Monday, 22 January 2018

Monday Moments

I was so thrilled to be have my card from last week's CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge picked as a winner - HERE. It was one of those I'm not really sure about cards so thank you CC&S for the reassurance you've given me. 

And while I was over there saying thanks I spotted the beautiful colours from this week's challenge. Just couldn't resist!

So here's my card:

I had to substitute the SU perfect plum for Memento sweet plum  and simply stamped the three colours in a column. The oh so gorgeous Uniko rose bud was then stamped on top and a little quote from Precious Remembrance Shop was added below.

Stamps: Uniko, Pure Florals Rose; Ptecious Remembrance Shop, New Day
Inks: SU, wisteria wonder, soft sky; Memento, tuxedo black, sweet plum

Thanks for looking today, it's been lovely to have you visit my blog. I hope you'll come back again soon.

And keep crafting! 

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

AAA Cards Challenge #107 - Chilled

Today sees the start of a brand new challenge over at AAA Cards. And I'm loving the chilly aquas from the badge graphic.

So with thoughts about making a snow scene card I created my aqua background using distress oxide ink and added a die cut snowy slope.

Then I got to thinking about how chilled is also used to describe a relaxed and enjoyable feeling. And as I wanted to feature stamps by our new sponsor CAS-ual Fridays I chose one of their tutu ladies and added some glittery aqua to her skirt and hairband. What better way to chill out than dancing!

Here's my tip for keeping your card AAA Cards CAS - if you've created a scene with an all over pattern like my aqua sky simply frame it and add to a larger card base to ensure you still have plenty of that all important non-patterned, non-textured empty 'white' space.

Stamps: CASual Fridays, Tutu
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; Ranger distress oxide, salty ocean
Dies: MFT Die-namics, basic stitched edges; Lawn Fawn, stitched rectangle frames
Pen: Spectrum Noir Sparkle, aquamarine

We've two incredibly talented ladies joining us as Guest Designers for this challenge - Anita and Milla. Go check out their cards and find links to their blogs HERE. And of course there's all the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the AAA Cards DT to be found HERE too.

So pleased you dropped by today, thanks a bunch for your time.

And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Saturday Spot

Today I'm sharing a neat little card I made with the STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch Challenge in mind.

I started by picking a patterned card for the outside border and then stamped the image onto white card and coloured it to match the border.

I chose this stamp because it had lots of curves and for its overall simplicity to contrast with busy border pattern.

I love this type of inspirational sentiment quote too.

Stamps: STAMPlorations, New Beginning
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Die: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangle
Pens: Copic, B00, B02, V13, V16, B35, G94, G99; Wink of Stella, gold & clear

Thanks for your time today, it's been great having your company for a while.

And keep crafting!

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Friday, 19 January 2018

Uniko Challenge #45 - Something Old, Something New

I'm so pleased you dropped by today as I'm here with details of the first Uniko Challenge for 2018.

And what could be a more fitting theme? And with Valentine's Day coming up soon the twist is going to be so easy to encorporate.

So for my DT card I've used what I think is my first ever stamp set bought from Uniko and the bang up to date new matching die.

I chose some colours inspired by the violas and primulas that are starting to appear in my local shops. I added the flowers to a been in my stash forever die cut heart to encompass the challenge's LOVE twist and used a greeting from the freebie set from the Uniko December new release.

Stamps:Uniko, Flower Power #2, December freebie
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Dies: Uniko Flower Power #2; Xcut, Homespun Heart
Pens: Copic, BV11, BV13, N1, Y18, YR16

So how will you interpret this theme? Do pop over to Uniko to check out how the rest of the DT have been inspired - they'll inspire you back for sure!

Thanks for looking today, it's been fabulous to have you visit my blog.  And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Thursday Thoughts

Today I'm saring a card I made for the STAMPlorations CAS Challenge. The theme is Anything Goes with an optional colour twist of silver.

Of course I couldn't resist the colour twist so my card is looking very sparkly!

A little research on the internet helped me pick colours for the plumerias - I'd not come across these flowers before, but they are so pretty. I hand cut the very bottom of the blooms and leaf so that I could pull them out to drape over the silver base of my card.

Stamps: STAMPlorations, IN BLOOM Precious Plumerias; Uniko, Simply Said
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Dies: MFT Die-namics, basic stitched edges
Pens: Copic, Y13, YR16, YG13, YG17, RV02, RV04

Thanks so much for looking at my blog today, I really appreciate your time.

And keep crafting! 

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Wednesday Words - Featuring Uniko Stamps

Today I'm over on the Uniko blog with some simple 'Stamp and Go' ideas for cards. I've created three cards and as t says on the label they ar all quick, easy and made with simple stamping.

Here's a peek at what you can see over at Uniko. I hope you'll have time to pop over and see the full story.

Thanks for looking today, hope you'll come back soon.  And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Tuesday Talk

It's not often that a new challenge comes along and when it's the brain child of the multi talented Darnell you know it's going to be a great one. So I'm here today joining in with the very first Twofer Challenge.

And as it name suggests  there needs to be two cards both using the same stamp or die, but in different ways.  So here's my twofer:

Both cards use the same Clearly Besotted feather stamp, but in different ways, colours and occasions.

The first one is a congratulations card and since the greeting mentions pink that's the colours I chose to use.  The feathers were stamped and heat embossed in black and then two shades of distress oxide ink were blended on top. Som flicks of water mopped up with a tissue and I was done.

My second card is an encouragement card and I stamped the feathers going off the side of the card in a graduated pattern.  I chose a Kaleidacolor ink pad as I love the way the colours change along this very beautiful and detailed feather stamp.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Tickle My Fancy
Inks: Versamark, clear + Ranger superfine black embossing powder;  Ranger distress oxide, worn lipstick, picked raspberry; Kaleidacolor, cappuccino delight

 Thanks so much for joining me today, I really appreciate your visit to ny blog.  And keep crafting!

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