Thursday, 14 February 2019

TIME OUT #129 - Retro

Happy Valentine's Day!

We have a fun challenge for you at Time Out - retro themed projects!!!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Funky Fossil Designs - the winner will receive their choice of three stencils from the store :)

Here is my "retro" card: 

I have to admit that I struggled a little bit to come up with an idea - and then I remembered my "For the Record" stamp set from Neat & Tangled, and I decided to make a record card.

I started out by using a circle die to inlay a blue circle in a black card panel (and also inlay a small silver circle in the centre of the blue circle. I then used a Simon Says circular sentiment to add the "Happy Birthday" to the blue circle. I white heat embossed the N&T sentiment across the panel - this was the most challenging part of the whole card since it involved some stamp surgery and careful lining up of the stamps. As a final step, I used the Memory Box radio wave (sadly, discontinued) to sponge on some clear embossing paste concentric circles onto the black part of the card to complete the "record" look.

I added another N&T sentiment to the inside of the card:

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the very talented Esther from Shoregirl Creations - make sure you stop by her blog to see what she came up with.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, 31 January 2019

TIME OUT #128 - Photo Inspiration

This fortnight at TIME OUT, we have a really fun photo inspiration challenge (my favourite type of challenge!). Check out this pretty pictures :

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is Stamplorations - they are generously offering the challenge winner a great prize

Here is how I was inspired:

Believe it or not, this is actually a one layer card. I was inspired by the all the envelopes in the background of the inspiration photo and decided to create an envelope background as well using the Simon Says Sending Happy Thougts stamp set. 

I started out by masking the Altenew Halftone Hello using a piece of masking paper die cut with the accompanying die. I then stamped and masked, and stamped some more envelopes all over the background. I removed all the envelope masks but left the hello mask in place before Coptic colouring everything ( I wanted to keep the white halo around the hello). I stamped the little hearts on the envelopes (also inspired by the picture) in the same red ink as the hello. Finally, I stamped the black banner in Versafine (it’s a pigment ink so it sits on top of all the stamping and colouring), and once the ink was dry, I white heat embossed the greeting on top.

Our wonderful guest designer for this challenge is Conil from WhichCraft - she is a regular player at Time Out - I always love to see her work and am thrilled to have her join as GD this week :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, 17 January 2019

TIME OUT #127 - Inspired By Words

At TIME OUT this week, we are asking you to create a project inspired by these fabulous words:

So many ways to be inspired by these words - make sure to check out how the rest of the DT were inspired - some of them used products from our wonderful and generous sponsor, CAS-ual Friday Stamps who are offering the winner of the challenge a gift voucher.

My card wasn't inspired by any one of the words but by the meaning of the words - it made me think immediately of this new to me W Plus 9 sentiment stamp. I stamped a woodgrain pattern tone-on-tone on a piece of grey card stock before white heat embossing the sentiment.  I used some Technique Tuesday stamps to create the lemon background on the card base before popping up the sentiment panel with some fun foam. I spent quite some time playing around with sequins and other gems before eventually deciding to leave it as is.

Our guest designer this week is Claire from String Bows - check out her wonderful designs here.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Thursday, 3 January 2019

TIME OUT #126 - Loving

We are starting 2019 with a fun challenge at TIME OUT - we are challenging you to share some love in your project:

A perfect challenge to start creating some Valentine's Day projects :) And we have a great prize for the winner - a $20 gift voucher from our wonderful and generous sponsor, Birch Press Design.

Here is my card for the challenge:

This card is actually a CASE of one of my favourite cards from 2018 - you can find the blog post here:

I used the birds and sentiment from the Winnie & Walter So Tweet stamp set and created the inlaid ombre glitter die cut using the Winnie & Walter Love cutaway. The colours are not my usual choice but I was inspired to try the Winnie & Walter December Color Combo Challenge using this palette:

We can't wait to see your love filled projects - so take some TIME OUT to play along with us - but before you do, make sure to check out the inspiration from the rest of the DT and our talented Guest Designer, Jane from Purplejet Loves Crafts.

I will be linking to the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 20 December 2018

TIME OUT #125 - Inspired By Words

We're back at Time Out with a new challenge just in time for the holidays; we are asking you to be inspired by the following words:

Aren't these the perfect words for inspiration at this time of year? I was inspired by the celebrate and decided to create a birthday card using MFT Birthday Speech Bubbles. I simply stamped them in some bright colours and added a strip of foiled design paper to the panel. A few clear droplets to finish it off.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Stamplorations - they are offering the winner a $15 gift voucher and gifting a random winner with a gift bag of goodies :)

We are also incredibly lucky to have Michele from I Card Everyone as our wonderful guest designer for this challenge. She is a constant inspiration so make sure to check out her designs!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Winnie & Walter - November Release and a Winner!

It is wonderful to be on the Winnie & Walter Blog today sharing a few project ideas using new products from the amazing November release.

First up is a thank you card featuring In A Word: Thanks (the stamp set). I was so happy when this set came out - along with some coordinating cutaways as well :)  The In A Word: Thanks is definitely my all-time most used word die I'm surprised I haven't worn it out yet ;)  so having the stamps and additional cutaways to play with is so much fun.

For this card, I started by cutting the "thanks" from freezer paper to create iron on masks, and then I applied the masks to a piece of water colour paper by running them through my Minc machine. I used freezer paper because I wanted to play with my pearlescent watercolours for the background but this  could also be done with regular masking paper and regular ink blending. I painted the water colour wash over the background and let the paint dry. I then layered the new Pennsylvania Polka Creative Screening over the panel and lightly removed the paint from the exposed areas using a baby wipe. I love the subtle effect this leaves.

Once all this was done, I removed the masks with the help of my heat gun and then lined up the outline "thanks" stamp on the masked areas and stamped it in grey ink. I inked a piece of cardstock using the same ink and then heat embossed a white sentiment from the set onto it. The sentiment was popped up with foam tape and I added a few sequins to finish off the card. 

I tried to catch the shimmer in a photo but I couldn't quite get it - so here is a close up photo of the card: 

My next card features two of the new products - the Peppermint Zone Cutaway and Snowy Holiday with Evelin T stamps and cutaways.

I was so excited when I saw the Peppermint Zone Cutaways - there are so many possibilities with this wonderful die, and I know that it is going to become one of my favourites very quickly. For this card, I used it to create a swirly glittery background. To create the background, I adhered a piece of Be Creative adhesive sheet on top of a heavy weight card stock, and I left the protective sheet in place on the top side of the piece. I then ran it through my Big Shot with the protective sheet against the cutting face of the die - this cut the protective sheet but not the card stock. I carefully removed the pieces of protective sheet covering the "blue" areas and then poured on the blue glitter. After this was all cleaned up, I repeated the process with the remaining area and the white glitter. I love this effect! I added the glittery panel to the front of a pearlescent blue card base. I stamped, Copic coloured and die cut the adorable snowman from Snowy Holidays, and then stamped a greeting from the same set along the side of the panel.

Here is a close up of the glitter:

My last couple of cards are very similar. I started out by watercolouring two panels with Distress Oxide inks (Evergreen Bough, Iced Spruce) and some pearlescent gold paint - I was trying to create the effect of lights on a Christmas tree. I then added some pine needles using a stamp from In Bloom: Elsa's Flora; on one panel, I stamped the needles differently on each of the panels (as shown below). I also added some gold splatters to each of the panels.

The first card is actually where my inspiration came from - when I first saw the You Are a Blessing stamp set (right now is free with $25 purchase!!!!), I saw an ornament instead of a leaf and I thought it would make a great seasonal card. I stamped the image onto vellum with Versamark (masking the stem) and then heat embossed it with gold powder. I fussy cut it out and added it to the panel with some foam tape. I also added some red ribbon to make it look like it was "hanging" from the tree. I added the panel to a light grey card base with some more foam tape.

The second card is very similar but I used the Grand Merry stamp set (another new fave!) and cutaways to create the greeting. I stamped the curvy "merry" in Versamark on vellum heat embossed with some glittery red powder. I die cut the vellum word with the coordinating cutaway and mounted it with foam tape onto the panel. I heat embossed the second part of the greeting with gold powder to complete the panel before mounting it on a grey card base. 

Here is a close up of the second card to show the gold watercolour highlights:

This release is amazing - so many fun products to play with - I am sure that you will find something new to add to your crafty stash :)

And now onto the winner.....

It was so much fun being the November Leading Lady - a huge thank you to Shay for inviting me and enormous thank yous to everyone who left such wonderful comments. I randomly chose one of them to receive a $30 gift voucher to the Winnie & Walter shop........

Congrats SHartl - I will reach out to you with your prize info!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 30 November 2018

Winnie & Walter November Release - Day 4

We are back with the last day of the premieres for the November Winnie & Walter release - and the great news is that all the release products will be available for purchase in the Winnie & Walter shop this evening.

I only have one card to share today featuring the new Yetitide Greetings with Evelin T Designs. I am so in love with this stamp set - the yetis are the most adorable and so much fun. I think this set is going to be very popular and sell out quickly.

I Copic coloured and fussy cut three of the yeti images for my card (there are coordinating dies available). I then die cut three circle apertures in the card panel for the yetis to sit in. I then used the largest sketchy circle from the new Scenery: Dotty set to stamp pale blue backgrounds on the card base. I did mask off the bottom of each circle to create the illusion of snow. The panel was foam mounted onto the card base and the yetis were also mounted with foam tape. The card was finished with a white embossed greeting from the stamp set and some snowflake sequins.

The other stamp set being premiered today is Nutcracker Kisses with Evelin T Designs - I will be sharing some projects with that set next week - it is also fantastic so make sure you check it out.

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy shopping tonight!