Friday, 23 June 2017

Friday Focus

Today I'm playing along with the Stamplorations monthly Theme and Sketch Challenge.

Although it's not necessary to use both the sketch and theme I'm a bit of a one for making things difficult for myself and always want to include everything from a challenge. So the stamping bit was easy, but the family bit had me thinking. Eventually I went with a sentiment quote that I thought was a good fit, masked off the bottom circular shape and stamped it once in black and then several more times a bit paler by stamping off onto scrap paper first.

I used the same colours as the flowers from the sketch to stamp and hand cut the butterflies, picking up on the graduating sizes. I only glued down the middle of each butterfly so that I could lift the wings and create a dimensional look.

Stamps: Stamplorations, Winged Things; Inkylicious, Momwents Memories
Inks: SU, real red; Memento, bahama blue, rose bud, grape jelly, tangelo, tuxedo black
Promarker: cool grey 1

And before I go I just want to give you all a heads up on a terrific way to be in with a chance to win some Stamplorations goodies in their wishlist linky party. All you need to do is visit the Stamplorations website - HERE and create a wishlist - now that's so easy! - and then share it on their blog link up - HERE. Of course I've added a few things to my wishlist - HERE - and you can find all the details about how to join in the fun - HERE.

I'm thrilled that you spent some time here today looking at my blog, thank you.  And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Just popping in very quickly today to share a card I made for my DIL that's going into the Less is More Challenge to personalise it.

Here's my card:

I personalised it by adding her name to the flower centres.

Stamps: Uniko, Fun Flowers, Garlands Galore, Simply Said Birthday
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black, Bahama blue
Promarkers: azure, cool grey 1, primrose, buttercup
Embellishments: enamel dots MME & SU

Thanks for looking, I really appreciate it. And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The Male Room - #63 Fireworks

Today is to be my last gig as a DT member at The Male Room. And what a fitting challenge theme - always good to go out with a bang!

Well I don't have any firework stamps so I had to be a bit inventive. The gorgeous grunge I'm sure you'll all recognise, but the starburst is actually one of the layers that make up the poinsettia from the Uniko Jingle Bells stamp set. I'm always saying how versatile Uniko stamps are and I think this just proves a point!

Once I'd done all the stamping in the riot of colours that you get iwht fireworks exploding I die cut a double stitched rectangle to one side and then inlaid it back into the base card.

Stamps: SU, Gorgeous Grunge; Uniko, All Occasion Sentiments #6, Simply Said II, Jingle Bells
Inks: Kaleidacolor, Berry Blaze & Riviera; Versafine, onyx black
Die: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangles

Now make sure you go visit the rest of The Male Room DT for more inspiration - HERE. Well this will be the last time I say that last sentence so all I need to do now is say thanks to everyone at The Male Room for having me and to Deborah in particular who works tirelessly behind the scenes.  It's been fun and I've learnt loads.

Great to have you visit today, huge thanks winging your way.  And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #228

It's time for a new colour challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches and this week's picks are from Patricia.

As I don't have any metallic inks in my stash I went with embossing powder instead and created a strip to use down the side of my card.

I stamped a butterfly in each of the two other colours and then heat embossed their markings with the same metallic powder.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, A Better You
Inks: SU, dapper denim, peekaboo peach; Versamark, clear
Embossing: Honey Doo Crafts, copper classic

So now it's over to you and tiome to get your creativity unleashed. Hop on over to CC&S for more DT inspiration on how to use these colours.

So pleased you dropped by today, made me feel special.  And keep crafting! 

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Monday Moment

I do like to smoosh with watercolours don't you? So of course I couldn't resist the CAS Challenge at HLS - right up my street!

The other Sunday while I was at The Stamp Magic Craft show in Doncaster I was instantly drawn to this unicorn - just jumped right into my basket! So sweet!

I choose two that I thought would melt together nicely and inked them onto a large acrylic block and sprayed it with water. Then I smooshed a large piece of watercolour card around on top. It's always such fun to lift the card and see what's happened and I was pleased to see how pretty the colours looked together.

I stamped the unicorn and leaf stem and then added a bit more intense colour using promarkers and an enamel heart. I die cut the stitched circle round the unicorn and also on the card and then inlaid it back into the space. And of course the whole thing had to be sparkled up with Wink of Stella!

Stamps: Neat & Tangles, Magical Day
Inks: Ranger distress, picked raspberry, spiced marmalade; Memento, tuxedo black
Die: MFT Die-namics, Inside/Out Stitched Circles
Promarkers: peach, pink carnation
Embellishments: Wink of Stella; SU enamel heart flirty flamingo

Thanks so much for visiting today and I hope you have a magical day.  And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Sunday Stuff

I was up early scrapping today, it's been so hot and sultry at night that it's difficult to sleep. so a little scrap therapy was just what I needed. Today's page is going into Stuck?!Sketches second June Challenge. Here's the sketch:

And here's my way of interpreting it:

I started by making a heart mask and stamping all over it with a wood grain stamp.

Next I placed the main elements.....

.... and then added in the detail.

Both the card and the other small word elements were out of a Pocket Letter I received from my Australian friend Helen. She's always so clever at including bits and pieces that I love to incorporate onto my scrap pages.

Paper: Bazzill Basics cardstock & scraps from my stash
Stamp: SU, Hardwood
Ink: SU, marina mist
Embellishments: Simple Stories bloom & grow enamel dots; wooden stars from my stash 

Thanks for looking tody, I'm so pleased to have had your company.  And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Saturday Slot

Thought it was about time to get those brushos out and get inky - and messy - so I've made a card for this month's HLS Watercolour Challenge and Craft Stamper Magazine's Anything Goes Challenge.    Take It, Make It Challenge

For this background I sprinkled a couple of colours and then blasted them with my water sprayer. Then I added in a third colour and watched. I'm so impatient I usually get carried away and add more colour too soon, but today I sat on my hands!

While the inks were drying - another part of using watercolours that has me champing at the bit - I stamped the large Uniko lily onto mask paper and cut it out. Then I stamped it in the bottom right hand corner of the card and added the mask before stamping the smaller lily and the bud stem.

I finished off by adding the sentiment, colouring those pollen stamens - you know the bits that go everywhere and stain things on a real lily -  and matting the whole thing onto white cardstock.

Stamps: Uniko, Pure Florals: Lily
Inks: Brusho, yellow, leaf green, turquoise; Memento, tuxedo black
Promarker: burnt orange

It's been a pleasure sharing your company today, thanks so much for calling in.  And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Thursday Thoughts

I'm here today to share a masculine card that I created for one of my grandsons and I'm entering it into the Stamplorations CAS Card Challenge.

I know that men like all colours and that blues are a bit traditional, but that's what I plumped for anyway with a bit of balck and grey thrown in too.

I might have said this before, but I'm reckoning if I can't remember then neither will you, but I've never made a card using HLS Mix Mash that I wasn't pleased with. The difficulty is knowing when to stop adding more bits!

Stamps: HLS, Mix Mash & Bold Birthday Sentiments
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; SU, tempting turquoise, pacific point, smoky slate

And don't you just love all these flat photos that are popping up all over blogland? Think I prefer them to the stand up card photos. Just need to invest in a couple of bits to hang over one of the corners.

Thanks so much for looking at my blog today, hope you liked what you saw.  And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wednesday Words

Finally found time to play along with another Less is More Challenge. This week is one layer and the cue card is Sweet Things.

When you see my card you would be forgiven for thinking I made it for their last challenge which was neopolitan. Well I just loved that idea and was disappointed not to have got round to making a card, so I thought I'd use the colours for my sweet things card to compensate a little.

In true neoplolitan ice cream tradition I masked off and inked up the three stripes of colour to act as a sort of shelf to hold my sweet treats.  Next best things to ice cream are cookies and cupcakes in my opinion.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Recipe For Love
Inks: SU, baked brown sugar, sweet sugarplum, so saffron

Short and sweet today - need to go and get my real life sweet things fix now! Thanks for looking and keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #227

This week's sketch at CAS Colours & Sketches has been created by Bev. As you'd expect it's a good one and it's easy to stay CAS when you use it!

Here's my card:

I chose to stick with just two colours and showcase some more Uniko stamps.

Stamps: Uniko, Beautiful Blooms II, Simply Said, Background Blocks Halftone
Inks: SU, rose red, smoky slate
Die: MFT Die-namics, peek-a-boo circle window
Embellishments: Nuvo drops, rhubarb crumble

So what will you create with Bev's sketch?  Be sure to pop on over to the CC&S blog and be inspired by the rest of the DT creations.

Huge thanks for visiting today. And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Uniko June Revisit Blog Hop

So pleased you've dropped by today as I'm sharing cards made for Uniko's revisit of a previous stamp set release. Well actually it's a stamp set and it matching die.

Here's the details ........
Prize: Originally Organic clear stamp set AND the Originally Organic Designer Dies. Or a £15 Gift Certificate if you already own the prize! You have until Midnight GMT 18th June to get your comments in. Winners announced Monday 19th June.

I'm kicking off with a couple of tags made using the stamps and their matching dies..

So easy to make, just stamp, colour, die cut and pop up onto pads for dimension. I also die cut my tags, but it would work just as well with ready made tags which can be purchased at most newsagent shops.

Stamps: Uniko, Originally Organic, Originally Organic Additions & Simply Said
OriginallyOrganicPP   OriginallyOrganicAdditionsPP    OriginallyOrganicDD
Inks:Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Spectrum Noir Colorista, sorbet, magenta, pear green, hot pink, gold
Dies: MFT Die-namics, Stitched Rectangle Word Window, Stitched Traditional Tags 

My next share is also a pretty quick and easy one to create. I stamped the flowers onto watercolour paper as I like its texture and then stamped on top straight from the little distress ink pads to add colour.

The stamped strip was trimmed and matted onto black card and a sentiment from Originally Organics Additions was added at the bottom of the card.

Stamps: Originally Organic & Originally Organic Additions 
OriginallyOrganicPP        OriginallyOrganicAdditionsPP
 Inks: Ranger distress, picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, peacock feathers; Versafine, clear
Embossing: Ranger superfine, black

My final card for today took a little longer, but is still nice and clean looking.

I stamped the heart formation from Originally Organics Additions and coloured it in shades of grey with just a miniscule amount of red on the tiny circles. Then I placed a stitched die over the top and cut it into a circle, intentionally knowing some bits of my stamping would be trimmed off. I die cut a matching circle on the base card and then popped the stamped circle into the hole.

I finished off by stamping a sentiment from Originally Organic in red ink right into the centre of the die cut circle. I'm thinking this card looks super cool and elegant - what do you think?

Stamps: Originally Organic & Originally Organic Additions 
 OriginallyOrganicPP         OriginallyOrganicAdditionsPP
Inks: Versafine, onyx black; SU, cherry cobbler
Promarkers: cool grey 1,2,3,4,5, crimson
Die: MFT Die-namics, inside/out stitched circle stax

Well I hope I have given you some ideas to ponder on, but of course there's loads more inspiration to be had by visiting the rest of the DT blogs.  Remember to comment as you go and then you'll be in with a chance to win those fabulous stamp sets! Here's the blog order:

Jane - that's me

Good luck and happy hopping!

Mega thanks for visiting today, your time is much appreciated.  And keep crafting!

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