Sunday, 25 September 2016

Uniko New Release - Sneak Peek 1

Just popping in today to announce there's a new Uniko release coming up on Saturday 1st October and today is the first chance to get a sneaky peek.

Pop back tomeoorow when there will be more sneak peeks!

Thanks for looking today and keep crafting!

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AAA Cards - #74 Masking

Hey! And welcome to the beginning of a brand new challenge over at AAA Cards. This one's going to be a theme that you'll all love - MASKING. Just remember it has to be CAS!

So I set myself a personal challenge to mask out a sentiment word and add a two tone stripe. Here's how it looks:

The THANKS was stamped and then each letter was masked - a bit of a time consuming process, but I love how clear and white and empty this process makes it look. Next I applied a mask - on top of the letter masks - to reveal just a thin line through the middle of the sentiment and brushed across some hot pink ink. I then moved these masks out to line up with the top and bottom of the sentiment and brushed some more ink over the whole thing which gives the deeper shade to the middle.

Once all the masks were removed a few sparkly enamel dots were added to finish off and highlight the focal sentiment.

Stamps: Uniko, All Occasion Sentiments #6
Inks: Ranger dustress, picked raspberry
Embellishments: Doodlebug Sprinkles, love glitter asst.

I'm really excited about this challenge and know you'll adore all the wonderful DT's CAS cards, check them out here.

Thanks so much for dropping by today, your time and company is always appreciated.  And keep crafting!

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Friday, 23 September 2016

Uniko - Challenge #36 Reminder

Just popping in today to remind you about the challenge going on over at Uniko. The theme is Autumn with the optional twist of thanks.

I decided to go with a Halloween theme for my card - Halloween happens in Autumn - right? Nothing to do with indulging my love of using purple at all!

And we all need lovely things to eat and give as treats for Halloween celebrations, don't we? So I coloured the cake in Halloween colours and used the circle from Uniko's Fun Flowers with some hand drawn legs to make my spider. Looks like he's dangling down after a sweet treat!

The little spiders on the frosting were created using the hearts from Celebrate With Cake with a few hand drawn legs - oooh spooky!

Stamps: Uniko, Celebrate with Cake, Fun flowers
Inks: Mement, tuxedo black, grape jelly; SU, cucumber crush
Promarkers: peach, violet, pine, burnt orange, ivory
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles

OK I'm done with all the frightful fun - your turn now! The rest of the Uniko DT have also made cards to help you on your creative journey, check them out here.

Thanks for knocking today, hope you liked my treat.  And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

CAS Colours & Sketches #192

Time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches and this week it's a sketch.

I decided to keep to just two colours and one of my favourite large sentiment stamps.

I stamped the row of candles first meaning them to be perfectly placed in a straight line. I wish! That idea lasted only to the second stamping - and anyway I like the jiggly line. The 'wish' was stamped straight on top of the candles.

I lightly drew round the inside of the rectangle die and then stamped my background flourishes before popping the die cut onto pads and adhering over the top.

Stamps: Uniko, Big & Bold Wish, Balloon Bash; SU, Touches of Texture
Inks: SU, smoky slate, delightful dijon
Die: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangle stax

Another great sketch from Karen, the CC&S hostess for September. Hope you'll be playing along.

Thanks for your time today, I do appreciate it. And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Wednesday Words

I'm playing along at the Stamplorations Theme & Sketch Challenge today.

Here's my card:

I stamped and heat embossed the flower in black and then again in clear slightly offset.  I added distress ink to the bloom's centre directly from the pad and used a brush for the petals.

I then added a covering of ink over the whole card and dropped some water to create the small paler circles. I finished up by heat embossing the sentiment and adding a strip of washi down the side.

Stamps: Stamplorations, Seashell Cosmo & Noteworthy
Inks: Versamark + black & clear embossing powder; Ranger distress picked raspberry
Embellishments: washi from my stash

I'm really thrilled that you found time to come visit my blog today, thanks so much.  And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Tuesday Talk

Today I'm sharing a card I made for a couple pf challenges - CAS Mix Up and Addicted to CAS.

Such a brilliant combo of elements to include. Here's my card:

I used a piece of shaving foam marbled card and stitched down one side of it with my sewing machine. This strip was then adhered to the left side of a white base card.

I added my stamped sentiment -  love using inspiring word stamps like this one - using my misti to get that good heavy cover of ink that I was after. The I finished off with a trio of enamel dots to draw the eye. The stitching and the dots are the 'choice' element from CAS Mix Up.

Stamps: Visible Image, smile sparkle shine
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; Ranger distress re-inkers, peacock feathers & mowed lawn
Emabellishments: Doodlebug sprinkles, beetle black asst.

Thanks for dropping by today, your visit has made my day.  And keep crafting!

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Monday, 19 September 2016

The Memory Nest - Make It Monday Challenge #72

Today I'm up on The Memory Nest's Make It Monday Challenge blog and sharing a page I made using the new sketch.

Fabulous layering and a brilliant sketch to focus on a presious photo. Precious for many reasons, but one of them being how rarely I get to photograph them all together.

I picked up on all the red from their shirts and chose a dark grungy paper for the background - really makes the brighter colours pop.

I found the balloon sticker fairly early in the making of this page and it got placed quickly. Then I decided to pick up on the spots from it for the paper mats and make chevrons and stars a feature of my embellishments.

And I had so much fun piling on all the embellishment stickers - a CAS lady going wild!

Papers: Fancy Pants, Beach Babe; ep, Yours Truly; My Mind's Eye, Mischievous; scraps from my stash
Alphas: Simple Stories, Say Cheese
Stickers: Simple Stories, Say Cheese

Such a fabulous sketch I know you're going to want to play. But just before you crack open your stash spend a little time immersing yourself in the delights of the rest of the DT pages at The Memory Nest.

Huge thanks for spending some of your precious time looking at my blog today.  And keep crafting!

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