Saturday, 12 December 2015

What's in your stocking?

The challenge at Less is More this week is a one layer card featuring what's in your stocking   I made a couple, but one isn't one layer so fails the criteria but it made me giggle so I'm sharing it anyhow.

Here's my one layer version featuring the cute little elf from Santa's Elves by MFT.

I used a die with an embossing mat to create a one layer frame and then coloured the image with pencils so the colour doesn't show on the inside.

Now for my not quite one layer version. This one features a stamp by Waffle Flower called Stockings and what's inside the stockings is, for those who know me well, definitely what I'll be wishing for on Christmas Day ;-)

I covered up the "You" in the sentiment with a word stamped with alphabet stamps and added the tops of bottles from a Simon Says Stamp set called Adult Beverages.   All backed with the classic gin bottle green ;-)   [Although my preferred gins these days come in a clear bottle!]

Right I really must make a few more quick cards so I can get them written and in the post on Monday!

Saturday, 14 November 2015

One Layer Santa

I have lots of stuff I should be doing right now, but I decided to give myself 10 minutes off to play along with my favourite weekly challenge.  Less is More this week want One Layer Santa cards and this is my super quick take on it.

I die cut a moustache using some Paper Smooches dies through post-it tape and sponged unicorn white ink through.  The sentiment is stamped using Violet's ABCs from Lawn Fawn and then the whole thing got fine white embossing powder.

I did make a pair of these whilst I had the supplies out to boost my stocks for Christmas, but my Tip of The Week is do not try and wipe the dust from your embossing buddy off  before the embossing powder cools down...........


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Colours of Fire

This week's Less is More challenge is to use the colours of fire and nothing else (other than neutral or metallics) and I took it a bit literally and used a fire image too.

I used a fun new set from MFT called Toasty Greetings which I think is just hilarious!  I just love the roly poly snowmen and this one and his penguin friend with their marshmallow kebabs are perfect to pair with a fire and coloured with reds, oranges and yellows for a warm and toasty feel mean it fits the challenge perfectly.   As it's a one layer card I coloured them with polychromos pencils, added a sentiment from the same set and a couple of red-pen drawn broken borders to tie it all together.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Piecing Naptime

Paper piecing is probably my favourite paper crafting technique.  I do love it so couldn't resist the LIM challenge today.

I used a stamp with a very familiar image in my house - what is is with cats and clean washing????  You'd never find mine in the dirty pile!   This is Newton's Naptime from Newton's Nook and I simply stamped it a few times on a variety of scraps of patterned paper to make a nice comfy pile for him to sleep on.  He's pieced from a scrap of kraft and coloured with lots of lines using pencils to get a tabby look.

As I used a lot of scraps from my snippets drawer, I'll link this up to Pixie's Snippet Challenge when it opens later tonight too

I could do with a little nap myself now!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Getting Masculine

I know most people hate making blokes cards, but I love the challenge of them, so couldn't resist having a go at this week's LIM challenge which is simply to make a CAS Masculine card.

I generally reach for a kraft base for masculine cards as I just think it gives a masculine feel to start off with.  I added some pumice stone dots with a Tim Holz stencil and a Frantic Stamper die cut guitar with some ropey hand drawn strings!  The stamped sentiment and flashes are from My Favorite Things Keep on Rockin' stamped in silver to match the guitar and finished with some matching washi tape.

I've been in masculine mode this week actually as my hubby requested a couple of cards for friends - they're not really CAS enough for the challenge but I'll blog them with this one as I rarely get time to blog these days.

This one was inspired by one of the DT for my store who did a great escaping your job card yesterday with a snow globe (she's a genius!) and I thought the escaping theme was great for someone leaving a job which is what my hubby requested.   This uses a lot of My Favorite Things products - Barn Die, Rolling Hills Die, Barbed Wire Die, Whole Herd stamp and die set and Milo's ABCs from Lawn Fawn for the sentiment.

He also needed a Birthday card for his friend who is a HUGE Star Wars fan so I made a scene on Tatooine complete with two suns.

This uses the Mountain Dies from Mama Elephant and Hillside dies from Lawn Fawn.  The BB8 robot is two die cut circles and then I had drew all the details in with a grey fine liner and some copics.  The stamped sentiment (he's saying Happy Birthday in binary) is from The Alley Way Stamps.   It went down really well so that's a couple of happy geeks!

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Sad Birthday Birds

Happy World Cardmaking Day folks - I hope you've managed more cards than I have so far today!

I did manage a couple, and this one is for the "jewel colours" challenge at Less is More.   Anne's card reminded me that I hadn't yet inked up my bird stamps so I gave them a go using topaz, amber and amethyst as my gems.

I coloured them with distress markers and added some depth with polychromos pencils over the top.  Die cut them with the matching dies and then grouped them with some washi tape and a sentiment from Winston's Birthday form Newton's Nook.

Right - cards to make and a turbot to cook.

Catch you later - thanks for visiting.


Saturday, 26 September 2015

Shiny Christmas

It's very rare I get to make and blog anything these days so thanks to those of you who still bother to visit me - I appreciate you hanging in there!   I haven't managed to play in my favourite challenge for a few weeks, but today's challenge drew me in like the magpie I am - I can't resist the challenge to get something shiny on a card!

I made a couple of quick Christmas cards using foiling as my shiny thing.

This one uses Simon Says Stamps Ornaments set - the technique here is to use FlitterGlu from IndigoBlu (I haven't found an alternative that works with foil) on some cut and dry foam and to apply a TINY amount to your stamp - too much and the foil won't stick - and to give it a minute to get tacky before applying the foil.   Leave the foil on for a few seconds to make sure its drying and then buff with your finger before gently peeling back the foil.   If masking like I did here, don't press the foil over the image in the front or the foil with "find" any bits of glue not covered in the original image!

For this second card I used Hero Arts new Colour Layering Christmas Tree (sorry I know its out of stock everywhere - I have it on back order too) and stamped the bottom two layers with their green ombre ink pad before stamping the final layer with flitterglu as above and foiling with green foil.  I added a gold foiled star and some ornaments and some red baubles with stickles.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

Don't forget to have a bowl of water on hand when using flitterglu and wash it off your stamps IMMEDIATELY or it will dry on and damage them.   If you're going to batch stamp, I would recommend washing after each stamping as it dries pretty quick on the rubber.

Catch you later


Friday, 4 September 2015

Arabian Nights

I've got a card in the current issue of Craft Stamper which goes on sale today!  It was for their ready set stamp theme of "Arabian Nights" which had a really lush colour palette so appealed to me and I was really thrilled when it was accepted for publication.

I used the Persian Motifs stamp from Altenew and embossed it in gold before painting the elements with LuminArte shimmer paints.  I was going for a Persian rug feel.   Watercolour painting with embossing is very forgiving and very relaxing to do!   The sentiment is embossed in gold onto a vellum strip which is secured behind the painted panel to hide the fixings but still allows the pattern to show through ;-)

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Pearly Snowflakes

I missed playing in the LIM challenge last weekend as I was at the races on Saturday so I had to make sure I played along again this week!   The challenge is a sketch

I started with a new stamp from Hero Arts which I just fell in love with as soon as I saw it - beautiful hand-drawn snowflakes and I embossed it onto glossy card stock using the new pearly white embossing powder also from Hero Arts.  I inked over the embossing with 3 shades of Hero Arts inks (mint julep, cornflower and emerald) which gave a verdigris look so I decided to pair it with copper snowflakes for the before and after look!   The sentiment is from Winnie and Walter's Big Bold and Seasons and the snowflake is a Lil' Inker Designs die cut embossed with copper powder.

As the snowflake stamp is a 6x6 background, I had another triangle to play with so I made a second card, which doesn't quite fit the sketch, but it was still inspired by it.  Cutting the panel in half means you get 2 cards for the price of one!  Same sentiment just on a flag this time and a different snowflake gives two different looks.

Thanks for looking.   If you're a Hero Arts fan, then all the new Autumn and Winter range is now available in my online store Make the Day Special Stamp Store


Saturday, 8 August 2015

One Layer Eyes

That's this week's LIM challenge

I made this one first using and old TSG (no longer trading) set which is a set I love.

But then I had a better idea so knocked it up quick!

It's an awful photo - black cards can be a bit tricky!  I just embossed it all in white  - sentiment is spelt out using Violet's ABCs from Lawn Fawn, the eyes are from a couple of Papersmooches sets - Spookalicious and Squeaky Clean.

Catch you later

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Berry Wedding

The challenge at Less is More today is berry colours and I immediately thought of the rich ruby reds so I thought I'd make a ruby wedding card.

I die cut some letters using Waffle Flower's Papercut Alphabet dies and layered them over a heart gem from Winnie and Walter's My Precious embossed in red and coloured with distress markers and wink of stella for a touch of added sparkle.  I spelt out wedding using Violet's Alphabet from Lawn Fawn.  An embossed die cut frame holds the design within the card.

Not my most imaginiative take on the colour scheme so I may google berries and be back....

Saturday, 25 July 2015

CAS Scraps

It's a fun challenge today at LIM - using scraps from your scrap stash and Di is joining in from Pixie's Crafty Snippets challenge too which I haven't played in for ages - as you can see - I need to - this is just ONE of my 6 scrap drawers and this one won't even fit in the drawer anymore so it sits on top!

The two cards at the top were made yesterday but all from scraps so they fit the challenge.  Scraps from the drawer plus some cool arrow word dies from My Favorite Things cut from more scraps of black.

This one I made today specifically for the challenge so I used as many scraps as I could.  The stamps are from Lawn Fawn's party animals - the bear is stamped onto a kraft scrap and shading with polychromos pencils.  The birds, cake and hats are all paper-pieced from more scraps ad I made a CAS background with 3 more scraps and stamped the sentiment in an arc to match the background paper image.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Life's A Beach

That's the theme at LIM this week, and I'd already half made a card that would fit the theme, but when I put it together there wasn't really enough white space to meet their CAS criteria, so I made another with the same set ;-)

These penguins in paradise are my favorite stamp set at the moment - I've made about 6 cards with them already.   This one will be for a friend's son who has a birthday next week.  A little masking and some colouring with inktense pencils and then some simple colour washes to hint at a beach and the sea.

I thought I may as well share the anniversary card I finished whilst I'm  here.  This is for friends who got married on a beach.

Same set, more masking but this time coloured with copics.   The sentiment is actually just "you're the coolest" but there are lots of other sentiments in the set so it was pretty easy to pick out the letters I needed to add "couple" to it to make it suitable for an anniversary.  Just mask off the letters you don't want with washi tape and remove it before stamping - it's a pretty nifty trick to get more from your stamps ;-)

Right having spent the afternoon glued to the Davis Cup and the Murray brothers, I really should get something done before the hubby comes home.....

Saturday, 11 July 2015

My Husband The Hero

My husband was visiting his friend last night who are having some building work done and when he arrived the builder (his friend's brother in law) had an accident and fell off his dumper truck which ended up trapping his leg.  So that's when the hero part comes in - my  hubby and another friend lifted the truck up so they could pull him out (luckily he had only just fallen so there was no risk of making it worse my removing the trapped leg).  He had quite an eventful night - paramedics, ambulances and even the police had to make visits.  The builder is OK but is having surgery today to pin his ankle bone which was broken in the fall.   So I made a card for my hubby to send to him.

The band aids seemed an appropriate choice. I die cut them from some ranger card stock, arranged them on a square of white card and then die cut the get well word die from the panel (keeping the little bits in the loops of the letters.  I die cut it again from red and pieced it back together.  Both sets of dies are Paper Smooches so as it's an anything goes week on their challenge, and I'm just about in time for it, I thought I'd link it up.

I also made a card for this week's Less is More Challenge today which is one layer masculine using the new My Favorite Things products I now stock in my store.

I used the split diagonal background stamp and applied 3 shades of distress inks in greens and blues using a blending tool and letting the stripes fade off on the right.

A simple sentiment from Brushstroke birthday paired with a couple of balloons from Birthday Wishes and Balloons both stamped in bold black give it a masculine feel for me.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Red White and Blue

It's the 4th July so Happy Independence Day to all my US friends.   Less is More has a very apt colour challenge today - red, white and blue

I made a super quick shaker card with an MFT die and a selectively stamped greeting from  Mama Elephant's Make a Wish.

Got to rush - off out for the afternoon.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Let's Procaffeinate!

I'm back quicker with this week's LIM challenge which is based on a sketch but I just released I got it upside down!   That'll teach me to have the challenge open whilst I'm designing my entry!

I used Coffee Set stamps and matching dies from Waltzingmouse Stamps.   I love this set as it makes me think of canal barges and the lovely artwork that they are often decorated with.  Simple stamping, die cutting and then layering the elements over some die cut stitched rectangles from Lawn Fawn (I used the same die but cut one panel narrower by moving the die half through cutting)

Right, time to make dinner....

Friday, 26 June 2015

Hey You!

I'm very late to the Less is More party this week - the challenge closes in a few hours.  I did have a play on Saturday with stencils and marbelling ink but I just made a big ole mess!  So I had another go last night and here's my card for the stencilling theme combined with the current sketch at CASe this sketch

I used a memory box stencil called "shine" but instead of going for the classic yellow I decided to take the grunge route and went with grey card stock and inked through the stencil with versamark and scattered it with clear, grey and silver powders for a random look to the embossing.

The balloons are Lawn Fawn dies cut from vellum and coloured with yellow copics - grey and yellow is one of my fave colour combos of all time.

The gorgeous sentiment is from the latest release at Waltzingmouse and its called Best Day stamped in stazon so it will stay over the vellum and embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Hidden Starfish

It's PJ Party time over at Waltzingmouse Stamps and you all know how much I love WMS right?  Well time was I would have made a card for all 4 challenges but time is short these days but I usually manage to squeeze one challenge in and I made it this month too.

When I do these challenges, I only ever use Waltzingmouse stamps on them, so having read that, are you all scratching your heads and wondering if you missed a starfish stamp?   Well no, you didn't - this came about by accident.   I was testing out ombre inkpads and needed a solid stamp but the ones on my desk happened to be Kaboom so I just turned the dotted star over and inked up the back and when I stamped it I realised it looked like a starfish with it's lovely wobbly edges.  So I inked it up again in red stamped it on to kraft, added brown around the edges and stamped it on top again and then cleaned it before turning it over to stamp the front with the dots in white over the top as real starfish are a bit knobbly.  I drew the face in with a sharpie before coating in glossy accents.

The sentiment is from My Island and I inked it red and then added the brown over the edges for that too tone suntan look ;-)   I finished with a hand drawn border and some tiny stars in the corners from Kaboom.

You've got 24 hours to play along if you want to join in

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Home Down Under

One of my blogging buddies has recently moved down under and I needed to make her a new home card so I was very happy when I saw today's Less is More theme!

She's waiting to pick up her dog from quarantine so I knew the set I wanted to use as it features the perfect doggie along with lots of bits and bobs to decorate the house and garden  - This Awesome House by Winnie and Walter.  I did a little masking to add the topiary by the front door, used glossy accents on the glass to keep the white space and then just did some soft water colouring with distress markers.

Thanks for coming up with the perfectly timed challenge ladies!

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Gladys the Superhero

I've been falling back in love with my copics recently, mostly because I now have Sandy Allnock's hex chart which has revolutionised my colouring - it makes it soooo much easier to get colours to blend when you can see which ones are next to each other by shade rather than trying to work out the complex numbering scheme!

So I've had my pens out today to play in Less Is More's 2 or 4 legs theme and now let me introduce you to Seniorita Gladys by Stamping Bella - I just LOVE her!

She is simply coloured with copics  - I gave her a slight blue rinse as she reminds me of my Nannan!  I deliberately had her cape just hanging over the edge of the card to add a little interest to an otherwise plain card.  To balance out all the red I highlighted the yellow by adding a matching strip of card to the left hand side.   Isn't she rocking those starry pants lol!

Catch you later :-)
Thanks for visiting


Saturday, 23 May 2015

Metal Cakes

No I've not gone mad making inedible cakes - I'm just combing a couple of challenges - the photo inspiration at Fusion
with the theme of "add metal" at Less is more

I used the new Gardenia Blooms Journal stamp from Neat and Tangled and did some soft watercolouring with distress markers (focussing on fossilised amber the new shade) after embossing the whole image in white.  A quick trim with scissors and its the perfect panel to pop on a card.  I added my metal in the form of a die cut word using Clearly Besotted's birthday die and some soft craft metal backed with stick-it could just be glued straight down with no mess!  The wishes is from Wplus9, stamped and overwritten with a shimmer pen to match the metal.

This was the inspiration photo that kicked it all off for me.

Friday, 15 May 2015

PJ Party for the fellas

The theme of this month's Waltzingmouse PJ Party is all about the boys and I had huge plans to play with every challenge this month as Claire's guy stamps are second to none!   However, time and tide and all that, I have only managed to squeeze in one little card - this was going to be full of movement, but I had to revise that plan too :(

I used a little super hero from Simon Says Stamps as my character and fussy cut him out and stuck him on a strip of acetate to add a little movement (he was going to be on a pull tab to fly across the card) but now he just flaps a bit!  I added a city for him to fly over using Super from Avery Elle and then came the point of the challenge - the Waltzingmouse goodies.  In this case I used Kaboom to add the zooms under his feet, the star bursts in the sky and the double sentiment.  To add the comic book style dots to the blue star behind BAM I used the star that comes in the kaboom set - I have asked Claire for some full backgrounds so we can do full on comic book panels - fingers crossed they make it to the top of the wish list ;-)

Right back to doing all the things that get in the way of card making!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Angular Water

Hello out there if you're still with me - it's been a while.....

Today I am playing in a couple of challenges which I have managed to combine - the photo inspiration at Paper Smooches Sparks with Less is More's one layer water....

The photo made me think of angular waves so I stamped a few fish, coloured with copics and coated with glossy accents to create a resist before I stamped my waves over the top.  All the stamps are by Paper Smooches - Borderlicious, Briny Blue and Happy Birthday - the latter I used to create my sentiment borrowing half from one of the ones in the set and pairing it with the word in Briny Blue.

Here's the photo that inspired me.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

One bird, 4 ways

I'm blogging over at my store today, and have done more birds using the same stamp as yesterday.

Here's a link to the blog post for all the details.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Blue Tit of Friendship

I've been itching to ink up this lovely little birdie from WPlus9 since it was released a few weeks ago but I've not had time.  I have plans for it tomorrow on my store blog but I thought I'd get a head start by making an entry for this week's colour challenge from LIM too

The challenge was to use opposite colours on the colour wheel so I went with blue and yellow and turned the bird into a blue tit.  I hope I can be forgiven the little hint of brown on the branch as he needed something to perch on.   He is lovely and simple to colour, even if you aren't a brilliant painter (I know cos I'm not an expert!)  I just used distress markers and some white acrylic paint.  I fussy cut him out and then extended the lines on the branch so I could pop him in a little die cut frame (Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Circle die) and I added a little blue distress ink around the edges of the frame to drawn your eye into the middle.  The sentiment is from Mama Elephant's Origami set and I just curved it on my block to match the frame before stamping it.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Up and Away

I'm a bit later than normal to the LIM party this week - I messed up my card so started again!  The theme is up and away which gave me the perfect excuse to break out some new balloon dies and to pair them with one of my all time favourite stamps - I think it came out super cute.

The balloons were die cut from a sheet of card covered with stick-it thin sheet glue so I could foil them with rainbow foil before die cutting.  The letters are die cut from the balloons automatically so I can add those to another project later.   I added some sewing cotton around the balloons and tied them together around my favourite panda's arm so it looks like he is being carried up and away as per the theme.  Adding a couple of comic book style "zooms" under this feet shows he's moving pretty fast too!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

PJ Party

I wanted to play along in the PJ Party at Waltzingmouse as its been a while but I didn't have much time so just managed to play with the bedtime sketch.

Ultra quick post as time is short - but the stamps are Waltzingmouse.  Dies are other brands.   I had to deviate from the sketch to fit the sentiment in - hope that its still OK.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Showering you with love

The LIM challenge this week - one layer splatters - gave me the perfect excuse to break out my new stamps from Wplus9's latest release - Love Showers - was made for this challenge!   It also fits this weeks' "shower" challenge at Addicted to CAS

I started with the umbrella and stamped it with Mama Elephant Winter ink and embossed it.  I arranged the sentiments around it and stamped those in black and then added the hearts with Mama Elephant Lollipop and clear embossed those too.

For my splatters I used a tumbled glass marker on an acrylic block and added a little water so I could get some spritzing action using a toothbrush from some fine dots and a paintbrush for some slightly larger ones.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, 5 April 2015

Mostly Black

The LIM challenge this week is quite an intriguing one - we often do all white cards but how about giving mostly black a try?

I was going to try a full on goth version of clear embossing on black card which would probably go down well with any emo teenagers in your life but then I had a light bulb moment - quite literally!

The hardest bit was getting a decent photo - who knew photographing black was so hard - even daylight washes all the detail away so this is the best I can do.

I used the great Lights Out stamp and die set from Mama Elephant and stamped the light bulb onto a scrap of yellow patterned paper - I love adding tiny bits of pattern in really CAS cards and embossed the element in white into the middle.  I then just cut the screw mount part of the bulb from gold card rather than stamping it as I wanted the shine.  To create the glow behind the bulb I embossed the centre of a Vintage Ornament from Waltzingmouse in yellow on the base and then hung the bulb on top with some yellow chord to keep my colour palette minimal and popped it up on dimensional foam.

I finished with one of the great sentiments embossed in white.   I really like the different and dramatic look you get from black cards so am going to be doing some more - thanks for the inspiration ladies!

Happy Easter and thanks for visiting.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Take 3 Challenges

I'm taking advantage of the extra day off work to make a last minute entry to the Less is More challenge as I've been too busy to play for a couple of weeks.   The challenge which ends today is to combine 3 previous challenges and I chose:

Challenge 26 - Feeling Fruity
Challenge 37 - Cocktails
and Challenge 114 - Lime and Black

I combined a SSS glasses set with Reverse Confetti's Fresh n Fruity as I love the sassy sentiment!

Hope you're all have a great Easter break.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Easter Bunnies

I've not had time lately to join in with Virginia's View challenge but as the challenge is a year old this month I thought I'd try.   This is the project I made for my store's blog today and it fit's the challenge theme of embossing so I'm linking it up to the challenge which has some fab entries already

For my project I wanted to play with some ideas for easter decorations using Avery Elle's adorable Easter Blessings stamp set as it is currently my most favourite stamp to colour.  I found this little egg shaped bud vase and the egg on Amazon and they are both made of papier-mâché so I gave them a couple of coats of white acrylic to make them a suitable base to add the image.

I stamped the image onto white tissue paper and embossed it in gold (on the non-shiny side or it doesn't work for colouring - I found that out the hard way!) and then used my polychromos pencils to colour it in with bright virbrant spring colours which cheered me up in the grey weather we're having in the UK.

Then to attach them to the objects I simply trimmed around the whole image leaving just a tiny border and applied tombow glue to the back (not to much and be quick but gentle so it doesn't tear) and applied them to the objects.  The bud vase is easy as its flat, but the egg is a little trickier but as long as you apply the centre first and gently press the edges out after it goes on pretty good and I know these will make a lovely table centre decoration at Easter.  I may even get some smaller eggs and cut out portions of the image to decorate them and hang them from a white branch....

Hope you're having a lovely weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all the mums out there.


Saturday, 14 March 2015

Hoppy Cake Bunny

It's LIM day again and it's One Layer Week and this month they want a one layer card featuring an animal which gave me the perfect opportunity to ink up one of my new stamps that arrived last week from my mate Elaine's store Quixotic Paperie which is where I get all my Stamping Bella goodies.   She is having a massive Spring Sale this weekend so perfect opportunity to do a little shopping!

This image is from the Hoppy Poppy Collection which is soooo cute!  I simply stamped and then coloured with polychromos pencils which blend with no bleeding on one layer cards.   Should have got my stampamajig out for the sentiment though - never mind I like quirky angles!

Right off to work on some Easter projects for my store blog tomorrow.

Catch you later.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

This makes me Happy!

I love the theme at Less is More this week - it's simply to make something that makes you happy and to say why.

Well recently with a full-time job and and running a craft store in my "spare time" I've found little time for crafting, so at the moment making ANY card at all makes me very happy!   However, I decided to take it a little further than that making a card from a stamp brand whose images always make me happy when I colour them and a technique that I find both happy and relaxing.

This images makes me really happy as it reminds me how I never want to wear 80s fashion again!!!  I stamped Farrah (Stamping Bella) onto copic colouring card and then rifled through my scraps draw for suitable paper to stamp all her clothes onto as the technique that makes me happiest is paper-piecing - I really love the look of it and cutting all those fiddly bits like the shoes!   I coloured her body and hair and tights with copics and then set about dressing her up with her paper clothes - just like those dress up dolls I had as a kid in the 80s!  The radio is copic coloured and paper-pieced on top.  I added a little shading to the paper-piecing with copics too.

To create the frame I used a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle but made it narrower using the technique Chrissie has shared on LIM several times.  The sentiment is an old one by Personal Impressions trimmed with a Lawn Fawn stitched circle.  All mounted onto a new Avery Elle card base.

Thanks for visiting :-D

Sunday, 22 February 2015


The challenge this week at Less is More is "wings"   There were already a lot of birds and insects in the gallery so I opted for something mechanical!

This is an as yet unreleased set from Avery Elle which will be on sale on Friday.  As I managed to get them early it will be on sale in my UK store at the same time as it gets released Stateside along with the rest of their release which is a stunning one.  There are so many sets I want myself!

This is called Fly By and comes with other sky writing sentiments which are such fun.  I heat embossed that in white and added some frosted lace stickles.  The clouds are outlines which I coloured in using grey and white ink with a cotton bud to get a fluffy feeling and added some stickles to the top too.  The plane is paper pieced using Avery Elle's Happy pad which is also out on Friday.

Catch you later!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

One Layer Love

It's a handy theme at Less is More this week as I woke up this morning to find a valentines card on my pillow as my husband is away today and had said he wasn't doing a card.  Whoops!  Luckily he won't be back whilst late so I had time to make one for him....

It is one layer week at Less is More, so you'd think die cuts were a no-go, but with a liner on the inside, you can do embedded die cuts on a one layer card and nest them back in to the finished card.  In this case I used some copics to add shading first.  The hearts banner die is by Lil' Inker Designs.

The little excited penguins and matching sentiment are from Mama Elephant's love quotes and I watercoloured them lightly with distress markers and a paintbursh.

Here's the challenge link if you want to play along.

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