Friday, 23 February 2018

Introducing Birthday Sentiments, Party Confetti and Balloon Bash Stencil!


I am so excited to be sharing a card made with the fab February release from Uniko!  We will be sharing inspiration and ideas from the range of stamps and stencils that Bev has designed between now and 27 Feb with the release being available on 28 Feb when we will be celebrating with our customary blog hop :)  

This card features the balloon bash stencils which I have inked with distress oxides, taking care to create a bit of shading.  I then embossed the balloons with clear holographic embossing powder which gives great sparkle!  The sentiment is from the new Birthday Sentiments set which I absolutely love and have used on lots of my sample cards for this release.  I also gently inked the scattered polka dots stencil in the background to add a bit of confetti to the design.

I will link up at Seize the Birthday without the topping.

I have lots more cards and designs to share with you over the next few days so do pop by again tomorrow but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy the inspiration from the rest of the fab stamp and stencil DTs which you can find on the Uniko blog :)

See you again soon,

Sarah x

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Cross Stitch Hearts


I wanted to take the opportunity to play along at the fab Twofer Challenge before it closes.  The theme this time is hearts and I used a lovely cross stitch heart die from Waffle Flower on my cards - to make a mother's day and hello card.

I rotated the heart die to create a flower on this card:

My second card is a CAS mother's day design which includes a sentiment from Visible Image.

I shall also link this card up at Time Out where the theme is hobbies.  Cross stitch is a hobby that I have dabbled in over the years but I often lose patience with it!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sarah x

Monday, 19 February 2018

Playing with Alcohol Inks


I am just popping by with a quick post featuring a few cards that I made recently when trying out alcohol inks on yupo paper.  I simply dropped the inks on to the paper and watched them merge and blend which was lots of fun and super easy :)

Here I added a white die cut feather and sentiment from Sizzix.  I shall link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge to use a die cut. 

On this card I used my new owl in flight stencil as a mask and dropped the alcohol inks around it.  I stippled white acrylic paint in to the aperture to strengthen the silhouette and added a die cut sentiment from Penny Black.  

Check out my owl in flight stencil in my Folksy store - I have more cards to share with it soon!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Rusty Cogs


I have been getting grungy this weekend playing with my new mdf cog pieces which will soon be available for sale in my Folksy store.  I decided to alter a cheap notepad which had sturdy kraft covers and came up with this:

I used white gesso to prime the covers and roughly painted on some dark greys and blacks using Pebeo acrylic paints.  I stamped some clock faces from Inkylicious in black and copper and a Kaisercraft number stamp in white acrylic paint.  I also used a Tim Holtz speckle stencil to add some copper speckles to the base.  The sentiment is from Visible Image.  

In order to age the cogs, I painted them with black gesso and on some I added the speckle stencil with black texture past to give an uneven texture.  I also stippled on some dark grey and copper paints unevenly to add a bit more texture.  Once dry, I embossed the cogs with some copper embossing powder - again, trying to keep it uneven and then knocked the shine back with some grey embossing powder.  I was pleased with how they turned out!

I shall link up at Simon's Monday Challenge to Take Note as this project is an altered notebook and at the More Mixed Media Challenge where the theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of red.

It was fun to make something a bit more on the grungy side after all of the valentines cards that I have been making :)  Do check out the cogs, they will be in my Folksy store tomorrow - a pack of 15 cogs (including a large one as shown above which measures 10cm) is £2.50.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sarah x

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Pucker Up


I have been playing with a fun new stencil that is now on sale in my Folksy shop - it creates a really striking look whether used as a positive or negative image.

Here I used the lips as a mask and sprayed around them with a range of pinks and reds - do you think it gives a graffiti/airbrushed look?  The sentiment is from a fab set of stamps by Skull and Cross Buns.

I used the stencil part of the set and sprayed/inked to fill the lips with luscious red tones.  Again, the sentiment is from Skull and Cross Buns.  The black and white backing paper helps the red lips to pop.

I shall link this card up at Addicted to Stamps where the theme is CAS and at Country View Crafts who are asking for designs that are anything but cute.

These are very simple cards and quick to make.  The lips measure c.9cm across so are big enough to be the focal point of your design.  

Check out this and other stencil designs in my Folksy shop :)

Sarah xx

Introducing the Uniko Stencil Design Team!


I have exciting news to share today as I am a member of the new stencil design team over at Uniko :)

We are a small team with a passion for working with stencils and Uniko's fabulous designs.  You may remember that I have been a member of the DT previously and couldn't resist the opportunity to come back and work with Bev, Julie, Linda and Wiebke to explore the potential of the new stencils that Bev has added to the mix.  Hopefully we will be able to inspire you with ideas of ways that the Uniko stamps and stencils can be used together and it will give me the opportunity to try out a range of techniques/mediums with the stencils.

Here are a few of the cards that I have made with Uniko's stencils:

Using Broken Lines stencil and Seeing Stars stamps.

Using Lattice Stencil and Snowdrop Stamps

Using Wonky Stripes stencil and Block Sentiments

Using Scattered Polka Dot stencil.

We have some fab new stencil designs coming up at the end of the month as part of Uniko's next release so I hope that you will stay tuned for those!  Do check out the fab blogs and designs from the rest of our new stencil DT - they have lots of great ideas to share :)

Sarah x

Less Is More #365


We are back with another challenge at Less is More and I am having lots of fun playing along as a guest designer during this special birthday month!  For this challenge we want to see your CAS designs which feature dry embossing:

I have to admit that I don't use embossing on my cards very often and don't have many embossing folders although you can also emboss dies.  I always like it when I see it on other peoples' cards but never seem to think of doing it myself!  However, I got a really sweet embossing folder free with a papercrafting magazine and decided it was perfect for this challenge :)

I embossed the folder on kraft card and added some small die cut white flowers (from Concord and 9th).  I also added a pair of chipboard birds and hearts which I painted white and embossed to create a glazed effect.  The sentiment is white embossed and from Avery Elle.  Finally I added a few dots with a white pen.  I hope you like the simple effect of kraft and white.

Whilst rummaging around for things to emboss I found a script folder and made this too:

I embossed the folder on grey card and cut a panel for the card front.  I used some gilding wax to highlight the texture and edged the grey panel with some gold mirri.  The feather die is from Spellbinders and I gold embossed the top.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and I added a few splatters and sequins to finish.  

I shall link this card up at Simon's Monday Challenge where the theme is Take Note and at Simon's Wednesday Challenge to use a die.

I hope you like these embossed designs and take the time to play along with us this month.  Remember that if you play along in both of the February challenges at LIM you will be in for a chance of winning two of my range of can find them on Folksy.

Sarah x