Saturday, 17 February 2018

New Challenge at Less Is More!

Hi friends!

We have a new challenge for you at Less Is More! We continue with our birthday festivities and have some of our alumni DT members creating with us and we also have prizes for you to win... Don't miss any of the fun, the amazing amount of inspiration and prize details, click HERE. Our challenge topic is a fun, but possibly a challenging one:

Dry embossing is something that is maybe not easy to incorporate to CAS designs but that's why we love challenges... They challenge us! :) Let's see what I came up with.

Card 1 Feathers (above)

I've used dry embossing in two ways here: 

*I've dry embossed the whole background using a very subtle embossing folder, something that's very suitable for CAS backgrounds.

*The feathers are cut from previously dry embossed card. The feather die was a freebie with a crafting magazine some years ago and I still use it -it actually does some embossing in itself too!

A very simple layout with these feathers + a bit of wash tape and sequins to embellish the card. The Finnish sentiment means "for you". It's a rubber stamp and just impossible to stamp straight, I tell you!!!! I start to think the whole sentiment is somehow "crooked" on the rubber itself! I think this was the first and last time this stamp came out to play...

With this card I'd like to play along at:

Card 2 Flowers (below)

In the detail photo you can see how I've used dry embossing here -just on 1/3 of the card making sure there's lots of white space left. This design is quite detailed but I'm hoping to get away with it, to me it is CAS enough! :) The stamped, Copic colored and die cut flowers come from Poppy Stamps and my currently favorite decorative edge die comes from Lil'Inker.

With this card I'd like to enter:

Friday, 16 February 2018

Guest Designing at Addicted to CAS!

Hi guys!
Today (or tonight if you are on my time zone!) I have the great pleasure to be joining Addicted to CAS as a guest designer for their new challenge:

Thank you Barb for inviting me!

I've interpreted the code word with two ways:
a) using leopard print patterned paper
b) Thesaurus tells me words related to cat are for example "admirer" so I made the card for someone worth admiring -this could go to any of my beautiful, lovely friends! 

The sentiment stamps come from MFT and the brilliant curve die is from Lil'inker. Love this die! I bought it last summer but haven't really used it -recently I've made this + one other card with the die (in my blog tomorrow...) and now I feel like using it in all my cards! I just love this fun way to add some pattern and detail to your CAS design! Some sequins finish off this very simple card. 

I'd like to enter:
(my snippets are the strip of black card + the leopard print paper is a leftover from a large 12 x 12 sheet from my scrapbooking times years and years ago!)

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Add a Die Cut

I hope to see you playing along at Addicted to CAS and thanks again Barb for inviting me to join as a guest designer! 

Saturday, 10 February 2018

New Challenge at Inkspirational!

Hi friends!
We have a new challenge for you at Inkspirational

Our guest designer this time is Jen from The Other Fickle Pixie. Her blog is truly fun, do pay her a visit if you haven't already! As always our regular DT members have also made amazing samples for you. Don't miss any of the fun all challenge details, click HERE!

In my card I've used a flower stamp and die + frame/aperture die from Paper Smooches and sentiment stamp by Verve stamps. The frame/aperture die is quite fun -you can use just the frame as it is or re-attach the rectangle it cuts out. I used just the frame now to show the opening witch is my aperture for the challenge. :) The frame is cut from watercolor card I had "colored" with Brushos. The flowers are colored in with Copics. To be honest this is my third attempt with this card -my first one had blue card base, orange rectangle in the opening + white frame... This made my eyes hurt. :) I then moved into white card base, blue rectangle + orange frame... My eyes hurt a bit less... But then I ended up even removing the blue rectangle. I think this is colorful enough as it is now! :) Or should I have saved the blue rectangle... Hmmm... Hmmm.... Too late! 

I hope to see you joining us! Happy crafting! 

I'd like to join:

Thursday, 8 February 2018

TIME OUT Challenges Reminder!

Hi friends!
I'm here to remind you of our current challenge at TIME OUT. The challenge is still running for about a week. We are inspired by this gorgeous Home Sweet Home photo:

STAMPlorations sponsors this challenge and I had the fun opportunity to play with STAMPlorations products in my card! I'm using Clustered Heart DiesFond Expressions Stamps and Plaid Maker Stencil. I think the way I was inspired by the photo is pretty obvious: I went with the colors, hearts, love-theme and even the stripes. 

Our DT members and talented guest designer Trina have made fabulous samples for you, don't miss any of them! If you are new to Trina's blog you are in for a treat -she has the most unique CAS style, often with stunning coloring and always with great ideas in her cards!

Now it's your turn to take TIME OUT and craft! I hope to see you playing along. 

I'd like to join:

Saturday, 3 February 2018

New Challenge at Less Is More!

HI friends!
It's February which means Birthday Celebrations at Less Is More! That's right, Less Is More celebrates it's 7th Anniversary, woot woot! We have 2 sponsors this month, one for each birthday challenge. Along with sponsor prizes there will be surprise prizes too so do play along for a change to win! All the details are in our challenge blog HERE. This current challenge is sponsored by Uniko and Uniko owner and designer Bev is joining us as guest designer. And guess what... In addition to that, previous LIM DT members are joining us too! So there's lots and lots and lots of inspiration in the challenge blog. Welcome back Chrissie, Esther, Jen and Sarah G

Now let's get onto our theme, "Music", and my DT cards.

Card 1 You Rock

This simple card was made to encourage a friend facing challenging, exciting work stuff this week! I was inspired by both the colors and photo in the current Calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge. The large Rock-word is by CASual Fridays and to maintain a lot of white space I chose a very small You-word from MFT. I added extra interest with markers and white gel pen and also did some stenciling to spice the card up! This is a masculine card (the recipient is masculine enough to take the floral word!) so no bling or sparkle or other embellies this time. I did splattering with blue perfect pearls mixed with water though so there is some moderate shine! 

I'd also like to enter:

(all "rock stars" are to swoon over, the real big ones and the more "mortal" ones too!) 

Card 2 Merry Christmas

In this card I used designer paper that has a Christmas carol sheet music and lyrics printed on it. I've used my favorite snowflake die (Joy crafts) and added score lines for extra interest. The sentiment is heat embossed with white. I think the layout is pretty much an old Lim sketch and also Nonni + square piece of card + Joycrafts snowflake is not a new idea either but oh well... You can repeat nice ideass, can't you?!? At least this time the snowflake is not in the middle of the square like before! :)

After taking the photo and looking at it from my laptop screen I started staring that something in the sheet music looks a bit off to me... Why is this melody written in such weird way... And then I took the card in my hand and the thing is I've glued the paper upside down!! So the lyrics and everything is upside down!!! I think I have to send this to someone who doesn't pay much attention to detail!!! This is extra hilarious because I'm a musician and read sheet music every day -now we know I can't do it when I don't get paid! ;) 

With this card I'd like to join:

(snowflakes are pretty chilled, aren't they!)

Thanks for popping by and I hope to see you playing along at Less Is More!

Saturday, 27 January 2018

New Challenge at Inkspirational!

Hi guys!
We have a new challenge for you at Inkspirational:

I was a bit lost what to do with this word prompt... So in the end I just decided to attach as many things on top of each other I could think of. :) I love making cards with tags and found the perfect sketch for inspiration from Fusion Card Challenges. I cut my die cuts and vellum strip from snippets so I can play along at Pixie's Snippets Playground weeks 317 & 318 too. The tag coloration is created with Brushos and water and I love the ombre looked I achieved. I'm naturally then playing along at Addicted to CAS: Ombre and I think my colors are pretty cold so I'm playing along at AAA Cards: Chilled too! 

I hope to see you playing along at Inkspirational! Don't miss any of the other DT cards and challenge details, click HERE

Thursday, 25 January 2018

TIME OUT Challenges Reminder!

HI guys!
Here's my reminder card for the current Inspired by Words challenge at TIME OUT:

You could be inspired of the whole sentiment or just choose some words or even one word. I'm sort of inspired by the whole sentiment and also including the word "day". :)

I white heat embossed a magazine freebie flower stamp and water colored it with distress inks. I wet the surface that I wanted to water color and then just dropped ink there for a quite messy look. I coated the whole coloring with two shades of gold from Gansai Tambi Starry Colors and I'm very pleased with the flower -I can maybe try to take better photos in the natural light today. However, I did go overly crazy with the splatters and I don't love the card... But it was very fun to make. 

I hope to see you joining us! Our guest designer this time is Michele, one of my favorite bloggers! She is so talented and makes amazing cards. We also have a new sponsor, Birch Press Designs -click HERE for all the information, take TIME OUT and craft! :)