Monday, 27 February 2012

A seamstress I am not...

Hey!

Happy Monday! Monday already....where does the time in the weekend disappear to?!

I'm hoping to be back to a more regular bloggin' schedule after the chaotic first week back at school (mind you, with an OFSTED inspection due any moment now it's unlikey!) and I'm kicking off the week with this li'l card:

Love You

FYI: This card is tiny! It's only 3x3 but my piccy makes it seem much bigger!
This was created for our new (or maybe not so new as I'm a week late typing about it here!) challenge on our PTI Blog: Needle and Thread. Gotta admit that I panicked a little when I saw those words...I didn't have time to reacquaint myself with Machiney (my much neglected sewing machine), to patch up our love/hate relationship. Instead I grabbed my paper piercer and some bakers twine and got busy!

No doubt this card will end up in my guy's packed lunch...but I gotta admit that it's so cute that I wanna keep it :)

So, 'needle and thread' - what does it mean to you? No matter what those words inspire you to do, do it, share the inspiration and enter our challenge!

Wishing you all a super duper week! I'll be back on Thursday with a new CASE Study so until then, adiĆ³s!

Catch ya later!





Card Deets
{Love You}
Stamps: Sentiment from Modern Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Twine (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Baker's Twine (Papertrey Ink)

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Easy Peasy Stripes!

Hey!

Happy Friday-Eve, Peeps! I'm happy to report the first week back at work is zooming by so quickly - I could easily do 5 more of these before we break up for the Easter holidays *wink*

So let's start to taste the weekend this Friday-Eve with a sweet new CASE Study:


This is Karola's final week with us as our muse. I've loved seeing how her creations have totally inspired me regardless of the fact that our styles are so different. Let's see what's up for studying this week and send her off with style:

Check out the original post of this creation here!

So what was I inspired by? Well I couldn't help but focus on the sweet strip of lined paper across the top half of Karola's project so I created my own and went with the creative flow:

Happy Birthday

FYI: There's a subtle, aqua flower stamped behind the 'happy' but my pic doesn't pick it up. Just imagine it's there, OK? :)

The strip of striped card was simply created by using the chisel end of my Promarkers and a ruler - easy peasy!

Karola's
accordion folded flowers also inspired me to ink up the gorgeous flowers from my Verve set: Hope Blooms.

So there you have it! This is how Karola inspired me, now it's your turn to show us how Karola inspired you! Need more inspiration? Check out the rest of the CASE Study DT:

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Amy Wanford <---you are here!
Christina Maclaren
Clare Buswell
Debby Hughes
Teresa Kline
Julie Lacey (on a break right now)
Jean Martin
Maureen Plut
Teneale Williams
Karola Witczak (February's muse)

We'd love for you to play along with us! :)

Right - I really must dash: this first week back has been M.A.N.I.C! Late night meetings have given me hardly any time to do anything outside of work or flipping pancakes this week so apologies for my absence!

Thank you so much for stopping by today - I really appreciate it! :)

Catch ya later!






Card Deets
{Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Hope Blooms (Verve Stamps)/Modern Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Plum Pudding, Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Promarkers/Canvas and Linen Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Cuttlebug

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Just a tad more vintagey than usual...

Hey!

I hope you're all having a lovely, relaxing weekend! Mine has been manic: trying to cram in all the things I'd told myself I do during my week off - ha!

During one of my many indulgent inky sessions this past week, I've been having more fun with my Uniko Studio stamps. I really wanted to play with the time-sheet image from Extra Time:

Thank You

I think I was still be on a bit of a vintagey/distress inks phase when I made this...! I promise you I've created some more, pure white CAS creations since making this....mind you, never hurts to experiment I guess!

Anyways, back to the card: This card uses a really simple masking technique. I simply cut a few masks of this image and stamped away to create a background. Easy peasy when the image to mask is so easy to trim :)

To apply the ribbon, I used my craft knife to cut two slits either side of the focal point and threaded the ribbon with an aim to give this one layer-card a bit more depth.

Finally, I couldn't resist using Chompy! (my corner chomper) to round all four corners of the card to match the original shape of the time-sheet image. Now I see the pic of my card I wished I'd used the smaller corner setting now...hmmm....hindsight - it's a wonderful thing! *sigh*

Now if you fancy these stamps for yourself, then be sure to check out this new company: Uniko Studio and if you fancy the chance to grab some of these fabulous stamps for free, I recommend you check out the Uniko Studio blog *wink*

Right then - those books aren't going to mark themselves for Monday morning so I'm arming myself with my red pen and hiding for a couple of hours...!

Thank you so much for stopping by today - I love your visits!

Catch ya later!






Card Deets
{Thank You}
Stamps: Extra Time (Uniko Studio)
Ink: Antique Linen (Distress Inks)/Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Dark Chocolate Twill Ribbon and Buttons (Papertrey Ink)

Thursday, 16 February 2012

A brief diversion from CAS...

Hey!

Happy Friday-Eve, peeps! In fact I may just have to refer to today as Thursday: I don't want to be wishing my week off work away *wink*

Regardless of what you call today, one thing's for certain:

Time for a new CASE Study! :)

Ready to study this gorgeous creation of Karola Witczak's?


Check out the original post of this card here!

Well seeing as I was pretty absent for the CASE Study last week, I felt I had some serious making up to do....

....so I challenged myself.....


....to try VINTAGE *gasp!*

I know what you're thinking. This is going to be a disaster. A card-crash on your screen so to speak. Just go with the flow OK and gimme some slack:

Vintage Thank You

This is about as much vintage as I can embrace comfortably. It's actually still pretty simple in design thanks to some scrummy Crate Paper gorgeous-ness.

I was inspired by Karola's whole style: the scalloped edges, the twine and especially her use of Prima Flowers. Now I don't have any yellow Prima flowers so I made my own using PTI dies, lots of glue and glitter too!

Now don't be put off by my own take on Karola's card, check out what the rest of the CASE Study whipped up for ya:

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Amy Wanford <---you are here!
Christina Maclaren
Clare Buswell
Debby Hughes
Teresa Kline
Julie Lacey (on a break right now)
Jean Martin
Maureen Plut
Teneale Williams
Karola Witczak (February's muse)

Be sure to play along with us! Need even more persuasion? Well we have a sponsor this week! One lucky peep could win two stamp sets of their choice courtesy of My Thoughts Exactly. So what'cha waitin' for?!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and for tolerating this brief interruption of blog featuring CAS cards. Service will be resumed as normal asap *wink*

Catch ya later!







Card Deets
{Thank You}
Stamps: Sentiment from Teeny Trees (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Antique Linen (Distress Inks)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Bouquet from the Portrait Collection (Crate Paper)
Accessories: Twine, Beautiful Blooms II 1 Dies (Papertrey Ink)/Rectangular Scallop Nestability, Grand Calibur (Spellbinders)

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

CAS-ual week = CAS-ual Fridays

Hey!

Woah, Wednesday already...where is this week flying by to?

I hope for those of you that celebrated it, you had a *lovely* Valentine's Day! When asked by my gorgeous geek what I wanted, I replied:
  • No perfume (My scrummy showergel does the job just fine!)
  • No flowers (I have hayfever....and come to think of it, no vases!)
  • No chocolates (I'm on a diet!)
I simply requested his undivided attention for a whole evening. Our lives seem so busy at times; it's like we hardly have a moment to pause and live for the moment. We spent our time together well: he was sweet enough to make some surprise cake pops! I was totally gobsmacked! He even presented them in a box - such attention to detail!

***Edited to insert piccy before I scoff 'em!***
Cake Pops!

What a guy! :)

I can happily report that my week so far has included lots of inky time as well as scoffin' - I'm wishing my mojo was more on form, but time won't wait for a moody mojo so I'm inking regardless :)

Seeing as I'm having a pretty CAS-ual week, it seems only right playing along with current CAS-ual Fridays Challenge...


...and try my hand a spot of paper-piecing:

Celebrating You

I find paper piecing pretty therapeutic - even the fiddly cutting keeps me happily occupied. I simply rooted through some of my scrap DP (admittedly there's not much of it as I try to face my hoarding of the stuff!) and pieced away!

I hope you're all having a fabby week so far! Stay tuned for tomorrow's CASE Study post - I'll warn you now that you'll wonder whose blog you're visiting once you see what I've whipped up - eek!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Catch ya later!






Card Deets
{Celebrating you on your special day}
Stamps: Celebrating You (The Craft's Meow)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento Ink)
Cardstock: Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Scarlet Jewel Distressed Dots, Sweet Blush Bitty Box Basics, Turning a New Leaf (Papertrey Ink)

Monday, 13 February 2012

Better late than never...

Hey!

Happy Monday! Happy first day of half term for me -yay!

Do not adjust your monitor:


Nope - it's not Friday Eve, but it is time for me to make up for missing this week's CASE Study due to icy weather last Thursday!

So if you've got time for any last mintue studying, check out this beauty of Karola's and get busy:

Check out the original post of this card here!

I'm not sure if my last-minute entry can ever do Karola's card justice, but here it is anyways:

Happy Birthday

I was totally inspired by the butterfly (no surprises there!), the polka dots, the elegant combo of navy and burgundy and the use of the stamped frame. I have that very frame in my own stamping stash so it was rude not to ink it up!

So if you've always been a bit of a procrastinator like me, or you fancy being one for CASE Study, grab those stamps and inks and get busy because the challenge closes on Tuesday at midnight EST!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Catch ya later!







Card Deets
{Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Fancy Flourishes, Daily Designs, Damask Designs (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black, London Fog (Memento)
Cardstock: White, Scarlet Jewel (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Soft Stone Bitty Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart)/Gems (Zva)/Blue Marker to colour clear gems (Promarker)

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Clock hands in disguise...

Hey!

I hope you're having a super weekend! It's a little less white around here compared to last weekend but still kinda chilly (getting the most from my mittens I guess!)

Thank you so much for the positive and overwhelming response to Uniko Studio! I just knew that you'd love those two sets and as a head's up for those across the pond: shipping info is now on the website for ya!

As you've probably guessed, I've been very inspired by both sets: inking 'em up like there's no tomorrow! Today I'm sharing a couple of cards that make the most from the smaller images in the sets.

First up, a spot of masking using the clock hand from Extra Time:

Rainbow Birthday

This card features the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment from Time partially inked to set it out at a right angle. I then inked up the circular pivot point of the clock hand in the lower corner and finally, I applied a post-it note vertically up from the 'Happy', inked up that clock hand in various colours and stamped. When I removed the post-it note, the hands turned into decorative arrows - ta dah!

More fun with a clock hand features on this next card:

Hello Friend

Nope, there's not snowflakes or decorative mini-medallion stamp in the set Time, but a simple rotation of the decorative clock hand creates these cool patterns. I couldn't resist stamping them in grey - probably had something to do with the snow that was falling outside my window at the time :)

So there you have it: Clock hands disguised as decorative arrows and snowflakes/medallions! I hope you likey and if you do, be sure to keep up to date on the Uniko Studio Blog and Uniko Studio's Facebook Page and take a peeky at the store too of course!

Wishing you all a relaxing Sunday! I'm off to complete the chores I've been putting off, but the good news is that I have this week off to indulge in more inky time and catching up with everyone and everything in Blogland...yay!

Catch ya later!






Card Deets
{Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Sentiment from 'Time', Clock Hand from 'Extra Time' (Uniko Studio)
Cardstock: White and True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: London Fog, Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, Plum Pudding (Papertrey Ink)


{Hello Friend}
Stamps: Sentiments and Clock Hand from 'Time' (Uniko Studio)
Ink: London Fog, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Linen and Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Cuttlebug/Washi Tape (MT Tapes)/Gems (Zva)/Chompy! (Corner Chomper - We R Memory Keepers)

Saturday, 11 February 2012

It's show and tell TIME! :)

Hey!

Happy Saturday! Happy weekend! Happy half-term (for me anyways!) AND...




A happy welcome to Uniko Studio!

Hooray! The day has finally arrived that Uniko Studio is here for real and can reveal to the world its first two stamp sets called Time and Extra Time! I can't wait to show you what inky adventures I've been on with these two sets.

These stamps take ink and stamp like a dream! They take both dye and pigment/chalk inks very well and give fabulous results. Rest assured that here on my blog, I'll never endorse anything doesn't meet my own high (and at times perfectionist!) inky standard.

So that's enough gushing on how fabulously well these beauties stamp; lemme show you what I've made!

For today's post I want to share projects that give you a good idea of the main images in these sets:

So in keeping with the theme of time, how about a clock?

OK, OK so that's not exactly the clock from the set, but it's actually the clock in my living room. Both my guy and I adore our huge timepiece (the pic doesn't show big it is but believe me, it's big...and heavy!) and as soon as I laid eyes on 'Time' and 'Extra Time' I just knew I had to re-create my living room :)

It's Party Time

This would make a not only a super classy birthday card, but an invite too methinks.

Now check out how well this set has been designed: You can actually set this clock to *any* time you desire as the clock hands and fingers are separate stamps and easy to position due to the clear nature of 'em. Sweet! As you can see, I decided that 8 o'clock is party time at my place *wink*

I used a simple masking technique here: I stamped the clock on a post-it and cut it out to create a mask. Then I covered my stamped clock on my card before inking up my large Hero Arts stamp and stamping the background. It just adds a touch more interest to a CAS design and still reminds me of my living room :)

Next up a card that I originally stamped as a friendship card, but the more I look at that sentiment, the more I think this would make a lovely sympathy card too:

In good time and bad times

I simply inked up those different clocks with different colours to create the background and stamped the sentiment over the top. To finish I mounted the card onto some scrummy, polka-dot Pink Paislee paper I've been hoarding to tie in with the circular clock faces.

Now one stamp that I just *had* to ink up from this set was the cool cogs! My immediate thought was Father's Day (I realise it's a way off yet, but it's good to be prepared when it comes to cards for the guys)

Happy Father's Day

Now to tie in with the whole idea of those cogs being the internal workings of an instrument, I decided to brave a vellum card-base to echo that kinda internal feeling. PTI Vellum works pretty well for this as it's very sturdy and I kinda like the extra dimension it adds.

And seeing as I've covered a card for the guys, lemme share one for the gals:

Happy Birthday

Doesn't get much girlie than this, right? :)

I couldn't resist inking up the three different sized geometric flower designs from 'Time' in Versamark on vellum, dusting each one with chalk and cutting a layering them to create a pretty embellishment.

I'm loving how versatile 'Time' and 'Extra Time' are proving to be; They can cater for just about any occasion! I hope you can check out the new Uniko Studio store and pop across to the Uniko Studio Blog and say hi. I know this new business would really, really appreciate your welcome :)

Be sure to check back here tomorrow when I'll be sharing some designs with these stamps that are a little more out-of-the-box...

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Catch ya later!








Card Deets
{It's Party Time}
Stamps: Clock from 'Extra Time', Sentiment from 'Time' (Uniko Studio)/ Classic Fabric Design (Hero Arts)
Ink: Latte (amuse ink)/Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: True Black, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)


{In Good Times and Bad Times}
Stamps: Clocks from 'Time' and 'Extra Time', Sentiment from 'Time' (Uniko Studio)
Ink: Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)/Buttercup (amuse)/London Fog, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: News - Daily Junque Collection (Pink Paislee)

{Happy Father's Day}

Stamps: Cogs from 'Time' (Uniko Studio)/Sentiment - Daily Design Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: London Fog, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Vellum Cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Basic White 6x6 Collection - Basic Grey


{Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Geometric Flowers x3 and sentiment from 'Time' (Uniko Studio)
Ink: Versamark/Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Pink (amuse card blank)/White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Canvas and Linen Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Cuttlebug/Jewelled Brad (Maya Road)

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Icy Cold Weather = No Card!

Hey!

Happy Friday-Eve peeps!

Now we all know what Friday-Eve means...



Yup! Another super duper CASE Study! However....I....erm...well I'll be frank:

I don't have a card!

This super cold (well, super cold in terms of living in the countryside of the Peak District) means that I haven't actually been home all week. I've been stopping over at my folks' to avoid any scary drives to work which has meant that my fingers are itching to ink and I'm following blogland via my phone LOL!

So with no card to share I truly urge you to check out what the rest of the CASE Study DT - who are way more organised than myself - whipped up for your viewing pleasure:

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Amy Wanford <---you are here!
Christina Maclaren
Clare Buswell
Debby Hughes
Teresa Kline
Julie Lacey (on a break right now)
Jean Martin
Maureen Plut
Teneale Williams
Karola Witczak (February's muse)

And before I dash, can I thank you all so much for the kind words about my Uniko Studio news. I'm so psyched to be designing for them, can't wait to share what I've made with their new stamps on Saturday and feel truly blessed by your sweet comments. Thank You!

Oooh and just one more thing - be sure to check out the Uniko Studio blog for a sneaky peek of the first sets to be released on Saturday. Exciting Stuff :)


Catch ya later!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

A new kid company in town...

Hey!

Happy Tuesday! (It's the final week of term here so I'm on countdown to the half term *wink*)

Sorry to disappoint but I've no card today. Instead, I'm sharing some news that I've wanted to shout from the rooftops for about a month now! It's been sooooo hard keeping quiet about it, but now I can say with pride that I'm going to be designing for a fabulous, new company: Uniko Studio




Uniko Studio officially opens Saturday 11th February (mark that date!) with the release of some super, new stamps!

Uniko Studio is owned by the lovely & talented Beverley Parish. I was beyond flattered & honoured when she emailed me to ask if I would join her on an inky adventure; it didn't take me long to say yes! :D

Now lemme just say that Beverley's design background combined with her own stamping passion has resulted in some seriously fabby stamps. These beauties are designed by a stamper for stampers. I can't wait to share with you some of the cards I've rustled up with 'em!

But in the meantime be sure to visit the Uniko Studio blog & bookmark the store for it's opening on Saturday!

Thank you for letting me spill the beans & I hope that like me, you're looking forward to checking out a new stamping company in town!

Catch ya later!


Thursday, 2 February 2012

Love Birds...

Hey!

*Brrrrrrr* what a chilly Friday-Eve is proving to be today! It's definitely mitten weather here today and it's definitely time to warm up with a new CASE Study :)


...AND seeing as it's February (Seriously?! Already?!) it's time to introduce a new muse for us to admire. So let me introduce you to one seriously talented, creative lady: Karola Witczak!

I mean, just check out this work of art of Karola's for us to study this week:


Check out the original post of this card here!

Eeek! I know! What a labour of love this card is! How on Earth can I do this card justice?! Well I took my inspiration from that lower left corner of DP on this beauty (the one with the bird and cage on) as well as the colour scheme and the theme of love and added a pinch of CAS style to create this:


OK so I was totally inspired by this card by the awesome Maile Belles too when it came to inking up this stamp set *wink*

Y'see, this is the thing I love about CASE Study: you can be totally inspired by styles that you may be too chicken not feel brave enough tackle that week and still play along :)

And that's exactly what I'm hoping you'll do: play along with us!

Check out the rest of the amazing CASE Study DT's take on Karola's gorgeous card:

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Amy Wanford <---you are here!
Christina Maclaren
Clare Buswell
Debby Hughes
Teresa Kline
Julie Lacey (on a break right now)
Jean Martin
Maureen Plut
Teneale Williams
Karola Witczak (February's muse)

Right then, I'm off to go put some extra layers on....would it be wrong of me to wear gloves under my mittens?!

Thank you so much for visiting this li'l corner of Blogland!

Catch ya later!







Card Deets

{You are the beat of my heart}
Stamps: Love Birds (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Antique Linen (Distress Ink)/Rich Cocoa (Memento)/Fern (a*muse)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink)

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