Saturday, 29 April 2017

Less is More #326

Hello!

It is another bank holiday weekend here in the UK so I am hoping that I can be productive in sorting out our overgrown garden - as long as it stays dry!  However, before I get started on my chores I wanted to tell you about our challenge this week at Less is More.  We want you to access your dark side as the theme is Shadow:


You can either use shadow stamping on your design or feature a shadow in some way.  I have to admit that I found this one a bit challenging but after some head scratching, I came up with 2 cards:

 
When I thought about shadows, I thought of a light in a gloomy room and tried to create that look with some Mama Elephant stamps combined with distress inks in dark blues and warm yellows.  I will link this up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes.
 
 
 
Secondly I made a card featuring a stamp from Clarity which I always think looks quite dreamy combined with a sentiment from Mama Elephant.  The lady is watercoloured in distress inks and I shaded in a long shadow cast by the light behind her.  Lots of splatters complete the look.
 
I will also link this card up at Addicted to Stamps who are looking for clean and simple designs.
 
I hope you like these two shadowy designs.  I can't wait to see what you do with this week's challenge.  Check out the rest of the inspiration from the DT over at Less is More too!
 
Thanks for stopping by, Sarah x

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Less is More #325

Hello!

Well, Easter has come and gone and now I am looking forward to the summer :)  I had a lovely break in Spain with my parents and the boys in April and am missing the sunshine already.  However the british rain does give me plenty of opportunity to spend time crafting.  This week at Less is More we are wanting you to use stripes on your design:


Lots of options with this theme.  Here is what I came up with:

 
I went super CAS with my first card and created 3 stripes using a dotted border die and putting some coloured card behind each line.  I combined this with a sentiment die from Stamplorations and a heart.

 
Stripes always make me think nautical so this is the look that I have gone for on my second card using a background stripe die from Simon Says Stamp.  As you can see, it has not stamped solid colour but I quite liked the weather beaten look!  The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse and anchor die is from Memory Box, I think.

 
Lastly, I stamped a striped background (can't remember who the stamp is by) on my card base and used that to ground the floral die from Sizzix.  The sentiment is Paper Smooches.
 
I hope you like my trio of stripy cards!  The rest of the DT have fab ideas to share with you over at Less is More along with our super talented guest designer, Tae Eun from Rainbow in November.  I look forward to seeing what you create.
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
Sarah x

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Less is More #324

Hello!

Well, spring is in the air and this week our challenge at Less is More is focusing on the theme of a 'spring walk'.  What a lovely subject with lots of potential for pretty creations!


I have a few ideas to share with you celebrating all things springlike.....

 
I used this lovely image from Mama Elephant and watercoloured over the white embossed lines with distress inks.  The die cut sentiment is Concord and 9th whilst the stamped hello is from Altenew.  I finished with some pale blue splatters to accentuate the watercolour look although they could also represent the inevitable spring showers!

 
Tulips are one of my favourite flowers so they had to feature in my spring walk.  I coloured this image from Stamplorations with pencils and combined it with a Paper Smooches sentiment.
 
Two simple cards but I hope they give you the sense of spring.  Do check out the rest of the DT inspiration over at Less is More and visit the lovely Wendy from Pink and Dotty's blog as she is our GD this week.
 
I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend :)
 
Sarah x

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

CASology Guest Designer!

Hello!

I am delighted to be guest designer at CASology this week where the cue card is STRONG.



This one had me stumped initially and then I thought of super heroes....they are super strong :)

This is what I came up with:

 
I used one of the sweet super heroes from Mama Elephant against a half tone dotty background from Uniko Studio.  The sentiment is from MFT.

This is a quick post as I am away at the moment so hope that blogger is playing nicely :)

Thank you to the fab CASology team for letting me play along this week.

Thanks to you too for stopping by :)

Sarah x


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Less is More #323

Hello!

One layer week is back with us again at Less is More and this time we want you to feature a curve on your design.  I had a few ideas to share with you.....


Firstly:

 
I used a gorgeous bold stencil from Stamplorations and inked through in various colours with a curved mask covering the bottom third of the card where I popped a sentiment from Papertrey Ink.  Very simple but the rich colours and oversized florals look great.

 
Still playing with my Stamplorations goodies I stamped their fabulous butterflies in a curved line, masking as I went.  I coloured them with pencils and lefts some areas black and white.  The sentiment is from Papertrey again.
 
I hope you like these one layer cards - there are, of course, lots of other ways to add curves to your designs and the fab DT have more ideas to share with you over at Less is More.  Have fun!
 
Thanks, as always, for stopping by,
 
Sarah x

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Less Is More #322

Hello!

Welcome to April :)  Our first challenge of the month at Less is More is a colour challenge to use 3 pastels on your card.  Pastels are perfect for spring although I don't tend to use them very often! 


Here is what I came up with:

 
I think that pastels look pretty on new baby cards so I simply coloured this Memory Box die cut in soft pink, mint and yellow.  A stitched die along each edge and a sentiment from MFT in grey complete the design.  I will also link this card up at AAA Cards where the challenge is to use a die cut.
 


I used a new Hero Arts hydrangea stamp in pink, light blue and lilac to create a background on this card.  It involved quite a lot of masking but creates a soft background image that doesn't overpower the design.  The sentiment die cut is from MFT with additional stamped words from Uniko.  I will also link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes.

I hope you like my two pastel designs and check out the rest of the great inspiration from the DT over at Less is More :)  As we have started a new month we can also announce a new sponsor for April which is the fab Lili of the Valley.


Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Friday, 31 March 2017

Uniko Challenge Reminder

Hello!

Just a quick post to remind you about the Uniko Challenge where our theme is Spring with an Optional Twist of Easter:


I am still playing with the lovely flowers from Flower Power #1 - they are so versatile and look spring fresh in pinks, yellows and purples.  The graphic thanks sentiment is stamped over the top.


I hope you can find time to play along with us before the challenge closes on 21 April.  Check out the rest of the inspiration from the DT over at Uniko.

Thank you for stopping by,

Sarah x

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Less is More #321

Hello!

Today at Less is More we are asking you to use a frame in some way on your CAS design:


I have a couple of ideas to share with you:

 
First up I gold embossed a frame from Paper Smooches and used some fun stamps from Stamplorations for the sentiment and paintbrush.  I inked through a Tim Holtz stencil in Picked Raspberry in the corner of the card.

 
I decided that an embroidery hoop would make a nice frame on my second card and used a stitching inspired set from Neat and Tangled to create the design with their hoop die and stamps.  I watercoloured the floral images and I covered the card base with a textured gauze paper.
 
I hope you like the ways that I have created frames on these cards - I look forward to seeing what you do with the theme.  The rest of the fab DT have lots more ideas to share with you over at Less is More
 
Thank you, as always, for stopping by,
 
Sarah x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Less is More #320

Hello!

Well, we are steaming our way through March and on to another challenge over at Less is More.  This week we have a great stash buster which is to use Washi on your design.  I don't often use washi on my cards and tend to use it more often to hold dies down when putting them through my machine! 


Here are a couple of cards which incorporate washi tape:

 
I used washi tape down the side of my card and echoed the bronze copper foiling of the triangles with a geometric stamped design from Altenew.  The fun sentiment is from Mama Elephant.
 
I used washi either side of the central panel in this next card:
 

The butterfly is from Concord and 9th and is inked in peacock feathers distress ink and spritzed with shimmer.  I die cut some dotted lines to add a feeling of flight and the sentiment is from WPlus9.

I hope you like my washi creations - I am sure that you can come up with much more creative ways to incorporate washi in to your design!  The DT have lots more inspiration for you over at Less is More too.

Thank you for stopping by,

Sarah x
 

Friday, 17 March 2017

Uniko Challenge

Hello,

We are starting our latest challenge over at Uniko and the theme is Spring with an Optional Twist of Easter.  I am definitely starting to feel a spring in my step as the days get lighter and slightly milder :)


I focused on spring flowers and soft colours for my cards:

 
I stamped the geometric style flowers from Flower Power #1 round the edge of the panel - they haven't shown up very well in my photo but are there in pale pink, yellow, lilac and peach.  The sentiment from All Occasion Sentiments #3 is stamped in grey.
 
 
I carried on stamping in these spring colours on this card.  I die cut the sentiment (from MFT) out of card stamped with the flowers.  A drop shadow from grey card provides a bit of definition.  The second part of the sentiment comes from Simply Said II.
 
The rest of the DT have more springtime inspiration for you over at the Uniko blog.  The challenge is open until 21 April so there is plenty of time to play along.
 
Thank you for stopping by today!
 
Sarah x

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Leafy Scene

Hello!

I hope your week is going well.  I thought I would drop by with a quick post to play along with this week's challenge at CASology where the cue card is Foliage.  Having made some leafy cards for this week's Less is More challenge, I decided to do something a bit different:


I inked through a leaf stencil from Clarity Stamps to create a scene.  The images are from Inkylicious and the sentiment is from Altenew.    I will also link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is a Bit of Green - which features in my inky scene.

I was inspired to make this card as a smaller scale version of a scene I created at the weekend:


I cut a hare aperture with a sizzix die and popped that up over an inky sunset scene.  Framed, it creates a lovely picture.  I have added it to my Folksy shop :)

Thank you for stopping by,

Sarah x

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Uniko Revisited

Hello!

After a busy birthday month over at Uniko and a fab new release, we are taking the opportunity to revisit an older Uniko set this month.  As spring and easter are just around the corner, it seems the perfect time to get Some Bunny out for a play :)

As it is springtime, I decided to sit Some Bunny amongst some cheerful flowers:


I stamped and masked the bunny before stamping flowers from Flower Power #5 and leaves from Fun Flower.  It is great to see how these stamps all work so well together.  The sentiment is from the Cosmos set.  I coloured the bunny in with coloured pencils.

The rest of the DT have more inspiration showcasing ways that you can use this sweet stamp over at the Uniko blog!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Less is More #319

Hello!

Thank you for stopping by today as we start another challenge at Less is More :)  This week we are making one layer cards and the theme is leaves.


This was a good opportunity to use a Neat and Tangled stamp which I have not inked up before:

 
I stamped and masked two leaves and coloured them with pencils.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. 
 
 
I decided to make a card just with the foliage images from Altenew's Beautiful Day set and stamped them in a wreath.  The sentiment is from the same set. 
 
A quick and simple post from me but I hope you like my two leafy designs.  The talented DT have lots more ideas to share with you over at Less is More
 
I hope you stop by again soon,
 
Sarah x

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Flowers and Triangles

Hello!

I wanted to play along with a few challenges this week so am stopping by with a quick post....First up is a card for The Flower Challenge.  I can't believe they are on the 6th challenge already and I haven't played along yet.  It is Anything Goes so it is the perfect opportunity to use one of my new favourite floral stamps by Concord and 9th:

 
I stamped the petals of the flowers in distress inks and watercoloured them to smooth the colour.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  As this card features a floral design, I shall link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge which is for a special lady/girl.

 
I made my next card to play along with AAA Cards where the fab theme is the Oscar Red Carpet.  I was inspired by this lovely geometric design worn by Priyanka Chopra.  Hopefully you can see that I used the soft greys and triangles featured on the dress using a favourite but long neglected set from Altenew.  The sentiment is a die cut from Stamplorations.  I like the monochrome look and geometric pattern.
 
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Thank you for stopping by today!
 
Sarah x
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 5 March 2017

On the Uniko blog!

Hello!

I am over at the Uniko blog today sharing some items of home d├ęcor that I have made with the Originally Organic stamp set.  Head over to check it out and let me know what you think :)



Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Less is More #318

Hello!

Well, we are now in March and spring can't come quickly enough for me!  We are welcoming in a new month at Less is More with a colour challenge which is to use mainly teal.  As this is one of my favourite colours I was more than happy to oblige :)


I have 3 CAS and simple cards to share with you:

 
There is no stamping on this card.....I have simply die cut this beautiful flower (not sure if it is Poppy Stamps or Memory Box) and inlaid all of the petals with a teal card.  It took a while but was quite relaxing!  I curved a Penny Block thanks die along the stem.

 
I used my new favourite flowers on this card - they are from Concord and 9th and just looks so cool!  The front petal is overstamped with Hero Arts ombre ink to try and create some light and shade.  The sentiment is from the same set.

 
Finally I have used the gorgeous Altenew Beautiful Day stamps and combined them with a die cut sentiment from Concord and 9th.  I dropped the top sentiment stamp as I was putting it down at the very end so have stuck the sentiment over it which really bugs me but I didn't want to throw it away so far in to the card!!
 
I hope you like my teal creations and do check out what the amazing DT have done with this colour over at Less is More.  As we are at the beginning of a new month we also have a new sponsor - Dies to Die For:
 
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Thanks for stopping by,
 
Sarah x