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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #69

Its time for my favourite challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. Yep, you guessed right.........it is our CAS week. That means we want to see Clean and Simple projects only this week.

Here is mine:



For my layout I used the sketch this week from CAS(E) this Sketch and also the theme of grunge from Just Add Ink. I saw these 2 challenges and had a 'ping' moment. I knew which combo of stamps I wanted to use. I have combined CAS-ual Friday StampsStamplorations Stamps and the stamps from the 'grunge' set at PTI. I had a lot of fun stamping this card and just added a few gems and embossing for subtle texture.
I am also going to enter the 'be inspired' challenge at Keep it Simple-my inspiration coming from the sketch and the idea of a grunge themed Xmas card.

Our DT have some outstanding CAS projects for you. Please take a peek here to be inspired! And this week are have Nicecrane Designs sponsoring us. Our winner will get a $20 gift voucher for their store.

Can't wait to see your CAS creations. Have fun stamping x 

   

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Addicted to CAS #25

This week at Addicted to CAS our hostess is the very talented and inspiring Kylie. She has chosen 'One Layer' as our code word this fortnight.


When I saw this challenge I remembered this partial die-cutting tutorial that Kylie did on her blog to make this card. I remember how much I loved this butterfly card and, at the time, I tried out this tutorial with no success! However I really wanted to try this again but using falling leaves. This time I had more success and came up with this:

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This is a one layer CASE of my own card here that I did a few challenges ago. I really wanted to get some more use out of my Autumn Flowers stamps from Clearly Besotted Stamps and with the help of Kylie's tutorial I CASED by own card but with this cool partial die-cutting technique.

Our DT have some great one layer examples to inspire you to create. Please take a look here. And this challenge we are being sponsored by Digi Darla Designs-5 digis for the winner!

I am also going to enter this into the 'Country' challenge at CASology and the photo inspiration challenge (the falling leaves was my inspiration) at Papercraft Star and the 'one layer card with orange' at One Layer Wednesday and 'entralled with fall' at Trigger Tuesday
So, now over to you and happy Stamping x

Inkspirational #42

We were so happy the last 2 weeks at Inkspirational as we had so many entries. It was a joy visiting your blogs. The standard of entries was so high we are having a tough job choosing our winners!

We hope you join us this fortnight as we have this photo to inspire you:


I loved this photo as soon as I saw it but just couldn't decide what to go with-the wood grain, the colours, leaves, Autumn, home-there is just so much here. Eventually I decided to make a CAS Xmas wreath. No surprise there I guess! I used CAS-ual Fridays stamps, heat embossing the sentiment:

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Now it is your turn............what inspires you when you look at this photo???

Take a look what the rest of our DT have made here to inspire you.

I will also enter this card into the following challenges:
My Craft Creations-Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations-Anything Goes
Crimbo Crackers-Pinktober
Aud Sentiments-Christmas Sentiment

You have 2 weeks to join in the fun x

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Addicted to Stamps and More #68

Its time for our colour challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. This week we have these colours for you:


You don't need to use the exact colours just get as close as you can to this mix. When looking at my card I see that my take on 'celery' is probably too green, I think when I made this I had the thought of real celery in my head!

Here is my take on the sketch using 'Autumn Flowers' Clearly Besotted Stamps'


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This week we have a $20 gift voucher from Nicecrane Designs for our top pick and before you leave take a peek here to see what the DT have created to inspire you to get inky!

I am entering this into the 'Autumn Colour' challenge at Clearly Besotted Stamps-just sneaking in on the last day x

Friday, 18 October 2013

Inspiration!

Today I had one of those inspiration moments when you see a few challenges and 'ping' an idea comes into your head.
First of, the sketch this week from CAS(E) this Sketch was just so fab I knew I would be using it. Then I saw Elena's invitation at Case Study-here I loved the wood effect and the pop of colour. And finally I saw the card Aimes on the DT had created to inspire us. I loved Aimes card and knew I wanted to CASE this but with my own little twist. Instead of using wood for the die cut leaf, I used some card that is embossed with a very subtle pattern. Then I used the wood idea on the base card and embossed that with wood grain. For my pop of colour I wanted to keep my card 'Autumn' based and used orange for the sentiment and some orange twine. Keeping in with these colours meant I could also add this to the 'Autumn' challenge at Clearly Besotted Stamps-the die cut and sentiment are both from Clearly Besotted Stamps (Autumn Flowers)
And here is the card that I was inspired to make:

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I love how the embossing turned out. This is being sent to my Uncle and Aunt just because!

And a drum roll please for all the inspiration that led me to this:

            

And Aimes card that I just loved and cased (thanks Aimes)

thank you <3

Happy Stamping x

Thursday, 17 October 2013

CAS(E) this Sketch for CAS-ual Fridays!

Happy Friday Eve my crafting friends,

Today I am sharing a card with you that I made for the challenge this week at CAS(E) this Sketch and the 'in stitches' challenge at CAS-ual Fridays.

I decided to make a small 4" by 4" card and used my Weather Through stamp set from Fresh Squeezed Stamps.

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I have had this embossed die cut cloud in my stash for nearly a year, so was very happy to finally put it to good use.



Have a fun day x


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Addicted to Stamps and More #67

It is time for our new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. And this week it is 'Make your Mark'. That means you need to use some kind of marker on your project-it can be promarker, copics etc, crayons, water colour pencils or paints. Here is what I came up with this week-be warned this is a big photo but it was the best size to show you the colouring.

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Many of you may know by now that I find 'Make your Mark' really challenging. And this week I went for a stamp that required a lot of colouring.......very brave of me! The image is coloured with copics and from Stamplorations. However I went for a very CAS layout (I know, not a surprise!) that was inspired by this card from Jackie Rockwell.

Nicecrane Designs are our super sponsors this week and our lucky winner will win $20 gift voucher to spend in their store.

Before you get those markers out, pop over here to see what the DT have created to inspire you this week.
I am going to enter this into this week's 'pumpkin' challenge at CASology

Have fun!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Time to 'Stamp a Happy Christmas'

Hello my stamping buddies,

I am here to remind you that Nonni is still having her fab challenge:


Stamp a Happy Christmas!

For this challenge all you need to do is make a Christmas card mainly using stamps. And you have until Santa comes to visit on Xmas Eve to link up. Plus the fabulous new stamp company Stamplorations are sponsoring the prize for our lucky random winner.

I have used the 'oh Christmas tree' stamp set from Stamplorations to make my card:

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I love the funky trees and just stamped them in different colours.

Now it is your time to play along-pop over to Nonni's blog and take a look at all the fab creation that the DT have made to inspire you. 
Then all you have to do is get inky!!

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Addicted to CAS Challenge #24

Today our hostess at Addicted to CAS is the super talented Christine. She has chosen as her code word 'Transparent'


This was a challenge for me! However, after blog hopping and visiting Pinterest a few times I eventually came up with this:

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I have used CAS-ual Friday stamps plus a few stickers I found in my stash. I do love how this turned out. I got the idea for the transparent front after seeing this card from Anita. And I loved this card from Lynn and that inspired my design. If you are stuck with a challenge just have a little hunt around blogland and inspiration will soon come (well, not always!)

Our DT have really come up with some great and varied ideas. Take a look here and don't forget to visit their blogs and leave them some love!

And this week Nicecrane Designs are offering our winner a $20 gift voucher to spend in their fabulous store.

I am looking forward to seeing what you create and visiting your blogs.

I am also entering this into the Whimsical Challenge at Festive Friday


Enjoy your day x

Inkspirational Challenge #41

Happy Saturday my friends,

It is time for our new fortnightly schedule at Inkspirational, so this 'Anything Goes' challenge will run for 2 weeks. Plenty of time for you to join in the fun. Plus we are running a prize draw and every time you enter from now until the 22nd Nov, you will be entered to win all these fabulous goodies:


For 2 weeks you get to create whatever you want for our 'Anything Goes' challenge:



And here is what I came up with:

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I have used some Simon Says Stamps and dies mixed up a few stamps from PTI 'grunge' stamps. I made this card for my hubby as he has had to look after me quite a lot over the last week and I thought this might go some way to showing him how much this means to me. I popped it into his brief case along with his lunch so he would get a nice lunchtime surprise!

Before you go, take a peek here to see what the rest of our DT have come up with. 

Have fun creating my friends x

Thursday, 10 October 2013

New toys!

Good Morning stamping friends,

Today I am sharing a card with you that I made using stamps I won a few weeks ago at Shery's fortnightly challenge site here. This week there is a sketch challenge and I have based my card on the sketch but stripped it down to suit my CAS style and I think it works. I did try another version but that ended up bin-there was too much 'stuff' on it for me!


This is a  Stamplorations stamp and it really stamped so beautifully I felt all I needed to do was add the star and a few gems to follow the sketch. I actually started thinking about using this stamp when I saw this photo from Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge

 

And here is Shery's sketch:

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And while I am here don't forget that Nonni is running a 'Stamp a Happy Xmas' challenge here where you could win some Stamplorations stamps-all you have to do is make a card focused on stamping.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #66-Anything Goes!

At Addicted to Stamps and More we are having our popular 'Anything Goes' challenge. Nicecrane Designs are sponsoring us and giving our lucky winner a $20 gift voucher!

I got some new CAS-ual Friday Stamps this week and was itching to use them and when I saw the sketch this week at CAS(E) this Sketch I just new exactly how I wanted to use them. And here we are:

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I wanted to add green gems to the pink sentiment but didn't have enough, then remembered someone in blogland saying that you can just colour white gems-so out came my promarkers and copics until I got the right shade I wanted.

Before you leave please do go and check out the fab projects here that our DT have created to inspire you.
I love this challenge as we get so many fabulous entries and I have a lot of fun visiting your blogs and being inspired.

Here is the sketch I used:


Friday, 4 October 2013

Home Again!

Hello my crafting friends,

We got back from a very sunny Cyprus on Wednesday night. We had a very relaxing time. I have a few photos to share with you at the bottom of this post.

I have a card for you today that is for Fresh Squeezed Stamps Birthday Bash. I knew the Fresh Squeezed Sentiment I wanted to use. The card came together when I was inspired by Elena's mood board for this week's challenge at Case Study.  I loved the colours she used for her party decorations and decided to go with these. And the pie suited the sentiment perfectly! This card is a case of one of own I did a while ago but this one I wanted to use all FSS stamps, different colours and with added gems and an enamel dot-first time I have used these! I also very carefully masked the sentiment so I could use the two colours.





And a couple of holiday pics for you-me and hubby:


And me showing off my tan!



Enjoy your Friday x

                  

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #65

My second post in almost as many hours! But this time I am posting my card for our photo challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More. Our photo this week is bursting with inspiration.......take a look:


Isn't it just fabulous! There is so much you could take from this-the colours, the variety of fruit, flowers, leaves and so much more.

I had to go with the Autumn theme and went directly to my 'Autumn Flowers stamps by Clearly Besotted Stamps

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I masked off an area using post it notes and blended various inks to give this Autumn glow. I then stamped the leaves in brown and added the gorgeous sentiment from Verve. And used my linen impression plate to give my card texture.

The DT have come up with some fabulous projects to inspire you. Please take a peek at them here.

If you need some extra inspiration, this week Nicecrane Designs are sponsoring us and you could win a $20 gift voucher!

This picture for me was all the inspiration I needed and I hope you feel the same and are already getting inky and stamping away!!

I am also going to enter this into the 'Harvest' challenge at CASology, my sentiment prompting me to add this,

Inkspirational Challenge #40

Its time for our new challenge at Inkspirational. We have a colour challenge with a couple of twists for you this week!

First off, here are the colours:


Twist 1
You can use all of these colours or just 2! And remember you can also use neutrals along with these colours.

Twist 2
From our next challenge we are going fortnightly. This challenge will close at midnight (GMT) on Friday 11th October and challenge 41 will start at 6am (GMT) Saturday 12th and run for 2 weeks.

We also have some more changes happening at Inkspirational. But before I tell you about them here is my card using these colours. I used all three (to be honest, I forgot I could use just 2!)

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I masked off the cityscape so I had just a small section of the whole stamp and then heat embossed it with the gorgeous raspberry colour.

O.K now for our other changes.........we are very sad to be losing MynnetteEllen and Ruth however we are super excited to be welcoming the very talented Nonni to our DT. Nonni is a fabulous crafter and an expert in colouring using copics and most of all, she is a very dear friend! I am so pleased she is now on our DT!

So before you get inky and join in the fun here at Inkspirational take a look here at what our DT have created to inspire you.

As I have just got back hols I have seen Fresh Squeezed Stamps is turning one this week and having a Birthday bash. I had to enter as most of you know I love their stamps and as this card uses my favourite set I am entering it into the fun!
Have fun x

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

A brand new Xmas Card Challenge for you!

Today I am very excited to introduce to you a new fun Christmas Card  Challenge. This challenge is being run by my very dear Finnish friend Nonni and it is called:


''Lets Get Inky-Stamp a Happy Christmas"


This challenge is all about using stamping on your card. All styles of cards are welcome and embossing, embellishments and designer papers can all be used on your card but we want the stamping to be the star! You can enter this challenge as many times as you like, combine it with as many other challenges as you want. The winner will be chosen by random and we are very lucky that Shery, one of Nonni's DT, is sponsoring us. Shery owns the fabulous stamp company Stamplorations and there is a stamp set from Stamplorations for the winner! Thank you Shery. 

I decided to go with non traditional Xmas colours and a non traditional stamp. I used glitter card stock so not all Xmas traditions are lost!!


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I do love this 'kiss' stamp and the sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays just seemed the perfect match after I used used a little masking it get the colour mix.

Now it is your time to play along. You need to link up your card on Nonni'a blog here but before you do that pleae pop and visit all our DT blogs and see what they have created to inspire you to join in:


                                      Nonni                                    

Time to ''Get Inky and Stamp a Happy Christmas'






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