16 Aug 2018

Queen of Rainbow Hearts

Hello there.  I hope you are all well. I'm having a bit of a holiday at the moment as I have my two girls, son-in-law, 3 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren staying with me. It's lovely to have them all here and I adore being able to spend some quality time with them all in the sun, although I admit that I'll be a little exhausted when they go back home and will miss them so much. But for now it is beach, swimming, water parks and zoomarine fun all the way.

So today's card is a quickie to make. I thought I'd reverse the focus of the colours on this card so that the image is classic gold embossing on white card, and the background is a riot of rainbow colour. And I also wanted to show that these Wonderland stamps look fabulous even without colouring them. So you do not have to be a really good colourist to make a card with these brilliant images.

Of course I'm using the fantastic stencil from Visible Image called Dark Hearts and teaming it with the wonderful Queen of Hearts.




I used several colours of dye inks blended to make a rainbow background, then I added the stencil and inked through it with black ink. The stencil lines up perfectly so that you can extend it to make a rectangular background as I have done here. Then I simply heat embossed the sentiment, heart and queen of hearts image, and I popped them up on foam pads.

Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
  https://visibleimage.com/product/the-queen-of-hearts/      https://visibleimage.com/product/dark-hearts/


Other Supplies:

Hunkydory Prism Inks (red chilli, orange zest, canary yellow, rainforest green, blue lagoon, purple velvet, midnight black) Ranger Perfect medium clear ink, Stampendous detail gold embossing powder, 3d foam pads, white card.


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A bit more time to craft #74 - Anything Goes
A perfect time to craft August - Anything Goes
Creates and Makes #23 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #151 - Anything Goes
Dare to be Artyz - Anything Goes
Pammies Inky Pinkies August - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door 14th Aug 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
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

4 Aug 2018

Less is More #377 - Pets

Hi there!
At the time this post goes live I will be in the UK. I'm taking a brief trip over to help my Mum out with some stuff that needs to be sorted.  Then, when I arrive back home I'll have a house full of my kids and grandchildren. We are going to have such fun and I can't wait to spend some quality time with them.

So as the preparations for all these activities took up so much of my time recently, I only had the spare time to create one card for this challenge at Less is More. Here is the cue card:



Our generous sponsor for August is:

https://stamplorations.auctivacommerce.com/
 

and we're also joined by the talented Hannelie, who was our June winner. Pease head over to her blog to leave her some love because she has made a fabulous card for us.

Also, if you go to the challenge blog  you'll find some fantastic inspiration from the rest of the LIM design team.

Naughty Mr Pussy Cat!

I just can't stop playing with this brilliant Cheshire Cat image from Visible Image! I love colouring him and today he's appearing as a naughty ginger tom.

This card has been inspired by a card that Jo Capper-Sandon entered into a Less is More challenge in 2011 (crikey! 7 years ago now!). I loved her design and had to pay homage to it with this little number. You can see her original card by clicking HERE.

I've also done a little decoupage and layered his arms onto foam pads, and then added a second layer of his face.

STAMPS: Visible Image The Cheshire Cat
STENCILS: Visible Image : fibres & Distorted Chess
INKS: Distress Inks (squeezed lemonade, mustard seeds, spiced marmalade, rusty hinge) Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black
PROMARKERS: Soft lime, yellow & sunflower; amber, orange & burnt orange; pastel green, mint and lush green; cerise and carmine
OTHER: White card, blending tools craft knife, 3d foam pads, glossy accents

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That's it from me for now.

I hope to have a few more cards for you next time....but I may not venture into my craft room if I am having too much fun in the swimming pool and at the beach! Anyway, have a good couple of weeks everyone.
Hugs,
Sharon xx

2 Aug 2018

As Mad As A Cat

Hello there.

Today I'm sharing one of the cards that I made with the fantastic Cheshire Cat stamp and the time tunnel stencil from Visible Image.

It has been ages since I picked up my alcohol pens, in fact it is so long that I had forgotten how much I love to colour with promarkers. I was absolutely delighted when Visible Image released their wonderland stamps because that gives us all the chance to break out our different colouring mediums.  The whole Wonderland set is really awesome!   And they are a joy to colour.

How I made this card:

The cat was coloured with promarkers and then fussy cut. The sentiment was stamped and trimmed into a rectangle shape. Then the background was made.

 

 

To make the background:

First, mark the top of one side of the time tunnel stencil with a piece of washi or masking tape; this will help to line up the masks you need to make when you ink.

Take a piece of scrap paper, mark the top of the scrap paper to correspond with the mark on the stencil and number it (No 1), then draw round one of the openings in the stencil. Take another piece of scrap paper, mark the top again, number it (No 2) and draw round one opening in the stencil, adjacent to the first one you drew around. Continue like this until you have been all the way around the stencil (you should have 8 pieces of scrap paper).

To cut out your scrap paper masks, you need to cut about 1 to 2mm outside the lines you have drawn i.e. make the holes slightly larger than you have drawn them. Be careful in the centre where the lines are closer together - but if you do cut too wide there, it doesn't really matter because the cat image will hide that part.

Use masking tape to attach the stencil to the card that you are going to ink. Attach your first mask, making sure where you marked the top corresponds to the marked top on the stencil, then ink through the opening.  Remove the first mask and attach the second mask, then ink through that with the next colour. Continue this until the whole stencil has been inked through and you have a rainbow of swirls.

Remove the stencil and trim the panel. Back it onto some black card and then add it to a card blank. Use Nuvo Drops to add swirls of dots alongside each inked swirl and set aside to dry.

Once dry, attach the sentiment and the cat.

Stamps & Stencil Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
 https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/the-cheshire-cat/        https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/time-tunnel/


Other Supplies:

Colouring Paper, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Promarkers (warm grey 1,3 & 5, cerise, carmine & hot pink, lush green, mint & holly), Distress Inks (picked raspberry, barn door, spiced marmalade, mustard seeds, mowed lawn, peacock feathers, faded jeans, seedless preserves)  Nuvo Crystal Drops (gloss simply white), black and white card.


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
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

I hope you like this card. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

21 Jul 2018

Less is More #376 - OLC Stripes

 

Happy Saturday! It's time for another Less is More challenge and we have our dreaded (and loved) one layer week.  Here is this challenge's cue card


 
There is some fantastic inspiration from the design team on the LIM challenge blog and you can often get additional inspiration on their personal blogs too!


I have 4 cards for you today.

1) Tweedledum and Tweedledee


It would have been rude not to play with one of the new Wonderland stamps on pre-release at Visible Image, wouldn't it?

I've coloured most of the images for this release with promarkers so far.... but those polychromos pencils were calling to me, so I used them on this card with a bit of no-line colouring.

Although I haven't used the best base card for polychromos (this one is a smooth card and you really need one with a bit of tooth), the pencils stood up to the test pretty well.

This card is for:
Creates and Makes #22 - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenge #193 - Anything Goes
Love to Craft #23 - Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday WWC179 - Masculine

STAMPS: Visible Image: Tweedledum/dee
INKS: Versamark clear
OTHER: Papermill Direct slate grey smooth card, Polychromos pencils (101, 102, 104, 107, 120, 130, 131, 132, 140, 151, 191, 199, 219, 217, 271, 274), black pen, Pinflair Craft Glaze.

2) Trick the eye


I haven't made one of those trick the eye cards for such a long time so I thought this challenge would be a good one to do that technique again.

Yes, it is a single fold card only, with NO layers added, and it was made in under 5 minutes!

I drew around a rectangle for the central portion, stamped the sentiment inside it, then used a ruler and a felt tip pen to draw the stripes. The shading around the central rectangle was done in the same way as I usually do (here's a VIDEO LINK showing how I do it) and I finished it off with nuvo drops. 

This card is for:
Crafting with an attitude #41 - Anything Goes

STAMPS: Visible Image: Go To Words
INKS: Hunkydory Prism Ink French Navy
OTHER: Distress Markers (Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone), Dark Blue Sakura Stardust pen, Nuvo crystal drops (gloss - simply white) White card, ruler.

3) Birthday & Christmas Turnaround Cards


Here I've made a two-fer. Well, actually it's a multi-fer because when you have the stamps lined up in a stamping platform you could keep stamping all day in different colour combos, or for different occasions.

The 'turnaround' part was because I placed the small stripe stamp into the door of my Misti and I rotated the card 4 times by 90 degrees to get the 4 different striped pieces on the central section.

I would just warn people - if you use the prism inks be VERY aware that they take an incredible amount of time to dry. If you want to heat emboss alongside these inks, I would recommend you stamp one day and leave them overnight to dry, otherwise your embossing powder sticks everywhere. I did also try drying with a heat tool, used an antistatic pad and I tried them with lots of different types of card stock. I got the same result every time,  so this has to be a 'feature' of those inks. So, if you want to clear emboss on top of coloured inks, these ones would be perfect to use.

Here is a birthday version and I'd like to pop this in to:

Addicted to stamps and more! #301 - Anything goes
Sieze the Birthday 19 July - Birthday optional topping of stripes

STAMPS: Uniko (Background Builders:Squared, Simply Said Birthday, Paradise Leaves)
INKS: Hunkydory Prism Inks (jersey cream, canary yellow, orange zest, red chilli, cherry walnut) Versamark clear
OTHER: White card, Stampendous detail gold metallic embossing powder, Misti, Misti creative corners, antistatic pad, pencil and rubber


and here's a Christmas version

I'm entering this into:
Crimbo Crackers #162 - Anything Goes
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #30 - Anything Christmas Goes   

STAMPS: Uniko (Background Builders:Squared, Simply Said Birthday) Do Crafts Papermania (Home for Christmas buy Jesse Edwards), Stampendous (Snow Stop)
INKS: Hunkydory Prism Inks (blue lagoon) Versamark clear
OTHER: White card,  Stampendous detail silver metallic embossing powder, Misti, Misti creative corners, antistatic pad, pencil and rubber

Same supplies as above except
INKS: Hunkydory Prism Ink Blue Lagoon
OTHER: Stampendous detail silver embossing powder



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Well, that's it from me for now. I do hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you back here again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

19 Jul 2018

Are you quirky?

Hi! Are you perfect? Are you quirky? Are you beautiful?

Personally? No, I'm definitely not perfect! Even making this card brought out my imperfect side. Yes, I made a huge mistake on it. Can you spot it? No? Well, read on and I'll reveal what it was.

I will just say that instead of throwing the card away because it wasn't perfect, I took the advice of this incredible sentiment from Visible Image and embraced my imperfect self to make a feature of the error.

I had decided to use that fab sentiment before I even started making this card, and I thought it would team up brilliantly with the incredibly versatile 'Shape It Up' stamp set. So, picking the circles stamp for the main interest,  and the little square as a contrast to illustrate an imperfect, quirky but still beautiful shape (compared to circles) I set off.....

The circles were stamped multiple times in a line, rotating each time for a more natural look. Then I stamped the square followed by the sentiment, and I thought to myself "This is going great so far!"

Next I took various shades of blue/aqua/turquoise/light purple polychromos pencils and gently coloured each of the large circles with a different colour. Then the square got some red colour treatment to make it stand out.  "Way hey! We're on a roll now" ;-)

The square didn't stand out enough, so I put some wobbly lines each side of it to draw attention to it. Well after all, a square 'bubble' would probably wobble very ungracefully when it rises up to the surface, wouldn't it? It really wouldn't travel upwards like the smooth passage of a proper bubble, eh?  "Perfect!" I thought.

 Okay, now to add more interest. Glossy accents and stickles should do that so lets add those to the smaller bubbles.

Now, I know what you're thinking - you think I smudged, don't you and that's why there are some enamel dots added. Well, no, I didn't smudge. "Yay! Almost there!"

So I picked my pale blue card blank, and a piece of red to make the mat, and without using any glue laid my panel on top of them. Stepping back to view with a critical eye, I thought "it still needs something else. I know, I'll doodle"

Fab! …. until I stepped back again for a final view. Shock! Horror! My doodled line was completely wonky - and I mean REALLY wonky! Obviously wonky! Unfixable wonky! Oh dear!

I was about to throw the panel in the trash when the sentiment caught my eye. Yes! Of Course! Let's embrace that quirky, imperfect wonkiness and make it beautiful.  Let's make a feature of it. So I set about chopping the sides of the panel at an angle to make the doodling look straight. And thus, the angled front panel on this piece was born. It actually works, doesn't it?  Thank you Visible Image for your amazing words (and stamps!). You certainly saved this card.

Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):

  https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/shape-it-up/       https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/voices-in-your-head/ 


Other Supplies:

Pale blue, red and white cardstock, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Polychromos Pencils, Ranger Glossy Accents, Stardust Stickles, Black Micron Pen. 


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft #72 - Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge Week 28 - Anything goes colouring challenge
Craft Stamper - Take It Make It July - Anything Goes
JoJo's Scrap Shack - ffd#242 - Anything Goes
Let's Create and Craft #139 - Anything Goes with option of Red White and Blue
Love To Craft Challenge Blog #24 July - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede #304 - Anything Goes
Quick Quotes Challenge #89 - Red White and Blue
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Add a little sparkle
The Creative Crafters Challenge #6 - Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #114 - C is for Colouring

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
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

7 Jul 2018

Less Is More #375 - Olive & Tangerine


Hi. I'm trying a new layout for my Less is More posts today. I think it will make the posts load a lot faster and there definitely won't be as much scrolling to do! Should I keep this style or go back to my normal style? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Anyway, today is our regular colour challenge


and because it is the first challenge of July (crikey - July already?) we have a new sponsor for the month and it is the fabulous:

https://sevenhillscrafts.co.uk/
 
We're also joined by our May winner, the super Lynne from Lynne's Loft and her card is so gorgeous! Please pop over to her blog to leave her some commenting love, and while you're off visiting it is definitely worth heading to the LIM challenge blog for some fantastic inspiration from the rest of our design team (don't forget  you can often get additional inspiration on their blogs too).


Okay, so I have 3 cards for you with this great colour theme.

1) Smile


I finally decided to break out the fab squares border from a set of Uniko stamps that I've had for ages. Now that I have used it once I can see that I will definitely use it again. I love the graphic look that you can get with it.
 
This card is for:
Addicted to Stamps and More! #299 - Clean and Simple
Shopping Our Stash #361 - Geometric Patterns
The Crafters Café Challenge - Keep It Simple

To make it, cut the panel with the scallop die then black heat emboss the border along one side of the panel. Colour in random squares with distress markers. Cut the sentiment 4 times from white card and glue 3 of them together. Black heat emboss the 4th sentiment and then glue it to the other three. Attach the panel to the card blank with 3d foam, then glue the sentiment in place.

STAMPS: Uniko Background Builders: Squared
DIES: Altenew Halftone Smile, Sugar Pea Designs card front builder
INKS: Versamark Clear
OTHER: Distress Markers (crushed olive & spiced marmalade), Heat It Up! glossy black embossing powder, White card, fun foam.


2) Birthday Flowers


Nothing says summer or feminine more to me than some beautiful flowers, Here I've tried to represent some flowers against a background of green for the grass and a beautiful orange sky sunset. The flowers are all sparkling in the evening glow of the sun.

I'd like to pop this in to:
Crazy for CAS #8 - Summer (I think it is my first time playing here)
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - Flowers ( I hope die cuts count!)
Watercooler Wednesday WWC177 - Feminine

Here I cut a card front panel and then die cut a window in it. On a spare piece of card the two distress inks were blended and it was glued behind the window, then the whole panel was attached to a card blank. The sentiment was cut out 3 times and each word stacked on top of each other. The bouquet was die cut once, then using the smaller dies, the bud and the large flower were cut out twice more and these were glued on top of the corresponding parts of the main bouquet. Glue the bouquet to the card over the window then glue the sentiment to the card. Finish the card with stickles on the flowers and leave it to dry.

DIES: Sugar Pea Designs card front builder, My Favourite Things inside out rectangles, Wild Rose Studios woodland posy, Die'Sire happy birthday
INKS: Distress Inks (crushed olive & spiced marmalade)
OTHER: White card, stardust Stickles.

 

3) Chirrup!


After our last LIM challenge I thought I would carry on and use another item that was in my 'bits box' this week. The cat had been waiting to be used for a long time, and as it was the right colour for this challenge I though I'd finally use it.

I'm entering this into:
Passion For Promarkers #450 - add a sentiment
Show Us Your Pussycats Challenge #32 - Furrything Goes. It's my first time playing here.
Sunny Day Crafting #CH26 - Any Animal. It's my first time here too.

On a stitched die cut panel blend distress ink through the Visible Image stencil fairly darkly, then remove the stencil and blend again over the top with the same colour, but using much lighter strokes. Stamp the 'Chirrup' from the STAMPlorations set onto the panel, then the 'feel better' from the Clearly Besotted set underneath it. Stamp the birds from the Altenew set so that they are perching on the sentiment. Using a separate piece of card, mask off the work 'soon' from the 'you'll be flying again soon' sentiment in the birds of paradise set, and stamp that in orange then edge it in olive green. Glue the cat and the 'soon' sentiment onto the panel and add glossy accents to the cat's eyes and nose. When the glossy accents are dry add the panel to a card blank.

STAMPS: Stampers Anonymous crazy cats, Altenew shadow play, Clearly Besotted simple silhouettes, STAMPlorations birds of paradise.
STENCILS: Visible Image distorted chess
DIES: Sugar Pea Designs card front builder
INKS: Distress Inks (crushed olive & spiced marmalade)
OTHER: White card, stencil brush,  crushed olive Distress Marker, glossy accents, promarkers

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Well, that's it from me for now. I do hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you back here again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

5 Jul 2018

Visible Image Seahorse for Making Cards Magazine

Hello there.

Today, for the first time on my blog, I'm sharing a card that was recently featured in a publication of Making Cards Magazine, and I made it with some really gorgeous Visible Image stamps .

The theme was 'Best of British' and the magazine was celebrating some British craft companies, like the awesome Visible Image

So, three of us on the design team got our heads together and decided to make our cards based on the Union Jack colours of Red, White and Blue. We also limited ourselves to the same 2 stamp sets and the same stencil.

This is the card that I made:


…. and here's a photo of all 3 cards in the magazine. Our cards look amazing on that magazine page, even if I do say so myself.....but that has to be down to the brilliant products we were using by Visible Image.




Here is a video of me making this card.




And this is a photo tutorial on how I made my card.
 
 
 Take a piece of white card 11.5cm x 18cm (4.5" x 7") and stamp the seahorse and sentiment from the Create Your Calm stamp set, and the small bubbles from the Dare to Swim set in cobalt blue archival ink. Watercolour the seahorse with tumbled glass and broken china distress ink.
Create an A5 card blank from a sheet of A4 card with the fold on the left side. Mask off the central area (10.5cm x 16.5cm (4"x6.5"), of the card blank with spare paper and masking tape. Blend tumbled glass onto the outside edges of the card blank.
 

 Next blend broken china distress ink through the Fibres stencil.
 
 
Stamp the small shoal of fish from the Dare to Swim stamp set in festive berries using first and second generation stamping. Then stamp the small bubbles in chipped sapphire.
 

Add stardust stickles onto the larger bubbles on the background frame and set aside to dry.
 

Add glossy accents to the bubbles on the panel and on the background and then set aside to dry again.
Mount the panel onto the card blank with fun foam.
 

 

Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
   https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/create-your-calm/        https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/dare-to-swim/ 
   https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/fibres/ 


Other Supplies:

White card, Archival Ink (cobalt), Distress Ink (tumbled glass, broken china, festive berries, chipped sapphire), masking tape, scrap paper, blending foams and blending tool, stardust Stickles, glossy accents, fun foam

 

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

2 Crafty Critter Crazies #16 - Anything Goes with a critter
A Bit More Time To Craft #71 - Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge July - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner #169 - Red White and Blue
Papercraft Challenges #15 - Red, White and Blue
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Red, White and Blue
The Artistic Stamper July - Distress It (interpreted as using lots of distress inks)
Through The Craft Room Door 3 July - 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.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

23 Jun 2018

Less Is More #374 - Using a 'bits box' item

 
 


Hi! Today I am ashamed...…I am SO ashamed. Why? Well the new challenge at Less is More is to use an item from your 'bits box'...and my shame is that I have an incredibly large collection of 'bits boxes and folders'.

Fancy a nosey in my craft room to take a look at them? (Plus a bonus on the end of this video is how I made the first card with the foiling).


We have a fantastic guest designer joining us at LIM for this challenge: it is our April winner, Skye from Blue Sky blog and the card she made is gorgeous.

Also if you hop to the challenge blog you'll find some fantastic inspiration from the design team, as well as seeing a little bit of news from Sarah.

So, to my cards:

1) Saving an inky mess


How do you save a sentiment that you made a right pigs-ear of darkening around the outside edges? Well, just scribble with a tool and some silver foil, and no-one will know it was originally a mess!


This one is for
Addicted to stamps and more! #297 - Make Your Mark (I hope hand scribbled foiling counts)
International Art And Soul #35 - Sentiment as main focus
CAS(E) this sketch #277 - a loose interpretation of the sketch


STAMPS: Visible Image - Voices In Your Head
DIES: MFT Inside Out Stitched Rectangles
INKS: Probably Distress Inks and Versafine
OTHER: We R Memory Keepers Heatwave foil pen and foils, gems.3d foam.


2) Why didn't I use that hand coloured strip?


And a pretty, coloured-in strip can take centre stage on a CAS card. The only thing that wasn't in my bits boxes was the hearts embellishment. There's lots of shimmer on this one from the sparkly gelli roll pens that I used on that strip - I was going to use it on a LIM week with a theme of sparkle(many moons ago).


This one is for:
Addicted to Stamps #165 - Black and White and One Other Colour
Creative Moments #145 - Anything Goes
Retarte #123 - Anything Goes  (It's their 4th anniversary ...Congratulations!!)

STAMPS: Uniko Flower Power 1, and I am still searching for the sentiment stamp.
DIES: Sugar Pea Designs - Card Front Element Builder
INKS: Possibly Versafine onyx black.
OTHER: Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll Pens (black and purple), metal heart embellishment.

 

3) Ah-teeeeeennnnnn-tion! A full die cut?


I couldn't believe it when I found this soldier (all inked up and glued together) at the bottom of my die-cut bits box. All the other items were also in the bits box. So this one was simply glued onto a card base and the whole thing complete in under 5 minutes!!!


For The Male Room Challenge …...I'm really excited about the up-coming Disney movie (due to be released in November this year) called 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms' - have you seen the trailer?? Click here to watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ktuvx9hrMw

As this card has been inspired by that film I'm entering it into
the male room challenge #88 - inspired by a film (see above)
The Crafter's Café #196 - for a child
Watercooler Wednesdays #175 - Masculine Anything Goes (masculine Christmas Cards are so hard to do, aren't they?)

DIES: Tim Holtz Toy Soldier bigz die,  Die'sire sentiment, Memory Box Contempo Circle Border
INKS: A distress ink on the soldier.


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

Hugs,
Sharon xx
 

21 Jun 2018

Peaceful Night In Blue

Hello there. Do you love that blue glow and hushed silence that falls over the world after a heavy snowfall? Ahem, I'm getting a bit poetic there, aren't I?

Well, this card has such a peaceful look to the scene that I always get that impression of silent snowfall and a hushed land with the eerie blue light every time I look at it.

It's such a pretty little winter scene. Dare I say the 'C' word? ….Oh go on then - it's a great scene for a Christmas card.

This amazing set of stamps from Visible Image called 'Into The Woods' is a beautiful one and it is incredibly versatile for all those different skies that we can create with our inks, gelli plates and brushos.  These stamps look stunning as a spring, summer, autumn, winter, calm sky, dramatic sky, brooding sky, or for a day or a night scene, so it is a staple set to have in your stash for so many different occasions.


 
 
This card is really easy to make too. First create a moon mask and attach it to your panel. Then blend a sky with only blue distress inks, working from the lightest colour nearest the moon to the darkest colour at the outside edges. When you are happy with the sky, remove the moon mask and gently go over the moon with a little of the lightest ink to dull the harsh whiteness of it.
 
Then stamp the trees and the flying owl in the distress oxide. Next add some 'snow' to the branches and the sky with a white opaque pen.
 
Paint some white acrylic paint in the foreground and when that is dry, add glue and sprinkle with ice diamond. This adds some texture and sparkle to the card.
 
Blend another piece of card and dry the ink. Then heat emboss the word 'peaceful' from the Zodiac Libra set in white. Cut the word down so that only 'peace' remains.
 
Attach the scene to your card blank with 3d foam, and attach the sentiment directly to the card blank.
 
 

Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/into-the-woods/      https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/zodiac-libra/


Other Supplies:

White card, Distress Inks ( tumbled glass, broken china, faded jeans, chipped sapphire), Distress Oxide (faded jeans), White Opaque Pen, white acrylic paint, glue, Pinflair Ice Diamond, fun foam, Versamark clear ink, WOW! opaque bright white embossing powder.


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #15 - Anything Goes with a Critter
Craft Stamper  June Take It Make It - Anything Goes
Craftaholics R Us #25 - Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenge #70 - Monochromatic
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge June - Anything goes + option of joy (I used peace)
Monochrome Magic #11 - Monochrome OR monochrome with a twist of purples
Patties Creations #147 - Anything That Flies
Stamping Sensations June - Anything Goes
The Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
The Artistic Stamper  June challenge - Colour It Blue


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
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

9 Jun 2018

Less is More #373 - Friendship


 
Hi. I had some quality time in my craft room this week and that means I've gone crazy with my makes. I have 4 cards to share for my Less is More inspiration.
 
Here is the Less is More Cue Card (don't forget to click on the cue card to see lots more incredible inspiration from the rest of the design team):
 
https://simplylessismoore.blogspot.com/

And here are our fab June sponsor details :
Uniko


And the lovely Bev is joining us as our guest designer today. To see her card hop on over to the LIM blog and click on her name to be take directly to her blog.so without further ado, here is the first card.
 
So to my cards:
 

1) Cherish Friendship


This stamp set was the first one that sprang to mind when I saw the friendship theme ....and luckily it is one by our lovely June sponsor Uniko Stamps.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
1) Crafting From The Heart #209 - Anything Goes
2) Crafty Creations Challenge #367  - Anything Goes
3) Creative Knockouts #249 - Anything Goes
4) Creative Moments #144 - Anything Goes



To make this card, stamp the main leafy frame in lime green ink, then add additional elements in green and purple inks using first, second and third generation stamping. Add tiny gems to the centres of some of the flowers. Add detail to the leaves with 2 colours of green crayon. Cut the purple card with stitched curve dies, mount all onto fun foam and then onto the card blank.

STAMPS: Uniko:  Originally Organic Additions
DIES: Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders
INKS: VersaColor 42 lime, 17 violet, 36 heliotrope
OTHER: White card, Purple Card, clear gems, green pencil crayons, fun foam.
 
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2) Butterfly Friend


I have been very blessed over the past year as I have won a few challenges, so I am giving a couple of my prizes a little outing on this card. I have to use them soon after they arrive in my craft room because if I don't, they will become items I just look at! Anyway, the Happy Little Stampers stamp set is the prize I picked for winning AAA Card Challenge in March and the Sugar Pea Designs die is from my prize for winning Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge in December.

I am also using my most favourite crafty items at the moment - my polychromos pencils. Have I told you how much I LOVE these pencils?

I'm entering this into
1) Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - All Things Bright and Beautiful (a second entry from me)
2) Shopping our Stash #357 -Our Favourite Things
3) Use Your Stuff #315 - Butterflies (a second entry for me)
4) Watercooler Wednesdays #173 - Feminine Anything Goes


I cut the grey central panel out first. Then I stamped the butterflies in versamark ink and left the stamps on the door of my Misti. The butterflies were coloured with polychromos pencils, and the panel placed back in the misti for re-stamping with versamark and then heat embossing with gold powder. The panel was attached directly onto a white mat an this attached directly onto a card blank so that it is perfect for posting.

STAMPS: Happy Little Stampers: Butterfly Birthday.
DIES: Sugar Pea Designs Card Front Element Builder
INKS: Versamark Clear
OTHER: Grey & white card, Polychromos pencils (cream, light yellow glaze, cadmium yellow, dark chrome yellow, light green, leaf green, emerald green), Detail gold embossing powder.

 
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3) Angels

 
This is one of the nicest sentiments I have ever seen that fits the friendship theme. It's from the latest release by Visible Image stamps and it needed nothing more than an inky background and a frame.
 
I'm entering this into
1) CAS on Friday #134 - Embossing
2) Get Creative Challenge #70 - Monochromatic
3) Through The Craftroom Door 5th June - Anything Goes
4) Word Art Wednesdays #338 & #339 - Anything Goes 



The background is inked with all 3 distress inks, then using peacock feathers and random stamping, parts of the tentacles of the largest jellyfish from Dare To Swim were stamped in second generation ink, and the geometric shape from Life is Beautiful was stamped in first generation ink. The sentiment was heat embossed in white embossing powder.  I die cut a frame, popped everything together and added 3 gems to finish.

DIES: My Favourite Things Inside Out Stitched Rectangels
INKS: Versamark Clear, Distress Ink (tumbled glass, broken china, peacock feathers.
OTHER: White Card, WOW opaque bright white embossing powder, gems  
 
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4) Masculine Friends


Men = geometric in my mind.

I thought there might be times when it would be good to give a card to a man to let them know that you still support them. So out came those really versatile geometric shapes from Visible Image. There was a bit of masking going on to get this sentiment, but it was worth it.

This card is for 4 challenges:
1) Crafty Cardmakers #213 - For a Man/Boy
2) Dream Valley Challenge #180 - For Man or Boy
3) Ellibelle's Crafty Challenge for June Make it masculine
4) Unicorn Challenge #33 - Masculine


I stamped the lines onto black card with versamark ink and heat embossed them with Verdigris EP. The circles were stamped and heat embossed with Copper Sparkle EP. The I took corresponding poly chromos pencils to add a little additional colour to the shapes. The sentiment is made up from 2 sentiments in so much stronger set and it was heat embossed in white EP and raised up on 3d Foam.

STAMPS: Visible Image: Shape It Up and So Much Stronger
INKS: Versamark Clear
EMBOSING POWDERS: WOW! Colour Blend Verdigris, Metallic Copper Sparkle & Opaque Bright White
OTHER: Black and lime green card, Polychromos pencils (light green, venetian red), 3d foam pads.
 
 
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That's it from me for now. I hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx