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.

Friday, 27 March 2015


I love this shape from the Silhouette store and think it's perfect for the Style challenge at CAS-ology.  Both the cut file and the ink (Cracked Pistachio)  are NBUS so I'm entering Darnells fourth NBUS challenge.  I wanted to create a retro-style background and I used Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio and Squeezed Lemonade, with a Clarity stencil and an Andy Skinner stencil.  My computer generated sentiment is printed onto vellum.
I'm also entering Addicted to CAS's Green Challenge.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Less is More - Week 216 - CASE a DT!

Welcome to the weekend and welcome to this week's Less is More Challenge.  This week we each have just one card to show you, as your challenge is to CASE the DT!
My card for CASEing is a simple one layer effort, using an adorable Stampin' Up image from the Cheerful Critters set.  He's coloured with watercolour pencils and the sign has a layer of Glossy Accents.  A doodled border and some baker's twine completes the card.

Today we three LIM ladies are meeting up at the NEC, which I'm really looking forward to.  Apologies to those of you who didn't get a blog visit from me  last week, I have had a really evil stomach bug and have been ill in bed and off work for several days.  I will get round to it - but not today!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Tropical Storm

I got a fab stencil from Clarity in the post last week, I belong to Barbara's Club.  My panel is masked off and the swirly stencil rotated and inked in different colours of Distress Ink until no white is visible.  I edged the masked section with a black Copic and added a Winnie and Walter sentiment and a Clarity Wee Folk stamp.  The technique was shown in Barbara's leaflet that came with the stencil, Ionly wish I could claim the credit lol!

Challenges entered:
CAS-ology - tropical
Come and Get It - make your own background
Challenge up your Life - masculine
Stamping Sensations - one for the guys

And finally...
Happy Mother's Day to all Mums out there, especially my Mum, has a lovely visit with her today.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Less is More - Week 215 - one layer week

 Welcome to this week's Less is More Challenge; this week is the dreaded one-layer week and our theme is 'Include an animal'.  My first card to show you uses a Unity Stamp image and sentiment.  I've used Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap and Gathered Twigs I think) on hammered card and kept it monochrome.  It reminds me of the illustrations in the pony books I loved to read as a child.
 The second card uses the alternate sentiment that is provided with the horse image.  I've heat embossed it, along with a Card-Io cat silhouette, onto a background created with a Barbara Gray stencil and more Distress Ink, Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed this time.
 I think this Stampin' Up set is really fun!  I have coloured it with Copics to get the shades I wanted, but don't feel they are ideal for a one-layer card because of the show-through to the wrong side.  I've doodled a barbed wire order to keep my stock in and added some googly eyes.
Last Saturday I met the lovely Kathy K at Stamp Attic in Wantage, my local craft shop which is sadly closing down.  I bought a brilliant Andy Skinner stencil and used a portion of it here.  I used Stampin' Up daubers and Distress Inks(Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry) on my stencil and added a computer generated sentiment.  I outlined the evolution figures with a Pigma Micron pen.