Saturday, 14 December 2019

Uniko Christmas Party

I'm so pleased you dropped by today as Uniko is hosting a Christmas Party!!

Join in the party & share your Christmas cards, tags, projects or scrapbook pages using Uniko Clear Stamps, Stencils or Designer Dies. See the Party Rules at the end of the post to be eligible to win one of the three prizes on offer.

How about an incentive to join in & some PRIZES!

First Prize £25 eGift Certificate
Second & Third Prize Winners Choice of £10 In-Stock Clear Stamp Set

And of course I've made a card too!

I used Background Blocks Nautical Stripes to create a tartan background. I stamped it in green first and then rotated the card by ninety degrees and stamped it again in red. I matted this square of tartan several times in red and white - definitely a card for hand delivery! I then stamped the greeting from Festive Sentiments Outlined and fir leaves from Winter Foliage, die cut them and added them on top.

Stamps: Uniko, Winter Foliage, Background Blocks Nautical Stripes, Festive Sentiments Outlined
Inks: SU, cherry cobbler, tranquil tide; Versafine Calir, nocturne
Die: Uniko, Winter Foliage; Lawn Fawn stictched square stackables

Here are those Party Rules

* The party is open to everyone, everywhere in the world
* Anything Christmas Goes (Cards, Tags, Projects, Scrapbook Layouts Etc)
* Your entry MUST include at least ONE Uniko product (clear stamp, stencil, designer die or digital freebie) as the MAIN focus of your entry.
* Join in as many times as you like, as long as your entry ticks the rule above!
* Link Up will CLOSE on 8pm 31st December 2019
*WINNERS will be announced 6th January 2020
*The first prize winner will be chosen from a vote by the Uniko Brand Ambassadors and the last two winners will be chosen randomly from all the entries that have adhered to the rules.

Thanks so much for dropping by today, I hope you'll find time to come and join in the Uniko party - HERE.

And keep crafting!

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Friday, 13 December 2019

Papermilldirect DT Inspiration - Christmas Tags


I'm over on the Papermill Direct blog today with a trio of Christmas tags  Funky Fossil's Festive Penguins stamps.

Do pop on over for all the details on how to create a similar set - HERE.

Stamps: Funky Fossil, Festive Penguins; Uniko, Simply Said blocks Christmas
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Card: Papermilldirect, plain black, orchid sparkle, dark green, Christmas red, red glitter, green glitter, Christmas Creations paper
Die: MFT Die-namics, stitched traditional tags; Xcut, spiro circle
Pens: Copic, R27, R29, R39, C1, C3, C5, G17, G28, YR16, V01, BG01, 
Embellishments: Stickles glitter glue, lime green, waterfall, platinum; ribbons & twine from my stash

Thanks so much for looking and don't forget to follow that link over to the Papermill Direct blog - HERE.

And as always keep crafting!

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Thursday, 12 December 2019

Sketchy Boards Guest Designer

I'm delighted to be here today guesting with Sketchy Boards for their December Challenge.

I used a photo from last Christmas for this page:

I started by choosing papers in Christmas greens and placing the horizontal background strips and the vertical chevron strips. I then used photoshop to make my photograph circular and die cut it with a stitched die. I also cut the outer circular frame by using two different sized circular dies.

Once that was all stuck down I added the title and journalling strips and then got to work on the embellishments stacks. I used a PL card from my dear Australian friend Helen as the basis for the left hand stack and simply added some fishtail banners. I stamped and die cut the holly and pine twig using Uniko's Winter Foliage collection.

I finished off with some wooden embellishments and my usual trios of enamel dots.

Papers: Bazzil Basics, clover leaf & red; echo park, Celebrate Christmas &  Magical Adventure; Crate Paper, Sunny Days
Alphas: Christmas  a gift from a crafty friend; Simple Stories, Destinations
Stamps: Uniko, Winter Foliage
Inks: SU, old olove, ral red
Dies: Uniko, Winter Foliage, M FT Die-namics, stitched fishtail flags, stitched jumbo fishtail banner
Embellishments & stickers: MME, wood shapes & enamel dots; Paperchase, puffy hearts; Elle's Studio, puffy hearts; Washi from my stash; Topper, a gift from a PL friend

Huge thanks for looking today, I'm so appreciative of you spending some time here at my blog.

And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Wednesday Words

Today I've a card to share that I made for the Christmas Kickstart Challenge where the theme is The Christmas Story.

Here's my card;

I used a beautiful digi stamp from LOTV and left it uncoloured except for the background. I did add lots of sparkle though using Stickles glue. I die cut an oval aperture to tuck the little scene behind and then matted it all onto a plain white card base.

The sentiment is from Uniko's Pure Florals Poinsettia.

Stamps: LOTV, Blessed; Uniko, Pure florals Poinsettia
Inks: Versafine Calir, nocturne
Pens: Copic, W3, W5, W7, BV23, BV25, BV29; Sakure gelly roll, white
Stickles, star dust

Thanks hugely for visiting today, I hope you'll come back again soon.

And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Papermill Direct DT Inspiration - Christmas Cards One Design, Two Looks


I'm up on the Papermilldirect blog today with a couple of Christmas cards using the same design, but looking very different. 

Come on over and take a look - HERE.

Stamps: Funky Fossil, Folksy Christmas; Uniko, Jolly Christmas

Thanks so much for looking and don't forget to follow that link over to the Papermill Direct blog - HERE.

And as always keep crafting!

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Monday, 9 December 2019

Papermill Direct DT Inspiration - Christmas Gift Card Holders


I'm up on the Papermilldirect blog today with a couple of Christmas gift card or money holders. 

Come on over and take a look - HERE.

Thanks so much for looking and don't forget to follow that link over to the Papermill Direct blog - HERE.

And as always keep crafting!

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Sunday, 8 December 2019

Papermill Direct DT Inspiration - Quick & Easy Robin Christmas Cards


I'm up on the Papermilldirect blog today with a couple of super easy do it with your kids Christmas robin cards. 

Come on over and take a look - HERE.

Really no specialist supplies needed, just card, scissors, googly eyes and a pen!

Thanks so much for looking and don't forget to follow that link over to the Papermill Direct blog - HERE.

And as always keep crafting!

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AAA Cards #155 - Along The Edge + optional twist Time Travel

The last 2020 challenge at AAA Cards starts today and it's got a bit of a quirky twist!

Mmmm, so what do you think? Well of course there is no obligation to use the twist, it's the Along the Edge which is the compulsory bit. But I like to twist. So I went with the idea of Santa and his reindeer time travelling to deliver the presents all over the world on Christmas Eve.

I used stamps from our sponsor STAMPlaorations and an antler stencil from Funky Fossil.

Stamps: STAMPlorations, Warm Hands, Warm Hearts
Inks: SU, crumb cake; Memento, tuxedo black
Stencil: Funky Fossil, Antler Background
Penbs: Copic, R27, R29, E40, E41, E42, E43, B0000, B000, B00, B01; Wink of Stella, clear
Embellishments: Black & red dots from my stash

There is a complete mix of sample cards from the DT, some using the twist, some not, but all very inspiring and sure to get your brain ticking over. We're also really lucky to have Shery from STAMPlorations and a Guest Designer Coni joining in the fun too. Find them all HERE.

Huge thanks for take a peek at my blog today, I really am most grateful.

And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Saturday Slot

Today I'm sharing a card I created for the challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

It's their 7th birthday - how fabulous is that? Huge congratulations got to the team for keeping a weekly challenge running for such a long time, no mean feat I can tell you!

Some fantastic Christmassy colours for this challenge:

Having learnt my lesson about the thickness of cards for mailing I went with a thin matted card and used the beautiful Rustic Wreath stamp from Uniko. I had to substitute a couple of the colours, crushed curry for the gold and tranquil tide for shaded spruce.

Inks: SU, cherry cobbler, crushed curry, tranquil tide

Huge thanks for looking today, I really appreciate you taking the time.

And keep crafting!

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Friday, 6 December 2019

Friday Focus

Today it's a scrapbook page and is for the challenge at Kraft Plus. It's a sketch plus some inspiration photos and has the title Ho Ho Ho.

Well although it says there is no need to go with a Christmas layout mine is - sort of. The photos are of my youngest grandson trying to show me, in the unique way of a one year old, what was inside the first window of his Playmobil Advent calendar. So cute!

I matched my paper choices to the colours of the photos rather than the Christmas theme and built up a grid using 2" squares. I then added some machine stitching just outside the edges.

Once the photos were stuck in position I then got creative with adding embellishments, words and stickers. And my title reads straight into the journalling. I flicked some watered down white ink top left and bottom right and used a stencil to get some watery snowflakes there too.

Ppaers: SC kraft card; Polkadoodles, Peeling Paint; SU, Feels Like Frost; scraps from my stash
Alphas: Pink Fresh Studio, Just a Little Lovely; Echo Park, Winter Park
Dies: Lawn Fawn, outside in hearts
Stencil: Uniko, Let It Snow
Ink: SU, whisper white
Stickers: Doodlebug Design Inc, Dragons Tails; Bella Blvd, Secrets of the Sea; Pinkfrsh Studio, Every Day Musings

Thanks so much for your time today, I'm so pleased you came to visit my blog.

And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Uniko Brand Ambassador Inspiration

I'm up on the Uniko blog today with a New Year's Card. 

Uniko Studio

Here's my card:

Here's the supplies I used:

Inks: Versamark + WOW! embossing powder, Sparkling Snow; Ranger distress, black soot, blueprint sketch, chipped sapphire, wilted violet; Cosmic shimmer, irridescent mica pigment, pink mallow
Die: Cuttlebug alpha, Hippy Chick
Gems: Papermania, irridescent stones 2mm & 3mm

Details about how I created this card can be found over on the Uniko blog - HERE. I really hope you'll have time to pop over there and take a look.

Thanks for your time.

And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Papermill Direct DT Inspiration - Daily December Album The Easy Way


I'm up on the Papermilldirect blog today with an easy way to create a daily December album. 

Come on over and take a look - HERE.

And you know those days when you think well nothing's happened so what will I put in? Here's a list of ideas you could try:

  • Ask your children, grandchildren, family or friends what they love most about Christmas
  • A list of presents to buy
  • Christmas food favourites
  • Christmas song favourites
  • Best ever Christmas
  • A new tree ornament or a favourite old tree ornament
  • Real or artificial tree opinions
  • Wish list for the perfect Christmas
  • Who would you most like to share Christmas with - could be a celebrity, family member or friend from now or the past
  • Christmas decorations in a town near you
  • Christmas lights around your village/town/city
  • A shop window or display that's caught your eye
  • Traditions in your family or a new idea you'd like to become a tradition
  • What's on top of your tree?
  • The weather - will there be snow this year?
  • Christmas silliness - jumpers, hats earrings
  • Then and now

Well hopefully that should keep you going for a while!

Thanks so much for looking and don't forget to follow that link over to the Papermill Direct blog - HERE.

And as always keep crafting!

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Monday, 2 December 2019

Happy Little Stampers - December CAS Challenge

I'm here today to tell you all about the new CAS challenge that's started at Happy Little Stampers. It's a very chilly theme so matches the weather here in the UK perfectly!

Here's my card:

I used the gorgeous Funky Fossil fox and set him in a Winter scene. I started by stamping the fox, masking him and the bottom of the card and then placing a circle stencil over it all. I stamped the trees next and masked them off too.

I used distress ink to add the sky, then removed the bottom mask and inked the icy ground. Then it was time to remove all the masks and reveal the finished scene.

I coloured the fox and his scarf, keeping him in icy colours - maybe he's a snow fox? And then I added some stickles glitter glue to make the icy ground sparkle. The greeting was the final finishing touch.

Stamps: Funky Fossil, Woodland Wishes
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; SU, smoky slate, soft sky
Pens: Copic, C00, C0, C1, C3, C5, C7, BG0000, BG15
Embellishments: Stickles, stardust

How will you interpret this theme? I'm thinking it might be a good one for New Year cards if your Christmas stash is full. Or maybe for a Winter birthday with all the magic of the new Frozen movie around at the moment. Check out what the rest of the HLS DT have created HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and I hope wherever you are you're warm and cosy.

And keep crafting!

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AAA Birthday - #8 Balloons & Banners

The last challenge of 2019 is starting today at AAA Birthday.  And hey I know you're all into Christmas mode at the moment but birthdays still happen in December so take a break and rustle up a birthday card or two and get linked up at AAA Birthday.

Now I know a bit about December birthdays as one of my sons and now one of my grandsons have them. It can be fun having a December birthday but there are downsides too - it's easy to feel a bit invisible amongst all the Christmas mayhem.

Anyway here's my card to show December birthdays are just as important as Christmas:

I used a Polkadoodles digi stamp as my starting point. I masked it off and added some stencilled banners using Funky Fossil's Banners & Bunting. I then coloured the image using Copic pens  to match the banner blues and greens.

I die cut three layers of a stitched frame and then added a stamped and hand cut extra banner across the one of the top corners. I finished it all off with the Happy Birthday sentiment.

Stamps: Polkadoodles, Party Dude; Catherine Pooler, Birthday Icons
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; Ranger distress oxide, mermaid lagoon, twisted citron, cracked pistachio
Die: Lawn Fawn, stitched rectangle frame
Pens: Copic, W1, W3, C01, C1, C3, C5, E21, E50, E51, E55, E70, R2O, B93, B95, B97, YG01, YG03, YG23, BG15, BG22, BG34
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I'm so excited to share this link to the AAA Birthday Challenge blog as the DT have really outdone themselves with this month's theme and we also have the very talented and amazing card maker Maaike joining us as our Guest Designer. Find it all HERE and be very inspired!

Huge thanks for your time today. I'm always thrilled to have people visit my blog. Hope to see you join in with the challenge too.

And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 1 December 2019

Sunday Slot

Today I'm playing along with the Christmas Kickstart Challenge  where the theme is Show Us Your Santas.

I used this fabulous digi from LOTV and had fun colouring with my Copic pens.

The larger snow is included in the digi stamp, but I wanted a real flurry of snow so I added some more with a white gel pen.

I added a sparkly golden frame and matted it all onto a red card base. This one is going to one of my grandsons.

Stamps: LOTV digi, Santa
Die: Lawn Fawn, stitched rectangle frames
Card: Papermill Direct, non shed glitter
Pens: Copic, B93, B97, R27, R29, R39, R59, YR04, E00, E23, E25, E31, E33, E43, E44, E47, C0, C1, C3, C5, YG13, YG23, YG63, BV23, BV25, BV29; Sakura gelly roll, white
Stickles, stardust

Thanks for looking today, it's been so much fun having you visit my blog.

And keep crafting!

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