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28.3.16

Catching up on some old cards

Just a random posting to capture some other old cards I made in the last few years. Some are my design, some are CASEd - unfortunately, I can't remember which!

Wedding card


Birthday card for niece


Christmas card 1



Christmas card 2



Christmas card 3



Doodle card



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Shabby chic bird card

More embellished goodness! This card is probably my favourite I've made so far.



  • Pearlised off-white card blank from Anna Marie Designs
  • Layer of white cardstock, make unknown
  • Patterned paper layer from Paper Cellar Victorian Classic 6x6 paper pad, with distressed edge, dry brushed gesso added here and there and a straight stitched border and random zig zag stitches done in cream thread on my Singer sewing machine
  • Doily, aged with Antique Linen Distress Ink
  • Paper flowers, pearl pins and oval cameo all from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Image from Vintage Printable
  • Sentiment was computer generated, cut out and edged with Antique Linen Distress Ink
  • Paper flowers given a hint of shimmer on the tips with a Wink of Stella clear pen


The insert is printed with a repeat of the birds image, set to... ummm, maybe 50% transparency. The double border is printed in gold.



If anyone hasn't yet seen that VERY helpful list of RGB colour codes floating round the internet, here they are. I can't remember where I saved this screenshot from unfortunately, but if anyone knows the author do let me know and I'll change this to a link to their post.


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Spring bird card

I've mentioned a few times how much I like using embellishments ;-)  Here's a spring bird card that feels pretty seasonal right now - if it ever stops raining.



  • Ivory card blank
  • Two layers and a wide strip of patterned paper from First Edition Paper Silent Night premium 8x8 paper pad, edges distressed and inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink. The wide strip has both long edges punched with a Matha Stewart edge punch called Scallop Two Dot
  • Bird nest image from Vintage Printable, aged at the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink and edged with Pinflair Ice Diamond over white glue
  • Bird and eggs from Vintage Printable, fussy cut and covered in a thick layer of Glossy Accents, adhered with foam pads
  • Paper string from The Works
  • Paper flowers and paper leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts, stained with Antique Linen Distress Ink
  • Large leaf made from air dry clay and coloured with Lumiere by Jacques in Halo Blue Gold with veining in Metallic Rust

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25.3.16

A rushed entry for Less is More recipe challenge - What's Outside Your Window

Less is More are doing a recipe challenge this week - what's outside your window. You're allowed to use your imagination, which is just as well because after a year of having the house renovated, my garden is a mess. But I have plans, and those plans involve some of the gorgeous roses from David Austin Roses along with an interlinked two-circle design done with Everedge, plum slate and creeping Thyme... oh, I have it ALL planned in SketchUp. Hope real life comes together the same way!

Alternew Vintage Roses and matching dies, Sizzix circles and a miniature sentiment from Woodware made this card which is a very loose representation of the circles, soft planting and gorgeous colours I want to create in my garden.



I feel the need to add that this one has been done in super quick time as work has been crazy this week, the deadline is tonight and I have some other commitments as well. I can totally tell I've had to rush something out and I'm not all that happy with it, but I did want to enter, so... Oh well, holidays next week so I'll have more time then! Woohoo!

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15.3.16

Less is More - one layer challenge with sentiment - card 2

More hand lettering practice for the Less is More weekly challenge - this week to do a one layer card (OLC) with a sentiment as the focal point. Lacking sentiment stamps, I've decided to do as much hand lettering as possible in an effort to improve. After all, a challenge should involve stretching yourself... right? *meep*





This card is for my niece, Lola, whose 8th birthday is coming up. I imitated the "L" from a fantastic video by Overnight Artist on YouTube - watch a speed drawing of the most beautiful alphabet! The rest I just did cursive, thickening the downstrokes which is a common "faux calligraphy" technique.

So, how am I feeling about hand lettering after two attempts? Well, honestly, I'm still pretty rubbish at it. I can see lots of imperfections that are due to being a beginner rather than due to it being done by hand. But it's really good fun to do, and probably ideal for anyone who's into Mindfulness as you do get completely absorbed in what you're doing which feels quite restful. I think the hardest part for me is showing the results publicly when they're not yet perfect. But that means the Less is More challenge has succeeded in stretching me personally and in my card making, which is surely the whole point!

If you want to play along each week with the LIM challenges (which are not always scary!) check out the Less is More blog.

14.3.16

Less is More - One Layer Challenge

Over at Less is More, the challenge this week is a one layer card with the sentiment as the focal point. 

As I own a single set of sentiment stamps (Christmas ones - and I didn't feel like making a Christmas card!) I decided it was time to try out some hand lettering. I can only get better, right? That's a comforting thought to hold on to.

My first effort (oh no! There may be more!) was inspired by some amazing "scribble lettering" I saw on Pinterest from a blog post on the 'Lisa Letters' blog. I wanted to do something like this but add in some doodle fill like the awesome Joanne Fink's Zenspiration Monograms






I used a Sakura Pigma Micron 01 black pen for the lettering, then added a doodle and a scribble border, and finally put in some colour with Pan Pastels in Diarylide Yellow and Bright Yellow Green Shade. Guess I'm still feeling spring-like! The colour is actually brighter and extends out further in real life, but after literally 38 attempts to get a decent photo with everything in focus and accurate colour... I'm quitting. This is the best of a bad bunch, and you'll just have to imagine that sunny goodness!

Thanks for stopping by, and remember you can play along each week with the Less is More challenges right here.

11.3.16

Less is More - colour challenge (citrus)

Firstly, a massive thank you to Tara at Seven Hills Crafts for so generously supplying a prize to me for the February win at Less is More. So many gorgeous goodies in her store - it took ages to choose something! All will be revealed in a future card! What a lovely lady and fantastic online shop. I really recommend you take a look.

The fabulous Less is More are doing a citrus colour challenge this week. It took me the whole week to make something I was happy with! Citrus is a funny set of colours. They can look fabulous, but they don't suit every technique or layout, as I quickly found out.

In the end I went for a simple layout using three repeats of a Tim Holtz Texture Fades Tattered Leaves die. 



I coloured these with Distress Inks in Mustard Seed and Twisted Citron, and splattered them with water to lift some of the colour back off to create texture and visual interest. I also curled up the edges slightly for extra dimension.

These were stuck to a linen effect panel with sentiment, and I used my sewing machine to do 'silly stitching' in lemon coloured thread around the edge before raising the panel with foam tape off the linen effect card base. It was actually a bit embarrassing how easy it was to sew wonky. I think I'm better at it than straight stitching! If you like the effect of silly or wonky stitching, but don't fancy sewing, you could get one of these from Seven Hills Crafts! They nearly fell into my basket as I browsed!

Thanks as always to the Less is More DT for such amazing inspiration for the challenge, and to everyone who enters the weekly challenges. It is SUCH a pleasure looking at your beautiful cards. 

If you'd like to play along each week, check out the Less is More blog for info!




1.3.16

Less is More - recipe challenge with wire card 2

I decided to enter another card for the Less is More recipe challenge this week to make a CAS (clean and simple) card using wire - real, stamped, stencilled etc.

I've always loved stamped images of birds in silhouette resting on telephone wires, but I don't have a stamp for that. So I decided to hand draw the birds and wires instead - eeeek! I used my Derwent Graphik Line Maker 0.3 pen and a black Sharpie. The card base and first layer with sentiment are both linen effect cardstock. The final layer is watercolour paper with Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade.




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