Sunday, 17 February 2019

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

Hi there!! I'm typing this post sitting in my winter pj's and eating potato chips. Once again we've gone from boiling hot sunny days, to a cloudy and cold day. Talk about crazy, although it does mean it will be easier to sleep tonight....

I just wanted to let you know that I'm up on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog today with this card:

A little bit of colouring, a little bit of die-cutting and a lot of glue put this together. For all the details on how I created this card, pop over to the CFS Blog. 

Enjoy your weekend and I'll see you back here soon with another card!!

Take care

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Reminder: The Flower Challenge #29

Hi everybody!! The weekend has arrived here in New Zealand and we have a very busy one planned. This morning we have Tennis (Max plays for a school team) and then after lunch we are finally doing the Muddy Buddy. Its held in an estuary where the tide is out so its all mud. They set up a course so you have to crawl under nets etc and get completely covered in fabulous mud. I've wanted to do it for years, so can't wait to get dirty with Max and Phoebe. 

On Sunday the kids and I are going to the movies again (last weekend we saw The Lego Movie 2) and this time we are seeing Happy Death Day 2. My kids love horror movies as much as I do and they are finally old enough to see them at the movie theatre, so we can be scared together (although this is more of a scary comedy type movie....).

So with all this going on I'm hoping I can find some time to make some cards. Its been way too hot to do anything creative lately, so will see how the temperatures go......

Our current theme at The Flower Challenge is for you to 'Use your latest stamps/dies'. I'm terrible at shopping and then not using my purchases for ages, and I have a feeling I'm not alone in this..... There are already so many fabulous cards in the Gallery, so I hope you have time to play!

For this card I used my new Concord and 9th 'Turnabout Toolkit'. Its been a fantastic investment and is so helpful for a 'turnabout newbie' like myself:


This was so much fun to put together, the dies and stamps that come with the kit are fabulous. This is kind of a 'one-layer' card as it opens up like this:

So you have some dimension but it doesn't make the card super thick. Here's how I put it together.

Using the toolkit stamp set and turnabout jig, I used three ink colours (Waffle Flower 'Chirp Chirp', 'New Fish in Pond' and 'Daydreaming' , and Hero Arts Shadow Ink 'Navy') to stamp the design on the card front. The kit comes with two square dies. I used the smaller one to cut some green CS and heat embossed in white the sentiment from the same stamp set. The larger square die cuts a thin frame but I used it to cut the opening in the middle of the image.

I added foam tape to the back of the green square and with the card closed, placed it in the middle of the square opening. All I had to do then was glue on some sequins from Neat and Tangled and it was finished!!

I'm going to link this to the AAA Card Challenge #133 where their theme is 'One-layer with optional twist of Love'. Saying 'your a bit of alright' is something my husband and I used to say to each other in our younger years (we've been married for nearly 16yrs), now its more like 'wow, your still alive!'!!

You have until Monday 25th February to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and if your needing any help with ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team are doing with all their new 'floral' purchases. Looking forward to seeing what you've bought in the Gallery!

Take care


Sunday, 10 February 2019

Playing with Concord and 9th 'Turnabout Toolkit'

Hi everybody!! Its extremely hot here again. I've just come inside after doing some gardening, so needed a sit down and a drink. The kids and I went to see an early screening of The Lego Movie 2. Was so cute and funny but think the kids are just too old for this type of movie now, which is a shame.

Last weekend I stayed with my Mum to hang out and make lots of cards. I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Concord and 9th 'Turnabout Toolkit' from Krafters Cart, Auckland. It arrived on Saturday morning, so I spent most of Saturday afternoon/evening playing around with it. 

Being someone who has never used a turnabout stamp before it was extremely handy and having the temporary glue and the jig make it so much easier (and very addicting....).

I absolutely loved the end result of the floral stamp that comes with the kit but didn't use it as you would think:

 When I was stamping I realised that the middle of the image looked kind of cool, so die-cutting it out inspired these cards. Very different but love how they look!

For this card I combined Hero Arts 'Navy' Shadow Ink and Waffle Flower inks 'Daydreaming', 'Chirp Chirp' and 'New Fish in Pond' for the colour combo.

For this one I used Hero Arts 'Bubblegum' Shadow Ink and Waffle Flower inks 'Happy Go Lucky', 'Safe Choice' and 'Tickled Pink'.

After stamping out the turnabout images twice in both colours, I used the larger square die that comes in the kit to cut out the middle of each image. I chose a dark pink CS and a lime green CS and used the smaller square die to cut out two squares from each coloured CS. This left me with one for the sentiment and two frames which I glued on to each stamped square. 

The stamped squares were adhered to the card fronts. The coloured squares were white heat embossed with sentiments from the kit stamp set and popped up on foam tape, along with sequins from Neat and Tangled.

Would love to hear what you think!! I have some more 'turnabout' cards to share with you over the next week or so and can definitely see this being used again and again. I got the 'Marble' turnabout stamp too and that one is amazing to experiment with. And the dies that come with the kit are super cool too!!

Think I might go and see if the kids want to go for a swim. I can hear our dog Bella panting away behind me, laying on the carpet. Will wet her with the hose to cool her down, which she doesn't like but I'm sure she appreciates the gesture. Will take her for a walk after dinner when its cooled down a bit. Supposed to be hot again all this week......I'm so happy to have the heat back!!

Take care