Sunday, 31 July 2016

AAA Cards Challenge #70

Hi there friends it's time for a new challenge at 
AAA Cards
and for this fortnight we'd like to see you use some STITCHING on 
your creations. There's no need to drag the sewing machine out
from the back of a cupboard unless you want to as there's lots of
stitched dies out there or even needle and thread 'by hand'
Here's mine using a 'homespun' die from My Favourite Things, 
a layered lily flower head from Altenew with a sentiment from
Clearly Besotted Brushed Greetings II. To finish a few sparkly
sequins from Neat and Tangled plus Pretty Pink Posh.

Here's a little photo inspiration and there's some superb ideas
from my fellow teamies over on the main blog HERE PLUS we have
2 very special and talented Guest Designers joining us for this one.

First up and owner of our generous Sponsor, Uniko it's Bev and Eunji of 
Follow Your Dreams and winner of our recent watercolour challenge.
I do hope you'll pop along to their individual blogs and leave them some love.




As already mentioned our sponsor for this one is Uniko
Uniko

with our lucky winner receiving a £10 gift certificate to spend in store.


Thanks as always for stopping by and I'll be back soon.


Sarah

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Less is More #286 & #287

Happy Saturday LIMettes, it's time to announce another new challenge
over at Less is More BUT for a change this one will run for 2 Weeks!
No excuses for not playing along with us this time!

It's a mini summer break for some of the Design Team, who will be attending
 the Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat next weekend!!! The excitement
has been brewing for some months now but at last we are almost there!

I'm hoping Mr Blogger will behave and post this on my blog as I'm
'hopefully' as you read this enjoying some Belgian Waffles, Chocolate, Beer etc
 'fingers-crossed' in the warm and sunny environment of Bruges!

So onto the challenge for the next 2 weeks and it's Recipe week - we'd like you to use 
something TACTILE on your cards but still maintaining a clean and simple design.

Here's mine featuring 2 very feminine birthday cards and don't forget to pop across 
to my teamies blogs for more awesome inspiration and clever tactile makes! 


Here, I started out by blending Distress Inks in yellow, pinks and oranges onto a 
panel of cardstock, running it though an embossing folder by WeR Memory Keepers
 (Next Level Embossing) before dusting it with Perfect Pearls. This leaves a textured and 
shimmery surface. Next up I've heat embossed the Gerbera from Uniko onto some Vellum 
using WOW Brass Metallic sparkle EP which leaves a glittery texture. Then with the
same EP I've created a frame around the offset panel along with the 'Happy'
die-cut sentiment from Hero Arts. to finish some sequins from Lucy's Little Things.

  

Next up using a brand new die from Neat and Tangled (Punchinella). Ive had my eye
 on it since I saw Laura Bassen use it HERE. To begin with I blended more Distress Inks,
 this time in pinks and purples onto a piece of cards stock. Spritzed and flicked a mixture 
of water and perfect pearls over it ... (you know I can't resist that little trick) then mounted 
my die-cut panel on top. This is a glitter card-stock making it tactile with the circular cuts
 as well as the glitter. The 'Happy' circle is also from Neat and Tangled with the embossed 
'birthday' from Winnie & Walter. A little extra tactile-ness with the double die-cut 
butterfly from Clearly Besotted and sequins from Pretty Pink Post.


 That's all from me and I do hope you'll feel inspired to play along with us.
I'm looking forward to seeing where your crafty tricks and tips take you with 
this one and I'll catch up with you all again soon - post retreat!

Thanks as always for calling by today!
Sarah

Sunday, 17 July 2016

AAA Cards Challenge #69


Hi friends it's time for a new challenge over at 
AAA Cards
and we'd like you to use one Stash Favourite on your card and explain
 what it is in your description. Tough I know to stick with one!
I love dies and try to use them where I can.
Here I've used 2 but my favourite stash item is the Neat & Tangled
Heart of Gold die
Other items are Distress inks to add a few splatters for interest,
WPlus9 stacking hearts dies, Lawn Fawn: Happy Wedding stamp set;
coloured with Promarkers and some Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish.
I hope you feel inspired to play along and our sponsor for this challenge 
is Stampendous. There's plenty more inspiration by my fellow teamies 
over on the main blog PLUS our guest designer for this challenge is the incredible 
Ksenija from Sweet Kobylkin
Please pop along to her blog and check out her fantastic designs.
http://aaacards.blogspot.com/2016/07/game-69-one-stash-favourite.html
Thanks as always for calling by and I do hope you have some fun.
Sarah

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Less is More #285

Morning friends - do you have that 'Saturday Morning Feeling' today?
Hope so as it's time to play over at Less is More.

It's THEME week and we've chosen 'Repetition'.

Here's my examples and there are loads of fun ideas by my
fellow teamies over on the main Blog HERE so do check them out!



My repetition on those one is 'dots' on the patterned paper from Echo Park,
3 matching flower heads and the leaves on the stem. The stamps are from one
of my favourites WPlus9 - Doodle Buds and I really need to play with this more
frequently as I love it. The sentiment is from the same set, the frame is an 
MFT die - Insert A Frame and to finish a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.


Now believe it or not ... and it's a first!!! I had already made this card and
purchased the stamp set by Hero Arts before Jennifer McGuire posted her video 
using it earlier this week HERE! I'm now awash with ideas for it but as you can 
see I thought it worked pretty well for repeat stamping. To accent it the 'Smile'
word die is by Lil'Inkers and the 'Have a Great Time' from Clearly Besotted.



Last but not least and using these adorable Pandas by Mama Elephant ...
in fact I have both the Pandamonium and Incoming Mail sets and this
uses the Panda from the latter and the sentiment from the former.
Not sure who I'll sent the card to but love the sentiment!


Ok it's over to you crafty folk and I'm sure you'll come up with some
perfect winners - you always do and it's a joy to check them out on your blogs.


Thanks as always for calling by and catch up with you again soon.


Sarah

Friday, 15 July 2016

Uniko Challenge #34

Hi Friends it's time to announce this month's challenge over at 

Uniko 

and our theme for this one is Flowers
There's so many stunning flower stamp sets created by Bev that
the only difficult task is selecting which ones to use. 


So it just had to be the Hibiscus from the most recently released sets,
Paradise. Here's I've heat-embossed the outline images in WOW Brass
sparkle embossing powder, sliced the panel in 2, popped them up on fun 
foam with a strip of glitter tape in between. The sentiment is made from the
'Sending' from Paradise and 'Best Wishes' from Simply Said.

There's plenty more inspiration over on the main blog HERE
as my fellow teamies have also been working their magic plus we've a 
lovely lady and winner of our masculine challenge, joining us for this challenge; 

I do hope you'll pop across and visit Carol of Just Me C to leave some love
and appreciation of her talents

All the information you need about prizes and how to win them can be 
found over on the Uniko blog HERE

Thanks as always for calling by and I hope you feel inspired to play along.


Sarah

Monday, 11 July 2016

Uniko Revisit - July 2016

Hello friends this month we are revisiting a previously released set over 
at Uniko which works perfectly with the Paradise sets released last month. 
So our revisit set for this month is Paradise: Hummingbird

Here I've created a card very similar to one I made for the DT Release hop 
day but in a different colourway, and also incorporating both the
 Paradise Leaves and the Hummingbird sets.


 The sentiment is a mixture from both sets and the hummingbird is 
heat-embossed in clear embossing powder then inked over with 
distress inks in those hot and tropical shades.

Don't forget to hop along to the other DT members and leave a comment
to be in with a chance of winning a prize. All the details are on the
main Uniko blog HERE and here's the hop order ...

Sarah P - That's me!

In case you've forgotten what this revisit set looks like here it is:


Thanks for stopping by today and good luck with the hop.

Sarah

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Less is More #284


Hi again friends. I don't know about you but our dreaded ONE Layer card weeks
at Less is More seem to come around awfully fast from where I'm standing 
and here we are again with one of THOSE challenges. The theme is 

Time / Clockwork

Just two from me for this week as I was a bit short on time and inspiration but
I'm sure if you pop across to my fellow teamies' blogs there'll be plenty more
magical, fun and unique designs to inspire you!


This one uses a clockwork stencil from Tim Holtz which is inked with
Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch and Broken China. The sentiment 'thanks'
is from Winnie and Walter with the 'For a lovely time' from Clearly Besotted.
There's a hand-drawn black line to divide the 2 sections of the card and 
a few Doodlebug Sprinkles which cover a little smudge quite nicely. 

It's an Anything Goes week over at Addicted to Stamps and More
so I'd like to pop this one in there.





This one uses the Party Animal set from Avery Elle, with hand-drawn strings, 
the 'celebrate' sentiment is also Avery Elle and the 'Time To' from Clearly Besotted.

Over at Inkspirational they'd like to see Anything Goes with 'Red'
so as I've used pink and red inks for the balloons I'd like to pop this one in there.



That's all from me but hope you have a lot of fun with this one and please
remember to keep it clean and simple plus on ONE layer only.

Thanks for stopping by and catch up again soon.


Sarah

Sunday, 3 July 2016

AAA Cards Challenge #68


Morning friends I'm here with the latest challenge information for

AAA Cards Challenge

We're looking for tags on your projects this time but please
remember to keep your design's Clean and Simple! 


Our sponsor for this challenge is Happy Little Stampers so I had
to use one of their sets as they are so fantastic and versatile to use with
other items from my stash. Here I've used the Doodled Flowers set
and coloured the centres with Promarkers and Glossy Accents.

My tag is die-cut using a Paper Smooches Stitched Tag die, with an
inlaid 'Wishing' die from Simon Says Stamp. The heat-embossed sentiment 
is made up of the 'You' from Uniko: Simply Said and 
'Happiness Wherever you go' from Mama Elephant: Up, Up and Away. 
To finish a little ribbon and metallic twine from my stash.

I'd like to enter my card over at Anything Goes with HLS stamps as well as 
the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday challenge


Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog



Here's a little photo inspiration for you 

http://aaacards.blogspot.com/2016/07/game-68-tags.html

plus there's loads more super designs courtesy of my fellow teamies.
 PLUS and I'm so excited to announce our AMAZINGLY talented guest designer 

Hannelie from desert diva

I'll be stunned if you haven't come across her blog as she enters
loads of challenges, is on loads of design teams and she produces
loads and loads of fantastic, CAS and elegant cards.
Do stop by and leave some love on her blog too!


Here's the link to our Sponsor, Happy Little Stampers
Our lucky winner receiving a $20 gift certificate to spend in the store.

Picture


I hope you feel inspired to play along and thanks as always for 
stopping by my blog today. Have a fun and crafty day!


Sarah

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Less is More #283


Hey Happy Saturday friends!
It's time for a new challenge at Less is More and we are back round
to our colour week. We've chosen a fun little colour idea for you ...

Colours of your kitchen
don't we all just love being a little nosey eh!

Here's mine and don't forget to head over and visit my teamies
blogs as they've got some stunning ideas too.


This one uses a woodgrain background stamp from Winnie and Walter
which echos the style and colour (almost) of my units, there's a very 
dark grey floor (I simply have to with a dog trailing mud inside).
Curtains, blinds and accessories are in shades of teal, mint and lime
 green as shown in the strange-coloured apples from Clearly Besotted:
 Apple of My Eye and the Doodlebug Sprinkles

It's an Anything Goes week at Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge
so I'd like to pop this one in there.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog



This one uses the same woodgrain background stamp from Winnie
& Walter with a sentiment from Altenew Brushstroke Sentiments
(thanks again Anita!) ;) plus the blooms are from the recently released 
stamp set Paradise by Uniko. The woodgrain embossed panel is
mounted on fun foam for added dimension and a couple of sparkly 
sequins from Pretty Pink Post to add a bit of bling.


Last but not least I couldn't resist using the Doodled Flowers stamp set 
from Happy Little Stampers; our generous sponsor for July.

I stamped the images from the set and coloured some of them with promarkers
leaving the others as outlines. The sentiment is by Winnie & Walter (thanks to 
a little de-stash purchase from Michelle Short) and I've added some coordinating
sequins from my stash around the edges.

I'd like to pop this card in at the Anything Goes with HLS Stamps



I hope you enjoy this one and thanks as always for calling by.
See you soon


Sarah