Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tuesday Talk & Envelope Calendar

Hello and welcome to my blog at the beginning of a new week. And the beginning of a new month.  And the beginning of a new album of Learn Something New Every Day. Don't know what this is? Keep coming back to my blog throughout September and you'll find out.  Check here for more immediate info.

Today it's a card for CAS Colours & Sketches. A simple little sketch which I have grunged up and indulged my passion for purple.


I first saw this stamp over at Kathy's blog Purple Princess Diaries - here - and knew immediately it was right up my street.  On this card I've combined it with a sentiment from Clearly Besotted and sparkled it all up with Stickles.

Stamps: Creative Expressions, Urban Beats; Clealry Besotted, Superstar
Ink: Adirondack, purple twilight
Die: Paper Smooches, stitched
Embellishments: Stickles, Star Dust

Next up is my share of the contents for my August Envelope Calendar. Still loads of fall out from my Dad's hospital stay and looking to be sometime yet before I manage to establish some sort of regular routine to life, but I'm taking it a day at a time and clinging on!

The weather photo:

The quote - and I am trying to embrace it!

And my journalling:

Hope your week has got off to a good start and many thanks for dropping by today.


Sunday, 31 August 2014

AAA Cards Game 18 - Play

Last week's stencilling got such a great response, thank you to everyone who entered and made it so difficult to choose a winner.

This week we're back to the oh so popular watercolouring and hoping you'll join us and PLAY along.


I've seen so many of you stamping, embossing and then watecolouring I decided it was time I had a play with this technique. So I started by stamping this beautiful sketchy butterfly and then heat embossed it in white.

Next I applied a colour wash in three colours using an acrylic block as a paint palette.  I also flicked some splatters all over the card.  And then went away and left it all to dry - getting better at this!

 When I came back I intended to just stamp a sentiment, but wanted some of the detail of the stamp to pop a bit more.  So I added some more ink - easy to get the colours flowing again on the acrylic block by adding a little water.  I'm really loving this stamp and the watercolours work so well with it.

I finished off the card with a sentiment and a trio of sprinkle dots and then matted it all onto matching melon mambo card.

Stamps: Stampendous, sketched butterfly; Uniko Stusio, Sentiment from Flower Power #2
Inks: SU, melon mambo, daffodil delight, tempting turquoise
Embossing: Stampendous, white
Embellishmsnts: doodlebug sprinkles, bumblebee assortment

So now it's your turn.  Have fun PLAYing with water colours!

Thanks for your time spent looking at my blog.



Saturday, 30 August 2014

More Unscripted Sketches Introductions

Did you catch the first round of Designer Team introductions at Unscripted Sketches last Saturday?  If not follow this link - invested interest here as I featured last week!  Today you learn about the rest of the team and hopefully will also have time to visit their blogs and leave a little love to these talented ladies.

The challenges start next Saturday so to celebrate my involvement with Unscripted Sketches I'm sharing a whole Project Life page I made this week.

And a few close ups too.  A simple card made from three pieces of paper, some twine and a button.

I'm always happy to stick bits straight onto my photos as I can always print them again if it goes wrong.

At least one card had to have a stamp - Uniko Studio, of course! And I added three banners with tiny brads, a die cut heart and a die cut stamp sentiment.  Never be frightened to cut down papers to get the effect you want.

So are you ready to go? All the DT will be using the sketches to produce Project Life cards, but if this is not your thing no worries, just use the sketch to produce whatever you most enjoy - after all we are UNSCRIPTED!

Here's the deal - Flip the sketch, rotate it… create a project life card, a scrapbook page, a card or anything your imagination comes up with! There is no right or wrong way, as long as you are using the Unscripted Sketch as the inspiration and basis of your creation!

Thanks so much for looking at my blog today.  Only one more week to wait and then you can join in the fun!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Thursday Thoughts

Back to card making today and this one is for Less is More.

This week they have a sketch and as you would expect it's very CAS and super easy to work with.


I decided to break open my new stamp set from Stampin Up and use their new 'in colours' for this season.  Loving the grungy feel of this stamp set and those dusky matt looking colours.

Of course it's not necessary to use every stamp from a set, but apart from the sentiment that's exactly what I did.  Enough you would have thought, but I added a tag and sentiment from Clearly Besotted before attaching the matted main image. 

Just had to go with a 3D butterfly and hoping that's not too many layers, but I think the card still looks CAS.

Stamps: SU, Kinda Eclectic; Clearly Besotted, Journal It & In The Frame
Inks: SU, blackberry bliss, lost lagoon, mossy meadow, hello honey,tangelo twist
Punch: SU, butterfly

Thanks for dropping by today, your visit is greatly appreciated.


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Wednesday Words

Another day, another scrapbook page!

I've had this layout from Let's Get Sketchy in mind for several days and just needed to find a moment to print out the photo - such a fun image!


Be sure to check out the fabulous pages from the DT here. Such a doozy of a sketch and I really enjoyed interpreting it and creating my page.

I used up loads of scrap pieces of paper for the strips and banner, stamped the camera and film roll images and sentiment and then got incredibly messy flicking ink splodges all over the page. I used  a distress re-inker blobbed onto an acrylic block and dipped a paintbrush into it.  It worked really well, but took for ever to dry and being impatient I added the alphas and got even more ink on my fingers - lesson learnt!

Papers: scraps from Little Yellow bicycle, Collage Press, October Afternoon, American Crafts & others
Alphas: Fancy Pants Designs, red large alpha; Bella Blvd, Sophisticates; Websters, storytellers
Stamps: Uniko Studio, Strike A Pose!
Ink: Memento, nautical blue; Ranger distress, chipped sapphire
Die: Xcut, spiro circle
Punch: ek success, scallop edger
Embellishments: Scrap 365, wooden shapes stars; Simple Stories, diy burlap stickers

Thanks for coming by and spending some time looking today.


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Tuesday Talk

At last I've found a few moments to scrap! The grandchildren have gone home and left me with so many photos to sort through and print. There will be some enjoyable afternoons at my my craft table to look forward to now.

Today's page is for the challenge at The Memory Nest and is the first traditional page I've made in a while. With so many photos I'm planning to have several Project Life pages interspersed with some traditional pages in my 2014 album.


I'm loving these photos of the three boys resting a while after a dose of shopping - you know what men are like, 5 minutes in a shop and they think it should all be done!

I also love the traditional deckchairs they're sitting in and remembering the banter between them to get the seat set just right without the whole thing collapsing.

A closer look at my journalling.

Papers: Bazzill Basics plain cardstock; AC, chap, October Afternoon, Make it Merry
Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Journal It; Uniko studio, Strike a Pose
Inks: Memento, Paris dusk
Die: Clearly Besotted, Journal It
Punch: Martha Stewart, daisy; Woodware, circle
Alphas: Bella Blvd, sophisticates; Websters, storytellers
Embellishments: Scrap 365, wooden shapes 

So happy you found time to visit my blog.


Monday, 25 August 2014

Monday Moments

Bank holiday Monday here in the UK and of course the weather is .........WET!

My card for today uses the layout from CAS(E) this Sketch and the colours from CAS Colours & Sketches.

http://casethissketch.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/case-this-sketch-89.html    http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-88-colors.html 

When I saw this understated sketch I knew how I wanted it to look immediately and just forged straight ahead and made this card.

I just love this new stamp set from Uniko Studio with its giant wish sentiment. But I only realised when I saved the photo to my computer that I've used it two weeks running for CAS Colours & Sketches. Oh well, you can't have too much of a good thing!

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Big & Bold Wish
Inks: SU, pistachio pudding, baked brown sugar; Memento, dandelion
Die: Lil'inker stitched mats rectangles
Embellishments: sequins

Thanks for spending some time looking at my blog today, your visit is much appreciated.