Saturday, 17 February 2018

Saturday Slot

Today I'm taking part in the third of the MFT Winter Olympic challenges. Have to say this is the nearest I've ever got to being sporty!

The Crafty Biathlon tests your ability to adapt to obstacles and excel in multiple challenges simultaneously. Below you’ll find two columns – one representing a technique and the other, a type of card. Your challenge is to select one option from each column and combine into one fabulous card!

I chose inlaid die cutting as my technique and a gift card holder as my card type.  Here it is:

My gift card is a pocket holding a tag with slots to hold the card.  I used the partial die cutting technique and a circular die to achieve the slots.  The Merry Christmas die was cut twice, once from white card and once from the patterned paper. I then inlaid the white one into the the patterned paper one.

Stamps: MFT,Santa's Elves & sentiment from Happy Pawlidays
Inks: Mememnto, tuxedo black
Dies: MFT Die-namics, stitched traditional tags, stitched basic edges, Merry Christmas circle frame
Pens: Copic, E000, R20, R29, R39, C1, C3, C7, E55, E57, YG67

Thanks for looking today, it's been great having your company.

And keep crafting! 

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Friday, 16 February 2018

Friday Focus

Today I'm sharing the card I made for the second MFT Winter Olympics Challenge - Freestyle Card.
The Freestyle Event will allow you to take your creativity wherever it leads you. Create one card in any style with one exception -  it has to have a winter theme!

I was really captivated by Stephanie's card and did a bit of a CASE of it.  Here's how it turned out:

So to keep with the Winter theme I used a stamp from a Christmas set and changed up the colours to chilly blues with a flurry of snow falling down. I stamped the dog first, then masked him and a strip so that I could blend an inky strip. Once the masks were removed I dotted a white gel pen to make the snow.

I finished off the card with a greeting from the same stamps set.

Stamps: MFT, Happy Pawlidays
Inks: Ranger distress, cracked pistachio, chipped sapphire
Pens: Sakura gelly roll, white; Copic, B00, B02, B04, R20, C1, C3, C5, C7

So pleased to have had your company today, thanks so much for your visit.

And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Thursday Thoughts

I'm joining in with the Less is More music challenge today.

Here's my card:

I found some paper with a music pattern on it and was determined to put it to good use on my card but wasn't sure how.  In the end I die cut a stitched heart from it and then added the treble clef raised on pads on top.

And I totally adore the sentiment quote and the fabulous mix of fonts.

Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays, Big Treble
Ink: SU, soft suede
Die: CAS-ual Fridays, Big treble; Lawn Fawn, Outside In Heart stackables
Paper: Photoplay, Vintage Girl

Thanks for looking today, I've enjoyed your company.

And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Wednesday Words

MFT are joining in with the Winter Olympics and have some special challenges going on over the next fortnight. Today I'm joining in with Event 1 Stamping Slalom.

For this challenge I needed to use stamps from three different MFT sets to test creativity in combining images. Quite a challenge this one! Here's how I joined in this event:

I used the smallest tiger from Lions and Tigers and masked him out to add three blooms from Sending a Smile behind him.  I die cut a stitched window and then placed it over the tiger and flowers.

Next I stamped and coloured the pirat girl from Party Like a Pirate and hand cut her and plced her on pads next to the stamped sentiment from the same set.

Stamps: MFT, Sending a Smile, Party Like a Pirate, Lions and Tigers
Inks: SU, baked brown sugar
Die: MFT Die-namics, rectangle peek-a-boo window
Pens: Copic, E00, E000, E33, G24, R20, RV63, RV66, C1, C3, C5, C7

Thanks so much for spending some of your precious time looking at my blog today, I really appreciate it. 

And keep crafting!
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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Tuesday Talk

Today I'm joining in with the Winnie & Walter 4th birthday celebrations and I've made a card to enter Crystal's repetitive stamping challenge.


Here's my card:

I chose a favourite Christmas sentiment and stamped it repetitively down the left hand side using five different shades of blue to achieve an ombre effect.

I then picked up on the same colours for the cute little trio of penguins and added a smudge of background colour to frame them.

Stamps: Winnie & Walter, Seasons Tweetings
Inks: SU, soft sky, pool party, marina mist, dapper denim, night of navy
Pens: Copic, B23, B24, B02, B04, C1, C3, C5, C7; Promarker, mint green, soft green

I'm so pleased to have had your company for a while today, hope you'll come back again son.

And keep crafting! 

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Monday, 12 February 2018

Monday Moments

Well you all know I'm crazy for CAS so it seems very appropriate to enter into a challenge with that name.

As you can see from the graphic it's not an English challenge so I'm grateful for google's translation of knuffelbaar to huggable. And this Clearly Besotted bear is definitely that!

This is so much the sort of card that I enjoy creating the most - a little bit of stamping, a little bit of colouring plus an awful lot of empty white space.

I'm hedging my bets with the colours so that I can send it on, with possibly a knitted surprise, as a new baby card.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Knitted With Love
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, C1, C3, RV63, RV66, B23, B24

 Thanks so much for dropping by today, it's always a huge pleasure to have your company.

And keep crafting! 

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Uniko's 6th Birthday

Hey! I'm so pleased you've dropped by today as there's a huge celebration going on at Uniko.  It's their 6th birthday!!


And of course there are ways to win prizes!

All of the Uniko DT and a few Special Guests have made cards and to be in with a chance to win a prize you need to hop round their blogs and find a stamp set that was released in each of the six years of Uniko - that's 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017. When you've found them email your answers to by 9am GMT Sunday 18th February 2018. You will then be entered into a prize draw.

Bev will randomly select THREE winners from all the correct entries that name 6 clear stamp sets, one from each year (2012-2017), to receive an in stock clear stamp set of their choosing.

She will also randomly select ONE lucky winner who names and emails all 12 clear stamp sets from each of the 6 years to receive a £60 eGift Certificate to spend in the Uniko store! WOW!

Here's my card using the fabulous Decorative Doilies: The Hands of Time stamp set released way back near the beginning of Uniko in April 2012. And it's still as on trend and popular 6 years later in 2018!

I prepared a distress ink background using colours as near to the Uniko ones as I could find and then stamped and heat embossed the doilies in the same mermaid lagoon distress ink. Then I used some bleach and a fine brush to remove some of the colour.  I love the effect this technique gives and can even live with the way it dripped in places I hadn't intended it to. But I have to admit it did make my lips tingle - must have been the fumes.

Stamps: Uniko, Decorative Doilies The Hands of Time & Simply Said Blocks
Inks: Ranger distress, mermaid lagoon, picked raspberry
Die: MFT Die-namics, stitched jumbo fishtail banners 

So off you go now hopping and commenting round the DT and Special Guest blogs to see if you can be a lucky winner. Got my fingers crossed for you! Here's the blog hop links:

Thanks for looking today, good luck and keep crafting!

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