Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Wednesday Words

I've gone all Christmassy again today and made a card for a new to me challenge - Inspired by Stamping - that I learnt about from my AAA Cards teammate Vicki - here.

IBSIC#86-Gold  IBSIC-#86 

I pretty much went with the sketch but added a little gold too.

I mixed up stamps from my two favourite designers - Uniko Studio & Clearly Besotted - and lucked out by finding a scrap of holly embossed gold card.

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Background Builders Christmas, Jolly Christmas; Clearly Besotted, Holiday Sentiments
Inks: SU, old olive, real red
Dies: Lawn Fawn, stitched party banners; Clearly Besotted, Journal It

And just before I go I'd like to share my envelope calendar for September.  This has been a very positive month for me personally and I'm beginning to see a little light shining at the end of the caring for my dad tunnel.

So here's the whole pocket:

The inspirational quote for September:

The weather photo - such an absolutely glorious month weatherwise, just check out that temperature:

And finally my journalling trying to sum up how far we've progressed this month:

Thanks for looking at my blog today, I hope you've found it interesting and I appreciate your visit.

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Monday, 29 September 2014

Monday Moments

I am so delighted to have my card picked to be showcased at Less is More - especially sweet as I love this LOTV image presented so CAS.


And amazingly another card made it into a top three, this time at Crazy for CAS.

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So today I've made a card which combines both of their new challenges.
Less is More wants Mostly Words - and I love cards with words taking centre stage - and Crazy for CAS wants a wobble card - it had to be another baby card with that rocking motion!

I decided to go with pink this time - surely someone will be having a girl some time soon!
And this onesie is just so cute stamped onto spotty card with the alphabet added and then fussy cut.

Stamps: Uniko Studio, Sweet Baby, All Occasion Sentiments #1, Flower Power #3
Inks: SU, melon mambo,daffodil delight, rich razzleberry
Card: pink spotty from my stash 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and also for all the lovely comments recently - really makes my day.


Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sunday Scene

Today the DT at AAA Cards get the day off as it's the MacGyver Challenge. So as I had a little time on my hands I made a card for the Time Out challenge of stamping with the optional twist of apples using the sketch from Unscripted Sketches.

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And although as a DT member of Unscripted Sketches I've made a PL card for my featured sample - here - I thought it would be fun to showcase just how easily the layouts adapt to cards.

This was such an easy card to make! The two strips are washi tape and the apples are stamped and fussy cut.  I mounted two of the apples onto pads for dimension and stamped the sentiment in matching eye catching red.  I love how the bold colours pop out against all the lovely white space!

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, An Apple A Day
Inks: SU, real red, wild wasabi
Extras: Washi from my stash

Thanks for your time today, hope you enjoyed looking.


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Unscripted Sketches Game 4

So here we go with Challenge 4 at Unscripted Sketches. Another amazing layout for you to use for a PL card or anything else that takes your fancy.

This is the last of the set of three cards that I made using the same collection of papers and I have to say it's my favourite. Something to do with the ampersands and the clash of colours I think!

And today I'm sharing the whole page with all three of the PL cards from the last three challenges.

Paper: SU, Moonlight Designer series
Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Superstar
Ink: SU, rich razzleberry
Punch: Martha Stewart, heart; Xcut, corner rounder
Embellishments: Simple Stories, burlap stickers; Scrap 365, wooden stars; Webster Storytellers, stickers, corrugated card & buttons from my stash

Thanks for dropping by my blog today, hope you'll play along with us at Unscripted Sketches.


Friday, 26 September 2014

Friday Focus 1

My first share today is a card using the new colours from Color Throwdown.

I decided to use the kraft colour as a tag and then stamped these adorable sheep onto it.  Made myself a bit of a problem then though as colours look very different when on a kraft background. A bit of experimenting and I think I got a fairly good match.

I used a mask to create a background for the star which I stamped both on top of the circle and again onto card. I coloured the card star in grey, fussy cut it and mounted it onto pads before adhering offset over the first circle. A good coating of sparkle was then added!

I am so in love with this stamp set - I'm sure it's going to appear a few more times before Christmas!

Stamps: Inky Doodles,Christmas Jumpers
Inks: SU, soft sky; Memento, tuxedo black
Die: Lil'inker, Anytime tags
Pens: Promarkers, cool grey 1, tulip yellow, arctic blue
Embellishments: Stickles, star dust

Scroll on down for my second post today. 

Friday Focus 2

My second post today is for another but very different type of celebration - halloween. I've used the colours from ColourQ and the layout from Freshly Made Sketches and definitely had my two grandsons in mind when putting this card together.

I started by stamping the vertical strips and then overstamped them with some spooky type images. I die cut a tag and stamped the greeting and some slimy goo, then inked around the edges to help it pop from the background card.

Once I'd threaded some twine onto the tag I decided to fix the ends with some more spooky images. And now it's all ready and waiting to go into the post.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Diagonal Stripes & Halloween Spirit
Inks: SU, tangerine tango, daffodil delight; Memento, Paris dusk
Dies: Marianne LR0188 ; Xcut, spiro circle
Embellishments: twine from my stash

Thanks for looking today, so kind of you to drop by my blog.


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Thursday Thoughts

Today's card is for Less is More - Face the Music & Dance - and uses the baby wipe ink pad technique.

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I said here that this was a technique I wanted to do loads more of.  Well I've had another bash and I'm so loving the results, going to have to invest in some more colours!

It's so easy too! All you need to do is fold a couple of baby wipes in half, drop on re-inker colours and then use just like an ordinary ink pad - EXTRAORDINARY results guaranteed!

Stmps: Creative Expressions, Urban Beat
Inks: Ranger distress re-inkers, chipped sapphire, picked raspberry, mustard seed

Thanks for spending some time looking at my blog today, hope you enjoyed your visit.