Tuesday, 25 April 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #220

A sketch challenge begins today at CAS Colours & Sketches and it's a corker too!


This had me searching through my stash for a scalloped edger punch, knew that was going to be my starting point.

I decided to use a wordy sentiment quote and a simple all over patterned paper for the background.

Some gems just completed my card.

Paper: Lawn Fawn, Beachside
Stamps: Stamplorations, Fond Expressions 2
Ink: Versafine, onyx black
Punch: Xcut scallop edger
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles
Embellishments: Bling Bling gems

The rest of the CC&S DT have also made sample cards to inspire you, go check them out here.http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2017/04/challenge-220-sketch.html

Thanks for you time today, I really appreciate your company. And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sunday Slot

Another card to share today that I made to uplift my spirits and it focuses on being present and living life to the full.

I started by die cutting the stitched rectangle and then stamped the image. I covered it with a stencil and inked with some watery colours as this lady always looks like she's jumping through the waves to me.

I popped the rectangle back into its aperture and then stamped the sentiment so that it spanned them both.

Stamps: Visible Image, Tomorrow Doesn't Exist
Inks: anger distress, bluepring sketch, mermaid lagoon
Die: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangles
Stencil: Memory Box, Texture Wave

Thanks for looking today, I really appreciate your time.  And keep crafting!

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Friday Focus 2

This is my second post for today.  Seems I've had a bit of a creative spurt and made a card, just in the nick of time, for the current Less is More Challenge.


In my eyes a Spring walk has to have flowers, has to have pink and means you need to take an umbrella with you!  Here's my card:

Out came my trusty Kaleidacolor ink pad and and a flower stamp from Uniko plus an umbrella from the now unavailable Clearly Besotted - (I invested heavily in their stamps so I've got to keep using them!)

Stamps: Uniko, Background Builders Flower Power; Claerly Besotted, April Showers Additions
Inks: Kaleidacolor, Berry Bliss; SU, smoky slate

Thanks again today for visiting my blog, lovely to have your company.  And keep crafting!

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Friday Focus

I'm playing at Stamplorations again today, this time for their CAS Card Challenge.

http://stamplorations.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/cas-challenge-april.html    http://stamplorations.blogspot.co.uk/p/stamplorations-anything-goes-challenge.html

And since my card uses Stamplorations goodies I'm also going to pop it into their Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge.

Here's my card:

I partially stamped the daisy row and then added pastel colours on top using a home-made circle stencil. 

I finished off with a sentiment with a trio of enamel dots around it.

Stamps: Stamplorations, Daisy Row, Fond Expressions 2
Inks: Ranger distress, scattered straw, shaded lilac, spun sugar
Embellishments: My Mind's Eye, now & then enamel dots

 So pleased to have you visit today, thanks so much.  And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Wednesday Words

It was my dad's funeral yesterday and I needed to lift my spirits a bit afterwards, so for me the best way to lose a few hours is to immerse myself in crafting. And I made myself an uplifting sort of card that I'm thinking sort of follows the Stamplorations current Theme and Sketch Challenge.

http://stamplorations.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/april-challenge.html    http://stamplorations.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/april-challenge.html

Here's my card:

I love cards where the words are the main focus and these really resonated with me. I used a 'new to me' sketchy frame and the butterfly is my wings element from the challenge.

Stamps: BeeCrafty, Frame & WORDage phrase
Ink: Versafine, onyx black
Punch: Tonic, butterfly
Embellishments: Papermania, shimmer dots

Thanks for dropping by today, it's been great having your company.  And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #219

A new colour challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches this week and I think they're a bit of different combo.


What do you think? They're really subtle, but very usuable and awesome.

I decided to make more of a unisex type of card and the wonderful Explosion duo from Uniko. I stamped the background halftone splats in the taupe and green and then hand cut the mint splat and raised it onto pads to sit above.

A couple of movement lines and the word awesome and my card was rady to go in the post.

Stamps: Uniko, Explosion, Explosion Additions
Inks: SU, old olive, mint macaron, tip top taupe

Do go check out how the rest of the CC&S DT have used these colours - here. You'll be impressed.

Thanks for looking today, your company has been very welcome.  And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

AAA Cards - #88 Stencil

A new CAS challenge starts today at AAA Cards and it's all about putting those stencils to good use.


As the challenge is sponsored by Stamplorations I decided to pull out one of my first ever purchases from them - Happy Flowers. It's one of my all time favourites too!

I'm really embracing orange as a colour recently, it always was one of my least favourite colours to use but I'm getting to enjoy it far more now.  I actually only used a yellow and pink ink but love how it's blended together to produce orangey areas.

I'm seeing a lot of black sentiment mats and banners around blogland at the moment and decided to give this a go. I'm loving how the contrast really makes it pop.

Stamps: Stamplorations, Fond Expressions 2
Inks: Ranger distress, picked raspberry, mustard seed; Memento, bamboo leaves; Versamark, clear
Stencil: ARTplorations, Happy Flowers
Embossing: Ranger fine, white

As well as the amazing Shery from Stamplorations creating a card for this AAA Cards Challenge we also have the wonderful Maria from White Mood joining us as a Guest Designer. And then of course there's all the sensational inspiration from the AAA Cards DT - here.

Huge thanks for visiting my blog today, I really love it when you drop by.  And keep crafting!

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