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30.4.16

Less is More - Guest Design Team designer paper cards

This week I have the great privilege of a guest Design Team slot with Less is More, the clean and simple (CAS) challenge blog. The challenge this week is to make a CAS card using designer paper.

I love designer paper. A lot of the paper stacks I have are quite fancy, and I've often wondered how they could be used in a CAS way. This was my chance to have some fun finding out!

Card 1




This paper is from the gorgeous DCWV Mariposa stack. I only have snippets left of each paper now as I love it so much. Even though it's a not-very-CAS paper, it works on a CAS card because only a small area of it is showing. The non-symmetrical shape of the top layer of cardstock also reduces the 'busy' effect of the paper by emphasising the plain top layer of card. 

Ingredients: 
Butterfly paper from the DCWV Mariposa designer paper stack
Black cardstock from Craft Creations
Gold cardstock from my local print shop
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border dies
Woodware Magic Anti-Static Pad (essential for embossing on black card)
Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings stamp set
Ranger Perfect Medium ink
Papermania Enchanted Gold embossing powder

Card 2



I wanted to make a very quick and simple card with a focus on words rather than shapes. This 'Happy Birthday' designer cardstock from Anna Marie Designs just pops out from underneath the linen effect top panel. Because it's quite busy and detailed, it's again important to keep it to a small area.

Ingredients:
Happy Birthday designer cardstock from Anna Marie Designs
Linen effect white cardstock
Let's Party die set from Echo Park, cut from gold glitter card with a non-shedding smooth surface for die cutting from Thyme Graphics
Gold sequins, source unknown

Card 3




A fun but hopefully 'grown up' shaker card for a teen. This one uses a fine detail polka dot paper from Docrafts Papermania Capsule Collection by Jesse Edwards, which is filled with lovely black, white and grey designs. The polka dot makes a subtle background to the pink sequins in the shaker.

Ingredients:
Linen effect white cardstock
Docrafts Papermania Capsule Collection
Polaroid frame SVG from SVG Cuts
Balloon from Let's Party die set from Echo Park, cut from pink glitter card with a non-shedding smooth surface for die cutting from Thyme Graphics
Balloon string from a freebie birthday balloon by Sarah Hurley, cut out of white linen effect cardstock and coloured with grey Sharpie and clear Wink of Stella
Sequins, source unknown
Sentiment and pink dots computer generated, font Arsenale White



I've really enjoyed making these cards. Thanks to the Less is More Design Team for the generous guest slot invite! If you want to join in with the weekly challenges, check out the blog. Thanks for stopping by!

26.4.16

Less is More recipe challenge - saints, dragons or heroes

The challenge from Less is More this week is to make a CAS (clean and simple) card featuring saints, dragons or heroes.

Lacking any suitable resources, I've had to approach this 'creatively' (kinda cheating, really!) and went for a heroes theme.





I used the cracks stamp from the Stampers Anonymous cracks and specks set on a linen effect panel with Ranger Perfect Medium and then heat embossed in clear. I used Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed and Chipped Sapphire to add some random background colours that remind me a comic book, and then used the Print and Cut function on my Black Cat Cougar to create and cut out comic book hero words and a sentiment. These were popped up on foam pads for a bit of dimension. The panel was stuck to a linen effect card blank.

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17.4.16

Less is More - theme challenge - three stamps

This week, the challenge at Less is More is to make a CAS (clean and simple) card using three stamps. This can be three individual stamps, or the same three stamps repeated multiple times.





I used a slate grey card base and matching layer. The stamping is from Altenew Vintage Roses - a rose and a leaf - plus 'wishes' which is part of a sentiment set from Clearly Besotted. All stamping is done in Ranger Perfect Medium and heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder in Gold. The 'birthday' word die from Clearly Besotted has been cut from matching slate grey card. The whole sentiment is done onto a vellum strip and then three sequins have been added.

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10.4.16

Less is More OLC challenge - geometric shapes - card 2

I decided to do a second card for the Less is More weekly challenge. This week we are making a one layer card (OLC) featuring geometric shapes.



For this card I wanted to go quite grungy and masculine. I used a Darkroom Door background stamp (DDBS006 Harlequin) inked up with Tsukineko Kaleidacolor Raised Rainbow Ink Dye Pad in Cappuccino Delight, and stamped it onto linen card stock using uneven pressure to get a faded, aged look.

I added two scored lines directly above the stamp using my Crafter's Companion The Big Score.

Finally I added the sentiment in the second-darkest colour from the same ink pad. It's from the Hero Arts Color Layering Orchid in a Pot stamp set.

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Less is More OLC challenge - geometric shapes

The challenge over at Less is More this week is to make a one layer card (OLC) featuring geometric shapes.

Here's my first card.


I used one segment of a stencil from The Crafters Workshop (TCW143) and blended Distress Inks through it in Broken China fading to Tumbled Glass. 

I then used a background stamp, Specks from the Cracks & Specks set from Stampers Anonymous, to add speckles while the stencil was still in place.

The sentiment was stamped in Broken China from the Hero Arts Color Layering Orchid in a Pot set that I won back in February (thanks LIM and Tara!). This set is proving really versatile.

Finally I rounded the bottom corners with my X Cut corner punch.

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8.4.16

Less is More colour challenge - white space that's not white!

Less is More have a colour challenge this week. Cards for the challenge need plenty of 'white space' (empty, unadorned) that isn't actually white. There are some gorgeous entries already in and yet again I'm wowed by the collective creativity of the LIMettes!

Here's my card for the challenge. I wanted to make a pretty, fun card that a mother could give to a daughter 'just because'. Unfortunately, the colours have really bleached out in the photo. The pinks are much more intense in real life.





I used Sure Cuts A Lot 3 and my Black Cat Cougar to cut out heart shapes and a sentiment (the font is Italian Cherry Soda) from a layer of black card. I then re-cut the heart shapes and sentiment on white card. The heart shapes were coloured using VersaColor pigment inks in three shades of pink to give an ombre effect as they go down the card. The sentiment was coloured using Tsukineko Encore metallic silver ink. (I know, the photo makes it look white. Grrrrrrr.) The shapes were then all inlaid onto the die cut layer so the top of the card is smooth and flat, and the layer was popped up on a base card using foam pads.

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2.4.16

CAS fusion card

I wanted to try a style of card that's new to me - a fusion of embellishments and CAS (clean and simple). Instead of covering the whole card, as I would usually do for a shabby chic/embellished design, I kept a large amount of empty space.










Ingredients: 

  • Linen card stock for card base and layer (raised on foam pads)
  • Dylusions ink sprays in Chopped Pesto and White Linen
  • Ranger Perfect Medium and Ranger Embossing Antiquities in Weathered White
  • Paper scraps from Grace Taylor Vintage Collection Paper Pack, aged with Distress Ink in Iced Spruce
  • Flowers, heathers, leaves and diamante sprays from Wild Orchid Crafts and adhered with Pinflair
  • Snail shell collected (empty!) from the local woods
  • Sentiment computer generated and adhered in an arch using Pinflair
  • Silver stickles

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1.4.16

Less is More recipe challenge - polka dots - card 3

A third and final card for the Less is More weekly challenge that for this week involves making a CAS (clean and simple) card using polka dots.




I wanted to create a loose but sophisticated feel, so I printed a grid of very pale grey circles from my computer onto linen card stock, and then used a Ranger Perfect Medium brush tip pen to do uneven 'splodges' into the circles. I heat embossed the splodges in Ranger super fine detail gold embossing powder.

The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted, layered four times for extra dimension using a Sakura glue pen.

The linen panel is popped up off the linen card base using foam pads.

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Less is More recipe challenge - polka dots - card 2

Loving polka dots as much as I do, I had to make another card for the Less is More challenge this week - a clean and simple (CAS) card using polka dots.



This one uses the Hero Arts Color Layering Orchid in a Pot stamp and die set I bought from the fabulous Seven Hills Crafts following my February win at Less is More - thanks again to Tara from Seven Hills Crafts and the LIM design team! 

The orchid is stamped on smooth white card using VersaColor pigment inks. Everything else is linen card stock. The polka dots are from the Cricut Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, the circle frame is a Sizzix Framelit and the "hello" sentiment is from Clearly Besotted, glued four layers deep for added dimension using a Sakura glue pen.

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Less is More recipe challenge - polka dots - card 1

The challenge this week from Less is More is to make a CAS (clean and simple) card using polka dots. Who doesn't love polka dots?

To show commitment, I had my nails this month done to match the theme!



Right, on to the card. This one is to send to a little boy who my company sponsors. He's called Lucky and he lives at Happy House in Watamu, Kenya. Happy House care for orphaned, abandoned or abused children. At Happy House they are warm, fed, go to school and most importantly are given lots of love. Every few months, one of our team send a card to Lucky so he knows we're all thinking of him. It's my turn this time.



If you're thinking those colours look familiar, you're right! I was going to make a shaker card for the Citrus challenge we had a few weeks ago, so I made loads of dots using linen card, distress inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Twisted Citron, and a small circle punch. Then I changed my mind, so I had all the dots waiting for another project. How lucky!

I'm super happy to have a sentiment die (at last). This one is from Clearly Besotted and I love it! It cuts so cleanly. I stacked up four layers of die using a Sakura glue pen to give it a bit more dimension against the polka dots. The linen panel was then popped off the linen card base using foam pads.

I hope Lucky likes his card and it cheers up his day :)

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