Friday, 29 May 2020

Funky Fossil Designs - Fancy a brew??

Hi there!! Its Friday night and its been raining since this afternoon, so its very nice to have the fire going and know I can stay up late and catch up on some Netflix.....

The 2020 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is on its final day. Its been an incredible week and as I write this there are 1224 entries....woo hoo!! That's amazing and there are so many inspirational projects.

Funky Fossil Designs is one of the Sponsors for the hop. They are also having a Sale that will end at the same time as the hop. You can get 15% OFF EVERYTHING IN STORE by using the code FOSSIL15.

For this card I wanted some bright, pretty colours to go along with the cute little 'coffee-loving' pug:

He's so adorable and I think the little pug puppies are probably small enough to actually fit into a cup. Can just imagine bringing one home, our Golden Retriever Bella would love it but probably end up by sitting on it by accident....

I stamped the image from the 'Pugs and Hugs' stamp set with Gina K Amalgam black ink on white CS. I watercoloured it using my Zig Real Color Brush Markers and fussy cut out when it had dried.

I cut a panel of pink CS so it left some white CS showing top and bottom and adhered to the card front. Using the 'Round in Flowers' stencil I blended lots of Distress Inks pinching the round blending pad to create a dauber. Once I had finished I cut the circle out and put it on some white foam. The sentiment (from the same stamp set) was white heat embossed on a strip of black CS and popped on foam tape, along with the dog. And I finished off with a few Neat and Tangled sequins.

I'm going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Anything Goes'. This is my second entry.

Time to sit myself down in front of the fire with some Diamond Painting and to watch the new 'Space Force' show on Netflix. Its looks hilarious and has so many well known comedians included. I did unfortunately read a review of it this morning that said it wasn't funny at all but luckily we all don't have the same sense of humour so maybe I'll find it a hoot.....

Take care

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #162

Hi there everybody!! Hope your week has been good to you and things are slowly getting better where you live with regards to Covid-19. We are at Level 2 in New Zealand where nearly everything is now open but with rules like only so many people in the store, names and ID are taken for tracing purposes, still social distancing where possible etc. We've only had 2 new cases in the last week which were linked to existing clusters so hopefully that means it isn't hiding out in the community somewhere. Nice to see everyone back to work and life!!

The theme for the current TIME OUT  challenge is 'Free'. It can be interpreted however you like. Maybe feeling free or breaking free from somewhere....its totally up to you!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Visible Image who are giving a $25 voucher plus free shipping to the winner! How fantastic!!!!

I wasn't actually sure what to do for my card, so spent some time going thru all my stamps, coming up with different ideas until I saw the perfect sentiment:

How I wish I had a pot full of these adorable 'succulent' people!!! They are so sweet and can't help but smile when I look at their smiling faces. Why haven't I used these sooner???!!

I started off by stamping all the images from Uniquely Creative 'Sweet Succulents' (which unfortunately isn't available any more) on white CS with Gina K Amalgam black ink. I coloured them with my Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cut out.

Using some white CS I die-cut an oval using the Uniquely Creative 'Cross-stitch Nesting Oval Dies'. I blended Distress Ink 'Salty Ocean' across the top, keeping it darker along the edge and lighter towards the middle. Along the bottom I blended Waffle Flower 'Coffee Loves Milk' and then stamped a 'pebble' image (from UC 'Good Onya') with the same ink to add more texture to the dirt. I also stamped the 'Free Hugs' on the sign.

I used a rectangle die (from UC 'Round Branch Window Dies') on some soft blue/grey CS, adhered it to the card base and put the oval on some white foam. To finish off I decided it didn't need any embellishments but added some sparkle to all the 'succulents' with a UC 'Clear Sparkle Brush'.

Will link to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Anything Goes'!!


You have until Wednesday 3rd June to link your projects to the TIME OUT  challenge and if your needing any help with ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer Joanna from Jo-Jo's Spot have created to inspire you. Look forward to seeing you in the Gallery!

Take care and stay safe

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Funky Fossil Designs - 2020 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello there!! It poured with rain yesterday which was glorious, and then it rained last night to make the ground even more soggy, so no gardening for me today. However, it gave me a chance to finish off a few cards, make some new ones and create the need for me to vacuum once again around my crafting area!!

 The 2020 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is in full swing at the moment and as I write this there are 715 entries!! I love how popular this hop has become and the inspiration from all the different projects entered is extraordinary!

Funky Fossil Designs is one of the Sponsors for the Blog Hop and they are also having a SALE for Blog Hop week with 15% off everything in store until the 29th May. All you have to do is use the code FOSSIL15 at the checkout!!

For my card I wanted to use bright, Summery colours and even got quite bold with a different card shape for a change:

When I made this card I didn't quite factor in how tricky it would be to photograph. My usual 'standing card' didn't work because it was too wide and even laying it down and shooting from the top was tricky as there was so much space around the card. So my favourite Rachel Carley side plate saved the day!!

I started off by white heat embossing the cup from the 'Folksy Christmas' stamp set 5x on white CS. I then blended Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade over each one, adding concentrated colour to the lids. 

I decided on a 7 x 2.5 inch card base so that the cups just fit on there nicely in a row. I wanted some cardstock in the background and finally decided on some kraft CS because it reminded me of the beach, so I cut a 2 inch strip and adhered in place. After fussy cutting the cups I put them on the card with some foam tape. The sentiment (from the 'Happy Words' stamp set) was white heat embossed on a strip of black CS and was glued in place, along with pearls from Studio Katia. 

I've got another card to share with you tomorrow that is a more normal size and has some beautiful Spring flowers. Hope to see you then!!

Take care