Friday, 30 September 2016

Winnie and Walter - Rerun Challenge # 14 - In Bloom: Renee's Leaves

Here I am, sliding in at the last minute with an entry for a challenge. How unusual!! Why do I find I work better under pressure??

For this months Winnie and Walter - Rerun Challenge  they were looking at 'In Bloom: Renee's Leaves' which unfortunately I don't have. However, you can create a project inspired by one of the cards shown by the Design Team. The one card that jumped out to me straight away is actually by Shay:

I love how the leaves are stamped and the blue water colouring is gorgeous. I also like the use of the silver and grey for the sentiment. So with all this in mind, this is what I came up with:

I hope you can see my inspiration!!! I cut a piece of water colour CS the same size as my card front, then stamped and heat embossed the leaves from 'In Bloom: Addie's Garden' in silver. I then had a lot of fun colouring the leaves and background using my Ziggies and a water brush. Once the panel was dry I adhered it to the card front. For the sentiment I carried on the silver and singular theme (similar to Shay's card) and die-cut 'hello' from some silver CS and popped it up on foam tape. A few clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh finished if off!!

I also have three other challenges I would like to enter:

The Gossip Column with Taheerah Atchia: Precious Metals (I don't usually make silver leaves but wanted to incorporate more silver as I love it on Shay's card)

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes)

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge (Use Powder - I used embossing powder)


We've made it to the end of the first holiday week and the kids haven't killed each other...... yet......I have a two hour gardening job at lunchtime today so the kids are going to spend some time with my Mum. Then Max has a friend coming over to stay the night. The sun is shining for the first time this week so hopefully we can make the most of it after I wallow around in the mud pulling weeds for a while....

Take care

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Time Out Challenge # 67

Happy Thursday everyone and welcome to a new challenge at TIME OUT!! We have an extra special challenge theme for you:

                Theme of Breast Cancer Awareness and/or Friendship.  
                Optional Technique Twist:  embossing and/or use pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so we thought it would be a wonderful idea to have a challenge dedicated to this and also remind us all to do our breast checks.

Our wonderful Sponsor for this challenge is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. They are giving the winner of this challenge a $25 gift voucher to their store and also another prize consisting of products from their Calling All Sistahs Collection. Michele, the owner of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, created this collection after having her own battle with breast cancer and donates 50% of the proceeds from each product to Breast Cancer Research.

She also organised a monthly blog hop to spread the word about how important self-breast checks are and remind us to do them. I'm extremely lucky to be part of the CAS-ual Fridays DT and take part in the hop with the rest of the team on the 17th of each month. If you would like to take part in the blog hop please email Heather North at and there is also a Facebook Page for you to visit and join. We would love to have you hop along with us!!!

I'm also very excited that my very good friend Coni of Which Craft? is joining us at the Guest Designer for this challenge. She is the most wonderful, supportive and creative crafter I know and I really encourage you to pop over to her blog to see her amazing designs!!

For my card I really wanted to create a design that had your friend as the central, most important part of the card and surround her with empowering words:

To create this I started off by die-cutting the lines using theCAS-ual Fridays 'Tic Tac Toe Fri-Die', cutting two from white CS and one from a pink paint chip. These were all glued together and then to the card front.

I then stamped all the different phrases from the 'Calling All Sistahs' stamp set into each box using black ink. The 'girl' was die-cut using the 'Sistahs Fri-Dies' on the same pink paint chip and twice more from white CS, and glued together. I also used the heart from the 'Tic Tac Toe Fri-Dies' on some pink glitter paper and twice more from white CS, glued them together and then to the card. This gave me some height to glue on the 'Girl'. And of course to finish off I added some clear and pink sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

You have two weeks to link your project to the TIME OUT challenge and if your needing any ideas or inspiration, the rest of the Design Team and our Guest Designer Coni have some amazing projects for you on the blog. I really hope you can join us for this challenge and I can't wait to see what you created in the Gallery!

And please remember to 'check those breasts' and have included this YouTube Link to a Self Breast Exam video just incase its something you haven't done before. 

Take care



Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Altenew Inspiration Challenge - September - Entry No. 2

It stopped raining today so the kids and I were able to get out of the house and go to the park. So nice for them to get some fresh air and exercise. Max also had Futsal (Indoor Soccer) at 5pm for 90 mins so everyone should sleep well tonight!!

Last night I was trying to finish off my second card for the Altenew Inspiration Challenge and had the stamps for my third idea sitting beside me. My eyes kept being drawn to the stamps and I suddenly had a different idea for them that had to be done straight away.

I wanted to try and use some of my older Altenew stamps and a technique that I don't do very often. Its a bit 'different' but I love how it turned out:

Told you it was different!!! I've seen a few different blog posts lately talking about 'spotlight colouring' and even though I love the technique, I never think to do it. I wanted to try and do it a slightly differently though....

I started off by cutting three strips of white CS that hung off each side of the card front. I used washi tape to hold the card base down and then the ends of each strip once it was in place. This was the hard part, I had to stamp the giraffe down really hard so it would stamp on the card base AND on the strip. Luckily there was only once that it didn't quite work and I was able to touch it up with a black pen.

All I had to do then was colour the strips, stamp on the sentiment and pop then up on foam tape. And I also added some co-ordinating sequins. The stamp set is from Altenew 'Geometric Menagerie' and the sequins from Neat and Tangled.

Hopefully I can get back to my second idea before the end of the week. Phoebe has her friend Ella staying tonight and Max has his friend Thomas coming over tomorrow so might get a little bit of time to myself. I'm taking them all to the SPCA to give the cats and kittens some cuddles which will be a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

Take care