Saturday 28 February 2015

Less is More - week #213 - this makes me happy

 We've a lovely theme this week at Less is More - This makes me happy.  I thought about this and my family and my friends make me happy.  I don't have many family members but I'm lucky to have some wonderful friends.  My card is a tribute to all those happy evenings just chilling,  I hope the words don't offend you, but the more wine I drink the more rubbish I talk :) !  Stamp is heat embossed with Wow Pomegranate and stamps are from Unity.
My second card is all about the four-legged members of the family, I've never had a dachshund, all my dogs tend to be mixtures as they are rescue dogs.   Diecut background is painted with Aquatint inks, dog is Lawn Fawn and sentiment is Mama Elephant.

I hope you have a good weekend and I look forward to hearing lots of happy!

Sunday 22 February 2015

Some bunny loves you

Today's card uses Mama Elephant stamps, coloured with Copics.  Aren't they adorable?  I've kept the card monochromatic, using Pink Petticoat DP for the circle behind.  I embossed part of the cardstock with a burlap folder from Crafters Companion, which Chrissie (Lady LIM) pointed out looks like a cellular baby blanket, and added some Fluffy Stuff to their tails to give texture.
I'm playing in some challenges:

CAS-ology - monochrome
Simon Says - add some texture
Susy B's - anything monochrome
Aud Sentiments - Easter / Spring sentiment (Easter bunnies)

Saturday 21 February 2015

Less is More Challenge Week 212 - Theme

 Good morning!  Our theme this week at Less is More is Wings.  I've a trio of cards to show you,  starting with a one layer card using the SU Wetlands set.  The background is made with Pan Pastels, I like the slightly stripy effect I got here with them.
 My flamingo is a Pink Petticoat digi, coloured with Copics and with a googly eye added, as well as a feather and some gems.  Love the sentiment!
Varying my wings here, the Visible Image butterfly is embossed onto a background using Brusho paints, the surface was wetted and the ink blown around it using canned air. This was made at a workshop with the lovely Barbara Daines that I was lucky enough to go to.  Sentiment was die cut on my Portrait and the 'birthday' SU stamp heat embossed.

Hope you all enjoy spreading your wings for some super CAS cards this week!

Tuesday 17 February 2015


Life has got in the way of my intention to blog daily during February, but I managed to make a couple of cards yesterday and here is one of them.  It is based on this week's CAS(E) this sketch and uses a beautiful poppy stamp from Unity.  I have slightly offset the outline from the background to see some white.  Both the sentiment (Visible Image) and the outline are heat embossed. Poppy is stamped in Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.  The card was a little too empty, so I doodled a border.
I'm also entering my card for:
AAA - orange you glad you are CAS
Crafts Galore- stamp or digi
Creative Craft Cottage - in the garden
Happy Little Stampers - CAS embossing

Sunday 15 February 2015

Wonderful Day

I had a  fun day at a workshop with Barbara Daines today, near Chippenham.  Everyone was really friendly, vast amounts of sweeties and cakes were consumed and we also played with Brushos.  This card has a SU butterfly overstamped and heat embossed on top of Brushoed paper.  No idea whose sentiment it is, Barbara very generously provides lots of supplies.

I'm entering my card for:
Open Minded - up in the air
Stempelsonne - anything goes
Southern Girls - winged things
Penny's Paper Crafty - embossing
Simon Says - all creatures great and small

Saturday 14 February 2015

Less is More - Week 211 - one layer

Our one layer challenge this week at Less is More has the theme of Love.  I've made quite a few red/pink lurve cards recently and decided it was time for a change!  I brushed broad swathes of Aquatint inks across a linen textured card and then used WOW superfine platinum embossing powder for the brilliant sentiment, from Unity Stamps.  I coloured the key words, 'chocolate bar' with a watercolour pen and added a handful of tiny silver sequins.

Astonishingly, this idea worked first time out and I didn't need to have several loads of attempts at it.  I'm really pleased with it, hope you like it too :)

Thursday 12 February 2015

Dogs leave pawprints on your heart

Today's card is a Valentine for my Mum from Stella the dog.  Stella came from Dogs Trust for my birthday some three years back, when things were bad.  Mum also sponsors two Dogs Trust inmates and was so chuffed to receive Valentines from them last year.  So I thought she had better also have a card from Stella this year!

I've cut a design from Silhouette and gold embossed a Kaisercraft sentiment onto it.  A few tiny sequins, a bit of matting and layering, job done:).

I'm entering some challenges with my card:
Red Rubber Inspirational - so sentimental
Scrap & Craft Inspiration - love/ Valentines/ romance
Scrapbooker PHD - CAS use a stamp

Wednesday 11 February 2015

All You Need Is Love

Today I have another card to show you using my yummy new Unity Stamps stash.  Fox images seem to be everywhere at the moment and this pair is particularly appealing, even though I did lose one of my Light Sussex ladies to Mr Fox yesterday :(.

The image is coloured with Chameleon pens and die cut with a Simon Says stitched circle.  The sentiment is Kaisercraft and the two circle stamps, which echo the main image, are also from Unity.  Ink is SU Cherry Cobbler.

I'm entering my card for a few challenges:
Simon Says - All creatures great and small
Crafter's Cafe - hearts
Inky Impressions - Valentines/love
Deep Ocean - love is all around
Just Inspirational - any animal
Lacy Sunshine - have a heart
Sweet Stampin - add a heart

Tuesday 10 February 2015

Hello Love

I had a lovely bundle of Unity stamps arrive today and enjoyed myself playing with them!  This card is stamped with the distressed dots in Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.  I inked some card with the same ink to mat my card, embossed the image on top in Wow superfine gold and added a few sequins.  More Unity loveliness tomorrow :)
I am entering my card for some of the many Lurve challenges:
CAS-ology - love
Tuesday Throwdown - love is in the air
2 Cute Ink - love/Valentines
Crafty Cardmakers - love, love, love
House of Cards - love
Make my Monday - Valentine

Monday 9 February 2015

Trendy Trees

Hello and here I am scraping in with a card for today.   When I visited Chrissie yesterday I found she had the most gorgeous tree stamp that, unbelievably I don't also own.  She kindly let me stamp a few and I've put together a quick card with it.  It is a Memory Box stamp called Trendy Trees, if anyone has one for sale please let me know!

Background embossing is Crafters Companion folder, sentiment die and stamp are Mama Elephant, which were spoils from yesterday's shopping trip.  I'm blaming Sarah Gray here, lol, having seen some fab work on her blog using Chameleon pens I have succumbed and bought some...  used them on my trees.
I'm entering my card for:
Happy Little Stampers - embossing
Paradise of Stampers - monochromatic
Your Scrapbook Place - anything goes masculine twist

Sunday 8 February 2015

Butterfly Kisses

I had a fun morning at the Sincerely Yours craft show today with Chrissie and met up with the lovely Val.  There weren't that many traders there but of course we managed a bit of retail therapy!  Anyhow my apologies for the poor photo of today's card but I didn't get around to it until after dark...

I used a Memory Box die and cut a part of it again from a scrap to add some extra butterflies in.  Sentiment is Winnie and Walter.

I'm entering my card for a few challenges:
JUGS - love
AAA - love, love love
Great Impressions - love, love, love
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes with love
Opus Gluei - Valentines
Allsorts - love is all around
DiesRUs - hearts
Coffee, Chocolate and Cards - love is all around
Crafts 4 Eternity - with love

Saturday 7 February 2015

Happy 4th Birthday Less is More!!!!

 This is a very special week for Less is More - Chrissie and Mandi started it four years ago and it has continued to grow in popularity - now here we are celebrating its fourth birthday!  I am so thrilled to be a part of it and we have some awesome guests this week to help us to party.  Please check out he main blog for details!

Our theme is a colour theme, grey and pink, I can't wait to see your cards.

My first card uses Stampin' Up Holiday Homes stamps, white embossed on pink.  The hills are cut with a Simon Says die and I've added some washi tape and a button from a White Stuff clothing tag, coloured grey with a Copic pen.
My second card uses a Lawn Fawn set that I bought to make a card for a dear friend, whose favourite animals are elephants.  I shan't be giving him this rather girly card though!  Paper pieced from dotty fabric and with a bit of raffia ribbon behind the image.

Friday 6 February 2015

All Creatures Great and Small

Today I have another card inspired by Simon Says bright and beautiful challenge!  The fun new stamp is from Stampin' Up, it has great sentiments and add ons - I've added party hats and a balloon.  I added googly eyes to the Highland cow and the goat and coloured with my Copics.
I'm also entering my card for:
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - hand coloured image
Crafters Cafe - birthday card
Loves Rubber Stamps - anything goes

Thursday 5 February 2015

All things bright and beautiful

Continuing my month of blogging (I hope!) I have made a card for this week's Simon Says challenge, All Things Bright and Beautiful.  I used washi tape to divide up a piece of textured card, then used Pan Pastels sponged across to make a really bright background.  Stamped flowers from my Unity kit of the month across, removed the tape and added a Winnie & Walter sentiment.  I used a white gel pen for the flower centres.
Oh, before I stamped I set the pastels with cheap hair spray.

Wednesday 4 February 2015


Today's card uses a Simon Says stencil, I used sponge daubers and Distress Inks (Pickled Raspberry, Victorian Velvet, Fired Brick) to colour it and outlined it with a fineliner,  Added the Unity sentiment and decided something was missing - so I added a doodled border.

I'm entering my card for some of the many lurve challenges that are running:
Crafty Sentiments - include a heart
2Cute2Ink - Valentines/love
Bunny Zoe - hearts
Crafty Boots - hearts and valentines
AAA Cards - love, love, love
Simon Says Monday - something beginning with H
Simon Says - anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. - Valentines/love
Aud Sentiments - Valentines/love sentiment
Art Impressions - have a heart

Tuesday 3 February 2015

A bit of NBUS

Today I bring you some Never Before Used Schtuff.  I made today's card for CAS on Sundays Challenge - flowers.  My partial cut die is from Simon Says Stamp, *had* to have it when I saw some amazing cards that used it - but shamefully this is the first completed card I've made with it -  and I've backed it with some sunny, springlike yellow card.  The flower centres are Dew Drops and that fab sentiment is JOFY.
I'm also entering my card for:
Simon Says - anything goes
Allsorts - flower power
Polkadoodles - flower power
613 Avenue Create - anything goes with doodle option

Monday 2 February 2015

Card for a Chap

Continuing with my quest to blog each day in February, today's card is inspired by CAS colours and sketches, which this week has a double whammy of colour and sketch.  I used Pear Pizzazz and close substitutes  of Sahara Sand and Versafine Olympia Green.
My stripes are from SU Work of Art and the sentiment is SU Age Concern.

I'm also entering my card for:
Crazy4Challenges - masculine birthday
Addicted to Stamps - clean and simple
Moo-Mania - masculine
Ruby's Rainbow - masculine birthday
Crafts4Eternity- no patterned papers
Simon Says - anything goes

Sunday 1 February 2015

Hippo Bird-Day

Happy February everyone!   There was just too much going on in my life to try to make resolutions in January, but now I am in my new home my aim is to make a card each day and blog each day for the month.  Well here is the start and we'll see how it goes lol!

I've based my card on this week's CAS(E) this sketch and found a bright, fun Cosmo Cricket paper for the background.  The Lawn Fawn stamps are coloured with Copics and there is a teeny gem on the bird's  party hat.

My card is for the following challenges:
CAS(E) this sketch - 108
Creative Knockout - animal antics
Double Click - use a bird
Mod Squad - all about the animals
Simon Says - anything goes
CAS-ology - birthday