Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Winnie & Walter January Release - Premiere of The Big, the Bold and Party + The Big, the Bold and Party Cutaways + The Big, the Bold and You Cutaways

Hey everyone! SURPRISE!!!

Welcome back!! I'm so excited to bring you today's post!

As you'll know, I've had the honour of being Winnie & Walter's Leading Lady for this month, which means I've been able to bring you *tons* of inspiration featuring their amazing products!!

But there's something else I managed to keep a lid on during this entire month! (not quite sure how!).  I am super *super* thrilled and excited to be joining in with the Winnie & Walter team for their January 2015 Release!!!

I *told* you they were amazing, didn't I? *wink*

This release is CHOCK FULL of *amazing* products!! Seriously, I think this is Winnie & Walter's best release yet!!!

Today I'm helping to introduce the next in the line-up of the ever-popular 'The Big, the Bold... ' series. The Big, the Bold and Party is a jumbo sized set with *five* large-scale scripty words and a load of supporting sentiments - all with birthdays and parties in mind!! All those scripty words and supporting sentiments pair up *perfectly* with all the other sets in the series, so you just know you need those as well, right? *wink*

Along with this stamp set Winnie & Walter are releasing supporting Cutaways (dies) to go with this set, and co-ordinating dies to go with The Big, the Bold and You, too!

I played with just the stamp set today, and came up with this:

I love how this turned out!

I started with a Rustic White card base and adhered some patterned papers from the October Afternoon Cake Walk collection. I then stamped the 'Birthday' sentiment using Studio Calico Colour Theory ink in Deja Blue. I overstamped it a couple of times to build up the intensity. How did I achieve perfect placement? My new MISTI of course!! So far it's living up to its acronym! *wink*

Now onto all those embellishments! These are also from the Cake Walk collection. I positioned them all across my card where I wanted them to go, then placed a strip of washi tape across them all to pick them up. I added little cuts of Scor-Tape on the back, positioned where the pieces overlapped, then removed the backing paper and adhered them in place before removing the washi tape. I used my MISTI again to overstamp a couple of times to get perfect placement across all the embellishments!! I just had to stamp some of the supporting sentiments from the set and I was all done!!

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Now then, there is a *huge* party going on at the Winnie & Walter blog - with a plethora of opportunities to win items from this release!!! Here are some helpful links for you as there's so much going on, I don't want you to miss a single opportunity to win!!

To enter the 1st Birthday Bash Release GIGANTIC Giveaway (open until the end of the month) where one random winner will receive all the w&w stamps released in 2015 CLICK HERE

To enter the January 1st Birthday Bash Release | The Big Giveaway (stamps + digital elements + cutaways + w&w birthday bash sequin mix by Pretty Pink Posh) CLICK HERE

To enter to win The Big, the Bold and Party + new The Big, the Bold Cutaways CLICK HERE

As well as these opportunities, there is a veritable candy store of yummy inspiration awaiting your eager eyes from The Talent (Winnie & Walter DT):

AND there's even more inspiration from Special Guest Designers AND Shay and Julie themselves - and all the details about the products, of course!! You will be BLOWN AWAY by all the amazing creations!!!

Remember - all new release products will be available on Friday, 30th January 2015 at 10pm CST!!

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


Monday, 26 January 2015

Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #41 AND Giveaway!!

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 really going from strength to strength 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!

***Pure Cure Winner!!***

As you know, this month I have the absolute honour of the challenge being sponsored by Winnie & Walter, and that means I have an overall winner to announce! The winner receives a $30 gift certificate to Winnie & Walter!! I'm delighted to announce that this week's Pure Cure is... 

Olga Brilliant!!!

Huge congrats Olga!!! Please Contact Me with your e-mail address to claim your prize!!

To my Top 3 Cures: you girls have no idea how much I agonised over picking just one of you as a winner! I wish I could have picked you all! Seriously outstanding work!!

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!

As I mentioned in my last blog post, each challenge this month is very kindly being sponsored by Winnie & Walter - which means that there's a prize up for grabs! I'll give more details at the end of this post! :-)

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.

You're gonna need your sunglasses for this one:

Source: Pinterest 

I warned you, didn't I?! lol!! I *love* neon and I haven't played with it for a while, so I just had to pick this amazing inspiration!! Now, don't go panicking because this is all neon!! I know a lot of people do. But if you look past the neon (again, use sunglasses) you'll see circles and patterns and cakes and paint splatter and even flowers!! See, this inspiration is more versatile than when it first blinds you, lol!!

Here's what I came up with:

Gotta tell you - I am in *love* with this!!

I started with a panel of True Black cardstock and went over it with my EK Success Powder Tool to minimise the risk of any embossing powder specks clinging to the cardstock. I then pulled out my Essentials by Ellen: Bokeh Dots stamp set and set about building up my pattern, stamping a couple of images at a time with Versamark ink and heat embossing with a variety of WOW! Fluorescent embossing powders. They don't have a fluorescent purple powder so I went over a magenta ones with a Fluorescent Dull Violet Copic Marker.


I then stamped the sentiments from the WPlus9 Epic Dad set and heat embossed with WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder and adhered my panel to my card base using Scor-Tape 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 1st February at 11pm GMT/6pm EST

As I mentioned, every challenge this month is being sponsored by the super-generous Winnie & WalterI'll be giving a $30 gift card away to one winner from every challenge! I'll be picking one top winner from my Top 3 Cures, and most likely there'll be more entries throughout this month there being the chance of a prize *wink*, so really do create your best work to increase your chances of winning! Remember you can enter each challenge as many times as you like!

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, 25 January 2015

Papertrey Ink January 2015 Blog Hop

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday!

Today I'm posting a card for something I haven't done in a very long time - the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!

Apparently the last time I did so was September 2013!! Whoa!! I don't usually have the time to play along anymore. But this month's theme of 'Hearts' was one I didn't want to let pass by... 

I had an idea brewing in my head, so I wanted to execute it if I had the chance! I'm glad I did!

Here's what I came up with:

*swoon* I am so in love with this!! If only you could see it in person!!

I started by die cutting a panel of Pure White cardstock using the Cover Plate: Hearts die. I popped all the hearts out then impressed my panel with the canvas side of the Linen & Canvas Impression Plate. I also impressed five of the hearts and watercoloured them with SU! inks in Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush.

I then adhered a gold foiled vellum layer to my card base. The design was one I foiled myself, thanks to my Heidi Swapp Minc Machine!! I found an ikat pattern online that I liked and printed it out with my laser printer, then ran it through the Minc to create that *amazing* foiled effect!!

Just look at that gold!!!

I know you can't see too much of the pattern, so here's a picture I posted of it on Instagram yesterday:

Awesome right!? :-)

Anyway, back to the card. :-)

I adhered my hearts panel to my vellum layer using Pinflair Glue Gel then adhered my watercolour hearts in place using the same. I added them at an offset for more interest. The sentiment is one from the Studio Calico Buttercup stamp set. I stamped it using Versafine Onyx Black ink onto a separate piece of cardstock then I fussy cut it out (that's right - I FUSSY CUT that sentiment - including the gaps in the S's!!!) then adhered it with Pinflair and I was all done!!

If anyone is interested in learning more about the Minc then you can see the YouTube video I made about it, below. :-) This is the first in a series (I'll be showing how to create your own designs with a laser printer soon!) so please subscribe to my YouTube Channel if you want to see more! :-)

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