Monday, 30 April 2012

Less is More week 65 - sketch

It's sketch week over at LIM towers and we have two to choose from.

"For this week's sketch we'd like you to keep to the proportions of this drawing so that there is considerable white space remaining in the finished card."
I decided to go with the square one and it's only now, seeing it in front of me, that I realise I have not placed the sentiment as the Lady Divas have specified! Drat! Well I'm posting it anyway and may do another tomorrow:)

I've used a Waltzing Mouse stamp that I won a couple of week's ago as part of Kate's blog candy. They come as semi circles that you have to match up and I stamped it 3 times so that I could fussy cut and decoupage. I added a small black bow to the centre and a gem on each corner. The sentiment is from a SeeDee set and now I just wait to get my wrist slapped:))

Last week I posted about the "fish and chip" babies and I thought I'd show you the finished jumper and beanie hat. Dead easy to make as it's made in one piece, as is the hat.

Thanks for taking the time to visit me and I hope to return the favour:)

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Less is More week 64 How Charming

Morning everyone, well if you read my previous post you'll know how late I am this week, I've hardly commented on anyone's blog so apologies for that! I'll try and catch up to see what everyone has been up to:)
This week's challenge for the LIMettes is to use a charm on a card. I wanted to use some of my new stamps especially the leaves and I eventually came up with this.

The stamp is by Chapel Art and I stamped the Judikins postage stamp in Memento black and masked off the inner square and sponged Bundled Sage, Mustard Seed and Victorian Velvet. I stamped the leaves in black, cut out the squares and pop dotted them on to the ivory square card. The sentiment is a Jenny Mayes one stamped in Victorian Velvet and the charm fell off a bracelet and is attached with a heart brad.

Thanks for taking the time to visit it's much appreciated:)

MMM week 46 Birds or Animals

I feel a bit like the White Rabbit this week, late for everything! I've missed three birthdays this week and had to get some cards done quickly:) I've put it down to Granny Amnesia!!!
 Anyway more importantly back to this week's MMM challenge. The continuing theme is Men and Boys but this week we are asked to include Animals or Birds. I think we all struggle with cards for men and I'm not sure I have succeeded but I like it:)

The EF is a Tim Holtz one, distressed with Pumice Stone DI and the birds highlighted with Marina Mist.
The bird stamp is SU Little Vermilion stamped in Chocolate Chip and coloured with DI's and a water brush. The leaves are a Darice EF that I fussy cut and coloured with Versamagic Spanish Olive and the birds were popped up with silicone glue.
The sentiment is an old SeeDee one.

Hope you like it, thanks for taking the time to visit me:)

Sunday, 22 April 2012

A star is born!

Evening all, I got back from a little retail therapy this afternoon to find my lovely son Dominic had solved my printer problems!!! Yeay now I can print again!
Just want to draw your attention to a plea for help to anyone who knits. I've seen this on a couple of blogs, Vicky's was the latest and it is to make little jumpers and hats for the "fish and chip" babies - babies who are sent home wrapped in newspaper as they are born into such poverty there's nothing else.  Check out the info HERE.
I didn't have any brightly coloured wool but saw some in the Range and bought a ball this afternoon. I have now completed the first side so hopefully it will be finished tomorrow. I haven't knitted for over 20 years but this inspired me to get out my needles.
Welcome to my new followers, much appreciated Jenny!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend:)

Thursday, 19 April 2012

MMM week 45 Men and Boys

A late posting this week from me as my printer is still not connecting to my laptop and it's driving me mad!! The continuing theme at MMM is still Men and Boys but this week they want to see Male sports or hobbies. I really need to use my printer for digi images but it's not playing ball and I only have one set of boys stamps, an old SeeDee set which is very limited. So I rummaged through my carrier bag of scraps and found a background paper and some seafaring images that I had printed out ages ago just off the internet.
Here's the finished result which I am quite pleased with especially as this month's sponsor is Marianne Designs and there are fabulous dies to be won:)

I distressed the edges of the BP with Stormy Sky and matted it onto black card and onto a pearl base card. I punched the ship image out and matted it onto the same BP which I distressed with Black Soot and rounded two opposite corners. The rope ladder and the cord around the compass is from when we cut down the length of a wooden blind! The anchor and the knot were cut out and mounted onto the card and the sentiment is from my xyron digital printer.
Thanks for visiting and hopefully leaving a comment so that I can visit you:)

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Less is More week 63-One Layer

Howdy doodle everyone, are you all enjoying the free expression challenge over at Less is More? I love all the zentangles but lack the patience for it and I've been thinking about it for days now and over complicating the remit, when a few dots could possibly suffice:) Doodling is something I've always done in meetings and even during our weekly quiz night and it is always a variation on a theme. So here is my  regular doodle although I don't normally colour it!

I used a fine tip on a Slate PM and doodled the leaf shapes and the twirls and coloured with Victorian Velvet, Bundled Sage and a water brush. I added some green pearls and the sentiment is from my xyron digital printer. It looked a bit bare so I drew a wobbly line around the edge of the card to tie it all in.
Hope you like it, please leave a comment so I can visit you:)

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

More goodies!!

Hi everyone thought I'd post a photo of the blog candy that I received today from Kate. Kate's blog is The Sporadic Stamper  and she creates the most amazing stamped backgrounds and cards, do check her out. The nice thing about it is that Kate was my very first follower:) I was only expecting a set of Waltzing Mouse stamps but look what else I got:)

Can't wait to try them out!
Meanwhile can I just draw your attention to our ongoing colour challenge over at Creations by Gill McCall as we'd love to see a few more of you having a go:)

Sunday, 15 April 2012

A very crafty day!!

Evening all just thought I'd do a quick post to show you all the goodies I came back with from Ally Pally today. It's always a very good fair but it was made extra special today because 6 of us met up for the first time although we chat all the time on Blogger! We are all LIMETTES and we had Lady Chrissie with us!

The little black box adorned with a butterfly was an unexpected gift from Gay. She had made each one of us a little box with Post It's inside, how thoughtful was that!

L to R it's me, Gay( ), Vicky(Stampin' Up ideas and supplies from Vicky at Crafting Clare's Paper Moments), Chrissie( and Jenny(      Sylvie(Gibmiss) had escaped!!
All in all a fabulous day:)

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

MMM week 44 Vintage

Evening all I'm trying to catch up after the Easter weekend, I don't know what day it is and I'm missing my Charlie cuddles:)
The continuing theme this month over at MMM is Men and Boys and this week's challenge is VINTAGE.
There are some fabulous cards to inspire you by the DT so do check out the MMM blog.
I decided to play around with my Darkroom Door stamps, Paris collection and some DI. Here is what I came up with:

My base card is centura pearl and the edges have been distressed with Pumice Stone DI. I stamped the postcard stamp from the set with grey Versafine and the main image with black Memento ink. The Louvre and the lamp post are pop dotted and I used a gold PM to add highlights to the lamp and the signage. The smart gent is stamped on photo card and the sentiment was printed onto digital ticket stubs. I used a pricking tool to add some interest to the edges.

I had a lovely photo of Charlie at the weekend fast asleep on my shoulder and I used Craft Artist to make a  scrap layout. Thought I'd share it with you and hope you like it:)

Thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope you'll leave a comment so that I can visit you:)

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Less is More week 62 Colour

Hi everyone hope you've all had a lovely Easter regardless of the weather! I've had 4 days of bonding and cuddling Charlie and it was wonderful :)
This week Chrissie and Mandi  have set us a colour challenge and it's:
                           Three Shades of Green
I couldn't think of anything inspirational so stuck to a very simple layout!

 I punched three shades of green card with an Anna Griffin punch, layered them up and attached to the side of a card base. The sentiment is from a SeeD set and I stamped it in dark green from a Kaleidocolour ink pad and pop dotted it on top of the green card. Pale green gems complete the corners.
Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy it enough to leave a comment:)

Saturday, 7 April 2012

DT challenge for CBGM-colour

Hi everyone and welcome to this month's challenge at Creations by Gill McCall.  The theme this month is a colour one and you can make anything using the colours in this photo.
 Here is my DT card that I made for the challenge.

 My base card is orange and I matted it with patterned paper that came free with a cardmaking magazine. I cut out some of the elements and popped them up with silicone glue and added little punched flowers and some pearls. The sentiment was also part of the freebies.
I hope you like it and will join us in this month's challenge. The only criteria is that you must be a follower of Gill's blog to be considered for the challenge.
Good luck:)

Friday, 6 April 2012

MMM week 43 Men and Boys

OMG thought I'd never get this card posted in time for this weeks challenge! We've had upgraded broadband etc and nothing would connect properly and my wireless printer wouldn't play ball :(  This months theme over at MMM is Men and Boys and the challenge this week is WHEELS. This is where I really needed my printer for a digi image as I didn't have anything suitable stamp wise. Anyway after a rummage I found a very old SeeDee set called boys toys and this is what I made:)

I cut a 5 x 5 card base and used the cutoff as a band edged with black and stamped with the finishing flag down the side. I stamped the car, coloured it red and silver and covered it with glossy accents. I mounted it on a black oval punched out and the sentiment is also from the same set.
Hope you like it and thanks for taking the time to visit. I may be a little busy this weekend as Charlie is visiting and I am having lots of cuddles:)

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Less is More week 61 Lucky Dip

Another gorgeous day here today and perfect for the colour choice for the LIM challenge.
As it's the fifth week of the month we have a Lucky Dip and it is a Picture Inspiration using this beautiful colour combo:

I caught a little bit of the Spellbinder show with Sue Wilson this morning and was inspired by one of her creations. Here is my take on it, what do you think?                

A5 base card with rounded corners and a doily topper cut from my Silhouette. I used SU Pink Pirouette to sponge the edges and to stamp a frame. The sentiment is from my xyron digital runner. I punched out 10 branches from the SU bird and branch punch and laced them through the beaded edge of the doily. The flowers are from an xcut punch with a pink pearl in the centre. A pink heart gem finishes it off.

Thanks for taking the time to visit and hopefully leave a comment so I can visit you:)


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