Friday, 12 January 2018


The current challenge at Less is More is to make a clean and simple card using purples.  I have a good friend who loves the colour purple and butterflies so this will be her birthday card.  Luckily she doesn't look at my blog so the card will be a surprise.

I made the strip using the Faux Mother of Pearl technique featured by Loll on her blog - this involves using cling film to apply paint and then inking over the top.  I tried lots of paints and inks as I didn't have the one she mentioned.  Some worked better than others but I liked the sheen which was produced by the silver aquatint under the distress inks. 

Materials used:-
Spectrum Noir Aquatint in silver
Purple distress inks
Versacolor grape for the sentiment
Butterfly die - Sizzix butterflies framelits
Sentiment - Uniko Fontiments Birthday set
Pearls - Stampin Up (white) and Craftina (purple)
Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  There are lots of super cards over on the Less is More blog.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Noel card

This is my second card for the Muse Christmas Visions challenge this week. This time I was inspired by Elizabeth's snowflake card - see below.   I really liked the die cut snowflakes and sentiment and the use of the sequins which I tried to replicate in my card.  I created a background using Distress Oxides - I love the slightly chalky effect these create. 

Materials used:-
Distress oxides - Broken China and Pistachio
Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes and Lawn Fawn Stitched Square Stackables
Sentiment - Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Words Script
Sequins - Neat and Tangled snow white

Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Muse Christmas Visions

I can't believe it's nearly a year since I posted anything on my blog. It's been a busy year with moving house and not having access to my crafty stuff.  However I thought I'd make a start on my Christmas cards by taking part in challenges.

I was inspired by Elizabeth's cards on Muse Christmas Visions this week.  I especially liked her second card with the branches and the way she had coloured the sky which I have tried to replicate.

Materials used:-
Stamp - Penny Black "etched branches"
Sentiment die - Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Words Script
Distress inks - Broken China, Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac
Perfect Pearls spray
Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret

Monday, 28 November 2016

Muse Christmas Tag

This week's Muse on Christmas Visions is Cornelia Wenokor who has produced this lovely tag.  I really liked the effect created by using vellum for the top tag and I tried to replicate this in my card. I embossed the sentiment onto the vellum and then clear embossed the snowflakes onto the card, inked it with distress ink and then ironed the embossing off.  I then attached the tags to a linen card.

Materials used:-
Tag die - Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners
Sentiment - an old stamp I got from Lakeland
Snowflakes - Uniko Studio "Stunning Snowflakes"
Distress ink - Salty Ocean
Vellum and baker's twine
Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Less is More - books

I haven't taken part in the Less is More challenges recently due to lack of time but I was keen to try this week's one as the theme is "books and literature".   I wanted to use the Graphic 45 stamp of a little girl reading as she looks so engrossed in her book. I have tried to keep the design clean and simple but still have a vintage feel.

Materials used:-
Stamps - Graphic 45 "Schooldays" set
Script stamp - Hero Arts "old letter writing"
Sentiment - Uniko Studio Fontiments Birthday
Inks - Archival Sepia and Versafine Onyx Black

Thanks for visiting my blog - now pop over to LIM to see what the other participants have created.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Peace, love and yoga

I haven't had much time for crafting recently,  but when I saw the this month's One Layer Simplicity Challenge I immediately had an idea for a card.  Yoga is one of my hobbies and so I felt the lotus flower was appropriate for this card.

Materials used:-

Mask - the Crafter's Workshop Balzer Designs
Distress ink - picked raspberry
Sentiment - Penny Black "love and yoga" set

Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Just a note

Marilyn is the Guest Muse this week for Muse Challenge 180 and she has created this lovely card.
I liked the foliage stamps she used and the white embossing which really stands out against the background.  I decided to change the colour scheme to blues and greens but used the same technique as Marilyn putting distress inks onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and stamping with this.  I love the texture this creates! 
Materials used:-
Distress inks - peacock feathers, broken china, cracked pistachio and mermaid lagoon
Ranger cool graphite ink and Wendy Vecchi archival in in watering can
White embossing powder
Foliage stamp - from Chocolate Baroque Wild Meadow set
Sentiment - Dawn Bibby
Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate all your comments.  Margaret