Sunday 30 November 2014

AAA Cards Game 29 - Blue Christmas

So almost December and we're feeling blue at AAA Cards. Well not in the least down hearted but having fun creating in a fairly non-typical colour!

And I went with a very sparkly, but quite elegant card.  As always I tried to keep my card CAS, which is not only my personal style but also what the AAA team are looking for.


I originally wanted to stamp my image directly onto the dark blue pearlescent card and then heat emboss it to make it sparkle. Well that sort of worked, but only if the light was shining directly onto the card. So back to the drawing board and I stamped onto a white card panel which I matted onto that blue card.

I then coloured the baubles with pro markers and added sparkly dots using liquid pearls dusted with glamour dust. I combined sentiment stamps from two different sets and my card was done - and much more striking than my bin job!

Stamps: Inky Doodles, Hang In There; SU, endless Wishes; Uniko Studio, All Occasion Sentiments #4
Ink: SU, night of navy
Promarkers: blue pearl, cobalt blue, indigo blue, china blue
Embellishments: Liquid Pearls, white opal;Deco Art, glamour dust

Thanks for dropping by today, your visit is much appreciated. Be sure to hop on over to AAA Cards to see the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the DT.

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Saturday 29 November 2014

Saturday Slot

A card for the last of this month's challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches is my share today. 

It had to be another Christmas card, maybe in December I'll stop! So I chose two of my favourite colours to combine for Christmas - aqua and red. I always think they look so fresh against a white background.

I started by stamping the long diagonal lines and intended to stamp a greeting in place of the two shorter lines. But as I was searching through my stamps I came across this die cut that I'd stored away for future use and really liked the contrast of the loopy font with the linear look of the lines.

I finished off with fairly random stamping of red flower heads and some berries in the centre of each pine needle.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Holiday Sentiments; Uniko Studio, Background Builders Vines
Inks: SU, pool party, cherry cobbler
Die: Clearly Besotted, Merry Christmas

So pleased you dropped by today, thank you for your time.
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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Wednesday Words

Well as you probably already know scrapbooking is my first love and The Memory Nest my favourite place to find layouts and inspiration for pages. And as I just about always enter their challenges it seemed like a good idea to give their DT call a go.  So wish me luck and hope that this page I'm sharing does the trick!

I'm quite firmly in the CAS camp when making cards and my scrapbook pages tend to reflect this too.  I often shrink down elements from layouts to make them more my style. And that's exactly what I've done with this sketch - all the five layers are there, just in slightly different proportions.

One of the best things about having an older brother is that you get to try all sorts of things much younger and I always love watching how William watches Leo and then tries it out himself.

And quite unusual for me there is no handwritten journalling. I just felt the stamped quote said it all.

Papers: Craft Creations, gingham; AC, chap; scraps from my stash
Stamp: Inkylicious, Some Moments
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Dies: Spellbinders, sprightly sprockets; Die-namics, ampersand; Paper Smooches, cardbooking
Alphas: Cutlegug, hippy chick; October Aftrnoon, Mini Market grey & cream, cream & denim

Thanks so much for dropping by today, hope you'll pop over to The Memory Nest and leave some love.

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Tuesday 25 November 2014

Tuesday Talk

The current challenge at Uniko Studio is Anything Goes or Anything Goes & this sketch.

 And Less is More want:
Jingle all the Way!
For this we would like to see some reference to any of these things.... bells, reindeer, Santa, elves, stockings, presents, decorations, Christmas songs/music/instruments... in fact anything Christmassy!

showCASed   Oh and a thank you for showcasing my card last week!

Well as you probably know I have a mass of Uniko Studio stamps, so even though it's not a requirement for their challenge I still went ahead and raided my stash to make this Christmas card. Only one present but I'm hoping that satisfies the criteria for Less is More.

I used a little square of hessian with the edges all frayed as a backdrop to my holographic in your face postage stamp. Kinda liking the contrast between the matte and shiny.

I stamped the parcel and bow onto Christmas paper before fussy cutting and mounting it onto pads.

I combined a sentiment from two different stamp sets and added three sequins to draw the eye.

Stamps: Uniko Studio, A Gift For You & All Occasion Sentiments#4
Inks: SU, cherry cobbler
Die: do crafts, postage stamp
Hessian, sequins, paper & card scraps from my stash

So glad you dropped by today, thanks for your time.

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Monday 24 November 2014

Monday Moments

I knew as soon as I saw these colours from Color Throwdown I would have to make a card - they're just so pretty!

And here's what I came up with:

I got as far as attaching all the white card layer to the base card and then felt it needed a little something to lift it. And so the dark blue strip was added and I was satisfied with my card.

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Flower Power #5 & #2
Inks: SU, night of navy, melon mambo; Memento, pear tart
Die: Lawn Fawn, stitched party banners

Thanks for looking today, it's much appreciated.

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Saturday 22 November 2014

Saturday Scribbles

Another colour combo to inspire over at CAS Colours & Sketches this week - love it! 

 And as I'm on a bit of a Christmas roll at the moment it just had to be!

I started by stamping the background in the first two colours from the combo and then gave some thought to the metallic silver element needed. That was solved by die cutting a snowflake from silver card.

I finished off with my signature twine threaded button, but with a bit of a twist. I didn't have the correct colour twine so I used white and coloured it with lost lagoon ink - I'm really loving how this gives a patchy effect to the twine.

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Backgrounf Builders Christmas
Inks: SU, lost lagoon; Memento, London fog
Die: Die'Sire, snowflakes
Punch: Xcut, corner rounder
Embellishments: twine & button from my stash

Thank you for visiting my blog today, hope you liked what you saw and will come back again.

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Thursday 20 November 2014

Thursday Thoughts

So this week at Less is More the challenge is - more than one tree.

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Well I got well and truly inspired by all the different styles of card by the DT and rooted throught my stash for anything resembling a tree. After a few bin jobs I eventually  came up with this classic traditional Christmas card.

So I cleared up - always a must for me - and was just walking out of my craft room when this little kraft card caught my eye. I'd made it a while ago while experimenting with using that gorgeous grunge stamp as snow and suddenly this idea popped into my head for a modern Christmas card.

Out came the supplies again and I stamped the Uniko Studio sentiment, die cut and embossed the kraft card into a square and the card was made.  Another tidy up and I went off to bed with this second card a definite favourite.

So this morning I looked again and the first card was singing to me. Decision made to share both, but which to enter into the challenge? Mmm, the jury's still out on that. I'll just go with my instinct at the very last moment when I get over to their blog.

Card 1:
Stamps: Kaisercraft, Turtle Doves; Clearly Besotted, Modern Christmas
Inks: Memento, cottage ivy, London fog
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles
Embellishments: doodlebug, star jewels
Card 2:
Stamps: Clearly Besotted, modern Christmas, SU, gorgeous grunge; Uniko Studio, All Occasion Sentiments #4
Inks: SU, cherry cobbler, whisper white; Memento, cottage ivy, rich cocoa
Die: Spellbinders, classic squares large

Thanks for dropping by today, your visit is much appreciated.

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Tuesday 18 November 2014

Tuesday Talk

Have you seen the current inspiration photo for the challenge over at Crazy for CAS? Well here it is then:

I love the colours in this picture and that's what inspired my card.

That little touch of aqua with the yellows and salmon just lifts the whole card.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Pretty Petals Plus, Diagonal Stripes
Inks: SU, calypso coral, daffodil delight, crushed curry
Dies: Clearly Besotted, Bracket Edges, Pretty Petals Plus
Embellishments: Doodlebug mini pearls, Spring asst.

Great to have you visit today, thanks so much.

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Monday 17 November 2014

Monday Moments

A scrapbook and some PL pages to share today.

The scrapbook page uses this sketch from The Memory Nest:

And it features my new boots:

And here's the whole page:

Paper; scraps from my stash
Stamps: SU, Good Greetings, Point & Click; Clearly Besotted, Basic Banners
Ink: Memento, potter's clay
Dies: Clearly Besotted, Basic Banners; Cuttlebug, hearts
Alpha: Cuttlebug, Happy Chick
Punch: Martha Stewart, heart
Embellishments: ep, note to self stickers; buttons from my stash 

I've also been really busy playing catch up with my Project Life pages from the summer. I've set myself the task of completing them before the imminent arrival of my new grandson or failing that at least before the other two arrive back for Christmas and I've even more photos to scrap.

Only three more to go now!

Well thank you for looking at my blog today, so good to have your company.

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Sunday 16 November 2014

AAA Cards Game 28 - Inspire

First up a little announcement that I should have posted with game 27:
In order to still be the superwomen that we all are.........just for the season....
AAA Cards will run our challenges as 2 week games
in November and December. 
Then we'll take two weeks off 
(recovering from Christmas). 
After that, we'll be refreshed and ready to 
rock and roll back at weekly games.

And now on to this fortnight's game - a card with thanksgiving in mind or maybe just a thank you card if that's not your bag. And for this game we have the lovely Kimberly joining us as a guest designer - be sure to check out her blog, it's always full of vibrant inspiration.

As thanksgiving is not something we celebrate in the UK I went with a thank you card as my sample.

I chose an array of bright colours and stamped stars around the large sentiment - I was thinking that maybe there might be fireworks in the US for their celebrations and that's what inspired this explosion of stars.

Stamps: Uniko Studio, All Occasion Sentiments #3; SU, Point & Click; Lawn Fawn, Trim the Tree
Inks: SU, night of navy, calypso coral, crushed curry, tempting turquoise, melon mambo

Thanks for visiting today, hope you'll be inspired to join in the fun at AAA Cards. Enjoy the last day of your weekend!

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Saturday 15 November 2014

Saturday Scribbles

This week at CAS Colours & Sketches it's a sketch and as I needed to make a wedding anniversary card for my oldest son it was perfect.

I shrank the sketch right down, but kept the same orientation and shapes apart from the flower instead of a circle.

I die cut both the tags and ran the larger one through my cuttlebug to emboss the surface to create texture. I shortened the diagonal stripe stamp by masking off part of the base card.

I fussy cut both the rose and the leaves and placed the leaves flat, but the rose was mounted onto pads. The sentiment was printed on the computer before the tag was cut.  The colours were chosen to reflect their wedding day.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Sweet Rose, Diagonal stripes
Inks: Memento, rich cocoa, peanut brittle, toffee crunch
Dies: Clearly Besotted, Tag Along, Journal It
Embossing: Cuttlebug, Swiss dots

So pleased you dropped by my blog today, thanks for your time. Enjoy your weekend.

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