Friday, 20 January 2017

Uniko Challenge #39

Here we go today with the first 2017 challenge at Uniko. And that theme that gets you all linking up - Anything Goes - with an optional twist of love.


Here's my card:

I definitely went with the love theme - anything goes always scares me, way too open! I die cut a heart stencil and placed it on my card before stamping all over the aperture with my favourite colours and Uniko stamps. Such a cool technique because you're never sure what it will look like until you lift the stencil.

I added a bold sentiment and decided to leave it at that - really pleases my CAS heart when I do this as I find it so easy to get carried away and add unnecessary extras and then wish I'd stopped.

Stamps: Uniko, Flower Power #6, All Occasion Sentiments #5, Background Builders Vines
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black, pear tart, rose bud, angel pink, grape jelly, lilac posies
Die: Xcut, homespun heart

You'll probably notice there's a little longer to play this challenge, Bev has decided to only have a challenge every other month to give everyone time to get linked up. She's also ramped up the prizes to reflect this, check them out here.

We have the wonderful Izzy joining us as Guest Designer, go leave her some love here.

Thaks for dropping by today, it's been a pleasure to share some time with you.  And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Male Room - #52 Washi

A super theme for the next two weeks at The Male Room. And it's got me all excited!

I love washi and can never stop new supplies jumping into my shopping baskets - real or virtual - so this challenge is right up my street. And I've combined it with my other great love - scrapbooking.

I first saw this page layout on Lizzy Hill's wonderful blog - here - and used it for page 21 in my December album - here. I knew I'd want to use it for a full 12x12 page and this challenge gave me the ideal opportunity.

So simple! I started by adding the washi, popped the photo on top, added some stickers and journalled around the edge. And it would be so easy to use this layout for a card too.

Ppaers: Kaiserkraft, Sea Breezes
Stickers: ep, Winter Park; Simple Stories, snow Patrol, Snow Fun & Mistletoe Kisses
Embellishmnets: washi from my stash; Doodlebug Sprinlkles, blue jean asst.

I'll be looking with great interest to see how you all use washi - remember I have a ton to use up so I'm always on the look out for new ways to get it into my crafting. The Male Room DT have some great ideas too, so go check them out here.

Huge thanks for coming to take a peek at my blog, love you for that!  And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches - #206

A new colour challenge starts at CAS Colours & Sketches today and it's a bright and funky trio.

Here's my card:

I used a Memento close equivalent to the SU ink specified for the stems and bottom flower layer. Then I stamped straight on top with the two pinks. I die cut the image so that it was just falling off the right hand side.

I stamped the sentiment and trimmed the card into a banner and added a heart at the beginning.

Stamps: SU, Touches of Texture; Uniko, sentiment from Simply Said Birthday
Inks: SU, watermelon wonder, flirty flamingo; Memento, teal zeal
Die: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangles
Embellishment: SU, enamel heart, flirty flamingo

So what will you do with these colours? Remember CC&S is a CAS (clean and simple) challenge! Please check out the definition on the blog if you're not sure about CAS.

Thanks for your time today, I love having you visit my blog.  And keep crafting!

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Monday, 16 January 2017

The Memory Nest - Make It Monday Challenge #80

I'm wearing my scrapbooking hat today and have my DT page for The Memory Nest's new Make It Monday Challenge to share with you. Here's the sketch:

And here's my page. This was so simple and quick to put together using paper and cards from Simple Stories Legacy and Sweater Weather collections. I chose a bright SU patterned paper for the background to lift the colours of the rest of the supplies I used which could have looked a bit sombre otherwise. I added an arrow, a heart and a trio of enamel dots to the first horizontal section.

This will be the opening page in my 2017 album and the message on the journalling card pretty much sums up exactly why I want to scrapbook. How many times have I said if only I'd written it down, taken a photo, listened more carefully ....... so now I do!

All I've done is add a couple of arrows and some enamel dots and a word sticker to the middle section. Oh and that typewriter card is the piece trimmed off from the square card above it - it started out as a standard 6x4 card.

The bottom layer has some textured number stickers, more enamel dots and another arrow.

Papers: Simple Storis, Legacy; , patterned paper
Embellishments: Simple Stories Sweater Weather; MME, Now & Then enamel dots
Numbers: AC thickers, patchwork
Dies: Xcut, arrows

There's a lot of elements to fill on this sketch ad I look forward to seeing how you create with it. Be sure to pop over to The Memory Nest to check out the rest of the DT pages, loads there to inspire you!

Thanks for your time today, I greatly appreciate your visit.  And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Sunday Special

The special today is that I've been picked as the winner over at Time Out with this card here. Hugely delighted!

So of course I've celebrated this achievement by making a card for their current challenge where the theme is Winter with an optional twist of white on white.

I set out with good intentions about keeping to the white on white twist, but then just had to add a wintery aqua sky background. I used the circle die cut from the window, masked off a smaller circle for the moon and then popped the whole thing back into the aperture.

I die cut the tree strip then die cut it again with the window die so that it would sit perfectly without adding too much bulk.

Stamps: Uniko, sentiment from Pure Florals Poinsettia
Inks: Adirondack, pool; Mmento, tuxedo black, grape jelly
Dies: MFT Die-namics, Peek-a-boo circle window; Clearly Besotted, On The Line

Thanks for dropping by today, I really love that you made the time. And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Saturday Slot

I'm back again today with another card made for a Stamplorations Challenge, but this time it's their theme and sketch challenge.

Mixed media always has my head swimming, but I've tried hard to keep their definition in mind - definition of mixed media is using stamps and inks + 2 other elements (techniques and/or other products) - and here's my card:

So I've used stamps and inks plus a die cut, a stencil, washi tape and enamel dots, fingers crossed that's got it covered.

Stamps: Stamplorations, Stamp Art Marks, Sunflower, Bold Sentiments; SU, Gorgeous Grunge
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; SU, cherry cobbler; Adirondack, purple twilight
Stencil: Artplorations, Bubbles
Die: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangles
Promarkers: khaki, orchid, amethyst, crimson
Embellishments: washi from my stash; Doodlebug Sprinkles, beetle black asst.

Huge appreciation for your visit today, hope you'll come back soon.  And keep crafting!

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Friday Focus

Are you superstitious? Think I am a bit, but I try to not let it get in the way. So here I am on Friday 13th about to share a card I made for the CAS Challenge over at Stamplorations.

Here's my card:

I used a Stamplorations stencil to ink my reindeer in grey, matted it onto some Christmas paper containing grey and also added some grey pearls. 

Stamps: Stamplorations, sentiment from Warm Hands Warm Hearts
Ink: SU, smoky slate
Stencil: Artplorations, Christmas Reindeer 
Paper: SU, Presents & Pinecones
Embellishments: Mei Flower, pearls

Thanks for dropping by my blog today, I really value your time and company.  And keep crafting!

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