Saturday 27 August 2011

"Less is More" - Take Three Challenges

Today would have been my old Mum's birthday. She was a lovely lady and had she lived would have been 103 today, but after living a full life she died aged 92. Bless her, what wonderful memories we have of fun times together.
I think it was from her that I inherited my love of making things. She made my clothes, both knitted and sewn and in later life learned to do the most amazing, intricate crochet work. A really talented lady!
Anyway, here are my offerings for "Less is More" this week where the challenge is to combine any three of our previous challenges.
You can see which challenges I combined on the challenge blog... but all I need to say here is that I love white on white. I think that this would be a good choice for an engagement, a wedding or an anniversary.
Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog - It'll be all white on the night!
This one uses a stamp set given to me for my birthday, by my lovely buddy Mandi. Once more you can see the challenges I combined on our  "Less is More" blog, but one obvious challenge was using ink!
Several people have asked what exactly this stamp set is .
It's from Katzelkraft and the reference is KTZ74
Do check out the blog and come and join us, even if CAS hasn't been your thing in the past, do give it a try... you may even enjoy it!

Friday 26 August 2011

New Home

This is just a quickie as I've been struggling to do something all day and getting inkier and inkier and still not getting anywhere, so I'm taking a break and I'm popping out to deliver a New Baby card.
This is for the sketch challenge at The Friday Mash Up. I intended adding some dry embossing and forgot all about that, so except for the tiny bit around the Nestie, it's conspicuous by its absence!
I'm off!

Tuesday 23 August 2011


Here is one of Arielle's images from the Wax Fruit Company... I just love her images. This is simply coloured using Distress Inks with a sentiment from Darkroom Door.
I simply stamp an inkpad onto my glass mat which I then use as a palette and pick up the colour with a water brush. Easy Peasy!
I'm at my daughter's ready to babysit my grandson Seb tomorrow and to take and collect my granddaughter Daisy to and from Nursery. I shall be tired by this time tomorrow! Next week will be the last time I have to make the trip as Sebastian will be starting Nursery on Wednesdays whilst my daughter is at work, from September onwards.
Stampin' For the Weekend - Holidays
Top Tip Tuesday - Masculine
St Luke's Charity - Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Saturday 20 August 2011

Things that Move -Less is More!

At our challenge at "Less is More" this week we would like to see something that moves!
This could be literal or figurative... for my card there's a little of both!
This one has images of butterflies, which in reality can move and the cut out butterfly is only attached under its body and so the wings are able to move a little!
Allsorts Challenge blog - You've been Framed

The second one (I apologise for the dreadful picture) has a small charm which is able to move from side to side, plus the image is of baby carriages which in reality are also able to move.
Do join us in our Clean and Simple challenge and see what you can make that can move!!!

Saturday 13 August 2011

Less is More - Use Ink!

Saturday once more and time for another challenge from "Less is More"!
This time it's to Use Ink!
It sounds easy enough, but we'd like people to maybe try something a little different, new or merely a technique that is a favourite.

This is one of my favourite techniques... a sponged background and a stamped scene.
 The stamps are from Indigo Blu.
This one consists of a simple square stamped directly with a Distress ink pad and then overstamped with a two step stamp from Stampin' Up. The sentiment is from Hero Arts and the whole card was spritzed with a little shimmer ink.
DO join in the fun this week and let us see what you can produce when you get a little inky!
This last one was made with an acrylic block, stamped with Distress Inks then spritzed with water before being stamped onto the card. The Personal Impressions  image was then stamped over the top and the Hero Arts sentiment stamped beneath. Quick and easy!

Sunday 7 August 2011

New Great Nephew!

This morning my niece gave birth to her second son. I'm not quite sure what relationship he is to me, but I think it may be great nephew... I'm not sure, maybe someone can put me right!
This brought on a spate of baby congratulation card-making. The onesie was a style I'd wanted to try for a while which gave rise to the other cards with images of onesies from the SU Jumbo wheel.
This one is for my brother-in-law, the granddad of the newborn, with a computer generated sentiment.
This one uses the sketch from Clean and Simple this time.
This one uses some tiny pegs that have been hanging around in my drawer waiting for a purpose!
The sentiment stamp is a really old one which I bought second hand on eBay which says something like 1989 DC on the side. 
I hope a few more baby boys will be born soon as I seem to have a surfeit of cards!

Saturday 6 August 2011

Flower Power

This card is for a very vibrant lady and so I thought she needed a rather vibrant card!
This beautiful gerbera image is a digi by Arielle from the Wax Fruit Company. Isn't it wonderful!
Coloured, twinkled and glazed, I think it looks so cheerful!
The joy of digis is that they can be sized to suit whatever sized card you want.
Craft Your Days Away - Birthday celebrations
Crafty Calendar - Hot Colours
Fresh Brewed Designs - Hot, hot, hot! (colour)
Mami Doodles - Flowers

The colours of your flag!

At "Less is More" this week it's time for another colour challenge.
Wishing to give a little variety to the colour choice this time, we came up with this idea... the colour of your National flag! We have crafters from all around the globe taking part in our challenges and so we should see a bunch of different colours... although many nations have the colours red, white and blue!
This is a new home card for my niece who moved out of her house today, but won't be moving into her new home until a few legalities have been ironed out. My brother-in-law will be sharing his home with them for a while... what fun!
The English flag being the cross of St George is just red and white and this card reflects those colours.
 Details of the stamps used are on the "Less is More" blog, do join us for this current challenge, we'd love to see your work!
Allsorts Challenge - Red Card

Thursday 4 August 2011

Penny Black Challenge!

At Penny Black this week, the challenge is to use a Penny Black stamp to make a background... and here it is. The dragonfly is a stamp from Katzelkraft (part of my birthday gifts from Mandi) and the the inks used were Razzleberry and Almost Amethyst... I think!
We had a dinner party last night..well only the main course was held at our house... the starter and the dessert were at different neighbours, I must confess it does take a bit of stress away to only have to prepare one course!