Monday, 2 March 2015

The Memory Nest - Make It Monday 35

The beginning of March and the first of the Make It Monday challenges at The Memory Nest. This sketch was such a fun one to work with and had me reaching for my stash of Simple Stories Say Cheese supplies once again.

I started by trimming down three of the journal cards into squares and selecting this amazing background paper. I love how the colours are just so perfect for this adorable photo of Edward. I used a piece of vellum I found lurking for the triangle at the top of the page. It actually has flowers on, but I think they just look like splats and I like how the stars are muted but still visible.

There's been lots of speculation about whether or not to shorten Edward's name and if so which to use, so I included the variations on one of the journal cards. Teddy is currently their favourite - hence the title.

I used up the trimmed pieces from the journal cards to make the accent stacks at the top and bottom of the page.

And I couldn't resist stamping a few bears!

A sprinkle of sequins, upside down candi dots and a few stickers from Say Cheese and my page was done. And did I say I love the colours and patterns on these papers? Well naturally then the new Say Cheese II has found its way into my stash and will be appearing soon!

Papers: Simple Stories, Say Cheese; vellum scrap from my stash
Alphas: Simple Stories, Say Cheese
Stickers: Simple Soties, Say Cheese
Stamps: Uniko Studio, Sweet Baby
Ink: SU, early espresso
Embellishments: Sequins & candi dots from my stash

Hope you're going to play along and enjoy creating with this fab sketch. And remember it doesn't have to be a scrapbook page, cards are also welcome.

Thanks for your visit today, I do appreciate you spending some time here with me. And keep crafting! 

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

AAA Cards Game #34

So this fortnight at AAA Cards we want it to rain! Well not literally, but on your cards - best place for it really. And since the theme is rain some watercolouring would be good too.

I couldn't resist this little fellow enjoying the rain from LOTV and the sentiment is really cute too. I used an acrylic block as a paint pallette and one of those water brushes to spread the colour.

Now watercolouring is not one of my favourite things - such a bummer that it's still so popular - but I do love how a tiny bit of water changes the colours so dramatically.

I used my Sakura gelly rol pens to highlight the raindrops and make them sparkle. And a strip of solid colour and a trio of pearls down the left just added a bit of oomph.

Stamp: LOTV, April Showers
Inks: SU,chocolate chip, pool party, pistachio pudding
Die: Paper Smooches, stitched
Embellishments:The Hobby House, chocolate heaven pearls

Now I know you're all going to enjoy this challenge, we always get a bumper crop when we ask for watercolouring. So I'm looking forward to seeing what you create and will try to learn rather than get downheartened.

So to keep my spirits up amongst all this rain I'm also sharing my February three photos of things that made me smile.

1: This photo arrived in my inbox of my two grandsons enjoying a bit of sunshine at half term in Tenerife. Spot the genuine fake designer watches bought from a street vendor - bit of a tradition to do this whilst on holiday  - and the orange loving boy! Blogged here

2: The sun was shining so I got out and did a bit of tidying and weeding in the garden. And look what I found after clearing a patch of deadwood.

3: This poster seen on facebook really made me smile because this is just about exactly what I have been doing on many dismal dreary February afternoons.

Thanks for visiting today. And keep crafting!

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Friday, 27 February 2015

Friday Focus Part 2

Just sneaking in another card to round off this bumper week of posting. This one is for CAS(E) this 
Sketch and a really different sort of sketch that had my head buzzing.

Although it's a very simple sketch I felt it was very bold at the same time. So I chose some bold in your face colours accented with a strong black sentiment strip. Hope you like it!

Originally I'd planned to use the die cut sentiment across the colour join, but I was taken by the negative strip and went with that instead.

The card was then finished off with some black splatters and scattered sequins.

Stamp: SU, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Die: Lawn Fawn, Simply Thanks
Embellishments: sequins from my stash

Thanks for looking. Promise I'll not be back again until Sunday's new AAA Challenge - going to be a good one, water involved, hint, hint!

And keep crafting!

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Friday Focus

As I've posted six days in a row I thought I'd complete the week to make it seven! So I set too and made this little card for the current challenge at CASology.

And don't you just love chocolate mini eggs in an Easter nest? Brings back lots of sticky delicious moments from school days.

And a closer look at that little chick guarding those eggs.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn, Home Sweet Home; Uniko Studio, Flower Power #4
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Promarkers: meadow green, leaf green, mustard, burnt orange, tulip yellow, nutmeg
Die: Lawn Fawn, large stitche square stackables
Embellishments: Wink of Stella, clear

Thanks for looking today. Have a great weekend and keep crafting!

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

CAS Colours & Sketches #113

The last CAS Colours & Sketches challenge for February. How quickly time flies! And how soon it will be March and my first stint as hostess to the challenges - scary!

So this week it's a gem of a sketch and right in my comfort zone. My card almost made itself!

So I started by stamping and hand cutting the flower and then found a scrap of black spotty card for the banner. I love the black against the lilac.

I kept the colour scheme CAS by using a piece of embossed white card for the background square. I thought the dots picked up on the black card and I rounded the corners to contrast with the banner spikes.

A coil of black twine just added a bit of balance. And I stamped the sentiment onto white card before adhering to the black banner.

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Beautiful Blooms 1 & sentiment from A Gift For You
Inks: Memento, lilac posies, tuxedo black
Embossing: Cuttlebug, swiss dots
Punch: Xcut, corner rounder
Embellishments: twine from my stash

Well that's me done for today. I'm so pleased you dropped by, thank you. And keep crafting!

Oh and belateldly I'm going to enter this card into Uniko Studio's current challenge as encouraged by Bev in my comments.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Wednesday Words

A busy week for me blogwise, think this is the fifth day in a row that I've posted. Today it's back to scrapbooking and I've used the last February sketch from Let's Get Sketchy.

And I decided to use it for a milestone page about my gorgeous new grandson.

I love the new Simple Stories I AM collection and thought it was just so appropriate to my theme. The colours from the photo and the background paper were the influence for my colours.

I stuck pretty close to the sketch and used two of the medium circles for journalling repeating 'I am' at the beginning of each statement. I inked the edges of these two circles to give them more definition.

The star near the photo spot on the sketch became a heart and I stamped the date above the small rectangle at the bottom left of the page. I forgot to change the year to 2015 so the candi dot is there to hide my mistake.

Papers: Simple Stories, I AM; scraps from ny stash
Alphas: Simple Stories, I AM
Die: Xcut, spiro circles
Date stamp: Dear Lizzy
Ink: Ranger distress, black soot
Embellishments: candi dots

So pleased you had time to drop by today, thanks so much. And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Tuesday Talk

The theme this week at Less is More is WINGS.

We'd love you to display our banner

And as I have a child's birthday coming up soon I went searching for something suitable at my favourite digi store -

I was so taken by this card that I used it as my inspiration for my card. And I love the crisp clean look of both the stamp and the layout, so I'm thinking I might be using this layout again.

I coloured the image with promarkers and flexmarkers matching the main colour to the spotty card and then adding a couple of accent colours. The sentiment is part of the digi set.

Stamps: Digi Stamp boutique, Birthday Drago
Promarkers: cool grey 1,3,4, poppy, tulip yellow, denim blue
Flexmarkers: pebble blue

Thanks for looking today, I appreciate the time you spent here. And keep crafting!

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