©Candles in the Garden. RIC78 - Inlaid die-cutting with CAS-ual Fridays Heartboard Fri-Dies.

Runway Inspired Challenge #78

Hello there and welcome to this week’s Runway Inspired Challenge! We have another awesome inspiration photo and the chance to win a prize from Ellen Hutson.

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Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. RIC78 - Inlaid die-cutting with CAS-ual Fridays Heartboard Fri-Dies.

It took me a while to crack this one…I liked the diagonal stripes on the model’s outfit, but was really struggling with the colour – is it red? Is it orange? I went for both, just to be on the safe side 😉

©Candles in the Garden. RIC78 - Inlaid die-cutting with CAS-ual Fridays Heartboard Fri-Dies.

I pulled out one of my favourite dies – the Heart Board Fri-Dies from CAS-ual Fridays – and used it to die-cut several (more like hundreds!) of hearts out of five shades of paper, ranging from a red foil cardstock through to an orange, and finally white. I separated all the die-cut pieces and put them into piles on my desk, before inlaying them back together again in a multicoloured order. Here’s a closeup:

©Candles in the Garden. RIC78 - Inlaid die-cutting with CAS-ual Fridays Heartboard Fri-Dies.

I did this four times, adhering the inlaid hearts onto scraps of paper so that they would be easier to work with when mounting them to a piece of white cardstock. I arranged each fully composed heart in a sort of cross and then ran the whole thing through my die-cutting machine with a frame die from Avery Elle’s Finished Frames set.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC78 - Inlaid die-cutting with CAS-ual Fridays Heartboard Fri-Dies.

I foam mounted the panel to a card base on moved onto the sentiment…another stumbling block! I tried stacked sentiments, long sentiments, word dies…everything, before I ended up going with a really cute one from Mama Elephant’s Confetti set.

©Candles in the Garden. RIC78 - Inlaid die-cutting with CAS-ual Fridays Heartboard Fri-Dies.

I stamped the sentiment with black ink on to a matching piece of cardstock, trimmed it out with a circle die, and foam mounted it to the card front with a paisley wood veneer embellishment.

Be sure to stop by the Runway Inspired Challenge blog for more inspiration from the rest of the DT members!

Jennifer | Taheerah | Kristen | Aga | Tasnim | Gayatri | Lindsay | Karolyn

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©Candles in the Garden. 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2014.

25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hello there!

Today I’m sharing a tag I’ve made as part of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags for 2014, organised by the wonderfully talented Tracey McNeely. I was asked to play along as part of the CAS-ual Fridays DTs (of which I was on the challenge team).

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There are some awesome prizes up for grabs from the following sponsors – all you have to do is leave a comment and I’ll draw one lucky winner ;-):

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Here’s my tag:

©Candles in the Garden. 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2014.

I created a layered tag using a partial die-cutting technique to extend the size of the middle and bottom tags. I used a Sizzix Snowflake embossing folder to add some texture to the top tag and going over it with some Distress Inks.

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For the middle tag, I inked up a panel with some Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks, and then heat embossed a christmas tree image in silver (though you can only see the bottom part of it peeking through!).

©Candles in the Garden. 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2014.

Out of the same panel, I die-cut a deer and foam mounted it to the top tag. I also die-cut another deer out of a metal sheet and adhered next to the first one.

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For the bottom tag, I partially stamped a sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Christmas Carols set with brown ink, and brushed over it with some white Perfect Pearls. The three tags were then foam mounted to each other and secured with a piece of satin ribbon through the top.

©Candles in the Garden. 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2014.

Stop by Tracey’s blog to see what the rest of the Girl Fridays have come up with, and for another chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by 😉

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC134 - Tic Tac Toe. Sequins + Embossing + Twine.

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC134 – Tic Tac Toe

Hey everyone!

Today sees that start of the final CAS-ual Fridays Challenge for 2014…that’s right, the last one for this year. That doesn’t mean the end, as I’m sure the challenge will come back with a bang in 2015 😉 This week’s theme is Tic Tac Toe, which means you can choose the prompts from a row in the graphic below (down, across, diagonal) to create your project. Fun, right?

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I went for the right hand column: Sequins + Embossing + Twine and here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC134 - Tic Tac Toe. Sequins + Embossing + Twine.

I began by embossing a piece of white cardstock with one of the Lattice embossing folders from Lifestyle Crafts. This was then adhered to my card base with foam pads.

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC134 - Tic Tac Toe. Sequins + Embossing + Twine.

I die-cut a tag shape out of a scrap panel that had been covered in Distress Inks and had a silver embossed flower image (hopefully, you know by now that I can’t throw anything away!). I threaded some twine through a hole and then foam mounted the tag at an angle on the front of the card .

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC134 - Tic Tac Toe. Sequins + Embossing + Twine.

The sentiment from the Wallflower set was partially stamped with Versamark onto some black cardstock and heat embossed in white (the rest of the sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink on the inside of the card). I also white heat embossed the deco flowers from the same set onto some vellum and coloured the reverse with copic markers.

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC134 - Tic Tac Toe. Sequins + Embossing + Twine.

The flowers were cut out carefully and adhered to the card with glossy accents. I curled up the edges for some interest and sprinkled with a few sequins – Tic Tac Toe!!!

Although this is the last challenge for 2014, Michele is kindly giving away a $20 CAS-ual Fridays Stamps gift certificate on each of the challenge DT’s blogs. All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs for the chance to win!

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There’s more inspiration from the rest of the DT over at the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge blog – be sure to stop by!

Thanks for looking 😉

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC133 - Summer lovin. Hearts in summer colours using Heart Board Fri-Die.

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC133 – Summer lovin’

Hey crafters, hope you’re well!

Today sees that start of a brand new CAS-ual Fridays Challenge and I’m sure you’re going to love it! The theme is Summer lovin’ and your mission (should you choose to accept it!) is to use hearts in summer colours ;-). This was a no-brainer for me – my Distress Inks had to come out!

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC133 - Summer lovin. Hearts in summer colours using Heart Board Fri-Die.

I created some quick coloured panels with a range of Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, Festive Berries, Seedless Preserves, Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon and Picked Raspberry) by swiping them onto my craft sheet, spritzing with a Perfect Pearls / water mixture and then laying some white cardstock into the inky puddles. I heat set and repeated the process until I achieved the desired effect. Once all the panels were dry, I used the Heart Board Fri-Die to cut out all the various hearts (this die is awesome because you get five die-cuts in one pass! Result!).

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC133 - Summer lovin. Hearts in summer colours using Heart Board Fri-Die.

I now have lots and lots of different coloured hearts in various sizes on my craft desk but that’s OK, because it means I can make more cards using the same concept! I started arranging a selection of the hearts in a range of colours onto a card base, and where two hearts intersected I snipped delicately with a pair of scissors.

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC133 - Summer lovin. Hearts in summer colours using Heart Board Fri-Die.

When I was happy with my arrangement, I used Glossy Accents to adhere the hearts together along with some strategically place foam pads to create a sense of depth and movement – you’ll notice that the hearts aren’t completely stuck down and almost look like they would fly away!

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC133 - Summer lovin. Hearts in summer colours using Heart Board Fri-Die.

I stamped a really simple sentiment from the Wallflower set but really, you could add anything to this card – I think it would be suitable for more that one occasion, right?!

There’s more inspiration from the rest of the DT over at the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge blog, where you’ll find more details about the fabulous prize that’s up for grabs!

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©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC132 - Masculine Cards...with a catch. Cupid's Arrow.

CAS-ual Fridays CFC132 – What a catch!

Hello! Thanks for joining me for the latest CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!

This week’s theme is masculine cards…but with a bit of a catch ;-). Your projects have to include ribbon, but you can’t use any kraft (that’s the catch!). Here’s my card:

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I started by creating a watercolour background – this is the quickest and easiest way to make an impactful card using a few simple supplies – water, watercolour paper and reinkers / spray mists / watercolours. I spritzed a piece of watercolour paper liberally with water and then inked up an acrylic block with some Dylusions Ink Sprays. Simply remove the nozzle from the bottle, and draw straight onto the block in various colours!

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC132 - Masculine Cards...with a catch. Cupid's Arrow.

I stamped the acrylic block down onto the damp piece of watercolour paper until it started to bleed around the edge. I slowly removed the block, doing a kind of rocking motion to make the ink spread in different directions. I also made some small ink splats by loading up a brush with the excess ink left on the block.

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC132 - Masculine Cards...with a catch. Cupid's Arrow.

I heat set the panel, and stamped the heart-shaped dartboard image from CAS-ual Fridays Cupid’s Arrows set in Versafine Onyx Black ink. The sentiment is also from the same set.

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC132 - Masculine Cards...with a catch. Cupid's Arrow.

To finish up, I folded up a small piece of cream, satin ribbon and adhered it to the back of the panel so that it peeks through – coincidentally, the sentiment happens to be pointing to the ribbon, which is a bonus! The panel was then foam mounted to a metallic blue card base.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll play along for the chance to win some awesome prizes!

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©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC131 - Three Thirds. Funky Element Die.

CAS-ual Fridays CFC131 – Three Thirds

Hello and welcome to the latest Cas-ual Fridays Challenge! The theme is Three Thirds and you have to use three of something (colours, elements, accessories, etc) on just one third of the card front. Sounds like fun, right?! Here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC131 - Three Thirds. Funky Element Die.

I started by covering a piece of white cardstock in a trio of Distress Inks (see what I did there? – three inks!!!), in a sort of ombre, graduated effect going from Peacock Feathers to Mustard Seed and then to Worn Lipstick. I then repeatedly stamped the Decorative Border from the Countdown set on top of the distress inked panel, again using the same three inks. The same border was also stamped on my card base.

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC131 - Three Thirds. Funky Element Die.

I used the Funky Element die to cut the shapes out from the panel and also out of some plain white cardstock. I layered all the pieces together to create three thicker die-cuts and adhered them to the card base with Glossy Accents. Here’s a close-up – I added a gemstone on each Funky Element:

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC131 - Three Thirds. Funky Element Die.

The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink and comes from the same set. I like the contrast of the black against the bright Distress Inks!

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC131 - Three Thirds. Funky Element Die.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll play along for the chance to win some awesome prizes!

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©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC129 Good Egg.

CAS-ual Fridays CFC130 – Good Egg!

Hello and happy Friday 😉 – its time for another fabulous CAS-ual Fridays Challenge, and with Easter around the corner, the theme is Good Egg!

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The idea behind this one is to include ovals in your designs – couldn’t get any easier than that, right?! Here’s my CAS take:

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I have to admit, this is my second attempt for this challenge because I think my first one wasn’t CAS enough…still, I liked how it turned out 😉 Amazing what you can come up with when you focus your mind! The pattern behind the sentiment is an image from the CAS-ual Fridays Countdown stamp set, and its got these cute little oval images to go with it! I used them to fill in some of the open areas with Delicata Golden Glitz! I used three different Adirondack dye inks to stamp the pattern diagonally.

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC129 Good Egg.

The sentiment comes from the CAS-ual Fridays Wallflower stamp set, and is fast becoming a favourite of mine. I heat embossed it in gold and mounted to a slightly bigger panel that had been swiped with the same aqua ink used to stamp the pattern below.

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC130 Good Egg.

Thanks for looking! There’s a chance to win a prize from Pretty Pink Posh, so be sure to play along – and don’t forget to check out the wonderful creativity from the Design Team!

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©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC128 So Long. Teardrop die-cuts from Memory Box.

CAS-ual Fridays CFC129 – Shades of Gray

Hello hello!!! Welcome back to another CAS-ual Fridays Challenge, which, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, now has a whole new format. More details here, but essentially you get much more time to play! Yay!

I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to leave a comment on my announcement post – it means so much to me, and I hope you’ll come back and visit again. On to this week’s theme – Shades of Gray – you have to use at least two shades of gray on your project:

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And here’s my card:

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC129 Shades of Gray. Teardrop die-cuts from Memory Box.

I chose to work with a steel grey card base, freeing me up to experiment with other colours as well as one more shade of grey. I started by stamping the sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Truth Is set in Versamark and heat embossing in white (OK, so the base warped a bit and I had to flatten it under my Grand Calibur overnight).

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC129 Shades of Gray. Teardrop die-cuts from Memory Box.

Then I coloured up some panels of white cardstock with various inks including Pumice Stone Distress Ink and Memento London Fog – these were my other greys. Once the panels were dry, I die-cut the teardrops using Memory Box’s Benjamin Border die.

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC129 Shades of Gray. Teardrop die-cuts from Memory Box.

I stuck the teardrops down layer by layer with some slight overlap – I used foam adhesive towards the bottom of each one and Glossy Accents at the tips, creating some raised dimension – here’s a closeup:

©Candles in the Garden. CAS-ual Fridays CFC129 Shades of Gray. Teardrop die-cuts from Memory Box.

I finished up with some gemstones below the sentiment and voilà!

Thanks for stopping by – I hope you’ll play along for the chance to win some awesome prizes! Stop by the blog to see creations from the brilliant new design team – the inspiration from those girls is so amazing!

A CAS-ual announcement!

Hey everyone!

Just popping by to let you know that I’ve been asked by the fabulous Michele over at CAS-ual Fridays to continue on with the challenge design team for another term! Woohoo! The best part is that you guys have been invited to leave comments on all the design team’s blogs for a chance to win a CFS stamp or Fri-Die of your choice!

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As part of the awesomeness that is CAS-ual Fridays, we also had a mini assignment and that was to give our answers to the following questions, so that you get to know all of us a little – fun, right?! Here goes:

1. How long have you been a cardmaker, and how were you first introduced to it?
I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, and making cards was always something I really enjoyed doing, and then giving them to loved ones. But, it’s only since February last year that I started participating in challenges and really pushing my card making skills! Its been a roller coaster ever since!

2. What colour are your toenails painted right now?
There’s nothing on them at the moment, but I have been known to experiment with shades of blue and burgundy 😉

3. If your family locked up your crafty supplies for an entire month, what would you do instead?
Oh my gosh, this one’s tough. After suffering from heavy bouts of CWS (craft withdrawal symptoms), I would probably spend more time with friends and family. I love eating out but also like cooking different types of food. I think I would try to book a holiday for a couple of weeks to somewhere warm and sunny too 😉

4. Favourite thing to order at Starbucks:
Always a hot chocolate, and if I’m feeling particularly naughty, some whipped cream to go on top ;-). I don’t drink coffee, and usually only have one cup of tea a day, so Starbucks is like a treat, albeit a very chocolaty one!

5. You’ve reached your destination but just as you are turning your car off, a song comes on the radio and you are sooo happy to hear it that you sit in your car until it’s over(singing along is optional *wink*). Name that song:
Ain’t Nobody by Chaka Khan. One of my all time faves!

I hope you’ll check out what everyone else’s answers were, and leave some comments on their blogs too!

See you soon!