Sunday, 22 November 2015

A Trio of Challenges

I had a really happy afternoon yesterday, watching the racing on telly and making cards.  Perfect way to spend a cold afternoon!
This die cut Christmas card is one of the results.  The baubles are an old favourite, but the Crisp Bows are NBUS, both from Memory Box.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up.  I made my card for the CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge and for once, I had both cardstock and ink in one of the colours - Lost Lagoon!  So bows and baubles were cut from silver metallic, red cardstock and the aforementioned LL.
I followed the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch and I'm also entering Simon Says Christmas Challenge.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Less is More - Week #251

This week at Less is More our theme is numbers.  My card combines computer generated sentiments with a Tim Holtz Crazy Bird.  The splats are a MFT stamp.  Mr Bird is coloured with Copics and has Glossy Accents eyes.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Less is More - Week #250 - One Layer

 It is one layer week at Less is More this week and this week our theme is Santa.  I will never forget the first year I made all our Christmas cards and took them to the post.  I'd added layer after layer and loads of embellies - the postage bill was HUGE!  I've tried to have a good stash of one layer Christmas cards ever since!

First card uses a cute stamp from Little Claire, I bought lots of their stamps when I was at Sincerely Yours with Chrissie a few weeks back.  The sentiment is Dylusions.  I've used Koh-i-Noor pencils to colour it (remember them?) and added a touch of Glossy Accents to the specs, though it is hard to see.
For my second card I cut a Memory Box die and used the negative as a stencil, brushing DI Blueprint through it.  The sleigh and starry trail are both Inkylicious stamps and the sentiment is Stampin Up.  They use Versafine Majestic Blue and WOW embossing superfine Platinum.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Thinking of You

I bought a beautiful new Memory Box die called Woodley when I was at Sincerely Yours with Chrissie.  I've embedded it into kraft card here, given it a narrow black border and some black dotty ribbon.  Sentiment is Stampin Up.  I'm adding my card to the Simon Says Stamp Challenge.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Less is More - Week #249 - Colour

This week is the colour challenge at Less is More and our colour is FIRE.  I'm afraid I only have one card to show you as I have had such a busy week.  I've used Brushos to get my fiery coloured panel.  PostIts masked off one corner and I sprinkled orange, yellow and crimson then spritzed with water.  A Poppy die corner from gold mirri card, Mama Elephant sentiment and a thin black mat finish off the card.
I look forward to seeing lots of fiery CAS creations!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Less is More - Week #248

 This week at "Less is More" we are challenging you to make a paper pieced card.  My first card was made at elder son's request, one of his schoolfriends has just had a baby boy.  It uses Pink Petticoat design paper and digi image.  I am so sad that Liz is shutting up shop soon, her papers and images are well suited to CAS designs and I have many of them.  I made a frame for the elephant using Simon Says Stamp stitched squares and added some baby blue gems.
My other card uses snippets of bright Basic Grey papers on a kraft card background.  The stamps are Technique Tuesday and the sentiment is Whiff of Joy.  I don't have any of the enamel dots that are so popular at the moment, so I went retro and used tiny metal brads for some birdseed.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Non trad Christmas colours

I really need to get started on some Christmas cards, here I've used a sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches.  I've gold embossed Stampin Up trees onto orange and pink snippets and punched them out.  The grey background is partially embossed with a co-ordinating folder.  I have topped them with gold sequins.   A Mama Elephant 'Happy' and a SU 'Christmas' complete my card.  In real life the orange sentiment is a good match for the tree!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Less is More - Week 247 - sketch

This week at "Less is More" we have a sketch to challenge you.   At first it had me stumped, but once I got to grips with it I found it fairly straightforward to work with.  Hope you like my inspiration and I look forward to seeing lots of different takes on it :).
My cute Lawn Fawn dachsund was coloured with Copics and then masked so I could overstamp him with a brushstroke from SU Work of Art in Pear Pizazz.   The butterflies are from the same Lawn Fawn set and have Liquid Pearls added and a Clarity sentiment completes this card.

 My next card is a Christmas take on the sketch.  The Pear Pizazz ink was pressed into service again for both the pine branch and sentiment from Winnie & Walter Winter Woodland.  I punched a SU bird from kraft snippets and turned it into a robin with some Distress Ink.  A mat of kraft card to match finishes off this card.
And finally, this uses my favourite Christmas sentiment stamp (Magenta) from last year.  This time I've teamed it with the legs of a Dylusions chap, coloured with Copics.  I should point out that I am a red drinker and not white, but this always makes me smile.  Hope it raises a smile for you too :)

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Less is More - Week #246 - masculine

Apologies for my lack of comments on Less is More, I have been away with no internet connection for a couple of weeks and hope to catch up on everyone soon!
This week our theme is 'masculine', which I think suits the CAS style really well.  I'vemade a die cut  card, with a Memory Box digger against a Memory Box sentiment.  The background was sprinkled with Brusho greens and then spritzed with water.  I coloured the digger with Copics and filled in its window with some Glossy Accents.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Less is More - Week #245 - one layer

 This week it is the dreaded one layer week at Less is More and this week our theme is autumn.  This little House Mouse looks like he's really having fun with the falling leaves! He's a Joanna Sheen stamp, coloured with Distress Inks on linen texture card,  I've not added a sentiment, if I need to add one it will be when I send the card...
This stamp came from a Unity Kit of the Month last year.  I think she may be meant to be winter rather than autumn, but I've given her autumnal colours using Copics.  She is dressed for the season, maybe she is at a bonfire night party with her cuppa?  House Mouse sentiment.