Monday, 1 May 2017

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Challenge - May

Hi there everyone and if you live on my side of the world, welcome to the 1st of May!!! This year is whizzing by, I feel like I should start thinking about Christmas cards etc!! The beginning of a new month also means the start of a new challenge theme at the Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Challenge!

This month we have as usual our 'Anything Goes' theme but we also have the optional twist of 'Red'. So you can water colour anything you like, its totally up to you!! And of course you also have the chance to win a $20 gift voucher to spend at Happy Little Stampers!!

Red isn't a colour I use that often on my cards and I was tempted to give it a miss but I decided to put on my big girl pants and give the colour a shot:

I thought if I was going to go red, I would make it 'BIG' and I thought immediately of this Hero Arts red cling stamp I've had for ages. I stamped and heat embossed it in gold on a piece of water colour CS. I then used my Gansai Tambi water colour paints to colour the flower, trying to make the bigger parts of the petals more vivid than the thin edge portions. I decided to keep the middle of the flower free of colour but covered it with lots of Wink of Stella.

To add a bit of interest to the flower I decided to cut out the middle part. The outside edge was adhered straight to the card front, overlapping the card edge slightly and the middle part popped up on foam tape. I wanted the flower to be the star of the card, so kept the sentiment simple and elegant by using this stamp from Studio Katia 'Thank you so Much' in black. And of course I had to add a few sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I have three challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes)

Simon Says Stamp - Work It Wednesday Challenge - April (Rain and/or Flowers)

AAA Card Challenge # 89 

The kids are back to school this morning after a two week break so I can look forward to very exhausted children at 3pm today. They aren't looking forward to school but I know that will change once they see their friends and get back into the swing of things. The early mornings are the hard part for all of us, only 11 more weeks till we can sleep in for two weeks again.........

Take care

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Altenew Inspiration Challenge - May

I'm screaming in a last minute (what a surprise.....) to link a second entry to the Altenew Inspiration Challenge  for May. I actually made this card a few days before we lost our internet and I suddenly remembered today that I hadn't linked it to the challenge yet...eeek!!

This is such a fabulous colour combo and wish I had time to create all the ideas I had in mind. I still have 1 day, 18 hrs before the challenge closes so you never know........ I really wanted to create a floral card with these colours but this geometric design wouldn't stop poking my brain:

My MISTI was so handy for this design, as I needed to stamp several times to get good coverage and I can never line up stamps properly. I stamped each of the solid images from Altenew 'Geometric Flowers' in the challenge colours on a piece of white CS. When dried I then stamped the geometric pattern on top with Versamark Ink and heat embossed in gold. Each image was then fussy cut and put aside.

To break up the card front, I cut a panel of white CS the same size as the card base and cut a strip from the middle of it. I then used my mini-blending tool and Distress Ink 'Peacock Feathers' to create some colour on the card front. The panel pieces were then put on foam tape so the colour could show through. Each flower could then be placed on foam tape as well. The sentiment (from Altenew 'Sohcahtoa') was stamped in black on a strip of white CS, put on foam tape and a few co-ordinating sequins added from Neat and Tangled.

I'm also going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Anything Goes'.

Max had a friend stay over last night and I could still hear them talking at 2am this morning. I find I can't go to sleep until they do just incase the visitor suddenly wants to go back home. They unfortunately were then wide awake at 7am which is no where near enough sleep hours for me or them. So Max and I are pretty jaded and think we will jump in my bed together to watch YouTube. Best way to end a very busy day!!

Take care

Friday, 28 April 2017

The Flower Challenge - April Reminder (a bit late........)

With losing the internet a few weeks ago, I missed a few blog posts that were due and also had a card that was included in a challenge reminder but if anyone clicked on it, the link went nowhere. Very frustrating!! Even though the challenge has just closed,  I thought I better get that fixed up!

This is the sketch we had to inspire you this month at The Flower Challenge. I knew it would be the perfect chance to use one of my new floral stamp sets:

I started off by using my mini-blending tool and Distress Ink 'Picked Raspberry' and created a soft pink area on the card front. I cut a panel of white CS the same size as the card base and then cut a small strip from it, similar to the sketch. The two panels were popped up on foam tape over the card front, showing the pink background through the strip.

I stamped the flower from Studio Katia 'Thank You So Much' in black Versafine Ink on water colour CS and immediately heat embossed with clear powder. Using a water brush I painted the flower using my Gansai Tambi water colour palette. Once it was dry I fussy cut it out and put it on foam tape over the strip.

The sentiment (from Studio Katia 'Hello Alice') was stamped on a strip of white CS and put on foam tape, along with some pink and clear sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I have three challenges I would like to enter:

Scrapbook Boutique - April Challenge 

Stamplorations CAS Challenge - April 

Simon Says Stamp - Work It Wednesday - April (Rain and/or Flowers)

Hopefully it won't take me too much longer to get up to date. And we are certainly all enjoying being connected with the world again. The kids are back at school on Monday too, so hopefully I can find some more time then to make some cards, it feels like its been forever since I stamped something!!

Take care