19 December 2015

WEEKS 255 & 256

Happy Christmas Everyone!
We hope that you all have a wonderful time wherever you may be over the holiday period.

We have decided to let this challenge run for two weeks as many will not have too
 much time for crafting with everything else that's going on at this time of year.
SO ... thinking of home and families, our theme for you is ...

  1. 1.
    simple and unsophisticated.
    "homespun philosophy"
  2. 2.
    (of cloth or yarn) made or spun at home.

This may conjure up many differing images in one's mind, but think simple, primitive,
lots of white space, gingham, knitting, sewing, folk art... you get the idea!

Here are some examples to whet your whistles!

This is a little image from Little Claire I believe, with a tiny bit of paper piecing and 
colouring with alcohol pens. The large heart is die-cut from felt and the smaller one 
from a Stampin' Up Embosslit. The sentiment is computer generated.

This is quite literally 'spun' having tipped up all my boxes of bits and bobs to 
find my flower 'spinning' loom and using Hemp twine I've fashioned this 
flower with a button threaded to the centre. It's not exactly postage-friendly hence
 the circular aperture and mounting on funky foam to allow the flower to be stitched 
to the card base. The striped design paper matches pretty well and adds a little
 more interest to the card. To finish a birthday sentiment from Happy Little Stampers


I stamped four different stitch designs from the Stamped Stitches set by 
Hot Off The Press on a cardstock panel and topped with a faux stitched heart 
by Clearly Besotted, stamped and die cut from some patterned paper.  
I tied some Hemptique twine in a bow to the back of a button by Stampin' Up, adhered this with a glue dot and stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches' 
Chit Chat set in Celadon ink by Versa Color, to co-ordinate with the button.


Paper pieced digi from Pink Petticoat on kraft, colouring with Inktense pencils.  Computer generated sentiment, a dotty button and some twine added.

As ever there are more examples to be found on the individual blogs of the DT
and we would all  love to have you visit us there.

18 December 2015

ShowCASe Week 253

Hello there LIMettes - are you ready for a colourful showCASe!

It's time to reveal our choices following the blue and green 
colour combo challenge and what a creative and clever 
bunch you are - never ones for making it easy for us are you?

Here goes in order of entry:

what a wonderful background, watery and full of movement, 
great use of the challenge colours.

we loved that dramatic, offset snowflake and the doodled border, 
great use of the challenge colours.

what gorgeous colours for the adorable image and love the
splattering on the background too.

We're sure you'll all agree that these are spectacular and well worthy
of our ShowCASe badge. Congratulations ladies and we hope you'll take 
a ShowCASe badge from the page at the top and display it proudly
on your blogs to show our thanks and appreciation!

There's still a little time to enter our One Layer 
'What's in my Stocking' challenge which ends at 10.00pm GMT today
before we announce our final challenge for 2015 tomorrow
at 8.00am GMT -  we hope you'll join us then!

12 December 2015

Week 254 ONE Layer Challenge



These challenges seem to come around really quickly!
Here's another and this time we'd like to see


Are you up for a little fun?
You can take this cue any way you like, but remember it must be a
ONE LAYER CARD with lots of white space!

A stocking is not necessary on your cards, but you may like to depict
something which may have been in one!

Here are our examples to get you in the mood!


I am always happy to find chocolate in my stocking, this Rubber Romance 
image and sentiment sum it up - at least the chocolate!  
Coloured with Copics.

If I'm ever stuck for an image for any particular challenge, I often look to the Internet 
for copyright-free colouring pages. This is one which can be easily downloaded.
The sentiment was computer generated and I think is rather fitting for this image. 
It was coloured with alcohol pens and gently twinkled with Wink of Stella.


The images are from Clearly Besotted: Naughty or Nice, coated in 
glossy accents and left to dry overnight before inking with distress ink
in Blueprint Sketch. The curve detail is created using the MFT Die-namics stitched 
border dies to emboss the card base. The sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays


I stamped this gorgeous image, 'Hanging the Stockings' by Lili of the Valley, 
and sketchily coloured it in with my Derwent Coloursoft pencils, 
I think pencils were a good choice for this style of image.  
The sentiment is from Happy Little Stampers 'Mixed Christmas Sentiments'.  
Oh to be a child again with the excitement of hanging up our stockings 
waiting for Santa. I couldn't share what's likely to be in my stocking 
as I don't get one anymore! (can you hear those violins?!) haha

We hope you enjoy the challenge and that you are feeling super festive!


11 December 2015

Fruity ShowCASe

Good morning all!
Here is our showcase for the Fruity challenge from week 252! 
What a great bunch of cards were on display!

Pears, Mistletoe, CAS
We all loved this card with its perfectly co-ordinated sentiment and image, and the inky backdrop is fantastic.

Joyce's stamping is so crisp and vibrant, a wonderful layout and the stamped plaid strip is flawless.

A lovely traditional card, lots of white space, wonderful colouring and just the right amount of sparkle.

We're sure you'll all agree that these are splendid indeed.
Congratulations to you all. Please take our ShowCASe badge from the page at the top for your blogs.

Our thoughts are with all the folk in Cumbria at the moment during the dreadful floods, let's hope we can support the businesses which are still operational in the area during this really trying time.
There's still a little time to join this week's colour challenge which ends at 10pm GMT tonight, but another fun one will start in the morning at 8am, so do join us then!

05 December 2015

Week 253 Colour

Morning LIMettes are we ready to have some colour-fun?

Yep it's that one again but first of all being the first Saturday in 
the month means we've also a new sponsor to announce! 

We are delighted to welcome back 'Dies to Die for' who are generously offering a
 £15 voucher to our December winner to spend in their online shop HERE

So back to our Colour Challenge and this week it's 
Green & Blue

Here's what the DT have created and we hope you feel inspired to play along. 
Please remember to keep your cards Clean and Simple with some yummy white space!

I started by making a stencil using a die from Clearly Besotted's Leafy Accents and sponged Mowed Lawn Distress Ink onto a cardstock panel.  I then stamped the butterfly from Clearly Besotted's Elegant Butterflies set using Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, drawing in some of the ink with water, and die cut using the co-ordinating die.  I stamped the sentiment, from Pure Florals Cosmos by Uniko and then created some ink splatters with a mix of Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and water.  The butterfly was adhered on 3D foam and some clear Wink of Stella added to it for some shimmer.

My Crazy Birds fly again, this time with accessories!  Coloured with Copics, 
Glossy Accents on the eyes.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Here is a sweet little stamp from Hobby Art coloured with alcohol pens and with the bear gently twinkled with Glamour dust! After cutting out, it was mounted on a stitched square die-cut, popped onto dimensional pads and accompanied by a sentiment from Happy Little Stampers.

Using a piece of blue textured cardstock from Papermania I've die-cut
snowflakes with the Lawn Fawn snowflakes die before mounting the card
on 3d foam. The sentiment is from Happy Little Stampers and I've added
subtle green with some gems from my stash to the centres of the snowflakes.

We hope you have some fun and find a little time to play along!


November Winner

Hi there LIMettes!
WOW! Not only has another month zipped by in a flash
but we are almost skipping into a new year too! 

That's a mountain of wonderful creations you have delighted us with
and today we are announcing our winner for November!

Generously sponsored by 

November Sponsor

Our super loyal and lucky winner for this one is 


Viv has been supporting and entering our challenges forever and even
enters more than once a week. It never ceases to amaze how she finds the time 
and energy combined with other entertaining activities described in her cheery posts.
She certainly knows how to party as well as create stunning and inspirational cards.

We love your work Viv and hope you'll continue to support our challenges.

Congratulations and please contact us by email for details of how to claim your prize

There's a winner's badge waiting for from the page link at 
the top of the blog. We hope you'll 'wear' it with pride on your blog!

04 December 2015

ShowCASe Week 251

Morning all, it's 'number-cruncher' time!
Well ... time for us to announce our showCASe following the
numbers challenge and what a brilliant and fun collection to select from!

So here goes in order of entry:

Neon, bold, striking numbers - who can resist this eye-popper!
Perfectly crisp, clean, classy and we love the stunning simplicity!

Another crisp and clean card with elegant die-cut numbers in pretty pastel shades.
All set against a striking and ornate clock face with the most awesome sentiment!

Here's a discreet and super clever take on the numbers challenge!
Once again crisp and clean stamping, lots of white space and one brilliant
'think outside the box' card. 

We hope you enjoy our showCASe and agree these are well worthy winners.
Congratulations ladies and we'd be honoured if you take a showCASe badge from 
the page at the top and display it proudly on your blogs with our thanks and 
appreciation for your continued support of our challenge.

Ok so we've a new challenge starting tomorrow but if you're quick you can 'squeeze' 
a card in to our fruity challenge which closes as 10pm GMT this evening.

Have some crafty fun!