Wednesday, 24 August 2016


This week's challenge at Less is More is on the theme of 'something exotic'.  How fun!

My search of suitable exoticism provided me with a lovely flower cluster I had stamped at a card group, so don't know its origin, but I think it is Japanese cherry blossom - so this is what I created.

Image is heat embossed in gold, I also found a little wooden stamp by Kaiserstamp of Japanese characters that says Peace, and I watercolored the panel with distress inks.  Having cut out my flower spray, and popping it up on the panel, I dabbed and smeared gold pigment over the background.  The panel was cut with ME Basic Die set, and mounted on a black card.  I think this looks exotic - and I like it:)

Rushing off to act as Secretary at our Probus Club, so must fly!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Something French

Less is More has a one layer challenge this week, and the theme is 'something French'.  Ooh la la!  so many things we think of when we think French, but one layer - so no dies!!

When we have visited Provence, we have loved the rolling fields of lavender, so this has been my choice this week:

Card recipe:
Stamps:  'Lavender' by Power Poppy - image stamped wet on watercolour paper, sentiment stamped with Versafine Onyx Black, using the Misti to stamp twice.
Colour:  Distress Markers

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Scrapbook Boutique August Challenge and Blog Hop

Welcome once again to Scrapbook Boutique's monthly challenge and blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Angela's amazing blog but if you didn't and want to start at the beginning, just click on the SBB blog link above and start again!  

Once again we have a gorgeous mood board to inspire you:

Isn't this board just so delicious!  I love strong greens and that dramatic chartreuse colour, though sadly I can never wear it:( 

I have been quiet on my blog for a little while, and so for this challenge, I dived right in, and created not one, but three cards!  

 But first to the housekeeping part of this blog - if you want to create something or just join in to win, there are two ways you can participate in this 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 now open to New Zealand residents as well as Australian.

So firstly, my main card created especially for the challenge:
a very literal interpretation of the bokeh lights and leaves, which were die cut from watercolour paper smooshed with Distress Inks.  The bokeh was created by sponging inside punched circle shapes with the same Distress inks.

 A sentiment (from Polynesian Paradise) was white embossed on vellum to maintain the very soft style.

I loved the yellowy green cardstock I had created so much, and thought my left over watercolour paper could be used on a Christmas tree, so this is my second card - the tree is one of the images in the MFT stamp set:  'Santa's Elves'.  I added a starry die cut feature with more green inlaid in the stars, and some sparkle glitter adhered to the small circles.  I also picked up the grey with my base card and cut circle.  I quite like the non-traditional colour scheme of this card:)

I admit this card is a bit OTT - but I loved the shawl on the board, with its muted pattern and fringe catching the sunlight, so created this card, which also uses succulents featured in the mood board - the succulents are from Mama Elephant: 'Potted Pretties'.  I pleated some organza ribbon as a hint to the fringe.  As I say, a bit over the top, but hey, I thought I'd give it a try.  The stitched lines die cut panel is by an Australian crafter - and can be found at My Little Paper World.

I can't wait to see what you create for this challenge - each month the entries are just amazing and we love to see how everyone seems to take something unique from the mood board.

Now you should hop on over to Linda's fantastic blog!

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Colour challenge at Less is More

It has been ages since I've been able to join in the weekly challenges at Less is More, but I've finally found the time to start again!  This week their challenge is a colour one, and they have chosen brown and blue!  Here is my card:

Card recipe: 
Stamp:  digi image from Power Poppy - Forget-me-not thanks
Colour:  Copics with Spectrum Noir clear sparkle over the flowers
Frame:  Spellbinder Fleur de Lis Square Nestabilities - largest size.