Sunday, 25 January 2015

You Got This!

It's sketch week at LIM and it's a lovely easy one to interpret so I played along for my card at Make the Day Special Stamp Store this week.


This is a new set from Mama Elephant which I just had to get my hands on as I live with a huge comic book fan so super heroes are right up his street!

For this card I used the new lots of stars die 4 times to create the banner shape on the sketch from a card panel and then used distress inks on the base card to get a blended background behind the star shaped holes.

I coloured the super hero copics and cut her out and added her on top.    The sentiment is from the same set and I stamped it in blue to pull the colours together.


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Stretching Cats

 No it's not some kind of weird torture technique - I am a cat lover as you know!  It's just what I did with the new stamp from WaffleFlower I couldn't wait to play with.


I made a gate fold card and using masking and selective inking stretched the cat stamp over the front and right through the middle of the card to make a super-looooonnnnng cat!   I grounded her simply by using a pencil to create a rug for her to stand on.


The sentiments in the set didn't quite say everything I wanted, but again with some selective inking I managed to change day into say and then stamped the sentiment inside with added space to emphasise why everything is stretched.


I took my colour inspiration from the photo of the latest WaffleFlower challenge - the chairs are grey and I used the red lamp as my highlight colour.  http://waffleflower.com/2015/01/waffle-flower-challenge-january-12-25-2015/

On My Mark

Monday, 5 January 2015

Recyling Challenge

Our challenge at my store this month is to recycle something or use household items in your crafting.  I opted to make a pot to hold my new copic ink refills and all you need is a pringles tube, a craft knife, some paper and stamps!  http://makethedayspecialcards.blogspot.com/2015/01/january-challenge-week-1.html


Trim your pringles tube to your desired height with your craft knife (draw a line measured from the base and follow it - use bluetac to hold the tub still to reduce the risk of injury when using a blade to cut something that can roll.....)

Measure your paper to be a couple of centimetres higher than your tube and the right width to go all the way around (I used a sheet of polka dots in my favourite colour from Lawn Fawn)  Use double-sided tape at the top and bottom of the outside of the tube and where the edges meet to secure the paper to the outside.


You then need to make cuts at the top at every centimetre around the tube - this allows you to easily bend the excess over and get a smooth top.  The inside of a pringles tube is resistant to double-sided tape so even though you can see that on the picture above, what actually held the paper on the inside in the end was some pva!  Just spread it around and then fold each tab over in turn and rub more pva over the top when finished to ensure the tabs stay stuck!  (You could tidy the inside up with some washi tape if it's not too neat)


You can stop there, or if you like, you can decorate more with stamps and dies.  I went for a simple rainbow border of pens and pencils using Smarty Pants from Paper Smooches.   I stamped it and cut it out as a border and stuck it on.  For the sentiment (from Headliners) I wanted to go direct to the tube which is a little trickier but it is doable - select your stamp - stick it to your desk and ink it.  Then carefully roll your tube over the stamp in one smooth and even motion.


You could make a whole range of these in different sizes and make your own desk tidy - would be a fun project to make with your kids too.  Once you start looking for containers to upcycle you'll be amazed at what you'll find!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Simply love

A new year and a new challenge at my favourite challenge site.  If you come here often then you know that LIM is the challenge I play along with the most, particularly now crafting time is limited.  I'm such a fan in fact, that I am back as a sponsor this month with my Store so do play along this month as you get some vouchers to go on a little shopping spree if the LIM ladies pick you as their winner!  http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/week-205-colour-challenge.html

This week's challenge is a colour one mo - to use black and metallics with a colour of your choice.  I went for red and a theme of love.  Classically simple.


I used the new scripty love die from Lawn Fawn which is great as it cuts as a whole word not fiddly individually letters and added it over the top of a red glittery heart cut with a Wplus 9 die.   The black background is unusual for a love themed card but it adds strength and drama and I really like it!


Saturday, 13 December 2014

Waltzingmouse Final Challenge

It's a sad day today, but as we've not managed to build up the number of players over at Waltzingmouse Fanatics, we've decided we have to close the challenge so this is our final one ever!   And thanks to Claire we have a great £20 voucher up for grabs and it's an ANYTHING WALTZINGMOUSE GOES challenge.

I decided on a fun Christmas card  using the new Jolly Old Elf set paired with Tis the Season.


I stamped him in red but then drew over some lines and details with black.  A washi tape border brings out the festive fun.

Do play along if you have any Waltzingmouse Stamps - it's your last chance!  http://waltzingmousefanaticschallenge.blogspot.com/2014/12/challenge-33-anything-goes-and-some-news.html

Saturday, 29 November 2014

200 Less is More Challenges

My favourite challenge site has reached a milestone today - 200 challenges and counting!  WOW that's an awful lot of commenting by founder LIMette Chrissie over the last 4 years - thanks so much - we all appreciate your hard work!

Of course I had to join in this week and the theme in honour of this milestone is celebration http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/200th-challenge.html

I went a bit out there and made a simple wedding card - they're a cause for celebration right?


I used the awesome new Sketchy Landmarks set from Altenew which is one of the sides of Westminster Abbey and I just love it - simple yet intricate.  I embossed it in white and then used distress markers scribbled on my acrylic block with a paint brush and water to get a soft water colour look.   I made a mitred corner mount using washi tape and mounted the stitched detail panel on top and finished with a sentiment from the same set.

Thanks for visiting.


Friday, 28 November 2014

Bunny Christmas

I get so little time to craft for fun at the minute but I was really taken by this sketch when I saw it at Retro Sketches tonight that I forced myself to make a quick card before the deadline closes in a few hours.  http://retrosketches.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/retrosketches-142.html


Made with a SSS die, LF Snowday stamps and papers and some washi tape.


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