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Less is More week 286 and 287 - Tactile

Hi everyone! We've got a two week challenge over at Less is More, the clean and simple challenge blog. The challenge this time is to create cards that are tactile, which means they should include something you can experience through touch. But remember, they also need to be clean and simple, so not too many layers and with some empty space.

The possibilities are so exciting - I can't wait to see what you all come up with for this one!

Card 1

For my first card I made a fence by cutting up lollipop sticks and staining them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. For the grass I used nail art velvet flocking, sprinkled and then pressed down over a grass-shaped patch cut from a double sided adhesive sheet. So soft, so fuzzy! 


Clearly Besotted Best Friends stamps and dies
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Lollipop sticks
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Double sided adhesive sheet
Nail art velvet flocking
Colorset card in Lime
Linen effect white card

Card 2

My second card uses Pinflair Ice Diamonds for a snowy effect on the holly and inside the picture frame. You just add a good layer of wet glue, sprinkle a thick layer of Ice Diamonds over the top, gently shake off any excess and then leave it all to dry. 


Card-io Combinations Crystal Globe stamp set (tree)
Woodware JGS180 Winter Wonderland (sentiment)
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Frames
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Greens
Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Evergreen Bough
Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
WOW Opaque Bright White Super Fine Embossing Powder (on trees and hill)
Pinflair Ice Diamonds

Card 3

For my final card, I used Xcut Xtras Adhesive Fabric Sheets, coloured with Distress Inks, stamped with images using Memento Tuxedo Black (flowers/leaves) and Versafine Onyx Black (sentiment), and die cut into the pieces I wanted before being assembled. The fabric has a fantastic canvas texture to it, slightly rough and very touchable!


Heavyweight 300gsm white card stock
Xcut Xtras Adhesive Fabric Sheets
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
My Favorite Things Funky Flowers stamps and dies
Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Worn Lipstick and Dusty Concord
Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental
Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Versafine Onyx Black ink

Remember to check the rest of the DT blogs for some gorgeous inspiration pieces!

Anita - Neet and Crafty
Chrissie - Simply One of a Kind
Sarah G - Funky Fossil Designs
Sarah P - Sazzle Dazzle Crafts
Sharon - From my Craft Desk
Susan - BlueFogStudio

Thanks for stopping by!


Birthday Bear card

Hi everyone! I made a card for my friend's daughter. Her birthday isn't for a while, but I've been wanting to use the My Favorite Things Beary Special Birthday for her card, and couldn't resist any longer. It'll keep, right? :)

You see the large gift-wrapped parcel in the bottom right corner? Open the card, and...

Birthday bears... yay!

If you want to pin this card, here's a Pinterest-ready graphic:


Heavyweight 300gsm card stock
Distress Inks in Dried Marigold and Cracked Pistachio
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Square Stackables
Avery Elle Pierced Banner Layer Dies
My Favorite Things Beary Special Birthday stamp set and Die-namics
WOW! Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White Super Fine
Promarkers (Gold, Pumpkin, Mandarin, Pastel Green, Soft Green, Tan, Caramel, Burnt Sienna, Umber, Pastel Pink)
Posca Gold Metallic Paint Pen
Pentel Gold Metallic Pen
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Thanks for stopping by!


Less is More week #285 - repetition

Hi crafty friends! Our challenge this week over at Less is More is to create Clean and Simple (CAS) cards with a theme of 'repetition'. I really enjoyed putting my thinking hat on for this one!

Card 1 - a hidden surprise inside

I recently got hold of the You're Purrfect stamp and die set from Clearly Besotted, and I couldn't wait to use them. The repetition in this card is the balls of wool in the wicker basket, which this naughty kitty is definitely hoping to play with!

I used linen effect card stock and inked it with Antique Linen and Tattered Rose Distress Inks, splattering them with water and then Perfect Pearls Mists in Biscotti to get some visual texture and shimmer. I die cut the panel with Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables and inlaid the resulting stitched panel back in to the main piece. 

I stamped the cat and multiple balls of wool in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then coloured them in with Promarkers. The wicker basket is a free colouring page download which I printed and coloured with Promarkers. I fussy cut everything out (which took AGES!) as I didn't want any white borders here. I also cut all the 'tails' off the balls of wool apart from one. I added some Wink of Stella on the bow on the basket and the cat's collar and tag for extra shimmer.

After cutting out the basket, I used a craft knife to cut along its top inner edge, and partly inserted and then glued the balls of wool inside to make the basket look like it was full. The basket and cat were stuck directly to the inked panel, and the ball of wool that still had its tail was popped at the bottom of the basket on a tiny foam pad for dimension. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant Labeled Messages, stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, and was glued flat on the panel.

Finally I stuck the whole panel to a linen effect card base. But I wanted to show that mischievous cat getting its ball of wool to play with!

I cut a panel of printer paper for the inside of the card and taped it round the edges to my craft sheet with Post-It Tape so it couldn't crumple as I inked it. I used Tattered Rose Distress Ink and splattered it with water, quickly removing it so the thin paper didn't warp. I added some more splatter with Perfect Pearls Mists in Biscotti to match the front panel, and stamped, coloured, die cut and stuck the cat in his moment of triumph! I was a bit gutted that the tails don't match between the two cats, but hopefully the 'wool thief' theme is clear anyway. 

Card 2 - using a die as a template

A totally different feel to this card. I cut a panel of black card stock. Then I used the My Favorite Things Diagonal Sentiment Strip Cover Up die to cut a plain template from scrap white card stock, and then strips from one of my favourite new brands of card stock, Vanguard from Craft Creations, in Tangerine, Raspberry, Lime Green and Orange. These are the repetitive element.

I used the plain template die cut as a mask to make sure I stuck the stripes down evenly, using foam pads for dimension. I then removed the template leaving just the stripes behind.

I die cut the sentiment from the Echo Park Let's Party die set in black glitter card, hand cut a matching star to go at the side, and glued it all down. Finally I used my DIY version of a Crop-a-dile (something like £6 from Screwfix!) to cut small and medium circles in the same black glitter card and glued them down.

Card 3 - inlaid dies with contrast colours

Apologies for the appalling light conditions in this photo! I'm definitely going to sort out my photography set-up asap.

For this card I cut a panel of heavyweight white card stock and inked round the edges with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink, fading it towards the centre.

Using a small leaf from My Favorite Things Wild Greenery die set, I repeatedly cut out leaves in a random pattern round the edge. I saved two of them to use on this card, and put the rest into my stash for future use.

I then die cut the same number of leaves from a fresh piece of the same white card stock. Using a thin sheet of paper as a backing, I stuck down the panel and then glued the white leaves into it to create an inlaid die panel.

The panel was stuck to a matching card base. I then stamped, heat embossed and die cut a sentiment strip using Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental stamps and an Avery Elle Pierced Banner Layers die on Vanguard Dark Grey card stock. This was adhered using foam pads and then the two die cut leaves that I reserved from the inked panel were cut to size and popped under the sentiment strip using mini foam pads.

Card 4 - single layer and stacked layer dies

For this card, I inked up a piece of heavyweight card stock using Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves. I used the partial die cutting technique to cut the word 'Happy' three times using My Favorite Things Happy Birthday to You die. I was going to use this panel as a negative die layer but decided to use the positives instead (the letters) and save the negative layer for another time.

I cut another panel of the same card stock using the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables. I glued the letters to it to form the word Happy three times over, using a T-square ruler to make faint pencil lines to keep the letters straight (an artists' putty rubber gets rid of pencil lines really well afterwards). I then cut the word 'birthday' three times using the Clearly Besotted Birthday die, gluing the layers together for dimension, and glued this partially over the bottom Happy. I gave 'birthday' a coat of Wink of Stella for some shimmer but decided to leave the rest of the card plain... no other embellishments or colour. VERY hard for me!!! Finally the panel was glued to a card blank made from the same heavyweight card stock.

As always, the rest of the DT have come up with some fantastic inspiration cards so do pop over to take a look at their blogs:

Anita - Neet and Crafty
Chrissie - Simply One of a Kind
Sarah G - Funky Fossil Designs
Sarah P - Sazzle Dazzle Crafts
Sharon - From my Craft Desk
Susan - BlueFogStudio

I'm really looking forward to seeing how you interpret this week's theme! Thanks for stopping by!


Less is More week #284 Time/Clockwork

Hi everyone! The challenge at Less is More this week is to create Clean and Simple (CAS) cards that are also one layer (OLC) featuring time or clockwork.

Card 1

For my first two cards I wanted to create notecard invitations. This first one is the masculine version on a Kraft card base. It uses a LaBlanche clock stamp in Versafine Onyx Black with a sentiment stamped in wonky letters using a Dovecraft Alphabet Stamp Set. Vintage Photo Distress Ink aged the edges of the card and then side strips were added with a Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen. Then the corners were chomped with a corner rounder.

Card 2

This is the more feminine version. Neenah Solar White card stock was printed with a computer generated sentiment using My Underwood typewriter font. A free colouring page from the internet was used and cropped twice to just keep one teapot and one matching teacup which were positioned close to each other. They were coloured with Derwent Academy Watercolour Pencils but without using water because of the cardstock. Ink smooshing with Spun Sugar Distress Ink was used to give a softly splodged background. Shadows were added to the teapot and teacup using Promarkers in Warm Grey 01, 02 and 03. Finally, Silver Stickles was used to add groups of three dots here and there for a bit of sparkle.

Card 3

Using Neenah Solar White cardstock again, I masked strips on the middle, very top and very bottom of the card. I stamped and masked using the LaBlanche clock stamp in Versafine Onyx Black. A sentiment from Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings went in the middle strip. Then a black Sharpie was used to define the stamped edges. Finally, a Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen was used at the top and bottom to lift the colour.

Card 4

At the very bottom of the page - in the hopes of sneaking the large embellishments past Chrissie's eagle eyes! - is my final card, a very simple interpretation of the time/clockwork theme. I stamped "Tempus Fugit" ("time flies" in Latin) in wonky letters using the Dovecraft Alphabet Stamp Set onto a linen effect card base. I then made two feathers using a mold and air dry clay. Other than filing the edges smooth, I left these undecorated and glued them to the card base using Tacky Glue.

A big thank you once again to our July sponsor, Kylie of Happy Little Stampers!

Do take a few minutes to check out the rest of the DT blogs because they have some fantastic cards to show you:

Anita - Neet and Crafty
Chrissie - Simply One of a Kind
Sarah G - Funky Fossil Designs
Sarah P - Sazzle Dazzle Crafts
Sharon - From my Craft Desk
Susan - BlueFogStudio

Thanks for stopping by!


Handy Hippo haul!

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a fab week whatever you're up to.

Earlier this week I was thrilled to hear I was one of two lucky winners in the awesome Handy Hippo crafts giveaway! My mystery parcel, worth £30, just arrived and I wanted to do a post to show the goodies I received.

But first, a massive thank you to Handy Hippo for their generosity. It's always fantastic to receive a box of craft goodies, and even more so when they're a surprise gift. Do take a minute to pop over and check their online store because they have some absolutely gorgeous products, as well as a good range of the basic supplies we all need and run out of so frequently! 

So here's my mystery box opened...

And here are the goodies!

In the parcel there was a box of glue dots (super useful - I go through loads of these!), a roll of gorgeous black and silver stripe washi tape which I think will be brilliant for contemporary and art deco cards as well as masculine cards, two packets of Christmas wooden embellishments (deer and silver sparkle stars... yum!), a BoBunny Noteworthy set filled with beautiful vintage-style toppers, a Papermania chipboard album with jump rings included (can't WAIT to decorate that), two sheets of beautifully designed 3D decoupage prints, a sheet of lovely blue floral tissue paper, a 3D decoupage Christmas card kit with the most adorable polar bears you ever saw, two giant packs of cream linen gatefold card blanks which will last me FOREVER, and last but not least a Promarker in Cool Grey 4. I have the whole set of Promarkers, and guess what colours I use most for shadowing? You got it. I use a ton of the Cool Greys so this is going to be really useful!

Thanks again to Handy Hippo for a super giveaway - and you should definitely keep an eye on their Facebook page because they're planning another one later this year!

Thanks for stopping by!


Less is More #283 - kitchen colours

Hi everyone! I hope you've had a fantastic week.

The challenge at Less is More is to create a CAS (clean and simple) card using the colours of your kitchen. Mine was recently redecorated with sage green walls, cream cabinets, oak counters and three large blinds that have cream, dark red and dark yellow in them. I decided to focus on the sage green, dark red and dark yellow as closely as I could.

Card 1 - ink blending and ink smooshing

For this card I wanted to use two different ink techniques. I took a panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock and used a Ranger ink blending tool to create an ombre effect with Bundled Sage Distress Ink. I then die cut a frame out of it using the second biggest die from Lawn Fawn's Stiched Rectangle Frames. I then inlaid it back into the panel by adhering the panel and the frame onto a thin piece of backing card.

Next I took a piece of acetate and some scraps of Neenah Solar White cardstock. I smudged Mustard Seed Distress Ink onto the acetate and gave it a quick spritz with some water, then used the acetate to "smoosh" the ink onto the cardstock. This gives you a lot of control over where the ink goes. I dried the first layer, and then laid down some more ink here and there using the same technique to give darker shades and subtle splodges. I repeated this process onto more scraps with Bundled Sage Distress Ink. If you like the look of ink smooshing, check out YouTube where there are some fantastic tutorials!

I stamped flowers and leaves onto the ink smooshed cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink and die cut them out using the My Favorite Things Funky Flowers stamp set and matching dies. 

Before adhering the flowers and leaves, I took a strip of cardstock and stamped Happy Birthday on it using the Clearly Besotted A Little Sentimental stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I glued this down, and then the leaves, and then popped up the flowers on foam pads. The whole panel was then stuck to a card base.

Card 2 - ink dots

For this card I wanted to try using a technique I saw on Pinterest (can't remember where, sorry!) using splatters and dots to create a very loose, contemporary look on a Christmas card.

I cut a panel from Neenah Solar White cardstock and added a border down the left hand side for visual interest using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die.

I then marked with very faint pencil dots where I wanted my sentiment to go. I took a splatter stamp from the Stampers Anonymous Bitty Grunge stamp set (CMS089) and inked it up with Bundled Sage Distress Ink. I stamped it repeatedly on the panel to make a Christmas tree shape, avoiding the area where the sentiment would go.

I stamped a star at the top of the tree from the same set using Mustard Seed Distress Ink, but felt it vanished into the background so I stamped again on a scrap of card, fussy cut it out and popped it up on a foam pad. A hint of Wink of Stella gives it a lovely shimmer in real life.

The baubles were done with a cotton bud! I dabbed it onto Fired Brick Distress Ink and then onto the card over and over until I had enough baubles.

Finally I stamped my sentiment (set unknown) in Versafine Onyx Black ink and stuck the entire panel onto a card base. Another Christmas card ticked off the list - only 6 months left you know!

Card 3 - a 3D embellishment

For this card I wanted some movement!

I started with a panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock and gave it a border each side using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Borders. 

I then took another piece of cardstock and stamped flowers and leaves in Ranger black Archival Ink from My Favorite Things Funky Flowers, using masking to avoid overlap. These were coloured into big, simple blocks of colour with Promarkers, using three shades per flower/leaf to avoid them being too flat. 

This piece was fussy cut along its top edge, and then given matching die cut borders to the main panel.

I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from Clearly Besotted's A Little Sentimental set using Ranger Perfect Medium and Ranger Antiquities Weathered White embossing powder and stuck it to the flower piece before popping the whole thing up on the panel using foam pads.

Finally, I stamped, heat embossed and coloured a Kaisercraft butterfly (Butterflies CS854) using Promarkers, fussy cut it out and popped it onto one end of a thin strip of acrylic that had its other end glued behind the flowers piece, and stuck the whole shebang to a card base. I love how the butterfly dances around when the card is moved!

A big thank you to this month's generous sponsor at Less is More, Kylie of Happy Little Stampers!

Remember to check the rest of the DT creations because they've made some beauties! Here are the links:

Anita - Neet and Crafty
Chrissie - Simply One of a Kind
Sarah G - Funky Fossil Designs
Sarah P - Sazzle Dazzle Crafts
Sharon - From my Craft Desk
Susan - BlueFogStudio

Thanks so much for stopping by!