Monday 26 February 2018

We're still Hot!

Hi There,

Rushing in with a late minute card for the 'Pun' challenge at CASology. I have wanted to join in this since it came out as I knew I wanted to use this sentiment!
3 hours to the deadline and here we are:

I just love this sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays and ladies I know many of you out there can relate to this!!

I know this looks really simple but the stamps, colours and design were chosen carefully. I wanted to use a stamp that felt like a hot flash-the way it starts from us being so cool-hence the blue enamel dot...then how it builds so quickly so we fill so hot and red! And how intensely this happens and then fades....the smaller blue enamel dots!!

I know if you have them, you can relate to this and if you haven't been there yet...just wait.

(I also know it is not fun and I hope I don't make any of you feel I am making light of this-I have been there and know it is not fun)

This card is still making me smile and giggle.

I made this for a very dear friend who I am meeting tomorrow. She is going through chemo every week and will be for the rest of her life. And she gets flashes like this all the time but we have a habit of laughing at it as it happens. And you know what, we meet to shop and drink coffee and spend the whole time laughing.

We used to work together and have become the closet friends. We really used to think we were hot looking chicks!! Now we are both quite poorly and clearly not too hot looking but we dress like we are still hot and in our minds we are!!

Probably gives everyone else a laugh looking at us!

Signing off with a smile today!

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Also using it to remind you of our challenge at calling All Sistahs.-Encouragement card-I used the colours and it is going to make my friend smile!

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Saturday 24 February 2018

Inkspirational #155

Hi All

Time for a new challenge at Inkspirational.

Our photo challenge this week.

Here is how it inspired me:

A closer look at the embossing using a stencil.

The photo that inspired it:

First off I used the stencil with a mix of brushos and cut the top open butterfly from this. Then I used the same stencil with embossing paste and cut the flat butterfly from this. You will see that I didn't clean the stencil very well after using the brushos so it got mixed with the paste-I like the look so didn't worry. After all this dried I covered it on WOS to give the sparkle.

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the very talented Lula. Her blog is full of inspiring projects. Take a look here.

Then pop over to our main blog at Inkspirational and see what the talented DT have created using our photo as inspiration.

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Addicted to Stamps and More-photo, check out all those butterflies!

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Less Really is More!!

Hello again,

I made this card for the 'dry embossing' challenge at Less is More

I know this card looks super simple but it took me an hour and a half to make. This is a long time on making one card for me. I won't go into the details of why but it took a while for me to get all the bits right.
Well photograph it to show the embossing photo was painful too! I have taken a darker photo than I would normally want to but this was the only way I could show the embossing.

The die and stamps here are from Concord and 9th
I started off by dry embossing some white card with this dotty embossing folder. I then die cut the 'Joy' from this a number of times and build it up.
I dry embossed this middle section of the card with my fav linen embossing folder-you might need to zoom in to this as it was hard to show in the photo. I then popped this on foam pads on top of glitter card. I ended up using a textured card base which also looks like it is embossed.
So lots of subtle embossing done here and yet still a super CAS card!

I really do love how this turned out and IRL it really does look so textured with a touch of glitter!

Enjoy your day x

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Monday 19 February 2018

More Hearts!!

Hello There,

Popping in with a couple of cards I made at the weekend using my Heart Board Fri dies from Casual Fridays.
I had these dies hanging around on my craft desk since I made my hubby's Valentine card.

Thanks to Darnell's Twofer Challenge I got inspired to use them, making my hubby's 50th Birthday card and a 50th Anniversary card.

I used some sketches to help me with my layouts.

The light was not so good when I took these-I apologise for the photos!

First off the Anniversary card using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches

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CASology-Together -50 years of marriage really is together!

And secondly Callum's 50th Birthday card using the sketch from CAS-ual Friday Inspiration challenge. My card adjusts the sketch so it is not so symmetrical but I kinda like it like this!

Here I used a heart die from The Ton, stamping it in delicata ink. The sentiment is from Stamplorations.

Now I hope all the glitter will be gone from my craft desk!

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Sunday 18 February 2018

Calling All Sistahs #10 Challenge

Hello All,

I am here with our monthly Calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge from CAS-ual Fridays. Our little bunch of Sistahs are all about raising awareness for Breast Cancer and would love you to join our monthly challenge.

  On the 18th of each month we will start a new challenge with a new inspiration photo.

We all need a little encouragement now and then. Wouldn't it be great to have a stash of cards to send to a friend when they needed that encouragement from us?

Well that is what this challenge is all about-making those kind of cards for our friends near and far!

Before I go into how you join in this challenge, here is my card:

And the photo that inspired this card:

You can see I was inspired by both the colours and the photo. went for the coffee/kraft and red colours and the hearts.
I thought the puffy stamp heart really looked like the heart on the coffee!

My sentiment is actually heat embossed on the kraft and I distressed the edges of this card to add a little more interest to this very CAS card!

Here is how you play along:

1. Make an encouragement card inspired by the photo or colours or both.
2. Link up here by 12am EST on the 13th
3. Share with your friends and followers so we can get the word out about our challenge.

One person will win a $25 gift code to use on anything in the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store.  All products are welcome, but if you use CAS-ual Fridays stamps or dies on your card, Michele will DOUBLE your prize!!!

My fellow Sistahs have all made amazing cards-check them out here and then get inky!

Make someone happy today with a very special card from you!

Enjoy x

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CASology-together. My take on this is that it is only togther that we can spread the word about awareness.If we all work together, we can do this! 

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Saturday 17 February 2018

Calling All Sistahs February Reminder

Hello There,

I am here today as part of the Calling All Sistahs design team, to help raise awareness of Breast Cancer and the importance of doing that monthly self breast exam. It takes 5 mins-check out how to do that here.

Michele, owner and designer of CAS-ual Friday Stamps designed a special line of stamps and dies to help raise awareness of Breast Cancer-you can check them out here. Michele donates 50% of the profit from these to National Breast Cancer Awareness.

For my reminder card I have used some of these stamps:

Here I have used the CAS-ual Friday sentiment from the set Supercalifragilistic and the background set Full on Floral.
I heat embossed the floral background in vanilla and then used pink watercolour paint to give this ombre look.
I heat embossed this super sentiment in pink on to black card, popped it up on foam pads and then just added a pink strip of the card for a little extra touch.
I like the pretty but dramatic look of this card.

All our Design Team have made amazing cards-check them out here.

We would love you to go shopping from this range to help us raise awareness of Breast Cancer and if you do and use the code 'cas comfort' you get a discount!

Come back tomorrow as I will be here with our monthly 'Calling All Sistahs' challenge!!

Have a super day and don't forget to put 5 mins aside to do that self exam!

Have a fun day x



Thursday 15 February 2018

Time Out Challenge #103

Hello There Crafty friends,

We have a new 'Theme' challenge starting today at Time Out.

We also have an optional twist of making a 'one layer' card. If you do go with this twist you have the change of winning $20 to spend in our Sponsor, CAS-ual Fridays store.

Our theme is 'Hobbies' and I went with the hobby we love all....crafting!

I used our sponsor, CAS-ual Fridays products' Truth Is' stamp set and Truth-Bloom Fri dies. I firstly stamped the flowers and then heat embossed one in pink powder and die cut it, popping it up on foam pads. I then heat embossed the sentiment from The Ton Stamps.

Our Guest Designer this week is the very creative Ashwini. I have been a fan of Ashwini for a long time now and her blog is full of inspiring projects-take a look here. Then come back and get crafty with us!
Don't forget to pop on over to Time Out and see what amazing projects our team and Ashwini have made....what hobbies do you think they have???

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The Card Concept-inspired by the gorgeous pink flowers. Mu card being CAS and layered


Sunday 11 February 2018

CAS butterfly

Hi All

Popping in with a CAS butterfly card Inspired by a few challenges. 

I used a new die from Poppy Stamps. This die is perfect for this time of year as it is embossed with little hearts-check it out here. It really is adorable. You might need to zoom into to see the intricate detail of the hearts.

I went super CAS and made this:

I do love cream and white together and as you know I love my score lines!

I used the sketch at Inspire. Create. Challenge for my layout-the sentiment is from Stampin' Up.
I added Wink of Stella to the die to show up the hearts a little more.
I was going to add bright enamel dots for pops of colour but when I tried out these pale pinks they just seemed to look right to me, so I went with these.

Have a good weekend.

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Saturday 10 February 2018

Inkspirational #154

Hi All

It is our Designer's Choice challenge starting today.

Our super talented teamie Kylie has chosen:

'Aperture Cards'

This basically means a card with some kind of window/hole in it, or more than one.

I went with an oval window.

I just cut the oval and added some card behind it that I had previously water coloured. 
The floral die has been carefully placed over the aperture. I am not sure where this die is from as it was a pressie from Kylie.
The sentiment is from Kylie's Happy Little Stampers Store

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the very talented Jen-check out her stunning blog here

Then pop over to Inkspirational and see what the DT have made-all inspiring!

Enjoy x

Thursday 8 February 2018

Time Out Reminder #102

Hi All

There is still time to join us in our photo challenge at Time Out.

Here is the card I made:

And the photo which I think it is easy to see there are so many elements in this photo that inspired me:

The sentiment on my card is our sponsors STAMPlorations.
The heart dies are from CAS-ual Fridays-the Heart Board Fri Dies-I love this set! Cut from glitter gold card with the big heart popped up on foam pads for dimension.
The black stripes are from Winnie and Walter-scenery stripes-I just stamped these. My Misiti isn't big enough for this, so I just eyeballed it!
And I added texture using my linen embossing plate.

Our inspiring Guest Designer Trina is joining us again this week.

Check out what Trina and our amazing DT have created here-you have until Wed 14th Feb 5pm GMT to join in the fun!

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CAS-ual Fridays #192-Hearts, hearts and more hearts
Paper Players-will you be my Valentine
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Saturday 3 February 2018

Hearts, Hearts and more Hearts!

Hi There,

I was very excited when I saw the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays was 'Hearts, Hearts and more Hearts'. This is becuase I had just got their Heart Board Fri-Dies and really wanted to have a play!

This is what I made:

It was inspired by the sketch and photo at Fusion. I cut the dies from some watercolour card I had made a while ago. I wanted to use all the colours from the photo in Fusion but I didn't have any red or blue in the mix. So I just got out my brush and added a few bits here and there!

The sentiment is also from CAS-ual Fridays-the Mon Ami set.

Lots of Love and Heart challenges around at the their a special day just around the corner??

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