Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Your Next Stamp Challenge # 89

Its been a very productive day today!! It poured with rain from late yesterday afternoon till 4am this morning, so everything was way too soggy to garden. And poor Phoebe had an accident last night with a shelf and her mouth, so decided she could stay home today too. I cleaned, vacuumed, made this card and trimmed a hedge. I even managed to catch up on a few tv programmes during all this too, so it was a good day. And Phoebe is feeling much better, so I'm very happy indeed!!

I'm running in with a last minute card for the current challenge at Your Next Stamp. I thought this sketch was really cool and had loads of ideas before finally settling on this blended design:

I think these 'troll-like' images are simply adorable and I'm always looking for a reason to colour one to life!!

I started by stamping the girl image on some white CS. I then inked up the balloon itself 5x and stamped on white CS as well. I coloured these all with pencils and then fussy cut out.

Using Distress Oxide inks 'Worn Lipstick', 'Salty Ocean', 'Wilted Violet' and washi tape, I blended the card front. I then sprayed it liberally with Imagine Crafts 'Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Spritz' and blotted the large blobs with a tissue. I wish you could see the sparkle all over this card, its quite magical!!

I heat embossed the sentiment (from Your Next Stamp 'Insanely Happy, which is where the girl image is from too) in white on a rectangle piece of black CS. The balloons were adhered to the card front and I used a fine black pen to draw the string. I popped the sentiment and girl on some foam tape, and glued on some Neat and Tangled sequins for a bit more bling!!

I can hear my oven timer going, better not let dinner burn. Phoebe will be back to school tomorrow and hopefully everything will have dried out a bit so I can weed to my hearts content tomorrow. Its only supposed to be 2 degrees overnight so better get my thermals ready!!

Take care

Friday, 18 May 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - May New Release - Day 4

Hi there and welcome back!! Your just in time for Day 4 of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps May New Release!!

Today we are introducing Sands of Time 2 stamp set and Hourglass Fri-dies: 

This screams 'shaker cards' to me and what a beautiful way to show someone how much you love them!!

I couldn't resist, I just had to make a shaker card and had so much fun putting it all together!!

I started off by cutting a panel of white CS the same size as the card front. I then stamped the Heart to Heart Background Stamp using Waffle Flower 'Safe Choice' in the middle of it, to add a bit of interest. I then die-cut the hourglass  and glued a piece of acetate behind it. I also die-cut the top and bottom details from a dark pink paint chip and glued on to the acetate.

After adding LOTS of foam tape around the edge of the hourglass (on the back of the die-cut panel) to hold the beads, I started putting in some beads from The Ton and some nail art beads too. Before they could escape I pressed the card front down on top of the panel to seal it all up. I stamped the sentiment on a strip of white CS, popped it on foam tape and glued on a few sequins from Neat and Tangled.

After spending so long putting the shaker card together, I decided to keep this card super simple and I really wanted to show off the detail of this particular stamp image. Its so perfectly done and has so many teeny-weeny hearts, I felt it needed to be the star of its own card. So I used my MISTI and three shades of pink ink (Hero Arts 'Bubblegum', Waffle Flower 'Safe Choice' and Altenew 'Blush') to create this ombre look. All I had to do then was stamp the sentiment in black and glue on some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

Well, that's it!! That's the end of our May New Release and I hope you love all the new products as much as I do. There are loads more projects on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog where the rest of the Girl Fridays has used the new products too.

As I've mentioned all the new products are available right now and your more than welcome to use my special code to save yourself some money!!

Thanks so much for joining me for this New Release and I'm sure I will see you back here again very soon.

Take care

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #109

Hello!! The sun has finally come out here after nearly three days of rain, so even though its still too soggy for me to garden yet, the feel of the sun on my skin is heavenly!!

I wanted to pop in and remind you about our current challenge at TIME OUT:

Its such a beautiful sentiment and being a gardener I'd like to think I make lots of people happy by keeping their gardens at their best!!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Stamplorations and they are giving a $15 gift voucher to the winner. 
I also knew that I had one of their stamp sets that had the perfect sentiment to go with this challenge theme:

This is one of my favourite Stamplorations stamp sets 'Blossoming'. The sentiment is gorgeous and I love how all the flowers are framed together in a square. This time I even managed to find a square die to fit around it too, which made me extremely happy!

I started by stamping the floral image on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS using Memento black ink. I then coloured this using my Altenew Artist Markers. And to add a bit of shimmer I put lots of Wink of Stella in the middle of each flower. I fussy cut the image out and popped to the side.

Funnily enough I had a piece of black CS sitting in my 'leftover box' that was the exact size I wanted. I used a square die from the Waffle Flower 'Doily Square Die set' in the middle of the strip and then popped it up on foam tape on the card front. I added double-sided tape to the back of the floral image and put it inside the square.

For the sentiment I stamped it with black ink on white CS, cut it out and then adhered to some black CS, cutting closely around the edge to create a frame. I added this with some foam tape and also some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

You have until Wednesday 23rd May to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge. And if your looking for some inspiration, please visit the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our amazing Guest Designer Kristina of Kristina's Art Corner have created for you. Hope to see you in the Gallery!!

Take care