25 Nov 2017

Less is More #356 - Let it shine!

Hi everyone. Hope you are all well. Unfortunately I ended up in hospital this week (don't worry, I'm fine!) so the video that I've made of making this light up card has not been edited yet. I'll get round to it as soon as I can. Promise!

So, as you may have guessed from the header, this week at Less is More our recipe is to:

The challenge is about using anything that shines, shimmers, sparkles or glistens so there are loads of products you can  use.

Ha ha! You can tell by the fab inspiration on the challenge blog which ones of the design team were taught how to make light up cards at our recent Happy Little Stampers craft retreat. Well, you have to put new skills into practice, don't you? You can see the lovely Kylie's video of how to make the circuits for these cards by clicking HERE

I have 3 Christmas cards for you today.

1) Light-up Card

What better way to 'Let it Shine' than by making a light up card?  These cards are fun to make but the lights themselves can be a little expensive. Even though I took these photos in bright daylight, the lights still show up fantastically well in the smaller photo.

This is my representation of the Christmas sky that Santa flies across.

I'm entering this card into the following 4 challenges:
As You Like it challenge: Your favourite Christmas colour and why. Well, mine is this combination of bluey greens and purples because I ALWAYS end up making my cards with those colours even though I promise myself I'll do something different! HERE'S A LINK to last year's main card design to prove it!
Cute Card Thursday #505 - Stars! (well, I think the lights are cute!)
Southern Girls Challenge (17 Nov) - Let's get inky
The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Challenge #19 - Anything Goes

As I said - a full video of me making this card will be available shortly, so if you subscribe to my YouTube channel you will get an alert when it is ready, but in the meantime Kylie shows you how to make the circuits HERE

STAMPS: Visible Image Universal and sentiment from Visible Image Shining Bright
INKS: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Stains: Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers
OTHER: White Card, Lithium Battery, Copper Conductive adhesive tape, Chibitronics lights, Foam Pads and tape, Pricking tool, Pencil (for drawing the circuit).

2) Joy to the World

Next up is a glittery stencilled card.

I'm adding this to:

Atlantic Hearts - Sketch 239 - I turned it upside down

Crafting by designs November - Get ready for Christmas
Starz Stamps challenge - Add some sparkle

I took a stencil and blended distress ink through it. Before removing the stencil I pressed a Versamark clear embossing ink pad through it, then removed the stencil and added the embossing glitter and heat embossed. A strip was adhered to a panel and some score lines added each side of it. Then a simple sentiment, a die cut and some gems finished the design.

STAMPS: PaperTrey Inc
DIES: Wild Rose Studios poinsettia corner
INKS: Distress Inks, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar. Memento London Fog, VersaMark clear embossing ink
OTHER: ClarityStamps stencil, Wow! Cha Cha Cha embossing glitter. Pearlescent Card, White card, Foam tape. Gems


3) Sparkling Non-Traditional Christmas

Here's another non traditional coloured Christmas card. This has one of my favourite techniques, the bokeh effect, which reminds me of the shine from coloured Xmas tree lights when you squint at them. The other shine on this card comes from the sparkly embossing powder.

This one is for:
Craft Rocket challenge #43: Christmas is coming!
The Merry Christmas Challenge #44 - Anything Goes plus Christmas
Watercooler Wednesdays #146 - All about Christmas

STAMPS: Happy Little Stampers Mix Mash and Everyday Sentiments sets
INKS: Versamark clear. VersaColor white ultimate pigment ink. Distress inks: abandoned coral, picked raspberry, spun sugar, mustard seed, squeezed lemonade
OTHER: Papermania tinsel gold embossing powder, raspberry, yellow and white card, bling bling gems.


Okay, that's it from me - I'm off for a lie down now (doctors orders to rest up). I hope you like these cards and that they inspire you to enter the challenge this week.
Hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

23 Nov 2017

Sister Tag

Hi there. I'm popping on here today to share a fun tag that I made with my Visible Image stamps.

I don't usually make tags but when I do, I completely cover the tag with layers of ink. I love all the rich, warm colours on this one.

Here's how to make it.

Stamp the profile image and words (links to the stamps are below) with clear Versamark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

TIP: Be sure to choose the smoother side of the water colour paper for stamping. If you choose the bumpy side it is difficult to get a full image.

Wet the watercolour card and pounce distress stains randomly on the card. Whilst drying spritz with some water droplets. Using the Cosmic Skies stencil, brush through it with carved pumpkin (on the yellow parts) and candied apple (on the orange parts) around the face image.

Next brush through the Fibres stencil with rusty hinge distress ink. Then randomly add parts of the Sister Definition words inked up in rusty hinge distress ink, and random bits of the splodgy parts of the face image in candied apple distress ink.

Cut the embossed part of the inked watercolour card into a tag shape and blend vintage photo distress ink around the edges. Add co-coordinating coloured ribbons and 3 co-ordinating heart charms.

On the leftover pieces of inked watercolour card, draw round some stars from the Stars and Stripes stencil and fussy cut them. Add the cut out stars to the tag using varying heights of 3d foam pads. The final touch is to dot gold stickles around the areas of stars.


Stamps & Stencils Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the individual stamps and stencils in the online store):
https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/sister-definition/   https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/no-space-for-dreams/  

https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/cosmic-skies/   https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/fibres/

Other Supplies:

Watercolour Card, Ribbons, Charms, Versamark clear ink, Wow! ultra bright white embossing powder, Gold Stickles, Distress spritzer, Distress Stains (mustard seed, carved pumpkin, candied apple) Distress Inks (carved pumpkin, rusty hinge, candied apple, vintage photo).

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps #157 - Use more than one stamp
Crafty Calendar Challenge November challenge - Autumn colours
Crafty Cardmakers #200 - Anything but a card
HeARTful Stamping Challenge Nov19-26 - Anything Goes + a stamp
International Art and Soul #21 - Autumn Colours

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges

I hope you like this tag and are inspired to make one of your own.Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

18 Nov 2017

Less is More #355 - Case Susan's Card

Hello there. Gosh, that 2 weeks has just flown by and I've been enjoying myself in the UK. In fact, I only fly back home this evening. So as I've been away I only have the one card for you today. 

The theme at Less is More challenge is a fun one because it is Susan's birthday today so we are casing a card that she made. 
Happy Birthday Susan!

And here is the card Susan made for us to CASE

And this is my CASE. Yes, she comes out every Christmas and this year is no exception! I adore this Lili of the Valley image and as soon as I saw Susan's card I knew I had to use her and team her up with that Clearly Besotted sentiment stamp. It's like they were made for each other!

STAMPS: Lili of the Valley - It's my party (I have the old rubber version), Clearly Besotted - Laugh out loud
INKS: Memento Tuxedo Black, Adirondak Red Pepper
OTHER: Distress markers (colours are too numerous to mention), Stardust Stickles, 3d foam pads, tiny star confetti, white card.

I’m entering this into:
Addicted to Stamps & More! #268 - Holiday
The Merry Christmas Challenge #43 - Anything goes + Christmas
The Holly And the Ivy Challenge #19 - Anything Christmas Goes
Craft Rocket Challenge #43 - Christmas is coming
Simply Create Too #133 - CAS

There's some wonderful inspiration over at the challenge blog from the design team. And if you visit them they may even have a bonus card or two on their personal blogs.

That's it from me for now. I hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.


9 Nov 2017

Imperfection is Beauty

Hello there. I'm here today to share a card I made with some brilliant Visible Image stamps.

Crikey! This card is something very different to the beautiful, colourful and inky creations the rest of the design team are making (and I will make in the future). But, I thought I would dare to be different and make a really classic card to show that these stamps look amazing with both a non-inky treatment as well as in amazing colours. I haven't really seen the Visible Image stamps used in this classic way before so hopefully it may spark your imagination to try something similar with their other stamp sets. Mind you, I must admit I am really looking forward to using this set with vibrant colours too!

Anyway, hopefully I've hit an elegant note with this one?

This card is so easy to make and you don't need a ton of supplies so it's very easy on your budget.

The flower and sentiment come from the Imperfection is Beauty Visible Image stamp set. I stamped the filled-in flower 3 times onto black glossy card stock with clear versamark ink and heat embossed in Stampendous Pirate Gold embossing powder.

One stamped image was used for the background, another I cut freehand to make the raised 3d flower and on the final image  I cut around the centre.  The cut flower was curled carefuly with a bone folder. You have to be careful to avoid cracking the heat embossing. It was attached directly onto the background flower and the centre was added popped up on a 3d foam pad.

TIP: if your black cardstock has a white core, you can cover the white edges up by running a black sharpie pen around the cut areas.

Here's a close-up.

The sentiment from the same set was stamped and embossed in the same way onto another piece of black glossy card and this was matted onto a card base made from a brushed gold piece of card folded and cut to create a 15cm x 15cm card blank. 

I finished the inside by using the small flower from the same stamps set and a sentiment from the Go To Words set and heat embossing those in pirate gold too.

Stamps Used

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/imperfection-is-beauty/      https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/go-to-words/

Other Supplies:
Versamark clear ink, Stampendous pirate gold embossing powder, black glossy cardstock, brushed gold card, 3dfoam pad.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafting from the heart #182 - Anything Goes
Creates and Makes #16 - Anything goes
HeARTful challenges Nov 5-Nov12 - Anything goes + a stamp. My first time playing here as this is a new challenge site for me!
Simply Create Too November - CAS. My first time playing here too. I don't normally get to play along with Friday challenges.
That's Crafty - Forever Floral
Through The Craft Room Door 7th Nov week - Anything goes


Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges

That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

4 Nov 2017

Less is More #353 & 354 - Fireworks (colours)

Hi there. Wow! November, eh? Where on earth has that last month gone? Today I'm here to introduce the first challenge of November at Less is More.

It's a COLOUR challenge and we want to see firework colours.  This challenge is going to last for 2 weeks because some of the LIM design team are attending a craft retreat next weekend. So there is plenty of time to get your entries in.


As it is a new month, we have a new sponsor for the whole of November.


And our guest designer for this challenge is the fantastic Birgit! She has made a stunning card for us and you can see it HERE. Please pop over to leave her some blogging love.

Also, if you head over to the challenge blog you'll find some fantastic inspiration from the design team - and maybe even a few bonus cards on their personal blogs.

I did some research on firework colours and it turns out that you can get them in all the main colours of the rainbow - so happy days!

I have 3 cards for you today.

1) Fireworks!

I immediately thought of firework images rather than colours when I started making my cards for this challenge, so I have to show you my first make. It is made with pounced & watercoloured distress stains representing the colours of the fireworks and firework shapes in various shades of WOW! sparkly embossing powder. What's not to love about this?

I may have pushed our 'clear white space' requirement to the very edge here, so I may get told off about this one, but the colours make me so happy I had to share it.

I'm entering this card into
Addicted to Stamps and More! #266 - Anything Goes
Ikesworld Challenges (It's the 100th challenge!!) - Celebrations
Tuesday Throwdown #367 - Watercolour

STAMPS: Clearly Besotted Dandelion Dreams
DIES: Tim Holtz Celebration words script
INKS: Versamark clear.  
Distress Stains: mustard seed, ripe persimmon, festive berries, picked raspberry, salty ocean, lucky clover
OTHER: Wow! embossing powders: metallic brass sparkle, metallic gold sparkle, metallic copper sparkle. White card, watercolour paper

2) Glittering Christmas

For the next card I wanted to have a vast expanse of clear white space. I also wanted to capture the glitteringness (hmm, that's probably not even a word, is it?) of fireworks along with their colours so I heat embossed the tree in  glittering gold. That adds a lovely 'bling' to Christmas cards so I didn't even need to use the stickles that I had planned to add to each of the promarker coloured circles. 

I'm adding this into:
Crimbo Crackers #144 - Quick and Easy to make
I love Promarkers #346 - Show Us Some Sparkle
Wow! embossing powder November Challenge - Christmas

STAMPS: Penny Black Twinkling
DIES: Die'Sire Merry Christmas
INKS: Versamark clear
OTHER: Papermanis Tinsel Gold embossing powder, Promarkers (Berry Red, Mandarin, Canary, Grass, Aegean, Purple) white card, Foam tape

3) Butterfly Thanks

I've been making a lot of 'square' and 'rectangle' layouts recently so I wanted to make a circular one for a change....with some butterflies. These are shop bought butterflies simply coloured with promarkers and glittered with glamour dust. (yes, I did sparkle for a week after making that card!)

This one is for:
CCEE Stampers Challenge #1744 - Thanksgiving or Card of Thanks
Craftaholics R Us #43 - Thank You
Crafty Creations #353 - Anything Goes

DIES: Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script, Lawn Fawn Stitched Circles
OTHER: Hobbycraft paper pearl white butterflies, Promarkers in Yellow, Mango, Berry Red, Grass, True Blue & Purple, Quickie Glue Pen, Crystal glamour dust, Corner rounder punch, White card

Well, that's it from me for now. Thanks for popping by, and I hope to see you again soon

Sharon xx

3 Nov 2017

Exciting news!


Crikey - I've been on pins waiting to announce this since I was first contacted by Helen and Mark.  Happy dancing?? Oh yes ...... I think I have worn my flooring out ;-)

Anyway, I'm thrilled, delighted and extremely excited to announce that I made it onto the Visible Image Stamps design team


The announcement is now up on their blog HERE

It was a complete leap of faith in applying because I wasn't sure my CAS style was what Helen and Mark were looking for...but they said 'yes'. 

Now I can't wait to get started using their fabulous stamps and stencils. Stay tuned!

Sharon xx