Monday, 28 April 2014

Faithful Friends - Ooh La La Challenge #155

Sorry to be late posting my card for today's Ooh La La Challenge, I have a horrid cold and have slept most of the day away!  Our challenge this week is called Faithful Friends and I have used the lovely Golden Retriever from the Ooh La La CD Faithful Friends.  This card is one of those DT cards that I feel should be more complex, but although I tried adding all sorts of embellishments and bells and whistles the image really says it all and any more than the backing paper from the CD and a nice stripy grosgrain ribbon was just too fussy!

I am building up a collection of Golden Retriever cards for my Mum, who kept them most of her life and this card is to add to the collection, so I'm entering my card for CD Sunday's "for someone special" challenge.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Less is More Week 169 - a sketch

This week's Less is More Challenge is to make your CAS card based on this simple sketch.  My first card uses the Stampin' Up Build a Bird punch.  I've coloured my kraft card birds with a bit of Distress Ink and given them a pop hole.  The sentiment is from Joanna Sheen.  I can't decide whether this is a young bird being fed in the nest or a lovely-dovey pair of birds, could be either...

Second card is cut with my Portrait,uses soft pastel shades and a Stampin' Up sentiment.

I'm entering a few challenges with my cards:
Just a Note:
 Get Inky - die cuts
Simon Says - clean and simple
Sisterhood of Crafters - things with wings

Butterfly Birthday
Scrappers Delight - pretty pastels
Simon Says - clean and simple
Stempelgarten - pastel colours mix

Friday, 25 April 2014


Today's card is monochromatic and masculine.  Specs are cut with my Portrait, sentiment is computer generated, I added a couple of tiny holographic rhinestones.
I'm entering my card for:
Simon Says - clean and simple
Artistic Impressions - CAS/anything goes
Aurora Wings - monochromatic
Eureka Stamps - clean and simple

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Collection of Cats

 A few weeks back I was lucky enough to get a copy of Joanna Sheen's Ivory Cats CD on EBay.  I am a dog person rather than a cat person but the artwork on this CD is exquisite, I love it and I'm sure my many friends who love cats will too!  I printed off a few images over the weekend and have finished a couple of cards to show you.

First one is for CD Sunday's Art Deco/ Art Nouveau Challenge.  It may a different entry, but it is Art Nouveau!  Image is matted onto embossed gold card, gems, Stickles and a Craftwork Cards sentiment added to the image.  Some hand-dyed thread and some Card Candi finish it off.
I'm also entering my card for:
Simon Says - animal antics
Incy Wincy - furry friends

I love the vibrant colours in this image, but admit that I should have teamed it with black die cut cats not brown!   I didn't want the orange paper and black to shout "Halloween"...
I'm entering my card for:
Krafty Katz - B is for...   boats, buoys, black cats, blue card candi
Simon Says - animal antics
Cute Card Thursday - splish splash

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Less is More - Week 168 - Makes me Smile

This week's theme at Less is More is "Makes me Smile".  This is a four day weekend, so that makes me smile for a start :).  I have some cards to show you that make me smile, I hope they make you smile too.

First up is a favourite stamp from Acid Drops and What-Nots, this character is called Christine.  Now Chrissie (Lady LIM) does enjoy a glass of red, this Copic coloured card certainly makes me smile.  Actually it makes me jealous too; I absolutely love red wine but for the last year or so it has not liked me and with sadness I have given up for now and am trying to learn to love white...
My next card has a great sentiment stamp from Woodware.  I've resist embossed it and then brushed Salty Ocean and Mown Lawn Distress Inks onto it.  The frame and the balloons were cut by my Portrait and again I inked the balloons.  A bit of twine and some tiny green pearls finished this one off.

Third card is completely die-cut.  The Memory Box sentiment has All Occasions diecuts of puppies added, I bought the dies last week at Ally Pally whilst on a crafty shopping spree with Chrissie.  Puppies make me smile and so does new stash.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Feline Fun

I bought a couple of sets of dies at Ally Pally, dogs and cats, from All Occasions.  Now I am a dog person, not a cat person, but these really appealed to me.  The dies are tiny, but they cut perfectly and the diecuts come out of the die really easily.
I had this week's CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge in mind when I got them out to play with... what do you think?  The cardstock is hammered card, I've popped the squares up on dimensionals.  The sentiment was a free stamp with a magazine and the pawprints were hand drawn.  They camouflage a tiny, tiny, ink mark that bugged me even though it was all but invisible :)

Monday, 14 April 2014

Ooh La La Challenge - Easter or Spring

This week's Ooh La La Challenge is to make an Easter or Spring card, doesn't have to be using an Ooh La La image but we love it when you do!  I like the faux layered effect images and of course, being a keen poultry keeper, I love this image, called Henpecked, from the Carnival of Colour CD which has artwork by Beverly Morgan.  They look like Partridge Pekins to me, don't know what you think!
The co-ordinating DP from the CD is just gorgeous, printed two sheets as I like it so much, it looks like it has the linear texture of dupion silk, fab!  Top white layer is embossed with Swiss Dots, I've added some feathers and some chicks cut with my Silhouette.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges:
Simon Says - Happy Easter
Di's Digi Designs - Easter
Dream Valley Challenges - Easter
That Craft Place - Easter
Jo's Scrap Place - Easter
Totally Papercrafts - Easter (sorry to see their challenge is closing)
Alphabet Challenge - E is for Easter
Craft for the Craic- Easter
Crafting 4 Eternity - Easter

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Far Away

Just home from a fantabulous day at Ally Pally with Lady LIM herself, Chrissie.  Made this card yesterday, reached straight for this Judikins stamp that I've had for ages when I saw the Addicted to CAS Challenge this week.  I'm very into washi tape right now (can you believe I didn't notice a single roll there today!!) and added a couple of strips in.  OK, to be truthful, I got a tiny smudge from the sentiment on the bottom of the card and it seemed a good cover-up lol!
Stamped in Versafine, Distress Ink brushed through a mask and some DI added to the detail with a brush.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Less is More - Week 167

After a rather roller-coaster week, here are my cards for this week's Less is More Challenge, this week is One Layer week and the challenge is Shadow Stamping.  I must apologise for the poor quality photos, I didn't get a chance to do these until it was dark!  Both cards have something in common: they use neglected stash.

First card uses Card-Io tapestry stamps to make a floral wreath, the twigs, flowers and leaves are all stamped several times without re-inking.  Some of the flower centres have Stickles added.  I haven't added a sentiment to this card, though it's meant to be an Easter wreath, I felt it was looking quite busy enough...
Second card uses my Inkadinkado Stamping Gear, with repeat stamping under an embossed line.  The sentiment is Hero Arts and I added some gems to the flower centres.

I've really enjoyed all the Touch of Turquoise cards and I'm looking forward to lots of lovely LIMette cards with shadow stamping.  Also looking forward to a trip to Ally Pally with Chrissie!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Less is More - Week 166 - Touch of Turquoise

 I'm very proud to say that I am now a full-time member of the Less is More team and here are my cards for this week's colour challenge:
A Touch of Turquoise.
My first card was cut with my Portrait, I like the turquoise against kraft card, not a combination I've tried before.  Sentiment, from Simon Says Stamp, is inked in Memento Bahama Blue.
I'm entering this card for some challenges:
 Allsorts Challenge - no flowers
Crafty Calender Challenge - things with wings 
Wags 'n' Whiskers - CAS

Second card is a one layer tent fold.  I bought an Inkadinkado Stamping Gear last year and have hardly used it.  Got it out for this card and used a bubble stamp, adding a sentiment from Different Colours in the middle, as well as some turquoise bling and twine.
I'm entering this card for some more challenges:
Simon Says - birthday
Brown Sugar - clean and simple

Hope you like my cards and I look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your turquoise creations.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Pretty Pastel Shades

At the weekend I got out my Copics again; my eyesight is deteriorating and I'm not generally pleased with my colouring these days.  So I printed a couple of ADFD images larger than usual and had another go, was quite pleased with this image which I'm entering for A Day for Daisie's Challenge this week which is Pretty Pastels.
Background is embossed with Swiss Dots, Card Candi and sentiment are Craftwork Cards, die cut flowers are Memory Box and I've added Glossy Accents to the die cut flowers and the flowers in Mum's hair.  What do you think?

I'm also entering the following challenges:
Digi Choosday - flower power
Cheerful Stamp Pad - add some flowers
Crafty Cardmakers - you've been framed
Paper Makeup Stamps - pastel colours
Kaboodledoodles - spring is coming
Allsorts - use those dies
Creative Romance - spring flowers
Stampin' for the Weekend - spring colours

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Less is More - Round & Round

Morning!  Just dropping by with a quick posting for this week's Less is More Challenge, which is Round and Round.  Life is busy and chaotic at present, round and round in circles, however I like this card which looks very serene to me :).  Memory Box dies and Little Claire sentiment, textured cardstock.  Back later for a hope Round and Round the other LIMettes!