Less is More #378 – Sketch #24

Happy Saturday everyone!  Time to announce the next challenge this fortnight at Less is More (LIM) — it’s Sketch #24!  Just a quick reminder… STAMPlorations is our wonderful sponsor this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIRTHDAY GIFT

 

 

As you can see, I saw a gift! 😂  The bow was die cut from a scrap of X-press It cardstock and coloured in with Copic markers B28, B24 and B21.  Clear shimmer was added for some sparkle (wasn’t able to capture it in the photo).

 

 

The gift itself was created by colouring a 2-1/4” x 4” piece of X-press It cardstock with Copic marker B21.  The lines were drawn in with a ruler and a Colorless Blender.  That piece was then cut in half into two 1” x 2-1/4” pieces.  Adhered them to a Whisper White stitched rectangle, then die cut the bow from that.  This step could easily be avoided simply by using pattern paper and then colouring the bow to match. Unfortunately, my pattern paper supply is limited.  Added the panel directly to a white cardbase and inlaid the coloured bow.  Stamped the sentiment on a white strip in blue and foam mount it to finish.

 

 

 

Challenges:
Watercooler Wednesday— #183 Gail’s Masculine Anything Goes
STAMPlorations — Summer CUTplorations Challenge   (Gift Builder #2)
STAMPlorations — Summer CAS Challenge
STAMPlorations — Anything Goes STAMPlorations   (Gift Builder #2)

 

 

For more inspirations from my team, click HERE.  Can’t wait to see your interpretation of the sketch.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS Christmas August Reminder – Tree

Hello and welcome back!  This is the reminder post for CAS Christmas August Tree challenge.  Here’s my card.

 

 

A hill was masked off on the bottom portion of an A2 size piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Stamped the tree layers using the MISTI.  The first three layers were stamped with Volcano Lake, Lagoon and Emerald dye inks.  The fourth layer was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Went back to the first solid stamp and re-stamped over the whole image with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  This served as a ‘mask’ and Tumbled Glass distress ink was then added with a mini blending tool for the background.

 

 

Wiped off excess ink with a paper towel then heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder.  Added snowflakes with a white gel pen, even on the embossed areas.  Die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle, then popped it up with foam tape onto a white cardbase to finish.

 

 

I’ve had this set since it was released two years ago I think(?).  Until now, I’ve only ever used the sentiments in the set.  I have no idea why I waited so long to use this because it’s a great set!  I played around with different colours before settling with my favourite one above, but I didn’t want those experimental pieces to go to waste, so I turned them into cards as well.

 

 

 

Barb of Barb’s Studio Creations is joining us again as our guest.  She and my team created some inspiring cards and you can view them on the challenge blog HERE.  There is one week left to join us.  Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
ABC Christmas— P=Plain, Q=Quote, R=Robins/Rabbits (chose P=Plain)
Watercooler Wednesday— #183 Gail’s Masculine Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers — August Christmas Challenge Anything Goes optional twist Sequins
STAMPlorations — Summer CAS Challenge
STAMPlorations — Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge Stamps and Anything Goes
Addicted to CAS — #142 Masculine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seize the Birthday Anything Goes

Hello there!  I’m here today with my next guest post for Seize the Birthday.  It’s a super easy one with Anything Goes… so no optional topping this fortnight!

 

 

I wanted to use this newly purchased Butterfly Gown stencil… so pretty, don’t you think?  And here is my card.

 

 

The side strip was created with the stencil monoprint technique.  To begin, an A2 size stitched rectangle was die cut from Bristol paper.  Masked the right side, leaving a panel down the left.  Next, applied Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch distress inks directly to the back of a Flourish stencil.  Generously spritz it with water, then flipped it over onto the Bristol panel.  A paper towel was used to absorb excess water, completing the stencil monoprint.

 

 

For the image, Black Soot distress oxide ink (DOx) was pounced through the gown stencil with a mini blending tool, and then heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  Stamped the sentiment with Tumbled Glass distress ink and then adhered the panel to a white card base to finish.

 

 

I had a couple of stencil monoprint pieces from a retreat back in May that I turned into birthday cards for a couple of crafty friends last month.  A really fun easy technique.

 

Supplies: Funky Fossil Floral Beauty stencil, WPlus9 Birthday Wishes stamp set, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch DOx inks

 

Supplies: Tim Holtz Wildflower stencil, Paper Smooches Happy Birthday stamp set, Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron DOx inks

 

That’s all from me for today.  Find more inspirations HERE from the design team at Seize the Birthday.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up — August Challenge Stencil Monoprint (+stamping+stenciling+heat embossing+glitter+masking+diecutting)
Always Happy Birthday — August Challenge Birthday Anything Goes optional Water Theme
STAMPlorations Summer CAS Challenge
STAMPlorations Summer Theme & Sketch Challenge Stamp and Anything Goes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Designer for CAS on Friday Challenge #139 – Butterflies

Hello there!  I am so excited to be guest designing today at CAS on Friday for their challenge #139 Butterflies.  There were so many options, but in the end I used a new die I recently purchased.  And here’s my card.

 

 

I wanted to try the faux stained glass technique and thought this Drifting Side Butterfly die would be perfect for a first attempt.  To start, the solid butterfly was die cut from Bristol paper and the outline butterfly was die cut four times from silver foil paper.  Coloured the solid Bristol butterfly with Zig markers then stacked the silver outline butterflies on top.  Added Crystal Glaze to the individual sections, then set aside to dry.

 

 

For a bit of interest, took a black A2 panel from my stash and scored a grid background with my scoring tool.  Heat embossed the sentiment in silver below the grid.  Attached the panel to a white card base and adhered the butterfly to finish.

 

 

 

That does it for me, but be sure to check out more wonderful inspirations from the design team at CAS on Friday HERE.  Thank you for visiting!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
AAA Cards — #121 Friendship
Addicted to Stamps and More — #304 CAS
Tuesday Throwdown — #404 Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers — August CAS Challenge Die Cuts
STAMPlorations — Summer CAS Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #377 – Pets

Hi everyone!   It’s Saturday and there’s a new challenge at Less is More (LIM)!  Pets is the theme this fortnight.  Our June winner, Hannelie of Desert Diva, is our amazing guest this challenge.  We are also kicking off a new month with our fabulous sponsor – STAMPlorations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PET CHICKS

 

I went the unconventional route after remembering seeing videos of owners walking their chickens on leashes!  Uh… say whaaaaaaaat? 😂  Anyway, here’s my card.

 

 

The chick image was stamped with black Memento ink on X-press It cardstock, coloured with Copics then die cut out with the matching die.  The tag was die cut next from Bristol paper and black cardstock.  On the Bristol tag, blended Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron distress oxide inks with a mini blending tool through a sunburst stencil.  Overlapped the colours for a good blend and also to get the spectrum of rainbow colours.

 

 

Stamped ‘hello’ directly on the tag in black and white heat embossed ‘birthday chick’ on a black strip.  Offset the tags for a shadow effect and added white Baker’s twine.  Mounted the tag with foam tape onto a Whisper White stitched rectangle panel.  Gotta have some sparkle, so added clear shimmer to the background to finish.  In hindsight, I should have used a shimmer spray and spritz right after the ink blending. 😉

 

 

 

Are you ready to play along?  Head over to the LIM blog HERE to see more inspirations from our guest and my team.  Can’t wait to see your CAS pet creations!  Thank you for stopping in.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
AAA Cards — #120 Somewhere Over the Rainbow
CAS on Friday — #138 Tag It!
CASology — Week 309 Sunbeam
Watercooler Wednesday— #182 Kath’s Feminine Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers — August CAS Challenge Die Cuts
STAMPlorations — Summer CAS Challenge
STAMPlorations — Summer TAGplorations Challenge
STAMPlorations — Summer CUTplorations Challenge (Luggage Tags)