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Monday, 12 November 2018

Less is More # 384, Metallics

Hello there,
It's time for another challenge at Less is More and this time it's to use Metallics.

My 93 year old mother in law was rushed into hospital a week last Saturday with multi organ failure. The staff at our local hospital have worked miracles to keep her with us and, although she's very weak and frail, she's doing very well considering.
So with this in mind I decided to make a thank you card for the staff and use the challenge for inspiration.

 I used some background card that I made a few months ago using the tissue paper method,embossed with gold EP
I die cut the sentiment from gold mirror card and used foam pads to raise it slightly.

Dies- Spellbinders, Britannia

Thanks for popping in

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Less is More #383

Hi there,

It's time for a brand new challenge at Less is More and this time we are asked for Dimension on our cards.

We have an upmarket general store in a posh part of the city centre that my son works weekends at and they are looking to stock produce exclusively to them. Mainly craft beers and foods but greetings cards have been mentioned and I've been asked to submit some samples with a view to selling. I've explained it's a bit late for this Christmas but maybe I could do some for Valentines day.
I'm a bit scared to tell the truth but I'm going to give it go. Anyway I've had an idea going around my head all week and as soon as I saw the challenge details for LIM I decided to use it to put my idea to the test.

 Lots of dimension with homemade texture paste and a layered heart.
I cut out seven hearts and glued them together to give lots of depth.

A close up of the heart and tag.

So I started by making my own texture paste (I'll put the recipe at the bottom of this post) and using that on a heart stencil. from Studio 75.
While that was drying I cut out seven hearts, 4 red and 3 white using a Sizzix nesting die and glued them together alternately.
I stamped my tag with a sentiment from Flourishes and made a tag.
Once dry I cut the heart panel to size and backed it onto some red card leaving a very narrow border along the inside and bottom edges.
Then it was just a case of placing everything where I wanted them and adding a few small clear gems.
I'm quite pleased with it but if you all think it's awful, please tell me before I embarrass myself :)

Texture Paste,

1/4 cup of talcum powder. ( I used cheap baby powder and it smells lovely for quite a while)
1 TBS PVA glue
1 TBS white acrylic paint
A little water.

Mix all together adding a tiny bit of water until it has the consistency of toothpaste.

If you want coloured paste you can substitute white paint for whatever colour you need.

Right, it's back to the Christmas cards for me, thanks for popping in X

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Less is More #382

Hello there,

I'm back today to share my card for the latest challenge at Less is More.
It's theme time and the theme is Tags. We can make just a tag or incorporate a tag onto a card.
This is my entry,

I started by gluing a scrap of background paper onto some card to give it some strength, then, when dry, cutting it with a tag die.
I made the circular eyelet thingy using the middle of a flower die and a spring loaded punch.
The Christmas tree is cut from Green Glitter Card.
The sentiment is stamped in clear ink and heat embossed in white powder.
Finished off with a bit of Bakers Twine.

Tag- Die-namics, Tree- Simply Graphic.
BG Paper- Papermania, Little Red Robin pad.
Sentiment Stamp-Waltzing Mouse

Thanks for popping in x

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Card for Sabine.

Hello there,

It was my future daughter in law's birthday last week and today they've told us a little secret.I'm not allowed to mention anything just yet but a scan at 12 weeks is involved. I'm so excited but ofcourse I'm sworn to secrecy 😄

Anyway I have a card to share,

I've used a gorgeous background paper from Lemoncraft, Tiny Miracles pad.
Frame is simply made using nested circles from Spellbinders.
Leaf dies are from The Works
Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I might just have to browse through the knitting patterns now the dark nights are drawing in...

Thanks for popping in x

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Simply Less is More #381

Hello there,

It's Lucky Dip time at Simply Less is More and this time we have been asked to case a DT card.

This is my take on the design,

I must admit this design looked better in my head than real life but I'm relatively pleased with it.

Dies are from, Marianne Designs,Sweet Dixie, & Nellie Snellen.
 Merry stamp is part of a set from  Waltzing Mouse.
I've added a smattering of tiny red gems.

We are decorating our hall, stairs and landing and it's taking forever. Almost finished and, hopefully I can get some more crafting in.
Thanks for popping in X

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Autumn Birthday Card

Hello there

It was my daughters birthday last thursday so I'm sharing the card I made for her. She is so not a girly girl and really does NOT do pink and frilly so when she told me she loved the green card I smooshed I knew I had to use it.  And what better for a September birthday than autumn colours.

Green background paper smooshed with TH Shabby Shutters and Mowed lawn Distress Inks with a touch of Inca Gold
Leaves are smooshed with TH Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks and a quick squirt of gold shimmer spray.

Thank you for popping in  X

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Mum's birthday card

Hello there,

It's my mum's 85th birthday today so we've to the home to see her and give her the card I made for her.

I've gone with my go to Pink Petticoat ( The Lovely Studio) Brocade paper in Willow which is a very pale green.
The frame was made using 2 wavy nested dies from Caroles crafts.
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts
The leaves are a mix of dies from Memory Box and the Works.
Sentiment is by Rubbadubbado, stamped in Versamark Black Onyx.
I've added a scattering of tiny clear gems.

Mum was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 1999 and had to go into a home 2007 so here we are 19 years and she's still with us. Dementia is a cruel disease that I wouldn't wish on anyone but she's being well looked after and cared for.

Thanks for popping in x