Saturday, 4 July 2020

Less is More ... Colour Challenge

It is time for a new challenge at Less is More and it is time for a colour challenge:


I have two quite contrasting cards for you:



I used:
Stampin Up: Off the Grid
Stampers Annonymous: Tim Holtz Mini Bouquet
Archival Ink - Watering Can
Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry
Memento Ink - Dandelion
WOW Clear Embossing Powder
Dienamics Stitched Squares

My second card is ... just a bit of fun



I used:
PaperArtsy Zinis: ZN02
Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Pumice Stone
Clearly Besotted Make a Wish dies
UNIKO: Simply Said

I look forward to seeing your projects.

Stay Safe!

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Less is More ... Solid and Outline

As we head towards the end of June it is time for a new challenge at Less is More this one is all about solid and outline.
June is a popular birthday month for my family especially the men ... so with this in mind I created a card for my son.




I used:
UNIKO: Triangulate
              Simply Said Blocks
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Clearly Besotted Geometric Style dies

I hope you will join in with the challenge and look forward to seeing all of your creations.

Stay Safe!

Monday, 15 June 2020

STAMPlorations Theme and Photo Reminder ...

Half way through the month ... have you joined in with the Theme and Photo challenge at STAMPlorations ... do you need more inspiration?  In case you do I've created another card to try and tempt you into joining in!




I began by using a gelli plate. acrylic paints and a stencil to create a patterned panel of random squares.  I added some stamping using distress inks to create more interest and detail. sections were die cut from the panel and the edges inked up to provide definition.  The panels were adhered to the card base using foam tape before adding the die cut sentiment.

I used:
STAMPlorations: Artsy Tribal Doodles
ARTplorations: Square Dance Stencil
CUTplorations: Birthday Wishes
                            Basic A2 Panels Nesting Dies
Distress Inks - Festive berries, Carved pumpkin, Mermaid lagoon

I do hope that you will visit the blog and check out the amazing projects from the other designers.

Take care1

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Less is More ... on the Border

The months seems to be passing by quite quickly ... in a strange kind of way ... here we are already in June of this very different/strange year. The easing of the lockdown in the UK  brings with it a different set of anxieties for me - I'm excited about the prospect of being able to visit family but equally nervous about doing it!  Oh well we are all in the same sea trying to work out the new 'normal'.

At least throughout we have had the regular craft challenges to provide us with healthy distractions ... which leads me to the reason for this post ... a new challenge begins at Less is More today.  



This theme is ideal for CAS cards.  My card is almost a one layer card if only I had masked the sentiment rather than adding it afterwards.



I used:
STAMPlorations: Bloomful
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
WOW Clear Embossing Powder
Zig Reall Brush Clean Color Markers

Having decided that this design could have been one layer I thought I would have a go to see if it would work ... here is the result and you can decide if it works:


I stamped and masked the sentiment before stamping the rainbow images around.  I debossed and embossed a pair of lines to pull the design together.  I am quite pleased with it but I think it might look better with a stronger sentiment.

I used:
UNIKO: Today, Tomorrow and Always TIME
Simon Says Stamp: Lots of Dots

I hope you will join with the challenge ... if you need more inspiration then check out the other designers over on the Less is More blog.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

Monday, 1 June 2020

STAMPlorations June Challenge ...

June today ... I'm not sure where the year has gone but the last three months have certainly been very different and a challenge for us all.  Personally I have found crafting an essential activity to help maintain my mental health ... to be honest it hasn't worked all of the time but I keep going.  

I hope to inspire you to join in with this month's Theme and Photo Challenge at STAMPlorations:

When I read the theme for this challenge I immediately thought about weddings and confetti throwing ... we should be at the height of wedding season in the UK but Covid19 seems to have other ideas and after months and possibly years of planning many weddings have been postponed.



I stamped and heat embossed the image before using Inktense pencils to water colour it.  I splatted the card base and then adhered the die cut panel using foam adhesive for added dimension.  Finishing the card with the die cut 'congrats'.

I used:
STAMPlorations - In Bloom: Perfect Petunias
CUTplorations - Congrats
                           - Crazy Double Running Stitch  Rectangle Nesting Dies
Inktense Pencils
Versamark Ink
WOW White Embossing Powder

I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the challenge!

Take care and Stay Safe.

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Encouraging rainbow ...

Good morning all ... another day and another rainbow coloured card:



I inked up the background stamp with rainbow shades of distress ink and spritzed it water and then stamped it onto a panel of water colour card stock.  I stamped some of the sentiments with versafine ink and the others are from clear stickers.  I like to create cards that can be sent to friends and family when they need a bit of a boost.

I used:
Distress Inks: Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet
Memento: Dandelion Ink
Versafine: Onyx Black
UNIKO: Background Blocks Horizontal Stripes
STAMPlorations: Shine Bright Clear Stickers
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Nesting Dies

This is the first outing for the horizontal stripes stamp ... this was a must have stamp when I bought it and yet it has taken me absolutely ages to break it out of the packaging ... it's not on it's own I have quite a few stamps sets that have yet to be inked!!!

I'm linking this card up to the following challenges:



Keep well and stay safe!

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Less is More ... Let's go dotty ...

Good morning, are you all set for the new challenge at Less is More?  This time it is everyone's favourite ... One Layer Card!!

Anything with dots e.g. images, sentiments, backgrounds




For this card I die cut the letters out of a sheet of masking paper and then stamped lots of individual dots through the negative space ... I wish I had a spotty background stamp as it would have been so much easier!!!  I then outlined the letters by piercing dots along one edge to add some additional dimension.  Then stamped 'birthday' to complete the sentiment.

As I had already die cut the letters I thought I would create a second card by using the letters as a mask:


I used the same small stamps and the same inks to create the panel of colour around the letters.  This time I pierced the inside of the letters to add a little more definition to them.

I used:
Simon Says Stamp:  Lots of Dots Stamp set
Visible Image:  Go To Words
Distress Inks - Festive Berries, Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet.
Memento Ink - Dandelion
Versafine Onyx Black Ink

I hope you will join in with the challenge ... I would love to see your creations.

Stay Safe.