Sunday, 10 September 2017

Scrapbook Boutique September blog hop and challenge

Welcome once again to Scrapbook Boutique's monthly challenge and blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Angela's amazing blog but if you didn't and want to start at the beginning, just click on the SBB blog link above and start again!  

Here is this month's inspirational mood board!



Now to the housekeeping part - if you want to create something or just join in to win, there are two ways you can participate in this challenge and have a chance to win a prize.  You can comment on each blog, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this photo above.  Of course you can do both for a chance to win both prizes!  Please check out the rules of entry, and the prizes at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog and note that this challenge is open to Australian  and New Zealand residents.

 I was inspired by so many things that it was initially difficult for me to pin down exactly what it was that I wanted to create.  The sentiment, the images of sky, water, fun - all directed me to the idea of making the most of life, but eventually I gave up as the idea was so broad.  Instead I focussed on the colour, the love heart and the jewels, so my card is a simple wedding card!


 I created the grid design background shown in the dance image by mixing embossing paste with Salty Ocean distress ink, and applying it through a Kaisercraft stencil - this was a 12 x 12" template called quarters, but there are so many stencils around at present, there is no need to feel limited for choice!  I allowed the paste to dry naturally - overnight is best.  Then I popped up a silver foil frame around the base layer, adding a silver embossed flower from the Altenew set Botanical Garden.  This was coloured with Zig markers and fussy cut out.  To complete the card I die cut the 'happy' by Simon Says (it is a perfect size in my opinion) from the same silver foil card and added a silver embossed sentiment from Mama Elephant's set Happy Everything.  A few 'water' droplets by Nuvo complete the card.






Now you should hop on over to Linda's blog to find out what she has created to inspire you!


Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!




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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Something Real for LIM

A new week and a new challenge at Less is More - this week it is to use something real.  I often save little things that I think I might be able to use on a card - a leather tag, an interesting button, some amazing fabric - I'm sure I'm not alone in doing this - but do you think I could find these 'treasures' this morning?  Of course not - that is the way it is - so I had to search in my craft room and came across some feathers fortunately, so this is what I used.


I trimmed it a little to complement my stamped feather, which was heat embossed and sponged over with grey, and added a small silver bow, considering it suitable for a sympathy card.  The stamped feather and sentiment is by Hot off the Press.  The stitched frame is by Mama Elephant in their Basic Set.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Have a Great Birthday

My card today is for the Less is More one layer challenge, with the theme of vehicle.  One layer means that images must be stamped directly to the card - hence no extra layers, so that meant all my lovely dies relating to vehicles were not to be used.

However, I do have a cute steam train which has dies, but fortunately also stamps, by Clearly Besotted - it is called Full Steam Ahead and is perfect for a little boy's birthday card.


I have used Stampin' Up! inks - boyish colours of Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Smoky Slate and Dapper Denim, but for a little zing, I used my Quickie Glue Pen to write over the clouds and numeral then sprinkled over white glitter.

Now to find a little imp to pass this on to....

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Scrapbook Boutique August blog hop and challenge

Welcome once again to Scrapbook Boutique's monthly challenge and blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Angela's amazing blog but if you didn't and want to start at the beginning, just click on the SBB blog link above and start again!  



This mood board so captures how we are feeling here in Victoria this month - grey skies and rain but hoping for a ray of sunlight to brighten us up!  There are also themes of friends and children, flowers and nature - so what part/s will inspire you?

Now to the housekeeping part - if you want to create something or just join in to win, there are two ways you can participate in this challenge and have a chance to win a prize.  You can comment on each blog, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this photo.  Of course you can do both for a chance to win both prizes!  Please check out the rules of entry, and the prizes at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog and note that this challenge is open to Australian  and New Zealand residents.


Now, I like to be a positive person, so although I went with the wintry theme,  I also wanted to include a ray of sunshine, via some yellow flowers, combining the bucket, sunflower and clouds in my 'creative' effort.


This card is my first effort, using Zig water markers over lightly stamped basic card stock.  I drew the bucket and used a variety of small stamps to support my three sunflowers by Gabi's Choice.

My next card uses watercolour cardstock - same arrangement, but more vibrant colour because I could apply more pigment and water.  I actually like the first better because it has a softer look.




  • I stamped my three sunflowers using a pale ink (New Sprout), as I was looking for a no-line look and then covered them with masks.  I also made a circle mask for the sun, before using a stencil I created to sponge the background clouds .
  • I lightly drew the bucket (I'm no artist!) then added the foliage - stems for the flowers, and a few sprigs from the Kaisercraft stamp set Oriental.
  • After colouring the images, not using much water for the first effort because it was not stamped on watercolour card, I drew in the base/bench and stamped my sentiment from Altenew's Beautiful Day in Versafine Onyx Black.


Now you should hop on over to Linda's blog to find out what she has created to inspire you!


Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!




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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Pierce your Project

Challenge @339 at Less is More this week is to pierce your project - paper piercing, brads, sewing etc.

I have been wanting to create a card using some of my favourite Stampin' Up! inks, including this new season's colours, so this is what I have 'pierced'.


I stamped several colours of inks using the swipe image from Work of Art (SU), then die cut the Flicker Hearts die by Memory Box, which pierces some of the hearts as well as cutting some out.  So my piercing was achieved without pin pricks, then I mounted up the cut hearts to replace them in their original space, but 3D.  The sentiment is also from Work of Art and uses the new colour Fresh Fig.  My panel is cut using Simon Says Stamp stitched frames.

Other inks are:  Peek-a-Boo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay and Wisteria Wonder.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Hello - only dies

The call this week at Less is More is to use NO stamps!  Well fortunately, we do have plenty of options, and from my stash of dies, this is what I have made.


Recipe:
Dies:  Sweet n Sassy shapes dies, Memory Box Fresh Foliage, Scrapbook Boutique 'hello'
Coloured pieces - paint chips

Monday, 17 July 2017

Just for You

My one layer card today is primarily for Less is More 2-week challenge - to use any card base other than white!

My card is grey, bought at our local Officeworks store, and the stamp and sentiment are Stampin' Up! - The flower spray from Awesomely Artistic, and the sentiment and butterfly from Butterfly Basics.

I used Prismacolour pencils to colour the image, outlining in black, slightly shading in pale grey and highlighting with white, and ultimately adding a little more white with a Signo pen.  The outline of the whole image is also shaded slightly.  I added white liquid pearls to the flower centres.

So one layer, and also simple!  I thoroughly enjoyed my half hour or so of colouring - very relaxing!

Thanks so much for visiting!