Sunday, 22 October 2017

Rustic Makes and a New Arrival!


I hope you are enjoying an autumnal October weekend :)  It is windy here and we have lots of leaves whipping around the garden.  Although I am very much a hot weather person, I do like the colours and movement of this season (when it is not wet and grey).  We have been having an eventful week with the arrival of a new puppy - little Oscar who is a cockapoo and lots of fun :)  He has settled right in to family life and we are just trying to get him in to a routine.  Fortunately it is half term so we have some time at home to do the necessary house training, vaccinations etc.

However, I have also had the chance to spend time in my craft room too and have a few countryside inspired makes to share with you.  First up is this glorious owl which is a stamp from Hobby Arts.  It is large enough to make a fabulous focal point on a one layer card and all I have done here is stamp it and highlight a couple of elements such as the eyes and wooden stump.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts. 

I shall link this card up at Simon Wednesday's challenge which has a fab autumnal inspiration board and also at AAA Cards where they are looking for cards inspired by films - I think this owl looks like Hedwig from Harry Potter.

I have also been playing with some more mdf shapes that we have been laser cutting and I have a stag picture to share today:

Here I die cut some leaves to create a wreath effect and used nuvo drops for the berries.  This was all adhered to some wood effect paper and I popped the mdf stag silhouette in the middle.  I used grey and white to give the stag a distressed look.

What do you think?  I have put this picture for sale in my folksy shop but can also make the mdf silhouettes available too if you would like to get hold of some for your own crafty projects!

Well I think that is enough wild life for one day.  Thanks for stopping by :)

Sarah x


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Wonky Stripes


I have been playing with a new stencil that Uniko is launching this week.  It is a versatile 6x6 design which is perfect for full card fronts through to mixed media.  I have lots more ideas for this stencil but this is what I have made to date:

I used it on a full card front and simply blended a range of blue distress inks to create some variation in tone.  I added a few of my mdf stars in shades of blue and a Uniko sentiment.

Next I went for a rainbow look by masking off the top portion of the card and using a range of inks through the stencil.  The sentiment adds a pop of black.  A one layer CAS card that is quick to make.  I shall link it up at the October CAS challenge over at Happy Little Stampers where the theme is one layer.

Here is inked and clear embossed the stencil before die cutting a heart and layering it up on top of an acertate aperture on the card.  It has a lovely shine in real life!

Finally, I inked through the stencil in softer colours before rotating it to create a loose check effect.  I then used complementary colours for the Uniko onesie.  A simple new baby card.

Bev has also used the stencil on her card as guest designer over at Less is More today.  I will be back with some further ideas again shortly :)
Sarah x

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Hot and Spicy


I hope you had a good was a busy one here with sleepovers and football matches!  However, I did get the chance to make a couple of cards for this week's challenge at Less is More which is to use hot and spicy colours.  I don't use oranges and reds that often in my crafting so this was a good opportunity to break out some neglected colour combos....

I made two cards featuring Uniko products - Uniko are sponsoring this month at LIM.

First up I stamped up the starry strings from the latest release in a combination of reds, oranges and yellows from Altenew and combined them with one of the sentiments.  A scattering of loose stars adds to the design but still keeps it CAS.

On the second card I white embossed the beautiful mandala from Marvellous Mehndi and then had fun using colour bursts to create the watercolour background.  I inked and die cut a frame in matching distress inks.
I hope you like these two spicy designs and pop by again soon!
Sarah x

Friday, 6 October 2017

Cross Stitch Heart


I made a card recently for a dear friend and I thought it would work for this week's cue card at CASology - grid.  I used a new to me die from Waffle Flower to cut a cross stitch card which is, of course, based on a grid.

I added a sentiment from Paper Smooches and a needle and stitch details from Neat and Tangled.

The red and kraft colour combo of this card inspired me to make a rustic, scandi style Christmas card using dies from Concord and 9th and one of my mdf snowflakes:

I die cut the letters out of woodgrain patterned paper and stacked them on some layers of black card.  The snowflake is painted in red and has a layer of wink of stella over the top.  I shall link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sarah x

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Watercolour Smooshing


How is your week going?  I am stopping by with a quick post and a second card for the current challenge at Less is More which is to watercolour.  I combined some watercolour smooshing with one of my mdf snowflakes to create this seasonal card:


The smooshing was done with a range of distress inks which were also used to colour the cardstock from which the sentiment was die cut.  I simply painted the snowflake and stuck it in the corner.

I will also link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Christmas.  I am going to have to get a move on if I am going to have enough cards ready!

Remember that you can find the lasercut snowflakes for sale in my folksy shop :)

See you again soon,

Sarah x

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Watercolour Iris


I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend and have found time to do some crafting.  I was inspired by this week's theme at Less is More - watercolour - and a new (to me) set from Altenew to make this card:

I white embossed the iris and watercoloured it with distress inks to give a really soft and subtle look.  I love this delicate flower.

As this is the first time that I have inked up the Altenew set I shall link up at Darnell's NBUS challenge for a second time.  I will also link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes and at Addicted to CAS where the theme is Favourite Stamp.  Every time I get a new stamp it is my favourite, until I ink up the next one :)

I have also been trying to get organised this weekend and sort out my craft room which had become a total mess.  I got a few storage units from Ikea and now it looks like this.....

The pictures are all pretty washed out as I took the photos once I had finished tonight (I can't guarantee that it will look this tidy again in 24 hours!).  I still need to get a new desk and some pictures to brighten up the walls but it looks a lot brighter (and cleaner) than it did with the old, mis-matched furniture.  I definitely need to thin out my stash too but that is a job for another day :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Starry Eyed


I am loving the new release from Uniko and have had a play with the Seeing Stars set to make 2 cards:

I decided to use a fave black and gold colour combo and combined the stamps with some mdf stars that I have cut to match.  I will link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes and at Addicted to Stamps Anything Goes challenge too.  As this is my first outing with these fab stamps I shall link up at Darnell's fun NBUS Challenge :)

Here I have gone with a pretty aqua and pink colour combo (Uniko's colours!) and again combined the stamps with mdf elements.

I have added the mdf stars to my Folksy shop too in case you wanted to use them in your crafty projects :)

I hope you have a great weekend!

Sarah x