Friday, 17 September 2021

Uniko September/October Challenge - Anything Goes + optional twist Autumn Colours

It's time for the next challenge at Uniko.

Anything Goes is such an easy theme and I decided to opt for a coffee themed card using Block Party Coffee Love

I created a splattery background of spilt coffee using the Explosion stencil. I'm thinking some of the colours are quite autumny so it looks like I've added in the twist too.

Stencil: Uniko, Explosion
Inks: SU, soft suede; Memento, toffee crunch, peanut brittle, potters clay, cantaloupe, espresso truffle 

Do go visit the Uniko blog to see what the rest of the DT and the Guest Designer Nonni have created to inspire you - HERE

Thanks for your time today, it's been great to have you drop by.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Time For Tea Designs September Challenge Reminder 2 - Autumn Colours

Have you played along with the glorious Autumn Colours in Time For Tea Designs September challenge?

Well here's a bit more DT inspiration for you.

Although the colours are autumnal I used them in more of a summery way and focussed on the beautiful burgundy reds the leaves turn as my starting point using the Beehive Slimline die.

The background was created using the Bokeh Bubbles stencil inked up in some sunshiny yellows.

Then I finished it all off with the delightful bees from Bee Happy.

Stamps: T4TD, Bee Happy + dies
Inks: Ranger distress oxide, dried marigold, wild honey; Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, RV00, R20, R89, B000, Y17, Y18, Y19, Y26, Y28, Y38, YR12, YR27, YR68, E35, E37; Sakura black & white glaze; Uniball, black fine liner

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really appreciate you taking the time.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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Friday, 10 September 2021

Time For Tea Designa - September Release

Hi again!

I'm back with news about another new release. This time it's Time For Tea Designs.

I've a whole bunch of cards to share - some here today and others on Instagram over the next dew days.

So I've selected one card from each of the new stamp sets in this release.

First up is Coffee Lovers stamp set & matching dies and Coffee Stains stencil

Stamps: T4TD, Coffee Lovers
Stencil: T4TD, Coffee Stains
Paper: T4TD, Sweet Summer
Ink: Memento, espresso truffle, peanut brittle, Tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, Y21, Y26, Y35, R81, R83, R85

Next is my favourite from the release - Dog Gone Mutts. I went with a monochromatic colour scheme

Stamps: T4TD, Dog Gone Mutts
Paper: T4TD, Sweet Summer
Dies: T4TD, A6 Nesting
Pens: Copic, C1, C3, C5, C7, N1, N3, N5, N7, N9, W3, W5

Next is another coffee themed set - Snappy Before Coffee - but with some of the adorable critters that T4TD are so known for.

Stamps: T4TD, Snappy Before Coffee
Die: T4TD, Sun Ray Cover
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, N1, N3, N5, BV00, BV11, E44, E47, R20; Sakura white gel
Sequins: Lucy' Cards, Lily's Garden

And finally a Halloween set - Spooky Circle Tags and the Square Label Frame dies

Stamps: T4TD, Spooky Circle Tags
Die: T4TD, Square Label Frame
inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, N5, N7, G05

How amazing is this release? And small enough to be able to pop it all into your basket! 

Thanks for looking and I hope you have fun choosing.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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Funky Fossil September Release

Yay! It's release day at Funky Fossil!

So just in case you're still trying to make your mind up here's a few more samples.

Showcasing Delightful Divas

Showcasing Festive Robins and Autumn Wreath die

Showcasing Hedgehugs

Showcasing It's Christmas

Stay safe and keep shopping!

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Thursday, 9 September 2021

Funky Fossil September Release Introduction Day 5

Hello and welcome to the last day of introductions to Funky Fossil's September release.

Soon be time to make those decisions, but before you do take a look at today's Christmas sets - It's Christmas, oh my some sweet gnomes and the most gorgeous ever Folk Tree die.


 I'm starting with the gnomes - too irresistible!

This is my favourite gnome from the set - just love how he's rushing along and almost spilling that pile of presents. I kept my card very simple and just added in a strip of the Merry & Bright washi at the top and bottom of the card.

Stamps: Funky Fossil, It's Christmas
Washi: Funky Fossil, Merry & Bright
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, C1, C3, Y26, Y28, E00, R32, R29, R29 

The Merry & Bright washi gets another outing on my next card and this time i chose the cookie eating gnome as my focal image.

Stamps: Funky Fossil, It's Christmas
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, E00, E50, E51, E33, E35, R32, W3, W5, R39, R59, R89; Sakura white gelly roll

My final share uses the gorgeous and detailed Folk Tree die. It's been designed with a perforated centre so that it can easily be folded into a 3D project - I'm seeing a whole banner across the mantelpiece. 

But for today I just created an all white card by stacking up four layers of the tree.

I'd be interested to know how you see the tree. I know it's a stacked up pile, but my eyes keep telling me it's an inverted tree with embossed elements.

Stamps: Funky Fossil, Christmas Small Print
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Die: Funky Fossil, Folk Tree

Ok, so that's the end of the introductions and you've now seen everything that will be in store tomorrow at 9.00am UK time.

Have you made your mind up? I'll be back tomorrow with a few more cards using the September release. Hope to see you then!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, I always love to have your company for a while.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Time For Tea Designs September Challenge Reminder 1 - Autumn Colours

I'm here today to remind you about the September Challenge at Time For Tea Designs.

Autumn is my favourite season as I love the colours, the cooler evenings and the often bright sunny days.

And as Autumn is always associated with trees and leaves in my head that's the route I went with my card.

The tree is cut four times in autumnal shades using the Tree of Love Cover Plate die. I then pieced the negative bits back into the background.

I used the cute elephant from Life's Up And Downs and made sure he was all snug with the addition of the woolly hat.

And a tree wouldn't be complete without some birds. These two are from the Brighter Days stamp set.

Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, R37, R59, Y18, Y19, Y21, Y26, Y28, YR16, YR68, E29, E37; Sakura white glaze
Card: Papermill Direct

As well as my card there are two absolutely outstanding cards on the challenge blog created by Trina P. How awesome is her colouring - you have to go take a look, HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I appreciate it so much.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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Funky Fossil September Release Introduction Day 4

Day 4 of the introductions to Funky Fossil's September release already.


A really sweet autumnal stamp set, Hedgehugs, designed by Donna Gray and the most gorgeous Autumn Wreath die.

I'm starting with the Autumn Wreath die and paired it up with the Woodgrain Background stencil.

I cut the die several times in different colours and then patiently pieced the tiny pieces back into the dark brown base cut. The lovely sentiment is from Hedgehugs.

Stamps; Funky Fossil, Hedgehugs
Die: Funky Fossil, Autumn Wreath
Stencil: Funky Fossil, Woodgrain Background
Inks: Memento, espresso truffle, peanut brittle, potters clay

My next card uses the delightful hedgehogs having a little dance to celebrate before settling down for their long winter's nap.

The background panel uses one of the new, but already in the store, A7 stamp sets Dotty. I thought it looked a little like the ground in Autumn all covered with leaves and ferns and dried grasses.

Stamps: Funky Fossil, Hedgehugs, A7 Dotty
Inks: Memento, morocco, dandelion, peanut brittle, cantaloupe

And not wanting to miss out on the celebrations before hibernation this little squirrel is having fun using the pumpkins to reach his preferred snack of acorns.

I started with the central pumpkin and then masked off as I went along the bottom of the card to build up my pumpkin display.

Stamps: Funky Fossil, Hedgehugs
Inks: Memento, espresso truffle
Pens: Copic, YR01, YR02, YR07, YR14, YR27, Y17, Y21, Y26, Y28, R05, E27

Another day of introductions complete and just one more to go. Tomorrow it's back to Christmas and then on Friday it's make your mind up time as all the release will be in store from 9.00am UK time.

I'm so pleased you had time to drop by today, hope to see you again tomorrow.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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