Tuesday, 19 September 2017

2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Yippee!! Thanks to four days of constant rain (which means no gardening) I finally had a chance to create an entry for the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!
I don't actually own too many 'coffee' related stamp sets and dies (really must remedy that) but its quite fun trying to find a different way to use what I have. For this card I used a product I haven't touched in months:

Yep, that's right...patterned paper!!!! Its something I love to buy but hardly ever use, hence I've used a rather old Lawn Fawn paper pad. But I love it and I'm so glad I kept hold of it!!

I started off by die-cutting the two mugs using My Favourite Things 'Hugs in a Mug' dies with the Lawn Fawn 'Into the Woods' paper. I wanted a soft 'pumpkin orange' colour behind the mugs so blended Distress Ink 'Spiced Marmalade' on the card front. I was then able to pop the mugs on foam tape, stamp the sentiment also from My Favourite Things 'Hugs in a Mug' stamp set and glue on some Neat and Tangled sequins. Almost makes me wish it was Autumn here again....almost......

I have three other challenges I would like to enter:

TCP Tuesday Challenge #339 

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Clean and Simple)

AAA Card Challenge #99 

That's it for me, I'm off to bed. Love listening to the rain on the roof at night and bedtime is when I get to catch up with what everyone has been putting on Instagram/Facebook etc. Have been loving all the coffee themed cards and projects, so many clever crafters out there in the world. Fingers crossed its still raining tomorrow so I can make some more.......

Take care

Monday, 18 September 2017

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge

What a cold, yucky day it is today!! Last week it was so warm and 'Spring-like', I even wore my shorts for the first time since Summer (was so wonderful for me but probably not so good for the people seeing me lol!) but now.....the fire is going and I'm wearing a thermal. Yuck!!

For a bit of brightness on a dull day I was playing around with my Distress Inks and came up with a card just right for the current Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Clean and Simple':

I started off by cutting a panel of Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS. I then randomly blended 'Picked Raspberry', 'Worn Lipstick' and 'Mustard Seed' till I was happy with the colours. For a bit of shimmer and interest I sprayed it with Imagine Crafts 'Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Spritz', doing it close to the panel so that droplets would drop on it that I could then press with tissues.

Once it had dried I used a stitched waffle-edged die to cut it out and then the 'hugs' die in the middle of it. I added lots of foam tape to the back and pressed it on to the card front. I wanted to keep the rest of the sentiment simple, so die-cut a strip, stamped on the sentiment with black ink and put on foam tape, along with some pink, yellow and clear sequins. I so wish you could see all the sparkle!!

The sequins are from Neat and Tangled. Everything else is from My Favourite Things. The sentiment and stitched waffle-edged dies are from 'Blueprints 27'. The sentiment stamp is from 'Beary Special Birthday'.

I'm also going to link this to the Stamplorations Summer CAS Challenge where their theme is 'Anything Goes'.

Better go stoke up the fire and work out what to make next. I'm really disappointed that I've not been able to colour every day with The Daily Marker 30 Day challenge but have coloured some things over the last two days and can't wait to turn them into cards!!

Take care

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Reminder: The Flower Challenge - September

Hi everybody!! I'm so very glad its the weekend. Its been an extremely busy week with gardening, Spring is causing everything to grow at double-time!! I love this time of year though and I'm anxiously waiting to see if I get more than one peony flower from my garden this year!!

We are half-way through our challenge at The Flower Challenge and already the Gallery is full with some spectacular projects. 

For my 'reminder' card I decided to try a different line across the tic-tac-toe. This time I tried 'Embossing, Watercolour and Blue', although I got a bit 'off topic' with my blue colouring....:

I really wanted to use this large floral image from Studio Katia 'You're So Ranunculus' but in a different way. So....I started off by cutting a panel of watercolour CS and stamping/heat embossing each corner of the image with white powder. I watercoloured the images using my Gansai Tambi 'Pearl Colors' with the Pink Pearl and Pearl May Green. I so wish you could see the shimmer of this paint in real life, its just gorgeous!!

Once the paint was dry I fussy cut out each corner. To incorporate the 'blue' part of my combo, I cut a panel of blue CS and adhered it to the card front. I then added lots of foam tape to the back of the corners and put them in place. I didn't want to cover up the flowers with a big sentiment, so I heat embossed the sentiment in silver (from the same Studio Katia set) on a strip of white CS and put it on foam tape, along with some pink, green and clear sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I have three challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Work It Wednesday (August/September) - Stamp It

Stamplorations - Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge 

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge  (Clean and Simple)

You have until Monday 25th September to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and for lots of inspiration and ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for you.

Take care