Friday, 29 April 2016

Rain again

Well it's been a busy day on the blog today but I've got one final post for you just in time for ATCAS's rain challenge.
I stamped little Claire's 'rain girl' then masked it a and a circle to create the inky background. I didn't have a suitable sentiment stamp so the message is handwritten in fine liner.
I'd also like to link this in to Casology's Sprinkle challenge since it seems rather fitting.

S is for...

Well it's time for another Alpha/ Dictionary challenge at the craft barn and this fortnight the letter is S... with an added Shell. I debated doing snail as it would be a little different, or Spaniel since mine is the light of my life! (and incidentally he is rather partial to the odd snail... eughk!) However in the end I decided to fully embrace the theme and selected S for ....


The acrylics came out along with lots of bits and pieces. I think I had imagined something a little more sophisticated and a little less gaudy but not to worry!

As I hunted through my stamps I was really rather stunned to find for all the beach huts and boats, I didn't have a single shell or starfish stamp to be found. Out came the stamp carving kit and that oversight was rectified in little under half an hour!

Anyway, this is the final page...

And a close up of the definition surrounded by beadazzleds et-al!

Thanks for stopping by today! Lou x

Saints, Dragons and Heros

Well they couldn't have timed it better over at Less is More, the same day my new Lavinia Stamps dragon arrived from the Craft Barn, they announced a dragon themed challenge! Unfortunately as Friday tends to be my crafting day, I've had to wait until now to have a play with it.

I teamed the dragon up with another Lavinia stamp - the castle, as well as a little inky goodness to make the rocky background et voila! Very simple I know, but then this is Less is More. I tied my colour scheme in to the Craft Barn challenge too (especially since that's where the stamp came from) to match their red and black theme this week.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Butterflies and Happiness

I simply couldn't let Simon Says Stamp's Butterfly Beauty challenge pass me by this week, I just love crafting with butterflies!
I made this card with a Sheena Douglas stamp set that my Mum gave me.
I stamped the sentiment first and embossed it to make it stand out. The butterflies were stamped and masked while I smooshed a good bit of distress ink around the page. I added the flowers and grasses from the set also in distress ink and sprayed a bit of smooch spritz for the splatter effect. Finally I peeled off the masks and added some colour to the butterflies and some highlights using white gel pen.

I'd like to enter this card in to the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge,, Craft stamper spring flowers and Stamping Sensations challenge - one for the girls.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Happy Birthday (to me?!)

This week I was fortunate enough to be picked by the Craft Barn's metaphorical hat and as such had a voucher to spend on this lovely new stamp! This is my first card with it and I thought I could use it to enter a few challenges.

I stamped the corner flourish once directly on the card and a second time so I could cut out the flowers, curl the leaves and mount them for a 3D effect. I've used various inks and promarkers to colour, and finished with liquid pearls and wink of stella.

This is a closer photo so you can see the shine from the wink of stella a bit better.
The sentiment stamps are from craftwork cards.

I'd like to enter the following challenges with this card;
Less is more 3 stamps (the corner flourish, and the two words which are separate stamps)
Stamping sensations - One for the girls
Simon Says Stamp - Make it girlie
AAA cards - Anything clean and simple
Penny Black and more - Happy Birthday

Sunshine on a rainy day

My lovely Mum (who seems to feature quite regularly on my blog in one way or another) sent me a surprise crafty parcel not so long ago. In it, amongst other things, was a lovely beachy stamp set and some seagull ribbon. She challenged me to make a card incorporating both. This one is actually my third attempt as I wasn't keen on the first two. I stamped the three little beach huts side by side and coloured with watercolour pencils. Matted, mounted and added the ribbon, simples!
 I'd like to enter this in to the Less is More 'use three stamps' challenge and AAA cards anything clean and simple goes challenge.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Tickled PINK!

I picked up a crafting magazine this week as I rather liked the look of the freebie flamingo die that came with it - perfect for casology's PINK theme.

For some reason the picture has come out a little red looking, I can assure you it is an unashamed shocking bright pink in real life! I die cut the flamingo twice on opposite sides of the card to get a mirror image, stamped hero arts alphabet stamps to create the greeting and added baby pink heart gems. Finally I mounted the whole thing with foam pads on to the aforementioned bright pink card.

As well as casology, I'd also like to join in with AAA cards anything goes theme. 

Saturday, 16 April 2016

D is for...

This evening I'm sharing my latest dictionary creation. It's 'D with a twist of pink' this fortnight and having scoured the D's there were three words I could have chosen. I have to say, on the whole the letter D makes some fairly depressing reading what with all the 'de' and 'dis' prefixed words, not to mention all those associated with death.

Still, nothing depressing here... I went with dandelions, dragonflies and daisies!
The stamps are Crafty Individuals build a meadow set which I first came across at a Helen Chilton class at the craft barn... it seems we've come full circle! 

I think this would have benefited from me dulling down the text in the background a bit first but I was a bit shy on time. To help define each flower I added some white gel pen to the daisies, wink of stella to the dandelions and the all important touch of pink to the seed heads. The dragonflies also have wink of stella on their wings but unfortunately it didn't want to be photographed today!

As the three words all occurred on different pages, the definition I have highlighted is the one for dandelion.

As well as the craft barn challenge, this seems just fitting for the Craft Stamper spring flowers challenge and stamping sensations, one for the girls challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lou x

Tuesday, 12 April 2016


The challenge set by Less is More this week is to create a one layer card incorporating geometric shapes. I wanted to have a purpose my shapes and have spied some lovely cards in the gallery that do just that (still swooning over the ones with honeycomb hexagons!)

So I thought, what is Geometric? And while the answer could be many many things, Tetris, popped in to my head! The retro computer game where you have to slot geometric shapes in to one another... it probably has something to do with my (slightly geeky) husband being really in to his retro gaming...

Anyway, this is what I created...

It was slightly more challenging to create than you might think and I have safely concluded I would be hopeless at the game as it gave me brain ache just trying to slowly slot the shapes in to one another, let alone at speed! 

I happened upon a tiny trio of square stamps in my stash and used these in the original Tetris colours and shapes. I drew a reverse L in the corner of each little square with a pro marker, and added glossy accents over them all. The sentiment is from Woodware. 

I would have liked to have used a black card base but the colours wouldn't have come through properly so I have made my peace with it!

Simon Says Stamp are celebrating 7 years with a Birthday special so I am linking in there too today - Happy Birthday SSS!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Rabbits and Ovals

I thought I was going to have to let this fortnight's Craft Barn challenge pass me by as I couldn't find any way of creating an oval but I finally had a brain wave this morning, and here we are, just in time. I had a quick rummage through the left over recycling and found an old Easter egg box, bingo! It had an oval shape cut in the front - the perfect stencil for my needs! The oval was rather small so I made a little note card. As Easter is over for this year I wanted to make something that could be sent anytime.
I came up with this using Card-io and Stampendous stamps and distress inks. I finished it with wink of stella and liquid pearls.

Apologies for the awful photo, taken in the dark this evening and my camera has an absolute hissy fit if I try to use the flash!

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Happy Birthday!

Today I'm sharing with you a card I've made for my friends birthday. I had an exciting delivery of a craftwork cards goody box this week and so the card base and sentiment are from them. The stamp is of course penny black and I've added a few embellishments to finish off.

I'd like to enter this in to the following challenges;

Simon says stamp- Happy Birthday
Allsorts - Purple passion
Penny black and more - Birthdays
Penny black Saturday - April Showers
The Craft Barn - April Showers

Friday, 8 April 2016

Not quite white

This week the challenge set us by Less is More is to have white space that isn't white. I.e. coloured blank space on your card. There was a time when every card I made started with a piece of colourful cardstock from the pick and mix at my local craft store but those days are in the distant past and it seems I have got in quite a white rut. Still, I thought, it cant be that hard...

This is card number one, I also wanted to link this in to the ATCAS inlaid dies challenge. Not a technique I've used before. After a woeful morning with a branch die that just wouldn't cut I switched tactics and went for the Tim Holtz word die with Lavinia stamps fairies. Although the card has worked, I'm just not that pleased with it. Dunno...

This was take two with a rainbow as my non-white space, and then I got to thinking, is it actually white, not white? I  made this with the simon says stamp's 'try to resist' challenge in mind as well. The resist is created with white embossing powder and the inks are versa colour. 

Card three is made with some exciting new stash from a craft work cards goody box that arrived yesterday... getting there...

And finally, I think this is my fave, also made with new craftwork cards stash. I'm linking this one in to Simon Wednesday's 'Happy Birthday' challenge and Casology's sprout challenge.

That's all for now... only just got there tonight! I'd love to hear what you think of my attempts at not white, do you have a favourite?
Lou x

Saturday, 2 April 2016

G is for...

I know it has already been done by the design team, and by several others of you, but I had it in my head all along that when G came around this is what I'd do, so this fortnight 
G is for ... Giraffe!

I started by inking the whole page with ranger distress ink, then stenciling an imagination crafts leaf stencil over in ranger lucky clover DI.  
The stamps are all fairly old ones by francoise for woodware (the giraffes are wooden block mounted which made the masking and stamping particularly tricky! 

The grass, trunks and leaves all come from thte same set called jungle retro. I stamped in various greens, the trunks are ranger ground espresso DI and the giraffes are coloured with promarkers in ginger and bright orange.

Thanks for calling by today, hope you like my dictionary page, I wonder what the next letter will be at the Craft Barn?

As well as the craft barn dictionary challenge I'd also like to enter this in to Simon says stamp anything goes.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Washi tape, polka dots and more

I had a little card making time this morning, so I decided to combine a few challenges to come up with this. Less is more are asking for creations with polka dots, Little Claires and Simon says stamp wednesday have 'anything goes' challenges running, ATCAS are looking for delicate creations and CASology want to see washi tape used. 

I started with the polka dot washi tape and stamped Little Claires bicycle stamp in impress chocolate ink. I added ranger's ground espresso distress ink around the edge and some delicate punched paper flowers with a liquid pearl dot in the centre of each. The whole thing is mounted on 3D foam mounts.

Thanks for stopping by today, Lou x