Saturday, 30 August 2014

Less is More - Week 187 - Lucky Dip

 This week we have a Lucky Dip theme of "I do like to be beside the seaside" at Less is More, we also have the amazing and talented Darnell as Guest Designer, do check out her blog.  First up I have one of my all-time favourite sets, Wetlands, combined with Work of Art and Distress Inks.  The sentiment is Pink Petticoat.
 Next nautical card has Pink Petticoat image and DP, I like my ric-rac waves on this one.
And finally a rather chilly looking golden girl on the sand.  More of the Pink Petticoat DP and an image from A Day for Daisies.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Bokeh Blues

I saw a Bokeh tutorial and thought I'd have a go, this is what I came up with for CAS(E) this Sketch.  Watercolour paper, masked,  with watercolours painted across it.  Homemade acetate stencil with various circle sizes cut into it, white pigment ink brushed into the circles.  A border doodled around the Bokeh and and Waltzing Mouse sentiment added. 
I'm also entering:
 AA Cards - create with stencil
Speedy Fox & Friends - CAS
Vandicrafts - mostly ink (hmm not sure if watercolour counts as ink or paint!)

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Less is More - Week 186

Welcome to the weekend and to a new Less is More Challenge.  This week Chrissie has given us a sketch
to work with.  I've had one of those weeks, so combined with me getting confused about this week's theme I only have one card to show you, with sadly a rather poor photo until daylight when I can revise it...

I used Inky Doodles stamps with SU ink, inking my pattern when it was complete.  The background was scored at 1/2" intervals to give it a bit of interest, it was just too big and too empty otherwise :)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

How Many Squares...

I've been meaning to make a quilt-like card like this for ages, when I saw Speedy & Fox Friends  9 square challenge that gave me the push to make this card for a quilting friend's birthday next week.  I printed myself some double sided paper using Pink Petticoat designs, cut 1 1/2" circles from it and then used a square of card to score round to turn them into squares.  Added a candi dot to the centre square, embossed a line around the card and added a Hero Arts sentiment.

Then I began to think about nine squares...  the design makes one big square, I've embossed a square, the square mat is mounted onto a square card - oh dear maybe this is many more than nine LOL  How many squares do you think are in the card, this is like one of those silly Facebook quizzes!

I'm also entering my card for:
Addicted to CAS - geometric
Cute Card Thursday - clean and simple
A Little Bit Crafty - sew what (hope my 'quilt' counts as sewing)

Monday, 18 August 2014

Fancy Folds - Ooh La La Creations Challenge #163

 Welcome to a new challenge at Ooh la La Creations - Fancy Folds.  I saw a new-to-me folded card at Splitcoast Stampers this week, it was much easier to make than I expected!  I used the Border Collie image from the Faithful Friends CD, with one of the bonus papers from the CD on the outside.

This was for a friend's birthday, if I had had more time I think I would have decorated the inner folds as well.  Forgot all about Tessa's birthday until mid-morning on the day itself oops!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Less is More Week 185

 This week at Less is More our CAS challenge is animals - a nice easy challenge, at least for me - so many of my stamps, dies, papers, feature animals!  First up is a playful retriever: Memory Box sunburst meets Impression Obsession dog.  The rustic twine looks suitably hairy for a canine card!  Stampin Up sentiment in Sepia Versafine.
I'm entering my card for:
Creative Moments - anything goes animals
Inky Impressions - animals

The second card was cut with my Portrait with a file from the Silhouette store, washi tape added and some gem eyes.  Of course I also have the reverse image, but haven't found a glue that will permanently stick it down...  The sentiment is by Hobby Art.
I'm entering my card for:
Cute Card Thursday - clean and simple
Crafting for all Seasons - feature a creature

And finally, I've made quite a few ovine cards lately, here is one a little different from my 'Ewe' paper pieced flock, this is a new stamp I got from Inky Doodles, aren't they cute!  Front sheep is popped up on dimensional dots.  The border was coloured with Copic to match the woolly jumper.  I was going to add some glitter but felt that it needed to be kept simple.
I'm entering my card for:
Winter Wonderland - Christmas
2 Cute Ink - animals

I'm looking forward to seeing a real menagerie in the entries this week :)

Friday, 15 August 2014

Winter Window

I'm getting started on the dreaded Christmas cards, it will be upon us before we know it!  I've used a Memory Box window die (thank you Chrissie for this!) to frame a snowy hillside scene made with  Distress Inks and some Indygo Blu tree stamps.  Added a sentiment (JOFY) and some eyelash yard.
I'm entering my card for:
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas - non-traditional colours (hope this one fits the challenge?)
Stamps and Fun - Christmas in Summer
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - anything Christmas goes

Thursday, 14 August 2014


Bought this gorgeous Woodware stamp a while back having seen a gorgeous card made with it on LIM.  Fuchsias are one of those plants that mean summer is here when you see it in the garden centres and then in tubs and baskets, haven't grown any for years, maybe next year...
Finally got round to making this fairly simple one layer card with it.  The background uses an Inky Doodles stencil, sentiment came with the stamp and the fuchsias are coloured with Copics.
I'm entering my card for:
Simon Says - summer
Crafty Creations - flower power
Little Red Wagon - happy birthday
Craftroom Challenge - summer garden
Sweet Stamps - in the garden
Crafty Boots - flowers

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Sparkle and shine

Dropping by to show a card I made using a free printable that I found on Pinterest.  Gave it a dotty mat with my Portrait, added a die-cut heart with Inky Doodles sentiment and gave the heart a good dose of Stickles :)
My card is for:
Simon Says - make it sparkle
Crazy Challenge - love and marriage

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Wild Thing

Been busy making cards this week but rather neglecting my blog.  Here is a card made for CAS-ology's stripe theme.  Image and sentiment are both from a Technique Tuesday set I bought at the NEC a couple of years back.  As soon as I saw it I knew it had to come home with me!  The grey dots that ground the image are from the Dotty set by Stamp Addicts and it has to be the most useful stamp ever - I don't mount it onto a block, just scrunch it up in my hand which gives a different look every time.  Added some washi tape behind the shaped edge of the card.

I'm also entering my card for:
Just Us Girls - use washi
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - Z is for zoo
Creatalicious - monochrome
Crafting for all Seasons - feature a creature
Loves Rubber Stamps - anything goes with twist of stripes

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Less is More Week 184 - one layer

This week the one layer theme at Less is More is Foliage.  Hopefully I will have more inspiration for you later but a combination of work, house viewings and other sundry complications has meant many of my ideas have not yet progressed onto paper...

This card was very quick to produce, will just need a standard postage stamp and I think it looks good.  My tree foliage is made with one of the 'paint' style stamps at the moment, this is by MFT but there seem to be lots of them out there.  Sentiment is Stampin' Up and a bit of red Stickles dotted the 'I' and decorated the tree.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Ooh La La Challenge - Scenic

This week at Ooh La La Challenges it was my turn to choose the challenge and I opted for an easy one - Scenic.  There are some gorgeous scenes on the CDs, I printed loads off and had a job to choose!  In the end I opted for one from Carnival of Colour called Algonquin Autumn.  I embossed the kraft background, added some trees cut from DP with my Portrait, punched leaves and die cut a sentiment.  Stunning, isn't it!
I'm entering my card for:
Come and Get It  - all about dies
Scrappy Hands - paper punch
That Craft Place Ltd - autumn (or steampunk)
A Gem of a Challenge - embossing
My Time to Craft - use kraft

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Less is More Week 183 - mojito colours

Whew, what a lot of entries we had at LIM last week for Anything Goes!  I know Chrissie loved seeing lots of cards inspired by her birthday, but she wasn't able to post comments while on her hols... 

This week at Less is More we have a fab colour challenge: Mojito Colours.

My first card uses the stamp that came out for Chrissie's birthday card, though I have lost my photos of it.  The image stamp is by Art Impressions and the sentiment is Katy-Sue designs from a much reduced Christmas Wine Buffs set.  Fun card isn't it.  I'm entering this card for Stempelsonne's anything goes, stamp as main focus challenge.

Next card uses a stunning die from Simon Says Stamp, with a Hero Arts sentiment and some birds cut with an All Occasions die.  I'm entering this card for the Simon Says - anything goes challenge.
 Third card uses the Happy Celebrations set from Stampin' Up, the Distress Inks are Peeled Paint, Squeezed Lemonade and Broken China.  I doodled a border and added a few sequins (one of them is hiding a tiny smudge!).