Monday, 29 September 2014

Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #31

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-first 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 

If this room wouldn't put you in a cheery mood upon waking then I don't know what would!! I love the eclectic mix of patterns and colour, and all those quirky accessories dotted about the place! There's also slightly more detail to be seen if you take a look at the Pinterest pin directly, if you need anything more to get your sparks flying!

My card for this challenge will follow shortly. Weekends frequently seem to be plagued with headaches these days so I've been unable to sit and craft at this point. :-(



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 5th October 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!!

Supplies:


Monday, 22 September 2014

Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #30 - Extended!

Hey everyone! Happy Monday!

Just a quick note for you! I've been away from my craft desk this weekend so I'm giving you an extra week to enter this week's Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge! I hope that's okay by all of you guys, and that some might even get a chance to play along that would have missed out otherwise!

Just to remind you, here is the current inspiration:

Source: Pinterest 

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 28th September 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!



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!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Newton's Nook Designs September Release - Introducing Apple Delights

Hey everyone! Happy Thursday!

I'm back today to welcome to Day 4 of the Newton's Nook September Release!


We have FOUR *awesome* sets being released this month - and you're totally invited to come party with us!

This month we're getting into the Autumn and Halloween spirit! Today's set is a little cutie featuring all sorts of adorable apple images - Apple Delights!!

I wanted to team this set up with Newton and came up with this:



Oh, the cute!!




I used one of the Newtons from Newton's Birthday Bash onto Pure White cardstock and, with some careful masking, managed to combine him with the toffee apple from Apple Delights! I coloured all with Copics then added some Glossy Accents over the toffee and sprinkled on some Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter. I stamped the stick onto some patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Necessities Wood collection and adhered in place for a realistic look!



I adhered Newton in place to a panel of patterned paper from the Crate Paper Love Notes collection using Pinflair Glue Gel and stamped one of the hearts from Apple Delights over it using Mama Elephant ink in Bubblegum. I adhered a piece of chalkboard tape to the panel and stamped my sentiment using GinaK White Pigment ink. everything was then adhered to a Rustic White card base splattered with Heidi Swapp Colour Shine Mists in Gold Lame, Blush and Mint Green and with a couple of strips of glitter tape and an enamel heart to finish things off!


All the Newtonians (that's what I've decided to call us, hehe!) are blog hopping today! Please be sure to join us and hop along and comment on each of the team's creations! Read on because there's a prize up for grabs!

Would you like to win Apple Delights?
This set will be given away to two lucky winners

Here's how to win: 

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, September 18th at 9pm Central Daylight Time to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, September 19th. 


Check out all these awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:


Taheerah Atchia
Tessa Wise
Kimberly Rendino (Guest Designer)

I do hope you'll join me again tomorrow for some more Newton's Nook fun! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies:

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Newton's Nook Designs September Release - Introducing Spooky Street

Hey everyone!

I'm back today to welcome to Day 3 of the Newton's Nook September Release!


We have FOUR *awesome* sets being released this month - and you're totally invited to come party with us!

This month we're getting into the Autumn and Halloween spirit! Today's set is a Halloween set with great scene building images - Spooky Street!!

I broke out the Distress Inks again and set to work building a scene:



What do you think? I love how this turned out!!




I masked off a hill on a panel of Pure White cardstock and blended Distress Inks in Stormy Sky, Dusty Concord, Pumice Stone and Black Soot for my sky, then flicked on some water mixed with a little Perfect Pearls. I then used the other side of my mask to mask the sky and blended the ground with Distress Inks in Black Soot and Spiced Marmalade.



I reapplied my ground mask and stamped my images using Versafine Onyx Black ink, heat embossing my sentiment using WOW! Clear Semi Dull embossing powder. Finally, Newton! Newton from Newton's Antics makes an appearance, coloured with Copics and his eyes substituted for some of the spooky eyes from the set! I adhered him using Pinflair Glue Gel, adhered my panel to a True Black card base and I was all done!


All the Newtonians (that's what I've decided to call us, hehe!) are blog hopping today! Please be sure to join us and hop along and comment on each of the team's creations! Read on because there's a prize up for grabs!

Would you like to win Spooky Street?
This set will be given away to two lucky winners

Here's how to win: 

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, September 18th at 9pm Central Daylight Time to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, September 19th. 


Check out all these awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:


Taheerah Atchia
Tessa Wise
Kimberly Rendino (Guest Designer)

I do hope you'll join me again tomorrow for some more Newton's Nook fun! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies:

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Newton's Nook Designs September Release - Introducing Falling Into Autumn

Hey everyone!

This is my second post of the day! Please scroll down to see the latest Runway Inspired Challenge!


I'm back today to welcome to Day 2 of the Newton's Nook September Release!


We have FOUR *awesome* sets being released this month - and you're totally invited to come party with us!

This month we're getting into the Autumn and Halloween spirit! Today's set is a timeless take on Autumn leaves - Falling Into Autumn!!

I couldn't wait to build my own custom background patterned paper with Distress Inks! Here's what I came up with:



What do you think? I love how this turned out!!




I stamped my pattern onto a panel of Rustic White cardstock using a multitude of Distress Inks spritzed with water and a little Perfect Pearls, then adhered to my base.



I die cut the Thanks Script die from Pure White cardstock, adhered in place using Pinflair Glue Gel, added some sequins and I was all done!


All the Newtonians (that's what I've decided to call us, hehe!) are blog hopping today! Please be sure to join us and hop along and comment on each of the team's creations! Read on because there's a prize up for grabs!

Would you like to win Falling Into Autumn?
This set will be given away to two lucky winners

Here's how to win: 

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, September 18th at 9pm Central Daylight Time to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, September 19th. 


Check out all these awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:


Taheerah Atchia
Tessa Wise
Kimberly Rendino (Guest Designer)

I do hope you'll join me again tomorrow for some more Newton's Nook fun! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies: