Thursday, 22 February 2018

Reminder: Time Out Challenge # 103

Hello there!! Its nearly Friday so that must be good, especially after the week we've had here weather-wise. We spent Monday and Tuesday waiting for Cyclone Gita to hit which brought lots and lots of rain but we got none of the high winds at all (thank goodness). It did though stop me from gardening for the last 3 days which has me incredibly behind but not much I can do about Mother Nature!! Its also Phoebe's 13th birthday tomorrow, so that's a brilliant way to end the week!

I was wanting to remind you all about our current TIME OUT challenge where we want you to design something around your hobbies, with the option of making it one-layer. There are already so many incredible projects in the Gallery, you are all so talented!!

Our Sponsor for this challenge is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps who are giving the winner a $25 gift voucher to their store. Talk about lucky!!

I have a few different hobbies, card making of course being one of them but I wanted to show you one of my favourites:

I love creating one-layer cards and haven't made one for a while, so this was the perfect chance to see if if I could still do it!!

Apart from eating, one thing I love to do is baking. I'm very well known for my chocolate brownies (to the point where Max was having them stolen from his lunchbox every day....) and my Christmas Cowpat Cookies are known world-wide. I definitely got the baking bug off my Mum. I loved baking with her when I was little and its wonderful passing it on to my own children.

I grabbed my Neat and Tangled 'Holiday Baking' stamp set and stamped the images in black towards the bottom of the card. I coloured them all with my Faber Castell pencils and tried to make the bear look furry. It didn't look right though so I added a faint grey pencil line and shading to make it look like the bear was sitting on the floor. All I had to do then was stamp the sentiment and glue on some Neat and Tangled sequins.

I'm going to link this to The Cats Pyjamas Challenge # 343 where their theme is:

You have until Wednesday 28th February to link your projects to the TIME OUT challenge. And if your needing some ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our fabulous Guest Designer Ashwini of Experiments with Card Making etc have created for you. I can't wait to see what hobbies you share with us!!

Take care


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge

We've had an interesting week so far here weather-wise. Monday was very hot and sticky, yesterday it rained from 6am to 9pm non-stop and now today its sunny. We were all preparing for the arrival of Cyclone Gita and its 130kph winds but didn't get any wind at all!! Very lucky indeed! This also means that I couldn't garden yesterday and can't today either because everything is so wet, so have been catching up on housework and card making!!

I'm slipping in an entry for the current Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Add a die-cut'. You all know how much I love a good die-cut, especially a fiddly design but decided to get inky with a stencil instead:

I love rainbow colours on a card but I hadn't tried to create one with this stencil, so the time was right!! 

I used washi tape to hold the MFT 'Radiating Rays' stencil over the card front. Using my mini-blending sponges and a rainbow of distress inks I blended circles of colour from the inside out. I didn't want to cover up too much of my rainbow, so die-cut the 'hello' die (from Simon Says Stamp) 3x from black CS, glued them together and then to the card front, adding lots of Glossy Accents on top. I then stamped the sentiment (from MFT 'Bitty Bears') on a strip of white CS and glued it in place along with some sequins from Neat and Tangled.

I'm also going to add this to the CAS on Friday Challenge # 126 where their theme is also 'Dies'.

I'm off to the supermarket now and then will take Bella for a walk. We can't run along the riverbank as we normally would because of flooding, so will wander around the neighbourhood looking at other peoples houses and gardens. I find it so hard though being a gardener and seeing so many beautiful gardens overflowing with weeds. I just want to jump the fence and tidy it all up!!

Take care

Friday, 16 February 2018

Reminder: The Flower Challenge # 17

Hi there everyone!! We've reached Friday here in New Zealand, which means its not far away for you too if your on the other side of the world. Its been such a long, hot week here, so I'm looking forward to a bit of relaxation over the weekend!!

I'm just popping in to tell you all about the current theme at The Flower Challenge:

We have 'Paper Piecing' for you this month which is a huge challenge for me but I love trying something new and my second card for the month is much better than the first:


I found this multi-coloured paper from a 6x6 pad by Rosies Studio '#happy'. I stamped on some flowers from Altenew 'Adore You' in black ink, fussy cut them out and arranged them on the card front along with some leaves that were coloured with the Altenew Artist Markers Set A. The largest flower is on some foam tape to add a bit of dimension.

The sentiment (from Altenew 'Floral Shadow') was stamped in black ink, fussy cut out and adhered to the flower, with some foam tape holding it up as well. And to finish off I added some pink, green and gold sequins from Neat and Tangled. I love how it turned out and must try this technique again!!

You have until Sunday 25th February to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and if your still struggling with ideas, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you. Looking forward to seeing you in the Gallery!!

Take care