Saturday, 10 December 2016

Less is More Challenge #306

Morning friends, are you ready for another challenge from Less is More?
Are you all Christmassed out with festive challenges? 

This week it's our 'dreaded' ONE LAYER CARD week and the theme for this one
is Outlines so you can go festive or not - however you please so long as it's
clean and simple and on the one layer! 

Here's mine and it's a two-fer using the same image on both from the recently released
 Marvellous Mehndi set by Uniko but heat embossed on different cardstocks.
 I can't decide which I prefer ... what about you?

The sentiments are from the very newly released Most Wonderful and Simply Said II




It's the 'holiday' challenge over at Addicted to Stamps & More
so I'd like to head over there with this one 


Also Kylie's 12 Days of Christmas Cards HERE
I'm delighted to be sharing a card with Kylie on Monday so 
hope you'll pop back and pay us a visit then!


Don't forget to head over to the main Less is More blog HERE
where you'll find all the links to my fellow teamies blogs and catch 
up on their wonderful outline cards too.

Hope you'll play along and have some fun.

Sarah

Sunday, 4 December 2016

AAA CAS Cards Challenge #79


Hello friends, are you ready for our latest challenge over at AAA CAS Cards?
It's getting to THAT time of year and we like to help you out so our
theme for the next 2 weeks is Christmas!

Here's mine and I've gone all traditional in colour and using 
a new to me Christmas ornament die by Simon Says Stamp.


Using a combination of green Distress inks I've inky blended the base of my card 
having masked off the top portion. Added my obligatory spritz of water with perfect pearls, 
die-cut the Christmas ornament from the inked panel and some gold glitter card before 
resetting it back it's space. It's mounted on 3d foam for added interest and dimension.
A strip of glitter card to divide the 2 halves, a delicate string of embroidery cotton, sentiment
 by Mama elephant and a glittery gem by Happy Little Stampers finishes the job!

I'd like to pop my card in at Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge
where it's an Anything Goes week and 

Time Out Challenges where it's a Christmas theme with an optional twist 
of glitter / shimmer



As always my teamies have created some wonderful Christmas treats so 
please pop over to the main blog HERE to find the links to their blogs - 
I'm sure they'd love a visit from you.

We're also joined by one of our previous winners; Marianne of
Marianne Cards & Stuff for this challenge. Please pop along to visit her 
blog I'm sure she'd appreciate some love and a friendly word or two.

Our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers with a $20 gift certificate on 
offer for our winner.

Picture

I hope you feel inspired to play along and as always thanks for calling by today.

Sarah

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Less is More #305


Happy December friends - that's quite scary don't you think?
Not much time left to cram some Christmas makes in the bag!

It's the start of a new month over at Less is More too and we have 
the return of Uniko as our sponsor for this month plus 2 guest designers
so read on for more details!

The first challenge of the month signals our COLOUR challenge
and we'd like to see you use ONE or MORE Primary Colours
on your cards and here's mine to start you off.


As Uniko are our sponsor for the month I simply had to showcase their stamps.

I love geometrics on cards and these colours work perfectly with them
and great for guy cards too which are sometimes a struggle.


For both cards I've used the Background Builders: Round in Circles set
along with sentiments from Simply Said Birthday and All Occasion Sentiments #1
(all from Uniko). So the top one is rather bold and bright featuring all the 3 
primary shades. In contrast I stuck to just blues on the second one so it's 
much more subtle.


It's an Anything Goes Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge
this week so I'm heading over there with my first card.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog Logo


and just for good measure I couldn't resist adding a Christmas card into the mix 
... using just red with a touch of white, black and silver as my neutral colours. 


This one uses Mixed Media Fun from the latest release from
Happy Little Stampers plus a sentiment from their Mixed Christmas Sentiments.
The baubles are created using circle dies and a Christmas ornament top piece,
stitched details to the red panel from MFT die-namics Homespun Stitched Line dies.

I hope you feel inspired to play along with us this week and don't forget to check 
out the main Less is More blog HERE where you'll see the magic creations by
my fellow teamies and links to their blogs.


Not only that we are joined by Bev (owner of Uniko) and our October Winner'
KathyK of Purple Princess Diaries who are both guest designing for us this week.
I hope you'll visit their blogs and leave some love along the way.

As always thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a lot of fun!


Sarah

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Uniko Reveal, Release and Blog Hop - November 2016

It's here! Time to announce the full reveal, release and traditional blog hop
for the November 2016 release of Christmas stamp sets from

Uniko

I'm sure you'll agree these are all stunning and work perfectly 
either stand-alone or combined with previously releases sets.

They're full of stylish Christmas images and the most gorgeous
swirly sentiments to mix and match with standard text too.

I love creating backgrounds for cards using all those mini stamp images 
that get forgotten about so on these first 3 I've teamed the new sets 
with images from previously released sets too: 


BG Builders Vines - Winter Addition and Label Love: Christmas 
in traditional and non-traditional colours!




and another one for the Rustic Wreath gallery ... loving this 
colourway for Christmas this year!


I'd like to add this one to the TimeOut Challenge this week 
where it's a Christmas theme with the option of shimmer, glitter.
I've used some sparkling sequins so hope they count!


Here's the order for the hop

Sarah P (that's me)

... and here's all the images of the sets.
Good luck with the hope and I've got everything crossed that
you'll be a winner of these sets - they are simply perfect for
quick Christmas makes!

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the HOP!





Sarah

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Uniko - Introducing Rustic Wreath


Hi friends, I'm back again ... having posted the Less is More Challenge post HERE,
which, incidentally, also includes another sneaky peak at this wonderful wreath!

This post is to introduce you to the last of the new sets from this month's 
mini release  from Uniko and today it's Rustic Wreath which teams
perfectly with the previously released 'Rustic Christmas'


Having photographed this card I wasn't sure if I liked it so decided to 
crop it and mount on white card instead (below) - which do you prefer?


... and for good measure and because I was enjoying myself so much
 here's a shaker card using the same set. Do you like my Uniko toned
colour combo ... you'll see quite a few in this colourway or similar
popping up over the next few weeks as we head swiftly towards that
fun and festive season!



Ok, you've had the sneaky peeks and introductions so all that's left is for you
to pop back here tomorrow for the ...

Release Day! Sunday 27th November 9am: 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!

I hope you'll join me then and thanks for visiting today!

Sarah

Less is More #304

Morning friends, this is my first of two posts today so I hope you'll
pop back in an hour when I'll be introducing the Rustic Wreath, 
soon to be released Christmas set from Uniko!

If you can't wait that long I've got a sneaky little preview here using 
this very set but there will be more a little later!

BUT first of all it's time to announce this week's challenge over at 

Less is More

and we are back round to our Recipe week! We'd like to see you use
an Emboss Resist technique on your card and there's lots of brilliant
examples from my fellow teamies at Less is More so I hope you'll zip across 
to the main blog HERE and follow the links to their individual blogs!

First up here's mine ...


As promised a preview of the Rustic Wreath set being released tomorrow
by Uniko and here I've embossed the wreath and one of the sentiments in the set
with Hero Arts White EP before blending various blue toned distress inks over 
the top. The melted embossing powder acts as the resist here. I've also 
spritzed a flicked a little water and perfect pearls mix - because I can't help myself
then added a few gems from my stash for added sparkle. The base panel is subtly
dry embossed with one of the We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folders.

I'd like to link this one up over at Timeout Challenges where the 
theme is Christmas with the optional twist of glitter and shimmer.
In real life my card is shimmering from the perfect pearl spritz plus I've
added some mini gems which certainly shimmer and sparkle in the light!


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas on my blog ... so here's another festive card


Again using stamps by Uniko: Christmas Foliage and a sentiment from the 
Rustic Wreath set. I've heat embossed the foliage with Ranger Silver Pearl
embossing powder this time and blended Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough 
and Lucky Clover over them to enhance the 'resist' stamping. To finish a 
die-cut frame using MFT Die-Namics pierced rectangle dies, pine cones from
the Uniko Christmas Foliage set and some red nail heads for some glossy detail.

Thanks as always for popping by my blog and I hope you feel inspired
to play along with our challenge this week.

Have fun!
Sarah

Friday, 25 November 2016

Uniko - Introducing Christmas Pop & Most Wonderful


Hi there friends, it's my second post for Uniko this morning and if you missed 
the first one (a little nudge about this month's challenge) then you can find that HERE

This post is 'Introductions Time' following the sneaky peeks over the last 2 days.
 So let's start introducing those new sets from Uniko and read on to find out 
the release schedule over the next few days, but first my cards;
featuring both Christmas Pop and Most Wonderful for the sentiment.




Introducing 25th & 26th November: here you will see a closer look at the 
clear stamp sets being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Sunday 27th November 9am: 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!

I hope you'll pop back tomorrow to see the third set and final set 
of this mini release being introduced and thanks for visiting me today!


Sarah

Uniko Challenge #38 - Reminder


Hello friends, I'm here with a little reminder about this month's
 'Christmas' themed challenge over at 

Uniko

and I've another Christmas treat for you ... what's more this one is a little
bonus preview using some of the images from the new release that will be 
available to purchase HERE on Sunday, 27th November!



As usual there's plenty more inspiration over on the main Uniko blog HERE
with links to their blogs, plus we are also joined by another of our 
previous winners; Sue of Sue's Card Craft I do hope you'll stop by
her blog and leave some love and a friendly word!


I hope you feel inspired to play along with this one and you have until 
Friday, 16th December to link up your cards.

I'd also like to link my card up at Addicted to Stamps & More
where it's 'anything goes' this week.


As always thanks for calling by my blog today and I hope you'll pop
back in an hour when I'll be introducing the Christmas Pop and Most Wonderful
sets from the new release at Uniko!


Sarah