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!

Supplies used from Scrapbook Boutique:


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'.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Just a note...

The recipe for week 234 at Less is More is to use 'snippets'.  What a fab idea this is, because we crafters always have little bits and pieces on our desk because we 'may' find a use for them one day!  This prompted me to look in my special tea cup bought for me by my eldest grand-daughter, and which holds my latest snippets - there I found various left-over die cut shapes from a quilt die I used some time ago.


Of course I would have loved to have been able to make some clever graphic design with these snippets, but that is not my forte, so I had to be content with a basic pattern below the lovely scripty hello by Wplus9.  At least there are a few less snippets to find a use for now!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Life's a Beach isn't it?

I think in Australia we might use the expression:  'No worries!' to explain this sentiment, but however you say it, I think it expresses the notion that we should take it easy, not to worry about small things, and play like a kid does on the beach.  I hope I'm not wrong in this assumption, or otherwise my card won't fit this week's challenge at Less is More, which is just that:  Life's a Beach!


This flamingo certainly seems to be very happy with life at the beach!  Hope you're all enjoying the summer in the Northern Hemisphere - here it is pretty cold, but you can't complain when the sun is shining (as it is today) wherever you are!

Stamps:  Digi image by Bugaboo, sentiment by Gina K Designs
Card:  Stampin' Up!
Stencil:  Heidi Swapp
Colour:  Copics

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

A Cool Guy

The One Layer Challenge at Less is More this week has a masculine theme which is great, because I mostly need to be encouraged to make masculine cards - they don't come all that naturally!

I black heat embossed my image and sentiment onto watercolour card, and used SU inks - crushed curry, coral calypso and pool party to complete the minimal water colouring needed.




Stamps:  Image and sentiment by Unity, plus a long stamp from Work of Art (SU)
Ink:  Stampin' Up!

Now I'm off to see what wonderful cards have been contributed this week!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, 10 July 2015

July Blog Hop and Challenge at Scrapbook Boutique


Wow!  It is July already, and so another Blog Hop and Challenge at Scrapbook Boutique!

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 stunning photo inspiration - so beautifully feminine, and Olde Worlde, isn't it?


Well, I'm not very good at the vintage style, but I still wanted to use those delicate colours to create a feminine card, so this is what I came up with:


I have used My Favourite Things stamp set:  Scribbled Flowers for my flowers, white heat embossed onto watercolour paper, so that I could colour them using Distress Inks (Worn Lipstick for the pink, and Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Shabby Shutters for the soft green).  I coloured one flower at a time, using clear water to wet the area to be coloured and allowing drips to fall down.  I was concerned not to allow the colours to blend into each other, in case they would make a muddy mess, but towards the end, and gaining in confidence, I did blend over the sentiment, without disaster!  My girly sentiment is from Paper Smooches stamp set:  Little Lady.  To complete the card, I embellished with tulle flowers, punched flowers, small pearls, a few sequins and some lace.  The little felt pink rose was made using MFT small rolled rose die.  The small edge at the bottom of the card was stamped with a border from Mama Elephant's 'Modern Borders'.


I have a second card today, also using the Scribble Flowers - I was having so much fun with them, that I decided to use a different technique on this one.  Again, I heat embossed the scribbles as before, but this time I used inks to stamp the solid image behind.  They looked like balloons to me, so I added strings (using the stems included in the set) cut out my panel using Stitched Journalling Card by Lawn Cuts, and sponged the green and pink inks onto spare card stock to cut the little banner from the same die set.  This was mounted onto the stitched rectangle from Mama Elephant's Basic Die Set.

There are many more images in this stamp set, so stay tuned to see more examples in the coming days.  I'm sure you will find as much to love about this set as I do!


From here you will head to  Judith's blog 

Good luck everyone!