Saturday, 31 January 2015

Less is More Week 209 - Lucky Dip

This week at Less is More our theme is Little Ones.  I've made a couple of new baby cards, with a favourite Avery Elle set (Storytime) and a Kaisercraft set.  The baby boy card uses the Avery Elle sentiment with Kaisercraft stamps and some twine.  The feet are stamped in Stampin' Up Bashful Blue. 
The baby girl card is a kind of reverse, the image is Avery Elle and the sentiment Kaisercraft.  The starry background uses Pan Pastels brushed over a Memory Box stencil, aperture is made with a Simon Says die.  I've used my blender pen to dapple the fawn's back and die cut a few stars from scrap that I tried out the Pan Pastels on (one is hiding a smudge!).
A final 'Little One' - this teeny tag measures about 2 1/2 x 1 1/2" and uses the trimmings from a card.  Splotch and sentiment are both Stampin' Up Work of Art and I added some sequins.

Have fun and I'm looking forward to seeing your CAS Little Ones!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The Best is Yet to Be

I saw some gorgeous stamps on Pinterest recently and tracked them down to Unity Stamp Company.  Of course I had to place an order with them and my Stamp Kit of the Month arrived today. WOW!  It is fab!  This is what I came up with for my first Unity card, the next order is already in and I'm sure it will be the first of many...
The colourscheme is based on Unity's Be Inspired Challenge.  I've coloured with Copics, added some Glossy Accents and inked up a background stamp (from the kit) and the heart on the sentiment with Marvy le Plume pen.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges:
Simon Says - have a heart
Unity Be Inspired - colourscheme
Crafty Sentiments - love, Valentines
Perfectly Rustics - hugs and kisses
Through the Purple Haze - love is in the air
My Time to Craft - two or more people

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Less is More - Week 208 - sketch

This week at Less is More Chrissie has designed a fab sketch to inspire us.  On Thursday she came up to help me celebrate a milestone birthday and, of course, we got inky.  I had two sets of Aquatints Inks arrived and we played with them.  The background to my first card is one of the experimental sheets I painted.  I have topped it with a panel that has a Memory Box fern cut from it and then I trimmed down the diecut and added it to loosely interpret the sketch.  The sentiments are Stampin Up.  This card has lots of NBUS going on:  the inks, the die cut fern and the diecut panel for the sentiment.

My second card uses a favourite stampset, it is a more literal interpretation of the sketch, using washi tape and Avery Elle Storybook stamps and dies.  The balloon is cut from a scrap of patterned paper.

I hope your enjoy using the sketch as a starting point for your CAS creation!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Less is More Week 207 - Friends

I'm back on duty as Less is More this week, with a card for our challenge "Friends".  Thank you for all the good wishes, I am now in my new home and beginning to settle in.  Stamps are Acid Drops and What-Not.s, coloured with Copics.  The colourscheme is taken from the CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge this week:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Basic Black.

Monday, 12 January 2015

A New Beginning for 2015

 Last week I moved into my new home, with the help of some good friends.  It is just a short walk from my old home, heavy things were moved in the JCB, wonderful way to move if a little unconventional!  This photo shows the fridge arriving.
Last night I cleared enough to get to my craft space and took a few minutes to make a CAS card, I was in my happy place :).  I followed Sketch Saturday's layout and I'm also entering it for Simon Says Something New - the stamp and punch set are new - as is my new start for the new year.
Stamp, embossing folder and punch are Stampin' Up, with a Hero Arts sentiment and some gems.  Sorry for the poor photos, using my phone and no editing software on this pc!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Less is More - Week 205 - Colour

Happy New Year to everyone!   I am scheduling this post as by now I will running round like a headless chicken as I am moving home on 6 January.  There will be no room for a craft room, but I will still have a craft space and I am very much looking forward to a new start in 2015.
This week's colour challenge at Less is More is Black, Metallic, +1.  My first card uses a textured gold cardstock with a couple of favourite Memory Box dies on it to make a wintry scene.  There is no sentiment (confession:  I used this as a late Christmas card and added a sentiment after the photo!).  I really, really like this one.

Second card uses a Paper Smooches balloon die, with the black as the main colour.  I came across the scrap of metallic holographic card behind the black while I was emptying cupboards - it's amazing what you buy when you are starting out in a craft!   I punched holes and threaded a fine crochet cotton through to make the strings.  In real life, the thread and the cardstock are a much better match...  Sentiment is Hero Arts.

Looking forward to seeing all your creations, provided BT does what it has promised about the Broadband connection...!