Monday, 24 April 2017


I rarely get time to browse challenges and play along but I do try when I get a spare 10 minutes and when I saw the stripes theme come up on Less is More this weekend I had an immediate flash of inspiration and came up with this!

Simple embossed striped lines topped with a stripe of yellow stars and an "all stars" sentiment to go with them.  I used an MFT die called stitched strip to create the stripes and stars and scattered a few of the stars from the die around the card for fun.  The sentiment is from a discontinued MFT stamp set.

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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Less is More is 6!

Less is More was the first challenge blog I ever played in - I played along in Week 2, One Layer Botanicals, for the first time which is 6 years ago this week!   I am back to join in their month long birthday celebration and its fitting that I am playing along and sponsoring week 2 which is the dreaded one layer week (although actually I love making one layer cards - who doesn't love a bit of masking!)

My store, Seven Hills Crafts, is sponsoring this week with a £20 voucher to spend in store, so do make sure you play along - there will be 4 prizes in total this month so make sure you visit every week.

The challenge was to create a one layer card featuring opposites - now the one layer thing didn't phase me but I spent a long time head scratching about what opposites to use, but finally settled on rain and shine.

I used Chance of Rain by Mama Elephant and used masking to create a little scene with the girl and her teddy in matching macs and wellies - simply stamped and coloured with polychromos pencils (no colour shows on the inside this way which is handy for one layer cards).  The sun, clouds and rain came from Sending Sunshine from Wplus9. 

Do check out the rest of the lovely examples over on the Less is More Blog and link up your entries before Friday evening.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Shaker Bauble

I managed to have a quick play with a card for this week's Less is More challenge which is to use acetate or vellum so I've used the new acetate shaker cups from MFT to create a fun shaker bauble.

I used some papers from Echo Park's new Deck the Halls Paper pad and cut two circles, cutting a second circle out of one of them to create a frame to conceal the edge of the shaker cup.  I added some sequins and beads and then sealed the circles adding a gold ornament top die cut to turn the circles into a bauble.

Finished with some strips of paper and glitter paper and a sentiment from Mama Elephant.  I think I'll make a set of these from all the different papers in the pad as they come together quite quickly and everyone loves a shaker!

Saturday, 10 September 2016

One Layer Florals

The Less is More challenge this week is to create a one layer card featuring your favourite flower.  This was a bit of a challenge for me as I don't really have a favourite flower - I like lots of them the key thing is I like them all in one colour so I went with that.  My hubby knows better than to send me red roses - if its going to be roses they have to be yellow, same goes for tulips, gerberas - as long as they're yellow (or pale green as I think green flowers are weird and interesting) then I will like them (unless they're sunflowers, I don't like sunflowers for some reason I can't explain)   Anyhow, enough for my waffling - on with the card!

I used the new layering set from Altenew called Remember This which pairs with their previously released Beautiful Day from where the larger leaves in the corner are taken.  I decided to go for grey leaves rather than green as I love grey and yellow as a colour combo and I wanted to try out the Altenew grey inks.  The outline stamping is done with the darkest shade (including the flowers) and then the colouring in is done with the paler two.   The yellows are MFT dye inks in lemon chiffon, sunshine and pineapple.  I added a tiny bit of pencil shading in ochre and brown.  I used my finger to hint at colour behind the flowers to suggest they are part of a bigger bush by dotting some yellow around - in hindsight that may have been better blended out more but hey ho its dry now!

Sunday, 28 August 2016

My World

I have an entry for this week's LIM challenge which is to use peel offs or stickers somewhere on your CAS card.  This may have turned out to not have enough empty space but I think it is still generally CAS.

I used a new set from Altenew called Big World which stamps the globe in 3 layers and I die cut it with a circle die.  I used a spinner disc so the world does spin to match the sentiment which is embossed in white.  I used a white pencil and a clear wink of stella to create the glow around the world.

For my sticker element, I used some peel offs and die cut the stars from the "waste" around them.  I finished with a few dots from a gel pen to complete the galaxy.

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Cryptic Christmas

I've got a super quick, super last minute entry to this week's Less is More Challenge as I had a last minute idea for a Cryptic Christmas card using their theme

I decided to leave it exactly as is with no sentiment as I "hope" its self explanatory!   The hen stamp is from an old Waltzingmouse stamp set.

That's all for now, need to link it up before it closes!


Monday, 1 August 2016

Geometrically Challenged

We've got a new challenge starting today over at Seven Hill's Crafts with a £15 prize to be won.  The theme is geometry and this is my inspiration card for the challenge.

I was inspired by copper and how it changes colour as it gets verdigris so simply used one stamp set Tribal Chic from Lil' Inker Designs with 4 shades of teal  MFT inks to create an ombre geometric pattern with Copper embossed accents.  The stamp set is really fun as it has lots of strips you can mix and match to make endless patterns and some little extra elements like a single triangle which I used to bring the pattern to a point before embossing one of the sentiments from the set in copper to tie it all together.

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