Saturday 25 July 2015

Less is More #234

Morning all, are we ready for a new Less is More challenge?
Well we have a CELEBRATION today ... our CAS queen and leader, 
Chrissie, is taking the week off! BUT that's not the reason!

 Chrissie is celebrating a very special birthday this weekend so
she's putting her feet up or kicking off those heels and dancing
and partying to the small hours as she'll be 70 years young!

It's recipe week and we'd like you to use Snippets
(basically left overs, bits of scrap card/design paper/string)

What's more we have a guest designer for one week only the 
Queen of Snippets herself ... Di of Pixie's Crafty Snippets Playground
so I do hope you'll make her feel welcome and pop across to her blog
with some super friendly feedback.

Here's my cards ... not only is Chrissie celebrating this year but 
both my Dad and Mother-in-Law too so here's my Dad's card!

Card Recipe:
Having raided the snippets box and tipped the bin upside down
for bits of kraft card and red holographic here's what else I've used!
MFT Die-namics: Inside Out Diagonal Stitched rectangles
Avery Elle: Count on it Dies
Clearly Besotted: For Everyone sentiment
Handmade & fuzzy cut paint palate with Doodlebug sprinkles
Die-cut paintbrush has been in my stash forever.

I'd like to enter this at Inkspirational: Anything Goes with Kraft and 

   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Next up having stumbled across some ready-cut zig-zag strips 
in the snippets box I added a few more from scraps to make a rainbow!

I pieced them all together onto some paper then die-cut the
number 70 before replacing the centre of the zero using
Avery Elle Count on it dies.
The 'Happy' sentiment is from Uniko and stamped with Ranger dye ink.
To finish some coordinating Doodlebug sprinkles.

The last one uses more off-cuts and positive '70' from the above card
with the 'happy' sentiment from Clearly Besotted embossed with Hero Arts white EP.
This one has hopefully arrived at Chrissie's house and as you read this it 
will be sitting in 'pride of place' on the dining table of course!!!

With our wonderful Guest Designer, Di in attendance this week 
I couldn't NOT enter a card over at Pixies Crafty Snippet's playground!
So this one is heading over and if I miss sliding under the gates 
today I'll have to pop it in tomorrow.

Thanks for staying with me to the end of this lengthy post!
I do hope you'll pop over to the main blog to check out the 
creations from the rest of the DT and Di's card of course.

So I'll just finish with a huge 
Have a brilliant birthday and loads of fun!


Friday 24 July 2015

Uniko Challenge #23 Reminder

Morning all, have you entered the latest challenge at Uniko 
as there's still time to do so and I'm here with a quick reminder card. 

The theme this time is Black & White with an optional splash of another.
I've gone all Christmassy so my splash is 'red'

Card recipe:
Uniko: Rustic Christmas & Simply Said: Christmas
Impression Obsession: Heart of Hearts die
Pink Petticoat: gingham DP
Mama Elephant: Landscape Trio dies

I'd like to enter this card over at Merry Monday and I'm literally hanging
my head in shame as I've missed this challenge for quite a few weeks
and it was my new years resolution to enter every week! Tut Tut!
The theme for their challenge is 'Add a Heart' - I've added several!

Also the theme at the brand new Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers
is 'Tree' so it would be rude not to head across there too!


I do hope you get the chance to join in the Uniko challenge
and if you head across to the main blog HERE there's more inspiration
from the DT along with details of the prizes you could win.

Thanks as always for stopping by and I'll be back
tomorrow with the latest challenge from Less is More
so hope to see you then.


Wednesday 22 July 2015

Cocktails and Flowers

Hello crafty friends, I feel like I've been MIA recently although I have been 'trying' 
to make some cards! I'm in mid kitchen revamp and I think my mojo 
could be in a packing box somewhere but I've no idea which one!!!

Anyway my buddy and fellow teamie at Less is More, Anita,
is the MUSE this week and I couldn't wait to support her
in her first DT week, plus her card is just awesome!

I've kept my card very close to Anita's as I adore the colours she used.
Sadly I don't have 'scribble / doodle' flowers in my stash so I die-cut then 
inlaid the centres of some gerbera flowers from MFT Die-namics.
 I love the 'dotty' detail! Also inlaid are the stems, using Clearly Besotted, 
Sweet Rose with a sentiment also from Clearly Beostted: Say it in Style set.
To finish there's a strip of DP from Echo Park and a Dotty line using
Paper Smooches Dots and Dashes dies.

Here's Anita's yummy card ...

My next card is to enter the CASology challenge where the cue card
is 'Line' ... can I go with a line of drinks / cocktails in this case!

Card Recipe:
Paper Smooches: Free Spirits stamps and dies
Coloured with Zig Clear Brush pens then winked with stella
and coated in glossy accents. To finish a strip of DP from Doodlebug.

I'd also like to drop this in at Simon Says Stamp, Wednesday Challenge
where it's sparkle and shine. I'm not sure the WOS is visible in the photo
but these drinks are smothered with glossy accents for added shine.

  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Thanks as always for calling by my blog and if you are interested here are
 2 pictures of my 'kitchen nightmare' taken last night! My poor ceiling is
 riddled with holes and my living room is in the same state today! 
It's to be hoped there's a good plasterer turning up tomorrow!


Sunday 19 July 2015

AAA Cards Challenge #44

Morning All it's time for a new challenge over at
AAA Cards Challenge
and our theme this time is Waterworld - using dies 
Card Recipe:
Lawn Fawn: So Jelly - stamps & dies
Distress Inks: Various blue shades to create a watery splashed BG
MFT Die-Namics: Pierced Rectangle dies to create the frame
Clearly Besotted: sentiment from Laugh Out Load, heat-embossed
onto vellum and die cut using a 'Wave' die; also Clearly Besotted
plus the matching wave stamp which is heat-embossed in 
Hero Arts White embossing powder to my background panel. 
To finish some Doodlebug sequins and white gel pen for accents to my jelly fish!

I hope you enjoy this challenge and don't forget to check
out the brilliant cards created by my fellow teamies at AAA Cards.

Happy crafting and thanks for calling by!


Saturday 18 July 2015

Addicted To CAS #68

Morning blog buddies, 
I'm here with the latest challenge details from 

Addicted to CAS

and our host this week is the super-talented
Deepti using the Code Word: Chevron 

Card Recipe:
Papermania: Textured cardstock
MFT Die-Namics: Basic Stitched Edge border dies
Hero Arts: Stamp & Cut Birthday set
Doodlebug Sprinkles to accent

Our sponsor this week is
with a prize of 4 digi stamps from the store

Once again we are delighted to have 
Kathy K of The Purple Princess Diaries as our guest designer
and I'm sure she'd love a friendly comment if you could stop by her blog!

Don't forget to head over to the main ATCAS blog too
for more inspiration from the amazing design team.

Thanks as always for stopping by and I'll be back tomorrow
with the latest challenge details for AAA Cards


Less is More #233

Morning friends we are back around to Saturday and, in my case,
 the start of the summer holidays as schools are out!

It also marks the start of a new kitchen revamp on Monday! 
Excited but not looking forward to camping out whilst it takes place!
Take-away menus lined up and lots of meals out booked!

Anyway enough of that we've a super sizzling summer challenge
for you today at Less is More and it's theme week

'Life's a Beach!'

So slap on that sun lotion, grab your shades and 
head off to the .... craftroom! Here's my examples and 
don't forget to check out the other DT cards over on the LIM blog!

Card Recipe:
Lawn Fawn: Life is Good - sentiment and crabs, these are
coloured using Stabilo pens then covered with glossy accents 
The 'sea' is coloured with distress inks onto watercolour card
then simply torn to make the 'froth' look at the edge of the water.

My next card uses the same set from Lawn Fawn with my 
'white space' being a wide border around the centre images.

Card Recipe:
Lawn Fawn: Life is Good
My Favourite Things: Sun Ray stencil
Clearly Besotted: sentiment from Dandelion Dreams
Doodlebug DP for the flip flop and glossy accents 
for added detail to the little scene and crab

I hope this inspires you to craft away and have some fun.
Thanks as always for stopping by and I'll be back in an hour
with the latest challenge details for Addicted to CAS


Friday 17 July 2015

Uniko Challenge #23

Morning crafty pals it's time for a new challenge over at 

and this month we are looking for Black and White
with an Optional Splash of another colour

I've used one of the latest release sets: Pure Florals Cosmos
and 'splashed' with shocking pink!

We've 2 super duper talented ladies guest designing for us this month
so please check out their blogs and leave them some friendly feedback

First up is one of my fellow teamies at Less is More, 
Anita of Neet & Crafty & secondly, JulieB from Handcrafted by Jules
I'm sure you'll have seen their brilliant creations in blogland, so to see their GD
cards and more inspiration from the DT why not head over to the Uniko blog HERE 

I hope you like what you see and I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back tomorrow
with a new challenge for Less is More too!


Saturday 11 July 2015

Uniko - July Release Day and Blog Hop

Hey I'm back with a another post today
and this time it's the full REVEAL, RELEASE and BLOG HOP
of the new stamp sets from 

If you've been following me and the rest of my teamies
on the Design Team over the last few days the waiting is now over!
The sets are available to purchase from today and if you join
the blog hop and comment along the way you'll be in with a chance 
of winning all 3 sets ... more details at the end of this post.

So here's my cards and first up I'm sharing my card
using the Pure Florals: Cosmos set with a sentiment from
All Occasion Sentiments #1

My hubby kindly bought me some Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens for my birthday 
in a few weeks and he's allowed me to use them early so this is my first attempt with them. 
So far I love them and hope you are inspired by my card.

For my second card I've teamed the floral garland from Garlands Galore 
with the Flower Power #7 stamp to match and a sentiment from Flower Power #1

I  couldn't resist adding a third using Garland Galore with a sentiment
from Home Sweet Home! Think I may have gone a bit mad on the 
'orange' tones using my distress inks and splatters of water!

Before I send you off on the hop here's the images of 
the stamp sets available to purchase at the Uniko from today


So it's blog hop time now and if you want to be in with a chance 
of winning the new release sets please comment along the way.

Sarah P (that's me)

Good luck and thanks for stopping by.


Less is More #232

Hello there friends are we ready for a new challenge from 

Less is More

We are back round to our 'not so popular' 
ONE Layer Card week!
and the theme is Masculine - Aren't we cruel!

If it's any consolation I wasn't enjoying making these cards this week 
but I'm confident you'll 'rock' the challenge as always!

Here's mine:

Card Recipe:
Clearly Besotted: Woodland Pals, Mini Banners, It's Your Birthday
all masked using the matching dies whilst I stencilled the background
using an Artplorations 'Bubble' stencil.
To finish a couple of sparkling doodlebug sprinkles to accent 
and some googly eyes I found in my stash.

I'm not sure why I thought an owl was suitable but perhaps because
it just so happens that this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp is
Furry Friends and I notice a couple of their DT have used 
flamingos so I'm thinking feathers are furry too? Yeah?

Having used a stencil from Stamplorations I'm also linking this 
card up at the 'never-ending' Anything Goes challenge HERE.

The current challenge at Time Out is 'nature' with an 
optional twist of Animals so I thought I'd try my
chances over there too with this owl card!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog   

Card Recipe:
Clearly Besotted: Laugh Out Load images and sentiments
Coloured with Zig Clear Clean Brush Pens

The challenge at CASology this week is 'Repeat'
so I'm heading over there with this card and my 'repeat candle stamping'

Ok I'm handing the baton to you crafty folk and looking forward to
checking out your creations this week. Don't forget to head over to the LIM blog
 to see what the rest of my teamies have been up to - I'm sure you'll be inspired!

If you've been following my blog this week you may have noticed
we are leading up to a brand new release of stamps over at
Uniko so I'll be back in an hour with the full reveal and blog hop.
Hope you can join me then.

Thanks for stopping by and have some crafty fun!


Friday 10 July 2015

Uniko - Introducing Pure Florals: Cosmos

Hey I'm back with the third and final introduction 
to the new sets being released this month by 

The set is called Pure Florals: Cosmos and Bev
has WOWed us again in true Uniko style with another 
fabulous floral set with some brilliant outline images and 
versatile sentiments. For my card I've added the 'Birthday Wishes'
sentiment from Simply Said Birthday, heat embossed in black onto vellum.

The design team have been working like crazy to inspire you and you 
won't want to miss a second! Please head across to the Uniko blog for the details 
and just to remind you ... this is the last introduction post and tomorrow is

Release Day! 
Saturday 11th July you will get to see all the products in their entirety 
and purchase them HERE on the website! 
As tradition holds there will be  a Design Team Blog Hop with a chance 
for a lucky person to win the ENTIRE release.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll find time to call in tomorrow
for the full reveal of all 3 sets with more examples using them,
the chance to buy them and join in the blog hop to win the lot.


Thursday 9 July 2015

Uniko - Introducing Home Sweet Home

Morning crafty pals I'm back with the second introduction 
to the new sets being released this month by 


The set is called Home Sweet Home and as you'll guess from the title
it's a great set for new home cards and moving home details too; having
said that I decided to go Christmas with it and teamed it up with
some sentiments from the Simply Said: Christmas set.

There's more inspiration from my fellow teamies so please 
head across to the Uniko blog for the details and just to remind you 
of the schedule for the next few days ...

8th  - 10th July - Here you'll get to see the soon to be released products in action. 
The DT have been crafting like crazy to inspire you so not to be missed!

Release Day! 
Saturday 11th July you will get to see all the products in their entirety 
and purchase them HERE on the website! 
As tradition holds there will be  a Design Team Blog Hop with a chance 
for a lucky person to win the ENTIRE release.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll find time to call in tomorrow
 when I'll be sharing a card using set 3 of the release