Sunday, 22 October 2017

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

Woo hoo, its Day 4 of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps October New Release!! I really hope you've enjoyed all the stamp sets and projects you've seen so far and we have one more fabulous stamp set to share with you!

Introducing 'Chanukah': 

This is such a beautiful set with stunning details and design. I immediately imagined the first tag-like image in gold, so used that on my card:

I must have been having a very good 'steady hand' day when I created this one, as I just eye-balled stamping the background stamps. My hands can sometimes shake a lot so all my concentration must have put the shaking in its place!!

I started by gathering together a rainbow of ink pads from Hero Arts and Waffle Flower. I then started at the top and alternated the colours as I stamped the 'Happy Chanukah' under each other on the card front. On a piece of plain vellum I stamped and heat embossed the image in gold and then die-cut it using the co-ordinating size die from the 'Bubble Box Fri-Dies'. This was adhered to the card front using tiny pieces of double-sided tape, placed behind the words to hide them. To finish off I glued on a few gold and blue sequins from Neat and Tangled.

All of the four new stamp sets will be available to purchase on Saturday October 21st. And please use my Girl Friday code if your going to do any shopping, always happy to save you a few dollars as I know how much each dollar is hard to come by these days!!

I hope you liked today stamp set and project, and that you've also been to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog to see the other projects by the amazing Girl Fridays and found out how you can win some prizes for yourself. Looking forward to seeing what you make with these new sets and will be scanning Facebook, your blogs and Instagram to see your gorgeous cards!!

Take care

Saturday, 21 October 2017

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

Wow, we are already up to Day 3 of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps October New Release. I hope you've liked what you've seen so far and enjoyed all the projects by the Girl Fridays!!

Today we introduce 'Joy':

I really love stamp sets that have large words, so I fell in love with this set straight away!! The font is gorgeous and I love the intricate snowflakes too. I desperately need to make more Christmas cards and decided to use my favourite colour combo for this design:

I so wish I could have captured the sparkle and shimmer on this card with my camera, it looks dazzling in person!!

To start off I cut a tag from watercolour CS using the largest die from the 'Tag Buddies Fri-Dies' set. I stamped and heat embossed the 'joy' in white, and then used my mini-blending tool and Distress Ink 'Salty Ocean' to colour the whole tag. To give it some interest I sprayed it closely with Imagine Crafts 'Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Spritz' (trying saying that 3x quickly...) so that I would get small pools of spritz on the tag. I touched the blobs gently with tissue to absorb the liquid and it left the tag with a watery pattern and lots of shimmer.

Next I cut a panel of white CS slightly smaller than the card front. I die-cut the tag from the middle of it and then stamped the snowflakes randomly using Waffle Flower ink in 'Daydreaming'. I put the panel up on foam tape and then pressed the tag into the space. For the sentiment I used one from 'Snowy Sayings' and put it on foam tape, along with some clear and blue sequins from Neat and Tangled.

The new stamp sets will be available to purchase this Saturday. If your doing some shopping please use my Girl Friday code to save yourself 15%!!!

Thank you for popping in again today. Don't forget to visit the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog to see what the rest of the Girl Fridays have made with the new stamp set and find out how you can win some prizes for yourself. See you back here tomorrow for the last day of the release!!

Take care

Friday, 20 October 2017

AAA Cards Challenge #101

I hope you've been enjoying my Halloween cards this month. They have been so much fun to make and I've loved seeing all your comments and reactions to them on my blog, Instagram and Facebook. So glad you all have the same sense of humor as myself!! Hopefully you'll still feel the same after you see this one.......

The theme for this weeks CASology Challenge  is 'Sorry'. I was thinking about how I could turn that theme into a Halloween card when it hit me:

If you've seen the 'It' movie you will recognise 'Georgie' straight away (and hopefully you will laugh....) but if not I will explain. Georgie is the little brother of Bill who creates a paper boat for him to float down the gutters as its raining. Bill is sick so can't go outside with him and unfortunately Georgie falls victim to Pennywise the clown. So this is a card showing how sorry Bill feels for sending his brother outside to play on his own.

Firstly I stamped the boy image on white CS, coloured with my pencils and fussy cut out. I stamped a puddle and coloured with a red marker pen and popped 'Georgie' up on foam tape. To create his paper boat (Bill writes on it 'S.S. Georgie') I cut two small shapes from white CS, glued them together and then glued to his hand.

The balloon was stamped in the background and also coloured with the same red marker pen. So I could spell out his name, I purchased a cheap alphabet stamp set from a local store and stamped out the sentiment on a piece of white CS. I cut it out and used a blending tool and Distress Ink 'Barn Door' to go around the edges. It was put on foam tape too.

It looked a bit plain so to make it a bit more interesting (and scary) I mixed Distress Ink 'Barn Door' with a little water and flicked a small brush across the card front, adding a few extra blobs of 'blood' here and there. I hope I haven't completely freaked you all out???!!

The boy image is from Mama Elephant 'Chance of Rain', the puddle image from Studio Katia 'Hello Alice' and the balloon from MFT Stamps 'Birthday Bears'.

Since this card is based on a movie, I'll also link to the AAA Cards Challenge # 101 where their theme is 'Inspired by a Movie'.

I can't wait to crawl into bed tonight. Its been a very busy week in the garden and I've spent the last two days trimming hedges non-stop. The gardens are all looking gorgeous though with everything starting to bloom. I think out of all the jobs I've ever had over my lifetime, gardening would have to be the most enjoyable!!

Take care

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - October New Release - Day 2

Welcome back to Day 2 of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps October New Release!! I hope you enjoyed seeing all the projects using the 'WTF2' stamp set and we have an equally fabulous stamp set for you today. 

Introducing the 'Bomb Diggity' stamp set:

Isn't this font gorgeous??!!! I'm so in love with it and the fact that the stamps are so large, the sentiments can be the star of a card! That is what I had in mind when I created this design:

You know I love a good rainbow and those colours behind these lush, gold words is heavenly to me. This was super simple to make but packs a punch!!

Firstly I cut a panel of black CS slightly smaller than the card front and adhered in place. I then die-cut a piece of watercolour CS using the 2nd largest die from the Bubble Box Fri-Dies set. Using Distress Inks 'Salty Ocean', 'Picked Raspberry', 'Mustard Seed', 'Spiced Pumpkin', 'Mowed Lawn' and 'Worn Lipstick' and a water brush I created this background, drying it and adding more colour as I went to make the colours more vivid. 

Once it was dry I stamped and heat embossed the sentiments in gold and popped the panel up on foam tape, also adding some gold sequins from Neat and Tangled.

This stamp set, along with three others will be available to purchase this Saturday and don't forget to use my Girl Friday code to save yourself some money!!

Also please head over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog to see what the other Girl Friday's created with this set and find out how you can win yourself some prizes!! See you all here again tomorrow for Day 3 and another new stamp set.

Take care

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Reminder: TIME OUT Challenge # 94

Hi everybody, hope your having an outstanding week and everything is going to plan. My day has been absolutely flat out and I really just want to lie down but still so many things to do and I would be so bored if my life wasn't chaos anyway!!

This is the inspiration photo for our current 'Home Sweet Home Photo Challenge' at TIME OUT.  You can be inspired by anything in this photo, the colours, the objects or maybe the theme, its totally up to you!!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Stamplorations and they have a $10 gift voucher for the winner!!

My eyes were drawn straight away to the orange pumpkins and I knew I had to create a card with a Halloween theme:

So many glorious pumpkins and one cute little frog, all courtesy of My Favourite Things 'Witch way is the Candy?'

I started by stamping all the pumpkins on a piece of white CS and coloured them all with my pencils, altering their colours slightly so they weren't all the same. Once I was happy with them I fussy cut them out and tried out different arrangements with them on the card front.

To give them some grounding I used a grey pencil to create a line and shading, just something very subtle. I adhered the bigger pumpkins to the card front and popped the smaller ones up on foam tape. The frog was also coloured with pencils and fussy cut, and put in place on foam tape as well.

I wanted to keep the sentiment simple, so stamped it in black ink of a piece of white CS, adhered it to a piece of orange paint chip and then cut around it to create an orange border. This was put on foam tape, along with some black half-beads in black.

I've got four challenges I would like to enter:

Addicted to CAS Challenge # 122 

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge 

Uniko Challenge # 43 

Stamplorations CAS Challenge - October 

You still have until Wednesday October 25th to link your projects to the TIME OUT  challenge. And if your running out of ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our Guest Designer the fabulous Janet from Swanlady Impressions have created for you. Can't wait to see  your creations in the Gallery!!

Take care

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - October New Release - Day 1

Such an exciting day!! Welcome to Day 1 of the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  October New Release!! 

We have four new stamp sets to share with you over the next four days. All of the sets will be available to purchase on Saturday and if you pop over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog you can see what all of the 'Girl Fridays' have created using the new sets and find out how you can win some prizes too...woo hoo!!

The first set we have for you is 'WTF 2': 

I absolutely love the font of this set, makes me think of cartoons. And there is so much you can do with the large WTF stamp. I was immediately drawn to that one and decided to decorate it a smidge:

I started off by using a grey ink pad and stamping the flowers from 'Flower Power' and 'Peace Out' randomly over the card front. 

For the large WTF letters, I stamped it on a piece of white CS and then stamped the 'Full on Floral' background stamp over top. I coloured the flowers with my pencils and then fussy cut around the letters. Some foam tape was added to the back and it was put on the card front. The rest of the sentiment was stamped in black on a strip of white CS and put on foam tape, along with some sequins from the 'Sistahood Sparkle' Sequin Mix.

Isn't this new set fantastic?? And you gotta love that 'tongue-in-cheekiness' about it too. If you've got your eye on any of the products I used today or your waiting to shop on Saturday, don't forget to use my 'Girl Friday' code to save yourself 15%!!

And don't forget to go to the CFS Blog to see all the other projects and find out the details for winning those prizes. Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you back here tomorrow for set no. 2!!

Take care

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Ultimate Bad Day card for Halloween

Hi there everybody!! It has been ridiculously crazy around here for the past few weeks, with no time spare for anything!! So much for my idea of posting a Halloween card every day till the 31st (so sorry about that) but....I've been working on some really horrible ones today which I will show you in a day or two. Your going to hate (love) them!!

When I was going thru all my stamp sets looking for Halloween sets, I came across one that is so sweet and cute but I just knew I could turn it into something bad:

I don't know about you but being visited by the Grim Reaper to be told my time is up would have to be the ULTIMATE 'Bad Day'...and I would definitely be begging him for another chance at life......what do you think???

I tried to get a bit creative with my ink blending to create an ominous feel to the card. Not quite sure if it worked but at least its not bright, colourful and happy which I definitely didn't want!!

Firstly I used my mini-blending tool and Distress Ink 'Mowed Lawn' to create the grass area on the card front. I then blended 'Salty Ocean' into the top half of the card front and to create a more 'moody' colour, I blended 'Black Soot' over top.

The images were all stamped on white CS, coloured with pencils and then fussy cut out. I adhered the log and toadstool to the card front and popped the racoon, mouse and Grim Reaper on foam tape. The sentiment was stamped in black ink on a piece of white CS and I added some faint 'Black Soot' around the edges, so it wasn't so bright white. This was put on foam tape and I added some black 'half-dome' beads instead of sequins.

The Grim Reaper is from Create a Smile 'Creepy Cute' and the sentiment from 'Bad Day'. The other images are from Mama Elephant 'Woodland Gifts'.

Hopefully you've liked this card and it hasn't been too horrible for you. I can't wait to show you what I created today...its really going to freak you out, which I think is a good thing???

Take care


Monday, 16 October 2017

Reminder: The Flower Challenge # 13 - Our First Birthday!!

Hi there everybody!! Hope your weekend was as sunny and warm as mine, and if your weekend still hasn't finished, enjoy every last minute!!

This month at The Flower Challenge we are celebrating our 1st Birthday, which I still can't believe has come around so quickly. And our theme for this challenge is:

We all have our favourite floral stamps, dies and stencils, so if you don't have an actual image of one of your favourite flowers, we would love to see what your favourite floral product is!!

One of the Sponsors for this challenge is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. I'm very proud to be on their Design Team and the owner Michele has generously given a $25 gift voucher to their store as one of the prizes. She has also given you all a code to use to save 20% on any purchases from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps using code 'flowerchallenge' until October 25th. So make sure you take advantage of this and grab those products you've had your eyes on!!

To honour CAS-ual Fridays Stamps I decided to use their products on my reminder card and used one of my favourite floral background stamps:

Yep, I went floral for a Christmas card!!! That's the joy of using flower images, they are good for so many types of cards!

I started off by stamping the background stamp 'Full On Floral' using Hero Arts Shadow Ink 'Tide Pool' on the card front. I then stamped it again on a piece of watercolour CS and heat embossed in gold. Using Distress Inks 'Peacock Feathers', 'Mermaid Lagoon' and 'Salty Ocean' I randomly painted the flowers, drying and repainting many times to get the bright colours I desired. Once I was happy I die-cut it using the large circle die from the 'Ornament Tag Fri-Dies' set. I used a hole punch and threaded through some gold thread and tied in a bow.

Foam tape was added to the back of the circle and it was placed on the card front. The sentiment (from 'Lovely Blessings') was heat embossed in gold as well and popped on foam tape, along with some gold sequins from Neat and Tangled.

You have until October 25th to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and pop over to the blog if your needing any help with inspiration, the rest of the Design Team will wow you with their creativity!!

There are so many amazing prizes to win this month, I don't want you to miss out so make sure you get your projects linked in time, the more the merrier and I can't wait to see them all in the Gallery!!

Take care

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

CASology Challenge Week #270

Hi there everybody!! I hope I haven't scared you all off with my last two Halloween cards. I've had lots of comments left by people who have loved them and laughed a lot, so that makes me very happy!! I have lots more to show you, some cute, some gross so hopefully I can share one with you every day between now and Halloween!!

As you can see the theme for this week at CASology is 'Odd'. How could I NOT join in this one and I have the perfect card to show you:

So instead of 'odd' in the way of numbers, I've gone with the 'odd' as in how odd that this person is saying they are late when they are covered in blood, and what is the actual reason? The reason itself would be quite odd I can imagine and I would tell you a few scenarios but don't want to scare can just use your imagination.....

I must tell you, my husband took one look at this and thought the reason this woman was late was because she had just gotten her period. I laughed and said that's a good thought but its probably a bit more sinister than that!!

As you can imagine this was ridiculously easy to put together. I used my MISTI to stamp these bloody hand-prints from Inkadinkadoo 'Bloody Scene' using Altenew 'Velvet' ink. I stamped them 3x to get them really red. The sentiment is from Create a Smile 'Creepy Cute' and was stamped in black ink. Done!!

Since I created this one on World Card Making Day this past Saturday at my Mum's house, I'm going to link it to the Simon Says Stamp - WCMD Challenge 

Its dinnertime and I've got nothing organised at all. The kids have their friends Alex and Ella staying the night tonight because I'm driving the 4 of them to Nelson for the day tomorrow (its around 1.5hrs away). Should be a lot of fun and the kids can swim and trampoline jump with their friends instead of me. I'm sure I'll be able to amuse myself with trashy magazines and a hot chocolate or two while I watch.......or maybe I can do some colouring!!!

Take care


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

So, what did happen to the little boys leg....????????

I knew you'd be back!! Your curiosity got the better of you didn't it?!! Even though you were grossed out and horrified by the poor little boy smiling over his torn off leg, you just had to know where it ended up.....are you ready for this???

Yep, I went there!! Totally crossed the line and Ellen Hutson will probably never speak to me again or let me buy any of her products but the Gardening Lady was the perfect 'witch' for this card. Especially since she came with her own sharp cutting tool!!!

It still makes me laugh every time I look at it and it made my Mum look twice and go 'oh no', then giggle, so I'm hoping you will do the same!!

So, to create this horrific scene I started off by stamping the Gardening Lady on to some white CS. I used a black fine pen to make her hat pointy like a witch and then coloured her with pencils. I then fussy cut her out and used a red pencil to add the smeared blood to her face.

I used my favourite Inkadinkadoo 'Bloody Scene' stamps again with Altenew Velvet ink to colour the card front and then popped the witch on to some foam tape. I tried cutting the boys leg a bit to make it look like she was holding on to it and removed her thumb to make it look more like a grip. I used double-sided tape to hold the leg in place and used the red marker again for blood. The sentiment is from Hampton Art and popped on foam tape as well. 

When it was finished I realised that apart from her nibbling on the leg (witches eat children right??!), she needed some way to have removed it. So I stamped the secateurs that come with the Ellen Hutson 'Gardening Lady' set and die-cut with the matching die. I glued it in place and used the red marker again to add blood to it and her other hand, as if she had dropped it. 

I can't wait to hear what you think of this one!!!!!

For once I don't actually have any challenges to link this card too, let me know if I've missed any but will go and put this on Instagram now and freak out everyone there and on Facebook. I really hope I don't offend anyone with these cards, they are just supposed to be funny so my fingers are crossed your laughing with me!!

Take care and I'll be back again soon with yet another Halloween card.....eeekk!!



Monday, 9 October 2017

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge

Its nearly 11pm Monday night here, way past my bedtime but I only had two hours left to link this card, so here I go!!

The theme for this weeks Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge is 'Halloween and/or Dark Colours'. 

I've been a fan of horror movies since I was really little. My Mum used to watch horror movies every Sunday night and I suppose it rubbed off on to me. About two years ago I started making Halloween cards. Halloween isn't really celebrated too much here in NZ but its slowly becoming more popular. I had so much fun making the cards, especially last year, that I had the idea to blog one Halloween card each day for the month of October. Well, as usual life got in the way but.......

I spent this past weekend at my Mum's place and had a card making marathon, which included lots of cute and not so cute Halloween cards. I'm hoping I have time to make some more but probably after seeing some of these ones, you will be hoping I don't.......

For this card I'm really hoping that Danielle from Neat and Tangled doesn't ban me from buying their products after seeing what I did to one of her cute children images...:

I'm not sure how his leg was removed but he doesn't look in any pain so that's a good thing...right??!!

Hopefully you're having a laugh about this poor little fella and haven't been so grossed out you've stopped following my blog, unfriended me from Facebook and blocked me on Instagram!!

This was incredibly simple (and painless) to put together. I stamped the image from Neat and Tangled 'Better Together' on a piece of white CS and coloured with my pencils. After fussy cutting out, I cut off his leg and used a red marker pen to add some blood to his clothes. The blood splatter on the card front is from Inkadinkadoo 'Bloody Scene' which is the most amazing stamp set for blood images (which you will be seeing more of I warn you.....). And the sentiment is from the same Neat and Tangled stamp set.

I'm also going to link this to the CAS on Friday Challenge #118 which has the theme 'Fall/Halloween'.

I can't keep my eyes open so I'm off to bed and my electric blanket. I do have one thing to mention, if you want to know what happened to the boys leg, come to my blog tomorrow, if you dare......LOL!!

Take care


Reminder: Time Out Challenge # 93

I'm late, I'm late!!! My life has totally gotten on top of me over the last few weeks, too many things to do and no where near enough time, so unfortunately my reminder card for our current TIME OUT challenge is very late, please accept my apologies!!

The theme for this challenge is:

                         Breast Cancer Awareness and/or Friendship

As October is 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month' we would love for you to design a project for a friend or maybe a friend who is also touched by cancer. Unfortunately we all seem to know someone who has been affected by this terrible disease and any support we can offer is fantastic.

We have an amazing Sponsor this challenge CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and they are offering two prizes. They have a collection called Calling All Sistahs which consists of stamps and dies with supportive messages. And a percentage of the sales from these products are donated to Breast Cancer Research.

I wanted to create a card for either a friend going thru a tough time or possibly they have someone close to them who isn't well:

Firstly I gathered all my pink inks and lined them up. I cut a panel of white CS and began stamping with the shape from the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 'Breathe' stamp set, keeping the end of it in the middle of the panel on the left hand side. I just moved it around slightly each time, alternating the colours as I went. When I was happy with it I cut it down slightly and put on the card front using foam tape.

The sentiment (from the same stamp set) was white heat embossed on a piece of plain vellum. I cut it down to a rectangle shape but then used the smaller circle die from the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 'Ornament Tag Fri-Dies' to die-cut the end of it to cause a curved edge. I added small pieces of double-sided tape behind the words and pressed it into place, and glued on sequins from the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 'Calling All Sistah's Sistahood Sparkle Sequin Mix'.

Since I made this card on World Card Making Day, I'm going to link it to the WCMD Challenge at Simon Says Stamp. 

You have until Wednesday 11th October to link your projects to the TIME OUT  challenge.  And if your looking for any ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer Yulia from Scrap Horse Blog have created for you. I'm so looking forward to seeing your beautiful, supportive creations in the Gallery!!

Take care

Friday, 6 October 2017

Little Tangles Challenge - October

Welcome everyone to a new month at the Little Tangles  challenge!! This month we have a fantastic sketch to inspire you:

This is such a fantastic sketch as it can be turned around any way and it still creates a focal point. I think its brilliant and I know its going to inspire a lot of you to make some amazing projects!!

Strangely enough I was in a 'Christmas' mood when thinking of my design and I knew instantly what I wanted to do:

Finally, another Christmas card for my very small stash!! Each year I tell myself I will start making cards earlier in the year but I never do. Maybe its because I'm waiting to see what the companies release for Christmas with their stamps and dies etc. Which reminds me, have you seen the latest Neat and Tangled releases?? If not you must go and look right now!!

To put this together I started off by cutting a panel of white CS slightly smaller than my card front. I then die-cut a piece of white CS using the Hexstar Cover Plate which I glued on to the CS panel and cut off the overhang. This was then put through my Cuttlebug using a small round die from Couture Creations.

Holding the panel over the card front, I made a few marks with a pencil to show where the circle would be and using Distress Ink 'Salty Ocean' I blended over that area. I had been watercolouring with some Nuvo Mousse 'Pure Platinum' and there was still remnants of it in the waterbowl, so I used it to flick water over the Distress Ink and dab away with a tissue. This made it look like snow drops as the mousse left a sparkle behind.

On a piece of white CS I stamped the elf and presents from Merry Little Christmas, coloured them with pencils and then fussy cut out. I put the die-cut panel on lots of foam tape and on to the card front. The elf and presents were also put on foam tape, as well as the sentiment from the same stamp set. To finish off I added clear sequins and white blobs of Nuvo Crystal Drops in 'White' on the die 'intersections' for more of a 'snowy' scene'. I also added it to the elves' santa hat for a bit more dimension.

I'm going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Christmas'.

You have until Thursday 26th October to link your projects to the Little Tangles challenge and if your short on ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for you. I can't wait to see how you use the sketch in the Gallery!!

Take care