Saturday, 7 July 2018

Destash Sale!




I've finally had a chance to sort through my stash and offer up some used, and some new, stamps that I want to pass to other crafty loving homes.

I hope to sort through some other items, including dies, in the near future and will write a post to let you know when they're added to the listing.  I'll also give you a heads up on Instagram and Facebook.

You can find my listing by following the 'Destash Sale' page tab above, and which you can also find by clicking here.

I hope you will find something you like...Happy Shopping!


Less is More Challenge #375

Hi guys

The last two weeks have absolutely flown by and we are back with another new challenge for you over at Less is More.  And following the usual challenge sequence means it's time for a Colour challenge this time, here are the details...


And as we are into a brand new month we have a new sponsor, it's the fabulous craft store, Seven Hills Crafts back with us for July.  So don't forget to play along in our challenges this month for a chance to win the monthly prize.

We also have a super talented Guest Designer joining us for this colour challenge, Lynne who was our monthly winner for May!  Please do pop over to her blog to say hi and see her wonderful creative work.


OK, I was a bit on the fence with this colour combo at first and wasn't really 'feeling it' but as it happens, I have four sample cards to share with you!  It obviously kick started my creative mojo after all!

Here's the first.  This is my favourite of the four and I was going to share this one over on the main LIM post but Izzy beat me to it with a very similar stencilled project, so I'll share it here as my first one...


A pretty simple make.  I inked through a stencil with two colours of Distress Ink, blending where they met.  I then die cut the 'hugs' from some black fine glitter cardstock and twice from orange cardstock and stacked them up.  You can just about make out the orange cardstock in the pic below, as well as the glitter card...

 

I finished by adding some black Nuvo drops scattered around the sentiment.  Before I added these I felt that something was missing but I think I preferred it without.  Oh well!

Materials used:
  • Stencil: Altenew - Leaf Burst
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade
  • Die: Lawn Fawn - Scripty Hugs
  • Accents: Nuvo - Crystal Drops Ebony Black

Challenge entries:

STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #299 - CAS
Just Us Girls - Challenge #448 - Citrus





Next up is the card I shared over on the main LIM post...


This is just simply stamped and a few accents added.  The stems and flower heads were stamped in Altenew inks and the sentiment in black.  I then added a couple of score lines for some interest to this one layer card.  And to finish I added some white dot details with a white pigment pen.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Pretty Petals
  • Ink: Altenew - Olive, Orange Cream; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Accents: Signo Uniball pen - white pigment; Score lines

Challenge entries:

Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes (no Topping option for this one)
STAMPlorations - Summer Theme & Sketch Challenge - Stamps and Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - July Challenge - In My Garden
Alphabet Challenge - H for Happy Birthday




This one follows on from the last LIM challenge as I found this orange floral panel in my 'bits box'...


The main flower was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder, then masked before stamping the remaining flowers and leaves and then heat embossing those also.  I added a little depth of colour to the centres with a FlexMarker.  This was then trimmed and mounted onto a green card base.  I die cut the sentiment strip from the same green cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment in white.  A few green glitter enamel dots were added to complete the card.

Materials used:
  • Coloured cardstock from stash
  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Flowers for Design; MFT - Adorable Elephants (sentiment)
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Die: Clearly Besotted - Stripped
  • Accents: FlexMarker; Enamel Dots from stash 


And I went super simple for my final card.  Although I love simple I don't love this card but thought I'd share it with you anyway...


I stamped the glass, olive and sentiment in black ink then coloured with Flexmarkers.  I made some horizonal score lines and popped the panel up on fun foam on the card base.  To finish I added a little Wink of Stella shimmer to the drink and covered with Glossy Accents.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Raise a Glass II
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Coloured with FlexMarkers
  • Accents: Wink of Stella - Clear; Glossy Accents; Score lines



That's all from me, please do pop over to the main Less is More blog, here, to follow the links to view my fellow teamies' makes.  Lots of different projects to inspire you for this colour combo.  I hope to see you in our gallery.  Happy Saturday, folks! :)

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Lightbox Wedding

Hi guys

A friend of mine had her gorgeous wedding on Saturday and today I'm sharing the card I made for her and her husband.

I wanted to use a new stamp set and co-ordinating embellishment from Skull and Cross Buns with which you can create one of the massive trends at the moment....a lightbox!  Check out the site, here, for this new stamp set, as well as some new embellishments and stencils :)

This one took a little forward planning as it was my first attempt at creating a light up card using Chibitronic LEDs and a pull-tab slide switch, I've only made them previously using the push battery method.  My first circuit started to be a little temperamental before I completed the card so I started again and had success the second time around!

Here's the completed card...


And here it is with the light activated...


I started by cutting an aperture where the lightbox would sit and marked on a piece of card behind (on which I would build my circuit) where I wanted the LED, battery and slide switch to be.  I then followed this tutorial, here, to create my circuit (my card is much less complicated than the one in the example!).  Apologies, I didn't take any photos of the inner panel.

I marked through the acrylic grid with pencil onto the back of some vellum to help with alignment and then stamped the letters and heart in black and heat embossed with clear powder.  I then erased the pencil lines and adhered the vellum behind the aperture.  I wanted to diffuse the light a little more so added another layer of vellum.  The light is very bright in these photos, you can in fact see the heart with the light activated.

The circuit panel was then adhered in position on the card base.  I didn't take into account that the copper tape could be seen through the vellum so I did some surgery with some scrap white card to cover that area and just made a hole for the LED to shine through.  I stamped the sentiment before adhering the top panel on 3D foam.  Next I adhered the acrylic lightbox grid over the aperture using Glossy Accents to ensure it adhered well.  I then stamped, coloured and die cut the floral image and popped this up on 3D foam.  I finished by adding some really pretty iridescent jewels.

I just hope the little circuit is still behaving itself now it's in the hands of the new Mr and Mrs! :)


Below is a very amateur video I took to show it in action...




Materials used:

  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Lightbox Love; Clearly Besotted - Fairytale Ending(flowers), Time to Celebrate (arrow on slider); Lawn Fawn - Happy Wedding
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Dies: Clearly Besotted - Fairytale Ending; Stripped (for the slider switch)
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Clear Gloss
  • Image coloured with ProMarkers
  • Tools: Chibitronics - White LED sticker (copper tape and battery)
  • Vellum from stash
  • Accents: Little Things from Lucy's Cards - Jewels (Clear iridescent mix)

Challenge entries:

Daring Cardmakers - Weddings and Anniversaries
Just Add Ink - Challenge #415 - Inspiration photo
Dream Valley - Challenge #182 - All Things Bright and Beautiful
AAA Cards - CAS Game #118 - Use a Frame



Thanks so much for visiting today.  Why not get yourself some Chibitronics LEDs and have a go yourself.  It's very satisfying when it works! :D

Monday, 2 July 2018

Happy Little Stampers July 2018 CAS Challenge

Hi guys

It's new challenge time over at Happy Little Stampers and today is the turn of the July CAS challenge.  I'll get straight to it, here's what we want to see on your creations this month...



The winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

IF YOU USE STAMPS BY HAPPY LITTLE STAMPERS AND YOU ARE THE RANDOM WINNER, YOUR PRIZE WILL BE DOUBLED!




For my DT card I've used a stamp set which is new to my stash together with sentiment stamps from the HLS Perfectly Succulent stamp set...


I actually made a one layer when I didn't have to! lol  I stamped the cute little ellie and coloured him with Polychromos coloured pencils.  I then stamped and cut out a mask before inking through the background stencil.  I simply finished by stamping the sentiments.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: MFT - Adorable Elephants; Happy Little Stampers - Perfectly Succulent
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Ink - Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick
  • Stencil: Bought from Stamposaurus but has no name
  • Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils

Challenge entries:
Allsorts - Challenge #474 - Baby Animals


All the HLS challenges run until the end of the month, so plenty of time to link up.  And don't forget to keep a look out for the other challenges starting over the course of the next few days :)

Muse Challenge #273 - Just Because

Hi guys

It's the first Monday of the month which means the designer spot over at Muse for this week is back with me :)

I've created a one layer card to hopefully inspire you this week, using a new to me stamp set from Uniko.  I only recently bought some Distress Oxide inks so getting to grips with those too, trying to find the best cardstock for blending.

Hopefully the soft colours, layout, silhouette, one layer, theme, etc. will give you an inspiration springboard to play along this week.


I started by masking the horizontal strip with post-it notes and then blended three colours of Distress Oxide ink.  I added some water splatters and blotted with a paper towel.  I then removed the masks and stamped the foliage silhouette and sentiment in black.  I'm still learning with Distress Oxides and didn't realise they weren't so good for overstamping so the black ink is a little paler within the blended strip but I quite like it for this design.  To finish I added some tiny trios of Nuvo drops in black.

Materials used:
  • Ink: Distress Oxide - Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: Uniko - Just Because
  • Accents: Nuvo - Crystal Drops - Ebony Black

Challenge entries:

Just Us Girls - Challenge #447 - Anything Goes
Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #74 - June Blooms
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes




Thanks so much for visiting today, I'll be back this evening with information about the new CAS challenge at Happy Little Stampers!

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Less is More Challenge #374

Good morning, crafters!

We're enjoying some lovely weather here in the UK at the moment so I'm up bright and early to enjoy the best part of the day.

It's time for a new challenge over at Less is More and I think you're going to love this one.  It's a Recipe challenge and we want you to use...



Continuing as our June sponsor is the fabulous Uniko who are offering a choice of an in stock stamp set to our monthly winner, so please do play along for a chance to win!
Uniko


We have a fabulous Guest Designer joining us this week, Skye who was our April winner.  Please do pop over and say hi, she's created a lovely card for this recipe challenge :)


I have a bits folder rather than a box....or so I thought.  I actually have FOUR bits folders!  This was a great opportunity to use up some backgrounds/die-cuts/scraps, and even breathe new life into some bits I wasn't happy with when I originally created them.  Not only that, I actually found that these were really quick to make.

I have three for you, here's the first...


This panel was cut from a background I created whilst away at Sarah's last November, after the Happy Little Stampers craft retreat.  The floral images were created by sprinkling Brushos through a stencil onto watercolour paper and then spritzing with water and quickly removing the stencil.  This part was leftover from another card I made a while ago.  So all that was left to do was die cut with a stitched rectangle, pop it up on foam on the card base and stamp a sentiment below.  Easy!

Materials used:

  • Stencil: STAMPlorations - Bloom Silhouettes
  • Ink: Brusho - I think I used Leaf Green and Emerald Green; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Brushed Sentiments
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rectangle Stax

Challenge entries:

Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #74 - June Blooms
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #297 - Make Your Mark
The Flower Challenge - Challenge #21 - Use a Previous Challenge (I chose Challenge #12, TicTacToe and chose the line 'Sentiment/Watercolour/White')



For this next card, everything other than the stamped sentiment came from my bits folders...


Once again, whilst attending the Happy Little Stampers craft retreat, but this time in the summer of 2016, Sarah die cut some panels for me using a stitched die (I think by MFT) so I used one of these as my main panel for this card.  I found a die cut 'you' which had been cut from some textured black cardstock and stamped part of a sentiment in the opening underneath.  The butterflies I remember were cut from a piece of cardstock I blended with Distress Inks which I cut at the same time as cutting the flower to make this card.  These were simply adhered flat to the panel which was then adhered on fun foam.

Materials used:

  • Dies: Avery Elle - Simply Said You; Marianne Design Creatables - Tiny's Butterflies 2
  • Ink: Butterflies blended with Distress Inks; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Lovely Lilies

Challenge entries:

Daring Cardmakers - What a Wonderful World (I chose the line 'the colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky)
Happy Little Stampers - June Challenge - Anything Goes with Dies



This card started life as a panel stamped with balloons from my bits folder...


I remember when I first stamped this cluster of balloons, I really didn't like the mix of colours but when I saw it again in my scraps I thought it would make a great gender neutral card.  I stamped the sentiments below, trimmed the panel down and adhered flat to a blue card base. 

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Let's Party; Altenew - Party Time, Celebrate
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Altenew - Silver Stone, unsure what colours were used to stamp the balloons
  • Coloured cardstock from stash

Challenge entries:

Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - June Challenge - Anything Goes




This challenge has certainly inspired me to try to use up lots of scraps instead of cutting into new cardstock each time I make a card.  And it's surprising how you can get inspiration from something which didn't give you any creative motivation previously.

I hope you can find time to play along with us over the next fortnight. 

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Weight Loss Motivation Jars - Take Two!

Hi guys

Something a little different to share with you today.

After years of struggling with my weight and on/off yoyo dieting I'm back to where I started again, my yoyo keeps getting stuck in the up position!

So, I'm trying to get going again and decided to get my motivation jars back out and I've given them a facelift with some new tags.  Instead of the pretty designs that co-ordinated with my kitchen accessories that I created last time, I've decided to go with a more fun theme this time.

One jar holds glass pebbles, each representing half a pound, then these get transferred into the second jar as the weight loss increases (hopefully!).  Yes, there are a lot in jar number one which I need to shift - please don't try to count them, lol!

So here they are...


The first jar is to remind me to stop being a little piggy oinker!  The truth is I eat too much, and usually the wrong choices.  I'm back at Slimming World now so the tag on my loss jar is to remind me to eat more of the good stuff.

These tags literally took me about fifteen minutes to make.  I cut one tag from pink striped paper and another from aqua, then stamped the basic images.  I cut two more tags from white cardstock and adhered them offset together to add a little strength to them.  These were then tied around the jars with some co-ordinating organza ribbon from my stash.


Materials used:

  • Patterned Paper: Avery Elle - The Sorbet Collection
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Full Steam Ahead Additions (pig), In Print (oink!), Fruit Salad (fruit); Skull and Cross Buns - Quirky Sentiments (you got this!)
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Die: Clearly Besotted - Rounded Tag Die

Challenge entries:

Inkspirational - Challenge #163 - Use Small Stamps
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #296 - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - June Challenge - Anything Goes
Cut It Up - Challenge #150 - Anything but a Card



Thanks so much for stopping by today, hopefully I'll have more to share very soon.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Less is More Challenge #373

Hi there

It's new challenge day over at Less is More and we're back with a Theme challenge for you for the fortnight ahead.  I'll get straight to the cue word...



Our sponsor for the month of June is Uniko, and one lucky winner will receive an in stock stamp set of their choice, so be sure to play along this month to be in with a chance!  And Uniko's lovely lady, Bev, is joining us as a Guest Designer this week so please do pop over and say hi.




I've got two sample cards for you using the Friendship theme, here's the first using a sentiment from Uniko...


I recently bought a few Distress Oxide ink pads (yes, very late to the Oxides party!) so wanted to give them a go with the ghosting technique.  On a panel of white cardstock I blended three colours together from the bottom corner, fading them out.  I then laid a floral stencil over the panel, spritzed with water, removed the stencil and blotted with a paper towel to remove some of the colour.  I love the subtle effects you get with this technique and it works great with Oxides as well as regular Distress Inks.  Once dry I prepped the panel with anti-static powder before stamping the sentiment and heat embossing in white.  The panel was then adhered to the base on 3D foam before adding some little trios of Nuvo drops. 

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Oxide - Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio; VersaMark
  • Stencil: Dutch Doobadoo - Flower Swirl
  • Stamp: Uniko - Originally Organic Additions
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Accents: Nuvo Jewel Drops - Key Lime; Nuvo Crystal Drops - Caribbean Ocean, Crushed Grape, Morning Dew

Challenge entries:

The Flower Challenge - Challenge #21 - Use a Previous Challenge (I chose Challenge #14 - CAS) 
CAS on Friday - Challenge #134 - Embossing




For my second card I chose a cute image from Clearly Besotted:



On a panel of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock I stamped the image and then watercoloured with my Zig markers.  The image was then masked to blend the grass and sky with Distress Inks, and I used a stencil to create some subtle clouds.  I stamped the sentiment, trimmed the panel down and adhered it to a green card base.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Best Friends
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Ink - Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass
  • Stencil: MFT - Cloud
  • Water coloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
  • Green cardstock from stash

Challenge entries:

Stamping Sensations - June Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative with Stamps - Challenge #27 - Cute Animals


My teamies are sharing some lovely makes over on the main challenge blog if you need some more inspiration.

I hope you can play along over the next two weeks, it's always lovely to have cards for friends in your collection...just because :)


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