Thursday, 19 April 2018

Getting Messy


When I get the chance to have a good crafting session, I often like to try out more 'messy' techniques and this weekend I was playing with colour bursts and pixie powders along with my stencils (of course!).

First up I created a soft watercolour background with creative expressions pixie powders as a background for my elegant lady stencil:

Once the background was dry, I used poppy stencils black gloss paste through the stencil and admired the effect!  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and I used black glitter card to highlight the edges of the panel.  I shall link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where we are using sparkle and shine.  The pixie powders have shimmery mica in them and the black glitter card adds a bit more subtle sparkle.  I shall also link up at Happy Little Stampers watercolour challenge (without the optional rainbow twist).

I also have another new stencil - Floral Beauty - which I layered over a slightly more vibrant background created using colour bursts and pixie powders.  I simply inked around the edges of the stencil aperture with black soot distress ink.  I then added doodling in black and white pens to help give the flowers definition and finished off with a black glitter butterfly.  I shall link this up at Simon's Monday Challenge where this week's theme is doodling.

I hope you like them :)


As always, you can find them in my Folksy shop!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Monday, 16 April 2018

Stylish Stencils


A quick post with a few more makes from the weekend.  First up is another new stencil - I absolutely love this stylish lady - I wish that I had both her eyelashes and hair :)

I simply inked through the stencil in black ink before masking off the face and embossing the hair with clear holographic powder.  I added a strip of washi tape down the side and a simple sentiment on the side.  I think it looks really striking in black and white.

I wanted to play along with The Library Challenge where the inspiration is the fabulous Memoirs of a Geisha - I loved the graphic look of the cover and was struck by the red lips which is what I focused on here.  I painted through my lips stencil with red shimmer paint and then clear embossed it for added gloss.  The sentiment is from Mama Elephant.

Memoirs of a Geisha


Both stencils are in my Folksy store.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Shooting Stars


I have had fun playing with a new stencil today - using different techniques and media can create so many different looks with a single design.  The stencil is called Shooting Stars and this is what I have made with it:

I dabbed through the stencil with flitterglu and used silver gilding flakes to bring out the trail of stars.  The silver embossed sentiment is from Hero Arts and I added one of my mdf star embellishments at the top of the card having used silver embossing powder on it.  The card is a blue/black, by the way - it looks black on the screen.....I shall link it up at Less is More  where the challenge is to 'bring something back' as my gilding flakes have been very neglected over the past few years.  In fact, I had to buy some more glue as it had dried up :)

On this card I used Tonic Nuvo gold glitter paste through the stencil along with a sentiment from MFT.  I shall link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where we are adding texture.

Here, I simply inked through the stencil with various shades of distress oxide and combined it with a lovely large sentiment from Uniko.  I shall link up at CASology where the cue card is Believe.

I hope you like this new stencil which is available for sale in my Folksy store.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Friday, 13 April 2018

Fruit and Flowers


I am just stopping by with a few cards that I have made with images that I coloured whilst on holiday over Easter.  I managed to squeeze some stamped images and sparkle pens in to the case :)

First up is a card made with a beautiful ranunculus stamp from WPlus9:

I simply watercoloured the image with the sparkle pens and cut it out with a heart die.  I shall link up at Addicted to Stamps and More where the theme is Make Your Mark.

Next I watercoloured the lemon image from Sheena Douglass and used my triangle grid stencil on the card base.  I think the blues and yellows give a mediterranean feel:

I shall link this card up at AAA Cards challenge where we are using our favourite techniques - for me they are watercolouring and, of course, stencilling!  I will also link up at Happy Little Stampers April Watercolour Challenge which is Anything Goes (with the optional twist of rainbow).

You can purchase the triangle grid stencil from my Folksy store.

Triangle Grid Mylar Stencil

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Take It Make It Challenge


The April TIMI challenge is open on the Craft Stamper blog.  It is really easy to get involved - anything goes as long as your project includes stamping :)

I stamped a background from Studio Line in black and sepia archival ink to create a variegated look and adhered a large butterfly from Inkylicious that I have watercoloured with sparkle pens - it has a shimmer in real life!  The sentiment is from Uniko Studio.

I like the combination of pretty and grungy elements - what do you think?  The rest of the DT have fab projects to inspire you over at the Craft Stamper blog and it would be great to see your creations in the gallery :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Monday, 9 April 2018



I am just stopping by with two different looks for cards made with a fab sentiment die from Stamplorations and a couple of my stencils.  One is grungy and monochrome whilst the other is bright and bold.

Starting with bright and bold:

I simply sprayed through my honeycomb stencil with a range of colours which created a bright and inky background.  The large congrats sentiment is die cut from black card and adhered to a square of vellum to ensure that it stands out from the busy background.

I shall link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where we are celebrating birthdays and at Stamplorations April Challenge where we are focusing on the sentiment.

Here I used my geometric grid stencil with grey and silver misters to create a variegated look in the background.  I used some aged silver embossing powder to give the die cut sentiment a distressed and metallic look.  I also used some Stamplorations stamps around the edge of the card to enhance the grungy look.

I was able to create a second card by turning the stencil over and blotting the inky surface on to a clean piece of white card.  This gives a paler and more patchy effect.  I simply die cut and popped up the central panel and used the same die cut sentiment from Stamplorations.

I hope you like the effect that I have created by using misters through stencils.  They do not give a precise look but can create some fun and quick backgrounds.  As always, you can find the stencils that I have used in my Folksy shop!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Time Out Reminder


I am delighted to be back with a reminder card as GD for the current challenge at Time Out where we are using a gorgeous photo as our inspiration:

I really love the cut out detail on the white vase and decided to focus on that specific element in my card.

I went over my new Moroccan Star stencil with white gloss paste and was really pleased with the crisp finish against the dark blue card.  I die cut a square from the same blue card and popped that up over the centre of the panel before adhering a die cut sentiment from Sizzix which picks out the yellow from the photo.

I hope you like this latest card and have the opportunity to play along with us at Time Out.  The amazing DT have more inspiration to share over on the challenge blog.

As always, you can get this stencil in my Folksy shop :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Friday, 30 March 2018

CAS Foliage


I am here with a quick post whilst I enjoy the Easter sunshine in Spain to share a card that I made just before I set off for my hols.  It is another card for the AAA Card Challenge where we are just using a third of the card front.

I masked a diagonal panel and used my foliage stencil to ink through in shades of green distress inks.  I die cut a few Penny Black dragonflies from a piece of cardstock that had been coloured with purple and blue sparkle pens and added a sentiment from Hero Arts.

Very simple and nearly one layer! I love the variation of greens and detail that the stencil adds. 

I shall also link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes and Anything Goes with Dies at Happy Little Stampers.

As always, my stencils are available to purchase from my Folksy store :)

Forest Foliage Mylar Stencil

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Uniko Challenge


I am popping by with a reminder about the new challenge at Uniko.  Given that Easter is fast approaching it seems appropriate to have a challenge that combines fresh spring colours with an optional twist of easter:

I decided to focus on the colours and have another play with the fab balloon bash stencil that Uniko released at the end of Feb.  I inked through the smallest balloon in each of the 5 colours and added a sentiment from the new Birthday Sentiments set and a bow from the original Balloon Bash stamp set.  Finally I added die cut letters (from Stamplorations) to the balloons to complete the sentiment. 

The photo doesn't show the colours very well but I promise that they are much closer to the inspiration colours in real life.  The colour on the end is pink....not red!

Anyway, I hope you like it and check out the super inspiration that the rest of the DT have in store for you at the Uniko blog.  You have until 20 April to play along so there is still lots of time to get involved.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sarah x

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Time Out #106


I am delighted to be the GD at the latest Time Out Challenge :)  There is a stunning photo inspiration for this challenge which has lots of lovely details and elements:

I love the soft blues and yellows and my eye was drawn to the lemons so I made this:

I stamped and masked the lemons (by Sheena Douglass) and softly inked through a new stencil (Moroccan Star) which mirrors the beautiful vase in the photo.  The stamped image was watercoloured with sparkle pens.

I shall also link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes and for a final time at the current one layer card challenge, Less is More, where we are creating with stencils.

As always the fab DT have lots of inspiration for you.  I look forward to seeing which aspects of the image inspire you....the colours, the stripes, the blossoms etc.  Have fun!

The stencil is available, along with lots of other designs, in my Folksy shop.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Uniko Revisit - Fun Flowers


We are revisiting Uniko's Fun Flowers stamp set and stencil this weekend and I decided to use the stencil to create a flowery unicorn :)

I used the flower stencil through the aperture of my unicorn stencil and inked it with distress inks.  I lightly inked round the outline of the unicorn to give it some definition.  I also used the stencil on the card base to provide a flowery and colourful frame.  

I hope this card makes you smile!  I shall link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge which is Floral Frenzy.  Thanks to Izzy too for pointing out that I could enter this card at Inkspirational's current challenge which is 'mythical'!

Do visit the rest of the fab DT on the Uniko blog hop.  If you leave comments by 7 April you will be in with a chance to win an e-gift card of £15.

Thank you for your visit :)

Sarah x

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

One Layer Cards with Stencils


Just popping in with a few one layer cards that I have made this week with my stencils.....sometimes it is just fun to ink them up to create quick and easy cards :)

Here is a card that I have made to play along at AAA Cards where the challenge is to only use a third of the card front.....a great way to keep things CAS.

Here, I simply inked through the honeycomb/hexagon stencil with distress oxides and inked a bee silhouette stencil over the top that I am currently working on.  The sentiment is from Avery Elle.

I have made a second card for Time Out using the large geometric circle stencil and some of the geo circle background images.  Overlaying them adds extra interest.  The sentiment is from MFT.

I hope you like these two simple cards :)  The stencils that I have used are available to purchase in my Folksy store.

Laser cut honeycomb stencil   Geometric Circle Stencil   Geo Circles Stencil

See you soon,

Sarah x

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Hexagonal Windows


You may have seen from some of my previous cards that I love using the apertures on my stencils as 'windows' for creating scenes/patterns into.  I have 2 examples to share today.

First up is a one layer card made with my new hexagon stencil.  I selectively inked in to some of the hexagons in greens and browns before stamping some beautiful mini wildlife images from Clarity in to the apertures:

The sentiment is also from Clarity.  I really like how this turned was really simple to do too :)  I shall link this card up for a second time at Less is More where the challenge is to use stencils on a one layer card.

On this card I used a fab set of mark making stamps from Neat and Tangled inside my owl in flight stencil.  A bit of gentle inking around the edge gives the shape definition.  I added some pink splatter stamps from WPlus9 and a sentiment from Prima.  This is a bit more of an artsy design but I think it has lots of visual impact.   I shall link up at Addicted to CAS where the code word is Birds.

I hope you like today's nature inspired makes!  

Remember that you can buy my stencils in my Folksy shop :)

Sarah x

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Drama and Ombre


Are you having a good weekend?  It is horribly cold with snow showers here so I am taking that as a sign that I should stay warm inside :)  Of course, that means I have been playing with stencils!

First up is a one layer card that I have made for the new challenge at Less is More:

I masked a panel on the black card base and dabbed through my triangle grid stencil with gilding glue and then rubbed gilding flakes over the top.  The sentiment is embossed in silver.  I was inspired by this fabulous card by Sharon in creating my design.

On this card I have inked through my Forest Foliage stencil in shades of green to create an ombre effect.  I added one of the beautiful butterflies from Stamplorations to the design along with one of their sentiments.  

I shall link this card up at AAA cards where the challenge is to feature ombre and at Simon's Wednesday spring themed challenge.  

I hope you like these two designs and the stencils that I used to create them which you can find in my Folksy store.

See you again soon!

Sarah x

Friday, 16 March 2018

Sunshine and Flowers


It still feels quite wintry here but I see that lots of challenges are celebrating spring and easter so I am happy to play along in the hope that it won't be long until I see sunshine again :)

First up is a card that I have made for Time Out who are celebrating their 4th birthday!  Congrats to Sandie and the DT for keeping us all inspired.  I decided to focus on the sunshine part of the inspiration quote.....

I inked through my geometric circle stencil and die cut a circle in the centre to create an aperture.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  Here is the quote that inspired my design:


I have also been playing with my alcohol inks recently but don't always know what to do with the results.  On my next card I used one of the alcohol ink backgrounds to paper piece this pretty die from Memory Box.

I love the vibrancy of the petals against all of the white space!  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  I shall link up at The Flower Challenge where Anything Goes and at Simon's Wednesday Challenge as the colours work really well with the spring moodboard.

I hope you are looking forward to a crafty weekend!  See you again soon,

Sarah x

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Magical Unicorn


Unicorns have been popular for some time and so I decided to make a stencil that I could use to create some magically inspired cards:

I masked a circle for the moon and then inked through the stencil in Blueprint Sketch and Faded Jeans distress oxides.  I also masked off the horn so that I could emboss that in silver.  I added a stream of stars from Uniko's Reach for the Stars stamp set and embossed them in silver too.  The sentiment is from Mama Elephant.  I shall link up this card at Just Us Girls where the theme is Mythical or Magical.

Here I inked through the stencil using Uniko's star stencil in pastel colours.  Gently inking round the outline gives the shape definition.  I embossed the horn in gold on this card.  The sentiment is actually from a Penny Black christmas set but I thought it fitted well with the image!

I hope you like my makes with this new stencil which is available to buy in my Folksy store :)

Thanks as always for stopping by,

Sarah x

Monday, 12 March 2018

More Graphic Designs


A quick post today to share a few cards with a new stencil design which features geometric crosses and squares.  

I masked a circle and inked through the stencil in shades of blue, adding a touch of blue around the circle to give it definition.  I added some other circular elements including the game controller and sentiment from Papertrey.  As this card is all in shades of blue, I shall link up for a second time at Less is More's current monochrome challenge.

As I had enjoyed inking the circle on the first card, I created a second design featuring masked circles in different sizes.  The sentiment is from Altenew.  I shall link up at the last minute to Seize the Birthday's current Anything Goes challenge.

I think that both of these cards work well for male birthdays!

This is the stencil that I was working with which you can find for sale in my Folksy store.

Thank you for stopping by :)

Sarah x