Monday, 17 July 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday post - July

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




When I was making this card it was a very dreary and cold Winters day here in New Zealand and I was so tired from working each day in the frost, pruning roses and preparing gardens for the cold. So, I really needed something to brighten my day and make me smile and what better way than a rainbow??


I don't usually photograph my cards laying down but with so little sunshine I just couldn't get a photo without lots of shadow. At least all those bright colours look good against the white top of my bedside table!!

I cut a panel of Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS and heat embossed the branch from 'Casual Comfort' in white around the edge of the panel, creating a frame. I then grabbed 10 different Distress Ink colours and used a different one for each branch. Once they were all coloured I moved the colours into the middle of the panel, trying not to end up with a brown, muddy mess!!

I didn't want to cover up any of this colour, so die-cut the 'smile' from 'Smiling Fri-Dies' 3x from black CS, glued them all together and then to the panel. I also covered it in Glossy Accents for a bit more shine. To finish off I glued on a few co-ordinating sequins from Neat and Tangled for a bit more bling!! This totally brought a smile to my face and I hope yours too!




If your tempted to purchase any of the items I used today or any other products from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  don't forget to use my special code to save  yourself 15%. And there are also a load of Retiring stamp sets that are only $7.77 and you can save 15% on those as well!! So get to it and shop!







Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope I've made you smile and that the smile continues for the rest of the day!!

Take care
Shona
 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Reminder: The Flower Challenge - July

Hi there everybody! I'm so glad  its the weekend (as I'm sure you all are too), although its the school holidays here in New Zealand so the weekend isn't much different to the other days I suppose. The kids are certainly happy to be away from school and its nice not to have the rush in the mornings.

Our current July challenge is all about:





I decided for my card that it was about time I tried out a technique that I'm sure everyone else has done by now but I'm a bit slow on the up-take sometimes.....:


I have never used a die to emboss. That's right, I'm probably the only one you know who hasn't done this but now I've done it I've been converted....this is such a cool technique!!!

I cut a panel of watercolour CS and grabbed my soft embossing mat, only to find that I couldn't get my hands on the thinner embossing Cuttlebug plate. I searched high and low and its nowhere to be seen. So....kiwi ingenuity came into play and I raided my recycling bin for cardboard boxes. I cut cereal boxed into Cuttlebug plate sizes and layered them until I had a thick enough pile. I put the CS panel thru with the background die and voila...it worked!! I used watercolour CS because I was thinking of blending Distress Ink over it afterwards but its way too pretty to be doing that, so just adhered to my card front.

I carried on the 'Embossing' theme and heat embossed these floral images on some Strathmore Smooth Bristol CS by stamping with Versafine Ink first and immediately heat embossing with clear embossing powder. I then used my Altenew markers (when are they going to bring out some more colours????) to colour them in, love these peachy colours with the light blue. I fussy cut them all out and added to the card front, putting the middle flower on foam tape.

To finish off I stamped the sentiment on a strip of CS, put on foam tape and glued on some gold and orange/blue sequins for a bit more shine and colour.

The background die is from Neat and Tangled, along with the sequins and the sentiment from 'Kindness Matters'. The flowers are from Studio Katia 'Together we Bloom'.  

You have until Tuesday 25th July to link your projects to The Flower Challenge. 
The rest of the Design Team have prepared some embossed projects for you on the blog if you need any ideas. Looking forward to seeing your projects in their 'embossed glory' in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona
 

 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Reminder: Time Out Challenge # 87

Hello there! Hope your well and having a brilliant week. Its been freezing here and everyone has been touched by the cold and flu bug but we are all on the mend. I wanted to remind you about our current TIME OUT challenge where we are asking you to CASE a card:







I'm very excited that we are CASEing my lovely bloggy friend Cornelia of Stempel Spass. She has the most amazing style and an incredible variety of stamps that totally make me jealous!! This is the card we are asking you to CASE, which basically means you are inspired to make your own version, easy as that!!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Happy Little Stampers and they are giving a $15 voucher to the winner. Yippee!!






For my card I decided it was about time I made a few more Christmas cards. December is approaching quickly and I have no where near enough to send out, so this will add to my collection:


I wanted to copy the basic layout of Cornelia's card, so started off by stamping the cute Santa with his tree on white CS, colouring with pencils and fussy cutting out. Once I worked out where he would be on the card, I stamped the snowy hill outline with black ink and then blended Distress Ink 'Salty Ocean' for the sky. 

The Santa was popped up on foam tape and I added white dots around him for snow with my white gel pen. To finish I stamped the sentiment in black and added some blue and clear sequins for a bit of sparkle. I hope Cornelia likes it!

The stamp images are all from Neat and Tangled 'Santa's Wonderland', as well as the sequins.

You have until Wednesday 19th July to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge and if your wondering how to CASE, pop over to the blog to see how the rest of the Design Team have done just that. Look forward to seeing your versions in the Gallery!!

Take care
Shona