Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Runway Inspired Challenge #67 - Veronica Beard Resort

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:




Totally loving that ensemble - especially that floral corset!! That's one to add to my corset collection!!

Here's what I came up with:



*giddy* I am so in love with how this turned out!!



I started with a panel of Pure White cardstock and stamped the entire thing with the smaller pattern from Background Basics: Houndstooth using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then adhered a piece of patterned vellum over it, adhering it with Pinflair Glue Gel to add some dimension. The vellum represents the pattern on the rug - love incorporating details like this!



I then adhered a piece of patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Market Street Ashbury Heights collection, splatted with some Heidi Swapp Colour Shine Mist in Gold Lame and Perfect Pearls Mist in Biscotti. I added a piece of wood paper (representing the plant pot) stamped with the sentiment from Neat & Tangled's Gifts For You set, affixed in place with my Tiny Attacher, then finally added the whole thing to a Pure White card base 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 Simon Says Stamp 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!

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #29

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 twenty-ninth 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 

One word: YUM! From the colours to the sweet deliciousness itself, this inspiration gets my creative juices flowing! There's a lot you can do with this one, even if it's not the usual interior design I tend to call on for inspiration images! I hope you'll have fun with this one!!

Here's what I came up with:



I love how this turned out!!



I started with a panel of Pure White cardstock and watercoloured it with Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick, and SU! ink in Pool Party. I then used the underside of the paper, which had a paler look from the watercolour seeping through, and die cut it using the Friendship Jar die, then stamping it with the jar from Friendship Jar using Versamark ink and heat embossed with WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder. I added some splatter from Heidi Swapp Colour Shine Mist in Gold Lame then added some chipboard stickers from the Crate Paper Love Notes collection, and some Studio Calico Wood Veneer stars to represent the biscuit pieces. Love this fun interpretation!!




I adhered the jar to my Rustic White card base which I had added a layer of patterned paper from the Heidi Swapp Dreamy collection and a strip of Pinkfresh Studio glitter tape and some splatter, then added a single sequin 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 7th September 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!!


Getting To Know Me!

Hey everyone! Happy Monday!

I hope you'll be tuning in later for the latest Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge - but for now I've got something a bit different for you! :-)

I'm taking part in a Blog Hop with a difference today - the Getting To Know Me Blog Hop! In this hop fellow bloggers tag or nominate each other as a way of encouraging each other to explain a little about themselves, their creative processes and their inspiration. I was nominated by the uber-talented Mayuri at Candles In The Garden, which is an honour in itself as I am a *huge* fan of her and her work! She is perpetually creating breathtaking beauty after breathtaking beauty, and I'm really happy to share two Design Teams with her! Thanks Mayuri for thinking of me! You can read Mayuri's post for this hop here.


So, as part of this hop, I'm going to answer a few questions about myself that will hopefully give you a bit more of an insight into crazy little me and my work! And even if they still leave you perplexed then at least you'll find three other extremely talented designers at the end of this post whom I've nominated for you to read about next week! ;-)

So, here we go... !


1. What creative projects are you currently working on?

At the time of writing this, I have a few pieces of work outstanding that I really ought to make a start on! I'm a 'Just In Time' designer, meaning I don't usually create a project until the night before it's due! I guess I must enjoy the creative pressure or something! So, for the coming week I have projects due for Runway Inspired Challenge (one of my DTs) and for my own challenge, Cure For The Monday Blues. I also have a Guest Designer post coming this week - details of which you'll have to tune in for later on! A little later down the line I have product releases for a few other DTs to work on, so I've always something to work on each week!

2. What inspires your designs/how does your creative process work?

Hmm, this is a tricky one. Sometimes I have no specific inspiration and I let the products I'm creating with drive my ideas and my process. Other times I will turn to Pinterest for inspiring images or to see what other favourite designers have been coming up with. Often they will have used products in a way I'd not thought of previously, and I will strive to incorporate the idea with my own take on it. I keep an eye on all of the trends out there and like to be riding the crest of those waves, so that also drives my designs.



In terms of my process itself, I tend to start with one focus for my project. Usually this will be a particular stamp set or colour or technique, and I then create ad hoc around that starting point. This can mean I sometimes start by 'staring' at the product itself until an idea forms, ha! I very very rarely use a sketch or even sketch out or jot down my own ideas; I prefer to create organically and fluidly so that the work truly comes from my soul and my heart. To me it is then the truest expression of myself at that given time, which is what art is all about to me. The same goes for my writing (I compose poetry/prose as well, when the mood takes me).

3. What method/process (if applicable) do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?

I guess part of the answer to this comes from my answer to #2. I guess the purest thing I add to my projects is myself. But if you're looking for a particular or specific 'crafting' answer to this, then I would say that almost all of my projects contain stamping, and playing with techniques. My work is often technique-driven - I'm always trying to do something 'clever' or 'different' with a technique or style to put my own spin on it.

For DT work, I'll start with the products themselves, put them in front of me, and try to think of something unique to do with them. I try to combine my ideas with something 'new' to try out; I don't usually try ideas out beforehand and almost all my work you see here is 'first attempt'.

As I write this, I realise this might seem to be an wholly unsatisfying answer, but it's the most honest one. Most of the work is done in my head before I ever lay anything to paper. As a result my projects take anything from one hour to six or seven to complete, depending on how involved the idea is. If everything is already perfectly formed in my mind before I sit down to design then I can knock it out in 30-45 minutes, but that's a rarity in itself!

4. If you had to describe your 'signature' style, what would it be/how does my work differ from others in my genre?

Oh heck, do I even have one of those? My work and my style are very lucid and I rarely settle on a particular 'style' for more than a few months. So, perhaps some common elements instead?






I like to play with light and how we translate that into what we see - whether that is by colour or texture or layers. I like to create with beauty in mind, so my work is usually ethereal in some way, whilst at the same time grounded in technique and trend. Is 'pretty' or 'ethereal' a signature style? Maybe I'm that then. If not, maybe the closest 'mould' I fit into is the Clean and Graphic style - but I don't believe we should prescribe barriers to our work by pigeonholing it.

5. What three crafting tools/projects can you not live without?

Isn't that like asking if I have a favourite cat amongst all the cats I've ever had? I guess if I *really* had to narrow it down, I would say Pinflair Glue Gel, stamps and inks (which covers stamping, colouring and a range of techniques!). Wait, none of those are 'tools'. Hmm. Maybe then a ruler, a pair of scissors and dies+die cutting machine. Does that count as four? Oh man.

6. Why do I create what I do?

At least part of this is answered throughout this interview, I guess. I create because it's an expression of myself, at any given time or moment, it's me through art. God, do I sound pretentious? I create because it makes me happy. Gratuitous? I create because it gives me an outlet for my soul and an escape from other activities one must take part in or endure as part of 'life'. I create because the logical side of my brain needs a rest and to make way for the creative side of my brain. I create because... I would not be me if I did not.


Right, if you've managed to stomach all that drivel until the end, then here's your reward! It brings me incredible delight and pride to tell you that the following three ladies and friends have agreed to be nominated by me to carry on this hop next week!

*drumroll, please!*


Jocelyn Olson (Red Balloon Cards)



Because if I could found 'The Jocelyn Olson Fan Club (TM)', I would do. And I wouldn't be its sole member. This girl... I hold in as high esteem as I do Julie Ebersole. That's how much I love her work. She is a genius with technique, composition, colour, stamping, hybrid (paper + digital) work... she is just a genius. She is so super-talented and such a sweet and supportive friend to boot. I am frequently inspired by and in awe of her work - and she's kicked it up several gears this year so I've been struggling to keep up with her trailblazing!

To read my previous write-up of Jocelyn please see my #Follow Friday post here!

Elena Roussakis (Just ME)



Because she, like her work, is the cutest, sweetest, most wonderful thing ever. Everything I've learned about 'cute' I've learned from studious dissection of her work. I could not come even close to her perfect composition, perfect blending of trend and touches of vintage, and as for her party decor... oh my. I just hope that at my next landmark birthday I can somehow get her to style my celebration for me! Elena is another wonderfully supportive, kind and caring friend, and she deserves every single possible nice thing that could ever come her way.

To read my previous write-up of Elena please see my #Follow Friday post here!

Jennifer Rzasa (Our Change of Art)



Because this girl rocks my world, plain and simple. She designs some of the most inventive, graphic, awesome and unique cards ever. Because she is a geek and a nerd like me. Because she is cool and funky and amazing, just like her work. Because she invokes the laws of gravity when drawing balloon strings. Because, if there's one person I would always love to learn more about (for my own self indulgence here), it's her. Jennifer is so super-awesome in every single way. I mean c'mon, she even designs her own stamps for her company Altenew! Could she -be- any cooler?!

To read my previous write-up of Jennifer please see my #Follow Friday post here!


Phew! Well, I want to thank you all for reading this post! I hope this has given you a bit more insight into what makes me tick, and how it translates in my work! If, however, you've been left with more questions than answers then please do feel free to ask me anything you like and I will endeavour to answer! I really hope you've enjoyed this post, and please do check out Jocelyn, Elena, and Jennifer's blogs next Monday for their own write-ups! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #28

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 twenty-eighth week 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 

So, at first the angle is probably making you a little dizzy, right?! But get past that and breathe in that plethora of textures, colours and patterns! Oh my!!

Here's what I came up with:



*squeal* Really loving this! The tray on the bed really reminded me of a chalkboard so I just went with it!



I started with a panel of True Black cardstock and stamped the big greeting from Mama Elephant's Make A Wish set using Versamark ink, being careful not to ink the 'to'. I heat embossed it with WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder then overstamped with GinaK White Pigment ink. The 'TO' came from Waltzingmouse Stamps' Putting On The Ritz set and was added in the same manner. I drew some pencil lines near the 'TO' to accentuate it slightly.




I sandwiched the chalkboard panel between a thin piece of patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Necessities Wood collection then a panel of Purplicious cardstock, which I'd stamped using the largest stamp from Irresistible Ikat (I just *had* to have some ikat there after seeing that pillow!). All was adhered to a Pinefeather card base, and some Studio Calico wood veneers added a finishing touch!


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 31st August 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!!