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

Reminder: The Flower Challenge #18

Hi there! Its nearly the end of the week, yippee! The weather here has been absolutely gorgeous for nearly seven days straight, so I've been flat out trying to catch up on everyone's gardening needs. As you can imagine I'm not the only one enjoying the good weather, so have the weeds!!

I'm just popping in to remind you about our current theme at The Flower Challenge. Its everyone's favourite 'Anything Goes' theme this month and the Gallery is packed with such a variety of floral gorgeousness!!

I recently received a new stamp set that I've been colouring like crazy! I've already created a card using these flowers but I couldn't resist using the rest with a different design:

I had the idea for this card while walking Bella along the riverbank. It won't be very good for sitting on a shelf somewhere but thought it was kind of cool! 

I started by stamping and heat embossing the flowers and leaves (from Avery Elle 'Floral Bouquet') in white on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS. I then sat down and watched some more of Scandal Season 3 while I coloured away with my Altenew Alcohol Markers Set A. Once I was finished I cut them all out with the matching dies.

Using a curved-stitched die from Pretty Pink Posh, I cut a curve on the card front. I cut a piece of grey CS and to make sure I cut the same curve, I put it under the card front and made pencil marks where the die would sit. I was able to match it up and die-cut it perfectly. This was then adhered to the card front.

I played around with the flower arrangement for a while and took a photo of the end result. This made it easy for me to put back together with double-sided tape. The sentiment (from the same Avery Elle stamp set) was stamped in black and I glued on some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

You have until Sunday 25th March to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and if your needing more inspiration, pop over to the blog to see what my talented team mates have created for you. You won't be disappointed! And remember there is a prize for the winner of this challenge, details are on the blog. See you in the Gallery!

Take care