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 :)

Saturday, 16 April 2016

"Less is More" Challenge #272 - theme

Welcome to this week's "Less is More" Challenge.  This week our theme is to use three stamps - no more and no less lol!  I opted to use three Card-Io stamps, two foliage and a lily.  I've taken a picture of them so you can see them clearly as I've over stamped them several times.

I started out masking off a circle and lightly brushed Shaded Lilac across the rest of the card.  Then I began to stamp foliage around the circle,  I used SU Mint Macaron and Versafine Olympia Green for the leaves and DI Worn Lipstick for the flowers.  The Lawn Fawn sentiment was diecut from a scrap inked up with Worn Lipstick.  I added some Cotton Candy Stickles to the flowers and adged the panel with more of the Lilac.

I'm entering my card for:
CASology - Pink
CAS on Sunday - flowers

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Dotty Dog

I have a card to show you that I made by request.  I was given a photo of a tri-colour terrier and asked to make a card for its owner!  I found some digis from Printable Heaven that I bought years ago, I think this is a drawing by Cecil Aldin.  Coloured the digi with Copics, matted it and added it to some polka dot paper with a die cut dotty border.  The sentiment is Craftwork Cards.
I'm entering my card for Simon Says - let's do the polka

Saturday, 9 April 2016

"Less is More" - Week #271 - One layer week

Here we are at one layer week for "Less is More" and I admit that I have two versions of this card - one layer and, umm, not!  Guess who didn't read the details properly...

The them is Geometric Pattern and I have used an Inky Doodles stencil for my pattern, with Twisted Citrus, Mustard Seed and Ripe Persimmon inked through it.  I've overstamped with some Unity flowers and coloured them with the same Distress Inks.  The sentiments are Stampin Up, using the same inks again.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

"Less is More" - Challenge #270 - Colour

Welcome to this week's "Less is More" Challenge.  Our colour challenge this time is to use anything other than white for the "white space" on your card.

I have opted for black space and used Stampin' Up dies and stamps.  I've gold embossed the card centres and added a Simon Says gold embossed sentiment.  I love these flowers against a black background, it reminds me of canal boats and their decoration.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

"Less is More" - Challenge #269 - Recipe

Welcome to this week's "Less is More" Challenge.  This week we have a recipe challenge, to use polka dots.  I love dots and really enjoyed making a few cards for this one, hope you will too.  First card showcases diecutting and I've used Memory Box dies.  It is hard to see in the photo, but I have embossed a Simon Says stitched hillside die onto my card base and the trees are all grounded on this.  The sentiment is Winnie & Walter.
 My second card has paper piecing, the umbrella is pieced from Pink Petticoat digital paper in Raspberry Coulis.  The image and sentiment are both by Unity, her dress also has dots on.  When I'd finished this it just looked a bit too stark, so I used a Stampin Up die to edge the tent folded card and added a strip of the dotty paper underneath.
I'm entering this card for:
Simon Says - come rain or shine
CAS-ology - weather
My final card was made for a young pianist's birthday and  the dots are on the ribbon.  Embossed notes sit behind a Memory Box Grand Happy Birthday die and the piano was cut using my Silhouette.
I'm entering this card for Cute Card Thursday - To die for

Happy Easter to everyone and enjoy a bit of dottiness :).

Saturday, 19 March 2016

"Less is More" Challenge #268 - Theme

Welcome to this week's "Less is More" challenge.  This week our them is:  What's outside your window?  Now you may be looking at my card and thinking what on earth has this duckling with attitude got to do with this?

OK...  bear with me:).   I moved house just over a year ago and now I have a largeish front garden on a cul de sac close to the river.  The other morning I came down to make a cuppa, as it was getting light, without my contacts in.  There was something moving around on the lawn - in fact several somethings - I had been invaded by ducks!   I've used a bit of artistic licence, there were no ducklings, just adults ducks and drakes but I hope to see some youngsters soon now it is spring.

My Copic coloured stamp is by Impression Obsession, the sentiment is Joanna Sheen.  I've masked him and inked some Peeled Paint through a Clarity stencil to ground him.

I'm entering my card for:
Simon Says - cute and cuddly
Brown Sugar - spring
CCE Stampers - poultry day
Creative Knockouts - spring is on the way

Wednesday, 16 March 2016


I'm sneaking in a second card that follows CAS Colours & Sketches layout.  As a quilter I couldn't resist the WPlus9 dies, this card is for a quilting friend who is currently fighting cancer.   I cut it from my white panel and again from gold.  Coloured the star with Copics and assembled it all as an inlaid diecut.  The embossed sentiment is Clarity.  My card looked a little stark so I added a few tiny gold sequins.  Usually they are a cover up for a smudge but this time the card needed them :).

I'm also entering:
Fresh Brewed Challenges - anything goes
Sisterhood of Crafters - dies and/or punches

It's Hip to be Square

CAS Colours and Sketches has a super simple pared down sketch which has given me lots of ideas.  I am fast running out of time to make and blog them, however here is one of them to show you, a masculine card I'm pretty pleased with.  I am going through a bit of a kraft phase and also seem to keep reaching for my Mama Elephant Happy stamps.

I've diecut a Simon Says square from my card and inserted white.  Then I diecut my Memory Box tree and inserted a black tree back in.  Sentiment is black embossed.

I'm also entering:
Challenge up your Life - die cutting
Sweet Stampin - boys to men  (the sentiment is stamped)

Saturday, 12 March 2016

"Less is More" Challenge #267 - one layer

It is time for a new challenge at "Less is More" and this week our one layer challenge is to give the sentiment centre stage.  I have chosen to use nothing but text for my card, kind of the opposite of leaving the sentiment off the card until you know who you're sending it to!

I've combined an Inkylicious sentiment with a big bold Clarity Stamps one.  I have no recollection at all of when or why I bought the Inkylicious stamp but feel that it works well with the extra words.  What do you think?  I've inked with a mixture of Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans Distress markers with a touch of red Whisper marker.