Saturday, 28 February 2015

Less is More - week #213 - this makes me happy

 We've a lovely theme this week at Less is More - This makes me happy.  I thought about this and my family and my friends make me happy.  I don't have many family members but I'm lucky to have some wonderful friends.  My card is a tribute to all those happy evenings just chilling,  I hope the words don't offend you, but the more wine I drink the more rubbish I talk :) !  Stamp is heat embossed with Wow Pomegranate and stamps are from Unity.
My second card is all about the four-legged members of the family, I've never had a dachshund, all my dogs tend to be mixtures as they are rescue dogs.   Diecut background is painted with Aquatint inks, dog is Lawn Fawn and sentiment is Mama Elephant.

I hope you have a good weekend and I look forward to hearing lots of happy!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Some bunny loves you

Today's card uses Mama Elephant stamps, coloured with Copics.  Aren't they adorable?  I've kept the card monochromatic, using Pink Petticoat DP for the circle behind.  I embossed part of the cardstock with a burlap folder from Crafters Companion, which Chrissie (Lady LIM) pointed out looks like a cellular baby blanket, and added some Fluffy Stuff to their tails to give texture.
I'm playing in some challenges:

CAS-ology - monochrome
Simon Says - add some texture
Susy B's - anything monochrome
Aud Sentiments - Easter / Spring sentiment (Easter bunnies)

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Less is More Challenge Week 212 - Theme

 Good morning!  Our theme this week at Less is More is Wings.  I've a trio of cards to show you,  starting with a one layer card using the SU Wetlands set.  The background is made with Pan Pastels, I like the slightly stripy effect I got here with them.
 My flamingo is a Pink Petticoat digi, coloured with Copics and with a googly eye added, as well as a feather and some gems.  Love the sentiment!
Varying my wings here, the Visible Image butterfly is embossed onto a background using Brusho paints, the surface was wetted and the ink blown around it using canned air. This was made at a workshop with the lovely Barbara Daines that I was lucky enough to go to.  Sentiment was die cut on my Portrait and the 'birthday' SU stamp heat embossed.

Hope you all enjoy spreading your wings for some super CAS cards this week!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015


Life has got in the way of my intention to blog daily during February, but I managed to make a couple of cards yesterday and here is one of them.  It is based on this week's CAS(E) this sketch and uses a beautiful poppy stamp from Unity.  I have slightly offset the outline from the background to see some white.  Both the sentiment (Visible Image) and the outline are heat embossed. Poppy is stamped in Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.  The card was a little too empty, so I doodled a border.
I'm also entering my card for:
AAA - orange you glad you are CAS
Crafts Galore- stamp or digi
Creative Craft Cottage - in the garden
Happy Little Stampers - CAS embossing

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Wonderful Day

I had a  fun day at a workshop with Barbara Daines today, near Chippenham.  Everyone was really friendly, vast amounts of sweeties and cakes were consumed and we also played with Brushos.  This card has a SU butterfly overstamped and heat embossed on top of Brushoed paper.  No idea whose sentiment it is, Barbara very generously provides lots of supplies.

I'm entering my card for:
Open Minded - up in the air
Stempelsonne - anything goes
Southern Girls - winged things
Penny's Paper Crafty - embossing
Simon Says - all creatures great and small

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Less is More - Week 211 - one layer

Our one layer challenge this week at Less is More has the theme of Love.  I've made quite a few red/pink lurve cards recently and decided it was time for a change!  I brushed broad swathes of Aquatint inks across a linen textured card and then used WOW superfine platinum embossing powder for the brilliant sentiment, from Unity Stamps.  I coloured the key words, 'chocolate bar' with a watercolour pen and added a handful of tiny silver sequins.

Astonishingly, this idea worked first time out and I didn't need to have several loads of attempts at it.  I'm really pleased with it, hope you like it too :)

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Dogs leave pawprints on your heart

Today's card is a Valentine for my Mum from Stella the dog.  Stella came from Dogs Trust for my birthday some three years back, when things were bad.  Mum also sponsors two Dogs Trust inmates and was so chuffed to receive Valentines from them last year.  So I thought she had better also have a card from Stella this year!

I've cut a design from Silhouette and gold embossed a Kaisercraft sentiment onto it.  A few tiny sequins, a bit of matting and layering, job done:).

I'm entering some challenges with my card:
Red Rubber Inspirational - so sentimental
Scrap & Craft Inspiration - love/ Valentines/ romance
Scrapbooker PHD - CAS use a stamp

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

All You Need Is Love

Today I have another card to show you using my yummy new Unity Stamps stash.  Fox images seem to be everywhere at the moment and this pair is particularly appealing, even though I did lose one of my Light Sussex ladies to Mr Fox yesterday :(.

The image is coloured with Chameleon pens and die cut with a Simon Says stitched circle.  The sentiment is Kaisercraft and the two circle stamps, which echo the main image, are also from Unity.  Ink is SU Cherry Cobbler.

I'm entering my card for a few challenges:
Simon Says - All creatures great and small
Crafter's Cafe - hearts
Inky Impressions - Valentines/love
Deep Ocean - love is all around
Just Inspirational - any animal
Lacy Sunshine - have a heart
Sweet Stampin - add a heart

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Hello Love

I had a lovely bundle of Unity stamps arrive today and enjoyed myself playing with them!  This card is stamped with the distressed dots in Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.  I inked some card with the same ink to mat my card, embossed the image on top in Wow superfine gold and added a few sequins.  More Unity loveliness tomorrow :)
I am entering my card for some of the many Lurve challenges:
CAS-ology - love
Tuesday Throwdown - love is in the air
2 Cute Ink - love/Valentines
Crafty Cardmakers - love, love, love
House of Cards - love
Make my Monday - Valentine

Monday, 9 February 2015

Trendy Trees

Hello and here I am scraping in with a card for today.   When I visited Chrissie yesterday I found she had the most gorgeous tree stamp that, unbelievably I don't also own.  She kindly let me stamp a few and I've put together a quick card with it.  It is a Memory Box stamp called Trendy Trees, if anyone has one for sale please let me know!

Background embossing is Crafters Companion folder, sentiment die and stamp are Mama Elephant, which were spoils from yesterday's shopping trip.  I'm blaming Sarah Gray here, lol, having seen some fab work on her blog using Chameleon pens I have succumbed and bought some...  used them on my trees.
I'm entering my card for:
Happy Little Stampers - embossing
Paradise of Stampers - monochromatic
Your Scrapbook Place - anything goes masculine twist