Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Tuesday Talk

Just popping in today with a quick post to share a card I made for the one layer challenge at Less is More where the theme is Autumn.

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And as I've been making DT cards for Halloween all my supplies were already to hand so I'm hoping Halloween is ok for them.

I was really taken by Ceal's card - here - one of my teammies at AAA Cards and used it as my inspiration.

I'm thinking this card will be winging its way shortly to one of my grandsons. 

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Fright Night, Halloween Spirit; SU, Gorgeous Grunge
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black, tangelo, grape jelly

Thanks for visiting today, I really appreciate it.

And keep crafting! (And watching Strictly Come Dancing if you're in the UK)

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Monday, 12 October 2015

The Memory Nest - Make It Monday #48

Time for another scrapbook challenge over at The Memory Nest. This sketch offers the chance to use up multiple photos or some of those journalling cards that you've got hiding in your stash.


I decided to use a combination of posed and as it was happening photos for my page. I have to say it's nearly always the capturing life photos that get my vote, but just occasionally it's good to have some that are more intentional.

I've been working my way through the Simple Stories Summer Vibes collection for all my summer pages in my 2015 album. Some pages are traditional, like this one, and others are more Project Life. I love interspersing the two types throughout my albums.

I nearly always add some journalling and love looking back through older albums to read my thoughts. To me this is what memory keeping is all about.

I used a photo overlay as my main title and am very taken by how this looks. Note to self - do this more often!

Papers: Simple Stories, Summer Vibes & So Rad; Webster's Pages, Your Beautiful Life
Stickers & Chipboard: Simple Stories, Summer Vibes
Photo overlay: Simple Stories, diy

Will you be joining in with The Memory Nest challenge? I'm really hoping you'll give this sketch a try and link up with us - here. Remember if scrapbooking is not your thing we welcome cards too. In fact some of our DT often make cards for their inspiration samples.

Thanks for looking at my blog today, come back again soon.  And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Uniko - Pure Florals: Poinsettia Revisited

This month at Uniko we're revisiting a very gorgeous and must have stamp set for the Christmas season. So many possibilities and ways to use this classic Christmas image.


I know poinsettias are red but I wasn't too sure about the markings so I popped over to pinterest to check this out. And that completely changed my mind and inspired me to go for an icy white with lots of sparkle.

It's such a very beautiful stamp set I wanted to give the flower lots of dimension by layering it up, so I stamped and embossed it with sparkly powder three times onto vellum. I remembered reading somewhere that you need to apply the heat from the back with vellum, so that's what I did.

Then I cut out two whole flowers and one with just the the centre petals and layered it up on top of a matching ribbon. The addition of a few sparkly gems to the middle and round the outside just finished it all off perfectly.

And then look what happened!

I couldn't resist making another card using the more traditional colours of red and gold. So rich and spectacular in this colourway! I'm wondering which version is your favourite?

Difficult for me to decide, but maybe the white poinsettia just has the edge.

Stampos: Uniko, Pure Florals Poinsettia
Inks: Versamark
Embossing: WOW! sparkling snow; Personal Impressions, mirror gold
Embellishments: Mei Flower gems; ribbon from my stash

I know by now you're going to be putting this stamp set into your shopping basket, but just in case you need a little more convincing follow the Uniko DT bloghop and be inspired.

Jane (that's me)

AND don't forget the GIVEAWAY... Simply comment along the hop for your chance to win the featured set or an eGift Certificate code to the same value if you already own them...

I'm popping my first card into the Christmas challenge at Happy Little Stampers where they want to see a poinsettia - perfect timing - and also into Addicted to CAS where they want sparkle.

http://happylittlestampers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/hls-october-christmas-challenge.html       http://addictedtocas.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/challenge-74-sparkle.html

Thanks for making time to visit my blog today, I'm very grateful.

 And keep crafting!

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AAA Cards - Challenge #50 CAS Halloween

Although we always ask for CAS cards at AAA Cards the new challenge starting today has CAS in its title and means we'll be less lenient when it comes to picking winners.


So maybe a definition of CAS would be helpful? Here's what I use as guidelines:
  • one main image
  • minimal layers 
  • minimal embellishments
  • white space (doesn't have to be white, just empty)
And here's my card following those guidelines:

I inlaid the die cut into the base card, so in my book it's a one layer card. There is one main image, no embellishments and lots of purple coloured white space. 

And here's a second version which I would still consider to be CAS, but perhaps not adhering to the guidelines quite so strictly because of the layers.

Stamps: Digid Stamp Boutique, Halloween Duchess; Clearly Besotted, Fright Night
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; SU, whisp[er white
Dies: Lawn Fawn, large stitched circle stackables; Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles
Prp markers: tulip yellow, leaf green, cool grey 1,4,5, violet, spice, peach, burnt orange, marsh green, tan, ivory

Well I'm hoping this post will have been helpful and inspired you to give CAS Halloween a try. Remember to pop on over to see what the rest of the DT have created - here.

Thanks for dropping by today. And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 8 October 2015

CAS Colours & Sketches #145

This week at CAS Colours & Sketches it's a sketch challenge and a very simple but interesting one designed by DT Stef.


I decided to create a little scene on one of the tags using the gorgeous new to my stash Clearly Besotted woodland stamps - they're just so cute!

I always love how it's possible to cram so much onto a small piece of card and still achieve a CAS look with the whole card.

I created the circles from the sketch by drawing round the inside of a tape roll several times with a fine point pen.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Woodland Kisses, Diagonal Stripes
Inks: Distress Ink, stormy sky; Memento, bamboo leaves, tuxedo black
Pro markrs: poppy, sandstone, pear green, tulip yellow,mustard, cool grey1
Die: Big Shot labels

If you haven't already checked out the rest of the DT creations go be amazed - here. And then don't waste any time get crafting and entering!

Thanks for dropping by today, your visit is greatly appreciated. And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Wednesday Words

Another card for October's Happy Little Stamper challenges, but today it's using their sketch.


I have gone a little off piste for this card and rotated the sketch a full half turn - upside down in other words.

I used a die to make the stitched curved line and then three very beautiful Uniko snowflakes instead of the houses.

A die cut stitched rectangle sentiment mat replaces the sun and clouds and the whole lot is matted onto some matt navy blue card.

Stamps: Uniko, Stunning Snowflakes
Inks: SU, night of navy, marina mist
Dies: Paper smooches, stitched; Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles

Once again I'm very happy to have had you visit my blog, thank you!  And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Tuesday Talk

Today I'm sharing a card I've made for a friend's birthday - hoping she doesn't read my blog - and also for this month's CAS challenge at Happy Little Stampers.


Ever since I first saw the Uniko Cosmos stamp set I've thought about how it would look paper pieced so this was the perfect opportunity. 

I picked papers in colours that I know my friend likes and stamped the flowers three times - once onto the card, and once on each piece of paper. A bit of fussy cutting later and my flowers were completed. 

I kept my card very CAS and just die cut a stitched square and added a sentiment across the top. Loving the simplicity, hope my friend will too!

Stamps: Uniko, Pure Florals Cosmao
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Ppaers: Forever Friends Summer Time
Promarker: marsh green
Dies: Lawn Fawn, stitched square stackables

Thank you so much for spending some of your time looking at my blog today. And keep crafting!

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