Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Uniko - Introducing Snowdrops with Dotty Background


Hello there friends, we've got those Sneaky Peeks out of the way in the last 2 days and it's time for some Introductions over at Uniko as we get ready for this month's release of new stamps!

Today we are introducing you to the Spring Botanicals: Snowdrop and Scattered Polka Dots Large Background sets and here's how I've been playing!

Two fairly similar examples. First up I decided to twist these snowdrops into crocuses by colouring them in shades of purple with a touch of yellow in the centre. The image is stamped directly onto the card panel, coloured with Promarkers with a sentiment from the set sneaked in at the bottom. I used part of the background stamp to create the base of the card, adding a little extra interest by popping the top up on fun foam and the little strip of black card separates the 2 sections. 


This one, I hope, shows true Snowdrop style colouring with just a little hint of grey tones using Promarkers to the flower heads. I stamped the background on a separate panel then die-cut an oval window to showcase the blooms. The background dotty panel is popped up on fun foam with another classy sentiment from the set heat embossed on a coordinating piece of grey cardstock. 


I hope this has whet your appetite for more!

The release schedule can be found over on the Uniko blog HERE as well as links and peeks at how my fellow teamies have worked their magic!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back tomorrow for the next introduction.


Sarah

Monday, 11 December 2017

Uniko Sneak Peeks Day 2 - December 2017

Hi there friends, I'm back and it's Day 2 of our Sneaky Peeks, soon to be released from Uniko and if you haven't decided what you'd like to fill your Christmas stocking then look no further

Not a Christmas image in sight and full of Spring time inspirations. 

Today we'd like to tease you with the remaining 4 sets of stamps and if you head over to the main Uniko blog HERE you'll find all the information you need about when these goodies will be available to order - or WIN in fact if you take part in our Blog Hop on RELEASE Day you might be in with a chance of winning the lot!







Thanks for stopping by today and we'll be introducing the sets with examples from tomorrow so do pop back and I hope you'll keep visiting me for the rest of the week too.


Sarah

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Uniko Sneak Peeks Day 1 - December 2017

Hello it's time for another stamp release this month over at Uniko so if you haven't quite finished off your letter to Santa, you may well want to hang fire for a few days as check out the goodies we'd like to tease you with! Not a Christmas image in sight and full of Spring time inspirations. 

Today we've 5 whopping Sneaky Peeks to share; 2 stamp sets and 3 brand new stencils!







 
If you head on over to the Uniko blog HERE you'll find all you need to know about the schedule, dates for introductions and the BIG reveal, release and traditional blog hop GIVEAWAY! 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll keep visiting me this week as we reveal and introduce the sets.


Sarah

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Less is More #358

Morning friends!

Oh my goodness we really are getting extremely close to Christmas and I feel so disorganised and lacking in handmade Christmas cards that I feel a shop bought pack may be required this year to bolster my stock! 

It's time to announce the latest challenge from Less is More and in true festive style we've a challenge that could be 'twisted' towards that Christmas theme if, like me, you're struggling with cards.

Sadly I've only the one today as there's one more stamp release from Uniko to sneak in before Christmas so that has also kept me out of mischief and away from my Christmas card production line! I feel my hand delivered ones will be still wet with glue when I deliver them on Christmas Eve!!!

Anyway here's this week's CUE CARD and it's that dreaded ONE layer week too!



... and here's my card using a cheap and cheerful stamp I picked up from The Works (UK book / stationary / craft shop). It's a little living room scene in itself featuring a roaring toasty fire and lights on a Christmas Tree so as soon as I saw it I knew which challenge it would be heading towards!


I stamped the image in black then heat embossed with clear embossing powder over the top before colouring the images with Promarkers. There's a little wink of stella and glossy accents on those stockings and a sentiment from Uniko to finish. Oh and I hand drew the border to frame the image. 

It's an Anything Goes week over at Addicted to Stamps and More so I'd like to pop this one in there, plus over at Timeout Challenges there's a photo inspiration and I couldn't resist not joining in when I saw the cute little stockings against the wood background. 

These were perfect for our family's Christmas stockings since we don't have a fireplace! https://www.etsy.com/listing/244801883/christmas-stocking-holders-set-of-4:


As always there'll be loads of fabulous designs from my fellow teamies over on the main blog HERE and no doubt a few extras on their own blogs so do pay them a visit this week.

Our fantastic sponsor for this month is Happy Little Stampers and if you want to be in with a chance of a prize, then do play along each week, We'll announce our monthly winner at the start of next month.



Hope you'll play along and have some fun and thanks for calling by. 


Sarah

Friday, 8 December 2017

Uniko Challenge #44 - Reminder

Hi there, I'm back with a little reminder about our current challenge over at Uniko and in true Festive Fashion the theme for this one is Christmas and if you visited my blog when we announced the challenge on 24th November then you'll know that my reminder card is the other 'half' of a 2-FER! 

Both cards are very similar and use the Winter Foliage set by Uniko with a die-cut Christmas sentiment from MFT die-namics teamed with a Uniko one too! The images are stamped using Altenew Inks and I've also used the Basic Stitched Border edge dies from MFT too. 



I also have a non-traditional extra card to share which I created for the recent Happy Little Stampers Retreat in Manchester for the 'Christmas Challenge' It uses the recently released Wonky Stripe Stencils, inked through with Distress Inks and the Designer Dies: Snowflakes which were also inked with the same coloured inks, dowsed in Versamark ink before heat embossing with some Hero Arts Clear Sparkle embossing powder. The sentiments are from the recently released Festive Sentiments set from Uniko. 



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!

Here's the cue card which we'd love to see you use in your own blog posts and I hope you feel inspired and will play along with us!



You have until Friday, 29th December to link up to the challenge so no excuses for not taking part!

The details you need about prizes and how to play can be found over at Uniko HERE and as always thanks for calling by my blog today.


Sarah

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Uniko - Design Team Inspiration December 2017

Hi friends, I'm zipping in with a little sneak preview of a Design Team Inspiration post I've created for Uniko and it's a whopping 15 card collection of Uniko inspired mini treats.

You can check out all the details HERE but here's just one of my bundle of cards and I hope you'll pop across to the main blog to find out the thinking and creation behind these cards.



The cards use a whole range of Uniko sets, featured below,
Background Blocks: Wonky Stripes, Scattered Polka Dots, Horizontal Stripes and Doodle Flower
Flower Power Series, Originally Organics, Pure Florals: Gerbera - Stamps & Dies
 Uniko Style - Stamps
Sentiments from: Simply Said Range, Pure Florals: Lily & Festive Sentiments


Thanks as always for calling by and I hope you have a fun and creative day. 

Sarah

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Less is More #357

Morning friends!

It's time to announce our latest challenge from Less is More and being the first week of the month it's our COLOUR challenge. We're also welcoming back Kylie of Happy Little Stampers as our Guest Designer and sponsor for the month so do pop along to her blog and leave some love!


I'm needing to maximise my Christmas card stock, urgently, so this colour scheme seemed appropriate although I do also love non-traditional coloured Christmas cards too. I've 2 cards to share and they both use the Winter Flowers set by Simon Says Stamp, coloured with Promarkers and the sentiments are by Happy Little Stampers




I'd like to head across to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes with this one. 

As always there's loads of fabulous designs from my fellow teamies over on the main blog HERE and our sponsor for this month is Happy Little Stampers so do play along for a chance of a prize, which we announce at the start of next month.




Hope you'll play along and have some fun and thanks for calling by. 


Sarah

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Less is More #356


Morning friends! It's time to announce our latest challenge at Less is More and it's our Recipe week with the requirement to 'Let it Shine'


Now you may have heard that Kylie of Happy Little Stampers & Kylie's Addicted to Stamps held a little Craft Retreat in Manchester earlier this month and I was delighted to attend and meet up with fellow LIM teamies, Anita and Sharon along with a bunch of other crafty buddies.

Kylie decided it was time to introduce 'light up' cards and basically I'm hooked! To begin with all that circuit building with batteries and positives/negatives was a little mind-blowing but now back at home I just can't get enough of them. 


This Eiffel Tower card is one of my Retreat cards, although I rehashed it a little when I got home as I could see a channel of light behind the tower. The image is from Happy Little Stampers and initially it was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black then heat embossed using Clear Sparkle embossing powder on a 'Distressed' Background. The mini picture shows the 'light-up' effect when the sentiment is pressed. 


 

This one was very simple to make and positively oozes CAS! Firstly I debossed a stitched circle die by Simon Says Stamp, then added the reindeer thumb print image from the Clearly Besotted 'In Print' set. The sentiment is from the MFT set 'Jingle All the Way' - I have to say the light-up effect on this one is the best (so far!) and my reindeer (Rudolph) has a shiny red nose from Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents too. 



While I had the MFT 'Jingle All The Way' set on my desk I couldn't resist inking up these mini Reindeer and adding another 'Rudolph' into the mix. The images are coloured using Promarkers andn you can see the 'light-up' effect in the mini picture at the top.


If you get the chance to have a go with light-up cards you'll have a whole load of fun and why not try it this week and link up to our challenge!

As always there's loads of fabulous designs from my fellow teamies over on the main blog HERE and our sponsor for this month is Dies to Die For so do play along for a chance of a prize, which we announce at the start of next month.




I hope you'll play along and thanks for calling by!



Sarah

Honey I Shrunk The Kit #14

Hey there friends, I'm so excited to be sharing another day out with my fellow Honey Babes for another HISTK post! BUT I'm absolutely dreading it at the same time as it's my turn to host! What I thought might be a fun kit to work with turned into a bit of a nightmare as my mojo went AWOL in the last few weeks so I'm relying on the Babes to showcase it to the MAX!

Honey I Shrunk the Kit logo



The name of my kit is 'Sugar Fix' and here's a little piccy of the contents: 


... and here's the list of contents:

Stamps: Reverse Confetti: Donut You Know (plus donut die), Neat & Tangled: Say Yes to Donuts, Avery Elle: Pick N Mix (plus dies) and Mama Elephant: Carnival Cupcakes (plus dies)
Other Dies: L’il Inker: Smile, Mama Elephant: Columbus Circle and Neat & Tangled: Hooray word dies
Other Items: Hobbycraft Basics: patterned paper, Action Wobbler, Doodlebug: bakers twine & Anita’s: half cut pearls

Somehow I managed 5 cards, some I like a lot more than others and this first one has to be my favourite. I made it for my niece and nephew for Halloween using the action wobbler behind the bag of sweeties. I used a couple of extra images from a CBS dis-continued set called In the Spirit.


No additional items were used for this one other than the kit and the images are coloured with Promarkers.


My colouring medium for the next one was the Kuretake Zig Clear Brush Pens but my doughnut looks a little burnt, don't you think? I used a wonky stitched die-cut panel (thanks to fellow Honey / LIM teamie, Anita ... quite convenient that she came to stay at my house recently and brought some of her treasured stash with her)!!!


Ooooh! What's this ... another wonky stitched panel (thanks again Anita)! Images and die-cut sentiment once again coloured with Promarkers, with the 'it's a boy' sentiment by CBS.


I'm really not sure about this one but had a few bits and pieces to use up so a framed display of sugary, jelly sweeties, all coloured with Promarkers and coated with wink of stella and glossy accents.

I hope you like my cards but I'm sure you'll love my teamies cards even more! Don't delay, check out these lovelies as I'm off to do now! Thanks for calling by and I hope to be back with more Honey I Shrunk the Kit kits next year! 

Hazel Hodgkins: Hazel's Paper Designs
Sarah Gray: Funky Fossil Designs
Shona Chambers: Twine Around
Anita Bowden: Neet & Crafty
Sarah Platt: Sazzle Dazzle Crafts ... that's ME!


Sarah

Friday, 24 November 2017

Uniko Challenge #44

Hello crafty friends it's that time again when we are announcing our latest monthly challenge over at Uniko and the theme for this one is Christmas! Totally appropriate and brilliant timing for dashing off some of those much needed holiday cards.

Here's mine and it's a little tease because it's a 2-FER and you'll need to check back at 'reminder' time for the other 'half'! Both cards use the Winter Foliage set by Uniko with a die-cut Christmas sentiment from MFT die-namics teamed with a Uniko one too! The images are stamped using Altenew Inks and I've also used the Basic Stitched Border edge dies from MFT too. 





Here's the cue card which we'd love to see you use in your own blog posts and I hope you feel inspired and will play along with us!

                                             


You have until Friday, 29th December to link up to the challenge, so no excuses for not joining in! 

The details you need about prizes and how to play can be found over at Uniko HERE and as always thanks for calling by my blog today.

Sarah

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Less is More #355

Morning friends!

After my little break at the Happy Little Stampers Retreat in Manchester, last weekend and several days entertaining fellow craft buddies, Anita and Kylie, I'm back, with this week's challenge for Less is More 

Hopefully you managed to check out some of the retreat photos on Facebook - we had a brilliant time and Kylie is the most fantastic teacher with loads of tips for card making and getting messy in particular. If you get the opportunity to attend one of these events in future then you certainly won't regret it!

This weekend it's fellow Less is More teamie, Susan's birthday and she kindly agreed to let us CASE one of her cards for the challenge so I'm sending HUGE birthday greetings and sharing my 'Susan Inspired Card' below


It's just the one from me this week as my mojo has run off and left the building!!! I've gone festive as Susan did with a stitched front panel and a main focal point of 2 little robins. I couldn't resist adding a delicate blended sky and touches of glittery snow to the background. 


Supplies: Clearly Besotted - Rockin' Robin stamps and dies - layered up for added dimension, Distress inks in Tumbled Glass with wonky stitched border dies from MFT Die-Namics (thanks Neets!), inks are Altenew and I die-cut some glitter paper with the Neat and Tangled Punchinello die for snow.

Here's Susan's stunning CASE card


As always there's loads of fabulous designs from my fellow teamies over on the main blog HERE and our sponsor for this month is Dies to Die For so do play along for a chance of a prize, which we announce at the start of next month.



Hope you'll play along and have some fun and thanks for calling by 


Sarah