Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wednesday Words

Today I'm sharing a scrapbook page created with the Challenge YOUrself layout theme in mind.

Using die cuts on scapbook pages is somethjing I often like to do, so that was easy. But the main requirement of pages for this challenge is that you MUST include yourself in the photo.

Now this is something I used to struggle with, but these days have come to realise no-one in the future is going to look at photos of me and think things like she should get a haircut. Hopefully they'll be just as intrigued as I am when I look back at photos of my ancestors and wonder about the clothes and hair.

So here's that page:

How often do I get all three grandchildren together and willing to stay still long enough? Only a few times each year!! So it was a special time when the weather played ball as well as them and this pic just had to be scrapped.

I found the aqua PL card and loved what it saud so that set one of my colours and then as a contrast I picked up on the coral colour from one of their shorts to combine with it.  The papers came first, then I added the die cut circles, spiro circles and stars and linked them altogether with some stamped splashes, sentiments and enamel dots using inks in both the colours.

Papers: AC Amy Tangerine, Oh Happy Life, kraft cardstock
Dies: MFT Die-namiics, double stitched circles; Xcut, stars & spiro circles
Stamsp: Precious Remembrance shop, Positive Toughts
Inks: SU, pool party, calypso coral
Embellishmants: MME, Now & Then enamel dots

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

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Tuesday Talk

I'm playing along at Addicted to CAS today where the code word is ONE LAYER. Love one layer cards and how easy it is to stay CAS when creating them.

I needed a new home card to send out so that was where I started. Seems I have very few stamps that are new home themed, but I do love this Lawn Fawn set anyway so I was more than happy to use it.

I started by placing the stamps to work out where the different elements would go and then stamped them using the misti tool.  Since this card was destined for a fella I had planned to use some blues, but I felt the heart had to be red and then I was so taken by the look of the red against the white background I decided to stick with it.

I added some outline shadow with a cool grey promarker and then die cut the scene into a stitched square and inlaid it back into the base card - to keep to the one layer requirement.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn, Home Sweet Home
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Die: Lawn Fawn, large stitched square stackables
Promarkers: hot pink, cool grey 1

So pleased to have had your company for a while today, thanks for visiting.  And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunday Slot

Happy Little Stampers seems to have a bit of a flower theme running through some of their challenges this month and today's card is for the watercolour BLOOM challenge.

So I decided to give it a go, although watercolouring is not my strong field unless it's simple smooshing!

And I suppose the background to this card is a sort of smooshing, it's the first impression left over piece of watercoloured card from this card made and shared last Wednesday. I stamped the new Clearly Besotted flower cluster comimg off the top lefthand corner of the watercoloured block.

Then this card went through a bit of a 'dare I add anything else' process. I took photos as I went along in case I completely messed up and preferred what I had done before adding extras.

So I thought as this is a watercolour challenge I really ought to try to add a bit of colour using a brush - the way it always used to be done, but very scary! And I surprised myself - it's really a very relaxing thing to do!

Then I got a bit creative and remembered seeing clever folks add hand drawn frames and decided to give that a go. And I really think it was the right thing to do, gives it all a bit of focus don't you think?

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Sending Sunshine
Inks: Ranger distress, picked raspberry, mustard seed; Memento, tuxedo black, pear tart

Thanks so much for sticking with me through my learning journey with watercolours today, your time and patience is much appreciated. And keep crafting!

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Friday Focus

I'm here today to share a card I made that was inspired by the Home Sweet Home photo at Time Out.

This was a difficult one for me as I could see so many different ways to go, but in the end I did what I always do and pared everything down and came up with this card:

My eye was immediately drawn to the brown sofa and blue suitcase, so that sorted my colours and positioning of stamps on my card. I've recently discovered a new stamp company - Precious Remembrance Shop - and their stamps are really speaking to me, you know how much I love word quotes! And they arrived so quickly from the USA, but I did get copped for import duty though - yuck!

Main components stamped I then placed a circle mask over them and brushed on some pale blue ink and stamped some mini splodges to echo the map in the background of the inspiration photo.

Stamps: Precious Remembrance Shop, DIY
Inks: SU, baked brown sugar, dapper denim, soft sky

It's been fun having you visit, I always enjoy chatting to you and hope you like what you see. Thanks for your time.  And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Happy Little Stampers - ATC August Challenge

Are you getting into ATCs? Well the new challenge at Happy Little Stampers could be right up your street!

This month we're looking for ATCs with doodling on them - could be a stamp or hand drawn or maybe a mixture of both like my cards.

I started by making a sheet of brusho colours - love the sheer magic of watching the colours merge and flow! Once dried I then used a die cut stencil to draw some stars to use as a base for adding hand drawn doodles.

Some extra grungy stamps and inspirational words were added on top and I finished off with some sparkly gems. I have to say this set of cards was terrific fun to create and I felt so relaxed and content afterwards - slept like a baby!

Stamps: HLS, Mixed Media Fun
Inks: Ranger Distress, black soot; Versafine, onyx black; Brusho, yellow, leaf green, turquoise
Die: Clearly Besotted, Superstar
Pen: Uni-ball, micro black
Embellishments: Papewrmania, iridescent stones

Where else could you find some doodled inspiration? Well yes of course over at the Happy Little Stampers blog where all the DT have been busy creating and enjoying doodling. These ATCs are so satisfying to create, do have a go and link up with us - HERE.

Huge thanks for looking today, I so apprecitae your time.  And keep crafting! Or should I say get Doodling?!

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Wednesday Words

OK so the new challenge at Less is More has the title Tropical Fruits. Well that threw me for a while until I read the post more carefully and realised it's the colours of tropical fruits they're after not necessarily the fruits themselves. Panic over!

So thinking hot pinks, oranges and yellows I grabbed some distress inks and got creating.

I used the little bottles of re-inkers and dropped picked raspberry and mustard seed on opposite sides of an acrylic block, spritzed with water and took an impression first on watercolour card and then on ordinary card. It was the second less intense impression that I used for this card.


I die cut a stitched panel and stamped a couple of circles and then matted it on to hot pink cardstock. The sentiment was heat embossed on to black card - loving the contrast. Also loving that quote. With all the challenges I try out I should be super strong by now - but maybe it doesn't actually mean craft challenges!

Stamps: Precious Remembrance Shop, Positive Thoughts
Inks: SU pumpkin pie;  Ranger distress, picked raspberry, mustard seed; Versafine, clear
Embossing: Ranger superfine, white
Die: MFY Die-namics, double stitched rectangles
Embellishments: Sequins from my stash

Super pleased to have you drop by today, please come back again soon.  And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Tuesday Talk

Today I'm sharing a simple little card made with a couple of challenges in mind. The sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch and the flower theme from Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge seemed too good a match to resist.

Here's my card:

I used an MFT die to die cut the curved element from the sketch and then stamped the Uniko flower and sentiment.  I used my prismacolor pencils to add colour to the flower, stem and leaves and quite like the almost textured effect they give.

Still preferring the alcohol markers smoothness though and am currently learning about copics with an onlinecardclass workshop. I've ordered a few pens to experiment with as my trusty promarkers are beginning to dry up and I want to make an informed choice between the two. I'd be interested to hear your opinions.

Stamps: Uniko, Flower Power #3, sentiment from the retired A Gift For You 
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Die: MFT Die-namics, stitched basic edges
Clours: Prismacolor, mulberry, process red, chartreuse, lime peel

Thanks for visiting today, really pleased to share some of your time.  And keep crafting!

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Monday, 7 August 2017

Monday Moments

Today I'm sharing a card I created using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the cue word from CASology.

Here's my card:

I used some lovely juicy colours and stamped the vertical elements from the sketch, masking off some of the card to produce the smaller strips.

I stamped the sentiment and then decided to add a red juicy apple to draw the eye in. Quick and simple just the way I like it to be!

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, An Apple A Day, Colour Chameleon
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black; SU, real red, pumpkin pie, daffodil delight, lemon lime twist

Huge thanks for visiting my blog today, super to have your company.  And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

AAA Cards Challenge #96 - Summer Fun

The new challenge at AAA Cards is all about the fun we try to have in the Summer. Now this could be down on the beach, Summery foods, out in the garden or any other Summer pastime that you consider to be fun.

Looking through my stamps I came across this one of a flying kite and it took me back to many times when my boys were young and we tried with varying amounts of success to get a kite up in the air. so that was my starting point.

And then I looked out of the window and the colours of the evening sky really caught my eye. So I made a rectangular mask using a die and sponged on some distress inks trying to simulatewhat I'd seen.

The stamp was added on top and a simple sentiment to echo the fun was chosen. I finished off with a tiny heart.

Stamps: SU, Happy Home
Inks: Verasmark, clear; Ranger distress, picked raspberry, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, blueprint sketch, cracked pistachio; Memento, tuxedo black
Embossing: Ranger Superfine, black 
Embellishment: SU, enamel heart emerald envy

Over at the AAA Cards blog we've lots of summery inspiration for you to enjoy. Ishani is our Guest Designer for this challenge and, along with the AAA Cards DT, she has done an amazing job. And DT Maaike has a video of her process on her blog too.

Thanks for looking today, it's been fabulous to see you here at my blog.  And keep crafting!

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Friday, 4 August 2017

Happy Little Stampers - August Christmas Challenge

Come on now time to crank up a Christmas gear and get creating, only four months left! So why not join in with Happy Little Stampers new Christmas card challenge that's starting today?

And the optional twist is such a traditional element of Christmas I had to go with it. Also poinsettias are best on cards in my house - the real thing never seems to survive!

I used a stamp that has been lurking at the bottom of my Christmas stash and never been used before, definitley time to give it some love. I added a couple of strips of red card and then outlined them and the poinsettia with a grey promarker pen. Think that's why my photos have a bit of a blurry effect going on.

I coloured the flower centre in green and then added some tiny black gems too.

Stamps: Penny Black, Wonder Collection; HLS, Mixed Christmas Sentiments
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Promarkers: poppy, crimson, cool grey 1, meadow green
Embellishments: MeiFlower, black gems

Hop on over to Happy Little Stampers to get your mind blown away by the creativity of the rest of the DT - HERE. Then get those Christmas supplies out and get some cards into your 2017 stash!

So pleased you came by my blog today, please come back again soon as I love having you visit. And keep crafting!

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Uniko Challenge #42 Reminder

I'm here today with a little reminder about the challenge going on at Uniko. It's a super easy theme - FLOWERS - and I'm thinking most of us have a few flower stamps in our stash.

For my sample card I used the pretty daisylike stamp from Flower Power #7 and spiced it up with one of the stamps from Backgound Builders Round in Circles. This design was actually inspired by some new slippers I bought.

Here's a little pic of those slippers - loving my pink toenails too!

The sentiment comes from another Uniko set - Originally Organic. Aren't I always saying Uniko stamps are so versatile and mix and match beautifully?

Stamps: Uniko, Flower Power #7, Background Builder Round In Circles, Originally Organic
Inks: SU, melon mambo; Memento, pear tart, tuxedo black
Embellishments: Nuvo drops, English mustard

There's lots more inspiration to be had over at Uniko where the cards of our Guest Designers, Cornelia and Elaine and the rest of the DT can be found. Check it all out HERE.

Thanks for your visit today, it's been fabulous to have your company. And keep crafting!

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