Monday, 20 April 2015

Up Up and Away!

Week 220 at Less is More has the theme Up Up and Away!  I had been making a card for my friend who is turning 80 later this week, so I made another card using the same Stampin' Up! stamp set, Celebrate Today, to make my card for this challenge.


Very simple - just a bright Colourbox chalk ink, some coordinating paper and a die cut - I thought this would be great for a young boy, just needing the required age numeral.  Thank you Anne for reminding me to use this set - there is so much in it!




My friend's card is too 'filled in' to qualify for CAS, but I still think it has the simple lines I favour.  A lot of spongeing in this card - the background striped paper, the balloons and the tag, all SU products.  The adornments on the balloons were heat embossed (you MUST dry your sponged card before you do this!!) with Ranger platinum ep, as was the card I used to cut out the numerals.  So shiny in real life, believe me!  Oh, and if you're thinking this is too green, my friend likes green lol! 






Thursday, 16 April 2015

Splatters

This week, the Less is More challenge is a one-layer card with Splatters!  What fun!

So here is my card -

A very CAS one for me, but I just love the difference the large script Hello has made to it.  Inks and splats are by Stampin' Up! and the butterflies are from SU Butterfly Basics.  That special hello is by WPlus9 stamped in Versafine Black Ink.  I feel I'll add a small 3D butterfly before I'm finished with this card, but for the LIM challenge, I'm doing my best to keep it CAS lol!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Scrapbook Boutique - Heartfelt Creations flowers

Hi there - I have a flower card created from Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose Bouquet stamp set over on the Scrapbook Boutique Blog - please check it out first, as I have another card featuring the second stamp in this set here on my blog.  I meant to have it posted a couple of days ago, but have been tied up a bit as my youngest grand-daughters have been visiting for a week, and we have been 'so busy'!!  I'm just now tidying up loose ends, as they returned home today.

This card uses the smaller floral arrangement, with similar dp and another journal card from the Kaisercraft collection - Captured Moments:  Sparkle.  This image has been white heat embossed, and then watercoloured - a totally different look, but still feminine and pretty.

Speaking of my grand-daughters, Lucy (8) and Georgia (7), they have kindly allowed me to showcase their cards on my blog.  Using some sweet stamps by Kaisercraft, and my 'fairy markers'  (aka Copics) here are their cards (please excuse the shadows below the popped up sentiments - my bad timing of the photography):

Georgia


Lucy


I am so proud of their efforts and their love of creating - you can see they added their own ideas to the lovely stamps!  We can't wait for their next visit when we're going to try a little watercoloring - I can learn along with them.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Scrapbook Boutique April Blog Hop and Challenge

Hi there!  Welcome to a new blog hop and challenge at Scrapbook Boutique!

There are two ways you can enter to have a chance to win in this challenge:  you can comment on each blog participant, 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.  Please check out the rules of entry, and the prizes at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog.  Of course you can participate by entering for both prizes, but remember, this challenge is only open to Australian residents.

You should have arrived here from Angela's blog.

Here is this month's inspiration picture


Don't those swirls of chocolate and sprinkles look divine?  

Here is my take on the inspiration....


After some delusional efforts at re-creating those swirls, I focussed on the fact that the cakes were layered - one cake on top of another, and decided to layer my cute critters in the same fashion.  They are from the Lawn Fawn Stamp Set, Into the Woods, and I then coloured them with Copics.  The chocolate and purple colours were included in my design, and those dainty white dots formed the background of my card.  Hearts in purple and chocolate, sprinkles on the clouds and rump of the deer and a hint of orange were also inspired by the photo.  We'd love to see what you make from this inspiration, so please share with us! 

From here you will head to  Judith's blog 

Good luck everyone!



Monday, 6 April 2015

Mostly Black

This week's colour challenge at Less is More, sponsored by Clearly Besotted - love their products!! - is Mostly Black!  I must admit, being rushed for time, I thought the predictable, and chose to make a sympathy card.


I used a new flower die by Ultimate Crafts which cuts and embosses beautifully, cutting it out of the white base panel and from black script paper, which was re-inserted into the negative space.  At the last minute, I gently coloured the rose with Copics - just a hint of colour, because frankly, it was too sombre!  I'll look forward to using this die with other colours - a whole bunch of them (with leaves trimmed) would make a lovely Mothers' Day card mmmm!

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Easter Treat Boxes over at Scrapbook Boutique

Just a quick post to remind you to check out Scrapbook Boutique, where I have a tutorial on mini Easter boxes for you.  Here is a just a peak:

Hope you like them!


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

CASE a DT at LIM

What a different challenge this week at Less is More where we have to CASE one of the DTs!  As if we don't ALL THE TIME lol!  But seriously, this is a great take on a challenge, as now we have to show you what we have done with your inspiration, and explain our take on your designs.  We had great inspiration from all three DTs as usual, but I have chosen to CASE Chrissie, with her card shown here:


and here is my card:

My first point was to focus on the square on a rectangle card front, with no other covering of the card.  Then of course it was the flower feature, and here I am using the SSS partial cut flower.  My card was pretty pale compared to Chrissie's gorgeous red flowers, so I used a glitter strip down the centre of scored lines, plus the glitter paper behind the flower.  Although I loved Chrissie's large sentiment, adhered as if cut apart from the bottom image, I deviated entirely from my CASE, and used a small sentiment on a stitched tag to match my square.  Some MME glitter dots finish off a very CAS card for me.  Thank you Chrissie for your inspiration, once again:)

And as a bonus because I am using a brand new die, I am entering this card into Darnell's NBUS challenge #4  - thanks Darnell for giving us all the opportunity to use up more of our 'stuff'!

Yet another bonus challenge - Uniko Studios have an 'Anything Goes' challenge this week, so I'll be linking up there as well!