Saturday, 1 August 2020

Less is More Challenge #425

Good morning

Happy Saturday and welcome to August!

And with another Saturday morning comes a brand new challenge over at Less is More.  This time it's the turn of our Theme challenge which is...



Joining us for this fortnight's challenge as our Guest Designer is the fabulous Meghan who was our June winner.  Please do stop by her blog to check out her lovely card and to say hi.


Ok, I have two sample makes for you this time, here's the first...


Apart from the inks, everything I used here from Clearly Besotted was being given it's first outing on my craft desk!  I began by stamping and die cutting this lovely hibiscus set with layered stamping, and did some spotlight inking where you see the dark pink areas.  I ink blended the background flag through a stencil and stamped the sentiment in black.  The die cuts were then adhered in a cluster, some flat and some on glue dots.

Materials used:
  • Stamped: Clearly Besotted - Aloha Too (and co-ordinating dies), Mini Messages
  • Stencil: Clearly Besotted - Flagged Down
  • Ink: Altenew - Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Ruby Red, Hunter Green, Evergreen; Distress Ink - Worn Lipstick; Versafine - Onyx Black

Challenge entries:

Alphabet Challenge - I is for Island Fun (Anything Tropical)
CAS on Friday - Challenge #185 - Summer
STAMPlorations - Summer Challenge

 


There is a hydrangea in my front garden which is in full bloom so that was the ideal choice for my second card...



I ink blended Distress Inks through a stencil then die cut the panel with a faux stitched curve.  Before adhering this panel to the card base I manipulated the sentiment stamp to follow the curve of the leaf and stamped in black.

Materials used:
  • Stencil: Hydrangea (free with a set from Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine)
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac, Mowed Lawn; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Mini Messages
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Basic Edges

Challenge entries

Always Fun Challenges - Challenge #173 - Use Stencils
Uniko - Challenge #60 - In My Garden



Thanks so much for visiting.  If you need more inspiration please do pop on over to the main Less is More challenge page where you will see some lovely projects from my teamies and links to their personal blogs.  I hope you can join us and I'm looking forward to seeing lots of summer flowers in the gallery this month :)

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Less is More Challenge #424

Good morning and happy Saturday

Less is More has a new challenge beginning today and it's the turn of their One Layer challenge.  Lots of options for this one and time to get ahead as the challenge is all about...




Continuing as our generous sponsor for July is

and remember, just by playing along will put you in the running for our monthly prize.



A little ink blending and stamping for my sample card this time...


I began by die cutting a circle from a post-it note to use as a mask to create a moon.  I then ink blended with Distress Inks to create a wintery dusk sky.  I removed the mask and then stamped the branch and bauble in black to create silhouettes.  The string was hand drawn with a fibre tip pen.  I finished by stamping the sentiment in a co-ordinating shade and added some Glossy Accents to the bauble for some shine.  Apart from the drying time of the gloss, this was a pretty quick card to make.


Materials used:
  • Die: Hero Arts - Infinity Circle Dies (for the mask)
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versa Color - Heliotrope
  • Stamps: Fancy Foliage (free with Creative Stamping magazine); Card-io Majestix - Zendangles; Clearly Besotted - Sing It's Christmas
  • Accents: Fibre tip pen, Glossy Accents
Challenge entries:

AAA Cards - CAS Game #169 - Made in Minutes (Christmas in July)
Time Out - Challenge #166 - Peaceful



Thank you as always for taking a look.  Don't forget, you can find lots more inspiration over on the main challenge blog where my teamies are sharing some great makes.  

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Less is More Challenge #423

Good morning

Less is More is back with a new challenge today and we have a Colour challenge for you this time.  Here are the details...



Our generous sponsor for the month of July is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps so by playing along will put you in the running for our monthly prize.



I found this colour combo a bit daunting when I first saw it but then ended up making two cards!  Here's the first one, super simple...


I'm a bit addicted to using a stitched upper panel aren't I!  All of the images and sentiment were from the same set, all stamped here in black, and the images were coloured with ProMarkers.  The panel was adhered on foam and...that's it!

Materials used:
  • Stamps: MFT - Adorable Elephants
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Coloured with ProMarkers


Now, this next one took a while but I love the result...


I had this stamp set on my wish list for a very long time and eventually bought it (together with lots of other bits that fell into my online basket!).  This layering set is beautiful but there are so many different parts to stamp, and I didn't manage to align some parts perfectly in places but overall I'm happy with it and will be trying it with different colour combos.  Once stamped the flowers and leaves were die cut with the co-ordinating dies.  They were layered onto a die cut rectangular panel (shocker!) and the sentiment was stamped in a matching grey before popping the panel up on fun foam.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Altenew - Build-a-Flower: Peruvian Lily; Simon Says Stamp - Birthday Messages
  • Ink: Altenew - Razzleberry, Rubellite, Pinkalicious, Warm Sunshine, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle, Sunkissed, Paper Bag, Lava Rock, Industrial Diamond, Silver Stone, Limestone
  • Dies: Altenew - Build-a-Flower: Peruvian Lily; Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles


As always, the challenge linky will stay open for a fortnight.  And if you need more inspiration, please do pop over to the main challenge blog and take a look at the great makes from my teamies.  I'm looking forward to seeing the gallery of this colour combo!

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Skull and Cross Buns - July 2020 - Selection Four

Hi there

I'm back this morning with my final few sample cards using products by Skull and Cross Buns.

The new stencils, as well as some of their existing best sellers will be showcased on Hochanda at 9am tomorrow, Friday 3 July 2020.  And don't forget, if you're unable to catch the show live, you can watch it later on catch up via the Hochanda website.


Ok, first up I've used the already available Crafting Is My Super Power set...


I cut a rainbow of different coloured cardstock strips, some smooth and some textured, and adhered them to a paper background.  I then stamped lots of the images from the set in Versamark and heat embossed in white.  Next I used a mix of dark grey ink and water and used this to add some splatters to my card base for a little background interest.  I matted the panel onto some black cardstock and adhered it diagonally to my card base and trimmed away the excess.  The card was finished with a stamped sentiment, also from the same set.


Materials used:
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Crafting Is My Super Power
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Ink - Hickory Smoke
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White


Next up is the new Rainbow Pattern stencil...


I ink blended some cardstock with Distress Inks then, with the stencil, used the ghosting technique to spritz with water and blot away some of the ink.  Once dry I die cut the panel, stamped the sentiment from the Quirky Sentiments set and die cut three cloud apertures to make shaker windows.  3D foam was added to the back of the panel and then sequins trapped inside.


Materials used:
  • Stencil: Skull and Cross Buns - Rainbow Pattern
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Broken China, Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Skull and Cross Buns - Quirky Sentiments
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles; Clearly Besotted - Cloudy Days
  • Accents: Little Things From Lucy's Cards - Fairy Lights Shaker Mix


I've used the stencil again here, combined with the already available I Believe in Unicorns set...


For this card I attempted the stencil faux monoprint technique.  I tried with both Distress Inks and Distress Oxides and neither worked as well as I'd hoped, Jennifer McGuire makes it look so easy!  I inked up my background then stamped and heat embossed the images from the set in clear embossing powder.  The next step is to spritz liberally with water, and sandwich the stencil between the wet inked piece and a clean piece of cardstock before running through your die cutting machine.  As well as some of the ink transferring to the clean piece, the stencil also then leaves an impression.  The ink didn't transfer well with either attempt so I think I'll try again with different cardstock next time.  Once dry I die cut the panel and matted it onto some purple cardstock before adhering to the card base popped up on fun foam.  I then stamped a sentiment strip using the same stamp set.


Materials used:
  • Stencil: Skull and Cross Buns - Rainbow Pattern
  • Ink: Distress Oxide - Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio; VersaMark; Versa Color - Lavender, Petal Pink
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - I Believe In Unicorns
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Clear Gloss
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles


Ok, below are the four new stencils which will be available, together with details of the show...



Thanks so much for visiting, I'll be back on Saturday morning with details of the next Less is More challenge.
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Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Skull and Cross Buns - July 2020 - Selection Three

Good morning

A couple more makes today using Skull and Cross Buns products.  Don't forget, their products will be showcased on Hochanda on the 9am show this coming Friday, 3 July 2020.


Ok, the new stencil I've used today is called Elongated Triangles...


For this first card I used low tack masking tape to create a border on my card base as well as some random strips in different directions.  I then laid the stencil over each exposed area and blended through in bold ink colours, with each section having the stencil pattern in a different direction.  I then removed the tape and stamped the various sentiments from the Quirky Sentiments set and the star from the Planner Banners set was stamped in silver.  A simple but striking one layer design.

Materials used:
  • Stencil: Skull and Cross Buns - Elongated Triangles
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versa Color - Silver
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Quirky Sentiments, Planner Banners


I used the same Elongated Triangles stencil here, but with a masculine theme...


For the top panel I ink blended the background with three shades of Distress Ink then used the ghosting technique, which involves laying the stencil over the panel, spritzing with water and then blotting away the colour from the exposed areas.  Once dry I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die and stamped the sentiment from the Quirky Sentiments set.  I adhered the panel, offset over a black panel onto the card base before finishing off with some stamped elements from the Planner Banners set.

Materials used:
  • Stencil: Skull and Cross Buns - Elongated Triangles
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, Ground Espresso; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versa Color - Pinecone, Charcoal
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles




Thanks as always for taking a look.  I'll be back with my final samples tomorrow morning, ahead of the show on Friday.
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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Skull and Cross Buns - July 2020 - Selection Two

Hi there

This morning I'm sharing a couple more samples using another of the new stencils from Skull and Cross Buns, ahead of their products being featured on Hochanda on the 9am show this Friday, 3 July 2020.

The new stencil in the spotlight here is called Rainbow Half...


I masked off the edges of the card base here before inking up each section of the stencil one by one in rainbow colours.  Lots of masking was required so that each part could be inked separately.  I then created a stitched frame using two rectangle dies and adhered two cloud border die cuts behind it at the top and base, and trimmed away the excess.  I stamped the word 'dream' from the Quirky Sentiments set and then adhered the frame to the card base, the rainbow showing through the aperture.

Materials used:
  • Stencil: Skull and Cross Buns - Rainbow Half
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar, Abandoned Coral, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Skull and Cross Buns - Quirky Sentiments
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Double Stitched Rectangles; Lawn Fawn - Puffy Cloud Borders


This following idea suddenly sprung into my mind when holding the stencil at a different angle...


Straight away I saw that the WiFi logo could be created from the first few small sections of this stencil.  So not a greetings card, but something you could display in your home, either on a surface or in a frame to provide your guests with your Wifi ID and passcode.  So I inked through just the first three sections of the stencil blended two shades of Distress Oxide ink, and instead of adding the usual dot at the base, I stamped a heart from the Crafting is my Super Power set.  The 'you got this' sentiment is from Quirky Sentiments and the boxes at the bottom are from the Planner Banners set.  A die cut frame finished this project.

Materials used:
  • Stencil: Skull and Cross Buns - Rainbow Half
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Quirky Sentiments, Crafting is my Super Power, Planner Banners
  • Ink: Distress Oxide - Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers; Versafine - Onyx Black; Altenew - Lagoon
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Double Stitched Rectangles

Challenge entries:

Make My Monday - Challenge #125 - Use Stencils
STAMPlorations - June Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes


These are the new stencils being launched exclusively on Hochanda on Friday...


I'll be back with more to share tomorrow :)

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Monday, 29 June 2020

Skull and Cross Buns - July 2020 - Selection One

Hi guys

The fantastic Skull and Cross Buns are back with some new products which will be showcased on Hochanda on Friday 3 July 2020, at 9am (channel details can be found at the base of this post).

There are four new stencils being featured, as well as some existing popular items.

Over the next few days I'll be sharing some of my samples made using these products, ahead of the show on Friday morning.


First up is the new Twisted Ray stencil...


I've inked through this stencil twice, first with the lilac shade, then shifted it before blending the bolder blue and purple.  The dots were stamped using a stamp from the Planner Banners set, and the panel was then matted and adhered to the card base before adding one of the embellishments from the Tropical Party Embellish! Set 1.  


Materials used:
  • Stencil: Skull and Cross Buns - Twisted Ray
  • Stamp: Skull and Cross Buns - Planner Banners
  • Ink: Distress Oxide - Shaded Lilac, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet; Altenew - Rubellite
  • Accents: Skull and Cross Buns - Tropical Party Embellish! Set 1



I've used the stencil again here, paired with the Crafting Is My Super Power stamp set...


I blended through the stencil with sunny shades of ink then, with the stencil still in place, I stamped through each section with the various images from the stamp set.  The inked sections either side needed to be masked as I worked my way around.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in white on a vellum strip which I layered on a black strip.  A black enamel star was added in the centre to finish the card.

Materials used:
  • Stencil: Skull and Cross Buns - Twisted Ray
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Crafting Is My Super Power
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral; Versafine - Onyx Black; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Fishtail Flag Stax
  • Accent: Doodlebug - Graduation Assortment (star)

Challenge entries:

Make My Monday - Challenge #125 - Use Stencils
STAMPlorations - June 2020 Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes
Just Us Girls - Challenge #542 - Photo Inspiration




The four new stencils being featured on the show are shown below...



Thanks so much for stopping by, I'll be back tomorrow to share more samples using SACB products.

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