Saturday, 31 August 2013

Less is More - use a rubber stamp

After a couple of week's break, caused first by life and secondly by a strong and irrational aversion to washi tape, here is my card for this week's Less is More Challenge.  My collection of Acid Drops and What-Nots stamps is growing but I don't use them as much as I'd like :(.  So this week's card has AD&WN stamp, sentiment and border, coloured with Copics and framed with a narrow burgundy (or merlot, or shiraz) border.  I will try and get round to a watercolour entry, but this card was crying out to be made :).

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Pretty in Pink

I've made a Happy Hoppers decoupage card for the Joanna Sheen Challenge, which is Pretty in Pink.  The Basic Grey DP is a perfect match, it looks like lots of yarn tangled up, which is what I expect you get when a rabbit tries to knit :).  I've added some raffia ribbon topped by a satin ribbon, some flowers and a Craftwork Cards sentiment.
My card is also for the following challenges:
Card Mania - ribbon
C is for - animals
Crazy Challenge - animals
2 Sisters - square cards
Crazy for - animals
Totally Gorjuss - bows

Monday, 26 August 2013

Hanging On!

Today's card is fairly unembellished, it's a masculine card using Joanna Sheen decoupage of the Gruffy Bears, love the expression on the bear that is hanging on for dear life!  I matted the image onto blue and then kraft and added a Stampin' Up sentiment.  The DP is very old Basic Grey, called Scarlett's Letter, there is a dry embossed strip across the card and some Card Candi.
I'm entering my card for the following challenges:
House Mouse & Friends Monday - transport
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - transport
Robyn's Fetish - rectangles only
Gem of a Challenge - anything beginning with B (bear, bike)
Crazy 4 Challenges - animals
Hiding in my Craftroom - masculine birthday

Sunday, 25 August 2013

On the Beach

This week's CD Sunday Challenge is On The Beach.  There are some gorgeous beach scenes in the Joanna Sheen Tom Mielko CD book and this is one of them.  The decoupage is matted onto a frame with a Bubble border punched out and has My Minds Eye DP behind it.  The sentiment is Hero Arts, stamped in sepia.  I'm also entering my card for the Daring Cardmaker's Challenge, Life's a Beach.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Owl always love yo-ou...

I recently treated myself to the offer on a Pollyanna Pickering DVD from a well-known shopping channel ;).  The artwork is absolutely stunning and I love the backing papers they added, stripes are always a favourite of mine and they have them in combis to match each image.  This simple card uses two of the backing papers with lots of silver mirri card added.  The sentiment tops two layered Memory Box die-cuts, I used a Martha Stewart punch border beneath the grosgrain ribbon.  I'm hoping that more of Pollyanna's work will be made available to craft with.
My card is entered for the following challenges:
Delicious Doodles - birds of a feather
Jellypark Friends - things that fly
Alphabet - N for newest (DVD in this case)
Crafty Ribbon - anything goes with ribbon
House that Stamps Built - things with wings
Penny's Papercrafty - dies and/or punches

Monday, 19 August 2013

Ooh La La Challenge - Inspired by a song

This week's Ooh La La Challenge is Inspired by a Song which immediately made me think of the gorgeous CD of designs called All Dressed Up.  I never have enough masculine cards so I made this monochrome card with the image Henri from the CD, inspired by Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top.  The check paper also comes from the CD, I added a few more frames to my image in Word before printing it out.  The matting and layering is offset and I've added some embossed card, ribbon and a sentiment from Acid Drops and Whatnots.

My card is also entered for:
Simon Says - monochromatic
Creatalicious - for the boys

Monday, 12 August 2013

Less is More Equals Numbers

This week's Less is More Challenge is to use numbers on a one-layer card.  This is the perfect opportunity for me to use a set that I bought from CAS-ual Fridays some time back - the WTF set.  I think it is really funny, but I think you do have to think carefully who you send this one to :).  I've used linen texture cardstock and Versafine ink, using the colours of Aldershot Football Club to suit the recipient.  Where I had repeated the long, thin borders there was a bit of a shadow on the 50, so I added some card candy on top of it to hide the error.  I made the artistic decision to add some card candy to the "50" border for interest - lol the first answer is the true one!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013


Regular readers of my blog will know that I have a real weak spot for tree stamps and in fact own a small forest of them.  So you might think it a bit perverse of me to go with the colour stripes and not the trees for this week's Less is More Challenge.  The colours reminded me of a My Minds Eye 6x6 pad that I own called Fiddlesticks.  I also have rather a lot of 6x6 pads! 

I really must get some hexagon dies, I wanted to use a lot of small scraps of the papers.  Instead I turned to my trusty bow die-cut and added a Waltzing Mouse sentiment stamped in London Fog grey. The card is a 5x7 tentfold.  I may still make a tree card, watch this space...  :)
My card is also entered for
Simon Says - anything goes
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Eureka Stamps - clean and simple

Monday, 5 August 2013

Step Back in Time

I'm very proud to have been asked to join the Ooh La La Creations Design Team and here is my card for their new challenge, which is A Step Back in Time.  I have used a lovely old fashioned image from a CD called Watercolour Memories.  It isn't listed on the website, but there are just a few copies left.  Stocks are very limited and it is soon to be discontinued.  It has some gorgeous artwork on, mostly UK scenes but a few abroad too.

My card has a bit of an autumn feel to it, I've embossed the background with a basketweave pattern, matted and layered with burgundy card and diecut some Memory Box trees from the same card.  Some brown mesh ribbon and a few buttons threaded with raffia finish the card off.

I'm really looking forward to working with the Ooh La La CDs, expect to see a lot more of their artwork coming up on here soon :)