23 Jul 2016

Less Is More 286 and 287 - Tactile

Hello to you. Thank you for popping in today - it is lovely to see you here.
Are you well? Yes?
Ready to craft? 
I do hope so because it is time to introduce another Less is More challenge
This week we have a recipe and the challenge will run for 2 weeks.
The recipe is :
Use something tactile.
Well, I looked up several definitions of 'tactile' and here are the ones I liked.
Of or connected with the sense of touch.
Perceptible by touch or apparently so, tangible.
Designed to be perceived by touch. Pleasant to touch.
So - not as hard as you initially thought, is it? There are lots of tactile things that we crafters love to use on our creations. But remember, we do like to see lots of white space so keep it clean and simple.
 Here are my makes this week.

1. Meltpot!

Yes - you read that right!
Here's a challenge - get out those meltpots to create a tactile embellishment. Many of us have these things, but they seldom come out of the cupboard.
This was actually the very first time I got my meltpot out. I bought it years ago with the intention of using it once I had taken early retirement because then I would have time to play. (Ha! little did I know I would buy a house with half a hectare of land to garden! Time? what time?). Anyway. I can tell you that I had SO much fun with it that I wish I had played with it years ago.
I'd like to enter this into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Things with wings

So - onto the card.
In the meltpot mix up UTEE and Melt Art ink in Turquoise. If you add too much colour (like I did) you can tone it down with a bit of white UTEE.

Ink the Texture Tread mould called Winged Mosaic with versamark ink to help it release the finished piece, then brush some perfect pearls powders into the mould. I used forever green, forever blue, forever violet and turquoise.

Tip the melted and coloured UTEE onto the texture tread and let it dry. I since found out you could put something like a cookie cutter over the part of the stamp that you want to use to help you get straight edges. Ah well, my piece is more 'organic'.

A piece of silver spiders web and a few pieces of turquoise card were added behind the melt pot image and the tattered lace sentiment was cut out in the turquoise card.


2. Micro glass beads

I love using tiny glass beads on my creations because they have a wonderful texture and can feel really silky over a large area, or bumpy when over a smaller area. My creation is verging on the bumpy side.

I'd like to enter this into Crafty Creations Challenge - Ombre

A piece of card was randomly inked in Distress Inks in shaded lilac, wilted violet and picked raspberry to create an ombre effect. A double-sided adhesive sheet was added directly onto the inked surface and then it was cut out with the Altenew Thanks die.

Once it was cut out, the other piece of backing paper over the adhesive sheet was removed from the diecut to reveal the pretty ink and it was covered with Creative Expressions micro glass beads.

Some random splatters were added to the bottom corner of the card in the same shades of distress ink and the sentiment from the Altenew Halftone Thanks set was added in wilted violet.


3. Hessian or Burlap.

The weave on burlap is very pleasant to touch.  This is my quickie card.

I'd like to enter this one into Oh La La Challenge - Texture

Die cut a piece of burlap using a Sizzix Classic Hearts die.

Cut out 2 flag type banners in cream card and one in kraft card.

Add the Sweet Dixie Big Sentiments sentiment stamped in gathered twigs Distress Ink and add a pearl to the heart.


So - you have two weeks to come up with something tactile for the challenge. Don't forget that my teamies sometimes have additional inspiration on their personal blogs as well as the magic they create for the challenge post.

Kitchen Update

Couldn't finish without a kitchen update, could I?
The builder has completed all of his work now and (eeeek!) on Monday the kitchen fitter arrives to start fitting the units. I am so excited! Will also find out on Tuesday how long it will be before the stone cutter has the worktops, backsplashes and windowsill ready for fitting (final measurements will be taken on Tuesday). It's all go now!
Thanks for popping by. Hope to see you again soon.
Sharon xx

16 Jul 2016

Less is More 285 - Repetition

Hi there.

How's things with you? Good? Great!

Want to see some cards?

Okay. Let's introduce the new Less is More challenge. This week is our theme week and the theme we've chosen is

There are so many possibilities to incorporate that word.  I've used repetition in stamping, repetition in coloured stripes and repetition in die cuts. Let's hope some of these will spark your creativity too.
I did get carried away so I have 5 cards to share today. Ooops!

First is my quick and easy card.

The Altenew Halftone Hello stamp was repeat stamped in Distress Inks of candied apple, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, mowed lawn and salty ocean.

The 'birthday girl' from the same stamp set was inked in wilted violet.

The corners were punched with an inverted rounder corner punch and the panel was attached to the card blank. Simples!

It was my wedding anniversary on 8th July, so I made this next card for my hubby as he doesn't like a lot of fuss on his cards.
Ha Ha! It was only after he opened it that I thought...maybe that sentiment isn't exactly the best as it could be read ANTI-versary. That'll teach me for trying to be clever!

The sentiment was computer generated.

The tiny ants were repeat stamped in versamark onyx black and the two central ones were stamped in raspberry and sailboat blue Adirondacks.

The tiny hearts were stamped in the same colours and popped up on 3d foam pads.

The ants are from a discontinued Whimsey stamps set. It's one of the sets I received when I was on their DT many moons ago and I love using it - such a shame it was discontinued.

Next I have a repetition in stripey colours.

 A piece of card was coloured and smudged with fingers in  distress crayons of antique linen, vintage photo and walnut stain.

The panel was die cut with Altenew's halftone smile die, and a second diecut was also made in whit card to insert back into the panel.

The sentiment from the Altenew halftone smile stamp set was stamped into place directly on the Kraft card blank and heat embossed using Personal Impressions opaque white embossing powder.

A tiny piece of bakers twine was added to the panel and it was popped into place on the card with 3d foam tape.

Now another version of the repeat stripes.

This panel was coloured with distress markers in peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon, blueprint sketch and hickory smoke.

The panel was spritzed with blue raspberry perfect pearls spray to give a lovely shimmery effect.

The die is a tattered lace die, but this time I didn't inlay the die. It was really fiddly putting the centres of letters and loops back into place on this one! It was finished with a couple of pearls.

Finally one that didn't go so well.

The hearts were cut from the Tim Holtz mini bird crazy dies out of red and white card, attaching red under white and white under red to give some dimension.

A grid was marked in pencil on the card blank and the sentiment from Waltzing Mouse 'say it loud' set was stamped into place with a red papermania ink.

The hearts were attached to the card following the grid.

That's where it didn't go too well - I drew the grid to attach them on top of the lines. Silly girl! You can't rub those lines out that way.

So the tip to all of you is... if you try something like this, make sure your grid is drawn so that your elements go into the centre of the pencilled boxes - that'll be much easier to erase the lines!

Thanks for looking and please do take a look at my team mates blogs as well as the challenge site because you will find tons of inspiration from those.

Not much news on the kitchen front this week as everything has been going pretty uneventfully. The framework for the lowered ceiling has gone in. It is being lowered so that we can have 2 zones of spotlights as you can't put those into a concrete ceiling! When planning the kitchen we also decided the part of the ceiling over the new kitchen island would be lowered further so that the extractor will be at the right height. Well - I sneaked in to see all the ceiling framework one night after the builders had left and realise that my new island will be an absolute monster! It's huge! Can't wait to see it in place. I'm sure it'll be a joy to cook and prep on.

Sharon xx

9 Jul 2016

Less is More 284 - Time/Clockwork - One Layer

Hi there. Are you well?
Thanks for stopping by.

Wow! Can't believe that another week has whizzed by in a flash and we are here at Saturday again. Gosh - so much has happened this week, but more about that later.  You're here for the cards aren't you?

Today is our One Layer Week at Less is More and you all make some amazing one layer cards so I can't wait to see what you do on one layer with this week's theme:
Clockwork / Time

My first card smells just heavenly - I think I have an addiction to sniffing gilding wax!

This is a really quick and easy card to make.  The computer generated sentiment was printed onto the card blank and then it was run through an embossing machine with just one end inside the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder ( sorry, I can't remember the name of this one).

The embossed end of the card was masked off and creative expressions metallic gilding wax in patina and cast bronze was randomly smeared onto the embossing with my fingers.  Job done!

Next is a card that uses the faux bleaching technique we showcased a few weeks ago.
I'd like to enter this next one into the Take A Word challenge  where the theme is TIME.

The computer sentiment was printed onto the card, then the Papermania Urban Stamps - Beautiful Timepieces was stamped in Archival black ink. This was then heat embossed with Ranger superfine clear embossing powder.

Masking tape was applied around all four sides of the image and then the whole image was covered in a thin layer of Pergamano Tinta gold ink. Before the ink had time to set the colour was lifted out of the central watch image with a paintbrush and water.

The final step was to apply a generous dollop of glossy accents to the bleached clock face and leave it to dry.

Now for another real quickie
Two sets of Craft Stamper magazine freebie stamps were used throughout this card.

The clock face and time flies sentiment were stamped into place using Adirondack mushroom ink.

Then the wings from the other set were inked and stamped in the same ink but placed each side of the clock face.

Then highlights and lowlights were added with a polychromo white pencil and a grey spectrum noir pencil.

Finally, here is the card that I was going to put as my main DT sample but the idea is so close to what Chrissie had made, and besides, she beat me to adding the photo to our DT site - plus her version is so much more classy! ;-)

I'd like to enter this next one into the Deep Ocean challenge where the theme is Colours of Summer.

A panel was masked off at the bottom of the card, and 3 watches from Clarity Stamps were randomly stamped in the panel, with lots of masking to ensure the overlapping looked right.

The watches and background were coloured in with distress markers, then the masked off area was covered with clear Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

The sentiment is also from clarity stamps and it was inked in the corresponding distress inks to create the ombre effect. First the stamp was inked all over in the yellow, then the orange was added around the outside trying to leave some clear yellow in the centre, and finally the red was added to the outside edges. Before stamping I 'huffed' with my breath on the stamp as that helps the inks to merge a little better.

Well that's it for the cards. Please do pop over to the challenge and to my teammates' blogs to see what one layer wonders they have created this week.

If you are not interested in the waffle about the kitchen fitting then please feel free to scroll down and leave me a comment about my cards - I love to read what you have to say about them.

Kitchen update

So - I said lots have happened this week, didn't I? You do have to laugh about it all....

We cleared the kitchen down so now nearly every room in my house has some kind of kitchen equipment in it - including the fridge freezer being in the lounge (not complaining about that - it makes getting the ice for a nightcap really convenient! ha ha!)

The builders found a birds nest the size of a small car in our extractor! If the vents into the extractor from the roof were not so small I would have thought it was a stork's nest! It filled two large buckets when it was all squashed into them. Gosh! How lucky are we that the thing didn't catch fire when we were using the extractor? - I say 'using' in a very loose sense because it obviously didn't work with all that nest in there. lol.

The neighbours came flying over the next day because they thought the house was on fire. Ha ha! It was plumes of dust coming out of the kitchen doors and windows from the builders cutting through concrete - cutting out the door from my old pantry to make room for two oven housings that will be flush to the wall.
The houses are made of concrete over here - I think because it can withstand the earthquakes better and they are cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Concrete is what caused all the dust clouds!

Then came the wiring for the new lights. The poor builder was completely stumped with how the original wiring works, so he went away to think about it overnight and the next day he came back and said he would start from scratch. Can't say I blame him - we have switches at 3 different doors for one set of lights in the kitchen. You would think that if you switched the lights off at one door you would be able to switch them on at any of the other doors wouldn't you? Nah.... not in this house. If they had been switched off at the hall door neither of the other two switches would turn them on. But Yay! at least that mess will be sorted out now - happy days.

Final bit of calamity - they cut through a water pipe but that was quickly fixed.
Can't wait to see what they get up to this coming week! ;-)

Thanks so much for sticking with this post and thank you for popping by.
Hope to see you again next week
Sharon xx

2 Jul 2016

Less is More 283 - Kitchen Colours

Good Morning.
It's time for a new Less is More Challenge and this week is our color week. We'd like to see cards made using your Kitchen Colours.
As it is the first week in July we have a new sponsor for this month:
I am about to change my kitchen, in fact the builders start work in 2 days time!! Eeeek! And I only arrived back from the UK yesterday which is why I didn't have time to make more than one card this week....too busy packing up my current kitchen.

As the new, ultra modern kitchen isn't installed yet, I thought I would use the colours of my current kitchen.

The stamp is from Stamping Bella and it is called Gerbera in vase.  I wanted to make it look a bit more like the sunflowers in my kitchen, hence the colour I chose.

It was stamped onto watercolour paper in Archival Black ink.

Watercolour pencils were used to colour it in and also to add a tiny drop shadow around the vase.

Glossy accents were applied to the water part of the vase.

The sentiment from the Craft Asylum 'Into the Woods' set was inkend in Indigo Blue Versacolour.

The whole panel was raised onto a deep blue card blank with 3d foam pads.

So, I didn't quite get the white from the kitchen cupboards in, but I  did get the blue and cream from the floor tiles and the yellows and green (the stem) of the accent colours that I use in the kitchen.

Here are a couple of photos of the kitchen that is about to be ripped out.  It is very traditionally Portuguese - just look at the floor tiles! - all hand painted and worth a fortune!

And those are the sunflowers which sit just about where I was standing to take the first photo. They are the inspiration for this card.
It'll be great to see what you all make this week.
Don't forget to see what my teamies have been up to with this challenge by clicking HERE.
Thanks so much for popping by. It was lovely to see you. It would be fab if you would leave me a little comment to let me now you've been by.
Sharon xx