Monday, 3 August 2015

The Memory Nest - Make It Monday 45

Ready for a new challenge at The Memory Nest? Well just take a peek at the new Make It Monday sketch and you're bound to be itching to get started.

I broke out my newly acquired Summer Vibes collection from Simple Stories and my page just flew together.

We'd not been strawberry picking for years and had totally forgotten 1. how good warm sundrenched strawberries taste and 2. what a back breaking task it is! We also managed to pick one of the hottest days of the year which didn't help, but at least we didn't have to go far down the rows as there was an abundance of strawberries.

I used a stencil for the mint background shapes - an absolutely fabulous mix on this Rebekah Meier stencil - and a stamp for the watermelon grunge splodges. The little x button is from a White Stuff clothes label, it was just too pretty to throw away!

I made myself a tag to add my journalling and popped it under the background panel. I'm loving the little chipboard flowers and dotty stickers from the Summer Vibes collection.

Papers & chipbord: Simple Stories, Summer Vibes
Stencil: TCW Rebekah Meier, mini postcard
Stamp: SU, gorgeous grunge
Inks: SU, mint macaron, crisp cantaloupe
Card: SU, mint macaron, watermelon wonder
Punch: Martha Stewart, heart
Die: Spellbinders, standard circles small
Sprinkle with a X is from a White Stuff dress label

OK, that's me done so now it's your turn. Have fun! Loads more inspiration for you here.

Just before I go I'm sharing my three photos that made me smile in July. It seems right to add them to this post as it was DT member Rachel that inspired me to do this in the first place.

This month it's all about my grandboys:

1. 11 years old already and off to secondary school in September, unbelievable. So here he is with his  birthday present - an electric guitar. I'm sure my boys were at least 15 years before they got theirs - everything happens earlier these days!

2. Still wearing his dressing up Harry Potter glasses - and this boy loves dressing up and it seems posing for the camera!

3. The newest littlest one wearing not only a thudguard helmet but three bruises - only one visible - from the inevitable tumbles that happen when you find your feet before you have the knowledge to keep holding onto something!

Hope they made you smile too!

Thanks for visiting and keep crafting!

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Sunday, 2 August 2015

AAA Cards #45 I'm SO Hot

The challenge at AAA Cards for the next fortnight is all to do with being HOT. Well wouldn't it be lovely if that was true! Oh well that's the vagueries of the UK weather for you.

But we can all dream a little and here's my card featuring a scorching hot sun.

And I'm so in love with the Clearly Besotted beach hut stamps it was really difficult to stick at just one. But I was determined to keep my card CAS and not go overboard.

I'm seeing a repeat of this card going into my summer project life pages about my upcoming trip to see my older two grandsons. I always go completely mad with taking photos because I see so little of them and project life really is a perfect fit within my yearly albums.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, On The Beach; Technique Tuesday, Summer Rocks by Ali Edwards
Ink: SU, daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, real red; Memento, tuxedo black
Stencil: Memory box, Texture Shine
Die: Technique Tuesday, Magic Circle Card

So are you ready to get creativiely hot? There are lots more red hot cards by the DT to check out over at AAA Cards. Have fun!

And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 30 July 2015

CAS Colours & Sketches #135

My last July hostess challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches today, but my first at choosing for a double. Does it make it harder or easier when both the colours and the layout are decided for you? Sometimes it fun not to have to make decisions about anything except the stamps and techniques to use, so personally I quite like the double challenge.

And I went with a male themed card substituting circles from Uniko for the flowers from the sketch and stripes from Clearly Besotted for the banners.

I added a striped strip down the left hand side just to balance my card and used simple font sentiment stamps.

Stamps: Uniko, Background Builders Round In Circles, All Occasion Sentiments #2, Simply Said Birthday, Balloon Bash; Clearly Besotted, diagonal stripes,
Inks: SU, night of navy, wild wasabi, daffodil delight

Over to you now. If you haven't already looked the CC&S DT have wonderful sample cards to inspire you - here. Have fun with the double!

Thanks for looking and keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Wednesday Words

Just popping in to share a card I made for the current challenge over at CAS(E) this Sketch.

I really love all the little circle elements with a central sentiment, the sort of sketch that I know I'll use again and again. Here's my take using one of my favourite colour combinations:

I love the font of this large wish sentiment and stamped it first to help me place the stars. I then sprinkled some sequins over and stuck them down wherever they had fallen.

Stamps: Create A Smile, Make A Wish
Inks: SU, tempting turquoise, melon mambo, daffodil delight
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles
Sequins from my stash

Thanks for dropping by today, I do appreciate your time.

And keep crafting! 

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Tuesday Talk

The current challenge at Time Out is CASE this funky card from Alice of Alice's Little Wonderland:

     Grab Our Badge!

So much fun! And I wanted my card to have a fun image too. Out came my newly arrived Create A smile stamps as I knew there were plenty of cheeky faced critters to choose from.

I kept the placement of my elements the same as Alice's card and picked up on the green main focal image.

The background stamping uses a Uniko stamp set and the colours left over from yesterday's baby wipe - I just sprayed it with a little water to moisten it again. The die cut behind the image is also from Uniko and colour co-ordinates with the sentiment and baby wipe inks.

Stamps: Create A Smile, Poppin' Over; Uniko, Background Builders Round In Circles
Inks: Memento, lilac posies & tuxedo black; Ranger distress, peacock feathers, mustard seed, picked raspberry
Die: Uniko, Graphic Flowers Time
Promarkers: pine, leaf green, meadow green

So pleased you found my blog today, thanks for spending some time here. 

And keep crafting!

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Monday, 27 July 2015

Monday Moments

I'm a bit late to the party but have finally made a card for Happy Little Stampers July sketch challenge.

I used this gorgeous jar stamp from Little Musings in place of the tree and moved my image off centre and down a bit to the left - just seemed to look better there.

I used the baby wipe method to get the multi colours for the wishing stars inside the jar - always love the random look this gives.

 Don't you just love this jar stamp? It also has hearts, xxxs and buttons to fill the jar, each with their own word to add to the label. Smitten!

Stamps: Little Musings, Little Jar Of; Clearly Besotted, sentiment from Design A Tree
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; Ranger distress, picked raspberry, peacock feathers, mustard seed 

Thanks for looking today, your visit is much appreciated. And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Saturday Slot

The cue card at CASology this week is - LINE.  How delightfully simple and open to interpretation, love it!

And how lucky my new Create A Smile stamps had just arrived and they definitely included a line as well as a very cute little critter to sit on, or below, it.

I also added a line of die cut stitching above the stamped line just for good measure.

I'm loving that mixed font sentiment and the way the elephant's trunk echoes it by pointing upwards.

Stamps: Create A Smile, Poppin' Over
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black & lilac posies; SU, smoky slate
Colours: Promarker, pink carnation; Flexmarker, almond
Die: Paper Smooches, stitched

Thanks for your time today, I'm so pleased you visited my blog. Have a great weekend.

And keep crafting!

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