Saturday, 25 November 2017

Less is More Week #356

Hi guys

These weeks are flying by and we're back with another new challenge at Less is More this morning.  Our Recipe challenge this time is...

Anything that shines/glistens/sparkles/shimmers is perfect for our challenge this week.

One of the techniques Sarah, Sharon and myself were playing with at the Happy Little Stampers retreat earlier this month was making light up cards.  We had great fun making our circuits and it was perfect timing to make our samples for this week's challenge.

Here's mine...

You can find a tutorial on YouTube here by Kylie of Happy Little Stampers which will explain how the circuits are created.  All you need are LED circuit stickers, self-adhesive copper tape and a battery.  I used three white LEDs for my card shining through a snowscape trees die.  I heat embossed my sentiment in white which is the press location for my battery.  I then topped the black panel with the tree die and snow bank die.  The most difficult part is working out all the placement initially, but other than that it's pretty simple, and really effective.  I'll certainly be making more of these!

Materials used:

  • Stamp: Happy Little Stampers - Christmas Joy
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Dies: Craft Emotions - Landscape Pines; Mama Elephant - Landscape Trio
  • Tools: Chibitronics - White LED Circuit Stickers (plus adhesive copper tape and a CR2032 battery)

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #269 - Clean and Simple
Happy Little Stampers - November Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Creative Inspirations - Challenge #283 - Sparkle
Daring Cardmakers - Trim the Tree

Please do check out all of my teamies' great creations this week, including the light up cards also made by Sarah and Sharon.

I'm looking forward to seeing lots of shine in the gallery this week.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kit - November 2017

Good morning

It's time for another get together with the Honeys, and we've all been creating with another great kit of crafty bits and bobs.  Grab a coffee if you like, there's lots of pics below!

For those of you that don't know what this is all about, one of the gang put together a surprise kit which then gets posted to the rest of us.  We then get creative with the same goodies and share our makes here on our blogs.

The latest fab kit was compiled by the lovely Sarah P of Sazzle Dazzle Crafts and mailed out to the rest of the Honeys...

Hazel Hodgkins - Hazel's Paper Designs
Sarah Gray - Funky Fossil Designs
Shona Chambers - Twine Around
Anita Bowden - Neet & Crafty (that's me!)

Here's what was included in Sarah's 'Sugar Fix' kit...

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Reverse Confetti: Donut You Know (plus donut die)
Neat & Tangled: Say Yes to Donuts
Avery Elle: Pick N Mix (plus dies)
Mama Elephant: Carnival Cupcakes (plus dies)

Other Dies:
L’il Inker: Smile
Mama Elephant: Columbus Circle
Neat & Tangled: Hooray word dies

Other Items:
Hobbycraft Basics: patterned paper
Action Wobbler
Doodlebug: bakers twine
Anita’s: half cut pearls

So, here goes with my makes this time..

Card 1:

I used the Mama Elephant Columbus Circle panel backed with some of the polka dot paper and adhered these flat to my card base.  I then used the Mama Elephant die cut cupcake and teddy bear, coloured with ProMarkers and some clear Wink of Stella and popped the teddy bear up on the action wobbler.  I then die cut the Reverse Confetti sentiment using an MFT stitched rectangle and coloured with the same pink ProMarkers and adhered to the base on 3D foam.

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #269 - Clean and Simple
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Food and/or Drink (Mama Elephant)
Happy Little Stampers - November Anything Goes with Dies

Card 2:

I used the Reverse Confetti die cuts and sentiment for this one.  I coloured the doughnut and icing with ProMarkers and adhered these together.  Then, using Glossy Accents I adhered lots of the half cut pearls to the icing die cut and then smothered over the top with more Glossy Accents and left overnight to dry.  On a panel of white cardstock I stamped the sprinkles from my own Clearly Besotted 'With Sprinkles' stamp set in grey ink.  The sentiment was die cut with an MFT pierced square die, adhered to the stamped panel and I then suspended the doughnut from the top of the panel using some twine from the kit.  Here's a close up of the gloss and 'sprinkles' on the doughnut.

Card 3:

This was the simplest of all to make.  I adhered some of chevron patterned paper to the card base, leaving a slim border.  I then used a pink ProMarker, close to the colour of the paper, and coloured over the Neat & Tangled Hooray die cut, which was then adhered over the co-ordinating shadow die cut.  I then used a sentiment from my own Altenew 'Celebrate' stamp set which I heat embossed in white on a strip of black cardstock.  The hooray and sentiment were both popped up on 3D foam.

Challenge entry:

Seize the Birthday - Monochromatic

Card 4:

Using an MFT pierced square die I cut the boy image and some of the polka dot paper and layered these up on a card base.  The image was once again coloured with ProMarkers and topped with some clear Wink of Stella.  I then took my Clearly Besotted 'With Sprinkles' set and stamped the sentiment at the base and within the speech bubble, using a die from Clearly Besotted 'You Said It' die set.

Card 5:

On a panel of white cardstock I used some Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone and spread this through a Hero Arts 'Sprinkles' stencil.  I then coloured the Avery Elle sweet images from the kit and fussy cut these out before adhering around a sentiment from the kit which I die cut with a die from MFT Stitched Sentiment Strips.  The panel was adhered to the base on fun foam and the sweets and sentiment with glue dots.

Challenge entry:

Creative Inspirations - Challenge #283 - Sparkle

I hope you like what I did with the kit, and I'm now ready to go and visit my fellow Honeys to see what they created with the same goodies.

Thanks so much for visiting today, I'll be back shortly with details of the new challenge at Less is More :)

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Less is More Week #355

Good morning, crafters

I've just got back from a fantastic week away with some crafty friends.  First was the Happy Little Stampers craft retreat in Manchester last weekend organised by the fabulous Kylie, where I once more got to meet up with some ladies I met at last year's retreat, as well as meeting a few for the first time, including my lovely LIM Teamie, Sharon who came over from Portugal.  Then myself and Kylie were lucky enough to stay in Cumbria with another LIM teamie, the awesome Sarah P for a few days.  Thanks so much Sarah for keeping us fed and watered and showing us your lovely home town and the surrounding area.  So, I'm pretty shattered after getting home just yesterday.

But back to it, and we have a great Theme challenge for you this week over at Less is More.  Our lovely teamie, Susan, has a birthday tomorrow so our theme this week is all about CASEing her card design which is below.  Happy Birthday, Susan, I hope you have a terrific birthday tomorrow xxx

Susan's gorgeous card...

And Dies to Die For continues as our sponsor for the month of November so don't forget that by playing along you could be in with a chance of winning our monthly prize!

As I was away I only managed one CASE card before I left but at least it's another one to add to my (still very lacking) Christmas card collection!  I simply used the same layout as Susan, using another cute Christmas image with a sentiment below in a similar font, as well as the predominant red and green colours...

This is a simply stamped and coloured one layer card.  I stamped the sentiment and image in black ink and coloured with colouring pencils.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Lili of the Valley - James Christmas Tree; Clearly Besotted - Rockin' Robin
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos

Challenge entries:

Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #58 - Trees
Crimbo Crackers - Challenge #145 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #268 - Holiday
Stamping Sensations - November Challenge - One Layer Christmas Cards
Simply Create Too - Challenge #133 - CAS

As usual, my teamies are sharing some great inspiration linked over on the LIM challenge blog, and while you're there, why not also pop along to wish Susan a happy birthday.

I made lots of cards while I was away so I'll endeavour to share these with you over the next few weeks, once I get chance to photograph them properly.

I hope to be back fairly soon.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Muse Challenge #241 - Leafy Thank You

Good afternoon

It's the first Monday of the month and therefore, once again it's my turn to be your designer over at Muse.

The idea at Muse is to take inspiration from any element(s) of the designer's card, i.e. colours, layout, theme, technique, etc.  And what makes Muse pretty unique is that the winners each week are voted for by your fellow participants, and as part of the rules we ask that you visit at least three other entrants to show some support.

For my design this week I've chosen to make another card appropriate for the season, certainly here in the UK the trees are become bare and the ground is covered with colourful leaves.  And hopefully the different elements will inspire you to play along...

I used an embossing folder to emboss the leaf pattern on a panel of white cardstock and adhered this to a green card base.  I then die cut a stitched sentiment strip from the same green cardstock and embossed the sentiment in white which I adhered to the centre.  Using my MISTI, I then inked up the leaves, overstamping multiple times to achieve the blend of autumnal colours.  This was then die cut with the co-ordinating die and popped up on 3D foam squares.

Materials used:
  • Embossing folder: Darice  - Leaves Assorted Pattern
  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Sentiment Strips, Clearly Besotted - Little Things
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Sweet Little Sentiments, Little Things
  • Ink: VersaMark; Altenew - Mocha, Moss, Autumn Blaze, Grapevine
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White

Challenge entries:

Just Us Girls - Word Week #418 - Thankful
Altenew - November Inspiration Challenge 2017
Fusion Challenge - Autumn Leaves (I used the photo/not the sketch)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Thanks/Thanksgiving

Thanks so much for popping by today, and I hope I've provided some inspiration for you to pay along this week


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Less is More Weeks #353 & #354

Good morning, lovely crafters

Well, from the post title you will note that I've included two week numbers.  That's because the new challenge just starting over at Less is More will run for a fortnight.  A few of the DT, including myself will be away having fun at the Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat next week so we thought it would make more sense to have a two-weeker, and that will also give you more time to create, or of course create more than one entry if you like. 

As usual our first challenge of the month is a Colour challenge and here's our cue card...

Fireworks or firework colours are fine for this challenge,
just remember to keep your projects clean and simple.

And for the month of November our fabulous sponsor is Dies to Die For, so don't forget to play along throughout November for a chance to win the monthly prize.

Our September winner, the super talented Birgit is joining us as Guestie this week, so please do pop over to her blog and show her some love.

Just one card from me this time, using ink blending and emboss resist.  Unfortunately my camera doesn't show the vibrancy of the colours too well here, but hopefully you get the idea...

I began by blending different areas on some white cardstock with different coloured Distress Inks.  Once dry and treated with anti-static powder, I stamped the floral background with VersaMark before heat embossing with clear powder.  I then blended over the entire background using black ink, which revealed the floral pattern, trapping the colour underneath.  I then mixed some white mica powder with a little water and splattered over the design.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in silver sparkle on a vellum strip which I wrapped around the panel, before mounting on some silver glitter card and adhering to the card base.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Picked Rasperry, Wilted Violet, Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Salty Ocean, Candied Apple, Black Soot; VersaMark
  • Stamps: Wow! - Chrysanthemum; Clearly Besotted - Sunburst
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Clear Gloss, Metallic Silver Sparkle
  • Mica Powder: Honey Doo Crafts - White Opal
  • Glitter card from stash

Challenge entries

Creative Inspirations - Challenge #283 - Sparkle
Simply Create Too - Challenge #133 - CAS
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #266 - Anything Goes
AAA Cards - CAS Game #102 - Ink Blending

My teamies have created some great cards this week so please do pop over to the main challenge blog for more inspiration.

Thanks so much for visiting today, and I'm looking forward to the gallery for this one.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Happy Little Stampers November 2017 CAS Challenge

Good evening

I can't believe we're now into November and back with the new monthly challenges over at Happy Little Stampers!  Today marks the start of the November CAS Challenge and it's a pretty easy one this month...

and fabulous for me as it means I've got a another Christmas card in the bag!  Don't forget that if you play along you could be in with a chance of winning a $20 gift coupon to the HLS store, here.

And I'm also getting really excited as in just over a week I'll be off to the Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat organised by my fab HLS Boss Lady, Kylie.  I'm also looking forward to meeting up with some lovely ladies I met last year, and meeting more online buddies for the first time.  

Ok back to the challenge, here's my DT card...

I started with a piece of standard copier paper, folded it in half and drew and cut out a bauble shape to use as a mask.  I placed the negative space over the edge of my card base, used a circle die cut from a post-it note to mask the moon and then blended the sky and snow banks with Distress Inks, using curved pieces of paper as masks as I travelled down the card.  With the last snow bank mask still in place I stamped the tree in black ink.  All that was then left to do was stamp the bow and string, and the sentiment in the same black ink.  And although this looks quite complicated, it took me about 20 minutes from start to finish!

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Faded Jeans, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: Card-io - Vintage Christmas (tree); Uniko - Christmas Sparkle (bow and string); Happy Little Stampers - Christmas Joy (sentiment)

Edited to add:

I've had such a great reaction to this card here, and on Instagram, so I'm offering my card up to participants to CASE over at Chasing Holiday Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin.  Can't wait to see if you give this technique a go. CASE away :) x

Blog Party for Card Makers - Chasing Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin

Challenge entries:

AAA Cards - CAS Game #102 - Ink Blending
Crimbo Crackers - Challenge #144 - Quick and Easy
Daring Cardmakers - Blended Backgrounds

So, why not use this as a chance to get another Christmas card or ten made!  You have until the end of the month to play along and can enter as many times as you wish, just remember to keep your projects clean and simple.

And don't forget the numerous other monthly challenges which run each month, these will all be kicking off over the next few days.

Thanks so much for visiting today.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

To My Amazing Mother & Friend

Happy Sunday, lovely crafters

This morning I'm sharing a card I made for my lovely Mum for her birthday earlier this month.  I used stamps and a stencil that were new to my stash, bought from a show I visited last month.

I started by stamping the flowers from this beautiful Altenew set, stamped using Altenew Inks.  I then inked through a daisy background stencil with some grey pigment ink, dabbing through with a sponge blender tool, avoiding the floral area (which could be seen through the stencil).  I then stamped the sentiment, from the same stamp set, die cut it with a stitched rectangle die and popped up on 3D foam.  For a little interest I added a few trios of Nuvo drops, and also to the flower centres, which you can see more clearly below.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Altenew - Extra Special
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Altenew - Puffy Heart, Purple Wine, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades; Versa Color - Sky Gray
  • Stencil: Imagination Crafts - Daisy Diamond
  • Die: MFT-Dienamics - Stitched Rectangle Stax
  • Accents: Nuvo Jewel Drops - Grey Mist

Challenge entries:

CASology - Week 272 - Cherish
STAMPlorations - October Theme and Sketch Challenge - Stamps and Two Colors
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for popping by, and I hope you're having a lovely weekend.

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