Saturday, 19 August 2017

Less is More Week #342

Good morning

It's Saturday morning and therefore time for a new challenge over at Less is More.  Week three of the month means we're back with a Theme challenge and here is our theme for this week...




To be honest, it's been so long since I had a proper holiday, anything would be perfect right now.  My last trip abroad was in 2010! But in a nutshell, anything that involves being able to wear my flip-flops, drink yummy cocktails and enjoy a lovely warm sunset would be perfect.  So I've included all three on my first card...



I started by stamping the flip-flops then masked these to stamp the cocktail.  I coloured the cocktail with coloured pencils and then masked this also.  I then used Distress Inks to blend the sunset over the images before die cutting with a square pierced die.  The panel was popped up on 3D foam and I finished by heat embossing the sentiment in white onto a strip of textured black cardstock.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Life's a Beach; Hero Arts - Let's Chill; Sentiment: Joanna Sheen - Garden Retreat (free with publication)
  • Ink: Memento - Bahama Blue, Rose Bud; Verafine - Onyx Black; VersaMark; Distress Ink - Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Pierced Square Stax
  • Cocktail coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos

Challenge entries:

Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #52 - Things Beginning with the letter 'B' (blend / birthday / bright)
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - August Challenge - Anything Goes
AAA Cards - CAS Game #96 - Summer Fun





And I think anyone's perfect holiday would involve a tropical paradise.  We do have palm trees in the seaside town where I live but I certainly wouldn't call it tropical or paradise! lol  I wanted to keep this card fairly simply but didn't like it at all when I first made it, but I thought I'd share it anyway as it's growing on me!



I simply die cut three palm trees from the same cardstock as the card base and adhered these flat.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white onto some black cardstock and popped it up on 3D foam.  And hopefully you can just about see in the photo, I finished by adding some clear Wink of Stella to the trees.  Why can't our cameras see the sparkle like our eyes can?!

Materials used:

  • Die: Echo Park - Flamingo Palm die set
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Hung Up On You
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Accents: Wink of Stella - Clear
Challenge entry:

STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge



A couple of the LIM Design Team are taking a break this week but there's still plenty of inspiration, and we also have the lovely Pauline of Crafting with Cotnob joining us as a guestie following her June win.  So please do pop over and visit their personal blogs, you won't be disappointed.

Happy Saturday everyone!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Less is More Week #341

Good morning

It's time for a new challenge over at Less is More and this week it's the turn of our One Layer challenge.  Ok, so it's not everyone's favourite but why not give it a go.  I think this week's theme will give you quite a few options...



We have our winner of the AAA Collaboration challenge, Marge, joining us today so please do pop over to her blog if you have time.


Just one card from me this week and I used a couple of recent purchases for this one, as well as having a go with my Polychromos which I haven't had much chance to use yet...


I recently purchased this mini stamp set from Clearly Besotted as I thought it would be great for little boys' cards.  I stamped the images first, the sentiment being from a different retired CBS set, then stamped again on post-its to use as masks.  I then blended some clouds using the MFT cloud edges stencil with some Distress Ink.  This is the mini cloud edges stencil as I still haven't managed to get my hands on the regular one, it keeps selling out at breakneck speed in the UK!  All that was left to do was colour the images. My shading with the Polychromos needs some work but I did love using them, they are lovely pencils.  Definitely more practice needed!

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Take Flight, Going Places
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass
  • Stencil: MFT - Mini Cloud Edges 
  • Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils

Challenge entries:

Stamping Sensations - August Challenge - Anything Goes
Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #51 - Things that Fly
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #254 - Clean and Simple
Addicted to CAS - Challenge #117 - One Layer Card
CAS on Friday - Challenge #114 - Birthday
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - For a Child
STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge



A couple of my LIM teamies are taking a break this week but there is still lots of inspiration to be found, and possibly more on their personal blogs too.

Happy Saturday everyone, have a lovely weekend

Monday, 7 August 2017

Muse Challenge #228 - Rainbow Stem

Hi there

I'm back today as your designer for this week's challenge over at Muse.

I hope my card will give you some inspiration to play along.  So, without further ado, I'll get straight to it.



This was pretty easy to make.  I die cut the flower stem from some white cardstock then blended the rainbow with Distress inks.  I adhered this to some textured cardstock, die cut with a stitched rectangle, which was popped up on 3D foam.  The sentiment was stamped below and then I coated the flower with Glossy Accents.

Materials used:

  • Dies: Creative Expressions - Scribble Flowers; MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rectangle Stax
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Lucky Clover; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Scrumptious Script
  • Black Cardstock: Papermania - Premium Textured Cardstock
  • Accents: Ranger - Glossy Accents


Challenge entries:

Simply Create Too - Challenge #130 - Use Flowers
Uniko - Challenge #42 - Flowers
STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge




Thanks so much for popping by today and I would love for you to play along at Muse this week.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Less is More Week #340

Good morning

And welcome back to another Saturday morning where I'm introducing this week's challenge over at Less is More.  And week one of the month means we have a Colour challenge for you.



This is a colour challenge so you don't need to use fruit images.


I Googled tropical fruit images and the array of colours are gorgeous.

So, for my first card I chose the red, orange/yellow and green shades of a mango.


I chose to blend Distress Inks through a balloon stencil and what I actually seem to have created is an actual mango on a string! :D This was super simple, I just built up the ink very gradually and then stamped the curly sentiment as the string, hand drawing in the little knot with a black fineliner pen.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: MFT - Big Balloons
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Lawn Fawn - Scripty Sayings

Challenge entries:

CASology - Week 260 - Juicy (a mango is certainly juicy!)
CAS on Friday - Challenge #113 - Exotic (mango)
STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge




For my second card I just had to ink up some of my new stamps from the August release at Clearly Besotted...


I chose lots of tropical fruit colours for this one, e.g. lychee, kiwi, banana, pineapple, and various greens such as guava, papaya, etc. I stamped the main image in VersaMark and heat embossed in white.  I then watercoloured with my Zig markers.  The panel was die cut with a diagonal stitched rectangle and adhered directly to the card base.  The sentiment is embossed in white on a strip of purple cardstock...a little nod to passion fruit!  I would have liked the colours to be a little more vibrant but I didn't want to overwork the watercolour (as I always tend to do!) so I left it as is.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - One in a Million, Tiny Type
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangles
  • Watercoloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Challenge entries:

Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes (I'm not adding the topping this time)
Happy Little Stampers - August Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (optional twist: bloom)
House of Cards - August Challenge - Floral and/or colours
Uniko - Challenge #42 - Flowers
Simply Create Too - Challenge #130 - Use Flowers





Thanks so much for your visit.  A couple of my teamies at LIM are taking a break this week but there's still lots of inspiration over at the main challenge blog and please do follow their personal links as there may be more to inspire you.

Have a lovely weekend!


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Happy Little Stampers August 2017 CAS Challenge

Good evening, crafters

Where on earth did July go?  Time just seems to be flying by this year.  So, as we are now into a fresh new month, the new challenges at Happy Little Stampers are launching, and will continue to do so over the next few days so please do keep checking back at the main HLS page for details of each challenge.

Today it's the turn of the August CAS (clean and simple) challenge and we have a super easy one for you this month...


You don't have to use HLS products to enter but we do love to see them if you have any.
And please do check out the challenge guidelines.

The winner of this challenge will win a $20 coupon to spend at the HLS shop.


Ok, onto my DT card, and I used stamps from two HLS stamp sets here...


I started by stamping the sentiment from the Simply Said set which became the stem of my flower.  I then took a leaf stamp from the Doodled Flowers set to create the five petals of my flower and stamped these in raspberry pigment ink.  I then used the other leaf from the set to stamp the leaves either side of my 'stem' in green pigment ink.  Next I took two co-ordinating colour pencils to add some shading.  I finished by stamping the 'thanks', popping the panel up on 3D foam and adding a glitter enamel dot to create the flower centre.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Doodled Flowers, Simply Said
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Versa Color - Raspberry, Olive
  • Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos
  • Accent: Happy Little Stampers - Enamel Glitter Dots

Challenge entries:

Uniko - Challenge #42 - Flowers
STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge
House of Cards - August Challenge - Floral and/or Colours




Thanks so much for visiting today.  This challenge, as well as all the other HLS challenges, are running until the end of the month so there's plenty of time to play along and link up.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Less is More Week #339

Good morning, crafters

Saturday morning means it's time for a new challenge to launch over at Less is More and as there are five Saturdays in this month we have a Lucky Dip challenge for you.

But first I have some sad news.  Our lovely Sarah G is stepping down from the Design Team.  Sarah has a busy working life, so with the added pressure of design team commitments, both have become difficult to accomplish.  We're all going to miss you on the team, Sarah.  Please do pop over and wish her well :)

So, onto the challenge, here are the details...



We'd like to see paper piercing, brads, eyelets, sewing, etc.



I have two cards to share with you and for my first I am revisiting one of my designs which was ShowCASed at this very challenge back in February 2014 as well as achieving a win at Addicted to Stamps and More!  This is pretty much a blatant copy of this card, I've just changed up the colours and the sentiment...


I covered the card base with some green striped paper and cut a panel slightly smaller than the card base.  The image was stamped in black and the sentiment in pink and black.  I then affixed eyelets to take the place of some of the rings of the design.  The panel was then adhered flat to the base.

Materials used:
  • Patterned Paper: Lawn Fawn - Let's Bokeh in the Snow
  • Stamps: Marion Emberson - On Your Special Day; Altenew - Celebrate
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Versa Color - Opera Pink
  • Eyelets from stash

Challenge entries:

The Color Throwdown - Challenge #453
House of Cards - July Challenge - Stripes and/or colours
Just Us Girls - Challenge #404 - Something Old and/or Something New (a new version of an old design and the eyelets in my stash are really old!)




For my second card I did some paper piercing as well as using a pierced die...


I started by stamping the ring in VersaMark and heat embossed in platinum.  I then added the pierced heart detail using a paper piercing template.  I die cut this out with a pierced square die and mounted it onto my card base using 3D foam.  I coloured the gemstone with a pale blue Zig marker and added some shimmer to the whole ring with some clear Wink of Stella.  The sentiment was stamped below the panel in black.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Lawn Fawn - Happy Wedding
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Platinum
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Pierced Square Stax
  • Pierced heart using Stampin' Up Paper-Piercing Pack Essentials
  • Accents: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker; Wink of Stella - Clear

Challenge entry:

STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge




This might be an opportunity to revisit some oldie but goodie techniques so why not play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.




Saturday, 22 July 2017

Less is More Week #338

Hi there

It's time for a fresh new challenge over at Less is More and we're back this week with a Recipe challenge.  I hope you all enjoyed our two week collaboration with AAA Cards, and we had a fantastic number of entries so thank you very much if you've played along over the last fortnight.

Right, back to this week, here are the details...


We want to see dies/stencils/CAS embellishments, etc, but NO stamps


Considering that when I first started cardmaking I didn't do much stamping at all, I actually found this one really tricky!  But I do have two cards for you today.

Ok, so here's my first sample for you...


I chose a linen cardstock for my base and blended three shades of Distress Ink down the right hand side.  I then splattered with some water drops and blotted away some colour.  Next I used a swirl design stencil and, after masking off a section of it which covered the blended area I spread some texture paste over it, removed the stencil and set aside to dry.  I then used a 'celebrate' word die to cut some turquoise glitter card and adhered this to the bottom right corner.  Hopefully I've captured the glitter and paste detail better in the next pic...


Materials used:

  • Linen and glitter cardstock from stash
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon
  • Stencil: Stamposauras (no name)
  • Die: Paper Smooches - Birthday Words
  • Texture Paste: Ranger - Opaque Matte

Challenge entries:

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Surf's Up
STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge



I went with a shaker for my second card this week...



I used the shaker shapes die to cut the hello aperture from a panel of white cardstock.  I adhered some acetate behind, then used some Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels inside the shaker, trapped between the acetate and some patterned paper.  This was then mounted onto the card base using 3D foam strips.


Materials used:

  • Die: Clearly Besotted - Shaker Shapes Square Hello Die
  • Acetate from stash
  • Accents: Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels - Iced Snow
  • Patterned Paper: Free with a publication

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #251 - Anything Goes



Why not join in the challenge this week?  If you're looking for some inspiration please do pop over to the main LIM challenge blog where you will find links to my teamies' personal blogs.  They've created some great projects this week....and all without stamping :)

Thanks so much for popping by today, I appreciate every one of your visits.  

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