Saturday, 14 October 2017

Wonky Stripes

Hello,

I have been playing with a new stencil that Uniko is launching this week.  It is a versatile 6x6 design which is perfect for full card fronts through to mixed media.  I have lots more ideas for this stencil but this is what I have made to date:

I used it on a full card front and simply blended a range of blue distress inks to create some variation in tone.  I added a few of my mdf stars in shades of blue and a Uniko sentiment.



Next I went for a rainbow look by masking off the top portion of the card and using a range of inks through the stencil.  The sentiment adds a pop of black.  A one layer CAS card that is quick to make.  I shall link it up at the October CAS challenge over at Happy Little Stampers where the theme is one layer.


Here is inked and clear embossed the stencil before die cutting a heart and layering it up on top of an acertate aperture on the card.  It has a lovely shine in real life!

 
Finally, I inked through the stencil in softer colours before rotating it to create a loose check effect.  I then used complementary colours for the Uniko onesie.  A simple new baby card.

 
Bev has also used the stencil on her card as guest designer over at Less is More today.  I will be back with some further ideas again shortly :)
 
Sarah x
 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Hot and Spicy

Hello!

I hope you had a good weekend....it was a busy one here with sleepovers and football matches!  However, I did get the chance to make a couple of cards for this week's challenge at Less is More which is to use hot and spicy colours.  I don't use oranges and reds that often in my crafting so this was a good opportunity to break out some neglected colour combos....

I made two cards featuring Uniko products - Uniko are sponsoring this month at LIM.

 
First up I stamped up the starry strings from the latest release in a combination of reds, oranges and yellows from Altenew and combined them with one of the sentiments.  A scattering of loose stars adds to the design but still keeps it CAS.

 
On the second card I white embossed the beautiful mandala from Marvellous Mehndi and then had fun using colour bursts to create the watercolour background.  I inked and die cut a frame in matching distress inks.
 
I hope you like these two spicy designs and pop by again soon!
 
Sarah x

Friday, 6 October 2017

Cross Stitch Heart

Hello,

I made a card recently for a dear friend and I thought it would work for this week's cue card at CASology - grid.  I used a new to me die from Waffle Flower to cut a cross stitch card which is, of course, based on a grid.


I added a sentiment from Paper Smooches and a needle and stitch details from Neat and Tangled.

The red and kraft colour combo of this card inspired me to make a rustic, scandi style Christmas card using dies from Concord and 9th and one of my mdf snowflakes:


I die cut the letters out of woodgrain patterned paper and stacked them on some layers of black card.  The snowflake is painted in red and has a layer of wink of stella over the top.  I shall link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sarah x

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Watercolour Smooshing

Hello!

How is your week going?  I am stopping by with a quick post and a second card for the current challenge at Less is More which is to watercolour.  I combined some watercolour smooshing with one of my mdf snowflakes to create this seasonal card:


 

The smooshing was done with a range of distress inks which were also used to colour the cardstock from which the sentiment was die cut.  I simply painted the snowflake and stuck it in the corner.

I will also link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Christmas.  I am going to have to get a move on if I am going to have enough cards ready!

Remember that you can find the lasercut snowflakes for sale in my folksy shop :)

See you again soon,

Sarah x

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Watercolour Iris

Hello!

I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend and have found time to do some crafting.  I was inspired by this week's theme at Less is More - watercolour - and a new (to me) set from Altenew to make this card:



I white embossed the iris and watercoloured it with distress inks to give a really soft and subtle look.  I love this delicate flower.

As this is the first time that I have inked up the Altenew set I shall link up at Darnell's NBUS challenge for a second time.  I will also link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes and at Addicted to CAS where the theme is Favourite Stamp.  Every time I get a new stamp it is my favourite, until I ink up the next one :)

I have also been trying to get organised this weekend and sort out my craft room which had become a total mess.  I got a few storage units from Ikea and now it looks like this.....




The pictures are all pretty washed out as I took the photos once I had finished tonight (I can't guarantee that it will look this tidy again in 24 hours!).  I still need to get a new desk and some pictures to brighten up the walls but it looks a lot brighter (and cleaner) than it did with the old, mis-matched furniture.  I definitely need to thin out my stash too but that is a job for another day :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Starry Eyed

Hello!

I am loving the new release from Uniko and have had a play with the Seeing Stars set to make 2 cards:


 
I decided to use a fave black and gold colour combo and combined the stamps with some mdf stars that I have cut to match.  I will link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes and at Addicted to Stamps Anything Goes challenge too.  As this is my first outing with these fab stamps I shall link up at Darnell's fun NBUS Challenge :)


Here I have gone with a pretty aqua and pink colour combo (Uniko's colours!) and again combined the stamps with mdf elements.

I have added the mdf stars to my Folksy shop too in case you wanted to use them in your crafty projects :)

I hope you have a great weekend!

Sarah x

  
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Monday, 25 September 2017

Have a Heart

Hello,

As you may have seen on my recent posts, I have been playing with quite a lot of mdf shapes recently as my hubby and I explore the possibilities with our laser cutting machine.  I do love hanging heart decorations and have bought blanks from other suppliers in the past so it is great to be able to make my own :)

I painted a 10cm heart blank and stamped it with the beautiful floral flourish from Uniko's Originally Organic set.  I coloured the image with acrylic paints and added a sentiment from All Occasion Sentiments #6.

 
These make great little gifts to pop in with a card and they take paints, inks and stamping really well.  I have put sets of 5 mdf hearts in my Folksy shop.
 
 
I hope you like them :)
 
See you again soon,
 
Sarah x

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Uniko Sunday

Hello!

I love how easy the Uniko background block stamps are for batch making cards and thought that I would share a couple of the sets that I have made this weekend.

First up is the confetti style of the scattered polka dot background from this month's release combined with the simply said sentiment blocks:

 
I used my Tim Holtz stamp platform as it meant that I could produce the same design multiple times, just changing up the colours as I went.  I also stamped a light colour and then a shade darker at the top to create a slight ombre effect.  The black sentiments really pop.


 
I also created a set of thank you cards featuring the star background block in the same way.  A set of 5 cards was ready in no time!


 
I hope that you have some crafty fun this weekend too! 
 
Sarah x

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Autumnal Shades

Hello,

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

Hello,

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

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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

Hello!

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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