Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Get Well

I seem to have been gadding all around the world this year.
 In January we went to Florida and the Caribbean, in March we cruised from Singapore to Cape Town followed by a few days in Victoria Falls.
In July we had a two week cruise in the Mediterranean which included a fabulous excursion to the opera in Verona. 
Here I am at the old city of Mdina in Malta

Having returned home for 4 days we went off again, this time to Bratislava with the Bath Choral Society. Soon we'll be off to Devon for the weekend and then to Spain in August. It's not surprising that I haven't had a lot of time for card making!

This card is for the CAS challenge at Happy Little Stampers, where the focus is flower!


Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

For my card I used a Memory Box corner die and a Sizzix flower die, cut from a piece of card coloured with the shaving foam technique.
You can see a demo here
The sentiment is from HLS Doodled Flowers.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

All the colours of the rainbow

I've been lucky again! This time I was asked to do a Guest Designer spot for AAA Cards after winning the embossing challenge!

For my card I decided to use Brushos once more. The colours are so vibrant!
I began by spraying a piece of card with starch and then tapping some of the powders onto it in a rainbow of colours. I then placed a scrunched up piece of cling film over the top and left it to dry for a while. It leaves a really pretty effect on the card. I learned this technique on the Happy Little Stampers' Retreat in Swindon last year.
Having got the piece of prettily coloured card, I had to decide what to do with it and I thought the colours looked great peeping through this Sizzix die-cut.
I added a couple of little butterflies from Penny Black, sprayed with iridescent twinkle (more rainbow colours) and a 'hugs' sentiment from Cutplorations, also sprayed and double layered.
I had fun making this one!

Sunday, 2 July 2017


This is the card I made for my husband's birthday as he really fancies himself as a bit of a BBQ expert!
We have several barbies in our garden, one which looks pretty much like this one, plus a smoker, a gas barbie and a chiminea. He began his association with them when we lived in the USA many years ago and his enthusiasm hasn't waned in the interim.
For this card I used a stamp from Hobbycraft, (I bought a whole set just for this stamp!) I coloured it with watercolour pencils and a water brush, but I wanted to get the sheen of the real barbie and wondered how to achieve it. What I came up with in the end was to put a little Versamark reinker onto a craft mat and used it to paint over the image using a fine brush, I simply sprinkled over some clear embossing powder and heated it. Bingo... a shiny BBQ!
The sentiment is from Happy Little Stampers!
The challenge  for the Happy Little Stampers CAS  this time is Birthday!

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Patterned paper

When I saw that  the challenge at CASual Fridays was to use patterned paper, I was delighted to think that I could use some of the stacks of patterned paper which have been sitting in my drawers for years. 
When I first starting crafting, I tried everything... all styles, all genres... until I realised that my own particular style was clean and simple! By then I had accumulated heaps of stuff, now obsolete in my craft room.
 Here I used Sizzix butterflies and a Sizzix embossing folder with a sentiment which was a freebie from a magazine I believe. The bodies of the butterflies are from a Memory Box die.
It's still possible to keep things CAS even with patterned paper in the mix!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Having fun!

Since attending the Happy  Little Stamper's Craft retreat last year, I have really become a Brusho convert!
This card is a bit of an experiment and I had fun doing it.
I began by applying some White Pearlescent Embossing Paste through a stencil and then having removed the stencil, tapped some Brusho colours onto the wet paste. It began to react a little but I fancied a little more impact so I spritzed it with water and blotted it a little.
The pearlescence shows through the colours and I rather like the effect!
The sentiment is from Paper Smooches, stamped in SU Pacific Point ink.
I'm submitting this card to two challenges
CAS Mix Up  (my additional  choice is die-cutting) and Just us Girls


Here is another using a similar technique, although this time I cleaned the stencil and put it back over the embossed images before adding the Brusho pigments. The pearlescence didn't show as much so I brushed a little Perfect Pearls over the butterflies and then decided to do a little spritzing as well.
The dry embossing is from a Cuttlebug folder.
Do you have a preference?

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Fabulous Friend

I was just browsing a few blogs when a card from my fabulous friend Anita, jumped out at me. It's her inspiration card for MUSE and what an inspiration it is, I think it's absolutely stunning.
So this is my attempt!
I used a Tim Holtz stencil and brushed some Candied Apple Distress ink through it. I simply added some Sizzix flower die-cuts and stamped a one word sentiment from Paper Smooches. The front panel, cut with a SSS stitched rectangle and elongated a tad to fit a British card size, was popped up on dimensional pads.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Simply smooshing!

The challenge at Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge this time is to use one of my all time favourite techniques... smooshing!

Once you have created your smooshed  card it can be used for a variety of purposes. Here I chose to die cut the card for both the focal point (the butterfly, a die from Simon Says Stamp) and the hellosentiment (from MFT).

Here is the smooshed card from which I cut the elements for this card.
I began by putting a small amount of Platinum Inka Gold paste  onto a craft mat and then added various shades of blue Aqua Tints, before spritzing with water to combine the colours. I then took several prints from this using fairly absorbent card. You can see that this particular piece has been used for more than one project.

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

A quick card!

Here's a quick card made today using a die I've had for some time, but I'm not sure that it's been used before.
I chose some colours suitable for a chap and used the theme of Repetition from CAS on Sunday. plus the Male Room's die cutting criterion.
Sadly I can't find the make of the Happy die at present, but the birthday diecut which I layered using the four colours used in this card, is from Papertrey Ink.
I did toy with the idea of adding a little die cut image somewhere, but as yet haven't found with the perfect die or the perfect place to put for the moment I'm leaving it as is

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Time to celebrate

I loved this simple sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches and I think it will be one that I call upon in future.
For this card I used a pocket watch die from All Occasion Dies, inlaying the gold with the white card. The sentiment is from Hero Arts, embossed in gold. The lower panel is a section of card embossed with a Darice embossing folder and mounted on a die cut, from an MFT pierced pennant die, cut from both ends to make it rectangular.
Here I combined it with the challenge at The Male Room which is to use die cuts.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Guest Designer

Recently I was lucky enough to win the challenge at Addicted to CAS and with this win came an invitation to be a Guest Designer for one of their challenges...and this is it!

The theme for this challenge is Graduation.

Over the years, it took me a while to establish my preferred style of cardmaking, but for me there is nothing better than clean and simple lines.
For this card I used an image from Hero Arts which I coloured with watercolour pencils and a water brush, and then added a layer of clear embossing powder once I had cut it out.
The sentiment is a die also from Hero Arts, mounted on a pierced fishtail pennant die from MFT, shortened slightly to fit my card base dimensions.
I decided to add a little interest to the bottom of the card by adding a piece of card embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder (Charles) and trimmed with the pierced edge from one of the longer MFT pennants.
I add double side tape to the back of card before cutting sentiment dies, as it makes adhering them to my projects so much easier. However, as this pennant is popped up on dimensional pads and part of the letter 'g' hangs below the pennant, I added a little talc to this exposed part once I had attached it, so that there is no risk of it sticking to the card base itself.

My daughter has just gained a Master's Degree to add to her First Class Degree which she obtained at University some years ago. This time she was simultaneously working full time as Head of People at OVO Energy and being a single mum to two lively children. No mean achievement indeed and we couldn't be more proud of her.
It's also for the Embossing challenge at AAA Cards

I used clear embossing to add shine to the mortar board image.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Clean and Simple butterflies

Four of my favourite things for cards...  die-cutting, smooshing, butterflies and a CAS design.
A piece of smooshed card was placed behind the Sizzix die cut and the three All Occasion Dies butterflies were die cut from the remainder of the card.
For the smooshing technique I placed a small amount of Inka Gold paste onto a craft mat and added some Aqua Tint inks before spritzing with water. The colours merge together beautifully and the Inka Gold adds a subtle touch of metallic shimmer. It can be used for backgrounds or as here, for die cutting.
The sentiment from Just Rite stamps was stamped with Ranger Dye Ink in Caribbean Coast. The front panel of the card was cut with a stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp, elongated slightly to fit British card proportions.
It's for 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Love Brushos!

Since experimenting with Brushos at the retreat organised by Kylie in Swindon last year, I've had such fun experimenting with the wonderfully vivid colour combinations. Here the card was spritzed with water and several powders sprinkled over it before spritzing again and allowing to dry.
The butterflies were cut with an All Occasion die and mounted on a piece of card embossed with a Sheena Douglass EF, which in turn was placed on a square, cut with an MFT pierced square die.
The 'birthday' is from a Papertrey die and inlaid, the 'wishes' is from Craft Essentials Creative dies and overlaid.
A few tiny gems complete the picture.
It's for the challenge at Happy Little Stampers
Anything Goes with Dies

Plus the challenge at CASual Fridays, where their 6th birthday celebrations are approaching. Hence the 6 butterflies!
Happy Birthday CASual Fridays

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Double sided!

Lots of things tell us when we're getting old... for example I wondered why I couldn't find the first of my two cards here today when the time for photographing them arrived. Eventually I realised that I had made one card on the back of the other!!!! DOH!
Like Siamese twins, they are now separated again, but what a palaver!
This first one follows the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches ...
and is using the theme from Kylie's challenge at Addicted to Stamps Blog
It's simply a bunch of die cuts from Memory box, MFT, Lil Inkers and I can't quite remember where the sentiment die is from... getting old again!
Many congrats to Kylie on the upcoming happy event in her family and as you may see I've gone with the girly option! I have the cutest granddaughters and can only say what a joy they are. Here is a pic of the little one recently!


This card uses the sketch from CASe this Sketch

with the theme of Grunge from Addicted to CAS

All the stamps used on this card are from Stamplorations, who are sponsoring the challenge this time.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Another day, another card!

Here is a card which I made to enter a couple of challenges.
The sketch is from CASe this Sketch...
...with the theme from CASology

The beautiful scroll is from Memory Box and the butterflies (cut from card which I smooched with Inka Gold and Aqua Tints) are from Penny Black. A simple touch of bling completes the look!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Back to crafting

It seems s though I have been out of the crafting loop for quite some time. Since stepping back from Less is More for a while, my time seemed consumed with family commitments and holiday preparations. We are now home for a few weeks and I hope to get a little card making under my belt. I only hope that the mojo returns!
Here is a card for the challenge at CAS Mix Up
The stamp from Penny Black was coloured with Stampin' Up pens and the image then splattered with Pumice Stone Distress Ink applied with a toothbrush (whilst still in the Cutplorations wonky stitched die) . I then added some Sunlight Mist Cosmic Shimmer, flicked from a paintbrush. In fact the spray has stopped working and despite my best efforts seems unwilling to become operational again, so this method of usage seems like a good idea!
My choice of technique is the die-cutting, which is one of my favourite things to use.
Sadly I can't find the origin of the sentiment die.