Sunday, 21 August 2016

Inkspirational #115

Hello friends, I've a card to share today using some designer paper
by Echo Park! I have lots and lots of fancy papers that are just too
gorgeous to use so they sit in a drawer! Anyone else do that?

So when I saw the challenge at Inkspirational I decided I could spare
a teeny bit although I've not twisted with stamping on it!


This uses:
WOW: Metallic Brass Sparkle EP
Altenew: Inks and Painted Butterfly Stamp set
Avery Elle: Sentimental
Mama Elephant: Landscape Trio dies




Hope you are having a fun and crafty weekend and
thanks for stopping by my blog today!


Sarah

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Less is More #290


Morning friends, time to announce this week's challenge over at 

Less is More
It's theme week and we've chosen the word Exotic


This one uses a Paper Smooches set called Get Outta Town.
The images are coloured with Promarkers and I've used a 
frame die from Pretty Pink Posh then 're-sat' the 'piccys' inside
again once coloured and popped it up on fun foam for added dimension.

I'd like to pop this one in at Addicted to Stamps and More where
it's the 'Make Your Mark' Week

Our Current Challenge



I couldn't resist creating a creating a card using this fantastic
'Paradise' set from Uniko and if Paradise isn't exotic then I'm stuck!
(Looks like Sarah G and Sharon also had the same idea!)

I decided to show-case the sentiment and keep that panel clean and simple
with the exotic hibiscus blooms in the background.

My teamies have been up to their usual brilliance so please head over 
to the Less is More blog HERE where there's links to their blogs 
and you can swoon with delight at their creations.

Hope you feel inspired to play along and I'll catch up with you soon.

Sarah

Friday, 19 August 2016

Uniko Challenge #35

Hello friends, I'm here to announce our latest challenge over at 

Uniko

and our theme for this one is
To use a Song Title as your inspiration

Here's mine and it's pretty obvious I think ... 99 Red Balloons by Nena.
Please don't try to count the balloons as I lost track at 79 and some are
hidden behind the cloud of course!!!


This uses Big and Bold Wish plus the Balloon Bash set.

.

The theme at Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge this week
is "Make for the Border" so as I've used one of my Mama Elephant
border trio dies I think I'll head to SSS with this one.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

The cue word at CASology this week is 'Dream' so I'm tentatively 
heading over there too - is making a wish like having a dream???


There's more fabulous ideas on the main Uniko blog HERE by my 
fellow teamies so please head over for links and details of prizes!

I hope you feel inspired to play along and rack those brains for some songs!
Have fun and I'll be back tomorrow with the latest challenge from
Less is More so hope to catch up then!


Sarah

Sunday, 14 August 2016

AAA Cards Challenge #71


Hi there crafters it's time to introduce the latest challenge from

AAA Cards

This time we'd like to see some BLENDING on your cards but please
keep the design CLEAN and SIMPLE.

In the end I've made 3 for this challenge and having made my second one first ... if 
that makes sense, I decided I'd rather go bold, fun and funky and slightly WILD!

... and as that's the theme at this week's Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge
I'd like to slot it in there too!


This one uses that funny silly stamp set from The Alley Way Stamps called
Face-It! I started out by inking my panel with various 'rainbow-type' coloured
Distress Inks before heat embossing my images. For added detail I dry-embossed
the card base using a 'next level' embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers.
The inky panel is die-cut using a frame die from WPlus9 Sunshine layers then
to finish a sentiment from Mama Elephant, Up, Up and Away.


Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog


Here's the first card I made!

A couple of challenges ago we had our 'Stash Favourites' and I used
this same die by Neat and Tangled. Here I've created a mask with it, 
adhered it to my card then blended distress inks in Spun Sugar and 
Worn lipstick to create an ombre look to my card. I couldn't resist a quick
spritz of Perfect Pearls and water although it's not obvious in the photo. 

The sentiments are from Avery Elle: Sentimental with the elephant from
Clearly Besotted Baby Shower stamp and die set.

My cousin and his wife are about to welcome a little girl to 
their home ... in fact at the time of 'typing' she could well be putting
in an appearance so this card will be heading over to them ASAP!

 Last but not least and because I love getting inky ...

First of all I masked off a strip approx 3cm wide on my card base then
inked the 'un-masked' area with Distress Inks in: Cracked Pistachio, 
Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch.

My favourite little addition with inky blending, spritzing, flicking and 
drizzling water and perfect pearls onto the area, although this isn't watercolour
card therefore not too much of a dowsing! I mounted 2 pieces of white card stock
on Fun Foam before adding my die-cut elements which are both by Clearly Besotted. 


There's loads more inspiration from my fellow teamies so I do hope
you'll want to play along with this one and have some fun.

We're also joined by a super talented Guest Designer for this challenge and I do 
hope you'll call in at Michelle's blog, Passionate Crafter and leave some love!


Our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers

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with our lucky winner receiving a $20 gift certificate to spend in store.
Thanks as always for stopping by and catch up with you soon.

Sarah

AAA Cards Challenge #71


Hi there crafters it's time to introduce the latest challenge from

AAA Cards

This time we'd like to see some BLENDING on your cards but please
keep the design CLEAN and SIMPLE.

In the end I've made 3 for this challenge and having made my second one first ... if 
that makes sense, I decided I'd rather go bold, fun and funky and slightly WILD!

... and as that's the theme at this week's Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge
I'd like to slot it in there too!


This one uses that funny silly stamp set from The Alley Way Stamps called
Face-It! I started out by inking my panel with various 'rainbow-type' coloured
Distress Inks before heat embossing my images. For added detail I dry-embossed
the card base using a 'next level' embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers.
The inky panel is die-cut using a frame die from WPlus9 Sunshine layers then
to finish a sentiment from Mama Elephant, Up, Up and Away.


Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog


Here's the first card I made!

A couple of challenges ago we had our 'Stash Favourites' and I used
this same die by Neat and Tangled. Here I've created a mask with it, 
adhered it to my card then blended distress inks in Spun Sugar and 
Worn lipstick to create an ombre look to my card. I couldn't resist a quick
spritz of Perfect Pearls and water although it's not obvious in the photo. 

The sentiments are from Avery Elle: Sentimental with the elephant from
Clearly Besotted Baby Shower stamp and die set.

My cousin and his wife are about to welcome a little girl to 
their home ... in fact at the time of 'typing' she could well be putting
in an appearance so this card will be heading over to them ASAP!


 Last but not least and because I love getting inky ...

First of all I masked off a strip approx 3cm wide on my card base then
inked the 'un-masked' area with Distress Inks in: Cracked Pistachio, 
Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch.

My favourite little addition with inky blending, spritzing, flicking and 
drizzling water and perfect pearls onto the area, although this isn't watercolour
card therefore not too much of a dowsing! I mounted 2 pieces of white card stock
on Fun Foam before adding my die-cut elements which are both by Clearly Besotted. 


There's loads more inspiration from my fellow teamies so I do hope
you'll want to play along with this one and have some fun.

We're also joined by a super talented Guest Designer for this challenge and I do 
hope you'll call in at Michelle's blog, Passionate Crafter and leave some love!


Our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers

Picture

with our lucky winner receiving a $20 gift certificate to spend in store.
Thanks as always for stopping by and catch up with you soon.

Sarah

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Less is More #289

Hi there, time for some more fun at Less is More with a new
ONE LAYER CARD week! 
The theme we've chosen is 'Something FRENCH'

Just the one from me for this week as I completely ran out of time - 
actually I was too busy playing with my Brushos, having learnt some
new tricks at the HLS retreat and I couldn't tear myself away from all
the wonderful colours and patterns they create. Think I'm 'hooked'!


Using the Je T'aime stamp set from Clearly Besotted I stamped the lower half of 
my card with the Eiffel Tower, rotating it up and down for added interest. In keeping 
with the colours of the French flag I've stamped the words in those colours too. 
As luck would have it I spotted the 'Bonjour' sentiment in the Lawn Fawn Gleeful 
Gardens set that was on my desk so that was added too. 

The 'Paris' speech bubble is left over from a previous Honey I Shrunk The Kit set 
and I've 'cheekily' inlaid it among the images and sentiments. 
  
To finish the red, white and blue French theme I found some matching bakers twine 
and added a couple of glossy hearts die-cut from a mini Paper Smooches die set. 

The theme at Time Out Challenges is 

'Holidays with the Optional Twist of No Stamping' 
(stamped sentiments allowed)

I've certainly NOT twisted here but I think my card has a definite 'holiday' feel
about it so I'd like to pop it in at Time Out too.

Grab Our Badge!

As always thanks for calling by my blog and I'll be back tomorrow
with another new challenge for AAA Cards. 


Sarah

Friday, 12 August 2016

Happy Little Stampers August - part 2

... and I'm back with another Brusho inspired card which I'd also like
 to enter at the Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies Challenge!

If you read my earlier post you'll see I'm completely hooked on Brushos
following the fabulous weekend I spent at the Happy Little Stampers
retreat in Swindon 2 weeks ago. Kylie, the queen of Brushos, taught us
some wonderful techniques with this medium and I'm literally awash
with ready prepared Brusho panels!!!! 

This one uses a die by Sizzix (Mixed Media #2) by Tim Holtz which I've die-cut 
twice at both ends of the front panel. It was quite tricky to remove all the little pieces as 
it's such an intricate die but I've now investedin a metal shim for my Big shot, 
with some birthday pennies, which is working a treat now!


I've popped the Brusho panel and die-cut overlay onto fun foam for some 
added interest and dimension. The sentiment is by Avery Elle: Sentimental.



Ok that's all for now but I'll be back tomorrow with a new
challenge for Less is More so hope you'll join me then!
Thanks for stopping by!


Sarah

Happy Little Stampers Challenges August


Hi there crafty friends I'm here with a couple of 'Brusho' styled cards!
Having spent a brilliant weekend in Swindon at the Happy Little Stampers
retreat with a bunch of fun and talented ladies, oh and Kylie of course!!!
I've come away addicted to Brushos and think I've now got enough backgrounds
to see me well into next year at least! 

I have to admit that I was pretty scared of these messy 'pigments' having had a timid 
play with them a while ago BUT Kylie was a fantastic teacher and shared some fun and 
fabulous techniques so here's the first one that I made at the retreat using a beautiful
 Memory Box die (Gardenia) - thanks to the lovely Julie Beech for suggesting it and
 loaning it to me, which started quite a craze with it! In fact I don't think you can 
purchase this die anywhere in the UK at the moment!!!


I've also used my 'Smile' word die by Lil'Inker which is winked with Stella
and glossied to the max! I can't remember where the 'it's your day' comes from
as there was so much borrowing of each others stash that I've forgotten!

I'd like to pop this one in at the Happy Little Stampers - Anything with Dies
... it would be rude not to don't you think? I'm a little tardy in adding this
but my husband was away with work this week and disappeared with the
memory card for the camera with all my card photos on! Only just retrieved it
this evening and note to self: copy them to the PC ASAP in future!!!



 I hope you aren't bored of Brushos as here's another!


This time I heat-embossed a mass of butterflies from the Butterfly Birthday set by 
Happy Little Stampers before sprinkling 3 colours of Brusho over my watercolour card 
then spritzed with a mixture of water and perfect pearls! I luuurve the colour combo
it's created but sadly you can't see the wonderful shimmer in the photograph.

I've added a couple of gems also by Happy Little Stampers, the 'friend' die-cut is by
Paper Smooches and the 'you are awesome' is by Winnie and Walter.

I'd like to pop this one in at the Anything Goes with Happy Little Stampers challenge.


Oooh I've just found another Brusho pieced card so I'll be back in a mo with that one!



Sarah