9 Dec 2017

Less is More #358 - One Layer Card - Candles

Hi there. I can't believe that it is time for the last one layer card challenge of 2017 at Less is More. Our fun theme is Candles or something depicting light.

There's some amazing inspiration on  the challenge blog from the design team so it is worth popping over to see that.

Time is still at a premium for me at the moment so I have just the 2 cards again for you today

1) Brushstroke Candles!

This one is for any of you that do not have a candle stamp. Here I've used a stamp that is a paint, brush or ink swipe and turned it into candles with some doodling and a little bit of bling glittery heat embossing

I'm entering this into:
Addicted to Stamps and More! #271 - Anything Goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge #48 - Anything Goes + Christmas
Try It On Tuesdays 5th December - Twinkle Twinkle (Stars / Sparkles / Glitter / Shiny things etc....)

STAMPS: Visible Image sparkle and Dare to be different. Sentiment from Jesse Edwards Home for Christmas.
INKS: Distress Inks: Festive berries, Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet. Versamark clear ink.
OTHER: Black micron pen. Wow! embossing powders: metallic brass sparkle, metallic gold sparkle, metallic copper sparkle. White card

2) Love Joy and Peace

I've been CAS to the max here! Just look at all that open, clear white space. This took under 10 minutes to make with just some stamping and a little colouring and ink blending.

This one is for:
Craftaholics R Us #48 - Christmas
Crafting by Designs December - Anything Goes
Come and Get It Challenge December - Christmas
Path of Positivity Challenge #54 - Something positive, inspirational, encouraging or motivational with optional theme of Festive
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #20 - Anything Christmas Goes

STAMPS: Woodware Traditional Christmas Greetings
INKS: Ranger Archival Ink in olive, Distress Ink, Squeezed Lemonade
OTHER: Distress Markers: festive berries, pine needles, antique linen, scattered straw. Gellyroll pen clear star, White card, blender brush.

That's it from me for now. I hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

7 Dec 2017

Dare to be Different

Hi!  I have a really fun and funky card for you today made with some fabulous  Visible Image stamps.

I absolutely <3 LOVE <3 these funky lips!

I can actually picture my youngest daughter wearing these colours at one of the multitude of festivals she attends each year. Mind you, she'd probably bling it up with glitter or gloss too ;-) That'd be sure to make an impression eh? They are brilliant!

How to make this card:

1) Pounce distress stains onto wet watercolour paper (squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, peeled paint, mowed lawn) and spritz with water whilst drying to make a few droplets.
2) When dry use peeled paint distress ink and brush through the fibres stencil.
3) Randomly stamp the 'X' and 'O' from the stamp set over the background in mowed lawn and forest moss distress inks. Cut a panel of the watercoloured background down to size for your card blank.

4) On spare card stamp 3 images of the lips, one in mustard seed, one in mowed lawn and one in peeled paint distress ink. Fussy cut the lips then gently blend the matching distress ink around the edges of each lips to blend out any white edges.
5) Stamp the sentiment onto the front of the  card blank in the bottom right corner in peeled paint.
6) On the inside of the card, stamp the lips in bundled sage distress ink. Then stamp over the lips with the sentiment in peeled paint.

7) Adhere the panel to the card front. Add the lips in varying heights of 3d foam pads. Add 3 gold gems to the panel and 2 gold gems either side of the sentiment.


Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
 https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/dare-to-be-different/    https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/no-regrets/   

Stencils Used:


Other Supplies:

Distress Stains: squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, peeled paint, mowed lawn.
Distress Inks:  mustard seed, peeled paint, mowed lawn, forest moss, bundled sage
Gold gems, 3d foam pads, adhesive, brush, blending tool, stamping block 

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Watercooler Wednesdays WWC147 - Feminine Anything Goes (what's more feminine than some fab lips?)
That's Crafty! Challenge  - Green with Envy
Morgan's Artworld #24 - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack FFC#217 - Anything Goes
HeARTful Challenge - December - Anything Goes + a stamp
Crafting with Friends Challenge #56 - Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge #48  - Anything Goes

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges

That's it from me except to say..... I dare YOU to be a bit different in your stamping colours for images this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

2 Dec 2017

Less is More #357 - Red and Green

Hello my friends. Well...December! Wow! The big day is almost here and we have the perfect colour challenge to get some of those last minute Christmas cards finished.


And as it is a new month we have a new sponsor


and once again the lovely Kylie is joining us as our guest designer with a fantastic card. Head over to our challenge blog for a link to Kylie's blog to leave her some love.

I had the privilege of meeting Kylie at the Happy Little Stampers retreat in Manchester last month and she is the most amazing lady, heading all the way to the UK from Australia to spend her time and talents with us. So as a little thank you from me, I made a card with some of her stamps this week.

I actually have only 2 cards for you today because in the run-up to Christmas things tend to get a bit manic, don't they?

1) Doodled Flowers

Here I've used a non-Christmas image to make a Christmas card. The Doodled flowers, I figured they'd do as a poinsettia substitute,  and leaves were stamped and coloured with colouring pencils (love how it makes the flat image look molded), cut out on my scanncut and adhered with foam pads. The sentiment was heat embossed directly onto the card stock and 3 sequins to finish. A nice, easy and relaxing card to do.

I'd like to enter this into: 
Make My Monday #60 - Happy Christmas / Happy Holidays
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #20 - Anything Christmas Goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge  #45 - Anythign Goes + Christmas

STAMPS: Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers & Everyday Sentiments
INKS: Adirondack bottle, Memento onyx black
OTHER: Colouring pencils, pearl and white card, sequins, clear embossing powder

2) Holly Border

Here's one where the red shows up a lot better. I stamped the holly border onto white card with Adirondack bottle ink and then glittered the leaves and berries with green and red stickles. Once dry I actually fussy cut around one side (shock!). The sentiment was stamped and then the panel was adhered to a red card base. Another really simple design.

This card is for:
AAA Cards #104 - Christmas
Fab n Funky Challenges #373 - Christmas
Watercooler Wednesdays WWC147 - Anything Goes

STAMPS: Woodware Traditional Christmas
INKS: Adirondak bottle
OTHER: Distress stickles barn door, Stickles green, white and red card.


Please head on over to the challenge blog for some fantastic red and green inspiration from the design team.

Here are our social links:

That's it from me for now. I hope you like these and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

25 Nov 2017

Less is More #356 - Let it shine!

Hi everyone. Hope you are all well. Unfortunately I ended up in hospital this week (don't worry, I'm fine!) so the video that I've made of making this light up card has not been edited yet. I'll get round to it as soon as I can. Promise!

So, as you may have guessed from the header, this week at Less is More our recipe is to:

The challenge is about using anything that shines, shimmers, sparkles or glistens so there are loads of products you can  use.

Ha ha! You can tell by the fab inspiration on the challenge blog which ones of the design team were taught how to make light up cards at our recent Happy Little Stampers craft retreat. Well, you have to put new skills into practice, don't you? You can see the lovely Kylie's video of how to make the circuits for these cards by clicking HERE

I have 3 Christmas cards for you today.

1) Light-up Card

What better way to 'Let it Shine' than by making a light up card?  These cards are fun to make but the lights themselves can be a little expensive. Even though I took these photos in bright daylight, the lights still show up fantastically well in the smaller photo.

This is my representation of the Christmas sky that Santa flies across.

I'm entering this card into the following 4 challenges:
As You Like it challenge: Your favourite Christmas colour and why. Well, mine is this combination of bluey greens and purples because I ALWAYS end up making my cards with those colours even though I promise myself I'll do something different! HERE'S A LINK to last year's main card design to prove it!
Cute Card Thursday #505 - Stars! (well, I think the lights are cute!)
Southern Girls Challenge (17 Nov) - Let's get inky
The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Challenge #19 - Anything Goes

As I said - a full video of me making this card will be available shortly, so if you subscribe to my YouTube channel you will get an alert when it is ready, but in the meantime Kylie shows you how to make the circuits HERE

STAMPS: Visible Image Universal and sentiment from Visible Image Shining Bright
INKS: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Stains: Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers
OTHER: White Card, Lithium Battery, Copper Conductive adhesive tape, Chibitronics lights, Foam Pads and tape, Pricking tool, Pencil (for drawing the circuit).

2) Joy to the World

Next up is a glittery stencilled card.

I'm adding this to:

Atlantic Hearts - Sketch 239 - I turned it upside down

Crafting by designs November - Get ready for Christmas
Starz Stamps challenge - Add some sparkle

I took a stencil and blended distress ink through it. Before removing the stencil I pressed a Versamark clear embossing ink pad through it, then removed the stencil and added the embossing glitter and heat embossed. A strip was adhered to a panel and some score lines added each side of it. Then a simple sentiment, a die cut and some gems finished the design.

STAMPS: PaperTrey Inc
DIES: Wild Rose Studios poinsettia corner
INKS: Distress Inks, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar. Memento London Fog, VersaMark clear embossing ink
OTHER: ClarityStamps stencil, Wow! Cha Cha Cha embossing glitter. Pearlescent Card, White card, Foam tape. Gems


3) Sparkling Non-Traditional Christmas

Here's another non traditional coloured Christmas card. This has one of my favourite techniques, the bokeh effect, which reminds me of the shine from coloured Xmas tree lights when you squint at them. The other shine on this card comes from the sparkly embossing powder.

This one is for:
Craft Rocket challenge #43: Christmas is coming!
The Merry Christmas Challenge #44 - Anything Goes plus Christmas
Watercooler Wednesdays #146 - All about Christmas

STAMPS: Happy Little Stampers Mix Mash and Everyday Sentiments sets
INKS: Versamark clear. VersaColor white ultimate pigment ink. Distress inks: abandoned coral, picked raspberry, spun sugar, mustard seed, squeezed lemonade
OTHER: Papermania tinsel gold embossing powder, raspberry, yellow and white card, bling bling gems.


Okay, that's it from me - I'm off for a lie down now (doctors orders to rest up). I hope you like these cards and that they inspire you to enter the challenge this week.
Hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

23 Nov 2017

Sister Tag

Hi there. I'm popping on here today to share a fun tag that I made with my Visible Image stamps.

I don't usually make tags but when I do, I completely cover the tag with layers of ink. I love all the rich, warm colours on this one.

Here's how to make it.

Stamp the profile image and words (links to the stamps are below) with clear Versamark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

TIP: Be sure to choose the smoother side of the water colour paper for stamping. If you choose the bumpy side it is difficult to get a full image.

Wet the watercolour card and pounce distress stains randomly on the card. Whilst drying spritz with some water droplets. Using the Cosmic Skies stencil, brush through it with carved pumpkin (on the yellow parts) and candied apple (on the orange parts) around the face image.

Next brush through the Fibres stencil with rusty hinge distress ink. Then randomly add parts of the Sister Definition words inked up in rusty hinge distress ink, and random bits of the splodgy parts of the face image in candied apple distress ink.

Cut the embossed part of the inked watercolour card into a tag shape and blend vintage photo distress ink around the edges. Add co-coordinating coloured ribbons and 3 co-ordinating heart charms.

On the leftover pieces of inked watercolour card, draw round some stars from the Stars and Stripes stencil and fussy cut them. Add the cut out stars to the tag using varying heights of 3d foam pads. The final touch is to dot gold stickles around the areas of stars.


Stamps & Stencils Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the individual stamps and stencils in the online store):
https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/sister-definition/   https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/no-space-for-dreams/  

https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/cosmic-skies/   https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/fibres/

Other Supplies:

Watercolour Card, Ribbons, Charms, Versamark clear ink, Wow! ultra bright white embossing powder, Gold Stickles, Distress spritzer, Distress Stains (mustard seed, carved pumpkin, candied apple) Distress Inks (carved pumpkin, rusty hinge, candied apple, vintage photo).

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps #157 - Use more than one stamp
Crafty Calendar Challenge November challenge - Autumn colours
Crafty Cardmakers #200 - Anything but a card
HeARTful Stamping Challenge Nov19-26 - Anything Goes + a stamp
International Art and Soul #21 - Autumn Colours

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges

I hope you like this tag and are inspired to make one of your own.Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

18 Nov 2017

Less is More #355 - Case Susan's Card

Hello there. Gosh, that 2 weeks has just flown by and I've been enjoying myself in the UK. In fact, I only fly back home this evening. So as I've been away I only have the one card for you today. 

The theme at Less is More challenge is a fun one because it is Susan's birthday today so we are casing a card that she made. 
Happy Birthday Susan!

And here is the card Susan made for us to CASE

And this is my CASE. Yes, she comes out every Christmas and this year is no exception! I adore this Lili of the Valley image and as soon as I saw Susan's card I knew I had to use her and team her up with that Clearly Besotted sentiment stamp. It's like they were made for each other!

STAMPS: Lili of the Valley - It's my party (I have the old rubber version), Clearly Besotted - Laugh out loud
INKS: Memento Tuxedo Black, Adirondak Red Pepper
OTHER: Distress markers (colours are too numerous to mention), Stardust Stickles, 3d foam pads, tiny star confetti, white card.

I’m entering this into:
Addicted to Stamps & More! #268 - Holiday
The Merry Christmas Challenge #43 - Anything goes + Christmas
The Holly And the Ivy Challenge #19 - Anything Christmas Goes
Craft Rocket Challenge #43 - Christmas is coming
Simply Create Too #133 - CAS

There's some wonderful inspiration over at the challenge blog from the design team. And if you visit them they may even have a bonus card or two on their personal blogs.

That's it from me for now. I hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.


9 Nov 2017

Imperfection is Beauty

Hello there. I'm here today to share a card I made with some brilliant Visible Image stamps.

Crikey! This card is something very different to the beautiful, colourful and inky creations the rest of the design team are making (and I will make in the future). But, I thought I would dare to be different and make a really classic card to show that these stamps look amazing with both a non-inky treatment as well as in amazing colours. I haven't really seen the Visible Image stamps used in this classic way before so hopefully it may spark your imagination to try something similar with their other stamp sets. Mind you, I must admit I am really looking forward to using this set with vibrant colours too!

Anyway, hopefully I've hit an elegant note with this one?

This card is so easy to make and you don't need a ton of supplies so it's very easy on your budget.

The flower and sentiment come from the Imperfection is Beauty Visible Image stamp set. I stamped the filled-in flower 3 times onto black glossy card stock with clear versamark ink and heat embossed in Stampendous Pirate Gold embossing powder.

One stamped image was used for the background, another I cut freehand to make the raised 3d flower and on the final image  I cut around the centre.  The cut flower was curled carefuly with a bone folder. You have to be careful to avoid cracking the heat embossing. It was attached directly onto the background flower and the centre was added popped up on a 3d foam pad.

TIP: if your black cardstock has a white core, you can cover the white edges up by running a black sharpie pen around the cut areas.

Here's a close-up.

The sentiment from the same set was stamped and embossed in the same way onto another piece of black glossy card and this was matted onto a card base made from a brushed gold piece of card folded and cut to create a 15cm x 15cm card blank. 

I finished the inside by using the small flower from the same stamps set and a sentiment from the Go To Words set and heat embossing those in pirate gold too.

Stamps Used

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/imperfection-is-beauty/      https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/go-to-words/

Other Supplies:
Versamark clear ink, Stampendous pirate gold embossing powder, black glossy cardstock, brushed gold card, 3dfoam pad.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafting from the heart #182 - Anything Goes
Creates and Makes #16 - Anything goes
HeARTful challenges Nov 5-Nov12 - Anything goes + a stamp. My first time playing here as this is a new challenge site for me!
Simply Create Too November - CAS. My first time playing here too. I don't normally get to play along with Friday challenges.
That's Crafty - Forever Floral
Through The Craft Room Door 7th Nov week - Anything goes


Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges

That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

4 Nov 2017

Less is More #353 & 354 - Fireworks (colours)

Hi there. Wow! November, eh? Where on earth has that last month gone? Today I'm here to introduce the first challenge of November at Less is More.

It's a COLOUR challenge and we want to see firework colours.  This challenge is going to last for 2 weeks because some of the LIM design team are attending a craft retreat next weekend. So there is plenty of time to get your entries in.


As it is a new month, we have a new sponsor for the whole of November.


And our guest designer for this challenge is the fantastic Birgit! She has made a stunning card for us and you can see it HERE. Please pop over to leave her some blogging love.

Also, if you head over to the challenge blog you'll find some fantastic inspiration from the design team - and maybe even a few bonus cards on their personal blogs.

I did some research on firework colours and it turns out that you can get them in all the main colours of the rainbow - so happy days!

I have 3 cards for you today.

1) Fireworks!

I immediately thought of firework images rather than colours when I started making my cards for this challenge, so I have to show you my first make. It is made with pounced & watercoloured distress stains representing the colours of the fireworks and firework shapes in various shades of WOW! sparkly embossing powder. What's not to love about this?

I may have pushed our 'clear white space' requirement to the very edge here, so I may get told off about this one, but the colours make me so happy I had to share it.

I'm entering this card into
Addicted to Stamps and More! #266 - Anything Goes
Ikesworld Challenges (It's the 100th challenge!!) - Celebrations
Tuesday Throwdown #367 - Watercolour

STAMPS: Clearly Besotted Dandelion Dreams
DIES: Tim Holtz Celebration words script
INKS: Versamark clear.  
Distress Stains: mustard seed, ripe persimmon, festive berries, picked raspberry, salty ocean, lucky clover
OTHER: Wow! embossing powders: metallic brass sparkle, metallic gold sparkle, metallic copper sparkle. White card, watercolour paper

2) Glittering Christmas

For the next card I wanted to have a vast expanse of clear white space. I also wanted to capture the glitteringness (hmm, that's probably not even a word, is it?) of fireworks along with their colours so I heat embossed the tree in  glittering gold. That adds a lovely 'bling' to Christmas cards so I didn't even need to use the stickles that I had planned to add to each of the promarker coloured circles. 

I'm adding this into:
Crimbo Crackers #144 - Quick and Easy to make
I love Promarkers #346 - Show Us Some Sparkle
Wow! embossing powder November Challenge - Christmas

STAMPS: Penny Black Twinkling
DIES: Die'Sire Merry Christmas
INKS: Versamark clear
OTHER: Papermanis Tinsel Gold embossing powder, Promarkers (Berry Red, Mandarin, Canary, Grass, Aegean, Purple) white card, Foam tape

3) Butterfly Thanks

I've been making a lot of 'square' and 'rectangle' layouts recently so I wanted to make a circular one for a change....with some butterflies. These are shop bought butterflies simply coloured with promarkers and glittered with glamour dust. (yes, I did sparkle for a week after making that card!)

This one is for:
CCEE Stampers Challenge #1744 - Thanksgiving or Card of Thanks
Craftaholics R Us #43 - Thank You
Crafty Creations #353 - Anything Goes

DIES: Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script, Lawn Fawn Stitched Circles
OTHER: Hobbycraft paper pearl white butterflies, Promarkers in Yellow, Mango, Berry Red, Grass, True Blue & Purple, Quickie Glue Pen, Crystal glamour dust, Corner rounder punch, White card

Well, that's it from me for now. Thanks for popping by, and I hope to see you again soon

Sharon xx

3 Nov 2017

Exciting news!


Crikey - I've been on pins waiting to announce this since I was first contacted by Helen and Mark.  Happy dancing?? Oh yes ...... I think I have worn my flooring out ;-)

Anyway, I'm thrilled, delighted and extremely excited to announce that I made it onto the Visible Image Stamps design team


The announcement is now up on their blog HERE

It was a complete leap of faith in applying because I wasn't sure my CAS style was what Helen and Mark were looking for...but they said 'yes'. 

Now I can't wait to get started using their fabulous stamps and stencils. Stay tuned!

Sharon xx

28 Oct 2017

Less is More #352 - Stamp Layering

Hello my friends. Thanks so much for popping by. I'm here today to introduce another Less is More challenge and it is recipe week.

So we're looking for ways that you layer stamps. This could be with stamps that already have several parts that stamp on top of each other to create a flower, or stamping in colour and then stamping again in clear ink to clear heat emboss, or maybe even stamping in white onto a dark cardstock and then stamping again in a bright colour. Can't wait to see how you interpret this theme.

You can head on over to the challenge blog for some fantastic inspiration from the design team.

I have 2 cards for you today.

1) Flower Power

For this card I layered the florals in the background by stamping the flower outline in clear ink and embossing in white powder. The flower petals were then stamped in distress inks and once dried stamped again in clear ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. This gave a resist technique to allow the yellow background creation.

For a bit of interest I stamped 3 extra flowers and fussy cut them for embellishment. The difference with these florals is that I over-stamped a pattern on the petals in distress oxide inks.

I'm entering this into:
Crafty Creations #353 - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges #166 - Birthdays
Pause Dream Enjoy #196 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

STAMPS: Uniko Flower Power 2, Uniko Background Blocks Halftone
DIES: Lawn Fawn inside out stitched rectangles, Marianne designs (I think) leaves
INKS: Distress Inks: peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, twisted citron, squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, foscillised amber. Distress Oxides: peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, twisted citron. Versamark clear.
OTHER: Pearlised Paper and card, Wow! ultra bright white embossing powder, Stampendous detail gold embossing powder, Distress spritzer, gold Gems 3d foam pad, dimension glue.

2) Let it Snow!

You can watch me make this card from start to finish on my YouTube channel by clicking HERE.

Here I did my own interpretation of stamp layering where I added different layers of inks and stamped and clear embossed in between each layer of colour, so that the stamps are layered in different colours.

This one is for:
Crafting By Designs - Christmas
Fab n Funky challenge #368 - Christmas
Paper Minutes #509 - Brr Cold
The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Challenge #17 - Anything Christmas Goes
Watercooler Wednesdays WWC142 - All about Christmas

STAMPS: ClarityStamps Snowflakes
DIES: X-Cut mini sentiment dies
INKS: Distress inks (Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans), Encore Silver ink, Versamark Clear ink
OTHER: Clear embossing powder, 3d foam pads, water spritzer, Silver Mirri card, White linen card.

That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back soon.


21 Oct 2017

Less is More #351 - Monsters

Hi there. Gosh, I've had SUCH a busy week and that means....shock! horror!.... just one card from me today. I know, I know, you expected more but it just can't be helped. Hopefully normal service will be resumed next week.

Anyway, there are 3 thoughts behind this card though:
  1. October is breast cancer awareness month and pink is the colour always associated with breast cancer awareness. So I wanted to make a pink card.
  2. It had to be clean and simple.
  3. Monsters was the theme for my DT card and I wanted to make a monster card for girls.
Big panic though! Not a single monster image in my stamp or die collections and I had no time to scour the internet for a digi image to use. To the rescue came the Clearly Besotted fingerprint stamp, a micron pen for doodling legs, arms, mouths & placards, and some googly eyes. Nothing over-complicated, just simple stamping and doodling. I think this could either be used for a Halloween card or a birthday card.



STAMPS: fingerprint from Clearly Besotted In Print. 'Happy' is from WOW! Mr Wow's Wonderful Words & 'Day' is from Wow! Just Sayin
INKS: Marvy Blending Blox - shades of pink
OTHER: Googly eyes, raspberry card, Micron pen for the doodled arms, eyes, legs and banners.


I'm entering this into:
Addicted to Stamps & More! #264 - Clean and Simple
Cardz 4 Galz #58 - Monochromatic
Craft Rocket Challenge #42 - Birthday of Pretty in Pinks
Starz Stamps Challenge - Lots of pink
Stinkin' Inkers - Monster Mash
Sunny Day Crafting #57 - P is for Pink
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Pink October
Tuesday Throwdown TT365 - Clean and Simple
Unicorn Challenge #26 - Perfectly Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Hope you like this little card.
Please head on over to
the Less is More challenge blog for some fantastic inspiration from the rest of the design team.

Please pop back soon. It was lovely to see you here today.

Sharon xx

14 Oct 2017

Less is More # 350 - Stars

Well helloooo! How're you doing? We're still sweltering with the heat over here but I think it is due to cool down slightly in the next few days, What an Indian summer this is!

Well, these Saturdays are rolling around way too quickly so here we are again for another super One Layer Card challenge at Less is More and those one layers need to feature stars.

Once again we are joined by Bev, the brains behind Uniko our October sponsor, as our guest designer. You'll see her card and find a link to her blog from here, and please be sure to leave some love for her.

If you head on over to the challenge blog you'll find some more fantastic inspiration from the design team.

I have 3 cards for you today.

1) Tipsy Santa

I thought I was really stuck for images with stars on (but then I found tons after the fact!) so whilst leafing through my Christmas stamps I came across this Santa image. Now, he is supposed to be upright, but I thought about all that sherry / port etc that he has to drink whilst delivering presents and just imagined him seeing stars at the end of the night. Hee hee! Gosh! I am so sorry guys but I actually think this stamp set has been discontinued now. What a shame.

That one is for:
Crimbo Crackers Challenge #143 - Create a scene
Hannah and friends #284 - Stars (with a living creature human, animal or fantasy)

STAMPS: Katy Sue Designs The Wine Buffs - The Christmas Spirit & Santa and Pals (I think these may be discontinued)
INKS: Memento Tuxedo Black
OTHER: White linen card. colouring pencils

2) Star of Hope

Back to 10 minute makes (well, if you ignore the stickles drying time!). The large star and sentiment were simply stamped and heat embossed with white EP, a few strokes of a white pencil and some stickles finished it off

This is for
Stamps & Fun = Creativity #309 - Non-cute

STAMPS: ClarityStamps
INKS: Versamark Clear
OTHER: Wow! Opaque Bright Ehite embossing powder, China white pencil, Stardust Stickles, Blue card

3) Joy to the World

Another 10 minute make and I had forgotten that I had this stamp set. It gave me the chance to try out an embossing glitter powder that I've had for a while but never used.

This one is for:
Addicted to Stamps and More! #263 - Holidays

STAMPS: Paula Pascual Stamps - Joy to the world PPCSA6004
INKS: Versamark Clear, and a Versamark clear embossing pen
OTHER: Wow! Hearthrob embossing glitter, Papermania Tinsel Gold embossing powder, White linen card, Misti

That's it from me for now. I hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

7 Oct 2017

Less is More #349 - Hot N Spicy


Helloooo, helloooo, helloooo. Well, we're sizzling hot this week at the Less is More challenge - just like the weather over here in Portugal. Sorry UK peeps, but we're still getting temperatures up into the high 20's and up to 30 degrees which is fab for October. We're still waiting for autumn to hit here.

Anyway, it's a new month and that means the first challenge is a colour one.


As it is a new month we have a new sponsor for our October challenges:

and the lovely Bev, owner of the Uniko store is joining us as our guest designer this week. Please pop over to see her amazing card and leave her a little love.

Today I have 3 cards, a video clip and a link to a full video tutorial. So let's start with my main DT make.

1) Hot - hot glue

As you may have seen I've been pretty taken with the heat embossed hot glue technique and I couldn't resist making another abstract panel using spicy colours.  This card is larger than I normally make because the panel was almost my normal A6 size (14.4cm x 10.5cm) and because we love our clear, uncluttered 'white space' at Less is More I had to attach it to a larger card blank.

I'm entering this one in at
Addicted to Stamps and More! #262 - Make your mark
Deep Ocean Challenge #165 - Colours of Autumn
Through The Craft Room Door - 3rd Oct - Anything Goes

 Here is a few seconds of video which shows off just how sparkly and glittery the panel is.

You can access the full length tutorial by clicking HERE.

STAMPS: Papertrey Ink Birthday Basics Sentiment
INKS: Distress Inks Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed
OTHER: Hot glue gun, Papermania tinsel gold embossing powder, gold Glimmer Mist, watercolour paper, white card

2) Spicy spotlighted flowers

It would've been rude not to have made a card using some of our sponsor's stamps (seeing as I have quite a few of them!) and I thought I'd have a go at the spotlight technique with this one.

This is the first time I've inked up this particular stamp and I really like it.

This one is for:
Aurora Wings Challenge #58 - Clean and Simple
The Crafty Addicts #41 - Anything Goes/Autumn Colours
Through the Purple Haze #135 - Anything Goes

I toned down the spicy colours a little here to give a different look and I couldn't resist adding some sparkle to this one too and for once I captured the sparkle on camera (It looks like if I take my photos at around 6pm I actually capture the sparkle!)

STAMPS: Uniko Originally Organic
DIES: Lawn Fawn stitched circles
INKS: VersaColor 54 brown
OTHER: Stardust Stickles, Promarker in oatmeal, colouring pencils, 3d foam, white card.

3) Sizzling Christmas

I'm still on my mission to get some Christmas cards made so I challenged myself to make some using the hot and spicy colours and I immediately thought of a desert scene.

I've made these for:
ABC Christmas Challenge - U=unlimited, v=vibrant
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Christmas
The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Challenge #16 - Anything Christmas Goes
The House that Stamps Built DCC104 - Count your blessings
The Mod Squad - Colour Me Fall (colours of Rust, Orange and gold)

STAMPS: ClarityStamps image, Papertrey Ink Signature Christmas sentiment
INKS: Distress Inks rusty hinge, carved pumpkin, fossilised amber, mustard seed, squeezed lemonade. Ranger Archival ink in coffee, Versamark clear.
OTHER: Wow! Metallic gold sparkle embossing powder, Gold Glimmermist, Brown, white and a orangey-yellow card.

Yes - I went a bit mad and made 3 different versions based on the same idea. I quite like these so I think I may make a few variations for my Christmas 2017 stash ( these 3 bring the running total up to 7 cards  😱 - Ha! I've only got to get them all done by the end of this month ready for posting when I go over to the UK in November!!! )

These are for
Happy Little Stampers October Christmas challenge -  Anything Goes with optional twist of silhouette


You are also in for a treat if you head on over to the challenge blog  as there's some major spiced up inspiration from our design team.

That's it from me for now. I hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.