Sunday, 9 August 2015

Final Post of the Weekend - Inspired by My Pending Summer Holiday!

So this card is working with the colours of my last card...Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Yellow and Olive Green.  They just shout SUMMER to me which is the theme over on the Allsorts Challenge!

I've made this user Summer Silhouettes with a greeting from Flower Patch stamp sets, both from Stampin' Up!  The photo has a lovely shadow cast from my blind that I hope you can ignore!

I was going for another one-layer card so I made a clear line across the card with Post-Its and started stamping my flowers and foliage.  I added the stems, blended the green around the bottom of the leaves and added the greeting.....using an acrylic block I'd just cleaned....and left a splodge just below the sentiment, hence the carefully placed butterfly from the Beautiful Wings Sizzlits :-)

This is a close up of the flowers, finished with a touch of glamour dust (as usual). So, as the card was no longer one layer, I cut it down, matted it to Real Red before sticking to a card blank.

Now here's the question:  What does One-Layer mean to you?

Does it allow for embellishments, matting and glitter or is it as the name suggest strictly ONE-LAYER?

I'd be interested to know what you think :-)

In the meantime, I'm also entering this in to the following challenges:
Little Tangles  {Birthday}
Addicted to Stamping  {Anything Goes}
My Time To Craft  {Recipe: 1 Die Cut (Butterfly), 2 Images (Flowers and Leaves), 3 Flowers (3 Red ones, 3 yellow ones) }

Thanks for looking.  Feel free to leave me a link in my comments to visit your pages!


One Layer Madness

Inspired by Less is More yesterday I've been making more one layer cards this weekend....and just before the light dies, I've managed to get (hopefully) decent pictures.

This card is for the One Layer Simplicity Challenge: Strip Down! Yes!  I've been crafting in my underwear :-)  Not really!

The challenge is to create a strip down the side of the card.  I masked my strip with Post-Its and then used the flowers and leaves from Garden in Bloom (masking those where necessary) to create a pretty pattern on the left side.  I added the greeting and the butterfly (also from Garden in Bloom) to finish it off...not forgetting scribbling liquid pearls in the centre of the flowers.

I'm also entering this in to the following challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays   {Pretty Patterns}
Addicted to Stamping  {Anything goes}

Thanks for looking


From One Pixie to Another

So while I was making my card for Less is More, my daughter, Annie (8) was busy making some little cards for her friends to say farewell while we go on holiday.  Since I was introduced to the Pixie's Crafty Workshop last week, I think they'll be perfect for Di's challenge to make a card with snippets.

So over to Annie:

"Today I made cards without bugging my mum.  They are for my best friends, Evie and Charlotte.  Charlotte lives next door so I play with her more, and Evie is my bestest friend in the whole entire world.

I've made my cards using pink and turquoise card and little punches from my mum's cupboard (sssh! don't tell her!).  Here they are:

 This one is my favourite.  I added pollen using pearl glitter stuff.

Mum says I can start my own I'm looking for blog names.  

These are some of my blog ideas:

Butterfly Mayhem
Pixie Dust
Singing Flowers
Purple Leaf
Craft to the Rescue

Do you have any ideas?  I'd love to hear them.

Thanks for looking.  I hope you like my cards. 

love Annie xx "

Isn't she cute!  She's my card designer and inspiration.  So proud of her :-)


Saturday, 8 August 2015

Winter Wonderland!

So just about to go on my summer holidays....seems a little strange to be thinking of Christmas!

But perusing through the blogs tonight I've stumbled on the Winter Wonderland Challenge.  I've done the Christmas in July challenges, but this blog is strictly Christmas all year round to help us all avoid that last minute rush at the end of November.  Sheer genius!

This week they're looking for Christmas Carols and Songs,  I've gone with "When Santa got Stuck up the Chimney!"

I've used Real Red for the mat and coloured Santa to match.  I've also used my new Tombow glue from Stampin' Up to give the snow and suit trimmings some real dimension!

Winter Wonderland is definitely on my regular blog hop now.

I'm also entering this in the following challenges:

Thanks for looking


Pals Paper Arts Colour Challenge


The last thing any of us want to do on a weekend is rush about.  We're going on holiday in 9 days!  9 DAYS!  The house is a mess, there's washing to do and holiday shopping to be done...but I just wanna make cards!  Meh!  There's always lunchtimes next week :-)

So I've spent the last hour or so making a card for Pals Paper Arts:

And here it is:

I've used the World of Dreams and Gorgeous Grunge stamps sets from Stampin' Up and the Butterfly thinlets.  I masked a circle and sponged a background with Pool Party.  I then stamped the leaves in Mint Macaron and added some grunge in Tip Top Taupe.  I punched and inked flowers out of whisper white and added the butterfly on top.

Here's a close up of the butterfly showing the finishing touches of liquid pearls.  

Very happy with the result :-)

I'm also entering this in the following challenges:

Toptip Tuesday  {Ribbon and Pearls} - I've entered this challenge a few times over the's a shame to see it close after 5 years but I wish Samatha and the Design Team all the best :-)

Papertake Weekly  {Anything Goes!}

Fab N Funky Challenge  {No Patterned Paper}

Thanks for looking


One Layer Challenge - Woohoo!

I like the one layer challenges.  They really are a challenge to me!  The challenge on Less is More these week was a double whammy challenge for me cos it's also The Eyes Have it!

Having hunted high and low for something with eyes in my stash I found a stamp set I had from years back when my boys were younger....cute dinosaurs!

And here it is:

Using a similar technique to Chrissie, I stamped the cutie first then masked him.  I used PostIt notes to mask the circle off and sponged the background with Bashful Blue and Pacific Point with a little Daffodil Delight thrown in to lighten it.

I then removed all the masks and coloured the dinosaur in and embossed lines across the card to add interest.  Finally I added a Real Red greeting from Endless Birthday Wishes.

As well as Less is More today, I took inspiration from Case This Sketch:

And I'm also entering it in the following challenges:
Happy Little Stampers  {Masking}

Hope you like it.


Friday, 7 August 2015

Monochrome in Wisteria Wonder


Purple seems to be the order of a lot of challenges this week.  I've zero'd in on the Colour Me this week and a Wisteria Wonder Monochromatic challenge.  (Now with updated photos!  Hate taking pics at night!)

I've used the grasses out of the World of Dreams Stamp Set from Stampin up! and, of course, Wisteria Wonder card and ink :-).  I stamped the images on to whisper white card and blended ink around the edges.  I matted this on to Wisteria Wonder card and embossed lines to frame the image.  Finally I fixed it to the front of a 5x7 card using stampin' dimensions.

It's a bit hard to tell but I added a bit of glamour dust to add a bit of texture. All done!

Hope you like it.  I'm also using entering this card in the following challenges:

Clear It Out Challenge  {Anything Goes!}
Corrosive Challenges  {Perfectly Purple}
Cute Card Thursday  {One Word}


Pixie's Snippet Challenge

I've just been catching up on a bit of blog reviewing and see I owe a thanks to Di over on Pixies Crafty Workshop.

She gave me a shout out for my LIM Snippets card.  This is the card:

Thanks, Di!  Glad to be a Snippets Playmate!

CAS Colour and Sketches: Colour Challenge


I've got a day off today!  Yay!  A day of school clothes buying and going to the park planned, but before all that I've made a card for CAS Colour and Sketches where the Other Fickle Pixie is Guest Designer this week!  Congrats, Jen!

This is the challenge:

And this is what I made:

I've used the Summer Silhouette stamp set from Stampin' Up with the colours from the challenge, sponging the edges and embellishing with some liquid pearls.  I added a greeting from Endless Birthday Wishes and matted it on to Wisteria Wonder.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps {Anything Goes} to the shops!  

Enjoy your day :)


Saturday, 1 August 2015

Less is More - Berry Shades

Morning all

I'm joining the Less is More ladies again this weekend.  They have a colour challenge: Berry Shades!  I've opted for purples cos...well...why wouldn't you!

Quite a simple card today which took a surprisingly long time to make.  Probably because it was my third or fourth attempt!!

I settled with using the Summer Silhouettes stamp set from Stampin' Up!  I masked off my card and pierced a border with my pokey tool.  I finished it off with a little liquid pearls and a sentiment which sums up what I'm going to be doing today.....

I'm also entering this in the following challenges:

Friday Mash Up {It's All Square}
Allsorts {Pearls and Gems}

Enjoy your weekend everyone!