Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge # 248

Hi everybody, long time no see!! Sorry I haven't been around much of late, I had my first ever fibromyalgia flare a few weeks ago and it really affected the carpal tunnel I already have in my hands. I couldn't hold a pencil, brush or type, it was so frustrating!! They are slowly getting back to working order so hopefully more cards will be coming your way!!

With it being Wednesday it also means that its time for a new challenge theme at Addicted to Stamps and More!! 

Its 'Holiday' week! Which means you can create a card for a public holiday or maybe just a holiday theme, its totally up to you!!

When I look back on it, I really should have created a Christmas card as I haven't made anywhere near enough so far this year, but I got my hands on this stamp set and couldn't wait to use it:

Isn't this ghost the cutest??!! He is from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 'Spooky' and he has been 'Retired'. Which means there aren't many of him left but he is an amazing price AND if you use my 'Girl Friday' code below you can save yourself another 15%!! And they have retired a whole lot of other stamp sets so go grab yourself a bargain!!

I wanted (and needed) to keep this very simple for my hands sake. I heat embossed the ghost many times on black CS using white embossing powder. I then used a Derwent Colorsoft pencil in 'white' to colour them in. I tried a few different pencils but this one gave such a soft effect with the black showing thru, just like a ghost!!

I fussy cut all the ghosts out and adhered to the black card front. This gave them a bit more dimension. I then heat embossed the sentiment (from the same stamp set) in white on a strip of black CS and popped it up on foam tape. I cut off the overhanging ghost pieces and was going to add some sequins but I though googly eyes would add a bit of fun on the card instead!!

You have until Wednesday July 5th to link your projects to the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge and definitely pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the incredible Design Team have created to inspire you!!

This is also unfortunately a sad post for me as its my last post as a ATSM Design Team member. My gardening work is overwhelmingly busy at the moment (I have to say no to people now wanting my services) and its leaving me extremely tired at night, which is when I usually craft. I was getting myself wound up with being late for challenges and not commenting enough, so something had to give. I've been a part of this team since January 2015 and loved every minute of it. Kylie (our leader) is absolutely wonderful and I've gotten to know so many team members over the years too. Its now time to let someone else have a turn and feel the excitement I did when I joined. Thank you so much Kylie and ATSM!!

Take care

Friday, 16 June 2017

Reminder: The Flower Challenge - June

Hi everyone! Hope your having a fabulous week and everything has been going as planned. I've unfortunately been sick since Saturday afternoon and its also been freezing cold, so its been a very long week for me. Hopefully I'm on the mend and need to be in fine form for the weekend as the kids are having friends over to stay!!

We are having a lot of fun this month at The Flower Challenge as we have 'Anything Goes' as the theme, so the Gallery is filled with an amazing variety of floral designs. 

For my card I desperately wanted to use some new products that I just received on Saturday. I purchased some new release dies because when I saw them I immediately thought I could make something like this and thank goodness it worked:

My 'rainbow' flower!! This is exactly how I saw myself using the new MFT Stamps 'Color Drops' dies. It was harder than I thought to put together but I'm so glad it turned out how I imagined!

I started off by die-cutting two different sizes of the dies from Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS, six each. I then used a mini-blending tool and six Distress Inks to colour each one, making six pairs of colours. To get them to fit together I cut the points off each drop and adhered the larger ones to the card front.

To make it more like a flower I gently bent the smaller die-cuts (just with my fingers), cut their points off and adhered into place. To cover the messy middle, I die-cut the MFT Stamps 'Smile' 3x from white CS. I glued them all together and then on to a strip of black CS. I cut the strip so it was only slightly larger than the word and popped on foam tape.

For a bit more shine I absolutely drowned the die-cut word with clear Wink of Stella, giving two or three coats and gluing on some clear sequins from Neat and Tangled. Love it so much!

I'm going to link this to a new challenge I've discovered in New Zealand!! Its the Southern Girls Challenge # 16 and their theme is 'Stuck on You'. So nice to join a challenge in my own country!!

You still have time to get your projects linked to The Flower Challenge, it closes on Sunday 25th June. And please pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you. Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Take care

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge # 246

Hi everyone and welcome to a new week at Addicted to Stamps and More!!  We have your favourite challenge theme this week:

That's right, you can make any type of project you like and any theme you fancy. Its a chance to try out new colours, new products, new anything. So go for it!

I was playing around with a stamp set that I haven't used too much, mainly because I'm not very confident in my ability to colour people but I can't get better if I don't practice so here we go:

Luckily these kids still look cute even with my crazy colouring skills and I even added some freckles to the red-headed girl, which was a bit of an experiment!!

I started off by stamping all the images on some white CS and colouring with pencils. I then fussy cut them all out and this is where I had a mishap. I always go around my fussy cut pieces with a black felt pen. My favourite one ran out and I have a brand new one which is super juicy. As I went around their edges I could see that even just touching them lightly was causing the black to leak past the black edges and the red-headed girl ended up with a black hand, hence only one arm showing. The pen I purchased was more expensive than my last but think I'll go back to the cheap version, way easier to control!!

I arranged the kids around the doughnut, glued them into place and then added foam tape behind them. I wanted to create a heart behind them but didn't have a stencil so I die-cut a faceted heart from a scrap of CS and blended my new 'Worn Lipstock' Oxide Ink. Boy it goes on just like butter!! I then popped my kids in place, stamped the sentiment in black and glued on some sequins for sparkle. Not too bad!

The stamp images and sentiment are all from Neat and Tangled 'Say Yes to Donuts' (which is always my motto!). The faceted die is also from Neat and Tangled, as well as the sequins.

You have until next Wednesday 21st June to link your projects to the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge. If your struggling with inspiration, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for you. I'm sure you'll find something to spark an idea. Look forward to seeing you in the Gallery!!

Take care