Monday, 24 November 2014

Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #35

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-fourth 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 

Understated elegance, with much more than first meets the eye - that's what I love about this room! So many different jumping points for the creative juices!!

My card will follow shortly, as I've had a terribly disorganised weekend. Apologies, but at least I'm keeping it real, right? lol.

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 30th 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!!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Add a Little Dazzle and Neat and Tangled Blog Hop

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday!

I'm back today with a super-fun post!

All this week Neat & Tangled are collaborating with Add A Little Dazzle for a series of hops full of inspiration and prizes!

Add A Little Dazzle produce awesome craft metal sheets which can be used in a variety of different ways! There are some great colours and the sheets lend themselves to die-cutting, embossing, stamping, heat embossing and more! Each day two members of the N&T DT are hopping along with a few of the ALD team, sharing inspiration created with products from both companies! You should have made your way over here from Anna Kossakovskaya's blog. :)

And of course there are prizes to win too - more on that later!!

Here's what I came up with:

*swoon* I could not be more thrilled with how this turned out!!

I started by drawing round a circle die on some Shimmer Cream cardstock then stamping the snowflakes from Falling Flakes using Versamark ink and heat embossing with WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder. I then stamped the houses scene from Winter Wishes using Versamark and Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossing with Filigree Black embossing powder.

I made the circle into a snowglobe be freehand drawing a base then trimming the whole thing out by hand. I made a counterpart for the top of the card and die cut the circle from the middle using the Stitched Mats: Circles dies from Lil' Inker Designs. I also die cut a circle from acetate and adhered that to the reverse of the globe front using Scor-Tape.

Next came the fun - adding a little dazzle! I used a Martha Stewart Punch to punch out lots of flakes from the Brushed Bronze and Wondrous White metal sheets. I combined them with some sequins and Martha Stewart Snow Glitter to make some shaker filling!

I die cut a little snow bank from Pure White cardstock using the circle die and the Mama Elephant Landscape Trio die collection and adhered in place on the panel with Pinflair. Got to have somewhere for all that snow to collect! I added several 'rounds' of Pinflair Glue Gel round the edge of the globe front (on the reverse of it) then sandwiched the two layers together to create my fun shaker!!

I then turned to some of the finishing touches of the design. I added some freehand cut Brushed Bronze sheet to the bottom of the card for the globe base. Next, I stamped the large 'Merry' sentiment from Very Merry onto Pure White cardstock using Versafine, trimmed it out and adhered in place with Pinflair. I stamped the companion 'Christmas' sentiment onto True Black cardstock using Versamark and heat embossed with WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Pale embossing powder, scored the strip and fishtailed the ends to make a banner, then adhered in place using Pinflair. And phew, I think that's about it!

I'll leave you with some more of those serene shaker close-ups:

So, I mentioned prizes didn't I?! Read on!

Neat & Tangled and Add A Little Dazzle are *both* giving away a $25 prize pack!! Imagine the goodies you could buy!! All you need to do is leave a comment on this post, and ideally comment on every stop on the Hop to increase your chances of winning!!

Here's the full Hop order for today:

Taheerah Atchia

Your next stop is Kate Capper's blog. And don't forget to check out the other posts from this week - check out the Neat & Tangled blog to get started!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Runway Inspired Challenge #72 - Hervé Léger by Max Azria

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday!

It's time for another Runway Inspired Challenge! I so love creating for these!!

Here's the *awesome* inspiration image for this challenge:

The colours on this one are so striking, and so it that pattern!! Love all those metallic studs!!

Here's what I came up with:

I love how this turned out!!

I started with a panel of Shimmer Cream cardstock and die cut the edge of it using Mama Elephant's Landscape Trio dies. I then masked the edge and stamped it with Background Basics: Vines using SU! ink in Crisp Cantaloupe. It was looking a bit pale so I went over it with a Ripe Persimmon Distress Marker.

I used the Memory Box Large Parker Deluxe Upper Case Alphabet dies to die cut some letters from some Add A Little Dazzle Brushed Bronze metal sheets for another project before, and I'd kept all those little dots hoping they'd come in useful - and their time has come! I adhered them to the panel, following the lines, using Glossy Accents.

I then was thinking about what sentiment to use when the large 'Joy' sentiment from the Over The Edge: Joy set caught my eye. I stamped it with WPlus9 ink in Old Gold and Versamark ink then embossed it with Ancient Gold embossing powder in Tarnished Gold. I finished the card by stamping the companion sentiment in Crisp Cantaloupe, adding some stars from the Buttercup stamp set, some more metal dots, and a wood veneer star coated in Enamel Accents, then mounted my panel onto a Shimmer Copper card base, with the front die cut to match the panel, and I was all done!

So anyway, now I'm all done squealing and monkey clapping with excitement and all the rest of it, you definitely want to check out what the rest of the DT have come up with!!

Aga | Jennifer | Gayatri | Karolyn | Kristen | Lindsay | Mayuri | Tasnim

Our sponsor this week is Ellen Hutson so be sure to enter to be in with a chance of an awesome prize!

Thanks so much for joining me today and sharing in my excitement!! I would love it if you left some love before you went on your way!