30 Oct 2021

Less Is More #455 - Winter Whites

There could be some sad news for the Less is More challenge; sadly I will no longer be able to run this challenge after the end of this year, so if you know of anyone with relevant experience who would like to keep this challenge going, then please get them to email Less is More with details of their experience (email link is on the challenge blog). It would be a real shame if the challenge has to close at the end of the year.

Anyway, we have a couple more challenges before that happens, and now it's time for a lucky dip challenge that is all about showing off your winter whites.

I made a really simple card with just a bit of die cutting. Simply cut a panel and use the poinsettia die in one corner. Keep the little holly leaves from the die cut and glue them to the front of your card. Place some glitter paper/card or add some glitter on the card blank behind where the die cut will be. Raise the die cut panel onto fun foam and finish the card off with 3 blobs of Nuvo Drops in the middle of the flowers.

DIES: Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz Alterations (mixed media christmas)       
OTHER: White card, glitter, 3d foam, Nuvo Glitter Drops (white blizzard)

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 

20 Oct 2021

Because Mothers Are Precious

Hello there. I seem to be in a 'pretty' style of card making at the moment. It certainly makes a change from my usual love of incredibly vibrant colours. Sometimes all we need to get the mojo flowing again is to just step completely away from our 'normal' comfort zone and give something else a try.

This card has been made with my Mother in mind. She fell and fractured her wrist at the beginning of September.........then last Friday she took another tumble and kissed the pavement with her face. 😱 Luckily she protected her poorly wrist, but she looks like she has gone several rounds with Mike Tyson; two black eyes, two bruised and swollen cheeks, a cut on her nose and cuts and an egg shaped swelling on her forehead. Poor dear!

So I made this card to let her know how precious I think she is and how much I appreciate her.

I thought I would see what Visible Image stamps and stencils I could use to create a bokeh background. I found a couple of ways so here's how I made this.

First take a fancy layering die and die cut a piece of card then mask off the edges with some low tack tape.

Next came a not-so-subtle blending of 3 distress inks. You can be fairly rough with this because it just needs to be a bit of base colour for the inking and/or stenciling that will go over the top.

One way to get a bokeh effect is to use the circle stamps in the De-Stresssed stamp set. Just stamp all over the panel with the same three colours of distress ink that you used for the base, plus stamp over the top with a white opaque ink.

Another way to get the effect is to use the circles part of the Two Tone stencil. Just blend the colours through. I used both the stamps and the stencil on my card but you could get a lovely result with just one or the other.


Next get some vellum and stamp and heat emboss the 'Mother' sentiment in white on a piece of the vellum to wrap around the panel. Stamp and heat emboss some flowers in a sparkling white embossing powder onto vellum too and fussy cut them out.

For final touches, scribble a border onto the panel with a white pen and raise it up onto some 3d foam. Add gems to the centre of the flowers (this helps to hide any dst or glue you used to attach the flowers to the card) and your card is ready for you to write in and either drop into the post or hand deliver. 

Why not make your precious Mother a card.....just to show her how much you care and appreciate her.  

Stamps and Stencil Used:

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

Other Supplies:

White Card, Sugar Pea Designs card front dies, low tack masking tape, Distress Inks (speckled egg, salvaged patina, kitsch flamingo), blending brushes, WOW! embossing powders (opaque bright white, sparkling snow), vellum, clear gems, opaque white pen, 3D fun foam.

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

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

Sharon xx

16 Oct 2021

Less is More #454 - OLC - Autumnal

Hello there. It's time for another challenge over at Less is More and its that dreaded one layer week! 

I've been missing for a while as I had a busy summer, then I went to the UK to visit my grandchildren and whilst I was there my dear old mum fell and fractured her wrist so I spent some time looking after her. But I'm back home now and catching up with everything.

I thought I'd make a one layer card for this challenge where the images wrap around to the back of the card. So to show how that worked here's a brief photo tutorial (the second larger leaf appears on the back of the finished card).

First I embossed the leaves from the Erika's Maple stamp set in a variety of embossing powders. I also embossed the 'falling leaves' words from the sentiment in that set too.

This (blurry) photo shows the difference in the embossing powders.

Then I masked the leaves and stenciled a background to represent an autumnal breeze.

Before folding the card in half I water coloured the leaves with some Zig pens. You can see where the fold will appear because I made a mark at the top of the card so that I could get my placement right.

Easy peasy!

STAMPS:  Visible Image Erika's Maple
STENCILS: Visible Image Fibres
INKS:  Versamark clear, Distress Ink Speckled Egg 
PENS:   Zig Clean Color Real Brushes
OTHER: White card, WOW embossing powders and glitters (Gold Sparkle, Rich Pale Gold, Copper)

Please head on over to the challenge blog to see some fantastic inspiration from the design team


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

Sharon xx