Uniko Studio stamps, CAs cards, masculine cards
This month there is a masculine theme over at Uniko Studio.
Less Is More want things that go 'pop' or 'bang'.

 

I love CAS cards, and usually find this style works really well for masculine cards.
I've used the images from the "Balloon Bash" set coupled with a sentiment from the "Simply Said: Birthday" set.
And I couldn't resist a little sparkle - toned down a bit for the blokes.
Even men need a bit of pizazz on their birthday :)



If you fancy making something masculine, head on over to the the Uniko blog HERE and upload your creation.
Bev has some great prizes waiting!
Have fun ;)


 

 
 
Using the Stamplorations sketch.
Just Add Ink want things with 'B' - butterfly, blues & a bit of bling!
Addicted To Stamps want lace and pearls.
 
 
Stampin Up Grateful Bunch

 

 

I have to confess to putting the heating back on today ...

I know.

Unbelievable.

The atrocious weather could be indicative of the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend.

Hope life is warmer, and sunnier, with you.

 

 

Uniko Studio stamps

It's AAA Cards' birthday - 2 years old!

Addicted To Stamps have a photo bursting with cupcakes and

Seize The Birthday want to see a bit of dimension.

 

 

 

My little cupcake is shimmering with a Wink of Stella to complement the glittery hearts and shiny gold thread.

It's the only thing shimmering around my neck of the woods as the sun is resolutely refusing to appear.

It's a cold overcast day.

Yeuch.

Off to put the washing out to dry ...on the radiators!

Thanks for popping by!

 

 

Uniko Studio stamps, masculine cards

 
 
This month there is a masculine theme over at Uniko Studio.
TGIF have a 'masculine' challenge and
CAS-ual Fridays want cards for a Birthday Boy.



 

I've been having some spitzing fun with my Brushos.


If you would like to join in with the Uniko challenge,

there is some lovely inspiration from the rest of the DT:

Sarah G


 

As is the norm, Bev has some great prizes.
So why not get creative and upload your creation at the Uniko blog HERE.
Have fun ;)


 

 

 

 

Inkspirational want to see mint and navy.

Addicted To Stamps want CAS.

 

 

 

 

A quick post as I'm off to do the hoovering whilst little Alfie is fast asleep.

Do you know how exciting the hoover is for a 13-week old puppy?!

I get very little carpet hoovered whilst he wants to play with it ..

 

 

Thanks for popping by!

 

Uniko Studio stamps, CAS cards


STAMPlorations have a CAS challenge with magenta.

In The Pink want 'happy'.




Today is a Special Day for Bev of Uniko Studio.

It's her Birthday!

Many Happy Returns Bev!

Here's hoping it's a sunny, happy Saturday for you all.

 

 

Stampin Up Butterfly Thinlits, Inlaid Die Technique, CAS cards


AAA Cards and Happy Stampers want us to use the 'inlaid die' technique.




I'm also skipping over to Di's playground as the teeny weeny inlaid snippets were left over from a card I made recently.
Unfortunately I can't show you said card, as it is going to be published in the August edition of Craft Stamper magazine!
Whoop, whoop!

Anyway, back to this card ... I made a graduated rainbow background with my Brushos and die cut a butterfly from it and painstakingly pushed out the inlaid die pieces in the corrext order for re-insertion in a white version of the butterfly die.
It was VERY fiddly to do and did require the proverbial amount of patience.
Even though I love the finished effect of the card, it's not a technique I'll be rushing to do again!
Phew

Welcome to Uniko's May Bloghop!

Bev alternates between a new release and a revisit of stamp sets each month.

This month we are revisiting not 1 but 3 different sets to get you inspired.

First up is "Natures Treasures II".

 

 

 


 

My second card features both of the other revisited sets:
"All Occasion Sentiments #6" and
"Flower Power #3"

 

 
The delicate blooms are glimmering with Wink of Stella - honest -
but no matter how many shots I take, it just refuses to shine for my photos. Sigh ...
 

 

 

 
 

 

Do head on over to the Uniko Studio blog for more inspiration and be sure to join in on the DT blog hop leaving comments along your way.

Bev

Deborah

Jane

Lindsey - that'll be me!

Nicki

Sarah G

Sarah P

The giveaway is all 3 of the featured sets.

Whoop, whoop!

You have until the 18th May midnight BST to comment.

Best of luck!

 

Stampin Up, Butterfly Thinlits
 
 
CASology has the cue word "move" this week and
Uniko want to see metallic.
The CAS Mix Up May challenge is stamping, heat embossing & another.
 


We made this card (amongst others!) at my last Craft Club session.

Lots of different techniques to have fun with - watercolouring with dry embossing, then heat embossing and a final sprinkling of Mica powders!

First we "pooled" a couple of ink colours in the debossed areas of the embossing folder before passing the card through the Big Shot.

Then we brushed Versamark over the embossed areas and sprinkled it with holographic and silver embossing powders.

To finish it off, we added some irridescent Mica powder with an Aquapainter.

Happy crafting!


 

Uniko Studio stamps

 

 

Addicted To Stamps and Seize The Birthday

both have "anything goes".

 

 

Uniko Studio stamps

 

This month Uniko want to see metallics.



Metallics could be in the form of paper, card, embellishments or heat embossing.

I've paired the wonderful "Background Builders: Circles" stamp set with some sentiments from the "Simply Said" set and some requisite metallic sequins.


Apologies for the hiatus in my blog posts recently,
we welcomed a new addition to the household and I've been rather busy getting him settled in!
Meet Alfie:

 
 
 
No chance of disappearing to my craft desk this last week.
It's like having a baby again!
The good news is he's picking things up very quickly
(socks, shoes, leaves and stones included!).
He managed 30 minutes in his crate today - result ;)
so I'm hoping to sneak off to craft again soon
and regular blog posts should resume in due course!