Sunday, 12 November 2017

Fun with Challenges

Hello!

I have been enjoying playing along with challenges in blogland lately and here are a few cards for some which are closing soon!

The cue card at CASology this week is Tiny so I decided to go with a new baby card:


The sweet die is from Memory Box and I inked through a circle of my starry stencil in Picked Raspberry distress oxide in the background to add a bit more interest.  The sentiment is from MFT.  I will also link up at Addicted to CAS where the challenge is Bows.

At Simon Wednesday's Challenge the theme is Snow White so I have painted and embossed one of my large mdf snowflakes with white UTEE to give it a lovely glossy look.  The sentiment banner is from Avery Elle and I also clear embossed some snowflakes from Uniko in the background too - although you may not be able to see them in the photo!

 
Finally I am linking up at Inkspirational where the word prompt is Trend.  I always think of fashion when I hear that word so have gone with a sketchy catwalk style image from Tim Holtz.  I watercoloured it with some sparkle pens and popped it on top of my stencilled indian flower.  The sentiment is from WPlus9.  I will also link up at Addicted to Stamps where it is Make your Mark week given I used the sparkle pens on my focal image.
 

I hope you like the vibrant oranges and pinks!
 
The starry stencil, indian flower design and mdf snowflakes are all for sale in my folksy shop :)
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
Sarah x

Stencil Sunday

Hello!

Those of you who come by on a regular basis will know that I have been really enjoying creating mylar stencils with our laser cutting machine.....it has got my creativity flowing again after a bit of a mojo-less spell!  I particularly like the way that stencils can work as background or focal images and also the way that they can enable me to cover a card quickly :)

Here are 3 cards that I have made with my current stencils:

 
The stag stencil is one that I just keep reaching for.  Here it is inked with distress oxides - because you can flip a stencil over, it is easy to get the reverse image without any hard work!  I combined the stencils with a red heart which has been glittered and glazed along with a sentiment from Clearly Besotted.

 
This indian flower stencil is super versatile!  It works beautifully with bright colours and for mixed media and to create an elegant design such as this where I have gone through it with versamark ink and gold embossed it.

 
Finally, here is my star stencil which provides a quick and easy background.  Here I masked the central panel and went around the central square with distress oxides.  I added a sentiment from Uniko's gorgeous Reach for the Stars stamp set and the card was made :)
 
Do check out the stencils in my folksy shop:
 
  
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by :)
 
Sarah x

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Red and Kraft

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It is ages since I last played along at Merry Mondays but I couldn't resist this week's red and kraft colour combo!  Of course, I used my new stag stencil :)

 
I simply inked through the stencil on to some kraft paper that I had in my stash from a magazine.  The subtle script in the background adds nice interest.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and I added some Nuvo drops in a copper colour.  A really simple card but the colour combo has such a warm feel to it!
 
I shall also link up at Happy Little Stampers CAS November challenge which is Christmas.
 
 
You can buy this stencil in my Folksy shop :)
 
I hope you have a great weekend!
 
Sarah x
 
     

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Lots of Stars

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Just a couple of cards made using a new stencil, some mdf embellishments and the fab Uniko Reach for the Stars stamp set.

 
I white embossed my new star stencil on to watercolour card and scribbled some sparkly pens across it.  By adding some water I blended them together.  I coloured some of my mdf stars with the sparkle pens to complement the colourful panel and finished the design with a sentiment from the Uniko set.  I will link this card up at Addicted to Stamps as I have used sparkle pens to create my background.

 
I then went even more CAS by stamping the sentiment and trail of stars from the Uniko set and combined it with some mdf stars.  I will link up at Less is More where the colour challenge is fireworks and at Simon's Monday Challenge where the theme is thanks.
 
The mdf stars are available in my folksy shop and I shall list the star stencil there too at the weekend.
 
Thanks for stopping by :)
 
Sarah x

Monday, 6 November 2017

Indian Flower

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I have been playing with a new stencil design this weekend....Indian Flower!  As the winter nights draw in I was tempted to start making cards with bright colours.  It is also a design that works well for mixed media and home d├ęcor too :)

Here are a few of the cards that I have made:

 
I blended through the stencil with some distress oxides in Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron.  The stencil is topped off with a die cut from MFT.  I shall link up for a second time at AAA Cards Ink Blending challenge and at The Flower Challenge where the theme is CAS.
 


I went with a warmer colour palette here and cut out the stencilled design which has been blended with Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber distress oxides.  I combined the stencil with Marvellous Mendhi stamps from Uniko and a sentiment from WPlus9.  I shall link up this card at Addicted to Stamps where the theme is Anything Goes.

If you like the look of this Indian Flower stencil, you can find it in my Folksy Shop!


Thank you as always for stopping by :)

Sarah x

Saturday, 4 November 2017

A stag for all seasons

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I am back with some more cards that I have made with my new stag stencil....I can't stop playing with it :) I love the look that I can get by blending inks through it.

 
I inked through the stag stencil in autumnal shades and used a leaf stencil from Clarity Stamp over the top.  I stamped a few leaves in a darker shade to provide some definition and added a sentiment from Mama Elephant.  The panel is matted on a piece of wood effect card.  I shall link this card up at Addicted to CAS where the code word is Leaves.  I will also link up at AAA Cards where the challenge is to use ink blending.

 
I really liked the card I made last week with the stag in blues so I combined it here with a snowy scene stamp from Hero Arts.  I added some glitter to the scene to enhance the wintry design.  I shall link up at Simon's Monday Challenge where the theme is All Creatures Great and Small and at Addicted to Stamps where Anything Goes.  I will also play along at Happy Little Stampers November CAS Challenge where the theme is Christmas and at their Christmas Challenge where Anything Goes.
 
You can buy this stencil in my Folksy shop!
 
 
 
Thank you for stopping by,
 
Sarah x
 
 

Monday, 30 October 2017

Stags and Stars

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I am back with some more makes that I have been creating with my laser cut designs....

Firstly, I can't stop playing with my stag stencil and have made a trio of cards filling the aperture of the stag with snowflakes:



 
These CAS cards came together really quickly and it was lots of fun to layer up the snowflakes.  I shall link this design up for a second entry at Less is More where the theme is layered stamping.
 
You can buy the stencil in my folksy shop.....
 
 
 
I have also cut some mdf hanging star decorations which I have painted and stamped in gold and white:
 

 
I have put these in my folksy shop too along with some blank stars in case you would like to decorate your own!
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
Sarah x
 

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Simple Sympathy

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I wanted to make a card to play along at Time Out where the theme is Sympathy with the optional twist of distressing.  Here is a simple one layer card:


I inked through a circle aperture and added an elegant stamp from Inkylicious.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

I hope not to need this card for a good while but will keep it in my stash just in case....

I hope you have had a great weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sarah x

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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Elegant Stag

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I love stag images and decided to create a stencil that would allow me to use a gorgeous stags head on some card designs.  This is a stencil that I cut from the same image as the mdf shape that I shared recently here

Here are a couple of the cards that I made with my new stencil today:

 
The open space of the stag's head provides a great opportunity for inking and stamping which is what I did here with some Card-io and Uniko stamps.  The sentiment is from Penny Black and the doe is grounded with some glitter which isn't showing up too well here!  I will link this card up at Less is More where the challenge this week is over stamping and at Simon's Monday Challenge where the theme is monochrome.

 
Here I dabbed gold paint through the stag aperture and them added some snowflake and foliage stamps from Uniko in black to create an elegant Christmas colour combination.  I shall link this card up as a third entry at Simon Wednesday's Anything Goes Challenge.
 
I have added the stencil to my folksy shop in case you are interested in getting hold of one for yourself.  The stencil measures 13cm x 13 cm and the stag image itself measures approx. 9cm tall which makes it a great size as a focal point on cards and other projects.
 


 
Thank you for stopping by!

Sarah x

       

Thursday, 26 October 2017

LIM Monsters

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Can you tell that I have had a few days off for half term?!  It has meant that I have been able to indulge myself with lots of playtime in my craft room :)  I wanted to take the opportunity to play along with my friends at Less is More again this week where the theme is Monsters....



I have been playing with my new distress oxides and the new wonky stripe stencil from Uniko.  I inked through the stencil to create the stripy base and stamped the cute Lawn Fawn monsters over some blended card to create a shaded look on them.  I thought that the top ones look like they are floating so I made them in to balloons!  A sentiment from Mama Elephant completes the design.  I shall also link up at the Anything Goes challenge for a second time over at Simon's Wednesday Challenge.

I hope you like it....it certainly makes me smile :)

     

Thanks again for stopping by,

Sarah x

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Scattered Polka Dots

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I love playing with stencils - they are so versatile and can be used with lots of techniques.  Recently I have been playing with the new Scattered Polka Dots stencil from Uniko.....this fun design can be used for snowfall, confetti and general dottiness :)  As it is a 6x6 design it is large enough to cover a card base or use in smaller segments as required.

Here are some of the cards that I have come up with.....

 
First up I have created a one layer card by masking off a panel and blending some distress oxides .  I then stamped some of the wonderful new images from Uniko's Organic Wishes and inked through a scattering of the dots to create the effect of them blowing in the breeze.  This was very easy to do with a bit of careful inking and shows that you don't have to use the whole of a stencil design on your card.
 
I shall link this card up at Happy Little Stampers CAS October challenge which is one layer.

 
Given I am starting to get a move on with my Christmas card making the scattered dots did make me think of snowfall!  I masked off the bottom section and then pressed versamark through the stencil before adding white embossing powder.  Some distress inks add a graduated sky and I completed the design with some of the images from Uniko's rustic Christmas set and sentiment from the Most Wonderful sentiment set.  A few little pops of red help to add contrast to the design including one of my mini mdf stars.
 
 
 
 
This card shows how the scattered dots can literally create a party on a card :)  I inked through with some distress oxides to get a blended, multi-coloured look and combined them with some Uniko balloons from Balloon Bash and sentiments from Simply Said Birthday and from the Pure Florals, Cosmos set.  By embossing them on vellum I can still see the lovely dotty background!
 
I shall link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes.
 
I have a number of other ideas in mind for this stencil including texture paste, gilding flakes and glitter so hopefully I shall have more to share with you soon :)
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
Sarah x
 
    

Monday, 23 October 2017

A card for Time Out

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I was intrigued by the photo inspiration at Time Out and wanted to make a card that reflected the elements that jumped out at me which was the vibrant orange and the crisp white of the sea shells.  I had a rummage in my stamp stash and came up with this using some old Hero Arts stamps....


I stamped and white embossed the sea shell multiple times before blending Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral over the top.  I die cut a square in the middle to create a frame and stamped a Hero Arts birthday sentiment in the middle.  It is very simple but I think that the vibrant oranges really pop! 

I hope you like it!

Here is the inspiration from Time Out:



I shall also link up at the Clean and Simple Challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the colours that I have used on my card work with the lovely autumnal inspiration board.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Rustic Makes and a New Arrival!

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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