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Saturday, 12 August 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!


Hi friends!
I hope you are ready for the monthly one layer challenge at Less Is More... This time we want to see some vehicles in your projects! Our design team has lots of fun samples for you HERE and we also have a fantastic guest designer, Marge... I'm totally in love with her cards and especially her coloring skills! 

In my card I used a fun boyish stamp set by Paper Smooches combined with a cool sentiment stamp by The Ton. I stamped this card when visiting my friend Sandie in June and did the copic coloring and decorative die cutting back home. I think this turned out so fun! 

Our sponsor for the month of August is the fabulous UK based online craft supplies store Seven Hills Crafts. Play along and you could win a coupon to their store! 


I'd like to join in:





Thanks for popping by and I hope to see you joining us! 




New Challenge at Inkspirational!


Hi friends!
I'm here this morning with my DT card for the new Inkspirational Challenge:


Our team has made lots of samples how to interpret the word "wave", don't miss any of the cards, click HERE! You'll also find out that Helen is our guest designer in this challenge. I'm sure you'll love her card!

I decided to use a wave-shaped die cut and used it as a snow bank. Another Christmas make from me. :) The MFT Santa was stamped and die cut from my friend Milla and I think he is hilarious! Santa is colored in with Copics and I used some Stickles for extra sparkle. I used starry designer paper for background and glittery Nuvo drops for extra stars. The sentiment (freebie with a magazine) is stamped with golden Delicata Ink. Love that stuff! 

Thanks for popping by and I hope to see you playing along!



Thursday, 10 August 2017

Time Out Challenge Reminder


Hi friends!
You still have about one week to play along at TIME OUT challenges where we are inspired by this gorgeous photo:


For all the challenge details and prize info, click HERE. We are sponsored by STAMPlorations

This card is a bit unusual for me because it's created solely with die cuts! I was inspired by the colors of the photo and the map-wallpaper. I had the square frame ready from an older project so I cut some designer paper to fit it for an inlaid-die look. I then placed the large globe-die cut and hug-word on top. Both of these die cuts are gifts from my TO boss Sandie! Thank you Sandie! 

I hope you'll now have a look at our blog. You'll be very inspired by the cards that our guest designer Trinia and our DT members have create, there's many looks to go for! It's your turn to take TIME OUT and craft. :)


Saturday, 5 August 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!


Hi guys!
Another week flew by and we have a new challenge for you at Less Is More. It's time for a color challenge in our rota and we are inspired by the colors of tropical fruits!


Our sponsor for the month of August is the fabulous UK based online craft supplies store Seven Hills Crafts. Play along and you could win a coupon to their store! 


We are also very happy that we have a guest designer in our tropical fruits challenge, Tara! She made a fantastic card with a sentiment that makes me smile -don't miss her card or the fantastic inspiration by our DT -click HERE!  

In my card I've used fun, retro-style stamps by Altenew and sentiment stamps by MFT. I made my colorful stamping with Memento inks and stamped the sentiment with black Versafine. The small black dots are made with black Nuvo drops. This looks like a very simple card to make and it should be... But this the fourth attempt! I kept messing something up with my stamping and had ink all over the place... I was hardly breathing when stamping this fourth panel! What a waste of good card stock... The stamped panel is quite busy so to keep my "white space" as large looking as possible, I opted for not attaching the panel in the middle of the card. I quite like how this turned out!

Have a fun weekend everyone and I hope to see you playing along! 


Friday, 4 August 2017

August Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers



Hi friends!
It's already August... Time to get busy making Christmas cards, only 4 months to go! :) The August Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers is Anything Christmas goes with the optional twist of Poinsettia. Most of the team went with the twist and there's fantastic inspiration on offer HERE. We hope to see you playing along! Click HERE for information about the prizes. 

My card is a very simple CAS design. I've simply stamped an Uniko poinsettia to a die cut rectangle, colored it in with Copics and added lots of golden Stickles for details. I love Stickles in Christmas cards! The sentiment is from the same Uniko stamp set. 

Thanks for popping by and I hope to see you playing along at Happy Little Stampers!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!


Hi friends!

The final Less Is More Challenge for the month of July is a fun one: 


You could use paper piercing, eyelets, sewing, brads, piercing dies... Many fun ways to play along!

I went with piercing dies and decided to make some more Christmas cards for my stash. I've done about 50% of all the Christmas cards that I need this year so I'm doing pretty well! Last year was a disaster,  I think I got only 1/4 made of what I would have wanted to make... So this year I started already in January! :)

Card 1: Santa Claus (above)

My first card is made with goodies from my friend Milla... Only the sentiment stamp (Penny Black) is from my own stash! I've colored the hilarious MFT Santa with Copics and added lots of Stickles details. I love Stickles for Christmas cards although I don't use it often otherwise. The pierced circles are made with a Memory Box die. A couple of sequins finish off the card. I quite like gold with green, it's a festive color combo!

Card 2: Christmas Bunny (below)

The window die with beautiful faux stitches is by MFT... And from Milla again. ;) The Mama Elephant bunny (and yep, from Milla again...) is colored with Copics and I've added Stickles to her wings. The background is made with a stencil (Memory Box), some ink (already forgot what I used!) and an old make up brush. The white heat embossed sentiment is from a set by The Greeting Farm. I've played with clear, glittery nuvo drops too -they are hard to see in the photo but I've added them here and there in the inked background.


Our challenge blog is filled with fantastic DT cards for this challenge... And it's worth checking out the personal blogs of our DT members -there's often extra inspiration on offer there too! I look forward seeing what you'll create. Play along and you could win a fabulous prize from our July sponsor, Happy Little Stampers! Thanks for popping by and have a wonderful weekend.



New Challenge at Inkspirational!


Hi friends!
I'm here to share my DT card for the new Inkspirational Challenge. We are being inspired by this fabulous photo:


If you click the photo larger you'll see there's a blue starfish on the shelf -that was my main inspiration point. I also used a line stamp (Prima) + woodgrain background paper, both inspired by the planks in the photo. The starfish stamp is by Stampers Anonymous and I bought it especially for this challenge (+ a couple of more DT cards that are coming up later). It's a new stamp style for me and I was a bit confused what to make with it at first but I do like this end result! I colored the images with Copics and added lots of dotted details with my favorite white gel pen. The sentiment (by Altenew) is heat embossed with white powder on black card. Clear sequins finish off this card. Oh and I should mention the lines are stamped with Delicata gold ink... They shine beautifully IRL! 

I hope you'll now head on over to our challenge blog to find out what the rest of the DT made. Our guest designer this time is Jaydee and I've sen her card -it's amazing! Don't miss it. :) 


Saturday, 22 July 2017

New Challenge at Less is More

Hi friends!

We have a new challenge for you at Less Is More:


A fun but tricky one, isn't it! 

Card 1: Hugs


My first DT card has a large sponged lotus flower (or something close to lotus!) which I sponged with memento desert sand ink and colored on top with Copics for a "no-line coloring"-look. I usually shy away from this technique but this image was so large that it was not very difficult to keep the lines and petal edges clean even though there isn't any defined outlines. My sentiment is a large hugs-die cut (from my friend Sandie, thanks hon!) which I absolutely love. I sponged it with some distress ink and also brushed the same ink on top of the flower. I think the larger size of the sentiment die worked pretty well with the large size of the flower. I added Wink of stella to the sentiment and couple of clear sequins to finish off the card. I also die cut the panel with a MFT border die for just a little bit of extra interest.

I'd like to enter my Hugs-card to 

Stamping Sensations: anything with flowers (my 2nd entry) 

Card 2: Thanks


My second card has a self-made white on white thanks-background which I created with die cut sentiments. I backed my white card white Stick-it adhesive before die cutting so creating the background didn't require much effort. It looks quite fun IRL, unfortunately the lighting conditions were a bit bad when I photographed this but I hope you get the idea anyway! The cute, stitched die cut flowers come from Lil' Inker and I've added wink of stella and clear sequins to them to get the card looking a bit more girly. The off-white card base is not so yellow as it looks in the photo... The lighting again. :( 

Our challenge blog is filled with fantastic DT cards and lots of inspiration for this challenge. For me it was a challenge to not to get to play with my stamps but there is many alternatives like stencils, dies and even some store-bought fun toppers to play with... I look forward seeing what you'll create! Play along and you could win a fabulous prize from our July sponsor, Happy Little Stampers!




Thursday, 20 July 2017

New Challenge at TIME OUT!

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Hi friends!
I'm here with a DT card for our new challenge at TIME OUT Challenges where we are inspired by words:

'If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely' Road Dahl

As always, our challenge runs for two weeks and we also have a guest designer, Toni, whose card for us totally makes me smile. Don't miss Toni's brilliant card, work by our DT or any challenge details, click HERE

I decided to concentrate on the sun-part of the quote and colored in W+9 flowers with sunny colors. The card is also really shiny -all the greenery is glittered up with Wink of Stella and I also added some clear, sparkly Nuvo Crystal drops. There's a couple of tiny rhinestones too and about 1 million white dots that I made with acrylic paint and paint brush. To be honest it all looks a bit crazy (like snow and raindrops at the same time...) but that's how it is this time. :) The stamped greeting is by Papertrey Ink. The background is very lightly inked with pale yellow DI and old make up brush. Hope you like and thanks for popping by!

I'd like to enter:
Stamping Sensations: anything with flowers
Stamp Ink Paper: Fabulous florals

Sunday, 16 July 2017

New Challenge at Inkspirational!


Hi friends!
I'm slightly late with my DT card for the current Inkspirational Challenge but I hope you'll forgive me!

The next fortnight we are having fun with this sketch, chosen by our lovely Shauna:


Our guest designer is the wonderful Izzy whose creativity is often mind-blowing, don't miss any of her cards, follow her blog HERE!

I used Altenew Bamboo Roses- flower stamp, W+9-sentiment stamp and The Ton background stamp in creating my card. The flowers are colored in with Copics and the background stamp was stamped with golden Delicata ink. It looks quite smashing IRL! My crafting buddy Milla has been spending some days at my place and helped me in finding my mojo, it has been lost for weeks now... But I've truly enjoyed our Copic coloring sessions and playing with Milla's stamps! :) 

Thanks for popping by and I hope to see you playing along. 

I'm linking my card up to Altenew July Inspiration challenge. Love that red rose! 






Friday, 14 July 2017

TIME OUT Challenges Reminder




Hi friends!
I'm one day late with my reminder card for the current TIME OUT Challenge, but better late than never! We are CASEing the fabulous Cornelia (see the cute birdie card above!). For all the challenge details and prize info, click HERE. We are sponsored by Happy Little Stampers


My card's focal point is Bamboo Roses- stamped and die cut flowers by Altenew. I've colored them in with Copics and attached them to a die cut panel. Both designer papers I used have "wooden finish", inspired by Cornelia's background stamp. Also my overall layout was inspired by Cornelia + I used a lot of green like she did. 

Before joining us, do check our DT inspiration along with fab Guest Designer cards from Pooja from the TIME OUT Challenges blog





Saturday, 8 July 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!

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Hi friends!
I'm here with a quick post to share my DT card for the new Less Is More Challenge:


In other words -use anything but white card for your one layer card base!



This challenge runs for 2 weeks and is a joined challenge with AAA Cards. We are sponsored by Happy Little Stampers and Kylie from HLS is also joining us as a guest designer with a fab, pink card. Don't miss Kylie's card, all the challenge details and creations by the DT -click HERE

I've used cute new poodle stamps by Clearly Besotted + a MFT sentiment in my card. The poodles are white heat embossed and I also added color to their "accessories" with a purple Copic marker and Wink of Stella glitter pen. A super simple CAS card, no embellies or nothing! The photo was taken on a rather cloudy day and is a bit unfocused, sorry about that -it looks better when clicked larger. :)

Thanks for popping by. 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Guest Designing at AAA Cards!



Hi friends!
Today I have the great pleasure to be guest designing at AAA Cards! I was so pleased when Jane asked me to join in for this challenge, "Words Have Power". How true is that, right!! 

 I always think cards that have the main focus in sentiments are fun and this time I had a NBUS stamp waiting that was just perfect! These stamps come from CAS-ual Fridays and are just gorgeous. The three red colored flowers are from the same set. There's even words rock + love -this is just such a fun stamp set! 

I colored the words in with grey Copics and added some additional color with red markers and white gel pen. I did very basic masking to stamp the three individual flowers behind the sentiment. After die cutting the decorative MFT border and adding some sequins my card was all finished! I love how this turned out! 

I hope I've inspired you to play along. Thanks again AAA Cards for having me!

Read all about the challenge and HERE. I promise you you'll be inspired by the work of the AAA design team!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!



Hello friends!

It's time for a new challenge at Less Is More! The next week we'd like you to craft based on this sketch:


 I love the curves on the sketch! I ended up being a bit naughty with the sketch in both of my cards but let's have a look at them anyway! :) STAMPlorations is sponsoring the June challenges at Less Is More. Play along for a chance to win! Also, the LIM Design Team has fabulous samples for you in our challenge blog HERE. Don't miss any of them!


Now let's see what I made. 

Card 1 Summer Flowers

Immediately after seeing this sketch I knew I wanted to play with patterned paper, the sketch seemed perfect for it! I decided to stretch the middle part of the sketch to get more white space -I did want to see how the card would look with patterned paper on both ends. I do like it! A bit naughty with the sketch though! ;) The hello-die is by STAMPlorations and the heat embossed friend-word is by MFT. I added some clear drops for shine. A very simple card! 


Card 2  Christmas Flowers

More naughtiness happening here... This time the sentiment is not at all where it should be! Bad Nonni! However... I do like this card too! Looks like I'm enjoying being rebellious! Let's hope my LIM bosses won't sack me. I promise to sit on a naughty step if that helps!

I've used my favorite snowflake die along with a curve edge die, patterned paper, MFT sentiment stamp and one single black half-pearl. The black sentiment looked very lonely being the only black thing so I added the pearl to keep company to the sentiment! The white panels are piped up with fun foam for extra dimension. 

The poinsettia patterned paper comes from a stack I won from ABC Christmas Challenge and I'm happy to play along again with this card! The current challenge is M= More Than One and I have more than one flower + more than one curve! I'd also like to join:

Simon Says Monday Challenge: Vacation (I chose Christmas Holiday)


Thanks for popping by everyone and I hope to see you joining us! 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Guest Designing at Color Throwdown!




Hi friends! 
Today I have a great pleasure today to be guest designing at Color Throwdown! I love their color combos and am thrilled to join in as GD in this challenge. The color combo is above -so fresh and full of life. Perfect for floral cards! 

In my card I used a wonderful flower stamp by The Ton. I've just got it and I think it must be new favorite! So beautiful details and such pretty flowers. I've colored the flowers in with Copics. The sentiment is from a Clearly Besotted set. I didn't want a completely white bg this time so I've used lightly patterned paper to cover the card base + striped patterned paper to "ground" the stamped panel. This card is screaming for some bling but I made this parted from most of my crafting stash... No sequins, rhinestones, enamel dots, nothing like that on hand! My stash has already travelled to my summer home and I'm following tomorrow -I'm looking forward to a happy re-union! :) 

Thank you again Lori and Color Throwdown for inviting me to join in! 

I'd like to join: 

Stamping Sensations: Your Favorite Stamp

Saturday, 17 June 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!



Hi friends!
Another summer week flew by and we have a new Less Is More Challenge for you! This one is quite fun and special, it's a theme "Personalise It". How will you interpret this? From our challenge blog you'll see many fun ways to join in, the Less Is More design team is as inspirational as it always is! Our guest designer in this challenge is Lucie from Luciecards. She has wonderful sense for CAS, don't miss her work but follow her in Instagram! 




I made my card for my friend Sandie. I was visiting her a couple of weeks ago and handed this to her in person with a small gift. The white letters are stickers out of foam material so this card is quite dimensional: the card front is popped up with fun foam too because I seem to have a problem with attaching card fronts flush with the card base... There always has to be some space in between! I think this might be an obsession of mine!  I attached the stickers on the card front where I had stenciled some fishtail patterns through a circle mask. I used couple of ink colors for the ink blending. I die cut a border for added interest and added some clear drops for sparkle and shine.  

I hope you'll now head on over to our challenge blog and join us! In June we are sponsored by STAMPlorations. Play along for a chance to win! :) 



New Challenge at Inkspirational!


Hi friends!
I'm here with my DT card for Inkspirational! We are inspired by this gorgeous photo:


Our DT along with our fabulous guest designer Lynda have great samples for you, don't miss them, click HERE!

In my card I've used stamped and die cut Altenew flowers for my focal point. I made a simple card using just one strip of purple cardstock on my card base to "mount" my flowers on. I also used some clear drops for "water drops" :) The sentiment is by Altenew too. 

Thanks for popping by and I hope to see you joining us!



Thursday, 15 June 2017

TIME OUT Challenges Reminder


Hi friends!
I'm here to share my DT card for the current TIME OUT Challenge where we are inspired by the gorgeous photo below! 



We are sponsored by Happy Little Stampers. All the details and prize info is one click away in the challenge blog! :)


Our talented guest designer Ashwini and regular DT members have more inspiration for you in the challenge blog too so that's the place where to hang out right now! I loved Ashwini's colorful floral card.

In my card I've used stamps by Clearly Besotted Stamps that came free with a magazine one hundred years ago. Just an estimate. ;) The leaves are stamped first with green ink and then partly re-stamped with dark grey ink for shading -I used my MISTI so this was very easy to make. The flower is colored in with Copics and I added some white gel pen details too. Very simple and quick card! 

I hope to see you joining in TIME OUT Challenges, happy crafting!