27 Aug 2016

Less is More #291 - Use a Sticky Label/ Sticker/ Peel Off

Hello there,
How are you today?
That's great.
Well, it's Saturday again ..... where did that last week go?
Time for another new challenge over at
and this week we'd like to see you all
use a sticky label or sticker or peel off
on your clean and simple creations.
I had to really rush my samples this week as it has been an exceptionally busy week. But, I hope you like them.
Here they are.


1. Stickers for the USA

I had some sticker stars and long strips of sticky labels so I thought I would play around with them. 
I'm calling this an early thanksgiving card.....well, it's a bit late for 4th July but a card like this would be good for that too.

Easy peasy to make.
A semicircular mask was cut out of spare paper and one piece was attached to the card blank to expose the top left corner.

Star stickers were stuck randomly into the masked off area making sure some of the stickers went over the edges.

Chipped sapphire distress marker in the distress marker spritzer was used to spray the blue colour. Then the star stickers and mask were removed.

The other piece of the mask (i.e. the negative bit) was placed over the top left corner to mask the blue part of the card. Then 3 long sticky labels were added on the left side to create stripes (the far right was masked too to avoid any spare ink spots).

Festive berries distress marker in the distress marker spritzer was puffed over the labels. The labels and masks were removed.

The sentiment comes from a Papermania stamp set called Lindy and the sentiment flag was hand cut and put onto the card blank with 3d foam pads.

2) Butterfly sticker

This is the quicky card.

One of the first things I bought when I started card making was a flower fairy, butterflies and dragonflies 'pick of the week' from create and craft. I still have hundreds of bits of that kit left, so this was the perfect opportunity to use some of the stickers up.

The butterfly sticker from the set was stuck onto a piece of white and then yellow card to mat it and then stuck directly onto the card blank.

The sentiment is from the Sweet Dixie Big Sentiments set. You may not be able to read it as it is in a light lemon colour - it says 'sorry'.

3) Airbrushed Butterfly peel-offs

I had fun with this card.

Butterfly peeloffs were placed onto a panel.

A fancy edge was created on post-it notes using a really old Fiscars Shapes plastic template. The post-its were added to the panel to create a border.

I used the distress marker spritzer (Yes...that was my new toy that turned up this week ..... and I LOVE it) to puff different colours of distress markers over the exposed panel.

The post-it notes and peel-offs were removed, and the corners of the panel rounded before adding it to the card blank with 3d foam pads.

The sentiment from Whimsy Stamps birthday sentimentables was die cut in the same card as the base and the panel.

I hope you will head over to the challenge to see the amazing things my fellow teamies have done with their stickers.
Now I'm off to enjoy a week in the sun here (at my house) with my friends.
Hope to see you again soon
Sharon xx

20 Aug 2016

Less is More 290 - Exotic

A very good morning to you. How are you?

Phew! we've had a scorcher of a week and the temperatures are set to rise again this weekend. Luvverly! 
We only have a few more days left with the grandkiddies (sob sob) so you can bet we'll be making the most of it.
Anyway, along with the hot weather, it's a new challenge over at Less is More and our theme this week is
What a wide variety of cards you can make with that theme.
I have 3 samples to share with you today.
I chose this definition for my interpretation:
Originating in or characteristic of a distant foreign country.
As I have beautiful hibiscus flowers growing in my garden and we also grow pineapples over here I had to use different topics for this challenge so here goes:


1. A Gift Toucan

 I'd like to enter this into Lawnscaping Challenge - Punny Time
Addicted to Stamps & More - Make your mark (distress marker pens on the image)
A second entry into Sisterhood of Crafters - Close to Nature
Yes, you may groan....but I had to smile as I typed in that sentiment. I knew this was what I was going to make when I ordered this fab Paradise stamp set from Bev at Unico a few months ago and I love how it turned out.
Toucans are definitely something originating in a foreign country for me.

The sentiment was computer generated and printed onto the card blank.

The Unico Paradise Toucan was inked in clear versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder. It was coloured in with distress markers.

The background in the top right corner was spritzed with distress inks.

A piece of brown card was cut out for a branch.

The toucan was cut out and a little cut made by his foot so that it could be hooked onto the branch. 

The branch and toucan were added with 3d foam pads.

I also inked a border on the inside (yes, it was to cover up a little smudge but I like the way it looks).

2. An African Sunrise.

I'd like to enter this into AAA cards challenge - blending
Ike's World Challenge - Travel/holidays
Country View Challenges - Hot Summer Days
African sunrises and sunsets are definitely something exotic in my mind.
I've made this card for my sister. She has a dream of spending a few months each year in Africa helping with the wild animals. She adores Africa and going on safari and has become friends with Virginia McKenna (of the Born Free film fame)  through one of her safari trips. I think the Born Free Trust is the charity that she would like to help out with.  So, as a good big sister I will send this to her to let her know that we should all follow our dreams at the first opportunity.

To make this one, a couple of masks were cut out, one using the sizzix classic circles for the sun and a torn piece of paper for the where the sun hits the ground.

Distress inks in reds, oranges and yellows were blended through the aperture.

The Clarity Stamps African stamps were inked in Archival black ink. I made another smudge so had to draw a bird freehand sitting on the spear to cover it up...that's one way to make the stamp look unique!

The ground was coloured with a little blended distress ink.

The Clarity Stamps sentiment was inked in the same distress inks as the sun to match it all in.


3. Mehendi

I'd like to enter this into Paper Creator Challenge - Keep It Simple
I am always fascinated by the intricate art of Mehendi which is the art of applying henna tattoos to hands and feet. Especially the beautifully intricate designs applied to Indian Hindu brides as a wedding ritual. They always look gorgeous and again, I think of them as something exotic.

This stamp from Clarity Stamps reminds me of the henna tattoos.

Instead of using a henna coloured ink on cream card, which did look nice when I tried it out,  I wanted a more dramatic look. So gold on black it was.

This is a quickie card to make.

I used a coated black card (available from Clarity Stamps) for the base card and the images.

Stamp the image 3 times in versamark and heat emboss with detail gold embossing powder. Fussy cut the images out and apply to the base card with 3d foam pads.

The Woodware Must Have Retro Stamps sentiment was stamped directly onto the card base and heat embossed with gold powder.

I used a gold pen to draw dots in freehand around the images.

And there you have it.

Please remember to hop across to the challenge site to see the gorgeous cards that my fellow teamies have made for your inspiration and I bet most of them will have more samples on their personal blogs too.
Well, my week will continue like this...
On the same day as my husband flies with the grandchildren to escort them back to the UK, two of our friends arrive over here to spend almost 3 weeks with us. Just call me a chambermaid - it'll certainly be a quick tidy up and change beds & towels that day!! Ha Ha! I wonder how many sticky fingermarks I will miss ;-)
Normally I like to have a couple of days to do all the cleaning between family and friends visiting, but we messed up on the dates this time around.
Luckily hubby is only away for one night before he's back here so the fun and shenanigans can start all over again. Summer really is a very busy season for us.
Hope you all have a fabulous week.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon xx

13 Aug 2016

Less is More 289 - One Layer With Something French

Hello to you.
Have you had a good week? I do hope so.
Oh my! I have had another REALLY busy week.
The kitchen got finished (YAY!) just in time for the grandchildren arriving (pictures below - of the kitchen, not the grandchildren ;-) ) so I spent 3 days getting all the kitchen equipment out of the other rooms in the house, cleaning those rooms and then organising and reorganising (and reorganising again) in the kitchen to get the items in fairly logical areas. Ha! It may take some time until I am completely happy with it.
Since the kiddies arrived we've had beach days and pool days and that has been real fun. Lots more of that to come this week too. I think we will take them out in our boat and have a day at Zoomarine (love that place!) and a waterslide park too.
Ha Ha - I can pretend I'm a teenager again! albeit a wrinkly one ;-)
Anyway - to the cards.  It's Saturday so its time for another Less is More challenge and this week is
One Layer Week
With a theme of
something FRENCH.

1) French Sunflowers

I'd like to enter this one into The Sisterhood of Crafters - Close to Nature.

I suppose you are wondering how my first card with a sunflower on it is related to the theme of something French...

Well, one of my first holidays to the south of France entailed us driving along roads that went through fields and fields of sunflowers. It was fantastic! To get to our destination and find that a field of sunflowers was right next door was the icing on the cake! So forever in my mind is this association with sunflowers and France.

Tentative link? maybe but a sunflower is evocative of French holidays to me.

Yes - it is a one layer card.....I have put a step-by-step with photos in the post below this one. Just click HERE.


2. The French Flag

Next up is my quickie card.

Honestly - this one takes minutes!

Ink up the Graphic 45 sentiment from #ICO215 in black memento and stamp directly onto the card. Mask off the sentiment.

Mask off an area on the top left and swipe chipped sapphire distress ink across it.

Repeat this on the right using candied apple distress ink.

3) French Postcards

I'd like to enter this into the three muses challenge - you've got mail

This is a card where I really had fun again with lots of masking and also practicing and  learning to use my spectrum noir pencils.

I've created a picture tutorial  on this one too and you can access it by clicking HERE.

Well that's it from the card front.
Don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog and to my team mates blogs for some extra French-inspired inspiration.
Now for the kitchen....
I did say we were going ultra-modern didn't I?  and that our kitchen island is huge ( a beast, I think I called it!).
Well - here you are....not finished with accent colours yet so no textiles at the window or patio door...but you get the idea.
And we kept the floor!

Thanks so much for looking.
Can't wait to see what you all create with this weeks theme.
Hope you find time to leave me a short comment to let me know what you think of these cards.
Sharon xx

Carte Postal

Hi there.

Here's a tutorial on how I created a one layer postcard card.
An area at the bottom of the card was masked off with post-it notes.

The postcard stamp from Creative Expressions Carte Postal stamp set was stamped and masked off several times in Memento London Fog ink.

The post it notes were removed .....

....and a line was drawn at the top of the postcard panel to make it look like it was a piece of DP underneath a white piece of card.
The line was coloured with pumice stone and hickory smoke distress markers.
Spectrum Noir pencils were used to colour in the postcards
to give an impression of depth and layering.
(colours 003, 004, 005, 015 and 089 were used).
The sentiment from the same stamp set was added in London Fog Memento ink.
and there you have it.
Sharon xx