Friday, 20 April 2018

Michele's 50th Birthday Blog Hop Celebration!!!

Hi there! We are hopping along today to celebrate the 50th birthday of a fabulous woman....Michele, the owner of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!!

You should have arrived here from the blog of the talented Michelle Wallace of Sea Shell Creates and I bet she had a gorgeous project to share with you!!

Having been a CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 'Girl Friday' for a few years now, I've gotten to know Michele. She is such a supportive and hilarious woman, with tonnes of crafting talent. And when I see photos of her I can't believe she's going to be 50!!  

We have so many incredible designers on the hop today and Michele is giving away five $50 gift vouchers, so make sure you comment as you hop to give yourself more chances to win!!

For my card I wanted to use as many stamp sets as I could, and create something simple and stylish:

This took a long time to stamp, so thank goodness for my trusty MISTI!!!

I started off by gathering up all the CFS single flower stamps I could. I used flowers from:

Loving Thoughts 
Peace Out 
Pretty Posies 
Flower Power 
Sassy Smiles 

Using only Versafine black ink, I stamped the flowers on the card front, just making up the order as I went along. I'm amazed I didn't get black ink all over the place, I'm so happy with how it turned out!

I heat embossed some of the larger flowers in white on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS and blended over Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed. I then die-cut the CFS 'Smile' die (from the Smiling Fri-dies set) and also die-cut 3x more from black CS. These were all glued together and then to the card front. I then added lots of Glossy Accents overtop of it for dimension and shine.

The rest of the sentiment (from CFS Heartfelt Sayings) was heat embossed on black CS, fussy cut out and popped up on foam tape, along with some pink, yellow and clear sequins from Neat and Tangled. I hope she likes it!!!

Your next stop on the hop is the uber talented Laurie Willison of Soapbox Creations. I'm a huge fan of hers and can't believe I'm before her on the hop (having a fan-girl moment.....). I just know she's going to wow you with her spectacular creation!!

If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop, pop back to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamp Blog for a complete hop list. And don't forget to comment!

Thank you so much for celebrating the birthday of this fabulous woman with us all. And sending you lots of birthday hugs and kisses Michele!!

Take care

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #107

Hello there, I'm popping in with a quick little reminder about our current challenge at TIME OUT. 

Its all about Spring for this challenge and if your also feeling in the mood, a one-layer challenge as well. You could use Spring colours, spring stamps...basically whatever brings 'Spring' to mind for you, you can go with it!!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Uniko and they are giving a free stamp set to the winner of this challenge!!

For my card I went super simple and one-layer. I had a new Uniko stamp set to use and really wanted that to be the star of the design:

When I think of Springtime, I think of all the new flowers that are starting to pop out and all their beautiful colours, after a grey Winter. Its my favourite time of the year. And usually the butterflies start flitting about too, which is wonderful to see.

I really wanted to do one-layer but with lots of colour, so I grabbed on to my Distress Oxide inks and blended away on the card front until I was happy with the colours. It took quite a while actually as I didn't want some of them to become all brown/grey looking (as some colours don't mix well) but so happy with the finished card.

To add a bit of interest I flicked the card with some water, waited a few seconds and then sponged up the liquid with a tissue. Its such a simple but effective technique!! All I had to do then was to stamp the butterfly and sentiment from Uniko 'English Country Garden - Butterflies' with black ink. I didn't even add any sequins as I think there's enough going on already.

I'm going to link this to the Scrapbook Boutique April Challenge as my card fits the mood board perfectly.

Will also add to The Cats Pajama's April Challenge #345 where their theme is also 'Spring'.

You have until Wednesday 25th April to link your projects to the TIME OUT  challenge. And if your looking for any ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer Kimberly of Wienerhoneymooners has created for you. Can't wait to see your projects in the Gallery!!

Take care

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Ellen Hutson - March Pin-Sights Challenge - Entry #3

I tell you, sometimes I just get a challenge stuck in my head and all I can think about is making designs for it. Does anyone else have this problem??

This mood board for the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge has got my brain all a flutter with ideas on how to use the two Ellen Hutson stamp sets I own in a different way. This time I made my MISTI work overtime and drove my husband crazy with its squeaky hinges:

I set myself up on the coffee table with all my Waffle Flower and a few Hero Arts ink pads, my MISTI and the Ellen Hutson 'Rustic Botanicals' stamp set. Dave and I started watching the new Netflix show 'Lost in Space' while I stamped each individual stamp twice (for good coverage) in a pattern I made up as I went along. Dave kept asking me if I was nearly finished as the squeaking is so loud but I don't even notice it (the joy of being slightly deaf......). I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I'm never disappointed with my Waffle Flower Inks!!

I always like the look of black with a rainbow colour scheme, so I die-cut the MFT Stamps 'Smile' die 3x from black CS, glued them all together and then to the card front. I then covered it with lots of Glossy Accents which I haven't done in a long time. I heat embossed the 'happy birthday' (from MFT Stamps 'Itty Bitty Bears') in white on a strip of black CS and glued it to the card as well. Coloured sequins didn't seem to work but I wanted a bit more shine, so I glued on some clear sequins from Neat and Tangled. Promise this will be my last entry for this challenge!!!!!

I'm also going to link this to the Scrapbook Boutique April Challenge which has this equally gorgeous mood board, that once again has my brain in overdrive.....

I've finished gardening for the day and Max is at a friends house, so Phoebe and I are going to bike down to the local park. It was raining this morning (which wasn't nice to weed in.....mud everywhere.....) but now its boiling hot and very sunny. Best to make the most of it as the weather is so changeable at the moment....

Take care