Saturday, August 27, 2011

Less is More -Week 30 -Recipe

Well I could hardly believe that as I typed in the heading for this week's challenge blog over at Less is More that it's been 30 weeks since the two lovely lady Limettes, Mandi and Chrissie started this challenge. It's changed my crafting life. No more piling on embellishments or tons of ribbon  for me. I'm a CAS crafter now! So thank you both.
Anyway back to this week. It's 'Take 3 Challenges' and combine them so mine is
Week 8 - Sketch
Week 9 - A Touch of Red (I missed out on this one because I was house sitting for my daughter)
Week 14 - White on White (This has to be my favourite challenge. I love single colour cards)
OOPS!Should be
Week 29 - Colours of my flag - Flag of St George - red and white. (See note at end of post)
Card is a 5inch square (no change there then) in white Centura pearl with a ribbon cut in the same card using Martha Stewart punch, Then a red flower which is eight layers of die cut handmade paper scrunched up and secured with a black brad. I also punched out 2 layers of black paper for the spikey bit in the middle. Sentiment is a black peel off (yes we've all got peel offs though won't always admit to it will we?)
Now DH has finally stopped snoring and making moves to get showered and dressed so it's off to a car boot to see if there are any bargains to be snapped up! But I'll be back, I'm loving this week.

NB. Just got back with my bargains and read Chrissie and Mandi's comments. Yes I was pushing it a bit with white on white. So it's colours of the flag of St George from week 29. That's me on the naughty step then!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Less is More 'Things that Move'

Second attempt for Less is More this week - need to make up for not entering much over the last few weeks!
Base card is a 5inch blue square card. Bird cage and stand were cut on my Cricut (in silver card) and the bird was a Sizzlit diecut. I 'wound' the punched out tiny flowers and leaves around the stand for a bit of extra colour. Sentiment is a white rub on. Hope to get the chance to visit other blogs tomorrow.

Close up of bird,cage, stand and tiny flowers.

Less is More - 'Things that Move'

At last I'm able to make a card and blog again - seems ages since I had the time to do either - with holidays and visitors and wedding things to sort out, all getting in the way! Well holidays are over , my last visitor is here (my son has come over from Spain ) and Libbie's beautiful wedding dress is hanging in the spare bedroom. The men have been measured and wedding suits are sorted. So it's ME time!
This week's card theme is 'Things that move' over at Less is More.
A few weeks ago I had a phase of making flowers using the 'Paper Bouquet' book by Susan Tierney Cockburn - it's brilliant! This is my attempt at a clematis. (We've got several clematis growing on the back wall of the house and I've planted one growing up each of the trees in the garden too. They add a lovely bit of colour when the blossom has finished.) All the flowers in the book are made using punches. The cutouts are coloured and moulded into shape and the effect is quite realistic.
So this one was lightly coloured with Promarkers, sprayed with a Cosmic Shimmer Mist and then left to dry. The leaves were just tinted on the edges. Centre is made by cutting the petals of the punch outs into tiny strips and, again, coloured  with Promarkers. The dragonfly ('thing that moves') is a brad I've had for ages - not sure where it came from.
Base card is a very pale peach colour , which doesn't really show up on the photo. I'm going to have to get my son to show me with his brilliant photo skills how to take better pics while he's here!
Thanks to Mandi for emailing last week to say that I could use ink pads but even though I tried lots of times times I couldn't make a card I was really happy with, as my waste bin would testify!
And now I can post this . We've had an i/net and telephone problem for the last two days and I feel like I've been cut off from the world but now we're back on!!!!WooHoo!
Close up of clematis and dragonfly.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Less is More

Sandra (my sister) is over here from France and we've had a crafty afternoon!
These two cards are a joint effort. I got as far as putting the white ribbon on and then tried several flowers /buttons and none of them looked right. "Why not try a butterfly!" said San. And yup ............. it looked perfick!

Close up of the butterfly
Base card is embossed dotty red 5inch square. White narrow ribbon and a two layer butterfly  - top layer patterned vellum and bottom layer white card. 5 white pearls finished it off  Will put a sentiment on later when I can decide what it should be.
The second card we did was one that I'd already started on Saturday morning but, once again,after putting on the ribbon I couldn't think what to do next. San came up with the idea of a button and flower. What a great team we make eh?
So once again the base card is a 5inch square. Red ribbon was randomly pleated and the white flower (one of a pack from Poundland!) had a white button that San coloured with Promarker (crimson). A small piece of white ribbon finished this one off.

Now a question for all you 'techie' LIMETTES. How do I get a link into the text on my blog? Any help (in very simple terms)would be very much appreciated. I only know how to put the link to The Less is More site like this and what I would like to do is to put the words Less is More in the text so that it links straight back to the site.
We've just had a light bulb moment and found out how to do it!!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Less is More - week 27 - colours of your nation's flag

Wow! There are going to be some really bright cards this week over at Less is More. This week it's 'COLOURS of YOUR NATION'S FLAG!'
So I'm English and here are colours of the St. George's flag. A very quick entry this morning because I'm supposed to be getting ready to go down to Somerset for my great nephew's 1st birthday party!
Base is my usual 5inch white square card with a computer generated sentiment made in Publisher. The three roses are Marianne's Chinese roses with a Marianne swirly leaf die. For a bit of sparkle I added tiny gems to the centre of the roses. Actually that's not quite true! One of the roses 'unravelled' a bit too much while I wasn't looking and as it looked a bit odd with an open centre I stuck the gem in to disguise it!!!!! The roses and swirly leaf are cut from handmade red paper I've had for years.I think I got it in a Hobbycraft's  sale.

Photos aren't brilliant today - think it must be the poor light - it's a bit a bit overcast this morning. Hope it brightens up for the BBQ party this afternoon.
Right now I must go and shower and then get into my birthday suit - NO NO not the pink fleshy one for those of you having naughty thoughts!!!
I may be back later this week with another now that my mojo has come back from his holidays - I've got ideas buzzing round in my head and not enough time to do them all.