Saturday, 16 March 2019

Less is More Challenge #391

Hi there

It's a brand new Saturday and a brand new challenge at Less is More.  We've whizzed around to the next type of challenge which this time is a Recipe challenge.  Here's what we want to see...

e.g. 3 images / 3 words / 3 colours, etc.

Visible Image continues as our fabulous sponsor for this month so why not play along to be in with a chance of winning the monthly prize!

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We have a wonderful Guest Designer joining us for this challenge, the super talented Joanne James of The Crafty Owl who was our January winner!  I'm sure she would love for you to pop over to her blog and say hi.

Apologies for only having one card for you this week.  I've been fighting a horrible cough and cold over the last couple of weeks so haven't been feeling too great.  But I wanted to use a stencil by our sponsor for a card so here's what I came up with...

I die cut three sizes of a rectangle from a scrap of cardstock and used these as masks to blend ink through the apertures, one by one.  I began by adding a light blend of blue ink thought the largest aperture, then laid the stencil over the top of the opening and blended with a heavier hand to create the darker shade of blue.  I repeated the same process with the two smaller rectangles and two further colours of ink.  I stamped the candle on the top of the cake, and the sentiment below, both in black ink, before popping the panel up on fun foam on an embossed card base.

So here we have three colours, three tiers and a sentiment with three words :)

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Mermaid Lagoon, Festive Berries, Twisted Citron; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stencil: Visible Image - Collision
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Tiny Type; Penny Black - Salutations (candle)

Thanks so much for visiting.  Please do pop over to the main challenge blog to see what my fellow teamies are sharing, there's a lovely mix of designs for you this week.  And don't forget, the linky will be open for the next fortnight so there's plenty of time for you to play along.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Happy Little Stampers March 2019 CAS Challenge

Hi guys

It's time for the new CAS challenge for this month over at Happy Little Stampers.  I'll get straight to it with the cue card...

Lots of scope with this theme, just remember to keep your entries clean and simple.

I chose to use one of my new stamp sets for my DT card, I think a baby's arrival is certainly a special day!  Here it is...

I stamped the word baby and heat embossed it in white.  I then used emboss resist and blended it with two shades of Distress Oxide ink.  I love lemon and mint green for baby cards.  The image was then die cut using the co-ordinating word die and I popped this up onto a stitched rectangle cut from some cardstock which is embossed with stripes.  The sentiment from the same set was stamped below in black.

Materials used:

  • Clearly Besotted - On The Shelf (and co-ordinating die)
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Oxide - Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles

Challenge entry:

CAS(E) this Sketch - Challenge #311

Don't forget, all the HLS challenges run until the end of the month so lots of time to play along and link up.  

Thanks so much for visiting.

Less is More Challenge #390

Good morning

It's time for a fresh new month and a fresh new challenge over at Less is More.  We're kicking things off today with a Theme challenge for the next fortnight, and here's what we want to see...

So, star sign symbols, constellations, or any link you can think of
and don't forget to keep your entries CAS

And for this month we have a brand new sponsor, Visible ImageJane, one of the DT at Visible Image is joining us as a Guestie for this challenge so please do pop by and say hi.

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Ok, onto my samples, and I have three for you this time!

First up, I've used the Cancer symbol, the crab...

I stamped the crab and coloured him with ProMarkers before fussy cutting him out.  I then took a panel of white cardstock and added two strips of ripped washi tape to represent the sand and sea/sky.  I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die, stamped the sentiment and then popped the panel up on fun foam.  The little guy was then popped up on 3D foam squares.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Your Next Stamp - Flippin' Fabulous
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Washi tape from stash

Next up is the card I shared over on the main LIM challenge post.  If you're confused about how this relates to horoscopes, I used the symbol for Gemini as my cue...twins!

Directly on the card base I added some clouds using a cloud stencil and blended Distress Ink.  I then stamped the stork and bundles, coloured with ProMarkers and die cut them with their co-ordinating dies.  I popped these up on 3D foam for some dimension.  The sentiment was from the same stamp set.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: MFT Die-namics - Cloud
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Special Delivery (and co-ordinating dies), Hot Stuff (sentiment)
  • Ink: Memento -Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass
  • Coloured with ProMarkers

Last up, it's Leo the Lion...

I've had this Katzelkraft stamp set for ages and not inked it up so just had to use this lion :)

I began by stamping the hat, then masked it before stamping the lion.  On the original stamp he has a bird on his head.  I sketchily coloured him with ProMarkers.  I added the party streamers to team in with the party hat, then stamped the sentiment before popping the panel up on fun foam.  I used cardstock embossed with stripes for the card base to add interest to the border.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Katzelkraft - Les Jungles; Lawn Fawn - So Much to Say (hat); Altenew - Party Time (streamers); Avery Elle - Party Animal (sentiment)
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black; Altenew - Evergreen, Forest Glades, Crimson, Rouge, Persian Blue, Caribbean Sky
  • Coloured with ProMarkers

Challenge entry:

Just Us Girls - Challenge #477 - Birthday

I think there's lots of scope for this challenge so can't wait to see where it takes you creatively.  And don't forget to drop by my teamies' personal blogs as there may be some extra makes they're sharing with you.

Have a great Saturday, I'll be back this evening with details of this month's CAS Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Magical Day

Hi guys

Popping in today to share a birthday card I recently made for my bestie.

I've always loved this little stamp set so was thrilled when I managed to get my hands on it, and the companion dies, when the lovely Michelle of The Card Grotto was having a destash sale :)

Here's the little scene I made...

On the card base I used Distress Inks to blend the background grass and the clouds using a stencil.  I then cut the frame using two stitched rectangle dies, stamped the sentiment and popped the frame up on 3D foam strips.  I stamped lots of images from the stamp set, coloured with ProMarkers and die cut with their co-ordinating dies.  All that was left to do was build up the scene, keeping some images flat and some popped up on 3D foam.  The stars from the wand were stamped in grey ink and I finished by adding some sparkle to the stars and the fairy wings with a sparkle pen.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn; Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versa Color - Sky Gray
  • Stencil: MFT - Cloud
  • Stamps: Lawn Fawn - Fairy Friends (and companion dies)
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Accent: Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Clear

Challenge entries:

Seize the Birthday - Challenge #159 - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - February Challenge - All Things Bright and Beautiful

Thanks so much for visiting.


Hi there

Just a quick post to share another of my Valentine's Day makes.

Super simple, here it is...

I made a heart mask by die cutting from a scrap of cardstock and blended directly onto the card base with Distress Oxide inks.  I stamped and die cut the kitty with it's co-ordinating die and coloured with ProMarkers before popping him up on 3D foam.  The sentiment from the same set was stamped below.  To add a little interest I finished with a trio of score lines in opposite corners.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Oxide - Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry; Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Stamps: Paper Smooches - Chubby Chums
  • Coloured with ProMarkers

Challenge entries:

CASology - Week #332 - Furbaby
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #329 - Clean and Simple

Thanks as always for visiting :)

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Adorable Elephant Valentine

Hi guys

Today I'm sharing a Valentine's Day card I was commissioned to make.

Super cute and simple...

I stamped the elephant and balloon and then watercoloured using my Zig markers.  This was originally stamped on my card base but I made an accidental splodge on the edge of it so cut it down with a stitched rectangle die.  The sentiment was computer generated as these are the exact words that were wanted, and I die cut this down with a smaller die from the same set.

About a year ago I picked up some cardstock which is embossed with vertical lines, so I used this for the card base and absolutely love it.  I can't believe I've not used it until now!  It's fairly smooth on the reverse side but I still added a paper insert inside the card for a better finish.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: MFT - Adorable Elephants
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Embossed cardstock from stash (unknown brand)

Challenge entries:

Just Add Ink - Challenge #444 - Colour Challenge (my red zig marker faded to pink when adding water, plus grey)
Crafty Cardmakers - Challenge #227 - Love, Love, Love
Always Fun Challenges - Challenge #97 - Love/Valentines
STAMPlorations - February Theme and Sketch Challenge - Stamps and Hearts
Creative with Stamps - Challenge #35 - Love

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you've had a lovely weekend.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Rustic Kraft and Lace Wedding Invitations

Hi there

Today I'm sharing some wedding invitations I was commissioned to make, which is why I was fairly quiet with posts throughout January as I was working on these behind the scenes.

Now, I can't take the credit for the design of these invitations as the Bride-to-be forwarded me a photo she found online of roughly what she wanted.  Unfortunately, I don't know the origin of the photo, and of course if I did I would give credit to the creator.

That being said, I did need to spend a fair amount of time working out the dimensions of the folder and the individual card inserts, and then fitting the text to fit each of the printed cards.

Here they are...

Each invitation comprised an ivory backing card, a folded kraft pocket with lace wrap, an Invitation card in ivory, an RSVP card in kraft and an 'If You Wish' card in ivory which was a poem written by the couple.  Each of the cards were slightly different depths so they didn't overlap within the folder.

I finished them off with a printed 'You Are Invited' die cut tag secured and tied with some jute twine.

There were invitations for the day and the evening, the only difference being the wording on the invitation card and the RSVP.  Other than that they were identical. (Wording obscured for confidentiality purposes)

The lace ribbon held the kraft folder closed and this in turn was adhered to the ivory backing card, so the individual card inserts fitted snugly inside.  Each invitation was supplied with an ivory envelope.

These were a bit of a challenge for me, and not what I normally make as a lot of printing was involved and no stamping.  My little inkjet printer worked just as hard as me, and I was really pleased with the finished result, and the happy couple were thrilled with them :)

Materials used:

  • Cardstock and lace purchased online but unknown brand
  • Jute twine from stash
  • Die: Clearly Besotted - Tiny Tags Die Collection

Challenge entry:

Inkspirational - Challenge #180 - Text

Thanks so much for visiting.
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