Saturday, 27 June 2015

Week 230 at Less is More - Sketch

It's time for a sketch again at Less is More and this time it's one that I have used before but find very satisfying!
With two shapes like this, either panels or apertures, it's always more pleasing to have them the same width even though the depths are different. Strangely, manufacturers don't seem to produce squares and rectangles with matching dimensions, so I use one shape and adapt it either shortening or lengthening  the die-cut. You can see a video of how I do this here. This one is in fact for extending dies, but conversely you can shorten dies too in a similar manner.

This one has apertures, cut with a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle, the bottom aperture being much shortened.
The stamp is from Artemio with an olive image from the Internet. The sentiment is computer generated and the flourish from MFT.
For this I used a stitched square die from SSS and reduced it a little for the image panel and a lot more for the sentiment panel.
I was a little unsure how the stamp for adding the colour to this image should be used. It didn't seem to fit any way round, so I hope that this looks OK.  The stamp set is from Wplus9. I used Dried Marigold and Ripe Persimmon Distress inks on it, which I spritzed lightly with water after stamping, just to soften the edges.

Friday, 26 June 2015

A new die

I just received this die and wanted to try it out. I discovered that part of  the Craft Concept EF just fitted the shape of the bra cup and made a rather nice lacy effect!
The sentiment is computer generated in Are you serious font.

Here is the same card design in a different colour! For this I used a letterpress technique by inking the embossing folder with Memento Black Onyx Ink before passing the pink card through the machine.

We had a lovely day at the races in Salisbury. Here I am with my son and his wife, my husband and my daughter, who is standing next to me. I backed winners in three out of the seven races!
We all had a wonderful time!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Anything goes

The challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Anything Goes this time, so I thought that this is what I would enter. 
Die cuts and rolled flowers with dies from Tattered Lace (sentiment), Sizzix (swirl), MFT (flowers)and Wplus9(leaves)... with numbers from an old Cuttlebug Alpha set (Typewriter).

We had a wonderful day at the races yesterday to celebrate my husband's 70th birthday. The sun shone, the food was delicious and I backed three winners from the seven races run.
A good time was had by all.

The other good news is that we have received a substantial upgrade on our upcoming Mediterranean cruise, so we are really looking forward to that!

Saturday, 20 June 2015


The theme at "Less is More this week is stencilling. It has been on trend for a while now, with lots of innovative ways of using stencils being employed.
This is a card I made for some friends of mine, in fact it is a commission from another friend of mine and I have yet to make my own card for them. They are going to have a mantelpiece full of my cards as I've already made another for them from yet another mutual friend.
Here I used a part of a Memory Box stencil with Spun Sugar Distress ink applied with a sponge dauber.
The swirly thing is from a Sizzix die and the leaves from Wplus9. I believe that the sentiment mount is Tonic Studios.
This is very similar in vein, using the same stencil, plus Memory Box leaves and butterfly.
This week my hubby will be celebrating his 70th birthday and we are off to the races at Salisbury on Wednesday with our children and their partners. I hope the weather will be kind.