23 Dec 2017

Less is More360/361 - Sketch 22

Hi there. Phew! Made it to the last challenge of the year for Less is More. Yes, this is a two-weeker which is so lovely to get a bit of extra time over the Christmas break.  So, we have a sketch for you.

Head on over to the challenge blog for some fantastic inspiration from the design team.

I have 3 cards for you today and all of them took less than 15 minutes to make (if you ignore the stickles drying time on the first card!)

1) Birthday Spots

I wanted to use the inverse of the sketch for the main piece of stamping on one of my cards and this is it. I cut the panel out of white card and randomly stamped over it, adding some stickles to the centre circles on the 'starburst' type stamp for some bling. To make the pink of the card behind the sentiment match I just inked white card with the same pink colour as I'd stamped in.

I'm entering this into:
Craftaholics R Us #50 - Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenges #1 - Happy Birthday
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Party Time

STAMPS: Happy Little Stampers Mix Mash
DIES: Circle die
INKS: Versacolor 60 Celadon, 33 Pink
OTHER: Blue card, White card, Stardust stickles.

2) Planets and stars

Here I used a template to get the shape of the sketch and stamped over the corners with versamark and bright white embossing powder. Then I brushed over the areas with mermaid lagoon distress ink and softened the edges of the rounded parts. The sentiment and a star was heat embossed onto a vellum wrap. Nice and simple.

I'm popping this one in at:
Crafty Creations #357 - Anything Goes
If you gave a crafter a cookie #84 - I used the colours and the blobs for snow on the snowman cookie.

Tuesday Throwdown TT372- Anything Goes

STAMPS: Wow! 'Pop'. ClarityStamps star, the sentiment come from an umlabelled set 
INKS: Versamark clear, Mermaid lagoon distress ink
OTHER: Vellum, Wow! opaque bright white superfine embossing powder, white card.


3) Rainbow Flags for New Year

This was a really quick card to make. Simple stamping with distress markers and the job was done. The only thing that took any time was lining up the banners to extend the flags to be long enough for the card - but that is so easy to do with clear stamps!

This one is for:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Party
Starz Stamps 21 Dec - Any winter holiday
The Male Room #75 - Christmas/WinterWishes/December Celebration

STAMPS: Happy Little Stampers Birthday Friends and everyday sentiments
DISTRESS MARKERS: festive berries, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, lucky clover, blueprint sketch, wilted violet
OTHER: White card and a post-it to mask over the sentiment

That's it from me for now. It just remains for me to wish you all a
 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

and I hope to see you again in 2018

Sharon xx

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16 Dec 2017

Less is More #359 - Birds / Feathers

Hi there,

A very short and sweet post from me today as I am still chasing my tail in the run-up to Christmas. Our theme at Less is More this week is Birds / Feathers.

My card is a simple stamp it and water colour it card featuring the bird crazy stamp set. At first I only had the bird on the card but I thought he was obviously looking wistfully at something, so as my Santa sleigh stamps were all a little too large I decided to add a simple star. I wonder if his Christmas wish will come true?

I'm entering this into:
4 Crafty Chicks #381 - Christmas /Winter Critters
CAS on Friday #123 - Christmas
CRAFT Challenge  14 December - Christmas
Paperminutes #516 - Christmas Caps
The Merry Christmas Challenge #47 - Anything Goes + Christmas
The Sisterhood of Crafters - All About Christmas
Watercooler Wednesdays WWC149 - Occasions

You can see the fantastic card that our guest designer Michelle Wallace (our October winner) has made for us by clicking on her name, and if you pop over to the challenge blog  as well, all the awesome cards from the design team are there.
That's it from me for now. Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

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9 Dec 2017

Less is More #358 - One Layer Card - Candles

Hi there. I can't believe that it is time for the last one layer card challenge of 2017 at Less is More. Our fun theme is Candles or something depicting light.

There's some amazing inspiration on  the challenge blog from the design team so it is worth popping over to see that.

Time is still at a premium for me at the moment so I have just the 2 cards again for you today

1) Brushstroke Candles!

This one is for any of you that do not have a candle stamp. Here I've used a stamp that is a paint, brush or ink swipe and turned it into candles with some doodling and a little bit of bling glittery heat embossing

I'm entering this into:
Addicted to Stamps and More! #271 - Anything Goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge #48 - Anything Goes + Christmas
Try It On Tuesdays 5th December - Twinkle Twinkle (Stars / Sparkles / Glitter / Shiny things etc....)

STAMPS: Visible Image sparkle and Dare to be different. Sentiment from Jesse Edwards Home for Christmas.
INKS: Distress Inks: Festive berries, Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet. Versamark clear ink.
OTHER: Black micron pen. Wow! embossing powders: metallic brass sparkle, metallic gold sparkle, metallic copper sparkle. White card

2) Love Joy and Peace

I've been CAS to the max here! Just look at all that open, clear white space. This took under 10 minutes to make with just some stamping and a little colouring and ink blending.

This one is for:
Craftaholics R Us #48 - Christmas
Crafting by Designs December - Anything Goes
Come and Get It Challenge December - Christmas
Path of Positivity Challenge #54 - Something positive, inspirational, encouraging or motivational with optional theme of Festive
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #20 - Anything Christmas Goes

STAMPS: Woodware Traditional Christmas Greetings
INKS: Ranger Archival Ink in olive, Distress Ink, Squeezed Lemonade
OTHER: Distress Markers: festive berries, pine needles, antique linen, scattered straw. Gellyroll pen clear star, White card, blender brush.

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

Sharon xx

7 Dec 2017

Dare to be Different

Hi!  I have a really fun and funky card for you today made with some fabulous  Visible Image stamps.

I absolutely <3 LOVE <3 these funky lips!

I can actually picture my youngest daughter wearing these colours at one of the multitude of festivals she attends each year. Mind you, she'd probably bling it up with glitter or gloss too ;-) That'd be sure to make an impression eh? They are brilliant!

How to make this card:

1) Pounce distress stains onto wet watercolour paper (squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, peeled paint, mowed lawn) and spritz with water whilst drying to make a few droplets.
2) When dry use peeled paint distress ink and brush through the fibres stencil.
3) Randomly stamp the 'X' and 'O' from the stamp set over the background in mowed lawn and forest moss distress inks. Cut a panel of the watercoloured background down to size for your card blank.

4) On spare card stamp 3 images of the lips, one in mustard seed, one in mowed lawn and one in peeled paint distress ink. Fussy cut the lips then gently blend the matching distress ink around the edges of each lips to blend out any white edges.
5) Stamp the sentiment onto the front of the  card blank in the bottom right corner in peeled paint.
6) On the inside of the card, stamp the lips in bundled sage distress ink. Then stamp over the lips with the sentiment in peeled paint.

7) Adhere the panel to the card front. Add the lips in varying heights of 3d foam pads. Add 3 gold gems to the panel and 2 gold gems either side of the sentiment.


Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
 https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/dare-to-be-different/    https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/no-regrets/   

Stencils Used:


Other Supplies:

Distress Stains: squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, peeled paint, mowed lawn.
Distress Inks:  mustard seed, peeled paint, mowed lawn, forest moss, bundled sage
Gold gems, 3d foam pads, adhesive, brush, blending tool, stamping block 

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Watercooler Wednesdays WWC147 - Feminine Anything Goes (what's more feminine than some fab lips?)
That's Crafty! Challenge  - Green with Envy
Morgan's Artworld #24 - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack FFC#217 - Anything Goes
HeARTful Challenge - December - Anything Goes + a stamp
Crafting with Friends Challenge #56 - Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge #48  - 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 except to say..... I dare YOU to be a bit different in your stamping colours for images this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

2 Dec 2017

Less is More #357 - Red and Green

Hello my friends. Well...December! Wow! The big day is almost here and we have the perfect colour challenge to get some of those last minute Christmas cards finished.


And as it is a new month we have a new sponsor


and once again the lovely Kylie is joining us as our guest designer with a fantastic card. Head over to our challenge blog for a link to Kylie's blog to leave her some love.

I had the privilege of meeting Kylie at the Happy Little Stampers retreat in Manchester last month and she is the most amazing lady, heading all the way to the UK from Australia to spend her time and talents with us. So as a little thank you from me, I made a card with some of her stamps this week.

I actually have only 2 cards for you today because in the run-up to Christmas things tend to get a bit manic, don't they?

1) Doodled Flowers

Here I've used a non-Christmas image to make a Christmas card. The Doodled flowers, I figured they'd do as a poinsettia substitute,  and leaves were stamped and coloured with colouring pencils (love how it makes the flat image look molded), cut out on my scanncut and adhered with foam pads. The sentiment was heat embossed directly onto the card stock and 3 sequins to finish. A nice, easy and relaxing card to do.

I'd like to enter this into: 
Make My Monday #60 - Happy Christmas / Happy Holidays
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #20 - Anything Christmas Goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge  #45 - Anythign Goes + Christmas

STAMPS: Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers & Everyday Sentiments
INKS: Adirondack bottle, Memento onyx black
OTHER: Colouring pencils, pearl and white card, sequins, clear embossing powder

2) Holly Border

Here's one where the red shows up a lot better. I stamped the holly border onto white card with Adirondack bottle ink and then glittered the leaves and berries with green and red stickles. Once dry I actually fussy cut around one side (shock!). The sentiment was stamped and then the panel was adhered to a red card base. Another really simple design.

This card is for:
AAA Cards #104 - Christmas
Fab n Funky Challenges #373 - Christmas
Watercooler Wednesdays WWC147 - Anything Goes

STAMPS: Woodware Traditional Christmas
INKS: Adirondak bottle
OTHER: Distress stickles barn door, Stickles green, white and red card.


Please head on over to the challenge blog for some fantastic red and green inspiration from the design team.

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

Sharon xx