Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Ditty Little Flowers

Good Morning,

It's been a couple of weeks since I have been able to join in with Less Is More, sob! But we have been in the middle of purchasing a new house and selling our own. So my poor little crafting space has been packed away and I am now left with a box of supplies to tide me over until me move.  So if I am a little quieter here over the next couple of months and not quite as creative as usual you will know why.

Anyway back to my card for this weeks challenge which is a sketch provided by Chrissie.


Supplies Used:
Uniko Studio - Background Builders Vines
Simon Says Stamp - Handwritten Borders


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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

CASology - Week 93 - Electric

Good Afternoon,

Apologises I had to take a little break from CASology last week, life was totally crazy and to top it off my laptop broke at the last minute.  But I am back this week and I have a very tenuous link to the Cue Card!

The Cue word this week is Electric, now you may be thinking what on earth does that have to do with a cup tea but bare with me.  Whenever there is a 'big' episode of a soap opera in this country the next day the papers always report how big a spike there was in electricity during the adverts with people making a cups of tea! See I told you it was tenuous, but hopefully it shows that you can interpret the Cue Card whatever way it suits you. 


Supplies Used:
Clearly Besotted - Warm Wishes

So how does my card fit into the 'helpful hints' for a CAS card

  • One main image - Only the tea cup and a sentiment
  •  Lots of open space (uncluttered) - The white space is more than two thirds of my card
  • Limited layers & embellishments - Only one additional layer to the base card, in a contrasting colour to add additional interest.
  • Quick & easy to recreate - Couldn't be simpler this week, just stamp and go!



Now it's over to you guys, I can't wait to see what Clean and Simple ideas you all come up with this week, but before you get started have a quick visit round the rest of the Design Team for further inspiration.


Guest Designer - Harriett

And our wonderful sponsor - Stamps and Scrapbooks


Thanks for visiting 

Monday, 28 April 2014

Muse - Guest Designer

Good Afternoon,

A few weeks back I got a lovely surprise from Ardyth asking my to be Guest Designer at Muse for a day. Well we all know that we wouldn't turn down that opportunity so it was a big 'hell yeah' and today is finally the day.

I think the card I ended up making was way more CAS than I first set out to, but hopefully it will still inspire you wonderful cardmakers out there to rush to your crafty space and make something.


Supplies Used:
Clearly Besotted - Baby Word Die
Clearly Besotted - Onise
Lil Inkers Stitched Mats


Again I hope I have inspired you this week and I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Thanks so much for visiting

Saturday, 26 April 2014

April 2014 BONUS Design Team Blog Hop & Giveaway

Good Morning,

Today we have the April 2014 Release BONUS Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY! If remeber from my earlier posts there was a few hiccups with April Release and the Design Team didn't get their hand on the goodies in time.  So Beverley has kindly decided to have another design Team Blog Hop to celebrate the release AND also welcome our newest addition to the team... N@ Ali.

So enough yapping here is some more cards I have used the April Release




Gillian (that's me)


How about a GIVEAWAY...? 

Simply comment along the hop for the chance to win the featured set or a Gift Certificate to the same value if you already own them. You have until Midnight Wednesday 30th April to comment and I will announce the winner here on the blog Thursday 1st May.

Happy Hopping!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Uniko Studio Challenge No 9 - Easter

Good Morning,

It's time for a new monthly challenge at Uniko Studio, and as always we have a gorgeous colour scheme and theme as inspiration for you.  However we would love to hear your feedback on the Uniko Challenge and if you have any suggestions please leave your comments over at Uniko Studio Blog here and one random winner will win a £5.00 voucher.


Supplies Used:
Uniko Studio - Flower Power #4
Enamel Accents
Corner Chomper

And here is the beautiful colour palette and the theme is 'Easter'.  Feel free to use some or all of the colours and if you don't celebrate Easter you can change your sentiment or use 'Spring' as your inspiration.  The colour scheme and theme is just a starting point to get your creative juices going.

  • You have until May 14th 09:00 UK time, to link your card up below
  • Winners will be announced by April 17th
  • Please add the Uniko Studio Challenge badge & link back to the challenge 
  • If you don't have a blog to link back to the challenge, don't worry. Just use "USC"+<challenge number> as your tag. For example, for the second challenge "USC2" and upload it to a gallery. Or send Beverley an email (beverley@unikostudio.com) and she will add your entry for you.
  • Showcase any Uniko Studio product: clear stamps, dies, digital pattern paper, digital cut files, or digital stamps. If you haven't purchased any Uniko Studio products, fear not. Plenty of freebies here.
The Prizes:
  • A £10 Gift Certificate to the Winner & Guest Design Team spot on the blog for the next challenge
  • Top Three Spotlight
We can't wait to see your creations. Come play along!


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

CASology Week 91- Note

Good Afternoon,

It's time for a new Cue Card at CASology this week, we had so many great and varied interpretations of 'Wet' last week and hopefully we will see the same again this time round.  This week the Cue Card is 'Note', when I first thought of this I was thinking of a notepad, however as usual ended up in a totally different direction and went with Musical Notes instead.


Supplies Used:
Unity Stamp Company - Musical Notes Stamp
Stampin Up - Express Yourself 
Ink Dusters

So how does my card fit into the 'helpful hints' for a CAS card

  • One main image - The masked off portion of the card
  •  Lots of open space (uncluttered) - Two thirds of my card is 'white space'
  • Limited layers & embellishments - Only one additional layer to the base card, in a contrasting colour to add additional interest.
  • Quick & easy to recreate - Mask off section for stamping, stamp image, do some ink dusting and add the sentiment.



Now it's over to you guys, I can't wait to see what Clean and Simple ideas you all come up with this week, but before you get started have a quick visit round the rest of the Design Team for further inspiration.


Guest Designer - Dena

And our wonderful sponsor - Sweet Stamp Shop


Thanks for visiting

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Roses

Good Morning,

I have yet another card using the new release from Uniko Studio, I just can't get enough of those little flowers.


Supplies Used:
Uniko Studio - Background Builders Vines
Uniko Studio - Flower Power 2 (Sentiment)
Bakers Twine from my stash

Challenge Entered:
CAS(E) this Sketch


Muse - I used the gorgeous roses on Vick's card as my inspiration.

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Shadow Stamping

Good Morning,

It's time for another challenge at Less Is More and this week is a one layer card featuring Shadow Stamping. I couldn't wait to have another play with the gorgeous Background Builders Vines set that was released yesterday at Uniko Studio. I just love love love this set.  I don't know if my shadow stamping has shown up too well in my photo though as all the stamps as quite little. But I promise I did do it!



Supplies Used:
Uniko Studio - Background Builders - Vines
Stampin Up - Express Yourself
Twine from my stash
Ink Duster

I have a whole day of crafting ahead of me and I can't wait.

Thanks for visiting

Friday, 11 April 2014

Uniko Studio April Release & Reveal

Good Morning,

It's release day at Uniko Studio, so we can finally share with your the April release in full and I am sure you won't be disappointed.

First up is Background Builders - Vines, I have fallen head over heals in love with this set, so many great stamps in it. You will be seeing a lot more of this set from me in the coming weeks.


The second set is Flower Power #4, a great addition to the flower power series and I love those cute stitched leaves.

Both sets are available in store now, so quick go get them before they go!

I have a couple of cards to share with you using these sets, my first card is using the Background Builders Vines set (have I said how much I love this set?)



Next is my card using the Flower Power #4 set and I have used one of the tiny flowers from the Background Builders set as a small highlight and the sentiment is from the Uniko stamp set 'Time'.


Usually at this point we would have a Design Team Blog Hop, but due to some hiccups this is being delayed until the 26th April and all the Design Team will have samples from these sets, so hopefully you will manage to join in then.  And yes Beverley will kindly have some more prizes up for grabs.


Thanks for visiting

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

CASology Week 90 - Wet

Good Afternoon,

This is my second post of the day, you can see my first one here.


We got to have so may giggles last week with your 'joke' cards but it's time for a new cue card and this week it's 'Wet'.  



Supplies Used:

Stampin Up - Perfect Couple
Sparkles from my stash
Stampin Up - Zoo Babies (Sentiment)
Glossy Accents

So how does my card fit into the 'helpful hints' for a CAS card

  • One main image - My cocktails glasses
  •  Lots of open space (uncluttered) - Lots of white space surrounding my main image & sentiment
  • Limited layers & embellishments - A one layer card, can't be any simplier
  • Quick & easy to recreate - Stamp, glossy accents and some sparkle! Done



Now it's over to you guys, I can't wait to see what Clean and Simple ideas you all come up with this week, but before you get started have a quick visit round the rest of the Design Team for further inspiration.


Guest Designer - Michele

And our wonderful sponsor - STAMPlorations


Thanks for visiting

Uniko Studio April Sneak Peeks

Good Morning,

It's almost time for the April release at Uniko Studio and today we have some sneak peeks for you in advance of the release on 11th April.



Don't they look fabulous! The stamp sets will be released on the 11th and Beverley will be sharing some inspiration for you in the run up to release day and then on the 26th we will be having a Design Team Blog Hop to showcase these wonderful products even more.

Thanks for visiting

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Turquoise

Good Morning,

It's a colour challenge this week at Less Is More and the chosen colour is 'Turquoise'.  I love any shade of blue so have lots of ideas in my head, but my card is one that I made cause I recently bought some new Simon Says Stamp sentiments and I wanted to try them out.


Supplies Used:
Simon Says Stamp - Handwritten Borders
Memory Box - Cosmic Star Set
Glitter from my stash

Will hopefully get a bit more crafting done this morning.

Thanks for visiting


Thursday, 3 April 2014

Uniko Studio Challenge - More Inspiration

Good Morning,

There is only 10 days until the end of the Monthly challenge at Uniko Studio so I thought I would hopefully give you all a bit more inspiration.  The matching dies for the Beautiful Blooms I are fairly new to the store so when I got my hands on them I couldn't wait to have a play about with them.  They are in stock at the moment, so click here to get your hands on them.


Supplies Used:
Uniko Studio - Beautiful Blooms I Stamp and Die
Uniko Studio - Time (Sentiment)
Stampin Up - Distress Tool

Here is the colour scheme for the challenge, you can use all the colours or just one. As you can see I chosen only one colour and used that as the focus of my card.  The theme is 'Hello Spring' and flowers certainly say Spring to me.



Thanks for visiting and hopefully I will get to see some wonderful Uniko creations from you all.




Tuesday, 1 April 2014

CASology Week 89 - Joke

Good Afternoon,

This is my second post of the day, you can see my first one here.


It's April Fool's day today so we are going to have a bit of fun at CASology this week, the Cue Card is 'Joke' so hopefully you can make us laugh or if you wish you can interpret 'Joke' however you wish.  Just give us an explanation if it's not entirely clear.



Supplies Used:

Stampin Up - Giggle Greetings
Lil Inkers - Stitched Mats
ProMarkers

So how does my card fit into the 'helpful hints' for a CAS card

  • One main image - My central cat image
  •  Lots of open space (uncluttered) - Lots of white space surrounding my main image & sentiment
  • Limited layers & embellishments - Only one additional layer to my base card
  • Quick & easy to recreate - Stamp, colour, die cut and position = super quick & easy




Now it's over to you guys, I can't wait to see what Clean and Simple ideas you all come up with this week, but before you get started have a quick visit round the rest of the Design Team for further inspiration.



Guest Designer - Gay


Thanks for visiting

Birthday Butterflies

Good Afternoon,

Just a super quick post to share a card I have made for a few challenges.


Supplies Used:
Hero Arts - Butterflies Stamps
Clearly Besotted - Birthday Word Die
ProMarkers
Enamel Accents

Challenges Entered:
Case Study Challenge - I used the layout as the inspiration for my card

Runway Inspired Challenge - The colours were part of the inspiration for my card


Time Out Challenge - The butterflies were the main focus of my card

Thanks for visiting
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