Saturday, 23 June 2018

New Uniko Stencil Release


We have a fun surprise today with the release of 3 fab new stencils from Uniko.  They work perfectly with stamps in the Uniko range.  Here are some of the cards that I have made with these designs.

The Bright Butterflies stencil makes a great summer background.  I simply inked in distress oxides and cut a butterfly aperture to make a shaker card.  I shall link this card up at Simon Wednesdays Challenge where the theme is Bright and Cheerful.

I used the stencil to create a more subtle background here by inking through with versamark and brushing over in perfect pearls.  I added a butterfly from Uniko's English Country Garden stamp set which I had watercoloured with aquamarkers and perfect pearls.

Here I inked through the Mehndi Mandala in a range of blue distress oxides and popped a block sentiment over the top.  This gorgeous stencil makes quick and easy cards.

I used the scattered polka hexagons stencil on this card by using squeezed lemonade distress oxide and then moving it around to add some further hexagons in black soot.  I stamped some of the wonderful bees from the new Bee Happy stamp set.  I shall link this card up at InkspirationaI where the current challenge is to use small stamps.  

I played with the mandala stencil again on this card by dabbing through it with flitterglu and using gilding flakes on some cardstock that had been coloured with colour bursts.  A few punched butterflies and a die cut sentiment complete the design.

I hope you like these designs - you can hop along with the us to celebrate the release and see much more inspiration from the lovely DT.  We are also joined by the fab Ruth from Crafting While the Baby Naps.  And as with all of Uniko's blog hops there is a giveaway too!  If you comment along the way you will be in with a chance to win one of the three stencils - Bev will randomly pick 3 lucky winners :)

Thank you for stopping by!

Sarah x

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Grungy Bees


I spent a bit of time over the weekend playing with stencils, greyboard, mdf, inks and sprays to create this canvas:

I had lasercut some honeycomb from greyboard and adhered random pieces of it to the opposite corners of the canvas before painting it with some rust effect paint from Cosmic Shimmer.  I adhered some Tim Holtz tissue paper to the canvas with Indigoblu's Slap It On.  I then sprayed through my honeycomb stencil with Fossilised Amber distress spray and allowed some drips to run down like honey.  I used my bee stencil with black and gold acrylic paints and used my messy dots stencil with black and gold paint to add further detail.  I also used some stamps from Uniko, AALL and Create and Indigoblu.  I painted some mdf bees with crackle paste and then added black acrylic paint and pebeo gilding wax.  I added glossy accents to them too.  Finally I used a fab sentiment die from Stamplorations, stacked it up, added some gilding wax and glossy accents.  

I often struggle to know when a canvas is finished...particularly as it is a departure from my CAS designs!

I shall link up at Country View Crafts where this month's challenge is the written word and at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge for a second time where the theme is layers.

I hope you like this.  It was great fun to put together and use some of my stencils and mdf.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sarah x

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Geometric Elephant


If you have visited my blog recently, you may have seen the geometric lion stencil that I have been using.  Today, I have a card made with my new geometric elephant....

I have simply inked through the stencil with Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans and Black Soot distress oxides to create an ombre effect.  An old sentiment stamp from Hero Arts completes this simple one layer design.  

I shall link up at AAA Cards where the theme is Geometric.

I hope you like this new stencil - it is lots of fun!

Sarah x

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Starry Stag


I have been wanting to play along at Time Out all week but haven't had the chance until today.  The theme is Holiday and so I have used a couple of my stencils to create a christmas card:

I inked through the stag's head stencil with Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean and Black Soot distress oxides.  I then laid my shooting star stencil over the top and dabbed through with flitter glue and applied silver gilding flakes.  I stamped and silver embossed a sentiment from Altenew to complete the card.

I shall also link up at Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge where Anything Goes without the optional twist.

I hope you like this CAS christmas card and the stencils that I have used.  You can find them in my Folksy store.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Friday, 15 June 2018

Floral Heart


How has your week been?  Good, I hope!  Today, I have a couple of cards to share with you that I have made from playing with my new floral heart stencil.

First up I have layered the stencil - the floral heart and base heart have been designed to work together perfectly....

I simply inked through the base stencil in a range of blue distress oxides.  I then lined the floral detail stencil over the top of the inked heart and used Black Soot distress oxide.  I think it looks quite dramatic!  The lovely sentiment is from Mama Elephant.

I shall link up at Less is More where the theme is Friendship.

On my next card I have just used the floral stencil.  This time I sprinkled colour bursts over the stencil on watercolour card and gave it a few spritzes with water.  I quickly mopped up excess with kitchen towel and lifted the stencil to avoid bleed under the stencil.

How different does that look?!  I simply popped up a Uniko Block sentiment in the centre.  

I hope you like these designs.  As always, you can find the stencils in my Folksy shop :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Sea Horse


I have been having so much fun playing with my gelli plate and trying out techniques that are stretching my usual CAS style with something a bit more artsy and layered.  Here are a few examples:

I was using the technique with alcohol ink on my gelli plate that the wonderful Barbara Gray demonstrated on YouTube a few Tuesdays ago.  

I used my lovely seahorse silhouette on the gelli plate and added a sentiment and some bubble effect stamps from Visible Image.  I shall link up for a second time at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge where the theme is layers.

Here I used Uniko's fab Stylised Floral stencil on the gelli plate and then used black spray paint through my Afro Style stencil - it gives great coverage over the gelli background.  I added a Sizzix die cut up the side of the card.

I hope you like my cards :)

Sarah x

Monday, 11 June 2018

Uniko Revisited - Beautiful Blooms


We are revisiting two beautiful sets from Uniko today - Beautiful Blooms I, II and III.  I have a few cards to share with you - once I get these sets back out, I can't stop playing!!  In particular, I decided to feature the lovely leaves that are in Beautiful Blooms I:

First up I decided to create a wreath with the leaves by simply masking them and stamping in different shades of green.  I have combined the wreath with a sentiment from Spring Botanicals Daffodil.

This card has a more autumnal feel as I stamped the leaves falling across the card in shades of orange.  The sentiment is from All Occasion Sentiments #6.  I was really pleased with how this turned out :)

On this card I used part of the Wonky Stripes Stencil on the card panel and stamped and cut out the blooms and leaves in shades of pink and purple.  These sets come with matching dies so check them out!  The sentiment is from Uniko's Birthday Sentiments.  I shall link this card up at Seize the Birthday - anything goes.

The rest of the DT have more fab inspiration to share with you at the Uniko blog and there is a giveaway if you decide to hop along with us!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x