Thursday 28 February 2019

Sweaty Chicks

Good evening folks.
Its time for my final post as the Surprise Party Guest at  Seize the Birthday. Its been so much fun, thanks for asking me to the party ladies.
So here is my final card, I hope you like it!

Our topping for this challenge is -

Make us Laugh!

I used this stamp set from Stamping Bella called Sweaty Chicks on a Copic colouring course last October and had to have it. We turned those chicks into robins and penguins for a bit of fun, but for this card I kept with the chick theme!
So whether you are a toppings kind of gal or you'd rather just join in, you're welcome so long as its a birthday themed project.
There's much more inspiration over on the STB blog if you need it.

Uniko DT

It's time for some DT inspiration over at Uniko.
Pop on over and find out what I've been doing with the Polka Dot stencil.

Tuesday 26 February 2019

ATSM Photo inspiration

It's come around again, ATSM's new challenge that is.
This week is our picture inspiration, so here is mine

inspired by this pic.

 I went with the pink colours and the tiny pink flowers in the swag above the noticeboard. What will you be inspired by?

Thursday 14 February 2019

More dimensional die cuts

Good evening peeps.
It's been a busy week or two in the craft room and I'm back again, this time with my inspiration card for my stint over as the party guest at Seize the Birthday.
This week we are having a no toppings week, so anything birthday goes!
Here's is my card.

I saw this card on FB and loved the way die cuts were layered with background stamping, this is my take on it.
The stamped foliage is in a pale grey, Altenew's Silver Stone, using their Wildflower Garden stamps and the layered die cut roses and leaves, Rose Flurries, are coloured with my Zig watercolour brushes and blended with a waterbrush where needed. I added detail to the leaves with a dark grey pen before washing over with the same colour, which adds just the right amount of detail. The pinks of the roses are watered down versions of the darker pinky background reds, just sqiggle a pen onto an acrylic block and lift off with a waterbrush.
My white embossed, black, die cut banner, was stamped with Uniko's Birthday Sentiments and popped up on pads.

So for more birthday inspired treats, check out the rest of the STB team and join in!

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      Take It, Make It Challenge

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Peace on Earth

It's time for a new challenge at ATSM.
This week our challenge is -


Here is my card.

The theme over at CAS Christmas is PEACE, so that's the route I went down for my holiday card.

I used a freebie stamp from a mag to stamp some falling snow onto a scrap of white card before inking over with Blueprint Sketch D Ox and cutting out the letters using Altenew's bold alphabet dies.
The snowy die cut scene is from Memory Box and the stamped sentiment Uniko.

You don't have to make a Christmas card, you could take any holiday as your theme but we'd love to see you in the ATSM gallery.

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Cheeky Chimp

Good morning folks.
It's time for a brand new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz where our theme is:-


Here's my inspiration card for you.

I trawled through my stash to see what I could use for this theme and settled on this image of a cheeky chimp. Its part of a set of photocopiables that came in a mag, too many years ago to remember!
He's fussy cut and coloured with Copics, the sentiment being computer generated. I kept it pretty open so he can be swinging by to wish you what ever you feel the need for on the inside! The DPs are NitWits from the stash, except I printed off the blue text paper. 
For more wild inspiration, check out the rest of the DT here.

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The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog
One for the boys

Please grab our logo
All things bright and beautiful - 
Has to be the line All creatures great and small!

Anything but square

Monday 11 February 2019

Release day at Uniko and a Treasure Hunt!

Finally the day has arrived and the 7th Birthday February 2019 Reveal, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY is here! You can get your hands on the new release HERE at a NEW time of 9pm GMT tonight.

Ok, so how about a closer look at the 6 new clear stamp set designs, 2 coordinating designer die collections as well as 1 Stencil Design being released later today.
There's lots to see so grab a cuppa and settle down.

Here's my first card using Birthday Wishes and You Are, Yes You.

The panel was stamped along with the blue panel from this card. This time I used a semi dull EP and it didn't show up as much as the gloss, so I had to ink the pink card with some Seedless Preserve DI to make it stand out, but I quite like the softer look. The bloom was stamped twice, coloured and then one cut and each half slipped behind to create a fuller bloom. No need for an extra sentiment as there are plenty in the background!

This card uses mainly these fab sets.

Birthday Wishes £10
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019

BIG & BOLD Happy £10
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019
Also available are the matching dies

Designer Dies BIG & BOLD Happy £18.50
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019
You Are, Yes You £5
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019

This little gem is a Release Day FREEBIE clear stamp set.
It will be automatically added to release day orders of £25 or more up until Sunday 17th Feb 9pm GMT or while stock lasts. 
After 9pm GMT Sunday 17th February, if there is stock remaining it will be made available for purchase at £5.

My second card uses the sentiments from the You Are, Yes You set and the Graffiti Background Block stamp.

I used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch for my layout, stamping some pink card with Memento Love Letter ink then added some semi dull EP and heat embossed. The hearts were die cut from a panel of the pink card inked again with Love Letter and the embossing powder. I decided to add some Glossy Accents to the hearts  and popped them up on pads. My sentiment is stamped with the same Love Letter ink.

Background Blocks Graffiti Texture  £5
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019

My third card again uses the sweet bloom stamp from You Are, Yes You as well as the fab Pinstripe Background Block stamp.

This time my inspiration were the colours from Color Throwdown.
I repeat stamped the pinstripes using my Zig brushes to ink it up to create the pattern. On a separate panel of white, I stamped a row of blooms and then cut it down with a scalloped edge die from MFT.
I used my Copics to colour and added a sentiment from the Birthday Sentiment Blocks set, white EP over red.

Background Blocks Pinstripe  £5
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019

My final card combines the Abstract Triangle stencil with the Passiflora stamps and dies.

Over at CAS stencil the theme is Ink powders and stencils, so I thought I would get my Brushos out and have a play with the new stencil. I'd seen this photo on Google whilst looking for colouring inspiration and thought the stencil could work as trellis.


I taped down my panel of Mixed Media paper to my board and placed the stencil on top. Carefully adding my Brusho, Turquoise and Prussian Blue and Sea Green, I think! The blue suggests sky, a tad brighter than the brick wall in the pic, the green and purple echo the blooms of the passion flower. I then spritzed the stencil with water and whipped it away quickly before the liquid oozed underneath!
Once dry I trimmed it down to size and glued it behind a die cut frame from my stash.

The passion flower was stamped using Momento inks and die cut, then arranged in the top right.
I originally put the finished panel on a white base card but for some reason the frame looked a different colour so I decided to use a coloured card and plumped for this purple which I think works better, picking up the purple of the blooms and inked panel. My sentiment from Birthday Sentiments is stamped in matching purple Memento.

Passiflora  £10
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019

 Designer Dies Passiflora  £15
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019

Stencil Abstract Triangles £3.50
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2019

That was quite an introduction, BUT we are not finished yet! We have our traditional Design Team Blog Hop & Giveaway with a difference! 

As it is our 7th Birthday Blog Hop Bev wanted to add a little more FUN to the blog hop and she has decided to incorporate a Treasure Hunt! 
Hidden in photos along the blog hop are these letter balloon icons. 

All you have to do is -
1. Comment along the Blog Hop & find the icons
2. Email with the following information

- Design Team Members Name & Balloon Letter Found 
- What the Balloons spell out

Entries need to be emailed no later than Thursday 28th February 2019, for the winner to be announced Friday 1st March 2019 (winner will be randomly chosen from all the correct entries).


The ENTIRE 7th Birthday February Release! (6 clear stamp sets, 2 co-ordinating designer die collections & 1 stencil design).

So what are you waiting for? Better get hopping.

Ruth GD
Julie -- That's me
PLUS... Bev will still randomly select another winner! Be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win ALL SIX Clear Stamp Sets!! You have until Midnight (GMT) Thursday 28th February 2019 to comment and the winner will be announced with ALL the 7th Birthday February 2019 Winners.

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With Love



Sunday 10 February 2019

Introducing Uniko's Yes You and Background Blocks Pinstripe

Morning all.
It's the final day of the release introductions at Uniko, tomorrow is the big release day!
Today we are introducing another addition to the background blocks stable - Pinstripe.
I love this new stamp and saw lots of possibilities for its use! Here is one of them.

Using my Misti, I inked up the stamp with white ink and stamped a panel of grey card from the stash. The width was too small for full coverage so after cleaning, I repositioned it and reinked and stamped to create my panel. 
The second element of my card is the flower. This set is being offered as a freebie with orders over 25 pounds. until stocks last.  I stamped the bloom and a couple of leaf sprigs and coloured them with Copic markers, before fussy cutting them and arranging them into a spray on a die cut white panel.
This was then stamped with one of the Birthday Wishes sentiments and popped up on pads. A few Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins complete.

So that's all of the intros complete, tomorrow  you can purchase them yourself . What are your thoughts on the release we'd love to hear. 
If we have we inspired you to grab these stamps for yourself our job is done but below are the links to the DT for more inspiration, should you want it!

Julie - that'll be me

Saturday 9 February 2019

Introducing Uniko's Passiflora stamp set and matching dies

Hi and welcome to day four of Uniko's February release intros.
I so excited to get my hands on this new flower set with matching dies, I haven't seen anything like it around!
Here's what I did with my first play.

I first stamped my various elements, after first acquainting myself with the form of the passion flower. Then I simply die cut the images and arranged them into a pleasing spray. The dies for the tendrils are a boon for cutting out these tricky elements!
On reflection the design was missing something, so I die cut a thin frame using a couple of stacking dies from matching white card and attached it to the base card before adding the die cuts and a stamped banner die. I decided to trim off the overhanging leaves so it would fit inside a C6 envelope!

For more inspiration check out the rest of the team.

Julie - that'll be me
Sarah P

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