Moving header

Please may we ask you remove WORD VERIFICATION from your blogs, it makes commenting so much easier. Thank you!

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Week 230 - Sketch

Happy Saturday Limettes

We have a long awaited sketch for you this week!

The essence of all our challenges is simplicity ... so please remember that 
all important 'white space' and keep your design Clean and Simple!

Here are our examples for you this week... although as ever there will be
additional inspiration on the personal blogs of the do pay them a visit.

My card is nearly white on white.  I've used a Cuttlebug script embossing folder 
and added a Memory Box butterfly and a Mama Elephant sentiment. 
 The base layer of the butterfly is cut from white glittery paper.

This is an image from the internet over-stamped with an Artemio manuscript stamp 
and then coloured with Promarkers. The sentiment was computer generated in
Passions Conflict and Andalus fonts and the flourish is a die cut from MFT.
The apertures were cut with Simon Says Stamp stitched, rectangular dies.


I've turned the sketch on it's head with the smaller panel at the top
and also used landscape rectangles rather than portrait. The images are from
Paper Smooches: Briny Blue coloured using Stabilo Markers and water, 
then twinkled with Winks of Stella and Glossy Accents.
Rectangles die-cut using MFT Die-Namics pierced rectangle dies
and the 'birthday wishes' sentiment from Clearly Besotted


I die cut a curved rectangle from the top panel which was popped up 
on 3D foam strips after adhering some hot pink cardstock to the card base
 to show through the aperture.  I die cut the flower from white cardstock 
using 'Small Posh Outline' die from Poppy Stamps, adhered this 
over the aperture and accented with some clear Wink of Stella.  
I then used the Paper Smooches 'Thanks' word die to cut the sentiment 
from the same hot pink cardstock.

We hope you enjoy the sketch and we look forward to seeing
what you make of it this week. Please take some time to visit your fellow
entrants and leave some kind feedback ... Everyone loves a comment or two!

Happy Crafting!


Friday, 26 June 2015

ShowCASe Week 228

It's time to bring you another SHOWCASE following
our Home Challenge 

Oh My Goodness what a task we've had selecting our favourites
You are all simply amazing; each of you a winner but here are our
choices for this week in order of entry

At first glance this appears to be more than one layer
but the tricky and brilliant masking and colouring makes
this an outstanding one layer project

Susan's crisp and clean colouring in such fun and 
summery colours stood out 

What a fun and classy idea to use the internal
view of home and coloured beautifully on kraft

Here's a unique take on the challenge
with a fabulous image and perfectly coloured

We would love you to display your 'showCASe' badge
with pride on your blogs and you can find it on the LIM Badges page.
Well done everyone and thanks for playing along.

There's still time to join in our 'stencil' challenge which closes
at 10pm BST today and we'll be back with our new challenge
details tomorrow morning. 

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Week 229 - Theme - Stencilling

Morning Limettes
Did you enjoy working with the Home theme last week?
We know some of you dread the one layer weeks 
but you all coped brilliantly so onto this week's challenge

Theme Week  and we'd like to see some Stencilling on your project. 
As always please follow the 'clean and simple' guidelines with lots of 'white space'

Here's our examples and there'll be some added
inspiration on our own personal blogs if you'd like to take a look

I took a panel of white cardstock and roughly blended three Distress Inks, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio.  I laid a stencil over the top, Leaf Swirl by Imagination Crafts and spritzed through with water.  I immediately removed the stencil, left it for approximately thirty seconds and then blotted the panel with a paper towel to remove the water which then removed some of the ink, this is known as the ghosting technique.  Once dry I stamped the sentiment from Clearly Besotted's Sweet Rose stamp set in Versafine Onyx Black.

 I love this technique which Barbara Gray showed in her Stencil of the Month Club.  It uses a swirly stencil from Clarity.  I masked all but the central panel and rotated the stencil on the spot, inking with various Distress Inks in blues and greens until no white showed.   The sentiment is Stampin' Up and the figure is a Clarity stamp.

Here I inked through part of a Memory Box stencil in Shabby Shutters ink using a sponge dauber and added a little foliage, sparkled with Crafter's Companion Glitter Spray.
The butterfly is also from Memory Box

Card Recipe:
Simon Says Stamp: Mosaic Ornaments inked with
Ranger Dye Inks then clear embossed to add some shine
Uniko Studio: Balloon Bash and sentiment from
Clearly Besotted: Christmas Sparkle