Saturday, 18 November 2017

Less is More Week #355

Good morning, crafters

I've just got back from a fantastic week away with some crafty friends.  First was the Happy Little Stampers craft retreat in Manchester last weekend organised by the fabulous Kylie, where I once more got to meet up with some ladies I met at last year's retreat, as well as meeting a few for the first time, including my lovely LIM Teamie, Sharon who came over from Portugal.  Then myself and Kylie were lucky enough to stay in Cumbria with another LIM teamie, the awesome Sarah P for a few days.  Thanks so much Sarah for keeping us fed and watered and showing us your lovely home town and the surrounding area.  So, I'm pretty shattered after getting home just yesterday.

But back to it, and we have a great Theme challenge for you this week over at Less is More.  Our lovely teamie, Susan, has a birthday tomorrow so our theme this week is all about CASEing her card design which is below.  Happy Birthday, Susan, I hope you have a terrific birthday tomorrow xxx

Susan's gorgeous card...


And Dies to Die For continues as our sponsor for the month of November so don't forget that by playing along you could be in with a chance of winning our monthly prize!




As I was away I only managed one CASE card before I left but at least it's another one to add to my (still very lacking) Christmas card collection!  I simply used the same layout as Susan, using another cute Christmas image with a sentiment below in a similar font, as well as the predominant red and green colours...



This is a simply stamped and coloured one layer card.  I stamped the sentiment and image in black ink and coloured with colouring pencils.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Lili of the Valley - James Christmas Tree; Clearly Besotted - Rockin' Robin
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos

Challenge entries:

Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #58 - Trees
Crimbo Crackers - Challenge #145 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #268 - Holiday
Stamping Sensations - November Challenge - One Layer Christmas Cards
Simply Create Too - Challenge #133 - CAS




As usual, my teamies are sharing some great inspiration linked over on the LIM challenge blog, and while you're there, why not also pop along to wish Susan a happy birthday.

I made lots of cards while I was away so I'll endeavour to share these with you over the next few weeks, once I get chance to photograph them properly.

I hope to be back fairly soon.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Muse Challenge #241 - Leafy Thank You

Good afternoon

It's the first Monday of the month and therefore, once again it's my turn to be your designer over at Muse.

The idea at Muse is to take inspiration from any element(s) of the designer's card, i.e. colours, layout, theme, technique, etc.  And what makes Muse pretty unique is that the winners each week are voted for by your fellow participants, and as part of the rules we ask that you visit at least three other entrants to show some support.

For my design this week I've chosen to make another card appropriate for the season, certainly here in the UK the trees are become bare and the ground is covered with colourful leaves.  And hopefully the different elements will inspire you to play along...



I used an embossing folder to emboss the leaf pattern on a panel of white cardstock and adhered this to a green card base.  I then die cut a stitched sentiment strip from the same green cardstock and embossed the sentiment in white which I adhered to the centre.  Using my MISTI, I then inked up the leaves, overstamping multiple times to achieve the blend of autumnal colours.  This was then die cut with the co-ordinating die and popped up on 3D foam squares.

Materials used:
  • Embossing folder: Darice  - Leaves Assorted Pattern
  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Sentiment Strips, Clearly Besotted - Little Things
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Sweet Little Sentiments, Little Things
  • Ink: VersaMark; Altenew - Mocha, Moss, Autumn Blaze, Grapevine
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White

Challenge entries:

Just Us Girls - Word Week #418 - Thankful
Altenew - November Inspiration Challenge 2017
Fusion Challenge - Autumn Leaves (I used the photo/not the sketch)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Thanks/Thanksgiving



Thanks so much for popping by today, and I hope I've provided some inspiration for you to pay along this week

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Less is More Weeks #353 & #354

Good morning, lovely crafters

Well, from the post title you will note that I've included two week numbers.  That's because the new challenge just starting over at Less is More will run for a fortnight.  A few of the DT, including myself will be away having fun at the Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat next week so we thought it would make more sense to have a two-weeker, and that will also give you more time to create, or of course create more than one entry if you like. 

As usual our first challenge of the month is a Colour challenge and here's our cue card...



Fireworks or firework colours are fine for this challenge,
just remember to keep your projects clean and simple.


And for the month of November our fabulous sponsor is Dies to Die For, so don't forget to play along throughout November for a chance to win the monthly prize.



Our September winner, the super talented Birgit is joining us as Guestie this week, so please do pop over to her blog and show her some love.


Just one card from me this time, using ink blending and emboss resist.  Unfortunately my camera doesn't show the vibrancy of the colours too well here, but hopefully you get the idea...



I began by blending different areas on some white cardstock with different coloured Distress Inks.  Once dry and treated with anti-static powder, I stamped the floral background with VersaMark before heat embossing with clear powder.  I then blended over the entire background using black ink, which revealed the floral pattern, trapping the colour underneath.  I then mixed some white mica powder with a little water and splattered over the design.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in silver sparkle on a vellum strip which I wrapped around the panel, before mounting on some silver glitter card and adhering to the card base.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Picked Rasperry, Wilted Violet, Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Salty Ocean, Candied Apple, Black Soot; VersaMark
  • Stamps: Wow! - Chrysanthemum; Clearly Besotted - Sunburst
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Clear Gloss, Metallic Silver Sparkle
  • Mica Powder: Honey Doo Crafts - White Opal
  • Glitter card from stash

Challenge entries

Creative Inspirations - Challenge #283 - Sparkle
Simply Create Too - Challenge #133 - CAS
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #266 - Anything Goes
AAA Cards - CAS Game #102 - Ink Blending



My teamies have created some great cards this week so please do pop over to the main challenge blog for more inspiration.

Thanks so much for visiting today, and I'm looking forward to the gallery for this one.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Happy Little Stampers November 2017 CAS Challenge

Good evening

I can't believe we're now into November and back with the new monthly challenges over at Happy Little Stampers!  Today marks the start of the November CAS Challenge and it's a pretty easy one this month...



and fabulous for me as it means I've got a another Christmas card in the bag!  Don't forget that if you play along you could be in with a chance of winning a $20 gift coupon to the HLS store, here.

And I'm also getting really excited as in just over a week I'll be off to the Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat organised by my fab HLS Boss Lady, Kylie.  I'm also looking forward to meeting up with some lovely ladies I met last year, and meeting more online buddies for the first time.  


Ok back to the challenge, here's my DT card...




I started with a piece of standard copier paper, folded it in half and drew and cut out a bauble shape to use as a mask.  I placed the negative space over the edge of my card base, used a circle die cut from a post-it note to mask the moon and then blended the sky and snow banks with Distress Inks, using curved pieces of paper as masks as I travelled down the card.  With the last snow bank mask still in place I stamped the tree in black ink.  All that was then left to do was stamp the bow and string, and the sentiment in the same black ink.  And although this looks quite complicated, it took me about 20 minutes from start to finish!

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Faded Jeans, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: Card-io - Vintage Christmas (tree); Uniko - Christmas Sparkle (bow and string); Happy Little Stampers - Christmas Joy (sentiment)

Edited to add:

I've had such a great reaction to this card here, and on Instagram, so I'm offering my card up to participants to CASE over at Chasing Holiday Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin.  Can't wait to see if you give this technique a go. CASE away :) x

Blog Party for Card Makers - Chasing Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin

Challenge entries:

AAA Cards - CAS Game #102 - Ink Blending
Crimbo Crackers - Challenge #144 - Quick and Easy
Daring Cardmakers - Blended Backgrounds





So, why not use this as a chance to get another Christmas card or ten made!  You have until the end of the month to play along and can enter as many times as you wish, just remember to keep your projects clean and simple.

And don't forget the numerous other monthly challenges which run each month, these will all be kicking off over the next few days.

Thanks so much for visiting today.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

To My Amazing Mother & Friend

Happy Sunday, lovely crafters

This morning I'm sharing a card I made for my lovely Mum for her birthday earlier this month.  I used stamps and a stencil that were new to my stash, bought from a show I visited last month.



I started by stamping the flowers from this beautiful Altenew set, stamped using Altenew Inks.  I then inked through a daisy background stencil with some grey pigment ink, dabbing through with a sponge blender tool, avoiding the floral area (which could be seen through the stencil).  I then stamped the sentiment, from the same stamp set, die cut it with a stitched rectangle die and popped up on 3D foam.  For a little interest I added a few trios of Nuvo drops, and also to the flower centres, which you can see more clearly below.


Materials used:

  • Stamps: Altenew - Extra Special
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Altenew - Puffy Heart, Purple Wine, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades; Versa Color - Sky Gray
  • Stencil: Imagination Crafts - Daisy Diamond
  • Die: MFT-Dienamics - Stitched Rectangle Stax
  • Accents: Nuvo Jewel Drops - Grey Mist

Challenge entries:

CASology - Week 272 - Cherish
STAMPlorations - October Theme and Sketch Challenge - Stamps and Two Colors
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes




Thanks so much for popping by, and I hope you're having a lovely weekend.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Less is More Week #352

Good morning!

And this morning I'm introducing this week's new challenge over at Less is More which is a Recipe challenge.  This week we want to see...



Any stamp layering will do, you don't have to use stamps specifically designed to be layered.




I have two samples for you today, both using stamp sets designed to be stamped in layers to add dimension...



This was super easy.  The leaves and flowers were stamped onto a panel of white cardstock cut slightly smaller than the card base, and were then overstamped with the sentiment in black.  I popped the panel up on some fun foam and finished by adding some trios of Nuvo drops.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Wplus9 - Watercolored Anemones; Clearly Besotted - Brushed Greetings II
  • Ink: Altenew - Lavender Fields, Midnight Violet, Deep Iris, Forest Glades, Evergreen; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Accents: Nuvo Crystal Drops - Silver Lining

Challenge entries:

CAS on Friday - Challenge #119 - Flowers

ETA:
Thanks to my teamie, Nonni, I'm linking up to Time Out challenge where their theme is Sympathy.  Not sure how I missed that one!


Next...any excuse to make another Christmas card to fit the challenge as I'm still so far behind this year!



On a panel of white cardstock I stamped the layered tree, the first three layers in varying shades of green, then finishing with VersaMark and heat embossed in white to resemble snow.  This panel was then die cut with a stitched rectangle die and I then wrapped around a strip of vellum with the sentiment heat embossed in gold.  This was then popped up on foam over a card base covered with pattern paper.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Hero Arts - Color Layering Christmas Tree
  • Ink: Altenew - Forest Glades, Moss, Evergreen; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White; Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Wonky Stitched Rectangles
  • Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye - Oh What Fun
  • Vellum from stash

Challenge entry:



For more inspiration please do pop over to the challenge blog to view my teamies' projects this week, and click on their links where you could find even more makes this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I so appreciate your visits and comments.

Have a lovely weekend.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

New DT Role!

Hi guys

WARNING - Long post, please do grab a comfy seat and a cuppa! :)

I wanted to drop by today to announce some exciting news.  I've been lucky enough to be invited to join the Design Team for Skull and Cross Buns Rubber Stamps!




Huge thanks go out to my fabulous blog friend, Monika Skinner of Tinker Cards who initially put my name forward.  And after researching this lovely company I discovered that they are based in South Devon, my very own home county.  There are so few craft outlets that I'm aware of in the South West so it's an honour to be part of this.

Skull and Cross Buns is run by the lovely Emily Fox and as well as the main website, you can find her designs at Etsy and Not On the High Street.  She stocks a wonderful collection of hand-carved wood mounted stamps, artisan grey rubber stamps and clear photo-polymer stamp sets too.

I'm excited to be a member of this Design Team along with these great designers:




So, without further ado, here are some of my creations using some of the current Christmas stamps.

First up are the gorgeous Pinecone  and Merry Christmas Script stamps...


For this card I used the emboss resist technique, first stamping in VersaMark and then shifting slightly and stamping in colour pigment ink before heat embossing with clear powder.  The clear embossing then traps the white of the cardstock giving the impression of snow.  I blended over with Distress Ink, heat embossed and die cut the sentiment in silver, and added some score lines to the card base for interest.  You can see the embossing more clearly in the photo below...


Materials used:

  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Pinecone and Merry Christmas; Clearly Besotted - Autumn Flowers (pine foliage)
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versa Color - Pinecone, Evergreen; Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Clear Gloss, Metallic Silver
  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Double Stitched Circles, Stitched Rectangles



My second card features this great Geometric Stag stamp...



This stag was one of the first stamps that grabbed my attention on Emily's website.  Here, I stamped it in VersaMark and heat embossed in white before blending over with Distress Ink.  On another piece of cardstock I used Ink Dusters to brush the colour through the geometric stencil which I think pairs up brilliantly with the design of this stamp.  Both panels were then die cut with stitched rectangles.  I finished by stamping a sentiment, also embossed in white, onto a vellum strip which was wrapped around the two panels.

And I have to give a little shout out to my new photo prop friend, I found this little deer in The Range and couldn't resist his cuteness! lol

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Geometric Stag; Clearly Besotted - Many Mini Messages
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Candied Apple, Pine Needles
  • Stencil: MFT - Abstract
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Vellum from stash


Next up is the very festive Christmas String of Tree Lights stamp...



I stamped the lights in Memento ink and coloured with ProMarkers.  Below I stamped the layered tree in greens and heat embossed with some gold.  The doves were then stamped in VersaMark as if carrying the lights, and embossed in gold, along with the sentiment.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Christmas String of Tree Lights; Clearly Besotted - Peace on Earth; Hero Arts - Color Layering Christmas Tree
  • Ink: Memento - Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves; Altenew - Forest Glades; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich


The next two cards feature the beautifully designed Scandi Snowflake stamp...


I love the effect I achieved here but it was a nightmare to photograph!  I chose some cream pearlescent cardstock for my base and panel.  I then stamped the snowflakes in VersaMark, using my MISTI to help with alignment, and heat embossed using some white pearl powder, which I didn't realise would look exactly the same colour, but I went with it!  I wanted the snowflake background to be the main focus here so I just cut a strip of patterned paper, and some more with a bow die set to adorn the corner of my panel and added a simple tag with the sentiment stamped in green.  The panel was then popped up on fun foam.


Materials used:
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Scandi Snowflake; Personal Impressions - Butterfly Kisses and Christmas Wishes (sentiment)
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versa Color - Winter Green
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - White Pearl
  • Patterned Paper: Lawn Fawn - Knit Picky
  • Dies: Clearly Besotted - Tiny Tags Die Collection; Frantic Stamper - Small Solid Bow


And I went with some masking, blending and stamping on this one using one of my favourite layouts...


I started by masking the horizontal strip with Post-it notes.  I then blended above and below with lilac ink before stamping the snowflake in various pigment inks.  I then removed the mask and stamped the sentiment.  To finish I added some tiny accents with Nuvo Drops.

Materials used:
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Shaded Lilac; Versa Color - Orchid, Heliotrope, Smoke Blue
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Scandi Snowflake and Merry Christmas
  • Accents: Nuvo Crystal Drops - Silver Lining

As this one is the most simple I'm going to link this one up to the Clean and Simple Challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More.





If you've made it to the end of this post, thanks so much for taking the time.  And do check out the Skull and Cross Buns products, you won't be disappointed.

Thanks so much, as always, for visiting.



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