Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Tuesday Talk

Today I'm sharing a card I made to enter the challenge at Time Out. They're wanting a card that CASEs the wonderful Hannelie's card, who could resist this?!!

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So here's what i came up with:

I used the fabulous new Background Blocks Horizontal Stripes from Uniko and inked it up in colours to match Hannelie's background.

I love the look of Hannelie's plain black and white flowers, but as I had a congratulations card in mind I chose the splat from Uniko and a YOU DID IT sentiment.

Stamps: Uniko, Background Blocks Horizontal Stripes, Explosion & Explosion Additions
Inks: Ranger distress, mustard seed, spiced marmalade; Adirondack, red pepper

Thanks so much for looking today, hope to see you again soon.  And keep crafting!

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Monday Moments

Today's card is super CAS and quick to make. I'm entering it into both the Cutplorations challenge and the Stamplorations CAS Card Challenge.

http://stamplorations.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/cutplorations-may-challenge.html            http://stamplorations.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/cas-challenge-may.html

Here's my card:

I love the bleeding heart flowers from the inspiration photo and have a couple of plants in my own garden. So that was my starting point and influenced my choice of die. The colours were a no brainer for me - pinks and purples are my favourites and definitely feminine in my opinion.

Stamps: Uniko, sentiments from Pure Floral Lily
Ink: Kaleidacolor, Berry Bliss
Die: Cutplorations, Clustered Hearts

Thanks for joining me on my blog today, it was great to have your company.  And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sunday Stuff

Here I am today with a card to share made with the Stamplorations Theme & Sketch Cahllenge in mind.

http://stamplorations.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/may-challenge.html     http://stamplorations.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/may-challenge.html

Really loving this sketch with its central panel and here's my card:

I used a mega wide strip of washi tape for the central panel and then picked up on the colours from it when choosing some patterned paper. I punched the flowers, die cut the 'amazing' and stamped the rest of the sentiment.

Stamps: Uniko, Simply Said
Ink: Versafine, onyx black
Paper: AC, Garden Cafe
Die: CUTplorations, amazing
Punches: Martha Stewart, large flower; Dovecraft, small flowers
Washi from my stash

So pleased to have you visit today, thanks so much.  And keep crafting! 

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Saturday Slot

As I've just come back from a lovely sunny holiday to be met with grey rainy skies back home I decided the warm cue card at CASology was just the tonic I needed.


So I picked out some warm and spicy colours and a heart warming sentiment for my card.

I'm so pleased to see Clearly Besotted is back in business again, makes me feel less guilty about using all the stamps I've got in my stash for current challenges.

Stamps: clearly Besotted, Colour Chameleon & sentiment from Pretty Petals Plus
Inks: Kaleidacolor, creole spice; Memento, tuxedo black
Promarkers: mustard, terracotta, burnt orange, raw sienna

Thanks so much for your time today, I really appreciate your visit to my blog.  And keep crafting!

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Uniko Challenge #41

A new challenge begins today at Uniko and it's a theme very close to my heart - masculine. I know it can be tricky to make male themed cards, but most of us have to at some point, so why not take this golden opportunity and play along?


And as I have a bit of a thing for balloons and haven't inked any up recently the beginnings of my card was immediately sorted.

Once the balloon was in place I then added some huge sentiment words - another thing I love on cards! I finished off by underlining the 'wish' with a stamp from Background Builders Squared in a dark blue.

Stamps: Uniko, Background Builders Squared, Balloon Bash, Big & Bold Wish
 BBSquaredPP        BalloonBashPP      BIG&BOLDWishPP
Inks: SU, night of navy; Memento, pear tart, Paris dusk; Versa Magic, cloud white

As always Bev is offering some fabulous prizes - check them out HERE. And while you're there take a good look at all the other DT inspiration cards too. So what are you waiting for? Go on get out those masculine stamps and colours and get crafting!

Thanks for dropping by today, it's always wonderful to have you visit. And keep crafting!

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Monday, 15 May 2017

The Memory Nest - Make It Monday #88

Hello everyone! I'm really excited to be here today to share my DT page for the new Make It Monday Challenge at The Memory Nest.


And the reason for my excitement is because it's all about my first real adventure into crafting with my youngest grandson.

I'm so loving the look of concentration on his face and the story behind this photo is so funny - something to do with glitter and granny forgetting you limit supplies when crafting with toddlers. Check out those feet!

A couple of pieces cut from a full 12x12 paper became my two title elements and I added stamping on top and around them.

I chose blue washi and stamped blue arrows and stars to pick up on the colours from his t-shirt and I changed the stars from the sketch into die cut hearts using the same paper collection as the title cards.

One square from the sketch became my journalling spot and I added three trios of enamel shapes on the diagonal.

Ppaers: Bazzill Basics, cardstock; AC Amy Tangerine, Oh Happy Life
Die: Xcut, Homespun Hearts
Stamps: Stamplorations, Art Marks; SU, Touches of Texture
Inks: SU, peekaboo peach, rose red; Memento, danube blue
Embellishments: SU enamel shapes, peekaboo peach; washi from my stash

Ok so you know the drill - pop on over to The Memory Nest, check out the rest of the DT creations, then go get crafty yourself.

Huge thanks for visiting my blog today, I always appreciate sharing your precious time.  And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

AAA Cards - #90 Embossing

A new challenge starts today at AAA Cards and it's a really easy theme and one that I know you'll have no trouble in interpreting - Embossing.


For my card I've used two different embossing techniques: dry embossing with a folder for the main image and heat embossing for the greeting.

Once I'd run the card through my cuttlebug to dry emboss the words I then rubbed a Kaleidacolor ink pad over the top to highlight the embossing. The card was then cut down using a stitched square die and placed onto green cardstock leaving plenty of empty 'white' space around it.

I finished off the card with a white heat embossed sentiment and a trio of black enamel dots.

Embossing: Cuttlebug folder, Happy Birthday; Ranger superfine, white
Inks: Kaleidacolor, Caribbean Sea
Die: Lawn Fawn, large stitched square stackables
Card: SU, emerald envy
Embellishments: black pearls from my stash

Over on the AAA Cards blog - here - you can see the wonderful DT cards and our fabulous Guest Designer Deidre's card. Go be inspired!

Thanks for your time today, it's been great having you visit. And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Today I'm sharing a card I made using a couple of the gorgeous Visible Image stamps I've got in my stash.

I was feeling in the mood to get inky fingers so out came my brushos in some bright and bold colours.  I simply sprayed water onto the card and sprinkled the powders and let them create their own dramatic magic. Then I die cut the stitched rectangle form a section that particularly appealed.

The rectangle was popped back into its space and then I stamped the tree and sentiment spilling out over the die cut and onto the card base.

Stamps: Viible Image, Live Life Now, Four Every Season
Inks: Brusho, leaf green, yellow, brilliant red
Die: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangles 

I'm so pleased to have has you visit my blog today, huge thanks.  And keep crafting! 

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Male Room - #60 Stars

I'm here today to share my DT card made for The Male Room's new challenge. The theme is STARS.


And stars mean sparkle, right? So I started by stamping some stars and heat embossing with sparkly powder.

Then I added some outline stars to fill out the gaps and finally more sparkle with some scattered gems.

The sentiment was also heat embossed with sparkle powder. The pic below shows the sparkle a little better than the rest of the photos.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Superstar
Inks: Versafine, onyx black; Versamark, clear
Embossing: Crafty Impressions, black rainbow sparkle
Embellishments: Bling Bling gems

Bet you've got a few shining stars in your families too, so what are you waiting for get those star stamps, die cuts or stencils out and get crafting! More star inspiration can be found at The Male Room - here.

Enormous thanks for visiting today, you're all shining stars in my eyes.  And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Uniko May Release and Blog Hop

YAY! The day has arrived when you can see the entire new Uniko release and start shopping.



And it wouldn't be a proper release day without a few sample cards to share before you get down to the nitty gritty of trying to win the entire release.

So here goes:

Card one combines the glorious Pure Florals Lily with the wonderful Background Blocks Horizontal Stripe. A match made in heaven!

I chose some really subtle colours to add to the centre of the lily and then hand cut it before adhering it on pads to the card base.

Stamps: Uniko, PureFlorals Lily, Background Blocks Horizontal Stripe
Promarkers: ivory, buttercup, burnt orange, soft peach, olive green 

I had weddings in mind when I created this next card and kept to a very simple black and white colour scheme. I used the  Happy Succulents set combined once again with Background Blocks Horizontal Stripe. And why not use the stripes vertically for a change? I used my misti tool to help line up the stripes for the repeat stamping I needed to stretch the full width of the card.

I hand cut the three succulents from the large spray and also one of the leaf clusters. I added a trio of silver nailheads to finish off in style.

Stamps: Uniko, Happy Succulents, Background Blocks Horizontal Stripes
Die: MFT Die-namics, Stitched Basic Edges
Gems: Mark Richards, nailheads

To finish off my showcase and in case you were thinking I'd forgotten about colour I've changed up a gear for my last card.

I stamped Background Blocks Doodled Flower and then cut out a couple of strips. I applied colour in stripes directly from the pad. One strip went onto a die cut tag and the other straight onto the base card to line up with the greeting on the tag.

The leaf is from Originally Organics Additions and was stamped directly onto the tag. The succulent flower head was stamped onto a piece of scrap card, coloured using the direct from the pad method again and then hand cut and popped up onto pads.

Stamps: Uniko, Background Blocks Doodled Flower, Happy Succulents, Originaly Organic Additions
Inks: Ranger distress, shaded lilac, spun sugar, scattered straw
Promarkers: ivory, marsh green
Die: MFT Die-namics, Stitched Traditional Tags


Now onto the bit you've been waiting for - the blog hop order and the chance to win the entire release by leaving a comment on each of the DT blog posts. Remember if any of the links don't work you can always access them at Bev's Uniko blog - here.

Jane - that's me

Thank you so much for visiting today. I'm sending you all good luck wishes and hoping it might be you that wins the prize!  And remember - keep crafting!

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