28 Apr 2018

Less is More #370 - Sketch

Well, it's been an incredibly busy week for me so I only have the one card for you today.

We have a fantastic sketch for you this time - and I really wished I'd had more time to use this sketch in different ways, so I'll have to keep it in mind for future cards.

Our guest designer is  Sue Blamey of Sue's Card Craft, our February Winner. You can see her amazing card, as well as all the fabulous cards from the design team on the challenge blog .

Happy Bird-Day

I love these quirky birds of paradise! Especially when they are coloured up in vibrant colours. So I took out my promarkers (which do not get enough usage at the moment) and set about colouring.

I stamped the images and sentiment in memento ink and coloured them with promarkers. The images were cut out with stitched circle dies, then frames for the images were cut by nesting the same dies inside each other and adding the next smallest die down into the centre. The frames were adhered to the images, the sentiment mounted onto blue card with foam squares underneath and everything was attached to a piece of white card that had been secured to a blue card blank. It was finished with white sequins and matching blue beads in the centre of the sequins. 

STAMPS: STAMPlorations Birds of Paradise
DIES: Lawn Fawn Stitched Circles
INKS: Memento Tuxedo Black
OTHER: White card, Blue Card, Promarkers (yellow, orange, berry red, violet, indigo blue), sequins, beads, foam squares, glue

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks #400 - Less is More CAS
Addicted to Stamps and More! #289 - CAS
Papercraft Challenge #10 - Clean And Simple
Passion for Promarkers #441 - Celebrations
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Star Stampz Challenge - Hand Coloured Image
That's Crafty - Circles


Before I go, here's a cheeky reminder from me that you may still have time to enter the blog hop give-away for $50 at My Sweet Petunia or $50 at Visible image (see yesterday's post for the details) if you're reading this before midnight central time on Monday 30th April.

That's it from me for now. I hope you'll find time to join in the challenge, and I hope to see you back here soon too.

Sharon xx

27 Apr 2018

Visible Image and Misti Blog Hop

Today I'm delighted to be taking part in the amazing Visible Image and My Sweet Petunia Misti blog hop and giveway. 



There are 2 amazing prizes on offer!!

1) One person will win a $50 shopping spree at visibleimage.co.uk

2) Another person will win a $50 shopping spree at www.mysweetpetunia.com 

How Can You Win?

Well to qualify you need to:
  • leave a comment on all the participating blogs
  • no later than Monday, April 30th, at 11:59 PM Central time

When will you find out if you've won?

2 Winners will be announced on Tuesday May 1st, on the Visible Image blog and My Sweet Petunia blog

Are You In The Right Place?

If you've landed here from Jeanne Streiff, then yes, you are in the right place.
If you want to start this hop from the beginning, then please go to Veerle Moreels blog.  You can find the full list of blogs on this hop at the bottom of this post.


What have I made for this blog hop? ..... A light up card!

I did mock up several cards for this hop, but when the inspiration hit to make a lightbulb card that actually lights up I dropped all the other ideas. You can see the card lighting up in slo-mo action here:

Doesn't that incredible stamp look so cool when it lights up?

Here are the static photos:

There are 2 videos to show the process of making this card:

Part 1 - making the background and light bulb stamping parts

 Part 2 - the electronics of the light up part and putting the card together.

...and here is an idea of a technique I call 'my Misti shimmy' where I use the grid on the mini misti to shimmy the card up by regular intervals to make a rainbow background...



You get the idea.


Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
  https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/music-speaks/    https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/elemental/


Stamping tool:



I hope you like my card and find the videos useful. But now I think you need to find out where to continue hopping.......


So, your next stop on the hop is:  Kia Gibson-Clapper

Here is the full list of participating blogs:
You are here: Sharon Traynor
Kia Gibson-Clapper Your next stop

Before I go I'd like to mention that Visible Image have a new range of stamps and stencils coming out on pre-order today, and you can see those if you click on the word SHOP


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, please leave me a comment as I love to read them all.

GOOD LUCK in winning one of the awesome prizes, I hope you'll have fun on the rest of the hop and I really hope to see you here again soon.

Sharon xx

26 Apr 2018

Phantom of the Opera Ticket Wallet

Hi! It's lovely to see you here.

I was leafing through my Visible Image stamps the other week when the idea struck that the awesome Maskerade stamp set would make a fantastic Phantom of the Opera mask.

Hmm.....but, how to use that idea?

Well, Phantom of the Opera is:
  • Originally a novel by French writer Gaston LeRoux, published in 1910
  • An American silent horror film made in 1925
  • A musical theatre production by Andrew Lloyd Webber that premiered in 1986
  • and another film made in 2004 of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical version of the story
So the idea of a ticket wallet/gift card holder came to mind. What a fab way to personalise a gift of theatre tickets for someone who loves the theatre (especially if they love musicals), or to pop a book token or film tickets into. I must say the Maskerade set is just perfect for all types of theatre/film or book buffs. 

How to make the wallet

I made a short video, in real time, to explain the scores and cuts for making the basic wallet card blank. You can watch it by CLICKING HERE.

To decorate the wallet:

Stamp the 'tragedy' mask from the Maskerade stamp set in black ink onto red card and cut it out. Stamp this mask three times more in clear ink on white card and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Cut the eyes out of all pieces and cut the mouth out of the red mask with a craft knife. Cut the white masks freehand to a shape that resembles a phantom of the opera mask.

Heat emboss the 'music speaks' guitar stamp from the Music Speaks set in red onto white card. Using a clear embossing pen, extend the guitar shape so that it is a square, making sure the letters stay visible, and heat emboss the pen marks with red embossing powder. Cut into a square.

Clear emboss the music staves from the Music Speaks set onto a square piece of black card and cut this on the diagonal in a wavy line with a similar-ish shape to the phantom mask. Cut another piece of plain black card with the same wavy shape diagonal for the inside of the wallet, and then white heat emboss the sentiment onto that piece. Clear emboss the music staves onto a square piece of red card for the inside too.

Complete the inside first.

Add a square of plain red card to the right and side of the wallet, and add some black card to the pocket area. Attach one of the Phantom masks to the pocket. On the left hand side attach the clear embossed music stave red card, and add the plain black wavy cut card over it. Attach a phantom mask onto the black card.

Now complete the front.
Glue a square of plain red card to the front of the wallet and add the clear embossed music stave black  card to the upper left. Using a white opaque pen, doodle and write 'phantom of the opera' on the visible edges of the red card as shown. Attach the red mask onto the black card with 3d foam pads, then add the last white phantom mask over the top, again using 3d foam pads. Finish with a black square of card behind the 'music speaks' embossed square, and add a paper rose to the bottom right corner.

Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
 https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/maskerade/      https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/music-speaks/

Other Supplies:

White card, red card, black card, Versafine onyx black ink, Versamark clear ink, WOW! Ultra bright white embossing powder, clear embossing powder, red embossing powder, versamark clear embossing pen, white opaque pen, red liner tape, 3d foam pads, paper rose, heat gun, scissors, glue.

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

ARTastic Challenge Blog April - Black + White + one other colour
Crafters Castle April - Anything Goes with optional make it dimensional
Crafting With Friends #65 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge #413 - Anything Goes optional CAS 
Creative Fingers Challenge #145 - Anything Goes
My Time To Craft #369 - Inspired by a film
QKR Stampede #292 - Anything Goes
Pause Dream Enjoy #17 - Anything but a card
Polkadoodles #16 - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft #56 - 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

15 Apr 2018

Eat Beach Sleep Repeat

Well hello!  It's fab to see you visiting here today.

I was over the moon when I realised that I had won the AAA Card Challenge a couple of weeks ago (here's the link showing my winning card), and today I am super-excited to be guest designing for the challenge. 

What a fab cue card and theme they have given us ..... 

....A perfect day.

My REAL perfect day would be to spend it with my children and grandchildren because they are all in a different country to me, and I miss them terribly. However, I just couldn't get the inspiration together to depict that on a card. So, instead I have another type of perfect day that I can often enjoy here in the Algarve; one of eat, beach, sleep, repeat.

Ha, ha! Actually that is a luxury day for me because visiting here on holiday and actually living here are two completely different things.  When you live here you find that you just get on with day to day chores like every other person does in their home country. I'm not complaining though...I love living here and feel lucky to do so.

Right, to my card. It's not often that I use a digi image, but I spotted that I had this one, so I coloured it with coloured pencils, embossed the central image with Wow! clear sparkle embossing glitter and added glossy accents to the starfish and palm tree leaves. The sentiment was rotated on my PC so that it fit onto the base card, and the panel attached to that with funky foam.

Really pleased with myself I took the photos, added the watermarks, sent the final photo to AAA card challenge and started to write this blog post.

Then..... dang!

I forgot to check if you could still buy this image. I searched, but I couldn't find a link to it anywhere (dontcha just hate it when that happens?) So, I'm really sorry that this isn't a current image, but I'm sure you could find something similar if you wanted to create a card like this. And the PC is always good for writing a sentiment.

I'll give you the details of the items used. You never know, you may even find this digi set lurking in your folder of digi images.

STAMPS: digi stamp by From The Heart Stamps called Beach Medley (www.fromtheheartstamps.com the website is unavailable at the moment)
OTHER: White linen card, colouring pencils, versamark pen, Wow! clear sparkle embossing glitter, Ranger glossu accents, fun foam.

Don't forget to head on over to the AAA Cards Challenge blog for some fantastic inspiration from their design team.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
1. Addicted to Stamps and More! #287 - Make your mark (coloured pencils) (entry #3)

2. Crafty Cardmakers #209 - Water ( It's in the middle image :-))
3. Papercraft Challenges #009 - Bingo - I have Embossing, Text and No Designer Paper

4. Shopping Our Stash #349 - Headed to the Beach
5. Stick It Down - April sketch challenge (with the following sketch)

6. The Little Red Wagon #441 - Shine (a second entry from me)
7. The Mod Squad - Simply Clean - I think this is my 3rd entry
8. Tic Tac Toe Challenge tttc043 - I have water, CAS and Trees

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

14 Apr 2018

Less is More #369 - Bring Something Back

Hello. How are you diddling? I'm looking forward to this week. Hubby is away for a few days (yes, I will miss him!) but it does mean that I can play in the craft room all day and all night if I want to without feeling guilty.  Or I could just sunbathe ..... if the sun ever wants to come out and play again. 

But enough of that. Let's take a look at the new challenge theme for Less is More:

 ......something that you've not used on your cards in ages / out of fashion or favour

That's a great theme. You could bring back some old stamps, an old technique, or old products, there's lots of scope and maybe you could even start off a new craze for something that is currently out of fashion. Who knows!

We have 2 guest designers at LIM today: Cara of Crafting Bunnies who was our random prize winner for January, and Sue of Sentimentally Sue who was our February winner. They have created 2 brilliant cards. You can head on over to the challenge blog to see those and also the fantastic inspiration from the design team.

And our April sponsor is:

I have just 2 cards for you today (I'm falling down on my new years resolution for these blog posts, so I must try to fix that for the next challenge!).

1) Flowersoft!

My immediate thought when I saw this challenge was......Flowersoft! No-one seems to use it nowadays and I have pots and pots of the stuff!! Bet some of you do too! So I tried really hard in this card to make Flowersoft look a little bit cool again. I actually like the bit of interest and texture that it adds so I may use it a bit more often going forwards.

The other things I'm bringing back on this card are velvet ric-rac and patterned paper (because I never use those now).

This card is for:
Addicted to Stamps and More! #287 - Make Your Mark (a second entry and promarkers used here)
Fab n Funky #300 - Cute Critters
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with HLS stamps
Ikes World Challenge #107 - Spring (I think nelly is carrying spring flowers)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Texture
The Paper Shelter #334 - Flowers

This was so easy to make - just stamp the image and sentiment on a panel, colour the image with promarkers, then draw some flower stalks on with a black pen. Next stick a piece of designer paper and ric-rac onto the panel as a band, mount onto foam and add to a card blank. The final touch was to add glue where the flowers were to appear, sprinkle fluffed up Flowersoft on and let it dry. Easy Peasy.

STAMPS: Happy Little Stampers birthday friends
INKS: Memento Ttxedo  black
OTHER: White card, Promarkers (ice grey 1,2,3,4 & 5, blossom), Black micron pen, Basic Grey paper pad (Boxer), velvet ric-rac, fun foam, glue and Flowersoft (sweet pea).

2) Fusible Film and Fibres

The other thing that immediately sprang to mind was some NBUS (Never Before Used Sctuff) fantasy film and fibre. Shock horror! I've had this for DONKEY'S YEARS and never tried to use it.

Well, that little kit I bought from ClarityStamps Ltd got a dusting off and I searched for a video of  Barbara Grey from ClarityStamps using this technique to refresh my memory of how to do it. You can watch her on these links:
Fibres only:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=et_anU1IvRw

I would also only recommend using ClarityStamps stamps, or red rubber stamps for this technique.

I used white and bright lime green fibres with film on this card.

Top picture was taken under electric light. Below is a photo snapped in sunlight so it shows the colours a little better.

This one is for
Cards 4 Galz #69 - Black and White plus one bright colour
The Little Red Wagon #441 - Shine it's your day (anything that shines)
The Mod Squad 4 April - Simply Clean ( a second entry from me)

STAMPS: Clarity Stamps Heart Rose & a leaf,  Clearly Besotted Dandelion Dreams for the sentiment
INKS: Archival ink, versamark ink
OTHER: Black card, gold card, fantasy film and fibre kit (fibres in lime green and white, film, Perspex riser), baking parchment, Iron, scissors, sequins, beads, WOW! Ultra Bright White embossing powder, red liner tape.


Well, that's it from me. I'll be back again tomorrow morning with a guest designer card for AAA card challenges. Hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

12 Apr 2018

Sparkly Eyes

Close your eyes to the past, open your mind to new beginnings.

What a wonderfully positive and uplifting sentiment that is.

This fab New Beginnings sentiment  from  Visible Image stamps was one of the ones that I couldn't wait to use as soon as it came through my craft room door, and I knew it would be a perfect match for the closed eyes in their Face It! set too. Face It! is a set that I have had for a little while now, and I have been itching to 'bling' it like all those amazing glittery eye shadows that you see, but I had to wait until this sentiment arrived.

This is a fairly quick to make card because you are only spritzing with distress marker pens, stamping and adding glitter. The time consuming piece is waiting for the glitter to dry, but you can get on with other crafty projects while that happens ;-)

Distress marker spritzing is one of my favourite techniques because it is a clean way to achieve the brusho look without having dyed hands for days. Maybe that's just me - I love brushos but I do end up covered in them. Anyway, distress marker spritzing is a technique that I really don't use enough.

How to make this:

Using distress markers and the distress marker spritzer, spritz a band of colour horizontally along the centre of a piece of card measuring 13.5cmx20cm (5.5"x8"), using first the tumbled glass marker and follow that with the salty ocean marker.

Using black ink, stamp the closed eyes onto the spritzed band. Stamp the first two lines of the sentiment above the eyes, then the last two lines of the sentiment below the eyes. Use a post-it note to mask off the lines that you do not want to stamp, and remove the post-it note before stamping.

Once the ink is dry, draw a line with glue to mark the area where the lower part of the eye lid meets the upper part of the eyelid. Sprinkle picked raspberry distress glitter over the glue and set aside to dry.

Once dry, add glue to the lower lid and sprinkle with tumbled glass distress glitter and set aside to dry again.

TIP: If you are sending something glittery to someone that doesn't like the way that glitter sheds, you can always use glossy accents to keep the glitter in place.

Mount the panel on an A5 card blank (14.8cmx21.1cm or 5.75"x8.25") with fun foam.

The finishing touch is to add 3 tiny gems at the side of each eye to represent glittery eye liner.

Stamps Used:

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

Other Supplies:

White card, Tim Holtz distress marker spritzer, distress markers (tumbled glass, salty ocean), versafine onyx black ink, post-it note, stamping platform or stamping blocks, glue, distress glitter (picked raspberry, tumbled glass), fun foam, tiny clear gems.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
AAA Cards #112 - A Favourite Technique (this is one technique that I don't use enough!)
Addicted to Stamps and More! #287 - Make Your Mark - well I did use distress markers so I hope that counts
Creative with stamps - CAS and a sentiment (they are celebrating their second anniversary - Congratulations!)
Get Creative Challenge #68 - No Patterned Paper
HeARTful Stamping Challenge April 8 - 15 - Anything Goes + a stamp
Stamping Sensations April - One For The Girls
The Mod Squad - Simply Clean
Through the Craft Room Door April 10 - 16 - 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 today. Thank you for coming to visit and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx