Friday, 19 September 2014

Friday Focus

Just grabbing a slot of time to share a card I made for three challenges.  I used the layout from Freshly Made Sketches, the wonderful Autumn colours from The Card Concept and the theme from Time Out's extra challenge to celebrate the birth of DT member Bev's twin boys.        Grab Our Badge!

So I listened to what Kimberly and Patricia said - in my comments here - and decided it's ok to make Christmas cards this early and turned the fabulous Autumn colours into Christmas colours.  And that got me to thinking about what a very different sort of Christmas Bev is going to have this year and so the double the joy theme was satisfied.

I started by stamping a pattern onto a scrap of card and then hand cut two stockings using a self drawn template. I used the Lil'inker stitched mat die to emboss a panel before stamping the greeting and adding the stockings.

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Background Builders Christmas, Sweet Baby; Clearly Besotted, Holiday Sentiments
Inks: SU, real red, daffodil delight, wild wasabi
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles
Embellishments: washi tape 

Thanks for dropping by today.


Thursday, 18 September 2014

Thursday Thoughts

It's one layer week at Less is More and their theme is BEVERAGES.  Well that had me searching through my LOTV box as I knew I had these two cuties hiding in there.

I was very bold and added an aura of SU Gorgeous Grunge around the boys and then searched through another box to rediscover my Molly Blooms stitching stamp.  I think in musical terms this is called a 'mash up'. Anyway I'm quite liking the stamping equivalent.

Stamps: LOTV, milk & biscuits; SU, gorgeous grunge; Molly Blooms, stitching
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; SU, baked brown sugar
Pens: Flexmarkers, linen, blush, dusky pink, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloud blue, cadet blue; Promarkers, leaf green, umber, vanilla, mustard, cool grey 3

Thanks for looking today.


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wednesday Words

Today I'm sharing a card I made for Crazy for CAS, using their incredible vibrant photo inspiration, and Sketch Saturday.

Well those colours are a WOW! I had such fun working with this and am totally in love with the stamping technique I used.  I'd read about using a baby wipe as a stamp pad on several blogs and finally I found some time to give it a go.  And boy am I pleased I did, the results are quite spectacular!  Here's a link to Bev's blog where I first read about this technique.

Here's my card with the sketch rotated a quarter turn:

It's one of those Oh Yay I want to do loads more of this sort of technique! So it just had to be paired up with the wonderful fabulous sentiment from Uniko Studio. 

Stamps: SU, Kinda Eclectic; Uniko Studio, All Occasion Sentiments #3
Inks: Ranger distress ink refills, worn lipstick, picked raspberry, mustard seed, chipped sapphire; SU, melon mambo
Punch: Xcut, corner rounder

Thanks for dropping by my blog today.


Monday, 15 September 2014

Monday Moments & Unique Blog Hop

Welcome to a new week and to my involvement with the Unique Blog Hop.  I'd read about this on several blogs that I regularly visit, so I was absolutely delighted when Kimberly nominated me to join in - here.

Kimberly has been such an inspiration to me since I started blogging and her kind words and constant encouragement have really buoyed me up.  So be sure to check out her blog, always full of bright and colourful creations and maybe leave her some love too.

I'll answer the blog hop questions in a bit but first I want to share a card I've made for this week's CAS Colours & Sketches and Color Throwdown challenges- and thank you to Joan for picking my card as one that caught her eye! 

Still is far too early for Christmas cards, but the colours and layout just seemed appropriate.  Here's a closer look at the die cut snowflakes - hope I'm not jinxing this lovely Autumn sunshine we've been having, brrr!

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Stunning Snowflakes, All Occasion Sentiments #4
Inks: Memento, Bahama blue, Summer sky, pear tart, London fog
Dies: Marianne, snowflake; Xcut, spiro circles
Embellishments: Adhesive pearls 

And now for the Unique Blog Hop questions:

What are you currently working on?

Two major projects at the moment!

1. Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day (LSNED).  Through out September a daily email drops into my inbox with a topic to ponder and think about for the day. This is the third year I've done this and I'm loving it just as much now as I did in 2012.  This year I'm recording my thoughts and lessons on 4x6 landscape cards and keeping the format really simple.

2. My October DT Project Life cards for Unscripted Sketches.  These little cards are such fun to create and allow me to indulge in a more layered style.


How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I'm still evolving my style of card making, but I think I'm definitely in the CAS camp.  And maybe I'm clean and tidy as well as simple.  Typical things I do are: bottom right hand groupings, trios of dots, horizontal and/or vertical strips and I love large sentiments.

How does your creative process work?

I'm a very organised sort of person and I like to work in a tidy uncluttered environment. So usually:
  • I have an idea - often sparked from a challenge theme, sketch or colour combination
  • I gather my supplies 
  • I create 
  • I tidy up - always! 
I'm guessing this is why CAS appeals so much to me.  I love all that white space just like I lean towards a minimal tidy living space - still a work in progress though!

What inspires your work?

I suppose the simple answer is everything - shop displays, design team samples, nature, browsing blogs, instagram and pinterest.

Also discovering Uniko Studio and Clearly Besotted stamps has really influenced and changed my style over the last twelve months.

And NOW it's my turn to introduce you to two lovely ladies who have kindly agreed to be nominated by me to carry on this Unique Blog Hop.

First up is Zoe, my local SU demonstrator. She has taught me so many clever ways to use stamps and is such a calm and patient tutor. Check out her blog for wonderful ideas and techniques.

Next up is Monika who I've met via her entries to AAA Cards challenges. She says she prefers to create cards for men, could be a reason why I enjoy her work!  Go visit  to appreciate her friendly inspiring blog.

Looking forward to their posts next week so I can learn a little more about how they create.

Thank you so much for your time today looking at this extended blog post.  I really do appreciate your time and all the lovely comments you leave.


Sunday, 14 September 2014


So this week at AAA Cards we get to be INSPIRED by another DT member and CASE their card.  Love this type of challenge and this week's card by Julia is amazing. I loved using it as a starting point and I have to say my card came together so quickly and I love it!


Out came my two favourite SU stamps set - can't believe I took so long to buy Gorgeous Grunge - and some of my favourite hot colours.

Such a simple card there's not really a lot to say about it, so here's a closer look at the right hand strip.

Stamps: SU, Gorgeous Grunge & Kinda Eclectic
Inks: SU, calypso coral, daffodil delight, melon mambo

A simple supply list too! Love it when things work out so easily!

Your turn now.  Have fun! 

Thanks for looking today.



Saturday, 13 September 2014

Unscripted Sketches Game 2

Well did you play along with last week's challenge? Are you ready for the next one? Here we go then!

And this is how I interpreted it:

As you can see I pretty much stuck to the sketch without playing around too much, just exchanged the circles for hearts.

And here's a peek at the whole page this card is slotting into.  Next week I'll show a bit more, and then the whole reveal will be in two weeks.

I'm loving the colours of these SU papers, something to do with the clash of purple and mustard. I've used them for my LSNED album too so they're pretty much all used up, may just have to order some more!

Papers: SU, Moonlight paper stack, corrugated card from Lidl
Dies: Clearly Besotted, hello & Tag Along; Lawn Fawn, Stitched Party Banners
Punch: Martha Stewart, heart; Xcut, corner rounder
Embellishments: Simple Stories, burlap stickers; buttons from my stash

So now it's over to you.  Remember  if PL is not your thing you can still enter the challenge, just use the sketch to make a card or scrapbook page or anything else 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!

Oh and a little reminder that UK time is in advance of US time so you'll need to check back at the Unscripted Sketches blog later today if you're in the UK.

Your time is precious, so thanks for spending some of it here looking at my blog.


Friday, 12 September 2014

Friday Focus

One card, three challenges today.

I've used the cue word of 'three' from CASology, the colours from ColourQ and Clearly Besotted's theme of Halloween.  Grab button for stamping-sharing 

And here's my card:

I knew I wanted to use three of the little images, but wasn't quite sure how.  I started by stamping them onto card and then realised they were getting a bit lost.  I then used the little photo frame and restamped them in the middle. I was going to cut each one out individually, but quite liked the look of them all in a row on one piece of card so I stopped my trimming at that point.

I love the new SU colour blackberry bliss and used it to stamp both the horizontal strip and the sentiment.  It really showcases the other less in your face colours.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Halloween Spirit, Fright Night, Diagonal Stripes
Inks: SU, blackberry bliss, hello honey, daffodil delight; Memeto, London fog
Die: Clearly Besotted, Tag Along 

Thanks for visiting my blog today, hope you liked what you saw.  Come back again tomorrow for the next Unscripted Sketches challenge - still time to play the current challenge here.