26 Mar 2016

Less is More 269 - Polka Dots

Hello there. Are you all okay?

First up, I will apologise for the way this post looks.
Currently I am away from home, my PC and have no laptop so I am using my iPad and I'm afraid that I am pretty rubbish at doing the layout bits on Blogger from my iPad. But I will do my best and hopefully it will look okay.

Anyhow, it's Saturday so that means it is time for the next Less is More challenge and our theme this week is Polka Dots.

Hope you'll visit the rest of the design team as they have made some amazing cards.

We are also joined by Kay Wallace as our guest designer and you can visit her here. Please pop over to leave her a little comment.

Here are my 3 DT cards for this week.

This card is entered into Creative Card Crew - Clean and Simple

It was made using a Waltzing Mouse (who are sadly about to close) polka dot border stamp inked up in Wild Plum Adirondack. 

It was then cut out using the Sue Wilson classic bow die. 

The faux black ribbon was coloured in using a black distress marker. 

The words are from another Waltzing Mouse set called Say It Loud.

Entering this second card into Through the Purple Haze - Flowers

This card uses the same Waltzing Mouse polka dot border stamp inked up in Stream Adirondak ink.

 The daisy stamp is a Stamps by Chloe one and that has been inked in Sunshine Yellow Adirondak ink. It was shaded in 014 and 016 Spectrum Noir pencils although that is not showing up too well in the photo. 

The centre was glamour dusted in crystal and glossy accents applied over the top. 

The sentiment stamp is a Design Objectives PMA 10096 stamp. 

Finally I have a fluffy polka dot mask.

I'm entering this one into 4  Crafty Chicks - Less is More

A Penny Black Polka Dots background stamp was inked up in Sailboat Blue Adirondak. 

It was cut out using the spellbinders Venetian Accents mask die. 

Glamour dust was added over the top around the eyes for a little extra sparkle and a feather added behind it for a little interactive 'fluff'. 

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. 
The mask holder is actually the balloon string from the Bird Crazy Things dies.

Well, I was a little bit busy travelling last week but I think I caught up with all my comments. This coming week will not be so busy so it will be easier to visit you all.

Thanks for looking and please leave me a little comment so that I know you have visited and I'll come over to visit you too.

Sharon xx

19 Mar 2016

Less is More Challenge 268 - What's outside your window?

Hello there.
It's Saturday again and that means it is time for the next Less is More Challenge.
The theme today is "what's outside your window". 
Well, if you wondered what is outside the windows of the LIM DT, now is your chance to have a sneak peek!
Please return the favour and join us in the challenge this week so that we can all have a little peek at what you are looking at outside your windows too.
Lou from A Devon Kitchen Table is our guest designer this week. Do hop over to her blog to see the fabulous card that she made for our challenge.
Right, onto what I can see.

First up is SUNSHINE....

....well for most of the year we do have lots of sunshine in the Algarve, although yesterday it was cloudy and raining. Ha ha! Think it is going to be raining again today so this card isn't currently accurate.  But it is nice to be able to send a little sunshine your way.

 Adding this to Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes

Distress inks in squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, wild honey and rusty hinge were sponged through a Clarity Stamps sun ray mask. A little crystal glamour dust was added to the sun part and that was encased in glossy accents.

The sentiment on the banner is another Clarity Stamp stamp which was added to freehand cut banners. This was raised up on 3d pads.

Next up is my homage to the AZURE WINGED MAGPIE birds that visit my garden. There are about 30 of them that congregate in the trees and around the bird bath in the summer.  This is what they actually look like.

And here is my card.

This one uses one of the bird crazy stamps which was inked up in memento ink and die cut out, then inked up again in versamark and heat embossed with Heat it up Aquamarine embossing powder so that I could cut out the tail and wing.  The bird was coloured with promarkers in Satin, Pastel Beige and Khaki for the body and cool grey 1, 3 and 5 for the head, black for the beak. I added glossy accents to the eyes and beak.

The sentiment was computer generated onto the base card. The bird was raised on 3d foam pads and a fluffy feather added to the tail.

Adding this to Creative Fingers challenge - anything goes

Moving along with the times - In the Garden

Finally I have captured one of the amazing HIBISCUS that I have growing in my garden. We have many different colours of hibiscus but I particularly like this pale pink one.

For this card I used a digital image from the wax fruit company called hibiscus.
It was coloured with a combination of distress inks, distress markers and watercolour pencils. Covered in glossy accents and the Die Sire die was adhered directly onto the card stock

Entering this one into:
Stamplorations CAS challenge (your required picture is at the bottom of the post) - Anything goes with an optional twist of yellow (tiny bit on the stamen)

Craft Rocket Challenges - Anything goes

In the pink - Spring flowers in pink - these are out in my garden at the moment!
 To be honest, I think I prefer the version of the flower as it was before I applied the glossy accents - here is a photo of that.

These are all the items I used in making this card. It is easier to show the photo than list them all.

 And there you have it...3 things that I can see from my craft room window.

Thanks so much for looking and please leave me a little comment to let me know you have been and I will come to visit you too.

Sharon xx




16 Mar 2016

A Craft Tag - green distressed and an industrial theme

Hello friends,
I caught an inky bug that was flying around yesterday!
Got the distress sweats, then the crackle fever and ended up all grunged up.  
 The result was a tag.
For those of you of the CAS persuasion,

Whoa! What's going on? 
This is my CAS site isn't it?
Well, yes and no. It will be for the main part, but as I've said before.....sometimes I just NEED to get down and dirty with inks.


What's the thinking behind this tag?

It was inspired by the industrial theme of Country View Crafts challenge. As some of you know, I love bright colours. So I set out to do something industrial that was fairly bright.
You see, I see industry from 2 perspectives:
  • on one hand it is dark and dirty and metallic and sometimes not good for the planet
  • on the other hand, it is a bright shining future. We'd still be in pretty dark ages if it wasn't for the progress of industry.
So I chose to reflect my second opinion.

Here's the details on how I made this tag.

A combination of Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks were blended on the base tag, water splashed on to create the droplets and then dried with a heat gun.

A texture stamp was added to  the bottom left inked up in Stazon Opaque Cotton White ink.

Then hand made templates using the Sizzix Thinlets Mixed Media dies
were cut out in card and sponged through with the distress inks, adding a little Hickory smoke DI into the mix.

Next a few images and words from the Creative Expressions Vintage Inventor stamp sheet were stamped in Archival jet black and Hickory Smoke DI.
I also added a few stamped cogs from the same stamp set in second generation Mermaid Lagoon

Aha! there's a bit of the industrial reference in the train and train tracks.

 Some Papermania X-cut Chronology Cogs were cut out and sponged in distress inks and then gilded with Creative Expressions Gilding Wax in Patina and Cast Bronze.

That's more industrial stuff!

The cogs were glued at different heights.

Wire in bright copper and a complementary blue was coiled around a paintbrush handle and added amongst the cogs like broken springs.

A train number plate was inked up, coloured with DIs and Inkssential Crackle Accents was applied to it. When dried and cracked some more of the cast bronze gilding wax was added to that.

A Papermania Chronology clock hand was bent and twisted & attached with a screw brad. You can just make it out to the left of the 'Thingamajig'.

The edges of the tag were also distressed with the two colours of gilding wax.

A tiny heart charm was threaded onto some coiled wire and this was threaded over some brass coloured raffia and white raffia that I coloured with the distress inks and then attached through the hole of the tag.


Finally, some other brass charm pieces were attached to the middle of some of the cogs, and 3 bronze gems were dotted about.

And there you have it - a bright industrial tag.

Please click on any of the pictures and go in for a closer look!
Think I may add this into a box frame and display it in my craft room.
Well, time permitting, I will try to enter a CAS project into this challenge too....but time is really tight this month.
Thanks so much for looking and please leave me some feedback on what you think of the tag.

Would you like:
More like this occasionally? or should I just go back to CAS only?
(haha! Think I can guess what my CAS followers will say!)
Sharon xx

Linking this to:

  1. Country View Crafts Challenge blog. They have a theme of INDUSTRIAL for their March challenge.
  2. Scrappy Hands Challenge - which has a theme of Tags

WOYWW # 354 - Yay - I made a mess!

Good morning fellow desk snoopers! :-)
Are you all well?
Yes, it is Wednesday again and all around the world people are sharing their desks with each other thanks to the fabulous Julia at the stamping ground
Wanna know what it is all about? hop over to her blog to find out more.
So what's on my desk today?

YAY!!!!!!!!! It is messy!!!!!!
Actually, this was how I left it yesterday evening and I have come in to this mess this morning because I was too tired to clear it up.
Groan...I don't like coming in to a mess and having to tidy up before I can start crafting. And believe me I DO have to tidy up; it's the way I like to work, clean desk for a new project.
So, the past two Wednesdays my desk has been pretty clean. I think that may be because I was working on CAS projects...this desk is a complete reflection of the type of item I was working on at the time.    
What do we have?
Top left - my pile of scrap. Really must do something to reduce that!
In front of that are some stamps and white stayzon. I have distress inks, water bottle mister, distress crackle, gilding wax, a dirty paper towel (as you do!) some cog dies, and more stamps and ink.
On the windowsill there is a can of shaving foam, a box of gelliroll pens and distress crayons (probably shouldn't leave those in the sun!).
What was I making? 
This tag - I blogged it this morning and you can read more about it here
Well, last week I actually managed to get around to everyone's blogs! Thank you so much to those of you that were kind enough to leave me a little love last week. It warmed the cockles of my heart.
I do apologise if you have a google+ account because I couldn't comment on those posts...but I did read everything and visit everyone.
Thanks for stopping by. Do come back soon.
Sharon xx

14 Mar 2016

End of the Caterpillar!

Good morning.
Wow! Monday again?? Are you ready for another week? 
I am so looking forward to this week because my youngest daughter is coming over for a long weekend visit that includes St Paddy's day. Haven't seen her since Christmas so it should be loads of fun having her and her friend to stay! I can't wait!
So knowing that she is coming, I needed to get ahead with some cards.
Today's card has a little more dimension than I've managed to get on my cards lately.  Teaching myself how to do CAS cards has made me slip into mainly one layer, so it's nice to shift it up and do something with dimension 

Today's card is for 2 challenges:
Inkspirational which has the gorgeous Pink and Grey colour challenge
and for Dragonfly dreams - use a die cut
and for The Corrosive Challenge - Anything goes

Items used:
Chocolate Baroque Butterfly Whimsy ( think this is discontinued now, but it is such a beautiful butterfly and sentiment!)
Die Cut Leaves: Marianne Creatables LR150 and Crealies CL CS 11
Hickory Smoke Distress Ink
Marvy's Blending Blox - Shades of Pink
Ranger Clear embossing Powder
So why have I titled this post "End of the Caterpillar"?...................

Thank you for stopping by. It was lovely to see you again.
Hope you'll come back soon.
Sharon xx

13 Mar 2016

Playing with glass beads

Hello. How is your weekend going?
I've been busy in my craft room this weekend.  Well, where else would anyone want to be? 
When looking through my stash for some inspiration I came across some teeny tiny glass beads that I bought ages ago and thought I'd blow the dust off them and give them an outing, so to speak.

After I'd finished coughing and sneezing these are what I came up with:
For the mainly green card with the wreath I'm entering that into:
the 52 Christmas Card Countdown challenge. where the March colour challenge is Green and White
I've also used the sketch over at CAS Colours and Sketches and this is my second entry there.
For the mainly white card with the tree I'm entering this into  Simply Create Too challenge which is Use Green Only
Can't believe how far I'm getting ahead with the old Christmas cards this year! These two cards bring the count to 16. Hopefully I'll have enough ready to post to the UK in plenty of time for Christmas.
Ok - time for the close-up shots and details.
Don't you just love the texture and sparkle of those glassy beads?
 Items used on the mainly green card:
Penny Black Adornment wooden stamp
Woodware Traditional Greetings sentiment stamp
Versamark with Personal Impressions Opaque White embossing powder
Detail glue and micro glass beads
Items used on the mainly white card:
Penny Black Majestic wooden stamp
Woodware Traditional Greetings sentiment stamp
Adirondak ink - Bottle
Detail glue and micro glass beads
Well, I'm off to try to sweep up all the little beads that got away and are currently on my floor and work surface - pesky things.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again tomorrow.
Sharon xx

12 Mar 2016

Less is More #267

Good Morning LIMettes! 
Well another week has flown by and here we are at the dreaded One Layer Week
at Less is More and the theme is a Sentiment Focus.
so let the sentiment take centre stage!
We have a fabulous Guest Designer joining us this week
and it is Irina from http://www.scrapbookingblog.ru/ 
Do hop over to see the wonderful card she has made for the challenge.
My first DT item is fabulously colourful.
I just had to have a play with the new distress crayons that landed on my mat this week
 (I wonder who ordered them?.....hahahaha).

The Theresa Collins sentiment was stamped in Archival jet black ink and quickly heat embossed with Ranger Superfine detail clear embossing powder. The outside of the card was masked off with post-it notes so that only the sentiment block was visible. Next came the fun part. Distress crayons from Set 1 were scribbled in random places over the sentiment and then smudged and blended with my fingers. Finally, leaving the post-its in place, the sentiment block was inked with Versamark and clear heat embossed a couple of times.
As I like to enter a few challenges, that one is for Addicted to Stamps and more for the CAS challenge

For my next DT card I have gone all Clarity once again as this is one of my favourite sentiments.

A post-it note, cut down to size for the sentiment was plonked (very technical crafty terminology!) in the middle of the card blank and then the small curled ClarityStamps feather was randomly stamped in Versamark Dazzle Frost around the outside. That ink gives a lovely sheen in real life but the camera doesn't pick it up.  The post-it was removed, a stamp positioner lined up and then I masked off and stamped each line separately to get the two-tone effect. The inks used for that are Wild Plum and Stream Adirondacks.

This one is for Through The Craftroom Door, Anything Goes challenge

Then I came across my old peg stamps that I bought years and years ago. I also found a freebie sentiment from Craft Stamper magazine (again....many years old!) so I made a quick card in tones of green using those.

The sentiment was stamped in London Fog Memento to give the shadow, and then stamped again in Bottle Adirondak, slightly to the right and up from the grey stamping. The Habico Tropical Flowers peg stamps were inked and randomly stamped in a selection of inks: Adirondacks...Bottle, Meadow, Lettuce and Distress Inks... Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn and Lucky Clover. Finally little blobs of stardust stickles were randomly added to give some interest and shine.

This is for Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
And Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Bit O' Green

Then I decided to play with a Papertrey Ink sentiment.

The sentiment was inked up in Wild Plum Adirondak. The tiny flowers and butterfly came from The Secret Garden Graphic 45 sets. Initially I hadn't stamped the faded butterfly at the top, but I thought the card was missing something. Hmmm...not so sure now I have blogged it.

This is for Cards In Envy which are showcasing Beautiful Butterflies this week

Phew! What a Marathon!!!!
Well, that's it from me.
Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by, it was good to see you.
Please let me know which card is your favourite. :-)
Sharon xx

11 Mar 2016

An afternoon's colouring

Hello there!
Thanks for popping by
I'm here to share a card created from a little colouring session I had yesterday afternoon.
 Oh err! that's a close shot isn't it. But hopefully it picks up the sparkle on the purple flowers.
I've used the sketch from CAS colours and Sketches #164 and as the rules say you can change a square element to a rectangle element, this card should fit
I'd also like to enter this into
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything goes

I just loved this stamp from chocolate baroque. It was like having a little colouring page that I can use over and over again in different colourways.  This is a bold and bright version but I think the next time I'll use a more subtle, delicate pastel colour palette.  I love the bright colours though.

One of the interesting thigs was not knowing what affect the glossy accents would have on the distress pens...would they change colour? (Yes they did).

I used a ton of glossy accents to give the panel some depth and texture....you can see them drying here:

Items used:
Chocolate Baroque stamp - Baroque Orchids
Distress Markers:Peacock Feathers, Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke.
Clear Star Gelli Roll pen
Signo uniball gold pen
Inkssentials glossy accents.
No sentiment yet because I'm waiting for the right one to arrive in the post...yay! happy mail!
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.
See you again tomorrow :-)
Sharon xx