31 Dec 2016

Less is More # 309 - Dimension

Hello there!
How was your Christmas? 
 Full of fun, family, friends and laughter I hope. I've been super busy all through the holiday season with the friends and family we've had in our house, but what fun we've had!
And now the new year is already upon us. So on this New Year's Eve I wish ....
A Very Happy New Year to you all!
After our little crafting break we're back at Less is More with a new challenge and the recipe we've chosen is:
Well, I had lots of ideas for this but have only managed the one card due to lack of time in my craft room, but if you hop over to the challenge blog (and also on to my teamies personal blogs) you'll find loads of fun inspiration for this theme.
Sandie of London Days is joining us as a guest designer this week so I hope you will hop over to see her too and leave her some love.

Dinosaur Fun

There's nothing like a piece of chipboard to give you some dimension, is there?
I picked up a pack of these little chipboard dinosaurs in what would be the Portuguese equivalent of a 'pound shop' or 'dime store'.  I think they work great for boy's cards.
The dinosaur was distressed with peeled paint and forest moss distress inks. The background stamp is a clear stamp that looks like a cheetah print pattern and I am afraid that I cannot remember which company it is by now. It was stamped in peeled paint. I die cut the Die'Sire sentiment 3 times and stuck all 3 layers together to add a little more dimension to the card.
I promise that normal service will be resumed here next week. 
Happy New Year
Sharon xx

17 Dec 2016

Less is More 307 & 308 - Children

Hi there,

How are your preparations coming along?

Well it is a massive 'Phew!'  from me! I am in the UK for a couple of days when this goes live (please Mr Blogger, don't play up!) getting to see my grandchildren before Christmas. Maybe there will even be a little bit of pre-Christmas spoiling. We'll see. Then, once I head back to Portugal, all further DT card making will be forgotten for a few days while I prepare the house (and baking) for our friends and daughter who will be staying with us over the Christmas period. Can't wait!

Anyhow, our challenge at Less is More is going to run for the next two weeks, so you will all have a little break too.

It's theme week and the subject is

My fellow team mates have worked their incredible magic as usual so please remember to head over to look at their inspiration HERE and there is usually a little more inspiration on their personal blogs too.


1) Merry flippin' Christmas

I just adore this LOTV image. She always makes me smile and reminds me of how children view the world as 'so unfair' if they do not get what they want.
She is such a little beauty, isn't she? 
Ha Ha! I wonder if there will be a few kiddies like this on Christmas day?

This was really easy to make. The image was stamped onto watercolour card and coloured in with distress markers. A die cut Die'Sire sentiment was used and some stardust stickles added to the tiara and the net underskirt for a bit of Christmassy dazzle. I love the way her skirt almost looks textured. It isn't. All I did was scribbles and spots with different coloured pens and that was the result.
I'd like to pop that one in at (in alphabetical order):
AAA Cards - Christmas
Inky Chicks - Christmas card in traditional colours
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Gift it
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Unicorn Challenge - add some glitter (on tiara and underskirt)

2) Happy Birthday Gorjuss!

Here's another 'older' stamp which had to get another outing for this children theme.

Again, really easy to make this card.
The Gorjuss Girl image was stamped onto card, coloured with promarkers and fussy cut. The background is a piece of smooshed and spritzed card that I had lying around. The sentiment is from Die'Sire.

Well, it just remains for me to wish you all
A very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog this year, you are very much appreciated.

I may post an odd card between now and the new year, but if I don't manage that, I'll be back on 31st December with the next LIM cards.

Thanks for looking
Merry Christmas,
Sharon xx

10 Dec 2016

Less is More # 306 - Outlines

Good Morning!
Crikey, the holiday season is definitely on us now and I'm sure you are all busy, busy, busy!  Hope you are all on track with your preparations.

I had ordered a couple of Christmas stamps to help make my DT inspiration for Less is More this week, but (hopefully it is just due to the Christmas post and nothing more sinister) neither of them have turned up yet! Ah well, such is life. Maybe I will be able to use them next year.

So, only the one card from me, with a photo tutorial on how it was made.

It is ONE LAYER WEEK over at
Less is More
and the theme for the one layer is
I know that you all think I have cheated this week.....but I haven't!

This really is a one layer card. 
Yup, one piece of card, folded in half and nothing else added!

I was so blown away with THIS CARD by Ma-Mi that I had to try it out and CASe the design. I'm not sure I made it the same way that she did, but it looks pretty close.

I'd like to enter this into:
Crafting with an attitude - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Southern Girls - Anything Goes
Try it on Tuesdays - Celebrate


Here is my photo tutorial.

First, mask off a Kraft card blank (one piece of card folded in half) with post-it notes so that only the outside edges of the card show.

Then ink around the edges with gathered twigs distress ink. When finished, remove the post its, check that all the edges are crisp and if any are not (like the top left corner on mine) put the post it back and re-do that one piece
Using a ruler and the gathered twigs distress marker doodle a stitched border.
 Next stamp the image in gathered twigs distress ink. This one comes from the Unico stamp set Pure Florals Cosmos.
As our challenge theme is 'outlines' I decided to not colour anywhere inside the image. Instead I took a white polychromo pencil and highlighted around the outside.
To finish stamp the sentiment in gathered twigs distress ink. It is from Unico stamp set Simply Said Birthday.
and Voila! a trick of the eye on a one layer card. 

Well, I can't wait to see what you all come up with this week.
Don't forget to check out the awesome inspiration of the rest of the design team HERE.
Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon.
Sharon xx

3 Dec 2016

Less is More 305 - Primary Colours

Hi there,
How are you today? Hopefully really good.  Can you believe that it is December already? That sure came around quickly this year!
Anyway, its time to introduce the new challenge over at
As it is the first challenge of the month we are in our COLOUR week and we're after those PRIMARY colours this time around.
Also, for the month of December we have a new sponsor in UNICO stamps.
We have 2 guest designers this week: Bev and KathyK. I hope you will pop over and leave them some love too.
It really would've been rude not to use a set of Unico stamps on one of my 3 DT inspiration pieces this week so let's kick off with that card.

1) Birthday Balloons

This is a quick and fun card to do.
I'd like to enter this one in at:
 Get Creative Challenge - Birthday Celebrations (they also have a DT call on if you are interested)

The balloon stamps and strings are from the Unico set Balloon Bash. The Sentiment is from the Unico Simply Said Birthday set.I've stamped in distress inks in festive berries, broken china and mustard seed.  the balloon highlights, which aren't showing up too well were stamped in Versacolour Ultimate Pigment Ink in white.

2) Merry & Bright

I had to include one Christmas Card too, didn't I ? Simple and easy to do and it suits both men and women!
I'd like to pop this in at:
Crafty Cardmakers - Christmas
Make My Monday - CAS Christmas (a 2nd entry)
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge - Masculine Christmas card

I've used pearlised card for the card base, the rectangle mat and the embossed panel.  The bottom of the panel was first cut with a deckle edge die (a rectangular sizzix die was used and it was partially cut) before running the panel through the swiss dots embossing folder. I actually quite like that the panel looks torn. The mat was cut from one of the smaller nesting deckled rectangles.  The sentiment has been die cut using Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Words Script Thinlets.

3) Space Birthday

This card could be used for anyone who loves space and it fits that hard to do category...cards for men and boys. And this one took less than 10 minutes to make!
I'd like to pop this one in at Oh La La Creations Challenge - Birthday Celebrations
Stampin Royalty - Clean and Simple

The IndigoBlu stamp called Bubbles Background was inked with sailboat blue Adirondak ink and immediately after stamping it was covered with WOW! Clear Sparkle embossing glitter then heat embossed. The sentiment from WOW! Just Sayin' set was stamped in the same blue ink.

Normal colouring pencils were used to colour in a few of the circles to make them look like planets. (I bought a 36 colouring pencils set from WH Smith when I was back in the UK and I am loving them!). The panel was added to a blue card blank. Three of the small stars from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Festive Scribbles set were die cut and added with bits of 3d foam pads.
Don't forget to visit my fellow teamies for more amazing primary colours inspirations from the link HERE.
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again next week.
Sharon xx

26 Nov 2016

Less is More 304 - Emboss Resist

Hello again.

Great to see you here.
It's time to introduce another of our
and this week is recipe week and our recipe is

Emboss Resist.
A lovely easy one for you all to join in with and I can't wait to see what you come up with.
I'm still knitting away like crazy....3 presents done and 2 more still to go, so once again only 2 cards from me this week.

1) Peace, Hope & Joy multiple emboss resist

This card shows off the emboss resist technique being used multiple times. The important thing is to make sure each layer is dry before you start the next layer.

I'd like to pop this in at:
Make My Monday - CAS Christmas (a new challenge for me)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Trio-Tastic (3 word stamps used - Peace, Joy and Hope)
Use your stuff Challenge - Chipboard - the angel on my card (this is another new challenge blog for me)

All stamps used are from ClarityStamps.  Clear heat emboss the 'Peace' stamp onto the white card stock. Next cover the card with mustard seed distress ink and dry it. Stamp and clear heat emboss the 'Hope' stamp. Cover the card with spiced marmalade distress ink and dry it. Clear heat emboss the 'Joy' stamp. Cover the card with fired brick distress ink. Using a paper towel wipe over the panel to remove any residue ink from the embossed words. Mat onto gold card, raise onto 3d foam and add a small wooden chipboard angel.


2) Peacock Birthday

I actually made this card 2 months ago but have not blogged it yet. You see I did one of those boo-boos - I made it for the Peacock colours challenge we did at the beginning of September .... forgetting it was a colour challenge!! Doh!
So glad I held on to it because it fits the emboss resist theme perfectly.

I'd like to pop this one in at:
 Crafty Cardmakers - Embossing (they are also having a DT call if any of you are interested)
Get Creative Challenge - Birthday (They are celebrating their 2 year blogoversary - Congratulations!)

Clear heat emboss the My Paperworld Stamp from the peacock feather set. Blend distress inks over the heat embossed image (mustard seed, spiced marmalade and picked raspberry). Use the spritz n flick technique with water to create the droplets. Edge the panel with walnut stain DI and add a little faux stitching with walnut stain distress marker. Use the same treatment on the sentiment panel. raise both on 3d foam pads.I even decorated the inside of this card. The sentiments are from Happy Little Stampers and Papertry Inc.

Before I go I need to say  a BIG THANKS to Cardz 4 Guys challenge for picking my Santa & reindeer card in your top 3.  I am very honoured.
And FINALLY - don't forget to visit my fellow teamies. They have some fantastic inspiration for you for this emboss resist challenge on the LIM blog HERE

Thank you for looking.
Sharon xx

19 Nov 2016

Less is More # 303 - Vintage

Hello to you!

It is so lovely to see you here today.
Have you had some good crafty time recently?  I am finding that my card making time is actually reduced at the moment. You see I'm knitting like crazy to get a whole load of Shhhhhhhh! (Christmas) presents finished for my grandchildren and step-grandchildren. Might just finish it all before I fly home to see them ..... if I get a wriggle on.
So, only 2 cards from me again today for the new
where the theme is

1) A Vintage Wine

Well, I have uncovered a serious hole in my crafting stash... I do not have a single bottle of decent sized wine anywhere ( wine bottle stamp that is...there are plenty of decent size wine bottles in the wine cooler in the house! Hee hee!) I have loads of stamps with champagne glasses, but no wine! I so wanted to do a vintage wine bottle but all I spotted was that teeny-tiny one I've used as an embellishment.
These are actually NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) stamps and I have had them for years! Shame on me.

In alphabetical order, I'd like to enter this into:
Cardz 4 Guys - #146 Reindeer
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Santa and/or Elf
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - # 390 Christmas
Everybody Art Challenge - #389 Santa
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Christmas Critters --- I may be pushing it a bit with this one, but there is a reindeer on the card! Let me know if I've overstepped the boundaries girls.

The sentiment was created on the PC using Chrissie's trick of sizing the page to 100% on the PC,  then holding my circle die up to the PC I managed to get the text to go around it and print out the correct size for the aperture. Next the aperture was cut out. The images from Katy Sue Designs Santa and Pals stampset were stamped onto a separate sheet that was attached inside the card. They are coloured with ordinary coloured pencils ( a set of 36 that I bought from WH Smiths). The wine bottle comes from Katy Sue Designs Christmas Spirit stampset.

2) Vintage Anniversary

The first idea that popped into my head for this challenge was to use an image of a vintage car or vintage plane.

I'd like to enter this into:
Oh La La Creations Challenge - #217 Vintage

The blue car is from Creative Expressions Timeless Journey stamped in Versacolour 19 Cyan. The pink car is from Habico vintage transport stamped in Versacolour 33 Pink. The sentiment is made up from 2 sets from Die'Sire.  It has all been matted onto pink then a blue card blank.

Before I go I need to say WELCOME to a couple of new followers. Thank you so much for choosing to follow me; it is lovely to have you on board!

Also, a BIG THANKS to:
Cards In Envy - for picking my purple and green card as one of your favourites
The Mod Squad - for picking my purple and gold card as one of your top three
I am very honoured.
And FINALLY - don't forget to visit my fellow teamies. They have some fantastic inspiration for you for this vintage challenge on the LIM blog HERE

Thank you for looking.
Sharon xx

16 Nov 2016

Daffodil Thanks

Hello folks!
Have you heard?  There is a blog hop going on at Stamplorations to promote their new release of stamps all about being thankful. 

The Stamplorations girls and guests have some wonderful eye candy for you to look at. Some of the Less is More girls decided to join in too. I hope you will take a look at their cards (their links are on our challenge blog HERE)
I imagined that there would be a lot of warm autumn colours along the blog hop so I thought I would go with something a little more spring-like in beautiful zingy citrus colours for my thank you card.
Keeping in the "Less is More" tradition my card is a CAS card.

The Stamplorations 'Daffodil' clear stamp was heat embossed in WOW! Midas touch embossing glitter and then coloured with promarkers. It has a super shine but I couldn't capture that on my camera. I absolutely love working with this glorious flower. A little glossy accents was added in drops on the flower and leaves to represent some dew (brings to mind a beautiful spring morning, eh?) Once dry, the image was attached to the card blank and some green washi tape added to the bottom. An oval shape was die cut out of a piece of linen card and this was trimmed to size to be raised on 3d foam pads over the image. More washi tape was added to another small piece of card and then used to die cut the Die'Sire sentiment.

You can join in all the fun with the Stamplorations girls and guests too. All the information is in THIS POST. There are some fabulous prizes to be won.
Now....the next time I use this stamp I really MUST colour it as a narcissus!
Thanks so much for looking.
Hope you'll pop by again soon.
Sharon xx

12 Nov 2016

Less is More #302 - Books or Literature - One Layer Week

Hello to you! Great to see you here today.

I hope you have had a fantastic week and are ready to join in the next
 Less is More challenge.
It's the dreaded ONE LAYER week again (don't they pop round quickly?)
and the theme this time is
Books /Literature
The rest of the design team have provided some stupendous makes this week so I hope you will visit all their blogs for additional inspiration. Hop over to the challenge for the links to their blogs.
I must admit that I struggled a bit this week. Not only did my mojo go walkabout, but I realised that I only had one stamp with books on it! So I had to get creative and think about the theme and turn it into something I could work with. Only 2 cards from me as I ran out of time this week.

1) Breakfast at Tiffany's (book by Truman Capote)

Perusing my stamps I happened on this gorgeous Audrey Hepburn stamp by The Stamp Man. Perfect for Breakfast at Tiffany's, I thought. Hmmm....I wasn't sure if Breakfast at Tiffanys was only a film...so after a swift internet search to confirm it was indeed a book, card 1 was born.
I'd like to enter this card into
Cards Und More - Girls, Girls, Girls
Aud's Sentiments - Anything goes with a sentiment
The image was stamped in Versamark Onyx black ink and masked with a post-it. Then using the Ranger marker air spritzer, the background was spritzed with Black Soot and Festive Berries distress Markers. The sentiment is from Clarity Stamps word chains. it was finished with tiny clear gems in hair and earrings, and pearls for the necklace.

2) Memoires of a Geisha ( Book by Arthur Golden)

One of the books that I've read in the last 20 years that completely transported me to another time and place was the Arthur Golden book Memoirs of a Geisha.  I was enthralled by it. So it was a natural choice for me to do something with that for this challenge.

I found something on the internet to sort-of turn the word 'memoir' into a font that suited the freebie Craft Stamper Magazine oriental lady stamp.  The word was digitally added to the card blank, leaving space for the image which was  then stamped in Versamark Ink. A bit of masking with post-its (some torn to create a deckle edge) allowed the word band to be inked in distress inks. The geisha was coloured in with normal colouring pencils.

I'd like to pop this in at Freshly Made Sketches - #262


 Well that's it from me for now. I do hope that you found something that you liked here. Thanks for looking and I hope to see you again soon.
Sharon xx

5 Nov 2016

Less is More # 301 - Purple and Gold

Great to see you popping in again!

 Pull up a chair and a cuppa and let's introduce the next Less is More challenge.  But first.....

.... It's the first challenge of the month so that means we have a new sponsor for the November challenges


We also have lots of other news over at Less is More today so please head over for a look.
Ok, to the challenge.
The first week of each month is colour week and for the November colour challenge we'd like you to use
Purple and Gold

I'm sure this week there will be a lot of rich and luxurious cards in the gallery with this fantastic combination.

I have 3 really quick and easy cards for you this week.

1) Brusho Kings

I'd like to enter this into Addicted to Stamps and More - Holiday

and The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas goes

Yes....they finally arrived! I have some brushos yippee! It would have been rude not to have a play with them, wouldn't it?

So a really simple and quick card to make.

Just mask off an asymmetric diagonal slice on a piece of watercolour card stock, sprinkle a tiny amount of violet brushos onto the visible area and spritz with water. 

It kind of reminded me of a beautiful universe type sky so I simply added some gold heat embossed wise men and left it at that. The wise men stamps are from an Inkadinkado set #99506 called O Holy Night.

2) Klimt Bauble

I'd like to pop this in at Paperminutes - circles

I bought a set of the Chocolate Baroque baubles stamps before they were discontinued. I know you can't get the full set now, but I think they do have a few Christmas sets that feature one bauble or another. 

Anyway, again another really quick and easy card to make.

Stamp the Klimt bauble onto purple paper and the bauble holder onto white card and heat emboss them with gold embossing powder.

Cut them out and glue the holder onto the bauble.

 Attach a tiny piece of gold tinsel ribbon to the bauble and the card.

Raise the bauble up with a 3d foam pad.

3) Fussy with Love

I'd like to pop this one in at The Mod Squad challenge - Go for the Gold

I went through a phase where I loved buying and using swirly stamps. To be honest, not many of them see the light of day now so I thought this colour combo would be a great chance to get one out.

I have a positive and a negative version of this card - because I love using this positive and negative stamping technique.

I used the Misti that I bought from Seven Hills Crafts to create this card to make sure my stamping lined up perfectly on the white and purple card stock.

Stamp the Anna Griffin swirl onto purple card 3 times (one above the other) and heat emboss with detail gold embossing powder. Do the same on a white card blank.

Cut the purple card through the centre of the swirl and adhere one side to the white card blank, lining the stamping up.

Heat emboss a small piece of white cardstock with the gold embossing powder and when cooled, die cut the sentiment and adhere it to the card.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Don't forget to check out the glorious designs of the rest of the design team HERE.

Hope to see you again soon
Sharon xx

PS. Don't forget to take a peek at our Less is More Facebook page!

29 Oct 2016

Less is More # 300 - Celebrations and Festivals


It is so good to see you here today.

It's our 300th challenge over at
So let the celebrations begin.

As it is the 5th Saturday in the month we have a


And we would like to see CAS cards for

Celebrations / Festivals.

We have a guest designer joining us today as we are on Lucky Dip week and it is the lovely
Julie Beech from Crafted by Jules

Please hop over to her blog to give her some love as she has made a fantastic card for us this week.

I've had a super busy week this week and that means I only have 2 cards to share today.  So let's get on and take a look at them. 

1) Christmas Blessings

I'd like to enter this into:
 Sweet Stampin Christmas - Sparkle and shine ( you can really see the sparkle and shine in the second picture).
Crafting By Designs - Get ready for Christmas
Cards In Envy - Purple and Green
Sparkle and Sprinkle Challenge - Anything goes with glitter, embossing powder or flocking

I took the opportunity to make a Christmas card for this challenge as I haven't started making my batch cards yet. This one may end up being one of the batch ones that I make.

 The inkpad used for this card is an old Big and Juicy - Hydrangea.

I also used a Misti.

Ink the border is from Chocolate Baroque decorative edges. It was inked once with the Big n Juicy pad then re-inked in versamark and heat embossed with WOW! clear sparkle embossing powder (I am LOVING that ep!)

The sentiment is from  Chocolate Baroque frosty trees and it was only inked with the Big n Juicy pad - reversing the colour of the ink from the top border.

The tree is also from Chocolate Baroque frosty trees and this was inked and then heat embossed with the WOW powder too.

Add a couple of complementary colour mats to the tree image and attach it to the card and you are done.  This one really does sparkle and looks pretty luxurious too.

2) Congratulations Mr & Mrs

Another celebration is a marriage. 

Cut a panel to fit onto the card blank.  Unscrew the tops of the metallic distress sprays (brushed pewter, tarnished brass and antiqued bronze) and drop some drips of the ink onto the panel. Spritz the ink with water and dry.

Round the corners of the panel and wipe Encore silver ink along the edge. Attach this to the card blank with 3d foam pads.

Stamp the Chloe's Stamps Wedding Cake Stamps Collection sentiment in clear versamark onto a smaller piece of card and heat emboss with Stampendous detail silver embossing powder.  Using the partial die cutting method, shape the two ends of the sentiment panel using a small Sizzix Labels 4 die.

Twist some white cotton and place this under the sentiment panel, which is attached with 3d foam pads.

Finish with 3 pearls.

Please take a look at the fabulous items made by the rest of the design team HERE. Don't forget to visit their personal blogs too because they sometimes have lots of additional inspiration.
I do hope you find time to join in our 300th challenge this week.

Thanks for looking
Sharon xx

22 Oct 2016

Less is More 299 - Vellum / Acetate

Lovely to see you!
Did you have a good week?  I really hope you did and that you are all settled in for a great weekend too.
I certainly did have a good week.  I had a couple of really crafty days, did some gardening, started knitting a jumper, watched a few films, went out on our rib and out with friends too. Fab!  That's what happens when you have no visitors for a wee while ;-)
So, Saturday, eh?  Must mean a new Less is More challenge.
It's Recipe/Theme week this week and the subject is:

Vellum or Acetate.

So, as usual, here are 3 cards for your inspiration

1) Vellum Flowers

I'd like to pop this one in at Happy Little Stampers October CAS Challenge - embossing on vellum - I used a stylus to emboss.
Die Cut Divas - Embossing
and Craft Rocket Challenges - Happy Birthday

Blend Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Ripe Persimmon onto a piece of card, spritz with water and dry with a heat tool.

Cut a panel from the blended card and doodle a bit of stitching on 2 corners using an opaque white inkssential pen. Attach it to the card blank on 3d foam.

Die cut the Wild Rose Studio Woodland Posy out of vellum. Using some pergamano tools add a bit of shading to the flower heads and add veins to the leaves.

Add gems to the centres of the flowers and secure the die cut to the panel with glue under the gems.

Add a tiny bow to the posy.

Cut the Die'Sire sentiment from card left over from making the panel and stick it to the card blank.

2) Let it Snow!

I'd like to pop this one in at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes Challenge - Anything goes with Dies
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Snow or Snowmen

This was my quick card.

Cut a window in the card blank using the cloud die from First Edition Crafts Weather Dies.

Secure a piece of snowflake acetate from Crafters Companion behind the window and make it a shaker with seed beads, 3d foam tape and a piece of pale blue card.

Cut out the sentiment, made up from words in the Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz Alterations Happy Holidays dies (cutting the 'flake' off snowflake) in white glitter cardstock and stick it to the front of the card.

3) Embossed Vellum Flowers

I'd like to enter this into Creative Knockouts Challenge - Embossing

This card took much longer to do as it had masking, colouring and fussy cutting.

The flower stamps, a mixture of Altenew Majestic blooms and a bouquet stamp from Clarity Stamps, were heat embossed onto a piece of vellum with a Personal Impressions opaque white embossing powder, masking the flowers where needed.

The flowers were coloured in on the back of the vellum with coloured pencils, then the panel was fussy cut out.

A hand cut banner was made for the Altenew Majestic blooms sentiment and that was inked up with two colours from the Archival Brilliance Twilight inkpad.

There are some beautiful examples of cards by the rest of the design team using vellum and acetate over on the challenge blog - here. Please do pop over to see them.

Thank you so much for stopping by again today. I do hope that you found something that you liked in this post.

Hope to see you again soon.


15 Oct 2016

Less is More #298 - Incy Wincy Spiders / Insects

Hello there,

How are you all today? Good I hope.

Well, I'm finally able to take a breath (aka able to clean the house and catch up on some crafting) because we have no guests for a couple of weeks. Phew! such a busy spell we had, and now I fully intend to completely overdose on craft. Yippee!
I also finally got around to customising the widths of my blog posts in this template. Have been wanting to find time to do that all summer. Now I just have to make myself a lovely blog header, and create a better watermark and I'll be much happier.

Anyway, enough of that.  As it is Saturday it means it is time for another


and it is THEME week and our theme is

Incy Wincy Spiders / Insects
There is some fantastic inspiration from the rest of the design team on the LIM blog today so I do hope you will pop over for a look.


1) Spider wishes

I'd like to pop this card in at
Crafty Cardmakers - Birthday

and Cards Und More #169 - Watercolour

I had great fun creating this one. I got out the distress marker air spritzer, some water, some watercolour paper and had a really good play with it.
Marker colours used on this:
Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover, Pine Needles.

Stampendous Dandelion Wish, plus the seeds and sentiment were stamped in archival black ink.

Spider stamp is from Studio 49 Wendy Vecci Botanical Art LCS037. Again stamped in archival black.

The panel was backed with mirri card.

Black Stickles were added as a bit of highlight sparkle.

2) Caught a bug!

I'd like to pop this one in at
Addicted to Stamps - Embossing wet or dry
Incy Wincy Designs - All that Glitters
and Sparkle & Sprinkle - Anything goes with loose glitter/embossing powder and /or flocking
I found a really old stamp set from KARS which I don't think I have ever used despite owning it for 6 plus years! But when I spotted the fly I knew exactly what I was going to do with it!

The KARS fly was stamped randomly onto the card blank with archival black ink.

The flies were coloured in with Distress Markers in Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans and Blueprint sketch (nearly had a complete disaster with that last pen as when I touched the brush tip to the card an enormous blob of ink came out! There is something very wrong with that pen.)

Once coloured, the wings were re-coloured with a versamark clear embossing pen and then heat embossed with WOW! clear sparkle embossing glitter (WS15R).

The eyes were also coloured with the embossing pen and a Papermania clear embossing powder was added to them.

The sentiment is from another very old set of stamps See-D's Cute as a Bug #50043. It was stamped in Adirondack denim pigment ink and added to the base card with 3d foam pads.


3) Hi Incy Wincy!

Here is my quickie card.

I searched high and low for a cute-ish little spider to make this card but there was not a thing in my stash. So out came the pens and I hand drew this card!

I used a black sharpie pen to draw the spider, web and speech bubble.

The background behind the spider was coloured in with promarkers in Orange and Mandarin to get a shade as close to the card blank as possible.

Then the black mat and the little image was added to the orange card blank with 3d foam pads.

Job done!

Thanks so much for looking and I can't wait to see what you all come up with on this theme.
Do come back again soon.
Sharon xx

8 Oct 2016

Less is More 297 - One Layer - Dreams

Hello there

Great to see you here again.
Time to introduce a new challenge over at
and the theme is
Here are my DT cards

1) If you can dream it...

I recently did one of those facebook things - this one was to tell you your life quote (or something similar) and it came up with the sentiment I used on this card because I loved it.
I'd like to pop this in at CASology - Cue Card: Support
Addicted to Stamps and More #214 - Clean and Simple

The sentiment is computer printed onto the card blank using Smarty Pants BTN font.

The Indigo Blu Poppy Meadow stamp was inked in Archival black, as was the Lavinia Stamps little fairy and they were stamped into place.

A Clarity Stamps moon mask was stuck to the card blank. Then the background was created using torn paper for the hills inked in hickory smoke distress ink.

A wink of stella was added to the fairy wings.

2. Reach for the Stars

I wanted to do a full colour ombré background on a card blank and that is how this was born.

I'd like to pop this in at Try it on Tuesday - Sun, Moon, Stars

The ombré background was created with tumbled glass, broken china, mermaid lagoon, faded jeans and chipped sapphire distress inks.

Once completely dry, the Creative Expressions Oasis 1113E and the Penny Black For The Stars  wooden stamps were inked with clear versamark and heat embossed with Stampendous detail silver embossing powder.

The faux bleaching technique of lifting colour with water was used on some areas of the image, and these were re-coloured with distress markers.

A little stardust stickles was added to the butterfly

3) Dream, Love, Cherish

Here's my usual 'it doesn't look like it is a one layer card' that I love to do for our one layer week challenges.

I'd like to pop this one in at
The Mod Squad - for the birds

All the stamps used on this card come from Clarity Stamps.

Make a mask of the birds - I used a post-it note, then ink them in archival ink onto the card blank.

Mask the birds and also mask the card blank so that a rectangle area can be seen in the centre. Blend distress inks into the rectangle ( squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, wild honey, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon).

Let the inked area dry completely.

Remove the mask so that the whole card blank shows...but keep the bird masks in place. Stamp the words and perch with clear versamark and heat emboss with Stampendous detail gold embossing powder.

Remove the bird masks.

4) I'm dreaming of........

.......a white Christmas
Well... someone had to make a card for that kind of dreaming didn't they?
I'd like to pop this in at 4 Crafty Chicks #319 - Die Cuts
Crafty Gals Corner - Die cuts/punches

I thought this would be my quickie card but it turned out a very fiddly job in the end!

The poinsettia die from the Sizzix thinlets Tim Holtz Mixed Media Christmas was die cut into the card blank, and then die cut again from white glitter cardstock.

Using tape to hold everything together, the glitter pieced were inserted back into the holes in the card blank (hence it being fiddly!).

The sentiment stamps are from Clarity Stamps and were heat embossed with opaque white embossing powder.

Please take a look at the dreamy makes the rest of the design team have created.
Thanks for popping by.
Hope to see you again soon
Sharon xx

1 Oct 2016

Less is More #296 - Turquoise & Lilac

Hello there!
Wow! It's 1st October so I have to wish you all a

Happy World Cardmaking Day!
It's lovely to be able to post a card or two on this special day for us cardmakers.
Today we have a colour challenge for you over at

and we'd like to see
Turquoise & Lilac
Such a lovely soft colour combination. I can't wait to see what you make with it.
As it is October it means that we have a new sponsor for the month
Please do take a look at the store
So today I have 3 cards....and an exploding box to share.

Oh boy! I had so much trouble photographing my cards this week. They all looked bright green rather than turquoise, so I messed with the camera settings and now I'm afraid some of these photos make them look more pale blue than anything else, and others are green-ish. Never mind!

1. Holly Christmas

I just had to play with my new Tim Holtz dies and distress crayons that finally turned up this week. It's a good job they didn't turn up when I had all those guests here because all I would have wanted to do was play with the new goodies! I really am in love with these dies...you may see them a few times in the run-up to Christmas.
I'd like to pop this one in at
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - Christmas Die Cuts
Sparkle n Sprinkle challenge - anything goes with loose glitter, embossing powder and/or flocking

The die is a Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz die called Mixed Media Christmas. It was cut into a white panel and the edges of some of the leaves & branches had crystal glamour dust added to them. You can't beat the old glamour dust for sparkle, eh?

That panel was mounted with 3d foam pads onto another panel that had smudged distress crayons on it and the two panels were adhered to the card base.

The sentiment is a Marianne Collectables COL1325 and it was inked in archival brilliance peacock.

Here is a close-up to show the glamour dust.

2. Banner Thanks

Here is my real quickie card.

I made this one specifically with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge in mind as it uses their super sketch.

Swipe distress inks onto white linen card and spray them with a distress sprayer, mopping the splotches as they dry. Cover with microglaze to prevent any further water damage.

The sentiment is from Unico All Occassions Sentiments 6. It was inked with distress ink on a separate piece of linen card and coloured in with distress marker.

The 3 dots at the bottom were created from the waste of the banners by using a hole punch.

3. Lilac Bling

I was making an exploding box keepsake for the first birthday of some twins that we know (photos below) so I had a piece of lilac glitter card left over and just had to use it for one of my DT makes.
TIP: It is always difficult to stick things onto glitter card and keep them stuck, isn't it? So, if you want to do an image shape (any shape) and mount it onto glitter card, do what I did. I cut a smaller circle out of a glitter card panel and then mounted the panel onto a card base. Once the image was finished, I stuck it to the aperture in the glittercard so it was glued directly onto the card base. Simples!
I'd like to pop this one in at
and Incy Wincy Designs - Things that fly

A Lawn Fawn large stitched circles was used to die cut the white linen card, and a smaller one created that aperture in the glittercard for ease of sticking.

Unico Stamps Natures Treasures were stamped in Archival Brilliance Peacock and the infill was made with a distress marker.

The bird and sentiment come from Craft Asylum's Home Sweet Home set and they were stamped in Archival Brilliance Twighlight

Please remember to take a look at what the design team have created for your inspiration over at the LIM blog HERE.

4. Exploding Box

Okay, on to the twins' exploding box. Not part of my LIM DT makes...but I wanted to share it with you.
I figured that as the twins are one boy and one girl they would get lots of pink and blue cards. So, I thought that lilac would be a good choice....after all if you mix pink and blue and add a little white you would get lilac, wouldn't you?
I'd like to pop this in at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Here is the box:

Thank you so much for looking.

Have a wonderful week - whatever you are up to.

Sharon xx