Friday, 16 February 2018

Reminder: The Flower Challenge # 17

Hi there everyone!! We've reached Friday here in New Zealand, which means its not far away for you too if your on the other side of the world. Its been such a long, hot week here, so I'm looking forward to a bit of relaxation over the weekend!!

I'm just popping in to tell you all about the current theme at The Flower Challenge:





We have 'Paper Piecing' for you this month which is a huge challenge for me but I love trying something new and my second card for the month is much better than the first:

 

I found this multi-coloured paper from a 6x6 pad by Rosies Studio '#happy'. I stamped on some flowers from Altenew 'Adore You' in black ink, fussy cut them out and arranged them on the card front along with some leaves that were coloured with the Altenew Artist Markers Set A. The largest flower is on some foam tape to add a bit of dimension.

The sentiment (from Altenew 'Floral Shadow') was stamped in black ink, fussy cut out and adhered to the flower, with some foam tape holding it up as well. And to finish off I added some pink, green and gold sequins from Neat and Tangled. I love how it turned out and must try this technique again!!

You have until Sunday 25th February to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and if your still struggling with ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you. Looking forward to seeing you in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday card for February

Well, hello there everyone!! Wonderful to see you all and hope your week has gone fabulously so far. Its still been very hot here and my husband is telling me I'm starting to look like a raisin. There's only so much sunblock I can rub on each day so I think I need to get a very wide-brimmed hat!!

I'm up on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog today with a card that would be perfect for Valentines Day:


This was so much fun to make!! I heat embossed the Heart to Heart Background Stamps in white on a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS. I then set myself up with my Ipad, Altenew Artist Markers Set A and some chocolatey snacks and spent a few hours watching Netflix and colouring the hearts. Heaven!!

Once I was finished I fussy cut the panel out and laid it across the card front on an angle, so I could draw some pencil lines of what would be sitting on the card. I grabbed the Love Ya Fri-die and die-cut it from the middle of the panel, keeping all the pieces. I then die-cut it again from a dark red paint chip. A strip of white CS was added behind the panel and the words inlaid into it. This was then popped up on the card front with foam tape, with the overhang removed and some co-ordinating sequins from Neat and Tangled glued on for some sparkle!!



I hope I've given you some ideas on how to use your background stamps a little differently, and if your tempted to buy the products I used today don't forget to use my Girl Friday code to save yourself 15% on your purchase!!





I'm going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Add a die'.



And will also add to the Simon Says Stamp - Work It Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Love'.



And lastly will jump in at the last minute to the AAA Card Challenge #108 where their theme is:



 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all had a fabulous Valentines Day!!

Take care
Shona
 

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge # 102

Hi everybody, hope your week is going well and you've had some time to create in your craft room!! I was just wanting to remind you about our current TIME OUT  challenge. We have this very stylish photo to inspire you:





All that black and white with the hint of gold and timber floors....oh the possibilities!! You can use whatever element you like about this photo to inspire your design, maybe the striped pattern, woodgrain or 'love'.

We have Stamplorations as our Sponsors for this challenge and they are giving a $15 gift voucher to the winner!!




For my card I was immediately drawn to the black and white striped pattern but I also wanted to soften the design with a cute nod to 'love':


I realise there are no otters in the inspiration photo but I love the sentiment that comes with their set, so I just had to use their sweet faces on my card.

I found this amazing patterned paper in a 6x6 pad from Fancy Pants 'Office Suite'. I used a stitched-waffle edged die to cut it out and then die cut the 'hello' from the middle. It was a bit hard to photograph but I found this really shiny gold paper from Crea8tiv, adhered a strip of it to the middle of the card front and then popped the die-cut panel over top on lots of foam tape. 

My otters were stamped in black on white CS, coloured with pencils and then fussy cut out. I glued them into place, along with the sentiment. And of course I had to add a bit more shine with some gold sequins from Neat and Tangled.
 
The 'hello' die is from My Favourite Things, as well as the waffle-edged die from the 'Blueprints 27' set. The otters and sentiment are also from MFT Stamps and are from the 'Otterly Love You' stamp set.

I have three challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (It Must be Love)

 
Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge  (Love is in the Air)



Simon Says Stamp - Work It Wednesday Challenge


You have until Wednesday 14th February to link your projects to the TIME OUT  challenge. And if your struggling for ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer Trina of My Crafting Closet have created for you. Can't wait to see your projects in the Gallery!

Take care
Shona