Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Guest Designer - Colour INKspiration #10 Blog Hop

Thank you very much for stopping by today. I am very honoured to be a Guest Designer for the Colour INKspiration crew! Colour INKspiration is a Facebook challenge site that on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month post a challenge colour palette.  It is accompanied by a very inspirational blog hop put together by the crew members. People then go forth and create amazingness and post it to the facebook page. You can get the details here. This month I get to hop along with the crew!! Excitement plus!

If you have been hopping along you would have just seen the amazingness ( I have typed it twice now, so it must be a word, right?) of my dear friend Lou Kitzelman. I can thank Lou for getting me onto the blogging bandwagon and entering challenges, she not only inspired me to do it but also coached me along the way, for which I am very thankful for.

For the challenge this fortnight we were given this colour palette.....

The colours just scream Autumn by themselves but then add the autumny images and I couldn't not use the new Colourful Season Stamp Set and matching dies.

With the colour challenges you can  add neutral/metallic colours, for my card I've used Very Vanilla and Copper. The leaf looks amazing in real life! I stamped the leaf stamp after daubing Cajun Craze & Island Indigo on with my sponge daubers and then spritzed it a little with water before stamping onto watercolour paper. Once it was dry I then stamped the leaf outline with Versamark and embossed with copper embossing powder.

This shows you the inside of the card and the card fold. I think it might be a lever card?? I saw a beautiful card by the talented Danielas Stempelwelt here and was inspired to nut out how to make it. I'm really happy with my results! I used the leaf die as a stencil and daubed over it with the sponge daubers to create the stenciled leaves and of course continued the copper embossing inside.

Here is another view of the card just slightly opened. Did you notice that I stitched copper thread through the holes in the stitched shape square. I love taking the time to add extra details like this and jobs like that can be done in front of the tv or anywhere you are just sitting around, like waiting to pick up the kids!

Thank you so much for taking the time to have a look see at my blog 😊 to continue hopping just click the next blog image below. It will take you to the talented Julia Quinn.

Cheers Megan xx

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Colour INKspiration #09 Happy Birthday

Howdy lovelies!

Just dropping by for a quick post (I'm fanging to get into my craft room, a order has arrived! need I say more!) to share my entry for the Colour INKspiration # 09.

Voila! Here it is a CAS (Clean and Simple) design, well I think it is, as simple as I can go anyway. I'm loving the new Happy Birthday thinlits (available 1st June to customers), its a bit hard to see but I cut it out three times and glued them all on top of each other to create a more dimensional element. Then, to give it more dimension again, I applied a layer of fine tip glue over it to give it a glossy enamel look.

This is the colour palette we were given for this challenge and of course you can add in neutrals, in this case Crumb Cake, one of my favourite "go-to" colours.

Now I did warn you it was going to be quick, I'm quite pleased with myself how speedy I have gotten this done, bet there will be spelling or grammar mistakes! You'll forgive me though, there is an awesome brown box that is screaming to be opened! Wonder if my love for Crumb Cake has some subconscious link to the colour of the boxes our orders are delivered in???

Catch ya!
Megan xx

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Viewfinder Masculine Card for KB's International Blog Highlight

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! Today I have a masculine card for you. Often people say they struggle with coming up with cards for the men in our lives but Stampin' Up! make it easy with fabulous stamp sets like Guy Greetings. This is one of the first stamp sets I ever bought and I was so happy to see that it was going to continue to the new catalogue, so many great images!

This card is being entered into Kylie Bertucci's International Highlights competition. I entered last month and got into the top 10 because wonderful people voted for my entry. Getting into the top 10 then allows you to participate in an international blog hop, something I love to do. If I could please ask for a little bit of your precious time again to vote for me this month please click HERE. My entry is number 8 and to vote all you need to do is click the little heart in the top right hand corner of where my piccy is. Easy!

I made a fun interactive card, not sure if they have a name but I'm calling it my viewfinder card! I think boys should like this one as you don't just look at it, you also get to play with it and turn the dial and make the man have different hats!

The way I made this card was to firstly cut the little view finder hole above his head. The little rectangle framelit from the Up & Away thinlits was the perfect size for all the hats. Next was to make the dial, the 7.5cm circle framelit was the perfect size. I then evenly spaced the six hats around the circle by dividing into six. You could probably just eyeball this but me being a little OCD had to google "how to divide a circle into 6"! If you have a geometry set at home with a compass go right ahead, I'm certainly not judging!!

These are just my templates for figuring it all out, on the original I stamped the hats directly onto the dial. You then need to attach your dial behind your card front, I attached it with a brad from my stash, its hidden behind the banner. I then cut a notch at the top of the card front with a circle punch, be sure you don't cut it so deep that you can see your images as they whirl by or make sure the images are stamped in far enough to not be seen. I really recommend making up a template with scraps so that you don't waste valuable supplies. I could give more exact measurements but for every project it will be different depending on how many images will go on the dial and which stamp set you use. I would love to see other creations so make sure you let me know if you make or have made something similar!

I also decorated the inside too! From this view you can see the the card front is mounted on top of adhesive strips this helps the dial to go round easier.


 And finally here is a little video to show the card in action! 

I do hope you have enjoyed my post today and again if I could ask you to vote for me, I would be so appreciative. Just click HERE!

Cheers Megan xx

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