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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Week 185 Theme

For your theme this week we have chosen
Anything in the animal kingdom will do, it doesn't have to be a one layer this time but we still want to see that Clean and Simple style. 

Jen has had lots of changes going on in her life recently, the latest being a new job which she starts this week. This has taken lots of her time, leaving little for crafting and still less for commenting on LIM participants, so she will be taking a hiatus until things have become a little less frenetic. We are sure that you will all join us in wishing her well in her new role.

From Paper Smooches Chubby Chums set, this card is 'finger-crossed' for next week
when our daughter and friends find out their GCSE results! Hedging my bets a little but
 I imagine I'll need a few celebratory cards for them.

Memory Box sunburst meets Impression Obsession dog.  The rustic twine looks suitably hairy for a canine card!
I found this digi image from Jane's Doodles, ready coloured in my drawer. SOmething I must have coloured quite some time ago and not used, so I thought it was about time I used it. The sentiment is from Walter and Winnie.
I made the rainbow from Spellbinder circles, coloured with Mirage pens. I believe the clouds are from Die-Namics.

Each week, we try to post additional examples of cards for the LIM challenges on our personal blogs. Many of you visit our blogs to leave a comment, for which we thank you most warmly. If you haven't yet managed to pop around to our blogs we would be delighted if you could, the names above our cards will link you directly to them. 

Friday, 15 August 2014

Showcase Week 183

What fabulous designs appeared for our colour challenge this month.
Here are our showcase choices this time!

Margaret has made the colours look so fresh and vibrant!

Jane had  a similar take on the challenge this time... what a gorgeous butterfly.
(I am assured by Bev at Uniko that the sentiment Jane used will be revised on the next production batch!) Can you spot the error?

Pauline's card is so superbly Clean and Simple.. she has used the colours brilliantly!

What inspirational work. If you have not already paid these blogs a visit, it would be great if you could drop by to leave a friendly word of congratulation!
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Swing by tomorrow for our new challenge! We'll see you then!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

One Layer time again!

Week 184
It's time for another One Layer Challenge and this time the focus is

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  1. Foliage is defined as plant or tree leaves.
Any kind of leafy image will suffice, but please remember that all important white space and keep any embellishments minimal.
If anyone is uncertain of our interpretation/expectations of a One Layer Card, please see the Guidelines on our sidebar.


For this card, I began with a black base card and used a Sweet Poppy Stamps stencil and Gold Embossing Paste. I sprinkled a little Glamour Dust over it whist it was still wet.
To make the sentiment, I die-cut the word 'Thanks' from a piece of card with a Cuttlebug die, using the waste as my stencil. The fact that the 'a' was open made the spreading of the paste easier as I didn't have to include a tiny piece for the space in the centre of the letter.
This was also sprinkled with Glamour Dust.
I was quite pleased with how this sentiment turned out!

For this weeks card I have also done a little Christmas card using the cute Christmas Icons from LOTV a long with one of the newest sentiments. 
It's simply stamped in truffle memento onto crumb cake card stock and then coloured with promarkers.  I have finished off with a little liquid pearls for the holly berries.

I've used a standalone die from Clearly Besotted as a mask for some distress inking
which I've stamped over with a Uniko Studio set - Nature's Treasures. 
The sentiment is Clearly Besotted - Sweet Little Sentiments 
which I've curved around the image and
to finish off a wrap-around of some gold organza ribbon.


I will never forget the first year I made my own cards at Christmas time and had to all the surplus postage thanks to all the embellishments and extras I had put on!  With that in mind, this is a one layer card that will just need a standard stamp.  Stamp is MFT, one of the arty brushstrokes that are so popular at present, with some Stickles added and a Stampin' Up sentiment

We really hope that you will pop by the blogs of the Designers as you will find some more examples to inspire you!