Saturday, 20 January 2018

Less is More Challenge #363

Hi there

It's time for another fresh new challenge over at Less is More and the challenge for this coming fortnight is our regular One Layer challenge, and we are looking for...




Don't forget, we have a brand new sponsor for the month of January, Skull and Cross Buns, so please do play along for a chance to win the monthly prize!



I have two cards to share with you this time, the first using stamps from our sponsor...


This was super simple to make, and it took me about fifteen minutes whilst waiting for last night's dinner to cook!  I blended some Distress Ink through a dotty stencil in a pale grey/blue.  I then used the foxes stamp in my MISTI and stamped with two different shades of orange/brown to create a kind of ombre effect.  The hearts are part of the same rubber stamp and these were stamped in red.  I finished by stamping the sentiment in black and adding a tiny gem to the flower.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Altenew - Halftone
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Foxes in Love, Brush Hearts (sentiment)
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Weathered Wood; Versa Color - Paprika, Brown, Cardinal; Versafine - Onyx Black



My next card, although it looks pretty simple, took a lot longer to make as I'm still getting to grips with my Faber Castell Polychromos...



I stamped the image in black ink and coloured with my pencils.  I'm still getting a 'feel' for these pencils and don't currently have any blending solution so I spent a good amount of time trying to build layers of colour on the heart.  It's far from perfect but I'm pretty happy with the result.  I finished by curving a clear sentiment stamp around the heart and stamping in black ink.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Lili of the Valley - Odd Dog: Squidgy Heart; Clearly Besotted - Petite Plushies (sentiment)
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos

Challenge entries:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Add a Sentiment (Clearly Besotted)
Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #63 - CAS
STAMPlorations - January Theme and Sketch - Stamps and Curves



Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog.  My teamies have created some super cuties this week over at Less is More and please do pop over to their personal blogs where they may have even more inspiration for you.  

Hopefully you're liking that the challenge is now fortnightly and gives those of you with busy lives a lot more time to play along.  I'm looking forward to your cute creations and don't forget it's one layer week!


Friday, 19 January 2018

Uniko Challenge #45 - Guest Designer!

Good morning!

After being super lucky and winning the last challenge at Uniko, I'm thrilled to be the Guest Designer for their next challenge starting today!



Below are the details for the next challenge and you can find the link to the main challenge post here.



Over the New Year I was suffering with a flu bug and lovely Bev at Uniko was wonderfully sweet and sent me a gorgeous card along with one of her beautiful stamp sets, just to cheer me up.  Thanks once again, Bev, you're an absolute gem, and such a thoughtful and generous gift.

And as this challenge is 'Something Old, Something New', I've used the stamp set here as my something new :)




I started by embossing a panel of white cardstock with a diagonal stripe embossing folder I've had in my stash for years, I believe it is now retired.  So that was my something old.  I sliced a section out of the panel and stamped the sentiment and heart directly onto the card base in the diagonal gap created.  The embossed panels were then popped up on fun foam and to finish I added a tiny clear gemstone to the heart.  I never know which is the positive and negative side of this embossing folder, but I love both sides anyway!

Materials used:

  • Embossing Folder: Stampin' Up - Stylish Stripes
  • Stamps: Uniko - Big & Bold Hugs
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Versa Color - Cardinal
  • Gemstone from stash


Challenge entries:

Simply Create Too - Challenge #134 - Use Embossing
CAS on Friday - Challenge #124 - Love/Valentine
Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #63 - CAS


Thanks so much for visiting today, I hope you get a chance to play along.  I'll be back with you tomorrow morning to introduce the next challenge at Less is More.  Hope to see you then!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Muse Challenge #248 - Sunny Florals on Teal

Hi there

I'm here to kick off the first challenge of 2018 over at Muse and I'm delighted that it's my turn to be your designer.

The idea of the Muse challenge is to use the designer's creation as inspiration for your own project.  You can use any element(s) to inspire you, e.g. colours, theme, technique, layout, etc.

In recent months I've been inspired by many cards that Yana Smakula has created using coloured pencils on dark cardstock, so wanted to have a go at this myself using my Polychromos, and I'm really pleased with the result.



I chose teal cardstock as my base and stamped the sentiment and florals in VersaMark before heat embossing in gold.  I then coloured the flowers and leaves with my coloured pencils before trimming slightly and adhering the panel to my card base.

Here's a closer view...




Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Sincerest Thanks, To You With Love
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich
  • Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos
  • Coloured Cardstock: From an assortment by Stampin' Up

Challenge entries:

Simpy Create Too - Challenge #134 - Embossing
Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #62 - Flowers
Just Us Girls - Challenge #422 - Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes





Thanks so much for visiting today.  I hope my card will inspire you to play along at Muse this week.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Less is More #362

Hi guys, and a very Happy New Year to you!

I'm here to introduce the first challenge of 2018 over at Less is More and we're changing things up a little this year.  The challenge will be changing to 2-weekly.  For full details about the challenge please do pop over to the main challenge blog.

Ok, let's get to it, and this time it's a Colour challenge...



And to kick off our new challenges of 2018 we also have a fab new Sponsor for the month of January, Skull and Cross Buns Rubber Stamps.  I've recently joined the Design Team for Skull and Cross Buns and the lovely Emily Fox creates superb quality rubber stamps and also has some great little sets of clear photopolymer stamps too.  As well as the website, Emily also sells her stamps at Not on the High Street, and also has an Etsy store.  Emily is offering a prize to one lucky winner who participates throughout January so why not play along?



Ok, onto my cards, and as much as I love purples, it's still the colour that my camera hates for some reason, the colours always look more blue than they actually are.  For both of my cards I've used almost all stamps by our January Sponsor.

Here's the first...


I started with a gentle blend of Distress Ink through a stencil to lightly cover the centre of the card base.  I then stamped a few clusters of the leaves and hibiscus flowers directly on the card base before stamping the banner sentiment and die cutting with it's co-ordinating die.  A few clear sequins were then added to finish off the card.

Materials used:
  • Stencil: MFT - Fishnet
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Tropical; Clearly Besotted - Mini Basic Banners (and co-ordinating die)
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Milled Lavender; Altenew - Morning Frost, Lavender Fields, Midnight Violet, Deep Iris, Soft Lilac
  • Accents: Little Things From Lucy's Cards - Sparkling Rainbow Sequin Mix


And for my second I used a Christmas lights stamp to create a celebration card...


On a panel of white cardstock I repeatedly stamped the string of lights in black ink and coloured with ProMarkers.  I die cut a curved edge and adhered the panel to the card base.  I coloured a strip of cardstock using one of the ProMarkers and adhered the purple trim, also cut with the same die, to the edge of the panel.  I used another of the ProMarkers to colour another scrap of cardstock and then heat embossed the sentiment in white and popped this up on 3D foam.  To finish I added some detail to each of the bulbs using a white pigment ink pen.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Christmas String of Tree Lights, Tropical (sentiments)
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; VersaMark
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Snow Drifts
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Accents: Signo Uni-ball pen - white

Challenge entry:

STAMPlorations - January Challenge - Theme and Sketch - 'Stamps and Curves'




Thanks so much for dropping by.  Please do take a moment to pop on over to the main challenge blog, my teamies are sharing some wonderful creations this week.  

Apologies for the delay with my first post of the year, I've had a horrible flu bug for the last week which really took hold of me so I've been out of crafty action.  Fingers crossed I'm over the worst of it and I can now start 2018 properly!


Saturday, 30 December 2017

Frosty Snowflake Panel

Hi guys

I'm writing this post surrounded by cold and flu tablets, cough medicine, tissues, honey and lemon, and I've been in my PJs all day feeling sorry for myself.

But I wanted to come back and share another of this year's Christmas cards before the year is out!  And this is another that was made to order.


On a panel of white cardstock I masked a vertical strip and began by stamping and heat embossing a few snowflakes in white.  I then used the emboss resist technique and blended three colours of Distress Ink over the top.  I then stamped a few more snowflakes in pigment inks and splattered some shimmer using a mix of mica powder and water.  The shimmery splatters can be seen better below.


I removed the masks and stamped the 'Merry Christmas', and then heat embossed 'Sister' in silver and die cut with it's co-ordinating die.  The panel was then popped up on fun foam.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Uniko - Stunning Snowflakes; Clearly Besotted - Many Mini Messages, Sugar and Spice (and co-ordinating die)
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord; Versa Color - Lilac, Lavender, Grape; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White, Metallic Silver
  • Mica Powder: Honey Doo Crafts - White Opal

Challenge entries:

AAA Cards - CAS Game #105 - Sparkle
Happy Little Stampers - December Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Challenge #284 - Winter/Christmas




You'll be glad to know, I think I only have one more Christmas card to share.  Back soon x


Thursday, 28 December 2017

Cheery Robins

Hi there

Another Christmas card for you!  This one was made for a friend to give to my brother and sister-in-law.  They love nature, particularly birds, so I chose to create these cute little robins, together with winter hats!


I started by stamping the hats and then masked them to stamp the birds which are from a builder stamp set.  I coloured the hats with ProMarkers.  The birds were then fussy cut.  On a panel of pale blue cardstock I stamped the branch and the sentiment, and then masked these before spreading some Nuvo glimmer paste through a snowflake stencil.  The robins were then popped up on 3D foam.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Wplus9 - All Year Cheer; Clearly Besotted - Arctic Animals (hats)
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black; Altenew - Rocky Shore, Mocha, Espresso, Coral Berry, Rouge
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Blue cardstock from stash
  • Stencil: Memory Box - Tiny Snowflakes
  • Accents: Nuvo Glimmer Paste - Moonstone

Challenge entries:

Creative Inspirations - Challenge #284 - Winter/Christmas
Happy Little Stampers - December Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
Uniko - Challenge #44 - Christmas



I'm nearly done, just a couple more to share very soon :)

Merry Kissmas

Hi there

I'm now not feeling very festive after returning to work today but I'm back this evening and yes, you've guessed it...I'm still sharing this year's Christmas cards!

This is the card I made for my boyfriend...


This was super easy to make.  I first stamped the mice then die cut them with a stitched circle die.  I then stamped the sentiment below and the mistletoe above, as it was easier to position once the circle was cut.  The images were then coloured with ProMarkers.  I adhered a panel of deep red cardstock to the card base then popped the circle up on 3D foam.  I finished by adding a little Glossy Accents to the mistletoe berries, which can be seen better below.


Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Kiss Me Quick
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Double Stitched Circle Stax
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Red cardstock from stash
  • Accents: Glossy Accents

Challenge entries:

Creative Inspirations - Challenge #284 - Winter/Christmas
Happy Little Stampers - December Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
Uniko - Challenge #44 - Christmas




Thanks so much for popping by, I'll share the last few of my Christmas cards before the end of December!

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