Thursday, 29 January 2015

CAS Colours & Sketches #109

A fifth Thursday this month so it's double challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches

All those wavy lines had me reaching for my Uniko Studio Background Builders stamp set. I stamped the vines in pear pizzazz, added the bud outline in mossy meadow and filled in with baked brown sugar.

As I didn't have the correct colour for my die cut mat I used some old olive card instead - I think it's not too far away from the given shades.

I coloured a scrap of card with baked brown sugar and then punched two tiny butterflies. I ran my mossy meadow pen round the the edges of the butteflies to add a little definition.

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Background Builders Vines & A Gift For You
Inks: SU, baked brown sugar, mossy meadow, pear pizzazz
Punch: Martha Stewart, butterflies
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles

Hope you have fun with this double challenge - it certainly made me happy!

Thanks for your visit today, so pleased you spent some time with me here. And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Tuesday Talk

Have you seen this week's challenge at Less is More? It's a sketch - and such a CAS one too!


This sketch is so delightfully simple I wanted my card to reflect this. So I went for an almost all white colour scheme, just a hint of grey and a patch of red.

The image from Digi Stamp Boutique is just the cutest pooch around! I shaded him a little with pale grey and coloured the heart red.

The strip was embossed to add interest and the sentiment is general enough to be suitable for several occasions.

Stamps: Digi Stamp Boutique, Love You Mac; Uniko Studio, sentiment from Flower Power #2
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Promarkers: poppy, cool grey 1
Die: Xcut, spiro circle
Embossing: Cuttlebug, Swiss dots

Thanks for dropping by today, your visit is much appreciated. I'll be back on Thursday with the next CAS Colours & Sketches challenge - the double whammy! Hope to see you then. And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

CAS Colours & Sketches #108

Time for a new challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches and this week it's a sketch.

This sketch just said bloke to me and I used it to make a card for my husband's birthday earlier this month. He's always favoured anything blue, so my colour choice was simple and I raided my inks for as many shades as possible.

I started with a die cut rectangle of happy birthday card - purchased from a craft fair, one of those noisy get your bargain here type of stalls. Next I stamped the words and patterns before trimming them into shape. The HAPPY was die cut and embossed and mounted onto pads to add dimenrsion.

Oh and by the way he was pleased and complimentary about his card.

Stamps: SU, gorgeous grunge, Uniko Studio, All Occasion Sentiments #2
Ink: SU, night of navy, pacific point, marina mist; Memento, teal zeal
Die: Spellbinders, Labels Eight; Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles

Tbanks for dropping by today, your visit is much appreciated. Have fun playing with the sketch!

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Tuesday Talk

Hey! Good morning - or whatever time it is for you - and welcome to my blog.

Today I'm sharing a card I made for the current challenge at Less is More where the theme is FRIENDS.

We'd love you to display our banner

And I couldn't resist these two cuties from The Digi Stamp Boutique. I often have a browse here - and shop - when I'm looking for something more specific than the more general stamps I have in my stash. And they have a bit of a sale on at the moment. And a chance to win a gift voucher. Go check it out!

So once downloaded I sized the image and printed it onto card before colouring with my trusty promarkers and die cutting into a stitched circle. I expect you've noticed my colour choice!

I also sized the sentiment that came with the image and printed it onto card before mounting it onto purple with just two sides accented. The circle was popped onto pads to add dimension.

Stamps: Digi Stamp Boutique, Pip - so special
Promarkers: purple, blush, dusky pink, leaf green, cool grey 1,2,5
Die: Lawn Fawn, stitched party banners

Thanks for dropping by today, your visit is much appreciated. I'll be back on Thursday with a new challenge from CAS Colours & Sketches - a gem of a sketch this week!

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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Saturday Stuff

Just had to make a card for the current Time Out challenge because it says 'hello' and I'm going to send it to my new One Little Word penpal.

Here's the inspiration photo:

Say Hello: Perk up your home with a friendly welcome sign. For an added boost, choose a bright, funky color. Source: Instagram user decorame

And here's my card:

I stamped the hardwood background twice, once in early espresso and again in potter's clay, then brushed over in toffee crunch to get the mellow in between colour. I then die cut the hello from the hardwood stamped card and used the negative matted onto orangy red card.

It needed to be a fairly flat card as it will be winging its way to the US so I simply added a couple of sprinkles and a flower and circle die cut to finish it off.

Stamps: SU, Hardwood
Inks: SU, early espresso; Memento, potter's clay & toffee crunch
Dies: Clearly Besotted, hello; Cuttlebug, flower
Embellishments: Doodlebug, sprinkles, day to day & blue jean asst.

And as I was speaking of my One Little Word, which is REAL, I thought I'd just share this page I've made for my new grandson's album as it features some of the really important people in my life using digi products from Ali Edwards.

This is the first time I've tried to put photos into a circle and I'm really pleased with how they've turned out. There's a whole load of inspiration using these circular sentiments on Ali's blog - here.

Well that's me done for today, thanks for dropping by. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and keep crafting!

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

CAS Colours & Sketches #107

So how did you get on with CAS Colours & Sketches challenge last week? I really enjoyed visiting your blogs and seeing what you created.

Are you ready for a new challenge? Well here it is and this week it's a colour challenge. 

I'm thinking this combo would be good for a Christmas card, but if you're like me and looking forward to making something other than Christmas related then the colours are brilliant for that too.

Here's my take on the colours. I think it's looking quite a sophisticated colour pallette on my card.

I love washi tape and was thrilled to find one in my stash that was a good colour match, so that's where my card began.

I stamped some gorgeous grunge in crumb cake and a sentiment on top. Then I stamped and fussy cut a trio of flower heads and adhered them to the washi strips. A tiny pearl in the centre of each flower just finished them off.

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Flower Power #1 & #2; SU, Gorgeous Grunge
Inks: SU, cherry cobbler, crumb cake; Memento, tuxedo black
Washi tape: from my stash
Embellishments: Hobby House pearls, chocolate heaven

Well that's me done for today. I'm looking forward to seeing what you create with these fab colours.

Thanks for visiting.

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Wednesday Words

It's one layer week at Less is More and I do so love the simplicity and crisp clean look of a one layer card. Go check out their DT cards and you'll see just what I mean.

 We'd love you to display our banner

Their theme is new beginnings so my card is for a wedding.

I'm always wary of adding bits to a one layer card so stuck to a slick of sparkle using Wink of Stella on the white parts of the large heart and all over the two small hearts.

I love that I got to choose the colours and layout for this card and went with my favourite pink and navy ink pads. I think the poor light has affected the colours in the photos - honestly it really is pink and navy!

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Alwasys & Forever, All Occasion Sentiments #5, Flower Power #3; Clearly Besotted, Diagonal Stripes
Inks: SU, melon mambo, night of navy
Embellishments: Wink of Stellaa, clear

Thanks for coming over to look at my blog today, I'm thrilled you took the time.

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