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Monday, 11 February 2019

Inkspirational # 180

Hello there,

There is a new challenge at Inkspirational this week and it's to use text.

This my take on it,

I used some ready made smooshed card from  my stash.
The background is smooshed in Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar & Tumbled Glass DI with a little bit of Viva Gold.
The script is from Indigo Blue, 'Script Background', stamped in clear EI & embossed in gold EP.
The Dragonfly die is an unnamed one from Amazon cut out of another piece of card smooshed in Cosmic Shimmer Paints.
The sentiment is from a set by Lily of the Valley.
The window on the front panel is cut from a rectangle die from Die-namics.

Thanks for popping in

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Color throwdown 529

Hello There,

Another challenge that I haven't joined in with for a very long time is The Color Throwdown so I thought it was time to put myself out there, so to speak. The colours for this challenge are fabulous, just we need for the cold, wet, miserable weather we're getting here at the moment.

Here is my card,
The rectangle is made using the Tissue Paper method, inked with Freshly Squeezed Lemon & Mustard Seed, lightly embossed in gold EP.
The leaves are from a piece of smooshed card from my stash. Unfortunately I can't remember which colours I used or even which inks.
The word die is another smooshed piece of card in Spiced Marmalade with a little bit of Fired Brick
Dies are from Simply Graphic, leaves and Penny Black, word.
The rectangle is from Spellbinders

I'm having serious computer problems at the moment so might be a bit quiet. I apologise in advance.

Thanks for popping in x

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Happy 8th birthday Simply Less is More

Hello there,

It's Simply Less is More 8th birthday this month. My goodness the time has flown by. I remember seeing the link for this challenge on Sarita's blog and thinking I might as well give it a go. before then most of my cards were quite fussy with huge blousey bows on them. It was quite a shock to the system to make a card with barely anything on it. But I did it and have tried to join in as often as I can ever since.

The challenge this time is a colour one,

Here is my take on the colours.

My navy blue looks purple on my computer, I hope it looks better on yours.

I started by making a frame using 2 different brands of square dies, mounted on some very thin foam pads (cut down to size)
The leaf is cut from yellow card with foam pads here and there.
I cut the Hello from both colours card and mounted the navy onto the yellow. Not sure if you can see both colours in the pic but I couldn't get a better angle.

Dies from; Memory Box,Spellbinders, Amazon

I had a quick scroll through my blog earlier and found my first entry for Less is More

Not too bad for a first attempt.

Thanks for popping in X

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Darnell's blog hop

Hello there,

The wonderful Darnell is hosting a Blog Hop in honour of Di at Pixies crafty snippets.
It's 7 years this week since Di took over the playground from Jules and she's doing a cracking job of it.
I must admit it's been quite a while since I joined in the fun in the playground but really wanted to send some love and thanks to Di with a little card from me.

My snippets started life like this,

I use A3 size card to make boxes for my fussy cards and always have a strip of leftover card, around 4" x30". I cut these up into roughly A5 size and use them for smooshing, sponging or backing for tissue paper technique backgrounds. The coloured card above is smooshed with distress inks, then run through a Spellbinders EF.
The other 2 pieces of white card have obviously been used for die cutting previously.

And this what I did with them,

I cut out the coloured card with Spellbinders Hexagon dies.
The Flowers are dies from Simply Graphic
The sentiment is by Personal Impressions.

As you can see I save and use every scrap I have but, for some reason, my snippets box(es) don't get any smaller.

Thanks for popping in x

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Inkspirational #179

Hello there,

I've 'discovered' a new to me challenge called Inkspirational. It's a photo challenge this week and looks yummy so I thought I'd give it a go.

For some reason the first thought that popped into my head was Baby. Maybe because we are expecting a new grand daughter in the spring lol. So that's what I went with,

 Luckily I spent a good part of Thursday getting messy with Luminate micra paints and a bit of smooshing. For these I used Grapefruit and Jasmine.
Once the paint was dry I gave it a quick spray of white spritzing ink to give it a bit more sparkle.
A close up of the shimmer.

I used a Crafts Too border embossing folder for the card front.
The hearts are cut out with a Sizzix Framelit die and I've mounted them onto some white hearts to give a bit more depth.
The letters are by Yvonne creations cut from a piece of scrap card.

Thanks for popping in x

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Simply Less is More #387, Sketch

Hello there,

It's Saturday and time for a new challenge at Less is More. This time it's a sketch.

I tried really hard to put my own slant on it, turned it round and upside down, Tried a die cut with the sentiment across it but nothing worked better than the sketch so I just went with it.

I found a piece of card that I'd marbled a few months ago that I was happy with and used that for my background.
I had to use my brain to get the triangles cut right because measuring and maths are NOT my strong point but it worked really well so I'm giving myself a pat on the back.
The marbling is hot pink, lime green and a bit of orange so I picked out the pink for my sentiment.
The stamp is Avery Elle Valentine set stamped in Magenta Versa color and heat embossed with clear EP.
I used a scrap piece of hot pink card to punch out the 3 tiny hearts to finish.

We're taking my dad for a Sunday meal tomorrow for his 87th birthday. I think I'm looking forward to it as much as he is, no cooking and no pots to wash, yippee!

Thanks for popping in X

Monday, 14 January 2019

Happy news

Hello there,

A much more uplifting post than my previous two.
My niece Lucy gave birth to her second daughter, Millie Rose at 12:01 on New Years day. Although it's not confirmed, we think she was the first baby to be born in the country this year. Millie had a traumatic entry into the world when it was discovered that the chord was wrapped around her neck three times and mum Lucy had internal bleeding. An emergency Ceasarian was performed and Millie was born with no problems at all, thank goodness. We were really pleased, and very impressed, when Lucy managed to get to mum's funeral a week later and brought Millie with her. It really did lift everyone's spirits on the day.

Ofcourse I made a card.
I used a gorgeous paper from Lemoncraft, Tiny Miracles
The backing paper is pink with stars and I used a second paper with dots for the letters and daisies.
The tags are made with unnamed dies and the daisies are punched.
The letters are dies from Yvonne Creations.
Finished off with some very slim ribbon that started out as hangers on a blouse.

Thanks for popping in x