Saturday, 18 June 2016

Faux Bleach

The theme at Less is More this week is to use the Faux Bleach or Ghosting technique... also referred to as stamping with water.

If a layer of water reactive ink is used as a base, when water is added, some of the colour is removed, giving the appearance of bleaching.
To begin, I inked the vertical panel with blue and green Distress Inks using sponge daubers and allowed them to dry. I then stamped the flower stamp from Unity after spritzing it with water, drying the card with a heat gun, which seems to intensify the effect. I wanted to use this as a ghosting effect around the flowers, so  I stamped image again, using the deep green colour.
The sentiment is from Penny Black.
Here I used a stencil from Tim Holtz, over some sponged Distress Inks, applied fairly liberally with sponge daubers. The ink was spritzed with water and blotted then the stencil removed and heat dried. The bunch of roses is a file from Silhouette Studio cut with my Portrait. I think they match my stencil really well. I believe that the hello is a die cut from Winnie And Walter.

Saturday, 11 June 2016


The challenge at "Less is More" this week is for a one layer card with the theme of Splatters. We are really fortunate to have received some stencils and stamps from Shery at Stamplorations, (who is our sponsor this month) and all the DT have used the splatter stencil... which was made specially for us!!
We are really grateful to Shery for these!

I had a senior moment when I first began to work on this week's challenge and completely forgot the one layer part... what a plonker!
So this is my second attempt!
Here all the stamps and the stencil are from Stamplorations. I inked three shades of the latest Distress Ink colours through the stencil and then over-stamped with another splatter stamp in Versamark and clear embossed it, so that there are shiny blobs on blobs.
This was the card I made, forgetting that it was one layer week... it could easily have been a one layer design if I'd had my brain in gear!

We are saying goodbye to Anne from the DT at "Less is More" as she has decided to step down after over three years working with us, she will be missed! I must admit that being one of the LIM DT is quite an undertaking and we are really grateful for all her hard work.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

You make me happy

I lost my dad when I was just 16 years old but one of my abiding memories of him was of him singing 'You are my sunshine' to me. It has been a favourite of mine in all the years since then!

The 'you make me' words are computer generated, the 'Happy' is a die from Mama Elephant and the sun from Lawn Fawn.
This is simplicity itself, but some how it pleases me!
CASology has the challenge Sunshine, so it's for that.


This is Phil and me at the Gala Dinner of our Portsmouth Choral Union tour to Derbyshire, which was held at Chatsworth House. It was a truly memorable occasion and our thanks go to all those involved in making it such a success. Here we are enjoying champagne and canapes in the Painted Hall, prior to a sumptuous dinner. It was a fabulous evening towards the end of a super trip during which we sang evensong at Derby Cathedral and gave a concert at St Mary's Church in Nottingham.
Following that, here is a simple Thank you card, made with panels using the shaving foam technique, overlaid with a Cuttlebug die cut sentiment and a SSS butterfly.
It follows the sketch at CASe this Sketch

I am adding it to the challenge at HLS Anything goes with Dies challenge