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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Less is More #158

At Less is More #158 this week the challenge is to make a one layer card. I am also entering it into

Top Tip Tuesday the challenge is girly

Sister Act #43 anything goes

Creative Card Crew keep it simple and sweet


The floral stamp is from Kanban and the sentiment stamp is from a set that I bought ages ago which I don't use as much as I should.  I bought it from Create & Craft and it's designed by 3 Birds. I stamped it in Memento rich cocoa as I wanted a softer image and I used the less vibrant colours from my Promarkers.  I was really careful not to press the tips onto the card and have managed to colour it without any ink coming through to the back. I think the image is the perfect size for a small 4x4 card especially as I didn't use the full length of the stems

Monday, 10 February 2014

Christmas tag card

I originally made this card for last weeks challenge at Christmas Card Challenges but didn't photograph it in time.  However as there is only an option for their challenges, otherwise anything goes, I am entering it this week instead (this week's option is blue and silver).  I am also entering it into the challenge

Sister Act Challenges #43, anything goes


The holly is from a Papermania stamp set which I inked up with Versafine vintage sepia and coloured with Promarkers. I went around the edges of the leaves with a Quickie glue pen and then dipped it in Glamour Dust to give a frosted effect.  The berries I highlighted with Glossy Accents. Christmas embossed card  and string are from my stash


Sunday, 9 February 2014

Top Tip Tuesday

I am entering my card into the challenges at

Top Tip Tuesday a girly design

Papertake Weekly  anything goes

Sister Act  anything goes

Divas by Design  to use die cuts

As You Like It  showcase your favourite style and explain why:    I look at cards which are heavily embellished with lots of layers and flowers and think how gorgeous they are but when I have a go at that style myself I'm never comfortable with what I've made. So my favourite style?  A couple of papers and layers(flat or 3D), a topper again flat or 3D,  using a stamped image that I have coloured with ProMarkers and a sentiment. I don't know if there is a style name for it but I do know that it's not CAS as there is no 'white space' but it is what I would call 'clean and tidy' lol 


I have made this card over and over with this stamp and always use different papers and colours, choosing the colour of the image from the background papers.   For this card I've chosen the colours used on the image from the coloured spots on the bottom paper. I've yet to make one where I'm not happy with how it looks.  The image is called Blissful from Little Claire Designs, stamped with a Memento ink pad and coloured with Promarkers and the sentiment stamp is a magazine freebie. My die cuts are Nestabilities and the papers are from the Emma's Garden papers by Jennifer Ellory


Friday, 7 February 2014

Love is all around

The first challenge that I'm entering this card into is at As You Like It where they're asking you to make a card in your favourite style and explain why it's your favourite

I look at cards which are heavily embellished with lots of layers and flowers and think how gorgeous they are but when I have a go at that style myself I'm never comfortable with what I've made. So my favourite style?  A couple of papers and layers(flat or 3D), a topper again flat or 3D,  using a stamped image that I have coloured with ProMarkers and a sentiment. I don't know if there is a style name for it but I do know that it's not CAS as there is no 'white space' but it is what I would call 'clean and tidy' lol  I am also entering it into the challenged at

Crafty Sentiment Designs for love is in the air

Papertake Weekly anything goes

Paper Pretties #296  Love/Valentine

Sister Act  anything goes

I have made this card with my daughter's wedding anniversary in mind.  I've tried to capture the hair colours as close as I can :o)
The image is from LOTV and I've coloured it using my ever faithful ProMarkers after stamping with Memento.I chose the colour palette from the colours in the lower background paper which is from My Mind's Eye, the top paper is from Webster's Pages.  I was really lucky in that I had the right colour green card for matting.  If I hadn't I would have coloured it to match using ProMarkers.  I used Nestabilities dies and my Grand Calibur for the topper and sentiment, mounting them with 3D foam


Monday, 3 February 2014

Rainbow

Simply Less is More is celebrating their third birthday with a colour challenge rainbow.  I am also entering it into

Allsorts #244  love

Addicted to CAS #31 also love

Before anything else I'm apologising for the cheesy sentiment on this card lol


A very quick and easy card to do. i started out by using my computer to print the sentiment, font Girls are Weird, and then layered it onto red card.  I stamped the hearts with Memento ink but I don't know where it came from.  I attached the sentiment using a large paperclip from Asda

A little bit of lace

I have got yards and yards of lace in my stash but it is something that I very rarely use. I have told myself that I have got to start using more of  the items that are lurking in my stash just waiting to see the light of day. I am entering this card into the challenges at

Divas by Design  vintage with lace

Paper Pretties #295  texture


I always have difficulty with tent fold landscape cards in that they seem to want to collapse with very little encouragement.  I now do most of them by joining two pieces of card along the short edge.
I used an A4 embossing folder from Die 'sire, Dottie to give texture to the card with my Grand Calibur.  I then used Tim Holtz distress ink pad weathered wood to swipe over the card to give definition to the dots. About an inch in from the left side of the front card I made a crease to allow the card to be opened more easily. I joined the front and the back of the cards by punching two holes in the border and tying some lace through them.  Using my Crop-a-dile corner chomper I rounded the corners of the card.  The blue panel was made from Papermania textured card which I die cut using the Grand Calibur and Spellbinder's Decorative Labels #8.  The postcard is a stamp from Crafty Individuals using Memento ink and coloured using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I added Card Candy which was originally white but coloured using a Promarker. There is definitely a great deal of texture to this card.



New job

I made this card for my husband as he has recently started a new job.  This time last year he was made redundant and the only jobs available were all part time so he took one in the hope that it would only be a temporary measure until he could find something better.  Just before Christmas he had a phone call from an acquaintance offering him a full time job.  As you can imagine he said yes straight away

I am entering it into the Sister Act challenge #42 which is anything goes  


I used a Me to You kit that I bought a long time ago before Docrafts got the licence to produce it.  It was so quick and easy to do.  I cut two of the papers, inked the edges with a Memento ink pad, cut the elements from the kit and mounted them using 3D foam, and finished it off with a computer generated sentiment using my favourite font, Girls are Weird 

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Something New

For the challenge at Whimsy Stamps the theme is something new

Also over at Sister Act Card challenge #42 anything goes


When my daughter and son-in-law moved house I made this card for them. It includes a few of my favourite techniques. Stamping, masking and colouring. Firstly I stamped the houses from a set by Polka Doodle using Memento ink pad. I then stamped them on post-it notes and cut them out, making sure that was still some sticky on the back.  I then covered the stamped images on the card with those on the post-it notes. I then coloured the background and foreground using a variety of inks using sponge pieces. After I removed the post-its I stamped some of the foliage stamps that were in the set and then coloured the images with ProMarkers. I mounted the panel onto dark blue card and then attached it to the card front.