Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Your Next Stamp Challenge # 85

It has been the most beautiful and hot day today. Its 6.37pm and still very warm, you would never think it was Autumn!! Its supposed to start raining from tomorrow afternoon onwards and get cold but for now I'm still hanging on to Summer!

I received some Your Next Stamp stamp sets a while ago and have only used one of them. They have been sitting on my desk amongst other new sets and I thought it was about time I gave them the attention they deserve! I saw the current sketch for the Your Next Stamp Challenge # 85 and came up with a design straight away:

I've had five Distress Oxide Ink pads sitting in my drawer for months but never used them because I love using the original Distress Inks. Well, after creating this rainbow background I may never go back to the originals again..... Why did I wait so long???

I stamped the images from Your Next Stamp 'Insanely Happy' with black ink onto some white CS, coloured them with my pencils and fussy cut out. I also stamped the sentiment from the same set on a strip of white CS and put foam tape on the back.

Because the sentiment mentions 'happy place' I just had to use a rainbow of colour somewhere on my card, as a rainbow always makes me happy. I cut a panel of Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS the same size as my card front and used a stitched-waffle edge die from Pretty Pink Posh along the top. Then, using my mini-blending tool, I created the rainbow background with the Distress Oxide Inks. They certainly do blend beautifully but I will need more practice as I kept getting finger marks all over it.

The panel was put on foam tape over the card front. I added the sentiment and put the images on foam tape as well. And of course to finish off I added a 'rainbow' of sequins from Neat and Tangled.

Its dinnertime so better rustle up something for the savages (otherwise known as Phoebe and Max). Poor Max has been home sick again for the past two days. He picked up another virus after just starting to get over the first one but his cough has gotten worse. We are trying out some different inhalers to see if he can finally get a good nights sleep (me too....). He will be home again tomorrow, thank goodness for my Mum being available to look after him. I owe her millions of dollars in baby sitting fees!!

Take care

Saturday, 17 March 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - March New Release Day 5

Well, what an amazing week its been! Its been so much fun sharing the New Release products from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps with you all. Today is our last day and we have two more products to share!

Introducing Little Birdies stamp set and Birdies Fri-dies: 

I love these little birdies so much and the sentiments go with them perfectly. For my card I was actually dying to cut them up but in a humane way of course:

Gotta love a card with rainbow colours, makes me smile every time!!

To start off I stamped and heat embossed the birdies in white on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS. After carefully cutting them apart,  I watercoloured each bird with a pair of Distress Inks - 'Picked Raspberry' and 'Abandoned Coral', 'Mermaid Lagoon' and 'Twisted Citron', and 'Mustard Seed' and 'Spiced Marmalade'. I wanted the colours to blend in the middle and to make them as bright as possible, so I dried them with my heat gun and repeated the painting process a few times.

While they were drying I die-cut the smallest tag die from Tag Buddies Fri-dies from some black CS and also twice from white CS. I glued them all together in three lots and adhered them to the card front. Then each bird was popped up on foam tape. I then stamped the three sentiments with black ink and glued on some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

That's it, that's all the products from the March New Release. I hope you love them as much as I do. They are all available in the shop now and if you use my Girl Friday code you can save yourself 15%!!

If you'd like to see more ways to use the New Release products, pop over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog to see what the other Girl Fridays have created.

Thanks so much for coming by this week, its been wonderful to see you all. And I'm sure I'll be back here again very soon with some more cards to share.

Take care


Friday, 16 March 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - March New Release Day 4

Welcome back to the March New Release with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!! We are up to Day 4 of the release with another stamp set and dies to share with you.

Introducing the Pretty Passover Stamp set and Star of David Fri-dies: 

 I think this stamp set is so beautiful, especially the font that's used. Makes me wish I had some Jewish friends in New Zealand to send some cards too. If you happen to be Jewish and would like to receive some cards from me to celebrate Passover and Hannukah, please let me know!!

Since Passover is a Spring celebration I wanted to make sure this card was pretty and colourful, just like all the Spring flowers:

 I started by cutting a panel of Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS the same size as my card front. In the middle I stamped and heat embossed the floral star in gold. Using Distress Inks 'Picked Raspberry', 'Twisted Citron', 'Mustard Seed', 'Mermaid Lagoon', 'Spiced Marmalade' and 'Abandoned Coral' I watercoloured over each point of the star, blending the colours together to each side and the middle. I wanted it to be very bright so I dried it with my heat gun and reapplied the watercolour around 3x. Once it was dry I adhered it to the card front.

Next I cut a panel of white CS the same size as the card base. To help me work out where to die-cut so it would sit over the star, I put the die on top of the star, laid the panel on top and marked with pencil where I could see the star points underneath. I then die-cut the panel (using the larger star die), put lots of foam tape behind it and placed over the painted star. The sentiment was simply stamped with black ink on some white CS and popped on foam tape, along with sequins from Neat and Tangled.

If your itching to do some shopping for these new CAS-ual Fridays Stamps products, they are all available right now. And if you use my special Girl Friday code you can save yourself some money!!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing all of these new products so far. If you pop over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog you can see more projects from the Girl Fridays and I'm sure they will inspire you to do some shopping!! We have one more day to go, see you back here tomorrow for Day 5!

Take care