9 Nov 2017

Imperfection is Beauty

Hello there. I'm here today to share a card I made with some brilliant Visible Image stamps.

Crikey! This card is something very different to the beautiful, colourful and inky creations the rest of the design team are making (and I will make in the future). But, I thought I would dare to be different and make a really classic card to show that these stamps look amazing with both a non-inky treatment as well as in amazing colours. I haven't really seen the Visible Image stamps used in this classic way before so hopefully it may spark your imagination to try something similar with their other stamp sets. Mind you, I must admit I am really looking forward to using this set with vibrant colours too!

Anyway, hopefully I've hit an elegant note with this one?



This card is so easy to make and you don't need a ton of supplies so it's very easy on your budget.

The flower and sentiment come from the Imperfection is Beauty Visible Image stamp set. I stamped the filled-in flower 3 times onto black glossy card stock with clear versamark ink and heat embossed in Stampendous Pirate Gold embossing powder.

One stamped image was used for the background, another I cut freehand to make the raised 3d flower and on the final image  I cut around the centre.  The cut flower was curled carefuly with a bone folder. You have to be careful to avoid cracking the heat embossing. It was attached directly onto the background flower and the centre was added popped up on a 3d foam pad.

TIP: if your black cardstock has a white core, you can cover the white edges up by running a black sharpie pen around the cut areas.

Here's a close-up.



The sentiment from the same set was stamped and embossed in the same way onto another piece of black glossy card and this was matted onto a card base made from a brushed gold piece of card folded and cut to create a 15cm x 15cm card blank. 

I finished the inside by using the small flower from the same stamps set and a sentiment from the Go To Words set and heat embossing those in pirate gold too.
 

Stamps Used

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/imperfection-is-beauty/      https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/go-to-words/

Other Supplies:
Versamark clear ink, Stampendous pirate gold embossing powder, black glossy cardstock, brushed gold card, 3dfoam pad.


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafting from the heart #182 - Anything Goes
Creates and Makes #16 - Anything goes
HeARTful challenges Nov 5-Nov12 - Anything goes + a stamp. My first time playing here as this is a new challenge site for me!
Simply Create Too November - CAS. My first time playing here too. I don't normally get to play along with Friday challenges.
That's Crafty - Forever Floral
Through The Craft Room Door 7th Nov week - Anything goes

 

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

4 Nov 2017

Less is More #353 & 354 - Fireworks (colours)


Hi there. Wow! November, eh? Where on earth has that last month gone? Today I'm here to introduce the first challenge of November at Less is More.

It's a COLOUR challenge and we want to see firework colours.  This challenge is going to last for 2 weeks because some of the LIM design team are attending a craft retreat next weekend. So there is plenty of time to get your entries in.


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As it is a new month, we have a new sponsor for the whole of November.

http://www.diestodiefor.com/

And our guest designer for this challenge is the fantastic Birgit! She has made a stunning card for us and you can see it HERE. Please pop over to leave her some blogging love.

Also, if you head over to the challenge blog you'll find some fantastic inspiration from the design team - and maybe even a few bonus cards on their personal blogs.

I did some research on firework colours and it turns out that you can get them in all the main colours of the rainbow - so happy days!

I have 3 cards for you today.

1) Fireworks!

I immediately thought of firework images rather than colours when I started making my cards for this challenge, so I have to show you my first make. It is made with pounced & watercoloured distress stains representing the colours of the fireworks and firework shapes in various shades of WOW! sparkly embossing powder. What's not to love about this?

I may have pushed our 'clear white space' requirement to the very edge here, so I may get told off about this one, but the colours make me so happy I had to share it.

I'm entering this card into
Addicted to Stamps and More! #266 - Anything Goes
Ikesworld Challenges (It's the 100th challenge!!) - Celebrations
Tuesday Throwdown #367 - Watercolour




STAMPS: Clearly Besotted Dandelion Dreams
DIES: Tim Holtz Celebration words script
INKS: Versamark clear.  
Distress Stains: mustard seed, ripe persimmon, festive berries, picked raspberry, salty ocean, lucky clover
OTHER: Wow! embossing powders: metallic brass sparkle, metallic gold sparkle, metallic copper sparkle. White card, watercolour paper

2) Glittering Christmas


For the next card I wanted to have a vast expanse of clear white space. I also wanted to capture the glitteringness (hmm, that's probably not even a word, is it?) of fireworks along with their colours so I heat embossed the tree in  glittering gold. That adds a lovely 'bling' to Christmas cards so I didn't even need to use the stickles that I had planned to add to each of the promarker coloured circles. 

I'm adding this into:
Crimbo Crackers #144 - Quick and Easy to make
I love Promarkers #346 - Show Us Some Sparkle
Wow! embossing powder November Challenge - Christmas




STAMPS: Penny Black Twinkling
DIES: Die'Sire Merry Christmas
INKS: Versamark clear
OTHER: Papermanis Tinsel Gold embossing powder, Promarkers (Berry Red, Mandarin, Canary, Grass, Aegean, Purple) white card, Foam tape

3) Butterfly Thanks


I've been making a lot of 'square' and 'rectangle' layouts recently so I wanted to make a circular one for a change....with some butterflies. These are shop bought butterflies simply coloured with promarkers and glittered with glamour dust. (yes, I did sparkle for a week after making that card!)

This one is for:
CCEE Stampers Challenge #1744 - Thanksgiving or Card of Thanks
Craftaholics R Us #43 - Thank You
Crafty Creations #353 - Anything Goes



DIES: Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script, Lawn Fawn Stitched Circles
OTHER: Hobbycraft paper pearl white butterflies, Promarkers in Yellow, Mango, Berry Red, Grass, True Blue & Purple, Quickie Glue Pen, Crystal glamour dust, Corner rounder punch, White card

 
Well, that's it from me for now. Thanks for popping by, and I hope to see you again soon

Hugs,
Sharon xx

3 Nov 2017

Exciting news!

Yippeeee!

Crikey - I've been on pins waiting to announce this since I was first contacted by Helen and Mark.  Happy dancing?? Oh yes ...... I think I have worn my flooring out ;-)

Anyway, I'm thrilled, delighted and extremely excited to announce that I made it onto the Visible Image Stamps design team

https://visibleimage.co.uk/


The announcement is now up on their blog HERE

It was a complete leap of faith in applying because I wasn't sure my CAS style was what Helen and Mark were looking for...but they said 'yes'. 

Now I can't wait to get started using their fabulous stamps and stencils. Stay tuned!

Hugs,
Sharon xx

28 Oct 2017

Less is More #352 - Stamp Layering



Hello my friends. Thanks so much for popping by. I'm here today to introduce another Less is More challenge and it is recipe week.


So we're looking for ways that you layer stamps. This could be with stamps that already have several parts that stamp on top of each other to create a flower, or stamping in colour and then stamping again in clear ink to clear heat emboss, or maybe even stamping in white onto a dark cardstock and then stamping again in a bright colour. Can't wait to see how you interpret this theme.

You can head on over to the challenge blog for some fantastic inspiration from the design team.

I have 2 cards for you today.

1) Flower Power


For this card I layered the florals in the background by stamping the flower outline in clear ink and embossing in white powder. The flower petals were then stamped in distress inks and once dried stamped again in clear ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. This gave a resist technique to allow the yellow background creation.

For a bit of interest I stamped 3 extra flowers and fussy cut them for embellishment. The difference with these florals is that I over-stamped a pattern on the petals in distress oxide inks.




I'm entering this into:
Crafty Creations #353 - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges #166 - Birthdays
Pause Dream Enjoy #196 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

STAMPS: Uniko Flower Power 2, Uniko Background Blocks Halftone
DIES: Lawn Fawn inside out stitched rectangles, Marianne designs (I think) leaves
INKS: Distress Inks: peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, twisted citron, squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, foscillised amber. Distress Oxides: peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, twisted citron. Versamark clear.
OTHER: Pearlised Paper and card, Wow! ultra bright white embossing powder, Stampendous detail gold embossing powder, Distress spritzer, gold Gems 3d foam pad, dimension glue.


2) Let it Snow!

You can watch me make this card from start to finish on my YouTube channel by clicking HERE.

Here I did my own interpretation of stamp layering where I added different layers of inks and stamped and clear embossed in between each layer of colour, so that the stamps are layered in different colours.





This one is for:
Crafting By Designs - Christmas
Fab n Funky challenge #368 - Christmas
Paper Minutes #509 - Brr Cold
The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Challenge #17 - Anything Christmas Goes
Watercooler Wednesdays WWC142 - All about Christmas

STAMPS: ClarityStamps Snowflakes
DIES: X-Cut mini sentiment dies
INKS: Distress inks (Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans), Encore Silver ink, Versamark Clear ink
OTHER: Clear embossing powder, 3d foam pads, water spritzer, Silver Mirri card, White linen card.


That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back soon.

Hugs,
Sharon

21 Oct 2017

Less is More #351 - Monsters



Hi there. Gosh, I've had SUCH a busy week and that means....shock! horror!.... just one card from me today. I know, I know, you expected more but it just can't be helped. Hopefully normal service will be resumed next week.

Anyway, there are 3 thoughts behind this card though:
  1. October is breast cancer awareness month and pink is the colour always associated with breast cancer awareness. So I wanted to make a pink card.
  2. It had to be clean and simple.
  3. Monsters was the theme for my DT card and I wanted to make a monster card for girls.
 
Big panic though! Not a single monster image in my stamp or die collections and I had no time to scour the internet for a digi image to use. To the rescue came the Clearly Besotted fingerprint stamp, a micron pen for doodling legs, arms, mouths & placards, and some googly eyes. Nothing over-complicated, just simple stamping and doodling. I think this could either be used for a Halloween card or a birthday card.

 

SUPPLIES

STAMPS: fingerprint from Clearly Besotted In Print. 'Happy' is from WOW! Mr Wow's Wonderful Words & 'Day' is from Wow! Just Sayin
INKS: Marvy Blending Blox - shades of pink
OTHER: Googly eyes, raspberry card, Micron pen for the doodled arms, eyes, legs and banners.


CHALLENGES

I'm entering this into:
Addicted to Stamps & More! #264 - Clean and Simple
Cardz 4 Galz #58 - Monochromatic
Craft Rocket Challenge #42 - Birthday of Pretty in Pinks
Starz Stamps Challenge - Lots of pink
Stinkin' Inkers - Monster Mash
Sunny Day Crafting #57 - P is for Pink
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Pink October
Tuesday Throwdown TT365 - Clean and Simple
Unicorn Challenge #26 - Perfectly Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Hope you like this little card.
Please head on over to
the Less is More challenge blog for some fantastic inspiration from the rest of the design team.

Please pop back soon. It was lovely to see you here today.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

14 Oct 2017

Less is More # 350 - Stars


Well helloooo! How're you doing? We're still sweltering with the heat over here but I think it is due to cool down slightly in the next few days, What an Indian summer this is!

Well, these Saturdays are rolling around way too quickly so here we are again for another super One Layer Card challenge at Less is More and those one layers need to feature stars.
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Once again we are joined by Bev, the brains behind Uniko our October sponsor, as our guest designer. You'll see her card and find a link to her blog from here, and please be sure to leave some love for her.

If you head on over to the challenge blog you'll find some more fantastic inspiration from the design team.

I have 3 cards for you today.

1) Tipsy Santa


I thought I was really stuck for images with stars on (but then I found tons after the fact!) so whilst leafing through my Christmas stamps I came across this Santa image. Now, he is supposed to be upright, but I thought about all that sherry / port etc that he has to drink whilst delivering presents and just imagined him seeing stars at the end of the night. Hee hee! Gosh! I am so sorry guys but I actually think this stamp set has been discontinued now. What a shame.

That one is for:
Crimbo Crackers Challenge #143 - Create a scene
Hannah and friends #284 - Stars (with a living creature human, animal or fantasy)

STAMPS: Katy Sue Designs The Wine Buffs - The Christmas Spirit & Santa and Pals (I think these may be discontinued)
INKS: Memento Tuxedo Black
OTHER: White linen card. colouring pencils


2) Star of Hope


Back to 10 minute makes (well, if you ignore the stickles drying time!). The large star and sentiment were simply stamped and heat embossed with white EP, a few strokes of a white pencil and some stickles finished it off


This is for
Stamps & Fun = Creativity #309 - Non-cute

STAMPS: ClarityStamps
INKS: Versamark Clear
OTHER: Wow! Opaque Bright Ehite embossing powder, China white pencil, Stardust Stickles, Blue card



3) Joy to the World

Another 10 minute make and I had forgotten that I had this stamp set. It gave me the chance to try out an embossing glitter powder that I've had for a while but never used.


This one is for:
Addicted to Stamps and More! #263 - Holidays

STAMPS: Paula Pascual Stamps - Joy to the world PPCSA6004
INKS: Versamark Clear, and a Versamark clear embossing pen
OTHER: Wow! Hearthrob embossing glitter, Papermania Tinsel Gold embossing powder, White linen card, Misti


That's it from me for now. I hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

7 Oct 2017

Less is More #349 - Hot N Spicy

 
 


Helloooo, helloooo, helloooo. Well, we're sizzling hot this week at the Less is More challenge - just like the weather over here in Portugal. Sorry UK peeps, but we're still getting temperatures up into the high 20's and up to 30 degrees which is fab for October. We're still waiting for autumn to hit here.

Anyway, it's a new month and that means the first challenge is a colour one.

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As it is a new month we have a new sponsor for our October challenges:
http://www.uniko.co.uk/shop/

and the lovely Bev, owner of the Uniko store is joining us as our guest designer this week. Please pop over to see her amazing card and leave her a little love.

Today I have 3 cards, a video clip and a link to a full video tutorial. So let's start with my main DT make.

1) Hot - hot glue


As you may have seen I've been pretty taken with the heat embossed hot glue technique and I couldn't resist making another abstract panel using spicy colours.  This card is larger than I normally make because the panel was almost my normal A6 size (14.4cm x 10.5cm) and because we love our clear, uncluttered 'white space' at Less is More I had to attach it to a larger card blank.




I'm entering this one in at
Addicted to Stamps and More! #262 - Make your mark
Deep Ocean Challenge #165 - Colours of Autumn
Through The Craft Room Door - 3rd Oct - Anything Goes

 Here is a few seconds of video which shows off just how sparkly and glittery the panel is.



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You can access the full length tutorial by clicking HERE.
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STAMPS: Papertrey Ink Birthday Basics Sentiment
INKS: Distress Inks Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed
OTHER: Hot glue gun, Papermania tinsel gold embossing powder, gold Glimmer Mist, watercolour paper, white card

2) Spicy spotlighted flowers


It would've been rude not to have made a card using some of our sponsor's stamps (seeing as I have quite a few of them!) and I thought I'd have a go at the spotlight technique with this one.

This is the first time I've inked up this particular stamp and I really like it.

This one is for:
Aurora Wings Challenge #58 - Clean and Simple
The Crafty Addicts #41 - Anything Goes/Autumn Colours
Through the Purple Haze #135 - Anything Goes



I toned down the spicy colours a little here to give a different look and I couldn't resist adding some sparkle to this one too and for once I captured the sparkle on camera (It looks like if I take my photos at around 6pm I actually capture the sparkle!)

STAMPS: Uniko Originally Organic
DIES: Lawn Fawn stitched circles
INKS: VersaColor 54 brown
OTHER: Stardust Stickles, Promarker in oatmeal, colouring pencils, 3d foam, white card.


3) Sizzling Christmas

I'm still on my mission to get some Christmas cards made so I challenged myself to make some using the hot and spicy colours and I immediately thought of a desert scene.

I've made these for:
ABC Christmas Challenge - U=unlimited, v=vibrant
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Christmas
The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Challenge #16 - Anything Christmas Goes
The House that Stamps Built DCC104 - Count your blessings
The Mod Squad - Colour Me Fall (colours of Rust, Orange and gold)



STAMPS: ClarityStamps image, Papertrey Ink Signature Christmas sentiment
INKS: Distress Inks rusty hinge, carved pumpkin, fossilised amber, mustard seed, squeezed lemonade. Ranger Archival ink in coffee, Versamark clear.
OTHER: Wow! Metallic gold sparkle embossing powder, Gold Glimmermist, Brown, white and a orangey-yellow card.

Yes - I went a bit mad and made 3 different versions based on the same idea. I quite like these so I think I may make a few variations for my Christmas 2017 stash ( these 3 bring the running total up to 7 cards  😱 - Ha! I've only got to get them all done by the end of this month ready for posting when I go over to the UK in November!!! )

These are for
Happy Little Stampers October Christmas challenge -  Anything Goes with optional twist of silhouette



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You are also in for a treat if you head on over to the challenge blog  as there's some major spiced up inspiration from our design team.

That's it from me for now. I hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon