Thursday 16 May 2024

Color Hues #87

Afternoon folks.
Over halfway through May already, can you believe it? Anyway that means that it's time for a new colour combo from Color Hues
Here's my take on the new duo.

I knew I wanted to make another character based card so had a rifle through my stamped but not coloured box and found these two laughing ladies, no doubt stamped whilst at a friends. Another rifle, this time through my DP drawers led me to a 12 x 12 paper from Bo Bunny that's been there for donkey's and was the perfect colour, if I cut off the floral part! Looks a bit bluer in this pic than in real life.
So after colouring the ladies with Copics, I fussy cut them then added them to a white, scrap circle from the bits box on which I'd already stamped the sentiment, DoCrafts, it could even be the leftover from my tennis girl card! This was then added to my DP covered base card with foam pads.

So where will these new colours take you? As always the team and our GD have come up trumps with their inspiration for you here. Check them out and then why not join in?

Tuesday 14 May 2024

Uniko Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Seeing Stars

Morning all.
It's time for a brand new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz. This time we would like to see your masculine take on the theme of:-


I decided to go down the stars route and use some of my Uniko goodies.
Here's my inspiration card.

Quite a simple card that I made for my Grandson to give to his Dad on Father's Day, he loves a rainbow!
First I inked three colours of DI, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry, lightly onto a panel of white card. Obviously when the colours overlap you get a second, but I was careful NOT to mix all three or you end up with a muddy colour. I then used Uniko's Seeing Stars stencil to ink with the same three inks over the top of the soft background, keeping the edges soft. 
Using some more Uniko goodies, I created the central sentiment, fussy cutting the word star and heat embossing white on black the 2 sentiment strips.
While I had my Uniko goodies out, I made a few more cards that you can find out more about here.

Hope to see your takes in the gallery but if you need some more inspiration please check out the rest of the Cardz4Guyz team here. For more Uniko inspiration find more star ideas here.

Wednesday 1 May 2024

Color Hues #86

Good afternoon folks.
Today sees a new colour challenge form Color Hues. This time it was my choice and I went for, hopefully, a pretty spring combo to inspire you, here's my card.

I knew roughly that I wanted to make a floral card, so after searching through my stash I finally decided to use an oldie but goodie, Altenew's Painted Flowers. It was one of the first set of their's I bought and hasn't been inked up in a while! 
At first I was going to cover the whole panel and use the camouflage die technique but finally went for this much simpler idea. I stamped the elements with Memento Gray Flannel as I thought it was a much better choice for the soft colours than black. The lilac inking was courtesy of Altenew's Lavender Field and Soft Lilac and the greens Altenew's Bamboo and Parrot.
The congrats, Pink and Main, was die cut from an ancient scrap of pearl card in the stash, the stamped sentiment is from Uniko. A few scattered pearlescent sequins complete the design. 

So where will my colours take you? As usual the fabulous Color Hues girls and our GD Sue have lots of ideas to inspire, should you require it. See you in the gallery!

Tuesday 30 April 2024

Welcome to the Jungle

Good morning.
We've got a brand new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz. This time I chose the theme of:-


I'm not quite sure where I was going when I chose this theme as I don't have that many jungle themed stamps but while I was helping out at Port Sunlight the other weekend, I went browsing the stalls and came away with a new MFT set called Picture Perfect and one of the images featured these cheeky chimps, perfect.

Over at MFT, I saw an idea that I thought I could use here. Instead of using the Polaroid die that goes with the set, which I don't have, and simply adding the coloured image into the frame, they cut out the monkey and added some extra fingers to him. Then they placed the frame and image over some die cut leaves. 
So I took a panel of white card, stamped the image but masked off the lines around the image and extended the large monkey image, stamping an extra set of fingers. Once coloured with Copics, I fussy cut them out and put to one side. From a panel of white scrap I die cut a rounded rectangle of white card and then die cut the aperture. The rectangle was slightly too big, so I repositioned it in my die and cut again, stamping the sentiment from another MFT set.
I have a box of green leaves from years ago when I used to craft in the caravan, so sorted out a few but ended up cutting more with some Sizzix dies in various shades of green. These were then arranged onto a kraft base card and glued down. 
To complete, I added my cheeky monkeys and extra fingers to the frame and secured with tape before adding foam tape to pop up the finished framed, image.

So that's all from me but please check out the rest of the team here for more Jungle inspiration.

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Clean or Fussy
Normally I would say clean but on this occasion I went a little fussy with all the foliage behind the image and the popped up image. Still it was all flat so it's easier to post and it still remained masculine.

Saturday 20 April 2024

Flippin' Release Day at Uniko, BA Blog hop, Giveaway and Port Sunlight!

I hope you've all enjoyed You're Going to Flip Week here at Uniko and you're as excited about this new stencil as we all are. It's now available on the Uniko website to purchase and if you're coming to Stamping Together in Port Sunlight today, Bev will have stock with her and will be also doing a LIVE demo on the How To Craft Network using this stencil. The live is recorded and will be shared once it is available in case you miss it. 

So down to business. My first card uses the same technique that I've been using throughout the week of Magic Reveal. This time I used the background foliage stamp from Bev's collaboration with Craft Stash and Versamark ink.

After my earlier failure, I tried harder to ensure there was lots of ink on the white panel but as you can see it is still quite pale but at least it is visible!!
After yesterday's card colours, I rang the changes and went for a more realistic look, using Twisted Citron DI for the background and Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade DIs for the butterfly. A freehand pair of antennae complete. I chose the sentiment from English Country Garden for a change, stamped in more Vintage Photo on a white panel.

Now for my second take.
This time I used the same resist technique but white pigment ink and the BB Scattered Dots stamp.

After stamping the dots with white ink on white card, I let it dry completely before adding the colour. I used what I thought was Altenew's Deep Iris but what turned out to be Lavender Fields! Think I must have dropped the pack of cubes on the floor at some stage and the tops came off and were put back incorrectly!! I love how the dots look dark against the softly inked sections and paler on the heavier inking, it's just an optical illusion as they are in fact the same colour!
Once dry I cut out the butterfly and carefully folded it along the edge of the body and then added glue just to the body so that the wings were held away from the hammered silver base card

A Simply Said Block sentiment in matching ink and white gel pen antennae complete.

So what's your opinion?
The rest of the BA's have been exploring what's possible with this new stencil, so why not go check them out too.
Be sure to comment along the way for your chance to win a Flippin' Good Prize! Commenting to win will close midnight BST Sunday 28th April 2024 and Bev will announce the winner on the blog 29th April. 


Julie -that's me

Hopefully I will be on my way to Port Sunlight as you read this post and perhaps if you are going too you'll see me on the Uniko stand, so please say hello. 

Friday 19 April 2024

You're Going to Flip, New Ink and Flip Butterfly Introduction

Good morning, revisits are over now it's time to see the new Ink and Flip Butterfly in action.
Following on from the Geometric Hearts stencils, this butterfly one continues with the fractured, geometric look.

For this card, I've simply used the background stencil to create a space in which to place my butterfly.
Using a light touch of Mermaid Lagoon DI, I inked through first one side onto white card, then after wiping away the excess, I flipped it and repeated the process.
For the butterfly, I first inked with a heavier hand using more Mermaid Lagoon then wiped the stencil and repeated with Peacock Feathers DI. Love the jewelled effect of these two colours.
Once complete, I die cut with a pierced square die and mounted onto a slightly larger square of silver. A Simply Said sentiment in Memento Gray Flannel was stamped and the finished panel added to a 5 x 5inch white base card.

So what do you think?

From tomorrow you'll be able to try for yourself and if you are going to the stamp fair at Port Sunlight you'll be able to see and buy it for yourselves. Hopefully I'll be there too so please pop by the Uniko stand to say hi and even watch one of Bev's demos in the live studio.

Before then what have the other BA's been up to?


Julie -that's me

See you back here tomorrow for the release day blog hop and giveaway.

Thursday 18 April 2024

You're Going to Flip, Ink and Flip Geometric Heart Revisit

Good morning, it's time for another Flippin' revisit. This time we are focusing on the Geometric Hearts stencils. 
Here is my card using just the heart and no background stencil.

This looks a little gold in the pic but shiny surfaces are always a nightmare to photograph. I actually used Platinum Super Fine and Platinum Sparkle EPs from WOW.
One side of the heart was inked through with Versamark using a small dauber onto a panel of white card before embossing, first with the plain then flipping and repeating but using Sparkle. I wasn't expecting the aged look of the plain EP but quite like the look of it.
I trimmed the panel down and stamped the sentiment using a combination of Flower Power #4 and #7 sentiments in Memento Gray Flannel. It was then added to an A6 note card on pads.

Here are another couple of designs that I made earlier for the February Release.

Why not check out the rest of the team to see what they have been doing with these stencils.

Julie -that's me

I'll be back tomorrow for the new stencil intro, have you guessed what it is yet?

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