Saturday, 30 January 2016

Less is More - Lucky Dip Week!

Good morning crafters

Hopefully Blogger has been nice to me and published this scheduled post for me.  Right now I'll be sitting down to a much needed brekkie after my works Christmas bash last night (unseasonably late I know!), before heading off on a four hour journey back down to Devon from Kent (my employer's Head Office is in Kent so the other branches travel there from all over the UK).

So, while I'm probably nursing an inevitable hangover (no doubt after a free bar!), I'll introduce this week's challenge over at Less is More.  As we have a fifth Saturday this month it's the turn of our Lucky Dip challenge.  And as we have Aussie Kylie bringing Happy Little Stampers as our sponsor this month, our theme is...

Down Under
Feel free to interpret this however you like, just remember to keep your creations clean and simple

I struggled with this challenge for a while as I had nothing Australia themed in my stash like koalas, kangaroos and didgeridoos to name a few, but then an idea popped in my head.......sun, sea, sand and surfing!  Obviously you can go off in a completely different direction with how you interpret the challenge if you wish.  Here's what I came up with...

I didn't have anything resembling a surfboard so I popped into MS Word, created an elongated oval with two vertical lines going down the centre, printed it on some patterned paper and....voila, one surfboard!  I then made a beach scene using a variety of dies.  The sky, sea, sand and sun all started from round dies which I then cut using scallop dies to create the layered up scene.  I nestled the surfboard in between the sand layers, with the top popped up on 3D foam, then adhered the whole circular scene to the card base slightly overlapping the edge, then trimmed off the excess.  I then manipulated the sentiment stamp into a curve on my acrylic block before stamping around the curve.  I'm actually really pleased with how this one turned out as I was having brain block for days before this idea materialised!

Materials used:

  • Patterned Paper: Echo Park - Sweet Day
  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Double Stitched Circles; Clearly Besotted - Scalloped Edges Die Collection; X-Cut - Nested Circles
  • Coloured Cardstock: Papermania - Capsule Solid Cardstock; Neenah - Desert Storm
  • Stamp: Happy Little Stampers - Mix Mash
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black

Challenge entries:

Creative Card Crew - Challenge #105 - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Challenge #156 - Punches and/or Dies
Creative Inspirations - Challenge #343 - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - January Challenge - Anything Goes with a Die(s)

So, get your thinking caps on and we would love to see your creations in our gallery this week.

Bye for now


  1. Brilliant card, inspired idea!
    I hope the free bar didn't do too much damage and that you have a safe journey back to the south west !

  2. Simply perfect and very down under! I love your little scene and you are so creative to make your surf board! It was stinking hot where I live today and the humidity was nearly unbearable so I bet there were a lot of aussies at the beach! xx

  3. Your idea to make a surfboard is so effective and creative! Love the sunny scene you have created. I hope the hangover isn't too bad and you make a good recovery over the weekend :)

  4. Love how you've 'designed' your surf board and clever use of the scallop dies. Very creative and fun x

  5. Love this! I love your use of the dies and your creative surfboard. Really does fit your down under theme - my kids are currently hounding me to go to the beach! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.


  6. Sun, sea, sand and surf is what comes to my mind for Australia as well Anita, a lovley summery card.

    Many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

    B x

  7. Hello Anita: I love this sweet and fun beach scene you created, the surf board you created is just fabulous, how creative of you and the sand and sea fits the theme great.
    I long to go to the beach but we are still in full Winter gear up here in NW. Indiana but soon Summer will come back.
    Thank you for the fun challenge.


  8. Awesome. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Creative Card Crew.
    Cathy DT Member

  9. Hope your hangovers not too bad and the four hour journey home passed painlessly, nothing worse than having a hangover and then a long car ride. Fabulous card very dynamic and beautifully done, all of the dies work beautifully together and clever you with the surfboard and I see our Kylie loved it.


  10. Wow I love how this turned out...awesome scene!

  11. The way you made your surfboard is very creative. Love the scene you made. Thank you for sharing your card with us at Stamping Sensation.
    Eret x

  12. a lovely scenery bubble and a clever techie girl, love it

  13. really lovely card design, thank you for joining us at creative inspirations.
    Suzanne x

  14. Very clever - love the colours and it's created a fab scene.

  15. Fabulous card! Such a fantastic design! Love it!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  16. Love the layout and the many different layers! Thank you for joining our „Dies & Punches“ challenge over at the Crafty Cardmakers ;o) Happy crafting,

  17. A really fun card. I love the beach scene you have made and a very imaginative way of creating the Surf Board. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers. Sally.x.


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