Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Wednesday Words

I'm sharing a scrapbook page today and decided to play along with The Memory Nest's Make It Monday Team 2's second August sketch.

I've just got back from a mini break to Suffolk and we were so lucky with the weather and spent a fabulous day at Southwold soaking up the atmosphere and sun. So it seemed the ideal sketch to use with that sun - although in the end I didn't actually use a sun on my page!

I love this photo of me in an iconic pose and knew it just had to be scrapped as soon as I saw it. I decided to use a theme from Shimelle's 20 Project for my colour choices - opposite sides of the colour wheel - which also picked up on the blues and sandy colours from the photo.

The background paper and some of the text papers are from a collection I bought for Christmas last year - just shows how versatile some papers can be.  The blues are scraps from my stash.

And the replacement for the sun was cut from one of the papers becasue it just seemed to sum up everything about the photo.

Papers: Kaisercraft, A Touch of Gold Collection' scraps from my stash
Stamp: Kaisercraft, Wood Panel
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Dies: Paper Smooches, Bam Bubble; MFT Die-namics, Ampersand
Punch: Woodware, inverted corner
Enamel dots: MME, now and then

Great to have you drop by my blog today, thanks for your time.  And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Tuesday Talk

I have a pretty little card using my favourite Uniko stamps to share with you today. Here's the challenges I think it meets the criteria for:  We'd love you to display our banner

And here's the card:

I started by inking directly from the pad through a circle stencil and then added a little more of each colour using a brush to get that fade out look.

I then stamped the bloom and sentiment using the misti tool to get a good deep colour.

Stamps: Uniko, Paradise
Inks: Ranger distress , mustard seed, spiced marmalde, picked raspberry; Memento, tuxedo black

Thanks for your visit today, I do appreciate you taking the time.  And keep crafting!

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Monday, 22 August 2016

Monday Moments

I'm having a bit of a catch up with entering challenges at the moment and today's card is for Happy Little Stampers August CAS Challenge

I love this doodled flower stamp and am always pleased with how my cards turn out when using it. So a bit of an easy choice today. I started by stamping and fussy cutting the flower on masking paper - not at all a chore as I know I'll be using it again in the future.

The middle flower was stamped and then masked before the other two flowers were stamped off the edge of the card. I removed the flower mask and then added a straight mask and inked the side panel with violet. I replaced the flower mask and inked over the violet with the blue.

Once the mask were removed I added some colour to the flowers with promarkers, popped an enamel dot in their middles and added a simple sentiment from the same stamp set.

Stamps: HLS, Doodled Flowers
Inks: Ranger distress, blueprint sketch, wilted violet; Memento, tuxedo black
Promarkers: violet, purple
Embellishments: Doodlebug Sprinkles, beetle black asst.

Hope you enjoyed dropping by my blog today and will come back again soon. Thanks for looking and keep crafting!

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Sunday Stuff

Today I'm sharing a couple of cards made with Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies Challenge in mind.

I took inspiration from the wonderful Jennifer McGuire - here - but then made life complicated by trying the same effect with dies rather than stamps.

It all started out really well - I chose my coloured card and stamped  the sunflower in matching ink on the white card and stamped and embossed it in white on the peach card.

Next I die cut the thanks and actually remembered to save all the little bits and placed them back in without too much bother.

Then things got a bit more tricky! I sliced the cards and did the swap and boy was it fiddly getting all the little bits - this time round even smaller - back into the correct spaces.

But on the whole I like the effect this technique gives, but would just be a bit more sensible with choice of die, or just sticking to stamping would be even better, another time.

Stamps: Stamplorations, Sketched Sunflower
Card: SU, peekaboo peach
Inks: SU, peekaboo peach; Versamark
Embossing: Ranger, superfine white
Die: Lawn Fawn, thanks

Thanks for dropping by today, hope your weekend has been a blast.  And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Saturday Slot

Just popping in today with a card I made for Stamplorations August CAS challenge.

I decided to go for the optional twist of using gold combined with my favourite colours - you know what they are!

I started by stamping and heat embossing the flower and sentiment in gold. Then I brushed over the distress inks and added extra ink to the flower had with a water brush. 

I added some diagonal lines by using the edge of the ink pads and finally some splats flicked off the water brush.

Stamps: Stamplorations, Helenium large
Inks: Ranger distress, shaded lilac, picked raspberry; Versamark
Embossing: Personal Impressions, mirror gold
Wink of Stella, clear

So pleased to see you here today, thanks so much.  And keep crafting!

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Uniko - Challenge #35

Hello and welcome. Today sees the start of a new challenge at Uniko and this month we'd like your cards to be inspired by a song title.

Well my decision for today's DT card was really easy - Paradise by Coldplay. And I've used the Uniko stamp set with the same title.

I had this image in my head of those tropical shirts that were, maybe still are, popular to wear on tropical holidays. So I hand cut a shirt shape and then got busy stamping the toucan and leaves in suitable tropical colours.

That was the easy bit, then I needed to work out how to turn the shirt shape into a card!

Supplies :
Stamps: Uniko, Oaradise, Paradise Leaves
Inks: SU, daffodil delight, tempting turquoise, pear pizzazz, emerald envy; Memento, tuxedo black 

Bet you've already got favourite songs jumping around in your head. Well before you break out your supplies take a peek at the Uniko DT cards - here - to discover which songs they've been singing. And while you're there check out the prize too.

Thanks for dropping by my blog today, your visit and time is always greatly appreciated.  And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

CAS Colours & Sketches #187

Oooh, just look at these yummy pinks combined with chocolate in this week's CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge. Mmmm!

Seems I've got a bit of a feathers thing going on at the moment and I used the two pinks to stamp a trio of beautifully detailed feathers from Clearly Besotted. I think i love these feathers almost as much as the colours!

I stamped the fun sentiment in chocolate chip and then matted the whole thing onto a piece of flirty flamingo cardstock.

Did I say how much I love the detailing on these feather stamps? Amazing1

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Tickle My Fancy
Inks: SU, flirty flamingo, chocolate chip, sweet sugarplum
Card: SU, flirty flamingo

So how will you use these colours? Go see the rest of CC&S DT cards for more inspiration before you get busy with them on your card.

Huge thanks for visiting my blog today. And keep crafting!

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