Thursday, 22 August 2019

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #142

Hi everybody!! So glad you can't see me at the moment as I'm covered in paint. Unfortunately its wall paint not watercolour. I took this week off so I could paint my daughters room. Its been a huge mission and now I have to do a few touch-ups because the painters tape I used has now removed paint all along the door frames etc (you can imagine the language that was used......) but it looks great from afar!!

For the current TIME OUT challenge its all about being 'Fashionable', which is quite funny for me as I'm the least 'fashionable' person around!! I'm either in old gardening clothes, painting clothes, jean's and sweatshirts or pjs. And my hair is always up in a very messy bun. I desperately need help in the fashion department!!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Stamplorations and they are giving a $25 gift voucher to the winner...yippee!!

For my card I used one of my favourite Stamplorations stamp sets and a sentiment that I can actually relate too:

As you can image this was pretty easy to put together and I had great fun colouring all of these images in!! And I do love buying shoes, especially Converse in different colours.

Using my MISTI I stamped the boots from Stamplorations 'A Girl and her Shoes' with Gina K Amalgam black ink across the card front and coloured with Altenew Artist Markers. I then white heat embossed the sentiment (from the same set) on black CS, backed with white CS and popped up on foam tape, along with some Neat and Tangled sequins.

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

Will also link to The Cats Pajama's Challenge #360 where their theme is also 'Clean and Simple'.

You have until Wednesday 28th August to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge and if your needing any ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our amazing Guest Designer Jenny of My Paper Epiphany have created to inspire you. Look forward to seeing your projects in the Gallery!!

Take care

Friday, 16 August 2019

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

Hi everyone!! Hopefully your having warmer weather than I am while typing this post. Its absolutely freezing in my little craft corner and I'm starting to lose feeling in my fingers!!

I've got a card to share which is my second CAS-ual Fridays Stamps card for the month of August. You get me 3x this month, so I hope your not sick of me yet!!

For this card I wanted to try using a stamp set differently. Not having a massive craft shopping budget I love to find ways to stretch the usage of my stamps and dies:

Why don't I use yellow more often? One of my closest friends is obsessed with yellow, so this one is for her!!

I started off by cutting a panel of yellow CS and adhering to the card front. I then die-cut two circles of white CS using the 'Ornament Tag Fri-dies'. I then grabbed the hot-air balloon image from the 'Floating' stamp set, masked the strings with washi tape and stamped with Versamark ink. I was then able to heat emboss with WOW Embossing Powder 'Pastel Glacier Mint'. These were popped on the card front with foam tape.

I die-cut the 'friend' from the 'Sweet Friend Fri-dies' 3x from black CS, glued them together and then to the card front. I also added lashings of Glossy Accents. I then white heat embossed the sentiment from 'Somebunny' and glue to the card, along with Neat and Tangled sequins. 

I hope this has given you some ideas how how to stretch other stamp sets you have. And if your tempted to purchase any of the products I used, don't forget to use my special code to save yourself some money!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope when the weekend finally rolls around for you, its filled with sunshine and lots of fun!

Take care

Reminder: The Flower Challenge #35

Hi everybody, its halfway thru August already, which means we're at the halfway point for our current theme at The Flower Challenge!!

This month its all about using your favourite flower. And with SO MANY floral stamps and dies on the market today, I'm sure you'll find many of your favourites to use in one form or another.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Clearly Besotted and they are giving a gift card to the winner. They have so many gorgeous floral images, along with many other stamps and dies, so its a fabulous prize!

For this card I went with one of my favourite flowers for Spring - Cherry Blossoms. I have two big trees in my garden that have double flowers and we have many streets around town that are lined both sides with flowering cherry tree's, so as you drive down its like being in a pretty pink blizzard. Spring is just around the corner for us in NZ so thought I would get a jump on the blossoms:

Recently Ellen Hutson had a sale on all her stamps, so I threw caution to the wind and grabbed some sets that I'd had been wanting for years, including the two I used on this card. I've always loved everything 'Japanese'. I decorated my bedroom when I was a kid with bamboo from a local park that my Dad helped me to cut down/borrow (there was tonnes, they never noticed). I love watching anything to do with Japanese gardens and videos where they make things like baskets, fabric etc. I feel a real connection to it and hope to visit one day!!

I started off by stamping the blossom (from Ellen Hutson 'Mondo Sakura') with Versafine ink on a panel of watercolour CS and immediately clear heat embossing. I then used my Distress Inks to watercolour the flowers and around the image. When dry I adhered to the panel to the card front.

The little Japanese woman (from Ellen Hutson 'So Matcha') was stamped with Gina K Amalgam black ink on white CS and coloured using Altenew Artist Markers. I fussy cut her out and popped on foam tape. The sentiment (from the same EH stamp set) was white heat embossed on black CS and put on foam tape, along with some Neat and Tangled sequins.

You have until Saturday 25th August to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and if your looking for more ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for you. Look forward to seeing you in the Gallery!

Take care