Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Words, words and more words ...

I don't know what it is about the latest challenge # 191 at Less is More this week, but each morning I have woken with a new idea in my head.  I will, however, only be entering this first card, but I had fun trying to make my ideas work.  I failed miserably with my final idea this morning, which was to use my Portrait (very new and I have no idea of graphics!!) to create a design which resembled the iPhone app called Word Storm.  I did manage to create an octagon, then a border around it, and then the 8 sections, but when I added the small octagon in the centre, I realised I still did not know how to remove the crossed lines in the centre shape.  Oh dear, back to the drawing board, or to the internet to search for lessons, but I had fun trying to solve my problems.  If anyone reading this could point me in the right direction for good lessons, I would be most grateful.

Now to my actual entry - this is a little 'Itty Bitty' by Unity Stamps Co - heat embossed and sponged with distress inks, then a die cut template of a christmas tree overlaid and the edges sponged to better define the shape.  A few embellishments complete this card of 'Mostly Words'.

My second card was really my first try - same word stamp, but I was initially freer with my distress inks, and the result is a little too messy for my liking.  I decided to die cut the panel (aka mess) with a star framelit by Stampin' Up!, and adhered it to a panel of card stock with stars stencilled in with white ink.  I didn't mind it so much by the time I got to this stage.
Now my 3rd attempt - this word appealed to me as a word that is used so much nowadays, and always seems to have a different meaning.  I stamped the word with an alphabet stamp set, and just added the arrows from a SU punch, as they seemed to add to the concept of which, what, where?  Now if only I had been able to manage that octagon, then there would have been something special to see here!!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Happy Dance

This week over at the Less is More challenge #190 the theme is 'face the music and dance' - a choice to please many!  Without further ado or unnecessary chit-chat (because I'm short of time lol) here is my card.

The image is a digi by Bugaboo, called AKV (a kid's view) Trio of ballet dancers - coloured with a few copics, a computer-generated sentiment, and the Simon Says Stamp 'happy' - oh, and some washi tape for the side panels, and a sprinkle of SU candy dots.  Those three little girls sure are having a 'happy' dance!  Wishing everyone a happy week!

Monday, 22 September 2014

September Challenge at Scrapbook Boutique

On the 10th of each month, Scrapbook Boutique opens a new challenge - and each time it is an inspiration picture.  This month it is no different - another yummy cup cake inspiration!

I was taken firstly by the colour combination, of red, white and aqua - then I focussed on the circle and  'dots' - around the circle topper, and on the cupcake wrapper.  So there you have it - circles and dots, and red and aqua - with a little richness of brown thrown in, as per the photo!
I have used the fox from the Stampin' Up! set Life's Adventure - he's only small but he packs a punch!  I cut the sentiment from the rubber stamp, to make it easier to stamp onto the banner by WPlus9, cut the circle with a stitched circle die by Lil' Inker, and mounted it on a tag and then onto the aqua strip dry embossed with SU large dots.

I will link this card to the Scrapbook Boutique challenge, and also to Addicted to CAS, where the theme word for Challenge #48 is 'Cuddly' - don't you think this little fox badly needs a cuddle?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tea time, or time for tea

This week's challenge at Less is More is a one-layer card, with the theme of Beverage.  Like most adults, I enjoy a glass of wine at dinner time, but I've often thought that if push came to shove, I would find it more difficult to give up drinking tea, than I would wine!  With this in mind, I have chosen to feature tea as my beverage for this challenge, and am using images from the set, TEArrific, by Janes's Doodles.  This is a new company to me, but in my two orders with Jane, I have found her to offer extremely good service.  I look forward to finding more goodies at her site in the future.

I must also say I am indebted to Chrissie for her tip on how to print a sentiment in a desired position - it worked for me!  You can find her tip here.  I am running an old version of Word, and found I had to make the zoom at 145% but the method was the same.

As I am using brand new 'schtuff', I will enter this card into Darnell's challenge to use 'never-before-used-schtuff'.  Darnell is an incredibly generous card maker and blogger, who visited my blog recently, so of course I visited hers (I had done so 'ages' ago, but got caught up with 'schtuff' and didn't call back as frequently as I should have).  I will try to remedy this oversight, and visit regularly - why don't you take a look - I promise you'll love what you see there.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Gorgeous Sunshine

Sunday here today and it's a beautiful sunny day, just at the end of winter.  And over at Less is More Challenge #187  this 5th week of the month is a lucky dip, this time with the theme of 'I do like to be beside the seaside'.  How fun!  I have chosen a gorgeous little digi stamp which I first saw on Iwona's blog, created by her friend Elena.  It was a freebie, but I'm not sure if it still is - but please take a look as it is just lovely!  I have probably made my card over-simple, but I focussed on the colour and that cute image for this challenge.  I intend to make another card with it, but this time for my great-niece Emma, so it will have a lot more 'bits and pieces' to it.  I may post that one later.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sketch challenge at Less is More

This week it is not your usual challenge at Less is More because it is a sketch - great for me!  I do enjoy working to a sketch though choosing the right image is still difficult. 

However, I am very partial to these gorgeous beach boxes, which came in a set by Crafty Individuals, made in the UK I believe.  We have these beach boxes all along the shore of Port Phillip Bay, which is where I live, and I love them!  Some are looking a bit shabby, and our local council has decreed that when they fall into dilapidation, they can't be replaced - progress?  I don't think so, so while they still exist, let's enjoy them, I say!  We don't own one, unfortunately, but a couple of years ago, did spend a magic New Years Eve as guests of a friend of a friend, who let us shelter from the sun, and enjoy delicious BBQ food at his charming beach hut.  In the late afternoon, the temperature was over 40C, the sand was too hot to walk on, but it was stunning to be there!

So here are my beach huts/boxes - the local ti-tree sprouts up behind and between them, but they face the Bay, and best of all, are only 5 minutes by car away!  So love and friendship to all our friends across the miles, especially our daughter and her family, in the US.  This is where our family grew up, and we can't think of a better place or a better childhood than that for them.  I hope they agree lol!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

ATCAS #45 - Geometrics

I had a little time today to look around other blogs, and found this challenge at Addicted to CAS, where the theme word is Geometric.

This is a card I made a little while ago, following a tutorial I saw on WPlus9.  It uses nail polish for the marbling effect, and is cut out using their Quilt cut die.  I immediately had to purchase that die, and love the effect, but I had not posted it till now.