Saturday, 25 June 2016

Googly Eyes

I seem to have been really busy lately... doing a lot of not much it seems, but here is a quick card for the Googly Eyes challenge at AAA Cards.
I used the same stitched square from SSS for cutting both apertures as I like the width of them to be identical. I don't seem to be able to match any of my squares with any of my rectangles, so I just part cut the narrower one from both directions in order to reduce the size.
The sentiment is computer generated!

Use a stencil

Here is a card with a similar layout to the sketch from a couple of weeks ago at "Less is More". This time the challenge is to use a stencil. This super leaf stencil from Stamplorations was embossed with glossy black embossing paste and allowed to dry. After slicing it into two, the die-cuts from Memory Box were added plus a simple sentiment from Tattered Lace.
The joy of embossing a whole piece of card and then cutting it means that I have another piece to use on another creation! The leaves on this stencil are facing in both directions, so it doesn't matter which way up it is used.
Here I used a stencil from our sponsor Stamplorations and dusted some colour over it with a brush. When removed, I then stamped a few Stamploration butterflies in some of the gaps, then over stamped with the Stamploration sentiment stamp and added a Memory Box butterfly die-cut.
We have a new Designer at Less is More this week so do check it out... Esther has joined us so do pop over and give her a warm welcome!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Faux Bleach

The theme at Less is More this week is to use the Faux Bleach or Ghosting technique... also referred to as stamping with water.

If a layer of water reactive ink is used as a base, when water is added, some of the colour is removed, giving the appearance of bleaching.
To begin, I inked the vertical panel with blue and green Distress Inks using sponge daubers and allowed them to dry. I then stamped the flower stamp from Unity after spritzing it with water, drying the card with a heat gun, which seems to intensify the effect. I wanted to use this as a ghosting effect around the flowers, so  I stamped image again, using the deep green colour.
The sentiment is from Penny Black.
Here I used a stencil from Tim Holtz, over some sponged Distress Inks, applied fairly liberally with sponge daubers. The ink was spritzed with water and blotted then the stencil removed and heat dried. The bunch of roses is a file from Silhouette Studio cut with my Portrait. I think they match my stencil really well. I believe that the hello is a die cut from Winnie And Walter.

Saturday, 11 June 2016


The challenge at "Less is More" this week is for a one layer card with the theme of Splatters. We are really fortunate to have received some stencils and stamps from Shery at Stamplorations, (who is our sponsor this month) and all the DT have used the splatter stencil... which was made specially for us!!
We are really grateful to Shery for these!

I had a senior moment when I first began to work on this week's challenge and completely forgot the one layer part... what a plonker!
So this is my second attempt!
Here all the stamps and the stencil are from Stamplorations. I inked three shades of the latest Distress Ink colours through the stencil and then over-stamped with another splatter stamp in Versamark and clear embossed it, so that there are shiny blobs on blobs.
This was the card I made, forgetting that it was one layer week... it could easily have been a one layer design if I'd had my brain in gear!

We are saying goodbye to Anne from the DT at "Less is More" as she has decided to step down after over three years working with us, she will be missed! I must admit that being one of the LIM DT is quite an undertaking and we are really grateful for all her hard work.