Friday, 21 October 2016

Uniko Challenge #37

Hello friends, can you  believe it's time for this month's challenge at


I wish the clocks would slow down a little more than an hour next weekend
as I seriously need some catch-up time!

Anyway it's a colour challenge for this one and it's all about rainbows, which I love!

I've used the English Country Garden butterfly set with a sentiment from
Simply Said. To begin with I heat embossed the butterflies with Hero Arts
White EP then inky blended a rainbow of distress inks over the top.
A couple of flicks of water and perfect pearls and a few gems ... done!

So I hope you'll play along with us for this one and we've got a special A*
 talented Guest Designer for this month ... Hannelie (Desert Diva)
I'm sure you'll have visited her blog and checked out her awesome 
CAS designs - they're truly inspirational - if not you are missing a trick!

If you head over to the main Uniko blog HERE you'll find all the links
to my fellow teamies and all the details about how to join in and win a prize.

As always thanks for calling by today and have fun!


Saturday, 15 October 2016

Less is More #298

Hi friends are you ready for another challenge over at Less is More?

It's our THEME week and we've chosen 
Incy Wincy Spiders or Insects!

Now there's no need to go Halloween on this one but in the absence
of suitable insects and particularly spiders other than in Halloween 
sets I decided to go with that occasion. Fortunately my nieces and
nephews are still of an age where they'll accept Halloween Cards!
I think!!! Especially the sort with spiders!

This one uses the stitched filmstrip die by Pretty Pink Posh 
and I've re-cut it in the orange, green and purple (typically for Halloween)
to add my spiders web and spiders to each aperture. The card looked
a little bland when I'd finished so I decided to grab a stencil I've just
purchased by Tim Holtz and ink it through with Hickory Smoke Distress ink.
I still wasn't happy to decided to go full on distressing up the edges instead
then adding a few extra webs. The Happy sentiment is by Happy Little Stampers
and the reset of the images are by Clearly Besotted 'Halloween Spirit'

The theme over at CASology this week is 'Spooky' so I'd like to pop this card in there!

This one uses the 'In Print' set by Clearly besotted but couldn't resis
adding googlie eyes to the fingerprint spider! The sentiment is from
the Out of This World set also by Clearly Besotted and I was attempting
to CASE one of Jennifer McGuire's recent techniques shown HERE but
think I've not quite got my spacing right ... more practice needed!

So that's all of mine but please head over to the main blog HERE 
where there's links to my fellow teamies blogs and cards.
I'm sure they'd love a visit and they've worked their usual magic on 
the theme to inspire you!

Have a fab week and as always thanks for calling by my blog.


Sunday, 9 October 2016

AAA CAS Cards Challenge #75

Hi friends, are you ready for a new challenge over at 

AAA CAS Cards Challenge

I hope so ... we've got a super simple and pretty photo inspirabion below
for your get your teeth into and please keep your design Clean and Simple.

Neat & Tangled - Heart of Gold Die (got to be my favourite die)!
Coloured using Zig Clear Brush pens.
Sentiment and banner die by WPlus9

I was inspired by all the pretty colours in the photo inspiration and the
 multi-triangle shapes in this die reminded me of the shapes of the 'sails' in the image.

As always my teamies have worked their masking magic and you can
find links to their blogs HERE plus we are joined by another of our
previous winners and a super talented crafter too; it's 

Katerina of Make a Wish

I do hope you'll stop by her blog and leave some love!

Our sponsor for this one is Happy Little Stampers and if you want to be in 
with a shout of a $20 gift certificate to spend in their online store then 
please link your entries up by 22nd October! 

As always thanks for calling by my blog today and I can't wait
to see how you are inspired by the photo image. 


Saturday, 8 October 2016

Less is More #297

Hello friends, hope you've had a good week; I certainly don't know
where mine's gone - one minute it was Sunday, recovering from the 
Happy Stampers Festival and WOAH! It's Saturday again!

... which means it's time for a new challenge over at 
Less is More

and it's the 'dreaded one' - Yep all have a groan! Me too!

ONE LAYER card week with the theme DREAMS
To be honest I've got very little in my stash for this theme so it's
just the one card from me today and I've 'showcased' Dreamy sentiments.

I can't resist an excuse for a bit of inky blending with Distress inks
so the background features a bundle of my favourites and I've done the
irresistible (for me) spritzing and flicking with water and perfect pearls.
In fact I even brushed some gold perfect pearls over the top for added shimmer
but you can't see that in the photo. The sentiments are from Clearly Besotted:
Dandelion Dreams and they're heat embossed using Versafine Onxy and clear EP.
To finish there's a hand-drawn black border and some enamel dots; I'm regretting
adding those if I'm honest but daren't remove them for fear of the mess!

Edit: thanks again to Anita for suggesting I should enter this one over at

I hope you'll stop by my fellow teamies blogs as their cards are just 
oozing magic, fun and dreamy inspiration for you - the links are on the
main Less is More blog here and I'm sure they'd love a visit!

As always thanks for stopping by my blog today and hope to 
catch up again soon. Have a good weekend.

Friday, 7 October 2016

A Trio of Cards - just for fun!

Hi Friends, I don't often get time to create just for creating sake but today
I made a little time to finish off some cards that had been sat in pieces
on my desk for a while and what's more I'm hoping they'll fit into 
a couple of challenges too!

First up it's my fellow Less is More Teamie, Anita, who is playing MUSE this
week at the Muse Card Challenge so couldn't resist 'casing' her gorgeous card.
The colours are so neutral, calming and subtle ... quite the opposite to my usual
style but I've had a go!

In addition to the colours I was inspired by the shiny leaf die-cuts and design paper
peeping through the negative space. Here I've used a flourish die by Sizzix and instead
of using the design paper behind I've water-coloured a panel in Autumnal browns and 
greens using Distress Inks. I've splattered some gold and bronze paints too using the 
Gansai Tambi water colour set. The leafy die-cut is from my stash (sorry not sure of
the manufacturer) and it's coated in Versamark ink before heat embossing with Ranger
Liquid Platinum embossing powder. The sentiment is by Happy Little Stampers, which
is embossed using the same powder before popping up on 3d foam.

Here's Anita's card

I'd also like to enter this one at 

Addicted to CAS - Watercolour

The next two cards use two floral sets from Altenew that are my
favourites at the minute! Beautiful Day which I bought a couple of 
weeks ago having admired it for months (it seems) and Remember This
which I purchased last weekend at the Happy Stampers Festival.

I've also kept to a similar design as I'm loving the effect of a coloured
bloom or two with the remainder of the images in black outline.

So here's Beautiful Day inked with Altenew Inks also with the panel
cut from a WPlus9 die in the Sunshine Layers die set then popped up
on green fun foam for added dimension. I've added a black gem to the
centre of the flower and some glossy accents for added detail.

I'd like to pop this one in at Addicted to Stamps and More where it's
their CAS week of challenges plus

CASology where the cue card is Support

EDIT: Thanks to Anita for suggesting I enter my floral card in the 
latest challenge over at Virgina's View - Focus Point

 Last but not least - here's 'Remember This' by Altenew

again inked up using Altenew inks with the smaller blooms coloured
with Promarkers, in what I hope are almost identical shades!
I couldn't resist adding a few sequins to the design but looking at the
photo I'm kind of wishing I hadn't! 
So there's a brand new challenge in blogland simply called
The Flower Challenge
We would love you to display our banner !

What a perfect idea and a perfect name as who can resist all those
wonderful bloom sets out there and now there's a challenge just to showcase
those very things! Bliss! So I'm heading over there with this one and
it's their first challenge titled "Anything Goes With Florals" and there's a
whole month to enter so why not have a look and enter too!

Ok that's all for me today and thanks for calling by my blog.
Catch up soon!

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Uniko - Reveal, Release & Blog Hop - October 2016

Whoopie! It's here!

Uniko October Release

Here's my release day takes with the new sets and
don't forget to hop along to the Uniko blog HERE for links
to my fellow teamies who've worked their magic with the set too!

First up a shaker card using the centre circle of the largest image
from Marvellous Mendhi which is filled with gold seed beads.
The 'Celebrate' Sentiment is from a previously released All Occasion 
Sentiments set and the 'Your Day' is from the new Simply Said II

This one uses the Christmas Foliage set and I've sneaked a 'Happy' greeting
and gold mini foliage stamp from the 'Essentially Christmas' set which
was released in time for Christmas last year. The 'Christmas' greeting is
from the Simply Said II set - released today!

Anything Goes so I'm heading across there with this one.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

... and a couple more using the Originally Organic set and if you don't 
like colouring then these images work just as well using the outlines only.

For this first one I watercoloured with distress inks to create my background then
spritzed with water and perfect pearls before adding the outline stamps using
Versafine Onyx Black ink and a sentiment from the new Simply Said II

With this one I stamped the images first using Versamark ink then heat embossed
in Silver Pearl EP by wow then added brushos with water over the top followed
by the 'bleaching' technique with water to remove the pigment from the buds,
leaves and petals. This time I sneaked in a sentiment from the 
Paradise: Hummingbird set.

I hope you feel inspired and will be heading straight to the Uniko shop to buy!
Before that you might want to join our traditional Release Day
 Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!
Here's the order and if you get lost just head to the Uniko blog HERE
where you'll find all the links too.

Bev (AKA Uniko)
Sarah G
Sarah P - that's me

Oh here's the images of the sets - it's always useful to see these eh!


Finally if you are lucky enough to be in the North of England today
then Bev, Lindsey and I will be manning the Uniko stand at the
Happy Stampers Festival in Port Sunlight!
We'd love to meet you and so do pop by if you make it!

As always thanks for stopping by and good luck with the hop!


Less is More #296

Morning friends I'm here with my Less is More post today as we start a 
new month, new challenge and new sponsor or should I say returning sponsor! 

The super generous Dies To Die For are back to sponsor our challenges
this month so be sure to enter each week to be in with a shout of a prize!

I'm relying on Mr Blogger again today as I'm heading down to the Happy Stampers 
Festival at Port Sunlight so if you're lucky enough to be attending then please 
pop along to the Uniko stand as I'll be helping Bev there!

So before I forget it's Colour Week and we've chosen
Lilac and Turquoise as our colour combo for this week!

It's also RELEASE day at Uniko so I've another post (all being well)
going live in an hour featuring the new sets! Hope you'll pop back then!
BUT ... for your eyes only I've got an early sneaky peep at the small
Christmas Sparkle set

I've stamped the images using Colorbox pigment inks then embossed with Hero Arts 
Sparkle Clear EP. The sentiment is embossed in silver to tone with the glittery strip  
down the left hand side and a couple of matching sprinkles by Doodlebug to finish.

Stamps: Altenew Beautiful Day 
I have wanted this set for ages, well since it was released and kept
putting it off and putting it off until so many super talented crafters
kept showing off with it that I could resist it no longer. 
All the stamped images including the sentiment are from the set 
and I've used Altenew Inks to stamp the florals too.

I'd like to pop this one in at the Simon Says Stamp - 
Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes 

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Don't forget to head over to the Less is More blog HERE
where my fellow teamies have worked their little socks off 
again and created some awesome cards!

Friday, 30 September 2016

Uniko - Introducing Christmas Sparkle & Winter Foliage

Hi there friends, I'm back! The final day of introductions for the
Uniko October Release
Today we'll be sharing projects using both Christmas Sparkle & Winter Foliage

Don't forget to hop along to the Uniko blog HERE for links
to my fellow teamies who've worked their magic with the set too!
Introductions: DONE!

All that's left now is ...
Release Day! Saturday 1st October 9am BST

You'll get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! 
As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you'll join me for the fun tomorrow!