28 May 2016

Less is More 278 - Time for a Sketch

Good morning. Thanks for popping by. 
It's Saturday again and that means it is time to introduce the new Less is More challenge and this week we have a sketch for you to follow.

As usual my teamies have worked their magic and there is some fabulous inspiration on the challenge blog - and maybe even more on their personal blogs, so do hop over for a peek.
Here is the sketch

I had fun with this sketch, even though a few of my ideas really didn't work out. I still have 3 samples for you.

First is a sunny yellow card. Yellow always makes me feel happy.

I cut a piece of linen card using Sizzix Lables Twenty.  I dusted a little squeezed lemonade around the edges of the die cut whilst it was still in the die.

The image is one of the stamps from the Chocolate Baroque Floral Bouquet stamp set. It was coloured with distress markers.

The sentiment comes from the same stamp set and both were inked up in Peeled Paint distress ink.

I cut a diagonal strip out of the front of the card blank and placed the image so that the 3d pads were on both sides of the cut out strip, then I added the sentiment over the top.

Next is a get well card that I made for my friend with the broken ankle.

I randomly sponged peacock feathers, salty ocean and mowed lawn distress inks through a Claritystamp stencil directly onto the card blank, having first masked off the area I wanted to keep white.

With the stencil and mask in place, I sprayed a Tattered Angels glimmer mist in marshmallow to give the panel a pearlescent sheen.

The fancy silver butterfly came in a set of dies that I got when I bought my Big Shot Plus.  I made a backing for the butterfly by cutting a shape out of gold card by hand.

The sentiment was die cut in the same card using Tattered Lace dies.

Finally I had a play with vellum.

The background panel uses a ClarityStamps groovi border to get the ribbon effect along the edge.

The daisy is a Stamps by Chloe stamp inked up in versamark and heat embossed with Wow Sparkling Snow embossing powder.

The sentiment is a Papertrey Ink one and it was heat embossed with an opaque white embossing powder.

I hope you like my little cards today. Thank you so much for popping over and I hope to see you again very soon.
Sharon xx

21 May 2016

Less is More 277 - Theme Something That Pops or Bangs

Hello there.
Yikes! another week has flown by.
It's been a funny old week. A friend broke her ankle so I've been visiting her in hospital and ferrying other non-driving friends around to visit her too. Amazing that most of the wedding bits and pieces I had to do got finished really. Having worked like a trooper,  I've only got the table plan and a few favour boxes to finish - oh! and a wedding card of course (mustn't forget that, eh?). 
Anyway, enough waffle. 
It's time to reveal the latest Less is More challenge
and this week is going to be a fun week because our theme is
something that pops or bangs.
Once again I managed 3 cards for inspiration.

This first one uses one of the stamps from the Penny Black Twelve Days of Christmas set (seven swans a-swimming).

I spotted the swimming ring with its sticking plaster already on it, so it has popped once already!

It was inked in memento ink and stamped onto linen card. The image was coloured with normal colouring pencils! You know, the sort that you buy children. I like the way they look on linen card.

The sentiment is computer generated and a little faux stitching was added to finish the card off.

This second card literally goes with a bang. 

The 'bang' stamp is from Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz crazy thoughts and it was coloured with yellow and berry red promarkers to give that comic book feel.

I used an inverted corner rounder on the main panel and raised it onto the yellow card blank.

 I was really brave and wrote the sentiment by hand. eeek!

Finally, I hope this one is a bit more classy. I love that rich deep pink card.

 The balloon stamps are from Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bird Crazy set and they have been gold heat embossed onto matt gold card.

The strings were hand drawn with a zig emboss calligraphy pen and then heat embossed in gold directly onto the card blank.

The tiny '50' is a tattered lace die cut.

Can't wait to see what you all come up with this week. There are some fun cards from the rest of the DT on the challenge blog, and probably more on their personal blogs too.
Thanks so much for your visit today.
And thank you to all you kind people that leave a little comment - it really means a lot. I know it's sometimes taken me a little time to get back to you recently but hopefully this week I'm back on top of the game again.
Sharon xx

14 May 2016

Less is More week 276 - One Layer Challenge At Sea

A very good day to you! Are you well?
I'm soooo busy at the moment. There's only 3 weeks to go before I have to sail home for my eldest daughter's wedding ....... and I'm still doing the wedding favours, place settings, table plan, menus and order of services! eeek! It'll all get done in time though I'm sure. Will give you a peek at them once the  wedding is all over with.

Anyway, it's yet another Saturday and it is time for our newest
which this week is our One Layer week
and the theme is At Sea.

Hmmm......not a subject that I would normally use on a card, but I did have fun creating three cards for your inspiration.
So, at sea I found:
 a pirate,
some shells (okay, they were at the bottom of the sea)
and some sailing boats.

First up I have a little pirate boy card. Isn't he a cute image?  I wanted to get the feeling of a comic book so I went for plain colouring without any shading.

The stamp set is Efco Creative Emotions stamp set but I couldn't find the name on the packaging. I stamped (in memento onyx black) and masked the pirate, and then stamped the parrot so that it perched on his hat.

It was coloured in Promarkers

The sentiment is Woodware playtime.

I would like to enter this into
Fab n Funky challenge - for a child
Moving along with the times - Man or Boy

Next I made a little notelet with seashells.

The stamp is rubber Stampede Seashells.

It was coloured in promarkers, glittered with a wink of stella and finally covered in glossy accents.

I would like to enter this into Addicted to Stamps and More - holiday (well, seashells always make me think of holidays)

Finally my boats and the sentiment ("You can't change the wind, you can however adjust your sails") are Wax Fruit Company digis. 

The sails of the boats were coloured in gelliroll pens which gives them a lovely sparkle.

The sea and sky were very lightly coloured in markers so that they didn't bleed through to the back.

I would like to enter this into the male room challenge - Transport
DRS designs - It's a guy thing

Hope you will pop over to the challenge blog to see the magic that my teamies have created with this theme; there are some beautiful cards for your inspiration.
Thank you so much for popping by.
Sharon xx

7 May 2016

Less is More week 275 - Colour Challenge

Hello there.
How are you all doing?
Thank you so much for popping by.

Before I get to my DT cards for today, I'd like to wish one of my fellow teamies a

Yes, today is Anita's birthday so...

Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Anita,
Happy birthday to yooooouuuuu

 I hope that you will all pop over to her blog to wish her a happy birthday too.  I'm sure she would be over the moon to see you.

Right, now the cats have finished singing (yowl!!!) let's get back to today's challenge.

Today I'm here with our latest Less is More challenge which is colour week. The colours we'd like to see are
Pastel Colours.

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So, what did I make this week for your inspiration?
These cards...

Up first is a monochromatic card in a pastel blue. 
The free stamp from Craft Stamper April 2016 magazine was inked in versamark on white linen card and then heat embossed with Papermania clear embossing powder.
A sponge dauber was used to create a misty blue background to the flower using Versacolour 19 Cyan.
The flower panel was cut out and attached to a hand pricked panel with 3d foam pads and the hand pricked panel was attached to the card base with 3d foam too. 
No sentiment added yet, I will wait for the right occasion before adding it.

This next card took a little longer to complete. 
A panel was masked off on the left hand side and Sweet Poppy Stencil Dimensions Translucent paste was applied through a Clarity Stencils mask.
This was left to dry overnight.
Pan Pastels is Yellow Ochre Tint, Permanent Green Tint and Violet Tint were applied over the dried and still masked off panel.
The Pan Pastels were also used on the Marianne Creatables LR0224 die sentiment to match it in. 3 sequins were randomly added too.

Finally, the front of a double sided pearlescent card base was trimmed back slightly and corners rounded, then on a masked off area of the back part of the card Archival Brilliance Inkpad in Twighlight was swiped.
The image is Anenome Corner dinkie by Indigo Blu, inked in the same brilliance inkpad.

Well, that's if from me for this week.  Please hop over to the challenge blog to see the magic created by my fellow teamies. 
Please leave me a little comment to let me know that you've been here.
Sharon xx