Thursday, 13 April 2017

Scrapbook Boutique Challenge - April

Hi everyone!! Well, Max and Phoebe are home sick today (Max's fever has finally gone down...) and its STILL raining, so no gardening for me either. So its been a very quiet day of board games and finishing off two cards I made last night. I finally had a chance to play with my new Neat and Tangled goodies and try out some new ideas!!

This month the Scrapbook Boutique Challenge has this gorgeous pastel mood board to inspire us all. I couldn't get the colours out of my mind, especially in a rainbow pattern so just had to make something using this combo. 

One of the new Neat and Tangled products I was given was the 'Hexstar Cover Plate' which I have coveted ever since it was released. Since I had more time on my hands yesterday I was able to look it over and think of different ways to use it and this is what I came up with:

Its another one of my 'why do I come up with such fiddly designs?' cards. Was so worth it though!!

To start off I die-cut the 'Hexstar Cover Plate' from a piece of white CS. To keep the pieces in place I covered the back of it with Glad Press n Seal (which is a magic product). I then used my mini-blending tool and Distress Inks to gently colour the middle of each full hexagon shape. I gently pulled off the Press n Seal and pressed it on to the front of the hexagons. Some glue was applied to the back of each hexagon triangle and I pressed the whole thing down on the card front.

I now needed to remove the rest of the surrounding die pattern. I should have waited for the triangle glue to dry a bit more but I was worried that the outer die shapes may have gotten glued down as well. So I very gently peeled off the rest of the die. Of course a few of the triangles came off as well so I just put the die cut back on again, re-glued the triangles and then removed it again. Done!!

For the sentiment I die-cut the Neat and Tangled 'Awesome' three times from black CS and glued them all together. To add a bit of interest I used the outer 'Awesome' die on some vellum, glued the word to it and then to the card front. The rest of the sentiment (from Neat and Tangled 'Awesome' stamp set) was heat embossed in white and adhered to the card, along with some co-ordinating Neat and Tangled sequins.

I have four other challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge (Spring Colours)

Stamplorations CAS Challenge - April

The Heart Desires Challenge # 11

Muse Challenge # 211 

When I went to bed last night I had only stuck the triangles to the card base and thought I would finish off today (which I did). I decided to catch up on some You Tube videos on my phone and came across a new one by my favourite lady Laura Bassen where she makes a similar card with another cover plate and some water colouring. I totally felt her pain when getting everything to stick on and was so happy to have had an idea so similar to my card making idol. I went to sleep with a big smile on my face!!!

Take care


  1. Oh so darn clever (and wonderful) Shona!! the rain seems to be suiting your paper crafting need lol.

  2. Shona that cover plate and your beautiful sponging added so much interest and made for such a beautiful card. Thank you for sharing with us at Muse this week!

  3. Totally worth the effort Shona! Your patience certainly paid off with this beautiful creation - another lovely entry into the SBB challenge this month!

  4. Can you say...GENIUS. I'm sure it took all your patience to get all the fiddly bits where you wanted them to be, but you fastidious attention to detail really has paid off. The is just plain incredible. Love all a that white with those pools of pure color and the design...there aren't enough words to explain how much I love it.

  5. Oh my, this is FABulous!
    Thanks for joining us at The Heart Desires Challenge #11!

  6. Loved ur design! Very nice and soft blending as well!

  7. Wonderful, the star hexes are great :)

  8. Sometimes it's really worth it to put in the time with the fiddly bits. This is a stunner card.

  9. Wonderful projects. Fiddly but worth it as they are so striking. Thanks for joining us again at Scrapbook Boutique.
    Louise xo

  10. This is gorgeous and I can well imagine how fiddly it was.

  11. Gorgeous card for Muse ... wonderful interpretation.

  12. Love the bold colours and what a great shape the die gives.

  13. This is so cute! Fabulous design.

  14. Gorgeous card Shona! It's so elegant and pretty.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  15. Gorgeous card and beautiful take on Tracey's Muse Card, Shona!

  16. Love it--the hexastar coverplate is sooooo versatile. You've done a knockout job!

  17. Hello Shona: Your Muse card is beautiful, and just in case you didn't know, it was one of the Featured cards on the Muse Challenge, CONGRATULATIONS!!