Friday, 15 February 2019

STAMPlorations CUTplorations February Challenge Reminder ...

Have you joined in with this month's CUTploration challenge?  If not, don't worry you still have time - this is the inspiration for the challenge:

My second project uses many of the resources that I used in my first post but this time I've created a tag rather than a card - hopefully I have shown the versatility of the dies.

I started by die cutting a tag from a piece of gelli printed card, I also die cut all of the other elements from other gelli prints.  I arranged the flowers - adding some with foam adhesive to add dimension.  The 'love' and the 'clustered hearts' were die cut additional times and adhered together to create thicker elements.

I used:
STAMPlorations - Manilla Tag Builder
                           - Clustered Hearts
                           - Love Words
                           - Trendy Spring Blooms

I hope you will be inspired to join in with the challenge.


Monday, 4 February 2019

STAMPlorations CUTplorations February Challenge ...

Today sees the start of a new CUTplorations challenge over at STAMPlorations - this month's inspiration has an air of love and romance about it:

I've taken my inspiration from the flowers and heart to create this card:

I used:
STAMPlorations - Trendy Spring Blooms Coordinating Dies
                           - Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangles
                              - Love word dies
                              - Clustered Hearts

Check out the STAMPlorations for more inspiring projects from the rest of the Design Team I just know you will not be disappointed.


Sunday, 3 February 2019

AAA Cards ... One Layer

Whoosh ... that's January gone!  Who knew a month could pass so quickly! I hope you've had a good start to the year and that your New Year's resolutions are going well!

It's time for a new challenge at AAA Cards ... this time the theme and twist is:

As always we are looking for CAS (Clean and Simple) cards based on the theme.

I've created a one layer card reflecting the optional twist of love.

I masked the heart area and then stamped and heat embossed the floral images before using distress inks to water colour the images.  I added the sentiment and a light 'shadow' around the heart, chomped the corners and that is it ... finished.

I used:
Sizzix Nesting Heart dies
STAMPlorations -Bloom Doodles Stamp set
Distress Inks - Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Tumbled glass.

I hope you will be inspired to join in with the challenge - whether you twist or not, remember keep it CAS!


Saturday, 2 February 2019

Navy and Yellow ...

A quick post with you this evening to share this card that was inspired by a couple of challenges:

A simple card with a simple design - just a few die cuts and one sentiment stamp.  The dandelions were die cut out of yellow card four times before I adhered them together to add more dimension.  I cut a strip off the front of the card and stamped the sentiment on the inside.

I used:
Sue Wilson Dandelion Posies die
Robert Addams Trellis die
Simon Says Stamp Handwritten borders
Stampin Up - Not Quite Navy ink

I'm entering the following challenges:

"Less is More" #388
The team at LIM are celebrating the 8th birthday of the challenge - congratulations to all of the design team past and present.  This was one of the very first challenges that I entered on a regular basis when I first started blogging - it's a great place to see inspiring CAS cards.  Happy Birthday!

Addicted to Stamps and More #326


Friday, 1 February 2019

Turner Syndrome Blog Hop ...

Turner Syndrome is a genetic disorder where a female is born with only one X chromosome, instead of two, leaving her with life-long medical issues and learning disabilities. This condition occurs one in 2,500 female births worldwide, but is more common among pregnancies that do not survive to full term. That is why Turner Syndrome Females are considered MIRACLES!

Nineteen caring Sponsors and eleven DT Members have partnered with us to bring Turner Syndrome Awareness to the Public. For details on how you might win any of these fabulous prizes, please see Lori's TS home page. Thanks for learning About Turner Syndrome

My project uses a few colours from the TS official colour board:

I'm delighted to be involved with this blog hop raising awareness of Turner Syndrome - it is not something I knew anything about until Shery (from STAMPlorations) asked me to join in with the hop.  This is my project using one of the fabulous new stamp sets by Shery Russ at STAMPlorations - "It's a Girl Thing:Sunshine".

A clean and simple design.

Remember to visit the "It's A Girl Thing" Turner Syndrome Awareness Inaugural Blog Hop page to find links to the other hoppers as long with details of how to get involved and be eligible for prizes.

Thanks for visiting my blog ... I hope you enjoy the blog hop.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

A special card for a special lady ...

So who is the special lady ... my mum!  It's her birthday on Tuesday (it's safe to show this card here as she doesn't 'do' the internet) and this is the card I made:

My mum is a wonderful lady and my best friend ... for me, she is the best mum in the world!  She is also a card maker but our styles are very different although she always wants to learn how I make my cards.  I do share my design secrets with her as she did teach me to knit and sew!

I stamped and heat embossed the peony before water colouring the image.  I added the sentiment with foam adhesive for added dimension and a few enamel dots for added interest (and because my mum would have added them!!).

I used:
UNIKO - Pure Florals:Peony
Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry
Versafine - Onyx Black ink
WOW Clear embossing powder

I'm entering the following challenges:

UNIKO Challenge  - my card was made with love but I'm not sure it fits the optional twist!

Addicted to Stamps and More #324


AAA Cards ... up to one third

Good morning!! As January whizzes by it is time for our second challenge of the year at AAACards - here are the details:

Sometimes it can be difficult to decide whether a design is CAS or not ... one way is to limit the area covered by your design. This challenge is designed specifically to help you to keep your design CAS as we want you to use up to one third of your card front this automatically means that there will be lots of 'white space'.  Remember that you do not have to use the optional twist but your design must only use up to one third.

My card is very simple and is also a one layer card except for the sentiment but this week I haven't used the optional twist.

I stamped and heat embossed the line of gifts using Versamark ink and light blue embossing powder.  The sentiment was stamped and then adhered to the front of the card using foam tape to add some dimension.

I used:
STAMPlorations - Gift Row stamp
Ranger Light Blue Embossing Powder
UNIKO Simply Said Blocks

I hope you have time to join in with the challenge - don't forget Keep It CAS!