Thursday, 2 July 2015

CAS Colours & Sketches #131

Hello and welcome. Today sees the beginning of my month as hostess over at CAS Colours & Sketches. As always the first challenge of the month is a colour one and boy did I make hard work out of choosing the colours. Every combination that came to mind already seemed to have been used, but eventually with a lot of double checking and help I came up with this combo:

What do you think? I'm really hoping you'll like how they look together and be inspired to rifle through your stash and get creative. Here's my card:

Stamps: Uniko, Background Builders Chevrons, Balloon Bash & All Occasion Sentiments #3
Inks: SU, crumb cake, tempting turquoise, rich razzleberry; Memento, tuxedo black
Die: Clearly Besotted, Make A Wish

Over to you now. Check out the rest of the DT cards and then get busy. Can't wait to see what you make of my colours! Also give a warm welcome to Stephanie, our Guest Designer for July. Pop over to her brilliant blog -  mamabearink - you'll so enjoy seeing her work.

Thanks for visiting today, I do appreciate your time. And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Wednesday Words

Hi and welcome to my blog at the beginning of a brand new month. July sees the second birthday of my tentative entry into the world of blogging. I never imagined I'd make it this far and I was so unsure about it all back then. Well I think I'm really settled into it now and really enjoy connecting with all you positive crafty folk. Thanks to everyone who has inspired me and left such lovely confidence boosting comments. I love you all!

So on to today's share. There's such a super CAS sketch at Less is More this week I just had to play along. And Inkspirational has a word prompt - WILD - so that got me thinking!     

So here's my card:

I kept everything very clean and true to the sketch as I love its simplicity. I decided to pare down the colours for this card too and choose only to highlight the poppies with colour. This is one of my all time favourite stamps from inkylicious. And poppies are wild flowers, so that's my wild element.

Stamps: Inkylicious, Poppy Lea & Twinchie sentiment
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Promarker: Poppy

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

And keep crafting!

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Monday, 29 June 2015

Monday Moments

Today I'm sharing a card I made for the current challenge at Time Out. Check out this busy busy inspirational photo and how some of the DT pared it down to CAS.

I was so inspired by their ability to do this that I knew I just had to give it a go. I really loved Sandie's idea that when a door opens you say hello and that's where I started.

I picked up on the colours and chevrons from the photo as well as the doorway and I loved the way the top half was white with all the patterns at the bottom.

I stamped my greeting in chocolate chip to add that little bit of brown from the photo. And I'm loving how this close up of my card gives a false impression of the middle rectangle being adhered on top rather than cut out - one of those trick your eyes things.

So do you think I've achieved that CAS look I was after while still remaining true to the photo? Hope so!

Stamps: Uniko, Background Builders Chevrons & All Occasion Sentiments #2
Inks: SU, strawberry slush, pink pirouette, calypso coral, chocolate chip

Thanks for your time today, I do appreciate your visit. And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Farewell & Good Luck Sandie Uniko Blog Hop

A bit of a sad post today as Uniko says goodbye to Sandie. I know everyone is sorry to see her stand down and particularly Bev as Sandie has been such a wonderful help to her in getting things organised behind the scenes.

So to mark our appreciation of her talent and hard work we've made cards to say farewell and good luck in whatever the future holds.

I chose my favourite flower - well they're all favourites really, but this one is just so gorgeously CAS - for my goodbye card. And I am sorry I won't get a chance to work alongside Sandie.

Stamps: Uniko, Flower Power #1 & #3
Inks: Memento, lilac posies, bamboo leaves, tuxedo black
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles
Embellishment: Doodlebug mini pearls, Spring asst.

The other DT cards can be found here.

Thanks for your time today. And keep crafting!

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Uniko Challenge #22 Reminder

Hi all! I'm just popping in today with a new card to remind you all that there's still plenty of time to enter the Uniko Challenge - Anything Goes, with the optional twist of making it masculine.

My card is a bright, in your face, creation and you may just need your sunglasses!

So what do you think? Such an amazing Uniko stamp set to use for the guys in your life, although I think this one would make a great funky teenage girl card too.

Stamps: Uniko, Explosion
Inks: SU, tangelo twist, real red, daffodil delight, temting turquoise
Die: Spellbinders, classic square large

Over to you now. What will you create? Remember there's fabulous prizes on offer, check them out:

The design team will choose a winner who will get a £10.00 gift voucher.

The DT will choose a top 3 who will get 50 Loyalty Reward Points added to their customer account.

There will be a random draw for those who used a Uniko stamp and this winner will get 150 Loyalty Reward Points added to their customer account.

there will be a random draw for those who twist with us (masculine card) and they will receive 100 Loyalty Reward Points added to their customer account.

Time to get busy then, you don't want to miss out and the only way to win is to enter! 

And just before I go a couple of photos to share. The first one is my entry for this week's word - TINY - at Our Beautiful World.

The story is:
I really lucked out with this shot! I spotted the bee gathering nectar through a fence panel and just as I clicked it flew away. Oh well I thought that's going to be a blur. So imagine my delight when I realised it actually was a far more interesting shot with the bee backing out against the blur of bright sunny colours. My phone camera is just awesome!

And now for my next collage of a photo a day throughout June.

The stories to remember:
  • he has an afternoon nap at about 3.00 she said, looks like he has other ideas when granny's in charge
  • two policemen on the beat walking through my village. What no car? Such a rare sight!
  • trying to capture the rainbow as I walked back from Dad's
Thanks for your time today. I do appreciate your visit.

And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

CAS Colours & Sketches #130

The last of the June challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches begins today and it's a sketch.

My lovely, generous Stampin Up lady, Zoe, had given me this gorgeous paper pad as a thank you bonus for an order - she's amazing like that! I've been stroking it and putting it back on my shelf far too much and it needed to be cut into. So I did and my card colours were chosen.

I think I pretty much stuck to the sketch exactly, just replacing the bow with one of my favourite Uniko flowers.

Oh and I stretched that Lil'inker stitched die to fit by careful placing before running through my cuttlebug a couple of times.

Stamps: Uniko, Flower Power #1 & #3
Inks: SU, real red, coastal cabanna, bermuda bay
Paper: SU, Fresh prints stack
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles

Many thanks for visiting my blog today. Don't forget there's loads more DT inspiration over at CAS Colours & Sketches.

And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The Male Room #13

For the next fortnight The Male Room would like you to go up in the air!

Ok, so no birds. Then for me it has to be balloons and I chose some very non me type colours for a change. And I love the bright green against the black! And as the theme is up in the air I felt the card needed to be tall and thin to give the impression of height.

I started by die cutting a stitched rectangle and stamping some clouds, then die cut four balloons from patterned papers - again unusual for me I'm usually a three person. I used sewing thread for the strings and attached them with a bow to a black sprinkle dot.

The sentiment was computer generated and then die cut. I popped a strip of black dotted card between the two rectangles and highlighted the sentiment with two more sprinkle dots - satisfied my three obsession!

Stamps: Lawn Fawn, Hello Sunshine
Ink: SU, basic grey
Papers: Doodlebug, kraft in color & take note
Dies: Clearly Besotted, Make A Wiah; Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles
Sentiment: computer generated
Embellishments: Doodlebug Sprinkles, beetle black asst.; Sewing thread from my stash

Have you already looked at all the other DT creations over at The Male Room? Bet you were inspired! And our fabulous Guest Designer - Greta of GG Creations -  has made a wonderful vintage feel card, even more inspiration! So what are you waiting for? Get those ideas onto a card and enter the challenge!

Thanks for spending time looking at my blog today. And keep crafting!

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