Saturday, 30 June 2012

Less is More Lucky Dip

This week Less is More is asking us to take inspiration from their header.  Yikes I'm usually rubbish at inspiration challenges...   but this time my card came together in about 5 minutes.  I am taking part in an envelope swap on the Joanna Sheen Forum and I got the most sumptuous colour co-ordinated pack a while back that has been sitting on my desk.  I used two strips of the paper and a diecut, adding a Hobby Art sentiment.  If anyone knows who makes this diecut I'd love to know, gorgeous isn't it?

Friday, 29 June 2012

Phindy's Place Challenge #112 - inspired by song or movie

Good Morning and welcome to a rainy Friday.  This week at Phindy's we're challenging you to make a card inspired by a song or a movie.  I've chosen a very fitting song for this English summer that we're enduring:  Will it Ever Stop Raining by the Saw Doctors.  Check out the video, they are a brilliant band to see live, one of my all-time favourites.  I've coloured with Copics, Distress Ink and Stickles and I followed Sketch 8 from Sketch'n'Stash for my card, using some lovely new stash of a 6x6 paper pad from Stamp Attic.
My card is also for the following challenges:
Sketch'n'Stash - free choice
Deep Ocean - welcome summer
LEJ Designs - summer's here
Sweet Stamps - patriotic or summer
Corrosive Challenge - summertime girls
Joanna Sheen - summer daze
Totally Gorjuss - something yellow

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Digi Doodle Shop Challenge #114 - pink & purple

Here's my card for this week's Digi Doodle Shop Challenge, which is to use pink and purple.  I thought this lovely scene, Beach Babes, just cried out to have pink and purple swimming costumes - but I have ended up with other colours of course for the scene!  No idea where my DP came from, I've used lots of squares here.
My card is also for the following challenges:
Inky Impressions - beach fun
Scrapalicious - summertime
Bearly Mine - anything goes
Deep Ocean - summer
Sassy Cheryls - summer

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

New Home

Today I've a New Home card to show you, it uses a keyhole from a lovely Stamp Addicts set.  I've stamped in Sepia Versafine and simply matted and layered.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Just Chill

 Today's card uses warm summer colours - if only we had the weather to go with it!  I've used a Sketch'n'Stash sketch and the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge of Liquid Refreshments for hot summer days as the theme.  I've coated the glass with lots of Glossy Accents, can you see the shine?  The sentiment came with the HM stamp.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Some pretty pink paper piecing

I'm a bit late entering Less is More this week but it's a favourite technique of mine: paper piecing.  I've used a sweet Phindy's Place image called Spring Dress Mei Mei and I've paper pieced her dress from Basic Grey Indian Summer DP.  Never mind Indian Summer, please can we have a summer first!   The image is matted and layered a few times and a sentiment that came free with a magazine added to it.  I'm also entering CAS-ual Friday's Pretty in Pink Challenge.
My hairdresser asked me to make her a wedding card and I've come up with these two, what do you think?

First one is a Whiff of Joy stamp silver embossed and the second is a Waltzing Mouse sentiment on a Spellbinder mounted onto gold pearlescent card.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Phindy's Place Challenge #111, Plaid/Check

This week at Phindy's Place we're challenging you to use a check or plaid.  I've used a My Mind's Eye check that I like so much I bought it as a 6x6 pad and a sheet of the 12"!   I've paper pieced Spring Dress Mei Mei and kept my card very simple, adding some yummy roses ribbon from Stamp Attic.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Something shiny...

This week's Less is More Challenge is "Something shiny".  Shiny means Christmas cards to me, soI used new Stamp Addicts stamps of the twelve days of Christmas and embossed using Wow Superfine powder, which is fab for these detailed stamps.  I've scored a double line above and below the squares.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Phindy's Place Challenge - beach babies

Good morning and welcome to this week's Phindy's Place Challenge.  This week we have the summer theme of beach babies, I just hope we the rain stops and we get the weather to go with the theme!   I used the adorable Summer Bare image for my card, adding some Cupcake Basic Grey DPs and some card candy.  The layout is from Saturday Sketchers. 
My card is for the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday - sketch
Divas by Design - summer
Paper Pretties - summer inspiration
Simon Says - summer inspiration
Fashionista - simply summer
Pile it On - let's get outdoors

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Holiday Ornaments

I have succumbed to temptation and got a new set of Waltzing Mouse stamps, the totally gorgeous ornaments which are designed to be used with Spellbinder dies.  They also go with the Nordic Winter set which is my all-time favourite stamp set for Christmas so I had to get them really :).
This is loosely based on this week's Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge, I've embossed onto kraft card and added a dry embossed panel.  I'm really impressed with the detail on these stamps, love them.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Clean & Simple Christmas

This week's Basic Grey Challenge is clean & simple.  I love my 6x6 pads and have lots of scraps that I cannot bear to throw away.  So I decided to use some up for this challenge.  Here I've matted squares from an Eskimo Kisses pad onto mirri card and used my Wow embossing powder in pale superfine gold for the Stampin' Up sentiment.  I think I may try this with 3x3 squares, not 2x2, what do you think?

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Less is More flourish

This week the Limettes are challenging us to use a flourish on a one-layer card.  While I was looking for a flourish I realised I've hardly (if ever) inked up this Elusive Images birdhouse with a flourish growing up its pole. Hope it is a suitable flourish!  I white embossed it and brushed some Distress Inks onto the masked card.  The sentiment is Papermania.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Phindy's Place Challenge #109 - Father's Day

Welcome to this week's Phindy's Place Challenge.  This week we are making Father's Day cards, or masculine cards, mine is actually for my FIL.  The adorable image is called The Faithful and the Fickle, as ever I coloured with my trusty Copics, adding some brads, some Stampin' Up ribbon and masculine DPs.
I'm entering my card in the following challenges:
Card Cupids - animals
Penny's Paper Crafty - Father's Day
Clear it Out - brads and masculine (the brads are old stash)
Digital Tuesday - anything goes
Shopping our Stash - Father's Day
Cards for Men - Father's Day
Love to Create - Father's Day
Here Come the Boys - anything goes
Little Claire's - male
Secret Crafter - anything goes

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Sweets for the sweet

This week Waltzing Mouse Challenge celebrates its 100th sketch!  This is my take on it, I really like simple red and white together for Christmas cards...

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Red, white & Blue (and a diamond!)

Here's a one layer card using my Inkylicious stamps.  I used Distress Inks in Faded Jeans and Fired Brick and added a tiny diamond gem to the crown.
My card is for:
Less is More - red, white & blue
One Stop Craft Challenge - crowns or diamonds AND red, white & blue
Daring Cardmakers - red, white & blue

Friday, 1 June 2012

Digi Doodle Shop Challenge #110 - get the bunting out

Good morning and I'm a day late again with my posting!  I've been having problems with my printer and as a result I seem to be behind on everything...  This week's Digi Doodle Shop Challenge is right on trend for this week's Jubilee celebrations, we want you to add some bunting to your card.  I used the adorable Playful Puppies image, teaming it with this week's Papertake sketch and some Basic Grey Marjolaine papers from an old pad.
My card is for the following challenges:
Papertake - sketch
Simon Says - anything goes
Bearly Mine - animal kingdom