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!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Less is More - Week #231 - colour

 Happy 4th of July and welcome to our colour challenge week at Less is More, which of course has to be red, white and blue!

My first card uses a Clarity stamp that came with my New Designs membership, this is Alice. Her dress is paper pieced from dotty blue paper. I used her with a card design cut by my Silhouette, there is a gramophone in the corner which I removed, just leaving the hearts emanating from the corner.  The insert behind is a pearlised red card.  The sentiment is Paper Smooches.
I'm entering my card for Simon Says we're going dotty  challenge.
Red, white and blue is a classic nautical colour combination to me and here I've used my much loved and used Memory Box waves stencil with Distress Inks to give a background that is framed with a Simon Says stitched square die.  The naive boat sits outside the frame and I've added a Hero Arts sentiment.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Less is More - Week #230 - sketch

This week at Less is More we have a simple sketch for you to follow.  I have made an almost white on white card from linen textured cardstock.  The panels have been embossed with an old Cuttlebug script folder and edged in grey with a Copic marker.  The die cut butterfly is from Memory Box, the base layer is a lovely sparkly cardstock.  Sentiment die and stamp are both Mama Elephant.

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

Tuesday, 23 June 2015


This week the Simon Says Challenge is to use your favourite technique and/or product, which got me thinking...  after all there are so many!  I still love to stamp but these days I am colouring less.  Currently I love die cutting and especially all the dies with those stitched edges.  I love trees, whether stamps, dies or stencils and I like a restricted colour palette and also kraft card. And my favourite style, as you'll know if you've visited my blog before, is clean and simple.

So with all that in mind I made my card very early this morning.  The inlaid panel is cut with one of those fab SimonSays dies that has 'stitching' on the inside and the outside, the trees are Poppystamps dies and that dotty paper is Pink Petticoat.  The sentiment is also Simon Says.

Hope you like my Favourites card :)

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Less is More Week #229 - Theme

 Welcome to the weekend and to a new challenge at Less is More.  This week your challenge is to make a clean and simple card using stencils.  My first card uses a gorgeous metal stencil from Sweet Poppy, designed by Lavinia Stamps. Black embossing paste, washi tape, ribbon, a bit of red ink.  Added some inked stencilling on the base card.  This has a few more embellies than I like to use, but it seemed to need them...

Health and Safety warning:  these metal stencils are blimmin' sharp!  I started by using another metal stencil (different maker) and wasn't happy with my card.  When I was washing the embossing paste off it under the tap I sliced open my thumb.  It was so sharp that it didn't hurt - at first!  There was a lot of bloodshed and crafting was abandoned for the evening lol!
And now for a less dangerous card!  I belong to Barbara Gray's Clarity Club and get a stencil and stamp each month.  This fab swirly effect is achieved by rotating a swirl on the spot, using different inks until no white card shows through.  Love it!  I added a Clarity figure and a Stampin' Up sentiment.