Saturday, 27 July 2013

A mini hello with freebies!

mini hello

Happy Saturday! It's a super-duper happy Saturday over at Uniko Studio as it's a Super Free Saturday! This means that there's a sweet new digital set complete with images and pretty patterned paper up for grabs to play with for free!

The set that's free today (and always will be free) contains fabulous 'hello' sentiments in different fonts, two great speech bubbles and some extremely pretty flower-patterned paper. Now this is all digital of course which gives you extra flexibility when it comes to designing. I opted to design this sweet mini 3x3 card.

Now this free digital set is perfect for playing along with the current Uniko Studio Challenge as the theme is 'Hello'. You've still got until August 14th to play along with us!

Now I know that there are times when time is limited with crafting, and that there's a few of us out there who are digi-phobes when it comes to digital crafting (that used to be me!). So to help, I've created some templates of this mini card using the different fonts. One file contains just the card fronts, and the others are all ready to be printed directly onto a sheet of card and folded. Simply download, print, fold, and voila! A sweet little hello card of your own that I certainly wouldn't object to you entering into the current Uniko Studio Challenge *wink*.

 You can download the templates here. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today - I hope you have a great Saturday and a fabulous weekend!


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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Awesome neon inks! :)


Happy Friday-Eve - the first Friday-Eve of the sweet summer holidays for me! My holidays officially started on Wednesday (minus a summer school I'm helping with next week), and you won't be surprised to know that I headed straight to crafty room to make up for some much missed crafty time! :)

First up on my summer stamping agenda is CASE Study of course! So today's card was inspired by this great, fun card by our muse for July, Jocelyn Olson.

Check out the original post of this card here.

I was really taken with Jocelyn's use of neon colours and the layout. I saw it as the perfect excuse to play with my Hero Arts neon inks (which I love so much!). I think this card could well be saved for exam results time....

tips and tricks
  • Have fun combining stamp sets from different companies. This card features two Uniko Studio stamp sets, a Hero Arts stamp set and Clearly Besotted Stamps stamp set!
  • The perfectionist in me tells me to stamp straight, but stamping at an angle as I've done on the top and bottom borders can give a card movement and energy.
  • Selectively ink sections of stamps to add more interest to them. I couldn't resist inking the star of the word 'AWESOME' with yellow neon ink to contrast against the black letters.  
  • My pink neon ink was a little too bold to be stamped directly on to the card, it clashed so much it gave me a headache! So I stamped it first on scrap paper before stamping it on my card for a more subtle background pattern.
Now come on and join the fun with us. Be inspired by Jocelyn's card in any way whatsoever and get creative! Be sure to stop by the rest of the CASE Study DT for a mojo boost! :)


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Thursday, 18 July 2013

A sentiment designed for me!

If you're looking for my CASE Study card, please scroll down - thanks! :)


Today marks the day of a fabulous new challenge, Uniko Studio styleeee!

Yup, Uniko Studio now has a monthly challenge starting on the 18th of every month. This gives you the chance to strut your stuff with your Uniko Studio goodies and be in with the chance of winning some too! :)

The theme of this month's challenge is 'Hello' and we're celebrating the new challenge with a little blog hop. You should have arrived here from Amber so if you haven't, you'll want to start at the Uniko Studio blog. 

Anyways, back to the theme of 'Hello'. Seeing as I kick off every blog post with the greeting, 'Hey!' it seemed so fitting to use that same sentiment for this super simple, super quick card. As soon as I got my inky mitts on this set, I squealed with delight when I saw that sentiment in that gorgeous font - so me! :D

Now in collaboration with the theme, the Uniko Studio DT are not only saying, "Hello!" with their creations, we're sharing a random fact with you about ourselves too (feel free to share a random fact about yourself too if you play along with us!). Now it took me longer to think of a random fact to share with you than it did to create the card - ha!

So. Drum roll, please. Random fact about yours truly: we had a pet tarantula when I was growing up. Not your typical pet around these parts, and definitely random! I know, you were probably expecting something way more exciting than this but trust me, there are some things you just don't wanna know about me (mwahahahah!) *wink*

tips and tricks
  •  It's much easier to stamp a sentiment first, and then die cut the shape around it rather than the other way around.
  • Heat embossing and impressing patterns into cardstock is a great way to add texture to an extremely simple design.
Hey Close 

Here's hoping you can check out what the rest of the Uniko Studio DT whipped up for this challenge - go on, you'll be left inspired and itching to ink along I'm sure! The challenge ends on August 14th, a randomly selected peep will win some Uniko Studio goodies and a top 3 will be selected too. :)


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A colourful hello...

hello cs

Hip, Hip, Hooray for Friday-Eve! The final, yes final, Friday-Eve before we break up for the summer holidays is here! Oh, and time for yet another fabulous CASE Study to knuckle down as well of course! :)

So today's card was inspired by this great card by our July muse, Jocelyn Olson:

Check out the original post of this card here.

I'm hoping you can tell from my card how Jocelyn inspired me. It's those colours of course. What a lovely combo of colours. Something that I'm challenging myself to do more is to embrace colour and also dare to use coloured card-bases. OK, so brown is hardly a drastic move from a white cardbase but it's a start, right?! *wink*

tips and tricks
  • Size matters! Well, it does in the case of this card. This is a minutre version of your standard A2 card size purely because my focal panel would have looked lost on a larger card base. Try changing the size of your card bases to compliment smaller focal points.
  • To keep my strips of coloured card flush and together, I adhered them to a large piece of cardstock first and trimmed it down. 
I hope you can check out what the rest of the CASE Study DT whipped up for your viewing pleasure. And as always, if you can, please join in the fun with us! We love to see how our muse's creations inspired your own creative adventures!

Thank you so much for still visiting this little corner of Blogland. I know I've been MIA recently, but the light at the end of the tunnel with a sign marked, 'Summer Holidays' is in my sight, and once I reach it, I'll have way more time to get myself organised with....well with everything! Ha! 


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Thursday, 11 July 2013

My kinda homework....

If you're looking for my CASE Study card this week, please scroll down - thanks! :)

Thank You

Today marks the day to have a hop Uniko Studio Stylee as well as give a big "Happy Birthday!" shout out to my fellow Uniko Studio DT peep, Amber. Happy birthday, Amber - I hope you're having a fabulous day!

The Uniko Studio blog hop features creations by the DT using the set Label Love: Thank You. It's really such a great, versatile set and I couldn't resist pairing it the set Accent Essentials: Arrows to create this fun sun/ray-like card. You should have come here from the Uniko Studio blog if you're hopping - if not you'll want to start there first. :)

The card/colour combo is also the result of my Summer Card Camp 2 homework for week one. I'm loving this class so much (it's not too late to enrol BTW - it only started this week!) 

Thank You close UP

tips and tricks
  • Play around with the smaller stamps in your sets and see what patterns you can create. I created this circular border by stamping the tiny flourish border stamp from Label Love: Thank You four times, rotating it 90 degrees with each impression. 
  • When it comes to stamping the background on the card, I first stamped a cross and then proceeded to stamp in the gaps that were left in between the rays. It made it much easier to eyeball and keep the pattern pretty even.
Now I'm gonna keep it short and sweet. I'm still tackling my mega list of things I need to get done, there's hopping to be done too and the chance to win the featured set, Label Love: Thank You! So you're next stop is the birthday gal herself, Amber! 

Happy hopping and happy Friday-Eve! :D


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Sending love...literally!

Sending you love

Happy Friday-Eve! I'm not sure how I'm still creating and blogging given the amount of things on my things-I-have-to-do-list are long enough to reach the moon and back (OK, slight exaggeration there, but there's a heck of a lot of things to get done before school's out for summer in just over a week's time!)

Still, busy or not, I can always find an excuse to study CASE Study stylee and this week's no different. Time to knuckle down, be inspired and create from this lovely card courtesy of our muse, Jocelyn Olson.

Check out the original post of this card here.

I was inspired by Jocelyn's layout and the focus on the word 'heart' as well as the heart shapes. I was also in desperate need of mojo for my guy's birthday card so Joceyln's came to the rescue. Cue a green mini envelope (his favourite colour, as well as mine!), a couple of hearts and some good ol' Glossy Accents to create a simple card that is literally sent with love. :)

sending you love close up

tips and tricks
  •  When applying Glossy Accents to teeny tiny shapes like those hearts, I like to mount them off the desk with a teeny tiny piece of blu tack. This makes is much easier to cover them in Glossy Accents without fear of them sticking to the desk!
  • You could add a pretty cool interactive feature by actually creating a teen tiny card to fit into the teen tiny envie. Time was against me for this card, but it's something I definitely think I'll try in the future.
Be sure to check out what the rest of the CASE Study DT whipped up for ya for a full mojo boost. And as always, we'd love it if you joined in the fun with us too! ;)

Although it feels like I'm spinning way too many plates than is humanly possible, I'll be back in a jiffy with a card that was part of my homework from the OCC Summer Card Camp 2 Class this week as well as being a card for the Uniko Studio blog hop. Hope you can join us!


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Friday, 5 July 2013

My kinda knitting...

 in your arms

Happy Friday! :)

I'm popping in today as part of a fabulous blog hop to celebrate the launch of a new stamping company, Paperbabe Stamps! Kim Costello is the talented lady behind the company and she was sweet enough to ask me to be a part of her special blog hop to celebrate. How could I refuse?

I used the set 'Design A Knit' which features lots of knitted background stamps - I think some are knit one, pearl one but I'm no expert! For this card and I couldn't resist using one of the patterned strips on a sweet monkey shape Kim had kindly cut and sent to me along with the stamp set. This is definitely my kind of knitting (aka stamping!)

Three stamp sets are now available in the store to purchase:
  • Tree Hugs
  • DesignA Knit
  • Ribbed Background
And there's also the long awaited "MayLeeDee" available as digital download right now too!

Be sure to stop by the Paperbabe blog if you've just stumbled upon this blog hop and leave comments for chances to win one of the following prizes:
  • The Tree Hugs Set
  • The Design a Knit Set
  • The Ribbed Background set
  • The MayLeeDee digi image
  • And for one lucky winner: The ENTIRE July release!
So are you ready to get hopping? I hope so!

Winners will be announced on the Paperbabe blog on July 12th and you've got until the 10th to hop along and be in with a chance of winning a prize!

Happy hopping and have a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, 4 July 2013

A mini CASE...


Happy Friday-Eve, and happy Independence Day to the US peeps! Another week comes to a close, and another month comes into play meaning that at CASE Study HQ we have a new muse to admire for the month of July!

July sees the super Jocelyn Olson hopping on board with us to admire and CASE away! So up for CASEing this week is this fab card of Jocelyn's:

To check out the original post of this card, click here!

I was taken by those fabulous butterflies (I know, I'm a sucker for 'em), and the fresh, bright colour scheme. I took those elements and created a mini 3x3. There's something so much easier about creating on a smaller canvas for me, and I love how quickly you can whip a few of these designs out.

tips and tricks
  • When using coordinating dies and stamps, I find it easier to create a 'template' die first. I then stamp my image, place the template over the top (secure it with sticky tape) and the die slots in and is lined up perfectly. It's kinda hard to explain in words but my CBS DT buddy, Michelle Short, shows the idea in action here.
  • To add dimenstion to the die-cut butterfly, I curled the wings gently by bending them around my finger. Do this gently as you don't want to crease the cardstock (or damage the wings!)
Now be sure to take a peek at the rest of the CASE Study DT before you knuckle down to study with us. Oh, and be sure to welcome our super guestie for July: Tracey McNeely! :)

Thanks so much for visiting today and if you're reading this on July 4th, Happy Independence Day to you US peeps. Enjoy those fireworks! :)


Wednesday, 3 July 2013

10 mins = 1 card and a whole lotta mess!

thank you stars


I may not be American, but I'm joining in the Pre-Independence Day celebrations with a 10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge! Clearly Besotted Stamps are sponsoring the challenge and as part of the CBS DT I'm joining in the fun too.

The theme for the challenge is 'Stars' and seeing as it's July 4th soon, I figured that I'd make my card fit in with the Indpendence Day theme with some stars and stripes. Now if you've never done a 10 minute craft dash before let me assure you that it's fun but amazingly chaotic. You'll surprise yourself at how much you can create in 10 mintues and the mess you can create in that short space of time too! Ha!

I had no real idea of what I was going to create as I set the timer on my phone. The only things I had prepared was I had my set ready, some inks and card and decided upon a mini 3x3 card. It's not cheating, but a 3x3 card just seems easier to whip up in a time restricted challenge for some reason. :)

I was cutting it pretty fine with this challenge, finishing in 9 mins 53 seconds. Next time I may plan a little more in my head beforehand! 

Be sure to play along if you can; it's not only fun, but this challenge has the added bonus of being sponsored by Clearly Besotted Stamps so one lucky participant will win 2CBS stamp sets of their choice! :)



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