Saturday, 23 September 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!

Hi friends!
Another week flew by and we have a new challenge for you at Less Is More! It's time for a sketch challenge and here's the sketch:

I rotated the sketch vertically and used stamps by Simon Says Stamp + Waffle Flower Stamps (the small cup with the bunny). I've done some simple masking + used Copics to color in my images. As almost always I couldn't leave my favorite white gel pen out and have added a lot of white details. :) A couple of Nuvo drew drops finish off the card. 

I hope you'll now head on over to our challenge blog for lots and lots of DT inspiration! In the month of September we are sponsored by Happy Little Stampers. Play along for a chance to win a voucher to their store! 

New Challenge at Inkspirational!

Hi friends!
We have a nice and easy word prompt for you at Inkspirational Challenges:

Our talented guest designer Shawna and regular DT members have lots of fun inspiration for you, don't miss any of it but visit the challenge blog using the link above! 

In my quick and simple card I've used a sentiment stamp by STAMPlorations, background stamps by Uniko and flower by PTI. Coloring with Copics, white gel pen and wink of stella. Easy peasy!

I had to take my photo in unnatural light and it makes the white "overly" white... The background stripes are a lot more visible IRL for example. My camera settings should be ok and the light bulb I'm using is the kind they recommend for taking photos like this -if anyone has any tips for this, I'd love to hear them! Maybe I should just have the light more far away?!? Or it's coming too much from above maybe?

Edit. a couple of hours later... I now took a new photo outside in natural light... No sun in Finland... Now my card base looks blue! Oh man! :) This is hopeless!

My card was inspired by the sketch at CASE this sketch and colors at CAS colours and sketches. I'm also entering: Simon Says Monday: Shimmer and Shine + Simon Says Wednesday: Pop it Up (my flower is popped up!). 

Thanks for popping by!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

TIME OUT Challenge Reminder!

HI friends!

I'm here to remind you of our current TIME OUT Challenges, where we are inspired by words:

Paint The Flying Spirit Of The Birds Rather than its Feathers

Our sponsors for this challenge is Happy Little Stampers and the winner of this challenge will get a $15 gift voucher.

I was obviously inspired by the word "birds"!

I stamped this card already in June when visiting my friend Marina from My Perfect Life in England. I loved these Penny Black birds Marina has, they are super cute! I did my coloring with Copics and aded Stickles for shine. A couple of enamel dots finish off this bright and happy card!

Now I hope you'll head on over to our challenge blog for more DT inspiration! We are thrilled to have Carol joining us as guest designer... If you don't know her blog (impossible, I think!), click HERE. After admiring the work of Carol and our regular DR members, it's your turn to take TIME OUT and craft! 

I'd like to enter: Shimmer and Shine (zoom to the birds and you'll see the Stickles!) 
AAA Cards: Autumn colors (I know this is a Christmas card but red and yellow say autumn to me! Do you agree?) :) 

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Guest Designing at Paper Smooches!

Hi guys!
I'm here with a quick post featuring my third guest designer post for Paper Smooches. I've used the most adorable monster die from their laters release along with other dies and sentiment stamp... Click HERE for more details in Paper Smooches blog! 

I've used some basic distress ink sponging and splotching techniques in my card. I couldn't resist adding googly eyes to my monster too. :) The black frame is also sponged with DI and I've added glitter to it with Wink of Stella. Hope you like and thanks for popping by!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!

Hi friends!
It's time for the weekly Less Is More challenge and this Saturday we have one of our theme challenges for you! The theme is "Take Flight". Our design team has wonderful samples for you HERE, don't miss any of them!

My first card is an all-white card created with a STAMplorations die cut butterfly, starry-galaxy type of Echo Park background stamp and Altenew sentiment. I heat embossed the background and the sentiment. This is actually my card nr 2, my first attempt is the second card of this post... It ended up to be on the edge of not-CAS so it didn't find his way to our challenge blog. :) I do like this all-white card but what a pain it was to photograph, goosh! I added a detail photo for you to have a closer look. 

close up:

With this all white card I'd like to join:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Clean and simple 
ModSquad Challenge: Heat embossing
Simon Says Monday Challenge: It's written in the stars

Below is the second card... It was nicely CAS before I ended up die cutting the wonky edges to the card base and making inlaid die cutting with the pieces -it looks ok in the photo but IRL it's pretty layered and "full". Love this backgorund stamp though, I have many ideas for it! 

Click the photo larger for closer look of the details
Before going I'd like to remind that in the month of September we are glad to be sponsored by Happy Little Stampers. Play along for the chance to win!

Thanks for popping by!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Guest Designing at Paper Smooches!

Hi friends!
It's time for my second GD card for Paper Smooches -I'm their guest designer for the month of September and am so enjoying playing with the goodies I received! Click HERE for the post in the Papersmooches blog so you can read more about the products I used and have a look at more DT inspiration! 

I made a quick little fall card by stamping small leaves for the background. I then cut it to a curved shape using one of the new dies. My coloring is made with Copics and as always, I needed to add white gel pen everywhere... I'm addicted to it! :) 

I'd like to join: 

Thanks for popping by!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!

Hi friends!
We have a new challenge for you at Less Is More

We'd like to see one layer cards with coloring!

If you are a regular visitor you know I really much like to color in... But lately life has been super hectic and I haven't been giving much attention to my markers. I do miss them so it was fun to create this quick little one layer! Click HERE for fabulous inspiration by my teamies! In the month of September we are happy to be sponsored by Happy Little Stampers

I needed a birthday card for a 3 year old boy and thought this dog stamp that I borrowed from my friend Milla would be fun for him.... This dog has such a fun, grumpy smile! The white dots I added to his face unfortunately make him look he is a little bit ill but oh well... I do tend get crazy with a white gel pen and once I started adding the dots, I couldn't stop! :) I "grounded" him on a stamped PTI background with help of simple masking. Some enamel dots and teeny tiny rhinestones for his collar finished of the card. 

I'd like to enter:

CAS on Friday: Use markers/pencils
thanks Sarah and Izzy for the tip, I had missed this one!

New Challenge at Inkspirational!

Hi friends!
We have a brand new challenge for you at Inkspirational. The next fortnight we are inspired by this beautiful photo:

Our design team along with guest designer Karren (one of my favorite designers! do check out her blog!!) have fabulous inspiration for you in the challenge blog. Click HERE for all the details!

I was inspired by the sheet music paper and the black silhouette image -it made me choose to use the bold die cut sentiment by STAMPlorations. I've also used my favorite snowflake die and created a quick Christmas card without any stamping. The embossing folder I used in the card base is a magazine freebie. Super quick and simple!

Hope you like and thanks for popping by! I hope to see you joining us!

I'd like to enter:

Thursday, 7 September 2017

TIME OUT Challenges Reminder

Hi friends!
Here's my reminder card for the current TIME OUT Challenge where we are CASEing this wonderful card by Bev from Uniko:

Uniko is also our sponsor and the challenge blog is filled with wonderful inspiration from our DT and guest designer Lucie, whose designs I adore... Don't miss any of the fun, click HERE!

It's pretty obvious how I was inspired by Bev: I loved the bold stripes of color and the use of an outline flower image. I decided to play with my newest Altenew stamps and was also inspired by the color palette of the Altenew September Inspiration Challenge. I really love how this card turned out and I would never had thought of this design without Bev so a huge thank you for inspiration, Beverley! 

Thanks for popping by friends and I hope to see you playing along at TIME OUT!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Guest Designing at Paper Smooches!

Hi friends!
I was the lucky winner of Paper Smooches September Guest Designer Search and here I am sharing my first card with their wonderful new goodies! Here's the stamps and dies I created this card with:

The stamps are great for planner crafting which is very popular at the moment. However, I don't have a planner/journal (yet!!) so my plan is to make cute, fun (hopefully!) CAS cards with these new stamps. These dies can be used for example for creating cute Halloween monsters but I decided to make my own background with the geometric shapes. Below is a photo of the "faux dry embossed background" I created with the shapes -my stamped card front is attached on top of this background that adds quite a lot of dimension and interest to the CAS design! I've popped up the stamped card front with fun foam for even more dimension. 

Thanks for popping by and don't forget to visit Paper Smooches for more info and inspiration! 

Monday, 4 September 2017

September Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers!

Hi friends!
It's already September... Time to get busy making Christmas cards, only 4 months to go! :) The September Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers is Anything Christmas goes with the optional twist of Sparkle. 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 used a Mama Elephant bunny (I got to stamp and die cut this from my friend Milla, thanks Milla!), A Penny Black sentiment, some sircle dies + an snowflake embossing folder. The bunny is colored in with Copics and the sparkle is in her wings -I used Stickles. 

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

Saturday, 2 September 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!

Hi guys!
We have a new challenge for you at Less Is More and it's time for a color challenge in our rota and we have chosen Royal Blue and Lime Green for you to work with.

It's already September now which means we have a new sponsor for the new month. We are proud to have Happy Little Stampers joining us so play along and you could win a coupon to their store! HLS owner and designer Kylie is also guest designing in this challenge. Don't miss her card or any inspiring work by our DT, click HERE!

I must apologize for my photo... It was taken on a rather gloomy day and my colors look a bit washed out... I wish you could see them IRL! I've heat embossed the two Concord &9th flowers with white powder, water colored them with Koi water colors, masked them and stamped the background patterns with two Marianne Design stamps. The sentiment is also from a Concord & 9th set. I added tiny black Nuvo drops for embellishment. I find Nuvo drops so much nicer to use than sequins or real enamel dots. Maybe it't the fun of making the drops yourself! :) 

I'd like to join

Thanks for popping by and I hope to see you joining us at Less Is More! This is a wonderful color combo, our DT is rocking it and so will you for sure! Happy crafting! 

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Card for Challenges/ Time Out Challenges Reminder -Better Late Than Never! :)

Hi guys! 
I'm here to share a card I made with my new Concord &9th stamps. My wonderful friend Sandie sent this stamp set to me as a birthday gift and I absolutely love it. Thank you Sandie!

I missed the TIME OUT Challenges reminder post on Thursday due to hectic work stuff but our challenge is still running for a couple of days HERE. We are looking for autumn-themed cards with the option of speed stamping... Read all about the challenge from the link, I'm sure you'll be inspired by the work of our DT! 

I wanted to color these flowers with soft earthy autumn colors and I begun this with stamping them with Rich Cocoa Memento ink instead of black. My coloring is done with Copics an I've added details with white gel pen, Wink of Stella and Nuvo drops. You can't really see the Nuvo drops or WOS in the photo but the shine and dimension is there! :) The frame die comes from MFT.

I'd like to enter:

Thanks for popping by!

Saturday, 26 August 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!

Hi guys!

Welcome to another Less Is More challenge. We have a fun one for you this week: Use a real object. The design team has made fantastic, creative samples for you, don't miss any of them, click HERE! Our talented guest designer is Viv and I really love her artistic card. Welcome to LIM, Viv!

My card could not be any simpler. It's as CAS and as quick as it gets! I used linen textured card base and stamped the sentiment and the flower stems by PTI on it with the help if my Ranger stamp tool. I then attached the buttons as flowers and this card was done I think in under 5 minutes! This stamp set is very fun, it's designed to work with using buttons. I do feel this was so easy I almost cheated with my DT card this week but at least it looks quite cute! :) My DT friends surely have more complex designs for you to admire. My last two weeks have been very busy at work so no second or third DT cards this week -hopefully I'm sure back into crafting more!

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! 

New Challenge at Inkspirational!

Hi friends!
We have a new challenge for you at Inkspirational challenges: oldie but goodie, use a stamp from the days when you started crafting. I actually chose this challenge and can not wait to see what you'll create with your oldest, probably neglected stamps! I'm sure the old stamps become happy when they get inked! :)

When I begun card making I was obsessed with doilies. I loved using actual doilies for more layered cards and bought some doily stamps for my stash too. I didn't own a die cutting machine that time -otherwise I'm sure I'd also have doily dies in my stash! My DT card is made with a My Mind's Eye doily stamp set. It's not the oldest stamp set that I own but very close -I have actually recently used the very oldest one so I wanted to let this one a chance to come out and play. I do de-stash quite often by selling old stamps in a fb group to get more room (and money!) for new stash. Also one's style chances doesn't it... And you might not like some of your eldest ones so much as you used to. That's why I thought this challenge could be fun, to try to use those old stamps for something new and fresh! I tried to bring my doily stamp up to date by keeping the design very CAS and using STAMPlorations wonky stitches dies and Nuvo drops (almost invisible in the photo!) for accents.  Hope you like and thanks for popping by!

More DT inspiration and all the challenge details HERE. Our guest designer is the fabulous Shirley who used to be my DT buddy at STAMPlorations -welcome to Ink Shirley! 

Saturday, 19 August 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!

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

This gives you a lot of options... Perfect opportunity to begin making Christmas cards for example! I love holidays by water -both seaside holidays and summer vacations at cabins by lakes are my favorites- so I chose a water-themed starfish stamp and sunshiney sentiment for my card. Starfish stamp by Stampers Anonymous, sentiment by PTI and dies by STAMPlorations. I also used some yellow tinted Nuvo Jewel drops for embellishment -if you click the photo larger you'll see them better. This is a very simple card but I love the detail from the die cut rectangles and I think the "whiteness" of the card does keep the overall look pretty CAS. I colored my starfish with copics and added white gel pen for details. 

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 enter:

CASology. Prickly (correct me if I'm wrong, but I think starfish is not a smooth creature!) 

I hope to see you playing along! Don't miss any DT inspiration, click HERE. Our guest designer this time is Pauline and I absolutely love her fun flip flop card! Have a fun, crafty weekend everyone!