Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The Best is Yet to Be

I saw some gorgeous stamps on Pinterest recently and tracked them down to Unity Stamp Company.  Of course I had to place an order with them and my Stamp Kit of the Month arrived today. WOW!  It is fab!  This is what I came up with for my first Unity card, the next order is already in and I'm sure it will be the first of many...
The colourscheme is based on Unity's Be Inspired Challenge.  I've coloured with Copics, added some Glossy Accents and inked up a background stamp (from the kit) and the heart on the sentiment with Marvy le Plume pen.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges:
Simon Says - have a heart
Unity Be Inspired - colourscheme
Crafty Sentiments - love, Valentines
Perfectly Rustics - hugs and kisses
Through the Purple Haze - love is in the air
My Time to Craft - two or more people

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Less is More - Week 208 - sketch

This week at Less is More Chrissie has designed a fab sketch to inspire us.  On Thursday she came up to help me celebrate a milestone birthday and, of course, we got inky.  I had two sets of Aquatints Inks arrived and we played with them.  The background to my first card is one of the experimental sheets I painted.  I have topped it with a panel that has a Memory Box fern cut from it and then I trimmed down the diecut and added it to loosely interpret the sketch.  The sentiments are Stampin Up.  This card has lots of NBUS going on:  the inks, the die cut fern and the diecut panel for the sentiment.

My second card uses a favourite stampset, it is a more literal interpretation of the sketch, using washi tape and Avery Elle Storybook stamps and dies.  The balloon is cut from a scrap of patterned paper.

I hope your enjoy using the sketch as a starting point for your CAS creation!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Less is More Week 207 - Friends

I'm back on duty as Less is More this week, with a card for our challenge "Friends".  Thank you for all the good wishes, I am now in my new home and beginning to settle in.  Stamps are Acid Drops and What-Not.s, coloured with Copics.  The colourscheme is taken from the CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge this week:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Basic Black.

Monday, 12 January 2015

A New Beginning for 2015

 Last week I moved into my new home, with the help of some good friends.  It is just a short walk from my old home, heavy things were moved in the JCB, wonderful way to move if a little unconventional!  This photo shows the fridge arriving.
Last night I cleared enough to get to my craft space and took a few minutes to make a CAS card, I was in my happy place :).  I followed Sketch Saturday's layout and I'm also entering it for Simon Says Something New - the stamp and punch set are new - as is my new start for the new year.
Stamp, embossing folder and punch are Stampin' Up, with a Hero Arts sentiment and some gems.  Sorry for the poor photos, using my phone and no editing software on this pc!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Less is More - Week 205 - Colour

Happy New Year to everyone!   I am scheduling this post as by now I will running round like a headless chicken as I am moving home on 6 January.  There will be no room for a craft room, but I will still have a craft space and I am very much looking forward to a new start in 2015.
This week's colour challenge at Less is More is Black, Metallic, +1.  My first card uses a textured gold cardstock with a couple of favourite Memory Box dies on it to make a wintry scene.  There is no sentiment (confession:  I used this as a late Christmas card and added a sentiment after the photo!).  I really, really like this one.

Second card uses a Paper Smooches balloon die, with the black as the main colour.  I came across the scrap of metallic holographic card behind the black while I was emptying cupboards - it's amazing what you buy when you are starting out in a craft!   I punched holes and threaded a fine crochet cotton through to make the strings.  In real life, the thread and the cardstock are a much better match...  Sentiment is Hero Arts.

Looking forward to seeing all your creations, provided BT does what it has promised about the Broadband connection...!

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas to all my crafting friends, both real and cyber friends!  I sneaked a bit of time last night and made these two cards for my sons.  I've seen lots of really clever gift card holders in Blogdom but have opted to use the negative of my diecut 'snow' to hold some cash for the two men in my life.
Image, background paper and sentiments are all Pink Petticoat and the snowy hill uses a Simon Says diecut.  I've run a glue pen along the hillside, the sentiment ribbon and round the snowman and added a bit of Glamour Dust to give some sparkle.

I'm entering my cards for:
Simon Says - anything goes
CAS on Sunday - Christmas
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - add glitter
Moo-Mania - Christmas
Deep Ocean - Christmas is all Around
Just Inspirational - Christmas
Crafty Boots - winter wonderland
Crafty Cardmakers - Christmas
Eureka Stamps - use some glitter
Without Words - modern look Christmas

Monday, 22 December 2014

Merry Christmas Deer

I've a quick card to show you today, made with the stamp of the month from Clarity.  I've embossed it with WOW peat and added a JOFY sentiment and coloured with Inktense pencil.  This stamp looks really versatile - perhaps I should call this post 'a deer is not just for Christmas'!

I'm entering my card for a few challenges:
Simon Says -  gorgeous winter mood board
Addicted to stamps - anything Christmas goes
Penny Black & More - special occasions
Pile it On - Christmas anything goes
The Glory of Christmas - anything goes
The Craft Garden - Christmas
The East Wind - Christmas
A Gem of a Challenge - Christmas
Kit & Clowder - animanls

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Less is More - Week 203 - Theme

Christmas is looming large on the horizon and at Less is More our theme is 'family'.  Chrissie, Sarah and I are taking a break for Christmas week  so you will have a fortnight to enter this challenge.  I would like to wish all the LIMette 'family' a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

My card uses diecuts and a computer generated sentiment.  Mum arrives tomorrow to spend a week or so here, I shall find out whether the pun made her smile or grated on her as a typo :).  Memory Box Deer, Sheena Douglass embossing folder, Simon Says stitched slope die.

Apologies if I don't get to visit your blog over the next couple of weeks:  I have exchanged contracts and will be moving home in the first week in January, there seems to be a lot on  at this time of year without adding in all the packing!  If the Broadband change goes smoothly (hah!) then normal service will resume in the new year.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges:
CASology - snow
Addicted to CAS - family

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Less is More One Layer Week

 This week is our one layer challenge at Less is More and the theme is Snow.  My first card uses a
Memory Box stencil with Adirondack Denim ink brushed through.  JOFY sentiment and a few sequins.

  I've not bought any digis for a while, but couldn't resist this Mo Manning set, this is Valerie with pup.  Coloured with Copics and with some Glamour Dust added, the sentiment is a Sheena Douglass stamp.
Finally here is an old favourite, a Memory Box stamp, stamped twice and silver embossed.  I added some extra 'snowdrifts' by dabbing a paint brush onto the embossing ink pad.  The moon is coloured with Inktense pencils, the dark cardstock has white bits in it that give a snowy effect.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014


I snatched a few minutes in the craftroom last night and came up with this card, using the CAS on Sunday sketch.  The Bugaboo image is called DeeDee Drink.  She is coloured with Copics, Glossy Accents, Stickles and gems and I've teamed her with an embossed tag with some washi tape added.  The sentiment is from Dylusions and there are a few Waltzing Mouse snowflakes scattered about.

I'm also entering my card for:
Simon Says - Christmas/holidays
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas - anything Christmas goes
Get Creative - Christmas
Without Words - Christmas modern look
Come and Get It - Merry Christmas
Pile it On - Christmas anything goes
Sentimental Sundays - embossing wet or dry