Friday, 21 July 2017

Uniko Challenge #42

Hello!

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

Hello,

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.
 
MarvellousMehndiPP
 
See you again soon,
 
Sarah x

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Less is More #336

Hello,

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.
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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.
 
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Thanks as always, thank you for stopping by :)
 
Sarah x

Friday, 7 July 2017

Word Power

Hello!

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

Hello!

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:


 
 
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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.



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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. 

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

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Honey I Shrunk the Kit!

Hello!

It genuinely does only feel like a week or two ago when we were sharing our creations with the last mini kit which Shona put together for us but it was actually back at the beginning of May and we are in July already!


This time around the lovely Hazel did the honours and created such a sweet and quirky set of images and elements around the theme 'Going Up'.  I had such fun with this and have 4 makes to share today:

I absolutely fell in love with the sweet Bella Stamps in the kit:

 
I gently inked the middle of the card and added a strip of die cut clouds.  I coloured the girl with spectrum noir pencils and the balloon with zig brush marker and wink of stella.  The sentiment is from Stamploration and I thought it worked well with the girl floating away.  I will link this card up at Simon Wednesday's Challenge where the theme is Anything Goes.  I will also play along at CASology where the cue card is Fly.
 

 
I watercoloured the image and inked the card base with raindrops to add to the rainy scene.  The lovely sentiment is from the kit too.



This koala and accompanying sentiment from Gerda Steiner is such fun.  I inked some clouds in the background and coloured the image with pencils.  The die cut sentiment is from MFT.

 
Finally, Hazel included some gorgeous die cut butterflies in watercolour paper in the kit and I used zig markers and a lot of colour to create an ombre look on them.  The bright colours look cheerful against the crisp white.  The sentiment is another one from Stamplorations.
 
I was really inspired by this kit - thank you, Hazel!  Check out what the other honeys made with the kit here:
 
 
Thank you for stopping by!
 
Sarah x

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Less is More #334

Hello!

This week at Less is More we have a sketch challenge for you.  I do find sketches well, challenging so this was a tough one for me!


Here is the sketch:


When I looked at the sketch I saw a river running across the card so that is what I went with....


I stencilled a wave pattern on the card base and popped up white card on either side which was hand cut in to a wavy line.  The cute otter and baby are from MFT and are left over from the recent kit that Shona sent over for Honey I Shrunk the Kit.  The sentiment is from Uniko.

 
I then decided to try making a similar design as a one later card so I masked a wavy line, stamped and masked the fish (from Mama Elephant) and stencilled in the water.  I added some white highlights to the fish and added a sentiment from Altenew.
 
I hope that you like how I used the sketch for my designs this week.  The rest of the DT have other inspiration to share with you over at Less is More.
 
Thanks, as always, for stopping by,
 
Sarah x

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Less is More #333

Hello!

I am back again after a glorious few weeks of sunshine in Spain....it is proving difficult to readjust to a damp and cool british summer!  However, it gives me an excuse to loiter in my craft room (ignoring the jungle outside in the garden) and to make some cards for this week's Less is More Challenge which is to Personalise It.


I made 2 cards.....the first one is for Father's Day which is tomorrow.  It is for my father in law who looks a bit like this but doesn't wear a bow tie :)



The die cut edge and sentiment are from Waltzingmouse Stamps which is now sadly closed.  The face is cut from a balloon die and the other features from Sizzix.  The patterned paper just brings a bit of colour and interest to the design.  I hope that it makes my father in law smile!

 
I made a card for my mum using Altenew stamps which I have watercoloured with distress inks.  The sentiment is Altenew and the Mum is from Waltzingmouse.
 
It is a lovely touch to personalise a card and I plan to invest in more alphabet stamps or dies to add individual names too.  The rest of the DT have great ideas for creating personalised designs which you can find over on the Less is More blog.
 
Thank you for stopping by,
 
Sarah x

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Less is More #331

Hello!

I am popping in briefly to share the cards that I have made for the new challenge over at Less is More.  It is a colour challenge this week and we are looking for neopolitan ice cream colours!



If Mr Blogger is playing nicely, this post will go live while I am in Spain with my family for half term break so I am sure that there will be lots of ice cream consumed!  Making cards for this challenge got me in the mood for summer :)

 
I thought that I was going to struggle with these colours initially but actually found that they worked really well together!  On this card I have used some fab Concord and 9th leaf dies in each of the colours and added some splattering in gold and pale pink on the background.  The sentiment and banner are from Papertrey Ink.

 
More Concord and 9th on this card with the watercolour style butterfly.  I have combined it with a lovely sentiment from Stamplorations who are our generous sponsors for June.
 
 
Do check out lots more yummy inspiration from the DT and from the super talented Shery from Stamplorations who is our GD this week!  I hope that this has got you in the mood for ice cream and cardmaking.....although it can get messy if you try them together :)
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
Sarah x

Friday, 2 June 2017

Uniko Challenge #41

Hello!

I am back with a reminder card for our current challenge at Uniko where the theme is masculine with the optional twist of father's day.


I think that this card could work for father's day.....

I wanted to reflect a 'tribal' look with the Triangulate Background Builders set and stamped the borders in Altenew's Fired Brick and Black in alternate rows.  I think that I must have been inspired by the challenge photo in terms of colours!  The sentiment is a combination from Explosion Additions and All Occasion Sentiments #2.

 
The rest of the DT and our fab GD, Hannelie from Desert Diva have more ideas to share with you.  The challenge is open until 23 June so you still have lots of time to play along!
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
Sarah x

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Less is More #330

Hello!

Here we are - it is another bank holiday weekend in the UK and it is the beginning of half term.  I am looking forward to a bit of a break :)  This week at Less is More our theme is Shimmer.


This is the card that I came up with:

 
 
I used the fab gem die from MFT and cut the base from silver glitter card to create a sparkly diamond.  The sentiment is also from MFT with the main word embossed in silver.  It is a very simple card but has lots of bling!  The shimmer that you add to your design may be much more subtle :)
 
That is all I had time to make this week but the brilliant DT have lots more shimmery inspiration for you over at Less is More! 
 
I hope you have a great weekend!
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
Sarah x
 
 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Less is More #329


Hello!

Another busy week has hurtled by in a blur with hardly any time for crafting.  However, this week at Less is More our challenge is geometric and that is a favourite theme of mine so I couldn't resist squeezing in a few cards!


First up I stamped some triangle stamps from Altenew in bright colours with the solid triangles creating a bit of extra depth on the card base.

 
 
On my second card I combined a soft stencilled geometric background from Stamplorations with the gorgeous Lily from Uniko.  The sentiment is from Concord and 9th.
 
I will also link this up at Time Out as it combines elements from Hannelie's amazing card with the lily, warm colours and geometric background and at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is a bit of sparkle as the lily is painted with twinkling H2Os which give it a rich shimmer and the geometric background was dusted with perfect pearls....although it doesn't show up much here!


 
The rest of the DT have lots of geometric inspiration over at Less is More along with our fabulous GD - Julie Beech from Crafted by Jules.
 
Thank you for stopping by,
 
Sarah x
 
 

Friday, 19 May 2017

Uniko Challenge #41

Hello!

A super quick post today with a few cards for the new challenge at Uniko where the theme is masculine with an optional twist of father's day. 



Uniko have some fab stamps in the range for men's cards and this is what I came up with:



I used the fab new stripe background along the bottom of the card in shades of blue ink from Altenew.  The large birthday sentiment is from All Occasion Sentiments #2.


 
I used the wonderful explosion stamps in blues and greys to create a background for the graphic thank you sentiment (from All Occasion Sentiments #6) on this card. 
 
I hope you are inspired to play along with us at Uniko this month!  Do check out the cards from the rest of the DT and our amazing GD the lovely and talented Hannelie from Desert Diva who needs no introduction, I am sure!
 
The challenge is open until 23 June so you have plenty of time to join in.
 
Thank you, as always, for stopping by,
 
Sarah x

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Less is More #328

Hello!

Time has completely got away from me this week - work has been hectic and I haven't had time to make more than one card for this week's Less is More challenge :(  It is one layer card week and we are looking for designs which feature spots and stripes.


Our sponsor this month, Uniko, had the perfect stamp set for this challenge - Round in Circles - and this is what I came up with:

 
 
I stamped this using my new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform - I do like it :)  Hopefully it will give me crisp images and the ability to get even coverage.in the future and save lots of card blanks ending up in the bin!
 
I will also link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Going Dotty.
 
I look forward to seeing your designs for this challenge.  Check out more great inspiration from the fabulous DT and our GD this week - the lovely Sue Blamey from Sue's Card Craft.
 
Thank you for stopping by today,
 
Sarah x