Sunday 30 October 2011

Less is more week 39 - Stars

Two birds with one stone -  a Christmas card and a challenge card rolled into one.   I desperately need to get on with some Christmas cards so used this week's lessismore challenge to get on with it.

The theme this week is 'Stars' and here's my card:

I have to thank Sarita for the idea on this one as I cased this card from her blog (I hope she doesn't mind).  I too have had this Glitter Girls Star Wrapture for years tucked away in my stash and never used it. Luckily for me this fitted in with this challenge perfectly.  

Because I'm rubbish at cutting out, I scanned the Wrapture into my computer and got my trusty Silhouette to cut the shape out of pale green vellum.

The holly stamp and sentiment are from HOTP and stamped with Olympia Green Versafine.

That's it from me tonight folks - have a good evening.


Hubble bubble toil and trouble....

Happy Halloween for those that like to take part in the fun!  

I don't normally make Halloween cards, but Jodie at bugaboostamps was giving this cute little image away as a freebie so it would have been rude not to.

The spiders and spider's web are also freebies from very generous Bird of who gives away loads of fabulous cutting files and digi stamps.  I used my oh so wonderful Silhouette to cut them out.

I coloured the image with Promarkers
Used a Cuttlebug folder for the background
Googly eyes I had in my stash

I had a few spiders left and the Trick or Treat sentiment so I put them on the inside:

I'm going to enter this into the following challenges:

I hope you like it.  I really must get on with some Christmas cards this afternoon, I'm running way behind. It might help if I turn the computer off so I'm not tempted to spend so much time browsing around. 

Have a good day and thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday 26 October 2011

Less is more week 38 - Polka Dots

It's Wednesday, hubby's at footie, got my Less is More card done! Yeah!

And this week's challenge is:

"This week we have a really easy recipe which is simply
As long as your design is Clean and Simple, has some white space (or its equivalent) and polka dots in evidence somewhere, it will be perfect for this challenge."

so here's my card:

Here's what I used:

Walzingmouse Gingham & Co background stamp for my Polka Dots
Anna Griffin sentiment stamp
Clarity stamps Art Deco lady
Spellbinders Nestie
Rose and leaves cut out on the Silhouette
Ribbon from stash

Hope you like it.


Sunday 23 October 2011

I'm on a roll.....

Three cards in one weekend!  That must be a first.

Here's another card I made using the fabby Tatty Teddy cd - Isn't he the cutest bear ever???

It's a card for my niece with the very unusual name of Teide (named after the volcano in Tenerife - don't ask! My sister is very strange).  So it wouldn't be often she gets something personalised for her, I'm guessing.

I've added a bit of sparkle to the flourishes which doesn't show up too well. Oh! and the background paper is blue really - looks a bit greeny in the photo.

Well, that really is it from me for the weekend. Hubby has the week off with me this half term so maybe not too much time at my desk for the next few days. I'll have to wait until he goes to the footie on Wednesday, never mind.

Have a lovely evening.


Is this just a phase..........

I'm really loving this vintage theme this weekend.  Here's another card I've done to enter into the movingalongwiththetimes challenge for this week.

I cropped the lovely lady image from the background paper and matted and layered it as the focal point, some American seam binding which I colour tinted to match the colours in the paper, a Sizzix die for the photo corners, a Sizzix label, a paper rose and some gold twine, very simple really.

I really like how it's turned out, but that's because the design paper is so beautiful it doesn't really need much else.


Saturday 22 October 2011

Tatty Teddy again

Ooops, forgot to post this one earlier.

Such a super fast card to do for my nephew.  Typically, I was stuck for a young male card, so I opted for my Tatty Teddy cd - I just think everyone loves this bear and my nephew is a bit of a softie (don't tell him I told you, but I think he still has his Larry Lamb blanket toy from when  he was a baby - he's 24)

I used the 5 inch square top fold template from the Digital Designer software and printed the character and text straight onto 300gsm white card. That's it, job done.  I think it's so cute - I'm still loving this cd. 


And now for something completely different.....

.............. Vintage.  This is not my usual style, as you know, CAS is my thing.  

I do love the vintage/distressed/layered and design papers look, but I'm just not very good at it.  I often go on a blog hop and admire the beautiful work done by loads of talented people and wish I could create something half as good.  I decided to have a bit of a play yesterday as I had the whole afternoon to myself and a stack of Distress Inks that never get used. I realised another reason I stick to CAS, they're quick and easy to do while this card took me hours.

Here's it is:

I'm actually quite pleased with how it turned out. Here's what I used:

Sugar Nellie Daisy stamp
Prisma pencils
Top note shape cut out on my Silhouette
Cuttlebug embossing folder
HOTP papers
Distress ink - Tea Dye and Vintage Photo
Bakers Twine
American Seam binding coloured with Distress ink
Claire Curd sentiment
Button from stash

I've found I can enter this into loads of challenges this week:

Have a great weekend and hopefully I'll be back soon with my usual Less is more card - I'm off now to see what this week's challenge is.

One other thing before I go - I've gained a few new followers recently, so I would just like to say welcome and thank you so much for choosing to follow me, I really appreciate it.


Sunday 16 October 2011

Less is more week 37 - Cocktail

It's been a week since I last posted - I know I'm useless. I really don't seem to be able to get this time management thing.

I have managed to get a card done today though, thanks to the lovely Chrissie and Mandi for setting these Less is More challenges each week or I don't think I would get anything posted.

For this week's challenge, the ladies have asked for :

You may interpret this however you wish... your favourite tipple, the colours of a cocktail or a simply cocktail of colours. Let your imagination run with this one, it will be interesting to see how imaginative you can be.

If you'd like to to part, visit the blog at:

Here's my card

Not particularly imaginative, but I don't seem to have a lot of that either (imagination that is). 

The stamps are Stampin Up - Cheers to You set.  

I used my Whispers pens for a change to colour the images and some nesties for the sentiment.

Before I go I just have to show you this.  My daughter e-mailed me this photo earlier (for those that don't know she's in Melbourne at the moment) -  look who she bumped into today:

She was at the Westfield Store Geelong to see the Gok Wan Live show and she and her friend managed to chat to him at the end.  How amazing! (If you're a Gok fan that is).

That's it from me. I'm looking forward to a few glasses of red , some choccy and Downton Abbey later on.  Bye for now, I hope you have a great evening and thanks for dropping by.


Sunday 9 October 2011

Less is more week 36

Afternoon all! Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

Still loving taking part in the lessismore challenges, you may have noticed.  This week's challenge has been a great one for me again.  So quick and easy. Here's what Chrissie and Mandi asked for:

The  can be singular, multiple, any colour, but, MUST be a one layer card, with no additional layers stuck on, apart from the odd embellishment or ribbon!

And here's my card:

I used my Silhouette to cut out a heart shape and sponged Fired Brick and Walnut Stain Distress inks through the aperture.  I then stamped the sentiment with my Whispers Word stamp using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  


Wednesday 5 October 2011

is the theme for this week's lessismore challenge.  This took a bit of thinking about cause I have green eyes and it's not a colour I use often.

Here's what I came up with:

Green definitely is not my favourite colour, but I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.

Here's what I used:

Clarity large leaf swirl stamp
Hero Arts Antique Engravings butterflies
Stampin Up Scalloped punch
Stampin Up oval punch
Stampin Up sentiment stamp
Adirondack Mountain Sky inkpad

I scored a couple of lines at the top and bottom of the card and decoupaged the butterflies.

While I'm at it (I've been a very bad blogger lately), here are a few other things I've been doing this week:

I thought it was time to get cracking on some Christmas cards, I know a lot of you will have started months ago, but I always leave it to the last minute.

I've used Milly from digistampboutique and coloured her with Promarkers
Cuttlebug embossing folder
A bit of stitching
Ribbon and brad from stash

You may have read in previous posts that my daughter was off to Australia for 6 months for part of her gap year.  Well she's gone. Sob, sob!  She's au pairing for a family with an 8 year old girl so I made her as couple of items to give to the little girl when she arrived:

The base card was printed using my Tatty Teddy cd and then the box shape cut out on my Silhouette.  The image is also from the cd.  Lauren intended to fill it with sweets but had to do it when she arrived at the airport in Melbourne because of strict rules the Aussie's have about bringing foodstuff into the country.

And this little bookmark, again using my Tatty Teddy cd and a scalloped nestie.

This is the back:

and here's how it looks on the corner of a book page:

Quite fun little projects, I hope Nina liked them.

Ok, that's enough from me.  Sorry about the long post, but I had a bit of catching up to do.