Thursday, 27 April 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Stripe is the recipe for the current challenge at Less is More. What a great idea. and it just so happens that I had a left over piece of watercolouring that definitely has a stripe or two.

Now I know you're going to be amazed by the colours, but even I have to step out of my comfort zone every once in a while.

I added a few extra stripes on the the background card for good measure using some stitched line dies. And I'm also sort of thinking that the sentiment quote is not too far removed from a stripe.

Stamp: BeeCrafty, WORDage
Inks: Ranger distress, mowed lawn, mustard seed
Dies: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangle stax & basic stitch line

I'm really grateful for your visit today, thanks so much. Perhaps you'll come back soon, but in the meantime keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The Male Room #59 - Many Legs

There's a really fun challenge theme starting today over at The Male Room - Many Legs.

My first thoughts were insects, but not having any suitable stamps I opted for several two-legged animals instead.

I stamped them using Indigo Blu's flitter glue and then covered them in gliding flakes. A new technique for me and one that I like the results produced much more than the total mess iIgot into when trying it out!

I added a fun sentiment from the same Stamplorations stamp set on a flag shaped banner for interest.

Stamps: Stamplorations, Fowl Play
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black; Indigo Blu gilding flakes, chocolate box
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles

I'm really looking forward to seeing what you all come up with for this challenge. Go take a peek at TMR DT cards - here - and then get stamping those legs!

Huge thanks for dropping by today, loved having you visit. And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #220

A sketch challenge begins today at CAS Colours & Sketches and it's a corker too!

This had me searching through my stash for a scalloped edger punch, knew that was going to be my starting point.

I decided to use a wordy sentiment quote and a simple all over patterned paper for the background.

Some gems just completed my card.

Paper: Lawn Fawn, Beachside
Stamps: Stamplorations, Fond Expressions 2
Ink: Versafine, onyx black
Punch: Xcut scallop edger
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles
Embellishments: Bling Bling gems

The rest of the CC&S DT have also made sample cards to inspire you, go check them out here.

Thanks for you time today, I really appreciate your company. And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sunday Slot

Another card to share today that I made to uplift my spirits and it focuses on being present and living life to the full.

I started by die cutting the stitched rectangle and then stamped the image. I covered it with a stencil and inked with some watery colours as this lady always looks like she's jumping through the waves to me.

I popped the rectangle back into its aperture and then stamped the sentiment so that it spanned them both.

Stamps: Visible Image, Tomorrow Doesn't Exist
Inks: anger distress, bluepring sketch, mermaid lagoon
Die: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangles
Stencil: Memory Box, Texture Wave

Thanks for looking today, I really appreciate your time.  And keep crafting!

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Friday Focus 2

This is my second post for today.  Seems I've had a bit of a creative spurt and made a card, just in the nick of time, for the current Less is More Challenge.

In my eyes a Spring walk has to have flowers, has to have pink and means you need to take an umbrella with you!  Here's my card:

Out came my trusty Kaleidacolor ink pad and and a flower stamp from Uniko plus an umbrella from the now unavailable Clearly Besotted - (I invested heavily in their stamps so I've got to keep using them!)

Stamps: Uniko, Background Builders Flower Power; Claerly Besotted, April Showers Additions
Inks: Kaleidacolor, Berry Bliss; SU, smoky slate

Thanks again today for visiting my blog, lovely to have your company.  And keep crafting!

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Friday Focus

I'm playing at Stamplorations again today, this time for their CAS Card Challenge.

And since my card uses Stamplorations goodies I'm also going to pop it into their Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge.

Here's my card:

I partially stamped the daisy row and then added pastel colours on top using a home-made circle stencil. 

I finished off with a sentiment with a trio of enamel dots around it.

Stamps: Stamplorations, Daisy Row, Fond Expressions 2
Inks: Ranger distress, scattered straw, shaded lilac, spun sugar
Embellishments: My Mind's Eye, now & then enamel dots

 So pleased to have you visit today, thanks so much.  And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Wednesday Words

It was my dad's funeral yesterday and I needed to lift my spirits a bit afterwards, so for me the best way to lose a few hours is to immerse myself in crafting. And I made myself an uplifting sort of card that I'm thinking sort of follows the Stamplorations current Theme and Sketch Challenge.

Here's my card:

I love cards where the words are the main focus and these really resonated with me. I used a 'new to me' sketchy frame and the butterfly is my wings element from the challenge.

Stamps: BeeCrafty, Frame & WORDage phrase
Ink: Versafine, onyx black
Punch: Tonic, butterfly
Embellishments: Papermania, shimmer dots

Thanks for dropping by today, it's been great having your company.  And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #219

A new colour challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches this week and I think they're a bit of different combo.

What do you think? They're really subtle, but very usuable and awesome.

I decided to make more of a unisex type of card and the wonderful Explosion duo from Uniko. I stamped the background halftone splats in the taupe and green and then hand cut the mint splat and raised it onto pads to sit above.

A couple of movement lines and the word awesome and my card was rady to go in the post.

Stamps: Uniko, Explosion, Explosion Additions
Inks: SU, old olive, mint macaron, tip top taupe

Do go check out how the rest of the CC&S DT have used these colours - here. You'll be impressed.

Thanks for looking today, your company has been very welcome.  And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

AAA Cards - #88 Stencil

A new CAS challenge starts today at AAA Cards and it's all about putting those stencils to good use.

As the challenge is sponsored by Stamplorations I decided to pull out one of my first ever purchases from them - Happy Flowers. It's one of my all time favourites too!

I'm really embracing orange as a colour recently, it always was one of my least favourite colours to use but I'm getting to enjoy it far more now.  I actually only used a yellow and pink ink but love how it's blended together to produce orangey areas.

I'm seeing a lot of black sentiment mats and banners around blogland at the moment and decided to give this a go. I'm loving how the contrast really makes it pop.

Stamps: Stamplorations, Fond Expressions 2
Inks: Ranger distress, picked raspberry, mustard seed; Memento, bamboo leaves; Versamark, clear
Stencil: ARTplorations, Happy Flowers
Embossing: Ranger fine, white

As well as the amazing Shery from Stamplorations creating a card for this AAA Cards Challenge we also have the wonderful Maria from White Mood joining us as a Guest Designer. And then of course there's all the sensational inspiration from the AAA Cards DT - here.

Huge thanks for visiting my blog today, I really love it when you drop by.  And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Male Room #58 - Architecture

Go check out the new challenge at The Male Room - here. Such a fabulous theme and loads of ways to interpret it creatively.

And I had so much fun getting all inky with some glorious colours!

I made the watercoloured background first, flicking the brusho colours onto wet watercolour paper. Love the vibrancy and sheer oomph of brushos, but I am very messy and get as much colour on me as the card!

Once the brushos were all dry I stamped on top with some very neglected but totallly cool Lavinia stamps. Message to myself - get using those stamps hiding in my stash more often!

Stamps: Lavinia, Secret Garden & Oak Tree; Sentiment from Uniko, Home Sweet Home
Inks: Brusho, ultramarine, yellow, turquoise; Versafine, onyx black; Adirondack, purple twilight; Ranger distress, black soot

Now it's your turn to get creative with architecture. What will you come up with? Can't wait to see. Go check out the rest of The Male Room's DT projects - here - you'll be blown away!

I'm so pleased you had time to come calling today, huge thanks. And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #218

A new challenge begins today at CAS Colours & Sketches and this week it's a super sketch designed by Bev of Uniko, our hostess for April.

And that narrow vertical stripe screamed washi to me - yep any excuse to get some of my huge stash onto a card is always welcome!

I love cards where the words take centre stage and this quote is one I keep in mind whenever things get hectic and overwhelming. I chose a sunny bright kaleidacolor pad to ink it up.

The little square from the sketch is represented by the blue butterfly - mega sparkled up with wink of stella and I couldn't resist adding a trio of bright sparkly sequins to finish everything off but still keep it CAS.

Stamps: Visible Image, Keep Going
Inks: Kaleidacolor, Riviera
Die: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangle stax
Punch: Martha Stewart, butterfly
Embellishments: Washi from my stash; Wink of Stella, clear

Have you already seen the rest of the CC&S DT cards? Bet you were impressed! Here's the link if you've still got that to look forward to - CC&S.

Thank you so much for dropping by my blog today, it's been fabulous having you visit.  And keep crafting!

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Monday, 10 April 2017

The Memory Nest - Make It Monday #86

Another amazing sketch challenge begins today at The Memory Nest and this one has tons of possibilities.

This photo of my grandson really caught my eye and I knew it would be scrapped and what better way than with a sketch featuring stars. After all he is my little star!

As you can see I rotated the sketch around so that the stripes were at the bottom and i used a whole load of Stampin' Up papers in these cool greens amd orangey reds. It's always really easy to mix and match papers when they're from the same collections or colour pallettes, saves waiting for daylight to see the real tones.

I added quite a bit of blue stamping to the layout, both words and splats, to bring in the colour of his tee shirt in the photo. I also found a bottle top lurking in my stash to use in place of the flair button from the sketch.

A little bit of journalling and a ready made thickers alpha title and I called it done.

Papers: SU, Birthday Bouquet & Blooms & Bliss
Stamps: Uniko, Explosion Additions
Ink: Ranger distress, blueprint sketch
Alphas: AC, foam phrase stickers
Stickers: October Afternoon, Sidewalks

You're going to have so much fun using this sketch either for a scrapbook page or a card and I'm really looking forward to visiting your blogs and leaving some love. Don't forget there is a host of inspiration waiting for you from The Memory Nest's awesome DT - here - go check it out!

Huge thanks for your time today, I'm so pleased you dropped by my blog.  And keep crafting!

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