Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Tuesday Talk

Today I'm playing along with two of my favourite challenges - Less is More and Happy Little Stampers CAS.

http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/challenge-346-take-flight.html                http://www.happylittlestampers.com/2017/09/hls-september-cas-challenge.html

Here's my card:

I started by masking off a strip and then applied inks using my Inkylicious dusters. They're totally fabulous and give such a smooth blend, don't know what I'd do without them. In fact the Inkylicious stand at Craft Shows is one I always love to spend time at watching their wonderful demos and always, always spend far more there than I really should!

The birds on a wire is one of their stamps that just leapt into my basket as this design is quite a favourite of mine and I have - courtesy of my shop manager son's equally persuasive selling style - a few t-shirts with a similar design.

Stamps: Inkylicious, Birds on a Wire Silhouette; Uniko, Simply Said Blocks
Inks: Ranger distress, mermaid lagoon, cracked pistachio, blueprint sketch; Memento, tuxedo black

It's been wonderful having you drop by my blog today, thanks a million.  And keep crafting!

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Monday Moments

It's hat trick day for me today. Yep I've managed to combine three challenges on one card - now that doesn't happen for me very often!

I've used the CAS style for Addicted to Stamps and More, the sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches and the cue card from CASology.

http://addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/challenge-259-clean-and-simple.html  http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/challenge-240-sketch.html  http://casology.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/week-266-cake.html

Here's my card:

I stamped the cake tiers and then masked them off and stamped the top and bottom coloured blocks.  I stamped the sentiment block onto a piece of scrap card and kept it flat as I'm intending to post this card.

Stamps: Freebie from Qu9ck Cards mag; Uniko, Simply Said Blocks
Inks: SU, pink pirouette, sweet sugarplum, soft sky

Massive thanks for visiting my blog today, it's been great having your company.  And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

AAA Cards Challenge #99 - Autumn Colours

Here in the UK we're beginning to see the start of the beautiful colours of Autumn in the hedgerows and trees. And the air has that distinctly fresher feel in the mornings and evenings - I always say it's the time of year for layers of clothes as you need more at these times than in the middle of the day.

So with all that in mind AAA Cards is plumping for Autumn Colours as its theme for the next fortnight.


The sponsor for this challenge is Uniko, so of course I used Uniko stamps on my card:

They're actually the leaves from the Paradise set given a distinctly uncharacteristic twist with Autumn colours. So pretty!

I masked off the rectangle on my base card and then stamped fairly randomly with the leaf and flower petal. I added a banner with a heat embossed sentiment to finish off. 

Stamps: Uniko, Paradise, Simply Said
Inks: SU, crushed curry, pumpkin pie, baked brown sugar, cherry cobbler; Versamark, clear
Embossing: Ranger superfine, white
Embellishments: Nuvo Drops, dark walnut

The rest of the AAA Cards DT have also made cards to inspire you to play along, see them all HERE. And we have the wonderful Hannelie guesting with us for this challenge. So go take a look and then break out those Autumn colours and enjoy creating!

Thanks for looking today, I really appreciate your visit to my blog.  And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Saturday Slot

Today I'm sharing a CAS card I made to go into the My Favorite Things Superstar Challenge.


Out came my trusty MFT dies and the Space Explorer stamp set and this is what I came up with:

I created a watercolour background and then stamped and heat embossed the rocket. I added a trio of stars round the rocket and applied a liberal coat of sparkly Wink of Stella.

I used two different MFT die sets and matted the larger stitched rectangle onto a piece of foam to lift the whole panel. I love how using dies in plain white card can add so much, but still keep the whole thing looking CAS.

Stamps: MFT, Space Explorer
Inks: Versamark, clear; Ranger distress, cracked pistachio, mermaid lagoon
Dies: MFT, peek-a-boo circle windows, double stitched rectangles
Embossing: Ranger Superfine, black
Embellishments: Wink of Stella, clear; Gelly Roll pen, white

Thanks so much for your time today, so pleased to have had your cmpany.  And keep crafting!

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Friday Focus

I'm in scrapbook mode today and sharing a page I made using the first September sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.


Such a fabulous sketch isn't it? I think they're currently my favourite place to go to for sketches.

I decided to mainly use stamps on this layout and picked up on colours from the two photos. Couldn't resist these photos, one because they're such fun and two because it's not often I get this teenager in willing posing for a photo mood.

I started by placing the photos and then stamping the horizontal lines. Next the embellishment clusters were all placed - some stamped and hand cut, some die cut.

The splashes of yellow were to echo the gold on the stag's antlers in the background of the photos. i also like how the contrast to the other colours just lifts the whole page.

Paper: Chatterbox Scrapbook Walls, dark sand
Stamps: Uniko, Background Builders Seeing Stars; Precious Remembrance Shop, DIY & Positive Thoughts
Inks: SU, daffodil delight, lost lagoon, pacific point, dapper denim
Card: SU, tranquil tide + scraps of yellow & blue from my stash
Dies: Xcut, arrows; MFT Die-namics, ampersand, cute cameras
Embellishments: SU, enamel stars dapper denim

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog today, I've enjoyed your company.  And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Uniko DT Inspiration

I'm over on the Uniko blog today using Uniko stamps on scrapbook pages.

Here's a little peek at what I'm sharing:

Thanks for looking here, but be sure to pop on over to Uniko to see the full picture!

 And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Wednesday Words

One layer week at Less is More and I love making one layer cards. They're also asking for colouring and I love colouring. Bit of a done deal for me then!

Oh and did I mention I was picked at Less is More as their August winner - how amazingly fabulous is that!

http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/challenge-345-olc-colouring-in.html  http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/showcase-343-real-object-and-august.html

So here's my simple little card:

I used prisma color pencils to colour in my hot air balloon and stamped a matching sentiment. So simple there's nothing more to say!

Stamps: Dovecraft, Hot Air Balloon; Lawn Fawn, Hello Sunshine
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Colours: Prismacolor pencils

Thanks a bunch for stopping by today, it's been a pleasure having your company.  And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Tuesday Talk

Today I'm CASEing the gorgeous card by Bev of Uniko for the challenge at Time Out.

Grab Our Badge!   

Here's how Bev's card inspired me:

I kept with the rainbow stripes from Bev's card, but changed up the stamp set to the multi worded Uniko Block Party Birthday. Loving how this looks against the rainbow colours.

And as it's all one layer it will be post friendly and destined for a friend's birthday coming up really soon.

Stamp: Uniko, Block Party Birthday
Inks: Memento, ladybug, tangelo, dandelion, pear tart, bahama blue, grape jelly, tuxedo black

Thanks for dropping by today, it's be fun to have you visit. And keep crafting!

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Monday Moments

I'm  bit slow to this party but have finally caught up with the fact that My Favorite Things has challenges! And since I nearly always use their dies on my cards I thought it was about time I joined in.
Sketch Challenge 349 #mftstamps
My card was made using the Wednesday Sketch above and my only - at the moment - MFT stamp set. I've got a mega stash of MFT dies, but need to do some serious stamp shopping!

First up I created a watercoloured panel and once it was dry I die cut it into a stitched rectangle. The planet was stamped and heat embossed on this.

The balloon toting astronaut and the greeting were heat embossed onto a piece of scrap card, then colours to tone in with the background were used. The greeting was cut into a banner and the astronaut was hand cut and popped up on foam pads for dimension.

Supplies: Stamps: MFT Space Explorer
Inks: Versamark, clear; Ranger distress, wilted violet, blueprint sketch
Embossing: Ranger superfine, black
Dies: MFT, double stitched rectangles
Pens: Copic, E55, N1, BV11, BV13, BV17, B12, B14, B18; Promarkers, cool aqua, blush, dusly pimk; Gelly roll, white 

I think he's kinda cute and I know my grandson will adore him, hope you do too!

Huge thanks for visiting my blog today, I really appreciate using up some of your precious time.

And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Happy Little Stampers - ATC September Challenge

Oh today's share was such a fun and totally different thing for me to create. The theme this month for the Happy Little Stampers ATC is SHAPES.


And I went all Mondrian inspired for my DT samples.

I used the simple palette of colours as well as the shape patterns that are so typical of his work and made myself a trio of little beauties.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Geometric Style; Uniko Garlands Galore
Inks: SU, daffodil delight, real red, pacific point; Memento, tuxedo black

Are you still on the fence about creating ATCs? Well I can't recommend them highly enough for both creative satisfaction and time busting. And I need some peeps to swap with me, so please give those 3.5" x 2.5" leftover bits of card a new lease of life and get ATCing!

Over at HLS you'll find loads more fabulous ideas of how to make SHAPES the focus of your ATCs - go check them out HERE.

Now what are you waiting for, give it a try! Thanks for looking. And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Uniko - September New Release & Reveal Blog Hop

Yahoo! Today's the day! At last it's time to reveal all the Uniko September Release stamps in full.        


And what would a new release be with out a few samples from me!

Couldn't resist this one and knew as soon as I saw the Reach For The Stars set that I was going to create along these lines. See my scrapbooking heart always jumps in whenever it can!

Stamps: Uniko, Reach For The Stars, Background Builders Seeing Stars
Inks: SU, chocolate chip, baked brown sugar
Frame: IKEA 

I used three of the new release sets for this next sample -  Background Builders Seeing Stars, Background Blocks Stars & Simply Said Blocks.

I used a scrap piece of card and masked off a strip, stamped and blended, then repeated the masking, stamping and blending for the next two strips. I trimmed it all up and adhered it to plain white cardstock.

I stamped a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks, added an enamel star and popped it up on foam pads - this covered a little slip up with my masking too!

Stamps: Uniko, Background Builders Seeing Stars, Background Blocks Stars, Simply Said Blocks
Inks: Ranger distress, blueprint sketch, mermaid lagoon, cracked pistachio
Embellishment: SU, enamel star emerald envy 

My final card has me in the Christmas spirit:

I built my tree from the larger stars in the Background Builders Seeing Stars set and then used one of the smaller stars at the top and one of the star strips to create a trunk.

The sentiment is from an older Uniko set - Simply Said Christmas - and I added a few golden gems as baubles.

Uniko: Background Builders Seeing Stars, Simply Said Christmas
Inks: SU, old olive, cherry cobbler, baked brown sugar
Card: SU, old olive 

Now before you go racing off to look at the rest of the Uniko DT creations - HERE - or put in an order - HERE - remember to leave me a comment so that you can go into the draw to win the entire new release.

Here's the blog hop order to save you some time:

Jane  - that's me

Many thanks for dropping by today and good luck with your quest to be the lucky winner - hope it's you!

And, of course, keep crafting!

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