Monday, 28 July 2014

Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #25

Hey everyone!

Happy Monday! I know, I know, Mondays are tough. We all need a little tonic to help us get through the day. Luckily there's a new challenge in town to help us do just that - the Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge!!

This is a challenge which I've created myself, yay me! Every Monday I will bring you a photo inspiration challenge, with images that focus on lifting us out of those Monday doldrums and all inspired to create!! I'll be asking you to play along as well and linking up your creations! At the end of each week I'll pick a Top 3 who'll be my Cures For The Monday Blues and receive a special badge to add to your blog!!

This challenge is in its twenty-fifth week now - woo hoo!! Thank you to everyone who has given it love and support and helped it to grow - especially the weeks where you've been patient with me while I've extended the challenges!


In case you missed this previous post, please read on for some of the recent changes made to the Challenge - including info on how to be in with a chance of becoming a Guest Designer!


Right then. Back to business, lol!


Before we get to this week's challenge I want to once again thank all of you that submitted entries for the last challenge. I am always especially happy to see some new faces to the Challenge, as well as 'regulars'! They were all truly beautiful entries and you did not make my life easy when choosing the winners!! I really wanted to pick you all!! Here are my Top 3 Cures For The Monday Blues:



Winners please contact me to be sent your challenge winner's badges!

Yet again I had some absolute stunners for entries. It is seriously getting harder and harder each week to pick out only a Top 3! All of you have really been putting in some amazing designs and it makes me so happy when you play, so please keep playing along!


So are you excited to get this week's challenge under way?! Let's see what's up for this week's inspiration:


Source: Pinterest 

Wouldn't you love to work or create in a space like this?! So calming and organised, not to mention stylish!! And if you're wondering where my usual love of colour has gone, it is still there - take a closer look at the details!!

Here's what I came up with:



*squeal* I *love* how this turned out!!!



I started with a Pure White card base and adhered a piece of patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Necessities Wood collection. I am crazy about all the natural woodgrain patterns in this collection!



Next I trimmed and adhered a tag from the Heidi Swapp Dreamy collection. I gently blended some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo on the edges to make the piece have a uniform look from all sides. I then stamped one of the sentiments from Papertrey's Simple Sentiments set using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I was really taken by the bag on the floor so this was my ode to that. :-)



I added some of the Heidi Swapp Dreamy Ephemera using Glossy Accents (those starbursts perfectly bringing in that aqua from the tape dispenser *and* the light fitting at the same time!) and a few of the Chic Tags Wood Veneer sequin shapes (*swoon*) and I was all done!!



So now it's your turn to cure the Monday Blues! Here's how to participate in the challenge!

The Rules

  • Create a brand new project using the photo inspiration
  • Post on your blog or to an online photo album. Ensure you link up to this challenge post in your blog post and include the inspiration photo
  • If it is not obvious how the image inspired you then please explain your process in your post
  • Link up your creations to this post using the Inlinkz below. Please use the link to your actual post rather than the link to your blog
  • You can enter as many times as you like!
  • The deadline for linking submissions is Sunday 3rd August at 11pm BST/6pm EST


So are you ready to play?! I can't wait to see your creations!!

PS: if you would like to check out all of the previous challenge images you can see them here on my Pinterest board!

I'll be back again soon with something new! Thanks so much for stopping by - I would love it if you left some love before you went on your way! And I would love some feedback on the challenge itself!!


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Stretch Your Stamps 2 Class Giveaway!

Hey everyone! Happy Thursday!

Anyone up for a Giveaway?! :D


Stretch Your Stamps 2 is the latest class from Online Card Classes and it is going to be a RIOT! I'm so excited for this class, especially as I'm lucky enough to be a Guest Teacher this time!! :D

So that means I have a spot for the class to giveaway to one lucky winner!!



Here's a little bit more info about Stretch Your Stamps 2:

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Look at your stamps in a whole new way! Back by popular demand, join Online Card Classes for another great installment of Stretch Your Stamps!
Join instructors Kristina WernerJennifer McGuireDebby Hughes, and friends (including me!), to discover just how far you can stretch your stamps—whether you’re an expert stamper or just getting started. In Stretch Your Stamps 2, you’ll learn how particular styles of stamps can be used in a variety of creative ways to expand your card-making skills. Over the course of this two-week session, you’ll be introduced to techniques and concepts through expert instructor videos, and then build on your new knowledge with the help of inspiring guest artist examples. Stretch Your Stamps 2 includes over 30 videos and 40 card ideas, along with instructional PDFs, a forum, galleries, shopping discounts, prizes and more.
For more information Stretch Your Stamps 2 from Online Card Classes, click HERE. Class starts August 4, 2014, but you will have lifetime access to the content.
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AND, if that wasn't enough to entice you, take a look at this video!



So, would you like to win a spot on the class? All you need to do is leave me a comment telling me what you're looking forward to the most about this class!

You have until 4:59am UK time/11:59pm EST on Thursday 31st July to leave a comment, and I'll draw a winner on Friday 1st August! Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Pinkfresh Studio And Neat & Tangled Blog Hop & Giveaway - Day 2!

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday!

I'm back today to join in the Blog Hopping fun from yesterday! Two of my favourite companies, Pinkfresh Studio and Neat & Tangled, are joining forces for a Super Blog Hop! There's one today and one tomorrow, and seeing as I'm on the Design Teams for both companies, you're seeing something from me on both days! *wink*


I can't think of two companies that were more made for each other than Pinkfresh Studio and Neat & Tangled. They are both young, energetic and innovative companies, with fantastic designs and an eye for trends! I've loved combining their products in the past and today is no exception!

Combining products today led me to soft collage-meets-vintage feel:



*squeal* I love how this turned out! This is my favourite from the two days I think!



I started by stamping the tag from Gifts For You onto vellum using Versamark ink and coating with WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Sparkle embossing powder. I stamped the oval frame and sentiment from the Limited Edition Fresh Inspiration Kit from Pinkfresh Studio, coated in WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder, then added a sentiment from Gifts For You and coated with the gold again, before heat embossing the lot. I trimmed the tag out and trimmed the hole in the centre, then trimmed out a piece of patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Market Street Ashbury Heights collection to match the tag, adhering the two together with some Glossy Accents. I added a strip of the Dusky Rose Glitter Tape to act as the tag 'ribbon'.



Next I adhered the tag to a speech bubble cut from patterned paper from the Heidi Swapp Dreamy collection, cut using the A Lot To Say die. I adhered the tag using Pinflair Glue Gel, then adhered the bubble to some vellum which was stamped and heat embossed with the design from the Punchinella stamp.



Finally, I backed this all onto a Rustic White card base, sandwiching some more patterned paper between them and added some Pink Lemonade sequins to finish!


So I mentioned a Blog Hop right? Well you can't have a Blog Hop without a giveaway!

We have a list of designers from both companies here who are so thrilled to share their projects with you. Make sure to visit each blog and comment on each blog to enter a giveaway including the Pinkfresh Studio blog. One winner will be chosen for each day who will receive $20.00 worth of products from both companies. This is going to be 2 days of blog hopping fun. Winners will be announced on 27th July. Good luck!

Taheerah Atchia
Margareta Carlsson


Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to comment for a chance to win!

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Pinkfresh Studio And Neat & Tangled Blog Hop & Giveaway PLUS Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #24 - Extended!

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! And what a Monday we have for you today!

Today two of my favourite companies, Pinkfresh Studio and Neat & Tangled, are joining forces for a Super Blog Hop! There's one today and one tomorrow, and seeing as I'm on the Design Teams for both companies, you'll be seeing something from me on both days! *wink*

Also, seeing as I was so rubbish with last week's Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge, I've extended the challenge by a week and the card I'm bringing you today is the long-awaited card for last week's challenge Whew!


I can't think of two companies that were more made for each other than Pinkfresh Studio and Neat & Tangled. They are both young, energetic and innovative companies, with fantastic designs and an eye for trends! I've loved combining their products in the past and today is no exception!

Combining products today led me to this neon-fest:



*squeal* I love how this turned out!



I started by die cutting my speech bubble from Hawaiian Shores cardstock using the A Lot To Say die. I then stamped the star field from Time Warp using Mama Elephant ink in Smoke and then heat embossing it with WOW! Metallic Platinum embossing powder. Next I stamped the sentiments from Gifts For You and You + Me, with the first two sentiments stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and the last one with Versamark ink and heat embossed with WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder. I then adhered a Pinkfresh Studio Neon Instaframe on top.



Next I adhered the bubble to a Pure White card base, sandwiching some white punchinella between them and using Pinflair Glue Gel to hold all in place. I added some of the Pinkfresh Colour Block Hearts, Arrows and Envelopes using Pinflair, and one of the Vacation Chips too! Love all those pops of colour!



Not done with being showy though, I added some neon yellow sequins and ombre airmail washi tape to finish things up! I just love how this card turned out!

So I mentioned a Blog Hop right? Well you can't have a Blog Hop without a giveaway!

We have a list of designers from both companies here who are so thrilled to share their projects with you. Make sure to visit each blog and comment on each blog to enter a giveaway including the Pinkfresh Studio blog. One winner will be chosen for each day who will receive $20.00 worth of products from both companies. This is going to be 2 days of blog hopping fun. Winners will be announced on 27th July. Good luck!


Taheerah Atchia


Also, I mentioned Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge, didn't I?!



Hopefully you can see where I picked my inspiration from! The colours from the typewriter, the neon yellow of the lamp and the general wood from the shelving were calling my name!


You can find the original Challenge and post here, and I've added the Inlinkz to the bottom of this post too so you don't have to go anywhere else if you don't want to!


Here's how to participate in the challenge!

The Rules


  • Create a brand new project using the photo inspiration
  • Post on your blog or to an online photo album. Ensure you link up to this challenge post in your blog post and include the inspiration photo
  • If it is not obvious how the image inspired you then please explain your process in your post
  • Link up your creations to this post using the Inlinkz below. Please use the link to your actual post rather than the link to your blog
  • You can enter as many times as you like!
  • The deadline for linking submissions is Sunday 27th July at 11pm BST/6pm EST
I hope extending the challenge doesn't bug anyone. It's not something I want to repeat as I love bringing you a fresh challenge and inspiration each week!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to comment for a chance to win, and I'll be back tomorrow for some more Blog Hopping fun!


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