Sunday, 24 May 2015

Life on the Ocean Wave

I have a  clean and simple masculine card to show you today.  I had a boat cut with my Silhouette sitting on my craft table and decided to give it a background.  The rope design is a Clarity stencil, brushed with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Sentiment is Mama Elephant and I've drawn a few seagulls with a Pigma pen.

I'm entering my card for:
Simon Says - stencil it
Allsorts - happy birthday (happy 6th birthday to Allsorts!)
Simply Create Too - keep it simple

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Less is More Week #225 - use some metal

Our challenge this week at Less is More is to use some metal.  I used some fine beading wire to make antennae for my SU Swallowtail butterfly.  I cut a square aperture into some paper and then added a cutout for the wing.  Drew round the aperture with a Pigma pen and added a Hobby Art sentiment.  The butterfly is coloured with Inktense pencils.  The body has Glossy Accents added but it doesn't show up too well in my photo.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Less is More - Week 224 - Hello Sunshine

This week at Less is More the theme is 'Hello Sunshine'.  My apologies for the lack of commenting on LIM over the last couple of weeks, appropriately I have been away for a lovely holiday in the sun.  I wish I could say that this gorgeous Day for Daisies digi is me in the sun, but, ahem, sadly not!  She is coloured with Copics and simply layered up a few times, with the layers edged with Copics.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Less is More - Week #223 - One Layer

Its' one layer week at Less is More and this week our theme is Water.  I had loads and loads of idea for this one, but time means I have had to stop at bringing two of them to life!

First card uses a fun Acid Drops and WhatNots stamp that was a magazine freebie.  It is worth noting that the quality is nowhere near as good as the stamps that the company sells, I guess you get what you pay for in life...  She is stamped in grey Memento and lightly coloured with Copics.  The Memory Box wave stencil has Mowed Lawn and Broken China inks brushed through it.

My second card has a panel of Aquatints painted on, with Inkylicious water drops stamped over it.  They have a touch of white gel pen and lots of Glossy Accents added.  The Hobby Art sentiment is gold embossed.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Less is More - Week #222 - Colour Challenge

 This week at Less is More we have a colour challenge - to use opposites on the colour wheel.  My first card uses light blue and orange - aka Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade and Faded Jeans.  The Dina Wakely bird is stamped onto hammered card and I used a Clarity stencil to ground it on some honeycomb, which I suppose gives it a birds and bees theme!  I inlaid the Mama Elephant diecut, which is the same ink but painted on much much more heavily.  I love this colour combination!

Second card uses the classic Christmas combination of red and green.  I framed the Stampin' Up sentiment with a Poppystamps diecut wreath and added tiny polka dot sequins for berries.  Scored borders onto my panel and popped up for dimension.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Less is More - Week #221 - Sketch or Recipe

Yay it's the weekend!  It's time for a new Less is More Challenge and this week our theme is tags.  My first card is based around something I love - coffee!  I found some very cute free Christmas tags on Pinterest by SimplyKellyDesigns , resized and came up with my takeaway cup from a well known chain :).  The computer generated sentiment uses Stencil font and I overstamped a coffee ring.  No idea who made the tiny heart stamp I added, I found it on the floor (oops!).
 My second offering was added to a housewarming gift for friends who have just bought a house in Spain.  I always get beautifully wrapped present from them, so needed to make a bit of effort with my amateurish wrapping!  Used on of my favourite Memory Box dies, added the very useful Happy stamp and die from Mama Elephant and a punched star.  Cut out with a stitched circle die and added twine and a scattering of stars.  Job done!

Have fun making your clean and simple tags, I can't wait to see them!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Less is More Week #220 - theme

Our theme this week at Less is More is Up, up and away and my first card contains Many Clouds.  In case you didn't know, I live in Lambourn and we are so proud to have the winner of the Grand National trained here, by Oliver Sherwood.  I made this card for Oliver and Tarnya, using a Memory Box stencil and some Distress Inks.  The clouds were cut with my Silhouette and the. gold stars with a punch. In case you think the clouds don't really work for our theme I'd like to point out that Many Clouds has to jump up, up and away to negotiate the course!  Well done to Oliver and all the team at Rhonehurst.
 My second card combines a Unity panda stamp with an SU balloon and its sentiment.  The panda is embossed to give him lots of contrast.  I've added some bling with gold embossing, mat and sequins.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Less is More - Week #219 - one layer

 We've a fab one layer challenge at Less is More this week - Splatters.  My first card uses one of the Clarity Stamps Wee Folk. I've drawn in a groundline and my splatters are a Visible Image dotty stamp using Faded Jeans Distress Ink.  I've a great sentiment that says 'Under the weather?' but I am leaving the card without sentiment until I decide who to send it to!
My splatters this time use Aquatints, flicked from a paintbrush.  I've overstamped with a Visible Image sentiment and an IndigoBlu flower stamp, both in black to contrast with the splatters.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Less is More - week #218 - colour

 This week at Less is More our challenge is to make a predominantly black card.  I will admit I found this quite a challenge, my first card uses one of my favourite types of stamp, trees.  This particular bit of forest is a Unity stamp and I've white embossed it onto black.  There's a very thin red mat and I've added a few tiny Memory Box birds to match it, as well as some b&w ribbon.

My second card also uses a Unity stamp, a sentiment this time with a Memory Box butterfly diecut added.  The background butterfly is inked with Distress Inks.  Fab sentiment isn't it?

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Less is More - Challenge #217 - recipe

Welcome to the weekend and welcome to a new Less is More Challenge.  This week we are challenging you to combine three of our previous challenges.  The list of the past 216 weeks is on the blog and it is easier than it sounds!  Both my cards combined more than three challenges and both my cards are NBUS :).
First up is a card made with a fab Art Impressions stamp that I bought at the NEC last week.  I've coloured my one layer card with Copics and doodled a border around it.   My three challenges are:  Week 120 Man's best friend, cats or dogs,  Week 121 Humour and Week 111 Frame It.
My second card uses a Memory Box die given to me by Chrissie - thanks Chrissie!  I've diecut the 'happy' and butterflies from grey Bazzill Bling and added glittery bodies and some tiny sequins.  My three challenges are: Week 210 Grey & Pink, Week 212 Wings and Week 173 Add a die cut.

I'm entering my cards for Darnell's 4th NBUS Challenge and for Simon Says Anything Goes.