Month: September 2016

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Hey guys, I cannot believe it is Wednesday again already ! I hope you have had a great week. 
It’s time for another challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog.
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The theme this week is Anything Goes and the team have been working with Spellbinders products, you don’t have to use them to enter but we would love to see what you can create with them.
The winner of the challenge will win a $50 voucher to spend at the store !
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Before I get onto my card I am really sad that this will be my last week as Guest Designer, it been amazing to be part of the team for a month, and also for that month to be STAMPtember made it even better, I really have loved every minute of it and cannot thank everyone for having me. 
For my card I have used the Hipster 1 die set from Spellbinders, I am a HUGE coffee nut so it just had to be this set for me as it contains a fab coffee cup in the Starbucks style, it even comes complete with a little die so you can create the wraps that put round them ! 
This was another total non planned and just sat down and see what happened card….seem to do them a lot lately. I decided to create a shaker using the die cut cups. 
The sentiment is just perfect and is from the Choose Happy Stamp set by Simon Says Stamp (all supplies are listed and linked below). Sadly the papers I used are no longer available ! Although I am going to try and hunt some down because I LOVE this pad. 
If you want to see how I created the card in more detail then check out the video below. 
I hope you enjoyed the video, as you can see the dies are lots of fun to work with and I think they have become a firm favorite with me already ! 
I wanted to show a bit closer of the detail I added with the pens and Distress ink and also the embossing detail from the dies. If I had planned it better then I would got some coffee beans and added them to the shaker but we only have ground ! 
I also wanted to show that you don’t just have to use Sequins or beads in a shaker card and I am really pleased with how it turned out. 
As you know Simon Says Stamp is currently having their STAMPtember event, click on the banner below to check out all the STAMPtember products, I know a few of the exclusives have sold out already !So if you see something you want make sure you grab it, I know I have missed out on most of the items I wanted by waiting. I have spoke to Simon Says Stamp who have confirmed that the Simon Releases will be restocked.
https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/category/Shop-Simon-Releases-Stamptember
And Simon is also paring with various companies for an AMAZING giveaway.


  Make sure you head on over to check the giveaway out, just click on the image above.

Thank you for stopping by.

 Make sure you hit the banner below to check out the challenge, including all the amazing creations by the Design Team.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog
I hope you all have a great day and I cannot wait to see what you create for the challenge.
Happy crafting
x

I would like to enter this into the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which can be found here

 

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Spectrum Noir September challenge- Kraft

Hey lovelies, I hope you are all well ? 
Today I am sharing my DT card  for the Spectrum Noir September Challenge. The theme is Kraft, you can using it anywhere, colour on it, die cut it, use kraft card just as long as Kraft is featured somewhere on your project and if you win you will get $30/£30 worth of Spectrum Noir Goodies ! 
 https://www.facebook.com/SpectrumNoir/app/600469859988196/
I went for a thankful card using my Spectrum Noir Colourblend pencils on some Kraft card. 
If you have never coloured on Kraft card then I highly recommend it, especially with pencils. 
 I have used Lawn Fawn Happy Harvest Stamp set (all supplies are listed and linked below) and I have stamped the wagon with pumpkins and some of the pumpkins using Archival Potting Soil as I thought black with be too harsh. I then coloured them using my Colourblend pencils and cut out using the co ordinating dies. 
The paper has been in my stash for ages and was a loose sheet that someone gifted me so I have no idea where it is from sorry, but I die cut the window using some rectangle dies and then created a Kraft card base and i marked out where the window will be. 
I then put the paper to one side and stamped up the corn and leaves using Archival – Dandelion, LEaf Green & Orange Blossom. 
I then heat embossed the sentiment with Gold Embossing powder. 
I die cut the frame die from the same Kraft card and started to adhere everything to the base. 
I foam mounted the main part, the wagon and one of the pumpkins to give some dimension. 
The twine is a thicker twine I had and i preferred it on this card to the thinner twine I normally use. 
And that was the card done. 
Thank you for stopping by today, make sure you check out the challenge by clicking the banner below. 
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Have an amazing day & Happy crafting 
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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Gift Card with Clearly Besotted.

Hey guys, I cannot believe it is Wednesday again already ! I hope you have had a great week. 
It’s time for another challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog.
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The theme this week is Gift Card/card and the team have been working with Clearly Besotted
The winner of the challenge will win a $50 voucher to spend at the store !
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As you know I am VERY lucky to be guest designer for the whole month of STAMPtember. 
I am getting sad that my month is nearly up !
For my card for the challengeI have created a trifold card that has two simple Vellum Gift card holders. I have used the Hot Stuff stamp set for this….you guys know I love this set. 
I wanted to create a new baby card, but I wanted to add two gift card holders..one for baby and one for parents. 
And here is a video showing how I created the card.
I hope you enjoyed the video, it was so much fun creating it and really wanted to show that you can create something like this quickly and with no fuss…it doesn’t always have to be tricky ! 
Now for the Vellum Envelopes the pieces of Vellum are cut to – 
4.1/8″ x 2.1/4″ and then scored at 1cm on each side and the bottom, I thought I had included this in my video but obviously didnt. 
Also my auto focus was apparently having the day off ! So the Spectrum Noir Colours used are- 
For the dragons- BT9,IB3, IB2, IB1, FS8, FS6 & FS2 
For the egg- TN1, TN2,GB1,GB2 & Blender 
For the ground & shading- EB1,EB2,BGR1,BGR2 & Blender.
As you know Simon Says Stamp is currently having their STAMPtember event, click on the banner below to check out all the STAMPtember products, I know a few of the exclusives have sold out already !So if you see something you want make sure you grab it, I know I have missed out on most of the items I wanted by waiting. I have spoke to Simon Says Stamp who have confirmed that the Simon Releases will be restocked.
https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/category/Shop-Simon-Releases-Stamptember
And Simon is also paring with various companies for an AMAZING giveaway.


  Make sure you head on over to check the giveaway out, just click on the image above.

Thank you for stopping by.

 Make sure you hit the banner below to check out the challenge, including all the amazing creations by the Design Team.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog
I hope you all have a great day and I cannot wait to see what you create for the challenge.
Happy crafting
x
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Creating a galaxy effect with Spectrum Noir Aquatints

Hey ! I hope you are all well ? 
No video today ! but I wanted to share with you a couple of cards that I made for a tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir Blog. 
All things sky and galaxy are bang on trend at the moment, and I LOVE it. I am a huge night time person and could speak hours watching the night time sky…I know I am strange. 
I have seen a few people saying how they love the galaxy effect but its hard to do….and it really isn’t!! 
Back in the day ( I sound old!) I used to paint….not well, but it was my crafting back then and one of things I could paint over and over was night skies & Galaxies. So if I can do it, then anyone can and I encourage you all to try it.  
I created the below cards using Spectrum Noir Aquatints, but a lot of mediums work well, especially waterbased ones such as water colour paints.
 I did two different effects with these, the bottom one was using just one layer of colour and one layer of black, the top one was done using two layers of colour and one layer of black. 
Once this one was dry I used Simon Says Stamp Falling Stars die (all links and supplies are listed below) to die cut the main panel and then adhered that too some Silver Glitter card. I then heat embossed the sentiment in Silver onto some black cardstock and using foam tape I added this to the card. I then added some Silver Sequins Stars from Pretty Pink Posh. 
This one I tried something totally different and it was a NIGHTMARE to photograph. I used white embossing powder on the main panel to emboss the sentiment and then using silver embossing powder I heat embossed the same sentiment onto a strip of Vellum, I then adhered it so that it was slightly higher and gave a 3Dish look, I LOVE how it turned out in RL, it is just one of those effeects that gets lost a bit when you photo it ! I then just added some of the die cut stars from the other card, and a couple of the Stars from Pretty Pink Posh. 
I was going to go with black card bases, but decided on white to make it pop that little bit more. 
If you want to check out how I made these and the Aquatint Colours I used then head on over to the blog to check out the tutorial which can be found here
Thank you so much for stopping by today. 
I hope you have an amazing day. 
Happy Crafting 
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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Clean & Simple with CAS-ual Friday Stamps.

Hey lovelies, I cannot believe it is Wednesday again already ! I hope you have had a great week. 
It’s time for another challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog.
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The theme this week is Clean & Simple ! and the team have been working with CAS-ual Friday Stamps
The winner of the challenge will win a $50 voucher to spend at the store !
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As you know I am VERY lucky to be guest designer for the whole month of STAMPtember. 
I have to say a HUGE thank you for all the lovely messages & emails I got last week, you guys rock !! 
For my card for the challenge I have used the Pretty Posies set, which is a really pretty, and fun flower set. I have water colored the card using my Spectrum Aqua Markers (all items are listed below). 
And here is a video showing how I created the card.

I hope you enjoyed the video, it was so much fun creating it. 
 
As you know Simon Says Stamp is currently having their STAMPtember event, click on the banner below to check out all the STAMPtember products, I know a few of the exclusives have sold out already !So if you see something you want make sure you grab it, I know I have missed out on most of the items I wanted by waiting. I have spoke to Simon Says Stamp who have confirmed that the Simon Releases will be restocked.
https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/category/Shop-Simon-Releases-Stamptember
And Simon is also paring with various companies for an AMAZING giveaway.


  Make sure you head on over to check the giveaway out, just click on the image above.

Thank you for stopping by.

 Make sure you hit the banner below to check out the challenge, including all the amazing creations by the Design Team.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog
I hope you all have a great day and I cannot wait to see what you create for the challenge.
Happy crafting
x

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – STAMP it

Hey ! I have been sitting on this news for a little while now and can finally tell you all….
I am a guest designer for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for the whole of September !!!!
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You all know by now I am a huge Simon Says Stamp fan, there was cheering….and maybe a little dancing when I got the email !! And still cannot believe it, September is my birthday month so this has really made it extra special for me. 
Anyone onto the challenge !
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The theme for the challenge is Stamp it ! (use a stamp) And for those who don’t know (where have you been hiding !!) It is STAMPtember this month with Simon Says Stamp, so a brilliant theme to start the month.
The winner of the challenge will win a $50 voucher to spend at the store !

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 I created two cards for this challenge.
The first one I created using just the leaves from the beautiful Hydrangea Blooms Stamp set (all supplies are listed and linked below) and the sentiment is from the Autumn Greetings set.

 I used a fun technique with ink pads for this card.Check out the video below where I show you both sets, and also how I created the card.


For the second card I used the Hydrangea Blooms set but this time I have used the main flower. In this set they have included the flowers open, like I have used below so you can colour them, or they have also included them solid so you can ink them up.

 I have heat embossed the flowers and then water coloured the whole piece using my Mission Gold water colours. I then heat embossed one of the sentiments from the set and die cut the piece out using a Stitched rectangle die. I then adhered it too a matching card base and added some sequins.

 Both of the stamp sets I have used are part of the big release for STAMPtember. 
 Speaking of STAMPtember, make sure you click on the banner to check out all the awesome STAMPtember products…be warned you will probably want it all !

https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/category/Shop-Simon-Releases-Stamptember?sb=pd
And Simon is also paring with various companies for an AMAZING giveaway.

  Make sure you head on over to check the giveaway out, just click on the image above.

Thank you for stopping by.

 Make sure you hit the banner below to check out the challenge, including all the amazing creations by the Design Team.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog
I hope you all have a great day and I cannot wait to see what you create for the challenge.
Happy crafting
x
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Stamptember is here !!

Hey guys, I couldn’t wait and had to share that Stamptember from Simonsaysstamp.com has started !! 
It is a month long event and is full of tons of releases, collaboration and giveaways.
All the Simon products can be found here and there really is something for everyone. 
I thought i’d share some of the goodies I have my eye on. 

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I love that they now have shimmery cardstock AND envelopes !!! and some of their dies are beautiful, and those inks !!! It is a good job it’s my birthday soon !!
Make sure you check it out, they really have released something for everyone and I LOVE this release.
Happy shopping and make sure you let me know what you brought.
Have a great day ! 

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