Sunday, 23 July 2017

AAA Cards Challenge #95 - Rainbow

Has it been raining recently in your part of the world? Or has it been sunny? Well at AAA Cards this fortnight the new challenge is hoping for a bit of both. Yep it's a rainbow theme.

http://aaacards.blogspot.com/2017/07/cas-game-95-rainbow.html

As the butterflies have been busy flitting around my garden I decided to use the gorgeous sketchy Stamplorations Winged Things on my card. Love their hand drawn look.


I created my rainbow of colours by masking off a central stripe and then inking through a stencil. the butterflies were stamped on top and I added a touch of grey pen to give them a slightly raised appearance.


A simple sentiment white embossed onto black card just finished off my card a treat.

Supplies:
Stamps: Stamplorations, Winged Things; Uniko, Simply Said Birthday
Inks:  Ranger distress, picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, cracked pistachio, bluepring sketch, wilted violet, milled lavender; Memento, tuxedo black; Veramark, clear
Embossing: Ranger Superfine, white
Pen: Promarker, cool grey 1
Stencil: Memory Box, Texture Wave

We have the wonderfully generous Shery from Stamplorations sponsoring this rainbow challenge with a prize of supplies she's used to create a card. Shery's card, along with all the other talented AAA Cards DT ladies and our brilliant Guest Designer Chrissie's cards can be found HERE. Make sure you check them all out!

I'm popping this card into the challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More where the them is Anything Goes.

http://addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/challenge-251-anything-goes.html

Thanks for your time today, it's been great having you visit my blog.  And keep crafting!

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Uniko Challenge #42

The new challenge at Uniko starts today and the theme is going to be so easy I know you'll all be linking up your fabulous cards.

http://unikostudio.blogspot.com/2017/07/uniko-challenge-42-flowers.html

I've used the Happy Succulents stamp set that was released in May - so so pretty and so so versatile.


I started by building up a frame round the top of my card using the small outline succulent and some of the frondy bits too. And this was such a joy to colour.


The sentiments are also from the same set - gorgeous font on the happy.

Supplies: Stamps: Uniko, Happy Succulents
 HappySucculentsPP
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Flexmarkers: pebble blue, shocking pink

There's loads more inspiration to be had over at the Uniko blog where all the DT and our Guest Designer Cornelia have made stunning cards to share with you all. Go take a look - HERE - then off you go stamping and colouring and die cutting those flowers and link up your card.

And since this is a birthday card I'm linking it up at Happy Little Stampers CAS Card Challenge. And as it has flowers I'm also linking up at Stamping Sensations

http://www.happylittlestampers.com/              Please grab our logo

I'm thrilled you had time to pop in today, thanks so much.  And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Thursday Thoughts

I had some inky time with the blues today to create my background for a card to enter into Happy Little Stampers July Watercolour Challenge.

http://www.happylittlestampers.com/2017/07/hls-july-watercolour-challenge.html

And I have to say I'm a little bit in love with those blues, so pretty how they've smooshed themselves together.


Once the ink was dry I trimmed the card into a strip and stamped the sketchy outline butterflies on top. A little grey pen was added to create a bit of shadow depth and then I matted it onto black card before adhering to the card base.


A very simple sentiment and I called it done.

Supplies:
Stamps: Stamplorations, Winged Things; Uniko, sentiment from a retired set
Inks: Ranger distress, meramid lagoon, blueprint sketch; Verafine, onyx black
Pen: Promarker, cool grey 1

Well that's me done for today. Hope you enjoyed your visit to my blog, it sure was fun having you drop by.  And keep crafting! 

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Wednesday Words

Summer - yes it's definitely been here in the UK and we've had some lovely sunshine as well as the usual humidity, rain and thunder storms.  So the codeword at Addicted to CAS seems very relevant.

http://addictedtocas.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/addicted-to-cas-challenge-115-summer.html

And I got to thinking about what typifies a UK Summer apart from the weather. The answer I came up with was music festivals. So that's how my card came about.


Although UK music festivals are renowned for the rain I went with a positive happy vibe and chose the sunshine instead.


Supplies:
Stamps: Visible Image, Rock Out
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black, dandelion, tangelo, lady bug
Stencil: Memory Box, Texture Shine

Thanks for looking today, I'm so pleased you dropped by my blog.  And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Tuesday Talk

Well I'm back from my little sortie down to Hampshire - so good to revisit the places where I grew up. And I've a scrapbook page, prepared before I went away, but sharing today.

I'm entering it into two challenges - The Memory Nest Make It Monday and Challenge YOUrself.

http://thememorynest.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/make-it-monday-no-91.html   http://scrap-challenge-yourself.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/challenge-yourself-43-handwritten.html

Here's my page:


I used the sketch from The Memory Nest, but changed up the circles to the Uniko Explosion stamps. The photo is not the best, but the memory is! One of those special moments when we really connected in the fun of what we were doing.


This is the first time I've played at Challenge YOUrself and they require a photo of you in the layout. Their extra ask this month is for handwritten journalling and since this is something I love to do on my pages it seemed a bit of a bonus rather than a challenge.


I finished off my page with a frame of hand drawn lines and a trio of hearts. I used to do this a lot on layouts, but not so much recently, so it was good to give it another go.

Supplies:
Paper: Bazzil Basics cardstock 
Stamps: Uniko, Explorion & Explosion Additions
Inks: SU, wisteria wonder, elegant eggplant
Die: Lawn Fawn, Louie's ABCs
Embellishments: Freckled Fawn, Hello; Mei Flower & Blng Bling black gems

I'm so pleased you found my blog today, loved having your company for a short while. And keep crafting!

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Friday Focus

Just quickly squeezing in a card before I head off down to Portsmouth for a college reunion. The card is for CASology and Uniko is the sponsor.

http://casology.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/week-257-wish.html

Here's my card:


I stamped the greeting and then the cosmos. I masked off the cosmos and used a stencil to blend in those oxide inks. A little colour was added to the flower centres - couldn't resist!


A quick splash of water and I called it done.

Supplies:
Stamps: Uniko, Pure Florals Cosmos
Inks: Ranger distress oxide, faded jeans, worn lipstick, wilted violet; Mememnto, tuxedo black

Huge thanks for looking today, really appreciate it.  And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Hello everyone. Today I'm sharing a card I made for the current Inkspirational Challenge. Bit of a tricky theme for me, but I think I've got it covered.


Here's my card:


I stamped the little rural scene and then added distress oxide inks on top.  A few flicks of water made the sky splotchy and created a pathway up to the bench. The panel was then mounted onto some funky foam to make it stand proud from the base card.


I added a die cut line to the side of the base card and a trio of enamel dots peeking out from under the image panel - loving these new to me matte finish sprinkle dots from doodlebug.

Supplies:
Stamps: SU, Happy Home; Uniko, SimplyS aid II 
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; Ranger distress oxides, faded jeans, cracked pistachio
Die: MFT Die-namics, Basic Stitch Lines
Embellishments: Doodlebug, matte sprinkles birthday boy asst.

Thanks so much for spending some time looking at my blog, great to have your company.  And keep crafting!

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