Saturday, 22 August 2015

Less is More #238 - sketch

This week at Less is More we have a sketch to challenge you with, which is very clean and simple, giving you lots of opportunity to make it your own!

 My first offering is a monochrome card, based on the idea of a wall with a climbing plant growing up it.  I've used Memory Box Chloe diecuts in gold, bronze and chocolate snippets for the flowers.

My second card uses a Clarity stamp with a hillside on it.  Gorgeous image, isn't it - yet more trees to add to my collection :).  Of course, when I stamped it out I remembered that it slopes the other way to the sketch...  I've extended the hillside lines with a Pigma pen and coloured with Copics.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Less is More - Week #237 - theme

We have a theme at Less is More this week - congratulations.  I've a couple of cards to show you, first up is a Stampin' Up balloon inked with Mint Macaron.  It's accented with gold  sequins, ribbon, heat embossing and a gold cardstock mat.
More heat embossing on my second card, on vellum this time.  The Hero Arts flower is white embossed and layered up on top of the dotty cardstock with the sentiment also on vellum.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Less is More - Week #236 - one layer

Welcome to one layer week at Less is More and this week our theme is "The eyes have it".  My first card uses a freebie Craft Stamper stamp, though not the one I was looking for!  I've repeat stamped it in Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans and added some Paper Smooches sentiments.

This card has lots of eyes to look at, I made this for a farmer friend of mine.  The stamp is from Stampin' Up and I've added some googly eyes (slightly cheating on the one layer, though they are a minimal embellie lol!) and a doodled border.

 Need to persevere with my Brushos, so I stamped, coloured and masked some Clarity hare stamps.  Sprinkled Prussian Blue, Light Brown and Leaf Green then gave it a light spritz.  The sentiment is a magazine freebie.  You can see that this one layer needs a long period under something heavy to flatten it!

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Less is More - #235 - colour

 This week we have a colour challenge at Less is More - berry shades.  I'm still playing with those Stampers Anonymous Crazy Birds and this little chap is berry shaded with Copics right down to his pink tinged eyes - is it conjunctivitis or just a hangover?  He's grounded with an MFT stamp and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. 
I'm entering my bird for CAS-ology's Wings challenge and my Happy card for Simon Says - anything goes.
I used the same MFT stamp set with an assortment of inks for my second card, as well as a couple of dies.  I've raised up the 'happy' with extra die cuts behind it.

Looking forward to seeing lots of berry shades from the LIMettes this week :)

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Less is More - Week #234 - recipe

Good morning!  It's the weekend and time for a new Less is More challenge.  This weekend sees a landmark birthday for Chrissie - Lady Limette herself.  Happy birthday Chrissie and have a wonderful day - I can't believe how old you are lol - you certainly don't look it!!!
Our theme is 'Snippets for Chrissie'. 

I've been wanting those quirky Tim Holtz Crazy Birds for ages and gave in a couple of weeks back, decided to use one and added some tail feathers cut from snippets of leftover Brusho painted card that came from a workshop I did back in the spring.  The feather stamp was a Craft Stamper freebie.  I grounded my birds with some dots from a Stamp Addicts dotty stamp, added a few stray sequins that were lurking on my craft mat and added a cheeky Woodware sentiment.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Shape and Line

This week's Simon Says challenge is to make a shaped card - other than square or rectangle.  I played about with some paper and reminded myself how to cut a 30 degree triangle.  Then when I saw that CAS-ology's key word is Line I knew that I wanted to add lines of stylised trees to my card.  The Waltzing Mouse stamp is gorgeous and I can't believe that I haven't used it more!  Inks are Memento:  Ladybug, Pear and Canteloupe with Versafine Olympia Green.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Less is More - Week 233 - Theme

This week our theme at Less is More is 'Life's a Beach' and I have a few cards to share with you.
 Stampin' Up Wetlands is one of my all-time favourite sets and I've made a one layer card using it with some Distress Inks (Scattered Straw, Mowed Grass, Stormy Sky) brushed through a circle mask. 
I've seen a few cards on Pinterest that use Coredinations card torn to make waves and here is my take on this, using a kraft card for the base.  The flip flops were cut from a Silohouette file and the flowers on them use an EK Success punch.  Sentiment is from a Joanna Sheen House Mouse set.
Finally I have some Pink Petticoat beach huts to show you.  I've coloured them with Copics and added an embossed panel behind the image edged with Copic pen and with a bit of twine added.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Furry Friends

I've made a few decoupage cards lately using Joanna Sheen card pads.  This one uses a Donald Zolan image and I've used the elements on some Anna Marie dotty cardstock.  I'm entering my card for the Simon Says Furry Friends challenge.

Sunday, 12 July 2015


I have made a couple of cards to play along at CAS-ology, where this week the cue word is Repeat.
I used a fun new Stampin' Up set which is called Sprinkles on Top.The four doughnuts are all close together in a row one one stamp, so I chose to stamp them in an assortment of colours and used a 1" circle punch to cut them out, giving a variety of colours.  The doughnuts are popped up on 3D dots to add depth to the cards and I've stamped the sentiments in matching inks, adding a bit of twine too.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Less is More - Week # - one layer

 This week is a one layer challenge at Less is More and this month the theme is masculine.  First up is a globe stamped onto cream hammered card and coloured with Distress Inks.  The sentiment is computer generated.  The stamp came from a grab bag of unmounteds that I bought at Ally Pally when I was out on a stash enhancement trip with Chrissie, I think it was from Creative Impressions.
My next card uses some JOFY Christmas star stamps, inked with Memento Ladybug and Dandelion inks. The sentiment is a magazine freebie.  This time the card is made from linen textured card.
I hope my final card gives you a giggle, this chap is an Acid Drops and What-Nots stamp, coloured with Copics and with a doodled border.

So many of us say that cards for chaps are hard to make, I'm looking forward to lots of inspiration from the LIMettes!