Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Uniko December New Release Blog Hop

I'm so pleased you dropped by today as I'm showcasing the Uniko December new release.

There are three stamp sets and two stencils in this release and you are so going to love them all.



First up is a wonderful new addition to the Pure Florals series of stamp sets. If you love big and bold flower stamps this set will get you very excited.

For my card I dug out an old Spellbinders die and cut it in dark green and then used it as a mat for a white circle. The largest peony was stamped, coloured using Copic pens and then hand cut and mounted on pads before adhering to the circular mat.

The greeting was stamped onto white card and then the whole thing matted onto the dark green card.

Stamps: Uniko, Pure Florals: Peony
Inks: Versafine Clair, nocturne
Pens: Copic, G94, G99, V12, V15, E000
Die: Spellbinders, lacey circles & standard circles small

My next card showcases my personal favourite from this release - Snowflake Serenade. This is perfect for those last minute Christmas cards as you can just stamp and go!

Once stamped all I did was add a few touches of colour and some small adhesive gems before adhering to a plain white card base.

Stamps: Uniko, Snowflake Serenade
Ink: Versafine Clair, nocturne
Pens: Copic, G28, E000
Gems: Papermania, iridescent

A beautiful layering stamp set is coming up next - Wonderful Day.  This set is just so versatile and colours can be used in a variety of different combinations. For my card I went with a trio of Altenew  pinks.

I kept this card nice and CAS to allow the beauty of the stamps to shine.

Stamps:Uniko, Wonderful Day
Inks: Altenew, rose quartz, puffy heart, purple wine

I'm finishing off with a pair of cards which follow the same design using the two stencils from this release - In The Forest and Let It Snow.

I used some blue polka dot card, added the stencil on top and inked with distress oxides. I then stamped a greeting from Festive Sentiments onto a stitched rectangular die cut and popped it on top and matted the whole thing onto a white card base.

Stencils: Uniko, In The Forest, Let It Snow
Stamp: Uniko, Festive Sentiments
Inks: Ranger distress oxide, TREE - salty ocean, cracked pistachio, SNOWFLAKES - faded jeans, wilted violet, salty ocean
Die: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangles

Well I'm sure you're now itching to get these goodies into your baskets. So I'll just leave you with the blog hop order in case you fancy the chance to win the entire release by leaving comments as you go.

Jane - that's me

Huge thanks for visiting my blog today.  Good luck and remember to keep crafting!

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Monday, 10 December 2018

Happy Little Stampers December ATC Challenge

I'm here today to tell you all about the December atc challenge that's starting at Happy Little Stampers. The theme is PETS

Here's my card:

I started by stamping the cat and dog and then masked them off so that I could apply a stencil background behind them. I coloured the pet images using my Prismacolor pencils and then finished off by adding sticker phrases.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Best Friends
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; Ranger distress, faded jeans, lucky clover
Colours: Prismacolor pencils; Copic, C!
Stickers: AC, Maggie Holmes

If you're interested in swapping atcs can i suggest you check out this facebook group run by Kylie of Happy Little Stampers. I've already swapped quite a few atcs there and there is a monthly challenge  too.

Thanks for your time today, I really appreciate you dropping by my blog.

And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 9 December 2018

AAA Cards Challenge #130 - Three of Something

AAA Cards final challenge for 2108 starts today and it's a great theme that can be used for Christmas or any other occasion.

I went with the Christmas theme and created a quick simple little card using Uniko goodies - our sponsor for this challenge.

I simply placed the stencil and masked it off to leave only three of the snowflakes. I then used distress oxide inks in a trio of colours and added a simple greeting below. I finished off by matting the whole thing onto a dark green base card.

Stamp: Uiko, Simply Said Christmas
Stencil: uniko, Christmas Folk Snowflake
Inks: Ranger distress oxide, salty ocean, peacock feathers, cracked pistachio; Memento, tuxedo black
Card: SU, tranquil tide

We've Ishani from Quillish joining us for this challenge and she has a fun card to share on the blog - HERE. there are also some quite spectacular ideas from the AAA Cards DT there too, do go check it all out!

Huge Christmassy thanks to you for visiting my blog today. Don't know about you but I'm feeling quite chilled and organised at the moment!

And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 8 December 2018

MKC Digitals December Release

I'm back today with another showcase of one of the MKC Digitals new December release. This time I'm featuring Poinsettia Jar.

I printed the poinsettias and jar onto vellum as well as the base card and then added colour to the back of the vellum for a more subtle look.

Stamps: MKC Digtals, Pointsettia Jar, Holiday Sentiment Set
Colours: Prismacolor pencils
Vellum and patterned paper from my stash

For my second card I printed the poinsettia onto three different patterned papers and then hand cut and paper pieced them. I used foam pads between the layers to give them a more 3D look.

The jar I simply coloured with my Copic pens.

Stamps: MKC Digtals, Pointsettia Jar, Holiday Sentiment Set
Pens: Copic, C0, W1, W3, W5
Patterned paper from my stash

Please note that the shop is currently down for maintenance, but the new release will be available once the shop is back up. In the meantime there's a free digi if you join the MKC Digitals facebook group.

Thanks for looking today.   And keep crafting!

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Friday, 7 December 2018

Friday Focus

I'm back again today with the second page spread of my Christmas journey.

This tells the story of the purchase of the real tree and how it eventually got put into place. Once again the digi elements are from Studio Double D available from Designer Digitals.

I love that I was able to use one of the cards from a Pocket Letter sent to me last year by my Australian pen pal Helen. I plan to use most of the other cards throughout this year's pages and actually chose my colour scheme based on Helen's Pocket Letter colours.

I simply adhered the PL card - which incidentally is the same size as an atc card - onto a 4x6 piece of patterned paper. Takes the whole memory keeping idea to a new level don't you think?

I'd love it if you left me a comment and a link to your blog if you're keeping a Christmas journal this year. Then I can pop over and leave you some love too!

Thanks for taking the time to drop by my blog today, I really appreciate it.

And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Thursday Thoughts

This year I'm once again scrapping my Christmas journey and once again doing it as a December Non-Daily!

I'm going to journal and photograph as much as I can and share as much as I can get round to here on my blog, but with no pressure on myself to do either. I took this approach last year and found it a far more enjoyable process than forcing a daily record when, let's face it, some days there really is nothing much to tell. And other days there's loads to tell but no time to get it all recorded for a daily share.

Here's my first 2018 introductory element:

I used a combination of digi stamps along with a Katie Pertiet template - all purchased from Designer Digitals.

And to make things even more simple this year I'm using Project Life photo pockets inside my 2018 scrapbook album. Here's the first spread:

You'll notice my Christmas journey actually started before December and that's another reason for not calling it a December Daily.  The journal cards have been made using Studio Double D stamps from Designer Digitals and created using Photoshop Elements on my laptop.

Huge thanks for looking today. I love that you found time to read my blog. 

And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

MKC Digitals December Release

I'm so pleased you dropped by today as I'm showcasing one of the new stamps from MKC Digitals December release.  Unfortunately the shop site is currently down for essential maintenance, but in the meantime make your wishlist and check back soon.

MKC Digitals

The stamp is called Gnome Girl with Gingerbread Man and can be found in the MKC Digitals Shop - HERE.

For this card I mirrored the image to create a pair of gnome girls. When I was moving them around to place them next to each other I realised that the hats formed a heart when close together. I highlighted this by colouring it with a sparkly gel pen.

I added some polka dots to the gingerbread men's bow ties using a white gel pen and used gems for their buttons. I coloured the gnome girls in the traditional Christmas colours of red and green and die cut and then matted the whole panel onto a green holographic card base.

Stamps: MKC Digitals, Girl Gnome with Gingerbread Man, Holiday Sentiment Set
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles
Pens: Copic, E43, E44, E50, E51, E21, YG11, YG13, YG17, R20, R29, R37, R39, W1, W3, W5, C0, C1, C3; Sakura gelly roll, white & clear star
Gems from my stash

For my next card I used pinks and blues and coloured the gnome girl using Prismacolor pencils. I kept to a Christmas theme and added a coloured and dry embossed snowy background.

I cut the gnome girl by hand and popped her up onto pads before placing her on the snowy background. I then finished everything off with some small gems and some added sparkle using Stickles.

Although gingerbread men are a traditional treat at Christmas I think this stamp could be used all year round for birthdays by adapting the colours and background scene accordingly.

Stamps: MKC Digitals, Girl Gnome with Gingerbread Man, Holiday Sentiment Set
Embossing: cuttlebug, Swiss Dots
Colour: Prismacolor pencils; Copic pens, C0, C1, C3
Embellishmsnts: Bling Bling gems; Stickles, Star Dust

Thanks so much for looking today. You can catch the rest of the MKC Digitals December release and DT cards in the facebook group HERE.

And remember to keep crafting!

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