Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Wonky Stripes Rule at Uniko

Good morning Uniko fans.
I'm over on the Uniko blog with some bright and breezy ideas featuring various Wonky Stripes!

Some of you early risers will recognise the left hand card as one I posted earlier for my GD over at ATSM, check out this link for more info.
Here are a few close ups of the other cards I made using various Wonky Stripe stamps and stencil and some of my favourite peony blooms and the fab gerbera stencil.

Using Copic colouring, gold embossing, BB Wonky Stripes  and the small bloom from Pure florals Peony.

Wonky Stripes stencil and the fantastic large bloom from Pure Florals Peony, just stamped with black on white and fussy cut.

Last but not least, using BB Solid Wonky Stripes and Large Gerbera Stencil.
I love this gorgeous large gerbera stencil, just like the blooms themselves, inked with Spiced Marmalade DI and added detail using a matching Zig watercolour marker. They won't grow in my garden so just have make do with them from the shops!

All the details can be found over on the Uniko blog.

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 Beautiful Blooms
How do you choose a favourite, but I just love a sunny gerbera!

Guesting over at ATSM!

 Good evening. It's just like old times posting at this time but I'm only the GD over at ATSM for their latest challenge. Here's my card.

This card has been made using the Uniko Wonky Stripes stencil and some stamped, coloured and die cut foliage and flowers from the Uniko's Originally Organic Additions, stamps and matching dies.
It's part of a group of cards that will be making an appearance a little later on today!
Using a selection of DIs, I inked through the stencil onto a panel of white card, blending them into a rainbow then put to one side.
From some scrap white card, I cut the flowers and leaves before stamping the outlines and colouring with Copic markers. I use a homemade die cut jig to place the cut elements into so that I can rapidly stamp the small elements with my MISTI.
I'm really trying to use up all my odds and ends of card this year to eek out my dwindling supplies. I'm hoping to get out and replenish my white cardstock very soon but it's been needs must during lockdown! So I looked through my stash and selected some off cuts of linen effect card and created two panels. 
I cut my A6 stenciled panel in half and glued it to a scrap of white copy paper from which I had cut 1cm from one long and one short side. This allows a border to show around my finished panel. The two panels of linen effect card were a little too narrow for my taste, so I added a couple of strips of gold mirror card to each side and glued them all down, trimming away excess. 
The leaf sprigs and flowers were arranged over the stenciled panel, a black and gold sentiment strip added and the finished panel popped up over a linen effect A6 top fold card on pads.
For more inspiration from the ATSM team please check out the ATSM blog.
So that's all from me for the moment but please pop back in a few hours for some more Uniko inspiration!

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Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Leaning on the garden fence

Good morning folks, I hope all of you in the UK had a fab Bank Holiday despite the awful weather. I managed to cut the grass between the deluges on Sunday. I can't complain as the garden was in dire need of some rain. The driest April for many years and frosts at night have played havoc with my veg, the greenhouse is bursting and I'm getting fed up of moving tomato and pepper plants inside at night as I haven't got enough horticultural fleece to tuck them up in at night. Apparently there is a shortage according to the local nursery, they are short of some themselves. Anyway the OH is pleased that the rain has come as the sheep in the fields are grazing the grass bare, so hopefully it will start to grow quicker than they can eat it!
Talking of other halves, this little guy from LOTV always reminds me of him and our dog Max, except Max would be under the wooden fence exploring rather than looking!

I made it for the new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz which is:-


Using a selection of Copics from the E section, I coloured this image in a monochrome palette. After colouring, I added some clouds and grass with some soft DI stenciling.
A rectangle die cut from the front of my card frames my image and a sentiment, also from LOTV, stamped in matching brown complete.
For more masculine, monochrome inspiration please check out the Cardz4Guyz blog.

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Hope the wooden fence

 No option for me

Sunday, 2 May 2021


 Good evening. It's time for a new challenge over at HLS CAS. This month we  are having fun and games! Here's my card as your inspiration.

Last weekend my two Grandson's came to visit for the first time since last October. It was great to see them running around and letting off steam, getting lots of pleasure from being in the open air and not being reliant on their screens! Mind you the eldest, aged10, got a little bit sulky after a couple of hours and wanted to go home so he could play on his devices but the youngest, 31/2 was quite happy to run around in the long grass and see what insects he could find and be amazed by the blue sky filled with aeroplane vapour trails!
Oh for the days before iPads and Switches when you had to make up your own games, just like this cute Young Rebel from Nellie Snellen that I've had for simply ages. Called Hopperhop, for some reason, he's definitely having fun and games and enjoying the blue sky and fresh air on his hobby horse. You don't see them around much these days but I remember playing on them with my friend when we were young.
Once he was coloured with Copic markers, I fussy cut him out and put to one side whilst I inked the background. Using an MFT cloud stencil, I inked the sky and added a little bit of green for some grass for my little chap to play on. I popped him up on pads over the background and a LOTV sentiment completes.
So where will the theme take you? If you need more inspiration there are lots more interpretations over on the HLS blog.

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Saturday, 1 May 2021

Color Hues #17

Hi and welcome to a brand new color pairing at Color Hues.
I must admit my go to theme for these challenges is usually floral but today I went masculine with this music inspired design.

This is the first outing for this MFT Turntable die which I got at Christmas, using the turntable as a record.  I found some slightly shiny black card and die cut a few records and played around with the design. I even cut a few smaller records but eventually, I settled on just this one large disc and a background of Uniko notes, stamped in shades of red and orange. An embossed Paper Smooches sentiment complete.

So where will the colours take you, you haven't failed us yet so we are so looking forward to seeing your creations in our gallery! The rest of the DT have come up with lots of different ideas, so why not take a closer look if you're stumped?

Make each day your Masterpiece

Good morning folks. May is here and it's time for a brand new challenge over at STAMPlorations Theme and Photo Prompt.
Here is my inspiration based on this month's theme and photo.

I chose to take my prompts for the design from the colours in the image as well as the musical score and the wings element of the theme.
On a piece of cream marbled paper I traced the outline of the Flutter Zen 1 layering die, and then stamped the score stamp from Scribbly Splattery Grunge in brown to fill the area outlined.
From an A6 piece of textured cream card, I trimmed off a centimetre border on two sides then die cut an aperture with the Flutter Zen 1 layering die. Beneath the aperture I stamped the sentiment from Softly in matching brown ink. 
To complete the card I glued the stamped panel onto a base card made from the same cream card and then popped the top panel over it on pads.
So that's about it from me only to remind you that there's more inspiration from the team on the STAMPlorations blog, where you'll also find all the Ts and Cs.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Toot Toot!

Good morning folks, time for a new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz.
This time we would like to see your masculine cards on the theme of -


Lots to go at there then, small wheels to huge ones, ones powered by engines and those by hand. Continuing my aim to use up all my scraps during lockdown, I found this LOTV image stamped out and ready to colour and some odds and sods from the bit box, nothing new was used in the making of this card, well other than the actual card!

The image is Toot Toot, a digi I think as I don't own the rubber version, but I could have stamped it when my friend was around a couple of years ago. The background DP is part of an old motoring atlas and the card is from the back of an old card. 
After colouring the outline of the car and driver with Copic markers, I fussy cut it and put to one side. The map panel was trimmed to A6 size and the background panels cut out from scrap using some MFT pierced square and rectangle dies and a banner die. 
Using another LOTV set I stamped the greeting and added it to my background panel, the squares were coloured with Copic marker and added before the panel was glued onto the DP. The fussy cut car was set to the far right to give the impression of movement and some shadow was added to ground the image with some more Copic markers.
So where will you go with this challenge? We'd love to see what you make of the theme.
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Anything Goes

Stitching, real or faux