Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Less is More week 30 Recipe

Wow what a great challenge this week for the LIMs!

This week we are back to Sketch or Recipe
We have chosen a Recipe this time
Take 3 Challenges
We want you to choose 3 from any of our previous 29 and combine them in your design.
There is a list of our previous challenges under the tab heading at the top of our blog and you can also see the previous sketches under a separate tab.
Please state which 3 you have chosen.
NB There is no need to adhere to the One Layer if that is on the week you choose.
You may wish to go for your favourites or maybe your least...acetate springs to mind!
Most of all, be creative, have fun, remember our white space and the all important
"Less is More"
So much choice and such wonderful submissions on the Less is More blog that it is definitely worth visiting:)
I decided on:
A touch of Red
Something that moves

I used a DL base card and dry embossed a flower shape from my Easi score board and added a red gem to the centre. The stamp I inked with black brilliance and stamped directly on to the card. I stamped again on to red card and paper pieced the dress. I added some red glitter and the sentiment I printed out and inserted randomly. Apologies for the poor picture quality but it was very dark here today and I always get a pinky glow on white card!

Thanks for looking and please leave a comment if you visit, I love to read them and visit you as well:)

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Anything that Flies CBGM

Gill's challenge this week is to produce a card  basing it on "anything that flies" so that can be birds or beasties, air transport methods, myth & magic or anything that can fly.
I chose a backing paper and image from TLC where Paulette gives away amazing free digis, sentiments and papers nearly every day, so check her out:)

I matted the backing paper onto a ribbed pearlised card and mounted onto white card which I distressed with Antique Linen.
I mounted the topper on the same card and distressed the edges with ink and used a pen to create a faux line of stitching with 4 small brads in the corners. I added 3 square brads in opposite corners on the backing paper and the sentiment was produced on my xyron printer.
Good luck with the challenge

Monday, 22 August 2011

Less is More second attempt!

The men in my house are bonding over some sci-fi film so I thought I'd have a go at another card for this weeks LIM challenge.
I was sorting out my digi stamps into categories so that I can find them easily and came across this one from BTFC. Carmen gives out amazing free digis and vintage images so do go and have a look!
 I thought this image was perfect for the challenge and coloured it with PM's and added some glitter. Not sure where the sentiment came from apart from the internet:)
It reads: butterflies soar into the hearts of man, they sail boundless and free

Thanks for looking and as always please leave a comment so I can visit you:)

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Less is More week 29 -things that move

The challenge over at Less is More this week is "things that move".

This week's challenge is a 'Theme' and we would like to see
Things that Move
This could be interpreted in a variety of actual moving component on your card, so a pop up, a shaker, a spinner, a charm, a tag... we could go on... 
On the other hand your card could have an image of something capable of movement, so the scope for that is almost infinitesimal!

So many things to choose from, what to do?!!! In the end I have gone with my little hummingbird stamp. This was my souvenir from our trip to Prince Edward Island last year that I found in Michael's.
I folded the card so that the front fold was shorter and stamped the floral branch from one of Sheena's sets and coloured with PM's. I then stamped the hummingbird 3 times and coloured the images and bent the wings and mounted them on the card. The sentiment is from the same set.

Thanks for looking and please leave a comment so that I can visit you:)

Friday, 19 August 2011

St Luke's Charity card challenge

The theme this month for the St Luke's charity card challenge is "Oh I do like to be beside the seaside".
Now I don't possess any suitable stamps so I created a card using Craft Artist. The picture in the photo frame is a photo of the entrance to Dartmouth that I took and I used software to turn it into a pencil sketch so that I could give it a colour wash. I decoupaged the starfish and the shell and added some gingham ribbon.
This is a challenge that is well worth supporting, check out the link and also look at the amazing DT cards:)
Thanks for looking and please leave a comment they are much appreciated.

Less is More week 28 one layer using INK no 2!

This weather is absolutely terrible so I had a little play again and and came up with 2 more cards for this week's LIM challenge. I've even had the lights on it's been so dark!!
Anyway 2 quick cards, the first one I brayered a band of Kaleidocolour Riviera ink and stamped my Venetian stamps set from Darkroom Door on top. Love this set!

The second one I used a watercolour paper with a honeycomb texture and sponged DI around and masked a sun so that I could stamp the butterfly from the SU Strength and Hope set across it.
Kept me busy while I was waiting for some silicone glue to dry on another card:)

Thanks for looking and I appreciate any comments you leave!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Less is More week 28 one layer using INK

This week's LIM challenge is :

The special feature we would like to see this week is for you to 
** This does include ink pads **
...hopefully in a way you haven't tried before.... or using a favourite technique.
If you can avoid using the computer this week, that would be great, but we wouldn't want to to miss a week if the computer is your only method of card making.
I've made a couple of cards but may try again later in the week. My first card uses a resist technique, which is something I have only done a couple of times. The stamp is by Jenny May and is stamped in  versamark and embossed with clear EP. I then masked a square around the image and used DI in Bundled Sage and Worn Lipstick as the background and burnished the resist with a tissue to remove any ink. I stamped the corners with a clarity stamp.

My second card uses the same stamp but I inked it up with SU Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery and Wild Wasabi. I used a water brush to drag some of the colour around to create light and shade. The sentiment was inked with Wild Wasabi and I added just a touch of glitter to the centre of the flowers.

Thanks for looking and I love to read your reactions to my creations:))

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Believe in the Magic! by CBGM

Gill's challenge this week is to create a project on the theme of "believe in the magic" based on the sketch below:

For this challenge I have used stamps from polkadoodles and coloured them with promarkers. On the left corner  I decoupaged some of the smaller elements and added a fairy that I shrunk down on shrink plastic. The butterfly is a 3D one from my stash and the sentiment was created with my xyron digital printer using Ballerina font. I added glitter to some of the images and some peel offs around the edge.
Good luck with the challenge:)

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

A new arrival!

A very good friend has just become a grandmother for the 3rd time, all boys! I love boys:)
The new arrival is Edward Joseph and I've been busy making congratulation cards for the parents and grandparents.
The first card is one that I cased from Chrissie Stokes and thought it was such a lovely idea which could be adapted for different occasions. Check out her blog as she creates some amazing cards (her latest post are more lovely baby cards) and with Mandi she is the founder of Less is More challenges.

I created a basic side stepper card and the stamp was a freebie from a Docrafts Creativity magazine. The edges are all sponged with blue ink and have  pearls for handles. The teddy stamp was coloured with PM's. He really should be a bluey grey colour but I didn't have the right PM so he is a more traditional colour:)

The 2nd card is a square scalloped base with some torn gingham paper and paper ribbon and the info is printed on to a memo note. These were all created on Craft Artist. The baby image was a free digi from Beyond the Fringe Crafts that I coloured with PM's. Carmen and her family create beautiful digis and they are all free so go check them out.

Please leave a comment if you are passing by as I love to read your reactions:)

Monday, 8 August 2011

Bah Humbug White on White

It's been ages since I partied with the ladies over at Humbug Hall and I thought I should remedy that:) The theme this week is white on white which is odd when you get together everything you think is white and find it's all different shades of white!
I used one of my new Tim Holtz embossing folders that Karen made me buy lol! this one is called Crackled and I thought it looked wintry. I cut around it to match the scalloped card base and I smeared versamark over the embossing and applied white glitter. The topper is a cuttlebug folder and I cut it out and used white ribbon for the bow and wrapping. I punched out small flowers and added them to the centre with a jewel in the middle. I used the waste from a sequin die to look as if it was snowing on the card

Thanks for looking and I love to read your comments:)

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Less is More week 27 Colour

This week's challenge over at Less is More is to use the colours of your National Flag and I decided to use red and white, the colours of the flag of St George for England!
It's most unusual for me to come up with any ideas on the same day as the LIM challenge is posted but I had a couple of ideas and even stopped emptying the dishwasher to have a crafty go:))
I hope my first card has enough "white space" on it but I liked it anyway :o
 I used red linen card and my SU bird punch which I love and punched the edge of the white card with MS daisy punch. The sentiment I stamped with versamark and embossed with white EP. The birds and sentiment are raised with foam dots.

                                           My flag

My second card was very easy using red card and a doily as a topper with a rose made of the same card. the sentiment was stamped and embossed with versamark and white EP and 2 eyelets with red ribbon threaded through.
Thanks for looking and I love to read all your comments:)

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

RAK club

Hi everyone just a quick posting to showcase the beautiful card that I received today from Linda (Simpson that is). I'm assuming it's my July card as it's a summer theme but it's also a gorgeous shaped card which is this month's theme:))
There are lots of lovely decoupage layer which I hope show up in the photo.
For anyone interested in joining our group it's called the RAK club and stands for Random Acts of Kindness. It means that the lovely Gill, who hosts it sets the theme for the month and gives us the person to send a card to. Consequently we all get to receive something lovely in the post other than bills and junk mail! Checkout Gill's blog for more info.
Thanks Linda :)

Monday, 1 August 2011

Cocktails and Dreams

Myspace GlitterMyspace GlitterMyspace GlitterMyspace GlitterMyspace GlitterMyspace Glitter everyone and welcome to the Cocktails and Dreams blog hop hosted by Gill McCall. If you have just happened upon my blog and would like to join the hop from the beginning click here to go to Gill's blog. 
If you have arrived from
 Alethea   http://lilodesign​ then you are on track with the hop. 
I love cocktails and hopefully you do too and  I have created 2 projects to share with you.
The first is a scrap page that I made for my son and DIL with memories of their honeymoon in Cuba 3 years ago. I used Craft Artist, a digital programme, to create the page and decoupaged some of the elements to give depth.

My 2nd creation is a card .The background is printed with names of cocktails and the toppers are photos of various cocktails that have been framed. I glazed the glasses to create texture.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit and the next stop on this hop is 
jacki  http://cardsbyjacki.blogspot.​com
Thanks for looking andI love to read your comments they are always welcome:)


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