Thursday, 30 July 2015

Just a note...

The recipe for week 234 at Less is More is to use 'snippets'.  What a fab idea this is, because we crafters always have little bits and pieces on our desk because we 'may' find a use for them one day!  This prompted me to look in my special tea cup bought for me by my eldest grand-daughter, and which holds my latest snippets - there I found various left-over die cut shapes from a quilt die I used some time ago.

Of course I would have loved to have been able to make some clever graphic design with these snippets, but that is not my forte, so I had to be content with a basic pattern below the lovely scripty hello by Wplus9.  At least there are a few less snippets to find a use for now!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Life's a Beach isn't it?

I think in Australia we might use the expression:  'No worries!' to explain this sentiment, but however you say it, I think it expresses the notion that we should take it easy, not to worry about small things, and play like a kid does on the beach.  I hope I'm not wrong in this assumption, or otherwise my card won't fit this week's challenge at Less is More, which is just that:  Life's a Beach!

This flamingo certainly seems to be very happy with life at the beach!  Hope you're all enjoying the summer in the Northern Hemisphere - here it is pretty cold, but you can't complain when the sun is shining (as it is today) wherever you are!

Stamps:  Digi image by Bugaboo, sentiment by Gina K Designs
Card:  Stampin' Up!
Stencil:  Heidi Swapp
Colour:  Copics

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

A Cool Guy

The One Layer Challenge at Less is More this week has a masculine theme which is great, because I mostly need to be encouraged to make masculine cards - they don't come all that naturally!

I black heat embossed my image and sentiment onto watercolour card, and used SU inks - crushed curry, coral calypso and pool party to complete the minimal water colouring needed.

Stamps:  Image and sentiment by Unity, plus a long stamp from Work of Art (SU)
Ink:  Stampin' Up!

Now I'm off to see what wonderful cards have been contributed this week!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, 10 July 2015

July Blog Hop and Challenge at Scrapbook Boutique

Wow!  It is July already, and so another Blog Hop and Challenge at Scrapbook Boutique!

There are two ways you can participate in this fun challenge, and have a chance to win a prize:  you can comment on each blog, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this photo.  Of course you can do both for a chance to win both prizes!  Please check out the rules of entry, and the prizes at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog and note that this challenge is only open to Australian residents.

You should have arrived here from Angela's blog.

Here is this month's stunning photo inspiration - so beautifully feminine, and Olde Worlde, isn't it?

Well, I'm not very good at the vintage style, but I still wanted to use those delicate colours to create a feminine card, so this is what I came up with:

I have used My Favourite Things stamp set:  Scribbled Flowers for my flowers, white heat embossed onto watercolour paper, so that I could colour them using Distress Inks (Worn Lipstick for the pink, and Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Shabby Shutters for the soft green).  I coloured one flower at a time, using clear water to wet the area to be coloured and allowing drips to fall down.  I was concerned not to allow the colours to blend into each other, in case they would make a muddy mess, but towards the end, and gaining in confidence, I did blend over the sentiment, without disaster!  My girly sentiment is from Paper Smooches stamp set:  Little Lady.  To complete the card, I embellished with tulle flowers, punched flowers, small pearls, a few sequins and some lace.  The little felt pink rose was made using MFT small rolled rose die.  The small edge at the bottom of the card was stamped with a border from Mama Elephant's 'Modern Borders'.

I have a second card today, also using the Scribble Flowers - I was having so much fun with them, that I decided to use a different technique on this one.  Again, I heat embossed the scribbles as before, but this time I used inks to stamp the solid image behind.  They looked like balloons to me, so I added strings (using the stems included in the set) cut out my panel using Stitched Journalling Card by Lawn Cuts, and sponged the green and pink inks onto spare card stock to cut the little banner from the same die set.  This was mounted onto the stitched rectangle from Mama Elephant's Basic Die Set.

There are many more images in this stamp set, so stay tuned to see more examples in the coming days.  I'm sure you will find as much to love about this set as I do!

From here you will head to  Judith's blog 

Good luck everyone!

Monday, 6 July 2015

Red, white and blue

A new month and a new challenge at Less is More - this week it is a colour challenge, and the colours are Red, White and Blue - in recognition of the 4th July - Independence Day in the USA.

This week I have been making several cards for Fathers' Day, which we celebrate in September here in Australia, but I have been making them early to give to my daughter, for her two girls'  school fete in August, to help raise money for their school.

This is one of the cards I made, which just happened to be in Red, White and Blue!  It is a 4" x 4" square card, the sail boat die is by Poppy Stamps, and the frame is cut with Lil' Inker stitched squares.  The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up! set called Crazy About You stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  Very simple, and very CAS I thought!