Monday, 21 April 2014

Stop And Go Blog Hop

Hey everyone! Welcome back!

This is my second post of the day. Please scroll down to see this week's Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge!

So I'm back today for a very special Blog Hop indeed! My dear super-talented friend Miriam invited me to showcase her wonderful Stop And Go set along with some of our other blogging friends! You should have arrived here from Laura's blog and doubtless she's already wowed you! ;-) If you get lost at any point along the Hop, or want to start to the beginning then just head back to the Neat & Tangled blog!

So then, let's take a look at the awesome set we're showcasing today (and that you have a chance of winning, BTW! Read on to the end for more details!):

I totally love how Miriam's sets are always so unique! There's definitely a bit of a street theme going on with this and her previous On The Corner sets! I absolutely adore all the fun little elements and sentiments that go with these different traffic signs!

I, of course, wanted to do something outside-the-box, and, armed with some inspiration from Danielle Flanders, came up with this:

I totally *love* how this turned out!!

I started with a Pure White card base and stamped the circle light/mesh using Delicata Gold ink. I used both the image side and the reverse of the stamp to get the mix of solid and hatched dots - love this effect! I heat embossed all but one of the images using WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Pale embossing powder (having to leave one plain to avoid problems stamping the sentiment on top, but boy does my OCD not like it... ).

I added the 'Thanks' sentiment from Stop And Go using Versafine Onyx Black ink, then supplemented it with part of a sentiment from Merry And Bright. I added some stripes from On The Strip 2 and Across The Card then called this card done!

So, I promised you details on how to win this set, right?! TWO of these sets are being given away across this Hop! One winner will be selected from all the comments left on the Neat & Tangled blog, and the other from all the comments across all the collective blogs on the Hop - so make sure you comment on every stop! Your next and final stop is my awesome fellow Gallery Idol and Newton's Nook team-mate Tessa!

Here's the full order of amazing talent taking part in this Hop!


Good luck to everyone! I would love it if you left some love before you went on your way!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #14

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 fourteenth week now - over 3 months old!! Wow! Thank you to everyone who has given it love and support and helped it to grow!

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, you really have no idea how tough it is picking 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 

Regulars of this Challenge will know how I love my bright colours and modern mix of patterns - so I thought I'd keep you on your toes and mix it up by giving you something a bit more neutral this week, lol! This still has so many points of interest though, and is chock full of patterns and still manages a splash of colour too!

Here's my take on the inspiration:

I so love how this turned out!! Always a stickler for detail, I decided to focus on the framed print on the wall with the hints of cookery and little pops of colour! I couldn't be more thrilled with my interpretation!

I started with a Pure White card base and stamped it full of images from the WPlus9 Sweet & Treats, Sweet & Treats Fillers and Milk & Cookies sets. These were all inked for the first time, can you believe it?!

I used Mama Elephant ink in Smoke for the majority of my stamping, adding pops of Mama Elephant ink in Orangeade to some of the images. I know these look kinda yellow and that's because the first batch of this ink colour didn't stay true to the orange colour. They've since fixed that but I love using this ink anyway for a warmer yellow than Sunshine. :-) 
I used pops of A:Muse ink in Burano to add the coral look for the sentiment flag and the column/cupcake stand. I *love* how this turned out!

Finally, to give the look of the frame itself, I trimmed a panel of cardstock to the same size as the card front then used the Femme Frames die to cut the negative space. I adhered the frame using Pinflair Glue Gel 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 27th April 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!!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS Anything Goes Challenge - April Week 3 2014

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday!!

Today I'm sharing a card for the latest Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge - woo!!

Today's challenge is an Anything Goes challenge, which is as the name suggests - use any Paper Smooches stamps and/or dies in your creation!

Here's what I came up with:

I wanted to just create freely with this week's card and see where that took me. I had a ton of fun embellishing to my heart's content and I *love* the results!

I started with a Pure White card base and adhered patterned papers from the Studio Calico Atlantic collection, adding a strip of washi tape for contrast between the two patterns.

I splattered a little Mister Huey's in Inky Black onto the paper and then adhered some May Arts twine which was threaded with sequins from the Studio Calico Colour Theory line as well as some free sequins from Winnie & Walter.

I added a square of patterned paper from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine collection which was die cut using the Polaroid Frame die. I stamped one of the kittys from Nine Lives onto Pure White cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink, then created a mask so I could stamp his tongue with one of the stamps from Fascinators using Studio Calico Colour Theory ink in Blush Crush. I trimmed him out then adhered him to some more patterned paper from the Hello Sunshine collection before trimming again to give a patterned border before adhering him to the square using Pinflair Glue Gel

Finally I added some stars from Freckled Fawn and a Studio Calico speech bubble wood veneer which I stamped with a sentiment from Word Salad and I was all done! I love this card!!

Because this challenge is an Anything Goes one, you really need to check out the rest of our Design Team today to see the amazing eye candy they've come up with:

Wanna play along? You really should!! All you need to do is create an entry using *any* Paper Smooches stamps/dies and link it up on the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog and you're in! The challenge runs until 11:59pm PST on Saturday 26th April so you've got a little time to play along!! We can't wait to see what you create!!

That's it from me for today, but I would love it if you would leave some love before you went on your way! Thanks so much for stopping by!