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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Week 235 Colour

Morning Limettes! We've skipped seamlessly into another month today, which means
we're delighted to welcome back a super regular sponsor for this month!


Why not head over to their site and check out loads of goodies
not only gorgeous embossing powders but loads of yummy stash!

So the start of a new month means it's Colour week
and we've chosen Berry Shades

... and here's what the Design Team have been up to plus there's more
on our personal blogs and we always love a visit or two!

Here are two of my favourite techniques combined...emboss resist and inlaid die cuts.
Stamp from The Rubber Stamp Gallery, clear embossed and inked with Rich Razzleberry, 
Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Festive Berries and Ripe Persimmon inks 
using sponge daubers, over stamped with the teazel image and some grunge dots 
in Aged Mahogany ink. Dies from MFT (scalloped edge) and Poppy Stamps (thank you).

Winnie & Walter: Multi Facetted stamped with Versamark then heat embossed using 
Hero Arts white embossing powder before inking and blending with distress inks; 
Spun sugar, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Seedless Preserves.
The sentiments are from Hero Arts Stamp and Cut birthday set 
with Doodlebug sequins to accent.

Lots of texture in this card, it uses linen texture cardstock.  
Inked some MFT splatters over it, then  I cut out the centre rectangle 
with a stitched die and then the Happy word, which I raised up 
with several extra die cuts.

On a panel of white cardstock I stamped the balloon from Wplus9 Whole Lotta Happy in three different colours and then masked off one of them before 
stamping the strings.  I stamped the sentiment from Clearly Besotted 
on a strip of white cardstock and heat embossed this with clear powder.  
The white strip was matted on a strip of dark purple cardstock before 
adhering to the panel, and the panel was then adhered to the base 
on 3D foam strips.  I love this perfectly round balloon stamp and 
in these colours they really remind me of little cranberries and blueberries!

Hopefully we've inspired you to get crafty or maybe you need to dash out to the market
first to stock up on some scrumptious seasonal berries! Either way we can't wait 
to see what fabulous creations you inspire us with this week.

Thanks as always for playing along and please try to visit a few of
your fellow Limettes to leave some friendly feedback.


Friday, 31 July 2015

ShowCASe 233

Morning all it's time for another ShowCASE spectacular
courtesy of you amazing and super talented crafters!

Weather here in the UK has been mixed and mainly wet this week
so it's been a real pleasure for us to sit back and view all your 
gorgeous 'Life's A Beach' scenes, dreaming wishfully!

So without further ado here are our choices for this week in order of entry:

Ruza's crisp, clean and elegant stamping had us swooning and 
wishing we could source those Papertry Ink stamps easier in the UK.

Carole wows us every week with her awesome inking and talent.
This one has you wanting to dive right in it's so perfect and realistic.

Sylvia's dream-like inking and shading caught our eye. 
Crisp and elegant with the most adorable and classy beach parasol.

... and this week we couldn't stop at 3!

The most delightful vintage style against the ultra modern 
#sentiment, CAS perfect and a totally unique take on the challenge

Thanks so much for entering and please take the ShowCASe badge
 from the page at the top of the blog with our thanks! 
We hope you'll display it with pride on your blogs.

Thank you to each of you for entering each week, we love visiting your blogs 
to see your unique take on challenges and stunning us with your talent.
There's still time to enter our 'Snippets for Chrissie' challenge!
 ... gates close at 10pm BST tonight and we'll
be back tomorrow with details of our latest challenge

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Week 234 Recipe

Morning all, we've a Celebration challenge
for you this week as our super talented Leader and
Queen of CAS, Chrissie is celebrating a very
special birthday this weekend! She'll be 70 years young!

It's Recipe week and we'd like you to use Snippets
on your card yet still maintaining the CAS look!

So it's snippets for Chrissie and we also have a
Guest Designer for one week only! 
Who better than the Snippet Queen herself ... 

If you've never visited Di's blog you are missing a treat and here's a
few little snippets about this lovely lady too ...

Having crafted as a child it was about 20 years ago that the card making bug bit me - HARD!
What started out as a hobby with a plastic box of supplies progressed to my own craft room -
 absolute bliss! I started blogging in 2010, love entering challenges, and am on the 
DT of Cuttlebug Mania. Much of my crafty time is spent running what's known as 
'Pixie's Snippets Playground' which is an 'anything goes' challenge, 
with the proviso that you use at least one scrap or snippet on your entry.

Less is More is a favourite challenge and I feel disappointed if I don't manage to join in each week.
 So you can imagine how delighted (aka tickled pink) I was to be asked 
to be guest designer for Chrissie's Birthday celebrations - where the theme is 'snippets'. 
Thank you so much for asking me! Here's my 'Snippet's Card'

Somehow the DT are having to follow Di's awesome card!
For more details on how Di created this beauty please head over to her blog HERE

And this is what the rest of the DT have been up to and there's more on
our personal blogs if you want to check them out. Chrissie is taking a well earned
birthday rest this week - to be honest she's been partying like crazy,
trying to keep up with the youngsters and feeling the effects now.
You may find her in a dark room, behind dark glasses, sipping lots of dark coffee!!!
or maybe even something stronger!


Tim Holtz Crazy Bird with some feathery snippets.  
They were stamped with a Craft Stamper freebie stamp onto a scrap of card 
that I had used Brushos on. The bird is grounded with Stamp Addicts dotty stamps 
(or is that corn he's eating?) and I rescued a few sequins from the craft mat. 
Woodware sentiment.

I would like to wish my good friend Chrissie a wonderful happy birthday 
- shake those tail feathers!

Card Recipe:
Having raided the snippets box and tipped the bin upside down
for bits of kraft and red holographic card here's what else I've used!
MFT Die-namics: Inside Out Diagonal Stitched rectangles
Avery Elle: Count on it Dies
Clearly Besotted: For Everyone sentiment
Handmade & fuzzy cut paint palate with Doodlebug sprinkles
Die-cut paintbrush has been in my stash forever.


I matted and layered a white cardstock panel onto some bright pink to create a frame. 
 I also stamped a banner in pink on a snippet of white cardstock and die cut this 
using it's co-ordinating die from Clearly Besotted.  
The 'flower' actually started its life as a butterfly die!  I saw this die by Britannia Dies
 at a craft show last month and loved how intricate it was.  I've die cut the butterfly four times
 from snippets of silver mirri card I've had in my stash for as long as I can remember.  
The lower wings were snipped off and then arranged and adhered together to create the 
flower petals and the banner popped up on 3D foam.  
I've included a photo of the original butterfly die cut over on my blog post.

Hopefully we've inspired you to search your snippets and
we can't wait to see what ingenious designs you come up with this week.
Thanks as always for playing along and please try to visit a few of
your fellow Limettes to leave some friendly feedback.