26 September 2015

Week 243 Recipe

It seems that our Technology challenge last week caused as many problems as technology itself can from time to time, but there were some really clever and ingenious cards, so thank you everyone who entered!

For our Recipe this week we would like to to include


Lots of things spring to mind and you can choose whatever takes your fancy as long as
it is shiny and part of a Clean and Simple card.... that means unfussy
with lots of white space and minimal layers.

Here are our examples to give you a few ideas.

There are a few shiny things here, the mirri card, the iridescent sequins used as
the shaker element of this card and the little gems attached to the baubles... even the ribbon is shiny! The bauble dies are from Elizabeth Craft and the sentiment from Wplus9.
I started out by die-cutting the chevrons from Clearly Besotted: Geometric Style II, 
and the 'Sending' die which is a new purchase from Simon Says Stamp
using some foil cardstock. The 'birthday wishes' is also CBS from their 'Happy Birthday' set
and this is heat-embossed using Hero Arts White EP before mounting on 3d foam
I've added some Doodlebug sequins which luckily matched the foil papers perfectly.


I started by applying translucent embossing paste through a stencil, MFT Spring Flowers, onto some textured pink cardstock.  It goes on white but dries to a clear shine.  I cut a white cardstock panel slightly smaller than the card base and used a curved Dotted Border die by Avery Elle to create the split.  I stamped the sentiment from Clearly Besotted's Sugar & Spice set and then cut the embossed pink panel to the same width as the panel and adhered it behind, and then cut the entire panel to size before adhering with 3D foam strips.  There is a close up photo of the shine over on my blog.


The Memory Box bauble is an old favourite that has been well used.  
Here the top layer is cut from silver mirri. The bauble is popped up on silicon 
glue and a bit of shiny silver cord added behind it. 
The Winnie & Walter sentiment is heat embossed with WOW Blueberry.

We hope you enjoy this challenge and hopefully find it a little easier
than the technology one last week! Have some fun and don't forget to 
pop around some of your fellow Limettes to leave some friendly feedback!

25 September 2015

ShowCASe #241

Morning friends, it's time for us to reveal another selection of 
ShowCASe talent following the One Layer Wishing Challenge!

Here goes in order of entry ...

Lovely shading on the dramatic bloom, its off -the-edge layout and bold
 sentiment work really well for this card. 

A cute frog, super sentiment, but it is the number shape that stands out here
 as thinking outside the box.  One layer doesn't have to be square!


Super masking has created a really striking, effective card.
 Leaving the bunny unshaded adds to the effect.

Please take the showcase badge from the page at the top to add
 to your blogs and we hope you'll wear it with pride!

Thanks to everyone for taking part and if you haven't already
there's just a little time left to join in this week's Technology challenge 
but a new one will start tomorrow at 8am BST... Hoper you'll join us then.

19 September 2015

Week 242 Theme - Technology

Our theme this week is


What comes to mind with this word?
Love it or hate it, this is a word which is part of modern living...
we couldn't live without it these days although sometimes it's very hard to live with it!

So what can you come up with?
Give your imagination free rein!


I have a computer generated one layer card for this week's challenge. 
 I saw something extremely similar on Pinterest, found an on/off button image online and 
added the sentiment in problem secretary font. The card is linen textured, tent folded.

I was at a bit of a loss for a while and decided to see if I could make a representation 
of a mobile phone, with the bits and bobs I had around me!
I started by cutting a couple of rectangles from black and dull silver card, 
rounding the corners with graduated sized Corner Chompers...3/8" for the silver 
and 1/4" for the black. Next I cut a rectangle with a Spellbinder rectangle die, 
shortening it slightly to fit in the space. For the button I used a flower centre die 
and a hole punch, fitting the smaller black circle onto the silver piece. 
The microphone at the top was made with the letter i from a Cuttlebug's Babyface alphabet. 
The message is also from little alpha die-cuts and the sentiment is computer generated!
Job done!


I have to admit this was a mega struggle but in the end I decided to go with 'tech' speak!
Down with the young'uns using 'hash-tags'!
Mama Elephant Landscape Trio dies and Index Card set came in handy especially
as the latter includes a # die! After die-cutting the stitched rectangle I split the panel into 4
using a snow-drift border die. I inked up some cardstock using the same inks as the sentiments 
to die-cut 3 hash-tags. The sentiments are from Uniko - All Occasion Sentiments 
with 'smile' and 'celebrate' from the brand new set being released today. 
The '18' is die-cut using Avery Elle - Count on Us dies and is die-cut 3 times 
for added dimension. To finish a few sparkly gems 


I masked off the V shape with post-its and the curves of the logo were created using one 
of the straight stripe stamps from Clearly Besotted's 'Basic Stripes' set which I 
manipulated into a curve.  The three curves were embossed in Wow! Platinum EP. 
Instead of the usual dot at the bottom I changed this for a heart from Stampin' Up's 
'Work of Art' set and this was also heat embossed.  The coloured cardstock was cut with 
a stitched rectangle and a computer generated sentiment added, cut with a tag die from 
Clearly Besotted's 'Tag Along' set.  A few glazed gems were added to accent.

We hope you enjoy the challenge and can't wait to see the results of
technology ideas. Have fun and don't forget to keep your creations clean and simple!


18 September 2015

ShowCASe week 240

There were some magnificent entries for our Green & Gold  challenge and narrowing down the winners was a very difficult job, so this week we have four showcased cards.

Rema's interlocking hearts look fabulous and the stitched frame and crisp lines make this such a sophisticated card.
Tenia's creation uses wonderful layered elements whilst remaining CAS.  We loved the dotted paper leaves.
The die-cut leaves cut from Brushos on watercolour card look incredible outlined in gold on this super CAS creation.
Christmas Card with Scribbly Christmas from Tim Holtz by Sweet Kobylkin
The offset notepad die-cut panels look fantastic with the scribbled tree image and metallic embossed detailing.  We loved this classy card.
We are so thrilled to have so many wonderful crafters who contribute fabulous cards to our challenges each week, we're only sorry we can't showcase them all!

Please take the showcase badge from the page at the top to add to your blogs with our grateful thanks!
There's just a little time left to join in this week's challenge but a new one will start tomorrow at 8am BST... join us then.

12 September 2015

Week 241 One Layer

Who would believe it? 
It's One Layer time
This title this time is 
You don't necessarily have to have that word on your card, but the sentiment or design should reflect the theme!
Greetings cards are all about sending good wishes to someone, so it shouldn't cause too many problems... the one layer element is another matter of course!

DO remember that white space and try not to add too many embellishments!
Here are our cards


I stamped and masked the images from Clearly Besotted's Love Quotes II stamp set using Archival ink in Jet Black.  I then coloured the images with some Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and water.  The sentiment is from the same set and I finished off with a sprinkling of Doodlebug sequins.

My kraft card has embossing paste stars stencilled on from a Memory Box stencil, a Unity sentiment and a Clarity couple stamped and heat embossed.  Hillside added with a Pigma pen.

This is the simplest of cards. A computer generated sentiment and Winter Pines stamp by Deep Red. There are some twinkles on the trees, for which I dabbed a little Stickles here and there, but sadly this doesn't really show up on the photograph. This may well be one of those stand-by type designs which I'll be able to produce quickly should I be short of a few cards at the last minute.
The fonts are VNI-HL Thuphap and Lydian BT.

I decided to try out a rustic-type scene with cups and mugs using the 'Warm Wishes'.
set from Clearly Besotted and sentiment from their In The Frame set.
The sentiments, including the hand-drawn line in versamark are heat embossed
in WOW Pale Gold Metallic EP, whilst the mug and cups are embossed 
using Hero Arts white EP before water-colouring with distress inks.
To finish ... some extra dots to the cups using a gel pen for more detail!


11 September 2015

ShowCASe #239

It's time to reveal another fantastic ShowCASe following the
 Lucky dip - sprays and mists challenge!

You certainly didn't mind getting messy did you and once again
wowed us with your inspirational designs making the job of
selecting our winners extremely difficult!

 ... even if you aren't in the showcase line up you are still winners in our eyes
 as your weekly creations are such a feast when we check out where the 
challenge theme has taken you and we appreciate your contributions every week.

So in order of entry here's our choices

A fabulous spritzing and misting technique here to create a blurred effect
 over the grassy images. Beautiful colours and a super CAS design!


Another brilliant CAS design, elegant, clean with just the subtleness
of spray mist to follow the theme of the week!

Yet another striking card with a beautiful layout, sophisticated elements which 
work brilliantly together with the teeniest spritzing and stencilling to pull it all together!

We do hope you'll 'wear your badge with pride' on your blogs and 
your ShowCASe badge can be found on the tab at the top of the blog.

There's still time to enter our colour challenge which is Green and Gold
this week ... you have until 10pm BST tonight and we'll be back tomorrow
morning with details of the next Less is More challenge.

09 September 2015

August Winner

It's that time again!
The months are simply sailing by and we'd like to announce our
Less is More prize winner for August!

This month's prize has been kindly donated by our wonderful sponsor

August Sponsor

and our lucky winner is Liz of Crafty Sunflower!

Liz is a regular participator in the Less is More Challenges, always with superb 
CAS designs and fun takes on the themes plus her smiley little face is constantly
popping up in the comment lists which we love to see!

A very worthy winner; we appreciate your contribution Liz, 
and hope you enjoy your prize.

Please contact us by email for details of how to claim it.

There's a winner's badge waiting for you at the top of our blog, 
which we'd like you to display on your blog with our thanks!


Don't forget you have until Friday 10pm BST to enter our
Green and Gold colour challenge.

05 September 2015

WEEK 240 Colour Challenge

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It's time for another colour challenge and we have chosen
Green & Gold
 We would like you to keep any additional colours to neutral tones and make it obvious which two colours are this week's chosen shades.
There doesn't have to be a lot of each colour... just remember to keep your design 
Clean and Simple 
with lots of white space!

Here are our examples!


Using various green distress inks blended onto watercolour card in an 'ombre-type' 
fashion I then heat embossing the Christmas tree and sentiment from Uniko: 
Rustic Christmas with WOW gold metallic sparkle embossing powder. 
The birds are from the same Uniko set, stamped in gold delicata and for added detail I
die-cut my panel using MFT Die-namics inside out stitched rectangle stax!

On some white cardstock and using the Background Builders Vines Winter Additions set by Uniko I stamped all the elements separately, first using two green inks and then once dry I stamped the rest in VersaMark and heat embossed with Wow! gold embossing powder.  I then stamped the sentiment from Simply Said Christmas, also by Uniko, in green pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I die cut the images with a Stitched Rounded Rectangle by MFT.  I used a Paper Smooches die called Stitched three times to create the stitched rows on the card base and then popped the image panel up on 3D foam in the centre.

 Autumnal greens and golds, this is an Inkylicious stamp, masked and repeated, coloured with an assortment of Distress Inks.  There is some very fine gold embroidery thread wrapped around the panel, the sentiment is Hero Arts.

This is an Impression Obsession die-cut, randomly coloured with a deep green alcohol pen, then stamped with a splatty stamp and heat embossed in white. A little Glamour Dust was added for extra sparkle.
The sentiment is from Stampin' Up (retired) and embossed in WOW Pale Gold EP.
The background is embossed with a Sheena Douglass folder. 

Remember Green and Gold and little else!


04 September 2015

ShowcCASe Week 238

Week 238 ShowCASe
You may remember that we had a sketch for our challenge last week and what a lot of wonderful interpretations of it there were.
Here's a reminder

Choosing our showcase entries was a real pleasure  and here they are!

Love the torn edges of the main panel and the beautiful leaves.

(sorry, we don't know your name!)
We couldn't resist these little beauties...guaranteed to bring a smile!

Kath used this delicate DP and matched it beautifully with the sentiment in this terrific CAS card!

DO take the ShowCASe badge from the page at the top ladies and we hope you will display the, on your blogs with pride.

There's just a little time left to enter this week's mist/spray challenge, but we hope to see you tomorrow for another new colour challenge!