Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Tuesday Talk

Today I'm sharing a card I made for the February STAMPlorations Challenge where the theme is Paint It Red.


My immediate thought was Valentine's Day, red hearts etc, but then I decided to go down the other red route - Christmas! Here's my card:

As there were some touches of blue in the challenge graphic as well as red I decided to go with that colour combo too and I really like the way the two colours contrast with eah other.

Stamps: STAMPlorations, Warm Haned, Warm Hearts
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, R24, R29, B23, B24, N1

It's been fabulous having you visit today, thanks so much for your time.

And keep crafting! 

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Uniko February Release Sneak Peeks 1

Hi! I'm here today with the first of the sneak peeks of the February Uniko new release. Enjoy!

So first up is one of Bev's essential wordy stamps - this is going to be a staple for all crafters!

Next there's a new addition to the Background Blocks

And the last for today - yes a balloon, but is it a stamp or a stencil?

Hope these have got you wondering! Come back again tomorrow for another set of sneaky peeks.

Until then, keep crafting!

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Monday, 19 February 2018

Monday Moment

Today I'm taking part in the last of the MFT Olympic Challenges. And this one was tough!


Now I'm a pretty quick card maker, but put under the pressure of the clock - well that was scary! Here's what I managed:

I gathered all the supplies I thought I'd need before starting the countdown timer on my phone, then just went for it. It does make for a more stressful craft session, but when I stopped the clock the first time I had another four minutes to spare, so I restarted the timer and added the heart flowers and the little ladybird. Then look how close I came to the allotted twenty minutes!!!!!

Phew! 11 seconds to spare, just about time to have a tidy up then.

Stamps: MFT, Sending a Smile
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Dies: MFT Die-namics, stitched fishtail taggs, stitched basic edges
Pens: Copic, N1, YG13, YG17, RV02, RV04, RV09
Embellishments: SU, enamel dots

 So pleased to have had you drop by today, thanks a bunch.

And keep crafting - but not at speed!!! 

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

AAA Cards Challenge #109 - Die Cuts Only

Hello and welcome to my blog where I'm introducing the new challenge starting today at AAA Cards. If you love using dies this will be a piece of cake, if you're not too sure about dies then this could be the perfect opportunity to be challenged and conquer your fear.


For my card I used three dies and a bit of thinking outside of the box!

Next month it will be St Patrick's Day and that was what led me towards the green four leaf clover on my card. I expect you can work out how I achieved a four leaf clover as it's actually four heart die cuts placed together with a hand drawn stalk.

STAMPlorations is the sponsor for this AAA Cards challenge and I used their good luck die cut from some textured brown card. And yes it is ok to have texture on a CAS card but just not all over, AAA Cards like the white space to be smooth and unpatterned.

Dies: CUTplorations, good luck; Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles;Lawn Fawn, hearts 

Do pop over to AAA Cards and check out the masterful way the DT have used dies and kept their cards super CAS too - HERE. And be sure to read the challenge requirements while you're there.

Thanks for your time today, it's been so much fun having you visit.

And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Saturday Slot

Today I'm taking part in the third of the MFT Winter Olympic challenges. Have to say this is the nearest I've ever got to being sporty!


The Crafty Biathlon tests your ability to adapt to obstacles and excel in multiple challenges simultaneously. Below you’ll find two columns – one representing a technique and the other, a type of card. Your challenge is to select one option from each column and combine into one fabulous card!

I chose inlaid die cutting as my technique and a gift card holder as my card type.  Here it is:

My gift card is a pocket holding a tag with slots to hold the card.  I used the partial die cutting technique and a circular die to achieve the slots.  The Merry Christmas die was cut twice, once from white card and once from the patterned paper. I then inlaid the white one into the the patterned paper one.

Stamps: MFT,Santa's Elves & sentiment from Happy Pawlidays
Inks: Mememnto, tuxedo black
Dies: MFT Die-namics, stitched traditional tags, stitched basic edges, Merry Christmas circle frame
Pens: Copic, E000, R20, R29, R39, C1, C3, C7, E55, E57, YG67

Thanks for looking today, it's been great having your company.

And keep crafting! 

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Friday, 16 February 2018

Friday Focus

Today I'm sharing the card I made for the second MFT Winter Olympics Challenge - Freestyle Card.

The Freestyle Event will allow you to take your creativity wherever it leads you. Create one card in any style with one exception -  it has to have a winter theme!

I was really captivated by Stephanie's card and did a bit of a CASE of it.  Here's how it turned out:

So to keep with the Winter theme I used a stamp from a Christmas set and changed up the colours to chilly blues with a flurry of snow falling down. I stamped the dog first, then masked him and a strip so that I could blend an inky strip. Once the masks were removed I dotted a white gel pen to make the snow.

I finished off the card with a greeting from the same stamps set.

Stamps: MFT, Happy Pawlidays
Inks: Ranger distress, cracked pistachio, chipped sapphire
Pens: Sakura gelly roll, white; Copic, B00, B02, B04, R20, C1, C3, C5, C7

So pleased to have had your company today, thanks so much for your visit.

And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Thursday Thoughts

I'm joining in with the Less is More music challenge today.


Here's my card:

I found some paper with a music pattern on it and was determined to put it to good use on my card but wasn't sure how.  In the end I die cut a stitched heart from it and then added the treble clef raised on pads on top.

And I totally adore the sentiment quote and the fabulous mix of fonts.

Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays, Big Treble
Ink: SU, soft suede
Die: CAS-ual Fridays, Big treble; Lawn Fawn, Outside In Heart stackables
Paper: Photoplay, Vintage Girl

Thanks for looking today, I've enjoyed your company.

And keep crafting!

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