Saturday, 14 October 2017

Less is More Week #350

Good morning, crafters

At Less is More this week we have that absolute favourite challenge...yes, you guessed it, it's One Layer week once again!  And here is the theme we want to see one your OLCs...




And we have the fabulous Uniko sponsoring our challenge throughout the month of October, and the lovely Bev is joining us as a Guestie again this week :)




I don't know what came over me recently but I've managed three card samples for you this week, and on one layer week too!

The photos look a bit washed out this time, apologies.  My lamp seemed to make everything super bright and I'm trying to get to grips with a different photo editing software.


Anyway, here's my first, and another to add to my (still very small) stock of Christmas cards...



I started by placing a stencil over my card base and blending the starry background with Distress Inks.  With the stencil still in place I masked off most of it, just leaving the three large stars.  I then spread some Nuvo Glimmer Paste over the stars.  You can see the shimmer of the paste better in the net pic...


Once dry, all that was left to do was stamp the sentiment.  Other than having bits of post-it notes in all directions for the masking stage, this was quick and easy to make.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Imagination Crafts - Starry Trail
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: Uniko - Simply Said Christmas
  • Accents: Nuvo Glimmer Paste - Moonstone




Onto my second, and a super CAS purely stamped one layer...



First I stamped the sentiment, then the balloon string, followed by the layered stamping star balloon.  The small clusters of star, although you can't really see in this pic, were stamped in silver pigment ink.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Twinkle Toes, Let's Party Too; Uniko - Balloon Bash
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Altenew - Volcano Lake, Lagoon; Versa Color - Silver

I'm linking this one up just for fun over at Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge where this month's challenge is One Layer - I'm on the DT so can't actually enter but don't forget you can link up your OLC star cards there too :)



And my third, another Christmas card, uses stamps which were recently free with a magazine...



I started by using a die to create the de-bossed landscape at the base of the card.  The star was then stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with glittery gold powder.  The sentiment was then simply stamped in black.  I think this is my favourite of the three this week but, unfortunately, the camera really hasn't picked up the sparkle from the star.  But I love the embossed detail, I think I'll be making a few more of these.

Materials used:

  • Die: Memory Box - Quiet Cabin Landscape
  • Stamps: Wild Rose Studio - Away in an Manger (free with a publication)
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Sparkle

Challenge entries:

Inkspirational - Challenge #145 - One Layer Card
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #263 - Holiday



Thanks so much for visiting today, I love to know you've popped by.  And please don't feel daunted by one layer cards, with a little pre-planning I can assure you they aren't scary at all!

Have a lovely weekend.



Saturday, 7 October 2017

Less is More Week #349

Good morning

We're into a fresh new month and that means it's time for our regular Colour challenge at Less is More.  We have a fun one for you this time...



Our fabulous Sponsor for the month of October is Uniko and we have the lovely Bev joining us as our Guestie for a couple of weeks so please do follow the link and say hi.



I have two cards for you this week, my first using Uniko stamps...


I wanted to create a kind of wreath design so on a panel of white cardstock I made four pencil marks above, below, and either side of where I wanted the circle shape, just to help when eyeballing the stamp positioning.  I then stamped the images, four of each in a repetitive pattern to create the wreath.  I erased the pencil marks and die cut the panel using a stitched rectangle and adhered to my card base.  I finished by heat embossing the sentiment in white on some metallic copper cardstock, die cut with a stitched sentiment strip.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Uniko - Natures Treasures I and II, Flower Power #2
  • Ink: Versa Color - Topaz, Paprika, Pinecone, Orange, Marigold; VersaMark
  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Wonky Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Sentiment Strips
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Copper cardstock from stash

Challenge entries:

CAS on Friday - Challenge #118 - Fall / Halloween
Penny Black and More - October Challenge - Close to Nature
Stamping Sensations - October Challenge - Autumn Glory
Uniko - Challenge #43 - Autumn/Fall




I'm really pleased with my second card, the result was exactly as I pictured it, and that doesn't happen often...


On a scrap of cream cardstock I started by adding a minimal light blend of Mustard Seed Distress Ink before adding a small circle mask to create my sun.  I then used sponge blending tools with various other Distress Inks to create my sunset.  Then, instead of using black I used dark brown pigment ink to stamp the tree and birds.  The scene was then die cut using a stitched rectangle die.  On a cream card base I stamped the sentiment, also in dark brown before popping the panel up on 3D foam.

I really do love this off centre design and another of my cards some time ago, here, used the same layout and is also one of my favourites.  I think I might make a few sets of cards like this :)

Materials used:
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany; Versa Color - Pinecone
  • Stamps: Card-io - Vintage Christmas (tree); Kanban - Spring Meadow (birds); Clearly Besotted - Time to Relax (sentiment)
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rectangles

Challenge entries:

Crafty Catz - Challenge #387 - Anything Goes with optional twist of CAS
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #262 - Make Your Mark (sponge blending/masking)




I usually reach for what I call pretty colours but I really enjoyed using these tones this week, perfect for the season too.  Please do pop over to the main challenge, there is some great inspiration there from my teamies this week.

Thanks so much for popping by.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Happy Little Stampers October 2017 CAS Challenge

Good evening

And welcome to the October challenges at Happy Little Stampers!  Today is the turn of the launch of the October CAS Challenge and our theme this month is one that may scare some of you...



I used to find creating one layer cards quite terrifying but they are now among my favourites to make.  They just take a little more planning and there is nowhere to hide, for instance you can't hide a blunder under a sentiment strip!

Please follow our usual CAS guidelines but for this one, minimal layers doesn't apply, the design must be on the card base with no additional layers added.

And as always, there's a $20 gift coupon to the HLS store for one lucky winner.


My DT card was so quick and easy and I really like the result...



I used some textured dusky purple cardstock for my card base (for some reason on my laptop it looks blue but on my phone the colour looks more true to life, purples and photography drive me mad!) and then chose to use a wisteria stencil for my focal point.  I bought this stencil a couple of years ago I think at a craft show and have been wanting to use it for ages.  I think wisteria is so beautiful and wanted to use the purple tone on my card but in reverse.  So I positioned the stencil with low tack tape and then pounced some white pigment ink through the stencil with a sponge tool, fading out the ink density at the end of the flowers and leaves.  I then used some anti-static powder before stamping the sentiment in VersaMark and heat embossing in white.  I finished by adding some teeny dots of white Nuvo drops.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Glitzcraft - Wisteria
  • Coloured Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
  • Ink: Hero Arts - Unicorn; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Accents: Nuvo Crystal Drops - Simply White

Challenge entries:

Penny Black and More - October Challenge - Close to Nature
Darnell's NBUS Challenge #12 - First outing for this stencil :)



I hope you'll play along this month and there's plenty of time as the challenge will stay open until the end of October.  The Watercolour challenge is already up and running, and the remaining challenges will follow over the next few days.

Thanks so much for visiting today.

Muse Challenge #236 - Autumnal Thank You

Hi there

We're at the start of another month which means I'm your designer over at Muse.  As autumn has now taken hold here in the UK I thought I would create a card with a seasonal feel.

My card designs are predominantly CAS but every now and then I want to stretch myself and play around with more in depth techniques which is what I've done here, although the layout is still pretty clean and simple.  The idea at Muse is to take the designer's project and use it as inspiration for your own design.  You can use the layout, theme, colours, technique, etc.  Hopefully with this one there are lots of elements to inspire you.



For my main background panel I created the leaf pattern using layered emboss resist.  So I started with a piece of cream cardstock and stamped the first four images (the lightest images) using VersaMark ink before heat embossing  in clear.  I then blended over the whole background with Scattered Straw Distress Ink, revealing the first leaves.  This is quite a lengthy process as you have to ensure every ink layer is dry before proceeding to the next.  So I zapped the panel with my heat gun and then used anti-static powder to ensure it was ready to go again.  I stamped and clear heat embossed the next few images, trapping the Scattered Straw Ink underneath, before blending the next layer with orange and green.  I then repeated the process again, preserving the orange and green, and then finished with the brown tone.  This technique does take some time but you can get some really interesting results. 

I added some water splats to the panel, cut it down and then mounted it onto some copper cardstock.  I used the same copper cardstock to die cut the 'thank you' which I intended to adhere directly to the panel but it was getting a little lost in the background so I wrapped a strip of vellum around the panel and adhered the die cuts on this, and the leaf design still shows through.  The panel was then adhered flat to a cream card base.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Altenew - Freeform Greenery
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Clear Gloss
  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Twice the Thanks
  • Vellum and copper cardstock from stash

Challenge entries:

Penny Black and More - October Challenge - Close to Nature
Stamping Sensations - October Challenge - Autumn Glory
Uniko - Challenge #43 - Autumn/Fall



Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I'd love to see your creations in the Muse gallery this week. I'll be back this evening to share the next CAS challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Better Late than Never - Father's Day Feline

Hi guys

As promised, here's the other card that I made month's ago and forgot about, until just finding the photo in the depths of my laptop!

This was the Father's Day card I made for my boyfriend's dad back in the summer.  He loves cats so this image from a fab Katzelkraft set was purrfect! *groan :D



I started by stamping this cute kitty on white cardstock then adding some simple colour pencil detailing to this already sketchy image.  Above the image I stamped the sentiment inside another image of speech bubble.  These were then die cut with a stitched rectangle die.  On a kraft card base I stamped some paw prints in varying sizes in VersaMark ink to create a tone on tone effect.  The panel was then popped up on fun foam.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Katzelkraft - Les Chats Russes; Clearly Besotted - Message Me, You Said It; Dovecraft - Paw Prints
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; VersaMark
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rectangle Stax
  • Kraft cardstock: Neenah - Desert Storm
  • Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #261 - Anything Goes
The Male Room - Challenge #70 - Anything Goes (not using optional theme this time)



Phew! Ok, I'm now up to date, there are no more photos of unshared cards.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'll be back tomorrow with my card for the next Muse Challenge and then later in the evening, details of the October CAS Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

I hope to see you again soon.


Better Later than Never - Stencilled Bloom for Mother's Day

Hi guys

I've just been sorting through some card photos on my laptop and found two cards I've not yet shared here on my blog, both from months ago!

So, better late than never, here's the first.  This was the card I made for my boyfriend's mum back in March! 



This was a quick and easy make.  On a panel of white cardstock I stencilled the flower using three shades of Distress Ink.  I then stamped the sentiment in black ink.  To finish I mixed Perfect Pearls with some water and used a brush to splatter it over the design.  The panel was trimmed down and adhered to the base on fun foam.

Materials used:
  • Stencil: Stamposaurus - no name on packaging
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Framed Sentiments
  • Accents: Perfect Pearls - Blush

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #261 - Anything Goes


ETA:
Linking up at Inspired by All the Little Things #66 - Thanks for the heads up, Ardyth!



I'll be straight back in a few minutes to share the other card whose photo has also been lost in my laptop since June!

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Less is More Week #348

Good morning, crafters

Hopefully this post makes sense, I've been coming down with a bug all week and am writing this whilst very tired and constantly sneezing and blowing my nose.  Anyway, back to the reason for the post, and that's a Lucky Dip challenge over at Less is More, due to there being an extra Saturday this month.  And our cue word is...





And as we're still in September, the fabulous Happy Little Stampers continues to be our sponsor this month.


And we have our monthly winner for August, the lovely Jane Taylor joining us as a Guestie this week, so please do pop over and show her some love.


I have two cards for you this week, and both are very different.  Here's my first to add another Christmas card to my pitiful 2017 collection so far...


I actually only bought this stamp last weekend at a hobbycraft show but I love the quirky sketchy design so couldn't wait to use it.  On some watercolour card I stamped the baubles image with VersaMark before heat embossing in silver.  I then watercoloured the images with Distress Inks, using the wet on wet technique, and the embossed outlines create a great barrier for this.  I then also heat embossed the sentiment in silver before cutting down the panel and mounting onto a deep purple card base.  You can't see it in the photo but as a finishing touch I added some clear Wink of Stella to all the little circles of the image to add some Christmas sparkle.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Woodware - Sketchy Baubles; Clearly Besotted - Little Pudding (sentiment)
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver
  • Coloured Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Premium Cardstock
  • Accents: Wink of Stella - clear

Challenge entries

Darnell's NBUS Challenge #12 - brand sparkly new stamp
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #261 - Anything Goes






And for my second card, I went for a completely different feel...


On some watercolour card I stamped the lattice design which was heat embossed in white.  I then watercoloured by dropping in two shades of Distress Inks.  Once dry I die cut a section using a stitched circle die and adhered this to a white card base.  I then die cut a leaf, once from white cardstock, and another from some peach/pink vellum, and layered these up over the watercoloured piece.  I finished by layering up a 'you' die cut and the sentiment, heat embossed in white on some pink cardstock.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: MFT - Moroccan Latice Background; Personal Impressions - Mix and Match
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Dies: Creative Expressions - Laurel Leaves; MFT Die-namics - Double Stitched Circles, Twice the Thanks
  • Vellum from stash

Challenge entries:

CAS on Friday - Challenge #117 - Dies
Creative with Stamps - Challenge #18 - Leaves



Thanks so much for dropping by.  I've not done any watercolouring for a while so I enjoyed making these this week.  My teamies have some great examples for you this week which you can find over at the main challenge blog, and by following the links for more details.

I'm looking forward to seeing your watercolour projects this week, keeping them clean and simple of course.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Less is More Week #347

Hi there

Saturday morning of course means a fresh new challenge at Less is More.  And, since we haven't had one for a while, we have a Sketch challenge for you.  Here it is...





Our fab sponsor for September is Happy Little Stampers so why not play along for a chance to win the monthly prize!




My fellow teamies have had some great ideas for this sketch and you can find their card samples over on the main challenge blog, and follow the links for full details.

And as I'm seriously behind with my festive creations (I have a grand total of 3 so far this year! haha), I used the sketch as inspiration to make a Christmas card.  Here it is...



I did a bit of stamping and masking to create my hanging baubles.  This was my second attempt as with my first attempt I had a problem with the dye inks soaking through my masks and leaving some blotchy marks so I scrapped it and started again, using pigment ink instead.  I used the bow die from the set that co-ordinates with the stamps and instead of stamping and die cutting, I used the die cuts covered with VersaMark to heat emboss in sparkly silver.  I used a fineliner pen to draw the strings and adhered the bows on glue dots.  The sentiment was stamped in black, die cut with a stitched sentiment strip and popped up on 3D foam.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Ornamental Style, Message Me
  • Ink: Versa Color - Mint, Turquoise, Mountain Lake; VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Dies: Clearly Besotted - Ornamental Style; MFT Die-namics - Stitched Sentiment Strips
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver Sparkle

Challenge entries:

Happy Little Stampers - September Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes (optional twist - Sparkle)
Penny Black and More - September Challenge - Get Ready for Christmas




I was really hoping to make more than one for you this week but busy work and tiredness happened!  Hopefully more crafty time will be found soon.

Thanks so much for visiting.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Being Featured!

Hi guys

I'm a few days late with this post but just wanted to pop in and say how excited I was to once again be contacted by Dotcomgiftshop as they wanted to feature Neet & Crafty and one of my card designs on their own blog.


Go to homepage ...


Their post, '16 ways to say it with a greetings card' can be found here if you want to take a look.  A few wonderful familiar faces from blogland have also been featured, as well as some which are new to me.

It's always lovely to know that my designs are appreciated and that people want to share them elsewhere :)

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Less is More Week #346

Good morning!

Another Saturday is back with us which brings around another new challenge over at Less is More.  We're back with another Theme challenge this week, and here's our cue card...




Happy Little Stampers continues to be our sponsor for this month so please do play along as it will put you in the running for our monthly prize!



Only one card from me again this week.  I was hoping to find more crafting time this past week but I've had my mum staying with me so my routine has been a bit all over the place and I wanted to spend some time with her in the evenings.

So, here's my DT card and my interpretation of the 'Take Flight' theme...


I chose dandelion spores flying in the wind as my theme idea.  I started by stamping my images in VersaMark on a piece of white cardstock and heat embossed the dandelion, spores and sentiment in white.  I then did some emboss resist and blended with blue and purple Distress Inks to create an ombre background.  To continue the curve theme of the dandelion stem I used some stitched curve dies to cut my panel down and then adhered flat to the card base.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Dandelion Dreams, Flutterby Dreams
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Salty Ocean, Dusty Concord
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Dies: Mama Elephant - Landscape Trio

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #259 - Clean and Simple
The Flower Challenge - Challenge #12 - Tic Tac Toe (I chose the top line - Embossing/Distress Inks/Sentiment) - I wasn't sure if a dandelion was a flower but according to Google it is so hopefully my card will qualify! :)





My LIM teamies had some great ideas this week so please do pop over the the main blog if you have time, and follow the links for more info.

That's all from me today, hopefully I can find more crafty time this week and share more with you.  Have a lovely weekend.

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