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
Shona
 

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
Shona
 

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
Shona
 

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #141

Hi there, hope your week is going swimmingly and your weather isn't too horrible and cold. I'm popping in today to remind you about our current theme at TIME OUT Challenges.





Its all about 'Relaxation' which is something I wish I could master....even when I've got nothing to do I can't just sit down and relax, although I dream about it when I'm racing around!!! You also have the option of a 'one-layer card' which is always a fun challenge too.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Newton's Nook and they are giving a $25 credit to their store to one of the entries who opted to use the one-layer option. How fabulous!!




I only own one stamp set from Newton's Nook and funnily enough its called 'Summer Vacation' which had the perfect images for this challenge theme:


This was so much fun to put together, trying to work out how to make a chest of drawers and what 'wallpaper' pattern to go with. I don't really make scenes on my cards very often but when I do, I absolutely love it! And I love watching fish tanks, its so relaxing for me and I wish I could have a whole wall full of fish. And I thought having a tank under the floor so it was see-thru would be so cool too!!

I started off by stamping the image with Gina K Amalgam black ink on white CS, colouring with my Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cutting out. I went thru my stash over 6x6 paper pads and found this one from Moda Scrap 'Let your Soul Bloom' which was perfect for wallpaper, so adhered it to the card front. 

For the drawers I cut a piece of wood veneer paper and drew lines with a black gel pen. I popped it on some foam tape and glued on some Studio Katia 'Silver Pearls' for the drawer handles. I then put Newton on some foam tape as well, so it was sitting on top. I then added Glossy Accents to the water in the fish bowl and his goggles.

To finish off I white heat embossed the sentiment (from the same stamp set) on black CS, backed it with some white CS (like a picture frame) and put on foam tape, along with some Neat and Tangled sequins.

You have until Wednesday 14th August to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge and if your needing any card ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our talented Guest Designer Marieke  have created to inspire you. Looking forward to all your 'relaxing' projects in the Gallery!

Take care
Shona
 

Monday, 5 August 2019

The Flower Challenge #35

Hi there!! Another month has zoomed on by and its time for a new theme at The Flowe Challenge.





This month its all about using your favourite flower. Being a gardener I have so many flowers I love and there are so many floral stamps/dies and stencils these days I bet you will find it hard to choose as well!!

We also have a Sponsor for this challenge Clearly Besotted and they are giving a gift card to the winner. How fabulous is that!!


I have a tie for my favourite flower. I adore David Austin roses but I also love peonies. I haven't had much luck growing them myself. I have around 11 plants and only seem to get one peony flower each year. Over the past two months I've been given another 8 plants so fingers crossed they will all eventually flower as they mature. I decided to use a stamp that included peonies and coloured it yellow like 'Graham Thomas', a favourite David Austin rose:


This is such an amazing stamp image and wonderul for colouring too. Will definitely be using it again!!

I started by stamping the MFT Stamps 'Fresh Cut Flowers' image with Versamark ink on Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS and white heat embossing. I then used my Distress Inks and Zig Real Colour Brush Markers to watercolour it, trying to add as much depth as I could.  Once it was dry I die-cut the panel with a waffle-edged die from MFT Stamps 'Blueprints 27' and adhered to the card front. To keep it simple I white heat embossed the sentiment (from MFT Stamps 'Birthday Bears') on a strip of black CS, popped it on foam tape and glued on some Neat and Tangled sequins for a bit of shine.

I've got three challenges I would like to enter:

Seize the Birthday Challenge #171 (Flowers)



MFT Stamps - Birthday Project Challenge (Birthday Bouquets)


 Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes - Entry #4)


You have until Sunday August 25th to link your project to The Flower Challenge and we will be back on the 15th with some more card designs to inspire you. Looking forward to finding out what your favourite flowers are in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge - Entry #2

Its an absolutely gorgeous Sunday morning here. Sun is shining, hardly any wind and the kids want to walk down to check out the new park, so I'm extremely happy. Will also stop and play basketball with Max so he's ready for his game tomorrow after school.





The current Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge is 'Bright and Cheerful' and what could be more cheerful than rainbow colours and a sloth eating a giant donut:


As you all know I absolutely love Dunkin Donuts and how I wish they made them this big!!!

I used products from the Uniquely Creative - May Mini 'Stamp and Colour' Kit for this card. The kit comes with a 'Sprinkles' stencil which I put over the card front and randomly blended with Distress Inks. I then stamped the sloth with Gina K Amalgam black ink on white CS, coloured with Altenew Artist Markers and die-cut with the matching die. I popped him up on foam tape and added Glossy Accents to the pink donut icing to make it look more real. The sentiment strip was put on foam tape, along with some 'Rainbow' Enamel Dots.

I'm also going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Anything Goes'. This is my 3rd entry.


I got glammed up last night to attend the Registered Master Builders Awards night. So many people, only person I knew well was my husband. Lots of drunk men who only talked about building, plumbing etc. Thank goodness for my phone and Instagram!! It was incredible seeing all the beautiful houses though and lots of worthy winners. Was glad to get my heels off and into my pjs when I got home!!

Take care
Shona
 

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Create a Smile Challenge - Mood Board

I gotta say it....I love Mood Boards!! I don't know what it is about them but all the different photos with something for every idea you have just gets me excited. And when I came across the Mood Board for the current Create a Smile Challenge I had to make sure I joined in!





The flowers immediately caught my eye and I wondered if I could combine the dark purple/pink with the orange/yellow on one flower. Unfortunately I don't own many Create a Smile stamps but I thought I could make it work:


I have to be honest and say that I struggled with the design part of this card, so I went back to a previous Create a Smile challenges and found this sketch from earlier in July, which helped me immensely. My mojo for ideas seems to be lacking at present, which is so frustrating!!

I started off by stamping the big flower from Create a Smile 'Botanical Love' with Waffle Flower 'Safe Choice' ink over the card front. I then stamped the fuchsia (from the same stamp set) on Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS a few times with Versafine black ink and immediately heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Using yellow, pink and orange Zig Real Color Brush pens I started with adding lots of pink. I then put the orange on top and pushed towards the ends of the petal, adding a touch of yellow on the ends. Once they had dried I fussy cut them out and popped on foam tape. 

For the sentiment (from Create a Smile 'Bad Day') I white heat embossed it on black CS, fussy cut around it and put on foam tape along with some Neat and Tangled sequins.

Its a gorgeous sunny day here and I've been outside Winter spraying my pruned roses and peach trees. Phoebe and I are off to town soon to buy some clothes and I'm trying to find more things to jazz up my photos. I'm also going to pick up a rose bush from a friend who doesn't want it anymore. I don't really have anywhere to put it but will always make a free rose bush work!!

Take care
Shona
 

Friday, 2 August 2019

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Entry #2

Its finally Friday night for us here in New Zealand and what a strange week its been. The weather has been crazy with hot sun one day, pouring with rain the next and then so cold its been snowing just out of town....no wonder everyone is coming down with colds and flu's (except me thank goodness!). I can't wait to sleep in tomorrow morning but also know I've got lots of jobs to get done that I didn't do last weekend, so not much time to relax.....I just have to make sure I have time to make some cards!!





The theme for this weeks Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge is 'Anything Goes' and I thought it would be a good chance to share with you one of the cards I made to take with me to the craft fair two weeks ago for Uniquely Creative:

 

Sloth's are just so adorable and I can't stop watching YouTube videos about them, especially when they are little babies. I would so love to have one of my own!!

I stamped the sloth from the Uniquely Creative 'Sloth Pals' stamp set using Gina K Amalgam black ink on white CS. I coloured him with my Altenew Artist Markers and then die-cut with the matching dies. 

For the background I die-cut the Uniquely Creative 'Stitch Cloud Border' dies 10x from white CS. I then grabbed a rainbow of Distress Ink colours and used my mini-blending tool to colour each one. To put it together I actually arranged them on my table colour side up so I could make sure the cloud shapes were alternated and the spacing was right. I then added a strip of washi tape over top of them all. I added a piece of Rosie's Adhesive Sheet to the card front, picked up the clouds by the washi tape and pressed them on the card. All I had to do then was trim off any over-hang.

To create the frame I cut a piece of white CS the same size as the card front and then die-cut one of the Uniquely Creative 'Cross-stitch Rectangle' dies from the middle. I then added double-sided tape to the back of it and pressed over the clouds. I added the sloth on some foam tape as well as the sentiment strip that comes with the 'Sloth Pals Mini Kit'. I didn't think I would use pre-printed strips but they are so handy!! To finish it off I added some Uniquely Creative 'Rainbow Enamel Dots'.

Its only 9pm but I'm already ready for bed. I spent five hours today weeding and pruning roses with such strong, cold winds. I was exhausted when I got home. I had great plans to make some cards tonight but think I'll curl up in bed with my electric blanket and carry on reading 'Becoming by Michelle Obama'. Its so good, I can see why so many people liked it!

Take care
Shona



 

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday Post #1 for August

Hi everyone and welcome to August!! I can't believe we are past half-way for 2019. Is it just me or does it feel like we just had Christmas??? I really need to get a wriggle on with my Christmas cards, hence my cards for this post!


I'm up on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog today with these cards, using a bit of alcohol ink and showing a new way to use one of the new cover dies. Hope you can pop on over to have a look!!

Take care
Shona
 

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Entry #1

Its been such a cold day, I've been quite glad that I've had to stay home with Max. His health is always bad around Winter and every year I think he will grow out of it (considering he looks like a rugby player and is nearly as tall as my husband....and he's only 12yrs old) but its beaten him down again. He had the flu for two weeks, went back to school last Monday but last night started saying he felt strange and went to bed very early. He still had a headache this morning and I realised he had hives all over his thighs, which means he's fighting a virus....so here we go again!!

So I've spent the day catching up on emails, commenting, cleaning out drawers and even went thru all my craft stuff and arranged four piles of papers/stamps/inks etc I don't use anymore and will drop them at a second-hand store tomorrow for them to do whatever they want with them. It will make someone's day I'm sure!!

I even managed to put together another 'pug' card from the same stamp set I shared the other day. And this one is on its way around the world to a very special lady for her birthday:


I love how this little guy fits in the cup, would love a little dog this size but I'd probably lose it or our Golden Retriever Bella would sit on it!!

I started off by stamping the pug from the Funky Fossil Designs 'Pugs and Hugs' with Gina K Amalgam black ink on white CS, colouring with Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cutting out.

Using circle dies from Couture Creations I die-cut the larger one from black CS and adhered to the card front. I then cut a smaller one from white CS. Using inks from Altenew and Waffle Flower I stamped the coffee bean from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 'Peace Love and Coffee' all over the die-cut and put on foam tape. I put the pug on foam tape too, along with the white heat embossed sentiment (from the same 'Pugs and Hugs' stamp set). And finished off with sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I'm linking this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Anything Goes'. This is my first entry and hopefully I'll have a chance to enter a few more times.


I'm off to whip up some Butter Chicken before my family start eating the furniture. Can't wait for the weekend to come around and hopefully I'll be off gardening tomorrow as I'm so behind. Although by the look of Max its not looking good......

Take care
Shona
 

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge

Hi everybody!! I'm oh so slowly getting back into the swing of things and creating the odd card. I've got so many new stamps/dies etc that I feel like I need a months holiday to have a chance to use them all!! Its a wonderful situation to be in though, considering I'm usually living vicariously through everyone else's crafting hauls....






The current theme for the Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge is 'Bright and Cheerful' so I thought it was a wonderful chance to create a card with an image I coloured a few weeks ago:
 

 I am absolutely over the moon with how my stencil colours turned out!! I don't use stencils very often (they kind of scare me for some reason) so using all these colours was a bit of an experiment that paid off. It kind of reminds me of Japanese kimono fabric and I have a few other colour combo's in mind to try out as well.

I started off by stamping the pug from Funky Fossil Designs 'Pugs and Hugs' on white CS with Gina K Amalgam black ink. I coloured him with my Altenew Artist Markers and then fussy cut out.

The stencil (also from Funky Fossil Designs 'Round in Flowers') was held over the card front with washi tape. I gathered up different Distress Inks in blues, greens, pinks etc and their mini-blending foam rounds. I don't own any foam daubers so I pinch the round foam into a point and add different inks to the stencil, trying not to muddy the colours as I go. 

Once I removed the stencil I put the pug on some foam tape. I then white heat embossed the sentiment (from the same stamp set) on black CS and put this on foam tape as well, along with some iridescent jewels from Pretty Pink Posh.

I've got so many more cards to share with you that I made before I went away last weekend, its just finding time to sit down and blog. At the moment I just don't seem to be able to find time at all to craft, nothing is different in my life but my list of things to do is ridiculously long. As usual I just need to put myself first every now and then and do what I love. Easier said than done......

Take care
Shona
 

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Poppystamps Challenge #58

I'm back!!! So sorry I've been away from blogging and card making for a while. I went to Auckland last Thursday morning till Sunday night (18th to 21st July) helping the Uniquely Creative store (from Australia) at their first ever SENZ (New Zealand craft show). It was only my second time going and it was AMAZING!! I was in charge of the 'make-n-take' table, teaching people to watercolour with different paints that they sell. It was so busy as the table was extremely popular. So many people fell in love with watercolouring and really loved my tips and tricks to help them with depth and shading. I felt like Kathy Racoosin!!!

I came back though to FIVE DAYS of laundry as everyone was sick and it rained the whole time I was away. It then carried on raining until yesterday (Friday) so not much work gardening for me but gave me a chance to sort out all the washing, get the house in order and go thru all the amazing things I purchased!! Now I'm finally ready to start creating again!



Two weeks ago I stayed at my Mum's for the weekend and made a huge amount of cards to take with me to Auckland and for challenges online. Unfortunately I've now missed most of the deadlines but not the one for the Poppystamps Challenge thank goodness because I really love the card, especially the little birdies:


I've used some very new and very old products in making this card. I find it very hard to move on my older stamps/dies because I still love them so much and think that I might need them someday!!

I started off by stamping the Poppystamps 'Flower Garden' background stamp (which I purchased with a voucher I won from a previous Poppystamps Challenge) in Versafine ink on white CS. I then die-cut it using my very old but still amazing Pretty Pink Posh 'Stitched Duo 2' dies. This was popped up on the card front with some foam tape.

I won the Poppystamps 'Whittle Birds' from one of their latest New Releases. I die-cut them 3x each from white CS and coloured with my Altenew Artist Markers and put them on foam tape, the larger ones being on a double amount to make them stand up more. All I had to do then was white heat emboss the sentiment (from the same PS 'Flower Garden' stamp set) on some black CS and put on foam tape.

I'm also going to join the AAA Birthday Challenge #3 where their theme is 'For the Girls, who I think would love these pastel coloured birdies.

 

I've still got so many cards to share with you, I need to go and mow my Mum's lawns and I'm only a quarter of the way through pruning back all my roses. Thank goodness its a gorgeous, sunny day so hopefully I can get thru all my jobs. Wish me luck!!

Take care
Shona
 

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Reminder: The Flower Challenge #34

Hi everyone!! I've just come back from a weekend at my Mum's house, where MANY cards were made, lots of chocolate consumed and I'm nearly through Season 2 of Boston Legal on dvd....it was awesome!!! We also went to see the movie 'Crawl', a horror movie about alligators, which was real 'edge of your seat' stuff, highly recommend it!!





I'm popping in today to remind you all about our current theme at The Flower Challenge. Its all about 'Pretty Pastels' which I think is a huge favourite when it comes to colouring floral images. Being right in the middle of Winter there aren't many flowers around at the moment (although its been so warm, some roses are still going strong and even some tree's have started blossoming....), I can't wait for Spring to see all the flowering cherries start to bloom.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Uniko and they are giving a stamp set to the winner. They have some gorgeous floral stamps, so would be so hard to pick just one!!


Since Uniko is our Sponsor, I decided to use their stamps (which I had in my stash) for my card design. The flower is from one of the very first Uniko stamp sets I purchased and its still fabulous, especially for colouring:


I've always loved light blue (especially Tiffany blue) and pairing it with a pink is such a sweet combo.

I started by stamping the flower image from Uniko 'Flower Power #2' with Versafine black ink on watercolour CS and immediately clear heat embossing with Simon Says Stamp 'Clear Embossing Powder'. I did this 10x!! I then watercoloured each flower with Catherine Pooler 'Fiesta Blue' ink, not worrying about getting it perfect. I did a soft colour layer first, dried the flowers with the heat gun and then went back in with the same colour but with less water to add some depth. Once they had dried I fussy cut them out.

For the background I wanted something 'pretty' and not too solid, so I stamped the Uniko 'Large Background: Scattered Polka Hearts' stamp on the card front using Catherine Pooler 'Be Mine' ink, stamping it twice for a darker hue.

To create the ring of flowers I die-cut a piece of grey CS with a Couture Creations circle die and added white foam behind it, adhering to the card front. I cut little squares of foam tape to put on the back of all the flowers and then set about layering them on each other around the edge of the circle. For the sentiment (from Uniquely Creative 'Beautiful Birthday Wishes') I stamped it on white CS with Versafine black ink and put on a double-layer of foam tape. And instead of sequins I glued clear jewels from Pretty Pink Posh in the middle of the flowers, with a smaller one by the sentiment.

I'm going to link this to the AAA Birthday Challenge: Game #3 where their theme is 'For the Girls'.


And will also join the Stamplorations - July is World Watercolour Month linky party.


You have until Thursday 25th July to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and if your needing any inspiration, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our talented Guest Designer Michelle of Handmade by Michelle have created for you. Looking forward to seeing all your pastel gorgeousness in the Gallery!

Take care
Shona
 

Monday, 15 July 2019

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge - Entry #2

Hi there, I'm whipping in at the last possible minute with a second entry for the Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge!!





The theme for the challenge is 'Ocean Waves' and I've already created one card using my new stamp set from Funky Fossil Designs but there is one more image in this set that I just had to share with you:


Years ago when I was pregnant with Phoebe, I was having terrible nightmares and my midwife suggested a technique for calming myself if I woke scared in the night. She said to go thru the alphabet and name an animal for each letter. She used it herself but she used to get frustrated because for years she could never think of one for the letter 'N'. I immediately said 'Narwhal' and she was blown away! Ever since then I've been fascinated by them and love seeing videos of them on YouTube. So I was so excited to see one in this set!

I started off by stamping the narwhal from the Funky Fossil Designs 'Whale of a Time' stamp set on white CS using Gina K Amalgam black ink. I coloured him with my Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cut out. I also cut a panel of dark grey CS and adhered to the card front.

On a piece of white CS I adhered the Uniquely Creative 'Ocean Waves' stencil with washi tape and used a mini-blending tool to randomly add colour with blue Distress Inks. Once I was happy I spread over a thin layer of Nuvo Glimmer Paste 'Moonstone'. I removed the stencil and wiped it straight away and dried the paste with my heat gun.

I put the glimmer panel on a piece of white foam and popped the narwhal on foam tape. The sentiment (from the same stamp set) was stamped with Versafine black ink on white CS and fussy cut out. I then glued it to some black CS and fussy cut out again. This was put on foam tape, along with some Neat and Tangled sequins. And I added some Glossy Accents to the narwhals eye for a bit of shine.

Right, better get this post linked up to the challenge before my time runs out and will be back here tomorrow with some more of my cards from the weekend!

Take care
Shona
 

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge - Entry #1

After a wonderful weekend with my Mum, I've come home with quite a few cards and can't wait to share them all with you!! 





The current theme for the Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge is 'Ocean Waves' and closes in two hours, so I better make this post quick!!

A few weeks ago my lovely friend Sarah of Funky Fossil Designs sent me one of her new release stamp sets that I loved but because I had purchased two of the other sets she released, I couldn't afford to buy that one as well. It was such a wonderful, generous surprise and I coloured the images straight away. But of course I never found time to put them into a card till this past weekend:


Aren't these whales so amazing and I'm in love with their sketchy designs. I can see myself using them on many more cards, especially as I love sea animals!

I started off by stamping these whales from the Funky Fossil Designs 'Whale of a Time' stamp set on white CS using Gina K Amalgam Black ink, so I could colour them with my Altenew Artist Markers. I then fussy cut them out and added foam tape to the back. 

To create a ocean-like background, I used a stencil from Uniquely Creative 'Ocean Waves' along with a mini-blending tool and array of blue Distress Inks. I used washi tape to hold it over the card front and just randomly blended the blues over the stencil until I was happy with the colours. All I had to do then was pop the whales on top. I stamped the sentiment (from the same stamp set) on a piece of white CS and put on foam tape, along with some blue sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I've got one more card to share with you for this challenge, using this same stamp set so better get a wriggle on before the time runs out. Why oh why do I always leave things to the last possible moment????....

Take care
Shona
 

Sunday, 14 July 2019

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday post #1 for July

Hi there and welcome to my first CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  blog post for the month of July!!




I've been trying to colour a lot over the past few weeks to join in with The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge and wanted to colour some of new cute critters from the latest release. I realised how perfectly they fitted on one of the die-cuts, so I set about making two cards, one masculine and one feminine for pet/coffee loving friends:

 

Aren't these little critters adorable?!!! Love their size and shape, makes them really easy to colour and die-cut.


I started by stamping the cat and dog from the 'Little Huggables' stamp set with Gina K Amalgam black ink on white CS. That way I could colour them with my Altenew Artist Markers. I then die-cut them using the matching 'Little Critters Fri-Dies'.

As I wanted to make two cards, I die-cut the 'To-Go Cup Fri-Dies' with white CS for the base, then pink and blue for the wrap and lids. I die-cut each one twice and glued them together with Gina K Connect Glue to give them a bit more dimension and strength. I glued the cups together and popped the critters up on foam tape. I did the same with the cups on the card fronts.


I white heat embossed the sentiments (from the same Little Huggables stamp set) on black CS and put them on foam tape. I also glued on some iridescent jewels from Pretty Pink Posh and added some shimmer to the lids with a Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen.



I can't wait to post these to some friends and I hope I've given you some ideas on how to use different stamps and dies together. If you haven't seen these products before and think you might purchase them, don't forget to use my special code to save yourself 15%!!


Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll be back at the end of the month with another CAS-ual Fridays Stamp  project!

Take care
Shona