Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wednesday Words

Can't seem to stop using my newly acquired Clearly Besotted stamps at the moment.

Today's card was made using the sketch from Sketch Saturday and a bit of an experiment with shadow stamping in preparation for a card I'm sharing tomorrow.

I wanted to keep my card clean, so chose to emboss white card for the background part of the sketch and the circle.  I then went for two good strong contrasting colours to give the flower a little pizzazz and used the sentiment tag in place of the star.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Pretty Petals Plus
Inks: Memento, lilac posies, bahama blue, bamboo leaves
Dies: Clearly Besotted, Tag Along; Spellbinders, standard circles small
Embossing: Crafts Too, fancy lattice
Punch: Xcut, corner rounder
Embellishments: doodlebug sprinkles, blue jean assortment

Just discovered that I've made the top three at CAS Colours & Sketches. Yay!! Big, big thank you!

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Thank you for visiting my blog today, hope you enjoyed what I created.


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tuesday Talk

Just one little card to share today, but it does use my fabulous new Clearly Besotted stamps, my all time bestest colours and a pretty sketch from Unscripted Sketches.

Unscripted have a 5 year blog-iversary on at the moment, with links to all the DT's blogs, so a great time to pop over and check them out. (Even more reason if you're in the US as there are prizes to be won!)

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Pretty Petals Plus & Pretty Petals
Inks: Memento, lilac posies, grape jelly
Die: Clearly Besotted, Tag Along
Embellishments: doodlebug sprinkles, cupcake assortment & spring assortment; white hemp twine from my stash

Short and sweet today, but comes with a big thank you for looking.


Monday, 14 April 2014

Another Monday Moment

Whoops! Published today's two posts the wrong way round. Scroll down for the first post.

Finally today I'd like to share my take on the April Challenge No. 1 from The Memory Nest.

The twist here was to do something you have never done before or out of your comfort zone. Well I can't begin to tell you how much this sketch was out of my comfort zone.  Just way too much going on and all those different angles.  For ages I couldn't even see where to begin, but I persevered and think I've made it in a compromise between my usual style and the sketch.

Although I do occasionally feature my husband on my scrapbook pages it's not something I do very often, so it's an almost match for the 'something you've have never done'  bit of the twist too.


Paper: AC, kraft cardstock
Stamps: Technique Tuesday, Beautiful bu ali Edwards; Bo Bunny, Oh Snap
Inks: Memento, rich cocoa; Mister Huey's Color Mist, dark calico, opaque white, plum thumb
Alphas: ep, country drive & little boy; Websters, little story tellers
Journalling cards from my stash

Thanks so much for stopping by today and if you have time to comment I'd be thrilled.


Monday Moment

The weather was kind over the weekend, so my garden is looking a little tidier now.  But I still found time to do some crafting once the sun had gone down.

So a card and a scrapbook page to share today.

First up the card.  I used the layout from CAS(E) this sketch and the theme from Time Out - a birthday card with men in mind.

Out came my box of Clearly Besotted stamps and my favourite blues and green  male colour inks and in no time at all the card was done.  I just popped the 'happy' sentiment up onto pads and outlined the 'birthday' with sprinkles to focus the eye.


TIME OUT - Challenge 3

with the optional twist of a Masculine Birthday.
Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Superstar & happy sentiment from Fresh Flowers; Uniko Studio, birthday sentiment from All Occasion Sentiments #2
Inks: Memento, Danube blue, bahama blue, pear tart
Embellishments: doodlebug, sprinkles blue jean assortment

I've been taking my photographs with a different background, trying to emulate all the blogs I visit that have much clearer sharper photos. I've also been experimenting with the watermark I put on my cards and this is its first showing. Think I'm liking both, what's your view?

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Saturday Scribbles

Hi everyone.  Just a quick post today before I get settled in for a weekend of sorting out the garden.

The card I'm sharing today was made using the CAS Colours & Sketches layout and my new Clearly Besotted stamps - beginning to be a bit of a favourite among favourites!

I took a bit of artistic licence with the sketch and turned the three squares down the side into circles.  I tried several variations on squares, but maybe because of the roundness of the flowers on the tree none of them looked right.  So after several attempts finding their way to the bin I settled on the embossed circles.

So here's my card:

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Design A Tree
Ink: Memento, pistachio, rhubarb stalk
Embossing: Cuttlebug, swiss dots
Punches: Woodware circle, Xcut corner
Embellishments: Stickle, star dust; button & twine from my stash

Thanks for calling in today.  Have a fun filled weekend!


Friday, 11 April 2014

Friday Focus

A trio of Easter cards to share today.

The new Spring challenge over at Clearly Besotted gave me the perfect excuse to break open one of my newly purchased stamp sets from their April release.  Then I found these yummy colours at Color Throwdown - reminds me of sugared almonds.


So that's where I started with my new stamps and those gorgeous pastel colours.

The main image of the stamp came together really quickly and I knew I wanted to use the banner for the sentiment.  But the Easter stamp was too large and I really liked the font, so a way had to be found. At first I tried a circle punch that fit nicely around the stamp, but it slipped when I was pressing down and one edge turned out straight.  That gave me the idea to straighten the other side too and as I liked the result I stuck with this happy accident.

A very simple and CAS card which I found quite appealing.  So I made another in a different colourway:

And then, as I often do, I made another:

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Pretty Petals, Fresh Flowers
Die: Clearly Besotted, Tag Along
Inks: Card 1 - Memento, cantaloupe; Ranger Distress, bundled sage
         Card 2 - Memento, rhubarb stalk, pistachio
         Card 3 - Memento, dandelion, tangelo, bamboo leaves

Wonder which is your favourite colour combo?

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


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Thursday Thoughts and Ten on the Tenth

One card for two challenges to share today. And a big thank you to The Memory Nest for featuring one of my scrapbook pages on their blog.

So it seems very appropriate that my card says Many Thanks.  I used the layout from Unscripted Sketches and the colour theme from Less is More.  I've tried very hard to keep this card CAS - only two layers and plenty of white space - a look I think I'm getting the hang of.  In fact I struggle a bit now to add layers and no longer find complicated sketches so appealing.

I found three versions of turquoise ink in my stash and stamped the bottom half of the card in a repeating pattern.  A strip of washi tape separated the bottom from the top and a simple butterfly tag finished it all off.  I chose a butterfly stamp and a rounded tag to soften the very straight lines of the rest of the card.


Less is More
The colour challenge this month is
A Touch Of Turquoise
Please remember to keep your submissions 
Rather a lot of layers have been creeping into submissions... so please don't forget to leave that 
in evidence.


Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Say It In Style; Stampin Up, Papillon Potpourri; Uniko Studio, Background Builders SQUARED & Christmas
Ink: Adirondack, pool; Memento, teal zeal, tuxedo black; Versa Color, 20 turquoise
Embellishments: twine

And now for my ten on the tenth.  This month I've gone with ten crafts that are part of my life at the moment.

1.  Has to be making cards, of course! This is an older favourite when I was just starting out on my  CAS journey. 

2. My absolute love - scrapbooking. This is a favourite page about a very favourite visit from last year.  Can't wait to revisit again this year.

3.  A variation on the above - a digital scrapbook page all about two of my best boys. I tend to go digital when I'm pushed for time or my workspace is covered with card making goodies.  I've now put all my digital supplies onto my laptop I keep at my Dad's, so I'll be able to scrap and keep him company at the same time.

4. My newest love and skill - crochet.  Just look how my blanket is growing.  I'm loving doing this so much I know I'll start another immediately this one is complete.

5.  A craft I've been doing all my life - knitting. This is a baby blanket I finished a while ago.  I've got another on the go at Dad's, but it's just beginning to get a bit too warm to knit.  I'm definitely a Winter cold weather knitter.

6.  Another craft I've been doing for years - cross stitch.  This is nearly finished, just needs the rest of the outlining to be stitched.  I was given this kit by my Aunt's foster daughter when she was over from USA visiting February 2013.  Cross stitch tends to be my Summer alternative to knitting.  I need the better light now my eyes are getting older!

7.  A craft I've dabbled in over the years, but am now becoming a bit addicted to - patchwork.  This is my recently finished throw and a cushion which live on one of my bargain yard sale chairs. Both chairs for £9:00!!! As you can imagine the throw fabrics cost so much more!

8.  A very new and still much to be learnt and practised craft - quilting.  This is actually the back of the throw and shows the quilting - and all its imperfections - really clearly.

9.  Another craft I've been doing for ever - dressmaking.  I'm not sure which came first sewing or knitting, but both date back to my childhood and owe much to the patience and encouragement of my Nana.  This top was made last Summer and I wore it so much that I'm probably going to have to make a new version for this year.

10.  And finally taking photos.  I'm not sure if this qualifies for a craft, but is so much a part of who I am and what I love to do I couldn't not include it. 

Well this has turned out to be a mega long post.  If you've made it this far you've earned a golden star and I'm very grateful for your interest.

If you've just flicked to the bottom, I'm still grateful that you dropped by today and I do understand!

Thanks for looking.