Saturday, 18 November 2017

Less is More #355

Morning friends!

After my little break at the Happy Little Stampers Retreat in Manchester, last weekend and several days entertaining fellow craft buddies, Anita and Kylie, I'm back, with this week's challenge for Less is More 

Hopefully you managed to check out some of the retreat photos on Facebook - we had a brilliant time and Kylie is the most fantastic teacher with loads of tips for card making and getting messy in particular. If you get the opportunity to attend one of these events in future then you certainly won't regret it!

This weekend it's fellow Less is More teamie, Susan's birthday and she kindly agreed to let us CASE one of her cards for the challenge so I'm sending HUGE birthday greetings and sharing my 'Susan Inspired Card' below

It's just the one from me this week as my mojo has run off and left the building!!! I've gone festive as Susan did with a stitched front panel and a main focal point of 2 little robins. I couldn't resist adding a delicate blended sky and touches of glittery snow to the background. 

Supplies: Clearly Besotted - Rockin' Robin stamps and dies - layered up for added dimension, Distress inks in Tumbled Glass with wonky stitched border dies from MFT Die-Namics (thanks Neets!), inks are Altenew and I die-cut some glitter paper with the Neat and Tangled Punchinello die for snow.

Here's Susan's stunning CASE card

As always there's loads of fabulous designs from my fellow teamies over on the main blog HERE and our sponsor for this month is Dies to Die For so do play along for a chance of a prize, which we announce at the start of next month.

Hope you'll play along and have some fun and thanks for calling by 


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop 2017

Hi there friends, I'm delighted to be representing Less is More, as a Guest Designer, once again in the STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop following a lovely invite from Shery, owner and talented designer over at STAMPlorations!

Why not visit her blog HERE for some fabulous inspiration! AND why not head to the Less is More blog HERE where there's links and details about how you too can join in the blog hop and win some prizes along the way

I've used some lovely Fall themed stamps which Shery sent me and I've stamped the images using some masking here and there, coloured with promarkers. The panel was die-cut using a WPlus9 Scalloped rectangle die before mounting on fun foam then a kraft cardbase where I've stamped some of the leafy images in a tone on tone effect.

Today marks the 3rd time Shery has teamed up with her own wonderful team of designers at STAMPlorations as well as a selection of Guest Designers, like me, from various Challenge blogs, where Shery generously sponsors with prizes throughout the year. 

Shery is also releasing a whole new bundle of stamps to coincide with the Blog Hop and there's a Thanksgiving sale too. I'd say there's plenty to get you tempted to play along and I hope you feel inspired to do so.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and don't forget to head over to the STAMPlorations site HERE for all the info as well as the Less is More blog


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Uniko Revisit - November 2017

Hello there fellow crafters it's a REVIST month over at Uniko where Bev askes us to 'dig out', dust down and bring a previously released set back into the spotlight! Well it's not just one set this time but a whole array of exciting products ... some new and some older so let's get this party started!

First of all I'm delighted to announce that the long awaited coordinating dies for the ever-popular Flower Power Series have arrived! I, for one, have been waiting for these for years - mainly because I'm lazy and hate fuzzy cutting! So here's a couple of little cards using those along with a recently released Stencil to coordinate with the Background Block - Wonky Stripes Stamp.

If you follow my blog regularly you'll know I love to go a little wild with colour and inking up this stencil with the Distress inks in Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed (with mixed shades in between) seemed the way to go. With all that colour I decided to leave the flowers to outlines only and just added a little promarker colour to the centre followed with glossy accents. I only used half of my stencilled piece so scroll on down to see how I used the rest! 

These 2 are very similar and use another of the Flower Power images with matching dies. Believe it or not the Stencilled backgrounds on both examples come from another half of a 'stencilled' panel,  each card using a quarter so plenty more scraps to create something else! Here I die-cut the stem and leaves also but coloured them with a black Promarker and added some white gel dotty detail

Next up it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!! Which is as well seen as we are dusting down or should I say glittering up those Designer Snowflake Dies and this is my first ever spinny card. The background uses another newly released stencil to coordinate with the Background Block Scattered Dots but I thought it would work as snow! Yeah??? 

Having die-cut a circle from my card front and a separate panel, I blended Distress inks through a stencil of the same size on to the inside of the card. Once the ink had dried I placed the stencil over the top and used texture paste followed by glamour dust to create some festive snow. The Snowflakes were die-cut using glitter paper and adhered to card with a piece of sparkly twine sandwiched between the two to create the 'spinny' effect.  

... and last but not least here's how I used up that extra half of stencilled wonky stripes from earlier?

The stencilled panel was sliced down the middle and adhered to the card base with one strip down each side. The front panel is mounted on 3d foam and features a festive tree from the Previously released Christmas Pop set, stamped in closely coordinating colours using Altenew inks.

As is the tradition there's a blog hop giveaway and you'll find all the details including the links to my fellow teamies blogs and a sneaky peek at what they've created for the REVISIT post over at Uniko HERE

Before I leave you to hop here's the image of the sets and as always thanks for visiting my blog today and I wish you lots of luck on the hop!



Saturday, 4 November 2017

Less is More #353 & #354

Morning friends!

YES you read the title correctly it's a 2-week challenge over at Less is More due to a few of the Design Team spending a mini-break together at the Happy Little Stampers Retreat. So to avoid any mishaps with scheduling posts we're giving you a little extra time to play along and a little breather for us too!

Being the first challenge of the month it's COLOUR week and we're delighted to welcome back Dies to Die for as our sponsor for this month. What's more we have a FAB-ulous Guest Designer and winner of our September Challenges joining in for this one! It's the awesome Birgit of Rapport Fran ett Skrivbord so I hope you'll head over to her blog to leave some lovely feedback and check out her A* talents while you're there.

There's no need to use actual Firework images as it's the colours we are looking for but we're happy to see some fireworks too! 

Here's my card and just the one this week as I'm frantically trying to get organised for next weekend's retreat and keep up to date with all my DT posts at the same time as working! 

I've used a mish-mash of multi-coloured circles using Distress Inks blended through some hand-made die-cut circle stencils. Once the ink had dried I stamped and heat-embossed various 'firework' images from the Clearly Besotted set: Set the Scene. To finish a white strip with a die-cut sentiment by Sugar Pea Designs. I used the same embossing powder over the die-cut to match my fireworks and popped the strip up on 3d foam.

As always there's loads of fabulous designs from my fellow teamies over on the main blog HERE and don't forget our sponsor for this month is Dies to Die For so do play along for a chance of a prize, which we announce at the start of next month.

Hope you'll play along and have some fun and thanks for calling by 


Saturday, 28 October 2017

Less is More #352

Morning friends!

I'm leaving this post in the 'trusty' hands of Mr Blogger as I'm away for a couple of days so hopefully his scheduling skills are working to the max today as I'd like to introduce our latest challenge from Less is More 

It's the turn of our RECIPE challenge and here's the cue card

I've gone with a really simple and straight forward technique using purpose made layering clear stamps which are so popular on the market these days for adding extra detail with the hard work taken out of it by the stamp designers and manufacturers.

I've 2 cards for you and first up using one of my favourite sets from Altenew along with their inks too which work beautifully with all the different tones in the sets.

In fact it ended up being a two-fer as I used different tones of the same colour families to ink up 
my butterflies...deep and subtle. I think I prefer the deep version but personal taste I suppose. The sentiment is from a couple of Uniko sets ... Festive Sentiments (Happy) and Simply Said (Birthday)

Next up a little Christmas variety using some other stamps from our super sponsor Uniko, these are Winter Foliage, Jingle Bells and Festive Sentiments. The pine-cone and poinsettia are both layered stamps and again I've used Altenew inks for stamping. 

It's an Anything Goes week at Simon Says Stamp so I'd like to head across there with this one.

As always there's loads of fabulous designs from my fellow teamies over on the main blog HERE and our sponsor for this month is Uniko so do play along for a chance of a prize, which we announce at the start of next month.

Hope you'll play along and have some fun and thanks for calling by today. 


Saturday, 21 October 2017

Less is More #351

Hi there, where did that week go? I seriously need some time to jump off this treadmill ... so I've gone off piste and 'out of this world' today for this week's theme challenge from Less is More and here's the cue card 

It's almost Halloween so feel free to combine it with something of a spooky nature but here's my example and just the one this week but I'm sure my fellow teamies will have plenty more offerings of inspiration over on the main blog HERE

We R Memory Keepers: Next Level embossing folder
Neat & Tangled: Hooray word die and sentiment stamp
Clearly Besotted: Out of this World set
Stampendous: Hanging around (just for the party hats)

I hope you'll join in the fun with this one and don't forget if you want to be in with a chance of a prize from this month's sponsor Uniko you need to play and we'll announce our winner at the start of next month!

Thanks for calling by today and have a good weekend!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Uniko Reveal, Release and GIVEAWAY - October 2017

Hi there and thanks for visiting me again today!

So you've had the Sneaky Peeks and Introductions and now we have the BIG Reveal, Release and GIVEAWAY of this month's new stamp sets from Uniko and I hope you've enjoyed all the showcases and inspiration in the lead up to today.

I've some more cards for you to showcase these fabulous sets and they are now available in the shop HERE and waiting for you to buy! I've gone a bit 'Santa/Christmas' happy with the first 2 using the Block Party Christmas shown here, with Distress Inky background and heat embossed images in white. Plus some glamour dust to a few areas and Santa almost heavenly! Well he is - right???

The same set featured below but highlighted areas coloured simply with Promarkers

Next up, featuring the Wonky Stripes Background Block, Festive Sentiments as well as the Block Party Christmas - but just Santa. Again simply coloured with Promarkers and a postage friendly bundle for the holiday season.

All that's left for me to do is set you off on the traditional Design Team Blog Hop and wish you luck. The details you need are over on the Uniko blog HERE so if you get lost along the way just head back there.

Sarah - that's me!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like what you've seen these last few days and here's the FULL images of the sets we've been showcasing!



Even more exciting news for you is that Bev has got some more sneaky new goodies on offer from today too! First up she's re-releasing the Snowflake dies from a few years ago and just in time to team up lovely with these Christmas Beauties.

... and do you remember the AWESOME Flower Power range of stamps from Uniko? Well let's hope so as we've got some matching dies for the sets 1-6 on sale today! 

Last but by no means least and a brand new range of goodies for you ... STENCILS! The added bonus is they match some of the existing Background Block stamps so first up we have the Scattered Polka dots followed by Wonky Stripes! I can't wait to get my hands on these goodies so hope you do to!



Sunday, 15 October 2017

Uniko - Introducing Organic Wishes

Hi there, I'm back with the last of our introductions in advance of the release of new goodies from Uniko and today we are introducing you to Organic Wishes. I haven't had a lot of time to play with this set but I imagine it'll work wonders accompanied with the previously released Organics sets.

I've 2 cards to share and both using Distress inks to create the backgrounds but in very different colourways 

First up dreamy and feminine using Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick before heat embossing the images with WOW rich gold powder.

Followed up with red hot and spicy in true Autumn tones. The Distress inks used here are Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Candied Apple before double-inking the images and sentiments with Memento Tuxedo black once the distress inks had dried.

So that's it and tomorrow is the BIG reveal and GIVEAWAY of this month's release and you can follow the schedule over on the Uniko blog HERE as well as links and peeks at how my fellow teamies have worked their magic!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you feel inspired and possibly tempted to purchase some goodies when the shop opens tomorrow.