17 Feb 2018

Less is More # 365 - Dry Embossing



 
Hello there! Well the 7th birthday celebrations are continuing at Less is More for the next two weeks and we are back  today with our recipe challenge.


http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.pt/ 
 
How much dry embossing is acceptable on a CAS card? That's always a difficult one, isn't it? Well, I think the post on the challenge blog may clarify it. My personal 'rule of thumb' is to never emboss more than 1/3 of the card if I can possibly help it, but that's only because I don't really have any subtle embossing folders.
 

Anyway, we have a new sponsor for this challenge:
 
https://sevenhillscrafts.co.uk/
 
And to delight you today we have a 5 guest designers joining us: ChrissieEsther, JenSarah G and Tara .  Please head over to the challenge blog to see their cards and the wonderful inspiration from the LIM design team too.
 
As we have the technique of dry embossing as our recipe, I haven't come up with a specific technique card this week, but I do have two cards to share with you for this challenge:
 

1) 10 Minute Masculine Make

I am really enjoying making these masculine-type cards because most of the time they fall into a quick make category too. I used very few supplies on this and it was a case of cutting card to size,  dry embossing one piece, heat embossing another peice and putting it all together.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More! #279 - CAS
2 Sisters on the blog #12 - A Man's card (second entry)
Crafts Galore Encore February - Anything Goes (my first time playing here)
Creative Moments #136 - Anything Goes


This one is a little more opulent than usual but I DO love a black and gold colour theme because most of the time is can be used for a unisex card.

ITEMS USED: Black card, gold card, Sweet Dixie big sentiments, versamark clear ink, stampendous detail gold embossing powder, fun foam, We R Memory Keepers Next Level geometric embossing folder.


2) Birthday Balloons

This one keeps the embossing to a minimum by just embossing the balloons.

This one is for:
Always Happy Birthday February - Birthday + CAS
Sparkles Forum #101 - Clean and Simple
Watercooler Wednesdays #157 - All about occasions
Incy Wincy Designs 5-19 Feb - Clean and Simple




So, I stamped, coloured, fussy cut and embossed the balloons with various embossing folders and added them to the cardblank at various heights with 3d foam pads. The present was stamped and coloured then the balloon strings were handdrawn and the final part was to stamp the sentiment.


STAMPS: Uniko balloon bash, Uniko pure florals cosmos, Clearly Besotted laugh out loud
INKS: Memento tuxedo black, Distress Inks (wilted violet, mermaid lagoon, mowed lawn, mustard seed, festive berries.
OTHER: Distress markers in the same colours as the distress inks, 3d foam pads, white card, black micron pen

Less is More Social Media links:

LIM BLOG
LIM FACEBOOK PAGE
LIM INSTAGRAM

Thanks for popping by. I do hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

15 Feb 2018

Peaceful Sailing

Hi there. Thanks for stopping by. 

When is a set of balance scales, not a set of balance scales? ...... when they are yachts of course ;-)
Today I  have a fun mixed media card where a Visible Image stamp has also been repurposed into a completely different image. It's a great one for the guys too.

Anyway, did you catch the amazing Visible Image shows on Create and Craft last weekend? Mark and Pauline did some incredible demos with the 'Written in the Stars' collection. And during the first show Mark mentioned that he could see a boat in the Libra symbol. "Yes!" (I thought), "he's an absolute genius! Of course the scales will make a super yacht. So out came my Libra stamps and here is the result.




Here's how I made it:

First mask off a section on the panel where you want the sea to be, remembering to also mask the bottom of the panel where the 'peaceful' word will go, then swipe little light blue ink across the unmasked section. Next spread grit past through the fibres stencil with a palette knife and set the panel aside to dry (I left mine to dry overnight but I believe it dries quite quickly if you only have a thin layer).

Stamp and heat emboss one of the scales from the Libra set 3 times on a piece of scrap card and fussy cut them out. Mark the bottom of the sails by drawing an additional line with a black pen and then colour the boats in. Stamp, heat emboss and fussy cut the word too.

 

When the grit past is dry, randomly make a few marks with the distress crayon colours, blending and spreading the colours over the grit past with your finger.

Remove the mask from the sky and using a mask cut like clouds, brush distress ink very lightly, moving the mask around until the sky is covered with clouds. Draw the birds in the sky with a black pen.

 

Using a pale blue pen make a border around the edges of the 2 panels. Mount the two panels together with fun foam and add them to the card blank. Add some stickles onto the sea for a little sparkle.

Glue the boats into place when the stickles has dried, using fun foam to make the boats different heights. Heat emboss the fragments from the How Fragile stamps set 3 times (the tiny triangle is the perfect size to make a flag for the top of the boats), colour the triangles in, fussy cut them and add them to the top of the boats with glue and fun foam. Attach the peaceful sentiment.

 

Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/zodiac-libra/      https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/how-fragile/

Stencils Used:

https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/fibres/

Other Supplies:

White linen card, post-it notes for masking, VersaColor celadon, Ranger distress grit paste, Versafine onyx black ink, black embossing powder, black micron pen, colouring pencils, distress crayons (tumbled glass & mermaid lagoon), Distress ink (tumbled glass), blending brush, distress marker pen (broken china), fun foam, stardust stickles,


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
2 Sisters on the blog challenge #12 - a man's card
Country View Challenges February - anything but cute
Craft Stamper Magazine TIMI February - Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Challenge #35- Anything Mixed Media Goes
Eclectic Ellapu Jan/Feb - Anything Goes
HeARTful Stamping Challenge Feb 11-18 - Anything Goes + a stamp
International Art and Soul Challenge #26 - Texture
Love to Craft February - Anything Goes
Mix It Up Challenge Blog #10 - Anything Goes + Clean and Simple
Worldwide Open Design Team Challenge #01  - Anything Goes

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

3 Feb 2018

Less is More #364 - Music



 
Hello to you! Crikey, we're in February already! Gosh, this year seems to be speeding away even at this early stage of it. Hmmm, maybe I'm just too busy?? Time to slow down then.

Anyway February means it is birthday month for LIM.
We are 7 years old!!
Happy birthday to us!!

And to delight you today we have a 4 guest designers joining us. Yes, we have one of our founders Chrissie, and 3 fantastic ex-DT members: Esther, Jen and Sarah G.  It was a joy to see the cards they made. I DO hope you'll pop over and give them all some love. And don't forget to take a look at the challenge blog too for some wonderful inspiration from the design team.


But onto today's challenge:
 

and our sponsor for this first challenge of the month is:
Uniko
 
 
I have two cards to share with you today:
 

1) Sing like no-one is listening


What a really joyful sentiment that is! And, yes, when I'm cleaning my house I have music on and I do just that. Lucky I don't have any neighbours near me, isn't it? Ha ha!

This is my technique card. Here I've used a Visible Image stamp set and stencil and added in just the tiniest amount of paper piecing on her dress. So the techniques today are  stencilling and paper piecing.   There was no need to mask the image when doing the stencilling because it is partly silhouette and the dress was going to be covered with the paper piecing.

This one is for:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything Goes
Tuesday Morning Sketches #438 -
Watercooler Wednesdays WWC155 - Anything Goes



As the background paper is a little busy, I kept the stenciling really subtle and just to one side to make sure that lots of lovely white space was left on the card.  The image was stamped onto the same paper as the background and the dress part was cut out, and the only embellishments are the tiniest of gems making up her belt.


STAMPS and STENCIL:
https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/sing/   https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/stars-stripes/
INKS: Memento Tuxedo Black. Distress Ink bundled sage
OTHER: Gems, stencil brush, white card, patterned paper (I've had this one for over 8 years! no idea now what make it is) 3d foam.


2) Piano Music


Here's one that is suitable to be used as a masculine card. The clean sharp lines and 'no-fuss' image would certainly appeal to any of the men I know. And it was also really fast to make too!

So keeping to my formula for LIM posts of a technique card, a masculine card and a fast to make card seems to be working - especially when I can double up ;-)

This one is for:
Cards 4 Guys #187 - Music
City Crafter Challenge #397 - Musical Instrument
Pile it on #138 - Thank You and /or Shades of Black and White + optional pop of colour




The piano keys and piano stamps are from a set that I picked up in the equivalent of a UK pound shop or US dollar store. It's really not the best quality, but I'll be able to use it a few times before it disintegrates.

After stamping the piano keys and sentiment onto a panel I added a strip of really thin washi tape for a pop of colour. The piano was heat embossed with clear embossing powder, fussy cut and added to the panel with 3d foam, then everything was added to a black card blank.


STAMPS:
https://www.uniko.co.uk/product/flower-power-2/     
INKS: Versafine Onyx Black
OTHER: Ranger clear embossing powder, washi tape, white card, black card, foam tape.

Less is More Social Media links:

LIM BLOG
LIM FACEBOOK PAGE
LIM INSTAGRAM

Thanks for popping by. I do hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

1 Feb 2018

Zodiac Leo - with a video

Hi there! Today I'm sharing an octagon shaped card that I made with the amazing Visible Image Zodiac Leo stamps.

Honestly, I have been really impressed with the versatility of this particular set and I've been busy making quite a few cards with these images. If you were at Creativation and visited the Visible Image stand you may have seen the Leo shaker card that I made. You can catch it in the video that Helen and Mark made of their amazing stand before the show opened up by clicking HERE
And I'm really thrilled that they had such a great show too. 

So, to my card....

I made a video whilst I was making this card and you can see it by clicking HERE

 

On the main panel, stamp the large Leo image in clear ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Colour the image by scribbling distress markers onto a craft sheet and watercolouring with the ink, adding a little definition around the eyes and ears. Cover the image with masking fluid  and set aside to dry.

Whilst the main panel is drying, create the base mat by wetting the water colour paper and adding distress stains. Wet the area of the card that you want to be all inky and 'pounce' distress stains over the area. Dry with a heat tool and when almost dry, spritz water on it to create some added interest.

Add colour to the main panel in the same way: wet, pounce, dry and spritz. Rub a little chipped sapphire distress ink around the edge of the main panel with a blending tool.  Stamp the Leo word and dates in place with memento tuxedo black ink. Leave to dry completely.


When dry, make a mask for the Leo image from a post-it note (if you removed the masking fluid too early) and cover the image up. Stamp the constellations around the Leo image in clear ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

Attach the main panel to some white card and using a perfect layers tool, trim it so that there is a 1/16" border of white. Add all the layers to the card blank.

Use some microglaze on the lion image so that the distress colours won't start to wick and move when they get wet again. Then add stickles to the mane around the lion face and let dry.

The ScanNcut instructions for making the card blank and mats are in a post where I used the No Space for Dreams set. You can see those by clicking:
  • HERE (for the post on my blog) or
  • HERE (for the post on the Visible Image blog)

Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/zodiac-leo/

Other Supplies:

Versamark clear ink, Wow! Ultra bright white embossing powder. Distress Markers (spiced marmalade, carved pumpkin, ripe persimmon, rusty hinge), masking fluid, Distress Stains (ripe persimmon, shaded lilac, chipped sapphire), Distress Ink (chipped sapphire), Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Perfect Layers Ruler, watercolour card, 3dfoam.


Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers #204 - Get Inky and Messy
Crafty Friends Challenge #76 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge #142 - Anything Goes
Daring Cardmakers - Masking
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Resist It
The Paper Girls #144 - Watercolours


That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

20 Jan 2018

Less is More 363 - Cute



Hi there. I'm here today to introduce the next Less is More challenge and it is our dreaded (or loved) One Layer challenge with a theme of cute.

http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.pt/

I really did struggle with this one because my style has moved away from cute images so it was difficult to find items in my stash to use.  So with that in mind, plus because I have had visitors staying which meant not much crafty time was available, I have tried to stick to my recipe of a quick card, a technique card and a masculine card ...... although I've incorporated the masculine card for a boy with the technique card this week.

If you head on over to the challenge blog you will find some fantastic cute inspiration from the design team.

1) Happy Birthday Kiddo


This is my combined technique and masculine (child) card. The technique I used was embossing with a die frame. Here's a close up if the embossing ....


....and here's the whole card


I've made a short video showing the big shot sandwich needed to create the embossed frame with the metal die on my YouTube channel. You can watch it by clicking HERE.

I'm entering this into:
Dream Valley Challenge #170 - Anything Goes (a second entry for me)
Lemon Shortbread Challenge #59 - Anything Goes
Sunny Day Crafting #3 - C is for Colour it
Watercooler Wednesdays WWC153 - Masculine (I hope a masculine child card qualifies!)

STAMPS: Efco Creative Emotions clear pirate transparent stamp, Sentiment made up from: Altenew Halftone Hello stamp, Wow! Mr Wow's wonderful words
DIES: Sizzix Nesting die
INKS: Memento Tuxedo black
OTHER: White card, colouring pencils


2) Hoppy Birthday


This is my (fairly) quick to make card. It just uses a bit of stamping, masking and stencilling.

This one is for:
Crafting from the Heart #190 - Anything Goes
Creative Moments #134 - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination #134 - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door 16 Jan- Anything Goes



STAMPS: Clearly Besotted In Print
STENCILS: Visible Image cosmic stencil
INKS: Versacolor fresh green, memento tuxedo black, distress oxides: twisted citron and cracked pistachio
OTHER: White Card, misti, post-it notes

 
Less is More Social Media Links:
LIM BLOG
LIM FACEBOOK PAGE
LIM INSTAGRAM

That's it from me. I hope you liked these cards and that I'll see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

18 Jan 2018

She Smiled.

Hello there. I'm thrilled to share a card that I made with some Visible Image stamps.

This card includes one of the brand new 2018 release stamps - Maskerade, which is a fantastic set of stamps, and that smiling image is perfect to lift anyone's spirits if they are feeling a little down, isn't it?

Doesn't it work superbly with the 'She Smiled' sentiment too?

How many times in our lives do we take that deep breath ...... and smile? Like calming our nerves before an interview, driving test or going out on stage. Perhaps when just greeting a friend or family member right after hearing sad news, pretending that you are well when really you are ill, or maybe before going into hospital for an operation ... and so on and so on. I can see a card like this one being used as a 'good luck' or spirit lifting card for many an occasion.

I was in a one layer mood when I made this card, so it is all on one layer and perfect for posting.



 
Here's how I made it. The maskerade image was stamped onto white card in Versafine Onyx black ink. I pinched some inspiration from my teammate Pauline (link to her blog is in my sidebar) and added some eyelashes with a black micron pen. You can see the incredible Christmas card by Pauline that inspired me by clicking HERE. Masking fluid was applied to the image (I painted it on with a paintbrush) and left to dry.

Once dry, the largest filled-in ink splat from the Ink Splats set was stamped around the outside of the mask using a rainbow of distress ink colours. The stamp was rotated each time I stamped to make it look like random splotches.  I was also careful to dab kitchen roll onto any wet patches of ink that remained on top of the masking fluid so that I didn't get any unwanted smudges. (How did I know to do that?...because I smudged my first version!) Additional splats were added to some of the colours on the outside edges and inside the mouth and eyes too.





Once the ink was dry the She Smiled sentiment was stamped.  I only used the first and last lines of the sentiment because I thought they worked so well. To do that I masked off the bottom two lines of the stamp with post it notes, inked up the top line of the stamp, removed the post-it notes and stamped the sentiment onto the card above the image. I cleaned and dried the stamp, then masked off the top two lines of the stamp with post-it notes, inked the bottom line of the stamp, removed the post-it notes and stamped the sentiment below the image.

The masking fluid was removed by rubbing it gently with my finger. The stickles were added to the white areas of the mask.

Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):

 https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/maskerade/    https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/she-smiled/
 https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/ink-splats/     

 

Other Supplies:

Memento onyx black ink, Black micron pen, masking fluid, distress inks (candied apple, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, twisted citron, mowed lawn, salty ocean, wilted violet), stardust stickles, white card.  


Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

AAA Cards #106 - Quote - a second entry for me
http://aaacards.blogspot.pt/
 Allsorts Challenge #450 - No designer papers
Crazy for CAS #2 - All the colours of the rainbow - a second entry for me
My Time To Craft #362 - Something New
Penny Black and more! January - Something New - a second entry for me
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - add a sentiment
The Corrosive Challenge #1 January - Anything Goes


That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

11 Jan 2018

Preview! How Fragile We Are



Hi there!

Well, it is day 4 of the Visible Image stamps 2018 release previews. How are you all liking the new sets so far? They are really awesome!

There are another 2 amazing sets being previewed on the Visible Image blog today with some superb samples from the design team. The sets are called How Fragile and Maskerade and I'm delighted that my card today made it to the previews.

This card uses only one of these sets: the How Fragile set, and I'm back to my CAS style again today.  This stamp is an INCREDIBLE representation of cracked and broken glass in stamp format. I absolutely LOVE this stamp because of its versatility: it can be used as broken glass, ice, a gun shot, a thrown stone, and arrow (gosh, that's another card right there - an arrow through a glass heart!) and lightening but I bet you can find many other uses for it too!

My interpretation of it is for a broken heart, and I turned that broken heart into an unusual sympathy card.



I used a spellbinders stacking heart die to cut a piece of plain white card, then stamped the image onto it in Memento Tuxedo black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

The heart was then water coloured with red Gansai Tambi watercolours. to create an ombré effect.



Next I glittered some of the shards of the heart with stardust stickles and let those completely dry. Then I added glossy accents to other shards on the heart, making sure that some parts were left free of treatment.

On a piece of red card sized to fit the card blank I used the small broken pieces stamp 4 times, in a diagonal line up from the bottom right corner, rotating the stamp so that the pieces looked random.  I wanted it to appear as though the glass had fallen through to the back layer on the card and were tinkling down. These were inked in black ink and clear embossed then stickles were added before setting it aside to dry.


The red card was adhered to the card blank. The heart was fixed to a white panel with 3d foam, and the white panel was adhered to the red card on the card blank with 3d foam too.

The words were stamped on white card, cut out and added onto the heart. Isn't that font great! I love how it looks like old typewriter keys that have done a double bounce on some letters.

Inside I used two sentiments from the Go To Words set to create a sympathy message.

 

Supplies used

How Fragile - available for pre-order from tomorrow - 12th January.
 

 

Other Supplies: 

Sentiment stamp used inside the card: 
  
https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/go-to-words/

White Card, Red Card, Gansai Tambi Water Colour Paints, Paintbrush, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Stardust Stickles, Glossy Accents, 3d Foam. 

 

Visible Image social media and other links:

 (just click on the words in capital letters):
SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

 

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks #385 - No Winter Blues (no blue colour) with anything goes
AAA Card Challenge 7-20 Jan - Let Today Be The Start of Something New (my new stamp!)
http://aaacards.blogspot.pt/
A Bit More Time To Craft #59 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More! #274 - Clean and Simple
http://addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.pt/
Art Impressions #223 - Anything Goes
As You Like It challenge 4 Jan - Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude January - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #358 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by. I really hope you are as impressed with this stamp and I am and I hope to see you here again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx