Thursday, 21 March 2019

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #131

Hi everyone!! This TIME OUT  challenge is a very special one for us, as its our 5th birthday! I can't believe five years has gone by. It just seems like the other day that I received an email from Sandie (our Illustrious Leader) asking if I would like to join the Design Team. I still have that email and can remember how excited I was as it was my first DT position since I had started card making. 

I joined in September 2014 and have loved every minute of it. Sandie and Nonni keep everything so well organised with the blog etc. We have a few changes with the DT every now and then but every single member has been a joy to work with. I'm very fortunate to be a part of this supportive team and they will never get rid of me!!!

We have these words to inspire you for this challenge. You might choose just one word or go with the whole kit and kaboodle for your project. Its totally up to you!!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Stamplorations and they have been with us since the very beginning. Shery (who is also part of the Time Out DT) is so generous with the team and also with the prizes she offers too. So its very fitting they are Sponsoring this challenge and they are giving a $50 gift voucher to the winner!!!!!

For my card I wanted to keep it CAS (as the first TO challenge I won was with a very CAS card) and use my favourite colour:

I love this colour blue so much. I actually just purchased a pair of Adidas Campus shoes in this colour and white. They are so perfect I've actually owned them for two weeks and haven't worn them yet because I don't want to get them dirty!!

To start off I die-cut the Stamplorations 'Zen Coffee Cup Layering Dies' from white CS. For the patterned die-cut I pressed it on to my Versamark ink pad and then heat embossed with WOW! embossing powder in 'Pastel Glacier Mint'. I wanted it to have a shiny 'ceramic' look, so I did this two more times. It has so much dimension and shine in real life!

I covered the back of the patterned die-cut with Gina K Connect Glue and pressed on to the plain coffee cup die-cut. I then added foam tape to the back of it.

I wanted a very soft background for the cup, so I blended some Distress Oxide Ink in 'Tumbled Glass' in the middle of the card front. To add some interest I flicked on some water and dabbed it away with a tissue. The cup was then placed on top.

The sentiment (from Stamplorations 'Balloons and Banners') was simply stamped in black on a strip of white CS and put on some foam tape. All I had to do then was glue on some light blue and clear sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I'm going to link this to the Stamplorations Cutplorations March Challenge with my coffee cup fitting in perfectly with the coffee in the inspiration photo.


I'm also going to add this to the Stamplorations CAS March Challenge where I didn't use the optional colour twist.

And lastly I will link to the  Stamplorations Never-ending Challenge which is for any projects using Stamplorations products.

You have until Wednesday 27th March to link your projects to the TIME OUT  Challenge. I really hope you have a chance to join in our birthday celebrations. And thank you so much for all your support over the last five years, without all the entries the challenge wouldn't be what it is today!!

Take care

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Kat Scrappiness March Challenge - Entry #2

I've just gotten back from the hairdressers......that's right I actually had my hair cut, which is something I only do every year or so. I had around 4 inches cut off my hair so it sits just above my shoulder. I can still put it in a pony tail but it takes much less time to dry and look after. Phoebe also got her long hair cut too into a gorgeous jawline bob. She looks so sleek and stylish and she can't stop smiling, so I'm so happy for her!!

A few days ago I shared a card with you all on the CAS-ual Fridays Blog where I found a new way to use my Gina K Designs 'Wreath Builder Template' with stamps and matching dies. I have so many other ideas on how to do this technique and thought I share another one with you today:

For this card I did some 'inlaid die-cutting' and used the wreath template to create a pattern equally in the middle of the card. If I tried to do this using just my eyes I would hate to think how it would look!!

I actually started off with a piece of white CS that was cut to the same size as the 3 3/4 inches template itself (not the size of the square inset). I added some temporary tape to the corners of the template and put it on top of the CS. Using stamps from Neat and Tangled 'Flower Medallion Builder' I stamped out the images, rotating and stamping in each corner. Some of them aren't exactly perfect with their angles but I'm okay with it, that's my eyesights fault, not the

Once I was happy with the pattern I die-cut each of the stamped images with its matching die. The problem I have at the moment is my Cuttlebug plates are very old and have started leaving marks all over the white CS I pass thru it. So I grabbed my Versafine ink pad and rubbed it all over the panel to make black CS!!

I grabbed a 'rainbow' of colours from my paint chips and used the same dies to cut them out. I put lots of double-sided tape on a square of black CS and pressed it behind the die-cut spaces, which gave me somewhere to inlay the coloured pieces. I adhered a big piece of black foam behind it all and glued on to a white card base.

For the sentiment I wanted to keep it very simple, so I die-cut the Neat and Tangled 'Celebrate' 3x from white CS, glued them all together and then heat embossed with WOW! 'Clear Sparkle' Embossing Powder. This shows you what it looks like close up:

 I glued some Pretty Pink Posh Iridescent Jewels in matching colours on to the die-cut pieces and then glued on the 'Celebrate', putting something heavy on top to make sure it stayed there. I also stamped the 'have a great birthday' sentiment from Neat and Tangled 'Say Yes to Donuts' on the inside of the card.

The ideas for using this technique are endless and I have another card to show you hopefully tomorrow with a different take again. I wish I had more stamps with matching dies but I can't afford them very often, so just have to make the most of the wonderful ones I have. 

I'm going to link this as my second entry to the Kat Scrappiness March Challenge where its all about 'Rainbows' and I bet this won't be my last either.....

I really hope you like this technique and will try it yourself. If you do, please let me know or link to me on Instagram/Facebook, as I'm sure there are even more ways this can be done I haven't even thought of!!

Take care


Saturday, 16 March 2019

Winnie and Walter 5th Birthday Challenges - Five Challenge

This is it, this is my final card for the Winnie and Walter 5th Birthday Challenges. I can't believe I was able to make a card for every challenge, I'm so happy I could do it and especially pleased that I could help Shay celebrate this milestone!!

This final challenge is the 'Five Challenge with Shay'. Shay is the owner of Winnie and Walter so I thought it was only fitting to finish my myriad of cards with her challenge. She is so generous and talented, and I'm so glad that this company has grown so much!!

She was wanting you to have something representing 'five' on your project. Maybe five animals, five die-cuts, five images etc. I went with 'five colours' and in my favourite colour scheme:

You knew I had to fit a rainbow card in somewhere!! I used the five main colours for my watercoloured rainbow - pink, orange, yellow, green and blue. I really hope she likes it!!

I started by heat embossing the W&W 'Mini Scenery: Madison' in white 2x on some Reeves Watercolour CS. I used Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon to watercolour across the image, keeping the colours as vibrant as I could.

Once they had dried I fussy cut them out, especially along the edge where I was meeting the panels together on the card front. I added a piece of white foam behind each one and adhered to the card, as close together as possible.

For the sentiment I die-cut the W&W 'In a Word: Hugs' twice from white CS and once from bright, dark pink CS and glued them all together. I adhered over the middle of the panels, covered with lots of Wink of Stella and then Glossy Accents. I then stamped the sentiment from W&W 'Sending you with Evelin T. Designs' on a strip of white CS and glued to the card, along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled. This will be perfect to send to one of my overseas' crafty friends!!

I'm going to also link this to the Kat Scrappiness March Challenge where their theme is 'Rainbows'. You know I'm going to have more than one entry for this challenge.....

Whew, that was a huge amount of cards over a two day period. I'm really sorry about that and will make sure I'm more organised next time....(yeah right I hear you all say....). Thanks so much for all your comments and support, they really do mean so much. I'm off to have a well earned drink of Coke and possibly a piece of is short and as I've been reminded lately you never know what a day will bring, so I'll enjoy every mouthful!!

Lots of love to you all!!