Saturday, 4 July 2015

Red White and Blue

We couldn't let this date go by with a little tribute to our friends across the pond, so the colour choice at Less is More this week is red, white and blue.
Here I used a little cruise ship die cut from Quickutz... I'm on Cunard's Queen Victoria in the Med at the moment celebrating a couple of very large birthdays, so I couldn't resist this image!
The sentiment is from Paper Smooches and Tattered Lace, each word layered from several diecuts of card.
This is a simple die cut card using a background layer for the butterflies made from sploshes of Aqua Tint inks, spritzed with water and then sprayed with a little Spray and Sparkle which gives a fabulous sheen!
The butterflies are from Memory Box. The stitched panel is from an MFT die.
I do apologise for not visiting so many of you but I won't be using wifi too much aboard ship!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Happy Little Stampers July Challenge!

I am so thrilled to have been asked to join the team at Happy Little Stampers.
The focus this month is on Stamping.


For my card, I stamped this huge Indigo Blu butterfly with Versamark and embossed it with WOW Dusky Woodland powder.
I water-coloured it with Distress inks adding some Gold and Clear Wink of Stella.
The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley. I tried embossing it with the WOW powder but because of the predominance of glitter in the mix the sentiment was indistinct, so I decided to stamp it in black Memento ink and quickly added some Heat it Up Enchanted gold over it, then  heat embossed. It meant that the sentiment was clearly printed and yet the looks of it tied in with the butterfly.
The front panel was cut with a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle, extending it slightly to fit the UK dimension card base.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Week 230 at Less is More - Sketch

It's time for a sketch again at Less is More and this time it's one that I have used before but find very satisfying!
With two shapes like this, either panels or apertures, it's always more pleasing to have them the same width even though the depths are different. Strangely, manufacturers don't seem to produce squares and rectangles with matching dimensions, so I use one shape and adapt it either shortening or lengthening  the die-cut. You can see a video of how I do this here. This one is in fact for extending dies, but conversely you can shorten dies too in a similar manner.

This one has apertures, cut with a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle, the bottom aperture being much shortened.
The stamp is from Artemio with an olive image from the Internet. The sentiment is computer generated and the flourish from MFT.
For this I used a stitched square die from SSS and reduced it a little for the image panel and a lot more for the sentiment panel.
I was a little unsure how the stamp for adding the colour to this image should be used. It didn't seem to fit any way round, so I hope that this looks OK.  The stamp set is from Wplus9. I used Dried Marigold and Ripe Persimmon Distress inks on it, which I spritzed lightly with water after stamping, just to soften the edges.


Friday, 26 June 2015

A new die

I just received this die and wanted to try it out. I discovered that part of  the Craft Concept EF just fitted the shape of the bra cup and made a rather nice lacy effect!
The sentiment is computer generated in Are you serious font.

Here is the same card design in a different colour! For this I used a letterpress technique by inking the embossing folder with Memento Black Onyx Ink before passing the pink card through the machine.

We had a lovely day at the races in Salisbury. Here I am with my son and his wife, my husband and my daughter, who is standing next to me. I backed winners in three out of the seven races!
We all had a wonderful time!