Sunday, 27 September 2020

Uniquely Creative - September 2020 - Mini Stamp and Colour Kit - One of a Kind

 Hi everyone, fingers crossed your enjoying your weekend and have some good weather floating around. We had a gorgeous day yesterday that turned into a massive storm during the night. It kept me awake for hours because I was imagining something smashing through the windows or our roof suddenly ripping off. Luckily none of that happened and today is still a bit windy but the sun is out and the temperature quite lovely.


We have a new mini kit for you from Uniquely Creative - 'One of a Kind' which features the last of the Platypus sets and of course work in beautifully with the other two. This time there is no patterned paper but lots of earthy coloured cardstocks and some chipboard elements to play with.

I'm really enjoying the sentiment packs in the kits, so easy to cut them out and add to a card. For this one I couldn't choose which sentiment to use so made a feature of them all:

The platypus images are so much fun to colour in and have never coloured a protea flower, so it was nice to do something different!!

I stamped the platypus image (from the 'One of a Kind' stamp set which can be purchased on its own) twice on white CS with Gina K Amalgam Black ink, coloured with my Faber Castell pencils and used the 'One of a Kind - Fussy Cutting Set' to cut one of them out. The other one I just wanted the flower so fussy cut that myself with scissors.

I used a panel of the beige CS from the kit and adhered to the card front. I then used one of the 'Frame Dies' with the chocolate coloured CS from the kit, die-cutting it 3x and gluing them together. I worked out which sentiments would fit within the frame and glued them behind it. This was popped up on a piece of black foam. All I had to do then was adhere the flower and platypus in place and add some 'Peach Pearls'. I also used the 'Clear Sparkle Brush' on the flowers for a bit of sparkle.

I'm going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Animal Antics'.


 

And will also link to The Cat's Pajama's Challenge #372 where their theme is 'Animals'.


 

Check out the Uniquely Creative Blog  for tonnes of card ideas and I'll see you back here soon with another card from this kit.

Take care

Shona


Saturday, 26 September 2020

Funky Fossil Designs - Snowone Like You!!

Hello there!! It has been one super busy month for card making with lots of New Release's to prepare for as well as other DT cards for the blog. Thank goodness I haven't lost my mojo over the last few weeks because as you know, I'm a 'last minute' crafter!! I really enjoy doing the New Release posts and sharing new products with everyone, especially when I've fallen in love with it myself.


We had a New Release a few weeks ago at Funky Fossil Designs and I haven't had a chance to share more of my cards with you using the new stamp sets. Sarah (the owner) and her stamp designers have been blowing me away with their images and each release I think this is their best....and then I think the same with the next one. I'm extremely proud to be a part of their team and excited to see how far they have come!

One of the new stamp sets has the cutest little 'round' snowmen. After a Winter of 'eating too many of my favourite chocolate biscuits', I'm feeling rather rotund myself and its unfortunately time to start thinking about Summer and bathing suits (or togs as well call them in NZ). Wish it was heading into Winter again, not Summer, so I could be rugged up like this guy enjoying the brisk outdoors:


This 'Birch Forest' stencil is one of my favourites for outdoor scenes, especially anything for Winter.

I placed the stencil over the card front and blended Distress Inks 'Salty Ocean' and 'Chipped Sapphire' over top to create an ombre effect, almost as if he was sledding at night-time. I free-hand cut a piece of white CS to make a hill, brushed on some Gina K Connect Glue to the edge and poured over Simon Says Stamp 'Unicorn Dust' Glitter. The hill was then popped up on foam tape. And to give a 'snowy' effect I drew some snow with a white gel pen falling amongst the trees.

The snowman from 'Silly Snowmen' was stamped on white CS with Gina K Amalgam Black ink, coloured with Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cut out. I put him on the hill with foam tape for lots of dimension. The sentiment (from the same set) was white heat embossed and put on foam tape, along with 'Arctic Breeze' pearls from Studio Katia.


I have a few more cards to come up with before I jump in bed tonight. Daylight Savings starts tonight with the clock going forward 1 hour, so we lose an hour of sleep but gain so much more time at the end of the day. I also haven't had to light the fire for a week, the days have been so warm. AND I have so many peony buds this year, it has taken a 7 years for some of my plants to flower so I can't wait for them to bloom. So many good things are happening!!

Take care

Shona

 

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and Catherine Pooler Blog Hop!!

Hi there!! We have a fantastic blog hop for you to enjoy today between Catherine Pooler and CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!! 

If your following the blog hop from the beginning you should have arrived here from the amazing blog of Chrissie Tobas where I know she will have dazzled you with her project. For a full list of the Blog Hop participants you can find it on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog  and Catherine Pooler Blog.  Both companies are giving away a $30 gift voucher to their store, so the more comments you leave along the hop, the better your chances are to win!!

The CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Design Team were extremely lucky to have received inks from Catherine Pooler to use for our projects. If you've never used their inks I highly recommend you try them out. There is something magical about them, the coverage is incredible, even after the first stamp, they blend beautifully and you can even watercolour with them. See what I mean about magical??

I created two cards for you today so you could see different ways to use them, along with our CAS-ual Fridays Stamps products:


These are all the inks I received, they are all part of the 'CP Minis - Carnivale'. I used them all here (along with my own CP ink 'Party Dress') with the 'Time for Coffee' stamp set, so I could show off all the colours. Unfortunately when I went to arrange this photo I dropped the 'Limoncello' on the card, hence the big yellow splodge on the top left clock. Doh!!

For the sentiment I used one from the same stamp set and heat embossed it using 'WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle' embossing powder. I also die-cut the 'coffee' from the 'Coffee Cup Fri-dies' from white, black and gold CS and glued them together so you could see each colour. And I finished off with gold pearls from Studio Katia.


 For my second card I did a spot of watercolouring!! I heat embossed the 'Heart to Heart' stamp set using 'WOW! Totally Teal Embossing Glitter' on Strathmore Watercolour CS. I then watercoloured the images using the 'All That Jazz', 'Mardi Gras' and 'Be Mine' CP inks. The panel was popped up on a piece of white foam on the card front. I die-cut the 'hello' from the 'Sweet Friends Fri-dies' 3x from dark teal CS, glued them together and then to the card. The sentiment (from the 'Terrific Flowers' stamp set) was white heat embossed on pink CS and popped on foam tape. I decided with all the sparkle it didn't need any more embellishment!

Your next stop on the hop is the wonderful Susan Powell  who has some stunning projects to share with you.

Don't forget to leave your comments and the winners will be announced on the Catherine Pooler Blog and CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog next Tuesday. Good luck, enjoy the hop and I hope it inspires you to get crafty this coming weekend!!

Take care

Shona 
 

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday Post for September

 Hello there!! I can't believe we are already past half-way thru the month of September. Even with all the sucky things going on in 2020, time certainly hasn't slowed down. The kids only have a few days left of school this week and then they are on holiday for two weeks. Unfortunately we don't have anything planned but I know they will be catching up with their friends and hopefully we can do the odd day trip to Nelson etc for a bit of shopping. And Daylight Savings start this weekend so there will be lots of late nights of basketball and trying out Tik Tok dances on the front lawn.


I'm sharing with you my 'Girl Friday' card for the month as part of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  Design Team. Even though we are into Spring in this part of the world, on the other side lots of you will be heading into Autumn, so thought I would use some Autumn colours for my card:

 

These dies have been around for a few years now but I've actually hardly used them. They are still quite popular and after creating this card I can see why. My mind is racing with lots of other card designs using these, will have to write them all down in my little book before I forget them!!

After setting myself up in front of Season 6 of Seinfeld (started watching this a few days ago and still find myself laughing out loud. Also surprised as to how many lines I know off by heart after all this time) I grabbed lots of CS in Autumn colours, as well as some gold. Using the 'Acorn Fri-dies' I die-cut the leaves from the different colours. I also die-cut the veins from brown CS and also gold. I used Gina K Connect Glue to adhere them all together.

I die-cut a ring of white CS using some circle dies from Couture Creations and set about gluing the leaves on to it, layering the gold ones here and there. I cut a panel of grey CS for the square card front and then popped the wreath up on foam tape. I die-cut the circle of white CS using one of the 'Ornament Tag Fri-dies' and used WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder to heat emboss the sentiment (from the 'Terrific Flowers' stamp set). I used three layers of foam tape behind it so it sat above the wreath. And finished off with sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Hopefully this will get you in a 'die-cutting' mood and maybe you'll get a chance to make a few projects yourself today. If you haven't seen the products I used today before and would like to purchase them, don't forget to use my special code to save yourself 15%!!


Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you back here in a few days with some more card ideas. 

Take care

Shona

 

Monday, 21 September 2020

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - SALE 20% off all Coffee Related Products

 Hi everybody!! The weather is still being very good to us here and we haven't had a frost for nearly a month, so Spring is well and truly upon us!! Daylight Savings even starts this coming weekend, which I always look forward too. It means lots of gardening and long walks with the dog by the river after dinner, and bouncing on the tramp with the kids in the warmth of the night. Can't wait!!


There is a fabulous sale going on at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  in their 'Coffee/Tea' section. You can save 20%, no code needed and the cool thing is if you use my special code as well, you can save a total of 35%!!!!

 


 

For my card today I wanted to get a pop of colour amongst all the brown coffee beans:

 


I wonder what the percentage is of people that drink decaf coffee?? I suppose it would be like drinking Coke but the sugar/caffeine-free version. I don't drink coffee but love Coke and definitely not a lover of the 'healthier' option. I know its not good for me but I don't drink alcohol, smoke or do drugs so I've got to have one naughty thing going on don't you think!!

This card design came about because I found a panel I made during our 'lockdown' back in March where I cut strips of CS and glued them to white CS to make rainbows. I die-cut the large cup from the 'Coffee Cup Fri-dies' from the rainbow panel and then again from white CS. That gave me a white piece for the inside of the cup which I coloured with a brown marker. I held it in place with some washi tape. The sentiment (from 'Cup Refills' ) was white heat embossed on some black CS and popped up on foam tape. 

I adhered a panel of black CS to the card front to help the cup colours pop. I then die-cut one of the 'Bubble-Box Fri-dies'  from white CS and blended Waffle Flower 'Coffee Love Milk' ink thru the 'By the Beans' stencil. I put this on a piece of white CS and then added the cup on foam tape. I finished off with some Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

You still have some time to make the most of the sale and I'll be back in a couple of days with some more card ideas.

Take care

Shona

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #170

 Hi everybody!! Does anyone else have Blogger?? I've been fighting with their new system for months (you can revert back to the old one but that option will be removed soon...) and I've decided to try to stick to this new format. Its rather confusing and things aren't working properly but change is always a bit like that so fingers crossed....


Our current theme at  TIME OUT is 'Adventurous' which has so many possibilities for projects. You could try an adventurous new technique, show someone being adventurous or maybe try an adventurous new colour combo....its totally up to you!!

 

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Funky Fossil Designs and they are giving a gift voucher to the winner. They have just had another New Release of stamps and have so many stencils you will be overwhelmed with choice!!

 

 

For my card I always think of adventure as climbing a mountain or hiking through the forest to discover new things (not that I do any of these unfortunately).... So I decided to create a scene with this in mind:

When I uploaded the photo of this card I realised that my cat must have climbed into the photo box while I was getting my phone but I didn't realise. There was fur everywhere but I was too worried about getting it focused I didn't notice....and my eye-sight is terrible....

I started off by stamping the mountain range from the Funky Fossil Designs 'Adventure'  stamp set using Mama Elephant 'Smoke' pigment ink. I then blended Distress Ink 'Salty Ocean' so that there was a white area around it, giving it a 'glowing' look. I then blended 'Mowed Lawn' along the bottom half of the card. Using Versafine Onyx ink I stamped the birds, trees and deer from the Funky Fossil Design 'Winter Wonderland' set with my MISTI. That way I could stamp a few times to get really good coverage. 

I cut a panel of dark grey CS and adhered it to the card front and put the coloured panel on white foam. I then white heat embossed the sentiment (also from the 'Adventure' set) on the same grey CS and got really adventurous by adding a yellow CS backing. This was put on foam tape along with pearls from Studio Katia.

You have until Wednesday 23rd September to link your project to the TIME OUT challenge. And if your needing some ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our Guest Designer, the always fabulous Conil of Which Craft?  have created to inspire you. Look forward to seeing your adventurous projects in the Gallery!


Take care

Shona

 

 

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Reminder: The Flower Challenge #48

Hello there!! Hope the start of your week has gone well so far. The weather here is good so been spending a lot of time gardening. The rest of my week is tackling the painting of the kitchen. Even though its much smaller and the ceiling is lower than our large hallway, I have lots of cabinets to paint around, so that should be fun....Will be good to get it done though as Dave painted it a few months ago with his 'slap happy' style in a colour I didn't like, so will have a lot of fixing up to do as I go.....





Our theme for this month at The Flower Challenge is 'Brown and Pink' and there are already some gorgeous projects in the Gallery.

Our Sponsor is Bugaboo Digi Stamps and they are giving a $12 gift voucher to the winner. They were also very generous with our Design Team and gave us a few different digi stamps to use.




For this card I used a different digi image and decided to have a go at colouring my flowers brown:


This image is called 'Flower Border 01'. It prints so delicately I didn't actually want to colour it. And the thing I like the most is that it prints with shading included, which helps a lot!!

My husband printed this for me on white CS and I used my Altenew Artist Markers to colour it. I also used a white Gelly Roll pen to add some little details. I used one of the Pinkfresh Studio 'Stitched Slimline Dies' to cut it out and then the next size up to cut some brown CS. I created a white CS card base 8 x 3 inches and adhered the brown CS to it. The coloured panel was popped up on foam tape. 

The sentiment (from Concord and 9th 'Everyday Bouquet Turnabout Stamp Set') was white heat embossed on the same brown CS, backed with some light pink CS and put on foam tape, along with some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I hope you have a chance to join us for this challenge and I look forward to seeing your project in the Gallery. If your needing any ideas for this colour combo, pop over to The Flower Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our amazing Guest Designer Lee Ann from Greyt Paper Crafts have created for you.

Take care
Shona
 

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Uniquely Creative - Thanks a bunch

What a gorgeous day it is today!! I've just been to mow my Mum's lawns and would like to do something else outside but my garden and hedges are all up to date. Will take Bella for a walk shortly but thought I would share one more card with you today.





As you can imagine the new Stamp and Colour - Mini Kit 'Floral Bunch' from Uniquely Creative has been incredibly popular. Floral images always grab my attention when it comes to stamps and it would seem I'm not alone. For this card I decided to do some watercolouring with mainly blues:


This stamp is such a good size for colouring and you can also purchase the 'Floral Bunch' stamp set on its own.

I stamped the image on some Strathmore Watercolour CS using Gina K Amalgam Black ink and watercoloured with the 'Uniqolour Markers', using different shades of blue along with grey and green. Once it was dry I die-cut it using one of the 'Cross-stitch Rectangle Die set'.

For some interest in the background I cut a piece of the patterned paper from the kit and adhered it to the card front. I then put the floral piece on top with some white foam. The 'fabulous' (which comes from the 'Stitching Rectangle Frame Die set' was die-cut 3x from navy CS and glued together. I then die-cut the shadow with some plain vellum. These were adhered to the card, putting the Gina K Connect glue behind the letters. All I had to do then was add a sentiment from the kit sentiment sheet and some 'Mermaid Enamel Dots'. I created lots of shine on the word die with the 'Clear Sparkle Brush'.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope you get to fit some crafting in somewhere...

Take care
Shona
 

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Funky Fossil Designs - Release Day!!!

Hi there, I wanted to pop in and let you know that all of the new stamp sets I've been showing off this week for Funky Fossil Designs are now available to purchase....yippee!!!





These are the five new sets:



I hope you've fallen in love with these sets as much as I have and I've got one more card to share with you using the 'A6 Winter Wonderland' set:

 
 I shouldn't be biased but the 'Winter Wonderland' set is my favourite from this release. Its going to be fabulous for Christmas cards and so many others.

I started by cutting a 4x4 inch square white CS base and adhering a panel of black CS that was slightly smaller. I then used a circle die from Couture Creations with some white CS. I decided to do some ink blending for the deer image and used Altenew 'Sea Glass', 'Ocean Waves' and 'Dusk' inks, creating an ombre effect. The weird thing is when I did the final ink it looked perfectly blended between each colour but when it dried it had line marks from the ink pads and I had already started stamping the flowers. I know next time to wait for it to dry first.....

Using the 'In the Meadow' stamp set and Versafine Onyx ink, I stamped the flowers around the edge of the circle, making it up as I went along. Once the ink was dry (its a pigment ink) I put the circle on some black foam and adhered to the card front. To finish off I white heat embossed the sentiment (from the 'Small Print A6' stamp set) on a strip of black CS and put it on foam tape. I decided not to add any embellishments as all those flowers were busy enough.

Thanks so much for joining me this week for the New Release and enjoy your shopping. I can't wait to see what you all buy and especially what projects you create. Please link me on IG or Facebook so I can see what you make and I'll be back here with more card ideas real soon.

Take care
Shona
 
 

Friday, 11 September 2020

Funky Fossil Designs - September New Release Previews - Day 5

Hello there!! What a crazy day its been with our weather. It stopped raining before I went to bed last night so thought I would be good to garden today but it poured down at 4am for an hour. When I got up everything was saturated but sunny. However it suddenly came over all dark around 9am and the rain started again. It rained on and off all day with lots of sun in-between. So I'm once again surrounded in laundry in my lounge room. And its so cold, like being back in Winter again. From shorts to thermals in a matter of days!!






Its our last day for previews of the New Release from Funky Fossil Designs. We have one more stamp set to show you, introducing 'Whimsy Town':





This is a larger stamp set and all the images can be used on their own or even to create your own town design. Of course I couldn't resist using the house with the rainbow first for my card:


Who wouldn't want to see this scene when they looked out their window? Was so happy it fitted perfectly within this window die-cut.

I stamped the image on white CS with Gina K Amalgam Black ink and coloured with Altenew Artist Markers. I used the Studio Katia 'European Window Die' on some pale blue CS and glued it over the image.

I wanted a pastel/pretty background to go with the scene, so used the 'Scenic Borders Stencil' over the card front with Distress Inks 'Picked Raspberry' and 'Spun Sugar', softening the colour as I went. I adhered the window to the card with a piece of white foam for dimension. The white heat embossed sentiment was backed with the same blue CS and put on foam tape, along with some Studio Katia pearls.

All of the new stamp sets will be available tomorrow Saturday 12th September and myself and the rest of the Design Team will be back to celebrate the release. To see more projects using this stamp set pop over to the Funky Fossil Designs Blog to see what Sarah and the rest of the Design Team have created for you. See you back here tomorrow for Release Day!!!!

Take care
Shona

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Funky Fossil Designs - September New Release Previews - Day 4

Hi everybody! So happy to see you back here at my blog. I realised last month that I started my blog 7yrs ago and its seems like only yesterday I was trying to work out how to put my first card photo on to it. Now my blog and Instagram are just a part of my every day life, although I could still do with a better looking blog page....





We are already at Day 4 of previews for the Funky Fossil Designs September New Release. We have another cute stamp set to share with you today. Introducing 'Snail Mail':




I've always loved snails and even though they nibble at some of my plants, I could never bear to kill them. I was at a garden a few months ago and the owner was gathering them all up and dropping them into a bucket to drown. She wanted me to do it too but I just couldn't. They may be slimy but they are so gentle and don't hurt anyone...

For my card I wanted to have you see part of an outside scene and got a bit creative with a stencil:


So excited with how this turned out. I'm not very good at cutting any straight lines so please don't look too closely....

I used the 'Through the keyhole' stencil for the red panel. I traced inside the stencil to make the shape on the red CS and then cut it out with fussy cutting scissors.  I put it over the card front and made little dots in pencil so I could see where the keyhole would sit. I then stamped the snail with Gina K Amalgam Black ink on white CS, coloured with Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cut out. I also stamped the envelope (from the 'Christmas Characters' stamp set, its an image of a bird holding the envelope in its claws) with red ink, fussy cut out and glued to the snails back.

Using Distress Ink 'Mowed Lawn' I created grass on the card front with the 'Scenic Borders Stencil' and then used 'Mermaid Lagoon' and the 'In the Clouds' stencil for the sky. I kept putting the red panel over top to make sure it looked good thru the keyhole.

I felt like it needed something else so I stamped the flowers from the 'Snail Mail' set, coloured with markers and fussy cut them out, cutting off the snail climbing up the stem. Using the keyhole over top, I glued them in place so you could just see them. I added the snail and then put the red panel on top with foam tape. To finish off I white heat embossed the sentiment on a strip of black CS, put it on foam tape and added some Studio Katia 'Arctic Breeze' pearls.

 To see some more projects made with this stamp set pop over to the Funky Fossils Designs Blog to see what Sarah and the rest of the Design Team created for you. I'll be back tomorrow to show you our final stamp set.

Take care
Shona
 

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Funky Fossil Designs - New Release Previews - Day 3

Hi there!! What an absolutely stunning day we had today. I was sweltering in the garden, wishing I had brought my shorts with me, thank goodness I had a t-shirt. Was such a good feeling to get my work boots and thick socks off when I got home. I'm not gardening tomorrow, doing a second coat of paint on the hallway, nice to have a change from being covered in dirt to being covered in paint!





Its Day 3 of New Release Previews for Funky Fossil Designs. We have another stamp set to share with you today. Introducing 'Winter Wonderland':




I couldn't love this stamp set more, the silhouettes are gorgeous and they can be used for so many different types of cards. For my card I decided to add a little hint of rainbow:


I'm so excited with how this turned out. I hardly ever stamp over an image with another stamp, so this was a step out of the box for me but I think it paid off.

For this card I gathered a rainbow of Catherine Pooler inks and a panel of white CS. Using my MISTI I stamped the single tree image, trying to keep with a rainbow graduation of colours. I then used Versafine Onyx Pigment ink to stamp the deer over top two or three times to get a good coverage of black.

I adhered a panel of black CS to the card front (its 8.5 x 3.5 inches) and then popped the stamped panel on a piece of black foam. To finish off I white heat embossed the sentiment on a strip of black CS, backed it with white CS and put it on foam tape. I decided with all that colour it didn't need any embellishment.

I've had some fantastic comments from people saying how much they love the stamp sets so far, which is brilliant. They will all be available to purchase this Saturday 12th September. To see more cards made with this set pop over to the Funky Fossil Design Blog to see Sarah's cards and more from the rest of the Design Team.  I'll see you back here tomorrow with stamp set no. 4.

Take care
Shona
 

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Funky Fossil Designs - New Release Previews - Day 2

Hi everyone, its been a gorgeous Spring day and I even met two little lambs who had been rejected by their Mum's. They were so excited to see me and were expecting me to bring out some bottles of milk for lunch. Unfortunately I was 'milk-less' and could only offer pats and chats about my day.





Today were are introducing 'Time for Tea':




Another fabulous set for colouring and perfect for all those coffee/tea drinkers out there. I decided to add some bright rainbow colours to one of the tea pots:


You know I have to slide some rainbow colours in here and there and this pot was screaming for it!

I stamped the pot on some white CS with Gina K Amalgam black ink, colouring with Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cutting out. I needed a neutral background to make the colours pop, so I stamped the rainbows from 'Find your Rainbow' using SSS 'Fog' ink. I tried to mirror them which didn't work out perfectly but still love the shape.

I cut the panel down to a square and cut a slightly bigger panel from black CS. I adhered this to a 4 inch square white card base and then put the stamped panel on white foam. I popped the teapot on some foam tape and did the same with the white heat embossed sentiment. And of course I had to finish off with my favourite Studio Katia pearls.

Pop over to the Funky Fossil Designs blog to see what Sarah and the rest of the Design Team created with this set. All five new sets will be available to purchase this Saturday 12th September!!

See you back here tomorrow for Day 3!

Take care
Shona
 

Monday, 7 September 2020

Funky Fossil Designs - September New Release Previews - Day 1

Hi everyone!! I've so been looking forward to today as we have some new stamp sets being released at Funky Fossil Designs!!





We have five new stamp sets to share with you this week and they will be available to purchase this Saturday 12th September!!

Our first stamp set is 'Silly Snowmen':




These are the cutest snowmen and they're very busy with all their sledding, ice-skating and present wrapping. I can really relate to them, think its their  roundness!! I just love him on his skates so decided to make him a star:


This was my first time using this 'In the Spotlight' stencil and I wish I had purchased it ages ago. Its so simple yet really does look like a big light beaming down...genius!!

Firstly I stamped the snowman with Gina K Amalgam Black ink, coloured with Altenew Artist Markers and fussy cut out. I then cut a panel of black CS and using Hero Arts 'Unicorn' White Pigment Ink I blended thru the stencil. While it was drying I used a pencil to draw inside the bottom of the spotlight on to some silver Craft Smith 'Holiday Foil'. I cut it out and glued in place so the ice was a bit more shimmery. 

I felt like the card needed more so I used the same pigment ink with the snow image and stamped as if snow falling down. I adhered the panel to the card front and put the snowman on some foam tape. I stamped the sentiment on lavender CS with Versafine Onyx ink and immediately clear heat embossed with SSS embossing powder. I backed it with some white CS and put on foam tape, along with some purple iridescent sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I hope you love this new set as much as I do and can't wait to show you more tomorrow. Pop over to the Funky Fossil Designs Blog to see what Sarah and the rest of the Design Team created with this set too.

Take care
Shona
 

Saturday, 5 September 2020

The Flower Challenge #48

Well hello there!! I've made it to the weekend (this post comes out at 2am Saturday morning in NZ, I will definitely be asleep....) which I'm very happy about. The weather is looking good and now I've got to choose between more painting or attacking my hedges which have suddenly sprouted all over the place. Or I could just make cards......





We have a colour challenge for you this month at The Flower Challenge. We are wanting you to use a combo of 'brown and pink' with your floral themed project. You can decide how much you use of each colour, will be really interesting to see what everyone comes up with!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo Digi Stamps and they are giving a $12 gift voucher to the winner of this challenge.




Bugaboo Digi Stamps have also been very generous to our Design Team and given us all digital stamp images to use for this challenge. I don't use these sorts of stamps often and it takes me a bit to get it to print out the right size but I got there in the end and this image was a lot of fun to colour:

 



This image 'Teacup Flowers 1' is such a good size for colouring and I must give a shout-out to my husband who helped me print it as computers and I have a 'love/hate' relationship.....

I broke out my new Faber Castell Polychromo pencils for this one. I can totally see why people love them so much, they are so soft and vibrant, and the blending of colours is phenomenal. I wish I could have spent longer colouring this but as usual life gets in the way. I used a 'Stitched Square Die' from Uniquely Creative to cut it out. I cut a panel of brown CS to adhere to the card front and then put the coloured panel on some white foam. The sentiment (from MFT Stamps 'Sassy Pants Best Friends') was white heat embossed on a strip of black CS that I backed with the same brown CS and put on foam tape. To finish off I added some Neat and Tangled sequins.

You have until Friday 25th September to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and if your needing any ideas you can pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our talented Guest Designer Lee Ann Barrett of Greyt Paper Crafts have created to inspire you. Look forward to seeing you in the Gallery!

Take care
Shona