Friday, 20 January 2017

Just Add Ink - January 2017 Challenge - Blog Hop

Hi there everyone and welcome to the first Just Add Ink challenge of 2017!! And since its our first, we decided to do a blog hop to celebrate!

You should have arrived here from Jan's blog Jans Creative Corner where I'm sure she wowed you with her gorgeous project. If you've lost your place in the hop, pop over to the Just Add Ink blog to find the full blog hop list!!

As you can see our theme this week is 'Pop-Up and Interactive'. I've only made one once before for Halloween (where I had the head of a girl spinning like 'The Exorcist') but it wasn't hidden in the card itself. I really wanted to make a 'pop-up' card but it was a total disaster. So I watched a video by Jennifer McGuire here, so I have Jennifer to thank for the design:

You would never think there was a surprise hiding inside this card:

I did have a video to show you how it works but it just won't play and my husband isn't around to fix it, so will see if I can get it put back on later!!

This was pretty simple to put together (I haven't seen any of my JAI team mates cards, so I know mine is going to be boring in comparison) but it would be so much fun to make with kids!!

I started by popping a hole in the front and back panel of my card (I actually did this twice as I realised the first hole was too high.....), threaded my cotton thru it and adhered in place. I then die-cut the rectangle from water colour CS and white CS, adhering the white one to the back of the card to cover up the cotton.

I used a large round brush and my Gansai Tambi paints in different shades of blue, to create cold, winter-scene, and dried with my heat gun. I was then able to stamp and heat emboss the sentiment and footprints in white. 

On a piece of white CS I stamped the tree's, coloured them with pencils and fussy cut them out. The tree's were then glued to the rectangle panel and then the panel to the front of the card (with a piece of fun foam underneath), along with some blue and clear sequins.

The yeti was a little harder to do. I had to mirror stamp him, which I've only done once before and this time didn't work so well. I stamped him on to a clear stamp block and then pressed the block on to some white CS but it didn't transfer well. Luckily I was able to draw over the faint lines with a black pen. Once they were both coloured in, I fussy cut them out, added double-sided tape to the back of one and pressed them back to back on either side of the cotton. I twisted him around, closed the card and opened again and he spun around like crazy....yipee, it worked!!

All of the stamp images are from My Favourite Things 'Beast Friends' and the rectangle-stitched die and sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh. 

I have three challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge (Chill Out)

Simon Says Stamp - Work It Wednesday - December 2016 (Something New)

Which is the MFT stamp set I haven't used before.

Curtain Call Challenge

Whew, sorry this is such a long post!! You have until next Wednesday 25th January to link your projects to the Just Add Ink  challenge. Your next stop on the hop is the amazing Kim at Kims Stamping Spot and I know she will have something beautiful for you!!

Take care



Thursday, 19 January 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday Post - January

Hi there everyone and welcome to my first CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 'Girl Friday' post for 2017!!

I'm still in 'Christmas card mode', especially since I ran out of Christmas cards last year. So I need to make more of them during the year and this is the perfect time to use my favourite snowflake dies:

I've been watching a lot of craft videos lately, especially ones by Kristina Werner. She is so good with her water colouring and I've picked up lots of tips with regards to blending and adding lots of colour. So thank you Kristina for inspiring this card design!!

I die-cut the larger tag from the Scallop Tag Fri-Dies from water colour cardstock and also from white card stock. Using a large round brush and my Gansai Tambi water colour paints, I created the blended colours. I then die-cut the Funky Flakes Fri-Dies from the label and also from some silver glitter paper, making sure to keep all the little pieces.

I glued the white label on to the back of the die-cut label, creating a place to inlay the glitter snowflakes, adding back all the little pieces. This was then popped up on a piece of white fun foam. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment (from Snowflake Splendor) in silver on a strip of vellum and added thin strips of double-sided tape behind the words to adhere it over the label.

For embellishment I realised I had lots of tiny glitter circles left over from one of the snowflake dies, so glued them on instead of sequins.

I have three challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge  (Chill Out)

Curtain Call Challenge

CAS Watercolor Challenge

If your doing any shopping at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps please don't forget to use my special 'Girl Friday' code to save yourself 15%!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and will see you again soon on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog!!

Take care


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Calling All Sistah's January 2017 Blog Hop

It's the 17th of the month of a brand new year!! Happy 2017 and welcome to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Calling All Sistah's Blog Hop for January!!

This blog hop was started to remind us all to do our self breast checks each month, as early detection of breast cancer can make such a difference!!

You should have arrived here from the blog of the always fabulous Susan of My Paper Dreamz who I'm sure wowed you with her gorgeous design! If not and you've lost your way on the hop, pop over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog which is the start of the hop and there is a list of all the hop participants. You will also find some details regarding a few prizes to be had too.....

I mention each month that I never used to check my breasts at all (and I'm 43yrs old) so I had to find some videos on You Tube to help me out and teach me what to do. I found this one here quite helpful but there are many more to choose from. As long as you can find one that makes you comfortable and your able to do each month, that's all that matters!!

For my card this month I really wanted the ribbon to stand out on my white card base, and what stands out more against white than black:

I stamped the ribbon image from the Hope Ribbon stamp set in black Versafine Ink on white card stock. I could then immediately cover it with clear embossing powder and heat set it to create a shiny black image. I grabbed some different pink pencil shades and coloured in random images on the ribbon. I was then able to fussy cut it out and pop up on foam tape over the card front.

I die-cut the Hope Fri-Die from a dark pink paint chip 3x and glued them all together, before adhering over the middle of the ribbon. I then stamped the rest of the sentiment (from the same stamp set) in black and added sequins from the brand new sequin mix created by Pretty Pink Posh for the Calling All Sistah's Collection. The mix is gorgeous and will be wonderful to use on these monthly cards!!

If your interested in any of the products I've used today please don't forget to use my special 'Girl Friday' code to save yourself 15%. Those saved dollars will be perfect for buying the new sequins!!

Your next stop on the hop is Lori at Smiling While Stamping who I just know will have something stunning waiting for you!!

Enjoy the hop and make sure you take a few minutes today to check those breasts. It may change your life!!

Take care