Saturday, 17 February 2018

Pucker Up


I have been playing with a fun new stencil that is now on sale in my Folksy shop - it creates a really striking look whether used as a positive or negative image.

Here I used the lips as a mask and sprayed around them with a range of pinks and reds - do you think it gives a graffiti/airbrushed look?  The sentiment is from a fab set of stamps by Skull and Cross Buns.

I used the stencil part of the set and sprayed/inked to fill the lips with luscious red tones.  Again, the sentiment is from Skull and Cross Buns.  The black and white backing paper helps the red lips to pop.

I shall link this card up at Addicted to Stamps where the theme is CAS and at Country View Crafts who are asking for designs that are anything but cute.

These are very simple cards and quick to make.  The lips measure c.9cm across so are big enough to be the focal point of your design.  

Check out this and other stencil designs in my Folksy shop :)

Sarah xx

Introducing the Uniko Stencil Design Team!


I have exciting news to share today as I am a member of the new stencil design team over at Uniko :)

We are a small team with a passion for working with stencils and Uniko's fabulous designs.  You may remember that I have been a member of the DT previously and couldn't resist the opportunity to come back and work with Bev, Julie, Linda and Wiebke to explore the potential of the new stencils that Bev has added to the mix.  Hopefully we will be able to inspire you with ideas of ways that the Uniko stamps and stencils can be used together and it will give me the opportunity to try out a range of techniques/mediums with the stencils.

Here are a few of the cards that I have made with Uniko's stencils:

Using Broken Lines stencil and Seeing Stars stamps.

Using Lattice Stencil and Snowdrop Stamps

Using Wonky Stripes stencil and Block Sentiments

Using Scattered Polka Dot stencil.

We have some fab new stencil designs coming up at the end of the month as part of Uniko's next release so I hope that you will stay tuned for those!  Do check out the fab blogs and designs from the rest of our new stencil DT - they have lots of great ideas to share :)

Sarah x

Less Is More #365


We are back with another challenge at Less is More and I am having lots of fun playing along as a guest designer during this special birthday month!  For this challenge we want to see your CAS designs which feature dry embossing:

I have to admit that I don't use embossing on my cards very often and don't have many embossing folders although you can also emboss dies.  I always like it when I see it on other peoples' cards but never seem to think of doing it myself!  However, I got a really sweet embossing folder free with a papercrafting magazine and decided it was perfect for this challenge :)

I embossed the folder on kraft card and added some small die cut white flowers (from Concord and 9th).  I also added a pair of chipboard birds and hearts which I painted white and embossed to create a glazed effect.  The sentiment is white embossed and from Avery Elle.  Finally I added a few dots with a white pen.  I hope you like the simple effect of kraft and white.

Whilst rummaging around for things to emboss I found a script folder and made this too:

I embossed the folder on grey card and cut a panel for the card front.  I used some gilding wax to highlight the texture and edged the grey panel with some gold mirri.  The feather die is from Spellbinders and I gold embossed the top.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and I added a few splatters and sequins to finish.  

I shall link this card up at Simon's Monday Challenge where the theme is Take Note and at Simon's Wednesday Challenge to use a die.

I hope you like these embossed designs and take the time to play along with us this month.  Remember that if you play along in both of the February challenges at LIM you will be in for a chance of winning two of my range of can find them on Folksy.

Sarah x

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Mum's the Word


I am just popping in today to share a card that I have made with the new Concord and 9th monogram stamps and dies.  When I saw them, I thought they would be perfect for a Mother's Day card....

I stamped the monogram in navy ink by Hero Arts - I was very glad of the stamp platform as it took a few impressions to get a solid coverage.  I die cut some of the flowers to echo the stamped flowers on the M.  It is a really simple card but I think the monogram gives it impact!

I shall link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the challenge is to use a die cut.  I shall also link up at Happy Little Stampers February die challenge where anything goes.  I would also like to play along at Addicted to Stamps where the theme is CAS.

I hope you like it!  

Sarah x

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Uniko's 6th Birthday!


We are hopping along today for Uniko's 6th birthday - Bev has grown this fab stamp company single handedly over that period in addition to having lively twin toddlers to keep her busy :)  I love Bev's design style and the fact that she has recently added stencils to the mix.....I am sure that Uniko will continue to go from strength to strength over the coming years.

Anyway, to my card:

No birthday would be complete without cake and here I have used the fab Celebrate with Cake set that Uniko released in 2016.  Here I used the no lines watercolouring technique to create a soft effect.  The string of stars from Seeing Stars adds some background interest and the card is completed with a sentiment from Organic Wishes.

I also made a card using the same colours but a slightly different look:

I stamped the cupcake and added some shading with pencils and highlights with white pen before masking it and adding the stream of stars from Reach for the Stars on either side.  I love the way that the sentiment from the set fits around the cake!

I hope you enjoy the birthday hop :)

Sarah x

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Weekend Crafting


I have spent some time this afternoon making cards and making a mess with lots of inks and favourite thing to do :)  Here are a few of the things that I came up with:

Here I inked a card panel with distress oxides and placed it behind a die cut aperture from X Cut.  It is such a simple way to create a card.  I shall link up at Inkspirational where the challenge is to make aperture cards.  

I also wanted to play along at CASology where the cue card is Butterfly.  I used a new stamp from Carabelle Studio:

I watercoloured the image with Aqua Markers and added a sentiment from Altenew.  The pastel colours and flurry of butterflies makes me think of spring!

And finally I made (another) valentines card:

I stamped a wavy background stamp from Hero Arts on to light blue card stock and added some colour variation with pencil.  The cardstock was die cut in to a heart shape and I added the beautiful layered whale which is also from Hero Arts.

I shall link this card up at Simon's Monday Challenge and at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Love.  

I hope you like my cards :)

Sarah x

Friday, 9 February 2018

Golden Heart


Just stopping by with a quick post featuring my heart stencil given we are in the season of romance and love :)  I used the inspiration photo from Time Out as the starting point:

I inked through the stencil with Delicata gold ink and didn't feel that was vibrant enough so I added gold glitter kiss from Cosmic Shimmer and gold starlight paint from Imagination Crafts.  The sentiment is from Skull and Cross Buns.  I attached striped washi tape to the top and bottom of the card before adhering the card panel.

Here is the fab inspiration photo that the Time Out team have provided:

I shall also link up at AAA Cards where the theme is Love and at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is It Must Be Love.


The heart stencil is available for sale in my Folksy shop :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge


I am popping in with a project for the February Take It, Make It challenge at Craft Stamper.  I used one of Trish Latimer's fabulous WordGirl stamps - available in her Etsy shop and one of my mdf art boards which are for sale in my Folksy shop.

I primed the mdf with white gesso and then applied some dylusions paints with a brayer before layering up with my mandala stencil and some stencilled stars.  I knocked the colour back a bit with some white paint and then stamped some Stamploration stamps in archival black to add grungy elements.  The stream of stars is from Uniko.  I stamped the girl on some watercolour card that I had coloured with Pixie Powders and then added further colour with watercolour pencils and highlights with a white paint pen.

I hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Sunday, 4 February 2018

More Valentines.....


I seem to be addicted to hearts at the moment and have made a few more valentine cards this weekend :)  I don't know what I am going to do with them all.....

First up I used a fun stencil from Clarity Stamp.  I pressed versamark through the stencil and white embossed it before spraying the image with a number of inks to create a colourful background.  I die cut the card with a heart die and added a die cut sentiment from Stamplorations.

I will link this card up at AAA Cards where the theme is All You Need is Love and at Simon's Monday Challenge where we are using the resist technique.  I shall also enter at Happy Little Stampers February CAS challenge where we are featuring hearts.

Next, I have used the tree ring stamp from Concord and 9th on the card base and main panel.  I embossed my new stamps from Skull and Cross Buns.  Very simple!  

I will link up at Happy Little Stampers February Watercolour challenge where the optional twist is hearts and at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes.

Are you feeling all loved up this February?!

Sarah x

Rock and Roll Stencil


I shared some cards yesterday using a new headphones stencil and have another one to share today which is a bit more grungy:

I embossed the headphones in black and then sprayed inks in blues and purples through my star stencil.  Some further spritzing gave added colour.  It was easy to wipe any inks off the embossed image.  The sentiment is from MFT.  I added an outline around the headphones with a white paint pen to help it pop.

With teenage birthdays coming up, I anticipate this stencil coming in handy!

I shall link up at Simon's Monday Challenge where the challenge is to use a resist technique and at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where anything goes.  I shall also play along at The Male Room where the theme is television - my boys seem to spend most of the day wearing their headphones playing games on the PlayStation and X Box!!

I hope you like this card and check out my stencils on Folksy :)

Sarah x

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Less Is More #364


I am so excited to be playing along with my teamies at Less is More as we celebrate our 7th Birthday!  Sarah and the team do such an amazing job bringing us fun challenges and inspiration - I really appreciate all of the work they do behind the scenes :)  Thank you x

This birthday challenge is a theme that I am sure loads of you will love....

I used one of my new stencils - heartbeat headphones - on this design.

I masked off a panel on the card front and inked through the headphone stencil with dark grey ink and using red ink for the heartbeat.  The headphones are clear embossed to give them a glossy sheen.  I added some stamploration stamps to create a grungy feel and a die cut heart.  The sentiment is from Uniko.

On my second card I have black embossed the headphones and used blue ink on the heart beat.  I added some Uniko stars in the background and a sentiment from Mama Elephant.  They are both one layer cards!

I shall link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes.

I hope you like my headphone stencil which is now available for sale in my Folksy store.  Do head over and check out my small (but growing) range of stencils :)

Thank you to Sarah and the team for letting me come back as a GD for this special birthday month.  I look forward to seeing what you create.

Sarah x