Monday, 23 October 2017

Monday Moment

I've a pretty little card to share today - a complete indulgence for me - and it uses the theme and sketch from Stamplorations.

Can you guess how I indulged myself? Think you probably can!

Well yes of course my colour picks! And then also that it's so girly when I'm surrounded by boys in my family. Have to do something just for my own enjoyment every once in a while! And isn't the ballerina so adorably cute?

Stamps: CAS-UAL Fridays, Tutu & Truth Is
Inks: Memento, grape jelly, rose bud
Die: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangles

So fun to have you drop by my blog today, thanks so much.  And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Saturday Slot

Today I'm sharing a card I made for the Stamplorations CAS Card Challenge.

And I certainly embraced that orange twist!

I die cut a stitched window from some gorgeous pearlescent card and used a piece of scrap card to blend a ditress ink background to pop behind the window. I think my blending skills are beginning to improve - it's a work in progress - and I find if I can just go gently enough with the initial layer that seems to wet the card enough for subsequent layers to look quite smooth.

Stamps: Uniko, Organic Wishes
Inks: Versafine, onyx black; Ranger ditress, spiced marmalade, mustard seed
Die: MFT Die-namics, rectangle peek-a-boo window

Enormous thanks are flying out to you for spending some of your precious time looking at my blog today. Thanks so much!

And keep crafting! 

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Friday, 20 October 2017

Friday Focus

I'm sharing a scrapbook page today and I've use the mood board from Challenge YOUrself to get my ideas sparking.

As you can see this was a very autumnal mood board, but my photo was taken while on holiday in the Algarve. It was Autumn there, but it felt more like a hot summer's day! I decided to go ahead and use this photo anyway, partly because the colour of the wall seemed to match, but mostly becuase I like the story that goes with it.

The story: two parts really. The first is that glazed eye look that always give away a selfie - well it does mine anyway! The second is a bit of a family joke that my husband struggles to frame photos and after several attempts to cach this shot we decided to go it alone.

I started the page by placing the photo and papers and faintly marked the space so that I could add the stencilled ink patterns to frame it all. Then I stamped and hand cut the flower and leaf embellishments and added some trios of nuvo drops.

The title  and journalling were the last parts to be completed.

Papers: AC, kraft cardstock; SU, patterned paper
Stamps: Uniko, Nature's Treasures II & Uniko Style
Inks: SU, peekaboo peach, calypso coral, cherry cobbler, mint macaron
Stencils: Memory Box, texture shine & texture meash
Alphas: AC, Dear Lizzy thickers; October Afternoon, mini market 
Embellishments: Nuvo Drops, English mustard 

Thanks so much for spending some time looking at my blog today, I really appreciate it.  And keep crafting! 

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Today I'm joining in with the one layer challenge at Less is More where the theme is STARS.

I'm using the very cute MFT space explorer astronaut as he's holding on to three star balloons.

I started by stamping and masking off the astronaut. Then I placed a circular stencil over him and inked up the space with distress oxide inks. A few drips of water and the white patches appeared.

I coloured him and his balloons using copics and gel pens. I then went round the edges of the images with a wet paint brush and blotted the water off to give a sort of celestial glow - worked really nicely round the stars.

Stamps: MFT, Space Explorer
Inks: Ranger distress oxide, salty ocean, wilted violet; Memento, tuxedo black 
Pens: Copic, W3, N1, E000, R20, B00, B02, B04, V12, V15, V17; Sakura gelly roll, silver & white

Thanks so much for your visit today, it's been fabulous having you here.  And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Wednesday Words

I'm getting back on track after my holiday away in sunny blue skied Portugal and have found a little time to create a card for the Stamplorations new Tagplorations Challenge.

I love everything about creating on a small space and I often completely ignore my preferred CAS style and let it fly out of the window when things are scaled down. But I'm thinking this tag is not too over the top and still has a little empty white space. Be interested to hear your opinions.

It does have the optional twist colours of red and orange and Autumn is the time of year here in the UK when we say thanks for the harvest so I'm hoping it fits the theme ok. I guess I just really wanted to use this new to me beautiful flower stamp.

Stamps: Stamplorations, #Blossom Sparays #2, Fond Expressions 2
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copics, E000, Y13, Y18, R22, R24, E55, E57; Promarkers, oatmeal, mustard
Die: MFT Die-namics, Stitched Traditional Tags
Embellishments: MME Now & Then enamel dots

I'm really thankful for your visit today, I know and appreciate that your time is valuable. So use it wisely and keep crafting!

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Uniko - October New Release Reveal & Blog Hop

YAY!!! It's finally Uniko's October release day!!!

And here they all are ready and waiting for your orders:




And of course I have some samples using these fabulous new sets to share with you today.

I'm so loving the look of black and white on kraft cardstock that I got carried away and made a matching card and tag set.

The card features three raised elements - Santa, star and tree - created by stamping onto scrap card and hand cutting before popping up onto pads. I've also highlighted and coloured some of the letters and elements using a white pencil - have I said I'm totally in love with this look? Mmm, thought so!

Stamps: Uniko, Block Party Christmas
Ink: Mememnto, tuxedo black
Die: Lil'inker, stichd mats rectangles
Colour: Prismacolor, white

The tag also features a hand cut Santa, this time heat embossed and very shiny. He's sitting on top of a die cut wreath and the addition of some sparkly gems to finish it all off a treat.

Stamps:Uniko, Background Blocks Wonky Stripes, Festive Sentiments, Block Party Christmas
Inks:  Versamark + Ranger Superfine black & white embossing powder
Dies: MFT Die-namics, basic stitched tags; Xcut Spiro circles
Card: AC, kraft cardstock
Embellishments: Prismacolor pencil, white; Bling Bling, gems 

 My next card uses those beautiful falling snowflakes and gave me an excuse to get very messy with brushos in some of my favourite colours.

I heat embossed the snowflakes in white and then added the brusho powders - stunning magic happened with a little added water! I then framed the whole thing, added a sentiment and matted it onto purple card.

Stamps: Uniko, Background Blocks Falling Snow, Festive Sentiments
Inks: Versamark + WOW! Sparkling Snow embossing powder; Memento, grape jelly; Brusho, ultra marine, turquoise, violet
Die: Lawn Fawn, stiched rectangle frames 

My final card for this release uses the oh so pretty and whimsical Organic Wishes.  

I started by randomly stamping and heat embossing just about all of the different seed heads from this set. I then applied distress ink over the top using some lovely bright colours. I die cut this panel and matted it onto black cardstock and stamped a sentiment onto a stitched rectangle. I think I'm in love with the dramatic and vibrant look of this card.

As they say in theatrical circles 'that's a wrap'. I hope I've given you food for thought and helped you to make up your mind about which stamps sets are the ones winging their way into your basket - probably all of them, how can you possibly resist?

And just to add to your decisions here are a few extra bonus products included in this release.

Two die sets:


And two stencils:

Now I just need to leave you with the blog hop order so that you can soak up the inspiration from all the Uniko DT. And as usual there will be a giveaway, check out all the details HERE.

Jane - that's me

Thanks for looking today. And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Uniko - Introducing Organic Wishes

Today it's the fifth and last day of introductions to the October Uniko release. And have we saved the best to last? Well that's for you to decide!

I have a couple of cards to share again today and here's my first:

I stamped and heat embosed the seed head stems and then blended distress ink over the top.  This was then die cut into a stitched rectangular panel. If you look closely you'll see that one long side doesn't have stitching, this is because I wanted a tall skinny rectangle so I trimmed it down to the width I wanted.

The sentiment is also from this set and I stamped it onto a stitched die cut rectangle and then popped it up a little using pads.

Stamps: Uniko, Organic Wishes
Inks: Versamark + Ranger superfine embossing powder; Ranger distress, blueprint sketch, mermaid lagoon, cracked pistachio; Mememnto, tuxedo black
Die: MFT Di-namics, double stitched rectangles

My next card features a different seed head and sentiment from this new set and all the stamping is heat embossed in black. It also use dies to create many layers - not my usual style!

And since I was creating outside of my usual comfort zone I chose peachy orange colours to work with.

Stamps: Uniko, Organic Wishes
Inks: Ranger distress oxide, candied apple, spiced marmalade; Versamark + Ranger superfine embossing powder
Dies: MFT Di-namics, peek-a-boo windows, inside out stitched circles 

So that's all the introductions completed. There's lots more to see over at the main Uniko blog where you can find links to the rest of the DT and their fabulous creations.

I've a few more cards to share tomorrow so I'll see you then. And that's when you can fill your baskets with all the lovely Uniko goodies you've seen over the last few days. Oh, and of course there will be the usual release day blog hop and the chance to win the entire release. 

Thanks for looking.  And keep crafting! 

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AAA Cards Challenge #101 - Inspired By A Film

Do you love watching films? Well I do when I get the chance, nothing quite like a trip to the cinema and soaking up the atmosphere and very loud soundtracks! So the new game at AAA Cards is just perfect.

One of my all time favourite series of films and must go to see in the cinema has to be the Harry Potter experience. An easy decision for me then and here's my card:

I used a stencil in those iconic Gryffindor colours moving it slightly between the two colours. Then I stamped the sentiment quote straight on top. What could be more simple and lots of lovely empty 'white' space too!

Stamps: Visible Image, Unicorn Magic
Inks: SU, crushed curry, fresh fig; Versamark, clear
Embossing: Ranger Superfine, black
Stencil: TCW, Mini Mod Spirals

This is one of those challenges when it's really exciting to discover the films everyone will use to inspire them.  The AAA Cards DT have all amazed me by their choices - go check them out HERE. Can't wait to see which films are on your CAS cards!

Huge appreciation for your visit to my blog today, it means so much to know you visited.  And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Uniko - Introducing Background Blocks: Wonky Stripes

Will yu be going to the Stamp Magic Show at Doncaster tomorrow? Be sure to come and say hello at the Uniko stand and get your first close look at all the new October stamp release.

Not going? Well then there's an introduction today and tomorrow and you can order from Monday. So here's today's introduction:

Fabulous even from this tiny peek! Here's a bit more of a reveal with my cards:

Time to get out those funky brights again and they made for a modern and quirky Christmas card. The coloured background inside the die cut frame is the stamp in its entiriety - no peeks here then! 

The I stamped it again, left it uncoloured and cut it into a triangle tree shape and popped it up on pads on top.

Stamps: Uniko, Background Blocks Wonky Stripes, Festive Sentiments
Inks: SU, tempting turquoise; Mememnto, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, Y13, YG13, B02, RV04
Die: Lawn Fawn, stitched rectangle frames 

And as I was still in the mood for merry and bright my next card also uses the same funky colours.

I stamped a background block in black ink and coloured a few of the wonky stripes in turquoise and then stamped it again with turquoise ink and coloured using pink, yellow and green.  I die cut three Christmas baubles from this second stamping and used a piece of twine to link them together.

I used the same greeting as the first card, but this time the larger scripty words from the Festive Sentiments set.

Stamps: Uniko, Background Blocks Wonky Stripes, Festive Sentiments
Inks: SU, tempting turquoise; Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, Y13, YG13, B02, RV04
Dies: MFT Di-namics, double stitched rectangles; Cuttlebug, baubles
Twine from my stash

Only one more day of introductions left and then on Monday you can change your wishlist into a shopping basket! Do go see all the other brilliant Uniko DT cards using this fabulous wonky stripe set - HERE

Thanks for dropping by today and maybe I'll see some of you tomorrow at Doncaster. But what ever you're doing remember to keep crafting!

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