Saturday, 19 August 2017

Less is More #342

Woah! I don't know where that week went but it certainly doesn't seem like seven days since my last blog post for Less is More! This summer needs to SLOW down a little!

Anyway it's the turn of our Theme week and our theme should certainly fit in well with the time of year so have a little fun and I hope you'll join us in creating a CLEAN and SIMPLE card depicting 'your perfect holiday'


I've just the one card today and as Susan beat me to the 'caravan' image for last week's Vehicle challenge I was determined to use this cute little holiday home in my card this week. 


the images are from Avery Elle: Home Sweet Home, Lawn Fawn: Life is Good and Paper Smooches: Get Outta Town. I've used Promarkers to colour the images and the caravan is fuzzy cut and remounted in the little scene on 3d foam for added interest. 

There's some stunning ideas over on the main blog HERE - as always the Design Team have worked their magic and we are also joined by Pauline from Crafting with Cotnob (our winner for June) and she's created a super cute and clever holiday card for her Guest Designer spot. 

Once again our sponsor is Seven Hills Crafts and if you play along throughout this month you could be our lucky winner of a gift certificate to spend in the online store. 


Thanks for calling by and catch up soon

Sarah

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Less is More #341


Hi there crafty friends another week has slipped by and here we go again with our weekly challenge for you at Less is More. AND ... it's that 'dreaded' ONE layer week! Don't you just love it but it's an easy enough theme ... I think, so here's the Cue Card and let's hope you have fun too.


Hopefully that won't cause too many issues and here's my cards. I've 2 for you this week and I was having a play about with some pencils on the first one but I've not really mastered the art of colouring with them! The images are from Create a Smile 'Underwater Love' and I thought they'd be rather cute - hoping that a submarine is classed as a vehicle though! I've also distressed the edges and added some splatters of Distress ink in Mermaid Lagoon.



My second one uses a brand new birthday goodie, sentiment set from Neat & Tangled, which is part of their 5 year birthday release. I just love that swirly 'Hooray' and I've teamed it with a little cute train, coloured with Promarkers, from Clearly Besotted 'Going Places' with the 'Birthday Boy' sentiment from that same set. The 'track / road' stamp is by Stampin' Up - Rev up the Fun. I did intend to make a card using either the car or motorbike in that set but it just didn't happen for me! 

I've spotted 3 challenges in blogland, where my card should fit in so I'll be dropping by at Addicted to Stamps and More where it's a Clean and Simple Challenge, Addicted to CAS is ONE layer week too and at Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday it's 'For a Child' so I simply couldn't resist popping this one over there too.

I hope you'll feel inspired to play along and don't forget to check out the fabulous designs from my fellow teamies over on the main blog HERE 

Thanks for stopping by 
Sarah

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Less Is More #340

Morning friends, oh I have missed blogging and crafting! This is the first post I've 'written' since my 2 week holiday in France - anything that has appeared here was thanks for Mr Blogger and his scheduling expertise! So it's a pleasure to be back and introducing our latest challenge at Less is More

Being the first one of the month it's the turn of Colour week and here's our Cue Card


Hopefully that won't cause too many issues; there's no need to use actual fruit images - just whatever takes your fancy. I started imagining all those exotic fruits ... mango, pineapple, kiwi, watermelon, to name a few and took it from there.

I recently treated myself to the stunning 'Spring Blooms' set from WPlus9 so this is a first for inking up this beauty with some vivid ink colours from Altenew. I also added some extra detail to the images with coloured pencils before die-cutting the 'Friend' word die from Paper Smooches, mounting it on several layers of card before popping it back into it's negative space. The 'Good Luck' sentiment is from Uniko: Simply Said range.


The Muse Challenge blog is having an 'Anything Goes' week so I'd like to pop this card in over there. I used to play along there almost every week but the time just seems to fly these days so I couldn't pass up this opportunity!



Next up one of my friends is celebrating a BIG and special birthday plus she's addicted to sweeties, particularly wine gums although I didn't have a stamp with those so gummy bears will have to suffice! These are from the Avery Elle Pick n Mix set.


The bears are coloured with Promarkers, die-cut and arranged along a stitched curved border die from MFT with a 'celebrate' sentiment from Uniko: All Occasion Sentiments #6 and the smaller sentiment is Clearly Besotted: Laugh Out Loud! There's a teeny little pale blue inky blending behind the bears too and I've coated them with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.

I'd like to pop this one in over at CASology where the theme is 'Juicy'



Being the beginning of a new month we are also welcoming back Seven Hills Crafts as our Sponsor for August and I hope you'll play along this month to be in with a chance of winning a prize.
 



Don't forget to check out the fabulous designs from my fellow teamies over on the main blog HERE and have some fun! 

Thanks for calling by today!


Sarah

Friday, 4 August 2017

Uniko Challenge #42 - Reminder


Hi there, I'm back with a little reminder about our current challenge over at Uniko and the theme for this one is Flowers, so a really easy one to play along with. There's some stunning floral beauties in the Uniko range of stamps as well as other companies so I can't wait to be inspired by your creations in the gallery.

This time I've gone with the bold 'Uniko Style' set in some vibrant Altenew ink colours. It's another of my two-fer's as I started by stamping the panel of blooms in a random layout and decided I could split the panel into 2! 




The panel was die-cut using a basic stitched border die from My Favourite things and I've used a 'happy' and 'birthday' sentiment from the recently released 'Happy Succulents' set. I decided to add a fuzzy cut matching bloom to each card too which is popped up on 3d foam for extra interest.




As always there's plenty of fantastic creations by my fellow teamies, so why not head over to the Uniko blog HERE to check out the links and pay them a visit! I'm sure they'd appreciate it!

Once again we are joined by the lovely Cornelia, our Guest Designer for this challenge and I hope you'll pop along and visit her blog HERE and leave a friendly word and some love.

You have until Friday, 25th August to link up to the challenge and all the details you need about prizes and how to play can be found over at Uniko HERE

As always thanks for calling by my blog today and I hope you feel inspired and will play along with us!


Sarah

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Happy Little Stampers August 2017 - CAS Challenge

Hi there, it's time for this month's challenge over at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge. It's another easy one and I imagine we'll be inundated with stunning cards in the gallery this month, especially with so many beautiful floral images out there. So why not grab those flowers, create, play and inspire us.


Here's my card to get you started and I've used the popular 'Wish You Were Here' set by Happy Little stampers with a sentiment from the 'Mix Mash' set. The blooms were stamped with a little masking before colouring with my Zig Clear Brush Markers. The flower panel is die-cut using a pierced rectangle stax from My Favourite Things.



Our challenge is sponsored by HLS and one lucky person will win a $20 certificate to spend in the online store HERE so why not join in - there's a whole month to do so!

You might even like to link up to some of the other Happy Little Stampers challenges and all the details are on the blog HERE

Ok I hope you feel inspired to play along with us and don't forget to pop along to the CAS Challenge blog HERE where you'll find all the links and designs by fellow teamies ... you're in for a treat!

Thanks as always for visiting my blog today and catch up soon!


Sarah

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Uniko - Farewell Fellow Teamie!


Hello crafty friends it's a sad day over at Uniko today as we are saying 'Farewell' to one of our fellow teamies. Sarah G has decided to step down from the team due to work pressures and life just getting in the way. She'll be missed loads as her inspiring makes really set the bar here at Uniko and her designs leave me speechless every time. We've become great friends as we started here at Uniko at the same time, I think, so I hope she'll continue to visit and we'll meet up IRL now and again. 

All the best Sarah and here's a little cheery card for you using the popular Paradise set by Uniko ....



My fellow teamies have been up to their usual tricks and created some classy designs for Sarah too plus we're hosting a little blog hop so do hop along and leave a comment at each of the design team blogs to be in with a shout of a prize. I hope you'll pay Sarah a visit too and wish her well.

To join the 'hop' and find the links please head over to the Uniko blog HERE where you'll find all the prize details too. 

As always thanks for calling by my blog today and good luck with the HOP!

Sarah

Sunday, 23 July 2017

AAA CAS Cards Challenge #95

Hello there friends, it's time for another challenge over at AAA CAS Cards and this post is tinged with a little sadness as I'm stepping down from the Design Team at AAA Cards following this challenge. It's been a brilliant opportunity, creating alongside such fantastic talent and I've loved every minute. I've also made some wonderful friends who I hope to meet up with in the near future and definitely keep in touch with them via social media. 

The demands of being on a Design Team are challenging and unfortunately being on several design teams, alongside work certainly eats into precious family time, which has led me to this decision. I do hope to play along in the challenges now and again and I'd like to thank everyone at AAA CAS cards for being such perfect teamies!

The theme for this one is Rainbow and it's one of my favourite themes so  here's my card followed by a little photo inspiration for you too


This was a very quick and easy card to make using rainbow coloured strips adhered at an angle to a panel of white card-stock. This was die-cut using a stitched rectangle die before adding a die-cut 'happy' sentiment and stamped 'birthday' greeting. To finish I couldn't resist a few enamel dots in rainbow colours.



As always there's plenty more super CAS creations by my fellow teamies, with links to their blogs on the AAA Cards blog HERE

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is a formidable Queen of CAS and creator of the ever-popular Less is More Challenge. It's Chrissie of Simply One of a Kind! She is a whizz at Clean and Simple designs and I hope you'll pop along and visit her blog this week.

Our sponsor for this challenge is STAMPlorations and I hope you'll feel inspired to join us and play along.


Sarah

Friday, 21 July 2017

Uniko Challenge #42


Hello crafty friends it's that time again when we are announcing our latest challenge over at Uniko and the theme for this one is Flowers! What a super pretty challenge and I'm sure you'll have no problems with this one at all, especially if you are lucky enough to own many of the floral stamp sets by Uniko.

This month we have also been revisiting the Marvellous Mehndi set which isn't a floral set as such but when is a Mandala not a Mandala hey? Well when it's shaped like a flower as I've done here and added some leafy images to the background.



The leaves are from the Pure Florals: Gerbera set and left monochromatic. I thought this style worked well with the subtle colours of distress inks used to colour the mandala having first heat embossed it with a white pearl embossing powder. The sentiment is from the Simply Said range and I've added a little extra details with some sparkly gems.




Our Guest Designer for this challenge is fab-u-lous Cornelia who is one of our previous Uniko Challenge winners. I'm sure you'll all have visited Cornelia's blog in the past as she's on several design teams and creates the most eye-poppingly delightful cards always! Do pop along and visit her blog and leave a friendly word and some love.

You have until Friday, 25th August to link up to the challenge and all the details you need about prizes and how to play can be found over at Uniko HERE

Thanks for calling by my blog today and I hope you feel inspired and will play along with us!

Sarah

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Uniko Revisit - July 2017: Marvellous Mehndi

Hi friends, I'm here with a REVIST post for Uniko and this month Bev asked us to 'dig out', dust down and bring the previously released, Marvellous Mehndi set back into the spotlight.

I've a few examples to share with you and sometimes when I'm crafting I get fixated on a particular colour combo, which happened with this little lot. I start colouring some images but then I wasn't sure if I liked the result so I did some more. Eventually I decided they actually looked okay and they'd even be a great gift idea to give as a set with some everyday style sentiments as I've done here.

I hope you like my Marvellous Mehndi revisit. All images are coloured with Promarkers and I've added some little gems to most of the cards. The sentiments are all Uniko and from a mixture of the All Occasion Sentiments range and Simply Said.  







As is the tradition there's a blog hop giveaway; the prize being the featured set or a gift card to the same value if you already own the set.

You'll find all the details including the links to my teamies blogs and a sneaky peek at what they've created with this set over at Uniko HERE

Thanks for visiting my blog today and I wish you lots of luck on the hop!


Sarah

Saturday, 8 July 2017

AAA CAS Cards Challenge #94

Hello there friends, it's time for another challenge over at AAA CAS Cards and it's one with a difference! Firstly it's Saturday and our challenges usually appear on a Sunday! The reason being we are joining forces with the Less is More Challenge which went live just a moment ago.

We'll be having ONE joint winner receiving a prize from our sponsor, Happy Little Stampers and the lucky winner will also be invited to appear as a Guest Designer for both challenges in one of their future challenges. You'll need to enter at both challenges to be in with a chance of winning but do check both of the 'how to play' guidelines first.

The theme for this one is to use a Coloured Card-base BUT the catch is it's got to be a ONE layer card. Here's my card followed by the photo inspiration and I couldn't resist using some of our sponsor stamps. 


I've used a kraft card base and stamped the floral and leaf images from Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers set along a sentiment from a discontinued Birthday sentiments set. I've hand-drawn the lines around the sentiment to give it extra definition, coloured the images with Promarkers and added some additional white detail with a gel pen. 


There's plenty more super CAS creations by my fellow teamies, with links to their blogs on the AAA Cards blog HERE

We are also joined by Milka, a previous winner of our challenges, who is Guest Designing for this one and do pop along and visit her blog. You won't be disappointed as her creations are totally inspiring and why not leave a friendly word and some love - I'm sure she'll appreciate it.

As mentioned above our sponsor for this challenge is Happy Little Stampers and one lucky joint winner will receive a $20 gift certificate for their online store. 

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Thanks for calling by my blog today and I hope you feel inspired and will play along with  both challenges this time! Each challenge blog will reveal their individual favourites on Friday 28th July and the joint winner will also be announced in the same post on each of the challenge blogs. 

Sarah

Less is More #336 & 337

Morning friends, I hope you're ready for this week's challenge at Less is More as we're playing it a little different this week! In fact it's not a ONE week challenge but a TWO week one. The reason being we are joining up with the Design Team over at AAA CAS Cards challenge, who are running an identical challenge. 

Both challenges will have ONE joint winner, to be announced on Friday, 28th July, however the runners up will be chosen separately by each challenge team, and all will be revealed in the same blog post on 28th.

You'll need to enter both challenges to be in with a winning chance of a prize sponsored by Happy Little Stampers and do check the 'How To Play' guidelines for both challenges before you link up.

On to the challenge and the second week of the month signals our 'dreaded' ONE layer card week. The twist this week is not only is it a ONE layer but we'd like you to use a coloured card-base. Yikes! Anything other than white is fine and and here's the Cue Card



This week we are also joined by Kylie of Addicted to Stamps and owner of our sponsor Happy Little Stampers so I do hope you'll hop along and visit her this week.

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I've 2 cards to share with you and the first one uses entirely Happy Little Stampers images from the Butterfly Birthday set with a sentiment from a discontinued Birthday sentiments set. The butterflies were stamped with Versamark Ink and heat-embossed with clear embossing powder before adding some detail with a white pencil and a white gelly roll pen.




This one uses some floral images from the Altenew Beautiful Day set and a sentiment from the same Happy Little Stampers Birthday Greetings set. The flower is a layered stamp; the base layer is stamped with Altenew Midnight ink; the next layer with black ink, followed by the third in Hero Arts white pigment ink. Finally the outline is heat-embossed in white.


Don't forget to check out the fabulous designs from my fellow teamies over on the main blog HERE as they have worked their magic with this tricky theme and it's well worth checking our their creations for incredible inspiration.

I hope you'll play along and have some fun with this collaboration between Less is More and AAA CAS Cards.

Thanks for calling by and I'll be back soon! Within a minute in fact with my AAA Cards post!


Sarah

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Happy Little Stampers July 2017 - CAS Challenge

Hi there, it's time for this month's challenge over at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge and it's a really easy one for this month so no excuses for not joining us! Here's the cue card followed by my 'masculine' style card.





I've used several HLS stamp sets to create this card; Big Bold Numbers, which I've heat embossed in clear having used the darkest of the 'blue' set of Altenew Inks for the Number 3, with the other images in the toning colours. The other sets are Mix Mash and Mixed Media Fun for the splatters. 

Our challenge is sponsored by HLS and one lucky person will win a prize so why not join in - there's a whole month to do so!


You might even like to link up to some of the other Happy Little Stampers challenges and all the details are on the blog HERE

Ok I hope you feel inspired to play along with us and don't forget to pop along to the CAS Challenge blog HERE where you'll find all the links and designs by fellow teamies ... you're in for a treat!



Thanks as always for visiting my blog today and catch up soon!

Sarah

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Less is More #335

Morning friends, are you ready for this week's challenge at Less is MoreIt's the start of a new month which means it's colour week and also time to introduce our sponsor for the month. We are delighted to welcome back Happy Little Stampers, who will be providing the prize for this month. 

Here's our cue card and I've 2 cards to share with your this week using our Union Jack colour combo 




This one uses bold blocks of coloured card stock with the bottom half dry-embossed using one of the We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folders. The sentiment is from My Favourite things and I've added a couple of enamel dots to add a little extra interest. 

It's an Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge so I'd like to head across there with this one. 


Here's one using images by our sponsor Happy Little Stampers from the Wish You Were Here and Mix Mash sets for the sentiment. 

I hope you'll play along with us this week and don't forget to check out the fabulous designs from my fellow teamies over on the main blog HERE where you'll find some fantastic inspiration.

Thanks for calling by my blog and I'll be back soon. 


Sarah