Friday, 30 September 2016

Uniko - Introducing Christmas Sparkle & Winter Foliage

Hi there friends, I'm back! The final day of introductions for the
Uniko October Release
Today we'll be sharing projects using both Christmas Sparkle & Winter Foliage


Don't forget to hop along to the Uniko blog HERE for links
to my fellow teamies who've worked their magic with the set too!
SO!
Introductions: DONE!

All that's left now is ...
Release Day! Saturday 1st October 9am BST

You'll get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! 
As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!


Thanks for stopping by today and hope you'll join me for the fun tomorrow!
Sarah

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Uniko - Introducing Marvellous Mehndi and Simply Said II


Hi there friends, I'm back with Day 2 of Introductions for the
Uniko October Release
Today we'll be sharing projects using both Marvellous Mehndi and Simply Said II




Don't forget to hop along to the Uniko blog HERE for links
to my fellow teamies who've worked their magic with the set too!

Introductions: 28th - 30th Sept
Here you will see a closer look at the clear stamp sets being released with a 
daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 1st October 9am BST 
you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! 
As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!


Thanks for stopping by today and hope you'll pop back tomorrow 
for the FINAL day of Introductions!

Sarah

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Uniko - Introducing Originally Organic

Hi there are you ready for those Introductions to begin for the
Uniko October Release

So here we go with the Originally Organic set
and please hop along to the Uniko blog HERE for links
to my fellow teamies who've worked their magic with the set too!




Introductions: 28th - 30th Sept
Here you will see a closer look at the clear stamp sets being released with a 
daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 1st October 9am BST 
you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! 
As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!



Thanks for stopping by today and hope you'll pop back tomorrow 
for Day 2 of the Introductions!

Sarah

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Uniko Sneak Peeks - October 2016 Day3

Hey I'm back and it's Day 3 and the final day of those Sneaky Peeks for

Uniko
in readiness for the full RELEASE & REVEAL on Saturday!

There's 5 sets in total being released and here's the last 2 peeks!
Dare we admit that the Christmas season is upon us!!!! Brrrrrr!
So in true festive fashion we have a couple of Christmas / Winter 
themed sets also being released!


It's a mini set but packed with punch for some fun and elegant
Christmas cards or decorations!



And not to disappoint ... another mini set this time full of winter foliage.
You may notice this will coordinate brilliantly with some other previously
released sets as well as the Christmas decoration one above! 


SO! We've had the ...
Sneaky Peeks25th - 27th Sept
These little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

... and we can now move on to the 
Introductions: 28th - 30th Sept
Here you will see a closer look at the clear stamp sets being released with a 
daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 1st October 9am BST 
you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! 
As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!



Thanks for stopping by today and hope you'll pop back tomorrow 
for some superb (well from the other DT members) inspiration
using them and you'll be able to see the sets in more detail too.


Sarah

Monday, 26 September 2016

Uniko Sneak Peeks - October 2016 Day2

Hi there friends, I'm back with Day 2 of the Sneaky Peeks for

Uniko
in readiness for the BIG REVEAL & RELEASE on Saturday!

Yesterday we shared the first peek of one of the FIVE sets being released
and today I am sharing two more peeks...


If you love those 'adult' colouring books that are all the rage right now then
 you'll love this modern take on Mehndi which is set to be a popular trend in 2017. 


This one is a follow up to the very popular Simply Said clear stamp set.
 It features more useful sentiments in a classic font style which mix and match
perfectly with other larger style sentiments out there!


So here's what to expect over the next few days in the build up to Release Day on 1st October!

Sneaky Peeks25th - 27th Sept
These little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing: 28th - 30th Sept
Here you will see a closer look at the clear stamp sets being released with a 
daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 1st October 9am BST 
you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! 
As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!


Thanks for stopping by today and hope you'll pop back tomorrow for the final 
yummy sneaky peeks before we get down to introducing them properly!


Sarah

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Uniko Sneak Peeks - October 2016

Hi there friends, we're gearing up for a brand new RELEASE of stamps over at

Uniko

and I'm here with the first of the Sneaky Peeks today. 
You may have recently spotted the FREE Digital Stamp Set featured in 
Simply Cards & Papercrafts this month (available for download HERE),
and this set bears quite a few resemblances to it!




So here's what to expect over the next few days in the build up to Release Day on 1st October!

Sneaky Peeks25th - 27th Sept
These little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing: 28th - 30th Sept
Here you will see a closer look at the clear stamp sets being released with a 
daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 1st October 9am BST 
you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! 
As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!


Thanks for stopping by today and hope you'll pop back tomorrow
for the next yummy sneaky peek!

Sarah

AAA CAS Cards Challenge #74

Hi friends, are you ready for a new challenge over at 
AAA CAS Cards Challenge
I hope so ... this one's all about masking so have some fun but
please keep it Clean and Simple.
I've got two cards for you today using masking ... 

This one uses the Birthday Butterfly set by Happy Little Stampers and having
created a masked frame around the central section of the card I heat embossed 
the butterflies and sentiment with (my new favourite EP) Ranger Liquid Platinum!
I masked the butterflies as I went along then coloured them with promarkers.

I'd like to pop this one in at Anything Goes with Happy Little Stamps
I just love this Birthday Butterfly set and it's my go-to set for these 
gorgeous winged creatures!




Next up using the same masked frame I've used a Multi Facetted stencil
by My Favorite Things then inked through with Distress Inks in 
Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron.
A quick flick and spritz of water mixed with Perfect Pearls because I just
can't resist doing that!!!! The sentiment is by Neat & Tangled: Everyday Circles
plus the 'birthday' greeting from Avery Elle: Sentimental. The cirular panel is popped 
up on 3d foam for dimension and to finish a few sequins.
As always my teamies have worked their masking magic and you can
find links to their blogs HERE plus we are joined by another of our
previous winners and a super talented crafter too
Rahmat of Cards and Cooking Corner
I'm sure you'll have come across Rahmat in blogland but please
pop along and leave her some love ... I'm sure she'd appreciate it.
Our sponsor for this one is Stampendous and if you want to be in 
with a shout of a prize then please link your entries up by 8th October! 
Thanks so much for calling by today and I hope you have fun with the challenge!

Sarah

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Less is More #295

Hello there friends can you believe we are back to Saturday? I certainly can't believe that 
one week has passed now since our daughter got all grown up as we left her at University. 
I have to say I was much more upset than she was - she just couldn't wait to start on a whole
new chapter in her life. I'm pleased to report she's coping brilliantly, making new friends, 
getting stuck in and having fun with this exciting adventure! Our house is super quiet 
and there's a whole lot more food in the fridge too! Hmmmm! 
Guess that's who's been eating it all!

So back to this week and time for our RECIPE challenge over at Less is More
and this week we'd like to see some THREAD on your cards.

Here's mine and first up - I've gone all festive and Christmassy!


I started out by die-cutting a frame using the MFT Die-Namics pierced
rectangle dies. I made a criss-cross pattern of gold embroidery thread along the
back of the frame, added some acetate, foam tape and sequins to create a shaker!
The die-cut Christmas is by Clearly Besotted and the 'happy' from Winnie & Walter.
To finish a couple of sparkly gold sticky dots from my stash.

I'd like to enter this one over at CASology this week where the cue word is



This one's all cutsie and Autumal!


This time using some green embroidery threads from my stash which
I've wrapped around a panel of cardstock to create an ombre background.
Then using the Clearly Besotted 'Let's Roll' set and some leaf dies by
MFT die-namics 'Lily' I put together a little Autumn scene.

That's all I've had chance to make for this one but please head over to
the Less is More blog HERE where you'll find the links to my teamies'
 blogs and as always they've created some awesome examples for you.

I hope you'll feel inspired and play along with us this week and
thanks for stopping by today!

Sarah

Friday, 23 September 2016

Uniko Challenge #36 - Reminder


Hi there friends, I'm back with a gentle reminder about the current challenge over at

Uniko

You've still plenty of time to play along and this month's theme is
Autumn with the optional twist of 'Thanks'

Here's mine using a clever technique by Jennifer Maguire which you
can check out HERE - it's a cheat's inlaid die technique but it's FAB!


I pulled out all the Uniko leaf dies I had and 'inlaid' them into some
pearlised bronze cardstock then using the Labelled Love - Thanks set
(sorry discontinued) I've heat-embossed one of the labels using the
Ranger Liquid Platinum EP, mounted on 3d foam then vellum plus to
finish some sparkly sprinkles and pearls. 

As always my fellow teamies have got some magical designs
to share with you and if you head over to the Uniko blog HERE
you'll find all the links and details of the prizes on offer.


Hope you feel inspired to play along and thanks as always for
stopping by my blog! I'll be back tomorrow with the latest
challenge from Less is More!


Sarah

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Less is More #294

Morning LIMettes are we happy it's Saturday again?

I'm hoping Mr Blogger is going to play fair this weekend as this is a scheduled post! 
Our baby daughter has all grown up and we're taking her to start her first year 
at university today - not too far away thankfully! So while you are reading this 
I'm either on the road to Liverpool or running late frantically trying to cram all 
of her 'essential' belongings into the car! 

Ok! Let's get to the task in hand which is to introduce our challenge for the week
 at Less is More and it's Theme week - we've chosen Diamonds! WOW!

I've excelled myself this week and have 3 cards to share with you


Recipe:
Stamps: Lil'Inkers set 'Girl's Best Friend'
Dies: MFT Die-Namics Basic Stitched Border and Stitched Square dies
plus Waffle Flower sentiment strips.
Distress Inks: Shaded Lilac & Blueprint Sketch
WOW Metallic Silver Sparkle embossing powder

I'm heading over to Addicted to Stamps and More with this one
to enter their Anything Goes Challenge!




Recipe:
Stamps: Lawn Fawn 'Happy Wedding'
Dies: Lawn Fawn Scripty Congrats & WPlus9 Heart stax
WOW Metallic Silver Sparkle Embossing powder

I'd like to enter this card over at Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge
where it's Clean and Simple this week!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog 


Recipe:
Sparkly Design paper from my stash
Hand made diamond shapes
Stamps: Lil Inker 'Girls Best Friend' & 
Clearly Besotted It's Your Time


I hope you feel inspired to play along with us and I can't wait to 
see lots of sparkle, glitz, glamour and shine on your cards this week.

There's plenty of stunning examples by my fellow teamies over on 
the LIM blog HERE so please pay them a visit if you have time.

As always thanks for visiting my blog today and I'll catch up again soon!

Sarah

Friday, 16 September 2016

Uniko Challenge #36


Morning friends, are you ready for another new challenge over at
Uniko

I hope so and as we swing into Autumn that's the theme of this month's 
challenge with the optional twist of 'Thanks'

Here's mine and I've used a combinations of stamps to create this
which I've listed below.


All Uniko Stamps used and let's hope I remember them all:
Beautiful Blooms III
BG Builders Vines & Winter Additions
Labelled Love - Thanks (sadly discontinued)



As always my fellow teamies have got some magical designs
to share with you and if you head over to the Uniko blog HERE
you'll find all the links and details of the prizes on offer.

We've some super exciting news too although you may have spotted
Bev's post a few days ago sharing the news that we have a new teamie;
I'm sure she won't need an introduction as she's so popular around blogland.

We're definitely thrilled to welcome Rahmat of Cards and Cooking Corner
to our little team. I'm sure you'll find her designs totally inspiring.

Finally I'd like to enter my card in a couple of challenges:
plus
Time Out Challenges - Photo inspiration below.
I've gone with a definite Autumnal theme using lots of reds, yellows and oranges


Hope you feel inspired to play along and thanks as always for
stopping by my blog! I'll be back tomorrow with the latest
challenge from Less is More!

Sarah

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Couple of Kylie Challenges


Hi Friends I've a card to share today which is the 
'other half' / 'negative space' / 'alternate view'
of a card I created for the Muse Card Challenge HERE
when I was kindly invited to be their Guest Designer for the week.

I was actually torn with which card to post as I love this one too so
decided I'd post this today and enter into a few challenges at the same time!


This uses Brushos to create the original panel (spritzed with water) from which I've 
die-cut the heart of gold by Neat & Tangled! I think this is currently my
absolute FAV die! Can't stop reaching for it. It's quite intricate and not
one of those little inner bits are the same size so it's a real puzzle to piece it back together
 - especially when you put masking paper on the back instead of stick-it!!! 

The sentiment is by Avery Elle and to pull the colours together I've used some coordinating 
gems and Doodlebug enamel dots. The front panel is die-cut using an MFT stitched
rectangle die which I've 'stretched' in die-cut machine to fit a standard UK A6 card!
This front panel is also mounted on 3d foam for added interest so the heart is set back
although it's not that obvious in the photo sadly! Always the case eh!


This card just so happens it fit's into lots of Kylie's challenges (hence the title of my post)
so here goes:

First up:






I'd also like to stick my neck on the line and try my chances


Thanks as always for calling by my blog and I'll be back tomorrow
with the latest challenge details for Uniko - hope to see you then!








Sarah

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Altenew Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop


Hello there friends, today I'm here with a different kind of post for 
Less is More


as we are taking part in a HUGE challenge blog hop in association with Altenew 
and 17 other challenge blogs. The idea (thought up by May Park of Altenew)
 is a celebration of crafting challenge blogs which bring together a whole community
 of crafty folk, sharing our hobby, techniques, talents and above all enjoyment
of all things crafty. What's more the timing is just perfect as a pre-celebration for 
the World Cardmaking Day in October.

Here's my card using the gorgeous painted butterflies set by Altenew, 
inks by Altenew and sentiment from Magnolias for her ... also by Altenew!



To find out more details, how to play, what you can win etc. please 
head over to our Less is More blog HERE or the Altenew blog HERE


I hope you'll feel inspired to dust off those Altenew sets, get stamping
and join in the fun! As always thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

Sarah

Guest Designer for CASology

Hello crafty buddies, I'm so excited today as I've been invited to be the




Whoopie! 
That's what I thought until I realised what the cue word was for the week!



So having scratched my head and tipped my stamps upside down
I came up with a card using 2 'bark' images which I hope fits in at CASology!


I started out by dry-embossing a panel of watercolour card with a
'bark' effect texture before inking over the top in various brown distress inks.
A little spritz and flick of my favourite water and perfect pearl mix before 
die-cutting the top edge with a stitched curve border die. The little puppy
(not barking here) is from the Mama Elephant Playful Pups set along
with the cute sentiment. 

Don't forget to check out the fantastic talent from the CASology DT HERE
I certainly can't wait to see how they've interpreted the Cue word.


I've loosely followed the sketch from this week's challenge at 
CAS colours & Sketches so will pop my card in there too as well
as another entry for the HLS CAS challenge - Water Colour Spritz!




As always thanks for paying me a visit today and I'll catch up with you again soon!

Sarah