Sunday, 21 January 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday post for January

Hi there everybody!! Thanks so much for stopping by on this beautiful January day. Its been super hot here with many trips to our local school pool to cool off. For all those people surrounded by snow at the moment, the thoughts of sunshine and swimming are probably far from your mind but time goes so fast these days, you'll be sorting your bikini line in no time!!

I'm up on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog today with this sweet little number:


I wanted to try and create something quick to send to a friend who's having a hard time but wanted to make sure it was pretty too!

I grabbed hold of the new Heart to Heart Background Stamp and three different colours of ink pads. I simply stamped the dark pink in one corner, the yellow in the other and a light pink in between, going back and forth between colours to blend them together and then pressed on to the card front. I used the MISTI to do this so was able to stamp a few times to make sure the colours blended together well.

I then pulled out my trusty box of paint chips and used chips in the similar ink colours, using the 4 Petal Fri-dies on each. I glued the flowers together, alternating the colours. The sentiment (from the Pretty Posies stamp set) was stamped in black on a strip of white CS and glued to the card front. I then arranged the flowers on one end, putting the middle one of foam tape. I have a thing for adding black details at the moment to my cards, so have been using these really old half-circle black pearls a lot, unfortunately I can't remember where they came from.

And that was it! I was able to whip this up quick-smart and get in the mail the same day, which was very much loved by the recipient. Will definitely have to do more of the ink pad blending in the future!!





I'm going to link this to the current Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge
 where their theme is to 'Add a sentiment'.


 


If you still haven't shopped for our amazing New Release products or are tempted to buy any of the ones I used today, don't forget to use my special Girl Friday code to save yourself 15% on your purchase!!





Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing weekend, especially all of you lucky people going to Creativation in the US. I will get there one day!!

Take care
Shona
 

 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Reminder: The Flower Challenge # 16

Hi everyone, hope your having a fantastic start to your week!! I'm just wanting to remind you about our current challenge at The Flower Challenge. 



We have 'Spotlight Stamping' for our theme this month. This is where you stamp images on your project and then only colour to put a 'spotlight' on one area you want to highlight. There are so many ways to do this and its so much fun!!

For my last card I did a bit of water colouring, so thought I would get out my pencils this time:


This is such a beautiful background stamp and has so many details to be coloured!!

I started by cutting a panel of white CS the same size as my card front and stamping the background image on to it with black ink. I then grabbed an oval die and cut the middle out of it. I coloured this in using my favourite Faber Castell pencils. I adhered the panel to the card front and popped the oval up on foam tape.

To make the sentiment stand out, I die-cut the 'happy' twice from black CS, glued them together and then to the card front. The rest of the sentiment was simply stamped on a strip of white CS and glued in place. I then added some pink sequins and black half-pearl drops for some details.

The background image is from MFT Stamps 'Floral Fantasy', as well as the sentiment stamp from 'Bitty Bears'. The 'happy' die is from Whimsy Stamps. The oval-stitched die is from Studio Katia and the pink sequins from Neat and Tangled.

You have until Thursday 25th January to link your projects to The Flower Challenge. If your struggling for ideas, don't forget to pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you. Looking forward to seeing your 'pops of colour' in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge # 100

Hi there everyone!! Sorry I haven't been blogging much lately. My digital camera has finally given up the ghost and I've been trying to put photos from my Iphone on the blog....what a nightmare!!! Its driving me insane and takes forever to get one photo to work, so looks like I'm going camera shopping this weekend....




I was wanting to remind you about our current TIME OUT challenge where we want to inspire you with the word 'Thankful'. Its a good way to start out a new year, being thankful for many things. For me I'm very thankful for still being part of this TIME OUT team, they are incredibly supportive and wonderful designers too. I'm looking forward to seeing what your thankful for!!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Verve Stamps and they are offering the winner the choice of a stamp set from their store. I'm so jealous!!





For my card I'm still playing around with some of my Christmas stamp sets as I didn't get to use them as much as I wanted:


These foxes look so happy together, just like you would be with a loved one, especially a supportive one!!

I started off by stamping this fox image on white CS, colouring with pencils and then fussy cutting out. I used the background die on some white CS and adhered to the card front. Using different sized solid heart stamps and Hero Arts 'Bubblegum' dye ink, I stamped the hearts into as many holes as I could. I then gave them all a coating of Wink of Stella. I stamped the sentiment on a strip of white CS, popped it up on foam tape along with the fox image, and glued on some sequins for a bit more shine!!

The larger solid heart is from Winnie and Walter 'From the bottom of my heart'. The rest of the products are from Neat and Tangled. The foxes from 'Merry Kisses', the sentiment from 'Scandinavian Prints' and the two smaller hearts from 'Say Yes to Donuts'. The sequins are from Neat and Tangled also.

You have until Wednesday 17th January to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge. And don't forget to check out the blog where you'll see beautiful inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and our Guest Designers Bobby of Bits and Pieces and also Julee of Poetic Artistry and the owner of Verve Stamps.  Can't wait to see what you come up with in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 

Saturday, 6 January 2018

The Flower Challenge # 16

Hi there everyone and welcome to our first challenge for 2018 at The Flower Challenge!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends and received lots of crafty gifts!

Firstly I must apologise for this blog post being so late. My two week holiday is nearly over and I've been spending as much time as I can with my kids, so card-making has taken a back seat. Also Max ended up with a stomach-bug/headcold on Wednesday night which left him and I with no sleep for a while. He's getting better now but has an earache so fingers crossed it doesn't get worse. So hence this post being very late, I'm very sorry about that. I'm back to work next week unfortunately so will be back to my regular scheduling...





This month we are looking for 'Spotlight Stamping' which is basically where you stamp images on your project and only colour a particular area. Its really fun to do and the possibilities are endless with how you 'spotlight', so can't wait to see your ideas!!

For my card I really wanted to use a new stamp set I received before Christmas and to try a different layout:


I'm so in love with this stamp set from Altenew 'Frosted Garden' and love the 'frosted' effect on the flowers and leaves. Very cool!!

I cut a panel of watercolour CS and heat embossed the images using Ranger Embossing Powder in 'Queens Gold'. I then used a waffle-edged die from Winnie and Walter 'Essentials: Audreys Cutaways' and then my trimmer to cut it into non-even quarters. 

I chose to watercolour the larger pieces using my Gansai Tambi palette. Once they had dried I popped them up on the card front with foam tape, with the other pieces being stuck down flat. The 'hello' die (from Simon Says Stamp) was die-cut 3x from black CS, glued together and then to the card front. I then stamped the gorgeous (from the same Altenew set) using black ink on a strip of watercolour CS. To add a bit more sparkle I glued on some co-ordinating sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I'm going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge, the Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge and the Simon Says Stamps - Work It Wednesday Challenge where all of their themes are 'Something New', like my Altenew stamp set!!





You have until January 25th to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and we will be back with a reminder and more inspiration on January 15th. If your still not sure about 'spotlight stamping', pop over to the blog to see more ideas from the rest of the Design Team.

Right, I have to go and pack up the car now to go to Whites Bay. Max can't go swimming but he can still use his skim board on the beach and we always look for crabs, so should be fun. Gotta make the most of my time and the sunshine!!

Take care
Shona
 
 

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - December 2017 New Release - Day 6

Well, here we are, the 6th and final day of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps New Release!! Its been an amazing week seeing all your comments about these new products and for me, being blown away by my fellow 'Girl Fridays' use of the new stamps and dies.

We have one more stamp set to share with you, Heart to Heart: 


I don't own many background stamps in my stamp collection, so was extremely happy when I saw this one. It will be perfect for so many occasions, especially Valentines Day!! 

For my card I really wanted to show off the patterns of the stamp and make it the star of the design:


This is such a fab size for a card front and is fantastic for colouring too with all its different shapes and details.

I white heat embossed the stamp on a piece of water colour CS. Since I don't have any daubers, I pinched the blending circle to make a point and added Distress Ink 'Barn Door' to the small hearts. Once they were a deep red, I blended 'Picked Raspberry' over the whole area. After fussy cutting around the edges I popped it on foam tape on the card front.

The 'Friend Fri-die' was die-cut 3x from black CS, stuck together and then over the hearts. I then covered it with Wink of Stella for a bit of sparkle. The rest of the sentiment (from Girlfriend) was stamped in black on a strip of white CS, fussy cut out and then adhered into place. I then glued on a few black half-pearls for a bit more detail, instead of sequins.

If you've fallen in love with this stamp set or any of the new products and intend to have a shopping spree, don't forget to use my special code to save yourself 15%!!





Thanks so much for joining us over the last six days. And if you pop over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog there's lots of inspiration from the other Girl Fridays and our Guest Designer Amy. I can't wait to see what you all purchased and what you make with them all. Will be keeping an eye out on Facebook, Instagram and the blogging world!

Take care
Shona
 

Friday, 5 January 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - December 2017 New Release - Day 5

Hello there, so glad you popped in for Day 5 of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps New Release!! I'm so happy to hear that your loving all the new products and can't wait to see what everyone makes with their new purchases!!

Today we have for you the new stamp set Peace and Comfort: 


I love a large sentiment and the font for this one is just gorgeous. And the layered stamps are simply brilliant!! 

When I came to create this card I ended up with a completely different design than what I had originally thought to do, which I always think is quite exciting:


I had planned on creating a background of layered leaves and flowers in different colours but as soon as I stamped the very first solid, roundish stamp, I knew I had to create a pastel, spotted rainbow!!

As you can imagine this was incredibly easy to put together. I used my MISTI to randomly stamp the spots over the card front, stamping each one twice to get good coverage. I used my favourite dye-ink colours from Waffle Flower Crafts, as the colours look beautiful together. I also love how this stamp isn't a perfect round, gives it more of a modern feel for some reason!!

For the sentiment I stamped it on white CS with black ink and then fussy cut around it before putting on some foam tape. I then finished off with some colourful sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I hope I've given you some ideas on how to use this new stamp set and if your going to purchase it, please use my special code to save yourself 15%. All the New Release products are available now!!





Please pop over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog to see how the rest of the Girl Fridays and our Guest Designer Amy have used this new set. And there is also the chance to win yourself some prizes, so even better!!

I'll see you back here tomorrow for the last day of this New Release, where we have one more stamp set to share with you all. Its a spectacular stamp and perfect for Valentines Day so don't forget to pop in!!

Take care
Shona
 

Thursday, 4 January 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - December 2017 New Release - Day 4

Its already Day 4 of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps New Release and we still have so much more to show you!!

Today we have the Supercalifragilistic stamp set:


These are such inspirational sentiments and perfect for so many occasions, I can see this one being used ALOT!!

The very first sentiment in this stamp set was begging to be used for my card:


This particular sentiment has such power to it, I wanted it to be the star and front-in-centre in my card design!!

I started off by using the Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die on some white CS. I then stamped the Full on Floral Background Stamp over top in black ink and blended some Distress Ink 'Picked Raspberry' to give it the pink colour. I used the ribbon die again on the card front, adhered a panel of white CS behind it and inlaid the pink ribbon die-cut into place. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with black embossing powder on vellum, and adhered in place using double-sided tape behind the words. To finish off I of course had to add some Sistahood Sparkle Sequin Mix for a bit of shine!!

If you think you might purchase this stamp set or any others, don't forget to use my special code to save yourself 15% on your purchase. And all of the New Release products are available to buy right now!!





There is even more inspiration over on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog from the Girl Fridays and our spectacular Guest Designer Amy. You also have the chance to win some prizes, so make sure you get over there quick smart!

I'll see you back here tomorrow for Day 5 and another gorgeous stamp set!!

Take care
Shona
 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - December 2017 New Release - Day 3

Well, you guys have been going crazy for the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  New Release products, and I totally don't blame you. When I first saw all of this release I was staying at my Mum's and she came running into the lounge to find out why I was jumping around and squealing!!

We are up to Day 3 of this New Release and we have two more coffee-related stamp sets to share with you. First up we have Hot Coffee:


Absolutely love the font used on these sentiments and they couldn't be more clever, hilarious and cheeky!!

Next up we have Time for Coffee:


Michele (the owner of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) must have had a blast coming up with all these brilliant sentiments. They really capture the personality of a 'coffee drinker' perfectly. Makes me wish I liked coffee!! Here's what I came up with for these sets.


You know how much I love a good rainbow and nothing could be more magical than that first cup of coffee in the morning!!

I die-cut the To Go Cup Fri-dies from white CS and the outer band from black CS. I adhered them together and added foam tape to the back. Once I worked out where the cup would sit on the card front, I used some washi tape to mask off the area for my rainbow and went to town with an array of Distress Inks, trying to blend them together as much as I could. 

Once I was happy I stamped the sentiment from Time for Coffee in black ink, put the coffee cup in place, cutting off the over hanging edges and glued on some sequins from Neat and Tangled.


While walking the dog recently I was thinking about this release and realised that I could make a coffee-cup shaped card using the new Coffee Cup Fri-Dies!!


You can see here how the cards open up to show the inside, where you can write your message or use a stamp. It would make a fabulous gift tag too!!

I created two side folding cards from white CS. I then put the coffee cup die on the card front so that the left cutting edge was hanging off the fold of the card, so that it wouldn't cut anything (I hope that makes sense....). Your left with two coffee-liquid holes but I decided to only inlay the inside one with brown CS, as leaving the top one empty gave it a 3D look.

I heat embossed two sentiments from the Hot Coffee stamp set in gold and then blended Distress Inks 'Picked Raspberry' and 'Mermaid Lagoon' over the sentiments and the handles. And I must admit I've been singing 'I love Big Cups' ever since making these!!!

I really hope I've given you some ideas on how to use these new products and possibly inspired you to do a bit of shopping. All of the New Release sets are available to purchase now and you can save yourself 15% on your shopping by using my special code!





Don't forget to visit the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog to see what the rest of the Girl Fridays and our special Guest Designer Amy have created for you. And I'll see you back here tomorrow for Day 4 of the Release!!

Take care
Shona
 


 

 

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Dec 17 New Release - Day 2

Welcome back everyone to Day 2 of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps New Release!! I'm sure you fell in love with the dies and stamp set from Day 1 but believe me, there are so many more products to come, so hold on to your seats!! 

First up for Day 2 we have the Coffee Talk stamp set:





These sentiments are so cheeky and naughty, so of course I loved them straight away!! And I can imagine many of you 'coffee lovers' will be relating to a lot of them yourselves!

We also have these fantastic To Go Cup Fri-Dies: 




Ever since the Coffee Blog Hops started, I've been desperately wanting a 'to go cup' die set, so I'm so happy right now!!

I definitely had to create a card using these two products together, and use my most favourite sentiment from the set:


I wanted to create a design that looked sweet and lovely, and then you read the sentiment which shocks a huge laugh out of you (which is what it did to me!!).

I started by die-cutting the 'To Go Cup Fri-dies' from white CS. Since the other side of the world is enjoying snow at the moment, I decided to make that my theme. I stamped and heat embossed some snowflakes from the 'Joy' and 'Merry'  stamp sets in white on the coffee wrapper die-cut. Then using my mini-blending tool and Distress Ink 'Mermaid Lagoon' I coloured over top of the snowflakes and also the cup lid. These were then adhered to the cup.

I wanted the card to look a little like it had snow on it too, so I blended some more of the same Distress Ink where the cup would be sitting, flicked some water on top and removed the water with a tissue. The cup was then put on some foam tape. I die-cut the 'Coffee' word (from the 'Coffee Cup Fri-Dies' set) from a blue paint chip and also 2x from white CS. I glued these together and then to the cup. The sentiment was stamped in black ink and some sequins added from Neat and Tangled.

I know your going to want to get your hands on these new products, so don't forget to use my special code to save yourself 15% on your purchase!!




Over on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog you can see more incredible projects using these products from the other 'Girl Fridays' and also our fabulous Guest Designer, the one and only Amy Tsuruta!! There's also the chance to win some prizes, so definitely go and have a look.

I'll see you back here tomorrow for Day 3 of the release!

Take care
Shona
 

Monday, 1 January 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Stamp - Dec 2017 New Release - Day 1

Well, hello there everyone!! I hope you all had the most amazing Christmas, got all the presents you wanted and ate your weight in chocolate like I did!! 

To add a bit more excitement to the end of your year and the start of 2018 we have the most amazing New Release to show you at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. Believe me, you aren't going to want to miss out on any of these products, they are spectacular!!!!

For Day 1 we have two new products to show you, the first is the Coffee Cup Fri-Dies: 





These create the cutest coffee cups, big and small and the font for the word die is perfection!!

The second set today is the Cup of Coffee Stamp set: 




Amazing images and the sentiments are genius!! This is how I was inspired to use these new sets:


For this card I stamped the sweet little coffee cup all over the card front to create the background. I then die-cut the large cup from white CS, adhered it to a piece of black CS and fussy cut around it to leave a slight black edge. I used the top of the cup die on some brown CS and inlaid it into the mug. I then stamped on the sentiment and popped it up on foam tape. Some gold sequins from Neat and Tangled finished it off nicely!!


For my second card I decided to decorate the coffee cup with flowers!! I started off by die-cutting one of the Bubble Box Fri-Dies from the card front. I lightly marked the die-cut area on the inside of the card with pencil and added colour using my mini-blending tool and Distress Ink 'Picked Raspberry'. 

After die-cutting the coffee cup from white CS, I stamped it with the Full on Floral background stamp using pink ink. I die-cut the 'Coffee' and liquid part of the cup from a brown paint chip. The liquid was inlaid into the cup. I also die-cut the 'Coffee' 2x more from white CS, glued them all together for dimension and then to the front of the cup. I put the cup inside the card on foam tape. The sentiment was stamped in black and I used a black pen to add the dots. And of course I had to add some Sistahood Sparkle Sequins for a bit more shine!!

These new products are AVAILABLE NOW in the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  shop and if you use my special code you can save yourself 15% on your purchase. So quickly run and get shopping!!




I hope your as excited about this New Release as we are and make sure you visit the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog to see what the rest of the Girl Fridays made with these new products and have the chance to win some of your own!!

See you back here tomorrow for Day 2, you don't want to miss it!!

Take care
Shona