Sunday, 23 October 2016

Vellum or Acetate

Recipe this week at Less is More is to use vellum or acetate.  Stunning creations by the DTs to inspire, but I chose the vellum this time.  I wish I'd had more time to create, as then I would have attempted a beautiful technique used by Therese Calvird on the corner of a card which was published in Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft Issue 23 Vol 2 pg 26, where she created a bouquet of flowers, some of which were inside the card, but seen through the acetate corner.  Difficult to describe but really beautiful!

Alas, I'm not Therese, so here are my cards, created for this challenge.

 This card used a stamp by Power Poppy - such beautiful illustrations by Marcella! -  white heat embossed on vellum and coloured with Copics on the back side.  Fussy cut out and placed over Fresh Foliage die by Memory Box, also cut in vellum.  The specks are from Stampin' Up! Grunge set.

I'm making lots of Christmas cards at the moment, keeping them very simple as I need about 100 in total - some for family but most for my Club and to donate, so my next card adds to that stash.

I've used the tree stamp from the Christmas Tree set in Die Cutting Essentials, stamping with Versafine Onyx black onto vellum, and clear heat embossing.  This was then cut with the matching die, as was the water coloured card behind, then the vellum attached over with the glue placed strategically under the stamping.  More spatters from SU Grunge set.  In real life, there is some obvious dimension, as the vellum curls up at the edges.

CASeing Stampin' Up!

A quick post of two cards I made, totally caseing a card I saw online by Brenda Keenan, but I can't find it again on her blog.  If I do, I'll post it later.

PS.  I have just found a similar card on Pinterest and the link is here:  

It is created by cutting a 'mask' from scrap paper, using the large leaflet framelet.  Inside the mask, you stamp a tree from Sheltering Tree.  And then have fun spongeing the colours inside the leaf!  This is similar to the card I saw online, which may have come from the SU itself.  You end up with a one-layer card, with lots of depth - of course I added layers beneath to show off the beautiful colours:)

Now the next one, is my own invention, copying the same process.  I've used a large butterfly die to create the mask, and inside I stamped a Medallion by Stampin' Up!  I used aqua, purple and pinks for the butterfly colours to make a different look.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Spiders and Insects!!

Great challenge theme this week at Less is More - it is Spiders or Insects!

I thought I'd use my mason jar stamp by Dear Lizzy and a ladybug from Paper Smooches 'Little Lady' to create a handy card for friends who have succumbed to one of the many viruses plaguing us at present.  It's hard to find someone who hasn't been affected this past winter, even though we all diligently take our vaccine for the flu.  Spring has just sprung here and we are so looking forward to warmer weather:)

I stamped the lid again on a spare piece of card, and popped it up on foam dots - it just added a bit of form to this very simple card.  The sentiment was computer generated, in Two Peas Hearts Delight font.  A strip of paper by Heidi Swapp and glossy accents on the bug to finish.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Scrapbook Boutique October blog hop and challenge

Wow!  Where has the year gone already?  We will soon be caught up with the 'busyness' of Christmas, summer and holidays no doubt, so I'm happy to welcome you to this month's Blog Hop and Challenge at Scrapbook Boutique - let's have fun while we can!

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!  

Here is this month's gorgeous mood board, to inspire you!  It may be the butterflies, the colours, the designs - whatever takes your fancy!

 I love using butterflies in my cards, so I was very happy with this challenge!  I was inspired by the idea of drifts of butterflies and those lovely pink colours!

To create my stencil for the background butterflies, I punched from acetate a small butterfly using a Martha Stewart punch, and sponged the negative space with Distress Inks - either Spun Sugar or Worn Lipstick, moving the stencil around and overlapping the butterflies.  I was happy with this drift!

For my focus butterfly, I watercolored some card with those same Distress Inks, and when dry, cut out the background butterfly with Memory Box Terrace Butterfly.  For the second layer, I used a similar sized die by Memory Box - Lunette.

For my sentiment, I used one of the script word dies by Scrapbook Boutique - I can vouch that this lovely word die cut beautifully!  I also used the same silver card to cut a few hearts.  Finally my panel was cut with the scalloped rectangle from the Basic Set by Mama Elephant and adhered to a grey card base.

Now to the housekeeping part - 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 open to Australian  and New Zealand residents.

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!

Sunday, 9 October 2016


Dream is the theme for this week at Less is More - and it's a one-layer card!  I loved the sound of this challenge, so I'll get straight to it!

This ethereal image (a freebie set by Indigo Blu in the magazine Australian Simply Cards) has been stamped in ombre ink, and clear embossed.  When thoroughly dry and cool - and rubbed with an anti-static bag, I scribbled various parts of the image with a Quickie glue pen, and sprinkled glitter on, and left it to dry.  The sentiment by Inspired by Stamping, has been inked with Dapper Denim by Stampin' Up!  A couple of score lines to ground my image and some coordinating sequins and my one-layer card is complete.

I have tried again to capture the sparkle, but not too successfully I'm afraid.  However, even without the sparkle, I feel it is pretty enough:)

Sunday, 2 October 2016

WCMD - and the card I made on that day

Yesterday I was engrossed with all the cards I saw on fb and elsewhere marking this special day in the cardmakers' calendar, and one technique that really caught my eye was the Pop and Pivet card.  I saw several of these cards, some using Stampin' Up! products that looked great, and one video I watched used Kaisercraft products.  This video shows the method I used to make my pop and pivot card, shown by Collette Mitrega on youtube.  She is an excellent tutor, because here is my card:

 I used paper by Kaisercraft for all the sections - from the 6.5" x 6.5" paper pad, Holly Jolly.

As the front of the card is lifted, the folded inside pages begin to unfold.

This is the inside fully extended.  I do have to wonder though, how do you display this card - I guess you have to keep it closed and then when it's opened - Surprise!

It was fun to make, and if you are interested, do check out Colette's video tutorial!

WCMD - and Less is More

World Card Making Day has had loads of publicity on the internet this weekend, and although it was technically yesterday, I'm finally getting organised enough to post a card or two for this special occasion.  The challenge at Less is More today is a colour one - turquoise and lilac!  A beautiful combination, shown off superbly by the design team members.

 So the first is the one that I'll be entering in this challenge, but the second is a bonus!  I loved the colour combination so much that I decided to make two cards - both images are from the same set, which includes the gorgeous sentiment stamps.

The stamp set was a freebie included in a recent publication:  Cardmaking in Easy Steps, Issue 17.  It is an Australian magazine, and I love that their photopolymer stamps are of a very good quality - I think you can see that with the crisp sentiments.

card recipe:  white heat emboss the image, mask the circle and use the following Distress Inks to sponge - Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers.  The sentiments were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black

For both cards, I used Stampin' Up! 5 x 3.5" notecards, and they are both one layer cards - so I think I'll be making more of these for my donations to Caring Hearts Card Drive this year.