Thursday 31 January 2019

Uniko Challenge #51 - Anything Goes, Optional Twist LOVE

I'm here today to remind you about the challenge that's going on at the moment at Uniko.  It's a super easy theme - Anything Goes with the optional twist of LOVE.

Here's a card I created using the twist and some Uniko goodies.

I started by stamping the hearts background using a pastel Kaleidacolor ink pad. Then I die cut it into a heart. Next I stamped the sentiment onto a white card base and the word music onto a stitched die cut rectangle.

A trio of music notes just finished it all off.

Stamps: Uniko, Scattered Polka Hearts Large Background & Life Is a Song
Inks: Kaleidacolor, baby powder; Versafine Clair, nocturne
Dies: Lawn fawn, Outside In Heart Stackables; MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangles

I hope you'll find time to pop over to the Uniko blog to be inspired by the cards from more of the Uniko DT.

Also prepare yourselves! Uniko reaches the grand old age of seven in February and there will be fun and a stonking new release. It all kicks off tomorrow with a blog hop and prizes!

Thanks for looking today, hope to see you back tomorrow for the blog hop.

And keep crafting!

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Tuesday 29 January 2019

Tuesday Talk

I've found a new challenge to play at - Back to Basics & Beyond.

And boy did I have fun trying out the salt technique that they asked for! I now have a stack of water coloured and salted backgrounds in my stash.

The salt reacts with the water colours and produces really pretty markings and a bit of sparkle too - not sure my photo really does it justice.

The colours reminded me of the sea so the Lavinia mermaid seemed a good choice. She is just so detailed and very very exquisite I love using her.

Stamps: Lavinia, Guinevere; Inkylicious, sentiment quote
Inks: Versafine Clair, nocturne; Ranger distress, mermaid lagoon, lucky clover, peacock feathers
Glitter: Stickles, Star Dust; sequins from my stash

Thanks so much for dropping by today, I really love having your company for a while.

And keep crafting!

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Monday 28 January 2019

Monday Moment

I've made a really fun card to share today and it's going into the Inspired by Words challenge at Time Out.

Here it is:

I used a really fun digi stamp from Bugaboo and took a tip from my crafting friend Ksenija and used a piece of patterned paper to inspire my colours. And I know exactly the friend that this card is destined for and I suspect she does too!

Stamps: Bugaboo digi, Friendswine2
Pens: Copic, W0, E00, E33, E50, R20, R24, R29, R35, R39, G94, YG63, YG67, RV69, C1, C3, C5, C7, B04, B14, Y35, Y38, BV29, BV000
Paper: AC Shimelle, Go Now Go

Thanks for spending some of your precious time visiting my blog today, I really appreciate it.

And keep crafting!

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Sunday 27 January 2019

Sunday Slot

Today I'm playing along with two challenges -  CAS Colours & Sketches and Crazy for CAS.


Here's my card:

I used a postage stamp die for the larger square and then trimmed a polka dot card to make the smaller square. I chose a fox as my animal and circular element from the sketch.  I used Concord & 9th's layering stamp with a bit of added extra colour using Copic pens.

Staps: Concord & 9th, Furry Friends + the matching die
Inks: Memento rich cocoa, tangelo
Dies: Docrafts, postage stamp; Concor & 9th, fox
Pens: copic, W0, W1, W3, W5

Thanks for looking today, it's so much more fun when I get visitors.

And keep crafting!

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Saturday 26 January 2019

Saturday Spot

Today I'm sharing a set of atcs and a set of atc coins I've created recently. No challenges today, just creating for the sheer pleasure of it!

I'll start with the cards. They're themed around Winter and I've used some really cute images.

Each card started in the same way with some pale blue card, cut to 3.25" x 2.25 ", and a stencilled background. I added a hill of embossed white to the bottom and matted them all onto holographic card, cut to the full size of an atc 3.5" x 2.5".

The first card of the set uses  a Winnie & Walter penguin, stamped, coloured and hand cut. I added sparkle to his hat and the snowy hill with Stickles.

The second card uses a digi stamp from Bugaboo and a sentiment from Uniko.  The snowflakes I added to each card are also from Uniko and I placed a trio of sparkly gems to echo the snowflakes.

The final card from this set is a Winnie & Walter image and sentiment again. Loving his sparkly scarf!

Stamps: Winnie & Walter, Season's Tweetings; Uniko, Snowflake Serenade; Bugaboo, Snowflake Snowman
Ink: Versafine Clair, nocturene; Ranger distress, wilted violet, faded jeans
Hologrsphic card and gems from my stash

My next set consists of three atc coins and I have to say the coins are so addictive and my current favourite to create.

So I'm too old to wear shoes like this any more, but I can still create with them and remember the days! The images are all digis from Bugaboo.

All three coins have the black card 2.5" base and a die cut scalloped white inner circle in common.

I've also added a heart, sparkly gems and glossy accents to each coin.

The words are from Tim Holtz and I used Copic pens to colour. And yes of course there had to be a purple shoe!

Stamps: Bugaboo, Heels curls, HEELS polka dot, Valheel
Pens: Copic, C1, C3, BV29, R29, R39, E33, E35, E47, W1, W3, V15, V17, 
Dies: Spellbinders, standard circles small, classic scalloped cirles small
Word: Tim Holtx idea-ology small talk
Gems & hearts from my stash
Glossy Accents

All of the above cards and coins are up for trading if anyone is interested. I'll be adding them to the fb group Worldwide ATC Swap if you fancy joining in with the fun.

Thanks so much for looking, I really love having your company.

And keep crafting!

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Friday 25 January 2019

Friday Focus

I'm playing along with the CAS challenge at STAMPlorations today.

Mmm, the burgundy twist had me thinking!

A quick look through my inks and I realised I didn't have a burgundy, so I decided to try mixing two colours, picked raspberry & candied apple distress inks, to see if I could get a fair match. I'm thinking it's not too bad an attempt.

I used a stencil that was a magazine freebie and added a triple die cut sentiment on top.

Stencil: Ranger dylusions mag freebie
Inks: Ranger distress oxide, picked raspberry, candied apple
Die: Lawn Fawn, thanks

Huge thanks for looking today, I'm always so pleased to get visitors.

And keep crafting!

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Thursday 24 January 2019

Thursday Thoughts

Today I'm playing along with the current challenge at Inkspirational - I think I've just about got time to get linked up, but am pushing it! And as it fits the current challenge at Uniko I'm going to pop it into that as well, just for fun and marked DT of course.


I love the look of kraft card bases especially when mixed with just black and white. So that's where my card began.

And I also love how these three colours look on an ultra CAS card. I chose the very beautiful small rose from Uniko's Pure Florals: Rose stamp set and simply inked it up and added a little white Prisma colour pencil to it.

I also added a little white outline to the single word sentiment and popped a black pearl on to finish it all off. I then added a bit of a go to for me when creating CAS cards - a strip of card to the left hand side, this time using black to match my colour scheme.

Stamps: Uniko,  Pure Florals: Rose
Inks: versafine Clair, nocturne
Card: American Crafts, kraft
Pencils: Prismacolor
Black pearl from my stash

I'm so pleased you had time to drop by today, thanks so much.

And keep crafting!

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Wednesday 23 January 2019

Wednesday Words

I'm just sneaking this card in at the last minute to the challenge at CAS Watercolour.

Here's my card:

I smooshed some distress ink onto watercolour card using an acrylic block and once it was dry stamped straight on top.

I added a few snowflakes using the same colour of distress ink as the background - love how using this technique allows the watered down colour and the intense colour of the stamping to match so well.

I finished off the card with icy sparkle on the snowflakes, sky and tree branches using Stickles.

Stamps: Visible Image, Four every season; Uniko, Snowflake serenade
Inks: Versafine Clair, nocturne; Ranger distress, blueprint sketch
Stickles: Star dust

It's been great to have your company today, thanks so much for dropping by.

And keep crafting!

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Tuesday 22 January 2019

Tuesday Talk

There's a very interesting technique required for the challenge at CAS Mix Up - Bokeh

Bokeh always looks so alluring and pretty and I've spent many a time trying to capture it with my camera. So it was fun to try to simulate this effect with inks on my card today:

I watched the videos following the links on the CAS Mix It Up blog and then decided to make a little photo process to share her on my blog.

 1.  I taped a piece of water colour card onto a board and then added water all over.

2. I added two brusho colours - ultramarine and turquoise -  using a large soft brush.

3. I left the card to dry naturally and then removed the tape. Not too bendy then, the tape did its job.

4. I die cut a stitched panel and then used stencils to add the bokeh effect. I started with blue and grey ink and then added the white on top. The larger home made stencil was not used with the blue and grey inks.

5. I stamped the quote and then added some sparkle using Wink of Stella and the smaller stencil holes. I matted the bokeh panel onto a white card base leaving a half inch border all round.

Stamps:Kaisercraft, Way of Life
Inks: Versafine Clair, nocturne; Brusho, ultramrine & turquoise; SU, whisper white; Memento, summer sky & London fog
Stencils: Stampoaurus, Hero Arts & home made
Embellishments : Wink of Stella, clear

It's been lovely to have your visit today, thanks so much for your time.

And keep crafting!

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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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