Thursday, 27 August 2015

CAS Colours & Sketches #139

The final CAS Colours & Sketches August challenge starts today. I can't believe it's nearly September already!

A really cool sketch, don't you think? It certainly had my brain in overdrive, but then I remembered a card by Beverley - here - and I calmed down and got CASEing!

I started by die cutting seven stars and used temporary glue to stick them in place. I then had great fun stsmping all round and over the paper stars.

Once the paper stars were removed I stamped a letter into each one and added a simple Christmas stamp just above. I'm loving the colours and CAS look of this card.

Stamps: Uniko, Decorative Doilies, Garlands Galore, Simply Said Christmas, Background Builders Vines Winter Additions
Ink: SU, pool party, Bermuda bay
Die: Xcut, star

Have you seen what all the other DT have created with this sketch - here - so cool don't you think? Bet you're bursting with ideas, so get busy and I look forward to visiting your blogs.

Thanks for looking today, I do appreciate your time.

And keep crafting!

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Friday, 21 August 2015

Uniko Challenge #24

A new Uniko challenge starts today and the theme is Summer. And we have two talented ladies joining us as Guest Designers for this challenge -Darnell and Wiebke. Go visit their blogs and be inspired!

So what better than a line of beach huts to evoke the quintessential British seaside scene! And that new Home Sweet Home stamp set is just the ticket. 

I started my card by creating a beach background using inks, masks and inkilicious brushes. Then I stamped the house onto patterned papers that reminded me of that faded distressed look beach huts get because of all the sand and salty sea water they get blasted with.

I attached my houses with pads and then couldn't resist using the bird from Rustic Christmas to add a cheeky seagull - artistic licence here - to each house.

Stamps: Uniko, Home Sweet Home, Rustic Christmas
Inks: SU, marina mist, hello honey; Memento, tuxedo black
Papers: MME, Dilly Dally

So what do you think of when Summer is mentioned? Whatever it is go and get busy crafting and be in with a chance to win one of the generous prizes Bev has on offer. Check them out and all the other DT cards here at Uniko.

Thanks for looking today. And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

CAS Colours & Sketches #138

Today sees the start of a new colour challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches. I'm loving the retro feel of Patricia's colour combo.

And would you believe that I actually don't have two of these colours in my enormous stash of Stsmpin Up inks? I know this probably happens to you too - so just match the colours as closely as you can with what you do have. I used Memento - potter's clay and bamboo leaves.

And don't you just love the Uniko house all dressed up in these colours? I wondered about the sentiment for a while and then decided the house was perfect for a party or supper invitation as well as its obvious new home use.

Stamps: Uniko, Home Sweet Home; SU, Oh Hello
Inks: SU, marina mist; Memento, potter's clay, bamboo leaves
Promarkers: denim blue, marsh green
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles

So what will you use these colours to create? I know you'll enjoy using them and can't wait to see what you make. Have you seen how the rest of the DT and our fabulous Guest Designer, Jen, has used them? Here's the link - CC&S.

Thanks for visiting my blog today, as always your time is much appreciated.

And keep crafting! 

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Freshly Made Sketches 200th Sketch Celebration

This is my second post for today, if you're looking for The Male Room Challenge please scroll on down.

Today Freshly Made Sketches have reached an amazing milestone and are celebrating their 200th sketch. What an awesome achievement!

Uniko are sponsoring this momentous event and the DT have been invited to make cards and join in. Here's that sketch with the number 200:

So of course it just had to be a congratulations card!

I used a stencil to make my confetti background at the bottom and used a stitched die to mark the divison between the two parts from the sketch.

Stamps: Uniko, PureFlorals Gerbera, All Occasion Sentiments #1
Inks: SU, daffodil delight, strawberry slushStencil: Hero Arts, Conftti
Dies: Lil'inker, stitched mats recatangles; Paper Smooches, Stitched

Thanks for looking today and be sure to get creative with this fabulous sketch.

Keep crafting! 

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The Male Room #17

The new challenge at The Male Room begins today and we want to see some newsprint on your project.

Well this theme had me trawling through my stamp boxes as I knew I had relevant stamps, just not had them out for while.

Once the stamps were located this card came together really quickly and I'm loving the contrast of the deep brown against that red washi tape strip.

I'm thinking this card would make a great project life insert for a holiday themed page.

Stamps: Papermania Urban, Travel Print; Clearly Besotted, On The Beach
Inks: SU, early espresso
Dies: Xcut, spiro circles; Docrafts, postage stamps
Washi tape from my stash

Be sure to check out what the rest of the DT have created to inspire you - here - then enjoy putting your own interpretation of this theme together. Remember it doesn't have to be a card, scrapbook pages or 3D projects are also welcome as long as they are suitable for a fella.

Thanks for looking today. And keep crafting!

Well what about this! My card was chosen at Addicted to CAS as a winner - here. Such an honour!

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Sunday, 16 August 2015

AAA Cards #46 Maskerade

Are you ready for some fun with masks or masking? Well check out the new AAA Cards challenge!

Stunning image, don't you think?

I decided to go down the masking route for my card and had such fun with this technique and was delighted with the result. Definitely something to repeat at some point!

And here's a little photo tutorial of how I did it. Apologies for the quality of the photos, but it was late and I had the light on:

1. I taped the card to my craft mat.

2. I used a piece of paper to mask off the bottom at a diagonal angle and applied ink with an inkylicious brush.

3. This shows my paper mask more clearly and you can see how the colours are beginning to progress down the card.

4. I used my craft mat to splodge the inks onto and then gradually pulled it across. I find I get better control this way.

5. This is how it looked when I took the tape off.

Once I'd finished my masking strip I needed to decide how to finish off my card and I so wanted that strip to be on show. That's why I placed the die cut off centre with a trio of sprinkles just to draw the eye in.

I placed a sheet of acetate over my card and stuck the sprinkles onto it so that I could experiment with placing them without spoiling the card. Once I was happy with the placement I stuck them to the card. Y
ou can just about make out the acetate in this photo.

Inks: SU, daffodil delight, crisp cantloupe, watermelon wonder, melon mambo, rose red, rich razzleberry, blackberry bliss, elegant eggplant; Adirondack, purple twilight
Die: Lil'inker, Happy Birthday stitched square
Embellishments: Doodlebug Sprinkles, beetle black asst.

I hope you like my interpretation of the challenge and are eager to get creating. But before you rush off take a look at the what the rest of the AAA Cards DT made to inspire you - all pretty cool huh!

I'm popping this card into the CAS challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

Thanks for your time today - and keep crafting!

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Saturday Slot

There's a super simple sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch at the moment that I couldn't resist. Take a look:

And so my super simple Christmas card was created.

 I'm loving this Christmas washi tape that has slunk into my stash and with a simple embossed sentiment and a scattering of star sequins my card was made in minutes. I'm thinking this will be a card that's repeated a few times, maybe in other colourways and definitely when I hit that I'm running out of time phase.

Stamp: Uniko, Simply Said Christmas
Ink: Versamark
Embossing: Personal Impressions, mirror gold
Sequins: Lucy's Cards 
Washi from my stash

So glad you had time to visit my blog today, thanks a lot.

And keep crafting! 

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