Friday, 29 July 2016

Uniko beginnings...

Uniko is a name I've heard quite a bit in blogland, but until this week (and curiously coinciding with me finding their blog site!!!) I didn't own any of their products. So now, armed with the beautiful cosmos stamp (one of my fave flowers) I was ready to join in the challenge this month - flowers. 

The stamps print super clearly,- I'll definitely be buying more of their products in future! This is quite a simple card coloured with inktense pencils. The background square was cut with lawn fawn stitched square die and it was finished with a little twine. The cosmos stamp set does come with sentiments but this card is for my sister and brother-in-law on their anniversary so I used a papermania stamp which was more suitable on this occasion.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

N is for...

I rather liked the idea of doing 'nocturnal' for the N entry in my dictionary however the definition was spread over the bottom of one page and the top of another. I was saved by the word 'nocturne' which I hadn't heard before. The definition is 'a night time scene, or soft dreamy music. Perfect for what I wanted to create.
So this fortnight N is for Nocturne and this is the scene I have created.
I've used a mixture of distress inks blended over a masked circle for the moon. The stamps are from cardio and crafty individuals. I've added wink of Stella and icicle stickles for finishing touches. The bats are drawn in with fine liner as I didn't have amy suitable bat stamps!
I'd like to link this in to the craft barn dictionary challenge and Simon says stamp 'things with wings' challenge.
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Photo inspiration

A second quick share for this evening. I made this card for my father in law. I loved the serene feel in the SSS Wednesday photo inspiration and this is my interpretation.
Deck chair die – Joanna sheen
Stitched square die – Lawn fawn
Inks – Versa colour and DI 
Stamp - Penny Black

Is also like to enter this card in to allsorts 'masculine' challenge and Casology's 'art' challenge (think it looks like a framed picture) 
Thanks for stopping by!

The silence of growing

I’d been itching to get going with my new crafty individuals stamps (CI- 423 build a spring flower garden) and have a go at the ‘mini masterpieces’ challenge and yet it has taken me quite a while to get to the point where I have something I like. I think I just got a bit over excited and tried to use everything at once! When I had calmed down my colour palette, and accepted that I didn’t need to use all the stamps in the set at once, things seemed to go a little better!
I loved the mini book created by Helen for the challenge, and wanted to have a go at one myself.

 I inked a rainbow effect with distress inks on blank card first, and then used some of the butterflies pressed in to wet sponge and stamped to create the fake bleach effect. I also spritzed some areas with water. I stamped and over-stamped in various shades of ink.
I selected my favourite areas of inking and stamping and cut them out using a 1”square punch, securing them with washi tape to create a concertina book.
A bit of doodling, some wink of stella, a little sentiment (I saw it in an RHS gift shop on a plaque and have borrowed it, it says ‘how lovely is the silence of growing things’) all finished off with a little ribbon and the book was created!

 Just to show you how very 'mini' this book really is, here is a photo of it in the palm of my hand!

I would like to enter this in to the following challenges;

Friday, 8 July 2016

Double CAS

Well a quick share this evening of a couple of very different Cas makes. The first is for the uniko challenge. I've only recently stumbled across their blog but it's full of lovely things, so do have a look.

This card is based on their photo inspiration.

 I used versa colour inks for the background, stamped over the top in clear ink and embossed with white powder. The stamps are an unknown brand bought online but I thought they seemed just right for this challenge. The sentiment, stamped on to parchment, is from craft work cards.

 The second make is my first Christmas make of the year! The theme at less is more is 'colours of your kitchen' I've built up quite a collection of red, white and blue crockery and such like to match some very kitsch Cath kidston strawberry print fabric I made in to kitchen curtains. Of course since moving to Devon we have inherited harlequin coloured tiles so now everything clashes terribly and is quite a mish-mash! Rather than make a mish-mash card, I thought I'd stick with the red, white and blue which incidentally is the theme at Simon says stamp!  The atcas challenge is fly and there is an anything goes challenge at ABC Christmas. The fifth and final challenge is like to enter with this is the crafty individuals mini masterpieces.
Stamp- crafty individuals
Ink- distress ink, sketched blueprint
Embossing powder- wow
Ribbon- crafty ribbons
Sentiment- magazine freebie

Monday, 4 July 2016

W is for...

Earlier than normal I am sharing my Craft Barn dictionary entry with you for this fortnight. The letter is W and there are no twists. There were loads of words that appealed to me but having just been given this Joanna Sheen wisteria die by my lovely Mum, it had to be that (well, it would be rude not to, right?!)
So this week, W is for... Wisteria

I wanted to create a scene for it to frame as that seems to be what wisteria does best, so I used the hobby art Tuscany stamp set (also a gift from my lovely Mum) to make this little scene. Since 'create a scene' is the title of Little Claire's challenge this month, I'd like to enter in there too.

I'm posting earlier than normal as I wanted to be in time for a second entry in to Simon Says Stamps Tic Tac Toe challenge. I picked the diagonal line 'stamp, stencil, spray.'
I started by stencilling an imagination crafts leaf stencil around to top and edges of the page to give a background to the  the wisteria.
I inked with a variety of distress inks and stamped over the top, masking the sunflowers in the corner. 
Once I had cut the wisteria, I spritzed it with smooch spritz in green to give more variety to the leaves.
You can see this a little clearer here. 

Finally I coloured the stamped scene with promarkers and spritzed with a little ground espresso distress ink along the bottom.
As well as the previously mentioned challenges, I would like to enter this in to SSS Wednesday - Anything goes, craft stamper- anything goes and Penny Black at allsorts anything with stamping challenges.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Tic, Tac, Dog!

The winner for the most random challenge has to go to the craft barn this week who presented us with the challenge of 'a dog under the sea !' Apparently we're all to blame ionabunny ;)

Well, not one to be deterred, after all it's not a challenge if it isn't challenging eh? I sat down and had a go. I have a couple of dog stamps, one wearing Christmas hats and another with a graduation hat. Not wanting to make it any more random than it already is I concluded I would have to draw my own. Eek!

I was also lured in by the fabulous tic tac toe grid at Simon Monday and thought I would combine the two.

Enough talk, here's the card;

I picked the left vertical tic tac toe line of sequins, blue, spray but realised I had inadvertantly done the top line too - sequins, gold, stamps. Unfortunately I don't think this doubles the chances of winning!!!

Since it's anything goes week at Simon Wednesday I thought I'd throw my hat in to the ring there too. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 1 July 2016

Stencil - Less is More

I have to admit, I'm not often a fan of stencils for LIM cards . I prefer to use them when I'm going for an all out ink - fest with sprays and splatters and the rest.(That said I've just taken a proper look through the gallery at less is more and visited a few of you and I might need to eat my words!!!) I had to think carefully about how I was going to do this one but while I was using the wisteria die for something else, this idea popped in to my head.

I used the stitched square die negative as the first stencil to give the lilacy-blue background and then used a crafty individuals trellis stencil over the top. I used the positive from the stitched square die to create a window style frame attaching that and the wisteria die cuts with 3D foam mount pads for a bit of depth.

Wisteria die - Joanna Sheen
Stitched square die - Lawn Fawn
Stencil - Crafty individuals
Inks - Distress inks in faded lilac and sketched blueprint
Stickles - Icicle

I'd also like to link this up to SSS Work it Wednesday challenge - use a wafer thin die or stencil as mine has used both!