Monday, 21 October 2019

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Entry #5

Hi everyone. Its been a beautiful day weather wise, so great to be in the garden. However we had to take our cat Scribbles to the vet for tests as she has been losing lots of weight while still eating the same amount, and she is constantly hungry. Its not looking good but just waiting to hear the results....





This is my final entry for the current Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where the theme is 'Halloween'. I decided to create a Halloween card for every day in October (this is Day 20) and so far so good. I've been sharing them on my Instagram account and the comments are really funny. Some people are shocked but then when I share a card that isn't covered in blood etc, they are asking for the gore!! So far I haven't offended anyone (well, I don't think I have.....) and most people see the funny side of the cards.

This card is one of my favourites. I remember when I was a little kid seeing the trailer on tv for the first Alien movie. It absolutely petrified me as it was 1979 and I would have been 6yrs old. I can't remember what age I was when I finally saw the movie but thought it was incredible. And I've really enjoyed every single sequel that's come after that too. So this is my 'homage' to one of the greatest horror movies ever made:


What would I do without this Ellen Hutson 'Leading Lady' stamp?? She is the perfect shape for so many of my Halloween cards. Thankfully they have liked the cards and not banned me from buying anything more from them!!

To start off I needed to create an 'indoor' scene', so I adhered a piece of Modascrap 'Let Your Soul Bloom' patterned paper on the card front for the wallpaper. For the floor I used a piece of wood veneer paper.

I stamped the Ellen Hutson 'Leading Ladies - Binge Watching Lady' on white CS with Gina K Amalgam black ink, coloured her with Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cut her out. I also did the same with the Kindred Stamps 'Bursting Love' alien. 

If you haven't seen any of the 'Alien' movies, the 'face alien' is like a parasite that comes out of an egg, attaches to your face and impregnates you with an alien in your chest which bursts out when its ready to be born, killing you in the process. I needed an egg so I went online looking at 'egg' images from the movies and sketched this shape. The egg is kind of oval and splits at the top, peeling back with four flaps. I coloured it with my Altenew Artist Markers, trying to work out how to make it look darker on the inside of it. I am not an artist AT ALL and can't draw to save myself but.....it doesn't actually look too bad...you'll have to let me know what you think!!

I adhered the egg and lady in place on the card front. I then glued the 'face alien' to her face and added lots of Glossy Accents to it, dripping it on to her shirt etc, and putting lots on the egg and floor, to show how gooey it is inside of it. Now I needed a sentiment and what could be better than this one from Neat and Tangled 'Better Together'. I white heat embossed it on black CS and popped on foam tape. I wonder what Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott would think of this???

I'm also going to link this to The Cats Pajama's Challenge #362 where their theme is 'Fall' which includes Fall activities like Halloween, Thanksgiving etc.


Better take the dog for a walk and sort out something for dinner. Luckily we have loads of leftover roast chicken from last nights dinner, so that makes it a little easier......

Take care
Shona
 

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Entry #4

I've had such a busy day!! It was so beautiful and warm outside, so caught up on some of my own gardening. Did lots of laundry, vacuuming and all the other boring things. I then cooked a roast chicken and vegetables for dinner which always takes forever, especially the dishes afterwards. I'm about ready for bed!!





Before I climb into my bed with my iPad and Netflix, I wanted to share my Day 19 'Halloweenfest' card with you. And since the theme for this weeks Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge is all about 'Halloween', this is my fourth entry. 

Time to bring back a bit of blood and gore:


I have so many animal stamps I really wanted to use more of them for a scary card. This one was inspired by the image of the three cats. They look like they are looking over or out of something and seeing something crazy, so I thought a dog eating a human would be crazy in their world!!

I started by stamping the cats from Your Next Stamp 'Scratch Pad', the dog from MFT Stamps 'Furever Friends' and the boy from Neat and Tangled 'Better Together' with Gina K Amalgam black ink on white CS, colouring with Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cutting out. 

I needed to show the outside of a house and used this paper from Modascrap 'Let your Soul Bloom' by adhering to the card front. I then die-cut the Studio Katia 'European Window' from white CS, glued the cats behind it and then a piece of Rosies Studio 'Arabesque' paper behind them to be the wallpaper inside the house. This was then glued to the card front.

I used a grass die from MFT Stamps on some green CS and glued across the bottom of the card. I cut the leg off the boy (giving it a ragged edge) and after working out where that and the dog would be, added lots of red 'blood' with an Altenew Artist Marker, also adding to the images. I glued them in place, along with the sentiment (from MFT Stamps 'Furever Friends') white heat embossed on a strip of black CS popped on foam tape. Ta Da!!

I'm also going to link this to The Cats Pajamas Challenge #362 where their theme is 'Fall' and all the activities in Fall like Halloween.


Hopefully this hasn't freaked you out too much and you can see the humour in this card. For me they are just a bit of fun and I love coming up with different scenes and 'punny' sentiments that would normally be used for more lovely cards. You'll be glad when November finally comes around!!

Take care
Shona
 

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Entry #3

We've just had the weirdest Saturday weather wise. It rained all day yesterday and into around 9am this morning. Then all of the sudden the sun came out and it was so incredibly hot. At 2pm though the clouds appeared and the temperature dropped around 10 degrees which was a real shock. The rest of the afternoon was all cloudy and then it started raining again with the sun coming out. Talk about Mother Nature being undecided!!!!





The theme for this weeks Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge is 'Halloween' and its time for Day 18 of my 'Halloweenfest' where I've been showing off a different Halloween card each day. No blood and gore for this one you'll be pleased to know:


This card makes me laugh, it makes me think of a Mummy ghost and her three little baby ghosts. Someone has been picking on them at 'ghost school' and she is going to confront the bully and scare some sense into him.....

I started by die-cutting the Mama Elephant 'Winter Forest Cover' die from black CS 2x and gluing them together with Gina K Connect Glue. I also adhered a panel of black CS to the card front. I really wanted some sparkle to the night sky so covered the card front with my Uniquely Creative Shimmer Pen, going over it a few times. I then glued the cover die over top.

The ghosts (from The Cats Pajamas 'Faboolous') were stamped with Gina K Amalgam black ink on white CS, coloured with Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cut out. I did the same with the pumpkins from MFT Stamps 'Witch way is the Candy'. These were adhered with double-sided tape. The sentiment (from MFT Stamps 'Fab-Boo-Lous Friends') was stamped on white CS in black, backed with a piece of white CS coloured with Distress Oxide ink 'Spiced Marmalade' and popped on foam tape, along with some Persimmon coloured pearls from Studio Katia.

Will also link this to The Cats Pajama's Challenge #362 where their theme is 'Fall' and Fall activities like Halloween.



I was hoping to watch two new Netflix scary movies with Phoebe tonight but as the afternoon wasn't very pleasant outside and I was busy doing housework/groceries etc, she watched them without me!! She kept coming out and telling me how scary it was and how gross some of the scenes are in the 'Tall Grass' movie, so now I DEFINITELY need to watch them tonight!!

Take care
Shona
 

Funky Fossil Designs - October 19 Release Day and Giveaway!!!!

Woo hoo, its finally release day at Funky Fossil Designs!!  The four new stamp sets are available to be purchased from the Funky Fossil Designs Store:




To celebrate, Sarah (the owner) is offering everyone 10% off their purchases this weekend until midnight (UK time) 21st October when you use the code: OCTOBER10 at checkout....yippee!!

There is also the chance to win your choice of stamp set from the Funky Fossil Design blog post AND from each of the Design Team Release Day blog/Instagram posts....its so exciting!! All you have to do is leave a comment on each of the Release Day posts by midnight (UK time) 26th October for a chance to win!!!!!

For my card today I just had to share with you a design using the new 'Plant a Garden' stamp set:


As its coming into Spring in New Zealand I'm flat out each day battling all the growing plants and weeds that are coming out of hibernation. And with all the sunshine and rain we've been having, they are going rather crazy. Its tiring work but I love it and definitely consider myself having a 'superpower'!!

I started by stamping all the images with Gina K Amalgam Black ink on white CS, colouring with Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cutting out. I wanted a background with some type of foliage, so used the 'Leafy Mandala' stencil, blending Distress Ink 'Mowed Lawn' in the middle and 'Twisted Citron' towards the leaf tips.

All I had to do then was adhere the images in place and stamp the sentiment (from the same stamp set) with Versafine Onyx ink. I then glued on some Seafoam pearls from Studio Katia for a hint of shine.

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win one of the new stamp sets (your choice) and links to all the other Design Team blogs are on the Funky Fossil Design Blog. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and supporting a small craft business, I know Sarah appreciates you all and I can't wait to share more of her products with you.

Take care
Shona

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Entry #2

I'm back with Day 17 of my Halloweenfest card. I'm trying to show you all one Halloween card every day for the month of October, I'm a day behind but hope to catch up tonight!!





The current theme at the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge is 'Halloween' and you can enter 5x so still have the chance to share three more horrible cards with you....aren't you lucky??

For this card I was inspired by the horror movie 'Pet Sematary'. They recently did a remake which I really enjoyed but nothing beats the original with cute little Gage and his scalpel. I based this one on the pets themselves:


This took so long to put together but really happy with how it turned out!!

I wanted the scene to be at night, so I blended Waffle Flower 'Coffee Loves Milk' ink along the bottom to be the dirt. I then blended Distress Inks 'Squeezed Lemonade', 'Seedless Preserves' and 'Black Soot' down from the top of the card front to give the impression of the sun setting. As its a 'sematary', I used a stencil from Funky Fossil Designs 'Gothic Graveyard' over top, blending it with 'Black Soot' Distress ink.

While that dried I stamped the animals - the dog is from MFT Stamps 'Furever Friends', the pig from MFT Stamps 'Hog Heaven', the cat from MFT Stamps 'Cool Cat' and the racoon from Mama Elephant 'Rowdy Racoons' - using Gina K Amalgam black ink on white CS, coloured with Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cut out. I used an Artline 0.1 pen to try to create some wounds and used lots of grey markers to make them look dirty (as they would have crawled out of the ground....).

The 'pet sematary' sign was hand-written with the same pen on white CS, I cut the edges roughly and blended some of the same ink I used for the dirt all over it. I glued it in place and put the animals on foam tape. The sentiment (from MFT Stamps 'New Best Friend') was stamped in black on white CS, backed with black CS and put on foam tape, along with some black pearls.

Will also link to The Cats Pajamas Challenge #362 where their theme is 'Fall' which includes Halloween.

 

There are so many new scary movies on Netflix at the moment, hopefully I get a chance tonight to sit down and watch them. My Mum has seen them already and loved them, so that's a great review!! See you back here tomorrow with some more blood!

Take care
Shona

Funky Fossil Designs - October 2019 New Release - Preview Day #2

Hi everyone and welcome back to Day 2 of the Funky Fossil Design October New Release. 





We have two more super cute stamp sets to share with you today - Sew Lovely and Plant a Garden:


 I can't sew to save myself but know many talented men and women who are wizards with a needle and thread. I'm a gardener for a living, so this gardening set totally speaks to me and I can see it will get a lot of use!!!

For my card I wanted to make it 'pretty in pink' and add some needlework-type touches as well:


When I was little I loved to play (even though I was probably not allowed....) with a very old sewing machine (similar to this one) where it would be a table one minute and then  it would flip over and there was the machine. I was fascinated with the gold painting on it (it was black and the stand was all black with fancy metal work) and how it hung upside-down under the table. Really wish it hadn't been sold....

For this card I stamped the sewing machine image on some white CS with Gina K Amalgam black ink, coloured with my Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cut out. I wanted to have stitching in the background so I used a Couture Creations circle die on some white CS. I then grabbed two stitching dies from MFT Stamps and die-cut them across the circle.

On the card front I used my new Funky Fossil 'Knitted Background Stencil', holding it in place with washi tape and blending over Distress Oxide ink in 'Spun Sugar'. The stitched circle was adhered to some white foam and then to the card front. And the sewing machine was put on some foam tape for dimension.

I gold heat embossed the sentiment (from the same stamp set) on white CS and gently blended the same Distress Oxide ink over top before popping on foam tape and gluing on some Neat and Tangled sequins.


I'm going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge where their theme is 'All things Pink'.


I hope you've fallen in love with all these new stamp sets as much as I have and I'll be back soon with a chance to win your choice of one of these sets as we celebrate the sets being available to purchase!!

Take care
Shona
 

Friday, 18 October 2019

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Entry #1

Its me again!! I've been blogging and Instagramming quite a bit lately, lots of New Releases and DT cards to get out to you all. And I also decided to create a Halloween card each day for the month of October, so been up to my eyeballs in blood and guts. Its been really fun though and have some doozies to share with you over the next few days.



I've been putting all my Halloween cards on my Instagram account (shona.chambers) but this week the theme at the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge  is 'Halloween', so you'll be seeing a scary blog post from me each day for the next five days (you can enter up to 5x), so I hope your prepared!!

I'm a bit late with this card, I should have put it on my IG last night as Day 16 of my 'Halloweenfest' but life got in the way so here it is now:


This one is probably more cute than scary but I'm trying to ease you into the gore.....

I started by stamping the mummy (from Kindred Stamps 'The Horror'), the big tombstone (from MFT Stamps 'Fab-boo-lous Friends') and the smaller tombstones (from Lawn Fawn 'Spooky Village') on white CS using Gina K Amalgam black ink. I coloured them with my Altenew Artist Markers, die-cutting the small tombstones with the matching die and fussy cutting the rest.

For the background I used The Cats Pajamas 'Round Tree Dies' on some black CS for the tree design and the plain circle die on white CS. Using Distress Inks 'Salty Ocean', 'Seedless Preserves' and 'Black Soot' and my mini-blender, I created a night sky on the white CS. I glued the black tree's on top with Gina K Connect Glue and used a white gel pen to make some stars.

I adhered the circle panel to some black foam and glued to the card front. The mummy and tombstones were then fixed in place. I white heat embossed the sentiment (also from the Kindred Stamps set) on black CS and put on black foam as well.

I'm also going to link this to The Cats Pajamas Challenge #362 where their theme is about 'Fall' including Fall events like Halloween.

 

I'll be back again soon with another Halloween card, this one will have a bit more blood on it, so get ready to peek thru your fingers.....

Take care
Shona

Funky Fossil Designs - October 2019 New Release - Preview Day 1

Hi everybody, such an exciting day today as we are previewing the New Release stamps from Funky Fossil Designs!!!





We have two gorgeous stamp sets to share with you today - Festive Penguins and Joy:


These images are absolutely gorgeous and there are so many ways to use them for your Christmas or Winter themed projects.

For my card I combined the 'Joy' stamp set with a stenciled background:


I love blue/turquoise and white Christmas cards and thought the 'Happy Holiday's' image would be great in white on some coloured CS.

I started off by putting the 'Nordic Star Background'  stencil over the card front, held in place with washi tape and blending over some Distress Oxide ink in 'Peacock Feathers'.

While that was drying I white heat embossed the image on some turquoise CS. To add a bit more detail I used my Altenew Artist Markers in similar colours to colour in some of the pinecones etc. I then used a circle die from Winnie and Walter 'Essentials: Carly Cutaways' which fitted perfectly around the wreath. I adhered this to some white foam and popped on the card, along with some clear jewels from Studio Katia.

We have two more stamp sets to share with you tomorrow. They will all be available on Saturday 19th October and we will be having a giveaway to celebrate.  I'll see you back here tomorrow to show off the new stamps.

Take care
Shona
 

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday post for October

Hi everybody, its getting closer to the end of the week and I can't wait to sleep in on Saturday morning!! I have lots of my own gardening to do but the whole weekend to do it. I usually go and play a lot of basketball with Max but he sprained his ankle playing basketball at school on Tuesday and has to keep his foot up and rested until Monday....so that's a bummer!! Maybe I'll go skateboarding with Phoebe (which means I run behind her trying to catch up...).





I'm on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog today with a Christmas card to share with you all. I'm really enjoying using stencils more often now, and wanted to try one of the CFS stencils with my new paste:


If you haven't tried the new Nuvo Glacier Paste yet your missing a real treat. Its so soft and spreadable, like whipped butter. And the shimmer is incredible!!

I started off by cutting a panel of pale blue/grey CS and adhering to the card front for the background. I then cut a panel of white CS and held the 'Starlequin' stencil over top with some washi tape. I then spread the Nuvo Glacier Paste 'Frostbite' over it using a small spatula, trying to get it all even and not too thick. Once I was happy I slowly removed the stencil and immediately cleaned under running water and dried with paper towels. I put the heat gun on it for a few minutes to help with the drying process and then left for a couple of hours.

Once the paste was dry I die-cut the middle out of it using the largest circle from the 'Ornament Tag Fri-Dies'. I also cut a smaller circle from white CS. The stenciled panel was cut down a smidge and popped up on white foam. I silver heat embossed the sentiment from the 'Snowy Sayings' stamp set and put this on foam tape. I finished off with some 'Arctic Breeze' pearls from Studio Katia.

I hope this has given you some new ideas for your Christmas cards. Maybe to try a new colour scheme or use some different stencils on your designs. If your looking at possibly purchasing any of the products I used today don't forget to use my special code to save yourself 15% on your purchase.




Thank you so much for stopping by and I'll see you back here soon with more Christmas cards for my stash!!

Take care
Shona




Thursday, 17 October 2019

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #146

Hello there! So glad you came by and hope your having a fabulous week. I'm popping in to remind you all about our current theme at TIME OUT:





Its all about 'Encouraging' each other for this challenge, which I think is incredibly important. Its so easy to get caught up in all the annoying and horrible things that people do. A simple compliment or encouragement can make such a huge difference in someone's life, even a complete stranger, so I try to do it as often as I can.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Newton's Nook. They have so many gorgeous stamps and dies, lots of cute images and gorgeous floral designs too. They are giving the winner a $25 gift voucher!!




As you may have noticed I absolutely love rainbows and using rainbow colours. They always make me smile and feel good, so thought they might do the same for someone else too:


I've been dying to use this Picket Fences 'Botan Peony' stamp for months but never found the right time. Its so huge and beautiful, I thought it could handle being multi-coloured!!

I started by creating a 5.5 x 5.5 inch square white card base and adhering a panel of grey CS to the front. I then stamped the flower on some watercolour CS using Versafine Onyx black ink and immediately clear heat embossing with SSS Clear embossing powder. I sat down with a rainbow of Distress Inks and saturated the image with water. Using a round brush a simply touched the tip in different spots, watching it whirl around in the water, cleaned my brush and added another colour. I did one petal at a time but wasn't worried about colours running together. It took a while as I had to re-wet each petal as I went but I can't believe how vibrant the colours are!!

Once it was dry I fussy cut it out and popped it up on foam tape over the grey card front. I white heat embossed the sentiment (from SSS 'Beautiful Day') on a strip of black CS and put this on foam tape as well. To finish off I glued on some pearls from Studio Katia.

You have until Wednesday 23rd October to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge and if your struggling with what to make, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer Shawna of The Grand Stampede have created for you. Can't wait to see your encouraging designs in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Reminder: The Flower Challenge 37

Hi everyone!! Its pouring with rain as I write this post, hopefully it will have stopped by the time your reading this so I can garden tomorrow and not be up to my chest in mud!!

Just popping in today to remind you all about the current theme for The Flower Challenge.





We are all about 'CAS' or 'Clean and Simple' this month which you all know is one of my favourites. Lots of open space and maybe a central image is great for a CAS card but there are lots of possibilities.

Our Sponsor this month is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and they are giving a $25 gift voucher to their store to the winner. 




I'm very fortunate to be on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Design Team, so was very happy to use some of their products on my card. Decided to add to my  small Christmas card pile and use a bright colour for once:


I don't use red very often on my cards, I'm more of a 'pastel' colour girl but there is just something rather fabulous about red and white for a Christmas card. This was super simple to make, just took a while and was a little bit fiddly....

I started by cutting a panel of red CS and gluing to my card front. I then die-cut one of the floral branches from CFS 'Casual Trees Fri-dies' 10x from white CS. Using my Gina K Connect Glue I then glued the branches on top of each other, in a circular pattern, almost like a wreath. Its not exactly even but love how the white pieces look against the red.

For the sentiment I kept it super simple by stamping the sentiment from CFS 'Snowy Sayings' with Catherine Pooler 'Rockin Red' ink on a strip of white CS and popped it up on foam tape. I then just glued on some clear sequins from Neat and Tangled for a bit of sparkle.

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

 
You have until Friday 25th October to link your projects to The Flower 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 Guest Designer Tina of My Piece of Paper have created for you. Can't wait to see all your CAS designs in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 
 

Saturday, 5 October 2019

World Card Making Day with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!!

Happy World Card Making Day everybody!! How fabulous to have a day just to celebrate our hobby we all love. There are so many stamp and craft companies having all sorts of challenges and giveaways today, including CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!





Over on the CFS Blog you can get all the details about the WCMD Challenge. You can link any cards you make over the weekend. We would love to see any CFS products if you have them but all companies are welcome. There are lots of prizes up for grabs, with the Grand Prize Winner getting a special package of goodies and a Guest Designer spot, so definitely worth taking part!!

For my card I'm very worried about making sure I have enough Christmas Cards this year, so I decided to create a few more using a new technique by Jennifer McGuire: 


Jennife's YouTube video is all about putting things in laminator pouches (like glitter, embossing powder etc) and using them on cards. After finally getting the right laminator I'm so in love with the technique.


I got so carried away I ended up making two cards!! I started by blending Distress Inks 'Salty Ocean' and 'Mermaid Lagoon' over the two card fronts to create the background. I cut a panel of white CS for each card and used a 'Bubble Box Fri-Die' to cut windows in them.

Using Jennifer's technique I put white embossing powder from Ranger in one laminating pouch, which gave me enough to create two snowy windows. I glued them behind the window spaces. To add more interest I die-cut 'Funky Flake Fri-Dies' from white CS and glued them behind the windows in each corner. The windows were then put on the card fronts with foam tape.

For the sentiments I stamped the 'Noel' and 'Joy' from the 'Joy' stamp set on white CS with Versamark ink and heat embossed with WOW! Embossing Powder in 'Pastel Glacier Mint'. I fussy cut them out and adhered to the windows with double-sided tape and glued on some Neat and Tangled sequins.

You have until Monday 7th October 11.55am to link your cards to the CFS Blog and there are plenty of cards from the rest of the 'Girl Friday's' there to inspire you as well.

Good luck and can't wait to see what you create. And hooray for such a wonderful hobby to bring us all together!!

Take care
Shona
 

The Flower Challenge #37

Hi everyone and 'Happy World Card Making Day' to everyone on my side of the world!! Its a new month which means a new challenge theme at The Flower Challenge!!!





This month its all about CAS 'Clean and Simple' which means not having lots of layers, uncluttered designs and not millions of embellishments. Its my favourite kind of style so I'm very happy!!

Very excited to have CAS-ual Fridays Stamps as our Sponsor this month (I'm on their Design Team) and they are giving the winner of this challenge a $25 voucher to their store!! 




For my card I was actually a bit of a rebel (well, to be honest I didn't read the rules of 'CAS' clearly enough....) and went with a black background instead of white as I needed it to punch out my rainbow colours. So totally worth it being naughty.....:


I haven't watercoloured for ages so this was a lot of fun to do (and very easy as you can expect) so a double bonus!!

I started by heat embossing the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 'Full-On Floral Background Stamp' on a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS with Ranger 'Queens Gold' embossing powder. I then used a rainbow of Distress Inks and a large round brush to create the stripes across the flowers, not worrying about colours mixing etc. I dried it with my heat gun and did another layer to make the colours extra vibrant!

Once it was dry I used the 2nd largest die from CFS 'Bubble Box Fri-Dies' to cut out the flowers. I cut a panel of black CS to fit the card front and used the same die on it. I adhered the black panel on the card and inlaid the flowers. For the sentiment (from CFS 'Sassy Smiles') I stamped it on white CS with Versafine Onyx ink, backing with black CS and popping up on foam tape, along with Neat and Tangled sequins.

You have until Friday 25th October to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and if your needing some more ideas for your 'CAS' design, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer Tina of  My Piece of Paper  have created for you. We will be back with more designs on the 15th of October too. Can't wait to see your projects in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #145

Hi everyone!! Hope your having a fabulous week and how crazy that its October already??!!!





I wanted to remind you all about our current challenge at TIME OUT. October is 'Breast Cancer Awareness' month, so we wanted to make sure we included it in one of our challenges. Self checking your breasts only takes a few minutes and finding anything abnormal early on, can make such a difference with the outcome. Pink seems to be synonymous with Breast Cancer so you have the Optional Twist to 'Create a one-layer project with Pink'.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps who do so much to raise awareness and have stamps and dies created especially to provide support where proceeds from their sale go to Breast Cancer research. They are giving away a $25 voucher to their store to a random winner picked from those who use the 'Optional Twist'.





For my card I didn't use the optional twist, I wanted to include a few different stamps and dimension:


I started off by adding a panel of dark grey CS to the card front for a background. I then cut a panel of white CS slightly smaller than the card front. Using pink ink colours from Catherine Pooler, Waffle Flower and Hero Arts I stamped the 'hope' from the 'Hope Ribbon' stamp set and the ribbon image from the 'Word Ribbon' stamp set on the white panel. This was popped up on the card front on a piece of white foam.

I die-cut the 'Hope Fri-Die' twice from pink CS and once from white CS, gluing them together with the white on the bottom. This was glued to the card with Gina K Connect Glue. I stamped the rest of the sentiment (also from the 'Hope Ribbon' stamp set) with Versafine Onyx ink on white CS, fussy cut it out and glued above the die-cut, along with Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

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


You have until Wednesday 9th October to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge and if your needing a few ideas to get you going, pop over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer Sidan have created to inspire you. Look forward to seeing you in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona