Monday, 28 March 2011

Less Is More Challenge Week 8

Over at the Amazing LESS IS MORE CHALLENGE Blog this week we have been asked to follow a sketch.


Never followed a sketch before so here goes, by the way i have done three cards for my entry this week but am putting them all in one post to save time on the the commenting. If this is incorrect please tell me and i will change it asap.

Card One

LIM wk 8 01 sewing

LIM wk 8 02 sewing 

All three of my cards this week are small tall cards; chose to use the Sewing Stamps i got last week from Creative Expressions for my first card. The background is one i created using Distress Inks and Cosmic Shimmer Sprays.  The black tape is from Prima Clearly IOD range and the copper mirror card imho compliments the background colour.  Used Versafine ink pad to stamp the image which on the image doesn’t do it justice, looks much better in real life.

Card Two

LIM wk 8 02 get well

LIM wk 8 01 get well

Used chipboard frame from an old Brenda Pinnick kit, the background is another one i created using distress Inks and the tag was a present from a friend; the ribbon was from a local charity shop. Distressed the frame, the circle and the ticket as sometimes that’s just how i feel when not well…

Card Three

LIM wk 8 02 rabbit

LIM wk 8 01 rabbit

Use some Around-To-It stamps direct to paper to form the border and masked the larger egg to stamp them in a line.  Don’t do masking very often and practiced before i did it on the card this time lol… The bunny is from the same stamp set as is the stamp that goes around the edge of the circle.  This card has not photographed well and am sorry you can’t see things very clearly.  Used Sakura Glitter pens and watered them down to get this pastel shimmer look on the border. The bunny was coloured using ProMarkers. Used Versafine Sepia ink as i was reminded of chocolate whilst stamping the eggs.

My cards are not too good this week but am putting them in the challenge anyway as hoping your comments will guide me to make them better.  Am going to apologise again this week as i still have the lurgy and am still feeling very tired amid the coughing and sneezing.  Will try to get around to as many of your entries as possible but as there are so many i am finding it difficult.

Thanks for dropping by and stay well:-)

Monday, 21 March 2011

Less Is More Challenge Number 7

Over at the wonderful ‘Less Is More’ Challenge site this week the subject is to make a masculine card.  Like most people i struggled with this topic but here is the card .  I am wondering if there is too much space at the top of the card, what do you think…
LIM wk 7 01 LIM wk 7 03
LIM wk 7 02

Materials Used:
A6 card Blank
Sizzix Die – Camera
Toilet Roll inner
Acrylic metallic paints and brush
Cigarette Cards
Fiskers fancy edged ruler
Cord embellishment off a candle (£ store)
Creative Imaginations Photo Stamp set
Adirondack Slate Grey ink pad

Not feeling too well at the moment, i have a head cold and cough so please forgive me if i don’t get around to many of you this week.  I am finding it very hard and really time consuming to comment on the entries so i am going to comment on as many as i can get to in an hour each day.  I hope that this is acceptable and you will be understanding. I can see this site becoming VERY VERY popular as the entries grow each week and i am trying to set my boundaries.  Thanks to both Chrissie and Mandi for all of their comments so far, you have both been amazing! 
Would also like to say that if i do put up more than one card please do not feel obligated to comment on each one, i would be very happy if you had the time to look at all three and leave just one comment.  I have had some really great feedback from those who have left comments and i ask that you continue to give feedback whenever you can as i am learning from you all:-)
Thanks to those who have followed me since i joined this site, i am overwhelmed by your kindness.
Thanks for dropping by and have a great week:-)

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Birthday Card For a Special Friend

Made this for my VERY special friend who turns, well i’ll leave that to the imagination lol…

Birthday Boy Mar 2011 01

Birthday Boy Mar 2011 02

Birthday Boy Mar 2011 03 

Used some stitched paper which i coloured using Distress Inks, stamps are from Crafty Individuals, tickets are digital so printed them off and coloured using Brilliance Silver ink Pad.  The ribbon is one from 2009 Christmas range and finally used a children's Dymo Tool to make the words.

He really liked his card and commented that the new challenge site Less Is More is having an effect on the way i now put my cards together.  He is pleased as he isn’t a fan of anything with clocks or grunge…

Thanks for dropping by:-)

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Less Is More Challenge Card 3

Final entry for this weeks “off the edge” challenge.  Just got the Sam Poole stamp plate “Vintage Sewing “ from Creative Expressions and this is my first time using the stamps.  Really love how they all work together, eventually i want to do some metal work with the dress form and use it in one of my configurations houses… Anyway less chat and more images lol:-)

LIM wk 6 one layer hanging off sewing 01

LIM wk 6 one layer hanging off sewing 02

LIM wk 6 one layer hanging off sewing 03

LIM wk 6 one layer hanging off sewing 04

Materials Used 

Creative Expressions Vintage Sewing stamp plate

Versafine Ink Pad

Sakura Stardust Pens

Textured cardstock

This started off as an A6 card but after i looked at how everything worked together i decided to chop it down to a square card.  The line of stitches went all the way to the top of the card but just looked ‘wrong’, decided to crop it down and this now looks much better imho… All of the stamps leave great impressions especially using Versafine Black Ink Pad and stamping onto hammered cardstock.  The sentiment is lovely and made me think of how many parents stitch things for their children .  Do you think there are too many images on this card, let me know what you think.

Thanks for dropping by, have a lovely week:-) 

Less Is More Challenge Card 2

I was inspired by this weeks one layer “off the edge” cards and so have decided to enter more than once.  Here is card number 2…
LIM wk 6 one layer hanging off houses 01
LIM wk 6 one layer hanging off houses 02
LIM wk 6 one layer hanging off houses 03
LIM wk 6 one layer hanging off houses 04
Materials Used
Tanda Stamps New Home
Creative Imaginations stamp
Promarker Pens
Memento Ink Pad
Sakura Gelly Pen

Stamped one of the houses off the edge of the card then using a mask for each house tried to get the individual house stamps to form a terraced row look.  My stamping and colouring could have been a tad neater… I made a mark just above the second house from the left and was going to disguise it as smoke coming from the chimney; instead i covered it up using the smallest bird stamp i could find.  Don’t think this has worked too well as it i think the bird stamp is slightly too big for the size of the house… Your thoughts? When taking pictures of my cards i do get carried away so forgive me if there are too many images but i love taking macro shots as you can see here.

Wanted to say HUGE THANKS to all of you who have commented on my cards over the last few weeks and also to the people who have decided to follow me. I am quite humbled that anyone would want to follow me so thank you again…  Also if i don’t get around to commenting on your entries this week i am sorry, my health doesn’t always allow me to be as active as i would like and it usually means i cannot sit for too long at the computer.
Thanks for dropping by, am off to post my third entry for this weeks challenge:-)

Less Is More Challenge Number 6

This weeks challenge over at the FANTASTIC Less Is More site is  all about one layer cards and the “Off The Edge”technique…I had so many ideas that i have made three different cards.  Not going to upload them all at once though as two of them need some finishing touches.

Here is this weeks card. I have been very lazy here as this card is made from glitter rub ons and nothing else.  I thought it was the perfect quick card to cheer someone up and most people love chocolate, so simple…  Maybe i’ve left too much white space what do you think?

LIM wk 6 one layer hanging off cake 01

I am open to any comments good or bad, enjoy constructive feedback and won’t be offended by any comments.  I am here to learn and hopefully your comments will help me to do that.  If i left ANY comments last week that offended anybody please forgive my lack of tact. 

Thanks for dropping by:-)

Monday, 7 March 2011

Decisions, Decisions…

This week am going to enter the same card for two challenges linked to below, plus and a second one for the PDCC71 challenge.

 Less Is More Pastel Design and


the Play Date Cafe PDCC71 colour splash .


Here is this weeks card for both challenges… After much trial and error, trying out chalks, pencils and Distress Inks this is what i eventually decided to enter.  I designed and cut the scallop DL sized card using my Pazzle Inspiration electronic die cutting machine and software.

Pastel home LIM 05 

The stamps used are from Polka Doodles and Molly Blooms both free with crafting magazines Papercraft Essentials and Simply Homemade.

Used ASDA colouring pencil light blue

Tumbled Glass Distress Ink

Black Versafine Ink to stamp all the images and text

Here are a couple of cards i made but decided not to complete them or made mistakes which meant that they weren’t suitable to enter the LIM challenge…

Pastel LIM 01 distress Pastel heart LIM 02 Pastel banner LIM 03


May i say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the people who visited and commented on last weeks LIM entry.  I was amazed to get so many lovely and positive comments! Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment, each and every single one was much appreciated.

Thanks for dropping by:-)