Friday, 17 November 2017

AAA Card Challenge # 103

Its finally Friday afternoon....yippee!! I'm so ready for the weekend as its been a very busy week gardening. Spring weather is fabulous but boy do the weeds and hedges enjoy it a bit too much, spent today trimming huge hedges for 5.5 hrs!! Was a lovely hot day though so I can't complain.





The current theme at the AAA Card Challenge is 'Celebrate'. I managed to squeeze in some card time this week and play around again with the my new Neat and Tangled 'Falling Circles Cover Plate', using it slightly differently again:


Its not very often I make more than one card at a time but I had all my paint chips out so I couldn't help myself!!


These cards were definitely time consuming but I'm really happy with the final result!

Firstly I grabbed some big square paint chips in two tones of blue and pink and die-cut them with the cover plate. I also cut two panels of white and black CS and die-cut them with the cover plate as well. I put the two paint chips together with one slightly higher. I then did the same with the white panel and then the black panel, using double-sided tape to keep them together. I then finished them off with a panel of black CS behind. This was then adhered to the card front.

Next I die-cut the Neat and Tangled 'Celebrate' die from a similar blue and pink paint chip and the back part of the die in white CS. These were glued together and then put on foam tape. I stamped sentiments from Neat and Tangled 'Say yes to Donuts' on strips of white CS, popped on foam tape and also glued on some Neat and Tangled sequins to co-ordinate.


Love the hint of colours with the circles and the black on top really pops against the white!

Dave will be home from work soon so I better prepare myself to take Bella for a walk. Since its Friday we will probably have pizza for tea. I so don't have the energy to whip up a meal, so I'm very grateful to Pizza Hut!!

Take care
Shona
 

 

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Reminder: Time Out Challenge # 96

Hello there!! Warm weather has finally returned here today and its been glorious gardening in the hot sun. It definitely gives me a bit of a skip in my step as I love when its warm and Summery!!





I wanted to remind you all about our current TIME OUT  challenge where we have this fantastic CAS designed card for you to CASE. It was created by one of my favourite people in blogland, Michele of I Card Everyone!! She is as sweet as can be and is a fellow horror movie fan, so of course I love her to bits!!

CASE stands for 'Copy and Share Everyone' and basically means your inspired by that card. You could copy it 100% or go with the colours, maybe use flowers on your card.....its totally up to you!!

This challenge is Sponsored by Happy Little Stampers and they are giving a $15 gift voucher to the winner!!




I love everything about Michele's card, especially the die-cutting so definitely had to incorporate that into my card:


I don't think I've ever created a card without the sentiment being straight across, so this was a nice change of pace!

I started by cutting a panel of white CS and put a strip of washi tape from corner to corner. Using Distress Ink 'Picked Raspberry' and a mini-blending tool I made half of the panel as pink as I could. With the washi tape still on I grabbed a background stamp by My Favourite Things 'Floral Fantasy', inked it up with Hero Arts 'Bubblegum' ink and stamped it over the pink area.

After drying the panel with my heat gun I die-cut the My Favourite Things 'Hello' right across the middle of the card, along with two more from white CS. I adhered a piece of white CS behind the die-cut area and inlaid two white 'hello' die-cuts on top of each other and then the pink one on top. The rest of the sentiment (from MFT 'Beary Special Birthday') was simply stamped in black on a strip of white CS and adhered under the die-cut. All I had to do then was stick the panel on the card front and add some pink and clear sequins from Neat and Tangled.

You have until Wednesday 22nd November to link your project to the TIME OUT challenge. And if you don't have any ideas or need help with CASEing, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our absolutely spectacular Guest Designer Bobby of Bits and Pieces have created for you. Can't wait to see you in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 

Reminder: The Flower Challenge # 14

Hi there, so glad you stopped by and it gives me a chance to remind you about our current challenge theme at The Flower Challenge.







Its all about 'Clean and Simple' this month which is always my favourite type of card to make. There are lots of different ideas about what makes a project CAS. To me its about lots of space, one central image and not too many embellishments etc. There are already lots of entries with amazing CAS designs and if you haven't joined us yet, I hope you get the chance to do so!

For my reminder card I really wanted to use a new die-set I had purchased and to try a non-white card front for a change:


I've wanted this Altenew 'Fantasy Floral Die' for so long, so it was wonderful finally having a chance to play with it. I didn't want to have too much colour on my card and came up with the idea to use some heat embossing and vellum to add a hint of colour and texture.

I started by cutting a panel of black CS and adhering it to the white card base. The flower die comes in three parts, I die cut the top and bottom layer from white CS and the middle layer from plain vellum. I actually tried putting just the edges of the bottom flower layer into my Versamark ink pad and heat embossing around the edge in gold but it didn't look right. So I decided to press the whole piece into the Versamark ink and embossed the whole piece in gold.

The leaves were die-cut from white CS and adhered in place on the card front. I put the flower together with some glue and double-sided tape and put over the leaves on foam tape. The sentiment (from Altenew 'Build-a-flower: Anemone' was stamped and heat embossed in white on the card front and a few clear sequins glued on from Neat and Tangled.

You have until Saturday 25th November to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and if your struggling with the CAS idea, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to give you some inspiration. Can't wait to see what you come up with in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona