Thursday, 23 November 2017

Thursday Thoughts

I couldn't resist the challenge at Less is More this week - it's to CASE the most adorable card by their DT member Susan.

http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/challenge-355-susans-case-card.html  http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/challenge-355-susans-case-card.html

And I do have that very same stamp set, but in the end I decided to go with a stamp from another set by MFT.


This was such an easy card to make! I simply stamped, coloured and hand cut the dog, mounted him on pads and stamped the greeting underneath.


I finished it all off by placing two trios of red gems.

Supplies:
Stamps: MFT, Happy Pawlidays
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, W1, W3, W5, R24, R29; Gelly roll, silver
Embellishments: Bling Bling, red gems 

And so another card goes into my Christmas stash. I'm doing really well this year, how about you?

Enormous thanks to you for visiting my blog today, it's always fabulous to have you drop by.  And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Wednesday Words

I've another Christmas card added to my stash and I'm sharing it here today.  And as it uses die cuts I'm entering it into the STAMPlorations Cutplorations challenge.

https://stamplorations.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/cutplorations-november.html


Here's my card:


I picked up on the colours from the inspiration photo using the biscuit colour for the gifts, the purple for the ribbons, the grey napkin colour for the sleigh and a trio of red gems to represent the red berries.


Supplies:
Stamps: STAMPlorations, Warm Hands, Warm Hearts
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: cpic, V15, V17, N1, BV11, E50, E55
Dies: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangles & double stitched circles
Embellishments: Blin Bling, red gems

So pleased to have you drop by today, huge thanks for your time.  and keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Uniko - 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Today I'm here sharing a Christmas tag I made using Uniko products as they are sponsoring Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge today.
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I decided to go with the traditional Christmas reds and greens for my colour scheme - and one big bonus of creating tags is that you get to use up all those left over pieces of card from other projects.


I stamped and coloured Uniko's wonky stripes and then die cut it into the tag shape. This was matted onto plain red cardstock. Next I stamped and hand cut the tree and popped it on top of a die cut wreath.

I finished off with a heat embossed greeting on a banner, some red twine and sparkling red gems.


Supplies:
Stamps: Uniko, Festive Sentiments, Background Blocks Wonky Outline Stripes, Christmas Pop 
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; SU, garden green; Versamark clear + Ranger superfine white
Pens: Copic R29
Embellishments: Bling Bling red gems

You can check out the rest of the Uniko DT creations at Tracey McNeely's challenge here. Have fun and enjoy!

Thanks for your time today, I really appreciate your visit to my blog.  And keep crafting!

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Monday Moments

Today I'm sharing a tag I started to make at the craft retreat I recently attended. I was inspired by Visible Image DT member Sharon and decided it was time to start giving my Visible Image stash a bit more love. Their challenge runs on facebook and the theme for November is to make a tag

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155012760998341&set=oa.1136374059826365&type=3&theater&ifg=1


Here's my tag:


I started by stamping and heat embossing the flower and then adding purple distress ink all over.  Loving how shiny the flower was looking I also heat embossed the quote, then die cut it into a tag.


Next I popped on some Lustre Luxe in green and inked up the edges with black soot distress ink. The addition of some black and purple messy ribbons finished it all off.

Supplies:
Stamps: Visible Image, Flower Inkcognito & Take Chances
Inks: Versafine, clear + Ranger superfine black embossing powder; Ranger distress, wilted violet, black soot; Lustre Luxe, sea gren
Die: MFT Die-anamics, stitched traditional tags 
Thread from staRibbons from my stash

Thanks for looking today, it's been great having your company for a while.  And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Sunday Stuff

I'm going to share a little more about my upcoming December album today.

This year I'm taking it really easy and not even going to try to add something for every day. In fact I'm calling it my Christmas 2017 album and not a December Daily. And I will be starting it before December as we have a trip to Edinburgh coming up and I'm hoping to catch some early Christmas vibes there.

So far I've bought the album with 8" x 8" page protectors and plan to create entirely digitally as it's so much quicker and easier than paper crafting. Not sure I'll manage to keep my hands off those papers though, but we'll see how it all pans out.


I've chosen very neutral colours this year - greys and beiges and am considering using black and white photos - just an idea at the moment.

Spurred on my Australian penpal Helen I've prepared my title/intentions page. Here it is:


Quite spectacular isn't it? See I can say that as most of it consists of a bought layout from Designer Digitals with just a little tweaking of the colours and the addition of my words.  Here's how it started:

So I simply changed the green elements to beige brown shades and chose some favourite fonts for the text.


And in keeping with my need to simplify things this year my intentions are really simple too. I'm hoping they'll help me to balance out that rush and intense 'there's still so much to do' feeling I always get in December.


I've also created my planner for the season. I had so much fun choosing papers and elements, all from Designer Digitals.


And so it's begun! As I'm no longer on the DT for Let's December Daily I'll be sharing lots more of my Christmas album here on my blog this year, so I hope you'll join me in my journey. I'll still be linking up with Let's December Daily though and maybe you'll find time to go take a peek at their projects - they really know how to craft and play and create with all things artsy and inky and papery.

Let's December Daily Badge

Thanks for looking today, I've loved having your company.  And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Saturday Slot

I'm playing at the MFT Sketch Challenge again this week. I do love the simplicity of their sketches - really suits my CAS style.

http://www.cardchallenges.com/2017/11/wednesday-sketch-challenge-sketch-359.html

Today it's a Christmas card using a new to me MFT stamp and some of their dies too.



I decided to go with some chilly colours for this card and paired the greys and blues up with some sparkly silver cardstock.


The stocking and hat trims also got the sparkle treatment with a Sakura gelly roll pen.

Supplies:
Stamps: MFT, Happy Pawlidays; Uniko, Festive Sentiments
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Die: MFT Die-namics, stitched fishtail flag stax
Pens: Copics, Y18, Y35, YR15, W1, W3, W5, B00, B02, B04; Sakura gelly roll, clear star

I've been experimenting with my photo layouts for today's post, trying to make them more interesting and arty. I had fun with this but think I need a quick trip to The Range to snap up some cheap and cheerful items for future photos.

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

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Friday, 17 November 2017

Friday Focus

I've had a bit of inky time to create a tag for the STAMPlorations NovemberTheme & Sketch Challenge.

https://stamplorations.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/november-challenge.html  https://stamplorations.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/november-challenge.html

I've very loosely used the sketch but whole heartedly embraced the stamps and tags.


I started by die cutting the tag and then adding the sunflower and words.  I then used a stencil to ink up some circles to represent the diamonds from the sketch. And I almost stopped there.


But having walked away from the tag for a while I came back and added the splodges and circle stamps, some more ink and also worked on the edges in black.  I coloured the flower and added some nuvo drops and enamel dots. Quite a bit more then!

upplies:
Stamps: STAMPlorations, Sunflower, Imagine, Art Marks
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; Ranger distress oxide, fossilized amber, picked raspberry; Ranger distress, black soot
Die: MFT Die-namics, stitched traditional tags
Stencil: ARTplorations, Bubbles
Pens: Copic, R22, R24, R29
Embellishmsnts: Nuvo drops, ebony black; Doodlebug Sprinkles, love asst; SU enamel shapes, peekeaboo peach; ribbon from my stash

Thanks so much for dropping by today, I've really enjoyed your company.  And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Today I'm sharing the card I made as part of Ksenija's Chasing Holiday Mojo challenge.

Blog Party for Card Makers - Chasing Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin

I was completely bowled over and totally in love with Anita's card from the moment I first saw it, so  there was never any doubt in my mind that I would choose it to CASE. Here's her card:

http://neetandcrafty.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/happy-little-stampers-november-2017-cas.html

Feeling very daunted by my choice I set about creating my card. And here it is:


And I'm thinking I need to CASE Anita's photography composition too! I picked up on her bauble off the side and changed it up into a tag.  I also used some of the colours too.


I punched a hole in the top of the tag and then carefully cut a slit with my craft knife so that I could thread the twine through.  I also added a stripe of pale grey down the side of the tag to give a bit of a 3D look.

Supplies:
Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Little Donkey
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; Ranger distress oxide, seedless preserves, faded jeans
Pens: Copic, N1, E55, E57
Die: MFT Die-namics, stitched traditional tags
Embellishments: Wink of Stella, silver on the star

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

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop

Hi! I'm so pleased you dropped by today as I'm taking part, with my AAA Cards hat on, in the STAMPlorations 3rd Giving Thanks Blog Hop.  How exciting is that?

https://stamplorations.blogspot.com/2017/11/giving-thanks-blog-hop-wishlist-linky-party.html

Well this was a no brainer when I got the invitation from Shery and just look at the wonderful stamps she sent through for me to use. So a huge thanks goes from me to Shery and STAMPlorations!

  

Here's what I created using them:


Although this is not my usual style I just couldn't resist making a pop up box with the scarecrow, leaves and pumpkins. So much fun colouring and putting this together!


Supplies:
Stamps: STAMPlorations, Wonderfall Time, Typografia Thankful
Ink: Mememnto, rich cocoa
Pens: Copic, R20, R22, R24, R29, E000, Y13, Y18, E55, E59, YG13, YG17

After all that fussy cutting and layering I went straight back to my preferred and AAA Cards required CAS style. This card has loads of empty 'white' space!


I love the colours that I blended together on the masked off strip - pinch me I'm saying I love orange! And I so enjoyed colouring the pair of pumpkins and tried hard to achieve an orange glow even though I don't have any orange pens - pen blending was needed!

 
Supplies:
Stamps: STAMPlorations, Wonderfall Time
Inks: Memento, rich cocoa; Ranger distress, spiced marmalade, mustard seed
Pens: Copic, Y13, R22, R24, E55, E57

My final card is a sort of half way house between the first two creations - a little more in the way of layers, but still enough empty 'white' space to call it CAS.


I started by using a homemade stencil to ink up that circular frame for the scarecrow - had to use him again as he's so cute. Then I added a couple of wonky strips of coloured cardstock to ground him. The pumpkins were then added to the front layer using pads for added dimension.

 
Supplies:
Stamps: STAMPlorations, Wonderfall Time
Inks: Mememnto, rich cocoa; SU, pumpkin pie, soft sky
Pens: Copic, R20, R22, R24, R29, Y13, Y18, G99, E57, YG13, YG17

Well that's my shares completed for today. Both the stamp sets I used are available in the STAMPlorations store - HERE - as well as all the other special release sets for this blog hop that you'll have seen as you've been hopping around.

And of course there are prizes to be won. Here's the details:

Prizes for commenting on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blogs:
  • THREE (3) winners randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $25 certificate to the STAMPlorations store


Prize for liking, commenting, tagging a friend, and sharing our post on the STAMPlorations Facebook page post:
  • ONE (1) randomly drawn winner will receive a grab bag consisting of new products (valued at $25 MSRP) + another grab bag of the same value to the person he/she tags


Prizes for linking up to the STAMPlorations Wishlist Linky Party:
  • TWO (2) randomly drawn winners will each receive products in their wishlist (up to $40 MSRP)
Prize for commenting and re-posting our Giving Thanks Blog Hop and Wishlist Linky Party post on the STAMPlorations Instagram page:
  • ONE (1) randomly drawn commenter will win her choice of Giving Thanks stamps (Thankful & Blessed; Wonderfall Time; Words of Gratitude; OR any 2 Typografia Gratitude stamps)

Commenting on the blogs and linking up to the Wishlist Linky party ends on November 30 at 11:55 p.m. Pacific

Winners will be announced on December 10 in the November Challenges and Hops winners post. Winners have until December 31 to claim their prize.
And just look at this:
 

All that's left for me to do is say a huge thanks to you for visiting my blog today and leave you with the blog hop links so you can continue your journey.



And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Tuesday Talk

I'm back in scrapbooking mode again today and I'm entering this page into a new to me challenge at Scrap the Boys. And with all my boys this seems like the perfect challenge blog for me and I'm delighted to have found it.
 
 http://scraptheboys.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/mood-board-challenge.html

The challenge for November is to use this mood board:


And this my page:


I fell in love with this photo as soon as my son sent it to me - my little grandson looking very pleased with himself for discovering hot chocolate!


And as his pyjamas had stars on I decided to use them as the basis for my page. So I started with the base paper in the orange from the mood board and then added the diagonal top and bottom starry strips. Next I stamped some stars down the right hand side and matted up the photo using the green and black from the mood board.


Finally I added a note pad and some die cut stars using the beige mood board colour and finished off the whole page with a title, enamel shapes, die cuts and word stickers.


Supplies:
Papers: Bazzill Basics cardstock; Kaisercraft, A Touch of Gold; ep, Times & Seasons
Stamps: Uniko, Background Builders Seeing Stars 
Ink: SU, baked brown sugar 
Punch: ek, notepad top
Dies: Xcut, stars; MFT Die-namics, cute cameras & ampersand
Alphas & stickers: Frcled Fawn; Simple Stories, I Am
Embellishments: SU enamel shapes 

Well I'm so pleased you found my blog today, huge thanks for your time.  And keep crafting!

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