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

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge #109

Hello!! The sun has finally come out here after nearly three days of rain, so even though its still too soggy for me to garden yet, the feel of the sun on my skin is heavenly!!

I wanted to pop in and remind you about our current challenge at TIME OUT:

Its such a beautiful sentiment and being a gardener I'd like to think I make lots of people happy by keeping their gardens at their best!!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Stamplorations and they are giving a $15 gift voucher to the winner. 
I also knew that I had one of their stamp sets that had the perfect sentiment to go with this challenge theme:

This is one of my favourite Stamplorations stamp sets 'Blossoming'. The sentiment is gorgeous and I love how all the flowers are framed together in a square. This time I even managed to find a square die to fit around it too, which made me extremely happy!

I started by stamping the floral image on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth CS using Memento black ink. I then coloured this using my Altenew Artist Markers. And to add a bit of shimmer I put lots of Wink of Stella in the middle of each flower. I fussy cut the image out and popped to the side.

Funnily enough I had a piece of black CS sitting in my 'leftover box' that was the exact size I wanted. I used a square die from the Waffle Flower 'Doily Square Die set' in the middle of the strip and then popped it up on foam tape on the card front. I added double-sided tape to the back of the floral image and put it inside the square.

For the sentiment I stamped it with black ink on white CS, cut it out and then adhered to some black CS, cutting closely around the edge to create a frame. I added this with some foam tape and also some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

You have until Wednesday 23rd May to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge. And if your looking for some inspiration, please visit the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our amazing Guest Designer Kristina of Kristina's Art Corner have created for you. Hope to see you in the Gallery!!

Take care

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - May New Release - Day 3

Welcome back to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps May New Release and here we are on Day 3!! We have another stamp set and matching fri-dies to share with you today.

Introducing the Peaceful Garden stamp set and Garden Fri-dies: 

I love anything to do with florals so have fallen in love with these two sets. The possibilities are endless with what you can do with the stamps and dies!!

These flower dies are so fabulous, I wanted to use them straight away and came up with this 'ombre' look while searching through my paint chips for another card!

I started off by cutting a panel of white CS slightly smaller than the card front. I then grabbed my paint chips and chose five pink colours from dark to light. Then came the fun part of die-cutting the largest flower die 3x from each colour and gluing them to the panel. All I had to do then was put the panel of a piece of white foam and stamp the sentiment, which was put on foam as well. And I found some Neat and Tangled sequins that matched perfectly!!

I've had some Distress Oxide inks for a while now but only used them for creating backgrounds. I wanted to try a different coloured card base and thought it was about time I tried stamping with the inks!!

I cut a panel of kraft CS slightly smaller than the card front. Using Distress Oxide Inks 'Broken China', 'Worn Lipstick', 'Wilted Violet' and 'Cracked Pistachio' I stamped the images, making up the pattern as I went along. I love the coverage on the kraft and the colours are so vivid, definitely doing this again!!

To add the details to the larger flowers and some leaves, I used Hero Arts 'Bubblegum' Mid-tone Shadow Ink and Waffle Flower 'Chirp Chirp'. Both of these are dye inks and thought it would be better to do that than put a pigment ink on top.

To put it all together I decided to cut a strip out of the panel. Before I put the panel bits on foam pieces, I stamped the sentiment in black. And to finish I glued on some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what you can do with these new sets. And to see some more incredible projects, pop over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog to see what the other Girl Fridays have created for you.

And if your itching to buy the New Release, its all available right now in the CFS Shop and if you use my special code you can save yourself 15%!!

 I'll see you back here tomorrow for Day 4 where we have one more stamp and die set to share with you.

Take care