Saturday, 31 July 2021

The Travel Bug

 


While I had the Funky Bug set out earlier this week, I thought I'd make a few ladybirds.  There is "Charmingly Cherry" challenge at The Rainbow Challenge #31 so I wanted to make something in red.


Then it was just a matter of making a card.  Since Monsieur Mojo seems to be on an unexpectad and unwanted vacation at the moment, this hasn't been easy.  I thought about themes that you may associate with bugs - computer bugs, getting sick and finally the travel bug - I have loads of travel themed stuff!  I found this text in an old stamp set (WMS Fine Feathers) - it's so small I hardly noticed it.  It's a bit lost on this DP but I thought it would be perfect for a bon voyage or graduation card.  

I'd like to enter Shopping Our Stash Challenge #450 with the prompt "Quit Bugging Me" and 
 the Alphabet Challenge where "I is for Insects"!

I'd also like to join Cardz 4 Galz Challenge 152 where the prompt is die cuts or punches.
The following challenges have Anything Goes this week so I'd like to enter there also



Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit.  If you leave a comment, I’ll be over the moon!  I’ll also know you were here, so I can check out what you’ve been up to and we can get better acquainted!

Kate

Thursday, 29 July 2021

Tree of Life



This Memorybox Tree has come alive with colourful spring butterflies!  The "For You" sentiment is from the WMS Big Day Today stamp set - so many lovely sentiments in this set!  The name I've curved around the base of the tree.

I'm entering this in Make My Monday Challenge #153 where the prompt is "Trees".

I'd also like to enter Allsorts Challenge #633 where the theme is "Feminine/For a Lady";

I'd also like to enter the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where this week "Anything Goes"!


Finally, there's a new challenge coming soon which sounds intriguing - Four Seasons!  

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit.  If you leave a comment, I’ll be over the moon!  I’ll also know you were here, so I can check out what you’ve been up to and we can get better acquainted!

Kate

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Squeeze the Day

 


This card was inspired by this lovely fresh image from the current Fusion Challenge.  I even tried to follow the sketch this time.   I just love this colour combination and never would have tried it out if not for this challenge!   

I love this sentiment, which I've seen a around a lot lately but as I don't own a stamp with it I had two choices - create a computer generated one or spell it out!  I tried the latter because I wanted to replace the "y" with a cocktail glass!  I can't tell you how many alphabets I toyed with until I settled on this one (MFT Little Letters Upper).   The sun I might replace with another lemon slice if I can remove it safely.  The top needed something and I thought sun - squeezing the day and all!  But I still wasn't happy so I thought I'd add a few lemon slices.

I'd also like to enter the Double D Colours of Summer Challenge which has the following Inspiration Board - doesn't that drink look inviting!


I'd also like to enter the following challenges 
Use Your Stuff Challenge #427 where the theme is Summer Fun;

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit.  If you leave a comment, I’ll be over the moon!  I’ll also know you were here, so I can check out what you’ve been up to and we can get better acquainted!

Kate

Monday, 26 July 2021

Perfect Specimen

 


When I saw this funky colour combination over at Colour Hues Challenge #22 I knew it deserved a funky subject matter!  



And these previously NBUS Tim Holtz Funky Insects fit the bill - perfectly you might say!  I'm not a huge fan of insects - especially the flying ones!  Very few things freaked me out more than Bogong Moths and Christmas Beetles.  My older brother thought it would be hilarious to throw a Christmas Beetle in the bathroom while I was in the bath one night - I would only have been 6 or 7 at the time!  When I was a little older I had a traumatic experience with a bogong moth and my (then) long frizzy hair!  To be fair it was probably more traumatic for the bogong moth!  Any yet when I saw this Funky Insects Die set I just had to have it!  Therapy??

But how to use it - one of the reasons it's sat in a drawer for ages!  I saw a challenge last week for Frames, which made me think of a specimen in a collection which then the led me to the idea of using this "perfect" die (Verve Amazing Adjectives).  I can't find said challenge, so I guess I missed it but would like to thank them for the inspiration!

I have been looking at this inspiration photo from Inspirational Challenge #279 for 3 weeks now - two previous attempts ending up taking me in different directions!   It's closing shortly and I had resigned myself to not getting anything finished in time when it occurred to me I had already been inspired!  The lime green combi van and that strip of aqua sea were very likely why this colour combination appealed to me so much!  


As the idea for this card began to grow, I thought I'd check out other challenges for further inspiration.  You can imagine my surprised and delight I was when I came across Shopping Our Stash Challenge #450 which had the prompt "Quit Bugging Me"!

Other challenges I'll be entering are Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the prompt is "Out with the Old and In with the New".  The Funky Insect die is new (for me) and the frame dies are old and much loved dies!  

Since the Funky Insect Die set is NBUS, I'll be entering this card in NBUS Challenge #28

Finally I took a closeup photo of the beetle so you can get a look at his eyes - creepy yet mesmerising as they are!  I placed a small drop of glossy accents and worked it into the crevices around the eye socket and then sprinkled them with ultra fine blue glitter.  When dry, I gave the eye sockets two more coats (without glitter) until they bulged and then covered the whole upper carapace.



Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit.  If you leave a comment, I’ll be over the moon!  I’ll also know you were here, so I can check out what you’ve been up to and we can get better acquainted!

Kate