Friday, 12 February 2016

Friday Focus

Phew! Finally found some time to search out a few challenges and create just for the sheer hell of it!
Today it's a CASE card for the CASEplorations challenge at STAMPlorations. 

Oh wow! Such a gorgeous card from the talented Anita in France. A bit daunting as I've long been an admirer of her creativity. But my word for 2016 is FEARLESS so here's my version:

I was so loving the line of hearts and the gradual shading of the ink from pink through orange to yellow that was the first thing I wanted to pick up on.

Then I remembered this fabulous scripty wish sentiment and the idea of using stars was born. I stamped it to echo the colours of Anita's love sentiment.

Stamps: Creat A smile, Make a Wish; Clearly Besotted, Superstar
Inks: SU, daffodil delight, tangelo twist, melon mambo; Memento, tuxedo black
I'm so pleased you stopped by my blog today, huge thanks.  And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 11 February 2016

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #160

 It's sketch week over at CAS Colours & Sketches and I'm sure you're going to enjoy working with this beauty.

So I was well impressed when I remembered this Clearly Besotted stamp set with its cluster of three flowers - perfect!

I chose the sentiment because it had a matching polka dot background. And a couple of colours a little bit different for me.

Stamps: clearly Besotted, A Little Something, Thank You
Inks: SAU, soft suede, crisp cantaloupe
Embellishments: Hobby House, pearls chocolate heaven

Remember to check out the rest of the CAS Colours & Sketches DT cards and I'll look forward to seeing your cards popping up in the gallery.

Thanks for looking today. And keep crafting!

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Uniko - February Release Day & Blog Hop

Here we go! Happy 4th birthday Uniko!

At last it's time to reveal the complete Uniko February release and a chance to win it all!


I've got four cards to share with you today, each one using one of the new release sets at its centre. First up is the gorgeous Beautiful Blooms III.

I combined it with a sentiment from All Occasion Sentiments #6 and heat embossed the flower outline and the final markings of both the flower and leaves.

Stamps: Uniko, Beautiful Blooms III, All Occasion Sentiments #6
Inks: SU, wild wasabi; Ranger distress, shaded lilac, scattered straw; Versamark
Embossing: Stampendous, white

Card 2 invites you to share a cup of tea with me - wouldn't that be fun?

I stamped and coloured the tea cup and then masked it out to stencil the spotted background. This was inspired by a tablecloth at a favourite tea room near my village.

Stamps:Uniko, I Love Tea
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; SU, marina mist, regal rose, pistachio pudding
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles
Stencil: Stamposaurus
Promarker: ivory

Card 3 is what I like to call a modern take on the Valentine/love theme that all over blogland at the moment.

I combined that 'go to' set Simply Said with the camera film roll from Strike A Pose and then matted it onto hot pink. Striking and in your face was what I was aiming for - do you think I achieved it?

Stamps: Uniko, Simply Said, Strike A Pose
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black, bahama blue, pear tart, rose bud

My final card uses that oh so cute bunny and this time I've gone with an Easter theme. 

I die cut an egg shape and stamped the sentiment and tiny hearts onto it. The bowtie picks up on the vertical banner's colour.

Stamps: Uniko, Some Bunny
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Card: scraps from my stash
Promarkers: vanilla, raw sienna, terracotta, grey green
Die: Spellbinders, petite ovals large

Well that's the end of my sample cards and now on to the bit you've been waiting for - the blog hop and chance to win the entire release. As it's Uniko's 4th birthday today the DT have been joined by some past DT members to make this blog hop even more exciting. Here's the order:

Jane - that's me

Happy hopping and good luck, hope it's you that wins!

Thanks for your time today. and keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Uniko - Intoducing Some Bunny

Today sees the last of the Uniko February Release introductions and it's a super cute stamp set that will get your 'ahhhh' factor racing!

Now I know this screams Easter, but I decided to make a more general themed card - maybe for a new baby or Valentine's Day or just as a surprise to drop into a loved one's lunch box.

And going with the theme of love I stamped the tiny heart included in this set three times on the bunny.

Bet he's got your 'cute' button well and truly pressed!

Stamps:Uniko, Some Bunny
Inks: SU, night of navy
Dies: Lawn Fawn, large stitched circle stackables; Spellbinders, standard circles small

Want to win a prize? Leave a comment here as a start to your quest, then get on over to the other places where there's a chance to win - check out the details at Uniko.

Thanks for looking today, your time is greatly appreciated.

And keep crafting! 

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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Uniko - Casology Challenge

It's all go at Uniko this week! Not only are we in the middle of the February release, but Uniko is sponsoring the challenge this week at CASology.

The cue word is VALENTINE and that got me reaching for January's revisit set - Always & Forever.

I kept my card super CAS - well in my opinion anyway - and stayed with the traditional Valentine colour of red.

I masked out the heart before stamping the stitched line from Garlands Galore and added a simple bow - also from Garlands Galore - and some black gems to finish off.

Stamps: Uniko, Always & Forever, Garlands Galore
Inks: SU, real red; Memento, tuxedo black
Punch: Xcut, corner rounder
Embellishments: MeiFlower, gem

I'm also entering this card in the STAMPlorations CAS challenge where they want some RED.


Have you already checked out my Uniko release post for today? If not scroll on down or click here.

 Thanks so much for your time today, I do appreciate you looking at my blog.

And keep crafting! 

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Uniko - Introducing Simply Said

Ready for another Uniko February Release set? Well this is one of those basic must have in your stash sets that you'll keep going back to again and again. It's exactly what it says on the box - Simply Said!

I've used it to make a set of useful tags - also a great way of using up those little leftover scraps of card.

You'll probably have spotted that leftover smooshed blue card from yesterday and I've combined it with the gorgeous flower from I Love Tea. The tag to the left uses the heart from that set too.

And the right hand tag uses a special freebie stamp that Bev is including with orders until stocks run out. Best get your order in quick then!

Stamps: Uniko, Simply Said, I Love Tea, special edition freebie
Inks: SU, marina mist; Memento, grape jelly
Die: Freebie from magazine
Embellishments: washi & ribbon from my stash 

Ok you know the routine by now - leave comments in as many places as you can to be in with a chance to win some prizes. Check out the full details at Uniko.

Thanks for your visit today, be sure to come back tomorrow for the last of this month's introductions.

And keep crafting! 

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Monday, 8 February 2016

Monday Moments

Back again today as I just wanted to share the card I made for Less is More's 5th birthday challenge.

We'd love you to display our banner
And as befits such a CAS challenge their theme is WHITE ON WHITE.

I love this idea of white on white, looks so sophisticated and classy. And I think their challenges are magic and the DT are all stars so I made a simple card using an appropriate die.

Die: Technique Tuesday, magic circle
 Huge congratulations to Chrissie and her team - 5 years is really really impressive!
 Thanks for looking today.  And keep crafting!

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