Tuesday, 18 April 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #219


Another week has passed and another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge is upon us and this week as your hostess I have another colour combination HERE and seen below to hopefully inspire you...

And this is how I decided to use it...

My creative mojo has been a little off this past week or so and I am finding it hard to create, even when I have the time to do so. I think it is waiting for a batch of new stamps to arrive ;)Anyway, I still had Natures Treasures on my desk from last weeks card and thought the images suited the colours.

I only have Old Olive in ink format and so I decided to use the Tip Toe Taupe as my card base. I stamped the large wavy foliage in VersaMark ink and used a Mama Elephant die to compliment the wavy design. 

The sentiment is from Simply Said, which I stamped first and then stamped the leaf image also trying to compliment the wave of the die cut. I then finished the design off with a trio of enamel dots, a close a match as possible to Mint Macaron.

I hope that I have inspired you to play along this week and if you need a little more inspiration, be sure to head on over to the CAS Colours & Sketches blog HERE to see what the amazing Design Team and Guest Designer have created using the colours.

I look forward to seeing you in the gallery & have fun!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

DT Inspiration - Partial fussy cutting

Hello all Rahmat here. I am up with a simple card with a short pictorial. I have used the partial fussy cutting here.

I stamped the butterfly in a blue ink. I colored it using zig clean color brush markers, and used a water brush to blend in the colors. I was aiming for a rainbow shade.

I used a bubble stencil and sponged it using Hero Arts Neon Ink - sunshine around the butterfly. I then drew a light line to guide myself for the fussy cutting. I had cut from the bottom here.

I used foam adhesive to add the butterfly panel to the base. The sentiment is from Pure Florals Cosmos, stamped in blue on a white strip and edged with a blue glitter strip.

Finally a few jewels to finish off.

I hope you give this technique a try, it works with any kind of stamps, and adds interest to the cards.

Uniko stamps - English garden Butterflies 
 Pure florals - Cosmos

 Hero Arts - Neon ink - Sunshine
Bubble stencil
Zig clean color markers
water brush
Blue glitter strip
White card base
Foam adhesive
rhine stone - gold

       Thank you for tuning in and really appreciate you stopping by! Have a great day!


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #218


Oh my, these days & weeks are certainly flying by! I think I'm finding them to pass so quick as my days and evenings are filled to the brim ;)

My days are spent entertaining and occupying two crazy beans! They are proper little boys, loving playing outside and getting dirty now the days are getting warmer and dryer ;) Though they are pretty good the majority of the time and play well together, so I do get the 'odd' moment to get things done. You can guarantee that if I get any kind of 'work' out to do they want me for something! So, I have been 'trying' to get it done once they go to bed, which occasionally has been a challenge :(

Hence the time I do get has been spent on getting new products ready for release on 6th May, which is the day I will be at Happy Stampers Festival in the Wirral (Liverpool) - YAY! Are you planning on coming...? I'd love to see you if you are :)

Anyway, I did find a little creative time to make todays card using hostess sketch for this weeks CAS Colours & Sketches challenge HERE and seen below.

And this is how I decided to use it...

For some reason I *really* wanted to make a shaker card and in my head I had forgotten about the vertical strip on the sketch! So, I adapted my original idea of how I was going to make the shaker but still got to make one! 

I purposefully didn't include a sentiment on the sketch as sometimes cards just don't need one on the front. Though the little square on the sketch could easily be where a sentiment could go or be placed. I decided to make a Spring card inspired by the current AAA Cards challenge HERE

I chose the solid flower from Flower Power #2 which is a modern Blossom flower design and paired it with a couple of leaves from Natures Treasures. I stamped them in colours to match the pretty pastel sequins in the shaker, which are from Pretty Pink Posh.

I hope that I have inspired you to play along this week and if you need a little more inspiration, be sure to head on over to the CAS Colours & Sketches blog HERE to see what the amazing Design Team and Guest Designer have created using the colours.

I look forward to seeing you in the gallery & have fun!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Design Team Inspiration - Pocket Power

Hello, it's Jane here today with some ideas about using pockets on your cards.  Do you remember this card?

I suggested popping a gift card or note or money in the pocket as an Easter gift and went on to make two more versions to send to my two grandsons - using their favourite colours of course!


And that got me to thinking about other occasions when it might be fun to have a pocket to slip a little something into. And with all the craze for adult colouring going on at the moment I thought it would be a fabulous idea to include some pre-stamped cards for the recipient to colour in themselves.  This next card was created with that in mind.

The die cut mandela is inserted in the pocket uncoloured, but naturally I couldn't resist having a bit of a colour myself too - got to share the fun after all!


My next idea for using a pocket really harps back to my teaching days - seems you can never get rid of that teacher influence no matter how hard you try! It's a motivational pocket. 

I was thinking about a task that needs a bit of encouragement to complete and the three little splats on the removable strip could be coloured or a sticker added as success is achieved. When all the splats are coloured the large removeable splat could be worn as a sticker. I'm hoping this may work for a bit of potty training with my grandson.

Other educational uses that spring to mind are using the pocket to hold strips of coloured card to match with objects on a colour treasure hunt or adding strips of card with ideas for things to do on a rainy day- stamp in a puddle, watch the raindrops have a race down the window etc. or even holding flashcards of those tricky to learn to read words. I could go on for ever, but hope that's got your ideas flowing too.

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I also think this pocket idea would be great for Father's Day or Mother's Day too, with maybe a list of tasks that would be done to accompany the flowers and gift - you know like doing the washing up, going to bingo with them, giving them a manicure, mowing the grass etc. etc.  I'm leaving you with that idea to ponder on.

Thanks for looking and keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #217


How did we get to April already?! 

This year is flying by and I seem to be spending much of it ill in bed with bugs :( Though I am pleased to say I am fully recovered from the bad cold I have had for nearly 2 weeks and to top it off over the sickness bug I had at the end of last week! I'm fighting fit and back on the healthy eating to ward off anymore nasties ;)

Anyway, enough of my moans, groans and woes! I am here with a new CAS Colours & Sketches challenge to inspire you. A new month means a new hostess and this month you have the pleasure of ME inspiring you! 

As usual we have a colour challenge to kick the month off to a good start...

When I was choosing my colours I was planning that Spring had sprung here in the Northern hemisphere and I can easily say it has. We have had a wonderful few days recently and it definitely gives the soul a lift.

Now I know that in the Southern hemisphere you are saying farewell to Summer and entering Autumn, but this colour combo has much more to offer than florals, which I am sure you will show and inspire me with.

Anyhow, I decided upon a floral beauty to inspire you today...

Looking at these colours I was thinking of a meadow filled with English Country Garden flowers and imagined it full of Cosmos - happy sigh.

I stamped the Cosmos from Pure Florals: Cosmos in Lawn Fawn Manatee ink, masked it and stamped the speckled background lightly, by stamping off, with So Safron and Shaded Lilac Distress ink. I then coloured the flowers in with Prismacolour Pencils and stamped the sentiment from Originally Organic Additions.

I hope that I have inspired you to play along this week and if you need a little more inspiration, be sure to head on over to the CAS Colours & Sketches blog HERE to see what the amazing Design Team and Guest Designer have created using the colours.

I look forward to seeing you in the gallery & have fun!

Friday, 31 March 2017

Have You Joined in the Fun Yet?


The Design Team, Guest Designers and myself are here today to remind you about the March/April 2017 Uniko challenge. We have another fun and easy challenge this month to spark your creativity and I have changed the frequency and length of the challenges this year to hopefully give you a little more time to join in on the fun.

So this month we have the following challenge...

Spring is just around the corner for those in the Northern hemisphere and who doesn't love pretty flowers and bunnies?!

Challenge Guidelines:

* You can use any products/stamps to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko products. Plus, there is an extra chance to win a prize if you do ;)

* Email entries welcome, just email a photo of your card to bev@uniko.co.uk and I will add it to the Uniko Flickr gallery and link up!

* Share the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge if possible ;)

This month we have TWO awesome Guest Designers joining us, Marianne and Milka, both where lucky winners of Uniko Challenge #38.

They've created wonderful inspiration for you...

First is this stunning rainbow of butterflies by Marianne, who has used the Uniko English Country Garden Butterflies clear stamp set. Isn't it beautiful and I know that Marianne has used the new Distress Oxide inks, so be sure to stop on by for all the details on Marianne's card HERE and leave some love :)

Next, Milka has used the recent Uniko Digital Stamp Collection I designed for Simply Cards & Papercrafts to make another beautiful Spring card...

I just LOVE the simplicity of Milka's card and the fussy cutting and colouring is stunning. Be sure to stop on by for all the details on Milka's card HERE and leave some love :)

If you missed the post and downloads you can see it HERE.

The Uniko Design team also have some Spring inspiration to share, be sure to follow the links to their blogs to find out more and I am sure they'd love a nice comment too ;)

Click to see more from Beverley

Click to see more from Deborah

Click to see more from Jane 

Click to see more from Lindsey

Click to see more from Rahmat

Click to see more from Sarah G

Click to see more from Sarah P

Are you inspired?! 

Now, if you need more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes. as I said at the beginning of the post, I have changed the length and frequency of the challenge. The challenges are FIVE weeks long, giving us a total of SIX challenges this year.

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT - £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner - £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner - £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT - 150 Loyalty Reward Points

You've got plenty of time to play along with this month's challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 21st April 2017 (7.00pm EDT).

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #216


It's time for a new challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches and this month Patricia is our hostess and this week has another wonderful sketch to inspire us all.

There is so much you can do with this sketch, it really leaves you some options with the large rectangle to fill but on the other hand it can be hard to keep it CAS with all that open space. Anyway, this is what I came up with...

Unfortunately, I need to post out a Sympathy card and they are another type of card I have trouble making. However, I decided to reach for the swirly image from Originally Organic, selectively colouring it with a soft green and purple.

I added some clear Wink of Stella for a subtle finish, some Stampin' Up! enamel dots and a sentiment is from Simply Said.

Anyway, thats all from me, but be sure to check out all the Design Team inspiration HERE on the CAS Colours & Sketches blog and I hope to see you in the gallery :) Challenge End Time: 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time/11:00 p.m. London U.K. time Monday, March 28th, 2017

Uniko Clear Stamps Flower Power #7 and Simply Said
Ink: Stampin' Up! Old Olive and Pacific Point. VersaFine Onyx Black
Card: Stampin' Up! Thick Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry

Accessories: Stampin' Up! Stitched Framelit Dies, Enamel Dots and Foam Adhesive.