Sunday, 4 December 2016

AAA Cards New Challenge - Christmas!!!

Hi Everyone!

We have a new challenge over at AAA Cards this week - Christmas!!!  It's only 21 days until Christmas day and we want to see you get into the holiday spirit! There is $20 up for grabs from our sponsors Happy Little Stampers for the winner.

This week we also have Marianne as our Guest Designer.   She has created a gorgeous inspiring card, and I highly recommend checking out her blog, she has some really fab ideas for cards on there!

Now, onto my card.  This week I decided to go back to some good old ink blending.  I die-cut a circle from some Inkadinkado masking paper (using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle Die) and used the negative to mask over a card base made from Neenah Solar White cardstock (110lb). I then used Distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot to mask a 'night sky' effect.  I then peeled off the masking paper and it was pretty cool - also the stitched lines had been blended in, which was a happy accident!

I flicked on some water splatters and some splatters of sparkly clear mist by Tattered Angels and left to dry.  In the meantime on the same cardstock I die cut then heat embossed using Ranger Super Fine Silver embossing powder a Star Scribbles image from PaperTrey Ink.

Once the ink was dry I stamped a sentiment from PTI's 'Tis the Season (love this set) which I heat embossed in white.

To finish, I added the diecut stars using foam squares for dimension.  This took FOREVER (lots of foam square cutting) so I don't recommend it !!! (Use fun foam and diecut it with the paper at the same time).

Please join in the fun this week and be sure to check out the other inspirational cards from the rest of the DT.  We love your comments and if I don't see you again  beforehand, have a very merry Christmas!

Jenny x

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Time Out Challenge #71 - Christmas !!

Hi Everyone!!

Just a reminder that there is still time to join in the fun at the latest Time Out Challenge and this week we are doing  Christmas with an Optional Twist of Glitter/Shimmer!!

This challenge is sponsored by Uniko  who will donate a 15 £ voucher to one randomly drawn "twister" who uses glitter or shimmer in her/his project. Thank you so much to them for this generous prize!

Our guest designer this week is sooooo exciting to me -  Valentyna! I have loved her work for so so long, total fangirl :)  Please go check out her blog for the scrumptiousness card finery she produces!!

Onto my card - OK, I admit, very not -me.  But I just wanted to have a little fun - it is Christmas after all!!  For my card, I used a Spellbinders Flurries die cut from some sparkly grey Bazzil cardstock which i adhered to a white Neenah Solar White cardbase. 

For embellishment I used the later winter (Dec or Jan) card kit from last year by Simon Says stamp and adhered these cute  penguin stickers including one guy flying off the edge.  I then added sparkly enamel dots to their flippers (and head!) to look like snowballs!!.  As a finishing touch I added a puffy sticker by Pink Fresh Studio.

I hope you'll join us for this challenge, we can't wait to see what you come up with - be sure to check out the rest of the gorgeous DT cards for more inspiration!


Sunday, 20 November 2016

AAA Cards New Challenge - Circles

Hi everyone!

We have a new challenge over at AAA Cards this week - Circles!  So many possibilities.  Make sure you check out the Design Team's inspiration, and this week we have Jessica V Lin joining us as guest designer.  Her card is fabulous, and I recommend going and checking out her other cards on her blog, absolutely gorgeous!!  We have $20 up for grabs to spend courtesy of our kind sponsors Stampendous for the winner too!

For my card this week I decided to do some inlaid die cutting.   I took a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock and spritzed it with water.   I then added a rainbow of Distress inks over it and allowed it to dry.  As a finishing touch I sptritzed it with clear glimmer mist for some sparkle.

I die cut the Simon Says Stamp Luminary Circles from a Neenah Solar White 85lb card cut to 4.25" by 5.5" and again from the watercolored piece.  I then took a Neenah 100lb cardbase and covered the front in glue runner and placed the die cut white piece over the top.  I then pieced all of the die cut circles from the water color piece into their matching holes.  I was sure to keep them the right way round to not 'break up' the color.

As a finishing touch I added a sentiment from The Ton's Basic Labels stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink, trimmed and popped up on foam squares.

Be sure to join us this week, we can't wait to see what you come up with!!!!


Thursday, 17 November 2016

Time Out Challenge #70

Hi everyone!

Back with a reminder that there is still time to join this week's Time Out Challenge - we have a photo inspiration for Home Sweet Home this week and it is gorgeous!  Please pop on over and see the fabulous inspiration the DT have also come up with, particularly our Guest Designer this week - Hazel.  Her website is so cool, and she has great CAS cards.

For my card this week I literally HAD to make a shaker card - why?  Because I'd just received a recent order from Simon Says Stamp with a bunch of sequins and the Tutu and Champagne mixes by Lucy's Little Things were such perfect colors.

I first die cut the butterfly using the Flutter die from Concord & 9th out of some of the gorgeous new Simon shimmery card stock.  I then adhered a small window of acetate behind the butterfly with some Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue and then surrounded it with a double layer of foam tape.

I then tipped my sequin mix into the compartment and backed it with some woodgrain white cardstock for a subtle background. I then adhered it all with double sided tape to a Neenah Solar White 100lb card base.  As an after thought I added a few splatters with a paintbrush of Heidi Swap gold spray. (I protected the butterfly with a scrap of card)

Finally for the sentiment I heat embossed a sentiment from The Ton's Get it Girl on vellum in their GORGEOUS rose gold embossing powder.  It's such a pretty light pinky gold shimmer. I adhered the strip with glue dots and tape on the back.  Finally I scattered a few sequins from the Lucy Mix on the front.

I do hope you'll join in this week's challenge, it's such a gorgeous color combo - have fun!!!!


Sunday, 6 November 2016

AAA Cards New Challenge - Thanks

Hi Everyone,

We have a new challenge over at AAA Cards, this week the theme is Thanks.  I don't know about you but I think I make Thanks cards more than any other card type.  I think it's always nice to say Thanks with a card, and there are so many kind people in my life I could send them to, it helps to have them on hand!  We have a Guest Designer joining us this week - Elisabeth - she created a super clever card, please go check out her blog for more great inspiration.

For my card this week I used the MFT Bright Lights die-namics alphabet dies.  I can't believe it but I think they may be discontinued - I can't seem to find the link anywhere (I hope not, as they're awesome).

I die cut letters from Neenah Solar White 85lb card which I had die-cut with Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangle, to spell out Thanks and added a 'for your kindness' sentiment stamped underneath in Versafine Onyx Black ink.

I created a watercolor panel using Arches Hot Press watercolor paper and Distress Inks in Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans which I sploshed on with a wet brush.  I let it air dry then adhered it to a base panel of Simon Says Stamp 110lb card stock using double sided tape (the SSS seems to be a different color to the Neenah so I need to be careful about this in the future!).  I then popped the Thanks panel over the top using foam tape.   

As a finishing touch I added a tiny heart die cut from silver glitter card stock for a little bit more interest.

That's it!!  We do hope you'll join us this week. There is a $20 voucher up for grabs for the winner from our kind sponsor Happy Little Stampers for the winner!!

Have an awesome day :)

Jenny xx

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Guest Designer at Inkspirational!!

Hi Everyone!

I'm so honoured to be joining as a Guest Designer this week over at Inkspirational.   This week it is a photo challenge (inspiration photo is below) and I decided to try out a technique I've see done a lot but haven't ever done it myself - glitter and glue!

I trimmed some black cardstock to 4.25" x 5.5".  I then die cut a Spellbinders Nestabilities heart from Be Creative double sided tape (it was actually an A4 sheet of the stuff) and adhered it with the sticky side up to the card. 

Then the fun part!! I used a couple of pink shades of Glitter Ritz glitter and sprinkled them onto the heart - I shook off the excess and burnished/rubbed the glitter into the heart.   Wow!  It really works - the glitter is a little duller at first but then as you burnish, it sticks and shines up so much.  You then swiffer cloth the rest away and you're left with a gorgeous glittery embellishment and no glitter rub off!

I then used Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray in Gold Lame and flicked on a few splatters using a paint brush dipped into the spray bottle.  As the finishing touch, I used a label sentiment from Pink Fresh Studio, and adhered it with foam squares for dimension.  I then adhered the whole thing to a card base made from the same black card stock.

It's really shimmery in real life!!  Here's the photo inspiration - go check out the cards the rest of the Design Team have created, and be sure to enter!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, 3 November 2016

Time Out Challenge #69

Hi everyone!

Popping by with a reminder that there is still time to enter this week's Time Out Challenge.  For this challenge we are inspired by the words:

"Give thanks with a grateful heart."

For my card I wanted to pull on the word 'grateful' and obviously go for hearts - any excuse ! I decided to venture into patterned paper territory :O  Don't be shocked!  I have so much of it I just need to actually use it!  The piece I grabbed is by Lawn Fawn (they actually popped a sheet in free with one of my orders).  I trimmed it down to 4" x 5.25" and distressed the edges. I adhered it with tape runner to a cream Simon Says Stamp 100lb card base slightly larger than the paper and ruffled the paper edges.

For my focal point I used a card from a Simon Says Stamp card kit and swiped the edges with Delicata Golden Glitz ink. I adhered it at a jaunty angle with foam tape to the card.  The sentiment was created using the new Simon Says Stamp Grateful die.   It's a two part die, I trimmed the background from black cardstock and the main sentiment from gold mirror cardstock and adhered them together. I then popped it up on foam tape on the front of the card.  

To finish off the card I adhered some gold sequins and seed beads by Lucy's Little Things, and added some Wink of Stella (clear) and glossy accents to the flowers for a bit of interest.

Hope you like it - make sure to go check out the other DT cards,  this week we also have Karren Guest Designing with us, her cards are varied and gorgeous, make sure you go check out her blog!

That's it from me for today, 

Jenny x

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