Monday, 17 November 2014

Blog Hop Fun!!...

Hello, hello!

Today is a special day because it is the day that the WOW! Embossing Design Team join up with the Ruby Rock-It guys for a fabulous blog hop!

For anyone who is participating on the hop, you should have arrived here from Beckie's blog.  If not, then I certainly urge you to jump back to the beginning so you don't miss anyone out along the way!  There are beauties and prizes galore, so you won't want to miss out on any of the blogs!

All you need to do to be eligible for our prizes is to leave a comment on each designer's blog and then go back to our blog letting us know you have done so!  Comments will be closing on Friday 21st November at 23:59 PST.  N.B. - You may want to leave a note on both the WOW! and the Ruby Rock-It blogs to say you've been round to see us all as I believe that the prizes below are two separate prizes to be given away - I wouldn't want you guys missing out on the chance to win both!!  ;)

The prizes are...

WOW! Embossing Powder;

and Ruby Rock-It are giving this away...

Pretty cool wouldn't you agree?!!!

We had the pleasure of creating a project using our wonderful WOW! products alongside the beautiful Ruby Rock-It products.  Is anyone surprised that I made a card!?...

For this card I used the papers and twine from the Ruby Rock-It Country Cookin collection.  There are a brilliant mix of rustic style papers of all different kinds from chalkboard tags to these great patterns, which are the papers that particularly caught my eye.  Again...anyone who 'knows' me will not be surprised that these are the papers I was immediately drawn to!

To make this card I die cut the circle from a piece of kraft card and then heat embossed WOW's Sexi-Hexi background stamp using the amazing Clear Matt Dull powder.  I love this powder as when you heat it, it just seems like your average clear embossing powder, but as it cools you can actually watch the finish change from glossy to matte - maybe I'm too easily pleased, but I think it's great!

I placed the striped pattern paper directly onto the card front and adhered the kraft mat on top using foam adhesive to give a little dimension.  The sentiment panel was mounted on a gorgeous piece of the red plaid paper from the collection. The colours of all the papers tie together so well.  I wrapped a small amount of the Ruby Rock-It twine around the kraft card and my card was complete!

I'm not someone who uses patterned papers very often, but I have to admit that this collection was very inspiring and complemented the WOW! stamps and powders perfectly!

Now, you need to get yourselves over to Kaka's blog to find some more treasures there!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and good luck to you all for the prize draw!

WOW! - Sexi Hexi background stamp; Clear Matt Dull embossing powder
Ruby Rock-It - Country Cookin collection - papers and twine

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Anything goes...

Hello my lovelies!

I don't know if it's the same for you, but all of my friends seem to have birthdays in September/October/November - myself included - which means I should be ready for it each year, but invariably I'm not!  So I've been busy making birthday cards galore!!  This, at a time when I should be making a large dent in the Christmas card making list - oh well!

Here is one of the cards I've made recently;

It's a super simple card, but I quite like it!  A bit of emboss resist and a rainbow, loads of white space and a slightly sparkly sentiment - job done!

I have a leftover strip of the honeycomb rainbow - I'll have to put that to good use on something else soon :)

I did make this card for two challenges - one being STAMPlorations - Anything Goes, and the other was CAS(E)This Sketch #98, but as per usual, I missed the deadline!  The card was made, I just did not get the time for the photographs, posting etc...!  I enjoyed making it though, which is the whole reason we do this, right?!

This is just a short post today, maybe I'll get a chance to play along AND post some cards for challenges that are still live!!

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend guys, thanks as always for taking the time to stop by ;)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct- White Super Smooth
Stamps:  WOW! - Sexi-Hexi; STAMPlorations - Celebrate
Ink:         VersaMark; Papermania - Red, Yellow; Distress Ink - Wild Honey, Broken China, Dusty
                     Concord; VersaColor - Green, Old Rose
Other:     WOW! - Black Glint Embossing Glitter, Bright White Opaque Super Fine Embossing Powder 

Saturday, 8 November 2014

WOW! Mixed media - CAS Style...

Hello there!

How is everyone?  It's the weekend - yay!  I hope you all have wonderful plans and find a little time for crafting too :)

It is Mixed Media month over at WOW! Embossing Powder.  

Now, I'm not going to lie, the thought of mixed media fills me with fear so this was a true challenge!  The other girls on the team are mixed media queens and we all know I'm here for the CAS contribution!

I was surprised however, at how easily it all came together once I got going - so anyone else out there who thinks they can't 'do' the whole mixed media thing, give it a go, you may well surprise yourself :)

On to my card...

I know what you're thinking...not as 'mixed' as the other projects from the other Design Team members...I did warn you I was the CAS element of the team  :)

I started by blending the inks onto white cardstock and then attacked it with splashes of water which lifted the ink nicely.  Then I stamped the floral stamp from WOW!'s Collage stamp set along the bottom, trying not to be too precise about it as I wanted there to be some 'misses'.

Then I applied a strip of scrim.  I live in a builders household - myself and my other half have always worked in the construction industry, so there are always random building materials lying around my house!  I found this roll of plastering scrim a few months ago and until now I've only used it as a stencil and a stamp, I hadn't thought to actually apply it to my cards - there's a first time for everything!  I love to re-purpose and I'm pleased with how this looks.

I then applied embossing ink to the die cut words and very lightly sprinkled some Platinum Super Fine embossing powder over them so that the powder only stuck to a small, random portion of the wording.  I covered the rest with Black Glint embossing glitter which has created a nice mix of the two colours and finishes.

The die cut butterfly was heat embossed using Calypso embossing glitter and the body was again embossed using Black Glint embossing glitter.

So, there you have it - mixed media a la CAS style!

I hope you all find time to join us for our challenge and you enjoy the rest of the teams' projects!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Ta ta for now ;)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White Super Smooth
Stamps: Collage Stamp Set
Ink:        Versamark, Versafine - Onyx; Distrees Inks - Broken China, Crushed Olive
Other:    WOW! - Black Glint Embossing GlitterCalypso Embossing GlitterPlatinum Super Fine Embossing
                  Powder; Scrim tape; Britannia Dies - Happy Word Set, Birthday Word Set