Saturday, 27 September 2014

Mostly Words

That's the challenge at Less is More this week - to have the sentiment be the star instead of the support act and I thought it would be great to use it for a Christmas card as I really should have made more by now!

I used the gorgeous new Season's Greetings die from Avery Elle, die cut three times and stacked on top of itself for dimension.  I chose to just frame it using a sheet of peel and stick wood veneer to add to the rustic feel of the font.  I just die cut a frame using two of the small stitched rectangle dies from Lawn Fawn - which means I have a bonus inner frame to play with later ;-)  The holly is cut from the same die and just mounted with pinflair gel to get shape and dimension with glossy accents on the berries.

Just need to knock up another 50 or so and I'll be set for December ;-)

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Waltzingmouse PJ Party

I do love a PJ party and it seems so long since the last one that I knew I had to make time to play.  Not sure if I'll get time to do all the challenge, but I did done one card this weekend.  If you're a fan like me - here's where you play along today

Challenge One - Doodling

I must admit I shamelessly copied Claire's doodling as I couldn't fit much other than dots into the thin lines on this font, but I do like the interesting shading it gives.  I added a couple of doodled mini sprigs of holly to match the stamped one as my point of difference!

I love, Love, LOVE this new sentiment set - it will be featuring heavily on my Christmas cards this year....   It's called Tis the Season.

I loved it so much, that although I should have gone to bed as I have a big day at work tomorrow, I went ahead and made a card for the Bedtime Story Sketch too....

Challenge 4:

A simply stamped sentiment - that's what I love about them - they need so little else to make a card - cut with the Type It Die from Mama Elephant, mounted on a red panel with some textured ribbon on a kraft base.  Finished with a matching bow using Lil' Inker Designs Bow Die Mini.

I'll see if I get chance to play along in any of the other challenges before the day is out.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

It's 5 o'clock somewhere!

Very quick post for me today as I found 10 minutes to play with the current Less is more challenge - 
One Layer Beverages

I used the new Adult Beverages stamps from SSS - I know as a stamp shop owner I should use my own stuff, but I'm a crafter first and business woman second!  Also, this set just works for soooo many of my friends, it had to be done!

The card was simply done with masking and the drinks were coloured with polychromos pencils and blending solution.


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Simple Sketch

The LIM ladies have a really simple sketch for us to play with this week so I used it to make a card for my dog mad friend's birthday coming up this weekend.

I took a very simple approach - stamped the image (Stampin Up Hostess Set) and then watercoloured it with distress markers and a thin paintbrush.   I love this method of colouring at the moment - just scribble on an acrylic block, spritz and paint.  I added a thin green line to frame it before mounting it on a kraft base card.  The sentiment is stamped on a die cut (sorry no idea of the brand) but it has curly ends and was too long so I cropped it to fit the Wplus9 sentiment.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Sketchy Christmas

Wow these weeks are whizzing by aren't they - can hardly believe its time for another challenge at Waltzingmouse Fanatics but we have a really cute sketch this fortnight so hope you'll join us if you have their products to play with.

I decided to take the sketch down the Christmas route and play with my yummy new papers and washi tape from My Minds Eye so picked a stamp to match the reindeer theme that runs through them.

I used two stamp sets - 2011 Holiday Ornaments (and the co-ordinating spellbinders die) and Say It Loud Winter Holiday.   I stamped the reindeer and dotted pattern onto the die cut kraft bauble in red and topped with the little topper stamp in black.  The paper I've used is double-sided so this card is made from one sheet and I stamped the sentiment directly onto the red striped one and added a little washi tape underneath to match the sketch before mounting the ornaments.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Christmas Cat

The LIM theme was great for me this week, as I'd already got a card I finished last week but haven't had time to blog yet that fits the theme of animals perfectly!

I just watercoloured Newton lightly with distress pens and added some glossy accents and glitter to make the lights glimmer.  A little gold card and candy striped paper makes a quick and simple card that can be replicated with all the images in the Holiday Mischief set.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Autumn Leaves

The challenge at Less is More this week is a one-layer card with foliage

I went for Leafy Greens but chose to just use the large maple leaf and went autumnal with  pumpkin pie and raspberry jam inks from Hero Arts.   I just stamped each leaf on top of each other in the brown shade and then over-stamped with the red trying to get the ink to be a bit blotchy so the leaves look like they do in autumn when they fall off the trees.  I added a big bold sentiment from Mama Elephant's Splendid set once dry and dotted around some glitter and pearl dots to finish.

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