Saturday, 6 February 2016

Happy 5th Birthday Less is More!

I'm really thrilled to have been asked to join in with the birthday celebrations at Less is More today - the challenge is 5 years old!   Can you believe it?  Time sure does fly when you're crafting every Saturday morning!    Checking the challenge is the first thing I do every Saturday.......    Thanks so much for inviting me to play along ladies.

So, the challenge today is White on White with a hint of black, gold or silver.   I love the cleanness of a white on white card and knew as soon as they gave me the challenge details that I wanted to play with the lovely new layering die from Concord and 9th, they really do have some of the most interesting dies on the market.   This one is Layers of Love and it would be just perfect for wedding invites!

I started with a square base card and trimmed 2 squares of 300gsm white card just slightly smaller than the base card.  I die cut the two different hearts from the centres - one on each card to get the layers which were simply stuck to the base card with foam tape.

My hint of gold comes from a gold foiled word die (Wplus9 Flower Doodles) foiled using stick-it adhesive and therefore no need of a laminator!   To match the gold I added some tiny gold gems into the holes in the floral layer.

As usual - white cards are a pig to photograph - it does look much more beautiful irl!

Hope you're inspired to join in the fun - there are even prizes up for grabs so what are you waiting for?!?!?

Saturday, 23 January 2016


I'm playing with the challenge at Less is More today and they are looking for CAS cards with silhouettes.  I had a few ideas but couldn't find everything I was looking for but a dig through my old stash did stir up some unused stock so I've made 3 cards!

I started with a set I think is by Craft Work cards but its from before I labelled things!  Simply stamped the cage on a tiny 3x3 card and stamped the silhouette bird inside it.  The sentiment is by Elzybells.

Then I found this old car - no idea who its by.  Did a little distress inking with some water splatters and stamped the car over top.  The sentiment is kaisercraft I think.

Finally I faked a silhouette using a Little Claire Christmas cats set and stamping it and colouring it in with a sharpie before cutting it out.  Did some more distress inking and trimmed a window frame with a craft knife (cos I did the inking first and my die was too small to cover it!)  Added a moon with picket fence dauber and some stickles for a glow.  The sentiment is Elzybells again.

 Thanks for visiting.



Sunday, 10 January 2016

New Seven Hills Blog Challenge

We've launched the new blog for my store today with our first monthly craft challenge for 2016 ahead of the new store opening tomorrow (fingers crossed)

All you have to do is make a project on ANY theme, using AT LEAST 3 colours from ONE of the 3 colour palettes below and there is a £15 prize for the winning project.

For my project I was totally inspired by this card by Laura Bassen.   I loved the "innie and outie" die cutting technique as it adds lots of interest really easily!

I started with a panel of 300gsm card stock and did some ink blending (not as well as Ms Bassen unfortunately but ink blending is her super power!) using shades of blue and green distress inks.  I then die cut them using some nested star dies.  The panel "waste" was then adhered to the base card and you just work to the middle adding foam behind alternate stars.

The sentiment panel was die cut from glitter card using an MFT accent it celebration die set and was popped up on foam to add to the dimension.

It's a really fun technique so I will be looking for other nested shapes to play with!

Hope you're inspired to come and play along with us.


Monday, 4 January 2016

Spreading a little love....

I've been waiting in vain for some decent light to take a shot of this card I made on Saturday for the latest LIM challenge which is to use neutral colours, but it looks like Sheffield is never going to emerge from under the grey skies so this is the best I can do.

I used a super cute stamp from Stamping Bella's new "stuffies" range - this is one is ellie loves phant and I just think it is totally adorable and it is such fun to colour.  To keep with the theme of the challenge I used nothing but cool and warm greys and am really pleased with how the colouring came out.   I framed it using a MFT die and added a sentiment from Mama Elephant as it filled the frame better than the "I love you" that comes with the stamp.   I added a few grey die cut hearts to link the two together - they are by Paper Smooches.

Right - back to work - I have lots to do on getting our new store site up and running this week!

Thanks for visiting

Saturday, 12 December 2015

What's in your stocking?

The challenge at Less is More this week is a one layer card featuring what's in your stocking   I made a couple, but one isn't one layer so fails the criteria but it made me giggle so I'm sharing it anyhow.

Here's my one layer version featuring the cute little elf from Santa's Elves by MFT.

I used a die with an embossing mat to create a one layer frame and then coloured the image with pencils so the colour doesn't show on the inside.

Now for my not quite one layer version. This one features a stamp by Waffle Flower called Stockings and what's inside the stockings is, for those who know me well, definitely what I'll be wishing for on Christmas Day ;-)

I covered up the "You" in the sentiment with a word stamped with alphabet stamps and added the tops of bottles from a Simon Says Stamp set called Adult Beverages.   All backed with the classic gin bottle green ;-)   [Although my preferred gins these days come in a clear bottle!]

Right I really must make a few more quick cards so I can get them written and in the post on Monday!

Saturday, 14 November 2015

One Layer Santa

I have lots of stuff I should be doing right now, but I decided to give myself 10 minutes off to play along with my favourite weekly challenge.  Less is More this week want One Layer Santa cards and this is my super quick take on it.

I die cut a moustache using some Paper Smooches dies through post-it tape and sponged unicorn white ink through.  The sentiment is stamped using Violet's ABCs from Lawn Fawn and then the whole thing got fine white embossing powder.

I did make a pair of these whilst I had the supplies out to boost my stocks for Christmas, but my Tip of The Week is do not try and wipe the dust from your embossing buddy off  before the embossing powder cools down...........


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Colours of Fire

This week's Less is More challenge is to use the colours of fire and nothing else (other than neutral or metallics) and I took it a bit literally and used a fire image too.

I used a fun new set from MFT called Toasty Greetings which I think is just hilarious!  I just love the roly poly snowmen and this one and his penguin friend with their marshmallow kebabs are perfect to pair with a fire and coloured with reds, oranges and yellows for a warm and toasty feel mean it fits the challenge perfectly.   As it's a one layer card I coloured them with polychromos pencils, added a sentiment from the same set and a couple of red-pen drawn broken borders to tie it all together.

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