Saturday, 24 June 2017

Saturday Slot

I'm feeling all sunny and bright today and have made a card to celebrate Addicted To Stamps and More's 5th birthday. That's a really amazing achievement to have a challenge running that long and I just had to join in and play along.

And I've made my mark by trying out some new graphmaster pens I was given by my good friend Barb. There may just be an expensive purchase coming up!

I did a bit of masking and stamping to get the line of cosmos down the centre of the card and then had a lovely time colouring them in.  

And I'm loving this window die - a recent purchase at the Stamp Magic Show in Doncaster - can't seem to stop using it.

Stamps: Uniko, Pure Florals Cosmos
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Die: MFT Die-namics, stitched rectangular word windows
Pens: Graphmaster, 37 pastel yellow, 49 barium yellow, 99 bronze; Promarkers, cool grey 1, peach 

Thanks for dropping by today, I'm really grateful to have shared some of your precious time.  And keep crafting!

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Friday, 23 June 2017

Friday Focus

Today I'm playing along with the Stamplorations monthly Theme and Sketch Challenge.

Although it's not necessary to use both the sketch and theme I'm a bit of a one for making things difficult for myself and always want to include everything from a challenge. So the stamping bit was easy, but the family bit had me thinking. Eventually I went with a sentiment quote that I thought was a good fit, masked off the bottom circular shape and stamped it once in black and then several more times a bit paler by stamping off onto scrap paper first.

I used the same colours as the flowers from the sketch to stamp and hand cut the butterflies, picking up on the graduating sizes. I only glued down the middle of each butterfly so that I could lift the wings and create a dimensional look.

Stamps: Stamplorations, Winged Things; Inkylicious, Momwents Memories
Inks: SU, real red; Memento, bahama blue, rose bud, grape jelly, tangelo, tuxedo black
Promarker: cool grey 1

And before I go I just want to give you all a heads up on a terrific way to be in with a chance to win some Stamplorations goodies in their wishlist linky party. All you need to do is visit the Stamplorations website - HERE and create a wishlist - now that's so easy! - and then share it on their blog link up - HERE. Of course I've added a few things to my wishlist - HERE - and you can find all the details about how to join in the fun - HERE.

I'm thrilled that you spent some time here today looking at my blog, thank you.  And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Just popping in very quickly today to share a card I made for my DIL that's going into the Less is More Challenge to personalise it.

Here's my card:

I personalised it by adding her name to the flower centres.

Stamps: Uniko, Fun Flowers, Garlands Galore, Simply Said Birthday
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black, Bahama blue
Promarkers: azure, cool grey 1, primrose, buttercup
Embellishments: enamel dots MME & SU

Thanks for looking, I really appreciate it. And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The Male Room - #63 Fireworks

Today is to be my last gig as a DT member at The Male Room. And what a fitting challenge theme - always good to go out with a bang!

Well I don't have any firework stamps so I had to be a bit inventive. The gorgeous grunge I'm sure you'll all recognise, but the starburst is actually one of the layers that make up the poinsettia from the Uniko Jingle Bells stamp set. I'm always saying how versatile Uniko stamps are and I think this just proves a point!

Once I'd done all the stamping in the riot of colours that you get iwht fireworks exploding I die cut a double stitched rectangle to one side and then inlaid it back into the base card.

Stamps: SU, Gorgeous Grunge; Uniko, All Occasion Sentiments #6, Simply Said II, Jingle Bells
Inks: Kaleidacolor, Berry Blaze & Riviera; Versafine, onyx black
Die: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangles

Now make sure you go visit the rest of The Male Room DT for more inspiration - HERE. Well this will be the last time I say that last sentence so all I need to do now is say thanks to everyone at The Male Room for having me and to Deborah in particular who works tirelessly behind the scenes.  It's been fun and I've learnt loads.

Great to have you visit today, huge thanks winging your way.  And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #228

It's time for a new colour challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches and this week's picks are from Patricia.

As I don't have any metallic inks in my stash I went with embossing powder instead and created a strip to use down the side of my card.

I stamped a butterfly in each of the two other colours and then heat embossed their markings with the same metallic powder.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, A Better You
Inks: SU, dapper denim, peekaboo peach; Versamark, clear
Embossing: Honey Doo Crafts, copper classic

So now it's over to you and tiome to get your creativity unleashed. Hop on over to CC&S for more DT inspiration on how to use these colours.

So pleased you dropped by today, made me feel special.  And keep crafting! 

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Monday Moment

I do like to smoosh with watercolours don't you? So of course I couldn't resist the CAS Challenge at HLS - right up my street!

The other Sunday while I was at The Stamp Magic Craft show in Doncaster I was instantly drawn to this unicorn - just jumped right into my basket! So sweet!

I choose two that I thought would melt together nicely and inked them onto a large acrylic block and sprayed it with water. Then I smooshed a large piece of watercolour card around on top. It's always such fun to lift the card and see what's happened and I was pleased to see how pretty the colours looked together.

I stamped the unicorn and leaf stem and then added a bit more intense colour using promarkers and an enamel heart. I die cut the stitched circle round the unicorn and also on the card and then inlaid it back into the space. And of course the whole thing had to be sparkled up with Wink of Stella!

Stamps: Neat & Tangles, Magical Day
Inks: Ranger distress, picked raspberry, spiced marmalade; Memento, tuxedo black
Die: MFT Die-namics, Inside/Out Stitched Circles
Promarkers: peach, pink carnation
Embellishments: Wink of Stella; SU enamel heart flirty flamingo

Thanks so much for visiting today and I hope you have a magical day.  And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Sunday Stuff

I was up early scrapping today, it's been so hot and sultry at night that it's difficult to sleep. so a little scrap therapy was just what I needed. Today's page is going into Stuck?!Sketches second June Challenge. Here's the sketch:

And here's my way of interpreting it:

I started by making a heart mask and stamping all over it with a wood grain stamp.

Next I placed the main elements.....

.... and then added in the detail.

Both the card and the other small word elements were out of a Pocket Letter I received from my Australian friend Helen. She's always so clever at including bits and pieces that I love to incorporate onto my scrap pages.

Paper: Bazzill Basics cardstock & scraps from my stash
Stamp: SU, Hardwood
Ink: SU, marina mist
Embellishments: Simple Stories bloom & grow enamel dots; wooden stars from my stash 

Thanks for looking tody, I'm so pleased to have had your company.  And keep crafting!

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