Monday, 28 July 2014

Monday Moments

Well I've survived the hectic pace of the weekend show going on in my village and today it's all calm and peaceful once again.

Today's card is for three challenges. The layout is from CAS Colours & Sketches where I've been lucky enough to get chosen as a winner again with this card here.  Thank you so much, it gave me such a lift in the middle of a very trying week!    

The inspiration for the colours and patterns has come from Time Out and since I only used Uniko Studio stamps I'm going to enter it into their 'Anything Goes' challenge.  

And here's my card:

As you can see it was the chevron cushion inside the teepee that took my eye.  I thought the triangular layout also hinted at the teepee and I tried to pick up on both the feathers and the flags with my little flowers above the sentiment.

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Background Builders chevrons, All Occasion Sentiments #2, Flower Power #2 & #4
Inks: SU, pool party, daffodil delight, wild wasabi, calypso coral
Die: Lawn Fawn, stitched party banners

I'm so pleased you decided to visit my blog today and do appreciate the time you spend here. Wishing you a wonderful start to your week.


Sunday, 27 July 2014

AAA Cards Game 13

Another Sunday and another game begins at AAA Cards. This week we're asking you to CREATE a shaker card.

I started by using a die to cut out flower shapes from patterned paper, plain cardstock and funky foam.  I sandwiched a circle of acetate between the foam and plain card and offset the patterned paper slightly for the top layer.

I placed these onto my card and then stamped the stem and leaves twice with the birthday greeting in the middle.  Next I added the sequins and adhered the flower shape to the card.

I then stamped the trio of flowers three times in a triangle to frame the shaker flower and added a matching sequin to each set.

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Flower Power #1, Clearly Besotted, sentiment from Pretty Petals
Inks: Memento, bamboo leaves, rose bud, tuxedo black
Embellishments: sequins from my stash

So now it's your turn to CREATE and have fun with a shaker card. If you would like more inspiration here are some links to my previous shaker cards - star, flowerwindow.

Thanks you so much for visiting my blog today.


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Saturday Slot

Hello and welcome to my blog.  How's your weekend going? There's a big agricultural show happening in my village this weekend and everywhere is busy and buzzing and noisy - not at all like its usual sleepy self!

Today's card is for the current Colour Q - such pretty colours with my favourite purple and pinks included. 

I have been very inspired by this card on Maile Belles blog and couldn't resist CASEing it. She is such a stunning card maker and I love her beautifully understated style.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Pretty Petals, Pretty Petals Plus; SU, background from Gorgeous Grunge
Inks: SU,melon mambo, calypso coral; Adirondack, eggplant; Memento, angel pink
Embellishments: ribbon from my stash

Short and sweet today - have to negotiate the traffic to escape from the village to grocery shop and go hospital visiting as well as maybe catching a little bit of the show. 

Thanks for looking.


Friday, 25 July 2014

Friday Focus

So much for my relaxing week! I've been backwards and forwards to the hospital visiting my dad every day. So thank goodness for crafting - it's keeping me sane!

Today's card is for three challenges. The colours from Color Throwdown, the layout from Freshly Made Sketches and the theme of geometric from The Male Room. 

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And here's my card:

Stamps: SU, Gorgeous Grunge; Clearly Besotted, Geometric Style
Inks: SU, bermuda bay, daffodil delight, rich razzleberry
Embellishments: Habico, opulent pearls assortment

 Thanks for looking today.


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Wednesday Words

After my guest designer spot at Less Is More last week I'm back to entering their challenges again this week. 

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The inspiration is the song 'Singing in the Rain' which immediately had me reaching for my Clearly Besotted umbrella die. I cut it three times so that I could paper piece the top layer in bright cheery colours - the happy singing in the rain feel!

I then planned out the rest of my card by stamping on scrap paper first.  This helped me to work out the spacing and placement of the different elements and also gave me the idea to restamp without re-inking to get the different shades of black.  I then went ahead and stamped straight onto a die cut tag.

All that was left to do was to stamp the sentiment onto a circle which I lifted with foam pads.  I took a marker round the eges of the circle and tag just to give them a bit more emphasis against the white cardstock.  I also added a small banner as I felt it balanced the look of the card better.

Stamps: lawn fawn, Hello Sunshine
Inks: SU, wild wasabi,pool party, melon mambo stamp'nwrite pen; Memento, tuxedo black
Ppaper: doodlebug, kraft in color
Dies: Clearly Besotted, April Showers; Lil'inker, Anytime Tags
Punch: Woodware, circle

Thanks for looking at my blog today. As always it makes my day to think people have spent some of their precious time here.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tuesday Talk

A scrapbook page today, which is my greatest crafting love, but sadly gets far less response from blogland than my cards.

I used the tic-tac-toe board from 1,2,3 Get Scrappy for this layout - going straight across the middle - red, yellow, blue. 

Even for me this is a very clean, simple, pared down page with loads of white space - well it's blue space really - but you know what I mean.  I've probably mentioned before that the photo always takes priority on my pages with journalling a close second.  Although I love to add embellishments and use patterned papers I never want them to overshadow or distract from the photo. Hey, that's just my style!

I absolutely adore this photo of my youngest - at the moment - grandson, emailed to me by my son.  I almost can't bear that he's looking so grown up after a whole year at school, but so far he's retained all of his pre-school character and his spirit - that's the loudness - has yet to be squashed!

Papers: Bazzill Basics blue card; doodlebug, kraft in color
Alphas: Lilybee designs, pinwheel
Stickers:  Lilybee designs, pinwheel

Thanks for spending some of your time looking at my blog today.


Monday, 21 July 2014

Monday Moment

Welcome to a whole new week with all its crafting possibilities!

Today I'm sharing a card I made using the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch and the colours from CAS Colours & Sketches.  Both of these challenges were no brainers for me - the sketch so perfectly CAS and the colours, well I hardly need say, purple! 

So out came my all time best used stitched mat dies and in no time at all my card was created.  As you can see I kept things very clean and simple with plenty of white space. 

I stamped the leaves and flowers twice using first generation ink for the outlines and second generation for the solid colour.  I stamped the heart, cut it out by hand and mounted it onto pads for dimension.  

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Always & Forever, Background Builders Vines
Inks: Memento, grape jelly, sweet plum, cottage ivy
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles

So pleased you visited my blog today, thanks for your time.