Friday, 25 May 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday post for May

Hi there, thanks so much for stopping by! I hope your week is going well and everything is going to plan. Our weather has been all over the place and the Winter cold is beginning to arrive unfortunately...

I'm up on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog today with a different way of using some of the new release Fri-dies:

I don't know where I would be without my huge stock of paint chips. I could never afford to purchase CS in lots of different colours and since the paint chips are free from local hardware stores, I can replenish my stash whenever I need too!!

I was playing around the the new Hourglass Fri-dies and thought this is such a cool shape, surely I can do something else with it. Turns out I could!!

This was super simple to put together. I gathered lots of different pastel coloured paint chips and die-cut the hourglass from each one. After working out the colour combos, I adhered the bottom two to the card front and then popped the top two on foam tape. The sentiments (both from the Sands of Time 2 stamp set) were heat embossed in white on circles of black CS (I die-cut the circles using a die from Couture Creations). I then put the circles on some foam tape.

I've been trying to push myself to try new ideas and decided instead of sequins, I would use my Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops to add some embellishment. I added larger dots on the outer corners and smaller ones along the edges. These are so much fun to use and I wish I had them in every colour!!

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to use your dies in a different way. And if your thinking about purchasing these products or any others from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps don't forget to use my special code to save yourself some money!!

Enjoy the rest of your week, the weekend isn't too far away now and fingers crossed we all get some crafting time!!

Take care

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Your Next Stamp Challenge # 89

Its been a very productive day today!! It poured with rain from late yesterday afternoon till 4am this morning, so everything was way too soggy to garden. And poor Phoebe had an accident last night with a shelf and her mouth, so decided she could stay home today too. I cleaned, vacuumed, made this card and trimmed a hedge. I even managed to catch up on a few tv programmes during all this too, so it was a good day. And Phoebe is feeling much better, so I'm very happy indeed!!

I'm running in with a last minute card for the current challenge at Your Next Stamp. I thought this sketch was really cool and had loads of ideas before finally settling on this blended design:

I think these 'troll-like' images are simply adorable and I'm always looking for a reason to colour one to life!!

I started by stamping the girl image on some white CS. I then inked up the balloon itself 5x and stamped on white CS as well. I coloured these all with pencils and then fussy cut out.

Using Distress Oxide inks 'Worn Lipstick', 'Salty Ocean', 'Wilted Violet' and washi tape, I blended the card front. I then sprayed it liberally with Imagine Crafts 'Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Spritz' and blotted the large blobs with a tissue. I wish you could see the sparkle all over this card, its quite magical!!

I heat embossed the sentiment (from Your Next Stamp 'Insanely Happy, which is where the girl image is from too) in white on a rectangle piece of black CS. The balloons were adhered to the card front and I used a fine black pen to draw the string. I popped the sentiment and girl on some foam tape, and glued on some Neat and Tangled sequins for a bit more bling!!

I can hear my oven timer going, better not let dinner burn. Phoebe will be back to school tomorrow and hopefully everything will have dried out a bit so I can weed to my hearts content tomorrow. Its only supposed to be 2 degrees overnight so better get my thermals ready!!

Take care

Friday, 18 May 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - May New Release - Day 4

Hi there and welcome back!! Your just in time for Day 4 of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps May New Release!!

Today we are introducing Sands of Time 2 stamp set and Hourglass Fri-dies: 

This screams 'shaker cards' to me and what a beautiful way to show someone how much you love them!!

I couldn't resist, I just had to make a shaker card and had so much fun putting it all together!!

I started off by cutting a panel of white CS the same size as the card front. I then stamped the Heart to Heart Background Stamp using Waffle Flower 'Safe Choice' in the middle of it, to add a bit of interest. I then die-cut the hourglass  and glued a piece of acetate behind it. I also die-cut the top and bottom details from a dark pink paint chip and glued on to the acetate.

After adding LOTS of foam tape around the edge of the hourglass (on the back of the die-cut panel) to hold the beads, I started putting in some beads from The Ton and some nail art beads too. Before they could escape I pressed the card front down on top of the panel to seal it all up. I stamped the sentiment on a strip of white CS, popped it on foam tape and glued on a few sequins from Neat and Tangled.

After spending so long putting the shaker card together, I decided to keep this card super simple and I really wanted to show off the detail of this particular stamp image. Its so perfectly done and has so many teeny-weeny hearts, I felt it needed to be the star of its own card. So I used my MISTI and three shades of pink ink (Hero Arts 'Bubblegum', Waffle Flower 'Safe Choice' and Altenew 'Blush') to create this ombre look. All I had to do then was stamp the sentiment in black and glue on some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

Well, that's it!! That's the end of our May New Release and I hope you love all the new products as much as I do. There are loads more projects on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog where the rest of the Girl Fridays has used the new products too.

As I've mentioned all the new products are available right now and your more than welcome to use my special code to save yourself some money!!

Thanks so much for joining me for this New Release and I'm sure I will see you back here again very soon.

Take care