Wednesday, 31 May 2023

Introducing Bauhaus Blocks Stamp set

Morning, it's day 2 of the intros for the May release from Uniko. 

Today I've gone all Piet Mondrian using the new Bauhaus Blocks stamp set for my first card.

There are 5 blocks and 4 sentiments in the set but I only used one of the blocks for this as well as the square stamp from Background Builders Squared. I played around with the one stamp, rotating and stamping in black on white before adding the squares in primary colours. To get a rectangle or smaller square, I just masked off an area with tape before stamping. The sentiment was already in my sentiment jar and fit the space perfectly.
Each square was cut out and mounted onto a panel of black card to create a thin border, then the whole was added to a base card on pads.

This is a quick make using another of the square blocks.

This time, I stamped the block onto some card with Versamark and heat embossed with white EP, then
using 3 Zig watercolour markers, I filled in the shapes. When dry the finished panel was die cut, attached to an A6 textured off white base card and the sentiment from Simply Said stamped with Altenew's Ultra Violet, then heat embossed with clear EP.

Bev and the rest of the BAs have more fab ideas over on the blog here if you've missed them.
See you back here tomorrow for the final introduction.

Tuesday, 30 May 2023

A layered birthday card

Good morning folks, back again, this time for a brand new challenge at Cardz4Guyz
Our new theme is:-

LOTS OF LAYERS (more than 3)

Now as many of you will know, I'm not one who slathers on the layers but for this I've tried really hard!
This is what I finally made, after a little hiccup.

The layout is one I used years ago at a card class, different dies and EF but essentially the same. My first attempt was fine but when I counted up the layers I wasn't sure there were enough, so after a rethink, here's my second attempt. This time I think I've definitely got more than 3! DP, embossed sentiment panel, shaped white panel, yellow frame, grass and finally the little chap.

I'm still determined to use up some of my bits n bobs. The printer is still playing up, so I decided to use some of my myriad of scraps of DP and I have a box full of stamped and printed images in another. This image is one from Molly Bloom, no longer trading I believe, which has been in the box for far too long and the DP is an equally old scrap!

To assemble, I made a 5" square base card from some white card, cut a panel of NitWits DP from the scrap to leave a slight border. A panel of the same white card was embossed with the Cuttlebug EF and glued onto the DP. The die I used for the white panel is one of the first I bought, no idea of make, cut out from white card then cut out a circle from the center. The yellow frame was made from white card and two circle dies, coloured with Copic marker and glued around the aperture. Using the same die as the white panel, I cut a scrap of white card and then used an old MS punch to create some grass which I coloured with a selection of green Copic markers and glued down. Finally the little chap was coloured with more Copics, fussy cut and added to the bottom of the white panel. The finished panel was then added over the 2 base layers on pads.

So what will you make, we'd love to see your masculine creations in our gallery this time. For more masculine inspiration, check out the rest of the team here.

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Make it Square

Introducing Flower Power #4 Stencil

Good morning, I'm here with the first of the introductions for the May Uniko release. Today we are showcasing the new Flower Power #5 stencil.
It's another in Bev's large flower series that coordinates with the Flower Power #5 stamp set. 
Here's what I made with this fab new stencil.

To begin, I took a Post it note and traced one of the heart shapes that make up the stencil with a fine tip marker and cut away the middle to make a mask. Then I placed my white panel under the stencil and placed the mask over the section I wanted to ink through. for this card I used a rainbow of DI colours, Seedless Preserve, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet. The mask allowed me to ink just one section at a time, moving it to the next section after each inking. As the areas overlap, I ended up with a blended rainbow. 

When I'd finished the first layer there was still quite a lot of white showing, so I repeated the inking and masking but placed the masked area of the stencil further from the center of the initial pattern and repeated for each panel. Once completed, I trimmed it down to leave a small border on an A6 base card and die cut the middle out with a circle die. This central disc, I then cut again using a slightly smaller die. My cut down panel was added to a black A6 card base and the now smaller circle replaced in the center leaving a thin black border of base card showing through. I decided to mount my sentiment, Doodled Flowers, on another black circle and a few sequins from the stash complete.

I'll be back tomorrow with another introduction, see you then! Don't forget to check out what the rest of the team have come up with here.

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Monday, 29 May 2023

Uniko May June Release Sneak Peeks

Good morning, hope you are enjoying the Bank Holiday here in the UK. For once the weather is behaving, but I could do with a little rain for the garden!

This week there is a new release coming from Uniko, here are a few sneak peeks to whet your appetites!


There's definitely a retro vibe with this collection, but you'll just have to wait until tomorrow to find out more in the first of the reveals!

All the products will be available 9am Friday 2nd June 2023. 

See you back here tomorrow at 9 am BST!

Friday, 26 May 2023

Teenie Townie

 Afternoon all. Just popping by to share a card made for a few challenges out there and using up my scraps! It's a special challenge at Passion for Markers, they're celebrating 14 years, there's a fab colour combo at Color Throwdown and CAS on Friday are into embossing! Here's what I came up with.

I'm not sure which Stampingbella Teenie Townie this is as it was stamped a long time ago and has been unloved in my bits box waiting to be coloured, hasn't been much call for little girl cards of late but as my Grandson's diary is full of birthday parties, his mum requested a few girly ones to add to the boy themed one's I usually make.
I am determined to use up my scraps, so the Nit Wits DP is left over from another girly card here, and as the colours at Color Throwdown include pink I hope it fits the bill, The kraft was left after a DT make for that didn't make the cut, the square panel was in the bits box, as was the card for the frame, embossed center panel and sentiment banner. The only new thing was the 5 x 5 white base card that you can't see!
The little girl was coloured with Copics to match the DP, fussy cut and mounted onto my square panel. The frame was coloured with one of the Copic markers used to colour her and the cut out circle was embossed with a basket weave EF. I did colour the leaves on the DP with a grey Copic to bring out the grey of the parcel before I layered it all up.

That's it then. It looks very like we will have a warm, sunny Bank Holiday here in the UK, not too hot but dry, most unusual! Enjoy your break if you've got one.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2023

Color Hues #64

Good afternoon peeps. 
We are halfway through the month so we have a new colour combo at Color Hues. Here's my take on the new colour combo.

It was my turn to choose the colours and I wanted to choose a pair that we hadn't had before, quite the task! Anyway I plumped for this pair.

I had in mind to make a card using another of the Uptown girls from Stampingbella but as I'd used one for the last challenge, I decided to use my NEBUS set from MFT, I Knead You.
I thought about the colours and realised that they reminded me of ginger toms, mice and goldfish, so this is what I ended up using here!

On a piece of Copic friendly card, I stamped the cat, mouse and fish, coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut out. The sentiment strip, the same as last month's but so appropriate, was stamped on slate grey and white heat embossed. 
To make the card, I added some dark grey, Lawn Fawn DP from the stash onto an A6 base card then added a panel of white to which I'd inked some Spiced Marmalade DI. The cat and his goodies, did you know all true ginger's are tom cats, were added to the strip before laying it across the panel to complete.

I hope you're inspired by my colours and hope to see your takes in the gallery at Color Hues. For more inspiration, please check out our GD and the rest of the DT on the Color Hues blog.

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