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Showing posts with label CAS cards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CAS cards. Show all posts

Monday, 5 February 2018

Let's start the week with a challenge ......

Happy Monday ......

And big Hello to all you STAMPlorations fans!
Thank you to all who played along with our January challenges.  Don't forget to check back on Feb 10th to see if you are one of our lucky winners. And get ready, because there's a whole load of brand new products on their way over the next three months.  But ... we also want to let you all know that for the next couple of months we are going to do things a little bit differently here on the Blog.

You've probably heard that there's been a new addition to the STAMP family.  Sherry's gorgeous little girl ... Winter, came into the world back in December.  So in order to give Shery a little time to catch her breath after the birth, and to adjust to daily life with two little ones, as well as running the store, we're going to take a little 'Winter' break.

Instead of all the different monthly STAMPlorations challenges, there will be just one challenge each month.  It will have a theme, and as long as you follow the theme, any type of project is welcome!
We will return to our regular challenge program in May.

The rules are simple ......

  • create any type of project .... cards, mixed media, tags etc. as long as you follow the theme
  • STAMPlorations products are not a requirement .... but we would love to see them
  • Enter as many times as you like as long as each entry has it's own blog post
  • You must display the challenge graphic and link back to the challenge page to qualify for the prizes
  • You must comment on the entry before yours in the gallery ...... lets spread the love
  • And for an extra chance to win, comment on the challenge post AND the Designers Blog posts throughout the month.
Prizes ......
TWO (2) winners of a $25 Gift certificate .... randomly drawn from all the entries
ONE (1) winner of a $25 Gift Certificate ...... randomly drawn from all the comments left on the Designers Blogs throughout the month.

Shery is also offering a generous 10% (no coupon code needed) off all stamps, stencils and dies in the store from February through to April.
Go on .... why not play along.

So .... the theme for February is ..... PAINT IT RED
Create a project with a love theme .... or the colour red in it!

Now normally it would be the CAS Card Challenge for me so I've stuck with that and,  as it's February, it had to have a love theme for Valentine's Day,  and the red bit was easy

I've used the pretty CUTplorations Clustered Hearts Die ....... and cut it from, Pink and Red Glitter card and again from a beautiful matte Red Mirri card

I then cut the hearts from a piece of white cardstock and stamped the words underneath (from the STAMPlorations Pocket Blooms)

I then mixed and matched the various hearts from my coloured die cuts and inlaid them into the cut out in the white card ..... gorgeous!

Now it's your turn to join in the fun.  Create your project and link it to the challenge blog.  Follow the simple challenge rules and you could be one of our winners.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

I'm off to pack the last of the boxes ready for the move tomorrow.  Removal men arrive first thing and we should be in the new place by late afternoon ..... can't wait!

Cheerio until next time ....

Friday, 2 February 2018

Hugs and Kisses .......

Happy Friday evening  .......

It's the weekend!!
Let's get February's blog challenges underway shall we, with the Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge

This month the theme is Hearts ..... well Valentine's Day is just around the corner.

My hearts have been used as accents to the fabulous large sentiment that is the focal point of my card ..... very Clean and Simple

I stamped the sentiment using VersaMagic chalk ink.  These have been in my stash for ever, hardly used but ..... they're fab!!!  Lots of gorgeous colours and great coverage.  think i'll be adding more of these to my collection.

I used the MISTI to stamp the sentiment in a pretty shade of pink ....... what did we ever do without a MISTI!?   Then I added the hearts in red .....

To finish off I outlined the little hearts using a Stardust Gel pen to add a touch of sparkle.

As with all the HLS challenges there's a $20 Gift Certificate for the winner ..... and, if they've used HLS stamps on their project then the prize will be doubled.
Check out the HLS Blog for full details ..... you'll also find some amazing inspiration from the rest of the Design Team on there too.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day and have a fabulous weekend.
We're off out for dinner this evening .... I think we've earned a treat this week, and we've got a busy weekend coming up.

Cheerio until next time .....

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Just when you thought Christmas was over .......

Hello again, happy Thursday evening .......

I've spent most of the day packing away the Christmas decorations .... there's glitter everywhere .... again!  I'm still working on the tree ...... did I really hang soooo many baubles on there!

Anyway ..... just when you were maybe thinking of putting all those Christmas stamps and festive craft stash away ...... don't do it!!! 
January's Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge gets underway today ..... Ho! Ho! Ho! (Sorry)

As you can see the theme is still Anything Goes ..... with an optional twist of ...... CAS (Clean and Simple)

Here's one of my favourite little snowmen ...... and you couldn't get more CAS. 
(I do love black and white with just a hint of colour)

He's been stamped in black Versafine ink, and then just his hat and scarf coloured ..... oh and his nose!

The sentiment has been heat embossed in gold underneath ......

And then a few dots of white enamel accents have been added here and there, to give the look of falling snow.

As with all the HLS challenges there's a prize for the winner ...... a $20 Gift Certificate to spend in the HLS store.  And guess what ..... it the winner has used HLS products on their winning project then the prize will be DOUBLED!! ....... WOW!

Happy Stamping folks.

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy the rest of your day.
I'm off to finish taking the tree down ..... I've had enough now, I just want everything put away and the house tidy again.

Cheerio until next time ......

Friday, 8 September 2017

Go on ..... Smile .... it's Friday!

Happy Friday to you .......

The weekend is nearly here ...... and the sun is shining (for now!) but I think all that's about to change, just in time for the weekend.
We've got a lazy couple of days coming up (yeah!!), nothing to do, nothing planned, so we're just going to play it by ear and see what happens.

First though I've got a little reminder for this month's Craft Stamper Challenge .......

As always the theme is Anything Goes ........ as long as there's some actually rubber stamping on there.
You can enter up to three different projects, but they must each have their own blog post ...... and don't forget to link to the Craft Stamper Challenge in your post.
Full challenge details, rules, sponsors and prize details can be found on the Craft Stamper Blog. Along with some fabulous inspiration from the DT ...... grab a cuppa, and when you're finished here pop over and take a look.

Here's my inspiration piece for you today ...... hopefully it'll make you smile!

I just had to have this cute little Ostrich stamp from Katzelkraft ..... he definitely made me smile.  I'm saying 'he' but it could be a she too!

I stamped him in black versafine ink and then added a touch of colour using ZIG Real Brush Markers.
Just look at that face ........ how can you resist!

The 'smile' is from a set of Visible Image stamps called Capture the Moment ....... stamped in versamark and heat embossed in gold.

I finished off  with a few splatters of ink onto the background

Are you smiling?

Our challenge sponsor this month is  ...... Uniko

and there's a fab prize for the challenge winner ..... 3 gorgeous stamp sets (see below)

Go on ..... why not join in the fun!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day, and have a lovely weekend.

I'm having a day off from the craft room today ..... I've earned it!!
I'm off out for coffee, a look around the shops and a spot of lunch somewhere ..... we're off up to Ramsey today.

Cheerio until next time ......

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A little bit of Flower Power ......

Happy Wednesday evening .......

How's your day been?  It's been wet and windy here ..... a huge change from yesterday when we were down on the quay having lunch in gorgeous sunshine.  Hopefully it's only a blip and the sun will be back tomorrow.
The wet weather was a good excuse to stay indoors and unpack the rather large Stampin Up order that arrived at mine this morning ..... not all for me I must add.  Lots of new goodies to play with though .... when I have the time!

Today sees the start of this month's Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge ...... and it's all about Flowers

As with all the HLS challenges there's a $20 Gift Certificate for the winner, to spend in the HLS store

Don't forget ..... keep your entries Clean and Simple (CAS).  One main focal point, lots of white space and embellishments to a minimum.

I've used the large bloom from the HLS Especially for You stamp set ...... I love this image!
It's simply stamped onto a piece of white card, coloured using Zig Brush pens and then die cut with a simple stitched square die

I added a very pale wash of blue colour to the background (scribbled a Zig Brush pen onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water and then used a paintbrush to apply the colour)
And used the same pen, again with water to add a touch of shading around the flower.

The panel was then attached to my card using foam pads and a pretty sentiment stamped just underneath.  The Thanks is from the stamp set Thinking of You  ...... a really pretty set of stamps, the font for the sentiments is gorgeous and ..... it's currently in the HLS sale!

I finished off by adding a few tiny dots of glitter glue ......

Check out more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team over on the Happy Little Stampers Blog

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Happy July ........ in the mood for a blog challenge?

Happy Sunday evening to you .......

And welcome to July!  Half way through the year already ..... Christmas is coming!! (Ooops! did I say that out loud!)

I hope you've had a good weekend ....... ours has flown by.  
It's time to get this month's Blog Challenges underway though ....... and as always, the first one for me is ........ the Happy Little Stampers CAS (Clean and Simple) Challenge.

What is CAS?
For me, it's lots of white space, one main focal point and minimum embellishments ..... less is definitely more for these type of designs.

July's challenge theme is Birthday ..... possibly the biggest celebration we make cards for, other than Christmas (ooops! there I go again ..... sorry)

Here's a very CAS design, which can be in any colours you like.  Choose the favourites of who you're sending the card to ...... pinks would make it girly ..... blues for a boy.  Try neutral shades or browns for a vintage look .... the choice is yours

I simply stamped the word Happy (from the HLS Bold Birthday sentiments) onto a piece of white cardstock using different colours of Memento ink ..... I used my MISTI to make sure I got the words lined up correctly.

I added in another sentiment underneath, this time using a black ink as a contrast,

And I finished off by adding just a few sequins here and there for a touch of sparkle ....... so quick and easy.

As always there's a fabulous prize for the challenge winner ..... a $20 gift certificate to spend in the HLS Store.   Just remember to follow the challenge rules to be in with a chance to win .....

  • Your entry MUST be CAS  
  • Link back to your actual challenge post not just your blog
  • Put a link to HLS in your Blog post
  • You can enter as many times as you like but each entry must be different
  • Have fun!

I'm looking forward to seeing how you take on this months theme.
Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by ....... enjoy the rest of your day.
It's time for me to relax and catch up on some TV I think.
We've had a busy weekend, we got a few things sorted, did a bit shopping, had a meal out .... usual stuff.
The dining table saga continues though.  The store thinks it's definitely a faulty table so we've agreed to let them order us a new one.  It just means we're going to have to wait even longer ..... sigh!
The BBQ is still sat in it's packaging too, which means hubby hasn't had chance to play with his new toy yet.  Tuesday apparently, the guy's coming with his crane to have a look and hopefully move it. I'll keep you posted.

Cheerio until next time .......

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Life is Sweet .......

Hello again  ......

It's nearly the weekend  ...... whoo hoo!!!
Just one more day to go before we pick up the boat for our little trip along the Norfolk Broads.  The kids are joining us Saturday morning ....... then it's anchors away!!

Before all that though, I'm playing along with this week's Less is More Challenge ....... yes, in all the chaos and holiday prep earlier in the week I actually found time to have a little fun in the old craft room.  I should really have been tidying up the place but hey! who's going to see it.

It's one of my favourite weeks this week ....... the One Layer card, and the theme is ....
Sweet Things

You either love them or hate them ...... One Layer cards that is!  They may only be one layer but boy can they sometimes take ages to make!
Not so much with this little chap though ..... good thing really as I didn't have time to mess around.
He was stamped, and coloured first time (thanks to the MISTI!!)

And doesn't he look pleased with himself ..... a bit like I did earlier today when I was also eating a rather large, delicious double scoop ice cream ..... yum!!!

He's one of the Penny Black frogs ..... .sorry but I can't check exactly which one as I'm currently sat in my hotel room and if I open up too many websites the internet will start to complain!!  Enough said about that.

He's been coloured using my ZIG Clean Colour Brush pens, and then I've added my sentiment underneath ..... which is from a freebie set of stamps from one of the monthly craft mags (again not sure which one as I've left it a t home!!

To finish off  I added a few tiny dots of Liquid Pearls around the sentiment.

I haven't brought any craft stash away with me ..... apart from one magazine.  I did think about bringing my journal, but couldn't decide on what else to bring along so it's all stayed at home. I do have an empty notebook with me though ... so plenty of space to jot ideas down.

No time for that today though ... we were up and out early, off to the BBC Good Food Show.
We've walked miles!!!
We've munched our way through cheeses, continental meats, dips, and sauces.  Spices, chutneys, and jams, not to mention the gorgeous pastries and the hog roast ..... yum!
We tried the odd tipple here and there ..... well it would have been rude not too, and finished the day with a walk around the Gardener's World bit too!
Like I said .... a busy day, and now we've even more stuff to fit in the back of the car

As well as that little haul .... there's a case of rather nice wine on it's way to the Isle of Man ..... and hubby got an early Father's Day present ...... a lovely new BBQ!

Not what I thought we would end up buying ..... boys and their toys eh!  Let's hope we get the weather to use it.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy your evening and have a fabulous weekend.
The weather forecast is looking good, so we've decided to skip the Good Food show tomorrow and spend the day in the Cotswolds.  We're off to Bourton  ..... well it would be a shame not to visit, we're only about an hour away.

But now ...... it's time to relax a little and try out one of our purchases ........

Cheers everyone!

Until next time .....

Friday, 2 June 2017

Let's Smoosh ........ for Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge

Hello again ......

I hope you've had a good day ..... let the weekend begin!
It's been a gorgeous day here .... at last!!!  The sun is back and has been shining brightly all day ....

That means the practice/qualifying sessions of the Isle of Man TT got underway again this evening (yeah!!), and there's a full schedule for the next 4 days with the actual races starting on Sunday. Guess where we'll be all weekend ..... especially if the weather's like it has been today.

It's time to get another challenge underway though ........ we're going all CAS for the Happy Little Stampers Challenge

As you can see this month's theme is all about smooshing ...... one of my favourite techniques.

I've been having fun with my Distress Oxide inks ...... they smoosh so well!
I simply swiped the ink pads onto a craft sheet, spritzed the ink with water and then smooshed my card through the ink

I also splattered a little extra water over the card, let it sit for a few seconds then mopped up the excess with a paper towel, removing the ink with it leaving this speckled effect .... love it!

It was quite a large piece of card that I smooshed so I cut it down a little to fit across the bottom of my card and then die cut a piece of white to fit on the top

I stamped the Happy Birthday along the edge, bending it slightly to follow the curve .....

I stamped one of the HLS Doodled Flowers onto the smooshed coloured card and embossed it with a clear powder before fussy cutting around it ......

I added few highlights with a white gel pen and a gold glitter dot to the centre and attached the flower to the card using foam pads
I also added a simple stem and a leaf ........ the stem is actually cut from the leftover piece of card from die cutting the curved edge ..... I don't like wasting anything!

Now it's your turn ........

Don't forget, as with all the HLS monthly challenges there's a prize for the winner ..... a $20 Gift certificate to spend in the store
Full challenge details and all the rules can be found here on the HLS Blog.  Whilst you're there check out more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

Thanks for popping by ..... have a great weekend.
It's been a busy day here.  I had a few things to do in town ..... it's always nice shopping in the sun although town was a little busier than the usual Friday morning! More motorbikes too!
I met up with hubby for lunch and a cheeky G&T which was nice, and I'm currently out for drinks and a bite to eat to help celebrate a birthday .... it's all go over here.  Happy weekend folks!

Cheerio until next time ....

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