Monday, 18 February 2019

Monday Moment

Today I'm sharing a card i created for the STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch Challenge.


Here's my card:

I stamped both the pinstripe and the doodled flowers backgrounds onto scrap card and then die cut them into a square and heart. These are the two shape elements from the sketch.

I stamped the sentiment and added an enamel dot to draw the eye. I also added enamels dots to the flower centres on the heart.

Stamps: Uniko, Background Blocks Pinstripe, Background Blocks Doodled Flower, All Occasion Sentiments #5
Inks: Versafine Clair, nocturne; SU, real red
Embellishments: Doodlebug Sprinkles, love glitter asst.; MeiFlower black gems

Thanks so much for looking today, it's been a pleasure to have you visit my blog.

And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 17 February 2019

AAA Cards #134 - One Corner + Optional Twist Music

Already it's time for the next new challenge at AAA Cards. This time we're asking you to use only one corner of the card front and also have the optional twist of MUSIC.

Uniko is sponsoring this challenge and the winner will be able to pick an in-stock stamp set of their choice from the amazing range on offer at Uniko. Naturally I chose to use Uniko products on my card!

I stamped the Uniko Equalizer into the bottom left corner of my card front and added some of my favourite purples and pinks using Prismacolour pencils. i then chose a matching Kaleidacolor ink pad and stamped the greeting.

I completed my card by using a purple card base and some added shimmer to the coloured blocks with Wink of Stella

Stamps: Uniko, Life Is A Song, Background Blocks Equaliser
Ink: Versafine Clair, nocturne; Kaleidacolor, berry blaze
Colours: Prismacolors
Wink of Stella, clear

All the rest of the AAA Cards DT have made amazing cards to inspire you and we also have Karen Guest Designing with us for this challenge. Go check them all out HERE - Karen's card is an absolute stunner.

Thanks so much for looking today, I really appreciate you taking the time.

And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Saturday Spot

I'm back again today with another card using that fabulous triangle stencil and die cuts from the new Uniko release. I'm popping this card into the CAS Stencil challenge as I used Brusho powders to created the background.

I chose my favourite Brusho colour combo of the moment - turquoise and ultramarine.

I placed the stencil over watercolour card and sprinkled the Brusho powders. Then I simply spritzed them with water and quickly lifted the stencil. I also took a print of the negative which will no doubt appear on a card in the future.

Once everything was dry I die cut the happy and layered it up onto black card before adhering over the hole. I finished the greeting by stamping straight onto the card and matted the whole thing onto a black card base.

Stamps: Uniko, BIG & BOLD Happy
Inks:Brusho, turquoise & ultra marine; Versafine Clair, nocturne
Stencil: Uniko, Abstract Triangles
Dies: Uniko, BIG & BOLD Happy

Thanks so much for your time today, it's always a pleasure to have you visit my blog.

And keep crafting!

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Friday, 15 February 2019

Friday Focus

Today I'm sharing the card I made for the challenge at CAS Watercolour.

Well red and pink just screams Valentine's Day to me.

I used a left over scrap of Brusho splattered water colour card to die cut some small hearts and then arranged them into a bunch. I used a block sentiment to ground my heart flowers.

Stamps: Uniko, Simply Said Blocks II
Inks: Brusho, brilliant red & crimson; SU, old olive; Versafine Clair, nocturne
Die: Lawn Fawn, hearts

So good to have you drop by today, thanks so much.

And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Thursday Thoughts

Today I'm sharing a card that was inspired by the challenge at CAS Mix Up.

Before I started to create my card I watched a couple of the video links on the CAS Mix Up blog and then opted for using Glossy Accents.

I die cut the scribble heart from hot pink card stock and then used a strip of masking tape to hold it still while I applied a liberal coating of glossy accents. While this was drying I stamped the greeting onto white card and then matted it onto a ot pink card base.

Once the die cut heart was dry I intended to curl it to add the dimension from the challenge prompt, but because the die consists of so many thin bits I didn't need to do this as it curled up on its own during the drying process. I used a couple of trimmed down foam pads in the centre of the heart to attach it to the card and allow it to stand proud.

Stamps: Uniko, Just Because
Inks: Versafine Clair, nocturne
Die: Sizzix Tim Holtz Scribbles & Splats
Glossy Accents

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, it's always more fun when you drop by.

And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Wednesday Words

Today I'm sharing a card I created for the CAS Christmas Challenge.

I'm always inspired by the blues from the challenge badge and that's where my card began.

I chose two colours of brusho - turquoise and ultra marine - sprinkled them onto water colour card and then sprayed water over. I used a tissue to blot the brusho inks to reduce the intensity of the colour a little. I think ultra marine is one of my favourite brusho colours because of the all the purples that it contains.

I chose the Uniko Christmas POP tree as it contained the word peace and then added ON EARTH to finish off the traditional phrase. Love the combo of the modern tree with the traditional greeting!

Stamps: Uniko, Christmas POP, PF Poinsettia
Inks: Brusho, turquoise & ultra marine; Verasfine Clair, nocturne

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

And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Tuesday Talk

Today I'm sharing a card I made for the Craft Stamper magazine's February Take It, Make It Challenge.

Take It, Make It Challenge

Here's my card:

I created a background by smooshing pink and purple distress inks onto water colour card. I added salt while the inks were still wet which gives a very pretty and subtle sparkle. Once dry I stamped the script and seed heads using the same ink colours.

 I stamped and die cut the large flower and added a sentiment by stamping straight onto the background. Once the die cut flower was adhered using foam pads I stamped an extra black grass stem and added a trio of tiny black gems.

Stamps: Uniko, Beautiful Blooms I, Large French Script Background, Organic Wishes
Inks: Ranger distress, wilted violet, picked raspberry; Versafine Clair, nocturne
Dies: Uniko, Beautiful Blooms I; Lawn Fawn, large stitched square stackables
Embellishments: Gems from my stash

Thanks so much for dropping by today, it's always more fun when I have company.

And keep crafting!

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Monday, 11 February 2019

Uniko February Release Day & Blog Hop

Happy Birthday Uniko & Woohoo! 

Finally the day has arrived and the 7th Birthday February 2019 Reveal, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY is here! 

Ok, so how about a look at the 6 new Clear Stamp Set designs, 2 coordinating Designer Die collections AND 1 Stencil Design being released later today...

Background Blocks Graffiti Texture  £5
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019

Background Blocks Pinstripe  £5
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019

BIG & BOLD Happy £10
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019

Designer Dies BIG & BOLD Happy £18.50
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019
Birthday Wishes £10
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019

Passiflora  £10
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019

Designer Dies Passiflora  £15
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019

Stencil Abstract Triangles £3.50
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019

AND this little gem is a Release Day FREEBIE Clear Stamp Set...

You Are, Yes You £5
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019

This clear stamp set will be automatically added to release day orders of £25 or more up until Sunday 17th Feb 9pm GMT or while stock lasts. 

After 9pm GMT Sunday 17th February, if there is stock remaining it will be made available for purchase at £5.

Oh such a very difficult day for you! Yes it's time to decide which sets are going to hop into your baskets. You'll get the chance to buy all those spectacular goodies at 9.00pm UK time, so maybe that gives you a little wiggle room to make decisions and square it with your bank balance because you know you want them all!

So to help you along and let you know you won't regret it I've a trio of cards to share today.

I just had to give the very gorgeous Passiflora stamp and die sets another airing. It's an absolutely incredible design and I'd say impossible to not make a stunning card with. I've paired it up with Birthday Wishes - a real go to birthday sentiment set - and some pretty pastel colours.

Stamps: Uniko, Passiflora & Birthday Wishes
Inks: Altenew, lagoon, volcano lake, mountain mist, rose quartz, puffy heart, purple wine; Versafinr=e Clair, nocturne
Dies: Uniko, Passiflora

And now for something completely different! I'm loving the versatility of the Background Blocks Pinstripe stamp and used it with the reds and blues that have been a bit of a feature with my cards for this release.

I stamped the pinstripe in blue, then rotated the card and stamped in red to create a grid. I then die cut a window and matted the cut out piece onto blue card, popped it up on foam pads and adhered it back over the window. I finished it off with a Birthday Wishes sentiment and matted it onto a blue card base.

Stamps: Uniko, Background Blocks Pinstripe & Birthday Wiahes
Inks: Versafine Clair, nocturne; Memento, lady bug, Bahama blue
Die: MFT Die-namics, rectangle peek-a-boo window

My last card for today uses the same design as a card I shared yesterday but this time with the Background Blocks Graffiti stamp.

The happy has been stamped, die cut and matted onto the outline die cut in black. A very contemporary and masculine looking card I'm thinking.

Stamps: Uniko, Background Blocks Graffiti Texture & BIG & BOLD Happy
Inks: SU, real red; Memento, Bahama blue; Versafine Clair, nocturne
Die: Uniko, BIG & BOLD Happy

OK now for the info on how you can win.

 We have our traditional Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY...

Jane  - that's me
Be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win ALL SIX Clear Stamp Sets!! You have until Midnight (GMT) Thursday 28th February 2019 to comment and the winner will be announced with ALL the 7th Birthday February 2019 Winners.

And there's also a chance to win the entire 7th Birthday Release, by joining in with the Treasure Hunt.

The 'Rules' of The Treasure Hunt...

1. Comment along the Blog Hop & find the balloon icons
2. Email with the following information

- Design Team Member's Name & Balloon Letter Found 
- The two word phrase the Balloons spell out

Entries need to be emailed no later than Thursday 28th February 2019, for the winner to be announced Friday 1st March 2019. 


The ENTIRE 7th Birthday February Release! (6 clear stamp sets, 2 co-ordinating designer dies collections & 1 stencil design).

How about that?!!! And just maybe if you look again at my cards you'll be off to a good start with this quest!

Also don't forget about the Birthday Card Linky Party - HERE and the Huge Stamps for a Year link up - HERE

Ok I'll let you get on with your commenting and seeking and decisions. Good luck!

And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 10 February 2019

Happy Little Stampers February ATC Challenge

Just reminding you to check to see if you're a winner of the Thyroid Blog Hop or my 100 followers giveaway - HERE

Have you been bitten by the atc bug yet? Well whatever the answer here's your chance to get involved and play along with the February Happy Little Stampers ATC Challenge.

I have a growing stash of stencils and had a bit of a root through to see what took my fancy for this challenge. And I was able to find enough to allow me to create my cards entirely from using stencils

I started with pale blue card stock and inked through the leaf stencil in shades of green. I cut this card down to size - 2.25" x 3.25" - and added the word, script and twig patterns in black soot distress oxide ink..

I matted the stencilled card onto black card cut to the required 2.5" x 3.5".

Stencils: Heffy Doodle, Unbe-leaf-able; TCW, Mini Grow Page
Inks:  Color Box, Ocean; Ranger distress oxide, twisted citron, cracked pistachio, black soot

Hoping to see some of your creations pop up in the HLS gallery. Link up your atcs HERE.

Thanks for looking today, I really appreciate your visit to my blog.

And keep crafting!

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