Saturday, 23 September 2017

Autumnal Shades


I have had some time to play with my Uniko stamps this afternoon and decided to play along with the latest challenge over at Uniko which is:

I love the rich oranges and yellows in this photo and came up with 2 CAS one layer designs:

I used one of the discontinued butterfly stamps in shades of orange and yellow and combined them with one of the new sentiment stamps.

Here I inked up the fab stripe background and used the leaves from Natures Treasures as a black silhouette.  The sentiment is from Simple Sentiments.  I shall link this up at the Happy Little Stampers September CAS challenge which is to use a silhouette and at AAA Cards which is another autumnal challenge.

I hope you like them :)

Sarah x


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Supersize Snow


I shared some cards the other day with small mdf snowflakes that we have lasercut at home.  Today, I have two cards that I have made with giant versions of those snowflakes.....

I simply painted and triple embossed the snowflakes to give them a nice glossy finish.  They are big enough to make a striking focal point and the 3D feel of the mdf embellishment makes them feel a bit special.  Also - they are quick to make :)

I will link up at CASology where the cue card is Big and at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is pop up cards.
By the way, I am selling these large mdf snowflakes on my Folksy shop too!
Thanks for stopping by,
Sarah x
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Sunday, 17 September 2017

CAS Butterfly


I hope you have had a good weekend and that is has included the chance to get crafty :)  I have been working on a number of crafty projects recently but wanted to take the time to play along with my lovely friends at Less is More this weekend.  The theme this week is Take Flight so I decided to use a new Sizzix butterfly die:

I inked up some card stock in a range of distress inks from Blueprint Sketch through to Cracked Pistachio and die cute the ornate butterfly.  I created a white frame and popped it up over a border inked with the same colours as the butterfly.  I decided not to add a sentiment to the card so that I can use it for any occasion.   I love the soft floaty feel that the butterfly gives!  I shall also link this card up to Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Clean and Simple.

I have also made a start on christmas card making.  I recently bought the lovely ribbon sentiment from Clarity which is big enough for a focal point and even more excitingly I was able to embellish the card with mdf snowflake embellishments that we had made ourselves!  Hubby and I recently got a laser cutting machine and are having lots of fun cutting and experimenting with what we can make. 

I gold embossed the sentiment and gold embossed the snowflake embellishments several times to give them a metallic look. 

I am also selling the mdf snowflakes in my folksy store if you are looking for some embellishments for your christmas crafting :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Friday, 1 September 2017

CAS Squares


A quick post from me with some cards that I made inspired by this week's cue card over at CASology - Square.  I love geometric designs and had lots of fun playing along.

I think this is my fave of the 3 cards that I made.  The squares were die cut from a piece of cardstock blended with distress inks and offset on some black squares to give a 3D look.  The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps (no longer available).  I can imagine using this design in lots of different colours for men's cards.
I will also link up for a second time at Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge which is Anything Goes.

Using the same Memory Box die, I cut the pattern out of a white card panel and popped it over a piece of card blended with distress inks.  Simple and CAS!

This final card features those same squares tumbling across the front with a die cut sentiment from Mama Elephant.
I hope you like my square cards :)
Thanks for stopping by,
Sarah x
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Cute Laundry


I have literally just returned from 3 sunny weeks in Spain with my family.  We feel very rested and I have not quite reconciled myself to the prospect of returning to the daily work routine!  The only thing that I missed while I was sitting on my sun lounger reading all day was my craft room so when I got back my first thought was to play along with my Less is More teamies for their latest challenge which is to use a real object on your CAS design.

I had just bought some cute MFT dies and sentiments before I went on holiday so this is that I made with them:

I inked some clouds in the background and die cut the sweet onesie and bibs.  I separated a mini clothes peg to create the pegs at either end of the clothes line.  I like the slightly non traditional new baby sentiments in the MFT set :)

While I am here I shall link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge this week which is Anything Goes.

I hope you have had a good summer.....I guess that I should start thinking about Christmas cards now!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Playing Along....


Although we are in the midst of dashing around to get organised for going away on holiday this week, I couldn't resist having a mini play in my craft room to take part in some favourite and long neglected challenges....

First up is CASology - I had really wanted to play along last week when Melissa and the team were celebrating 5 successful years but ran out of time :(  Here is what I have made for this week's challenge where the cue card is Juicy:

You just can't beat sweet strawberries!  This stamp is from Waltzingmouse (no longer available).  I simply masked and stamped 2 strawberries and added some pencil shading to the design.  A CAS, one layer card :)

I also wanted to take part over at Time Out - I love the photo inspiration:

I was inspired by the world map and earthy browns and greys:

For both cards I used the Born to Roam stamp set from Stamplorations.  I love the sketchy look of these designs.  Given I am using Shery's fab products I shall also link up at Stamplorations Summer Challenge.
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a great week.
Sarah x

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Less is More #339


How is your summer going?!  Well, I seems to be whizzing by quickly.  We are looking forward to a few sunny weeks in Spain before it is back to school and the autumn routine.  However, in the meantime, we have another challenge to keep you entertained at Less is More

Before I get on to my cards, I wanted to let you know that today is my last post as a member of the DT.  I am sad to be stepping down but my work and home commitments are taking up a lot of time at the moment and I haven't been able to do as much crafting as I would like!  LIM is one of my favourite ever challenges and it has been a huge honour to spend the past 18 months on the DT with one of the most talented and lovely teams in blogland :)  Every week their cards are a great inspiration to me and they work so hard behind the scenes too.  I definitely plan to play along whenever I can.....


This week we are asking you to include some form of piercing on your is what I came up with:

I used a pierced hole border die to create the panel in the card and used some thread to give a stitched effect.  This was popped up over some patterned paper and combined with a die from Papertrey Ink and a stamp from Uniko.  It is very simple but I think it has a clean, masculine look.

My second card is much more feminine and soft with a die cut butterfly from Stamplorations popped over some stencilled foliage.  I pierced some flourishes to give some movement to the design and completed with a sentiment from Hero Arts.
Check out the pierced inspiration from the rest of the DT and remember that our sponsor this month is Happy Little Stampers.
Thank you as always for stopping by - I really appreciate your comments :)
Sarah x

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Less is More #338


As July flies by in a blur we are back with another challenge to keep you on your crafty toes over at Less is More. 

This week we want to see CAS designs which use stencils, dies and anything other than stamps.  I have loads of dies and find myself using them increasingly on cards so that is what I used for this challenge:

I die cut the sentiment (Lil Inkers) from navy cardstock and added some of the fab Stamploration flower dies around it. The navy panel is popped up for some added dimension.

Using more of the same navy cardstock I die cut a flourish with a Sizzix die in mint green and attached it to the navy panel.  A die cut sentiment from Penny Black completes the design.
Both very simple cards and quick to make as they didn't involve any particular skill, colouring etc.  It is great to be able to use dies to get accurate and quick results!
I look forward to seeing what you make without stamps this week.  The DT have more ideas to share with you over at Less is More.
See you again soon,
Sarah x

Friday, 21 July 2017

Uniko Challenge #42


We are back again with the latest challenge over at Uniko and, as we are enjoying the summer time, we have gone for a floral theme:

There are so many fabulous floral images in Uniko's range that I was spoilt for choice....

Here is what I made:

I stamped and masked the Pure Florals: Cosmos flowers across the bottom of the card and watercoloured them with distress inks.  I added a white embossed sentiment on a black strip.  I stamped some splatters too to add to the watercolour effect.

In contrast to the watercolour effect of the first card, I went bold and bright for my second card using the stylised florals from Uniko in shades of yellow and orange with a few touches of black by way of contrast.  The sentiment is from All Occasion Sentiments #6.
The challenge is open until 25 August so there is plenty of time to play along.  We are also joined by two talented guest designers for this challenge - Cornelia from Fun Stamping and Elaine from Craft-E-Place who have fab inspiration for you along with the rest of the DT.
Thank you for stopping by :)
Sarah x

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Uniko Revisit


Today we are celebrating a previously released set from Uniko - Marvellous Mehndi.  I have to say that this is one of my all time favourite designs that Bev has come up with.  It is such a versatile set and the main mandala works perfectly as a focal point and the paisley elements can be combined in a never ending series of combinations.  Can you tell that I love it?!

I have only had time to make a few cards but this is what I came up with:

I stamped the mandala around the edges of a white card panel in shades of hot pink, orange and yellow and added paisley elements in the corners.  The fabulous sentiment is from All Occasion Sentiments #1.

I just went super simple here and white embossed the mandala on pink card and added a bit of shading with white pencil.  The intricate detail of the mandala creates a striking image whether you colour it or leave it as line art.
Do check out the fab inspiration from the rest of the DT over at Uniko - I hope we have reminded you how gorgeous this stamp set is :)  If you comment along with the hop before midnight on 18 July you will have a chance to win a set or a voucher of equivalent value.
See you again soon,
Sarah x

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Less is More #336


The summer is rolling by and we are back with another fun challenge at Less is More.  This challenge will run for 2 weeks to give you more of a chance to play along.  AND it is an extra special challenge as we are linking up with the fab team at AAA Cards to take part in a joint challenge.  The bad news is it is one layer cards and we are looking for cards made using a coloured card - anything other than white.


I had lots of fun with this challenge:

I used navy cardstock to make the card base and white embossed the sweet bears (I think they are Mama Elephant) and a sentiment from MFT.  I inked white pigment ink through a circle punch for the moon and highlighted the bears in white.

I white embossed this fun design (from Sizzix) on to a kraft card base and coloured in with pencil.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.  I also embossed lines around the main focal point to add a bit of texture but they haven't come through very well on the photo!

Finally, a super quick card where I white embossed this gorgeous floral stamp from Concord and 9th on to a purple card base and added a sentiment from Paper Smooches.
I hope you like what I created and remember there is the double bonus of inspiration cards from the DTs of both LIM and AAA!  It is also great to welcome Kylie as a guest designer this week as Happy Little Stampers is our generous sponsor this month.
Thanks as always, thank you for stopping by :)
Sarah x

Friday, 7 July 2017

Word Power


A super quick post from me to share the cards that I made for my youngest, Jack's, 12th birthday this week.  He has had a great week and seems to have celebrations lined up for the next 3 weekends!

I painted the chipboard letters and numbers and covered in glossy accents and put them against a card panel which I have stamped with Hero Arts birthday definition stamp.  I will join this card up at AAA cards where the theme is to make words the focal point.

I also made a card featuring stamps from Uniko and Waltzingmouse for Jack.  The blue and grey colour combo looks really nice.
Thank you for stopping by :)
Sarah x

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Less is More #335


Here we are in July already.  It has been a very wet and chilly week in the UK so I am hoping that July brings the return of some sunshine.  We are back today with our latest challenge at Less is More which is to use colours from a country's flag:

Quite predictably my first card features the colours of the union jack - blue and white with just a touch of red:

Image result for union jack flag

I stamped some hearts from Waltzingmouse Stamps repeatedly across the top of the card in navy ink and combined it with a sentiment from Altenew.  A little red heart creates a pop of contrast.  I will also link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where it is Anything Goes.

I then decided to remove red from the mix and just focus on the blue and white of the Scottish flag.

Image result for flag of scotland

This simply features some patterned paper combined with a die from Waltzingmouse and a sentiment stamp and die from Papertrey Ink.  I thought this would work well for a masculine birthday card. I will link this one up at Time Out where the theme is celebrations with the optional twist of one layer. 

The rest of the DT have other fab designs to share with you over at Less is More.  And, as we are at the start of the new month we have a new sponsor - the wonderful Happy Little Stampers. 


I look forward to seeing which flag you choose to take inspiration from :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x