22 Apr 2017

Less is More # 325 - Stripe

Hello there! It's so lovely of you to pop by. 
Are you ready for another Less is More challenge? We have a fun recipe this week with scope for lots of creativity.

As usual the rest of the design team have some incredible cards to share with you over at the challenge blog (and usually a few more on their personal blogs too) so please pop over to see them.

We also have another fab guest designer joining us - TaeEun. Her card is gorgeous so I hope you pop over to see her too.

I've had a really busy week last week so I only have 2 cards to share with you this time.


1) Jasmine texting

I think this is a brilliant image for all teenage girls. I can see I will use it a lot with my granddaughter and step-granddaughters! I managed to get stripes in on her skirt and a couple around 2 edges of the card blank for good measure.

STAMPS: Lili of the Valley Jasmine-Phone, Happy Little Stampers Mix Mash sentiments
INKS: Archival black, an ages old Papermania red ink
OTHER: White card, Watercolour paper, watercolour pencils, tiny gem, striped washi tape, red pen (for the dots)

This one is for the following challenges (in alphabetical order):

Addicted To Stamps #146 - Not a square card
Crafting When We Can #142 - One for the girls
Dream Valley Challenge #154 - All about the hair
Lemon Shortbread #39 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Splash it on (Watercoloured the image)
The Crafty Addicts Challenge #35 - Anything Goes with optional add a sentiment
Through The Craftroom Door - Week of April 19 - Anything Goes


2) Quickie Stripe Card

Here's one of my 5 minute cards and it is a fantastic one for using up those little scraps of paper. The strips were stuck onto a thin piece of paper and that was stuck directly onto the card blank. So it's a really flat card for posting too.

That's what I, few supplies and inexpensive to post!

STAMPS: Hero Arts - Irreverent birthday messages
OTHER: White card blank and scraps of card in white, black, lilac, pale blue and pastel green, small piece from a double sided adhesive sheet, black ink.

I'm entering this one into
Cards in Envy - Pretty Pastels
Ooh La La Creations #226 - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #339 - Anything Goes
Well, that's it from me this week. Thank you so much for stopping by.
Hope you find the time to join us in this fun challenge this week!! Can't wait to see what you do with the recipe.

Sharon xx

15 Apr 2017

Less is More # 324 - Spring Walk

Happy Easter!
It's so lovely to see you today.

Are you enjoying the spring break? I do hope the weather is being kind to you.
Hopefully you are all cramming in lots of crafting time over Easter and maybe you will have time to join us in the next fun Less is More challenge?

This week our lovely guest designer is the talented Wendy from Pink and Dotty blog. Please pop over to her blog as she has made a beautiful card for this challenge inspiration. Also there is some fab inspiration on the challenge blog from the rest of the design team for you to look at.

I have 3 cards to share again today,
(even though I have had a very, very hectic week I managed a bit of crafting time for these).

So let's take a look.

1) Spring butterfly

One of the things that comes to mind when I hear or see the words 'Spring Walk' is, from the perspective of when I lived in the UK, a vision of fresh green leaves and buds. This vision is now coupled with lots of fancy butterflies that I see here in the Algarve. So I joined the two visions into this card.
A quick and simple card with stencilling, a die cut butterfly and heat embossed vellum.

STAMPS: Concord & 9th Butterfly Beauty Stamp Set
STENCIL: Imagination Crafts leaf swirl
DISTRESS INKS: twisted citron, mowed lawn, scattered straw
OTHER INKS: Marvy Blending Blox shades of orange, versamark clear
OTHER: WOW! Opaque bright white embossing powder, scrap of vellum, smooth card

The Crafty Addict #35 - Anything goes /  Add a sentiment
Crafty Creations #339 - Anything Goes
Inkspirational #132 - Spring


2) Spring Flowers

Another thing I think about for spring walks are the spring flowers and blossoms, so these little images of a Nellie enjoying flowers came to mind.

STAMPS: Lili of the Valley elephant trio,
DIES: Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz Alterations celebration words script
EMBOSSING FOLDER: Sizzix - sorry it has no name on it!
DISTRESS MARKERS: Spun sugar, tumbled glass, mustard seed, hickory smoke, cracked pistachio, mowed lawn, lucky clover
OTHER: White card, blue card, water brush, 3d foam pads

I'm entering this into
Crafty Gals Corner #118 - Pastels
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Stamp It
Addicted to stamps and More! #237 - Make Your Mark

3) More spring flowers

Here is another card using the same stamps. I wanted to create a cartoon feel on this one so I coloured with Promarkers in block colour without any shading. I also wanted glossy tiles and a bit of bling so I encapsulated some glitter into the clear embossing.

STAMPS: Lili of the Valley elephant trio, Sweet Dixie big sentiments
INKS: Versamark clear, Memento Onyx Black
COLOUR: Promarkers, picket fence Distress Marker (the spots on the pink card
OTHER: Linen card, pink card, quickie glue pen, crystal glamour dust, clear embossing powder, ClarityStamps dots stencil, ribbon, 3d foam pads

This one is for
I Love Promarkers Challenge #332 - Embossing
Crafty Girls Creations #35 - Anything goes
Always fun Challenge #1 - Anything goes


Right, that's it from me. I'm off to make the most of the weekend in my craft room now ;-)

Hope you do join us this week.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Sharon xx

8 Apr 2017

Less is More #323 - OLC Curve

Well, hello there! Lovely to see you!

Are you ready for a one layer challenge? I am beginning to really look forward to one layer week at Less is More now. Hope you are too.  The rest of the design team have heaps of inspiration for you so please do pop along and take a look at their cards. This week we have the lovely Dawn from Auroracrafts joining us as guest designer and she has made such a pretty card so please head over to her blog to take a look and leave her some love.

I have 3 ideas to share with you today for incorporating a curve into your OLCs.

1) Cut a curve in the front of the card.

I've had this Lili of the Valley image for ages and I use it a lot in my cards for little boys. I thought I would give this one an outing as Lili of the Valley are sponsoring us this month and the curve on the image sparked the idea to cut a curve in the front of the card. As it is spring I've added a few spring flowers in the grass and some blossom on the tree with liquid pearls for interest.

 Unfortunately, photographing the card from this next angle made the liquid pearls look fuzzy!

STAMPS: Lili of the Valley lazy afternoon, WOW! Just sayin' stampset41
INKS: Memento onyx black
OTHER: White linen card, pale green card, colouring pencils liquid pearls, dinner plate (used as a template to get the curve shape)

I'd like to enter this one in at:
Ike's World Challenges #85 - Anything goes with a twist of In The Garden
The Crazy Challenge #245 - Bingo - I used green &  brown with grey on the paper.
Crafty Cardmakers #185 - Spring into spring

2) Curve the sentiment (and highlight it!)

This is one of my quickie cards to make and it uses very little supplies too!

I simply curved part of the sentiment on an acrylic block and stamped it onto kraft card. Then, instead of adding a shadow to the letters I used a white pencil to add highlights instead. Finished with a simple white pencil line border.

STAMPS: Happy Little Stampers - bold birthday sentiments
INK: Versafine vintage sepia
OTHER: China White pencil, Ruler and kraft card.

I'm popping this one in at:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Happy Birthday (CONGRATULAYIONS ON YOUR 8th BIRTHDAY SSSWC!)

3) Stamp images in a curve

Here I have taken one of the smaller butterflies in the stamp set and stamped it multiple times in curves in different colours. Ha! now I have looked at this again I could have made a rainbow with this stamp!!

STAMPS: Concord & 9th - butterfly beauty stamp set (I'm LOVING this stamp set!!)
DISTRESS INKS: seedless preserves, dusty concord, wilted violet, shaded lilac, milled lavender.
OTHER: smooth white card.
This one is for:
The Card Concept #70 - Purple Haze
Inky Chicks #81 - Use Purple
I really hope you have time to join us this week as it would be super to see how you interpret the curve theme.
Thanks so much for popping by.
Sharon xx

1 Apr 2017

Less is More #322 - use 3 pastels

Hello friends! Here's hoping today finds you all happy and well and raring to go with the next Less is More Challenge.  It's week one of the month (crikey - that's another month flown by!) so that means it is colour week and we have a new sponsor for the month.


Once again I have 3 cards to share.

1) Happy Flowers

I've seen several cards like this around blogland, Pinterest and Instagram so I thought I'd get some old peg stamps out and try the technique in pastel shades of yellow, pink and sage green. It was great to see how fast this one came together. Think I'll make a few cards like this in different colour ways to keep in my stash.

STAMPS:Habico Tropical flowers peg stamps, Birthday sentiment from Hero Arts Irreverant birthday messages.
INKS: VersaColor in pink and sage and a Marvy blending blox for the lemon.
OTHER: White Linen card, 3d foam pads, letters cut on ScanNcut.  I cut 4 of each letter and layered them up stamping on the top letter only.

This card is for:
Crafty Cardmakers #185 - Spring into Spring
Incy Wincy Designs - Happy Birthday

2) Pastel Butterfly

This card uses smudged distress crayons.

My camera decided that it didn't really want to pick up the white embossing on this card which is a shame because it looks lovely in real life. I will really have to take some photography lessons, won't I?

STAMPS: Concord & 9th Butterfly Beauty
DISTRESS CRAYONS: Spun sugar, squeezed lemonade, tumbled glass
DIES: Dienamics Inside out stitch rectangles stax.
OTHER: Versamark clear ink, Personal Impressions opaque white embossing powder, smooth white card, 3d foam pads.

With that one I'm heading over to:
Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - Things with wings
Make My Monday #42 - White embossing
Crafty Creations #338 - Anything Goes

3) Baby Balloon Basket with Blanket and Bows!

Phew! There are loads of "B's" there for one of the challenges that I'm entering this into.

Here I've used a beautiful image from our sponsor this month simply coloured with colouring pencils. I love using colouring pencils because they give so much texture on linen card or paper (as you can see on this card) and they are very cheap to buy and replace!!

These are three colours I would never normally put together, but they work so well for a gender neutral baby card - a great one to have in your stash.

STAMP: Lili of the Valley Balloon Basket
OTHER: Linen card, colouring pencils, quickie glue pen, crystal glamour dust ( added on the border on the card blank for a splash of sparkle), 3d Foam Pads.

I'm popping this card in at:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends Challenge - B is for.........(on my card B  is for BALLOONS, BASKET, BLANKET, BOWS and BABY!!
As You Like It - Favourite colouring medium (and why)


Please click on THIS LINK to see some amazing inspiration from the LIM design team

It was so lovely to see you here today. I hope you found something you liked and would love to see you entering the challenge this week.


25 Mar 2017

Less is More # 321 - Use a frame

Well hello there!  Are you well?

Are you ready for another Less is More Challenge?  It's recipe week this week and our recipe is sure to get your creative juices going.

I'm back to 3 cards to share this week.

We have another amazing guest designer with us this week - it is Nonnie from Nonni's Handmade Cards. She has made a beautiful card so please pop over to her blog to leave some love for her.

The rest of the LIM DT have made some beauties too so please visit them and the challenge blog for lots of inspiration.

1) Relax!

I am a complete terror with my family because I have such a warped sense of humour. I just cannot resist a cheeky sentiment so when I spotted set that this sentiment came from I just HAD to have it. This is a tame sentiment but I can guarantee I will have years of fun with the rest of those stamps ;-)

STAMPS:Hero Arts Irreverent birthday messages
DISTRESS INKS: Peacock feathers, shaded lilac - my favourites!
DIES: MFT Inside out stitch rectangles, Sizzix Thinlets (Tim Holtz) Mix Media Halloween
OTHER: Linen card, matt black card, 3d foam pads, Versamark clear ink, WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder

With this one I'm heading over to:
Addicted to stamps and more! #234 - Clean and Simple
Fairy Tale Challenge #164 - Favourite colour combo - anyone that knows me knows I adore those two background colours together
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Use more than one die or punch - 3 dies used

2) Metal frame

I have had some of these vintage metal frames in my crafty stash since practically the dawn of time! So it was great to get one out and actually use it.

STAMPS: Anna Griffin swirl, Cadence lace flower and WOW! Just sayin' sentiment.
DISTRESS INKS: Brushed corduroy, vintage photo
OTHER INKS: Versafine vintage sepia, Versacolour ultimate pigment ink in white
OTHER: Docrafts Chronology frame, White pearls, White linen card Kraft card, 3d foam pads, small piece of smooshed card

I'd like to pop this one in at Create and Makes #9 - Vintage

3) Mix Media card

I fancied doing a 'mixed media look' card for this challenge. This one does have a few more layers and embellishments than usual but as they are contained in one corner it helps to keep that CAS look.  I'm really pleased that for once my camera picked up all the lovely sparkle and shine from the dimension paste and glitter.

LEAF STAMPS & DIE: Altenew Majestic Bloom (leaves only)
DISTRESS INKS: Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold
STENCIL: Clarity Stamp
OTHER: Cotton, Sweet Poppy Pearlescent dimension past (also sprinkled with glamour dust), Pearls, Frames cut on ScanNCut.

This one is for
Tuesday Throwdown TT335 - Use Dimension
The Crafty Addicts #34 - Anything goes CAS

I do hope you get the time to join in with us this week and I can't wait to see what inspirational cards you all make.

Sharon xx

18 Mar 2017

Less is More # 320 - Washi Tape

Hi there,

I've got a really short post for you today as I have a house full of guests who came over to celebrate St Patrick's day over here. That means crafting time has been at a premium so just the one card from me today.

We're onto the March theme week at Less is More and we want to see you use some washi tape on your creations.  I had high hopes of making my own washi tape for this challenge but that just wasn't to be this time around.

This card was made by adding washi tape to the outside edges of the card blank. Then the same washi tape was added to some card and the sentiment was die cut. It was finished by inking the spoldges through a stencil, stamping the remaining part of the sentiment and doodling a border on the raised panel.

DIE: Altenew Halftone Hello
STAMP: Altenew Halftone Hello
STENCIL: ARTplorations art splatter stencil
INKS: Distress Ink Peacock Feathers
OTHER: White Linen Card, black card, 3d foam tape, peacock feathers distress marker, corner rounder punch

I'd like to pop this one in at:
Creative Moments #113 - Anything goes with a twist of winter blies
Cards In Envy - Keep it Simple

Please hop over to the Less is More challenge blog as my fellow teammates have created some beautiful cards for this challenge and I bet that most of them will have more inspiration on their personal blogs too.

It was lovely to see you here today and I do hope you get a chance to join in with us this week.

See you soon

Sharon xx

11 Mar 2017

Less is More #319 - OLC Leaves

Well hello there!
 Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm here to share the next Less is More challenge today and .....
.....YAY!!! it is the dreaded one layer week. Not so dreaded any more because you all rock those weeks!

My fellow teamies have some amazing cards on the challenge blog today, and no doubt a few of them will have some additional inspiration on their personal blogs too so I do urge you to visit them.

Anyway, this week we want to see One Layer CAS Cards with a theme of leaves.

I have 3 cards to share:

1) Awesome Birthday

I wanted to do something a little dramatic from the colour perspective with, hopefully, some impact. So using my favourite techniques for one layer cards I did some masking, heat embossing and sponging and I came up with this card. I adore just how black that black soot marker is! 
Did you spot my usual boo-boo? Yes, I got a tiny smudge of the green ink on the inside of the card and had to make a 'feature' of it by inking a band all round the inside again. Note to self - put a large piece of paper inside the card when sponging in future.
STAMPS: Clarity Stamps leaves and Happy Little Stampers everyday sentiments
DISTRESS INKS: twisted citron, mustard seeds, hickory smoke 
OTHER: Detail Silver embossing powder, versamark clear ink,masking tape (to create the band), black soot distress marker (I love how this gives a 'true' black colour!), white linen card
I'd like to pop this in at
Stampin' Royalty #364 - Favourite Technique
The Crafty Addicts #34 - Clean and Simple
Cardz 4 Guys #160 - Clean and Simple (CAS)


2) Birthday greenery

Sticking with the green theme, this time using 2nd and 3rd generation stamping with a bit of dimension paste for the sentiment.

STAMPS: Lavinia stamps Vine
STENCIL: Sweet Poppy Happy Birthday
INKS: Adirondack in Juniper and Meadow
OTHER: Sweet Poppy Silver dimension paste, stardust stickles, square super smooth white card blank

This card is for:
Creative Knockouts #184 - Lots of Green
Cards In Envy - Keep it Simple
Crafty Cardmakers #183 - Go Green

3) Pink Leaves

So, here I am pushing the boundaries again. Who says that leaves can't be white against a pink background? This card uses the emboss resist technique on the leaves and a tiny mask over the sentiment when sponging. I'm a bit disappointed that the pink pearls I added look so much darker in the photograph than they are in real life. Hey Ho! need to improve those photography skills - I'll add it to my ever growing 'to-do' list ;-)

STAMPS: Penny Black Trims, Happy Little Stampers Mix Mash set (sentiment)
INKS: Versamark Clear, Distress Ink Spun Sugar
EMBOSSING POWDER: Stampendous clear and detail gold
OTHER: seed beads, linen card, post-it for masking

With this card I'm heading over to:
CAS(E) this sketch #212 - I mirror imaged the sketch


I do hope you find time to join us this week and thank you so much for stopping by today.

Sharon xx

4 Mar 2017

Less is More # 318 - Mainly Teal

Well hello! How wonderful to see you. Hope you are well and enjoying your weekend. Did you join in the birthday month celebrations with us at Less is More? If you did, stay tuned to the challenge blog because a little birdie told me that the winners will be announced in a few days time!

So, welcome to the beautiful month of March! Our first challenge at LIM is the good old colour challenge

and as it is a new month we have a new sponsor
AND we also are joined by Elaine from Crafteplace who is our guest designer this week. Do pop over to see her as she is a talented lady and you will not be disappointed with her cards, and remember to leave her some <3 too. She has made a beautiful card for us.
I have 2 cards to share today.

1) Special Friend

I made an octagon card a few weeks ago when I was guest designer for AAA cards (here's the LINK). I really loved the way that shaped card looked so I have made another one today and swapped the focal point over to the other side.

STAMPS: Chocolate Baroque Woodland Dreams
DISTRESS STAINS: peacock feathers, wilted violet, mowed lawn
OTHER: WOW! bright opaque white embossing powder, Versamark clear ink, Tattered Angels glimmer mist in marshmallow, tiny gems, watercolour paper, linen card

With this card I'd like to head over to the following challenges:
Cards Und More #179 - Friendship
Case this sketch #211

Time Out challenge #78 - Love and friendship (optional to spotlight stamp - but I passed on that) It's their 3rd birthday - happy birthday ladies and may there be many more!


2) Teal Thanks

Here I've stamped onto the card blank to add interest around the edge of the card.

I made this before I started the Daily Marker 30 day colouring challenge - I think perhaps my colouring may have improved a lot in only 3 days! My colouring challenge efforts can be see on my Instagram or pintrest accounts (links in the sidebar)

STAMPS: Papermania Everyday Assortment mini stamps PMA907003
INKS: Adirondack stream
OTHER: Peacock feathers distress marker, Spectrum Noir pencil 062, teal and white card, 3dfoam tape, pearl brad.

I'd like to enter this in at
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Little Red Wagon # 383 - March Birthstone (Aquamarine)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Tags

Well, thank you so much for popping over here today, I enjoyed your visit! Don't forget to head over to the challenge blog to see what my other team mates have been up to by clicking HERE.

Hope to see you again real soon! Take care and have a wonderful week.
Sharon xx

1 Mar 2017

Day 1 of the 30 day colouring challenge

Hello there! How are you today?

I'm into a bit of self improvement at the moment so I decided to plunge in and try to participate in......

Personally, the main aim in joining the challenge is to get those long forgotten colouring mediums out of those drawers and cupboards and, well.... just have a bash at using them - and see if I can make them sparkle instead of just gathering dust.

I've seen this event happening many times but I just haven't had time to commit to it until now. I'm not saying I'll be able to do some colouring every single day, but I will give it a good try.  I won't necessarily blog my results every day either - I'll probably stick to Instagram.

Anyhoo, as a result of the inspiration from day 1 of the challenge this is the card I made.

In today's video Kathy did some colouring in with sharpie markers and I was amazed to see how good they looked.  That was enough inspiration for me to give it a try, so I rummaged around and spotted a pack of Steadler fine line markers that I actually bought to see if I could do coloured Zentangle. Ha! That NEVER happened.

Normally I would not consider using pens like these to shade and colour, but I tried them out and set about colouring.
Now, I'm not sure how often I will use this medium because to be honest it took me an age to colour the large rose. But I had fun!

STAMPS: ClarityStamps rose and leaf, Waltzing Mouse sentiment
OTHER: Stamping card, Steadler pens, Pan Pastel in orange tint, Versamark clear ink, Stampendous detail gold embossing powder, 3d foam pads.

While I'm here I'd like to also pop this card in at
CAS colours and Sketches #212 as I used this sketch as a basis (I did a horizontal flip on the sketch)


Thanks so much for your visit! I do hope to see you again soon
Sharon xx

25 Feb 2017

Less is More #317 - Sketch 19

Hello there! It's great to see you here again. Thank you so much for popping by.Well, it's that time of the week again.... time time to share with you my DT makes for the next challenge over at the Less is More challenge blog.

I have 3 cards to share today.

It is also the last week of our '6th birthday month' so we have another sponsor in:
and the incredibly talented Bev has joined us as a guest designer. What a beauty of a card she made. Do please pop over to her blog to leave some warm and fuzzy commenting love for her. I'm sure the rest of the LIM DT would also appreciate a visit from you too - we all love to see what you say about our makes.

Anyway, the challenge this time is:


1) True to the sketch

This first card is absolutely true to the layout of the sketch. Clean lines and citrus colours - just stamping and fussy cutting and a die cut circle. A great 5 minute card to make.

STAMPS: Unico - flower power 1
DISTRESS INKS: Twisted Citron, mowed lawn, fossilised amber
OTHER: white linen card, String that I dyed green, gold gem.

I'd like to pop this one in at
Crafty Sentiments  - Spring
Crafting By Designs - It's Almost Spring

2) Mirror image hibiscus

Here I decided to do a mirror image of the sketch in some loose, washy but hot colours of distress ink and a bit of bling embossing.

STAMPS: Unico - Paradise
DISTRESS STAINS: Dried marigold, spiced marmalade, worn lipstick, picked raspberry, festive berries
INKS: Hobbycraft burgundy, Stayzon saddle brown, Versamark clear.
OTHER: Watercolour paper, splatter brush, misti, picket fence distress marker, white crayon

I'd like to pop this one in at
Ikes World Challenge #82 - Anything goes with at twist of Nature
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Try it on Tuesday - Let's get messy (Inks/Paint etc)

3) Flipped in a panel

Finally I flipped the sketch both on the vertical and horizontal axis and used it in a panel on a larger card. Just heat embossing, doodling and die cut sentiment on the panel but a pretty elegant feel nonetheless.

STAMPS: Cadence craft - cannot see a name on the stamp set
DIE: Altenew - majestic bloom die set
EMBOSSING POWDER - WOW! Opaque Bright White superfine
OTHER: Silver glitter card, silver pearlescent card, white linen card, Versamarker embossing pen, 3d foam pads

I'd like to pop this one in at:
City Crafter #350 - Stitching faux or real
Stampavie and More #281 - Embossing heat or dry

 I've only just noticed that 3 more amazing 'friends' have decided to follow me - shame on me for not noticing before! Thank you so much for your support; it is lovely to count you as new friends.

Thank you so much for coming over to visit today.
I hope these cards will inspire you to join us at the LIM challenge this week

Take care and have a great week.

Sharon xx