Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Red Hoodie?

 Morning folks. My, the last two weeks have flown by and the new challenge at Cardz4Guyz has crept up on me but I still have a card to share! Our new theme is -


OK, where to go, in the end I added a simple metal eyelet for the string of my hoodie to poke through!

I made this for my Son in Law's birthday, he's a tricky age, too young for some ideas and too old for the cuter images in my stash! In the end I revisited my MFT Zipper Die-Namics set to create this fleece hoodie in his football team's colours. I like using the die set as it is very versatile, allowing me to create a variety of zipped themed jackets over the years.
For this one, I found some red Bazzil card in my stash of bits just big enough for one side of a hoodie and some linen textured white to make a T-shirt.
Once the red jacket element was made, I added my eyelet and threaded some string through, knotting the end. 
 To create the T-shirt, I cut an A5 panel of textured linen card, folded to make a side fold A6 card, trimmed away 1cm from the top front, then cut the neck shape with a large circle die into the top right. From a scrap of the same card, I cut a slightly larger part circle with a stitched circle die and cut away the excess with the first die, creating a piece that suggested the welt around the neck of a T-shirt. This was glued in place then the jacket front, complete with white heat embossed STAMPlorations sentiment, was added to the base card with pads to accommodate the string. 
So where will the prompt take you? What metal will you add to your design, we'd love to see you in our gallery. If you need more inspiration check out the rest of the team here.

Monday, 20 September 2021

Uniko Brand Ambassador Inspiration

 Good morning folks, I'm over at Uniko with a bit of Brand Ambassador Inspiration!

Why not check it out? I even had a go at a small video of the spinning action.

Friday, 17 September 2021


Good morning folks.
It's the start of a brand new challenge over at Uniko.
Here's my card to inspire you.

I used one of the large Doodle Flower stamps from the last release and the smaller ones from BB Doodle Flowers around the sentiment from Birthday Sentiments.
On some white card, I stamped the larger flowers and also one of the BB Doodle Flower with black ink.
For something different to my usual Copic colouring, I inked some Mustard Seed DI over each flower and then some I left yellow and others I added Carved Pumkin, Ripe Persimmon and Dried Marigold DI with a blending brush, adding more colour towards the edges and allowing some of the yellow to show. After fussy cutting the blooms, I added the dark centers with a C10 Copic marker, its not quite as stark as black.
On an A6 white base card I stamped the large sentiment and then arranged the flowers around. When satisfied with the arrangement, I glued them down and trimmed any overhang away. Using the small 3 dot stamp from BB Layered Floral, I added some dots between the orange flowers, then some white gel pen to the center of the flowers. The finished flowers remind me of the Rudbeckia and Helianthus flowering in the garden at the moment.
So that's about it from me but for more Autumnal inspiration please check out the rest of the team here and our lovey GD Nonni.

Thursday, 16 September 2021

I Hope You Feel Beautiful Today

Hi and welcome. 

It's the middle of the month so time for a brand new colour combo from Color Hues! Here's my take on Kristie's choice of colours.


You can see from this that I'm still in strip mode, paper that is! I made a decision at the beginning of lockdown to try to use my stock of bits and bobs up and not buy more stash, well other than white for card bases, I have managed to stay true. Using strips to make a background is a great way to use those odds and ends but it still leaves me with a mountain of coloured card and DP to use.

Taking a selection of pinks and purple card from my stash, I cut 1cm strips and arranged them onto a scrap of thin card, then using my PoppyStamps Lorelai leaf die, I cut 4 from a scrap panel of white card. These I layered up and placed the finished leaf spray over the top of my trimmed down panel. On a piece of black card, I stamped this sentiment from Altenew and heat embossed with white EP.

To finish the card, I added the center panel to an A6 card base and popped the sentiment strip on pads over the top.

So where will these new colours take you? So far you haven't disappointed us but if you need that extra input, why not check out the rest of the team here.

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Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Brusho Hexagons

Good evening, time for a new challenge over at Perfectly CAS. Here's my take on this month's cue word. 

I went with hexagons as my geometric focus, cutting a variety of them from a panel of card coloured using some Brusho powder in Scarlet, Crimson and Lemon and a few cut from gold mirror card.
The sentiment is from a stash that my friend Sarah, Sazzle Dazzle, sent me quite awhile ago after a HLS retreat but have been saving. They were cut from white card so I was able to colour them to match my card. This time I used an E49 Copic marker before gluing it flat over the hexagon pattern, glued onto a panel of off white card 1/2cm smaller on all sides than the front of an A6 card base.  The thanks was stamped with Expresso Truffle Memento ink using a free with mag stamp and the completed panel glued flat onto an A6 base card.
What does the cue word suggest to you? We'd love to see your interpretation in the gallery. If you need more inspiration, check out the rest of the team here.

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Masculine Stripes

Good morning folks. How can we already be in the second week in September? The year is whizzing around so quickly! Anyway it also means its time for a new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz. This time we have a colour challenge for your. We would like to see your masculine cards in -


Here's my card, a case of one I saw by the lovely Therese Calvird here.

I've been making backgrounds with my stash of scraps so this was the perfect opportunity to use up those scraps. I cut a selection of strips in a range of sizes from yellow, grey, blue and white card and added them to a panel of thin, white card in a diagonal pattern. 
When the whole panel was covered, I cut 3 circles into it and then cut in half. This allows you to make two cards from one panel if you want to. My panel was added to a white linen effect base card and the half circles added on pads also. My sentiment from LOTV was stamped and heat embossed in white on black.
So that's it from me but please check out the rest of the DT for more masculine inspiration and then why not join in? We'd love to see your take!

Thursday, 2 September 2021

Robins on Seed Heads

Evening all, its time for a new challenge over at HLS CAS. This month we are all of a flutter with own new theme! Here's my inspiration using one of LOTV's new Christmas digis, Robins on Seed Heads.

There are lots of things with wings in the category of fictional, mythical, practical and natural to name but a few. So what to go with, dragons, planes, butterflies, birds? So as I recently purchased the LOTV Christmas release, I thought I would use this image.
After printing it out on some Copic friendly card, I finally made it to the stationers last week, I coloured the cute robins and seed heads, then added a crisp blue sky in the background. The seed heads remind me of the fennel heads in my herb garden, it's usually blue tits in them in the summer, the robins tend to sit on the TV aerial singing to proclaim their territory! Once finished, the image was cut down and added to a white A6 base card and the Woodware sentiment added.
So where will the cue words take you? We'd love to see in our gallery but please remember to keep it CAS. For more CAS inspiration check out the rest of the DT here.

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Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Color Hues One Year Birthday

 Good afternoon folks. I can't believe we are in September already, where did August go. Well chez Beech, the OH has been busy sanding down our oak windows and painting the ones that don't need the double glazed units replacing. The ones at the front get a real pasting with the sun so after one went it was only a waiting game before the others went. It's just the big panes, for some reason the small ones haven't suffered the same but others have gone in other places. We decided to go with an ebony finish with added silver, the OH is not getting any younger and the idea is that the darker stain will last against the strong sun and he wont have to paint as regularly.

Anyway, I've been doing some colouring of my own for the latest challenge at Color Hues. Can you believe we have been up and running for a year!!! Nancy has organised a little giveaway too plus we're also welcoming a new team member, please say hi to the fab Tracey McNeely
This time we've got a lovely sunny combination that made me think of my bestie from Grammar School whose birthday it is this month. Her fave colours are shades of orange.

I love the AI ladies, they make me smile and as I am a lady of a certain age they are rather appropriate!
This stamp features 3 ladies but as I wanted it for my bestie's birthday, I cut away the third lady.
After colouring them with Copics, I fussy cut the ladies and put them to one side.
To create the background papers, I stamped various sentiments from Uniko in matching shades and drew some stripes to match with Copic markers, it's a great way to get your DPs to match!
I added a sunray embossed circle of white card to a larger one which had been coloured with one of the same yellow Copics and added the ladies with a die cut bobbler. I've used these before, its a die from Stampendous that cuts a sort of spiral which allows the image to bobble around, just like these two are with laughter! 

The shadow shows you where the ladies are held away from the background, sadly it doesn't show the movement!
On a panel of 5 x 7 scrap paper, I assembled my homemade DPs, covering the join with some Copic coloured grosgrain ribbon after I had trimmed it down a little, then added to a white 5 x 7 card. A sentiment from the same AI set completes.
That's all from me but please check out the rest of the team for more colourful inspiration.

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

The last ever Twofer Challenge

Good morning folks.
It's time for a brand new challenge at Cardz4Guyz. This time the theme is:-


Lots to get your teeth into with this, lots of animals, birds or even airplanes would fit the bill but for my card I chose puppy dogs. Do you remember the little rhyme, What are little boys made of? Slugs and snails and puppy dog tails!
I also chose it as the very last Twofer Challenge is to feature a Dog or Cat.
Here's my first card using the MFT set Little Buddies.

I steered away from a simple birthday card and went for a more get well or just a cheer up sort of vibe. If you are a dog person I think the sentiment says it all. 
The puppy on the left was stamped using the mirror technique where you stamp an image onto the back of a larger stamp, then stamp that onto your card. It takes a bit of practise but it's worth the effort. Any missing edges were added back with a black fine liner. 
So after stamping, colouring with Copics and fussy cutting, I arranged the elements onto an A4 panel of DP that I found in my stash. The DOGS part was cut from a scrap of white card using an Altenew alphabet die set and the sentiment below is part of one which came with the set but the You part was masked off before stamping with Versamark and embossing with white EP on black.

As its for the Twofer challenge, I needed another card using the same stamp but in a different design and for a different occasion.

This card uses the same stamped elements but put into some frames and a sentiment from another MFT set, Birth-Yay.
The frames were made by die cutting kraft card using some really old scalloped dies, which I cut away the center of with dies for the small ones and fussy cut the middle oval because my matching oval die was too small! The backgrounds were coloured with Copic markers and the little fussy cut puppies added, the larger image was done in much the same way, trimming away the excess. 
All the elements were added to a white linen effect base card, including 3 brads from
 which the pictures hang. The central oval frame was popped up over pads but the others were glued flat.

Here are both my designs together. It's sad that Darnell has felt the need to stop this fun challenge but I was determined to enter the last one, even if I am a little near to the wire!!

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Wednesday, 18 August 2021

You're on the Nice List, Guesting at ATSM

 Hi and welcome to a post for a GD spot at ATSM. I was asked to GD after winning their Any Occasion challenge a few weeks ago with this card

Here's my card for your inspiration.

Christmas with the Cuties wanted a CAS design this month so I inked up the reindeer, tree and Santa from MFT's Jingle all the way set. The snowflakes, embossed in white in the background are from Uniko. A soft layer of blue ink was added over those before the Copic coloured, fussy cut elements were added over. The white embossed sentiment was added on a black die cut banner.

All in all a very simple card.
Check out the rest of the ATSM team for more fab Christmas inspiration.

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Clean and Simple

Monday, 16 August 2021

Color Hues #24

Welcome to a new colour combo at Color Hues. This time it was my turn to choose, not as easy as it would appear, but eventually I thought of tropical islands and settled on this summery combination.

As I've said before, when it comes to colour groups, the small cube ink sets from Altenew make it easy to get colours that work together. For this card I used Coral Bliss and Pink Pearl from the Tea Party set and Coral Berry from Red Cosmos. The Turquoise panel uses all four of the Sweet Dreams set.
Using a Background Block Bold Stripes from Uniko, I stamped an ombre panel then stamped the flowers from Adore you on white card and the leaves onto vellum with Versamark and heat embossed with white EP. The leaves were left without colour but I added washes of the coral colours to the flowers before fussy cutting and arranging them into a pleasing group. A small, silver die cut Congrats was layered over a black one, then added to the card. A little bit of the black layer was left showing around the silver so it stood out better against the background. A few clear sequins complete.

So where will theses colours take you, you've certainly made it difficult to choose our winners in the challenges so far. For more colour combo inspiration check out our DT and GD here.

At Color Hues, we are also joining in with Altenew's Ultimate Blog Hop, so I may just have to link up there!

Saturday, 14 August 2021

CAS Wesley Bobs

Good evening folks, we are heading towards the halfway point in August already but it also means a new challenge at Perfectly CAS. Here's my card based on this month's theme.

As you can see I went with just the stripes for my take, well I suppose there are a few dots on the Wesley Bobs. 'Wesley Bobs?', I hear you cry, well my friend and work colleague Jenny calls Christmas baubles that. She's from an area in the Heavy Woollen district of West Yorkshire, known to the locals as Cleckheckmondsedge or Cleckliverwike and Methodism was quite strong there, so perhaps the Wesley part is a nod to Wesleyanism. Not sure what the bobs bit is, perhaps because they bob around on the tree? Any road up, I quite like the term and it's certainly stuck in my mind, even after I left work 15 years ago!
Over at As You Like It, they want you to use your favourite primary colour in a card. Well anyone of my kids will tell you that my fave colour has to be red and white, the colours of my football team, Sheff Utd. So for this Christmas design it was a no brainer, red it was.
 The background to my baubles was stamped using a couple of solid Background Builders stripe stamps from Uniko in the 4 reds in Altenew's Tea Party set onto a panel of white card from which I cut my small panel. Using 3 of the baubles from STAMPlorations  Christmas Baubles set, I stamped them in Versamark and then heat embossed with white EP. I continued the string behind the top right bauble by masking off the bauble and stamping the string again in line with the first. Rather than leave the striped pattern showing, I added some more red with a finger dauber, coloured the hanger with a white pastel pencil and then stamped the greeting and white heat embossed it too.
So where will the prompt take you, we'd love to see you in our gallery. If you need more inspiration please check out the rest of the team here.

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Your favourite primary colour 

Uniko's July release in review

Today the Uniko Brand Ambassadors are revisiting the July release to share a few more ideas using some of those stamps and stencils, as well as showing how to incorporate other Uniko sets. There's also a chance to win by commenting along the way.

So this is my first card to inspire you.

For this card I've used Block Party Summer as a background combined with elements from the Paradise stamp set and a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks III.
I played around with a new technique when I first got hold of the stamp that I saw Jennifer McGuire using. I stamped the background with Versamark and heat embossed with white EP on MM paper.
Using some DI inks in Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon, I added colour straight from the pad randomly over the embossing. I then spritzed it with water containing some perfect pearls and set it aside to dry. Once it was really dry, I sandwiched it between a couple of pieces of typing paper and ironed over a towel to remove the embossing. Only use the paper once or you may transfer embossing where you don't want!
The end result left a soft, shimmery panel that is completely flat. I didn't use this panel for the release day as I wasn't sure how to use it but I then picked up on the tropical bloom in the background stamp and used the toucan and foliage from the Paradise set and the tropical flower from Block Party Summer to create the design. These elements I coloured with Copics, fussy cut them and added to a die cut aperture in my now trimmed down panel. A sentiment was stamped in black, trimmed and added to complete the coloured elements. The finished panel was added to a white linen effect base card on pads.

My second card focuses on the BB Grid stamp which I used to create a subtle background for the peonies from Hello Lovely.

To start, I stamped the large spray from Hello Lovely onto a panel of white card and them made a mask for it which I fussy cut. After placing the mask over the stamped image, I stamped the grid over the panel with Versamark ink. I wasn't too bothered about completely covering the stamp with ink as I was aiming for a shabby chic look on the finished panel. I then added white EP, removing where not required with a soft paint brush, and heat embossed. I got slightly carried away with this section and forgot to remove the grid pattern from around where I was going to stamp the greeting!
I then removed the mask and coloured the flowers using coral coloured Zig Markers. Using the plain acetate backing of the BB Grid stamp, I added some Zig marker and added some clean water, then used the acetate to stamp colour over the panel, adding more when required and also to deepen the colour in  certain areas. When satisfied with the coverage I added some splatter in the green and coral over the whole panel. Finally I stamped the greeting, from Wonderful Day.
I used an ancient peach coloured base card which I trimmed to size and added Abandoned Coral DI around the edge before adding my trimmed down panel, leaving a border all around.

My final card features BB Layered Floral and a sentiment from Simply Said III.

Instead of stamping a solid image, I tried a faux layered effect by adding a partial inked flower over the original stamped image and blended it out with a damp paint brush. I rather like the subtle effect this gives you.
I used the reds from Altenew's Red Cosmos and the greens were from Tropical Forest.
Over at The Flower Challenge they want us to use dies along with flowers, so as we don't have a matching die cut, I used a stacked pierced rectangle set from Avery Elle to die cut my finished panel.
I also cut some pink fun foam and mounted two of the layers before adding them back onto a white note card. A sentiment strip stamped in a matching coral pink completes.

To see the full July release, check out the Uniko blog
To see what the other Brand Ambassadors have come up with check out the links below.

Don't forget to leave a comment on all the stops along the hop. Bev will be randomly selecting one lucky comment winner to win a £20 eGift Certificate. Commenting to be able to win will close at Midnight BST my Sunday 22nd August 2021. The winner will be announced on the blog before the end of August.

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Tuesday, 10 August 2021

C4G - Age is just a number

Good morning peeps.
It's time for a new challenge at Cardz4Guyz and this week it's my turn to choose the theme. I went with


Lots to play with there I think, numbers on cards, milestone birthdays or just a play on words!
I went with this card for my Grandson's recent birthday.

11 is a tricky age to make for I think, especially for boys. I looked through my stash for an appropriate image but they were either too young or too old. Anyway, I went a looking online and found this fun image at Mo's Digital Pencil, love the look of concentration on his face. Once printed off, I coloured him with Copic markers, matching him to the NitWits DPs, then fussy cut him out. A few stars to complement the DP were die cut in matching colours and the number 11 die cut using MFT small numbers. The white background panel was made using an old Sizzix EF to add more interest. Everything was then layered up onto a 7 x 7 square, white, base card.
So where will you go with your take, we'd love to see in our gallery. If you need more inspiration why not check out the rest of the DT here?

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Monday, 2 August 2021

Off the Edge

 Good evening folks, time for a new challenge at HLS CAS.

Here's my take on this months challenge.

I saw a card by Therese Calvird on Altenew's blog, that used the dark navy background and pink flowers, so this was my starting point. I chose Altenew's Positive Vibes again but a white heat embossed sentiment from Uniko.
On a small panel of white card, I stamped the spray outline and layered up the pink and green sections using Altenew's pink Rose Petal set  and green Tropical Forest set inks.
Once the stamping was finished, I drew a vertical line through the image and fussy cut the spray up to it so that it hung over the edge. I then added it on pads over the navy panel. A couple of sequins complete.
How will you interpret the theme, it would be lovely to see you in our gallery.
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no option for me

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Color Hues #23

Afternoon folks. It's a brand new month so it must mean a brand new colour combo from Color Hues.
It had me thinking for a while but after a bit of Pinterest searching eventually found this card which gave me an idea. This what I made as a result, what do you think?

I stamped MFT's background Bundles of Blossoms, die cut it and then in the bottom right corner, I marked off a rectangle which I spotlight coloured using my Copic markers. I could have die cut a panel like the example and coloured that, then replaced it but chose this OL method instead.
It was easy to keep to the colours as I restricted myself to just the RV and Y/YR section of my Copics.
To make it look as though I had die cut the panel, I added a shadow line to two sides before adding my sentiment banner over the coloured section.
My finished panel was then added to a white base card.
So how will you interpret these colours, we'd love to see where you take them.
For more inspiration check out the rest of the team here.

Friday, 30 July 2021

Uniko Challenge, a Reminder

Good morning, just stopping by to  remind you that there is still time to join in the Uniko Flower challenge.
Here's my take.

I had some leftover flowers from this post for the July release so just coloured a few more to match up with this weeks colours at Color Throwdown and used this frame which I'd also made for the release but decided not to use.
After colouring and fussy cutting the flowers, I stacked 4 of my die cut frames together and temporarily attached it to my slimline base card. Using one of the leaflets from the Doodle Flowers set, I stamped a few of them in two shades of green where I was going to place my flowers. Marking the open center of the frame, I carefully removed it and stamped my sentiment, also Doodle Flowers, and then glued the frame in place. My coloured, fussy cut flowers were arranged around the frame and attached, some on foam some not.
That's it from me but please check out the rest of the team here and then why not join in?

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