Saturday, 27 June 2015

Less is More - Week #230 - sketch

This week at Less is More we have a simple sketch for you to follow.  I have made an almost white on white card from linen textured cardstock.  The panels have been embossed with an old Cuttlebug script folder and edged in grey with a Copic marker.  The die cut butterfly is from Memory Box, the base layer is a lovely sparkly cardstock.  Sentiment die and stamp are both Mama Elephant.

I'm entering my card for:
Simon Says - anything goes

Tuesday, 23 June 2015


This week the Simon Says Challenge is to use your favourite technique and/or product, which got me thinking...  after all there are so many!  I still love to stamp but these days I am colouring less.  Currently I love die cutting and especially all the dies with those stitched edges.  I love trees, whether stamps, dies or stencils and I like a restricted colour palette and also kraft card. And my favourite style, as you'll know if you've visited my blog before, is clean and simple.

So with all that in mind I made my card very early this morning.  The inlaid panel is cut with one of those fab SimonSays dies that has 'stitching' on the inside and the outside, the trees are Poppystamps dies and that dotty paper is Pink Petticoat.  The sentiment is also Simon Says.

Hope you like my Favourites card :)

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Less is More Week #229 - Theme

 Welcome to the weekend and to a new challenge at Less is More.  This week your challenge is to make a clean and simple card using stencils.  My first card uses a gorgeous metal stencil from Sweet Poppy, designed by Lavinia Stamps. Black embossing paste, washi tape, ribbon, a bit of red ink.  Added some inked stencilling on the base card.  This has a few more embellies than I like to use, but it seemed to need them...

Health and Safety warning:  these metal stencils are blimmin' sharp!  I started by using another metal stencil (different maker) and wasn't happy with my card.  When I was washing the embossing paste off it under the tap I sliced open my thumb.  It was so sharp that it didn't hurt - at first!  There was a lot of bloodshed and crafting was abandoned for the evening lol!
And now for a less dangerous card!  I belong to Barbara Gray's Clarity Club and get a stencil and stamp each month.  This fab swirly effect is achieved by rotating a swirl on the spot, using different inks until no white card shows through.  Love it!  I added a Clarity figure and a Stampin' Up sentiment.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Less is More Week #228 - one layer

 It is one layer week at Less is More and this week our theme is "Home".  I had a lot of fun making my cards.  First up uses a Cuttlebug embossing border.  I stamped a Mama Elephant sentiment and doodled a couple of borders to the base of the card, using a Pigma pen and a watercolour pen.  The heats are coloured with the watercolour pen too.
 I masked a house from Stampin' Up's Holiday Home set and added a couple more to the 'street' behind.  The balloons come from From the Herd and the sentiment is Little Claire.  I coloured with Copics, following the  lovely, soft colour scheme from CAS on Sunday's current challenge.
My last card is my nod to all those gorgeous cards out there that use the Tim Holtz Crazy Birds stamps.  I don't have this set and I'm trying hard to resist!  In the meantime, when Stamp Attic closed recently I bought some fab Lin Brown bird stamps to use instead.  I doodled a nest for my bird's home, added a computer generated sentiment (problem secretary font) and watercoloured my card.

Look forward to seeing all the LIMette takes on home this week!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Addicted to CAS

I've been struggling a bit to get creative lately, for no good reason, so when inspiration for this card struck yesterday I couldn't wait to get started!  It's for Addicted to CAS's butterfly challenge and it's a shaker - something I rarely make!  The aperture is cut with my Silhouette and I've filled it with dozens of tiny butterflies made using a Woodware punch I've had for years.  Sentiment is Stampin' Up and that's about it.  Hope you like it

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Less is More - Week #227 - Sunset

 This week at Less is More we have a colour challenge, sunset.  I reached out for my Distress Inks to make warm, summery cards.  First up is a one layer, using a hammered card.  I inked the corner with Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon and then used the same colours to shadow stamp a Card-Io branch on top.  I heat embossed a Visual Image sentiment in the other corner, it looked a bit bare so I added some of their splodges.
Second card has the same shades but used in a winter scene.  The stamps are Hobby Art Scene-Its, from several different sets.  Although the deer and the fence are not in proportion I like this one...  hope you do too.