Friday, 30 August 2013

One Layer Wednesday - Silhouettes

Happy Friday everyone.  It's nearly the weeeeeekend!

Karen has asked us for a one layer card featuring a silhouette stamp.  I have so many of these, nearly all floral but this time I have used a stamp I've had for ages but never used (Darnell - another NBUS!).

I've used my favourite distress pads again, mustard seed, spiced marmalade (I wonder how that would taste?) and barn door.  The stamp is an old Art Impressions one.
No greeting, not sure what to say really.
Enjoy your weekend.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

One Layer Wednesday

Hello all

If you are in the UK, I hope you enjoyed the extra day's holiday yesterday.  Back to work with a bump now.

I decided to make a last minute card for the OLW challenge, which this week is to use one stamp, one colour and one greeting stamp.  I added some scoring which I hope is acceptable, as the card just needed a little something.

I'm sorry the white card looks rather blue, I really, really need to practise taking pictures of my cards.

I thought I would also show you the card I made for my lovely sister in law, whose birthday was yesterday.

I spent a long time cutting round the chipboard letters and flowers, having stuck patterened paper onto them.  I then glued them onto an aperture and decided to use up the remianing flowers on the insert.  As you can see I forgot about the aperture!  So with about ten minutes to spare before we had to leave for the restaurant, I ripped out the insert, tore off the flowers and added a new insert and glued the flowers in the top LEFT corner this time.
My DH then wrote the card to his sister and forgot about the aperture and put his name in plain sight on the front of the card!  Bless us both.  Dopey as ever.
Ah well, must dash, see ya!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Round and round we go

Hello.  I'm not going mad, in case you were wondering.  It's those ladies over at Less is More, wanting a card with a round and round theme.

So I thought laterally for once and tried to be a bit different. 

I cut a circle with my Cuttlebug with a smaller C plate than usual then finished the bowl with a craft knife.  You may be able to spot the clear thread he is suspended by.  So he does actually spin on the spot, as well as theoretically swim round and round.

It's actually inspired by another crafty project I did this week.  We were recreating a country fair for a holiday club for the elderly that we run at church, with all the typical side shows that they would remember.  We had Hook a Duck, Splat the Rat, Tin Can Alley, Hoop-La and Win a Fish.  This last one is where you have to get a ping pong ball to land (and stay) inside one of the jamjars.  I made goldfish like this one above, added the thread and then suspended them inside a small clear bag, which I blew air into to puff it up.  So it looked like a fish in a bag but without the water.  The ladies loved it and all took one home, promising to look after it carefully :-)

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

One Layer Wednesday


I don't get to play along with this great challenge very often, but this week I wanted to make a special effort to support Susan in her gratitude campaign which I think is a fine idea.

So without further ado, here's my little offering.

I actually made two while I was at it.

I wanted to create the effect of a diecut but in one layer.  It almost worked.

I embossed the die into the card then die cut the same flower from a post-it and used both halves as masks to sponge the colour.  I did actually use a couple of Memento inks that are new, so Darnell, this is my first official NBUS post as well!

I like the technique but need to work on my sandwich as sadly it tore the card in a couple of places.  Never mind, you get the idea.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Colour challenge

Happy Tuesday to you all.

I'm feeling very brave today.  I caught a large frog in a box and took it to the lake, to prevent my two cats pursuing it round the garden.  It was squeaking like a guinea pig, which is quite distressing to hear.  The cats don't actually work as a team, for which I'm glad, otherwise we'd have even more half dead wildlife in the kitchen than we currently do.  Butterflies are their latest craze, straight from the buddhlia into the house.

Anyway, you didn't come here to hear about that, you want to see a card.  I hope you won't be disappointed having made you wait for a whole paragraph.

This week's Less is More challenge is a colour inspiration, some lovely autumny colours.

thankful tones
So here's my little offering, inspired by Lisa Addesa's many creations, but this one in particular.  Lisa is such an inspired talented lady with so many new ideas, I have to check her blog every day, just in case I miss another gem.
I still love this Memory Box tree die.  Cut in white, coloured with markers, then layered with about four more white trees for depth, then coloured the sides of the layers with the markers.  If it sounds like going at it the long way round, you're right.  Next time I'll cut the underlayers in the brown and just do the top layer in white and colour the sections.  But hey why do something the easy way when you can make life hard for yourself.
I spent ages matching my pens to the colours in the picture, then my camera decided it knew best and made them all look slightly different.
My crafty friend Jennie is coming round tonight to plan a card project for my craft group in a coupleof weeks.  Should be fun.
Have a great week.  Bye.