Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Tuesday Talk

I'm playing along with Let's Get Sketchy today, so it's a scrapbook page to share.

All those strips were a challenge and I met it by stamping and adding narrow washi tape:

I picked up the colours from the photos for my background paper and stamping and then added an embellishment cluster instead of the third photo from the sketch.

I balanced that embellishment cluster with a smaller one at the bottom, creating a diagonal line to help the eye.

The title was added to make that triangle of elements that we all love and I finished off with some splatters of ink. I simply applied an ink pad to an acrylic block, added water and then used a paintbrush to flick the ink where I wanted it.

Stamps: Precious Remembrance shop, DIY, Totally, Little Things
Inks: SU, blueberry bushel, tempting turquoise, sweet sugarplum, bermuda bay, calypso coral
Alphas: Simple Stories, Summer Vibes, Bloom & Grow, So Rad
Stickers: The Happy Planner puffy stickers; Shimelle Box of Crayons; AC, Maggie holmes & Vickii boutin sticker books; Cosmo Cricket, tiny text; MAMBI sticks, MAMBI washi; October Afternoon, the Ocean blue labels; Jillibean Soup labels; Lilybeedesigns labels

Thanks so much for looking today. It's been great to have your company.

And keep crafting!

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Monday, 20 August 2018

Monday Moment

Today I'm sharing a card I made using Wei's sketch at CAS Colours & Sketches.

There were a couple of DT cards there that inspired my card and this is what I came up with:

I started by stamping the butterflies placing them according to the sketch and then added spots of  pastel colours on top.

Stamps: Newton's Nook, Beautiful Wings; HLS, Mix Mash; Concord & 9th, Birthday Stacks
Inks: SU, pink pirouette, soft sky, mint macaron

Short and sweet today, but still the same enormous thanks to you for dropping by.

And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 19 August 2018

Uniko August Release

At last! Yay for release day at Uniko!

Here's a reminder about the five stamp sets you can pop into your basket today:



Wow! What a difficult choice for you! Well while you're mulling things over perhaps you'd like to take a look at a few cards making use of the new sets.

I simply stamped the Beautiful flower onto patterned paper and slotted it behind a stitched window.

The next card uses two sets - Background builders Hexagons and Beautiful. I started by stamping the hexagon strip and then stamped, coloured and fussy cut two bloom heads.

I stamped a greeting onto a stitched die cut and I was done.

And I just couldn't resist using the Framed Florals for my final card.

I stamped it onto coloured cardstock and then fussy cut round the top edges. I stamped it again on the base card and then popped my cut out on top. The greeting is from Big & Bold Hello.

I hope that has helped a little in your decision making - yes I know they're all jumping into your basket, right?

Well how about a chance to win the entire release? Just comment as you hop from DT blog to DT blog and who knows it could be you!

Jane ~ that's me

Thanks for dropping by today, it's always a pleasure to have you visit.

Good luck and keep crafting!

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AAA Cards Challenge #122 - Use A Stencil

It's time for a new challenge at AAA Cards today. And the ask for the next fortnight is to use a stencil.

As the sponsor is STAMPlorations I chose one of their stencils to use on my DT card.

The feather stencil is the perfect size for my card and even with the fabulous encouragement quote stamp there is still plenty of empty white space. 

Stamps: STAMPlorations, Noteworthy 2
Inks: Ranger distress, shaded lilac; Memento, tuxedo black; SU, smoky slate
Stencil: ARTplorations, Feathers & arrows

So how will you use a stencil and still keep your card CAS? Well my tips are to choose a stencil that's not too large or intricate or if it's a larger stencil just use part of it or place it going off the edge of your card. And although the 'white space' can be coloured,  patterns, heavily textured or embossing should be kept to an absolute minimum - preferably not used at all!

If you're still unsure about what makes a card CAS hop on over to AAA Cars and see what the rest of the DT have created. Bound to spark your creativity and help you stay CAS.

Thanks so much for looking today, i hope I've helped you on your CAS creative journey.

And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 18 August 2018

Uniko August Release - Introducing Big & Bold Hello & Framed Florals

Here we are already with the last day of the introductions to Uniko's August release. There are two sets today and I've made a couple of cards with each.


Something completely different for me with this first card. I've used rainbow foil as a background!

I wanted a bit of a weathered look to the foil, so I scratched it up a bit and then added the fussy cut hello on top. The rest of the greeting was stamped below.

I die cut a stitched line at the top and bottom and then popped this panel up on foam and adhered it on top of a line of rainbow striped washi tape.

My next card has a repeated stamping of the big and bold hello, just changing up the colour each time. I used my misti tool and partially re-inked the stamp each time to create an ombre effect. I finished off by adding the little flower motif from this set in black to match the base card colour.

Stamps: Uniko, Big & Bold Hello
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; SU, melon mambo, tempting turquoise, bermuda bay
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles

And then there is this very beautiful and stunningly gorgeous Framed Florals stamp to delight you!

A delightful medley of Bev's iconic flower and leaf sets. I felt it really didn't need much fiddling to show off its beauty, so I simply stamped it in black onto some ditsy floral paper and added it onto a favourite purply pink base card.

I stamped the sentiment from Big & Bold Hello onto matching paper and added a strip to peep out either side.

My final card uses a simple, but very pretty colour scheme, and a bit of fussy cutting to add extra dimension to some of the flowers and leaves.

The greeting is once again from Big & Bold Hello.

Stamps: Uniko, Framed Florals, Big & Bold Hello
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; SU, old olive
Pen: Copic, E000, V12

Well have you made your decision yet? So difficult to choose isn't it? Be sure to pop in tomorrow to see the complete reveal of all the stamp sets and some more sample cards to help you make your mind up. Oh and of course details of how to win the entire release!

Until then, keep crafting!

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Friday, 17 August 2018

Uniko August Release - Introducing Background Builders Hexagons & Beautiful

Are you ready for some cards using the Uniko August new release goodies?  Well I've four cards to share and two stamp sets.


I'm starting with the aptly named flower stamp - Beautiful.

I've kept pretty close to my CAS roots with this card, but used colours that are far removed from my beloved pinks and purples. I turned the stamp over and stamped a background splash of colour before stamping it the correct way up in the same colour ink.

I then partially inked it up with black and stamped it again to add a little more detail. The greeting is from the same set but the stem is from Beautiful Blooms I.

This is another favourite card layout for me. I decided to let the beauty of the flowers shine out so I only used touches of blue in the centres and left the rest uncoloured.

Stamps: Uniko, Beautiful, Beautiful Blooms I
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; SU, peekaboo peach, old olive
Pen: Copic, B12
Die: MFT Die-namics, stitched basic edges

The next two cards use a hexagon stamp set - a great new addition to the Background Builders series.

I used a Kaleidacolor ink pad and stamped the hexagons into two corners of my card. And the greeting is a little peek at one of tomorrow's introductions.

For my next card I stamped the hexagons all the way round the edges of a square card and then added colour using Copic pens.

I added a greeting and a fussy cut bee from the previous Uniko release - Bee Happy. I also brushed a little peach ink around the edges to add a bit of a distressed feel.

Stamps: Uniko, Background Builders Hexagons, Bee Happy & Big & Bold Hello
Inks: SU, baked brown sugar, peekaboo peach; Kaledacolor, creole spice
Pens: Copic, Y35, Y38, E33, E35

Thanks for looking today. Tomorrow I'll be back introducing the last two stamp sets from this new release and then on Sunday they'll be the full reveal and your chance to buy or maybe win your favourites.

In the mean time keep crafting!

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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Uniko August Release - Introducing So Much

Here we go then with the first of the introductions to the August Uniko release.

And if you're thinking this stamp looks familiar, that's because it was previously a freebie linked to a past release. So if you missed out then, you will soon be able to purchase it to add to your stash.

I stamped and heat embossed the stamp and greeting in white and then added colour using Prismacolor pencils.

For my next card I've revisited a favourite colour combo of kraft, black and white.

I die cut the stitched rectangle, stamped the flower spray and then inserted it back into the aperture.

Similarly on this next card I die cut a stitched rectangle and inlaid it, but kept this one super CAS by using just the small flower from the set.

I used Prismacolor pencils to add colour. I find it easier to control pencil crayons than marker pens on such small images.

Stamps: Uniko, So Much
Inks: Versamark + Ranger suoerfine white embossing powder; Memento, tuxedo black
Colours: Prismacolor; Sakura, jelly roll white
Die: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangles; Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles

Thanks for looking today and be sure to come back again tomorrow when they'll be not one but two introductions to stamp sets!

And keep crafting!

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