Monday, 1 May 2017

The Memory Nest - Make It Monday #87

A super new sketch to play with and a brand new challenge starts today over at The Memory Nest.

http://thememorynest.blogspot.com/2017/04/make-it-monday-no-87.html

It's great to have a sketch with the opportunity to add more than one photo and I used up a bunch that I took on one of the first opportunities to spend a day in the garden without coats this year.


I added three little clusters of ephemera, one for each photo and filled the centre space with some stickers. If you're wondering what he's pointing at he'd spotted a tiny little beetle crawling through the sand.


The project life card spot from the sketch also became my title for the page and really influenced my colour choices as it was the first thing that I got out.


And who doesn't love bubbles! Seems to have an everlasting fun element for kids and grown ups too!


Supplies:
Papers: AC Amy Tangerine, Oh Happy Life
Embellishments: Simple Stories, So Fancy words; AC Dear Lizzy, washi tape paper; AC Shimelle, die cut cardstock shapes; AC Remarks, Garden of Goodness; Fancy Pants, puffy stickers; SU enamel shapes, flirty flamingo 

Want to see what the rest of The Memory Nest DT have created with this sketch? Sure you do! Check it out here.

It's be so fun having you drop by my blog today, thanks so much.  And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

AAA Cards - #89 Bright & Beautiful

It may be the last day of March but it's all new at AAA Cards today and a bright and beautiful challenge is just beginning.  And that's not all - there is also a DT Call going on for the duration of this challenge. So get your crafting genius on and who knows you could be joining the team soon!

http://aaacards.blogspot.com/2017/04/cas-game-89-bright-beautiful.html

Well I knew exactly which stamps I wanted to use for this challenge, and actually made two versions - one with bright colours and one with pastels. I've naturally picked the bright one for my DT card, but have a sneaky regard for the pastels version. Wondering which is your favourite?


I started by using a circle stencil with another stencil on the top of it and brushing through three colours of ink.


I then over stamped the inking with the butterfly and sentiment. I used pens to add the colours to the butterfly.


I repeated the same process with my next card but used pastel shades of the same colours.


Supplies:
Stamps: Uniko, All Occasion Sentiments #6; Stampendous, Butterfly
Inks: Card 1 - Ranger distress, picked raspberry, wilted violet, mustard seed; Card 2 - Ranger distress, spun sugar, shaded lilac, scattered straw; Versafine, onyx black
Pens: Card 1 - Chameleon, deep violet; colorista, canary, sorbet; Card 2 - Promarkers, baby pink, lilac, buttercup

The AAA Cards DT have some quite spectacular inspiration for you - check it all out here. We also have the glorious Carol from CarolG Creates joining us as Guest Designer for this challenge. And four of the very talented So Suzy DT are also playing along as So Suzy are sponsoring the Bright & Beautiful Challenge. Hope you've time to go visit and leave some love!

I'm so pleased to have shared some of your time today, huge thanks for dropping by.  And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Less Is More Guest Designer

Hi! I'm so excited to have you drop by today as I'm Guest Designing over at Less Is More. As this is a month with five Saturdays it's their Lucky Dip week and the word they've pulled out to inspire your cards is SHADOW.

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So I decided to attempt a little shadow stamping on my card:


I used the fabulous Visible Image butterfly inkcognito and stamped it in grey to act as the shadow. Then I overstamped it in purple slightly to the left of the grey with the matching large butterfly stamp.


I repeated this technique with the sentiment. All of the butterfly received a generous coat of Wink of Stella and I added some enamel dots to finish it all off.

Supplies:
Stamps: Visible Image, Thanks You set, Butterfly Inkognito, Large Butterfly
Inks: SU, smoky slate; Memento, grape jelly 
Enamel dots: Freckled Fawn

Thanks so much for your time today.  I hope you've enjoyed my post as Guest Designer for Less is More and will pop on over to their challenge to ogle the cards made by their very talented DT.

And keep crafting! 

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Friday, 28 April 2017

Friday Focus

Just squeezing in a card I made for the Stamplorations Cutplorations Challenge.

http://stamplorations.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/april-cutplorations-reminder.html

Here's my card:


I started by die cutting the awesome sentiment a couple of times and stacked them up to add dimension. Then I set about adding some stripes to echo the inspiration pic.  This piece of card was then die cut to create the split.


I finished off by adding a trio of butterflies, each stamped twice, choosing ink colours to pick up on the colours from the inspiratin pic.

Supplies:
Stamps: Stamplorations,Winged Things, Bold Sentiments
Inks: Memento, pear tart, lady bug, bahama blue
Dies: Cutplorations, awesome; MFT Die-namics, stitched basic edges

That's all from me today, hope the sun is shining wherever you are and mega thanks for spending some time looking at my blog.  And of course - keep crafting!

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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Stripe is the recipe for the current challenge at Less is More. What a great idea. and it just so happens that I had a left over piece of watercolouring that definitely has a stripe or two.

http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/challenge-325-stripe.html

Now I know you're going to be amazed by the colours, but even I have to step out of my comfort zone every once in a while.


I added a few extra stripes on the the background card for good measure using some stitched line dies. And I'm also sort of thinking that the sentiment quote is not too far removed from a stripe.






Supplies:
Stamp: BeeCrafty, WORDage
Inks: Ranger distress, mowed lawn, mustard seed
Dies: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangle stax & basic stitch line


I'm really grateful for your visit today, thanks so much. Perhaps you'll come back soon, but in the meantime keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The Male Room #59 - Many Legs

There's a really fun challenge theme starting today over at The Male Room - Many Legs.

http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2017/04/challenge-59-theme.html


My first thoughts were insects, but not having any suitable stamps I opted for several two-legged animals instead.


I stamped them using Indigo Blu's flitter glue and then covered them in gliding flakes. A new technique for me and one that I like the results produced much more than the total mess iIgot into when trying it out!


I added a fun sentiment from the same Stamplorations stamp set on a flag shaped banner for interest.

Supplies:
Stamps: Stamplorations, Fowl Play
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black; Indigo Blu gilding flakes, chocolate box
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles

I'm really looking forward to seeing what you all come up with for this challenge. Go take a peek at TMR DT cards - here - and then get stamping those legs!

Huge thanks for dropping by today, loved having you visit. And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #220

A sketch challenge begins today at CAS Colours & Sketches and it's a corker too!

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2017/04/challenge-220-sketch.html

This had me searching through my stash for a scalloped edger punch, knew that was going to be my starting point.


I decided to use a wordy sentiment quote and a simple all over patterned paper for the background.


Some gems just completed my card.

Supplies:
Paper: Lawn Fawn, Beachside
Stamps: Stamplorations, Fond Expressions 2
Ink: Versafine, onyx black
Punch: Xcut scallop edger
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles
Embellishments: Bling Bling gems

The rest of the CC&S DT have also made sample cards to inspire you, go check them out here.http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2017/04/challenge-220-sketch.html

Thanks for you time today, I really appreciate your company. And keep crafting!

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