23 Jan 2021

Less is More #435 - In A Row

The latest recipe challenge over at Less is More is a look forward to the time when we won't need to social distance any more. Or maybe we are being responsible and keeping that social distancing in place, because we want to see things all in a row.

I immediately thought of an old wooden stamp that I had in my stash for this challenge. It's one that hasn't seen the light of day for ages! I think that this year I will have to bring out one of those loved but forgotten stamps every now and again. 

We all have them don't we? Those stamps where we just 'had to have' that image, only to consign it to the darkest corner of our room, or the back of our stash. They need to be brought out into the light and shown some love too.

So, this is a simple stamp it and go card; well almost 😉 Without a suitable sentiment I had to write my own on the computer and print it directly onto the card blank (rolls eyes) because I had it in my head that this was one layer week (slaps forehead with palm of hand). Then I simply stamped the image and added a bit of colour with some coloured pencils.

STAMPS:  Inca wooden stamp 808h Leaping Sheep Border  
INKS:   Prism Midnight Black
PENS/PENCILS:   Polychromos (170 may green, 266 permanent green, 112 leaf green, 110 phthalo blue, 248 mauve, 129 pink madder lake, 126 permanent carmine, 115 dark cadmium orange, 107 cadmium yellow)
OTHER: White card blank, computer and printer.

The guest designer at Less is More is the lovely Caroline Pattern who was the November winner. Pop over to over to the challenge blog to see her fabulous card as well as lots of fantastic inspiration from the design team.


I'll sign off for now 👋 but I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

21 Jan 2021

Believe In Yourself Ballerina


Hello everyone. It's my day to blog a card made with some Visible Image stamps today.  You'll have to excuse me for being brief but a I can't type too much as I have come down with carple tunnel. 

This card was made with the 'Hope and Colour' challenge that Visible Image are running in their Facebook Group at the moment. It's a card that would give hope to any would-be dancer and this is how I made it:

Wet a panel of water colour card and add drops of distress ink re-inker. To help the ink move use a dabbing motion with some paper towel or spritz with more water.  Dry with a low setting on a heat tool.

To deepen the colours you can use distress ink pads and blending brushes. Spritz the panel more whilst drying it with a heat tool. 

I didn't think things through properly (blame it on my fibro brain!) so I created two panels. The more thrifty of you will create one large panel and use a rectangular die to cut out the central portion. The cut out part won't show on the final card because you will be mounting the smaller part over the gap.

Stamp the 'crackle' on the larger panel with both distress ink and gold ink. If you don't have gold ink you could use gold embossing powder (but make sure the base colours are totally dry first).

Wait for the gold ink to dry, then stamp the stars in clear ink and heat emboss with a white powder.

Water colour card has a bumpy texture, so place the small panel into a stamping platform and stamp & re-stamp the image (and sentiment) a couple of times, with clear ink, to get the best result. Heat emboss with a black embossing powder.

To finalise the card doodle around the inked part of the small panel with a white pen and back it onto black card. Attach the larger panel to a card blank, then add the smaller panel, raising it up on fun foam or 3d foam pads.

Stamps Used:

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


Other Supplies:

Distress Re-inkers and Distress Ink Pads in twisted citron, picked raspberry and mustard seed, Encore ultimate gold metallic ink pad, WOW! opaque bright white and primary ebony embossing powders, Versamark clear ink, White opaque pen, Watercolour card Water spritzer, black card, fun foam, card blank.

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 giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us

Thanks for taking a peek at this card and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

9 Jan 2021

Less is More #343 - Theme - Fashion and/or Accessories


Happy New Year everyone 🎉🎈🎇🍸. 

I hope most of you managed to spend some time with loved ones over the festive period, whether in person or by video chats. It made my 89 year old mother's day on Christmas day when we did a video chat from 4 different houses in 2 countries. She was amazed that she could see and chat to everyone at the same time using her phone. Where would we be without the internet and the ability to chat with video, eh?

Anyway, it's 2021 and it's time for the first challenge of the year at Less is More. 

With so many places on lockdown again, we thought it would be good to look forward to happier times when we can all get out and about, meet friends, cast off the old leisure wear (which I'm sure we're getting sick of by now) and strut our stuff with smart or new clothes and accessories.

My card today was made with an old Clarity Stamps stamp, which sadly might be discontinued now 😢, but it was the one I immediately thought of for this theme. I love the elegance of the image and the design makes me think of those fashion sketches.

I literally had 5 minutes in the craft room to make this so it is a fast card with minimal supplies.

Luckily I have a stack of card blanks and mats ready to go so I picked a burgundy mat, heat embossed the image in white on it and added a bit of interest by scribbling with 3 coloured pencils to really give it the sketchbook look. Add the mat to the card blank and you're good to go! 

STAMPS:   Clarity stamp    
INKS:   Versamark Clear
PENS:   Polychromos (101 white, 130 dark flesh,140 light ultramarine)
OTHER: WOW! opaque bright white embossing powder, white card blank, burgundy card mat.

The guest designer over at LIM this week is Heather who was our October winner. She's designed a super card for this challenge so please head on over to the challenge blog to see it and for some fantastic inspiration from the design team


I'll sign off for now 👋 but I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx