Wednesday, 27 September 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday post - September

Hello there and welcome to my CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 'Girl Friday' post for the month of September!!

For my card this month I was still on a 'Chibitronics'  high after our collaboration blog hop this month, and was dying to try out another card. This time I challenged myself to using three coloured lights and I'm so happy with how it turned out:

It was so much easier to make this card, as I had learned by my mistakes with the first one. I also made sure the design had a bigger area to use so I wasn't trying to squash it all behind something small.

To start off I stamped and heat embossed the image from Floating on a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS. I then watercoloured it using my Zig Real Color Brush Pens, keeping the colours as pale and pastel as I could. Once I had finished and dried the panel, I die cut it using one of the Bubble Box Fri-Dies. Now for the fun part.....

I poked holes thru the three larges flowers on the image and then marked out where they sat on the card front. That way I was able to arrange my circuit so the colours showed thru each hole. I used the same idea for a 'push button' on the battery so the lights didn't stay on all the time. I got this idea from THIS Jennifer McGuire video.

This shows how the 'push button' works and the colour of the lights. Once I was happy with the circuit I was able to put ALOT of foam tape on the back of my painted panel and press it down over the lights. Voila!!

Sorry this photo is so grainy, I shut all my curtains so you could see how much the lights shine in the dark. They are pretty bright and I love the glow behind the flower shapes.

To finish this card off I stamped a sentiment, also from the Floating stamp se,t on a strip of white CS and put it on foam tape, along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled. If you've been putting off trying the Chibitronics products because you don't think you'd be able to work it out, you needn't worry. The instruction book is so helpful and once you've mastered it, you'll feel like Thomas Edison!!

If your interested in buying any of the products I used today or any others from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, make sure you use my special code to save yourself 15% and it even works if the items are already on special too!!

Whew, that was a long post but I wanted to include all the photos of the circuits so you could see the 'guts' of the operation!! Actually when you think about it, its actually like playing the 'Operation' game except I've lit up something prettier than a big, red nose and there is no loud noise!!

Take care

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Altenew September Challenge

Talk about crazy Spring weather!! After 7 days of rain last week, we had the most gorgeous and boiling hot weekend. It was glorious!! Yesterday it kept threatening rain but managed to hold off all day, which meant I was able to do some work.  Well, today...its rained nearly all day and when it stops it comes out with boiling hot sun. Talk about frustrating!! Cross all your fingers and toes for me for the rest of the week, its not looking good but I have so many gardens to get too!!

One of the good things though about being at home (apart from doing the housework....) is being able to make a few challenge cards. I love the colours for this months Altenew challenge and even grabbed the chance to use one of my brand new stamp sets:

I received this Altenew floral stamp set 'Blooming Bouquet' from my gorgeous friend Coni for my birthday. I love how huge the image is and thought it would be great for this challenge!!

I started off by stamping and heat embossing the image in white on a panel of Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS. I then watercoloured the flowers using Distress Inks 'Spun Sugar', 'Picked Raspberry', 'Mermaid Lagoon' and 'Twisted Citron', using lots of water to keep the colours soft and pale. Once I was happy with the colours I dried it with my heat tool and fussy cut it out.

In the inspiration photo the flowers are sitting in a pale blue jug. I wanted to try and emulate this by using a piece of light blue CS and die-cutting a curve from the top of it using a Pretty Pink Posh stitched-curved die. The blue CS was popped up on foam tape. I added foam tape behind the top half of the flowers and double-sided tape to the part sitting over the blue CS.

To finish off I stamped the sentiment from Altenew 'Adore You' stamp set on a strip of white CS, put it on foam tape and glued on some pastel and clear sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I've got three other challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Pop it up)

Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge 

NBUS Challenge - September 2017 

Oh how I'm loving daylight savings!! Everything just seems nicer (even if it is raining...) when the sun stays around for longer. We can start taking the dog for a walk after dinner or go to the skatepark. Both Max and Phoebe are playing tennis this year so it will give us time to go and practice each night. If only it would stop raining.....

Take care

Friday, 22 September 2017

2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Entry # 3

I'm whipping in with one last entry for the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop while I have a few moments spare....

I don't usually make many cards with an 'Autumn' theme but have loved getting all the fall colours together with my inks and pencils. Maybe now I have a few more colours to choose from it makes it more enjoyable!!

For this final entry I really wanted to create a one-layer design and knew which stamp sets would be perfect:

This was so much fun to make and love all these warm colours together. And the details in those leaf stamps are fantastic!!

Firstly I stamped the cup and saucer image with black ink and then the sentiment above it. That way I was able to stamp all the leaves around them. I used my MISTI to stamp all the leaves 2 or 3 times each, which took a bit of time but I wanted to make sure I got really good coverage with the ink colours. I used Altenew 'Dark Chocolate' for the brown leaves and all the brown leaf vein details. The other leaves were all stamped in Hero Arts 'Soft Cantaloupe' and 'Soft Vanilla', and Altenew 'Peach Perfect'. 

Once I was happy with the leaves I coloured the cup and saucer with my Faber Castell pencils. Normally I would add some sequins but I felt there was already so much going on with this card, it didn't need anything else.

The leaves are all from Hero Arts 'Let Love Grow' and the cup/saucer and sentiment are from Waffle Flower 'Warm Wishes'.

I've got three other challenges I would like to enter:

AAA Card Challenge # 99 

The Cat's Pyjama's Tuesday Challenge # 339 

A Blog Named Hero - September Challenge 

Dave has just left to pick up our pizza so I better get a move on. Even though I haven't been gardening this week I've still been so busy catching up on housework and other jobs. Has been rather nice though being home on my own but I'm rather desperate to get my hands covered in dirt again!!

Take care