids at bedtime and wouldn't miss it for the world!!

Take care

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge

Hi everybody!! Its Wednesday night here so that means its past halfway thru the week. Its been an incredibly cold one with this morning having a -3.3 degrees celcius frost!! I usually start gardening around 9.30am but had to push it out to 10.45am so I didn't freeze to death. As it was some of the ground was still frozen at 1.30pm!!

I spent this past weekend staying with my Mum and making LOTS of cards. It was a good chance to use some of the new stamps I've collected over the past few months and also try out a few designs and techniques I've had squirreled away in my brain. And with this weeks theme being 'Anything Goes' at the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge it means I can link all my experiments!

I find inspiration all over the place and one of my favourites is magazines about houses which cover interior, exterior, gardens and art. I recently saw this plate in a Your Homes and Garden mag:

I thought there was something really cool about the middle plate design, especially having the light pink background. I wondered if I could create a similar card:

Can you see the plate in this design?? I hope so. It was so much fun to do, not using a sketch or colour combo. And gave me a chance to use some older stamps and dies that haven't seen love in a while....

I started by die-cutting a circle of pink CS using a die from Couture Creations. I grabbed two stamp sets from Waffle Flower - 'Loved' and 'Leafy' and using similar colours to the plate, stamped images over the circle. 

When I had finished I thought the circle on the card front looked a bit bare, so I die-cut the Waffle Flower 'Doily Square Die' from white CS and adhered to the card front. I then popped the circle on some foam tape.

For a bit of interest I used my Nuvo Crystal Drops in White to add some details to the flowers. The sentiment (from Waffle Flower 'Balloon Messages') was heat embossed in white on black CS, fussy cut out and put on foam tape. No need for sequins for this one for a change!!

Its dinnertime here so better go and rustle something up. I can hear the fire roaring behind me but unfortunately it doesn't really come into my little craft corner. I need a little heater under my desk but in the meantime I'll continue colouring and stamping from my bed where I can sit on my electric blanket!!

Take care