Sunday, 8 July 2018

Sweet Stampin' - Christmas in July


Arrghhh for some reason Blogger didn't post this scheduled post and I've only just realised! I'm sure they're trying to get us to abandon Blogger. I hadn't realised that we were no longer getting comments emailed to us. I'd assumed that as I had been pants recently at visiting and commenting on blogs, that people weren't commenting on my blog. Huge apologies for that everyone. It was only when it was mentioned on the flower challenge DT group that I realised! I also learnt this week that if you go into your blog settings and delete the email address that comments get sent to, and then re-enter the email it seems to work again! After all that waffling, I return you to our scheduled post...
Has anyone else melted? The warm weather is lovely, but just a little too hot for me. Perhaps as an antidote, our new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' is "Christmas in July". 

That said, I didn't go down to cool snowy route, although I might be regretting that now. I used the Clearly Besotted Trimming the Tree stamp set that was sat in my NBUS mountain.
I stamped the scene using memento black, masking off elements to create my scene. I then coloured the image with my trusty copics and die cut it using a Tattered Lace Torn Edge Square. I added a doodled border round it and did the same to a 5x7 card. I used foam tape to stick the image on the card and added some glamour dust to the star and baubles with a quickie glue pen. Simples!
I'm looking forward to seeing your creations this week, just remember to include some stamping to be eligible for our top picks. 

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

The Flower Challenge # 22 - Monochrome

Has anybody else melted into a large puddle? If you are still in a vaguely solid form, perhaps you’d like to play along with us this month at The Flower Challenge, where this month we want to see your monochrome floral creations.
I applied creative expressions polar white glitter paste through a starburst stencil (indigoblu?) on a 6x6 card and let it dry, which didn't take long in this weather! I also used the Magnolia Memories stamp and die sets from Mel Heaton's new signature range for my card. I stamped the image in black memento ink and then coloured it in using my copics. I then used the corresponding die to cut I out.  I added a little sparkle with a wink of stella to some of the flowers before adding it to my card with 1mm deep foam tape. Simples.
Don't forget to check out what my lovely teamies have created to inspire you and please check our rules if you want to play along as it breaks our heart when we can't pick a stunning creation because they haven't followed our simple rules. We'll be back halfway through the month with a reminder and more inspiration for you. 
I hope you manage to stay at a comfortable temperature wherever you are in the world. I've got to bake 48 cupcakes tomorrow and I'm not looking forward to it in this heat x

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Sweet Stampin' - Food and drink

Over at Sweet Stampin' this week we want you to use food and drink on your projects. I have to confess that I struggled with this theme. However, if you look closely at my card, you'll see that amongst my creatures from the Neat and Tangled, Beach Day set, you'll see that the hippo is eating watermelon. That counts as food right? And, I was impressed with how tenuous a link this is, they look like they're about to for go a swim in "the drink" aka the sea! Told you it was a rubbish link!
I fussy cut my elements from the set that I'd coloured with my copics and added them on 1mm foam tape to the card. I stamped the sentiment from a Waffle Flower stamp set and drew in a frame to finish.
I hope you all manage to stay cool as the weather here is likely to get much warmer next week. Luckily, I have a week off work, but not so luckily I'd planned to spend it giving the house a good tidy and deep clean. I may be a melty puddle by the end of the week... Stay cool!

Friday, 15 June 2018

The Flower Challenge Reminder - Use a Previous Challenge

It's halfway through the month again (Seriously, where is this year going?) and so we wanted to remind you all of our current challenge over at The Flower Challenge and this month we want you to use a previous challenge for your creation.
I used our "Embossing" challenge and embossed a piece of white card using the centre of an 8x8 Tonic embossing folder. I glued this onto a 5x7 card base with a mat of purple/blue card behind it.
I had some flowers made from the JOFY 62 stamp set left over from the flower challenge card I made last month. I die cut the sentiment in black card twice and glued them together to give some more rigidity to it before gluing it on the card. I added the flowers onto the card with foam tape and added a gem in the centre of each. Truth told, I was going to add three flowers but in between deciding on the layout and sticking them down, I managed to lose one! That was a few days ago and I still haven't found it...it may have wandered off with my marbles.
We're all really looking forward to seeing your creations, but please remember to check our rules as we get upset if we have to disqualify a card from our top picks because it doesn't follow the challenge rules. Happy crafting x

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Sweet Stampin' - Father's Day / For a Special Man

Yep, Saturday again (Yay!) and so it's time for our new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' and this time we want to see your makes for Father's Day or for a Special Man.
I was a naughty girl and had to rustle up a card at the last minute and so made a super quick and simple 4x4 card.
I bought the super cute Cooling Off mini stamp set from Clearly Besotted's June release and when it arrived earlier this week stamped and coloured in some of the images with my copics. I simply had to cut him out and add him to my card on some 1mm foam tape. I used the stamps " you are so" and "cool" from the set and stamped them in black archival. I also stamped the Father's Day sentiment from the Clearly Besotted, Build it Beaver stamp set on the card. I drew in a border to finish the card. I  would have added glossy accents to the ice lolly, but had to get the card photographed and blogged before it would have dried from milky to clear. I might add it now though.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and I'm looking forward to seeing your creations.

Monday, 4 June 2018

The Flower Challenge # 21 - Use a previous challenge

I used our "Blue and Yellow" challenge for my card this month. I bought a few lovely stamp sets recently from Polkadoodles. I used two of the flower stamps from the "Delicate Doodles" set and the bees from their "Bee Nice Sentiments" set.
I stamped the flowers on some mixed media paper in black archival and stamped the bees too. I coloured the flowers in using Spectrum Noir sparkle pens and a waterbrush. Once dry, I added some dots to the flowers with a white gel pen. I stamped the bees on a scrap of card and after colouring them in cut them out. I mounted the panel on a piece of yellow card and used foam tape to add it to a 6x4 card blank. I added the bees, only gluing them down under the bodies so that their wings had some dimension. To finish I added some stickles to their wings.
I hope you enjoy playing along with us this month, and enjoy looking back over our previous challenges. We'll have some more inspiration for you halfway through the month x

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Sweet Stampin' - Paper Piecing

Yay! It's the weekend again, and an extra long one here in the UK. Hubby has trundled off to Scotland for the goldpanning championships and I'm trying to catch up on some sadly neglected housework. Okay, and catch up on some sleep too!
It's also time for our next challenge at Sweet Stampin' and this week we want to see paper piecing on your creations.
I used Tim Holtz Crazy Birds for my card and stamped him and his hat from the accessories set on sheets from a 6x6 paper pad that I think came free with a magazine years ago. I fussy cut the images as my dies were trapped behind several large boxes of trophies and phials containing gold for the championships.
I trimmed down one of the sheets of paper to 4 3/4" square and then stamped the bird again so I had his feet etc on show. I then filled him in with the paper pieces. I stamped the sentiment (which describes me perfectly) from the Taylored Expression's Pitch Black set on the paper in black archival. My positioning of the bird and sentiment was slightly off, but I decided to live with it. To finish I drew in some ground for him to stand on and a border with a black fineliner. I then glued the panel into place on a 6x6 card blank. Simples!
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend xxx