Saturday, 24 September 2016

Less is More #295


Our challenge at Less is More this week is asking you to use thread on your design - this should be fun!  I have made two cards to share with you:

First up I have a card made using some a sweet embroidery hoop die from Neat and Tangled which I cut from some wood effect paper and stuck over a circle aperture.  I stamped the hearts and sentiment from Neat and Tangled on some aida and sewed over them before adding a scattering of cross stitches.  I really like the fact that the paper crafted hoop frames some real fabric and sewing.  As this is a type of frame I shall also link up for a second time at CASology where the cue word is Frame.

I also took the opportunity to make a festive card and used silver thread to hang my die cut bauble from Memory Box.  I used silver glitter paper under the bauble and added some die cut pine branches from Memory Box and a silver embossed sentiment from Papertrey Ink.
I hope you like my two ideas for using thread.  There are lots of other ideas that I didn't get around to using so I look forward to seeing what you come up with :)  The DT have also got some great inspiration for you over at Less is More.
Thanks for stopping by!
Sarah x

Friday, 23 September 2016

Uniko Challenge Reminder


There is still time to play along with the Uniko Challenge which has a theme of autumn with the optional twist of thanks. 

This is a quick post from me so here is what I made as a second card:

I gold embossed the sentiment from All Occasion Sentiment #3 and combined it with the leaves from Natures Treasures II stamped in autumnal shades.  Some copper glitter tape and a thin strip of dark brown card complete the seasonal colour scheme.

Sorry for the poor photo...I think that our camera is getting a bit cranky!

I will also link this card up with the challenge at Time Out where we have this fantastic image to inspire us:

I hope you find the time to play along with us at Uniko - the challenge is open until 14 October.  The rest of the DT have more inspiration to share with you over at the blog.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Framed Heart


I don't often get the chance to post mid week with work commitments and the school routine to contend with but I saw the cue word at CASology and had the perfect embellishment sitting on my desk so I whipped up this super quick, CAS card.

I masked off a script stamp on the card base and added a frame that I had made in my melt pot - I love this dinky frame mold as it has great detail and is so easy to use.  I added a mini red heart which is made up of 4 or 5 layers of cardstock.  The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Here is a close up:

I will also link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge to create something clean and simple.

It is great to get the chance to play along with has been a while :)

See you again soon,

Sarah x

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Less Is More #294


This week at Less is More our theme is first thought was to go with diamonds of the jewel variety:

I used my MFT gem dies to cut the aperture and the facet outlines in silver glitter paper.  I created a shaker aperture with clear and white sequins.  The stamp is by Avery Elle.  A strip of glitter tape completes the design.

I will link this card up to Simon Says Wednesday challenge where the theme is clean and simple!

The other approach that I took was to use diamond shapes and stencils:

I created a square aperture and stamped a distressed diamond background through it before stamping a poppy head from Lavinia Stamps and sentiment from Stamplorations. 

I created a soft background by inking through a diamond stencil and then stamped Altenew's Beautiful Day flower over the top.
I look forward to seeing what you make with our theme this week.  The rest of the DT have lots more inspiration to share with you over at Less is More :)
Thanks for stopping by,
Sarah x

Friday, 16 September 2016

Uniko Challenge


Here we are again with the monthly Uniko Challenge :)  The theme this month is autumn with the optional twist of thanks. 

Whilst it has been unseasonably warm here over the past week or so, the boys are back at school after the summer break and my thoughts inevitably turn to the coming autumn.  I love crisp autumnal days and the rich colours of the foliage but not the longer nights....I miss daylight :(

Anyway, enough rambling on.  Here is the card that I made!

I used Uniko's Vines Winter Additions set to stamp the wreath.  The leaves and pine cones lend themselves to autumn as well as Christmas and are really versatile.  I added a sentiment from Flower Power #5.

Do check out the inspiration from the rest of the DT over at Uniko

I will also link this card up at Simon Say's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is clean and simple and at Addicted to Stamps and More where anything goes :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Altenew Mega Challenge Blog Hop


I am so excited to be joining in with the Altenew Mega Challenge blog hop as part of the Less is More DT:) 

I absolutely love Altenew's fabulous products and use them all the it is a real treat to celebrate all of the fantastic inspiration that challenge blogs have to offer in conjunction with Altenew.

Here's what I made:

I used Lacy Scrolls and stamped them with Altenew Inks on a white card panel which I die cut and popped up over the card base.   The sentiment is from Fresh Freesia.

This isn't as CAS as my usual style but I love the soft look created by watercolouring Altenew's Doodle Blooms in distress inks.  A sentiment from Beautiful Day white embossed on a strip of grey card was all I needed to finish the design.

I gold embossed the beautiful large Lace Up stamp on a panel of white card and topped it with a sentiment from Label Love.  A strip of gold glitter tape and black card ground the design.

I am so looking forward to seeing all of the inspiration from the talented challenge design teams taking part in this hop.  Thank you to everyone who plays along with our challenges at Less is More - it is great to be part of such a fun card making community :)

To celebrate this fantastic blog hop, Altenew is giving away $35 gift certificates to FIVE lucky winners. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew blog on October 17th, 2016.

Altenew is also offering a free gift with all orders

Thanks for stopping by and happy hopping!

Sarah x

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Less is More #293


Today's Less is More challenge is sure to result in a packed gallery of gorgeous designs as we are asking for one layer cards featuring your favourite flower.  I love floral stamps and every time that I decide I have enough, I come across another 'must have' set :)  I really struggled to think of one favourite flower and have a few cards to share with you today:

I do absolutely love poppies and have used Clearly Besotted's Brushed Poppies set to create this loose watercolour look.  I stamped some splatters using WPlus9 and a WPlus9 sentiment too.  As Virginia is looking for cards featuring splatters and sprays at this month's Virginia's View Challenge I shall pop it in over there too.

One of the first things that caught my eye from Uniko were the beautiful floral designs and this gerbera is one of my all time favourites.  I watercoloured and masked the flower before inking a square aperture to add a bit more interest.

Finally I have made a card featuring free fuschia stamps that I got from Clearly Besotted on a craft magazine years ago.  I love fuscias as they are just about the only flower that stays alive in my garden.....I don't have a very green thumb!  I coloured the flowers with pencils.
The rest of the DT have more floral inspiration to share with you over at Less is More.  It will be lovely to see lots of flowers in the gallery just as summer draws to a close.
Thank you for stopping by,
Sarah x