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Winter Foliage Inspiration

Happy Sunday!

Last night was daylight savings here in the UK, so I decided to put it to good use once The Beans were settled in bed last night and made a whole bunch of Christmas cards!

Did you see yesterday’s post HERE? The October 2019 Post Release Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY is in full swing. And just by commenting along the hop you have the chance of winning the ENTIRE release 😉

I was a little sad that I didn’t get time to make all the cards before my post went live, so last night I set to making a couple of those I intended to make. First up a card using the new Stencil – Winter Foliage

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I had an idea to do a lot of masking and ink up the stencil with a couple of shades of brown, green and red to create this beautiful background. The layout of my card was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches layout seen HERE and below.

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To finish the card I added one of the Festive Sentiments Outlined sentiments and added some Nuvo Drops in Autumn Red to the single berries in the design. The card was pretty time consuming, but I really like the results.

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Lastly for today I have a card using the Designer Die Winter Foliage Collection. This card was a little quicker to make, but again I’m loving the end result.

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I decided to use the same sentiment and this time coloured it with a black fine liner instead of red. I then die cut the berries and holly leaves from my panel. To stamp the coordinating images from Winter Foliage clear stamp set, I temporarily adhered the panel to my base card and placed this inside my MISTI.

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I was then able to position the stamps to stamp perfectly inside the die cuts. Once stamped I then adhered the panel permanently with foam adhesive.

That’s all I have to share for today, but I will be back during the week with more! Until then, thank you for stopping by today.

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Rainbow Snowflakes

Hey!

Where did Monday go?! I had all good intentions to pop in yesterday with the card I am sharing today, but the day got away from me!

Anyway, how about some rainbow snowflakes…

 

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I never tire of colour and part of card making and paper crafts is being creative and adding your own spin on things. So rainbow snowflakes, why not?!

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Also, never underestimate the power of a small stamp either 😉 This snowflake from BIG & BOLD Snow is just 2cm in diameter, but look at the fun I’ve had with it and the coordinating Designer Dies BIG & BOLD Snow Collection.

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I used 1mm thick foam adhesive to adhere the snowflakes to my card. This thickness means you get some dimension, but it isn’t too bulky and still fits through the mail as a normal letter 😉 The sentiment I have used is from the popular Simply Said Blocks Christmas.

Okay, that’s all from me today, I hope you have enjoyed this little bit of Christmas inspiration. Until next time, thanks so much for stopping by today.

Crafty Hugs


Stamp & Designer Die Focus – BIG & BOLD Snow

Hey & Happy Hump Day!

I’m still here dreaming of a white Christmas and I don’t think this feeling is going to pass any time soon! And as it doesn’t look like snow is expected any time soon I thought I would get my snow fix by inking up BIG & BOLD Snow and giving the NEW Designer Dies another outing.

Often these mini clear stamp sets can be overlooked as to how much you can do with them. But add in some coordinating designer dies and it can breathe a whole new life into the stamps and opens so many more possibilities.

Today I have a trio of cards to share with you using both the stamps and the dies…

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As you know I am a huge fan of aqua shades and when paired with snow or snowflakes, it’s no surprise it has to make an appearance!

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I started with this card as I wanted to try out the stamp / die spotlight technique with the largest of the snowflakes in BIG & BOLD Snow, paired with the large snow stamp & matching die.

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I started by stamping & die cutting the word snow, to see where I would place it on my card & where to place the snowflakes around it. I then did cut the snowflakes and temporarily adhered the layer to my base card to stamp the snowflakes. I finished the design off with some small accent snowflakes and some White Blizzard Nuvo Drops.

Next I wanted to create a one layer ombre card…

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Thank goodness for stamping tools and the ease of creating a staggered ombre look and also for adding sparkle to a stamped layer. This is what I have done with the last darkest stamped snow.

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To finish the design I used the positive snowflake die cuts from the first card, adding the stamped image inside the die cuts in Aqualicious ink and once I had adhered them to the card I finished the design off with some of the smaller stamped snowflakes and again White Blizzard Nuvo Drops.

Lastly for today I was inspired by this weeks Freshly Made Sketches sketch seen HERE and below my card. I decided to keep with the same aqua colour scheme, using my blender brushes to create the perfect base colour card.

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And here is the sketch I followed…

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I love how you find the perfect sketch to fit with the products you are currently using and this one came together pretty quick too. This time I used the smaller of the snow sentiments and added just one stamped and die cut snowflake.

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That’s all I have to share with you today using these products, but I will back with some more new release product inspiration tomorrow. Heads up, if you’re on Instagram, be sure to check out my feed HERE later today as I have a Win it Wednesday coming!

Okay, best get some more work done before the daylight has gone!

Crafty Hugs


Peace, Love, Joy, New & Old

Hey!

I’m finally back with the card I had planned to share yesterday, but time and energy just simply slipped away. And before I call it a day I thought I’d pop by quick today!

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I love to stretch my supplies. Even more so when much loved older clear stamp sets get a new lease of fresh inky love when combined with the NEW.

This card design of combining the mirror image doves from the previously released Peace on Earth clear stamp set with Festive Sentiments Outlined, was one that came to mind when I was putting the sentiment set together and deciding on the sentiments.

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Replicating what I saw in my head onto my card came out just as I saw and I am in love with the clean and simple results.

Okay, a super CAS card for today, but hopefully an inspiring one! Thanks for stopping by & I hope to back tomorrow with more to share.

Crafty Hugs


Less Is More Sponsor & Guest Designer

Happy Weekend!

I’m super excited to be here this morning, not only because Uniko is Octobers sponsor over at Less is More and that I am guest designing with them this week. BUT also because the Uniko October Release is NOW LIVE in store and available to purchase!

If you want to check out the cards I have made & shared yesterday about the October Release, pop on over HERE! I also couldn’t resist showing how one of the products being released, Festive Sentiments Outlined, can be used all year round…

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This fortnight the challenge is Rainbow. Who doesn’t LOVE a rainbow?! There are so many ways to interpret this challenge onto your card (don’t forget to keep it CAS) and I opted for a rainbow colour scheme.

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Rainbows make me happy, all those colours in one place is just a delight to see! As they make me happy I thought it appropriate to use the HAPPY sentiment from Festive Sentiments Outlined. I used my MISTI to stamp this three times on my card, coloured the inside of the word with Copics in a rainbow colour scheme and finished with the birthday sentiment from Birthday Sentiments clear stamp set.

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This wasn’t enough rainbow for me! So I set to thinking how I could keep the design CAS but add more rainbow colour. Ta-dah! A rainbow base card. I used my blender brushes to create a rainbow base card using a variety of Altenew ink colours. I adhered the stamped layer to it using foam adhesive for a little dimension and I was done. A CAS card with lots of colour!

That’s all the rainbow I had time for, but the Less is More team have lots more inspiration for you. Be sure to head on over HERE to see the rainbow delight awaiting you and all the challenge details and the link up for the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by & I hope you check out the New Release too 😉

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2019 National Coffee Day Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

*Editied to Add the Uniko Giveaway Winner….

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Oh I love all the cards. Everyone did an amazing job! I love coffee and I love fall. Thank you for being a sponsor and Happy National Coffee Day!

Congratulations Cindy!

 

Welcome to the 2019 National Coffee Day Blog Hop!

I am delighted to know such wonderful and inviting friends in the industry and to be a part of so many fun events that take place. Amy Tsuruta is one of the co-founders of the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog and organises many fun blog hops throughout the year and invited Uniko to be part of this fun event.

If you’ve followed or been part of the previous Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hops, todays hop is a little different and will run as a traditional hop rather than a linkup.

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So be sure to head on over HERE to the beginning of the hop 🙂

Today some of the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have joined me in sharing some coffee themed makes and so we have a mini Uniko hop contained inside this larger hop – FUN right? And as always I have a little prize for ONE lucky commenter who leaves a comment on any of the participating Uniko Brand Ambassador blog posts links and more details at the end!

First I have a card to share with you…

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Autumn is in full swing now here in the UK and the colours totally inspired my card today. I chose 5 Altenew ink colour, Espresso, Mocha, Autumn Blaze, Orange and Sun Kissed to ink up the Background Blocks Nautical Stripes stamp. To me this stamp represents a warm cozy sweater!

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I then stamped some of the images from Uniko’s I LOVE Coffee clear stamp set and arranged them on the card. Having the stamped background block makes for a really quick card 😉

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And here’s some inspiration from some of the Uniko Brand Ambassadors, be sure to hop over to their blogs and comment for your chance to win the Uniko prize…

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So much Coffee themed inspiration, sure to warm you up!

Okay, so how about the PRIZE…

Simply leave a comment on all of the Uniko Brand Ambassador blogs above by Midnight (BST, the UK clocks haven’t changed yet) Sunday 6th October 2019 to be in the chance of winning a £25 eGift Code to spend in the Uniko store.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the National Coffee  Day Blog Hop!

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Decorative Doilies & a HUGE Restock!

Hey & Happy Hump Day!

I’m here today to share a card with you and also let you all know about a HUGE restock that is expected in the studio next week, including Decorative Doilies The Hands of Time, of which I have used on my card today…

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I thought it was time for some ‘old’ favourite restocks, that have been out of stock for some time and it’s been ages since Decorative Doilies lined the shelves. Its a space struggle to keep everything in stock at once along with releasing new designs, hence the time in-between restocks.

As you know restocks always inspire me to dust them off and give them some fresh inky love. And when I saw the new sketch this week over at CAS Colours & Sketches seen HERE and below, it was perfect to use for my card layout. I love it when that happens too!

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I’ve had a few new inky supplies arrive in the studio recently, including these The Stamp Market inks. I admit it, I’m a sucker for ink pads! So I thought I would give a trio of them a whirl on my card. They are similar ink format to the Catherine Pooler inks and so far I am happy with my purchase and they stamp beautifully.

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For this card I started by stamping the large Leafy green doily. I then made a mask from a Post-it to stamp the small Melon doily. The Party pink doily is stamped, fussy cut and adhered to the card using foam adhesive. As is the Happy Birthday sentiment from Simply Said Blocks. To finish the card I used some of my favourite Glossy White Nuvo Drops.

Before I go today, I thought I’d let you know the clear stamp sets being restocked and that are now available on backorder. Any backorders placed will begin to ship on 2nd October and any orders placed between 4th-6th October will be shipped on the 7th as I will be at Happy Stampers Festival. I look forward to seeing you at the Uniko stand if you’re attending 🙂

Okay, the restocks are…


What I’ve used on my card today…

That’s all from me today! Thanks so much for stopping by & have a wonderful day.

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Uniko Challenge #55 – Anything Goes with Optional Twist Autumn

Hey!

 Welcome to the September/October 2019 Uniko Challenge.

We have that all time favourite theme of Anything Goes for this new challenge, but if you’d like to challenge yourself a bit more then go with our twist of Autumn.

We’re really delighted to have Myra as our Guest Designer for this challenge. I think this must be a first for Uniko a Guest Designer who is only 8 years old! She is following in her mum, Anushree’s footsteps and sharing her blog to showcase her wonderful talent.

Such a gorgeous card and an assured future in crafting for sure!
I don’t know about you? But I can’t choose a favourite season. There is something I love about all of them and I love seeing the change from season to season too, especially the colours. Right now in the UK the mornings are crisp and fresh, the afternoons (recently) filled with warm sunshine and then, simply delightful evening sunsets.
Anyway, how about some inspiration! Shockingly Uniko doesn’t have any Autumn specific products, but there are a few which lend themselves to all seasons, like the Large Background Sketched Foliage, which I reached for to create my first card.
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As you can see from the photo, I have been treating myself to new inky goodies. Seriously, I just can’t resist ink pads. I have a real addiction to them and colour – haha!
These are from The Stamp Market and I have used 3 of the colours from their first Colour Crush Collection, Melon, Leafy & Mossy. They stamp beautifully and I also gave them a spin with my Tailored Expressions Blender Brushes. They are the same style / format of ink as the Catherine Pooler inks and like those, then blend really nice and smooth. I’ve used my usual Stampin’ Up! Whisper White CS.

Once my ink blended panel was dry I placed it in my MISTI and stamped the Large Background Sketched Foliage in the darker shade of green, Mossy.

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Not wanting to draw too much focus from the background, I finished the card off with a simple sentiment from You Are, Yes You.

This leads me nicely onto my second card…

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Having used the sentiment from You Are, Yes You, I saw the little quirky leaves in the set and thought they would make for a lovely tumbling Autumnal leaf background. I selected a trio of Autumnal colours from my (ever growing) Altenew ink collection and set to stamping a random background.

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I used a sentiment from Birthday Wishes stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black ink onto a favourite Papertrey Ink (Ink to Paper) die I have in my stash.

I hope I have inspired you to join in on the challenge & look at your stash to see what could be used for an Autumnal twist. If you need some more inspiration, be sure to check out what my awesome Brand Ambassadors have created…

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And, in case you need some more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes.

 THE PRIZES

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT – £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner – £5 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner – £5 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT – 150 Loyalty Reward Points

You’ve got plenty of time to play along with this challenge. 

The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 25th October 2019.

Hugs,


Sailing Through The Week Like…

Happy Hump Day!

Who’s sailing smoothly through the week and who’s like me and sailing choppy waters?!

I can’t believe how much time has passed since I last shared inspiration here *gasps* with horror! Thanks for hanging in there with me in my absence recently. I promise I have been a busy bee behind the scenes 😉

Anyway, how about some Nautical Treasures inspiration…

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I’ve had these cards made & photographed for probably a month now! The last few weeks of the summer holidays here in the UK got a little busy with family visiting and day trips out. Then The Beans turned 5 *GASP* on the 2nd September and they started BIG school (full time) on the 3rd!

It hasn’t quite been smooth sailing as we all adjust to a new routine and to top it off this past weekend the dreaded back to school flu/cold bugs hit ME!!

Anyway, this masculine duo was inspired by my awesome DT member Jane. I love it when DT members think outside of the box when it comes to alternative uses for products and using the Tiger Print Stencil was Jane’s genius idea. You can see Jane’s inspiration HERE.

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Hopefully I’ve given you a little mid week inspiration to look at your crafty stash to see how else it can be used and all being well, my next post won’t be as long a wait as this one!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Stamp Set Focus – Background Builders Classics

Hey!

I had planned on writing this blog post last night, but the motherhood exhaustion hit post Bean bedtime and I just chilled instead – sorry!

Anyway, this is one of those types of post that I keep meaning to do more of and then life/other work gets in the way. I had also envisioned I would use more of the stamps from the clear stamp set I am focusing on, but I kinda got hooked on just one of the stamps! Please tell me it’s not just me that has these problems 😉

For my first ‘Stamp Set Focus’, I wanted to use the recently released Background Builders Classics. I felt it needed a little more inky love.

For my first two cards I used the same layout (inspired by Jane’s Uniko DT post HERE). I used the horizontal stripe stamp from the set more as an accent, rather than to build a background too.

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For this first card I dusted off some older clear stamp sets. The large bold HAPPY is from All Occasion Sentiments #2 and it is so much fun to stamp it in a rainbow of colours! The flowers are from Flower Power #7 and the smaller script birthday is from Simply Said Birthday. I added a few Nuvo Drops to finish of my design.

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As I still had the horizontal stripe stamp positioned in my MISTI, I stamped up another to create my next card. This time combining it with a sentiment from the recently released Sentiments Outlined and accented with some blooms from Beautiful Blooms II.

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I love how quick this card was to make, just a little bit of simple stamping and masking for the blooms and a little dimension for the stamped panel.

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Next I switched up the orientation of my card and used another of my favourite techniques and paired the stamp with some other ‘older’ Uniko stamps.

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Using a stamping tool means your stamp is always in the same place for repeated stamping. This is handy for this technique, where I have used water  based markers to colour my stamp. I have done this technique quite a few times, like HERE.

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I used Stampin’ Up! markers in Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade and Costal Cabana for a lovely tropical palette to go with images from Paradise and Paradise Leaves.

Lastly, I wanted to ‘build’ a background and this is the result…

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Having created a bold background I wanted to showcase it in a way not to take too much focus from it and it also needed a pop of colour.

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I used Stampin’ Up! dies to create the HAPPY, which I die cut each letter 3 times and adhered them together with glue. I wanted them to have some dimension but not too much to make the card bulky. Again I used the partially stamped sentiment, script birthday from Simply Said Birthday.

I hope I have inspired you a little and given you some new ideas and techniques to try out. I sure had fun using this one stamp!

Thanks for stopping by.

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