Sunday, 23 July 2017

AAA Cards Challenge #95 - Rainbow

Has it been raining recently in your part of the world? Or has it been sunny? Well at AAA Cards this fortnight the new challenge is hoping for a bit of both. Yep it's a rainbow theme.

As the butterflies have been busy flitting around my garden I decided to use the gorgeous sketchy Stamplorations Winged Things on my card. Love their hand drawn look.

I created my rainbow of colours by masking off a central stripe and then inking through a stencil. the butterflies were stamped on top and I added a touch of grey pen to give them a slightly raised appearance.

A simple sentiment white embossed onto black card just finished off my card a treat.

Stamps: Stamplorations, Winged Things; Uniko, Simply Said Birthday
Inks:  Ranger distress, picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, cracked pistachio, bluepring sketch, wilted violet, milled lavender; Memento, tuxedo black; Veramark, clear
Embossing: Ranger Superfine, white
Pen: Promarker, cool grey 1
Stencil: Memory Box, Texture Wave

We have the wonderfully generous Shery from Stamplorations sponsoring this rainbow challenge with a prize of supplies she's used to create a card. Shery's card, along with all the other talented AAA Cards DT ladies and our brilliant Guest Designer Chrissie's cards can be found HERE. Make sure you check them all out!

I'm popping this card into the challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More where the them is Anything Goes.

Thanks for your time today, it's been great having you visit my blog.  And keep crafting!

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Uniko Challenge #42

The new challenge at Uniko starts today and the theme is going to be so easy I know you'll all be linking up your fabulous cards.

I've used the Happy Succulents stamp set that was released in May - so so pretty and so so versatile.

I started by building up a frame round the top of my card using the small outline succulent and some of the frondy bits too. And this was such a joy to colour.

The sentiments are also from the same set - gorgeous font on the happy.

Supplies: Stamps: Uniko, Happy Succulents
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Flexmarkers: pebble blue, shocking pink

There's loads more inspiration to be had over at the Uniko blog where all the DT and our Guest Designer Cornelia have made stunning cards to share with you all. Go take a look - HERE - then off you go stamping and colouring and die cutting those flowers and link up your card.

And since this is a birthday card I'm linking it up at Happy Little Stampers CAS Card Challenge. And as it has flowers I'm also linking up at Stamping Sensations              Please grab our logo

I'm thrilled you had time to pop in today, thanks so much.  And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Thursday Thoughts

I had some inky time with the blues today to create my background for a card to enter into Happy Little Stampers July Watercolour Challenge.

And I have to say I'm a little bit in love with those blues, so pretty how they've smooshed themselves together.

Once the ink was dry I trimmed the card into a strip and stamped the sketchy outline butterflies on top. A little grey pen was added to create a bit of shadow depth and then I matted it onto black card before adhering to the card base.

A very simple sentiment and I called it done.

Stamps: Stamplorations, Winged Things; Uniko, sentiment from a retired set
Inks: Ranger distress, meramid lagoon, blueprint sketch; Verafine, onyx black
Pen: Promarker, cool grey 1

Well that's me done for today. Hope you enjoyed your visit to my blog, it sure was fun having you drop by.  And keep crafting! 

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Wednesday Words

Summer - yes it's definitely been here in the UK and we've had some lovely sunshine as well as the usual humidity, rain and thunder storms.  So the codeword at Addicted to CAS seems very relevant.

And I got to thinking about what typifies a UK Summer apart from the weather. The answer I came up with was music festivals. So that's how my card came about.

Although UK music festivals are renowned for the rain I went with a positive happy vibe and chose the sunshine instead.

Stamps: Visible Image, Rock Out
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black, dandelion, tangelo, lady bug
Stencil: Memory Box, Texture Shine

Thanks for looking today, I'm so pleased you dropped by my blog.  And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Tuesday Talk

Well I'm back from my little sortie down to Hampshire - so good to revisit the places where I grew up. And I've a scrapbook page, prepared before I went away, but sharing today.

I'm entering it into two challenges - The Memory Nest Make It Monday and Challenge YOUrself.

Here's my page:

I used the sketch from The Memory Nest, but changed up the circles to the Uniko Explosion stamps. The photo is not the best, but the memory is! One of those special moments when we really connected in the fun of what we were doing.

This is the first time I've played at Challenge YOUrself and they require a photo of you in the layout. Their extra ask this month is for handwritten journalling and since this is something I love to do on my pages it seemed a bit of a bonus rather than a challenge.

I finished off my page with a frame of hand drawn lines and a trio of hearts. I used to do this a lot on layouts, but not so much recently, so it was good to give it another go.

Paper: Bazzil Basics cardstock 
Stamps: Uniko, Explorion & Explosion Additions
Inks: SU, wisteria wonder, elegant eggplant
Die: Lawn Fawn, Louie's ABCs
Embellishments: Freckled Fawn, Hello; Mei Flower & Blng Bling black gems

I'm so pleased you found my blog today, loved having your company for a short while. And keep crafting!

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Friday Focus

Just quickly squeezing in a card before I head off down to Portsmouth for a college reunion. The card is for CASology and Uniko is the sponsor.

Here's my card:

I stamped the greeting and then the cosmos. I masked off the cosmos and used a stencil to blend in those oxide inks. A little colour was added to the flower centres - couldn't resist!

A quick splash of water and I called it done.

Stamps: Uniko, Pure Florals Cosmos
Inks: Ranger distress oxide, faded jeans, worn lipstick, wilted violet; Mememnto, tuxedo black

Huge thanks for looking today, really appreciate it.  And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Hello everyone. Today I'm sharing a card I made for the current Inkspirational Challenge. Bit of a tricky theme for me, but I think I've got it covered.

Here's my card:

I stamped the little rural scene and then added distress oxide inks on top.  A few flicks of water made the sky splotchy and created a pathway up to the bench. The panel was then mounted onto some funky foam to make it stand proud from the base card.

I added a die cut line to the side of the base card and a trio of enamel dots peeking out from under the image panel - loving these new to me matte finish sprinkle dots from doodlebug.

Stamps: SU, Happy Home; Uniko, SimplyS aid II 
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; Ranger distress oxides, faded jeans, cracked pistachio
Die: MFT Die-namics, Basic Stitch Lines
Embellishments: Doodlebug, matte sprinkles birthday boy asst.

Thanks so much for spending some time looking at my blog, great to have your company.  And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Wednesday Words

I'm playing along with the CASE Challenge at Time Out today.

Grab Our Badge!

Here's my card:

I've tried to pick up on the circular element at the side of the card, the colours from the bird and the split up quote from the original card by Cornelia - here.

I adore this stamp set from Visible Image - the freedom and movement in the leaping lady is just so appealing!

Stamps: Visible Image, Take Chances & Tomorrow Doesn't Exist
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; Ranger ditress, lucky clover, mustard seed
Stencil: TCW, mini chickenwire reversed

Thanks so much for looking today, I hope you liked what you saw and will come back again soon.  And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Uniko July Revisit Blog Hop

I'm here today to let you all know that Uniko is revisiting a previously released stamp set with a blog hop and prize for one lucky commentator.

This month Bev has chosen Marvellous Mehndi - an absolutely beautiful and incredibly easy stamp set to work with!

I'm starting well within my comfort zone colourwise and have stamped, coloured and chopped up the large mehndi stamp from the set.

The background is just fabulous and much as I'd like to say I created it myself I have to own up and say it's from a really beautiful paper pad. 

Stamps: Uniko, Marvellous Mehndi
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Promarkers, amethyst, purple, cardinal red
Paper: First Edition Paper, Wild Flower

My next card is something much more challenging for me and uses heat embossing and blended distress oxide inks. The all over  pattern is also not my typical way to craft. So a bit of an all round experiment!

And I have to say those distress oxides are just as easy to blend as I've read they are, but not really believed.  The colours are so pretty too!

Stamps: Uniko, Marvellous Mehndi & a sentiment from a retired Uniko set
Inks: ranger distress oxide, worn lipstick, faded jeans, cracked pistachio; Veresamark, clear
Embossing: Ranger superfine, white

I'm finishing up today with a card that is far more typical of my style  - one layer, purply pinks and CAS.

And I've used a couple of the smaller stamps from the set as well as that beautiful big one.  A trio of stamps to surround the sentiment and my trademark curved corner.

Stamps: Uniko, Marvellous Mehndi & All Occasion Sentiment #3
Inks: SU, berry burst, fresh fig

Well that's all from me today. I hope I've convinced you that this stamp set needs to be in your stash. 

Want to win it? All you need to do is leave a comment as you hop round the DT blogs and who knows it could be you! And it's still worth taking part if you already own this stamp set as Bev will give an e certificate to the same value if your comment is chosen. 

Here's the blog hop list:
Jane - that's me
Good luck and happy hopping!
Mega thanks for visiting today, your time is much appreciated.  And keep crafting!

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Monday, 10 July 2017

Happy Little Stampers - ATC July Challenge

Time for another ATC Challenge at Happy Little Stampers. And the theme for this month is animals.

Creating ATCs has been so much fun, I'd quite forgotten how satisfying it is to work on a small project. But working out ways to photograph them has been the challenge for me! So I'm trying a little easel this month.

I started with a coloured cardstock and used a stencil to create the sunrays. I then stamped, coloured and hand cut the animals which were raised on pads and popped on top of a strip of card to ground them.

I finished off with some punched butterflies and some sequins and inked around the edges of the ATC to create a bit of a frame.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Best Friends; Uniko, Nature's Treasures I
Inks: Memento, rich cocoa, lady bug; Ranger distress, spiced marmalade
Stencil: Memeory Box, texture shine
Punch: Martha Stewart, butterflies
Embellishments: sequins 7 beads from my stash
Pens: Promarkers, vanilla, mustard, ginger, spice, ivory, satin, sandstone, caramel, umber

Only one ATC this month, but if you'd like to swap with me just leave a comment letting me know. In the unlikely event that more than one person would like to swap I'll do a random draw.

You can see the animal ATCs created by the rest of the HLS DT here. Do go take a look at their fabulous creativeness.

Thanks for looking today, so pleased you dropped by.  And keep crafting!

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