Thursday, 24 August 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday - August

Hello there, so nice to see you!! Thanks for popping in to see my CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 'Girl Friday' blog post for this month. I was going to say 'its my time of the month' but that didn't quite sound right, if you get my

I had (what I thought..) to be a great idea for a card for this post but of course it turned to custard. I wanted to use the ballerina and make a spinning card so it would look like she was twirling. To do it I needed to 'mirror' the stamp image but no matter how much I tried I couldn't get a good enough mirrored image. I think it's because there is so much solid area on the stamp. Maybe if I had some of the special 'mirror' stamps it would have worked. 

However, it lead to this idea and I think this looks just as pretty:

Way back in February this year, Jennifer McGuire had a post where she created 'Tulle Window Cards'. I tried it once, using a white, sparkly, see-thru ribbon and loved the effect. Since I couldn't get the ballerina to spin, I thought maybe I could have her floating in the air instead, so I tried this technique again!!

I started off by stamping the ballerina from Tutu three times with Waffle Flower 'Safe Choice' ink and then fussy cut her out. I grabbed one of the Bubble Box Fri-Dies and die-cut it from the card front. I then cut a smaller panel of white CS and cut it from that as well. 

I wanted to add some tiny flowers around the edge of the die-cut but didn't want them to be uniformed in their stamping. So.....I used my largest stamp block and the Full on Floral stamp. I used the same pink ink pad and just inked the corner of the stamp. I masked off the rest of the area and stamped with the corner. I kept doing this, masking as I went and alternating between two corners for a bit of variety. I love how it turned out!

Now I could adhere the ribbon across the die-cut on the card front and then stick the top panel in place. I stuck the ballerina on using very thin strips of double-sided tape and used thin strips of foam tape for the sentiment (which is also from the 'Tutu' stamp set). I wasn't too worried about how it would look from the back. 

For some sparkle I added some of the Sistahood Sparkle Limited Edition Sequin Mix and for some dimension some Nuvo Crystal Drops in White to the middle of all the flowers. And just incase I've completely confused you with my instructions (I'm not the best at explaining things sometimes....), here is what the card looks like standing up:

It is slightly see-thru so you will see the writing inside the card but its opaque enough so when its standing, the words won't be so visible.

 If your thinking about purchasing any of the items I've used today or any others from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  don't forget to use my special 'Girl Friday' code to save yourself 15%!!

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope the rest of your week goes by smoothly and that the sun shines brightly!!

Take care


Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The Heart Desires Challenge # 15 - Entry No. 3

Its been a beautiful but chilly day here today and I finally finished a HUGE rose pruning job, so feeling very pleased with myself!! 

A few weeks ago I purchased some die-cut pieces by Rosies Studio 'Pink Lemonade'. I was instantly drawn to the pastel colours and they reminded me of the current The Heart Desires challenge. I've never used pre-cut and coloured dies before but they are so pretty I couldn't help myself:

Now you can see what I mean about the colours!! And having gold embossed words on them is even better!

I started by cutting a panel of black CS slightly smaller than the card front and adhering to the card. I then used a stitched-rectangle die on some patterned paper. I glued the balloons in place so they would over-hang the top of the card (also putting some foam tape underneath for support) and then added the word die-cuts on foam tape. 

The whole rectangle panel was then put on foam tape and I added some pink, yellow and gold sequins for a bit of shine. I really love how this turned out, however for some reason I feel slightly guilty about this design. I think because everything is already coloured and cut, I feel like I didn't do enough myself, does that make sense? On the other hand though these are amazing for whipping up a quick card and also if you don't have access to heat embossing, watercolours, die-cutting machine etc.

The stitched-rectangle die is from Pretty Pink Posh. The patterned paper is from American Crafts - Dear Lizzy 'Happy Place' and the sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I'm also going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Add a Sentiment'.

Right, I need to go and set myself up somewhere quite now so I can work on a garden plan. One of my clients would like some ideas on what to plant in their HUGE garden, so I went to the garden centre the other day to get some ideas. Hopefully they will find something they like from my suggestions and we can fill up some areas instead of letting the weeds take over. Fingers crossed!!

Take care

Friday, 18 August 2017

Seize the Birthday Challenge - Anything Goes

Hi everyone!! Its 9pm Friday night and I've just finished re-watching (probably for the 6th time) Season 2 of Veep, one of my all-time favourite shows. The writers are so clever and the acting incredible. And I've even learned quite a bit about American politics along the way, so there you go, watching tv is educational!!  Its been a wonderful relaxing afternoon and now its the weekend with nothing planned....yippee!

I purchased a new stamp set over a week ago and finally had time yesterday to sit down and create with it. It has the cutest birthday sentiment, so I knew I wanted to create something for the Seize the Birthday challenge:

Isn't this bear image amazing??!! Its by a company Rosies Studio from their 'Twig and Twine' collection. It only costs $5 and its not the best quality of clear stamps however over the years they have gotten so much better with their polymer, this set is the best I've ever used. And for $5 its freakin' amazing!!

And yes, that is patterned paper you see on my card. The collection comes with a 6x4 paper pad and the papers are stunning. Lots of florals, wood and natural patterns. I really wanted to push myself and use them both.

I started off by stamping the bear with black ink on some white CS. I coloured him with my pencils and fussy cut him out.  Using a Studio Katia 'Stitched Oval' die, I cut the floral paper and adhered straight to the card front. I wanted the bear to have something in his hand so I grabbed some flower dies from Paper Smooches. I die-cut the stalk from a dark green paint chip and cut off the leaves. I wanted to have the flower in similar tones to the paper, so found some light and darker peachy/pink paint chips and die-cut the flowers from them. I held the middle of the flower in place with some washi tape behind it.

To put together I glued the stalk to the paper and put the flower and bear on foam tape. I stamped the sentiment on white CS, adhered to some black CS and cut around around it. This was put on foam tape as well and I added some peach and gold sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I have three other challenges I would like to enter:

 Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge

Stamplorations Summer Sketch and Theme Challenge 

Southern Girls Challenge # 166  (Add some Stamping)

Now I have to work out what tv series to watch next. I have about six different shows I'm halfway through watching on Netflix so I better finish one of those. But I also have so many shows saved on my MySky (like TiVo) box that need to be watched or deleted. I've always loved tv and there seems to be a new series coming out every week at the moment, especially on Netflix....and they are all so good. I need to take a week off and just watch tv 7 days straight to catch up but I think I would go nuts without getting my hands dirty or being outside. Maybe if it rained non-stop for 7 days.......

Take care