Sunday, 21 January 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - Girl Friday post for January

Hi there everybody!! Thanks so much for stopping by on this beautiful January day. Its been super hot here with many trips to our local school pool to cool off. For all those people surrounded by snow at the moment, the thoughts of sunshine and swimming are probably far from your mind but time goes so fast these days, you'll be sorting your bikini line in no time!!

I'm up on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog today with this sweet little number:

I wanted to try and create something quick to send to a friend who's having a hard time but wanted to make sure it was pretty too!

I grabbed hold of the new Heart to Heart Background Stamp and three different colours of ink pads. I simply stamped the dark pink in one corner, the yellow in the other and a light pink in between, going back and forth between colours to blend them together and then pressed on to the card front. I used the MISTI to do this so was able to stamp a few times to make sure the colours blended together well.

I then pulled out my trusty box of paint chips and used chips in the similar ink colours, using the 4 Petal Fri-dies on each. I glued the flowers together, alternating the colours. The sentiment (from the Pretty Posies stamp set) was stamped in black on a strip of white CS and glued to the card front. I then arranged the flowers on one end, putting the middle one of foam tape. I have a thing for adding black details at the moment to my cards, so have been using these really old half-circle black pearls a lot, unfortunately I can't remember where they came from.

And that was it! I was able to whip this up quick-smart and get in the mail the same day, which was very much loved by the recipient. Will definitely have to do more of the ink pad blending in the future!!

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


If you still haven't shopped for our amazing New Release products or are tempted to buy any of the ones I used today, don't forget to use my special Girl Friday code to save yourself 15% on your purchase!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing weekend, especially all of you lucky people going to Creativation in the US. I will get there one day!!

Take care


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Reminder: The Flower Challenge # 16

Hi everyone, hope your having a fantastic start to your week!! I'm just wanting to remind you about our current challenge at The Flower Challenge. 

We have 'Spotlight Stamping' for our theme this month. This is where you stamp images on your project and then only colour to put a 'spotlight' on one area you want to highlight. There are so many ways to do this and its so much fun!!

For my last card I did a bit of water colouring, so thought I would get out my pencils this time:

This is such a beautiful background stamp and has so many details to be coloured!!

I started by cutting a panel of white CS the same size as my card front and stamping the background image on to it with black ink. I then grabbed an oval die and cut the middle out of it. I coloured this in using my favourite Faber Castell pencils. I adhered the panel to the card front and popped the oval up on foam tape.

To make the sentiment stand out, I die-cut the 'happy' twice from black CS, glued them together and then to the card front. The rest of the sentiment was simply stamped on a strip of white CS and glued in place. I then added some pink sequins and black half-pearl drops for some details.

The background image is from MFT Stamps 'Floral Fantasy', as well as the sentiment stamp from 'Bitty Bears'. The 'happy' die is from Whimsy Stamps. The oval-stitched die is from Studio Katia and the pink sequins from Neat and Tangled.

You have until Thursday 25th January to link your projects to The Flower Challenge. If your struggling for ideas, don't forget to pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you. Looking forward to seeing your 'pops of colour' in the Gallery!!

Take care

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge # 100

Hi there everyone!! Sorry I haven't been blogging much lately. My digital camera has finally given up the ghost and I've been trying to put photos from my Iphone on the blog....what a nightmare!!! Its driving me insane and takes forever to get one photo to work, so looks like I'm going camera shopping this weekend....

I was wanting to remind you about our current TIME OUT challenge where we want to inspire you with the word 'Thankful'. Its a good way to start out a new year, being thankful for many things. For me I'm very thankful for still being part of this TIME OUT team, they are incredibly supportive and wonderful designers too. I'm looking forward to seeing what your thankful for!!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Verve Stamps and they are offering the winner the choice of a stamp set from their store. I'm so jealous!!

For my card I'm still playing around with some of my Christmas stamp sets as I didn't get to use them as much as I wanted:

These foxes look so happy together, just like you would be with a loved one, especially a supportive one!!

I started off by stamping this fox image on white CS, colouring with pencils and then fussy cutting out. I used the background die on some white CS and adhered to the card front. Using different sized solid heart stamps and Hero Arts 'Bubblegum' dye ink, I stamped the hearts into as many holes as I could. I then gave them all a coating of Wink of Stella. I stamped the sentiment on a strip of white CS, popped it up on foam tape along with the fox image, and glued on some sequins for a bit more shine!!

The larger solid heart is from Winnie and Walter 'From the bottom of my heart'. The rest of the products are from Neat and Tangled. The foxes from 'Merry Kisses', the sentiment from 'Scandinavian Prints' and the two smaller hearts from 'Say Yes to Donuts'. The sequins are from Neat and Tangled also.

You have until Wednesday 17th January to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge. And don't forget to check out the blog where you'll see beautiful inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and our Guest Designers Bobby of Bits and Pieces and also Julee of Poetic Artistry and the owner of Verve Stamps.  Can't wait to see what you come up with in the Gallery!!

Take care