30 November 2013

Week 148 Lucky Dip

This year November is another of those months which contain five Saturdays. To mark this we have another Lucky Dip Challenge and a special 
Guest Designer
This time it's 
Gillian is a long-time, faithful contributor to our challenges and produces the most inspiring work!
In honour of her blog name, the theme we have chosen for our challenge this time is

This one uses two of my favourite things...squished flowers and Glamour Dust!
The butterfly is from Memory Box (I think) and the flowers are from a little punch! I find that a Zig pen is excellent for adding Glamour Dust, but I believe that here I used some double sided adhesive sheet on the front of the butterfly, adhered the filigree part and then glittered the spaces in between!

This was inspired by Jan (LTC) who used this free cut file from Bird last week. The little birds are from a Memory Box die and the sentiment from Stampin' Up.

I've used the same stamp set for both of my cards today... Stunning Snowflakes from Uniko Studio. Here are the cards...

My first card uses one of the 3 styles of snowflake and I used flitter glue and some distress glitter in rock candy (although you cannot really tell from the photo) for each snowflake.  The sentiment is from the same set and heat embossed in smoky slate embossing powder from Stampin Up.  It's simply finished off with some pearls.

For my second card I decided to use white embossing powder onto pool party card stock.  The sentiment is also from the same set and I was so surprised at the detail the small text picked up it was a delight... I hate it when the embossing is not crisp. I used another one of the snowflake designs and then finished it off with smooth gems from hero arts.
Christmas is coming... get out all that twinkle...we'd love to see you SPARKLE!

29 November 2013

Showcase Week 146

Showcase Week 146 - Use Designer paper
We had a wonderfully varied selection of cards to choose from fir this week.
Here are our choices, we're sure there's something to inspire everyone.

What an innovative idea!

Great mix of papers from our sponsor this month!

We would like to have chosen Sarah (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahgray71/10984663123/)
but sadly we couldn't copy her picture here!
At least you know that we loved your card Sarah!

There's such a warm feel to this beautiful card!

Just fabulous!
If you haven't already visited these awesome blogs, do pay a visit, you won't be disappointed!
We had so many amazing entries, so that choosing a showcase was an almost impossible task as we could have chosen SO many. Thanks to everyone who submitted cards this week! You are all awesome!
Please take the Showcase badge to pop on your blogs!
See you tomorrow for our new challenge!

25 November 2013

October Winner

If you are looking for this weeks challenge you can find it HERE!

October Winner Sponsored By 

You always make the decision so difficult but we hope you will agree that this LIMette is a worthy winner . So without further ado the winner is....


Sarah has been blogging about 6 months and takes part with fabulous creations week on week and we hope you give her a huge congratulations.
If you email us with your choice of stamp and your address we will get your prize posted out to you!

Huge congratulations from us all!
Don't forget to pop the Winner's badge on your blog too!

23 November 2013

Week 147

Today we have another chance for you to catch up on those 
Christmas Cards
but this time with the added proviso to
 Use a Bird!
What fun!
Don't forget to keep it CAS and it would be great if you could visit a few fellow participants to our challenge to leave a friendly word.


Before I go onto my cards I just want to thank you all for your patience whilst I've been off as I've not been able to visit many of you in the last few weeks due to various things.  You are all fabulous and life is finally back to normality ... at least until Christmas :-)

For my cards today I have used the many of the same ingredients to make both cards. The images are the fabulous Bobby Along images from this months sponsor Pink Petticoat!

For the first card I cute out the aperture using rounded rectangle spell binders and the placed this over the image I have coloured in with promarkers and copics. It's finished off with a little glitter and some lucky limeade twine from Stampin Up.

As I have turned into a frugal crafter, I decided to use the negative from the aperture from my first card for the second.  The image is also coloured in with markers and then simply mounted onto the off cut. A little bit of liquid pearls finishes off the berries.


For this card I used a scrap of designer paper, I'm not sure of the origin as it's been sculling around in the drawer for quite some time, but I think it may be Pink Petticoat, I'm sure someone will put me right. The little bird stamp is from Hero Arts, coloured with Copics. The tiny holly die cut is from an Impression Obsession, wreath set. I failed to scrawl the make of the sentiment on the carrier sheet of the clear set from which this comes, but if I find out I'll add details of it.
The stitching is merely faux stitching using a paper piercing tool and a Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.

The other day a friend came round to make her husband a 50th birthday card using my bits and pieces. I cut out this Memory Box tree to show her what die cuts were and how they were cut. She decided on a different design so I thought I would use this one for a Christmas card. The little bird is cut from a Martha Stewart border punch. The sentiment is from the same set as the previous card.
Lots of birds seem to creep into Christmas, there are a few more cards on my personal blog, and we can't wait to see what birds take flight from your blogs!

22 November 2013

Showcase Week 145

As ever we were thrilled with the wonderful submissions for our One Layer Challenge
Here they are

Such a wonderful inking effect!

What a wonderful bold design

Such a delicate feather!
Thank you ladies!
If you haven't visited already, do please visit these blogs and feast your eyes!

Do please take the ShowCASe badge for your blogs !
See you tomorrow for another fun challenge!

16 November 2013

Week 146 Theme

Use Designer Paper in a CAS Way
There's a tendency to forget about Designer Paper when creating Clean and Simple cards, but there is a variety of ways in which it can be used... without covering large areas of the card base.
Let's see what you can come up with!
Here I simply chose to stamp onto some DP for both the image itself and the leaves, both stamps are by Jo Firth-Young.
The baubles or berries have been glazed but I'm afraid it's not apparent from this picture. IRL they are lovely and shiny!
The sentiment was cut on my Silhouette using CBGB Font.

This one incorporates DP for paper piecing, as a background mat and also for the sentiment...again cut with my Silhouette using the font CK_Alis_Hand_Official. There's another example card on my blog. I'm delighted when you come to visit me there too, thank you everyone, especially those who kindly leave a comment!

I'm in sunny Egypt this week so just one card to share with you... and it's using a fabulous Sneak Peek from a regular sponsor, Lili Of The Valley. These cute baby images are out later this month.

I've simply coloured the little one in with stampin write markers and cut him out.  A strip of designer paper from Stampin Up has been stitched and lay over a whisper white background.  The sentiment is also from LOTV.
I'll be back in the UK later in the week so cannot wait to see how you interpret this challenge.

We hope you'll have lots of fun with this one!

15 November 2013

Firework Colour Showcase Week 144

What fab examples we have in our showcase for you this week.
Wonderful firework colours on deep coloured backgrounds!  Yum!

If you didn't visit Gina's blog to see how this was done... take a look, it's an amazing technique!

Inlaid dies technique... love it!

What amazing shading!

What a stunning card!

Please display the Showcase badge with our thanks!

What inspiration we get from participants to our challenges. Please don't forget to visit a few other LIMettes, a friendly comment is always greatly appreciated!
Join us tomorrow for our new challenge!

09 November 2013

Week 145 OLC Thanks

Morning... It's everyone's favourite challenge this week...
One Layer Cards.
This week we have a simple one for you
Thank You

Just one card for me today as I'm off on holiday on Monday diving in Egypt and have not had much time to craft or do much else this week!
I've used the new "Geometric Style" set from Clearly Besotted... I just love this set so much!!
The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and I have used black Versafine ink onto Lucky Limeade card stock from Stampin Up
I'm sorry if I haven't managed to visit you all in the last couple of weeks I'm hoping I catch up on life over the next few weeks and get back into a routine.


Here I have used one of my favourite techniques...masking off a section of card, and then using an emboss resist technique. I love getting inky with my sponge daubers.
This is an image from Unity stamps with a sentiment from Art Impressions. I used Distress inks in Scattered Straw, Wild Honey and Rusty hinge with just a touch of Vintage Photo.
This one is an attempt at Zentangling!
The first one I tried had better patterns, but then I smudged the sentiment with a rogue patch of ink on the stamp which I didn't notice! Again I masked off a section before beginning to stamp. The flowers were also masked. I have decided that maybe zentangling is not my finest technique!
 It seems that the one layer challenge no longer sends crafters into fits of the hab dabs and some wonderful cards appear. We can't wait to see what turns up this week!

08 November 2013

String ShowCASe!

What fun submissions we saw for our 'string' challenge. LIMettes are such an inventive lot, we take our hats off to you!
Here are our choices for this superb week!
What an original idea!

What a fabulous flower created with hemp string!

Perfectly delicate.. so pretty!

An original use for twine, well matched by the leaves!

If you haven't already visited these ladies do pop by and leave them a word, we know it will be appreciated!
Please take our showcase badge ladies, which we hope you will display on your blogs!
We'll see you tomorrow for our new challenge!

02 November 2013

Week 144 Fireworks And September Winner

It's a new month which means a new colour challenge and a new sponsor!  This month we are delighted to be sponsored once again by Pink Petticoat.

We have a slightly different colour challenge for you.  We want to see how our photo inspires you and see cards that have ...
Dark background with a splash of colour(s)

This is the card I made for my lovely friend Mandi (she who created "Less is More" with me) whose birthday is today!
Happy Birthday Mandi! We hope you have a lovely one!
I used a die from Impression Obsession, cutting it in several fireworky colours and mixing them up into the black die cut card. I got in quite a pickle sorting out which hearts would fit where!
For the sentiment, I cut 1cm strips of the coloured card and stuck them to a piece of double sided tape and then die cut the birthday word from it.

This one has only a touch of colour... red for the cardinal and the tiniest bit of yellow for his legs.
The trees were cut with my Portrait machine. The sentiment is from Woodware.
I will be at the Craft Show at the NEC on Friday, if anyone else is going that day, it would be great to say Hi!
Just let me know!

My first card uses the photo not only for colour inspiration but for the design too.  I simply used a black card base and added a heart of colourful buttons from brights collection at stampin up

My second card uses embossing paste and a stencil and then bright blue glitter.  I have simply added some pearls and a sentiment from pink petticoat.

We are also sorry we forgot to post the September winner.....

Gina of Inky Bits!

Congratulations you've won.... if you email us we can sort out your prize


01 November 2013

ShowCASe Week 142

Wow you all really loved our Trees theme and you made it so difficult to chose but we have come up with a few fabulous cards to showcase.


Love everything about this tree


Modern and Crisp


Such a clever Idea

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!