Thursday, 30 March 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - March New Release - Day 4

Hi everybody and welcome to Day 4 of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  March Release Week!! 






That's right, 6 new stamp sets that are going to knock your socks off!! If you haven't seen the sets from Day 1 - 3, pop over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog to check them out!!

I'm very excited to give you a sneaky peek of the new 'So Pretty' stamp set, which has the most fabulous sentiments to cover many occasions. And the font is exactly like the set name, so pretty!!


I wanted to create a background that would compliment the font of this stamp, and thought one of the Lovely Links Fri-Dies would be perfect!!

I gathered some paint chips in soft, pastel colours and die-cut the link from them all. I soon realised that I had (what seemed like) hundreds of pastel hearts left over, so decided to use them in my design. I cut a panel of white CS slightly slimmer than the card front and adhered the die-cuts. I was then able to glue in the hearts in different positions. The panel was then popped up on the card.

For the sentiment I cut a strip of plain vellum and heat embossed the 'Happy Birthday' using Ranger Queens Gold embossing powder. To adhere this I put little strips of double-sided tape behind the words and pressed on to the card. And for a bit more shine I added a few of the Calling All Sistah's 'Sisterhood Sparkle' Limited Edition sequins.

To see more of this new stamp set, pop over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog. And mark on your calendars Friday March 31st to hop along with us to celebrate this new release!!

Take care
Shona
 

 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Reminder: Time Out Challenge # 79

Hi there everyone! This is my second card this week, so glad to finally be feeling well enough to craft again. Especially since I thought about card making 24/7!! This post is to remind you all about our current challenge at TIME OUT. 





We are asking you to 'CASE' a card for this challenge. Above is the card to inspire you all by the amazing Jenny of Crafting in the Country. She created this fabulous card to inspire you all and already there are some fantastic cards in the Gallery inspired by this design.

We are also very lucky to have a Sponsor for this challenge, Verve Stamps!! They were very generous to give the TIME OUT DT a stamp set each (which was extra exciting for me as I didn't have any of their products) and will also give a stamp set to the winner of this challenge. Woo hoo!!




I was very lucky to get my hands on the 'New Beginnings' stamp set which has some fantastic floral images and sentiments for Spring. I really liked Jenny's card layout so based my card on that idea:



I started off my creating a panel of white CS slightly smaller than my card front and blending 'Salty Ocean' Distress Ink over it. I then lightly splattered some water on to it and dabbed with a tissue to remove the colour. After working out where the flowers would sit, I stamped the flower stems with green ink. I also stamped the flowers on some white CS, coloured with pencils and fussy cut out. 

A panel of kraft CS was adhered to the card front, and then the coloured panel on some foam tape. Instead of having something going across the top of the card (like the branch) I decided to have it going down the side. I die-cut this CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 'Lovely Links' die from some wood veneer and glued to the card front. 

Two of the flowers were popped up on foam tape while the other was glued to the veneer. The sentiment was stamped on a strip of white CS, popped on foam tape and I added some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

You have until Wednesday 29th March to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge. And if you need any help with ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer Izzy have created for you.

Take care
Shona
 

 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge # 234

Hi there everybody!! It's an exciting day for me because after having the flu for the past two weeks I finally felt well enough to make a card. And it was so glorious to be back in the saddle again!! My card is for the Addicted to Stamps and More  challenge where the theme for this week is:




For a 'Clean and Simple' project we are looking for designs with minimal layers, embellishments and images. A lot of white space is fantastic and one-layer cards are a brilliant example.
 
I was very lucky to recently get my hands on some new Waffle Flower stamps. I was part of a monthly challenge team last year for Waffle Flower and Nina gave us all a voucher at the end of our term. I forgot all about it will a few weeks ago and thank goodness it was still working!! They arrived last week and I couldn't wait to ink them up:




Isn't that little girl just the cutest?!! All of these images are from Waffle Flower 'Enveloper Hello'. I'm just in love with the design of all the images (by artist Helen Dardik) and you can expect to see them used a lot on my cards! This was going to be a one-layer design but I realised that I could still get a bit of dimension and keep it CAS.

To start with I stamped the images on white CS and fussy cut them all out. After working out where they would sit on the card front, I used Distress Inks 'Salty Ocean', 'Picked Raspberry' and 'Fossilized Amber' and my mini-blending tool to add patches of soft colour. The images were then all popped up on foam tape and I added some sequins from Neat and Tangled for a bit of extra shine.

You have until next Wednesday 29th March to link your projects to the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge. And if you need any idea's for a CAS design, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you. Can't wait to see what you come up with in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona