Sunday, 16 August 2015

Celebrate Baby

Hi there!  This week's challenge theme at Less is More is Congratulations - and there is nothing better to be congratulated on than a new baby, is there?

I have chosen a very soft colour palette, of SU Calypso Coral ink stamped off once, and Simon Says Stamp Fog for the elephant (Clearly Besotted 'Baby Shower').  I found this ink gave the best cover for this solid stamp.  The die cut is also by SSS.  The actual 'celebrate' word is from the SU set 'Celebrate Baby' but is now retired.  I think when I decide to mask an area before stamping again, I'd make sure that I can fit more than one word and one letter in the space, as it appears a bit awkward when I have the word in the middle of the space.  We live and learn though, and that's what is so good about entering challenges, isn't it?

As I was finishing the inside of my card, with a row of tiny elephants, I took another look at the soft, pale front, and decided it was too insipid.  So a strip of matching grey card which also neatened the jagged-looking edge, is a big improvement I think.  Pity I didn't think of it before, but hopefully, whoever visits will realise I did know better!

Monday, 10 August 2015

August Blog Hop and Challenge at Scrapbook Boutique

Hi there!  Thanks for visiting today, as we start another Blog Hop and Challenge over at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog!  

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 delicious inspiration photo - I just love those pretty sprinkles / cachoux???  I'm definitely not a baker, but I seem to remember that is what they used to be called when my mum baked.

I took inspiration from the gorgeous turquoise blue, and the black, pearl and silver sparkles, so this is what I came up with, using the Waffle Flower stamp set called Loved, some black heat embossing and Copic markers.  A very simple layout, but I think very suitable for many occasions, including Anniversaries which is what I intend to use it for!  I regret that even with my best efforts, the real sparkle does not show in this photo:(

And a couple more views trying to capture that shimmer and shine!

I hope you will share with us what inspiration you take from the photo this month - it's such fun seeing those wonderfully unique creations!

From here you will head to  Judith's blog 

Thanks for visiting!

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

The Eyes have it!

The one layer theme this week at Less is More is The Eyes Have It!  There were some fabulous inspiration cards from the team, one of which reminded me of an unused stamp I have by Simon Says Stamp - Only Have Eyes For You.  I believe it arrived after Valentine's Day so was put away at the time.

The inspiration for my card (as so many do) came from Therese, who made this card a while back and while I couldn't use her clever technique of the spotlight, it was a great help to me in deciding how and where to place my little character.  I'm happy I have this OLC CAS nailed today lol!

If you're still here, you might like to see the little shaker spider I made, directly copying Jen Shultz who used Taylored Expressions dies to make hers.  I love Taylored Expressions products, but needed mine quickly to take up to Brisbane in a week or so, to make with our little girls, so I improvised and cut the legs by hand.  As you may know, they returned at the beginning of this year from the States, and the youngest one (just 7) on hearing that Halloween isn't such a big thing in Oz remarked:  'I couldn't live in a country that doesn't celebrate Halloween'.!!  What a hoot!  So this is my way of alleviating her 'pain':)  They are loving being back, needless to say - it's still about 23C there - they don't seem to have had any winter this year:)  I felt I could share this today as it also has 'eyes'.