26 October 2013

Week 143 Recipe

Good morning everyone! Another Saturday, another challenge.
For our recipe this week, we'd like to see
String or Twine

I really am on the last minute for everything this week... It's been one of those where I need longer days so I just have one card for you for the moment :-(

I've used some dotty card from Anna Marie for my card base... I love spotty card and then after using the curved edge die from Simon Says Stamp I have wrapped the crumb cake card stock with red twine from the ribbon girl.  It's finished off with a sentiment from LOTV and some cheery lynn holly leaves.

I'm hoping this week will be a lot less chaotic and I'll have some crafting time 

I made these twine flowers some time ago and I'm hoping that some kind person will be able to remind me where I came across the tutorial, as in true senior vein I don't remember.., I believe it may have been via our LIMette Gillian's  (Made with Sparkle) blog, but I looked there and couldn't find it.
Gillian has given us the link... thanks Gillian... here it is!
I used Stampin' Up's twine which is just perfect for this technique.
The sentiment is a die cut from Cuttlebug's Olivia alphabet. The stems are some just stalks from another die!

I used a flat knot for this one. I first saw how to construct it here. Barbara is a consummate crafter and her tutorial is great.
I was using scraps for this one... small piece of paper from Pink Petticoat, and scraps of kraft card.
The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

25 October 2013

ShowCASe Week 141

Witchy ShowCASe
What a fun week it was too, there were so many delightful witchy images, choosing a showcase was as difficult as ever, but here they are!

This is one trendy witch... magically coloured!

What fabulous stamping!

This is such an effective sky!

Couldn't resist this pair of legs!

If you haven't already visited these ladies' blogs, do pop by and say Hi, we're sure you'll agree that all these creations are stunning!
Here's the badge ladies!
We hope you'll add it to your blogs with pride!
Congratulations everyone.
See you tomorrow for our new challenge!

19 October 2013

Week 142 Theme

What wonderful witches we saw last week.
Once more there were several submissions which had forgotten or overlooked the One Layer Card week rule, but this week that doesn't necessarily apply, although they are always welcome at LIM.
For our theme this week we have chosen
It doesn't matter what kind of trees, but we would like to see a little more than just leaves!

This card shows a couple of ways of adding Gilding flakes. The Penny Black tree was stamped in Versamark and then sprinkled with Stamp 'n' Bond. After heating, the flakes were adhered and then burnished with a scoochy or whatever the little scrubby things are called.
For the sentiment, I added the flakes in a different way. I put some double sided sticky paper onto the front side of the card before die-cutting the letters. Once cut, I peeled off the backing and then dropped the letters into the tub of flakes. Once more they were burnished with the scrubby thing. Sadly the picture doesn't do justice to the fab shine one the card.
For this one I printed some freebie download trees from Simply Cards and Papercraft mag onto scraps of DP from my left-over drawer. In fact the papers look more similar once printed as this version has text on too. I simply varied the size and cut out the trees adding a little Stickles to each one.
The sentiment is computer generated in a font to match the text on the trees.
There are a few more cards on my personal blog.

My first card uses a fabulous Stampin Up stampin in hero arts shadow ink and simply stitched around the edges.  The sentiment is the from the same set.  The shadow inks blend into the paper you use to give a smooth ink effect.

My second card uses tiny trees from waltzing mouse stamps.  I used the same colour shadow inks for the tree but onto crumbcake card stock. The spotty paper is from anna marie designs.


18 October 2013

ShowCASe Week 140

Here is our ShowCASe for this week,
The Challenge was "White Christmas"

Simply Stunning scene!

Fabulous Embossing

Love the bold Sentiment

We're sure you'll agree that these designs are simply wonderful. If you haven't visited these ladies, do try to pop over and leave them a friendly comment.
Ladies please take our ShowCASe  Badge to pop on your blogs!
Thank you all!
We DO encourage every participant in our challenges to visit at least a few of their fellow crafters to spread a little friendliness, it means a lot!
Join us tomorrow for our next challenge!

12 October 2013

Week 141 One Layer Witches and Wizards

WOW everyone loved last weeks White Christmas challenge and this week it's everyone's favourite week.. One Layer Cards.  This week we have decided to have a theme of
Witches & Wizards (Or little monsters too!!)


Just one card from me this week as this week has gone by far too quickly .

I've simply stamped Abracadabra from Lili Of The Valley and coloured the cutie in with promarkers and copics. 

Here I have used one of Bugaboo's digital images. I just love this pair of legs!
It's coloured with Copics and then glazed with Anita's 3D Gloss. The background has been twinkled with Glamour Dust. The sentiment is computer generated.
This cutie of a monster is another digital image... this time from A Day for Daisies.
This was coloured with watercolour pencils and a water brush. The sentiment is from a retired SU set. I bought this as a single stamp on eBay so I don't know the name of the set it was originally part of.

It's so easy to get wrapped up in the theme of the challenge and forget about the One Layer part, so remember to stamp directly onto the card base and only add minimal embellies... if at all!

We would also like to encourage you to visit fellow participants in our challenge... even if you only manage a few, it means so much to receive a few friendly words... that goes for us too!
Have a great week!

11 October 2013

ShowCASe for week 139

Here is our ShowCASe for this week,
The challenge was to use Jen's terrific Sketch #10

What a terrific technique!

What stunning leaves!

What a vibrant card!

We're sure you'll agree that these designs are simply wonderful. If you haven't visited these ladies, do try to pop over and leave them a friendly comment.
Ladies please take our ShowCASe  BAdge to pop on your blogs!
Thank you all!
We DO encourage every participant in our challenges to visit at least a few of their fellow crafters to spread a little friendliness, it means a lot!
Join us tomorrow for our next challenge, it will be time for another One Layer Challenge!

05 October 2013

Colour challenge Week 140

White Christmas
For our challenge this week, we have chosen to add another parameter to our colour challenge and that is that the submissions must be Christmas related cards.
The colour is 
We would like to remind everyone that submissions must adhere to the Guidelines set out above and be evidently Clean and Simple!

It's also a new month which means a new sponsor and this month we are excited that Stephanie from Clearly Besotted is our sponsor.  Clearly Besotted are Celebrating their first birthday this month too!

This is a really simple card. It uses a stamp and its co-ordinating die from Poppy Stamps with a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp. Simply stamped and embossed in silver.

I took these pictures one after the other with the same conditions but they turned out so differently colourwise. Again, not very good editing, as this looks an odd colour maybe I should try to take another picture, but my camera battery is on charge at the moment.
Here is a little chickadee from Technique Tuesday, stamped on a cut file from the same company. The tree is die-cut from Dee's Distinctively dies. The sentiment is from Penny Black.


Thanks for you patience while I had a couple of weeks off.. It's great to be back crafting and looking forward to seeing what you create this week!

My first card using a new set from Stampin Up and I have stamped the sentiment in Smoky Slate ink.  I wrapped the card in vellum and simply added the panel on top.

For my second card I die cut out the memory box snowflake 3 times and then placed them on top of each other.  Its simply finished off with some stitching and a big gem!

I'm sorry the photography is not great...


04 October 2013

ShowCASe Week 138 Felt or Fabric

The 'New, Improved' Inlinkz format makes choosing showcase cards really difficult, as after clicking on each one in order to visit the relevant blog, the thumbnail image then becomes very pale and fuzzy, making seeing any detail extremely difficult. Is this progress?
Anyway, having looked at a separate computer to see the thumbnails clearly, here are our choices for the Felt or Fabric Challenge!

What a beautiful star!

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings ColourQ208 Unscripted Sketches 223 Digital
Great design, fabulous colours

What fabulous texture of fabric in this beautiful card.

What wonderful examples these are!
Do please take the ShowCASe badge to display on your blogs!
We hope to see you all back tomorrow for our Colour Challenge!