Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Your Next Stamp Challenge #87

It is an absolutely stunning day here today and its also a Public Holiday, so extra bonus!! Have just come back from walking into town and back with the kids. We grabbed some lunch and ate it at the park while being hassled by the seagulls. Now I've got a bit of time to do some of my own gardening before it gets too cold. But first....





For the Your Next Stamp Challenge you get the choice of a colour combo or sketch. I decided to try the sketch this time as I loved the graphic look of the circles. I sat in front of the fire last night cutting and colouring away, fabulous way to end the day:



It was so hard to photograph this card. The sun has been very bright all day and believe it or not, the mirror CS in the bottom corner is actually silver (not gold). Rather frustrating but I can't be mad at the sun for showing up today!!

I started off by cutting a panel of black CS and die-cutting the circles using 
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 'Ornament Tag Fri-dies'. I put it on the card front and drew a light pencil line around each circle. This way I would know where to put my colour. Using a mini-blending tool I added Distress Ink 'Mowed Lawn' to two of the circles and then 'Salty Ocean for the sky to all three areas. I flicked them all with water droplets and soaked up with tissue to create a snowy look. I then put the black panel on with lots of foam tape.

After stamping the images on white CS (from Your Next Stamp 'Ice Skating Phoebe'), I coloured them in with my pencils and fussy cut them out. I popped the trees on foam tape. So Phoebe had some 'ice' to skate on I cut out some silver mirror CS and adhered into place before popping her up on foam tape as well. I stamped the sentiment (from the same stamp set) on a strip of white CS and put on foam tape along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I'm also going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Sparkle and Shine', just like my shiny ice skating rink!!


I'm off to tackle my weeds and spend a bit more time in the sun. If I'm lucky Phoebe will come out on the trampoline and talk to me while I'm doing it. Max has gotten sick AGAIN with yet another cold, so he is sniffing away inside. The long walk into town and back was enough for him today....

Take care
Shona
 

Friday, 20 April 2018

Michele's 50th Birthday Blog Hop Celebration!!!

Hi there! We are hopping along today to celebrate the 50th birthday of a fabulous woman....Michele, the owner of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!!


You should have arrived here from the blog of the talented Michelle Wallace of Sea Shell Creates and I bet she had a gorgeous project to share with you!!

Having been a CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 'Girl Friday' for a few years now, I've gotten to know Michele. She is such a supportive and hilarious woman, with tonnes of crafting talent. And when I see photos of her I can't believe she's going to be 50!!  

We have so many incredible designers on the hop today and Michele is giving away five $50 gift vouchers, so make sure you comment as you hop to give yourself more chances to win!!

For my card I wanted to use as many stamp sets as I could, and create something simple and stylish:


This took a long time to stamp, so thank goodness for my trusty MISTI!!!

I started off by gathering up all the CFS single flower stamps I could. I used flowers from:

Loving Thoughts 
Peace Out 
Pretty Posies 
Flower Power 
Sassy Smiles 

Using only Versafine black ink, I stamped the flowers on the card front, just making up the order as I went along. I'm amazed I didn't get black ink all over the place, I'm so happy with how it turned out!

I heat embossed some of the larger flowers in white on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS and blended over Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed. I then die-cut the CFS 'Smile' die (from the Smiling Fri-dies set) and also die-cut 3x more from black CS. These were all glued together and then to the card front. I then added lots of Glossy Accents overtop of it for dimension and shine.

The rest of the sentiment (from CFS Heartfelt Sayings) was heat embossed on black CS, fussy cut out and popped up on foam tape, along with some pink, yellow and clear sequins from Neat and Tangled. I hope she likes it!!!

Your next stop on the hop is the uber talented Laurie Willison of Soapbox Creations. I'm a huge fan of hers and can't believe I'm before her on the hop (having a fan-girl moment.....). I just know she's going to wow you with her spectacular creation!!

If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop, pop back to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamp Blog for a complete hop list. And don't forget to comment!

Thank you so much for celebrating the birthday of this fabulous woman with us all. And sending you lots of birthday hugs and kisses Michele!!

Take care
Shona
 

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #107

Hello there, I'm popping in with a quick little reminder about our current challenge at TIME OUT. 





Its all about Spring for this challenge and if your also feeling in the mood, a one-layer challenge as well. You could use Spring colours, spring stamps...basically whatever brings 'Spring' to mind for you, you can go with it!!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Uniko and they are giving a free stamp set to the winner of this challenge!!



For my card I went super simple and one-layer. I had a new Uniko stamp set to use and really wanted that to be the star of the design:


When I think of Springtime, I think of all the new flowers that are starting to pop out and all their beautiful colours, after a grey Winter. Its my favourite time of the year. And usually the butterflies start flitting about too, which is wonderful to see.

I really wanted to do one-layer but with lots of colour, so I grabbed on to my Distress Oxide inks and blended away on the card front until I was happy with the colours. It took quite a while actually as I didn't want some of them to become all brown/grey looking (as some colours don't mix well) but so happy with the finished card.

To add a bit of interest I flicked the card with some water, waited a few seconds and then sponged up the liquid with a tissue. Its such a simple but effective technique!! All I had to do then was to stamp the butterfly and sentiment from Uniko 'English Country Garden - Butterflies' with black ink. I didn't even add any sequins as I think there's enough going on already.

I'm going to link this to the Scrapbook Boutique April Challenge as my card fits the mood board perfectly.



Will also add to The Cats Pajama's April Challenge #345 where their theme is also 'Spring'.


You have until Wednesday 25th April to link your projects to the TIME OUT  challenge. And if your looking for any ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer Kimberly of Wienerhoneymooners has created for you. Can't wait to see your projects in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona