Sunday, 17 July 2016


The challenge at Less is More this week is to have something repeated on your card.  I thought this was the perfect theme for a new stamp set I just got so went to town with a rainbow of colours and just one of the images from the set.

Perfect for the mini heatwave we are supposed to be getting this week too!   The stamp is from the 3rd Birthday release from Newton's Nook and is called Party Pops and there are 6 different lollies to choose from but to keep it CAS I stuck to the one style and just changed the colours each time.  You add the stick to your lolly of choice.  I added the sentiment directly over the top to keep is super-CAS.

Hope you all get the sunshine this week.


Saturday, 11 June 2016

Layers of Flamingo

The challenge at LIM this week is to add splatters to a one layer card and I decided to add mine to a "layered" flamingo as we finally got the new Hero Arts release and I couldn't wait to ink up the flamingo!

I stamped the 3 layers of the flamingo in 3 shades of pink ink from MFT and added a little pencil shading to his legs. I love the bold black beak - he really comes alive when you stamp that final little detail.  I added the puddle stamps around his legs and then did a quick colour wash over the top to soften them and then stamped them again.  I stamped the greenery before the colour wash ensuring I went over the bottoms with the wash to make them look like watery plants.   I finished by adding a sentiment from the stamp set and adding my splatters by stamping the brightest of my pinks onto a block and adding water so I could drop so splatters with a brush.  I thought it looked a little like he was shaking off some water after a dip!

Sunday, 29 May 2016


It's weeks since I managed to find time to play along with my favourite challenge but I managed to squeeze in a quick take on their sketch this week.

I used the adorable new stamp set from Avery Elle called Konichiwa which I just love as you can change up the geisha with all her facial options.  I used the tiny flower in the set to change her kimono too - using a post-it to stamp some over the edges of the fabric to make it look more realistic.  I stamped the cherry blossom onto the pink card which forms the basis of the sketch and shaded with a white pencil.  Adding my sentiment onto a strip of blue to tie in the blue flowers on the kimono which have a glitter finish with a wink of stella brush pen which really doesn't show up in photos!

Thanks for stopping by - actually I should say Arigato!

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Playing with Geometry

I totally missed the last couple of challenges at LIM so was determined to play this week.  The challenge is a one layer card featuring a geometric pattern.  

I decided to create my pattern by hand just by scoring some diagonal lines on my scoring board.

After scoring the lines I simply stamped a sentiment and some flowers in gold ink using the Happy Wishes stamp from Wplus9.  I added some liquid pearl dots in chocolate to the flower centers to finish.  Simples.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Outside your window

I had a bit of a journey for my entry into the Less is More challenge this week - it's about the view from your window.   The view from my window is not great so I wasn't inspired to play, but then we watched the documentary about Heston's space food and I thought, hey Tim Peak has the best view from his window so I'm borrowing his!

I decided I wanted to include the space station, and going back to windows, I thought one of the dies from Mama Elephant's Window Watching kinda looked like the solar panels - so I cut them in silver and added a strip and a circle and it's almost believable!

The sentiment, moon and alien space ship all come from one of my all time favourite sets 'Out Of This World' from the now defunct There She Goes.  I embossed the moon using white pearl from Hero Arts that got a translucent feel on the black and added some white ink with my finger and some depth using a white pencil.   The alien space ship was coloured with copics and pencils and fussy cut.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Making a Statement Sentiment

I've had lots of fun this morning with teeny-weeny-tiny stamps and used them to make a big bold statement sentiment for this week's Less is More Challenge.

Firstly I cut the word hello from some scrap thin card (I think the dies are an old memory box set but I can't remember) and temporarily adhered it to my base card.   Then I went to town with 5 of the tiny stamps from the Bountiful Blessings set from Mama Elephant (2 leaves, 2 flowers and a heart) with 5 shades of ink, stamping them through the stencilled word.   The trick to this technique is to ensure you overlap the edges in as many places as you can so your eye will then fill in the gaps to create the outline to the word.   To give it a more 3D effect, I used two shades of grey pencil to create a soft shadow on one side of the letters.   I framed the word using the same two pencils to create a shaded line at the top and bottom of the card.

Hope you like it.   Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Citrus Birds

I've managed a few minutes to play along with this week's LIM challenge today so I give you a pair of citrus birds!

I stamped the two birds from MFT's Tweet Friends into an embossed stitched circle on a one layer card and coloured them with zig colour brush pens in lemons and limes with a hint of oranges to cover all the citrus shades.   I hand drew the wire for them to stand on and the notes they are tweeting to each other.  Sentiment is from the same set.

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