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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Two from new stash

 Today I've a couple of cards to show you, made with some goodies from the new Stampin Up release.  I really like the Seaside Shore set and here I've used it for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch layout.  Stamped in Memento Paris Dusk, with Glossy Accents added to the bubble trail.
Second card uses a stunning 6x6 paper pad of photographic style images called Serene Scenery.  I knew if I wasn't careful this would end up as 'too good to use' so I set to and made this simple card with half of a sheet.  Matted onto black and then gold mirri, this has a Botanical Blooms sentiment heat embossed and a die cut edging exposes more of the mirri card.  A few sequins add yet more gold.  The main card is cream hammered card, so the whole thing has a really warm, summer effect.  I'm entering this card for Simon Says Add some shimmer

Saturday, 4 June 2016

"Less is More" Challenge #279 - colour

Another week has rushed past and it is time for our colour challenge week at "Less is More".  This week our colour is purple.  I've used the Sketched Tulips stamp from our generous sponsor for June, Stamplorations. I've masked and stamped twice, taking the image off the page of my one layer kraft card.  It's coloured with WH Smith cheapo pencils, which had a great range of purples!  Sentiment is Woodware, I added some white highlights to it, what do you think?
I'm enerting my card for:
Simon Says - mask it

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Hydrangeas

Everything is growing like mad in the garden and I'm looking forward to my hydrangea flowering, one of the beautiful flowers of high summer.  In the meantime, I've used SU Petite Petals for a hydrangea, stamped in Memento ink, Summer Sky, Bahama Blue and Danube Blue.  They are framed with a Memory Box shaker frame and a few extras cut out and added.  Sentiment is Clarity.

I'm entering my card for:
Addicted to CAS - petals
CAS-ology - CAS
CAS Mix-Up - stamping and dies

Saturday, 28 May 2016

"Less is More" Challenge #278 - sketch


This week at "Less is More" we have a fun sketch for your inspiration.  My first card is mostly diecut against a smooshed background.  I've used a SU Botanicals die to divide my card with a Memory Box birdhouse and a Little Clare sentiment. Cute house, isn't it.

I'm entering my card for Simon Says - anything goes

My second cards uses a super stencil that I bought at Portsmouth stamping show last year from Stamp Hut, unfortunately I've lost the packaging, can't remember who makes it.  My Distress Inked creepers were going to other way up, as weed, with a fish swimming through.  But I seem to have a lack of fish stamps so one of those stalwart Crazy Birds stepped in instead. He's Copic coloured then cut out (I don't have the dies to match) and the gold embossed sentiment is Whiff of Joy.



Saturday, 21 May 2016

"Less is More" Challenge #277 - theme

 This week at "Less is More" our theme is things that go pop or bang.  Yikes!  For a while I couldn't think of anything at all that would fit the challenge but when the panic subsided I realised that, of course, there are balloons.  Then I remembered a favourite Acid Drops and What Not stamp with a gun...
Wendy's birthday was yesterday, she owned the Stamp Attic in Wantage for many years and she does love her coffee!  Computer generated sentiment, image coloured with Copics and some foliage gently stencilled in with SU Soft Sky.
My second card, using lightbulbs, again has a computer generated sentiment.  The Mama Elephant stamps use Wow platinum embossing powder with Memento black and dandelion inks.  There is a scattering of teeny sequins,  covering up ink smudges.  I have a Canon printer, with authentic Canon inks, but to my annoyance nothing that I print seems to "set" - including both these sentiment cards.  Does anyone have any suggestions for preventing this please?

Saturday, 14 May 2016

"Less is More" Challenge #276 - one layer week

It is Saturday again and time for another "Less is More" challenge.  This week is one layer week and our theme is At Sea.  I've a very non-traditional colour scheme, opted for white on kraft.  This is a very old SU stamp, using Sepia Versafine.  Coloured with Inktense and a border doodled around with a Pigma pen.
I will add a sentiment when I use the card :)

Monday, 9 May 2016

A few challenges...

I love the strong colours from this week's CAS Colours and Sketches so I decided to make a card using them.  I followed the layout at CASE this sketch.  I used a Stamplorations stencil to put Mossy Meadow splatters on my panel and added a Memory Box diecut butterfly and Mama Elephant diecut and stamped sentiment.  I rounded corners on my panels and edged the large one with Mossy Meadow ink.
I'm also entering my card for:
Simon Says - stencil it
Incy Wincy - clean and simple
Crafty Cardmakers - things with wings

Saturday, 7 May 2016

"Less is More" - Challenge #275 - Colour

Welcome to this week's "Less is More" Challenge.  This week our colour challenge is to use pastel colours.
I've slightly altered a sentiment that I saw on a commercial card that appealed to me.  The chairs are a Silhouette cut file, sentiment is computer generated using 'Problem Secretary' on kraft.

I would like to wish Anita, my DT friend, a very happy birthday!  I have made her a mostly diecut card for the day.  The leaves and frame are Poppy Stamps and the flowers and sentiment are Stampin Up.  Hope you have a wonderful day Anita x

Saturday, 30 April 2016

"Less is More" Challenge #274 - Lucky Dip

This week at "Less is More" we have a fab theme of using patterned paper in a clean and simple style.  I apologise for only having one card to show you, with a not very good photo.  There is a reason...

My laptop took it into its head to install, unwanted, Windows 10.  That was annoying.  But then I discovered the Start button did not work and that this is a common problem.  There are fixes online, however none worked as it seemed not to have brought all the files across with it.  Eventually, with remote IT support (son at Uni) I have resolved it tonight and promptly reverted to Seven.  It has not been a happy experience and if I ever meet the person who thought it a good idea to put it on computers without first being invited I have a few harsh words for them!

So my card is pretty straightforward after all that computer angst...  A Memory Box DP from a Christmas pad some years back, with a SU diecut panel in front.  The flowers are also SU diecuts and the sentiment is stamped in Mint Macaron.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

"Less is More" Challenge #273 - recipe

Welcome to St George's Day and to this week's "Less is More" Challenge, our recipe celebrates St George's Day with saints, dragons or heroes.  I will admit, I have been cursing this as an impossible theme lol!  But...  I Googled for a digi and came up with a brilliant, new-to-me site where I bought this adorable dragon.  He comes from a lady called Sandy Allnock and when I got him he also came with colouring suggestions and combinations for Copics.  For my $5 I got two gorgeous digis, plus a pdf document giving ideas for shading in greens.  There are lots more colour tutorials and I can see a few more of them finding their way into my downloads soon!  BTW I didn't have quite the same greens as Sandy used, so imperfections in the colours are mine not hers :).  No affiliation to Sandy or her site, just a happy customer.

So this little chap is coloured in greens, with Glossy Accents on his eyes.  The Inkylicious sentiment is inked with Versafine Olympia Green and I've rounded off the corners.  Cute, isn't he?  And I would never have met him without the impossible theme...

Of course then I had to colour up the hatching dragon egg that was part of the tutorial , my choice of colours this time.  The sentiment is Clarity and I have offset the panel which was edged with one of the Copics I used.

 And, just in time, I realised that I do actually have a Saint stamp, in fact I have several, and  dies too!  Of course, I'm talking about St Nicholas, Sinter Klaas, Santa Claus...  I've white embossed a Butterfly Kisses stamp onto red card.  The glasses have Glossy Accents on them and I've added a couple of clear gems and some twine, with the panel popped up on sticky dots.

 I hope I've inspired you to join in, looking forward to seeing your CAS cards :)