Friday, 14 April 2017

Just Add Ink Challenge # 355

Happy Friday to you all on my side of the world and don't worry everyone else, your Friday is on its way!! Its Good Friday today in New Zealand which means a public holiday. Unfortunately the weather isn't supposed to be nice and nothing is open but it means we can hang out as a family which is always great.

And as its Friday it also means its time for a new challenge theme at Just Add Ink. This week we have a sketch to get your imaginations working:

You can turn this around or even upside down, as long as we can see the basic sketch in your design, you can do whatever type of project you like!!

I decided to combine this sketch with the colour combo from another challenge to create my card this week:

For the Altenew Inspiration Challenge this month they have this colour combo to inspire you:


I started off by cutting a panel of light grey CS slightly slimmer than my card front and popping up on foam tape. On some white CS I masked off a strip with some washi tape and blended Distress Ink 'Mustard Seed'. After removing the washi, I then stamped the border stamp on top using a teal colour ink pad from Mama Elephant. I cut the strip out leaving white on each side and adhered to the grey panel.

The flower and leaves were stamped in Navy ink and fussy cut out. The flower was put on foam tape and the leaves glued underneath. The sentiment was also stamped in Navy ink, put on foam tape and added along with some navy, clear and teal sequins.

The flower, leaf and border stamps are from Altenew 'Hennah Elements' and the sentiment is also from Altenew 'Adore You'. The sequins are from Neat and Tangled.

You have until Wednesday 19th April to link your projects to the Just Add Ink challenge. And if you need more ideas on how to use the sketch, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for you. Looking forward to seeing your projects in the Gallery!!

Take care

Thursday, 13 April 2017

The Hearts Desire Challenge # 11 (Entry no. 3)

Yes, I'm back for a second time again today...and once again it isn't a DT card!! I don't seem to have much time to enter challenges these days so I grab the chance whenever it arrives!!

The Hearts Desire Challenge this month is this gorgeous mood board and colour combo. You can only enter three times so this is my final entry but might just keep using these beautiful colours some more as the weeks go by.

The card I posted a few hours ago was using my new Neat and Tangled 'Hexstar Cover Plate'. When I finished the card I was left with a big die-cut with a couple of spots of distress ink colour in the middle. I couldn't let it go to waste, so this is what I came up with:

Now you can see why I couldn't throw the rest of the die-cut out!! 

I used the same distress inks and blended the rest of the hexagon spots and glued it to a panel of black CS. Using the Neat and Tangled 'Celebrate' die, I die-cut it twice from black CS and once from silver glitter CS, gluing them all together and then to the card. The sentiment (from the Neat and Tangled 'Celebrate' stamp set) was heat embossed in white on a strip of black CS and adhered in place. And of course I had to lots of clear and coloured sequins for a bit more sparkle (also from N&T).

Since I'm using the same Spring pastel colours, I have two other challenges I would like to enter:

Scrapbook Boutique Challenge - April 

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge 

Phoebe and I have been playing Battleship and The Game of Life this afternoon to pass the time. Its so much fun and we always have a laugh. I've got one more blog post to write for tomorrow morning and then I'm off to play again. I'm so glad that in this day and age of computers, apps and phones, boardgames are still going strong!!

Take care

Scrapbook Boutique Challenge - April

Hi everyone!! Well, Max and Phoebe are home sick today (Max's fever has finally gone down...) and its STILL raining, so no gardening for me either. So its been a very quiet day of board games and finishing off two cards I made last night. I finally had a chance to play with my new Neat and Tangled goodies and try out some new ideas!!

This month the Scrapbook Boutique Challenge has this gorgeous pastel mood board to inspire us all. I couldn't get the colours out of my mind, especially in a rainbow pattern so just had to make something using this combo. 

One of the new Neat and Tangled products I was given was the 'Hexstar Cover Plate' which I have coveted ever since it was released. Since I had more time on my hands yesterday I was able to look it over and think of different ways to use it and this is what I came up with:

Its another one of my 'why do I come up with such fiddly designs?' cards. Was so worth it though!!

To start off I die-cut the 'Hexstar Cover Plate' from a piece of white CS. To keep the pieces in place I covered the back of it with Glad Press n Seal (which is a magic product). I then used my mini-blending tool and Distress Inks to gently colour the middle of each full hexagon shape. I gently pulled off the Press n Seal and pressed it on to the front of the hexagons. Some glue was applied to the back of each hexagon triangle and I pressed the whole thing down on the card front.

I now needed to remove the rest of the surrounding die pattern. I should have waited for the triangle glue to dry a bit more but I was worried that the outer die shapes may have gotten glued down as well. So I very gently peeled off the rest of the die. Of course a few of the triangles came off as well so I just put the die cut back on again, re-glued the triangles and then removed it again. Done!!

For the sentiment I die-cut the Neat and Tangled 'Awesome' three times from black CS and glued them all together. To add a bit of interest I used the outer 'Awesome' die on some vellum, glued the word to it and then to the card front. The rest of the sentiment (from Neat and Tangled 'Awesome' stamp set) was heat embossed in white and adhered to the card, along with some co-ordinating Neat and Tangled sequins.

I have four other challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Spring Colours)

Stamplorations CAS Challenge - April

The Heart Desires Challenge # 11

Muse Challenge # 211 

When I went to bed last night I had only stuck the triangles to the card base and thought I would finish off today (which I did). I decided to catch up on some You Tube videos on my phone and came across a new one by my favourite lady Laura Bassen where she makes a similar card with another cover plate and some water colouring. I totally felt her pain when getting everything to stick on and was so happy to have had an idea so similar to my card making idol. I went to sleep with a big smile on my face!!!

Take care