Sunday, 18 March 2018

AAA Cards Game #111 - Use Only One Third

Hi and welcome to my b;log.  Today I'm sharing my DT card for the new AAA Cards Challenge that starts today where we want you to only use one third of your CAS card.

I plumped for using the top horizontal third for my card, but of course it could be any third, horizontal, vertical or diagonal.

And as Winnie & Walter are sponsoring this challenge I mainly used their products.  I die cut the happy several times for dimension and placed it near the top before stamping the hat and CHRISTMAS.

I'm loving how there's a trick of the eye that makes the happy look as if it's been cut out of the white card base rather than out of the teal card and added on top.

Stamps: Winnie & Walter, Seasons Tweetings; Uniko, Festive Sentiments
Ink: SU, dapper denim
Die: Winnie & Walter, In a Word Happy Cutaway
Embellishments: Stickles, crystal

There are examples of just about every other way of using one third that comes to mind on the AAA Cards blog - HERE. So much inspired creativity from the DT!

Thanks so much for spending some time looking at my blog today, it's been fabulous having your company.

And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Saturday Spot

Another share of scrapbook pages today. The final ones from the fourth lesson of Shimelle's Clear the Desk class. I can't rate this class highly enough, it's not only got me using up paper by the bucket loads but also revved up my love of scrapbooking all over again and given me the kick up the backside I needed. Amazing value for money - only £10.00

Clear the Desk online scrapbooking class

Here they are then - and there is a lot of them - starting with the fourth collection of papers chosen from my stash using Shimelle's guidelines:

So what are holidays all about - well food is top of my husband's list!

And sand is quite near the top of mine, although watching my grandchildren's faces is easily the best bit for me.

Digging from a sandcastle right down to the sea seems to be a bit of a family tradition.

As does burying one member of the family in sand!

It's that cute adorable little face again.

And equally adorable but in a more grown up kind of way. Check out those huge banana splits!

Fun in the pool and playing nicely - well probably trying to dunk each other!

Sand angel and just chilling in the late afternoon sun. And don't I wish this scene was the type that happened most - don't be silly Jane this was a one off break from the constant energy and non-stop movement!

A couple of Project Life style pocket pages for all those got to be included snaps.

The sea and the waves and the danger and the kids having fun while the adults stood watchfully and wondering if they's have to dive in and do a Bay Watch impression.

A captured precious moment that happens quite often but rarely when you've got a camera in your hand to preserve it.

And finally after all that sunshine a Christmas page to complete the class.

Huge thanks if you've made it to the end of this page and I hope you've enjoyed looking. It's been so fun sharing what I love and I really appreciate you taking the time to look.

I'll be back in the morning with a card and a new challenge at AAA Cards, but until then keep crafting!

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Friday, 16 March 2018

Friday Focus

So Spring is supposed to be here? Well I'm not feeling it yet, so I've decided the best way to experience it at the moment is by creating a card. And as STAMPlorations want Spring themed cards for their March challenge that's just what I've done!

Here's my card:

I stamped and heat embossed the daffodils and the SIMPLY and then sponged distress oxide ink over in two colours. The gorgeous was die cut several times for dimension in the same colour card stock as the base card.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Spring Daffodils; STAMPlorations, Bold Sentiments Gorgeous
Inks: Versamark + Ranger superfine black embossing powder, Ranger distress oxide, spiced marmaladfe, wild honey
Die: CUTplorations, Gorgeous

Thanks a ton for visiting my blog today, I really appreciate it.

And keep crafting! 

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Thursday Thoughts

I've made a very bright and cheery card to enter into the Winnie & Walter March Color Combo Challenge. Here's the inspiration pic:

And here's my card:

I stamped and heat embossed the circles background stamp. And I think I just about managed to get all the colours onto it using my copic pens.

I added the large happy cutaway, also from Winnie & Walter and a stamped birthday from a retired Uniko set.

Stamps: Winnie & Walter, Mini Scenery: Round & Round; Uniko, birthday (retired)
Die: Winnie & Walter , In a Word, Happy Cutaway
Pens: Copic, R29, YR16, Y18, YG13, B24, BV17, V17

Thanks for your time today, it's been a pleasure to have you visit my blog.

And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Wednesday Words

It's back to cards again today and this one is for the challenge at CAS Christmas.

Here's my card:

This was such an easy card to make with just a couple of bits of stamping in the traditional Christmas colours of green and red.  Simple, CAS and so my style!

Stamps: Uniko, Background Builders Christmas & Most Wonderful
Inks: SU, garden green, cherry cobbler

Thanks for looking today, it's been so good to have a little company.

And keep crafting! 

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Tuesday Talk

Another scrapbook page fest today.  I've now finished the class - Shimelle, Clear The Desk - and created a total of  twenty-six pages.

 Clear the Desk online scrapbooking class

WOW! You'd think I would have made quite a dent in my scrapbook supplies wouldn't you? Well what do you know although I've emptied two boxes of papers, there still seems a huge amount left. Am I a squirrel or what?

I'm going to share a few pages today and then the come back again another day to share the rest. Hope you enjoy looking at them.

My second collection of papers:

My oldest grandson doing what teenagers do!

A Christmas Day page.

Shopping for the new baby and my oldest grandson again doing what teenagers do!

My third collection of papers, chosen with snow in mind:

No snow yet so adapted to a Christmas theme.

At last the snow arrived and I had fun in the warmth creating about the cold! And it was my youngest grandson's first ever snowman - had to be documented.

And it snowed again so the next day a new snowman came to say hello to the first.

But there was still all the front garden snow unused, they quickly remedied that!

Always keen to show off his super strength powers - watches too much television - and the third snowman was built.

Well that's me done for today. Thanks for taking the time to look.

And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Happy Little Stampers New Release Blog Hop

I'm so excited to have you drop by my blog today as I'm joining in with The Happy Little Stampers new release blog hop.

Take a look at the new sets - you are going to LOVE them!

I'm sharing cards I made with three of these amazing stamp sets and I can honestly say they've been an absolute joy to work with.

First up is the wonderfully different Born To Be Wild:

I used a scrap of vibrant abstract patterned paper to stamp both the zebra and a greeting from this set. I adhered them flat onto a black card base to really help the colours pop and keep it flat for posting.

Stamps: HLS, Born to be Wild
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Paper: SU

My next card uses the equally impsing lioness head from the same set. I used a kaleidacolor multi coloured ink pad to stamp it - loving the ombre tones this achieved.

I placed a circle mask over the head and then gently inked some hot African inspired colours all around.  This card was matted onto a pearlescent mustardy orange base card.

I stamped the greeting onto the same pearlescent card using Staz On ink as the surface is shiny. I die cut it into a flag and added an enamel dot to finish off.

STamps: HLS, Born to be Wild
Ink: Kaleidacolor, Cappuccino Delight; Ranger distress, mustard seed, spiced marmalde, picked raspberry; Staz On, timber brown
Die: MFT Die-namics, stitched fishtail flag
Card: pearlescent 
Embellishment: Sparklet enamel dot 

My next card uses Dandelion Wishes and some of my favourite purple and pinks. 

This is such a beautiful stamp and I decided it needed very little in the way of additions. So a trio of matching coloured sequin and one of the sentiments and I called it done.

Stamps: HLS, Dandelion Wishes
Inks: Kaleidacolor, Berry Burst
Sequins from my stash

Still wanting to let the stamps do all the talking I used the trio of dandelion heads and simply created a shadow by re-stamping without re-inking. 

I masked offthree sides of the base card and brushed on some gentle blue and green distress inks before finisheing off with a greeting from the same stamp set.

Stamps: HLS, Dandelion Wishes
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black, Ranger distress, cracked pistachio, chipped sapphire

The final stamps that I'm showcasing today are probably going to become my go to when creating snowy Christmas cards. The snow flakes in this set are just so incredibly beautiful!

I stamped and heat embossed the snowflakes into opposite corners using a sparklywhite embossing powder. I tjhen swiped two shades of distress ink over the top.

I added a strip of sparkly silver washi tape and matted the whole thing onto sparkly silver card and added the greeting onto a stitched die cut rectangle. Bet you can't guess what made me choose this particular greeting from the set? Well ok a bit obvious really!

Stamps: HLS, Let It Snow
Inks: Ranger distress, mermaid lagoon, chipped sapphire; Versamark clear + WOW! sparkling snow embossing powder
Washi & silver card from my stash 

My final sample card for this wonderful new release is a chilly blue creation.

I maksed off a strip across the card and added distress inks in two colours. I then added the snowflakes using the same two colours and added an enamel dot to the centres.

And shortly after I made this card the sentiment happened and we did get snow. Not promising that will happen for you though!

Stamps: HLS, Let It Snow
Inks: Ranger distress, cracked pistachio, mermaid lagoon
Embellishments: Sparklets enamel dots

Now for the information you'll need to be in with a chance to win:

How to win?

1. Comment on this blog post
2. Follow the links below to the HLS Designer's blog posts and leave them a comment.
3. The Blog Hop will run for 1 week from 12th March 2018 6am to 19th March 2018 6am AEST.
That's it! Enjoy the show!

We have 10 prizes up for grabs. All our winners will be chosen at random and you MUST comment on ALL the blogs in the Hop.

Here's the blog hop order:

Jane - that's me

Thanks so much for stopping by for a while at my blog today, your visit is greatly appreciated.  Good luck with the blog hopping and your quest to win one of the amazing prizes on offer.

And keep crafting!

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