Thursday, 27 July 2017

Reminder: Time Out Challenge # 88

Hi there everyone, hope your having a fantastic week!! Its been very cold and wet here in New Zealand but the days are starting to get a little longer which must be a good sign. We have really big frosts but the days themselves have been so warm I've been in a t-shirt, so no wonder the weeds are going crazy and the flowers are coming out way too early!! 

Speaking of sunshine, I wanted to remind you about our current challenge at TIME OUT. We have this phrase to inspire you:

'If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely' 

Its by Roald Dahl and is such a true phrase!! You can be inspired by the whole sentence or maybe just one word....its totally up to you!

Having been working in the morning frost for the past few weeks I jumped on the word 'sunbeams' straight away and knew I wanted to capture the feeling of finally feeling it on your face:

This little girl totally reminds me of me, working outside in the rain and the cold, and how happy I feel when the sunshine arrives! Sunshine always makes you happy and I bet she is so glad to finally put her umbrella away!

I started off by cutting a panel of white CS slightly smaller than the card front. The stencil was placed over top and taped to the surface, and I used my mini-blending tool and Distress Ink 'Mustard Seed' to create the sunbeams. After I removed the stencil and without re-inking the blending foam, I ran it gently over the panel to create a soft glow between the rays. I then added lots of foam tape to the back of it and put it on the card front.

The little girl was stamped on some white CS, coloured with pencils and then fussy cut out. I put her on foam tape, as well as the sentiment. And of course I had to add some yellow and clear sequins to carry on the shine!

The little girl is from Studio Katia 'Hello Alice'. The sun-rays stencil is from MFT Stamps. The sentiment is from Waffle Flower 'Balloon Messages' and the sequins are from Neat and Tangled.

I'm going to link this to Virginia's Summer Blog Party. She has gone on vacation but is wanting us to link up to 3 cards that we've created over Summer. Its Winter here but I thought this card couldn't be more Summery, so would join in.

Will also link to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Anything Goes'.

You have until Wednesday 2nd August to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge. And to get any extra inspiration, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our spectacular Guest Designer Toni have created for you. Can't wait to see your projects in the Gallery!!

Take care

Uniko Challenge # 42

Hi everybody!! Its been a bit quiet on the blog of late. The kids have gone back to school this week after two weeks of holidays and trying to make cards while spending lots of time with them doesn't quite work out. So now I can kick my lack of mojo to the curb and get back into it!!

I was dying to try out an idea I came up with during the holidays and see if it would work. Thankfully it did and I'm definitely going to do this again:

I've also decided it about time I ramped up my photos a little, so I've started photographing the cards laying down on pieces of patterned paper. Fingers crossed you think this looks better!!

So, with this card I started off by cutting a panel of watercolour CS and heat embossing the flower image with white powder. I didn't have any set pattern, just tried to stamp them close together.  Once the embossing was finished I  used my mini-blending tool and Distress Ink 'Spun Sugar' to blend lightly over the whole panel. The panel was then adhered to the card front.

Now came the fun part. I don't have any finger daubers, so I squeezed together the mini-blending foam pads and added 'Mustard Seed' to the middle of each flower. I then added 'Spiced Marmalade' around the yellow, blending together slightly and then going back with the yellow again to make the blend smooth.

Next up it was 'Worn Lipstick' around the orange, blending them together slightly and lastly it was 'Picked Raspberry' around the outer edges. I just love how the flowers turned out, especially the the soft pink around them. 

For the sentiment I die-cut the 'friend' once from white CS and then twice from black CS, gluing them all together but having the black slightly moved down so it can be seen. This was glued straight to the card front. The rest of the sentiment was stamped in black on a strip of white CS and adhered as well, along with some pink, clear and yellow sequins.

The flower and sentiment stamps are from Studio Katia, the flower from 'Together We Bloom' and the sentiment from 'Your so Ranunculus'. The 'friend' die is from MFT Stamps and the sequins from Neat and Tangled.

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

And will also link to the Stamplorations CAS Challenge. They are on Summer Vacation until October but you can still add your CAS cards and they will randomly draw three winners each month!!


Its raining here today which means no gardening, however it means I now have time to catch up on some housework, baking and card making so I better get cracking. Always so much easier to do all these things when you have the house to yourself, it also means I can play my music loudly and sing along without anyone laughing!!

Take care

Friday, 21 July 2017

Friend Friday with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and Chameleon Pens

Very exciting day today!! CAS-ual Fridays Stamps has teamed up with Chameleon to show how well their products go together!!

I'm over on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog today with my card using the amazing Chameleon Pens. Here is a Sneak Peek:

Pop over to the blog to see what myself, Kimberly and Lisa have created for you. There's also the chance to win some prizes, so you need to run over there straight away!!

Take care