Happiness is a handmade card



Less is More sketch challenge

It's a sketch challenge this week at Less is More.

I rotated the sketch to make my card.

Grey card stock from Craft Creations
White linen effect card stock from Craft Creations
My Favorite Things Scribbles Dienamic
Daley Rowney watercolours
Kuretake waterbrush
Clearly Besotted 'A Little Sentimental' hello stamp
Ranger Antiquities Weathered White embossing powder
Sakura Quickie glue pen

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Less is More theme challenge - pops and bangs

Less is More have set a fantastic theme for their CAS (clean and simple) card making challenge this week. Cards need to include something that pops or bangs. Wow!

As always the Design Team have created some lovely inspiration cards and the gallery is filling up with some brilliant creations so do head over and take a look.

For my card I decided to use my new MFT diagonal sentiment strip die and a champagne set from Card-io. The cork is 'popping' out of the bottle!

Pearlescent card base from Anna-Marie Designs (frame cut from same card stock)
Gold card stock from my local printers
My Favorite Things diagonal sentiment strip die 
Clearly Besotted 'A Little Sentimental' stamp set ("Happy")
My Favorite Things Birthday Brushstrokes die ("Birthday")
Card-io Combinations Collection (fussy cut champagne bottle, glass and cork)
Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold (splatter on stamps)

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Shabby chic bird card

This card was made for a friend's mum, hence the bespoke sentiment!

Papers from the Grace Taylor collection
Lace, flowers, leaves, cameo, pins and pink brad from Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearl strings and pearls from my stash
Pink top layer of paper cut with Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders
Sentiment is computer generated in Discover Beauty font

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Less is More - One Layer Card (OLC) challenge

The challenge this week at Less is More is to make a clean and simple (CAS) one layer card (OLC) featuring an "at sea" theme.

If you get a moment, do visit the Design Team blogs because they've put together some fantastic cards for inspiration.

I decided to use a seashell that I drew a year or so ago when I did the Derwent Art Academy drawing course, now sadly ended. I have this shell in real life. When I was about 9 or 10, I swapped it with a new friend for several smaller seashells. I could hardly believe she didn't want this beauty any more! It's travelled with me from my childhood home to university and then through six house moves. This week's LIM challenge seemed a great opportunity to try using it in a card. 

To make the card, I scanned the seashell drawing and then used MS PowerPoint to make the background transparent. From there I loaded it into MS Word, adding a double box outline and a sentiment in Janda Stylish Script. I wanted a very tranquil but precise feel - like an old natural history book - so I played around with the colour saturation and temperature of the shell until it felt like a vintage illustration. The sentiment reads: "Each seashell holds the crash of waves and the songs of faraway mermaids."
I really need to sort myself a better camera...

EDIT: Here's the original shell.

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Less is More colour challenge - pastels

This week on Less is More, the challenge is to make a clean and simple (CAS) card using pastels.



Most things I make with pastels end up looking terribly twee. I know this shouldn't be the case, because I can see everyone else's lovely creations in the gallery and there's not a hint of twee. I think I'm hexed, so I don't use pastels very much (= ever).

Anyway, I remembered seeing a technique where you swipe an ink pad over a dry embossed piece of card to add colour to the raised areas. I figured that a pastel base with soft white ink on top might avoid any twee while still meeting the challenge guidelines - I hope!

Luckily I had a pastel card base because in the days before I knew better I bought a set of pastel bases - pink, yellow, green and blue - with matching envelopes. Then I realised about my pastel allergy, and they've sat unused and unloved ever since.

Sadly, my photography skills are as bad as my pastel skills. The card looks almost invisible on my computer screen. Maybe that's for the best! :D

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