Wednesday, 28 October 2015

LIM week 247 - sketch

This is the sketch for the Less is More challenge this week. 

As you can see I have flipped it around. I used a photo strip die and cut out the shape from the white card. I then used the die with black card and inserted into the space. Behind the die is a piece of watercolour paper which I used pastel Aqua Tints on to graduate the colours. I then used a Creative Expressions set to stamp the three images. I then used a Tattered Lace die to cut the "Celebrate".

As those little pieces of black card came from the snippet box, I am off to the snippets playground to show everyone. There is talk of Bonfire toffee!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Stencil cards

I've been meaning to enter the Clarity challenge since it began! Usually I make a card and find that I have missed the deadline. Well finally I've made it - just. This month the challenge is stencils. I used a Clarity fashion stencil and my gelli plate to create the background. I then used the stencil as a template to cut out the image and stamped over it. I then took the feminine basque stamp and masked out the basque, using just the wording for the background. I stamped and cut out the handbag to hang from her arm. I mounted it onto black card and then took a fineliner in purple to squiggle around the card.

While I was making this card I noticed that the Allsorts theme this week is Purple/orange/black - all or any two colours. So here is another take on the card using purple and black for the Allsorts challenge. This time I made an embossed frame to cover the gelli plate work. 

Monday, 26 October 2015

Embossing at Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog

Our challenge at Ooh La La this time has been chosen by Allison and it's Embossing! 

One of the things I love to do is mix up cd crafting with other materials. So for my card I've used a fav embossing folder of mine called vintage buttons. I then took the Paula Oakley cdrom and used the LOVE button image and embossed the co-ordinating background paper.

Because I used this lovely paper with the corner peeled back I made sure that I only embossed part of the paper to maintain the image of the corner peeling back. I did have to put it through twice in different directions to achieve that! I also used some TH Victorian velvet ink to highlight the embossing. 
Underneath the corner I placed digitally a shrunken version of my main image. I used some mirri card to die cut a frame and added a few buttons cut from burnished silver card. Finally - a little pink bow.

Thanks for looking at my DT creation - can't wait to see what you make. Remember you don't have to use a cd but there are some fab freebies on the ooh la la creations page here for you to use for this challenge or any other creations you make.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

November Rudolph Day at Scrappymo

Happy November Rudolph Day. A little bit of a different day for me, as this month I am lucky to be a GDT for Mo and the Rudolph Day Challenge.

I thought I had better push the boat out as this is a GDT card! I used a salt technique and aquatint background for my starting point. I know this technique is on the TV a lot at the moment,but this piece is actually from a workshop I did with Sheena Douglass in August.

I then used Clarity holly and tree stamps, SU reindeer stamp, Father Christmas and his reindeer from Clearly Besotted set, and then framed it with my new Memory Box die cut from lovely sparkly glitter card by SU. I bought the die while with Mo in Canada and I can see soooo many uses for it.
My die cuts are from another background I made using brushos and are cut with the Marianne die and tattered lace and Joanna Sheen ivy dies. Mounted onto some black card -phew that was a mammoth card as it is 7x10 inches in size.

Thanks for looking and I will be along to check out your Rudolph Day makes too.

If you are in the UK - I hope you remembered to turn your clocks back 1 hour...........

Thursday, 22 October 2015

All sentimental

I've had another play with my W+9 stamp set and sparkle paste with a bit of a nod to the bokeh effect. I stencilled some background spots then did some with the sparkle paste, then stamped and cut out some of the jewel stamps adding some more glitter. I thought this looked best on some girly pink card to set it all off!

I'm entering this into the All Sentimental challenge over at Allsorts challenge.

Monday, 19 October 2015

LIM week 246 Masculine

This week it is "theme" week on Less is More challenge blog and the theme is "masculine". I had this piece of brusho background that I had put through a wood effect embossing folder and been toying what to do with it. So this seemed like the perfect challenge for it. I cut out the sentiment using a Tattered Lace Die, and thought it looked like it could be carving on a tree?
The fox is a new die I got from Marianne - I couldnt quite capture him on the larger photo so here he is in close up.

I used a snippet of black card and a snippet of orange for the fox so off to show the girls in the Snippet Playground where I was lucky enough to win a super set of SU stamps last week, so excited to get them.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Mid month reminder for Penny Black & More challenge - warm autumn colours

Just popping in to remind you about our challenge at Penny Black & More. The theme this month is Warm Autumn Colours. You can use any stamp to enter just no digis - coloured or otherwise.

For my DT card I first made a background using brushos. Then I used PB 3880K Fantasy Tree and embossed in sparkling gold powder, I added a sentiment from another PB set 30 045 Wonderful Day. I then used some Hunkydory printed acetate to make a frame for the card.

Look forward to seeing your creations on the blog.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Christmas snippets and a bit of recycling

I've been meaning to recycle some Christmas cards for a while now and Di of Snippets playground is a good girl and does recycle a lot, so I thought it was time I had a go. The robin on this card was part of a card with 9 robin photos on it, so there will be a set of these cards (that's the plan anyway!). This card is just perfect for a bird loving friend of mine too. 
Some of you may remember my efforts at a patchwork background a few weeks ago, painstakingly cutting each piece out. I'm pleased to say that this is one of the dies I got to make that painful episode a thing of the past, however, my larger die isn't here yet, so have to make do with these little ones for now. I added a few Sue Wilson holly leaves and a lawn fawn greeting die cut.
It goes without saying that the patchwork were snippets, and snippets of snippets too! So I'm off to show the girls in the snippet playground now.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Pretty in Pink at Ooh La La Challenge Blog

It's Wynn's turn to chose our challenge this fortnight at Ooh La La challenge blog, and she has gone for "pretty in pink". I love this image from the Passion for Fashion cdrom.
But it doesn't come in pink on the cdrom it is red. So I took the image into MCS and coloured it shades of pink. I also took on the images and then made the fans either side of the main image. The strip of card at the front and the main paper behind the main image is from Hunkydory - I thought it completed the OLL artwork perfectly.
I finished by cutting some fans with a Tattered Lace die and adding a little pink bow.

Thanks for looking and I can't wait to see what pink creations you come up with.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

LIM week 244 pt 2 - jewel colours

This is my second card for the Less is More Challenge which this week is jewel colours. I suddenly realised I had the perfect stamp set by W+9 and decided to use it with some neon paint daubers. I love this stamp set and the sentiments always make me smile, they are ideal to send to anyone for a pick me up, or just to let them know how fab they are.
I've simply stamped and then daubed!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015


I made this card using MCS Fairy for the year cdrom and although it is now October, I just love this poem so decided to use it for my card for the Pink Gem challenge blog "A Gem of a challenge" where they want to see Autumn cards.
I finished the card off with an acetate frame and then cut some of the leaves from the acetate as accents.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Warm autumn colours at Penny Black & More Challenge Blog

It's time for our new challenge over on Penny Black & More challenge- this time we would like to see stamping (not digis) and Warm Autumn Colours. You don't have to use a Penny Black to enter, but if you would like to be a Guest Designer then you will need to have used a PB.

For my DT card I took the girl driving the car in the Penny Black Hello Gorgeous set out into the country! I used a Sheena embossing folder for the ountryside which I embossed onto a brusho background I had created. The stamped image was embossed using gold embossing powder with the "enjoy the ride" sentiment embossed underneath (difficult to see in the photo I know).  This was then mounted onto some lovely Hunkydory embossed card and finally onto a pre-made green card stock blank. For a change I cut an aperture from the embossed card and stamped the sentiment through using a sentiment from Penny Black Clearly in Love set, rather than cutting a tag and mounting it on the card.

My teamies and me do hope you can join us this month. Don't forget to check the challenge blog for fab inspiration from the talented team I'm lucky to work with and as usual the fantastic prizes up for grabs.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

week 244 LIM - colour

Who stole the sun - just when I was enjoying it too. Well at least it made me get on with my chores this morning before settling down to tackle the Less is More Challenge. When I saw the challenge this week was "jewel colours" I was set to go down a completely different route. But then I saw the piece of card I had been playing with and felt this was more suited.

I embossed red card using a Creative Expressions folder and then "grouted" it with sparkle paste. Then when it was dry I rubbed over the whole surface with a versamark pad and embossed with clear powder. This I think gives the card a real jewel like quality - but not quite so apparent in the photo (I did try!). I then cut the card using the spellbinders babuble set and used a micron pen to draw the strings holding the baubles.

The sentiment is from a Mama Elephant set that I treated myself to on my recent Canadian trip.

Baubles are so popular, can anyone else remember the late 60s early 70s when getting a "bauble" card meant the person probably didn't like you very much, and had sent you the worst card in the box!

Friday, 2 October 2015

Anything goes at Simon Says

It's Anything Goes at Simon Says this week - I'm entering this card I made with downloads from KennyK. I really love this image of the Retro Selfie-so clever. I've combined it with papers from the Happy Days collection from Papermania. I coloured the image with promarkers.