Monday, 27 October 2014

Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #33

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 thirty-third installment 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!


One final thing before we get underway! I've finally created a badge for the challenge for anyone who wishes to add it to their blog, you'd make me so happy! I've included it on my blog sidebar along with the code you need to use it, so it couldn't be simpler! And just in case you'd like to see it here, here's what it looks like!


Fun right?! I'd love to see some of you grab it and use it!!


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 

Perfect combination of stylish and seasonal!! I am so crazy about those rich tones and the springs of berries and twigs wound round those punmpkins!

My card for this challenge will follow shortly, hopefully! The weekend ran away with me and I've had no chance to sit and craft I'm afraid. :-( But I did get some much, much needed sleep (I've barely slept for months now). Zzzzzzzzzz...



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 2nd November at 11pm GMT/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!!

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Neat & Tangled October 2014 Release - Introducing Very Merry & Tiny Triangles Die

Hey everyone! Welcome back!

So it's time for the Neat & Tangled October Release! We have *six* awesome sets being released this month!! Definitely something for everyone, with some super-versatile sets!!



Today I'm helping to introduce an awesome and versatile sentiment set featured around the main sentiment 'merry'! Very Merry features a wonderful handwritten 'merry' sentiment and many accompanying sentiments as well as a great star spray image too! We're also introducing a die which co-ordinates with the previously released Tiny Triangles stamp set - the Tiny Triangles die!

I couldn't wait to combine these two items together! Here's what I came up with:



I love how this turned out!



I started by die cutting the triangle pattern from patterned paper from the Glitz Yours Truly collection, then backed the paper onto some die cut cardstock too. I then stamped it with the star pattern using Scarlet Jewel ink and splattered the panel with Perfect Pearls Mists in Heirloom Gold and Biscotti.



I stamped the 'Merry' onto a piece of Rustic White cardstock and trimmed it out, then inked it with the VintageTouch Tea Dye Duo inks. I adhered it to my panel using Pinflair Glue Gel then used some more Pinflair to adhere the die cut to some POW! Glitter Paper!



I stamped the accompanying sentiment onto another strip of cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed using WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle embossing powder and adhered with Pinflair. Finally, I adhered my panel onto a Rustic White card base which I'd splattered with some more Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist and I was all done!



I do strongly encourage you to visit the Neat & Tangled Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created and to hop along and leave them some love! There's prizes in it for you!

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

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Neat & Tangled October 2014 Release - Introducing Winter Trees

Hey everyone! Welcome back!

So it's time for the Neat & Tangled October Release! We have *six* awesome sets being released this month!! Definitely something for everyone, with some super-versatile sets!!



Today I'm helping to introduce another of the awesome sets designed by my friend, Miriam Prantner! Winter Trees has a gorgeous treescape, a variety of star images and some wonderful sentiments inspired by hymns and carols!

I wanted to make the sentiment the star of the show so I came up with this:



I love how this turned out!



I started with a panel of Pure White cardstock and blended in Distress Inks in Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, Scattered Straw and Squeezed Lemonade then spritzed with water mixed with Perfect Pearls. I then stamped the sentiment using Versamark and heat embossed with WOW! Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing powder.



I repeated the stamping and embossing with the stars from Winter Trees and the star trails from Time Warp then stamped over the sentiment again with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I matted my panel onto some Onyx Shimmer cardstock and then adhered to a Pure White card base and I was all done!



I do strongly encourage you to visit the Neat & Tangled Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created and to hop along and leave them some love! There's prizes in it for you!

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

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Neat & Tangled October 2014 Release - Introducing Warm Wishes

Hey everyone! Welcome back!

So it's time for the Neat & Tangled October Release! We have *six* awesome sets being released this month!! Definitely something for everyone, with some super-versatile sets!!



Today I'm helping to introduce a little cutie set called Warm Wishes!! This set features an adorable hand-drawn mug and one of Danielle's signature handwritten sentiments! You're going to love this one!

I kept the design very CAS for this one:



I love how this turned out!



I started with a Pure Poppy card base and stamped the image using GinaK White Pigment ink. Whilst this is white enough on its own I decided to heat emboss it with WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder so that it really popped!



I added some subtle texture using the Burlap Impression Plate to resemble a scarf or sweater and I was all done!



I do strongly encourage you to visit the Neat & Tangled Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created and to hop along and leave them some love!

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

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Neat & Tangled October 2014 Release - Introducing Little Santa Girl

Hey everyone! Welcome back!

This is my second post of the day. Please scroll down for this week's Runway Inspired Challenge!! :-)

So it's time for the Neat & Tangled October Release! We have *six* awesome sets being released this month!! Definitely something for everyone, with some super-versatile sets!!



Today I'm helping to introduce a little cutie set called Little Santa Girl!! This set features cute hand drawn illustrations and perfect little additional images and sentiments! More versatile than it would first appear!

I focused on one of the sentiments and came up with this:



I love how this turned out!



I started with a panel of White Woodgrain cardstock and splattered it with Heidi Swapp Colour Shine Mist in Black Velvet, then stamped some of the snowflakes from Winter Wishes using Versafine Onyx Black ink.


I then stamped the sentiment and holly leaves (part of a different image) onto Pure White cardstock using Versafine and watercoloured with Distress Inks in Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, Shabby Shutters and Crushed Olive, using water mixed with a little Perfect Pearls. I trimmed them out and adhered in place using Pinflair Glue Gel, sandwiched between one of the gold puffy stickers from Pinkfresh Studio before adhering my panel to a True Black card base to complete the look!


I do strongly encourage you to visit the Neat & Tangled Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created and to hop along and leave them some love!

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

Supplies: