Monday, 21 January 2019

Monday Moment

Well I thought I was all over Christmas, but the CAS Christmas Challenge has got me creating the beginnings of my 2019 stash.

Blue and silver - such a classic and beautiful combination!

I stamped onto dark blue card and heat embossed both the mistletoe and greeting in silver.  I added a little more colour to the bow and mistletoe berries and die cut a panel and a circular aperture. I popped the circle straight back into the hole and matted the whole panel onto a matching dark blue card base.

Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays, Mistletoe & Holly
Inks: Versamark + Ranger silver embossing powder
Dies: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles; MFT Die-namics, inside/out stitched circles
Pens: Copic, BV29, BV39

I'm so grateful that you had time to visit my blog today, huge thanks for looking.

And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 20 January 2019

AAA Cards Challenge #132 Up To One Third + Optional Twist Masking

I'm here today to let you all know about the new challenge that has started at AAA Cards.

Our sponsor for this challenge is CAS-ual Fridays and I used their beautiful Mon Ami flower for my card.

If you know this stamp you'll probably have guessed that I went with the optional twist of masking. It's quite a difficult idea to visualise so I made a little photo tutorial to show how I achieved this effect.

1. I stamped the flower onto white card stock.

2. I stamped the flower onto masking paper, hand cut it and placed it over the stamped flower.

3. I flipped the flower stamp so that it was upside down and stamped it over the mask.

4. I placed another mask over the upside down flower.

5. I turned the stamp sideways and stamped it over the two masks, once facing left and once facing right.

6. I removed the masks to reveal the finished result.

I finished off the card by adding some colour using my Copic pens and a greeting tucked under the floral focal point.

Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays, Mon Ami
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, BV000, BV13, V12, C0

It's really such a simple technique and gives lots more possibilities to extend the use of a stamp set. Want to see if any of the other AAA Cards DT have used  masking in this or other ways? You can find them all here as well as the beautiful card created by our Guest Designer Julie B. You'll be bowled over by the dramatic look julie has achieved with her card.

Thanks so much for your time today, I'm so pleased you visited my blog. If you'd like to follow me here on my blog I'd be delighted to see you pop up.

And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 19 January 2019

Saturday Slot

Today's card is for the Theme & Sketch Challenge at STAMPlorations.


And since my card uses STAMPloration goodies I'm going to pop it into their Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge too.

I wanted to make a card for a friend who's having a tough time fighting cancer at the moment and the sentiment from this stamp set really resonated with me. I stamped it using a Versafine Clair inkpad and then added the flowers and butterfly using Memento. I  love how crisp the Versafine inkpad is, but find I always smudge the ink when I add colour using alcohol pens.

I finished off the card with a trio of enamel dots and trimmed it to leave a border before matting it onto a white card base.

Stamps: STAMPlorations, Brave One
Inks: Versafine Clair, nocturne; Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, E51, E55, R32, R35, YG63, YG67
Embellishments: Echo Park enamel dots, A perfect winter

I'm so pleased to have had your company today, thanks so much for visiting my blog.

And keep crafting!

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Friday, 18 January 2019

Uniko Challenge #51 - Anything goes, Optional Twist LOVE

I'm here today to share Uniko's first challenge of 2019.  And it's super easy - Anything Goes. But if you want a bit more of a challenge go with the optional twist of LOVE.

I decided to go with the twist. Here's my card:

All my favourite things - quick and easy, a huge sentiment, pinks and purples, CAS. And only one stamp set and one ink pad too!

Stamps: Uniko, Big & Bold hugs
Ink: Kaleidacolor, Berry Blaze

Check out what the Uniko DT have created to inspire you - HERE. You'll be super impressed!

Thanks for looking today and i really hope you'll join in and play along. There are prizes to be won!

And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Thursday Thoughts

I've had a little fun with my Lavinia Stamps and lots of ink so I'm sharing that today.  I'm going to pop it into the Take It Make It Challenge at Craft Stamper .

Here's my card:

I created the background using my gel plate. I brayered grey ink onto the gel plate and then sprinkled some brusho colours over it hoping to get a graduation from the dark green at the bottom through to the blue at the top. I then spritzed it with water and placed watercolour card over. Then comes the exciting bit, lifting the card to see what's happened - I was pretty pleased with the result!

Once dry I added some hill details using torn paper and distress inks. The next step was to stamp my main images in black Versafine Clair. I adore Lavinia Stamps, they pretty much got me started on this stamping journey and the detail and quality is just stunning. Once the main elements were stamped I then went on to add the background detail stamps using shades of green and blue ink.

I added distress ink round the edges of the scene and of course no Lavinia Stamp card would be complete without a little sparkle.  The wings all got a liberal coating of Wink of Stella and I used perfect pearls and Lavinia glitter to add some shine around the little star stamps.  The pic below shows the sparkle a little better.

Stamps: Lavinia Stamps, Arial (small), Wet Wings, Fairy words, The Fairy Foragers, Fieldgrass, Dandelions
Inks: Versafine Clair, nocturne; Ranger distress, lucky clover, cracked pistachio, blueprint sketch; SU, smoky grey, garden green; Brusho, yellow, leaf green, ultramarine
Sparkle: Liquid pearls + Lavinia glitter; Wink of Stella, clear

Thanks for your time today, it's been so good to have your company.

And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Wednesday Words

Today I'm sharing a cute little tag I created to enter the TAGplorations Challenge.

I love Winter themed cards - it means I can use my favourite purples!

I started this tag by stamping and then masking off the cute little penguin. I then popped a post it note across the bottom just touching his feet and a circular stencil on top. I used two colours of distress ink to create the stormy Winter sky and then added some snow with a white gel pen.

I removed all the masks and coloured the penguin using Copics and added some sparkle using Stickles. I also added an appropriate sentiment under the penguin and a smaller tag with a greeting and a trio of sparkly enamel dots. I finished it all off with some sparkly ribbon and fibres.

Stamps: Winnie & Walter, Season's Tweetings
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; Versafine Clair, nocturne; Ranger distress, stormy sky, wilted violet
Die: MFT Die-namics, stitched traditional tags
Pens: Copic, W1, W3, B23, B12, V15, V17, YR04, C3, C5, C7; Sakura gelly roll, white
Embellishments: YNS Gumdrops, cosmic crush; Stickles, diamond; Ribbon & fibres from my stash

Thanks so much for looking today, I'm so pleased to have your company.

And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Tuesday Talk

Today I'm sharing a scrapbook page I created to close my 2018 album.

This page was totally inspired and lifted from a page by Lizzy Hill I saw on instagram - HERE.

Each photo and card is a 3.5" square and I love the tidy pleasing look of this grid layout. the cards were created with stamps an a little touch of washi.

Stamps: Precious Remembrance Shop, Totally & Little Things; Kaisercraft, Edges & Wood Panel; Freebie Scroll
Inks: SU, night of navy, tempting turquoise
Punches: Woodware
Embellishments: Wooden heart from my stash

Huge thanks for stopping by today. I always love to have you visiting to my blog.

And keep crafting!

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Monday, 14 January 2019

Monday Moment

Today I've made a card to enter into the new CAS Stencil Challenge.

I'm getting quite a stash of stencils so this new challenge should help me get them used and also try out new ideas with stencils. This month they're starting simple and want stencils used with sponging.

One of the things I love about stencils is how quick and easy they are to use and every time a slightly different result appears when you lift the stencil and see how the inks have blended.

I placed this shooting star stencil from Funky Fossil Design off to the left hand side of the card then used distress oxide inks - they blend so perfectly - with a sponge applicator. I finished off my card with a sentiment from Uniko. Quick, clean and simple!

Stamps: Uniko, Reach For The Stars
Stencil: Funky Fossil Designs, Shooting Star
Inks: Ranger distress oxide, twisted citron, peacock feathers, salty ocean; Versafine Clair, nocturne
Card: SU, Call Me Clover

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, it's always fabulous to have some company.

And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Sunday Spot

Today I'm playing along with the CUTplorations challenge.

What an amazing inspiration picture! Had me reaching for my neon bright highlighter pens.

I started by colouring stripes on a piece of scrap card and then stamped all over it in black with the STAMPlorations Seashell Cosmo. I then die cut the card using a double stitched rectangle.

I stamped the YOU ARE and then finished the greeting with the CUTplorations amazing die.

Stamps: STAMPlorations, Bold Sentiments, Seashell Cosmo
Ink: Versafine Clair, nocturne
Dies: CUTplorations, amazing; MFT Die-namics, Double stitched rectangles
Pens: Staedtler high,ighters

Thanks so much for looking today, it's been fun having your company.

And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 12 January 2019

Uniko Revisit Blog Hop

This month at Uniko we're revisiting a previously released stamp set and giving it some more love. Bev has asked the DT to choose a favourite release from 2018 and I've plumped for Beautiful.


For my first card I was inspired by pansy colours and played around with some Prisma Color pencils to create some different combinations.

I stamped all the flower heads first, then added the sentiment and finally filled in some of the spaces with the leaves and circles from Natures Treasures II and Wonderful Day.

My next card is much simpler. I stamped the outline flowers in a strip across my card and then added colour using the Uniko Style stamp set.

I added the greeting from Beautiful and then matted the card onto a vibrant pink card base.

And - you may have guessed this - my final card is even more simple. In fact it's super CAS!

I stamped the flower onto patterned paper and hand cut it. I added the greeting and a trio of tiny black gems, used a matching coloured card base and I was done.

Stamps:Uniko, Beautiful, Uniko Style, Wonderful Day, Natures Treasures II
Inks: Versafine Clair, nocturne; Color Box, guava, grape; Memento, tuxedo black
Col0or: Prisma colouring pencils
Gems: Papermania, iridescent 3mm

I'm really excited to see which stamp sets the rest of the Uniko DT have chosen - find them all HERE.

And here's the blog hop order to help you on your way to winning a prize. Oh did I forget to mention that one lucky person who leaves a comment at each stop around the hop will be in with a chance to win a £20.00 gift certificate to the store.

Jane - that's me

Thanks so much for visiting today.

And keep crafting!

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