Saturday, 12 August 2017

Less is More Week #341

Good morning

It's time for a new challenge over at Less is More and this week it's the turn of our One Layer challenge.  Ok, so it's not everyone's favourite but why not give it a go.  I think this week's theme will give you quite a few options...



We have our winner of the AAA Collaboration challenge, Marge, joining us today so please do pop over to her blog if you have time.


Just one card from me this week and I used a couple of recent purchases for this one, as well as having a go with my Polychromos which I haven't had much chance to use yet...


I recently purchased this mini stamp set from Clearly Besotted as I thought it would be great for little boys' cards.  I stamped the images first, the sentiment being from a different retired CBS set, then stamped again on post-its to use as masks.  I then blended some clouds using the MFT cloud edges stencil with some Distress Ink.  This is the mini cloud edges stencil as I still haven't managed to get my hands on the regular one, it keeps selling out at breakneck speed in the UK!  All that was left to do was colour the images. My shading with the Polychromos needs some work but I did love using them, they are lovely pencils.  Definitely more practice needed!

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Take Flight, Going Places
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass
  • Stencil: MFT - Mini Cloud Edges 
  • Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils

Challenge entries:

Stamping Sensations - August Challenge - Anything Goes
Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #51 - Things that Fly
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #254 - Clean and Simple
Addicted to CAS - Challenge #117 - One Layer Card
CAS on Friday - Challenge #114 - Birthday
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - For a Child



A couple of my LIM teamies are taking a break this week but there is still lots of inspiration to be found, and possibly more on their personal blogs too.

Happy Saturday everyone, have a lovely weekend

Monday, 7 August 2017

Muse Challenge #228 - Rainbow Stem

Hi there

I'm back today as your designer for this week's challenge over at Muse.

I hope my card will give you some inspiration to play along.  So, without further ado, I'll get straight to it.



This was pretty easy to make.  I die cut the flower stem from some white cardstock then blended the rainbow with Distress inks.  I adhered this to some textured cardstock, die cut with a stitched rectangle, which was popped up on 3D foam.  The sentiment was stamped below and then I coated the flower with Glossy Accents.

Materials used:

  • Dies: Creative Expressions - Scribble Flowers; MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rectangle Stax
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Lucky Clover; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Scrumptious Script
  • Black Cardstock: Papermania - Premium Textured Cardstock
  • Accents: Ranger - Glossy Accents


Challenge entries:

Simply Create Too - Challenge #130 - Use Flowers
Uniko - Challenge #42 - Flowers




Thanks so much for popping by today and I would love for you to play along at Muse this week.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Less is More Week #340

Good morning

And welcome back to another Saturday morning where I'm introducing this week's challenge over at Less is More.  And week one of the month means we have a Colour challenge for you.



This is a colour challenge so you don't need to use fruit images.


I Googled tropical fruit images and the array of colours are gorgeous.

So, for my first card I chose the red, orange/yellow and green shades of a mango.


I chose to blend Distress Inks through a balloon stencil and what I actually seem to have created is an actual mango on a string! :D This was super simple, I just built up the ink very gradually and then stamped the curly sentiment as the string, hand drawing in the little knot with a black fineliner pen.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: MFT - Big Balloons
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Lawn Fawn - Scripty Sayings

Challenge entries:

CASology - Week 260 - Juicy (a mango is certainly juicy!)
CAS on Friday - Challenge #113 - Exotic (mango)




For my second card I just had to ink up some of my new stamps from the August release at Clearly Besotted...


I chose lots of tropical fruit colours for this one, e.g. lychee, kiwi, banana, pineapple, and various greens such as guava, papaya, etc. I stamped the main image in VersaMark and heat embossed in white.  I then watercoloured with my Zig markers.  The panel was die cut with a diagonal stitched rectangle and adhered directly to the card base.  The sentiment is embossed in white on a strip of purple cardstock...a little nod to passion fruit!  I would have liked the colours to be a little more vibrant but I didn't want to overwork the watercolour (as I always tend to do!) so I left it as is.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - One in a Million, Tiny Type
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangles
  • Watercoloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Challenge entries:

Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes (I'm not adding the topping this time)
Happy Little Stampers - August Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (optional twist: bloom)
House of Cards - August Challenge - Floral and/or colours
Uniko - Challenge #42 - Flowers
Simply Create Too - Challenge #130 - Use Flowers





Thanks so much for your visit.  A couple of my teamies at LIM are taking a break this week but there's still lots of inspiration over at the main challenge blog and please do follow their personal links as there may be more to inspire you.

Have a lovely weekend!


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Happy Little Stampers August 2017 CAS Challenge

Good evening, crafters

Where on earth did July go?  Time just seems to be flying by this year.  So, as we are now into a fresh new month, the new challenges at Happy Little Stampers are launching, and will continue to do so over the next few days so please do keep checking back at the main HLS page for details of each challenge.

Today it's the turn of the August CAS (clean and simple) challenge and we have a super easy one for you this month...


You don't have to use HLS products to enter but we do love to see them if you have any.
And please do check out the challenge guidelines.

The winner of this challenge will win a $20 coupon to spend at the HLS shop.


Ok, onto my DT card, and I used stamps from two HLS stamp sets here...


I started by stamping the sentiment from the Simply Said set which became the stem of my flower.  I then took a leaf stamp from the Doodled Flowers set to create the five petals of my flower and stamped these in raspberry pigment ink.  I then used the other leaf from the set to stamp the leaves either side of my 'stem' in green pigment ink.  Next I took two co-ordinating colour pencils to add some shading.  I finished by stamping the 'thanks', popping the panel up on 3D foam and adding a glitter enamel dot to create the flower centre.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Doodled Flowers, Simply Said
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Versa Color - Raspberry, Olive
  • Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos
  • Accent: Happy Little Stampers - Enamel Glitter Dots

Challenge entries:

Uniko - Challenge #42 - Flowers
STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge
House of Cards - August Challenge - Floral and/or Colours




Thanks so much for visiting today.  This challenge, as well as all the other HLS challenges, are running until the end of the month so there's plenty of time to play along and link up.

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