Sunday, 27 September 2020

Uniquely Creative - September 2020 - Mini Stamp and Colour Kit - One of a Kind

 Hi everyone, fingers crossed your enjoying your weekend and have some good weather floating around. We had a gorgeous day yesterday that turned into a massive storm during the night. It kept me awake for hours because I was imagining something smashing through the windows or our roof suddenly ripping off. Luckily none of that happened and today is still a bit windy but the sun is out and the temperature quite lovely.


We have a new mini kit for you from Uniquely Creative - 'One of a Kind' which features the last of the Platypus sets and of course work in beautifully with the other two. This time there is no patterned paper but lots of earthy coloured cardstocks and some chipboard elements to play with.

I'm really enjoying the sentiment packs in the kits, so easy to cut them out and add to a card. For this one I couldn't choose which sentiment to use so made a feature of them all:

The platypus images are so much fun to colour in and have never coloured a protea flower, so it was nice to do something different!!

I stamped the platypus image (from the 'One of a Kind' stamp set which can be purchased on its own) twice on white CS with Gina K Amalgam Black ink, coloured with my Faber Castell pencils and used the 'One of a Kind - Fussy Cutting Set' to cut one of them out. The other one I just wanted the flower so fussy cut that myself with scissors.

I used a panel of the beige CS from the kit and adhered to the card front. I then used one of the 'Frame Dies' with the chocolate coloured CS from the kit, die-cutting it 3x and gluing them together. I worked out which sentiments would fit within the frame and glued them behind it. This was popped up on a piece of black foam. All I had to do then was adhere the flower and platypus in place and add some 'Peach Pearls'. I also used the 'Clear Sparkle Brush' on the flowers for a bit of sparkle.

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


 

And will also link to The Cat's Pajama's Challenge #372 where their theme is 'Animals'.


 

Check out the Uniquely Creative Blog  for tonnes of card ideas and I'll see you back here soon with another card from this kit.

Take care

Shona


Saturday, 26 September 2020

Funky Fossil Designs - Snowone Like You!!

Hello there!! It has been one super busy month for card making with lots of New Release's to prepare for as well as other DT cards for the blog. Thank goodness I haven't lost my mojo over the last few weeks because as you know, I'm a 'last minute' crafter!! I really enjoy doing the New Release posts and sharing new products with everyone, especially when I've fallen in love with it myself.


We had a New Release a few weeks ago at Funky Fossil Designs and I haven't had a chance to share more of my cards with you using the new stamp sets. Sarah (the owner) and her stamp designers have been blowing me away with their images and each release I think this is their best....and then I think the same with the next one. I'm extremely proud to be a part of their team and excited to see how far they have come!

One of the new stamp sets has the cutest little 'round' snowmen. After a Winter of 'eating too many of my favourite chocolate biscuits', I'm feeling rather rotund myself and its unfortunately time to start thinking about Summer and bathing suits (or togs as well call them in NZ). Wish it was heading into Winter again, not Summer, so I could be rugged up like this guy enjoying the brisk outdoors:


This 'Birch Forest' stencil is one of my favourites for outdoor scenes, especially anything for Winter.

I placed the stencil over the card front and blended Distress Inks 'Salty Ocean' and 'Chipped Sapphire' over top to create an ombre effect, almost as if he was sledding at night-time. I free-hand cut a piece of white CS to make a hill, brushed on some Gina K Connect Glue to the edge and poured over Simon Says Stamp 'Unicorn Dust' Glitter. The hill was then popped up on foam tape. And to give a 'snowy' effect I drew some snow with a white gel pen falling amongst the trees.

The snowman from 'Silly Snowmen' was stamped on white CS with Gina K Amalgam Black ink, coloured with Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cut out. I put him on the hill with foam tape for lots of dimension. The sentiment (from the same set) was white heat embossed and put on foam tape, along with 'Arctic Breeze' pearls from Studio Katia.


I have a few more cards to come up with before I jump in bed tonight. Daylight Savings starts tonight with the clock going forward 1 hour, so we lose an hour of sleep but gain so much more time at the end of the day. I also haven't had to light the fire for a week, the days have been so warm. AND I have so many peony buds this year, it has taken a 7 years for some of my plants to flower so I can't wait for them to bloom. So many good things are happening!!

Take care

Shona

 

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and Catherine Pooler Blog Hop!!

Hi there!! We have a fantastic blog hop for you to enjoy today between Catherine Pooler and CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!! 

If your following the blog hop from the beginning you should have arrived here from the amazing blog of Chrissie Tobas where I know she will have dazzled you with her project. For a full list of the Blog Hop participants you can find it on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog  and Catherine Pooler Blog.  Both companies are giving away a $30 gift voucher to their store, so the more comments you leave along the hop, the better your chances are to win!!

The CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Design Team were extremely lucky to have received inks from Catherine Pooler to use for our projects. If you've never used their inks I highly recommend you try them out. There is something magical about them, the coverage is incredible, even after the first stamp, they blend beautifully and you can even watercolour with them. See what I mean about magical??

I created two cards for you today so you could see different ways to use them, along with our CAS-ual Fridays Stamps products:


These are all the inks I received, they are all part of the 'CP Minis - Carnivale'. I used them all here (along with my own CP ink 'Party Dress') with the 'Time for Coffee' stamp set, so I could show off all the colours. Unfortunately when I went to arrange this photo I dropped the 'Limoncello' on the card, hence the big yellow splodge on the top left clock. Doh!!

For the sentiment I used one from the same stamp set and heat embossed it using 'WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle' embossing powder. I also die-cut the 'coffee' from the 'Coffee Cup Fri-dies' from white, black and gold CS and glued them together so you could see each colour. And I finished off with gold pearls from Studio Katia.


 For my second card I did a spot of watercolouring!! I heat embossed the 'Heart to Heart' stamp set using 'WOW! Totally Teal Embossing Glitter' on Strathmore Watercolour CS. I then watercoloured the images using the 'All That Jazz', 'Mardi Gras' and 'Be Mine' CP inks. The panel was popped up on a piece of white foam on the card front. I die-cut the 'hello' from the 'Sweet Friends Fri-dies' 3x from dark teal CS, glued them together and then to the card. The sentiment (from the 'Terrific Flowers' stamp set) was white heat embossed on pink CS and popped on foam tape. I decided with all the sparkle it didn't need any more embellishment!

Your next stop on the hop is the wonderful Susan Powell  who has some stunning projects to share with you.

Don't forget to leave your comments and the winners will be announced on the Catherine Pooler Blog and CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog next Tuesday. Good luck, enjoy the hop and I hope it inspires you to get crafty this coming weekend!!

Take care

Shona