Thursday, 25 August 2016

Pinkies Stampin' Up! 2016 Autumn Winter Catalogue Blog Hop! feat. Halloween Scenes Edgelit Dies & Spooky Fun Stamp Set

Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We're showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin' Up!® Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

Welcome to my blog - Handmade by Kim! A big warm welcome if you have hopped over from Lizy's or Jerim's blog and you are visiting me for the first time. 

In the UK we don't celebrate Halloween to the same extremes as places like America, so a Halloween card is not something we would usually make. With lots of Halloween parties now being arranged, I think my project today would be perfect for a Halloween party invitation. 

It was really difficult to get a sharp photograph of this card and I think its because of all the white space, these pictures were my third attempt so, they are what they are and hopefully so you see what I was trying to achieve.

To make this card I sponged the background using Tangerine Tango ink. I used sticky notes to mask the area which allowed me to have perfect straight lines.

I die cut the tree using the Halloween Scenes Edgelit Dies twice, once in Basic Black and once in Whisper White. I layered the Whisper White underneath, slightly to the side - I think this gives it a striking look over the sponged background and I am really pleased with how it turned out. I then added some Foam Adhesive Strips to the back of the tree so it added some dimension to the card.

Using the Spooky Fun stamp set I stamped 3 bats around the tree, it was important that the tree was in place before I did this as I wanted the bats to really stand out. I then stamped the sentiment "have some spooky fun" onto Whisper White and punched it out with the Classic Label Punch. I wasn't sure about this punch but I have certainly warmed to it and think I will be using it a lot more now.

There are lots of great Halloween themed products in our catalogue this year. Here are a few sneeky peeks from the new catalogue (click on the picture to enlarge it for a closer a look). 

Crafting is all about having fun and letting people know you care with lovely handmade things. Why don't you see how you can incorporate something Halloween themed into your life this year. Last year I made 17 Halloween treat bags for my team at work. You could make Halloween invitations, Halloween games, Halloween decorations, the possibilities are endless!

I hope you enjoyed my project today! Make sure you leave a comment to let me know you stopped by! Next we have Jerim's  blog and she has created something awesome for you. Click on the Next Blog button below to keep on hopping round all of our blogs until you get back to mine.

Have a great bank holiday weekend whatever you are doing! I am going to a health spa for a little me time and I can't wait!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

#GDP50 Sketch challenge using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlit Dies by Stampin' Up!

I had lots of fun making these cards and have decided to enter my project today into two challenges.

The first challenge is a sketch challenge. My card layout has been based on the sketch below over at the Global Design Project #GDP50.
Second of all, Kylie Bertucci is running a another Blog Highlight competition where her blog readers will be voting on all of the projects entered for a chance to take part in one of Kylie's future International Blog Hops.

Voting starts on Friday 26th August at 9:30am BST. I will be posting the link on my Facebook page and Twitter, after it has gone live.

I really liked the sketch in this week's challenge. I also loved how the designers have interpreted  this into their designs over at the Global Design Project - however it took me a while to get started. After a few attempts, this is what I have come up with.!

The main colours used are Basic Gray and Melon Mambo. I love this combination - I almost went with Rose Red instead but I felt Melon Mambo worked much better. I decorated the inside too, which I sometimes forget to do!

I felt the card was still missing something however it was soon complete after I added the Silver Glitter Ribbon and die cut "congratulations" from Melon Mambo cardstock.

I am excited that I will be sending this card to a few of my new subscribers that joined my notification list after I ran a recent giveaway. I hope they enjoy receiving these cards and the kits for the balloon card!

Thanks for taking the time to look at my project and my blog. Back on Thursday with the Pinkies Blog Hop.