26 November 2011

Week 43 Recipe - A Bit of Bling

19 November 2011

Week 42 - Theme

Another week, another challenge.
Where do the weeks go to?
We saw some fabulous work on your beautiful One Layer Cards with minor variations of the interpretation of One Layer however. If in any doubt as to what we expect, just check with the definition at the top of our blog.

This week it's time for another theme which is 

 n. silhouette is the image of a person, an object or scene consisting of the outline and a basically featureless interior, with the silhouetted object usually being black.

Here I used the same Hero Arts stamp which I selected for my Split Negative card a couple of weeks ago. This time its the complete stamp embossed on a black background using Heat it Up Snowflake Tinsel embossing powder.
The silhouettes on this one are from a Memory Box die, arranged in slightly closer proximity than on the die itself. The sentiment is from Penny Black.

This is in similar vein using all three of the deer from the Memory Box die. The trees are stamped from a Hero Arts clear set and have been twinkled with Glamour Dust. The background was embossed with Craft Concept's Starry Night embossing folder. This is a little more layered than usual but the design is still basically CAS.


For my first card I used a digi image from Stitchy Bear I saw it on one of our LIMettes blogs, Caro a while ago and had to have it. Isn't it just adorable!
I dragged the digi onto a blank document, then added the sentiment to fit onto the right hand space.
The font is Fontasia V2 here
I used the text box method, which we have explained in the past. I went over the 'Magical' with a zig glue pen and sprinkled with Glamour Dust for a sparkly effect. I also added glitter to the fairy wings. The top has a panel of Swiss dots and a cute little fairy castle charm tied onto the ribbon.

For this silhouette I stamped a silhouette style stamp from Stampin Up, Ornate Flowers, in black onto Melon Mambo card stock. I lined up the small stamp by eye as there were only 3 of them and the set I have is a cling which you attach onto a acrylic block, making for easy lined up design. I trimmed one edge with a scallop edge punch, also Stampin Up and then attached to a black card base. It is an A6.....Approx 15cm x 10.5cm. The gems are in an orange shade, from Doodlebug.

Have fun with your silhouettes we can't wait to see what you come up with.

18 November 2011

ShowCASe - Colour Week - Red & Orange

We had an extremely difficult job once again choosing our favourites!
It is the same every time and whilst you are all fabulous, we do have to choose someone
and these are the ones with that little certain something!

So many of you used leaves, which as you know was this week's challenge...
We know what's going on in LIMette world at all times...be very afraid! lol

Well done and thank you!
Please display our showCASe banner which you can find on our page at the top of the blog.

[Inspired from Chrissie, we think]

[Couldn't resist with that sentiment!]

Perfect LIM-CAS!

[Second week running!]

Thank you again, you are ALL FAB

See you tomorrow with our new challenge.

16 November 2011

October Winner

We have chosen our winner for October and we are delighted to announce 
as our most worthy winner, we are sure you will agree. 
Her work is always an inspirqation to us all. 
We have spotted how computer savvy you are and think this prize is 'right up your street'

We have contacted the supplier 
and they will contact you in due course with details of how to claim your prize.

Congratulations and thank you for all your support.

12 November 2011

Week 41 One Layer - Leaves

It's that week again!
Merely the thought of a one layer card used to send so many into a tailspin, but now LIMettes approach this particular week of our challenges with confidence and even ..may we say, a little enjoyment!
The theme for your cards this week is 
If you don't have any leaf stamps then there is sure to be a way that you can interpret this challenge... let's see what you can come up with!

Well I am home again!  I had a fabulous time, but am glad to be back on terra firma!
I have to say a huge thank you to Chrissie for covering for me, she worked so hard all on her little ownsome. Also belated thank you to Vicky for being our star guest I'm sorry to have missed your week.
OK so onto my cards.
My technique was the same for all of them, but using different shaped masks.
The stamps are unknown ones from QVC, with the exception of the sprig which is a retired Stampin Up Fresh Cuts set.
Stampin Up Pear Pizazz, Melon Mambo, Real Rose, Tempting Turquoise. To get paler colours of the turquiose I inked, then blotted before I stamped onto the card. The sentiment is CTMH.

Crumb Cake, Pear Pizazz, Tempting Turquiose, Melon Mambo, Versafine Black Onyx

Versamark Lime and Orchid, Versafine Black Onyx


This one involves masking, inking and stamping. The stamps used are from Stampin' Up's French Foliage and is one of my all time favourite stamp sets. 

The inks used are SU River Rock and  Pear Pizzazz with a little Encore Gold stamp over the top.
The sentiment is also from Stampin' Up.

This second one uses the same inks and the same stamp set, although I only used the script stamp from it. The leaf shapes were made by cutting a mask using some Cuttlebug dies and then inking and  stamping through the mask. The sentiment on this card is from Hero Arts.
This last one is again inked and stamped into a Nestie Labels 18 Embossed frame, through a mask made with the same die.(One of my £10 bargains from the NEC) Once more I used the same stamp set with a sentiment from Paper Make Up. For this one I used mainly Adirondack inks. Hazelnut, Lake Mist, Cranberry, Caramel and a little SU Chocolate Chip.

Let's see your leafy creations... and do have fun!

10 November 2011

ShowCASe Week 39

Choosing ShowCASe cards is always difficult, but each time we're filled with admiration for all the wonderful entries we see each week for our challenges. One thing is really apparent and that is how comfortable so many LIMettes have become with Clean and Simple Card making, which, for us, is wonderful to see.
Without further ado here are our choices for our STAR week.

We're sure you'll all agree that these three are simply stunning  creations!
Congratulations ladies, do please add this accolade to your blogs..
October's prize winner will announced very soon.

05 November 2011

Week 40

Remember, remember the 5th of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot!
In the UK, it is traditionally on 'firework night' that the 'Gunpowder plot' of 1605 is commemorated. It was then that Guy Fawkes was arrested for laying explosives under the House of Lords.

Our first week of the month is another Colour challenge and redolent of bonfire flames we have chosen
Red and Orange
We are sponsored again this month by 


My first card for this week's challenge uses a couple of Anita's stamps... some of the first ones I ever acquired. They are similar in design, but differ in size and texture, one being solid and the other simply lines. The orange flowers were inked with  Scattered Straw Distress ink with a little Wild Honey added around the edges. The stamp was lightly spritzed with water before stamping. The red ones were stamped with Barn Door and Fired Brick DIs. I found a little flower centre in an old box of SEE Ds, which I used to fill in the centre of the flowers. The large open flowers were stamped with Fired Brick ink.
The sentiment tag and the border are from Spellbinder's dies.

I made this card from one of Arielle's images from the Wax Fruit Company. I just love her images. It's a quarter of a gerbera which I flipped and rotated to make a full flower image. It's coloured with Copics.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts.
As Mandi is off enjoying herself on the Queen Mary, I thought I'd pop in an extra one this week. I made this a few weeks ago for a friend.

I'm sorry that this is such a rubbish picture ... I can't even enhance it very well in Picasa.
Once more, I used  Distress inks. I swiped pieces of card with them before cutting out the butterflies with my SU embosslits folder. I double mounted the butterflies and then added a little Glamour Dust to each of the smaller butterflies. The sentiment was computer generated but I can't think what font I used... I'll add it later if I can find it!

Let's see lots of vivid reds and oranges this week, but remember that white space and minimal layering too!
Have a great week!

03 November 2011

Polka Dot ShowCASe

There were some stunning submissions to our  challenge last week, it's seems that Polka dots are a favourite with lots of you. We love them too!
We could have chosen heaps of cards for the showcase this week, but we had to limit it somewhat and so without further ado, here are our choices for Week 38

Fiona #64
Such a dramatic splash of turquoise and bold polka dots

Mary G #130
Dotty holly berries!

Elaine #146
Elegant monochrome

Laurie #153

The subtlest polka dots of all!

We are honoured to have such fabulous submissions to our challenges...
Congratulations everyone, please take the ShowCASe  badge from the page above to add to your blogs and thank you all!