Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Less is More - Week 30 - Recipe

Hi everyone

Hope you all having a good week.  Just got back from a bank holiday camping trip, had a great time but boy was it chilly on a night.  Glad to be back in my own bed.

So after doing some blogging catch up, I wanted to get cracking with this weeks Less is More challenge, which this week is to use a recipe of 3 different challenges.  So here is my offering...

I decided to uses the dreaded acetate, which I actually quite like using but its a swine to take a decent photograph of!  The card base is a pearl navy.  The snowflake stamps are from Craftwork Cards which I've stamped with white Stazon.

The large snowflake is also Craftwork Cards which I've embossed with white glittery embossing powder.  So my three are:-  Use Acetate, Ink and Something that Moves.   I've stamped up a few more bits of acetate so you might see them later made up too.

Hope you like it.


Sunday, 21 August 2011

Anyone For Tea?

Just a quick post tonight as the kids are back and chaos has started up again.  I've made this thank you card for our friends Steven and Linda who live out in Spain and we were lucky enough to go and visit them whilst we were out on holiday there...

The stamp was a freebie from the August Quick Cards Made Easy magazine.  I've coloured the tea cups with Copics.  The frame and sentiment are from Craftwork Cards.  I've lightly chalked the daisy flowers with blue chalk and gone over them with some Stickles just for a touch of sparkle.

Going to enter this into:-

Hope you like it.

Bye for now.

Jo x

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Less is More - Week 29

Hi everyone, hope you having a good Saturday.  I've had a really busy day, the kids have been at my mum and dad's so I managed to get my Less Is More card made.

The theme for this weeks Less Is More challenge is 'Things that Move'.  So as its Summer (just) and it's the Mirfield Show tomorrow I thought I'd do some bunting.  I've kept my colours quite soft on this card, but I might have a go at a really bright one...

The papers are from Craftwork Cards Vintage Rose as is the Candi.  I don't know why but I'm into faux stitching at the moment so I went round all the edges, the black just seems to lift the colours.

Hope you like it.

Bye for now

Jo x

Friday, 19 August 2011

New Baby Boy

Hi everyone, Happy Saturday Afternoon

My kids have gone to stay with grandma and grandad for the night (yippee) which means that I've been able to sneak away and do some crafty pottering.

My friend and hairdresser Zoe has recently had a baby boy.  Not only does she do a fab job with my barnet but also asks me to make alot of cards for her, weddings etc. So I thought I would make one especially for her...

I have to say I struggled a bit to start with getting a layout sorted in my head, but then I glanced upon DawnyP's layout for her Simon Says Stamp challenge card, so I took my inspiration from her - Thank you!  The papers are from the Jayne Nestroenko Summer Adorables CD Rom and the Image is from Pink Petticoat.

I've coloured him with Copics and glittered him for a bit of sparkle.  I've also decorated the inside - a bit!

I'm going to enter this into some challenges...

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Button / Ribbons / Free (Gems)
The Ribbon Girl - use ribbon

Hope you like it, thanks for stopping by.

Jo x

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Less Is More - Week 28

Hi everyone,

Having missed the last 3 Less Is More challenges as I was on my holidays, I couldn't wait to get cracking on this one, but then I lost my Mojo!! The theme this week was to use inks or ink pads either in a way you've never tried before or using a favourite technique.  Oh boy have I struggled with this one, I've been waking in the night trying to come up with ideas.  I'm no big ink person.  I've got ink pads, and I love to stamp but that's as far as it goes.  I tried about three different techniques from spritzing them to smudging them all of which turned out looking like a dogs breakfast.  So I decided to simplify it (for my benefit) and go back to basics, so here is my card...

 I used my Versa Colour ink pads and the sheet that the die cut sentiments from Craftwork Cards come attached to, I stuck it to my card and started blotting, I used a Paula Pascual stamp in the middle, very simple and very basic.

I have had a look at some already entered on the blog and can I just say there are some extremely talented people out there I am in ore!!

Hope you like my humble little offering.

Bye for now.

Jo x

Monday, 15 August 2011

Brace Yourselves - this is a long one!!!

Hi everyone again, just wanted to upload some pictures of what I've been up to these past few weeks to make up for my silence, be patient with me got some pictures.  First of all the holiday.  We rented a villa in La Drova, Gandia, Spain for two weeks, we went with some friends and we also know a family that live locally to that area too, this is the villa and the views...

None of me yet, those are on my hubbies camera and we haven't got round to downloading them yet (need to vet them first)!  We had a fab time with gorgeous weather all the time.

So I came back on Saturday afternoon and on Sunday morning, drove down to Rugby to a Jayne Nestorenko workshop.  We used her new Adorables stamps.  We only made two cards, but there was quite alot involved (including a Sunday lunch).  Here are the cards I made...

We made a twisted easel card (minus the sentiment because mine smudged and I didn't have time to do another one).  The stamps are from the 'Wash Day Wishes' set and I coloured them with Copics - I just love the cat!

The other card we made was a stepper card.  The image is 3 separate stamps from the 'Secret Garden' set, so we had to do a bit of masking, I coloured it with Copics and I'm really pleased with how it came out.  I was also sitting next to Paul Church (demonstrator on Create and Craft) and he though the colouring was "gorgeous"..

Sorry it's a bit blurred.

So that's about it for now, hope this justifies my absence.  Still haven't sorted my LIM card yet!!

Bye for now.

Jo x

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Hi Everyone - I'm Back!!!

Just wanted to let you all know that I've not fallen off the face of the earth completely.  But have been away on my jolly holidays for the last two weeks in Spain with the family, had a fantastic time, the weather was gorgeous and we all had a good rest (well as much as you can with a 7 and 3 year old!!).

So we got back yesterday afternoon (Saturday) and today oh joy of all joys (forget washing and ironing), I've been down to Rugby to attend a crafty workshop with Jayne Nestorenko.  We made two projects with her Adorables stamps had a full three course Sunday lunch and caught up with some lovely ladies (and gents) that  also previously been other workshops, and generally had a lovely day, oh and spent some money too!!!

Hopefully tomorrow when I've got back to normal I'll post some pictures of the holiday and the projects from the workshop (also got to get my thinking cap on for the Less is More challenge - this is a tough one!!

Bye for now.

Jo s
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