Saturday, 17 August 2019

Less is More Challenge #402

Good morning!

Yet another fortnight has passed since the last Less is More challenge, so we're back with a brand new one today, and it's One Layer time! 

Although some crafters find one layer cards a bit tricky, the criteria this time should make this one a little simpler.  This time we want to see..



And throughout August our generous sponsor is Funky Fossil Designs, and the super talented Sarah Gray, is joining us once again as a guest designer.  And by simply playing along you'll be in with a chance of being our monthly winner!




I've used Funky Fossil stencils on all of my sample cards for this challenge.

For my first card I stepped out of my comfort zone of using a white card base, and chose the complete opposite...


Some of Sarah's stencils in the Funky Fossil store are supplied with both the negative aperture and the positive image.  Here I used the positive of the owl stencil and used some low tack tape to hold it in place on my card base.  I wasn't sure how well the ink blending would work as I used white pigment ink, as opposed to normally using Distress or dye inks.  I just needed to blast the surface with my heat gun afterwards to ensure the ink was dry.  I then used a circle die to create an aperture in some scrap cardstock, and with the owl still in place I blended the moon through the mask using silver pigment ink. 


I didn't want to risk warping my base by heat embossing the sentiment so I stamped the image with white pigment ink multiple times using my MISTI to ensure exact placement. 

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Funky Fossil - Owl in Flight
  • Ink: Hero Arts - Unicorn; Versa Color - Silver
  • Die: Hero Arts - Circle Infinity Dies
  • Stamp: MFT - Grand Peaceful Wildflowers

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #354 - CAS
STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge - Anything CAS Goes




For my second card I revisited one of my favourite layouts for one layer cards and used the ghosting technique...


With the card base laid flat I added some masking tape down the spine and across the top third of the card.  I then ink blended with green shades of Distress Ink.  The leaf stencil was then laid across the surface before spritzing with water and blotting away the colour.  To finish, the masks were removed and the sentiment was stamped in black across the centre.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Funky Fossil - Forest Foliage
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Pine Needles, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Beautiful Friend

Challenge entries:

The Male Room - Challenge #117 - 6th Birthday
STAMPlorations - Summer Theme & Sketch Challenge - Stamps and Anything Goes




Finally, a card which was really quick and simple to make...


For this one, rather than inking through the stencil, I roughly inked a section of the stencil directly from pink and blue ink pads.  I then spritzed lightly with water and transferred the design to my card base.  I blasted with my heat gun to ensure it was dry, then overstamped the sentiment in black.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Funky Fossil - Geometric Star
  • Ink: Distress Oxide - Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Brushed Greetings II

Challenge entries:

AAA Cards - CAS Game #146 - Made in Minutes


Please do pop over to the main Less is More challenge blog, here, for lots more inspiration from my teamies.  Just remember to keep your creations clean and simple, including the white space we love, and keeping to the LIM one layer rules.  I hope to see you in the gallery :)

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Neet & Crafty Shop!


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Hi guys!

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may have already seen this news recently, and you may have also spotted a sneaky new link in my sidebar.

I've been a bit delayed announcing the news here, just due to life getting in the way, but I'm super excited to say...


My Neet & Crafty Shop is NOW OPEN!



I make so many cards for my Design Team roles and for challenges and there's no way on this earth that I would mail them all myself so I am now offering them to you.  

I have some makes already listed but so many more still to add to the store.  There has been a little delay due to requesting and awaiting the addition of some new categories more suited to some of my cards, but these are now available I will be adding more on a regular basis.

I'm using nuMonday as a platform for my shop, very similar to Etsy, but which is a site dedicated to British Makers.

The logo in this post will take you to the store, and the link in my sidebar will take you there too.

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your weekend :)

Less is More Challenge #401

Good morning!

It's two weeks since the last challenge at Less is More, so of course, we're back with a new one for you.  It's the turn of our regular Colour challenge, here are the details...



For a fresh new month we have a fresh new sponsor!  If you've followed Less is More for some time you'll no doubt be familiar with our previous Design Team member, Sarah Gray, of Funky Fossil Designs.  She is generously sponsoring our August challenges so just by playing along you'll be in with a chance of winning our monthly prize!



Not only is Sarah guest designing with us for this challenge, we also have Alli C joining us who was our June Winner.  Please do pop over to see what she's created and say hi.


Ok, I have two sample cards for you, here's the first...


For this design I die cut a circle and stamped the sentiment across the centre.  I then filled in the gaps using the leaves, flowers and a few smaller stamped elements.  I coloured the images with ProMarkers then popped the die cut up onto a slightly larger circle using fun foam.  The two die cuts were then adhered to the card base.  I felt it needed a little 'something' more, so I used a white pigment pen and added some dotty accents to the flowers.

Materials used:

  • Dies: Hero Arts - Infinity Circle Dies
  • Stamps: Altenew - Painted Greetings, Doodle Blooms
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Accents: Signo Uniball Pen - White

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #352 - Make Your Mark
STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge - Anything CAS Goes





For my second card I used one of Sarah's fab stencils as a background...


I die cut a panel with a stitched rectangle die then blended two shades of Distress Ink just through the central area of the stencil.  I die cut a leaf from orange cardstock and added some detail with a ProMarker.  I stamped the sentiment in black onto a stitched die cut strip then slotted it between the leaves and trimmed it off before adhering to the panel on 3D foam squares.  The who panel was then adhered to the card base on fun foam.


Materials used:

  • Stencil: Funky Fossil - Geo Diamonds
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Cracked Pistachio, Broken China; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Altenew - Leaf Canopy
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles; Creative Expressions - Laurel Leaves; Clearly Besotted - Frame It Die Collection (sentiment strip)


Thanks so much for stopping by.  My teamies are sharing some great projects over on the main challenge blog so please do pop over and take a look.


I hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

Friday, 2 August 2019

Happy Little Stampers August 2019 CAS Challenge

Hi there

Another month has whizzed by and we're back with new challenge week over at Happy Little Stampers.  Here is the cue card for the August CAS Challenge...




And don't forget to keep your entries clean an simple:




For my Design Team card I wanted to use the top third for my design so chose a balloon theme...


This was very simple to make.  On a white cardstock panel slightly smaller than the card base I used a balloon stencil and Distress Inks and blended them overlapping, perfect for balloons as they are transparent so no masking was required!  I added some light and shade to the blending too.  I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die and then stamped the sentiment banner in black.  To finish, the panel was simply popped up on fun foam.


Materials used:

  • Stencil: MFT - Big Balloons
  • Stamp: Altenew - Label Love
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Broken China, Crushed Olive, Dusty Concord; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles

Challenge entries:

Just Add Ink - Challenge #468 - Just add 'C' (congrats)
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #352 - Make Your Mark
CAS on Friday - Challenge #162 - Use a Stencil
STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge - Anything CAS Goes



Don't forget to pop over to the main HLS challenge blog, here, for more inspiration from my teamies, and keep an eye out for the other August challenges, all starting over the next few days and which all run until the end of the month.


Thanks so much for visiting, I'll be back in the morning with details of the new Less is More challenge.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Less is More Challenge #400

Good morning

It's new challenge day at Less is More and this will be our 400th Challenge!  I can hardly believe that when I became a member of the Design Team I joined for challenge number 225, back in May 2015!  Where on earth has that time gone?

So, let's get straight to it, and this time we have a Recipe challenge for you and it's all about using the little images in your stash...




Skull and Cross Buns continues as our sponsor for July so by playing along you are automatically in with a chance of winning our monthly prize.


Being a member of the Skull and Cross Buns Design Team was perfect for me as the majority of their stamps fit within the challenge criteria this week.  I have four samples for you, all showcasing SACB products.


Here's the first...


You'd be forgiven for thinking I've broken our rules with the dotted banner on this one, but I created this by using a little row of dots from the Planner Banner set, here.  I used my MISTI to ensure consistent placement across the card.  I stamped the little images within a square die cut and coloured with ProMarkers before popping it up onto another slightly larger die cut.  I finished by stamping the sentiment in lilac and added some shimmery sparkle to the bee's wings.


Materials used:
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Planner Banner, Quirky Sentiments, Spring Motifs
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Versa Color - Heliotrope; Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Pierced Square Stax
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Accent: Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Clear

Challenge entries:

Alphabet Challenge - I is for Insect
CASology - Week 348 - Shimmer




I kept my next card super simple...


This is purely just a stamped sentiment surrounded by lots of other tiny images, all from the same stamp set.  To add some interest I used hammered cardstock for the base, which you can just about make out in the photo below, it was really difficult to capture it...


Materials used:
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Modern Wedding
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Altenew - Coral Berry, Forest Glades, Andromeda, Moon Rock

Challenge entries

STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge - Anything CAS Goes
AAA Cards - CAS Game #144 - Maxi White Space




This next card is a CASE of a card I found recently on Pinterest by the super inspiring Donna Mikasa, you can find it on her blog, here.


I used emboss resist on the card base, stamping and heat embossing the images in clear embossing powder then blending over with Distress Oxide inks.  Then just simply adhered an offset panel flat to the base, with the sentiment stamped in black.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Crafting is my Super Power
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Oxide - Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Clear Gloss

Challenge entries:

Try It On Tuesday - Colours of the Rainbow
STAMPlorations - Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge - Stamps and Anything Goes



And finally...


I began by inking through a sun ray stencil and then stamped the palm tree image in black.  I die cut the scene with a circle die then heat embossed the sentiment in gold.  I sliced a strip away from the front of the card and stamped the tropical leaves along the edge of the inner part.  The die cut was then adhered overhanging the edge.

Materials used:
  • Stencil: Clearly Besotted - Sunny Day
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Tropical Party, Quirky Sentiments
  • Ink: Distress Oxide - Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral; Versafine - Onyx Black; VersaMark; Altenew - Frayed Leaf, Moss
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich
  • Die: Hero Arts - Infinity Circles


I think this would be a great opportunity to use the little images in your craft stash so why not join in by linking up to our gallery.  There's a fortnight to enter and you can find lots of inspiration from my teamies over on the main challenge post, here.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Designing for Honey Doo Crafts - Roses & Lilies and Garden Peony

Hi there

Ok, back this evening to share two final makes using more products by Honey Doo Crafts.  

And don't forget, Honey Doo will have feature hours on Hochanda TV tomorrow, 12 July 2019, at 10am and 3pm (Sky 673 / Freeview 85).  I know many of you will be working, as will I, so I'll be putting the shows on record to have a peak at later.  There will be lots of products available, demos by Amanda, and lots of samples from the whole of the Design Team.

Now, the two samples in this post may look a little familiar if you already follow my blog, and that's because I've made previous cards which are very similar (I've added some pics at the base of this post).  The two Honey Doo sets I'm using on these cards are Roses & Lilies, and Garden Peony.

Ok, first up is Roses and Lilies...


This card is similar to a one layer card I made back in May, here, where I also used teal cardstock and embossed the same image in white.  This time I stamped, embossed and fussy cut the image before adhering it onto the card over an offset panel of glittered polka dot cardstock in a similar tone.  I then simply finished with a sentiment stamped in black.


Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Roses & Lilies, Just in Case
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Glitter Cardstock: Kanban - Sherbert Pips (many years old)

Challenge entries:

STAMPlorations - Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge - Stamps and Anything Goes
Time Out - Challenge #139 - Inspired by Words



Next up is Garden Peony...


For this card the stamped and coloured strip was actually the waste from this card, here, which I made back in April.  So it's a kind of reversed version, with a coral coloured panel behind picking out the colour in the images.  The sentiment was heat embossed in white and the floral strip popped up on 3D foam.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Garden Peony, Daisy May (sentiment)
  • Coral cardstock from stash
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Die: Avery Elle - Dotted Border Dies

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #349 - CAS
Penny Black and More - July Challenge - Summer Colours
STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge - AG CAS




Here are the previous similar cards I made...



Thanks so much for visiting, and I hope you are able to tune in tomorrow to see what Honey Doo Crafts has to offer.  If you love florals, it's for you for sure!

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