Saturday, 30 April 2016

"Less is More" Challenge #274 - Lucky Dip

This week at "Less is More" we have a fab theme of using patterned paper in a clean and simple style.  I apologise for only having one card to show you, with a not very good photo.  There is a reason...

My laptop took it into its head to install, unwanted, Windows 10.  That was annoying.  But then I discovered the Start button did not work and that this is a common problem.  There are fixes online, however none worked as it seemed not to have brought all the files across with it.  Eventually, with remote IT support (son at Uni) I have resolved it tonight and promptly reverted to Seven.  It has not been a happy experience and if I ever meet the person who thought it a good idea to put it on computers without first being invited I have a few harsh words for them!

So my card is pretty straightforward after all that computer angst...  A Memory Box DP from a Christmas pad some years back, with a SU diecut panel in front.  The flowers are also SU diecuts and the sentiment is stamped in Mint Macaron.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

"Less is More" Challenge #273 - recipe

Welcome to St George's Day and to this week's "Less is More" Challenge, our recipe celebrates St George's Day with saints, dragons or heroes.  I will admit, I have been cursing this as an impossible theme lol!  But...  I Googled for a digi and came up with a brilliant, new-to-me site where I bought this adorable dragon.  He comes from a lady called Sandy Allnock and when I got him he also came with colouring suggestions and combinations for Copics.  For my $5 I got two gorgeous digis, plus a pdf document giving ideas for shading in greens.  There are lots more colour tutorials and I can see a few more of them finding their way into my downloads soon!  BTW I didn't have quite the same greens as Sandy used, so imperfections in the colours are mine not hers :).  No affiliation to Sandy or her site, just a happy customer.

So this little chap is coloured in greens, with Glossy Accents on his eyes.  The Inkylicious sentiment is inked with Versafine Olympia Green and I've rounded off the corners.  Cute, isn't he?  And I would never have met him without the impossible theme...

Of course then I had to colour up the hatching dragon egg that was part of the tutorial , my choice of colours this time.  The sentiment is Clarity and I have offset the panel which was edged with one of the Copics I used.

 And, just in time, I realised that I do actually have a Saint stamp, in fact I have several, and  dies too!  Of course, I'm talking about St Nicholas, Sinter Klaas, Santa Claus...  I've white embossed a Butterfly Kisses stamp onto red card.  The glasses have Glossy Accents on them and I've added a couple of clear gems and some twine, with the panel popped up on sticky dots.

 I hope I've inspired you to join in, looking forward to seeing your CAS cards :)

Saturday, 16 April 2016

"Less is More" Challenge #272 - theme

Welcome to this week's "Less is More" Challenge.  This week our theme is to use three stamps - no more and no less lol!  I opted to use three Card-Io stamps, two foliage and a lily.  I've taken a picture of them so you can see them clearly as I've over stamped them several times.

I started out masking off a circle and lightly brushed Shaded Lilac across the rest of the card.  Then I began to stamp foliage around the circle,  I used SU Mint Macaron and Versafine Olympia Green for the leaves and DI Worn Lipstick for the flowers.  The Lawn Fawn sentiment was diecut from a scrap inked up with Worn Lipstick.  I added some Cotton Candy Stickles to the flowers and adged the panel with more of the Lilac.

I'm entering my card for:
CASology - Pink
CAS on Sunday - flowers

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Dotty Dog

I have a card to show you that I made by request.  I was given a photo of a tri-colour terrier and asked to make a card for its owner!  I found some digis from Printable Heaven that I bought years ago, I think this is a drawing by Cecil Aldin.  Coloured the digi with Copics, matted it and added it to some polka dot paper with a die cut dotty border.  The sentiment is Craftwork Cards.
I'm entering my card for Simon Says - let's do the polka

Saturday, 9 April 2016

"Less is More" - Week #271 - One layer week

Here we are at one layer week for "Less is More" and I admit that I have two versions of this card - one layer and, umm, not!  Guess who didn't read the details properly...

The them is Geometric Pattern and I have used an Inky Doodles stencil for my pattern, with Twisted Citrus, Mustard Seed and Ripe Persimmon inked through it.  I've overstamped with some Unity flowers and coloured them with the same Distress Inks.  The sentiments are Stampin Up, using the same inks again.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

"Less is More" - Challenge #270 - Colour

Welcome to this week's "Less is More" Challenge.  Our colour challenge this time is to use anything other than white for the "white space" on your card.

I have opted for black space and used Stampin' Up dies and stamps.  I've gold embossed the card centres and added a Simon Says gold embossed sentiment.  I love these flowers against a black background, it reminds me of canal boats and their decoration.