Saturday, 26 July 2014

Happy Birthday to me!

Today I will be flying off to Spain with my husband, daughter and two grandchildren. We have been every summer since Daisy was born and she really looks forward to it. A week of R&R for some of the party, but probably not Granny and Grandpops!
We are really looking forward to spending time with them.
Today is also my birthday.... not an incredibly huge one...that comes next year, just a might big one!

Her are my cards for Less is More this week. The theme is Anything Goes!
This is the card I made for my son whose birthday is tomorrow! He's really into sailing and has just returned from a sailing holiday in Greece.
My very kind friend Sherry got the dies for me and shipped them over for me as the company (Creative Time) don't ship to the UK.  Thanks so much Sherry, what a great bunch of people bloggers are!

This utilises a Cuttlebug embossing folder which was inked with Distress ink before running the card through the machine. I was really pleased with how it turned out. The single house is from a Memory Box die and the sentiment computer generated.

For this I did that fiddly process where you have a die with 'tails' and a circle die and you cut them out so that the word die is attached to  main piece of card. Jennifer McGuire did a video explaining the process you can see it here. It gives quite a sense of achievement when it's done.
This last one is another of my watercolour stamp conglomerations. I was quite pleased with how the daisies turned out on this one! It was a commission card for a friend. The stamps are from Art Impressions coloured with Distress Inks. 
Have a wonderful week ...I hope to!

Friday, 25 July 2014


I understand that RUN is a sailing term... not that I'm a sailor but I have heard the expression. so... as the challenge at CASology is
I thought that a little card with yachts on might fit the bill!
It's from a tiny Memory Box die with a computer generated sentiment, mounted on a Die-namics pierced Stax rectangle.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Singin' in the rain!

At "Less is More" this week we have a song title to inspire our cards.
We chose Singin' in the rain.
I saw the show in Chichester theatre a few seasons ago and was really glad not to be sitting in the first few rows of the auditorium as they got soaked. The devilment on the dancers' faces was a joy to watch! Not all the recipients were as pleased!
Here are my cards for this week.
Here are a couple of dear little Technique Tuesday chickadees. I think they are ace! The sentiment is computer generated in Janda Scrapgirl font and mounted on a reduced length Clearly Besotted die-cut. The cloud and raindrops are from a Lawn Fawn die set.
Here is a little chap splashing about from Lili of the Valley!
What a cutie, coloured with Mirage Pens. I really like them and they were very inexpensive (as pens go)!
The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted. Same clouds as above!
Inkspirational has the Word Prompt Splash, so this is for that too
I lost 3lbs this week, which really pleased me... just another 13lbs to go!
Wish me luck!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

One layer finger prints

I have been a real plonker this week!
I merrily made several cards, as I thought for this week's challenge at Less is More, forgetting that it was a ONE LAYER week. You can see the cards I made by mistake at the bottom of this post!
I only remembered just before leaving for a cricket match on Friday evening, and so had to start all over when I got home at about 10pm.
The challenge is to make a one layer card incorporating a finger print or prints. Here I used my fingers to make fish! (not fish fingers).
I clear embossed the background with SU's Gorgeous Grunge stamp and clear embossed then inked with Memento Summer Sky ink. The finger prints are with Distress Ink using appropriately enough ...Salty Ocean!
I simply doodled on the scales, tails and fins etc and then stamped some bubbles from  Rubbernecker stamp and added a sentiment from The Alley Way Stamps.
This is simply an embossed rectangle inked with Antique Linen Distress ink then a fingerprint in Gathered Twigs and again doodled legs and tail etc.. The repeated sentiment is from Technique Tuesday.

Here are the mistakes!
 and another
and finally!
Sorry this is such a dreadful picture!
I must try harder!
Needless to say these last three are not suitable for a one layer challenge but the ideas could no doubt be adapted!