Saturday 19 December 2015


Time seems to have been moving on apace and Christmas will soon be upon us. 
At Less is More the challenge is to run for two weeks and the theme this time is Homespun.
I love primitive art and some of the early American images are simply fabulous. I tend to think of samplers and gingham, lots of red and white and kraft too possibly. Here are a couple of cards which I managed to squeeze in time to make this week.
This is a Stampin' Up cross stitch heart, cut with a stitched square die and mounted on a little polka dot paper, framed by yet another stitched square.
A Little Claire image, partly paper pieced and partially coloured with alcohol pens. The sentiment is computer generated.
These Day for Daisies chickens are the cutest and make me think of primitive folksy art. Here her pinny is paper pieced and once more the sentiment is computer generated.

Finally a card for someone just embarking on cancer treatment. Once more a simple image, simply presented. This is another Day for Daisies image again combined with a computer generated sentiment!
  I have spent the last couple of days looking after my grandchildren and tonight I have a performance of Messiah with my choir! 
If I don't manage to post any more of my makes before the big day, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!

Saturday 12 December 2015

One Layer time again!

Time for another ONE LAYER card at Less is More and this time the theme is 
What's in my stocking!
The mind boggles!

This dear little image is from A Day for Daisies.
What a cute bear. It has been gently coloured and twinkled, with a little Flower Soft for the top of the stocking. The sentiment which reads 'All I want for Christmas... is you' was computer generated in Sunshine Poppy font.

Another digi image here from a downloadable colouring page. Coloured with alcohol pens and once more with a computer generated sentiment. He looks snug!
Christmas is creeping up faster than I'm coping with at the moment but hopefully the world won't stop whether all the things I wanted to do get done or not!
I hope your preparations are going well!

Monday 7 December 2015


Happy Little Stampers Challenge this time is to use Stars.
Here I used Hobby Art's bear again, (I think he's such a cutie) he has been gently shaded and twinkled and then accompanied by some Memory Box Stars and die-cut sentiments form Tattered Lace and  Simon Says Stamp.
The black backdrop has been embossed with the snowy EF from Sheena Douglass.
Today I managed to put up the Christmas Tree. It has been used every year since 1976, so this is its 39th Christmas... not bad going huh!
We have decorations from all over the world, which we buy when we are on holiday, it reminds of the places we've been. There are flip flops from Hawaii hanging near to snowshoes from Quebec city, a cotton flower angel from Atlanta and a violin from Vienna from amongst lots of other lovely memories!

Saturday 5 December 2015

Blue and Green

For our colour challenge at "Less is More this week", we have chosen blue and green.
This week has been a busy one but I just about managed to get a few cards made.
Here is a baby card using some elephants from a Martha Stewart punch. I haven't used a punch for a long time but this one is a really sweet little image. I cut a panel for the front of the card cutting out the three squares and then embossing it with a Stampin' Up folder.  This one always reminds me of a baby blanket.  The welcome is from Paper Smooches and is triple layered.
This delicate wreath is from Penny Black, stamped in Green and clear embossed, with the flowers coloured with a Promarker. A few iridescent, mixed sequins were randomly added around the circle. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.

Here's a little Hobby Art stamp coloured with alcohol pens and twinkled with Glamour Dust.The sentiment is from Happy Little Stampers. This is for Just Us Girls ~Merry~ challenge.
I have had quite a few commission cards to do this week and also with various trips out looking for Christmas presents, the time has just flown. However I did have time to make a card for my grandson. Apparently he chose a tree decoration from the Christmas market in Bath of a polar bear with antlers, so I thought I'd make a card for him of something similar!
I just bought this Hobby Art stamp of a strolling bear and looked for some antlers on the web. Having found these, I reduced the size, and printed them and then stamped the bear so that he was 'wearing' them. I think he looks quite cool. The name is from Memory Box letters and the Ho Ho Ho is from a pack of Dovecrafts wooden sentiments.
The background EF is from Sheena Douglass and the snowflakes from All Occasion Dies.
It's for the SNOWFLAKES challenge at CASual Fridays

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Favourite technique

this month is to use your favourite technique
This was a difficult choice for me as I love doing so many different techniques, but one which always gives me pleasure is Emboss Resist!
Here I coloured the Penny Black Stamp using Distress re-inkers and a paint brush. After stamping I embossed the image with clear embossing powder, then masked off a horizontal strip encompassing part of the image, using Post It notes. This area was then gently inked, again using Distress Inks this time applied with sponge daubers. Some grunge dots were stamped and the sentiment added, which was also clear embossed.

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Winner will receive this stamp set