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7.12.16

Emboss resist watercolour birthday card


Hi everyone, I'm over on the Seven Hills Crafts blog today with an emboss resist watercolour card that I loved making! I needed a birthday card for a lady I recently met who went out of her way to give me brilliant customer service several times when I was having trouble with my car. How great are people like that?

3.12.16

Less is More week 304 - Primary Colours


Hi LIMettes, happy weekend! We've got a new clean and simple card making challenge for you over at Less is More. This week we'd like you to make cards featuring the primary colours of red, blue and yellow. You need to use at least one, but I think all three is more fun!

26.11.16

Less is More week 304 - Emboss Resist


Hi LIMettes, we've got a challenge this week at Less is More that I think a lot of you will love! We want you to make Clean and Simple cards using the emboss resist technique.

23.11.16

Quick and fun Christmas cards with matching envelopes


Hi everyone, I'm over on the Seven Hills Crafts blog today with a completely different style of card to last week! This week I want to show you a really quick and easy design for batch making Christmas cards with fun matching envelopes.

19.11.16

Less is More week 303 - vintage cards


Hi LIMettes! New week, new card making challenge. This week at Less is More, we're asking you to make Clean and Simple cards with a vintage theme.

17.11.16

Hero Arts stepper Christmas card with Distress Ink sunset background


Hi everyone, I'm back again with another card that's up on the Seven Hills Crafts blog for the week 3 reminder to play along in their monthly challenge!

16.11.16

Z-fold festive Christmas card using My Favorite Things


Hi everyone! I'm over on the Seven Hills blog again today, and this week I've gone for something a bit more fancy that you might want to make for a special friend or family member.

12.11.16

Less is More week 302 - One Layer Cards inspired by books or literature


Hi LIMettes, we've got a fun challenge for you this week over at Less is More, the clean and simple card making challenge blog!

9.11.16

Clean and Simple shaker card for autumn or fall


Hi everyone, I'm over on the Seven Hills Crafts blog today with a Clean and Simple shaker card for autumn or fall. 

5.11.16

Less is More week 301 - purple and gold


Hi LIMettes and welcome to another week with Less is More, the clean and simple challenge blog! This time, we'd like you to make cards featuring the colours purple and gold. I think this is a really versatile palette for different occasions so I'm looking forward to seeing your entries.

2.11.16

Shaker birthday card with MFT Snuggle Bunnies


Hi everyone, I'm over on the Seven Hills Crafts blog again today with a cute shaker birthday card using My Favorite Things Snuggle Bunnies.

29.10.16

Less is More week 300 - festivals and celebrations


Hi everyone, it's Saturday and that means another challenge with Less is More, the clean and simple challenge blog! This week is special... it's our 300th challenge!

26.10.16

Christmas card using everyday stamps and dies


Hi everyone, today I'm over on the Seven Hills Crafts blog with a Christmas card that was fun to make and mostly used everyday stamps and dies - though I did make an exception for the gorgeous sentiment stamp!

22.10.16

Less is More week 299 - use vellum or acetate


Hi LIMettes, welcome to another weekly challenge with Less is More, the clean and simple challenge blog! This week, we want you to make cards that use either vellum or acetate. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!

19.10.16

Clean and Simple (CAS) Christmas Santa


Hi everyone, I'm back on the Seven Hills Crafts blog today with a Clean and Simple (CAS) card for Christmas! This sort of design is so useful because you can mix it up really easily to use other products if you don't have exactly the same ones and it will still look really crisp and CAS!

16.10.16

Mama Elephant Whale Wishes card


Hi everyone, I've got a Design Team card to share today that I made for the Seven Hills Crafts October colour challenge

15.10.16

Less is More week 298 - incy wincy spiders/insects



Hi LIMettes! We have an interesting challenge for you this week at Less is More. We'd like you to make clean and simple (CAS) cards that involve spiders or insects. Perfect for Hallowe'en!

12.10.16

Getting more from your stamp sets - autumn flowers


Hi everyone, today I have my first ever post as part of the Seven Hills DT up on the Seven Hills Crafts blog! I'm really looking forward to the next 6 months on the Design Team, showcasing awesome products from the Seven Hills Crafts store

8.10.16

Less is More week 297 - one layer 'Dreams' cards



Hi LIMettes and welcome to another challenge with Less is More! This week we'd like to see you make one layer cards about dreams.

1.10.16

Less is More week 296 - Turquoise and Lilac



Hi everyone! Happy World Card Making Day! The challenge this week at Less is More is to create clean and simple (CAS) cards using the colours turquoise and lilac.

24.9.16

Less is More week 295 - Thread



Hi LIMettes, welcome to another challenge with Less is More! This week we're asking you to make clean and simple (CAS) cards that include some thread. I'm looking forward to seeing what you make. I've got two cards today which I hope inspire you - read on!

17.9.16

Seven Hills Crafts monthly challenge - September sketch


Hi everyone, hope you're having a fab weekend! I wanted to enter the Seven Hills Crafts blog challenge again. This month it's a sketch challenge.


Less is More week 294 - diamonds

Hi LIMettes, welcome to another challenge with Less is More! This week we want you to make clean and simple (CAS) cards with a theme of diamonds. Ready, steady... craft!

Here are my two takes on it.

Card 1




For this card I used Post-It notes to mask off an area of the card and heat embossed the remaining space with a Darkroom Door background stamp (DDBS006 Harlequin) in clear. I then used an embossing pen to loosely cover the clear embossing, and heat embossed again in white. I like the slight shadow effect this double embossing gives. I stamped and heat embossed and die cut a flower and stem from the My Favorite Things Funky Flowers set, and used foam pads to raise the flower and trap a twist of 0.4 mm jewellery wire underneath it. The stem was glued flat to the card. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant Labeled Messages and was stamped in VersaColor ink in Charcoal, then cut out by hand and raised on foam pads.

Card 2




This card has a galaxy background done in Distress Inks in Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Salty Ocean and Black Soot. I then stamped and heat embossed a Hero Arts background stamp (CG616 Tiny Star Background) in silver. On a separate sheet of card, I printed a computer generated sentiment in a cool font called Always Here and cut the sheet down to the size I needed for my panel. The panel and galaxy background were die cut to fit each other using My Favorite Things Inside and Out Stitched Circle Stax, and then adhered to the card base. 


The rest of the DT have some awesome cards on their blogs for you to peek at, so do head over and take a look:

Anita - Neet and Crafty
Chrissie - Simply One of a Kind
Sarah G - Funky Fossil Designs
Sarah P - Sazzle Dazzle Crafts
Sharon - From my Craft Desk
Susan - BlueFogStudio
 

Thanks for stopping by!

13.9.16

Altenew blog hop card

Hi everyone! Just copying my third Altenew card from earlier today over to this post, as it needs its own link to be shared to the Altenew Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop. You can see all the details of this amazing blog hop on my other post. There are some prizes to be won and some great challenge blogs to explore!



I used heavyweight 300gsm card stock to repeatedly stamp the seed head from Altenew's Botanical Garden stamp set in Altenew's Crisp Dye Ink in Morning Frost. I inked up another piece of card using Distress Ink in Ripe Persimmon to create an ombre effect, and die cut Altenew's Happy die from it. I then stamped Altenew's 'birthday' from the Halftone Happy stamp set onto Colorset Light Grey card stock with Inkssentials Watermark Resist Ink, embossing it with WOW! Opaque Bright White Ultra Fine Embossing Powder. I then layered everything up onto a card base.
Good luck with your entries!

Altenew Mega Challenge Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Today is the launch of the Altenew Ultimate Challenge Blog HopI'm thrilled to be taking part along with the rest of the Less is More DT as well as DTs from 18 other challenge blogs. Wow! You are all invited to take part - just head over to the Altenew blog, read the instructions and then enter your creations (any theme, any project) using the link-up tool. 



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.



When you share your projects on social media, please use #altenew and tag them!
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/altenew/
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/altenewllc/

Altenew is also offering a free gift with all orders throughout September!



Loving Altenew as much as I do, I had to make a few cards for this. Their products are not only gorgeous, but also incredibly versatile. 

Card 1




This card goes back to a favourite CAS layout of mine which I do repeat a lot! I used my MISTI to stamp multiple roses and leaves from the Altenew Vintage Roses stamp set using Distress Inks for the roses (Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord) and leaf sprigs (Old Paper and Peeled Paint) and VersaColor inks for the individual leaves (Olive, Green Tea and Evergreen). These were die cut with the matching Altenew Vintage Roses dies. I then stamped the Regal Frame Stamp (DDFR003) from Darkroom Door, heat embossed it in silver and fussy cut it out. Another piece of card stock was cut with a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn. Everything was layered up on a card base, and finally the Happy Wedding sentiment from the Altenew Vintage Roses stamp set was added on a small piece of card stock, curved by hand.




Card 2




One thing I think is great is that Altenew's products play nicely with other brands' products, so you can mix and match your stash to get great results. For this card, I took heavyweight 300gsm white card stock and inked it up using Distress Inks in Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers and Walnut Stain. I then stamped some leaves from Altenew's Botanical Garden stamp set and heat embossed them in copper embossing powder. I die cut Altenew's Happy die from this, and then twice more from plain card. These were glued together for dimension. Taking a new panel of card stock, I die cut the My Favorite Things Stitchable Dot Circle STAX Dienamics. I layered up this panel on a card base with a layer of Colorset Tuscan Brown card in between. The sentiment was adhered in the centre of the dot circles. I then stamped a Happy Birthday from Mama Elephant's Labeled Messages in VersaColor ink in Bark (twice) and Pinecone (once) to get the shade of brown I wanted. This was adhered over the Happy sentiment using mini foam pads.




Card 3




This card is another favourite layout. I used heavyweight 300gsm card stock to repeatedly stamp the seed head from Altenew's Botanical Garden stamp set in Altenew's Crisp Dye Ink in Morning Frost. I inked up another piece of card using Distress Ink in Ripe Persimmon to create an ombre effect, and die cut Altenew's Happy die from it. I then stamped Altenew's 'birthday' from the Halftone Happy stamp set onto Colorset Light Grey card stock with Inkssentials Watermark Resist Ink, embossing it with WOW! Opaque Bright White Ultra Fine Embossing Powder. I then layered everything up onto a card base. As this one matches this month's sketch challenge over at the awesome Seven Hills Crafts, I'll also be linking it up there. 

Thanks for stopping by!

10.9.16

Less is More week 293 - favourite flower

Hi everyone! The challenge this week at Less is More is to make clean and simple (CAS) cards that include your favourite flower. It's also one layer week so remember to keep your cards to one layer and minimal embellishments. (Guess who forgot it was one layer week and had to start again?!)

Card 1

For my first card I went right back to school! I would doodle flowers while listening in classes. Believe it or not, it helped me to stay focused and take in more info!





These flowers are from the Card-io Majestix set Sweet Birdhouse. You stamp the main flowers/leaves in one colour and then stamp the outlines in a contrasting colour, or black, deliberately mismatching the shapes for a loose, hand drawn look. You definitely don't want to use your MISTI for this!

Supplies:

Heavyweight 300gsm white card stock
Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside Borders and post-it notes (for a curved mask)
Card-io Majestix Sweet Birdhouse stamps (flowers)
Lawn Fawn Jump for Joy stamps (sentiment)
Distress Ink in Milled Lavender
VersaColor inks in Peony and Boysenberry
Versafine Onyx Black

Card 2

My second card uses a vintage rose from Altenew which is one of my favourite floral sets.



I masked and stamped the rose and three leaves, using my MISTI for placement and good ink saturation. I then cut away the right hand side of the card, fussy cutting round the edge of the rose. A strip of black and silver metallic washi tape on the inside of the card emphasised the edge of the rose and echoed the silver of the sentiment.

Supplies:

Heavyweight 300gsm white card stock
Altenew Vintage Roses stamp set
VersaColor inks in Olive, Evergreen, Charcoal, Peony, Amethyst, Boysenberry and Grape
Inkssentials Watermark Resist
Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Silver
Little B self adhesive tape in black and silver


Remember to check out the other DT blogs for some fab cards and inspiration:

Anita - Neet and Crafty
Chrissie - Simply One of a Kind
Sarah G - Funky Fossil Designs
Sarah P - Sazzle Dazzle Crafts
Sharon - From my Craft Desk
Susan - BlueFogStudio
 


Thanks for stopping by!

3.9.16

Less is More week 292 - Peacock Feather

Hi LIMettes! It's the start of a new month of challenges, so we have another sponsor to announce! Welcome back to Happy Little Stampers, and a big thank you for their support.



This week our challenge at Less is More is to make a clean and simple card using the colours of a peacock feather.

I googled a few inspiration photos and found that I needed to incorporate light blue, dark blue, purple, gold and green. Does anyone else immediately think "Christmas!" or is it just me? Tee hee.

Just the one card from me this week, but I do like how it turned out and plan on doing a few others for later in the year.





I used Distress Inks for the tree and then sprayed it lightly with water so the ink "ran" to get a soft, feathered effect. A white pen was used for tiny snowflakes over the area within the aperture, and baubles were added to the tree.

Supplies

Arches Aquarelle hot pressed watercolour card
Sizzix Circle Framelits
Hero Arts Color Layering Christmas Tree
Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Iced Spruce
Sakura Souffle white pen
Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder in gold
Inkssentials Watermark Resist ink
Papermania adhesive gems (clear, coloured with Promarkers)


The rest of the DT have put together some fab inspiration cards on their personal blogs so do pop over and take a look...


Anita - Neet and Crafty
Chrissie - Simply One of a Kind
Sarah G - Funky Fossil Designs
Sarah P - Sazzle Dazzle Crafts
Sharon - From my Craft Desk
Susan - BlueFogStudio



Thanks for stopping by!

29.8.16

A few extra cards

Hi everyone, I've been busy making some cards for various occasions - a birthday, a new home and a wedding.





Supplies

Heavyweight 300gsm white card stock
My Favorite Things Happy die
My Favorite Things Beary Special Birthday
Silver metallic thread
Distress Inks in Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire





Supplies

Cream card stock
Lil' Inkers Quilted Stitched Pattern Die
Arches Aquarelle hot pressed watercolour card
Altenew Botanical Garden stamps
Distress Inks in Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Gathered Twigs, Brushed Corduroy, Tea Dye
Inkssentials Watermark Resist ink
Ranger Antiquities Embossing Powder in Weathered White
Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental








Supplies

Heavyweight 300gsm white card stock
Altenew Happy die
My Favorite Things Essential Cover Up Vertical
Altenew Vintage Roses stamps and dies
VersaColor inks in Scarlet, Cardinal, Rose Red, Peony, Olive, Green Tea, Evergreen
Computer generated repeating "ever after" sentiment
Neat and Tangled Snow White Sequins


Thanks for stopping by!

27.8.16

Less is More week 291 - sticky label

Hi everyone and welcome to another fun challenge with Less is More, the clean and simple challenge blog!

This week we'd like you to make a CAS (clean and simple) card that features a sticky label, stickers or peel-offs. There are so many possibilities for this, so put your creative hats on and get crafting!

Card 1




This little dragon is too small to breathe fire so he's produced a puff of smoke instead! But he's dreaming of the day he becomes a big dragon and manages proper flames. The smoke is stamped and die cut from a sticky label. This worked so well as it has less dimension than a die cut from card stock, but still stands out more from the background than direct stamping would have.

Supplies:

Heavyweight 300gsm white card stock
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables dies
My Favorite Things Magical Dragons stamp and die sets (dragon and smoke)
My Favorite Things Magical Unicorns stamp set (sentiment)
Sticky inkjet printer label
Neenah Solar White card stock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Promarkers
Sakura Pigma Micron 03 black pen

Card 2




This card uses sticky labels for the clouds, which added a soft semi-translucent feel that I wouldn't have achieved with card stock.

Supplies:


Heavyweight 300gsm white card stock
Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders dies
Sticky inkjet printer label
Avery Elle Pierced Clouds dies
Avery Elle Pierced Banner Layer dies
Neenah Solar White card stock
My Favorite Things Magical Unicorns
Distress Ink in Broken China
Memento Tuxedo black ink
Inkssentials Watermark Resist ink
Promarkers
Ranger Perfect Medium Embossing pen (bullet tip)
Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder in silver
Wink Of Stella clear shimmer pen

Card 3




This card uses peel-offs as a background. To avoid the bright sparkle of the stripes looking garish, I decided to keep the rest of the card monochrome using first, second and third generation stamping in StazOn Stone Grey ink. Yes, I cleaned my stamps very quickly afterwards! My MISTI was invaluable for accurate stamping with the multi-step orchid stamp.

Supplies:

Heavyweight 300gsm white card stock
Craft Creations peel-offs (633)
Hero Arts Color Layering Orchid in a Pot stamp
StazOn Stone Grey ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental


Check out the other DT blogs for some fabulous inspiration!

Anita - Neet and Crafty
Chrissie - Simply One of a Kind
Sarah G - Funky Fossil Designs
Sarah P - Sazzle Dazzle Crafts
Sharon - From my Craft Desk
Susan - BlueFogStudio

Thanks for stopping by!

21.8.16

Thanks card

I decided to CASE this inspirational card by the amazing Therese Calvird at Lost in Paper. Isn't it a beauty?

Here's my version.




I kept the background stamping quite soft by doing second generation stamping in grey ink (see below). An ombre inked sentiment popped up on fun foam, a contrasting black sentiment and five clear adhesive gems completed the look.

Second generation stamping

For those of you who haven't yet come across this, it's where you ink up your stamp, then stamp it off once onto scratch paper and then stamp it again onto your project. The first stamping removes much of the intensity of the ink, softening the original colour. It's great for making an unobtrusive background. The ink I used is a dark grey and would have made the background too busy for my liking if I'd used first generation stamping. Second generation stamping is also a fantastic technique to use for creating distance. For example, you can stamp a tree in the foreground of your project and then stamp again to one side, overlapping slightly, and a bit higher up. This creates the illusion of a tree that's further away in the distance. Repeat this a few times and you have a forest! This technique works with all sorts of stamped images so have a play with it and find out how it could work for you.

Supplies:

Heavyweight 300gsm white card stock
Kaisercraft Butterflies stamp set (CS854)
StazOn Stone Grey ink
Altenew Thanks Die (1018)
2mm white fun foam
VersaColor pigment ink in Canary, Marigold and Orange
Mama Elephant Labeled Messages stamp set
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Papermania Adhesive Stones Silver (PMA351409)

Thanks for stopping by.

20.8.16

Less is More week 290 - Exotic

Hi LIMettes :) Welcome to another exciting challenge with Less is More. This week, we'd like you to make Clean and Simple (CAS) cards with an exotic theme. I can't wait to see what you create! 

Card 1




For my first card, I used various stamps and dies to create a jungle scene. 

Supplies:

Heavyweight 300gsm white card stock (card base)
Kaskad card stock in "Parakeet" (green panel)
Kaskad card stock in "Bright Green" (leaves)
Kaskad card stock in "Pale Cream" (stitched rectangle frame)
Neenah Solar White card stock (stamped images)
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Frames dies
My Favorite Things Polynesian Paradise stamps and dies
My Favorite Things Wild Greenery dies
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Promarkers

Card 2




This card used a single stamp plus a sentiment stamp to create a clean and contemporary card. Pineapples are really popular at the moment so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon!

Supplies:

Heavyweight 300gsm white card stock
Heavyweight black card stock
My Favorite Things Polynesian Paradise stamps and die
Lawn Fawn stitched borders die
Avery Elle Pierced Banner Layers die
Inkssentials Watermark Resist ink
Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
WOW! Opaque Bright White Super Fine Embossing Powder
Distress Ink in Mustard Seed
Promarkers

Card 3


This card uses torn Core'dinations paper from the Nostalgia range to create foamy waves on the sea, with Distress Inks for the sunset. A simple punched circle coloured with Promarkers and a palm tree on an island cut with my Black Cat Cougar finish this 'exotic scene'.

Supplies:

Heavyweight 300gsm white card stock
Heavyweight 300gsm black card stock
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables dies
Core'dinations paper stack in Nostalgia
Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Seedless Preserves (layered over the Spiced Marmalade for a richer red look)
Unknown brand tiny circle punch
Promarker in Canary
My Favorite Things Polynesian Paradise stamp set (sentiment)
3mm foam tape


The other DT ladies have some fantastic cards on their blogs to inspire you, so do head over to take a look and leave them some comment love!

Anita - Neet and Crafty
Chrissie - Simply One of a Kind
Sarah G - Funky Fossil Designs
Sarah P - Sazzle Dazzle Crafts
Sharon - From my Craft Desk
Susan - BlueFogStudio

Thanks for stopping by, and have a fab week :)

13.8.16

Birthday card

Hi everyone! I couldn't resist using the My Favorite Things Beary Special Birthday stamps to create another birthday card.




And inside...




This one will be for one of my nieces - hope she likes it!

Here's a Pinterest-ready graphic if you want to pin this card:



Supplies:

Heavyweight 300gsm white card stock
Kaskad card stock in "Cream"
Kaskad card stock in "Pink"
Avery Elle Pierced Banner Layers dies
My Favorite Things Beary Special Birthday stamps and dies
My Favorite Things Stitched Banner Alphabet
Distress Inks in Spun Sugar and Scattered Straw
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Promarkers
My Favorite Things Pop-Up Elements Narrow dies


Thanks for stopping by!