Monday, 3 August 2015

Back to crafting

It seems a while since I got down to making a few cards for challenges, and today I thought I might just have to chance, but I decided to upgrade to Windows 10, which was somewhat time-consuming and equally frustrating and probably a mistake. It seems that I no longer have the ability to scroll down a page using two fingers on my touch pad. I have searched the internet for a solution, which to date has been fruitless, however I still managed to make a card!

This was made with a scrap of card left over from some inky experiments which I decided to over-stamp with some butterflies and grunge dots and emboss in gold.
I cut the banner and the square with MFT pierced dies and added the die-cut Memory Box butterfly and  sentiment.
I thought a little Cuttlebug dry embossing added just a touch of texture to the banner. 
It follows the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches 
and is also for Casology Wings 
plus Addicted to CAS Banners 
and finally for Just Us Girls  Autumn (Autumn colours)

This is me in Spain last week about to go out for a meal to celebrate my 70th birthday. We had a fabulous time !

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Masking x three

Here I have a card in which I have used 3 different kinds of masks although there are heaps of of other ways they can be employed.

I began by stamping the birds from The Rubber Stamp Gallery in black Versafine ink and then painted over them with a little rubber cement.
When it was dry I used sponge daubers to ink  the sea in various shades of Distress Ink, over a mask made from a ripped piece of Post It note. The horizon was made using a straight edged mask. I
die cut a couple of clouds from more post-its and then inked over them for the sky, softening the edges with a little more ink once the masks were removed. The sea was over-stamped with a SU Grunge splat stamp in a couple of shades of ink before the cement was removed from the birds using an eraser.
A faux stitched border and a die cut sentiment completed the card.
I think these birds are really cool!

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Berry Colours

The first week of the month is always the time for a colour challenge at "Less is more". 

Here I combined a couple of my favourite techniques, emboss resist and inlaid dies.
The stamp is from the Rubber Stamp Gallery, clear embossed and inked with a variety of berry shade inks, including Rich Razzleberry, Aged Mahogany, Festive Berries, Fired Brick and Ripe Persimmon. A little over-stamping with the teazel stamp and some grunge dots completed the effect.
The dies are from MFT (border) and Poppy (thank you).
I don't know if you can see the layered inlaid letters a little better here!
It's always fun to do!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

70 Years young!

Here is a pic from our recent cruise which was to celebrate milestone birthdays for myself and my husband!
We are now both 70 (well I will be tomorrow)!
Here I am (seated centre) amid friends at the last formal night dinner in the Queen's Grill on Queen Victoria.
In fact at this exact moment I'm on holiday with my grandchildren and daughter in Spain for yet another celebration.
So I'm having a break from "Less is More", but I'll be back next time!
Next week I'll be home for a rest!