Saturday, 22 November 2014

Less is More - Week 199 - Recipe

Hooray it's the weekend!  Time for a recipe challenge at Less is More and our recipe this week is "Jingle all the Way".

 First up is a Bugaboo funny.  I have a lovely, gentle dog called Stella, nothing like the tough broad in this Stella digital image!  The sentiment is by Stampotique, I bought it in the post-Christmas sale at Stamp Attic a few years back and love it, it always makes me smile.  Stella is coloured with Copics, Glossy Accents on her specs and some Glamour Dust.

I'm entering my card for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stamper's P is for Profanity Challenge, though this is rather mild and, more typically, I swear like a trooper!

My second card uses an image from Google of the music for Jingle Bells.  I've added some Distress Ink to it and stamped on Tim Holtz trees.  The diecut word is from a Tim Holtz set of Christmas words that I bought at the NEC.

Thursday, 20 November 2014


I had a bit of a disaster in the craftroom the other night, involving an (undrunk) glass of red.  I can't begin to tell you how far it spreads on a large blending mat...  I had to re-make this card, but I'm glad I did, I really like it!

Happy Birthday to ATCAS, I based it on their sketch.  The Inkylicious reindeer is silver embossed onto the linen card with a Pink Petticoat sentiment added.  The two stitched dies come from Simon Says.  The baubles and ribbon are both coloured with a Copic pen to make them a perfect match.
I'm entering my card for the following challenges:
Addicted to Clean & Simple - sketch
CAS on Sunday - ribbon or twine
4 Crafty Chicks - make it sparkle
Crafty Ribbons - animals, Christmas, ribbon
Love to Create - make it for Christmas
Ruby's Rainbow - non traditional Christmas
Crafting by Design - get ready for Christmas

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Less is More - Week 198 - theme - More Than One Tree

 Today's theme at Less is More just may be my favourite ever!  I love tree stamps and probably have more of them than anything else...  Think I may have made more cards than needed too this week lol...
First card uses Waltzing Mouse set called Flurries, I used various shades of green ink, added some gems to the snowflakes and some ric-rac across the card.

Second card has Stampin' Up Festival of Trees stamps, punch and even embossing folder!  Blinged up with gold embossing and a few mats of gold card, as well as one of the stitched dies, got these at the NEC and love them!
 Christmas trees were cut with my Portrait, both positive and negative shapes used.  The DP behind is a very old Basic Grey, called Dasher.  The sentiment is Pink Petticoat.
 Digi from A Day for Daisies has been printed out for, umm, at least three years waiting to be coloured!  At least now it is finished and in a card.  I added some Glamour Dust to the snow and used one of those stitched rectangles again.
 More NEC stash, the stamp and sentiment are both from Inkylicious, Adirondack Stonewashed and Lake Mist inks brushed on to the centre panel.
And finally a Lawn Fawn creation, photographed in artificial light.  The background is grey, influenced by some very stylish cards submitted recently to LIM by the very talented regular Viv.Unfortunately it looks a rather muddy brown here, hope to get a chance to take another photo in daylight.

Thank you for looking at my forest of tree cards (assuming you've persevered to the end that is!) and I'm looking forward to seeing plenty more trees to add to my stash.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Ooh La La Creations Challenge - more than one fold

Morning!  It's time for a new Ooh La La Challenge and this week we are asking for cards with more than one fold.  I kept my card very simple, with just two folds, in order to showcase the fab-ewe-lous image, Winter Woolies, from the Carnival of Colour CD, which is filled with artwork from Beverly Morgan.  I computer generated my sentiment, matted and layered my layers onto gold and added a few punched stars.

Hope ewe like it!

Sunday, 9 November 2014


 Like so many others, on Friday I made the journey to London to see for myself the beautiful and moving installation on poppies at the Tower of London, one for each British/Commonwealth life lost in WW1.  It is a very effective way to convey the huge scale of numbers and certainly puts life in perspective.
The day before I went to the NEC with my LIM friend Chrissie and bought some new stash to play with.  But somehow it seemed more appropriate to reach for existing stash and make this card.
The CAS colour challenge of real red, vanilla and metallic gold fitted it perfectly, though my red looks very dark in the photos.  My theme comes from Simon Says, which dedicated its Thinking of You challenge to Remembrance Day.  I gold embossed a SU sentiment onto a panel, cut a Memory Box sunburst from it (which to me symbolises hope) and mounted it on a tentfold card.  Added Memory Box poppies, diecut some gold pods for the flowers and tied my bunch with gold thread.
A quick look at Paper Playful shows another few challenges to enter:
Allsorts - poppies, remembrance
Sweet Stampin - poppies or red for remembrance
Delicious Doodles - remembrance, thinking of you

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Less is More Week 197 - one layer card - Starry starry night

Wow the non traditional colours challenge was popular, I need to get back to get round nearly everyone's cards, it has been a rather hectic week at work and at home!   This week we are at the dreaded (by some!) one layer week for Less is More.  Our challenge is "Starry, starry night" and the three cards that I have done that have made it to the blog are all Christmassy in style.
First up is stencilled onto a gatefold card.  The stencil is Memory Box and I've added tiny, tiny matt silver sequins and a Hobby Arts sentiment.
 Second card uses the Inkylicious sheep, aren't they gorgeous!  They are white embossed, coloured with Inktense pencils and I've drawn a groundline in for them.
Another kraft card, this uses a fab Stampin Up set called White Christmas.  It is white embossed and the shading is done with an Inktense pencil.  No sentiment as this card was getting to be More rather than Less so I left it alone!  What I REALLY like about this set is that it's clear and the gap between the single tree and the group of trees is a long thin line which is easily shaped up or downhill to give a different look.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Less is More Week 196 - colour challenge

What a wonderful week of newsprint entries we had for last weeks' Less is More!  This week we have a colour challenge, to use non-traditional Christmas colours.  So many colours are used for Christmas cards these days, but I decided that, as long as I avoided red and green, it would be non-traditional!  My first card is a tentfold.  It uses some gorgeous Penny Black silhouette stamps against a Distress Inked background with a SU sentiment, I've created shadows with second generation stamp.
Second card uses pink and white, a very non-trad Christmas combi for me! The background paper and the sentiment are both from Pink Petticoat and I've diecut with a Memory Box die and added a few gems, like this CAS layout.

My third card is very Pinterest influenced, I've free-cut my tree trunk and branches and added them to a Kraft background cut with my Simon Says Stamp die and added a die cut bird and an SU sentiment.

I look forward to lots of CAS inspiration for Christmas!

Thursday, 30 October 2014


I've quite a few things printed off and waiting to be used, including this beautiful image from the Halcyon Days CD.  Being contrary, I've entered it for CD Sunday's Silhouette challenge, though my seagull silhouettes are white - don't know whether this counts or not?!
I've stitched around the frame, added some twine and used a couple of papers from Pink Petticoat that were also printed out.
I'm also entering my card for:
Simon Says - anything goes
Crafters Cafe - things with wings

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Less is More Week 195 - recipe - newsprint

 This week we are challenging you to use newsprint in your CAS creation.  I have cleared so many books from my home this last year and couldn't find anything to cut up, so I went to Pinterest and found a free printable dictionary page for my cards.  Not sure which is my favourite...

First card uses Memory Box butterflies on a monochrome tentfold card.  I drew in the antennae, the tag and rectangle are both cut with Simon Says Stamp dies.  I was lucky enough to win a voucher to spend with them recently, thanks to Splitcoast Stampers and the dies, along with the bird, were part of my purchase.  A Hero Arts sentiment and some black and white twine finished this card off.

Next card uses Stampin' Up holiday home.  The lights in the windows are coloured with Inktense pencil and the colourful house at the front is shaded with Copics and popped up on Pinflair glue.  The sentiment is by Lindsey Duncan.
I'm entering my card for:
CAS-ology - home
My final card has a Scribbly Bird stamped onto the newsprint.  I've used the Inktense pencils with a bit of water to bring out the colour, and added a Paper Artsy sentiment embossed onto the kraft card. 
I'm entering my card for:
Simon Says -  get crafty and use kraft
Jingle Belles - holiday card with a creature
Crafting by Designs - get ready for Christmas

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

WTF stands for...

...Who's turning forty of course!  Made this card for a friend to send to his sister, it uses a set of CAS-ual Fridays stamps, which really make me smile.  Heat embossed for the WTF with Wow glittery blue and with Wow blueberry on the circle row and the question mark.  I had a few specks of powder on the card so, of course, I added a few sequins - got some tiny, tiny mixed ones at Ally Pally Knitting and Stitching show, love them!
I'm entering my card for:
Allsorts - embossing
Hiding in my Craft Room - embossing
Crafty Sentiments - use a sentiment
Digi Choosday - Happy Birthday
Crafty Cardmakers - it's only words
CAS on Sunday - emboss it