Friday, 26 May 2017

TGIF #109 Spotlight Challenge Rochelle Blok - Santa's Sleigh

So this week is not actually my week for the TGIF crew but when I realised that it was a spotlight challenge and this month we were CASing my beautiful and extremely talented friend Rochelle Blok, how could I not take part.

I have always known how amazing Rochelle's creations are and this year Stampin' Up! also agreed and she was picked to serve on the Artisan Design Team. She seriously has so much talent and I suddenly thought, OMG how do you compete against!!

So after taking another look through her blog )I'm a regular visitor and if you aren't you really need to be) I noticed that Rochelle loves to add heaps of texture, layers and different elements. She also loves to add a bit of stitching, whether this is machine, hand or faux. So with that in mind, this is what I created:

Now, I do know that even though it's got a bit chilly here at home, I know we still have a while before Christmas, but I actually had this idea in my head for a while.

When I first flicked through the new Wood Textures paper, I instantly loved the look of the white washed wood pattern and it made me think of a Nordic winter. So with that and Rochelle's style, my card came together.

Now I want to point out my hand stitched edge that I have, bordering my card. Yes you heard me right I used my piercing tool and a ruler. measured out each hole and then hand stitched using our gorgeous copper thread. In fact I went around twice as one strand wasn't enough. it took almost an hour to do but I love the effect I got.

So now it's you turn to have a go at CASing Rochelle. She has so many beautiful cards to choose from that we are all really spoilt for choice. I can't wait to see which one you pick!

Happy Crafting,

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Just Add Ink #361 Theme Challenge - Lovely Friends

As promised I am now back with another card using not only the stamp set from the Lovely Friends bundle but also the amazing framelits too. Now these stamps are gorgeous and totally rock on their own, but the framelits are outstanding and so much fun.

My card was created for the Just Add Ink challenge, which this week is a just add watercolour, washi or flowers.

I have been playing with the Smooshing technique that Narelle Farrugia used a few weeks ago on another card and I loved it. It still gives this great watercolour look but you have a little more control over it, if that makes sense. Anyway, here's my card:

I used two different colours, Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist, for my Smooshing and even though I did follow Betsy Veldman's Smooshing technique, I changed it slightly as I didn't actually put my cardstock face down onto the acetate. Instead i flipped it and I put my acetate face down onto the cardstock instead. I found that this way I had more control with being able to see exactly where the ink was moving too.

Ok so now I'll show you the inside:

Isn't that amazing!! It's so clever and just looks fantastic. The framelits cut the cardstock with all the folds and slits in the right places and they are so easy to pop together. I did find that you will need some extra strong tape to stick it together because after opening and closing it a a few times (or in my case lots of times, because I was so pleased with it) they can come apart.

 So which two will you choose for this weeks challenge? I can't wait to see all the amazing creations that I know you guys will come up with.

Happy Crafting,

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

'Simple but Stunning' card - Lovely Friends

This is the first time I have had all three children in school and though this has been the case since February, it's really only now that I've started to get to enjoy my quiet time and it means I'm actually finding time to craft for no reason at all which is such a nice feeling.

And with all this extra stamp time I actually made a fantastic 'Simple but Stunning' card which I wanted to share with you today.

Lots of new product on display with this card. The gorgeous DSP is from a new range called Delightful Daisy and the paper is absolutely stunning. If you take a peek at my video tutorial below, I did actually show all the paper on there.

I paired the designer series paper with one of our new sentiment stamps called Lovely Friend. This set has heaps of sentiments that pair up with two huge sentiment stamps in the set. It also has coordinating framelit that has a really fun pop-out, 3D banner that jumps out of the middle of the card. I'll have to make a sample and share it with you. It really is going to be lots of fun!!

Can you believe we only have 6 days left of this current annual catalogue and Occasions Catalogue. Time does fly when you're having fun! The retiring list still has lots of goodies and bargains so why don't you pop over and make sure you have everything on your wish list as I would hate for you to miss out on a favourite!!

Happy Crafting,

Measurements for this Card
* Night of Navy Base:

Cut - 8" x 5 3/4"
* Whisper White Cardstock:

 Cut - 3 3/4" x 5 1/2" 
*Deligthful Daisy  DSP:
 Cut - 5 1/2" x 2 5/8"
* Gold Glimmer:

Cut - 5 1/2 x 1/8" 

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Friday, 19 May 2017

TGIF #108 Sketch Challenge - Wood Texture DSP

Happy Friday everyone and today I'm stopping in just quickly to share this weeks challenge with the team at TGIF.
This week we have a fun sketch challenge which was perfect for a birthday card for hubby.

I kept my card pretty clean and what I hope, masculine, by using the new Wood Texture Designer Series Paper. I really love these papers and think they make the best backgrounds.

I teamed it up with a little wooden embellishment that I found floating around and of course a gold glimmer heart. Just the right amount of bling!!

Well that really is all for me today, I did say it was a quick post. I'm currently up to my eyeballs in prep for my Biggest Morning Tea that my friend Nic and I are hosting this coming Sunday. It should be amazing, I promise I'll post all about it next week!!

I hope you find sometime this week to check out the TGIF Blog and hopefully have a bit of fun with the sketch!

Happy Crafting,

Monday, 15 May 2017

Missing Mojo Monday - Crafting Forever

"My name is Chloe Evans and it has been 6 months since I last saw my Mojo"

And gosh it's been the longest 6 months ever. I've gotten by so far with using challenges and sketches but not one card I've created recently has come easy. And when I mention this to other crafters they all agree that missing mojo's are on the rise but no one seems to want to talk about it. Well not any more. I am going to be loud and proud about my mojo being MIA. I will not hide from it any more.

So I decide that today I'm going to stop stressing about my missing mojo and just craft. And not just craft but blog about it too. I'm going to blog the good, the bad and the down right ugly.

Monday's will now be known as Missing Mojo Monday or MMM for short and I'm kicking off with this shocker:

Ok so it's probably not the ugliest card I could have come up with, but it's certainly in the Bad category. My colouring is messing and I really had no idea which colours to use so just randomly picked them. Oh and can you see how wonky my sentiment is. I really did eye-ball that one!!

But the one thing I did like was the twine that looks like it's wrapped around the jar. Oh and my bow looks pretty tidy.

So there you go. My first MMM under my belt and you know what, I feel pleased with my crafting effort and think this might be the start of something beautifully. Let's all be proud of what we create... even the Ugly!!

Happy Crafting,

Friday, 12 May 2017

Just Add Ink #359 Inspirations Challenge - Just Add Text

Cheers to another Friday and here's to my official week on the DT for the Just Add Ink crew. This weeks inspirational photo is fabulous. I bet your guys are going to go crazy over this one:

I actually didn't go down the flower avenue, which I'm sure lots of you will. I was a bit caught up on the leafy looking petals and the colours and that's exactly what stands out in my card.

I've used a few new stamp sets with a few retiring embellishments. I'm still in mourning over blushing bride sequins and so I plan to use them as much as possible. And they are still available so go and grab them while you can!!

I also paired up a new in-colour with an oldie but goodie. I stamped the leave background in our new Berry Burst, which is such a rich, deep colour, that I actually had to stamp it off three times before stamping it all over the background. With this colour you can get about 6 good colours out of it, by stamping off and off and off !! Pairing it with some Blushing Bride embellishments balanced it out beautifully.

So now it's over to you. Will you go down the flower route or will you mix it up and make something out of the box. I for one can't wait to see what you all come up with!!

Happy Crafting,


Thursday, 11 May 2017

What Will You Stamp? #115 – Beautiful You

So today's share is on behalf of a few demo friends of mine who are on the What Will You Stamp design team. This weeks challenge is using the Beautiful You stamp set, which seems to have been loved and adored by all... except me.

Now I know what you are thinking. How could I possible not love this set. Well, I think the embellishments are stunning but those faceless ladies give me the creeps. Yep, honestly. But a challenge is suppose to be challenging and so I borrowed the stamps from a friend and had a quper quick play. Here's my design:

I was pretty pleased with the overall look until that is, my 6yr son asked is the lady on the card the Hulk's mum?!?! It took me while before I understood what he meant. Yep maybe I should have been a bit more careful with my ombre brayering as she does in fact have green arms and head. Out of the mouths of babes, right!

But that aside, I can see why everyone loves this stamp set, and the DT's work today are outstanding. Will I be purchasing this set anytime soon... maybe. Guess you'll just have to watch this space.

Happy Crafting,

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