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

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