Thursday, 25 February 2021

CHAMPAGNE IS THE ANSWER

Hello.
I fancied a bit of colouring today, so I dug deep into my old stash
for this Lili Of The Valley stamp.
I just love those adorable little mice.


Who wouldn't love a get together with a champagne tower, right now?

I kept everything else simple, with a heat embossed sentiment and a few scattered gems.



Challenge



lili of the valley stamp, coloured with copics
sentiment from hero arts, layered birthday cake
glamour dust glitter



Monday, 22 February 2021

BLUE BLOOMS

Hello.
The birthday celebrations are continuing over at Less Is More this week - 
they've seen our chocolate offerings, and now they would like some flowers :-)


I've used this super, layered blooms stamp and tried out a new (to me) technique.
The stamps were inked up, then spritzed with water and stamped.
My stamping platform was great for this technique,
because it allows you to go in and add more colour where you want to.
Not bad for a first attempt.


Challenge




pink fresh studios - layered bouquet
sentiment - mft stamps - together forever
altenew inks - limeade, lime, fresh leaf, sea breeze, turq, tide blue, starlight




Sunday, 21 February 2021

RAINBOW BEAR

Hello.
Strips of coloured card seem to be all the rage right now,
so I cut a few (dozen) and used some on this birthday card.


With the strips, I used a tip from Jennifer McGuire - 
stick the strips to a piece of thin scrap paper -
then they will go through your die cutting machine easily, 
and can be added to your thicker card base afterwards.



Challenge

Freshly Made Sketches

sugarpea designs - hey winter, coloured with copics
sentiment bubble - mftstamps woof pack
hb2u - wplus9 



Wednesday, 17 February 2021

HAPPY NEW KITCHEN

Hello.
At the beginning of January my daughter and sil got the builders in.
They've knocked some walls down and created a fabulous new kitchen/dining space.
It hasn't been easy for them, trying to work from home with 
no heating downstairs (through all that snowy weather)
no cooker or kitchen tap.
the roof leaked (twice) - 
basically everything that could go wrong, did go wrong...
but hooray!
It's almost done.

Here's the card I made for them.


I love this cute little stamp and die set,
and i'm starting to think it will be more versatile than I first thought.
Win. Win.

The cupboards and counters were easily made with pieces of card,
and I found the chevron design online,  to match the tiles they have.


I can't wait til the family can actually get together - 
we are going to have one amazing party in the new space.

Challenge



lawn fawn - sprinkled with joy + add on die set






Sunday, 14 February 2021

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

Hello.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone.

This year I've foregone the usual hearts and flowers card,
for a more graphic and masculine style.


It took a while to stamp the sentiment, using those individual letters,
and I just had to hope it would all fit on the card.
Then I spent the longest time, searching for the 'a', that I managed to drop on my craft room floor!
I was lucky that I got to it before the dog did!!   :-)

Challenge
Allsorts

Week 611 Masculine Theme

mft - mini well connected alphabet, four legged friends
copics


Friday, 12 February 2021

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Hello.
I'm sharing a quick CAS card today, for the CASology Challenge.


The theme is 'envelope' so I scoured my stash for an envelope stamp,
and was happy to find one in my favourite bear set.

I used a craft knife to cut a little strip into my bear,
so that I could push the envelope into it and it would look like he was holding it.


Challenge

CASology


sugarpeadesigns, hey winter - coloured with copics
lawn fawn sentiment, year two
altenew inks - sea breeze, turqoise, tide blue, starlight
thelovelystudio - geometric digi paper




Wednesday, 10 February 2021

BUN IN THE OVEN

Hello.
Eek! Our daughter is expecting her baby in a few weeks time.
Our first grandchild.
I'm not going to lie - it's been very tough not seeing her in person - 
she only lives 13 miles away, but visits are a no no, and have been for some time.
Thank goodness for video calls. 



I really couldn't resist these stamp and die sets from lawn fawn -
sprinkled with love, and bun in the oven.


The sets combine to create this sweet little oven, with an opening door.
It looks complicated, but it's really easy to put everything together.


Challenges

Watercooler Wednesday


lawn fawn - sprinkled with love and bun in the oven
coloured with copics

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

CAKE IS THE ANSWER

Hello.
Can you believe that Less is More is 10 years old this month? 
I can remember when it started and how scary it was to make a clean and simple card :-)

The theme this fortnight is 'chocolate', so I cooked up this chocolate/raspberry cake for them.


With CAS cards I'm always fighting the urge to just add a little more - 
this time it was sequins - and I managed to stop myself  :-)


Challenge

Less is More 


Happy Birthday and Congrats to all the LIM team.
Thanks for a fabulous challenge and for all your wonderful inspiration
xxx


Just for fun I searched my blog for Less is More,
and found  
THIS POST
My card for their very first challenge back in Feb 2011  :-)
It did make me cringe! I think my colouring and placement skills have
come on a bit since then!

hero arts - birthday cake layering, eat cake all day
copics     thelovelystudio - plain background paper






Sunday, 7 February 2021

SHAKER HEART

Hello.
I went a bit OTT with this card.
I think I was dazzled by the sequins :-)


The little striped die really lends itself to be used for a shaker card, and i filled it with pretty sequins.
This is for my mum, who has Alzheimer's, so I know she will love the bright colours and the shaker element.

Challenge

Inspired By Challenges

I was inspired by the hearts, and the little flowers and leaves.


mft - peekaboo striped heart die
lawn fawn - penelope's blossoms
sentiment - altenew, hug me
avery elle postage stamp die
geometric background - thelovelystudio


Saturday, 6 February 2021

GIVE A DOG A BONE

Hello.
I am a sucker for doggy stamps.
So I couldn't resist this guy, from the awesome Anita Jeram.


I kept him simple, with just a touch of Copic colouring.
Then I masked him and added the ray of light background.

Thanks to Nancy at CAS Mix Up, I discovered that you can heat emboss with distress ink and clear embossing powder.
 I kind of like the glossy, crinkly look I got.



Challenges

CAS Mix Up 



colorado craft company - christmas presents
mft stencil - ray of light
distress ink - tumbled glass
copics


 

Thursday, 4 February 2021

BRIGHT BLOOMS

Hello.
I needed some bright blooms today to lift my spirits.
Anyone else?


I chose my zig water colour brush markers for these blooms - because,
although I'm not very good with them, I do love the bright, vibrant colour they produce.
Not sure what's happened with the photos -IRL the red/pink bloom is more blended than it looks here! 


Challenge


WWC307 Heidi's Challenge
Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist


the stamp market - florally fun
zig clean color real brush markers
sentiment - mft 'sew much cuteness'