Monday, 11 December 2017

Uniko December Release - Sneak Peeks

And here's the next four sneak peeks at Uniko's December release.


Can you see a bit of a Spring theme going on here?


Mmmm! You'll love these sets!

Be sure to call back tomorrow when it will be time to introduce the first two new stamp sets and you'll get more of an idea about them. You won't be disappointed!

Thanks for dropping by today.  And keep (Christmas) crafting!

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Happy Little Stampers - ATC December Challenge

Bet you can't guess the theme for this month's Happy Little Stampers ATC Challenge?

Mmm, thought you might! All the stamps on my atcs this month are from the HLS Christmas Joy stamp set.

And I've had a bit of a return to my more usual CAS style this month and not let the small size of atcs encourage me to keep adding more like they usually do.  So a little bit of washi and some relaxing colouring and wink of stella glisten are the only additions to the stamping.

Stamps: HLS, Christmas Joy
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, YG11, YG13, YG17, E57, E59, Y18, R22, R24, R29, G24, G28, N1; Gelly roll, white
Embellishments: SU, washi tape; Wink of Stella, clear

Here's hoping I may have inspired you to play along. Remember there's a $20 HLS gift certificate for one winner and as this challenge is fairly new and doesn't get that many entries at the moment you're in with a great chance.

Thaks for visiting today, it's been so much fun having your company. 

And keep (Christmas) crafting!

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Uniko December Release - Sneak Peeks

I'm so pleased you've dropped by today as I've some sneak peeks at the new December release from Uniko.


These two are stamp sets - yummy delicious!



And these three are new stencils - inky fingers time!

There will be a peek at another four sets tomorrow, then on Tuesday we begin introducing each set individually followed by the full reveal and release on Saturday 16th December. Time to treat yourself to an early Christmas present I'm thinking.

Thanks for looking today. And keep crafting!

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AAA Cards - Challenge #105 Sparkle

It's the last challenge for 2017 at AAA Cards. And extra time to play along too. Time to put a little sparkle into your life.

So I chose some very sparkly silver holographic card and almost equally sparkly purple pearlised card as my starting point.

I haven't used balloons for ages and they are a particular favourite of mine, so I die cut a trio from the silver card. And then it sort of evolved as a New Year celebration card. Strange how particular colours evoke different occasions and for me silver and purple is always New Year.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn, Winter Scripty Sayings
Inks: Versamark, clear; WOW! embossing powder, sparkling snow
Die: Claerly Besotted, Make A Wish
Card: silver holographic from my stash

All the other AAA Cards DT have ideas to sparkle up your creativity, so do go take a peek - HERE. And there's a $20 Happy Little Stampers gift certificate up for grabs too - but you need to play along to be in with a chance.

Thanks for looking today. Hope your Christmas preparations are taking shape and you've not reached that overwhelmed by it all phase. That's pretty much where I'm at at the moment, boxes everywhere and no lovely clean and empty surfaces - sigh! I keep telling myself it will pass - a glass of something helps too!

And keep (Christmas) crafting!

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Friday, 8 December 2017

Uniko Challenge Reminder - #44 Christmas

I'm here today to remind you about the Christmas Challenge that is going on at Uniko at the moment.

My card is another of my experiments with non-traditional colours and embraces my love of pink.

I created a background card using the Uniko Wonky Stripes stencil with pink and green oxide inks. I then used the largest and smallest of the Uniko snowflake dies with this card and cut the middle sized snowflake from pink cardstock. All were layered up and attached to white card.

The greeting is from Uniko's Festive Sentiments - such a fabulous stamp set that has been my go-to for Christmas cards this year.

Stamps: Uniko, Festive Sentiments 
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; Ranger distress oxide, twisted citron, picked raspberry
Stencil: Uniko, Wonky Stripes
Dies: Uniko Designer Dies, Snowflake Trio

Don't forget if you play along there's the chance to win a fabulous prize. Check out all the details at Uniko - HERE. There's also loads of brilliant inspiration from the Uniko DT to be found there too.

Huge thanks for visiting my blog today, come back again soon.  And keep (Christmas) crafting!

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Wednesday Words

I'm playing along with a new to me challenge today - MUSE. And what could be more inspiring than the lovely Anita's awesome card.

The Muse is run a little differently from other challenges I've participated in and more input is expected from players e.g. an explanation of how you've used the inspiration card, leaving comments on three other players blogs and taking part in the voting system. So it's called a 'club' and I thought I'd give it a go.

I think you can probably see that I took inspiration from Anita's layout and echoed her dark right hand strip and use of florals, but changed up the colours.  My lily was handcut and coloured using copics.

I also liked her simple sentiment which contained two fonts so I chose one from my stash that I thought was a good match. 

And although this has nothing to do with the actual card it's been Anita that has inspired me to try to dress the background of my photos a bit more, hers are always so beautifully arranged and displayed.

Stamps: Uniko, Pure Florals Lily; sentiment from Clearly Besotted, Pretty Petals
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copics, RV63, RV66, RV69, G99

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, it's been fun having your company for a while.  

And keep (Christmas) crafting!

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Tuesday Talk

I'm really enjoying creating my December album this year and it has a lot to do with the removal of the pressure to keep up and create a page every day. Yep I'm being revoloutionary and creating a December album that's not a daily!

And it's a totally digital version this year. So much quicker to put together and although I still have to choose elements they're not scattered all over my craft room desk and floor!

 So that's the real tree all done and dusted. And I do love a bit of candle light.

As it's not a daily the penny has finally dropped that I don't need to date every page, just those days that I particularly want to flag up. Even more pressure removed!

Supplies: All from Designer Digitals and mostly Katie Pertiet

Are you keeping a December record? If you want to see how some real class acts put their albums together go check out the Let's December Daily ladies - HERE. But don't be intimidated just impressed by their talent and remember the simple act of taking time to reflect a little is the simplest form of a December record.

Thanks for your time today, hope you've enjoyed your visit.  And keep (Christmas) crafting!

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Happy Little Stampers - December Christmas Challenge

The last Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge for 2017 starts today. And for this month we've the optional twist to use a stencil on your project.

And as it's been so incredibly chilly round here recently the idea of a fairisle knitted jumper really inspired me when creating my card.

As well as the stencilled panel I also used some of my favourite Christmas washi tapes to give a sense of balance to my card.

Stamps: HLS, Mixed Christmas Sentiments (retired)
Inks: Ranger distress oxide, peacock feathers, candied apple
Stencil: Tim Holtz mini
Embellishments: SU, washi tape 

Be sure to pop on over to the HLS blog - HERE - where you'll find lots more inspiration for using stencils on your Christmas cards.

So pleased you found time to come say hello today, your visit are always so appreciated. 

And keep (Christmas) crafting!

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Monday Moment

Today I'm joining in with Less is More's red and green colour challenge.  Last week I was showcased with this card - HERE - so thrilled to be picked!

Here's my card:

And with those colours it just had to be an elf! I kept it very simple - just stamped and coloured and added a patterned paper strip.

I sat and looked at the elf and decided to bling him up with some red sparkly gems on his buttons. Then I stopped!

Stamps: MFT, Santas Elves
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, R22, R24, R29, E000, E00, E33, YG11, YG13, YG17; Sakura Gelly Roll, white
Paper: SU
Embellishments: Bling Bling, red gems
Huge thanks for looking today, so pleased you dropped by.  And keep (Christmas) crafting!

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sunday Stuff

I'm on a roll with my Christmas cards at the moment and enjoying using different challenges to inspire me. Today's card is for CASology where the cue word is ROUND.

And it's another inking up of that beautiful bauble stamp bought while sitting on Sheffield station.

I stamped and heat embossed the bauble and bow, then distress oxide ink was blended all over them both. Next I hand cut them and added lots of Wink of Stella. I drew a white line for them to hang on and then they were both attached with pads.

The greeting was stamped and die cut and also given a coat of the same oxide inks and wink of stella glisten.

Stamps: Creat a Smile, Delicate Decorations; Uniko, Festive Sentiments
Inks: Versafing clear + Ranger Superfine black embossing powder; Ranger distress oxides, cracked pistachio, peacock feathers, twisted citron
Die: MFT Die-namics, stitched fishtail tags
Embellishments: Skura Gelly Roll pen, white; Wink of Stella, clear 

Thanks so much for spending some time looking at my blog today, I really appreciate it.  And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Saturday Slot

I'm playing at Color Throwdown today, their colours really jumped out at me and I think they're super classy and perfect for a Christmas card.

Here's my card:

I have a missed train connection to thank for the purchase of this beautiful bauble stamp - what else is a girl to do when waiting around!  The bauble is heat embossed on to grey cardstock and then glittered silly with a Sakura gelly roll pen - another tip from the HLS Craft Retreat.

Stamps: Creat a Smile, Delicate Decorations; Uniko, Festive Sentiments
Ink: Versafine + Ranger Superfine black
Die: MFT Die-namics,  stitched fishtail tags
Paper: Kaisercraft, A Touch of Gold
Pen: Sakura Gelly Roll, clear star
Gold mirri card from my stash

So pleased you found time to drop by today, hope to see you again soon.  And keep crafting!

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Friday Focus

Today I'm sharing a non-Christmas card - how bold is that! It's for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge and uses their sketch.

Here's my card:

I used a technique for using brushos with a stencil that I learnt at the Happy Little Stampers retreat that I went to in November. - I nearly wrote earlier this month and then realised today is the 1st December. Oh my how ridiculously close is Christmas getting!

Anyways back to that technique. First you place the stencil, then scatter on some brusho, then spritz with water and quickly lift the stencil. This is the negative print using up all the left over ink on the stencil. Pretty spectacular effect and I actually was able to take a couple more prints too, so it doesn't waste those inks at all.

The die cut 'HAPPY' is cut several times and the 'Birthday' is heat embossed and really shines.

Stamps: HLS, Bold Birthday Sentiments
Die: MFT Die-namics, Celebrate
Stencil: Creat a Smile, Focal Point
Inks: Brusho, ultra marine, turquoise; Versamark clear + Ranger superfine black embossing powder

Thanks so much for looking today, it's been great having your company.  And keep crafting!

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