Friday, 20 January 2017

Uniko Challenge #39

Hello friends, it's time to introduce you to our first challenge of 2017 over at

and it's an Anything Goes with the Optional Twist of LOVE

The Challenges are slightly different this year so please read on for the details
but first here's my card using the beautiful Marvellous Mehndi set which I've 
heat-embossed repeatedly in gold on red cardstock to create a background panel. 

Don't forget to pop across to the main Uniko blog HERE where you'll see 
snippets of my fellow teamies creations and links to their personal blogs too 

We're also joined by one of our previous winners this month;
Izzy of Izzy Scrap
is our Guest Designer for this challenge and I hope you'll pay her a visit
and leave some friendly feedback on her stunning cards.

Here's the all important prize information and you have until 
Friday, 24th February to play along and link up to the challenge.

Main Winner Chosen By the DT
 £25 eGift Certificate

Random Twist Winner
 £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of the Winners Choosing

Random Uniko Stamps Winner 
£4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of the Winners Choosing

      Top 3 Chosen By DT - 150 Loyalty Reward Points

As always thanks for visiting my blog today and I'll catch up
with you again soon. 

Have some crafty fun!


Saturday, 14 January 2017

Less is More #311

Hello friends, are you ready for this week's challenge at

Less is More

It's our ONE LAYER CARD week and the theme for this one is
Favourite Drink / Beverage 
so whether it's flat, fizzy, hot or cold just
have fun and I can't wait to see what you've got for us!

I've been under the weather this week with a dose of flu ... just typical
when I've been dodging it for weeks from various sources and the first week
back in work after the festive break and OH BLAST!

My mojo hasn't been in a creative mood either so just 2 very simple ones
from me this week. Nothing fancy just a little outing of a brand new set
from Altenew that I treated myself too with a few pennies from Santa.

My fellow teamies have had NO issues with mojo this week so do pop
over to the main blog HERE with links to their personal blogs
and fantastic creations.
I'm sure they'd love a visit if you've time!

Hope you'll play along and have some fun.
Thanks for calling by and I'll be back soon!


Friday, 13 January 2017

Muse Challenge #198

Hello friends, I've been nursing a flu/cold this week and feeling a bit sorry for myself! 

First day back at work on Monday and I managed until lunchtime!
The best medicine EVER and to add a little cheer is a mooch around blogland! 

My fellow teamie and bestie at Less is More (Anita) is this week's MUSE
and I love the blend of colours she'd used with added texture to the circle
on her card then WOAH! that sentiment strip pops one heck of a punch so
I had to have a little play. It was a really quick card to make and I feel much
better today! Thanks Neets!

Here's my card with Anita's inspirations below

I started out with a handful of Distress Inks and blended them over a piece of card stock -
 I think this part has Blueprint Sketch, Spun Sugar, Peacock Feathers and Seedless 
Preserves on it. I couldn't resist the little flick and spritz of water and perfect pearls.
Using a heart stax from WPlus9 to die-cut my shape I then ran it back through the 
big-shot using one of the WeR Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folders 
(from Santa!) To finish a bold sentiment from Lil'Inkers and a few sequins.

I hope you like how I've interpreted Anita's card and thanks so 
much for calling by my blog today. 


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Uniko Revisit: Beautiful Blooms I

Hello there! I
After all the new year and holiday festivities it's time to settle down 
and revisit a previously released set over at Uniko this month. 

Bev has asked us to 'dig out', dust down and bring the Beautiful Blooms I 
plus matching dies back into the limelight! 

This has to be one of my all time favourite floral sets from Uniko and 
it's only when I started playing with it again the I realised just how much 
I love the style and image ... so here goes!

I started out by stamping my images using Altenew inks before die-cutting.
I used an MFT basic stitched border die to create the rounded edge
along the top to follow the line of the blooms. The sentiments are from
the FONTiments - birthday (sadly retired) and 'On Your birthday' from
Simply Said Birthday.

I hope you like how I've showcased this beautiful set and there's plenty 
more fun designs by my fellow teamies with links on the Uniko blog HERE

It's a 'Blue and Yellow' colour theme over at The Flower Challenge 
so I'd like to pop this one in over there.

As is the tradition there's a blog hop giveaway; the prize being the featured set plus
matching dies, or a gift card to the same value. 

You have until Friday, 20th January to leave 
your comments and be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Here's the order and if you get lost along the way just head back to Uniko

Sarah P (that's me)

Before I leave you to hop here's the image of the sets and as always thanks
for visiting my blog today and I wish you lots of luck on the hop!


Sunday, 8 January 2017

AAA CAS Cards Challenge #81

Hello there friends and a very Happy New Year to you!
Let's hope it's a good one!

So it's time for another challenge over at 


The theme for this one is HELLO and here's my card followed by a
little photo inspiration for you too ...

This one uses:

 MFT Die-Namics: Inside-Out diagonal stitched rectangles & By the letters
Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Butterfly Birthday sentiment
Brusho panel behind the raised die-cut panel 

As always there's plenty more super CAS creations by my fellow teamies, 
with links to their blogs on the AAA Cards blog HERE

We are also joined by Valentyna of
a previous winner of our challenges, who is Guest Designing for this one. 
Do pop along and visit her blog and leave a friendly word and some love - 
I'm sure she'll appreciate it.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Happy Little Stampers and one lucky winner
will receive a $15 gift certificate to spend in store

... I'd like to enter this card over at Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour challenge
although I haven't twisted with a stencil, my BG panel is water colour and brusho.

As always thanks for calling by my blog today and I hope 
you feel inspired and will play along with us!


Saturday, 7 January 2017

Less is More Challenge #310

Morning friends, are you ready for this week's challenge at

Less is More

It's the first one of the month which means we're also announcing
our sponsor for the month which is Happy Little Stampers and what's
more the super-talented and wonderful owner, Kylie is also our
Guest designer too so I hope you'll visit her blog and leave lots of love!

This week it's COLOUR week and we've chosen 
You can use any colour but with an ombre / graduated effect.

Here's mine and there's loads of fabulous designs from my fellow teamies
over on the main blog HERE with links to their own blogs.
Do check them out and pay them a visit if you've time - they'd love it!

I couldn't resist using one of the newly released sets from Happy Little Stampers
and this one is called 'Wish you were Here' with a sentiment from 'Fun Birthday
Sentiments'. I've created the ombre effect using Zig Clear brush pens, blending with a
water brush then a little flicking and spritzing of a water and perfect pearl mist.
The card base is dry-embossed using an embossing folder by We R Memory Keepers
(2 pk set - pressie from Santa aka. my kids!) and the ombre panel is die-cut with 
a pierced square die by MFT Die-namics and mounted on 3d foam.

I'd like to enter this one over at Anything Goes Using - Happy Little Stampers
... rude not to don't you think!

This time I've used Distress inks to create the ombre effect using
Broken China, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch.
The card base had a heavy spritz of perfect pearls and water and I've
die-cut the 'smile' from Lil'inker Designs from an off-cut of the card base
before adding dimension with several layers of die-cut cardstock.
The stamped sentiments are from Avery Elle 'Sentimental' and I've
added a few coordinating sequins just for the 'bling' of it!

Although I've not gone with the 'Stencil' optional twist I would like

Last one and again using the zig clear brush pens to create an ombre
panel before dry-embossing the panel with the 2nd embossing folder from 
the We R Memory Keepers set mentioned above. The 'celebrate' word die
is by Sugar Pea Designs and is die-cut on some glitter tape from Heidi Swapp
plus several layers of white card stock to add dimension. The '70' numbers are
die-cut from the 'count on us' set by Avery elle from the same glitter tape
and adhered flat to the card base. A couple of sequins and stars finishes the design.

I'd like to link this card up at Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge
where it's 'Something New' and both my embossing folder and celebrate die
were goodies from Santa under my Christmas tree!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog Logo

I hope you feel inspired to play along and I can't wait to see your ombre techniques
and ideas! Thanks for calling by and I'll be back soon!


Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy Little Stampers - January 2017 CAS Challenge

Well hello friends ... am I excited to be sharing this post with you today!

Not only is it the start of a New Year BUT ...

It's also my first outing with the Happy Little Stampers CAS Design Team
Whoopie! I've known about this for a good few weeks but today
I start proper so read on for more details on the first challenge of 2017!

Our challenge is sponsored by HLS and one lucky person will 
 win a prize so why not join in - there's a whole month to do so!
You might even like to link up to some of the other Happy Little Stampers 
challenges and all the details are on the blog HERE

So here goes with my stencil inspired card and I've got another TWO-fer!

Both of them start with the inking of my Concentric Grid stencil from
My Favourite Things in Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and
Mermaid Lagoon ... then the fun starts with cracking open my HLS goodies
to accent the stencilled panels! So here's what I've used:

Everyday Sentiments, Fun Birthday Sentiments, Mix Mash
and Mixed Media Fun (don't you just love 'neat' splatters' - I'm hooked!)

To add a little more depth to my panels I've inked the edges too and beneath the
sentiment panel on the second card I've blended Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean
Distress inks before laying my stencil on top and dabbing through it with
a damp kitchen towel to lift some of the ink. Just another little trick with stencils
that I keep seeing my teamie Anita use but haven't had the nerve to try! 

Ok I hope you feel inspired to play along with us and don't forget to
pop along to the main CAS Challenge blog found HERE where my
teamies have worked magic with their stamps and stencils. 

Thanks as always for visiting my blog today and catch up soon!

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Less is More Challenge #309

Good morning, welcome back and a Happy New Year 
(almost) to my wonderful followers and crafty buddies!

I hope you've enjoyed some fun and festive delights and maybe a few crafty gifts 
have been received too! Looking forward to seeing those in the coming weeks eh! 

So this morning, it's time to announce the last challenge of 2016 over at

Less is More

It's RECIPE week ... and we've chosen DIMENSION
what's more we are thrilled to be joined by Sandie of London Days
our winner from November, who will be guest designing this week.
I hope you'll stop by her blog and leave some love and cheer!

Here's what I've got for you today and it's a bit of a Two-fer as I've used
the same products and colours for the first two.

To make these first two I started with the Hexastar stencil from Neat & Tangled.
Inked with Veramark before embossing with WOW gold metallic sparkle EP.

For the one above I've die-cut some of the hexagons with an MFT stitched hexagon
stax and arranged them at various heights with and without foam tape. 
The sentiments are by Uniko: Classic Numbers and All Occasion Sentiments #1
The dashed lines are by Happy Little Stampers: Mixed Media Fun (newly released)
To finish a few sparkly sequins from my stash.

It's Anything Goes over at Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge
so I'd like to head over there with this one

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog Logo

Next up this one uses a die-cut rectangle of the stencilled / embossed panel, 
popped up on 3d foam for dimension. The butterflies are by Uniko: English Country
Garden set with a sentiment from Simply Said I, both heat embossed in the same
WOW Gold metallic sparkle embossing powder. I also added glue dots to the centre
of the butterflies to allow the wings to sit away from the card for more dimension.

Last but not least ... more butterflies, this time Butterfly duo dies by
Clearly Besotted, inlaid with foiled cardstock and again popped up 
on glue dots to give the wings more dimension. The sentiment is by 
Happy Little Stampers: Fun Birthday sentiments; all mounted on a pierced
rectangle die-cut from an MFT stax and a few sequins plus a strip of 
sparkly washi tape for a little bit of bling!

Ok that's all from me for today but I do hope you'll stop by the 
Less is More blog where there's links to all the fantastic designs by
my fellow teamies plus Sandie, our Guest Designer. 

So all that's left for me to say (maybe a little early in the day, here in the UK)
Wishing you all the very best for a happy and prosperous 
New Year! Cheers ... let's CELEBRATE!
Have a fantastic day, evening, whatever you do and a perfect 2017!

Thanks for visiting and catch up soon!