Saturday, 13 April 2019

Less is More Challenge #393

Good morning folks!

It's Saturday morning and it's been two weeks since our last challenge over at Less is More which can only mean one thing...we've got a new one for you :)

It's the turn of our Colour challenge and this time we want to see...



The awesome Seven Hills Crafts returns as our sponsor for this month so make sure you play along during this and the next challenge to be in with a chance of winning the LIM monthly prize!


We have a wonderful designer joining us for this challenge, the super talented Milla who was one of our birthday month winners.  Please do pop over to her blog to say hi.


Ok, onto my samples and I have two for you today.  I was obviously in a friendly mood as both feature friend sentiments.  Here's the first...


This was super easy to make.  On a panel of white cardstock I blended two shades of Distress Ink in from the corner.  I very rarely use either of these colours but I adore how great they look together here.  I then used a doily die which is new to my stash to cut a white die cut and adhered it over the edge of the panel and trimmed off the excess.  To finish I stamped the sentiment before adhering the panel on fun foam.


Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Iced Spruce, Milled Lavender; Versa Color - Laurel Leaf
  • Stamp: Wplus9 - All Year Cheer (available from our sponsor's store)
  • Die: Sweet Dixie - Doily Five


For my next card I chose coloured cardstock for my top panel...


I chose this soft green shade and began by inking through a leaf stencil using white chalk ink.  I then found a teeny flower stamp and stamped these around the leaves with a peachy shade.  I chose a slightly darker soft green shade to stamp my sentiment and adhered the panel flat to my card base.


Materials used:

  • Coloured cardstock from stash
  • Stencil: Uniko - Natures Treasures II
  • Ink: Versa Magic - Cloud White; Versa Color - Cinnamon, Olive
  • Stamps: Uniko - Background Builders Vines; Altenew - Thinking of You (available from our sponsor's store)

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #336 - Anything Goes
AAA Cards - CAS Game #137 - Made in Minutes
Uniko - Challenge #52 - Spring



Thanks so much for popping by.  Looking forward to seeing all your subtle colour creations.  And don't forget to pop over to the main LIM challenge post for more inspiration from my fellow teamies.


Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Guest Designer for Honey Doo Crafts - Selection Three

Hi guys

Tonight I'm sharing the last few of my makes for my Guest Designer spot with Honey Doo Crafts

The new sets will be showcased on TV shopping channel, Hochanda tomorrow, 3 April 2019 at 12pm and 4pm BST so please do tune in if you can (Sky 673 / Freeview 85).


So, my cards today have used three more of the new sets I've yet to share.

First up is a shaker card I made using a lovely set called Peony Crest...


To begin I blended a little pale pink ink on the card base and stamped the sentiment.  I then created the offset oval shaker window using a oval stitched die, backed with acetate, and edged the panel with a stitched rectangle die.  The panel was popped up on 3D foam strips, trapping the confetti shaker bits inside.  I then stamped, coloured and fussy cut the main peony crest image and adhered to the panel.


Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Peony Crest
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Spun Sugar; Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles; Lil Inkers - Stitched Ovals
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Shaker Contents: Nuvo Pure Sheen Confetti - Diamond Harlequin; Little Things from Lucy's Cards - Itty Bitty Stars (Neon Bright)


For this next card I used the small images from a new set called Garden Peony to create a background pattern...


I stamped and coloured the panel the same size as the card base.  I then used a border die to cut away an inner section (I can use the cut away part on another card).  The remaining two parts of the panel were popped up on fun foam and the sentiment stamped between, directly onto the card base.  Simples!

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Garden Peony, Peony Crest (sentiment)
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Die: Avery Elle - Dotted Border Dies


And a nice sunny card to complete my selection, using a set called Hello Sunshine...


I masked the card base and blended ink through a sun ray stencil for the central background.  I then created a frame using two rectangle dies and stamped the sentiment along the top before popping up on foam strips.  I then stamped the sunflowers onto watercolour paper and watercoloured with my Zig markers.  The image was then fussy cut out, adhered over the base, using foam pads to pop up the parts within the frame, and then the edges were trimmed to align with the card base.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Hello Sunshine
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade; Versafine - Onyx Black; Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
  • Stencil: MFT - Sun Ray
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles

Challenge entry:

Allsorts - Challenge #513 - Use Yellow


Thanks so much for all your lovely visits and comments, I appreciate each and every one of you.  And I hope you love these new stamps and enjoy the show tomorrow if you are able to watch it, unfortunately I'll be at work during both shows so I'll be catching up afterwards.

Happy Little Stampers April 2019 CAS Challenge

Hi guys

Over at Happy Little Stampers the April challenges are kicking off and today it's the turn of the CAS challenge.  Here are the details...



For all the challenge rules please pop over to the main HLS challenge post.


Ok, onto my DT card, and this is the card I sent to my dear mum for Mother's Day, which in the UK took place on Sunday...


This card is purely just masking and stamping.  I masked the base leaving the square exposed.  I began by blending some blue Distress Ink in from the edges of the square.  Next up was the turn of the script stamp which I stamped in grey.  I then stamped the flower which consisted of the outline, the base colour and two further detailed layers.  The linear images were then stamped in black before removing the masks and stamping the sentiment.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up - En Francais; Altenew - Beautiful Day; Clearly Besotted - Brushed Sentiments
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Salty Ocean; Memento - London Fog; Altenew - Arctic, Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue; Versafine - Onyx Black

Challenge entries:

My Time to Craft - Challenge #393 - Mother's Day / For a Female



All of the Happy Little Stampers challenges run until the end of the month.  The Watercolour challenge is already live and the rest of the April challenges will launch over the next few days.  I hope you can join in and play along.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Guest Designer for Honey Doo Crafts - Selection Two

Hi guys

I'm back tonight to share my next batch of samples for the new release at Honey Doo Crafts.

Earlier, Amanda held a Facebook Live video showing the ten new stamp sets, along with all the samples from the whole design team which you can find, here.

And don't forget Honey Doo will be on Hochanda (Sky 673 / Freeview 85) this coming Wednesday 3 April 2019 so tune in if you can, if not, set your planners as I believe Amanda will be doing lots of demos along with showcasing the products.


Ok, on to my next few samples.

First up I used a stamp called Smell The Roses which is a truly beautiful image...


To create this one I heat embossed the image in white on watercolour paper and watercoloured it with Inktense pencils.  I added a little pale blue watercolour around the edge of the image just to lift it off the background a little.  I then used a paper trimmer to slice away part of the panel and fussy cut around the edge.  I stamped the sentiment and then popped the panel up over the card base which had a black strip adhered to the right hand side.  This is a CASE of a previous card I made, here, which used partial die cutting to create the same look.  So you don't need the co-ordinating dies to create this effect.


Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Smell The Roses, Happy Times
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Watercoloured with Derwent Inktense pencils

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #334 - CAS
Creative with Stamps - Challenge #37 - Birthday



Next up I used the new Daisy May stamp set.  I was inspired by a card by the super talented May Park, here.  The stamps I used were a linear design as opposed to May's card which used solid images, so I chose to emboss it in gold and pair with orange tones.  I paired this with a sentiment from an existing Honey Doo set called Cheers...



I began with a panel of orange cardstock and stamped and heat embossed the daisy image in gold multiple times to create a frame.  I then blended Distress Inks in from the edge in co-ordinating shades to create ombre effect.  I finished by stamping the sentiment in black ink and heat embossed it in clear.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Daisy May, Cheers
  • Orange cardstock from stash
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, Black Soot; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Wow - Metallic Gold Rich, Clear Gloss


Next up is this gorgeous floral cluster image called Roses and Lilies...


I stamped and heat embossed the floral image in white onto vellum and coloured on the reverse with ProMarkers.  I then did some partial trimming, cutting away a vertical section but stopping where the image was and fussy cutting around the edge.  The vellum panel was then wrapped around an embossed panel and secured on the reverse.  The panel was popped up on fun foam and I finished with a sentiment embossed in white on textured lilac cardstock, die cut with a pierced square.


Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Roses and Lilies, Birthday Sentiments
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Embossing Folder: We R Memory Keepers - Next Level (Wave)
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Pierced Square Stax

Challenge entries:

The Paper Players - Challenge #435 - Tic-Tac-Toe (die-cut / embossing / floral)
Just Us Girls - Challenge #481 - Embossing Folder




Finally, the last one for this post is a really simple card I made using the new Oopsie Daisy set...


For this one I grabbed some scraps of cardstock and cut strips of varying widths and adhered these alternately to a piece of thinner cardstock.  The daisy image was then stamped across the strips.  I then die cut the pierced curve from each side of the strip  I also did the same from the front edge of the card base, and adhered the striped panel aligning with the edge.  I then stamped the sentiment vertically on the inside of the card but as it's cut away it shows when the card is closed.  I love this sentiment, it could be ideal for an 'oopsie I forgot' belated card, or perhaps to send to someone who has had some sort of mishap, or if you've messed up and want to apologise.  So lots of uses :)

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Oopsie Daisy
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Die: Avery Elle - Dotted Borders Dies
  • Card scraps from stash



Thanks so much for stopping by.  I'l be sharing my last few samples with you tomorrow, ahead of the shows on Hochanda on Wednesday.  If you can't wait until then, all the new sets are available to buy direct from the Honey Doo website, here.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Skull and Cross Buns April/May Release - Crafty Harlequin Diamonds and Easter Icons

Hi guys

I'm back this evening to share another couple of makes using products from the Skull and Cross Buns April/May release.

I think you're going to love the new set called Crafting Is My Super Power.  There are some great crafting item images as well as some crafty sentiments, including this fab one I've used on my card.  I've also used the Harlequin Diamond Pattern Stencil which is part of a five stencil bundle...



I used the shifted stencilling technique on a white cardstock panel, first inking in Cracked Pistachio before shifting very slightly and then inking with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, both of which were faded out towards the centre.  I then stamped and fussy cut the stencil and ink pad images and popped these up on 3D foam alongside the sentiment.  The panel was then adhered flat to the card base.


Materials used:

  • Stencil: Skull and Cross Buns - Set of 5 April/May 2019 Large Stencils (Harlequin Diamond)
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Crafting Is My Super Power
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers; Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Coloured with ProMarkers


For my next card I've combined two more of the new stamp sets, Spring Motifs and Spring Sentiments...



Although this card looks fairly simple, it did take some time to stamp and emboss the words onto the kraft card as most of these are separate stamps so there was lots of lining up and stamping in stages to ensure the ink was still sticky enough to accept the embossing powder.  Once the panel was complete I sliced away the central diagonal section and adhered the two corners to the card base.  I then stamped five of the images directly on the card base and coloured these very simply with ProMarkers.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Spring Sentiments, Spring Motifs
  • Ink: VersaMark; Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Coloured with ProMarkers

Challenge entries:

Always Fun Challenges - Challenge #103 - Use Kraft
Uniko - Challenge #52 - Spring optional twist Easter




Here's a reminder of the full Skull and Cross Buns April/May Release, all now available on the website, here...



As always, thanks so much for visiting.

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Guest Designer for Honey Doo Crafts - Selection One

Hi there

I'm excited to share the news that I'm once again joining Honey Doo Crafts as a Guest Designer for their latest release.

There are ten new stamp sets, all lovely floral designs that Amanda and the team do so well, and all so perfect for Spring.

The new sets will be showcased on TV shopping channel, Hochanda on 3 April 2019 at 12pm and 4pm BST so please do tune in if you can (Sky 673 / Freeview 85).

Honey Doo are also doing a Facebook Live on 1 April 2019 at 7pm BST which you can find here where they will be showing the new stamp sets in full detail.


Ok, onto my first few samples.

This first card uses a lovely new set and I think it's my favourite from this release, called Repot Rose!...



Here, I masked off my card base and used the emboss resist technique where I stamped and heat embossed the image in white and blended with Distress Oxides.  I then die cut the top panel and created a circular aperture, stamped the sentiment from the same set and popped the panel up on 3D foam.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Repot Rose!
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Oxide - Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles; Hero Arts - Infinity Circle Dies

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #334 - CAS
AAA Cards - CAS Game #136 - One Image + Spring




Next up is the Repot Rose! set again, but it looks completely different in a sepia design...



I used a cream base and panel here, stamped the image in Distress Ink and watercoloured, drawing in the stamped ink and adding more watercolour details with the same ink.  I stamped the sentiment from the same set in a co-ordinating ink and then added gold watercolour to the flower centres and some gold splatters.  Then panel was popped up on fun foam.  The gold detail can be seen more clearly here...


Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Repot Rose!
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs; Altenew - Espresso
  • Paint: Gansai Tambi Watercolours


The following card uses a new set called Summer Blossom, and the sentiment from the Repot Rose! set...



On a panel of lavender cardstock I initially stamped the image in a pale grey ink, before adding some highlights with coloured pencils.  It's easier to add the detail before embossing the image and if using a stamp positioner such as a MISTI this allows you to restamp in exactly the same spot.  I then restamped and heat embossed in white.  The sentiment was stamped in a co-ordinating ink, the panel adhered flat to the card base and some jewels added to finish.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Summer Blossom, Repot Rose!
  • Ink: VersaMark; Altenew - Hydrangea
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Accents: Little Things from Lucy's Cards - Grape Mix Jewels



My final card in this first selection uses a gorgeous new set called What's Up Buttercup?...



I used the same process as the last card for this image, stamping in a yellow ink first, colouring with ProMarkers and adding detail with coloured pencils.  I then restamped and heat embossed in white.  Some polka dot paper was added to the card base, and the panel die cut with a curved edge and adhered flat.  The sentiment from the same set was stamped in green onto a die cut oval and popped up on 3D foam.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - What's Up Buttercup?
  • Ink: VersaMark; Altenew - Hunters Green
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Coloured with ProMarkers and Faber Castell Polychromos
  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Basic Edges; Lil Inkers - Classic Ovals
  • Patterned Paper: Lawn Fawn - Let's Polka

Challenge entry:

Allsorts - Challenge #513 - Use Yellow




Here's a snapshot of all the new sets...



Thanks so much for stopping by, I'll be sharing my samples using the rest of these new sets ahead of the TV shows on Hochanda on 3 April, so would love for you to pop back and take a look.

Enjoy your weekend :)

Skull and Cross Buns April/May Release! - Spring Scene

Hi guys

Popping, or should I say, hopping by today to share the first of my makes using the fab new April/May product release by Skull and Cross Buns.

The release includes:

  • 3 new clear stamp sets
  • 4 new stamp set bundle
  • Happy Stamping Card Making Kit - loads of Spring themed goodies
  • Bundle of 5 stencils


You can find all the new products by following this link, here.  These are also feature on the Skull and Cross Buns Facebook page, here.  I've included a collage of the new products at the base of this post.


For my first card I've made a Spring scene for an Easter card combining three products form the new release...


I ink blended the background with Distress Ink and a cloud stencil and a little green along the base.  The rest is just stamping and colouring of all the little individual elements.  And for a little bling I added some sparkle to the bee's wings...


Materials used:
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Spring Motifs, Spring Sentiments, Spring Friends (available in the stamp bundle or kit)
  • Stencil: MFT - Cloud
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Accent: Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Clear


Skull and Cross Buns April/May Release:






Challenge entries:

Uniko - Challenge #52 - Spring: optional twist Easter
Inkspirational - Challenge #183 - Cloud



I'll be sharing lots more over the next few days so I'd love for you to pop back if you have time.

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