Friday, 26 May 2017

Just Add Ink Challenge # 361

Happy Friday everyone on my side of the world. For those of you on the other side, don't worry I will save lots of Friday for you!! Another week has gone by and its time again for a new challenge theme at Just Add Ink!

This one gives you lots of options!! With flowers and water colouring being so popular at the moment, I just know the Gallery is going to be overflowing with gorgeousness this week!

For my card I actually got a little carried away and used all three ideas...that's me, 'no inbetween' as my husband would say. I'm either all or nothing...or procrastinating:

Mmmm, I know your thinking to yourself 'that flower looks familar'. I suddenly realised when I was photographing this that I used the exact same flower on my last JAI card. What can I say, I love it!!

To start off I stamped the flower on some white CS and coloured using my Faber Castell pencils. I fussy cut it out, went around the edge with a black pen and popped to the side. The leaves were stamped on some water colour CS with Versafine black ink and then immediately heat embossed with clear powder. I then used my Gansai Tambi water colour paints to colour them in, and then fussy cut out.

I cut a panel of white CS slightly slimmer than the card front and added a strip of black and white striped washi tape down the side of the card front. The panel was then added on some foam tape. I glued the leaves in place and put the flower on foam tape, along with the sentiment. And you know I can't finish a card without some yummy sequins!!

The flower image is from Studio Katia 'Thank you so much'. The leaves are from My Favourite Things 'Fancy Flowers'. The sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 'Pretty Posies'. The sequins are from Neat and Tangled, and unfortunately I don't know where the washi tape is from.

You have until Wednesday 31st May to link your projects to the Just Add Ink challenge and if your looking for ideas pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created just for you. Looking forward to seeing you in the Gallery!!

Take care

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 - Challenge # 9

Well, hello there!! I thought it was about time I bit the bullet and join in a challenge where I'm totally intimidated by the talented people who have already entered!!

I, like many of you, absolutely love Concord and 9th and wish I could afford to buy all of their products. Unfortunately with my limited craft budget I have to be very picky about my purchases and often miss out on buying any of their goodness. They have the most incredible range of floral stamps and dies and the entries in this Creativity meets C9 challenge already are spectacular. If you haven't already discovered this company, I suggest to pop over there right away!!

For my card I was inspired by a new product I hadn't gotten round to using yet and some goodies a friend sent me:

Oh I wish you could see the silver shimmer in real life!! The always fabulous Barb of Barb's Studio Creations sent me some die-cuts a while ago, including Concord and 9th. I desperately wanted to use them but you know what its like when you only have a few of something, you put off using them. I decided this was it and they were getting used!! Thank you so much Barb!

To start off I embossed a panel of white CS and then painted with my new Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Platinum. This stuff goes on like butter and dries so quickly. I cut the panel down and adhered to the card front.

Barb had cut the flower and leaves out of Tim Holtz Watercolour CS, so I used another new product Tombow Dual Brush Pens 'Bright Palette' and water coloured them all. The colour spreads so easily!! Once dry I adhered the leaves in place and put the flower on foam tape. 

The sentiment was simply stamped in black ink on white CS, fussy cut out and put on foam tape as well. And of course I had to add some sequins and love the look of the clear one in the middle of the flower.

The embossing folder is from We R Memory Keepers. The sentiment is from Concord and 9th 'Map Love' and the sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I have two other challenges I would like to enter:

Scrapbook Boutique - May Challenge

AAA Card Challenge # 90

Its a very chilly morning but I have gardening to do, so better get my 'A into G'. Hopefully I can finish early enough today to take Bella for a walk. Now that daylight savings is in full swing there isn't much time to walk her after school and the kids don't really want to move after they have made it home. Fingers crossed the weeds will be good to me today!!

Take care

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge 'A Bit of Sparkle'

Hi there everybody!! Its the end of Wednesday for me here in New Zealand and I had a very busy gardening day. There is so much to do in getting gardens ready for Winter and I love cutting everything back. And there wasn't a frost this morning so that was a bonus!!

The theme for this weeks Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge is 'A Bit of Sparkle', which is something I don't think you can ever have too much of. Although I must say working daily in a garden doesn't leave much time for wearing anything sparkly, so I have to sparkle on my cards instead!!

I decided it was time to create a shaker card as I haven't made one in a while and it was a perfect time to use a sparkly embossing powder:

I need this sentiment on a t-shirt!!! I wanted to keep the design super simple so the sentiment could be the star.

I started by cutting a panel of white CS slightly smaller than the card front. I then cut the large die first and glued a piece of clear acetate behind it. Lots of foam tape was added to the back, especially around the negative space to keep the shaker intact. Because I knew I would have my sentiment in the middle, I decided to add foam tape behind where that would sit too. That way the sequins etc only go around the outside channel, not fill up the whole die-cut area.

I wanted to keep the colour of the shaker pieces to pink and clear, so added everything I could get my hands on that was really small including small sequins and microbeads. To enclose the shaker I put a panel of white CS over the foam strips and trimmed the edges so they couldn't be seen. The whole shaker could then be adhered to the card front.

For the sentiment I die-cut the smaller shape from white CS and heat embossed the sentiment using silver glitter embossing powder from Zing. I wish you could see the sparkle in real life!! I added foam tape to the back of it and pressed down over the acetate, along with a few extra clear sequins.

The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti 'Shine from Within'. The die-cut shapes are from Studio Katia 'Stitched Creative Nested Squares'. The rose gold sequins are also from Studio Katia. The clear and pink sequins are from Neat and Tangled. The pink and clear seed beads are from The Ton and the pink micro beads are from Papervine.

I have two other challenges I would like to enter:

Scrapbook Boutique Challenge - May 

CAS on Sunday Challenge  (Shaker Card)

Everyone is asking me where dinner is. I'm tempted to say its in the kitchen waiting for you to make it but I don't think it would work. They would all be having ice cream sundaes for dinner if that happened.....but maybe that's not a bad idea.......

Take care