25 Jun 2016

Less is More 282 - Stencil

Hello. It's so nice to see you here today.
Have you come to see the latest Less is More challenge?  Yes? Well before I get to that.....

.... I would like to say a very warm hello to the latest member of our LIM design team. She is such a talented lady and all you LIMettes will definitely know her from the amazing commenting that she has been doing for weeks on all the LIM entries. 

Yes, it is Esther, from The Carnelian Wood blog.
Welcome to the team Esther. I for one can't wait to see what you come up with each week.
Right, this week our recipe is to use
And remember that we still love to see loads of yummy white space.
My teamies have created lots of magic this week so do pop over to the challenge blog to take a peek.
I bet most of you were thinking that I cheated this week with the DT sample I made for the challenge blog, aren't you? 
I honestly didn't cheat. I wanted all my 3 samples this week to be a little different from brushing ink through a stencil. Hopefully these will inspire you to use your stencils in different ways.
I used a technique called 'doodle embossing'.

I picked the largest flower from the Clarity Stamps Flower Power stencil (7x7inch) for this technique. 
I attached my piece of vellum to the back of the stencil making sure that I offset the flower on the corner, then drew around the outline with a ZIG clear embossing pen.

Then I doodled lines inside the flower petals and doodled a bit of scribble in the flower centre.
I heat embossed this with WOW Metallic Brass Sparkle embossing powder. Then I repeated the process at the other corner.
The sentiment is from Clarity Stamps too and this was stamped in versamark and heat embossed in the same WOW powder.
A photo corners punch was used to attach two of the corners and the vellum was secured with a bit of DST behind the flower centres on the other two corners.

I am entering that first card into Sparkle n Sprinkle challenge - use loose glitter
Now I have my quickie card (well, if you ignore the drying time it is a quickie).
I took a Dreamweaver metallic stencil by Lynell Harlow No LM156 and attached it to my card blank.

I masked off all 4 sides of the stencil and then spread Sweet Poppy dimensions paste in a pearlescent colour through the stencil.

 I removed the stencil and left the card to dry overnight.
The sentiment is a die from Marianne Creatables No LR0224. It was cut out in white card and the I ran a quickie glue pen over it and added crystal glamour dust to it.  Simples!
This final card took a while to do. 

I would like to enter this into City Crafter Challenge - white and bright (my inspiration for the bright came from the tulip colours and yellow handle in the inspiration photo.

Here I used the Abstract Squares 2 stencil (7x7 inch) by Clarity Stamps  to create the backing.

 I drew around each shape with gelly roll pens ( Green star, Marine star, Red star and an unnamed yellow one) to create a border on the card blank. I did have to manoeuvre the stencil to find shapes to fit so that it filled the backing to the edges of the card blank. Then I coloured all the shapes in.
I added a piece of white card on 3d pads to create a mat.
The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps (Birthday Sentimentables die set). I cut it out twice in white card and coloured one in with the gelly roll pens.  I stuck both of the die cuts together to create a bit of dimension on the card and stuck them to the white mat.
Well, I hope you have got some inspiration from these pieces.
As usual, please leave me a little comment to let me know that you have been and I'll come to see what you have been up to.
Sharon xx

18 Jun 2016

Less is More 281 - Faux Bleach

Hi there. Are you well?

Gosh! Where on earth has that last week disappeared to? It seems like you blink and the week has just gone!
Well, it's time for another Less is More challenge
and this week is Theme Week
so we'd like you to use the
faux bleaching technique.
Well, being a technique junkie, and not having tried this particular one before I can say that I absolutely loved it!  I had to look up a couple of videos on YouTube to find out how to do it, but once I started there was absolutely no stopping me. 

Here is one of the links to a video by Sherry Cheever

3 cards to share this week.
2 using distress sprays and a final one that uses alcohol inks.
This first card is a fun one!
 I'm entering this first one into Get Creative Challenges - Bingo (I used Stamp, Black and Sentiment)
and Cards In Envy - Masculine
An Efco transparent stampset called smileys was used to create the panel. The smileys were stamped in versamark and clear heat embossed using UTEE. Then Distress Sprays in picked raspberry, mustard seed and carved pumpkin were sprayed randomly on the panel. The panel was covered with a couple of sheets of kitchen roll and ironed. That removed the clear embossing giving the faux bleach look.
Another smiley was stamped onto spare card in archival black ink and coloured with mustard seed distress crayon.  The tag die came with my Big Shot Plus machine, and the Papertry Ink sentiment was added with the Archival black ink and coloured with the same distress crayon. The mat behind the panel was also coloured in the same colour and everything was raised onto 3d foam pads.
My second card has a bit more of a dreamy feel to provide a contrast to the bold card above.

I'm entering this second card into stamping sensations - feature a creature
CAS on Sunday - butterflies

A panel was masked off on the front of the card blank, and Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz collection called 'Watercolour' was used (that stamps set has lots of butterflies in it) to be clear embossed - this time I tried Ranger Ultrafine clear embossing powder because not everyone has UTEE.
TIP: Before spraying the panel, I placed a craft sheet inside the card blank to protect the inside/back of the card.
The panel was sprayed with broken china, dusty concord and mermaid lagoon. Again, the clear embossing was ironed off with using kitchen roll to protect the iron.
I did make a little bit of a mess at the edge of the panel - so that was easily covered up by adding a very thin piece of ribbon to neaten the edge up.
Another butterfly was stamped in broken china on a spare piece of card and then cut out to adhere to the front of the card.
The sentiment is from a tattered lace die cut set. 
And Finally

  I had to try out the alcohol ink version of faux bleach. 

I'm not sure that you can call the coloured panel "white space" - so this has probably pushed the boundaries of CAS to the extreme.
 But I LOVE this card
and I am sending it to my father for Father's Day
so I am sharing it with you anyway. 

I'm entering this one into Crafty Boots Challenge - Masculine
and Die Cutting Divas - Father's Day
The trees image is from a stamp set by Chocolate Baroque called Woodland Dreams. This was heat embossed with clear embossing powder onto shiny cardstock.  It was then pounced with alcohol inks in lettuce, meadow and citrus.  This time I had to use a piece of cardstock as the barrier between the iron and the artwork.
The sentiment is from DieSire. a couple of the corners were rounded and the panel was raised on 3d foam pads.
Hope you liked all my cards today. Thanks for sticking with the post to the end!  I can't wait to see what you come up with this week.

(I did make one other card to share as a third sample but it didn't turn out quite the way I imagined it. I don't think this technique showed the stamp off properly, so I decided to pull that one from this post. I will use the beautiful stamp when I return to Portugal so that you can see how gorgeous it actually is).

The rest of the design team have surpassed themselves this week so do take a look at the challenge blog and their personal blogs for more inspiration.
Now that life has calmed down for me (after the wedding - which went superbly) I have time to get back to visiting all your blogs again. So, please leave me a little comment and I will return the favour and come to see your blog too.

Sharon xx

11 Jun 2016

Less is More 280 - Splatters

Good Morning! Are you well?
Oh my gosh! I am SOOOOO excited today. Why?  It's my daughter's wedding day. Can't believe it is actually here!  And boy! did I underestimate how much was left to do last week before we could get to this big day? Youbetcha!

We hit the ground running when we arrived back in the UK and have not stopped since! Still, some time tomorrow things should start to return to normal.
But that's not why you are here, is it?  You want to know about the new
 Less is More challenge, don't you?
It's our One Layer week and we want to see that one layer teamed up with splatters.
We have been very privileged to receive a stencil that Shery from Stamplorations has designed specifically for this challenge. It is a terrific stencil and it would have been rude not to use it,
wouldn't it?
This first card has a sentiment that I generated in Microsoft Publisher. The fonts I used are Dragline BTN Dm and GrutchShaded.  It was a little tricky getting the colours in 'ART' to match up to the distress inks I used on the splatters - but I got there in the end.
The splatters are from the ARTplorations ART SPLATTERS stencil that Shery designed for us.
I used distress markers in salty ocean, mowed lawn and wilted violet to draw round the shapes in the stencil, then I coloured them in fully.
I wanted the paint drips to be tactile with a lot of dimension so I had to add some glossy accents to do this.
TIP: as distress ink reacts and changes colours when glossy accents are applied - use a versamark clear embossing pen and clear embossing powder to heat emboss and seal the distress ink colours before you apply the glossy accents.
My next card is a quicky one to make.

I used a word from one of the ClarityStamps word chain sets, stamped it in Abandoned Coral distress ink and heat set it with clear embossing powder.
Then I brushed through the Artplorations ART SPLATTERS stencil with a stencil brush in squeezed lemonade and worn lipstick distress inks,
To give the splatters and words a bit of a 3d look, I went around part of the edges with a pumice stone distress marker.
Finally, I used a splatters stamp from The Greetings Farm on this last card.

 I masked off a panel on the card blank and then stamped in red pepper, rust and sunshine yellow Adirondacks.

I drew a line in hicory smoke distress marker down each side of the panel to give the impression of depth.

Then I used another variation of the Stamplorations Journey clear stamps set sentiment (from last week's sentiment) inked in tuxedo black memento ink and then clear embossed the sentiment.
Please head over to the challenge blog to see what amazing items the rest of my teamies have made.
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Sharon xx

4 Jun 2016

Less is More 279 - Use Some Purple

Hi there.
How are you on this fine day?  Enjoying your weekend, I hope.
Well, it's Saturday, it's 8 o'clock and its time for a new
The challenge we are introducing you to today is a nice colour challenge:
Use some Purple.
This month we have 2 sponsors
As usual I have a trio of cards to share with you today.
First up is a card that uses a Stamplorations clear stamp set. This is going to be a really useful set to use because there are lots of journey related phrases to be made from the elements in the set.

A Tim Holtz ideaology mini mask called Compass was adhered to a  piece of white linen card and seedless preserves distress ink was brushed over it using one of those brushes that Clarity Stamps sell.

Then one of the phrases from the stamplorations clear stamp set called Journey was inked in seedless preserves on another piece of cardstock and I cut round the sentiment. 

Both items were fixed to the card blank with 3d foam pads.

I'm entering this one into:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Monochrome
Crafty Cardmakers #165 - Monochrome

Next is a Christmas themed card. Very simple to make.

A piece of card was embossed with the eBosser Regency embossing folder. I thought it looked a bit like Christmas baubles which is why I turned it into a Christmas card.

A purple ribbon and bow were added to that embossed card to make it look like a present.

A tiny Christmas sentiment was added using the Marianne Design Collectables sentiment and die set No COL1325. It was inked in Memento Grape Jelly.

Finally some sequins were added for a little bit of bling and the whole 'present' was mounted onto a card blank using 3d foam tape.

I'm entering this into:
Cuttlebug Mania challenge - embossing
Craft-Dee BowZ monthly challenge - Anything goes with a handmade bow.

Now, this last one may not strictly be CAS (or at least certainly not CAS enough for a LIM DT card) as there is a little too much going on.
 I do struggle with keeping a good deal of white space - and I'm sure there are lots of other people who struggle like me. Anyhow, I liked the way this card turned out so I decided to share it with you anyway.

I used a piece of watercolour paper and watercolour-washed it with some picked raspberry and wilted violet distress ink to create a moody evening sky.

The houses are a Marianne Creatables die No LR0353 cut out in a deep purple card.

I added a piece of bright yellow post-it note behind the houses and then blanked out all the windows except for one house with Black soot distress marker.

The sentiment is made up from Tattered Lace words.

Well, that's it from me this week. Do hop over to our challenge blog for some magic created by the rest of the DT - and sometimes they have more inspiration on their personal blogs too.
Shortly after this post goes live I will be heading off on our 3 day road and sea trip back to the UK for the wedding.  We're taking the car with us this time so that I can stock up on crafty items we can bring back a few things we find it hard to source in Portugal. ;-)   I'm taking a laptop with me so that I can keep up with commenting on your entries into our challenge.
Thanks so much for your visit. I hope you will leave me a little comment to let me know you've been (even if it is only to tell me off for adding that last card! ha! ha!)
Sharon xx

1 Jun 2016

Country View Challenges - Crackle

How are you? Thanks so much for popping in.
Today I have something a little different to share with you.  It's a little trinket box.  
Back at the beginning of April I found out that my name had been picked out as the winner of Country View Crafts Challenge for the month of March. 
Well, if that wasn't good enough.... I was so excited and honoured to be given a guest designer slot with that challenge for this month. Fabulouso!

My item will be shown on the Country View Challenge blog on 19th June but I was asked to make this post coincide with the challenge going live.
 The theme that has been set is:

Normally, "crackle" makes me naturally head to the dark, grungy, muddy colours to show the crackle off. However, I set myself a challenge to make an inspiration piece that was light, pretty and feminine. I hope you like it. 
I made it by first painting the little box in white acrylic paint.
Once that was dried I randomly smooshed distress inks in Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Tattered Rose all over the outside of the box and lid. 
Then I took a paintbrush and with some watered down Picked Raspberry distress ink I splattered spots over the box and lid.
 Then I added a layer of Ranger crackle medium and once that was dried I worked Mermaid Lagoon distress ink into the crackles to really show them up.
To finish the piece, I glued some pearly trim around the bottom of the box, around the box lid and added a diagonal piece across the top of the box and glued some flowers and leaves into place,
So - not really a complicated piece to make but it does look so pretty in real life.
I hope you will head over to the Country View Challenges blog to see what the actual design team have made - Wow! such inspirational pieces for you to drool over.
Thanks so much for looking
Sharon xx