Saturday, 30 August 2014


We have had our grandchildren staying with us this past week and we have loved it... but we're both decidedly worn out.  I'll take them back to Bath on Monday ready for Daisy to start her new term on Tuesday.
We have been on lots of 'mysteries' (days out, where they don't know where they'll end up.) The highlight for them this week was a trip to the Isle of Wight and an exploration of Yarmouth Castle!  On to the challenge at Less is More this week, which is 'I do like to be beside the seaside.' 
Here are a few cards made in haste when the kids were in bed!
Here are a few seasidy things cut with my Silhouette then coloured with Alcohol pens and glazed with 3D Gloss.
This is simply a digi image and a computer generated sentiment. Easy Peasy!

This last one is really simple and there's a bit of a story of how it came about. I printed the rectangle in order to find out what the combination of colours was to achieve the shade Soft Sky from Stampin' Up, using my printer.
I looked online for the colour and found a site with a swatch of the colour. I copied this and dropped it into Paint, then using the dropper tool, picked up a little of the colour to see what the mix was.
I could then computer generate a sentiment for a card on which I wanted to use the SU ink to stamp the image. In this way the two shades are really quite close.
Having done this, I didn't really want to waste the bit of card so here it is used as a bit of sky!
The sentiment was part of a gift from my friend Darnell, who is the Guest Designer at Less is More this week. 
I have so much admiration for crafters who manage to produce cards and look after small children at the same time... I find it really difficult with my two little ones around!


  1. Great cards, Chrissie. Sounds like you've had a busy week.

  2. LOVE the third card Chrissie, great use of your printed card. Sounds like fun was had by all last week!

  3. Superb cards as always Chrissie. Love the cute teddy bear and the simplicity of the last one. Xx

  4. Sounds like a great week, Chrissie! Love your cards - the last one is very serene and elegant and I love the cute teddy too :)

  5. Sounds like you had a lovely time and have had made some great cards x

  6. Great selection of cards for this challenge, Chrissie. I love the last one, perfect for a 'thinking of you' card x

  7. Great cards, yet again, Chrissie, especially the teddy one.

    Sounds like you've had a great time with the Grandchildren, we've just had our 2 eldest stay but they are 13 and 14 so much easier to look after.

    Hope you get time to relax after Monday.

    Love Sheila

  8. Gorgeous and fun CAS designs. Its wonderful that you had your grand bambinos with you for a while. Wishing you a wonderful weekend with a bit of craftiness on the side.
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  9. Lovely cards Chrissie and tfs how to replicate a colour for the printer. I was amazed and have copied your instructions :-) Enjoy your rest it all seemed so easy 30 odd years ago!!! We are off to Spain for a couple of weeks but I'm hoping you're going to Ally Pally so we can catch up :-)
    Val x

  10. love all your cards and glad to see that my cards brought back happy memories of you visiting New Brighton too as a child

  11. Love your easy peasy teddy bear!

  12. 3 fab cards Chrissie. It's great being a grandparent xx Jan

  13. Fabulous cards Chrissie, sounds like you had a great week. I know exactly what you mean about crafting with little ones .... my grandson just loves to 'help'Grandma in the craft room, which is nice but things take that little bit longer to do! xx

  14. Love your description of how you made the last card, they are all fab but that is stunningly successful :D Grandchildren are exhausting I speak from personal experience LOL Fun though isn't it LOL Glad you've had a good time, back to school now and time for us to relax a little, Gay x

  15. I have had trouble leaving a comment this week for some reason, Chrissie. It's prolly on my end using this laptop. I'm back to try again.

    I think your seaside cards are all so fantastic! That last one is amazing! Thank you, again, for giving me the thrill of being your Guest Designer!! Hugs, Darnell

  16. Three lovely cards this week - my favourite is the seagull one, so serene! Hope you're having a more restful week this week. I'm finally firing on all cylinders now my little ones are back at school - suddenly so many more hours in the day!

  17. Wow love the uniqueness of all these cards even though they have the same theme :) love the bird on the blue sky !!

  18. Dear Chrissie I cannot imagine myself crafting and taking care about little children. :-) But it was the fact just a few years ago. :-) Your cards are super cute. I like them all :-).
    Hugs, Sonja

  19. Great cards again Chrissie,love that cute teddy one the most this time I think.I know how tiring grandchildren can be now I have three lol...but we love them so much anyway. Have a rest now eh :) Viv xx

  20. Great cards again Chrissie,love that cute teddy one the most this time I think.I know how tiring grandchildren can be now I have three lol...but we love them so much anyway. Have a rest now eh :) Viv xx

  21. The teddy is adorable. I have had my two grandsons (8, 5) for two days and I am tired and the house is a mess. Grandpa took the five year to San Diego, 45 mins away) to have his soccer picture taken and he looked so adorable. It was 35 years ago when his dad began playing soccer.


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