Sunday, 30 March 2014

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

Hi All

I'm not posting a Mother's Day card today but just thought I'd wish any mum's out there a happy day and hope you are being spoilt!

I've two cards to post today - can't seem to get my mojo in gear properly but I was a lucky lady this morning as my kids bought me the Elegant Butterfly stamps from Clearly Besotted so I've had a play with them ...



This card is to enter three challenges:

CAS Colours & Sketches - sketch week
ColourQ
Timeout Challenge #2 (new one for me)

     

Card Recipe:

Image: Clearly Besotted - Elegant Butterflies
Sentiment: Uniko Studio - Flower Power 2
Promarkers
From my stash: gems and papers plus a glittering with Wink of Stella


Next up is another challenge combo; this time Less is More (where this week's theme is Round and Round) and CAS(E) This Sketch. When I saw the sketch I knew I'd like to use my country landscape cutting die from Memory Box so I've switched the square for a circle frame then gone a bit over-board on circles for the 'round and round theme' LIM theme! Even went for dotty paper behind my image!



The papers are from my stash and the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Home Sweet Home set plus there's a little sprinkle of Wink of Stella on the inner white circle and windows.




Ok that's all for me I'm off for a lovely tea prepared by Mr Dazzle and the mini Dazzles.


Sarah

Monday, 24 March 2014

MORE EASTER FRENZIE ...


And .... here's my second one which is a really simple one. Again for Less is More.



This time I've used a digi image from Pink Gem Designs, papers from Pink Petticoat, Scalloped stand alone die from Clearly Besotted and Twine from my stash.

Got some blog catching up to do now but thanks for stopping by.

Sarah


EASTER FRENZIE

Hi All

This post should have been up yesterday but sadly Mr Blogger was having none of it!

My mum reminded me on Saturday that she could do with some Easter cards which made me realise it's coming round fast so this weekend has been taken up with Easter bunnies, chicks and chocolate eggs ... sadly not eating them (eggs I mean)!

Two of the cards are for the Less is More challenge where the theme is 'Three' so here's the first one:




The papers are from Pink Petticoat, Sentiment from Clearly Besotted, Sequins are by Doodlebug from Craft Mojo and Bakers Twine and Foam eggs from my stash.

Back in a minute with my next one

Sarah


Saturday, 22 March 2014

CIRCLE MAD

Hi All

Just posting a quick card which I made yesterday but only photographed today - first one without a day-light lamp in a while despite the wet weather!



Card Recipe:

Stamps & Sentiments: Uniko Studio - Background Circles & It's a gift
Tools: Sizzix Framelit Circle Dies
Candy dots from Stampin' up & Glamour Dust randomly to the 'white' areas of the stamps

Challenges I'd like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Glitter It
Muse
Colour Q

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog      


Sarah


Thursday, 20 March 2014

COLD, WET 'N' WINDY = LET'S CRAFT


What's the weather been doing for you all today?  Appalling here with strong winds and lashing rain which meant one thing once dog-walk done and some housework ... hmmm bit of crafting.

I've three cards to show which are for various challenges so here goes:

This one is for my uncle (husband of Crafty American Auntie) so hoping she's too busy packing up her belongings for heading back to California once he's retired to search around my blog!

                               

I've used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches so that's where I'll be heading in a moment.

Items Used:
Image: Vintage Boys - Take it Easy from LOTV
Papers: Papermania
Sentiment: Clearly Besotted
Tools: Promarkers and Mosaic embossing folder
Ribbon & Twine from my stash




Next up is a brand new colour challenge (for me) called Colour Me which I'm combining with my interpretation of the CASE Study challenge for this week.  This Memory Box Tilda Flower die has been on my desk since the weekend when I tried my first bit of sponge daubing here but this time I've die-cut the shape using pearlised card and patterned paper from Echo Park. I've then 'painstakingly' re-inserted all the little petal bits then made a circle aperture for the sentiment, which is from Clearly Besotted. The green background image is from Uniko Studio (Background Builders - Circles). Yesterday I received some long awaited items from Craft Mojo ... Doodlebug sprinkles and sequins!!! Love them but may have gone a bit OTT with them as they are new but the photo on the colour challenge had lots of little dots!




    


My last card is quite similar to the previous one in that I've used the same Memory Box Tilda Floral die with re-inserted petals but I wanted to show you how extremely economical and versatile this sponge daubing with die cuts can be.  This is the daubed die cut used in this card here which I've re-inserted into the negative made from the previous card above.

This time the card is to enter the Simon Says Stamp challenge where the theme is 'Glitter It'. I have used a Wink of Stella pen on the petals but because it's pearlised card it's not showing up on the photos clearly. I've also glittered and glossy accented the centre of the flower. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted - Geometric 1 stamped on to an MFT Sentiment Strip die-cut and the twine from my stash.




Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Think I better have a bit of a tidy up now as it looks like a bomb has hit my little crafty cupboard!

Sarah


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

GENTLE SPRINGTIME


Hello

I've a card to show you that I made this afternoon in a little bonus crafty time I wasn't expecting.

Having spotted the new colour / spring themed challenge over at Uniko Studio I couldn't wait to dive in with those cool and calm colours. Since my first dabble with the sponge daubers here I'm hooked so here's what I've come up with using the sketch from Seize the Sketch



I adore the flower power ranges from Uniko which is what I've used plus some foliage from Natures Treasures. Please, please, please Beverley will you bring out some matching dies for this fabulous range as my fussy cutting is pretty naff?!?!?!?

To begin with I stamped the outline image multiple times onto white card stock using versamark ink then heat embossed with clear embossing powder, armed with my daubers I've used a few shades of blue for the flowers and some green for the back ground followed with stamped foliage. I then cut some of the flower heads from a separate piece of card stock to raise on 3d foam.

Card Recipe:

Image & Sentiment: Uniko Studio - Flower Power & Natures Treasures
Papers: Doodlebug & Papermania
Tools: Scalloped border die - Clearly Besotted and Leaf die - Marianne Creatables.
Pearls from my stash

         


Ok off to catch up on some TV so thanks for popping by.

Sarah


Monday, 17 March 2014

FIRST ATTEMPT AT MASKING, DAUBING & STENCILLING

Hello

Back from work and decided to post a couple of cards I finished off last night ....

In line with this week's theme at Less is More here is my very first creation using a masking, stencilling and sponge daubing technique and I'm quite pleased with the result - will have to try it more often. The only issue is the photo - it wasn't easy to get a good image and it's ended up flat on the table which gives it a weird look like it's suspended in mid-air!

I've used my Memory Box Tilda Floral die as a stencil - I love this die and if you're a regular you may have spotted it a few times on the blog but not used in this way before!

To begin with I die-cut the floral die in basic card stock and used the negative to mask my card blank. I then placed the cut image inside and sponged with 2 inks using some sponge daubers that have been in my stash 'un-used' forever! It seemed a bit bland when I removed the mask and stencil so I rotated the die so that the petals sat in between the original ones and repeated the daubing. Think I went a bit mad then as I daubed up the edges of the card!!!



To finish off and add a bit of glam I've glitzed up the edges of the petals with glamour dust.  I decided to cut a circle in the flower centre and stamped 'hello' on the insert, but essentially it's a one layer card which means this can also go into the CAS on Sunday challenge.

Products Used:

Memory Box - Tilda Floral die
X-cut - Circle Die
Sentiments & Scalloped border die: Clearly Besotted
Enamel dots: Doodlebug from Craft Mojo


My next card is to enter challenges at The Paper Players and Addicted to Stamps and More (Anything Goes).

Still in the masking mood I die-cut a large circle in basic cardstock to use as a mask then stamped inside with flowers from the Uniko Studio Flower Power range. The sentiment is Clearly Besotted stamped and heat embossed in white onto vellum with a couple of Doodlebug pearl accents from Craft Mojo.






So that's all for now and time to catch up on your blogs.


Sarah

Sunday, 16 March 2014

CRAFT TURN-AROUND

Hi All

Happy Sunday - this is a scheduled post as the in-laws are up today and not sure when I'll get a minute to blog!

My first card is / was a disaster and somehow I managed to turn it round in about 5 minutes! Quite pleased with myself. It was initially a combined entry to CAS(E) This Sketch and Colour Throwdown. I decided to have a go at re-inserting die-cut bits into my Memory Box Piestra Tile die having seen this technique around on a few blogs ... BIG mistake. This particular die is far too fiddly and it took forever trying to pick up the teeny little snippety bits, aching back and eyes etched with concentration! It was heading for the garbage until I picked up a new little 6x6 pack of design papers from Doodlebug (as recommended by Michelle Short at The Card Grotto) and it all came together.

Now I did mention snippety bits and I've realised this card would certainly deserve a trip to the playground (Pixies Crafty Snippets Playground) and I'm feeling a bit guilty as I've not been there for a week or so. Simply ran out of time so today I'll go and check out the playmates.

                                    


Card Recipe:

Image & Sentiment: Clearly Besotted - Butterfly Wishes Additions & Dandelion Dreams, In the Frame dies
Papers: Papermania & Doodlebug
From my Stash: Doodlebug pearls
Other Tools: MFT Die-namics - Fishtail Flag Stax & Sizzix Circles

   


My next card is another commission - this rugby-mad teenager is certainly keeping me busy and this time his sister asked for a card - specifically with a white teddy and tartan scarf! Unfortunately the tartan clad teddy was too difficult to manage but I did find Snoozing Louie from Digistamp Boutique and I've fussy cut the armchair onto some tartan paper from my stash. It has made the card look a little Christmassy but it's definitely a birthday.

I've followed this week's Sketch Saturday Sketch so I'm heading over there with it and as it's a Digistamp Boutique image I can enter it in their monthly challenge here.




Card Recipe:

Image: Digistamp Boutique - Snoozing Louie
Sentiments: Clearly Besotted - Geometric Style, For Everyone & Basic Numbers
Tools: Retro Circle embossing folder, X-cut Corner Punch, Clearly Besotted Balloon dies, Promarkers
Papers: From my stash

 
DigiStamp Boutique

Ok that's all for me today - hope you all enjoy whatever you are doing today especially if it's crafty work.

See you soon

Sarah


Saturday, 15 March 2014

UP UP AND AWAY ...


Back again with a second entry to the Clearly Besotted Challenge - In Flight



Card Recipe:

From Clearly Besotted: Going Places - Balloon stamp & Die
Sentiments: Going Places
Numbers: Basic Numbers

Papers: Papermania
Other Tools: Memory Box - Country Landscape border & Clouds
Cheery Lynn - Picket Fence
Coloured with Promarkers


Another commission card for an 18 year old with no special requirements this time so I could go with whatever I fancied.

Ok thanks for stopping by but off for a bit more crafty time - lots to catch up on.


Sarah


HAND'S UP IF YOU LOVE FUCHSIAS ...

Well I certainly do and I've gone completely overboard with them in the last few days ... I'm talking about the newly released set from Clearly Besotted which I only got around to playing with this week. Wow so perfect for Mother's Day and lots of other occasions.

This card is for a commission where lilacs and butterflies were requested. I went all Clearly Besotted out on this one with:

Images: Fabulous Fuchsias stamps and dies
Sentiment: Happy Days

Sadly when it came to the butterfly from CBS Butterfly Wishes Additions it just didn't work and I'm kicking myself that I didn't buy the Elegant butterfly set on release day!

Anyway I've used my new Joy Crafts Vintage Flourishes Butterfly from Craft Mojo so I'm hoping this will still count in the CBS Challenge where the theme is 'In Flight' but just in case I've another offering in a minute!




I'm really pleased with how this one turned out so I'm heading over to Simon Says Stamp too where the theme is Mothers Day / Special Girl this week.



Sarah


Thursday, 13 March 2014

OVERBOARD ON PINK DAY

One more mega quick post and this one is another one for Simon Says Stamp where it's Mother's Day or a Special Girl. Well this one is for my special Auntie who lost her husband too soon and very suddenly just a few weeks ago. She doesn't check out my blog so should be ok posting this in advance of her birthday which is later this month. Understandably she's having a pretty rough time right now but hoping my card will give her a little smile - she loves bling so I've showered it with glitter and gems!

I've used the Beautiful Blooms stamp set from Uniko Studio and I nearly burst with excitement at the start of the week when Beverley announced she was launching matching dies for this fantastic set. Sorry but I just couldn't wait to get my hands on them as I'm not a great fussy cutter! They are BRILLIANT.




Other bits and pieces used: Sentiment from Clearly Besotted - Fabulous Fushias, Scalloped edge stand-alone die also Clearly Besotted and some bakers twine from my stash.  I even got a bit carried away and stamped the envelope too and it's just peeping out from behind the card.

Next up and last one for today is an entry to Sketch Saturday #300 - well done ladies.  Another commission; this time a Christening card. I had to slightly alter the front strip on the sketch so as not to cover the beautiful dress in the image.


Card Recipe:

Image: LOTV
Sentiment: Computer generated
Tools: Lattice embossing folder, corner punch, scalloped stand-alone die from Clearly Besotted, Sizzix circle dies
From my stash: twine, pearls, glitter card



Right must dash it's tea-time. Catch up with you all again soon and thanks for popping by.


Sarah