Sunday, 5 April 2020

Funky Fossil Designs - To Plant a garden.....

Hi everyone. Its an absolutely beautiful day here and I've been outside weeding my garden along with the two cats and dog, who follow me everywhere!! I'm about to go and practice some basketball in a minute. We are lucky to have a basketball hoop in front of our garage and even though its along the footpath, we just move away when people walk past. Max can walk along and bounce the ball between each leg as he walks and I'm determined to do the same!!

I've been so busy doing cleaning etc that I haven't had much time to make many cards. However last week I was playing around with the Funky Fossil Designs New Release stamps and created a few cards to share with you. This first one is using the new Funky Florals set:

As you can imagine this set is one of my favourites and the flowers are so good to practice my colouring.

This was super simple to put together. I stamped all the single flowers with Gina K Amalgam Black ink on white CS and coloured them with Altenew Artist Markers. I also added some details with a white gel pen.  When I had finished I fussy cut them out and spent time arranging them on the card front, finally gluing them with Gina K Connect Glue and double-sided tape.

For the sentiment I cut a strip of black CS and put it on black foam. I then stamped the sentiment from the Plant a Garden set with Versafine Onyx ink on a strip of white CS, backed with some light blue CS and put on foam tape. And of course I added my favourite Studio Katia pearls.

I've got another card to share with you but will save that for a few days. I'm off to play basketball but I also have laundry to hang out, brownies to make and vacuuming to do, so you can see why my crafting time is very low......

Take care and stay safe!!

The Flower Challenge #43

Hi everyone, how are you coping with your 'self-isolation'?? We are on Day 9 and haven't killed each other yet so that's good. I've been keeping myself busy with cleaning, laundry and a bit of gardening. I'm also in charge of walking the dog each night and its quite nice to get away from the property for a while and be on my own. I gotta say, not much card making has been happening, which is surprising as after I've picked up after my family and made meals etc, there isn't much time left for me. Might have to have a 'Me Day' tomorrow!!

Our theme this month is 'Spring/Autumn'. In New Zealand we are in Autumn and on the other side of the world everyone will be happily moving into Spring. You could go with Spring/Autumn colours, maybe a sentiment for that time of year or create a scene...its totally up to you!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo Digi Stamps who are giving a $12 gift voucher (approx. 4 stamp images) to the winner. They were also very generous in giving some digital images to the Design Team that we get to use for this challenge.

For my card I chose the '4 Block Tulip Square'  image as tulips are one of my favourite Spring flowers:

Its really bugging me but please excuse the crookedness of my image. I don't have much left in the adhesive department (or white CS for that matter....) so I wasn't able to remove and re-stick it on a different card base. That bloody COVID-19!!!! 

After printing the image on some white CS, I coloured it with my Altenew Artist Markers, followed by some touch-ups and shading with my Faber Castell basic pencils. I also added some white highlights with a gel-pen, especially to all the black dots that are part of the image.  Once I was finished I cut it out and adhered to a piece of black CS, cut that to form a frame and then put on a piece of black foam on the card front.

The sentiment (from Funky Fossil Designs 'Plant a Garden') was stamped with Versamark ink on black CS and white heat embossed. I put it on some foam tape, along with some pearls from Studio Katia.

I'm going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge where they have the most beautiful 'Spring Mood Board' which includes some tulips.

You have until Saturday 25th April to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and we will be back on the 15th with some more to inspire you. Don't forget to check out the challenge blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer Trina P of Phamtastic Design have made to give you all sorts of ideas. Look forward to seeing your projects in the Gallery!

Take care and stay safe!!

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #158

Hi there!! Well, we have just finished our first week of nation-wide lockdown in New Zealand. We have just over 700 people with the virus and only one death, which is very sad. The country is now testing ANYBODY with virus symptoms no matter where they've been etc so will be interesting to see how many more we find.....I gotta say my days are still just as busy. I've got three people to pick up after all day long, all the cleaning needs to be done, baking done, laundry done etc so haven't found myself bored yet. I do miss popping into the supermarket though, especially for my favourite chocolate biscuits!!

I've been doing a lot of baking, made cheese scones, apple/cinnamon muffins and apple crumble yesterday. On the news it says that so many people are baking that we have a nation-wide shortage of flour!!

I wanted to pop in today to remind you all about our current theme at TIME OUT. It was recently Epilepsy Awareness Day and we wanted to honour that with a theme of 'Purple' as its the colour that represents the condition. Our incredible Challenge Leader Sandie has Epilepsy and hearing her dealing with seizures has certainly taught me a lot about something I only ever saw on movies. Its one of those 'silent' conditions that other people can't see and must be incredibly hard for people to deal with. We also put the 'optional twist' of friendship on this challenge as friends can help you get thru anything and with everything going on at present, sending a card to a friend would be such a wonderful thing to do!! 

Our Sponsor for this challenge is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and they are giving a $25 voucher to a random winner chosen from those that use the 'optional twist'.

For my card I wanted it to be pretty and have different tones of purple, while also letting them know I'm here for them:

Turns out I only have three purple shades in my cardstock stash, so will have to rectify that when I can finally go shopping again....And very handy that I'm on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps DT so I can use all their products on this card too!

I started by using the 'Casual Trees Fri-Dies' with the three purple cardstocks, cutting three of each colour. I then cut a panel of white CS slightly smaller than the card front and glued the trees on with Gina K Connect Glue, trying to get them as close together as I could. Once I  had finished I cut off any overhanging pieces and then popped up on a piece of white foam.

For the sentiments I die-cut the 'friend' from the 'Sweet Friend Fri-Dies' from the darkest purple and then twice more from black CS, glued them all together and then to the card front. I then white heat embossed the other sentiment (from 'Supercalifragilistic') on a strip of black CS and put on foam tape, along with some Neat and Tangled sequins. I also added lashing of Wink of Stella to the word die.

You have until Wednesday 8th April to link your projects to the TIME OUT Challenge and if your needing any help with ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer Kavya of Handmade by Kavya have created to inspire you.

Please stay safe and look forward to seeing your projects in the Gallery!!