Sunday, 10 December 2017

Less is More - one layer #358

The latest challenge at  Less is More is the one layer challenge, with the theme of candles or something depicting light.  Perfect for one more Christmas card I thought, so found some time to make this CAS card.


 The silver heat embossed sentiment is difficult to see, so I have included this extra photo for detail.


I used Zig watercolour markers for the colouring, not using very much water as it was heat embossed on regular card.  I'm afraid the spongeing around the image is a little heavier than I wanted, but doesn't seem too bad when looking at the card in its entirety.  I should have remembered that Less is More!

Monday, 4 December 2017

21st masculine birthday

This card is for a friend's grandson - he has already travelled a bit, so hence the world theme.


Colour medium used is Color Burst powders - and then some gold paint swished over at the end.  I saw the technique demonstrated by Heather Telford recently, and the idea is to have the colour very wet to move the colour around, but you must dry each layer before adding the next.  It's a fun method, though I haven't done it justice as this is my first attempt, but I will certainly be trying it again.


The number dies are by Stampin' Up! - Large Numbers - I love these dies!

The 'world' die is unnamed - it isn't specifically the world, so makes an interesting focal point.



Less is More Colour Challenge

Wow!  It's been ages since I've entered into the Less is More challenge, even though I visit often!  This week I seem to have found some time and I'm entering this simple CAS card for the colour challenge - red and green!  How appropriate as we are all trying hard to complete enough cards to send out, without having to resort to buying any.


Stencil:  Simon Says Stamp - from an old kit from 2014
Sentiment:  Stampin' Up! Merriest Wishes stamp set
Embellishment:  Ranger enamel dots

Friday, 10 November 2017

Scrapbook Boutique November Challenge and Blog Hop

Welcome once again to Scrapbook Boutique's monthly challenge and blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Angela's amazing blog but if you didn't and want to start at the beginning, just click on the SBB blog link above and start again!  

Here is this month's charming mood board to inspire you.


Now to the housekeeping part - if you want to create something or just join in to win, there are two ways you can participate in this challenge and have a chance to win a prize.  You can comment on each blog, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this photo.  Of course you can do both for a chance to win both prizes!  Please check out the rules of entry, and the prizes at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog and note that this challenge is open to Australian  and New Zealand residents.




So you can see I was taken with the country charm feel of this mood board, and of course, the colour red.  To really capture the home-made feel I even added wonky stitching - the real kind as you can see below!  I must add that I do own a Bernina sewing machine, and am quite proficient on it, but this time I used a specially purchased 'craft' machine as I didn't want to ruin my 'proper' machine!  It works, but I can't control it very well lol.



Now you should hop on over to Linda's blog to find out what she has created to inspire you!


Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!




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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Spectacular!

Just a quick post to share a card I have just finished for a friend - for her friend, who is turning 70 and loves live shows!




It had to be a 'special' card, as the friend is not too well, so I tried to challenge my inner show-biz qualities (sadly lacking I'm afraid!  Though my late mum had performed at the Palladium in London in her day. her talents passed me by!)

I've used the stamp Oh La La by Caravelle Studio for the performer, some texts by Stampin' Up! and I drew the bill board by hand and decorated it with stars and dots.  The large numerals are heat embossed and die cut and they are also from Stampin' Up!  The card is A5 size, as it really needed to be larger than usual to fit everything into it!  I had great fun making this card, so I hope 'Judy' knows how much her friend is thinking of her when she finally receives it.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Trick or Treat

A quick post to share some Halloween boxes I made to send to our youngest grand-daughters who used to love Halloween when they lived in the States.  I hope they like the treats inside these boxes/cards.  I have CASed the idea from Sam from Mixed Up Craft - it opens like a card, but with the box behind and kept closed with the belly band.  Sam has wonderful projects to share, so please check out her youtube and blog!



Monday, 23 October 2017

Monster Birthday

The theme for this week's challenge at Less is More is Monsters!  I have ordered some monster dies, but they wouldn't arrive in time, so I returned to an old stamp from Annabelle Stamps - Monster Birthday!  I love this old friend of mine, so here is my card.


The dies that have already arrived however, were the paint splats, so they were added to my little monster to create this monster birthday card!


Monday, 16 October 2017

Stars

This week at Less is More challenge number 350 is a one-layer card with the theme of Stars.

I'm caught up with making Christmas cards at the moment, as I expect many of you are, so I thought of this challenge as an opportunity to make another card for my Christmas stash.


My  lovely star came as a free gift with the magazine Cardmaking in Easy Steps Issue 17, which is at least a year old I think.  I white heat embossed the stamped star, heat set it, then used a star frame lit by Stampin' Up! to dry emboss around the shape.  Difficult to see I know, but in real life, it does add a little something.  The sentiment is an old Verve stamp and the little cluster of stars is from SU Year of Cheers stamp set.

Ink for spongeing:  Distress Oxide:  Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Wilted Violet.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Scrapbook Boutique October Blog Hop and Challenge

Welcome once again to Scrapbook Boutique's monthly challenge and blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Angela's amazing blog but if you didn't and want to start at the beginning, just click on the SBB blog link above and start again!  

Here is this month's beautiful mood board to inspire you.  Isn't it just gorgeously full of glam and glitz!



Now to the housekeeping part - if you want to create something or just join in to win, there are two ways you can participate in this challenge and have a chance to win a prize.  You can comment on each blog, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this photo.  Of course you can do both for a chance to win both prizes!  Please check out the rules of entry, and the prizes at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog and note that this challenge is open to Australian  and New Zealand residents.


Inspired by the gold and shimmer, I opted to create a sparkly wedding card - foiling a stencil of hearts over pink card stock, and using Deco Foil Gel and heat activated foil sheets.   A simple sentiment and cake (from the Penny Black stamp set 'Tiny Treats') for adornment is all that was needed to finish.


I couldn't resist adding another view, just to show how lovely those hearts are.  I am impressed with how easy it is to achieve this look with the Deco Gel - if you haven't seen this process before, this is what I did:

  • Use a palette knife to cover the stencil with the gel - trying to keep it consistent in depth.  The gel has a very soft consistency, like warmed butter.  Scrape off excess and return it to the jar and wash the stencil and knife immediately.
  • Put the stencilled card aside to dry until clear - I usually leave it overnight, but it isn't necessary to leave it that long!
  • When totally dry lay the foil on top, with pretty side facing up.  Place card and foil inside a carrier sheet - I used baking paper - folded in half like a folder.
  • Run this through a regular laminator - which has been heated at least 15 minutes - this seems to ensure the foil seals onto the gel.
  • Remove from the carrier sheet and gently peel the foil away - and admire your lovely shiny card!

Now you should hop on over to Linda's blog to find out what she has created to inspire you!


Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!



Sunday, 8 October 2017

Hot and Spicy - Less is More challenge #349

Challenge #349 at Less is More is a colour one - the theme is Hot and Spicy!  What fun!  I was thinking food of course, then Mexico, fiestas and the colours so predominant there - red, orange, green - hot and spicy colours.   So coming from that perspective, here is my card:


We can get pretty hot and steamy in Australia of course, but the spice really says Mexico to me.


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Scrapbook Boutique September blog hop and challenge

Welcome once again to Scrapbook Boutique's monthly challenge and blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Angela's amazing blog but if you didn't and want to start at the beginning, just click on the SBB blog link above and start again!  

Here is this month's inspirational mood board!



Now to the housekeeping part - if you want to create something or just join in to win, there are two ways you can participate in this challenge and have a chance to win a prize.  You can comment on each blog, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this photo above.  Of course you can do both for a chance to win both prizes!  Please check out the rules of entry, and the prizes at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog and note that this challenge is open to Australian  and New Zealand residents.

 I was inspired by so many things that it was initially difficult for me to pin down exactly what it was that I wanted to create.  The sentiment, the images of sky, water, fun - all directed me to the idea of making the most of life, but eventually I gave up as the idea was so broad.  Instead I focussed on the colour, the love heart and the jewels, so my card is a simple wedding card!


 I created the grid design background shown in the dance image by mixing embossing paste with Salty Ocean distress ink, and applying it through a Kaisercraft stencil - this was a 12 x 12" template called quarters, but there are so many stencils around at present, there is no need to feel limited for choice!  I allowed the paste to dry naturally - overnight is best.  Then I popped up a silver foil frame around the base layer, adding a silver embossed flower from the Altenew set Botanical Garden.  This was coloured with Zig markers and fussy cut out.  To complete the card I die cut the 'happy' by Simon Says (it is a perfect size in my opinion) from the same silver foil card and added a silver embossed sentiment from Mama Elephant's set Happy Everything.  A few 'water' droplets by Nuvo complete the card.






Now you should hop on over to Linda's blog to find out what she has created to inspire you!


Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!




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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Something Real for LIM

A new week and a new challenge at Less is More - this week it is to use something real.  I often save little things that I think I might be able to use on a card - a leather tag, an interesting button, some amazing fabric - I'm sure I'm not alone in doing this - but do you think I could find these 'treasures' this morning?  Of course not - that is the way it is - so I had to search in my craft room and came across some feathers fortunately, so this is what I used.


I trimmed it a little to complement my stamped feather, which was heat embossed and sponged over with grey, and added a small silver bow, considering it suitable for a sympathy card.  The stamped feather and sentiment is by Hot off the Press.  The stitched frame is by Mama Elephant in their Basic Set.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Have a Great Birthday

My card today is for the Less is More one layer challenge, with the theme of vehicle.  One layer means that images must be stamped directly to the card - hence no extra layers, so that meant all my lovely dies relating to vehicles were not to be used.

However, I do have a cute steam train which has dies, but fortunately also stamps, by Clearly Besotted - it is called Full Steam Ahead and is perfect for a little boy's birthday card.


I have used Stampin' Up! inks - boyish colours of Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Smoky Slate and Dapper Denim, but for a little zing, I used my Quickie Glue Pen to write over the clouds and numeral then sprinkled over white glitter.

Now to find a little imp to pass this on to....

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Scrapbook Boutique August blog hop and challenge

Welcome once again to Scrapbook Boutique's monthly challenge and blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Angela's amazing blog but if you didn't and want to start at the beginning, just click on the SBB blog link above and start again!  



This mood board so captures how we are feeling here in Victoria this month - grey skies and rain but hoping for a ray of sunlight to brighten us up!  There are also themes of friends and children, flowers and nature - so what part/s will inspire you?

Now to the housekeeping part - if you want to create something or just join in to win, there are two ways you can participate in this challenge and have a chance to win a prize.  You can comment on each blog, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this photo.  Of course you can do both for a chance to win both prizes!  Please check out the rules of entry, and the prizes at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog and note that this challenge is open to Australian  and New Zealand residents.


Now, I like to be a positive person, so although I went with the wintry theme,  I also wanted to include a ray of sunshine, via some yellow flowers, combining the bucket, sunflower and clouds in my 'creative' effort.


This card is my first effort, using Zig water markers over lightly stamped basic card stock.  I drew the bucket and used a variety of small stamps to support my three sunflowers by Gabi's Choice.

My next card uses watercolour cardstock - same arrangement, but more vibrant colour because I could apply more pigment and water.  I actually like the first better because it has a softer look.




  • I stamped my three sunflowers using a pale ink (New Sprout), as I was looking for a no-line look and then covered them with masks.  I also made a circle mask for the sun, before using a stencil I created to sponge the background clouds .
  • I lightly drew the bucket (I'm no artist!) then added the foliage - stems for the flowers, and a few sprigs from the Kaisercraft stamp set Oriental.
  • After colouring the images, not using much water for the first effort because it was not stamped on watercolour card, I drew in the base/bench and stamped my sentiment from Altenew's Beautiful Day in Versafine Onyx Black.


Now you should hop on over to Linda's blog to find out what she has created to inspire you!


Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!




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