Sunday 29 March 2015

CAS(E) This Sketch #116 and CASology #139

Happy Sunday all.
 I've a very quick CAS card to share with you and I'm obviously a day ahead of myself!
It's for CASology and I thought the gates were shutting today. Phew it's tomorow!

Having toured the local kitchen showrooms yesterday morning 
I was all 'kitchened' out so had a super lazy afternoon - 
not even crafting even though this card was in my mind.

I was also following the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch although
I realise my sentiment isn't quite in the right position as it seemed
too big and overpowering to place immediately under the image 
... hope that's ok.

Card Recipe:
Marianne Creatables: Charleston Lady
(This is die-cut in black then inlaid in the white panel then
matted on a stitched square from MFT Square Stax.
Tonic mini flower punch has jumped out of the old stash again 
(twice in as many weeks) to add a touch of individual 'style' to the hat. 
Uniko Studio: Sentiment from 'Strike a Pose' stamp set


That's all for today but hopefully I'll get some bonus time
this week as I'm on Easter holidays! YES!

See you soon and thanks for stopping by.

AAA Cards Challenge #36

Morning blog buddies - did you remember to alter the clocks?
(If you are in the UK that is) Not sure about losing that hour in bed!
BUT it means more daylight so I guess we should smile.
I'm here with another new challenge from AAA Cards today
and we'd like to see lots of Easter colours but keep it CAS.
Here's some photo inspiration for you followed by my card

In the UK daffodils are probably the most common springtime flower
so I couldn't resist including one in my card.

I picked up a sneaky technique on You Tube by Kristina Werner;
 it's pretty old so I don't have a link sorry.
The trick was to colour a sheet of vellum in different colours using Copics;
alternating which side of the vellum you colour between the different colours.
I used this technique to create the backdrop using spring-like colours and Promarkers.

The floral image is heat embossed in Hero Arts white EP 
then coloured on the reverse, this time with Stabilo pens
(Thanks to Julia at for introducing me to them)
Image is from Clearly Besotted Spring Blooms along with the sentiment
and I've used a Darice hexagon embossing folder with 
MFT Die-Namics: rectangle Stax & Blueprints 15

Please pop across to the main AAA Cards blog HERE to check out 
the fantastic cards created by my wonderful Teamies and
I can't wait to see your creations.


I'm also heading across to Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge
 with my card as it's Anything Goes this week so it would be wrong not to - eh?

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Thanks as always for stopping by and I'll see you soon.


Saturday 28 March 2015

Less is More #217

Hi there, I'm guessing you've stopped by to check out 
this week's challenge at Less is More 


before I give you the details I have to thank everyone who 
entered last week's CASE a DT challenge!

WOW! You all did brilliantly and I hope you had lots of fun
while Anne, Chrissie and I had our fun meet up and shop at the NEC.

So onto this week's challenge and it's recipe week ...
We'd like you to Combine any 3 previous challenges
There's 216 to go at so hopefully there's something for everyone!

I've got 2 cards and they are both on a similar line 
as it's almost Easter bunny time!

So I've gone with chicks on the first one!

I'm combining challenges: #3 Spring (way back)
#66 Yellow and #143 Stringing Along (string or twine)

Card Recipe:
Paper Smooches: Chubby Chumbs coloured with Promarkers
WPlus9: Conversation Bubble dies
MFT Die-namics: Pierced Rectangle Stax dies
Uniko Studia: Flower Power #4 sentiment
Doodlebug: sprinkles and twine

I'd also like to enter this card at Timeout where it's 
Clean & Simple with the optional twist of 'black, white & a splash of 1 colour'

Grab Our Badge!

Edit: Thanks to Leslee who suggested I link this card up at the Fusion Challenge - I'm heading there!
Also Addicted to CAS has a 'cute' theme so couldn't resist popping these chicks in there too.


Ok it's bunnies this time!

So I'm going with the Spring Challenge again #3
#55 Punches or Dies & #185 Animal

Card Recipe:
Impression Obsession: Bunny Rabbit dies
These are partially cut so they remain adhered to the white card front
MFT Die-Namics: Snowdrift die
Uniko Studio: Flower Power #4 sentiment
Gems and DP from my stash

I'd like to enter this card over at Simon Says Stamp
as it's an Anything Goes week

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

That's my lot for today but I'll be back tomorrow with 
a new challenge at AAA Cards so hope you'll join me then.
In the meantime have some good old crafty fun.

Friday 27 March 2015

Friday bonus post

Hi there ... I made a couple of cards last night
to show you and enter a few challenges so here goes ...

The first one is to enter this week's Merry Monday challenge
where they'd like us to use a tree and I've used the sketch from 
Freshly Made Sketches so I'll pop my card in there too.

AND ... it's Anything Goes week at 
Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge
so I'll head over there too!

Card Recipe:
Uniko Studio: Rustic Christmas & Simply Said - Christmas
MFT Die-Namics: Snow drifts (for masking and inking) 
and Fishtail Flags for the sentiment
Distress Ink: Faded Jeans & misted with Perfect Pearls
The 'silver embossed' DP has been in my stash since time began!
I stumbled across it while having a sort out but couldn't tell you where it's from

   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Next up I'm using 'newbies' (NBUS) following my little
retail therapy trip to the NEC with the LIM ladies last week!

Card Recipe:
Inkylicious: Poppy stamp (NBUS)
Card-io: Flutterby Garden (NBUS)
Uniko Studio: Simply Said - Birthday
MFT Die-namics: Pierced Rectangle stax & Fishtail Flags
Background created using Verscolor canary ink with a 'baby wipe'!
Fabulous technique by Wendy at Card-io - I love it! 

So I'll be entering this at the lovely Darnell's NBUS challenge 
and also Seize the Birthday which I haven't entered for ages ... very sorry ladies 
- it somehow slipped by me until another super talented blog buddy; 
Hannelie (Desert Diva) jogged my memory with her DT card.

I'd also like to enter a second card at Time Out Challenges
where there's an optional twist of black, white and a splash of another colour! 

Grab Our Badge!

Ok that's me for today but I'll be back tomorrow with the latest 
challenge at Less is More so hope to catch you then.

Thanks for calling in and peeping at my cards.


Tuesday 24 March 2015

Addicted To Stamps & More Challenge #137

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More and this week it's 

'Make Your Mark'

Card Recipe:
Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough & Picked Raspberry
Clearly Besotted: Elegant Butterflies heat-embossed with Hero Arts 
White Embossing Powder and water-coloured with distress inks
Sentiment also Clearly Besotted from Simply Quilled
Background created by inking and blending Salty Ocean ink on 
Tim Holtz watercolour card then spritzing with water and perfect pearls

Our sponsor for this challenge is Sweet Pea Stamps
and the prize is 4 digis from the store

Before you head off to your crafty area don't forget to check out the 
stunning creations by the rest of the ATSM Design Team 

Hope you find some time to join in and I look forward to seeing your fabulous cards.
Thanks for stopping by and see you soon

Sunday 22 March 2015

A Sunday Trio

Happy Sunday, I've a trio of cards to share today which I made
on Friday but ran out of time to post and I need to enter them in 
a few challenges so here goes. 

First up is for the Muse Card Club using inspiration from a
super talented crafter, Marion Vagg - here's my take

Card Recipe:
Clearly Besotted: Love Birds & Paired Up dies
and sentiment from Happy Birthday set
MFT Die-Namics: Fishtail Flags & Pierced Rectangles
Tonic: Flower punch (not used in years - glad I didn't bin it!)

This card is to enter at 
Addicted to CAS #59 - Green
NBUS #4 - Darnell's superb challenge to encourage us to use
our New But UNUSED Schtuff!
Timeout Challenges #27 - CAS, black & white with a SPLASH of a colour

Card Recipe:
Lawn Fawn: Monster Mash (NBUS)
Sizzix: Circle framelits
MFT Die-Namics: Sentiment strips
Derwent Inktense pencils for colouring images and creating
the green borders (thanks to a video tip from Jennifer McGuire)

   Grab Our Badge!

... and last but least for today is my entry to this week's 
using the springtime mood board.

SSS Pinterest challenge

Card Recipe
MFT: Sunburst stencil sponged with distress inks in wild honey & scattered straw
Cheery Lynn: Picket fence die
Impression Obsessions: Bunny dies - coloured with Promarkers
Clearly Besotted: Hoppy Easter egg dies - watercoloured with Inktense Pencils
and sentiment from CBS: Sweet Little Sentiments
Doodlebug Design Paper

Hope you are still with me after reading this bumper post.
Lots of comments to catch up on now then back to the craft pod
as I was in mid-clean up and abandoned it. 
Looks like a bomb has dropped on it!

Thanks as always for stopping by and catch you again soon.


Saturday 21 March 2015

Less is More #216

Morning All
Yippee it's the weekend!

Time for another challenge over at Less is More

This week is theme week AND ... scary stuff
We'd like you to CASE one of the Design Team cards!

It's taken a while to come up with something for you as
I've swapped and changed ideas so many times but I'm sticking with this one!

Ok so it's a shaker card which can still be CAS - yeah!
If you decide to CASE my card I'd like to see:
Lots of 'white space' obviously but then you might like to use
embossing, shakers, colours, dies or go with a wedding card. 
I can't wait to see how you interpret my card. 
The main thing ... have FUN!

Card Recipe:
Clearly besotted: Paired Up sentiment & dies set plus word die
WPlus9: Heart dies
Impression Obsession: Heart of Heart die
WOW: Metallic silver embossing powder

We are only offering one (CASE) card per DT member this week 
so I'm handing over to you now.

Chrissie, Anne and I are heading to the Hobbycraft event at
the NEC Birmingham today so if any of you are attending
we'd love to say hello and have a chat if you spot us.

Have a good weekend and see you soon


Friday 20 March 2015

Uniko Studio Challenge #19

Morning all it's time for another challenge at Uniko Studio.

BUT ... first of all I'd like to introduce you to a new member of the Design Team
 Sarah Gray of  Funky Fossil Designs
she's hugely talented and if you've not already visited her blog you NEED to!

So onto the challenge details ... and the theme is
 Anything Goes - with the option of the sketch below
... and if you do use the sketch there's the chance of an additional prize 
as your card will be entered into a random draw for a £10 Uniko Studio voucher.

Here's my card using the sketch very loosely!

I was blown away by the stunning flowers in the photo inspiration
over at Fusion - it's a challenge I love to enter but sometimes there
just isn't enough hours in the week but this time it had to be done!
The Beautiful Blooms II set from Uniko seemed the perfect choice.

Before you race off to ink up those stamps please drop by 
the Uniko blog HERE for more details and links to the Design Team.
They'd all love a comment and I'm sure you'll be impressed with their cards.

We are also very lucky to have TWO Guest Designers for this challenge
Amy and Emily
If you zip across to their blogs I'm sure you'll find more fabulous inspiration.

Are you still with me?
Because here's the details you need to be in with a winning chance ...

The DT will choose a winner who will get a £20 Gift Voucher for Uniko Studios 
plus be invited to be a Guest Designer for our next challenge.
The DT will also choose a top 3 and all will get  £5 gift voucher.
Time to get stamping. You have until Friday April 3rd at 8am GMT to link up.

Thanks as always for stopping by and I'll be back tomorrow
with the latest challenge from Less is More


Thursday 19 March 2015

Happy Stampers Sketch and CASology #138

Hello Blog buddies, hope you are well.
I've a card to share with you to play along at 
CASology and Happy Little Stampers - Sketch Challenge

Card Recipe:
Uniko Studio: Background Builders Vines
Clearly Besotted: Fabulous Fuchsias (sentiment)
Mama Elephant: Landscape Trio dies
Echo Park design papers



Short and sweet today ... I've received some 'happy' mail and want
to have some time to play! May tell you more tomorrow as I'll be back
with a brand new challenge for Uniko Studio.

Hope to see you then and thanks for calling in today.


Monday 16 March 2015

Merry Monday #150

Hello friends, thanks for stopping by today.
I'm excited, thrilled and honoured to be posting as a Guest Designer
for Merry Monday this week after my little red / green snippety
card was chosen as the winner of last week's challenge.

This week the theme is gifts / presents.
I love the photo inspiration with the crisp snowy scene
and bright, shiny parcels so I've followed it quite literally.

Card Recipe:
Design Paper: KRingle & Co American Crafts
Glitter Card: from my stash
Present Dies: Clearly Besotted - It's Your Birthday
Sentiment: Uniko Studio - Simply Said Christmas
Mama Elephant: Landscape Trio Dies

Don't forget to pop across to the Merry Monday blog HERE for more
stunning inspiration from the Design Team.