Saturday, 20 January 2018

New Challenge at Less Is More!

Hello friends!

We have a new challenge for the next fortnight at Less Is More. It's time for the one layer challenge in our rota and this time the one layer theme is "Cute". I hope to see you playing along -remember that one layer means one piece of cardstock folded in half, no additional layers are allowed! :) My DT  buddies have plenty of inspiration for you in our challenge blog HERE. Don't miss any of the fun and a chance to win a prize from our monthly sponsor, Skull and Cross Buns!

Card 1 (above)

This is my first time using this cute Your Next Stamp beaver -I've had it for about a year already. I bought it for last year's Valentine's (in Finland it's typical to send cards to friends and family too, not just for lovers!) and thought this would be so cute for some of my girlfriends. :) I've watercolored the image with zigs and added sparkly details with Wink of Stella and glittery, clear Nuvo Drops (I wish I would not have added these, I liked the card more when without them). The sentiment is heat embossed with gold powder. I'm not comfortable with water color backgrounds yet so I masked the image and sponged the bg with blue distress ink. 

With this card I'd like to join:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Add a sentiment 
CASology: Glimmer
Penny Black and More: Something New (Never before used stamp!) 

Card 2 (below)

For my second card I used another NBUS stamp, this time by Dylusions. Coloring with Zigs again (still haven't purchased that new black ink for my Copic markers...) and this time the bg is sponged through a brick stencil. Some clear drops finish off the card. 

With this card I'd like to join:

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

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Welcome to Blogland, Twofer Card Challenge!

Hi guys!
I'm very excited to be joining the first ever Twofer Card Challenge founded by the fabulous Darnell whose card making, personality and writing skills I highly admire! I was definitely in need for something to spark my creativity after all the Christmas card making and this new challenge was just what I needed -slightly demanding but a lot of fun! Thank you Darnell! The goal of each challenge is to make 2 cards for different occasions using the same stamp/die following the monthly theme -in January the theme is Feathers. 

Let's have a closer look of the cards I created!

Card 1 (above)
Let's Celebrate, we deserve a party!

I've created the background myself: I sponged white pigment ink through a STAMPlorations stencil on black card and finished the background with white and gold paint splatters. The pattern of the stencil made me think of art deco style and partying flapper girls with feathers in their hair! 

Card 2 (below) 
Happy Retirement

This card has a very different look and the Finnish sentiment wishes for happy retirement days. I used nature themed patterned paper and picked the neutral color for the card base and second feather from the paper. With this card I'd also like to join Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Patterned Paper and Pixie's Crafty Workshop: Weeks 315 & 316.  It's my first time playing at Pixie's Crafty Workshop too so this post has many firsts! My feathers and the piece of vellum are all created from snippets + the white scalloped rectangle has some faulty stamping in the middle and I was able to save the piece in this project, yay! :) 

Thanks for popping by and I hope you like these two different cards made with one same feather die! 

New Challenge at Inkspirational!

HI friends!
I'm more than one day late with my Inkspirational DT card, sorry about that! I got confused with weeks and thought our previous challenge was still running for another week.. Well, these things happen! :)

The next fortnight we are inspired by the gorgeous photo above. There's many directions you could go to with this photo -music theme, colors, roses, pearls, lace... I went with colors, roses and pearls (if you look at the photo closely you'll see the tiny pearls I embellished the card with!) I've heat embossed my Stampendous image with white embossing powder and "glitter-watercolored" it with a water-filled, run-out wink of stella brush pen. I'm sorry you can't see the glitter in the photo... But the coloring has lovely sparkle IRL! I die cut the panel with a MFT rectangle die with decorative edges. Taking good photos sucks this time of the year... This one is taken in natural light but I tell you, there isn't much light around here right now... And the ones I took with unnatural light look even worse. I anyway hope you can see some details! :)

I'd like to join:

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: All that Glitters

CAS Watercolour: Birthday

Watercolor Wednesday: All About Occasions

That's all from me now and I hope to see you playing along! Don't forget to visit the blogs of our DT members and our inspiring guests designer Charlotte, who I've just learned lives in Finland as I do! Yay! :) 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

TIME OUT Challenges Reminder!

Hi friends!
I'm here with a quick post to remind you of our current challenge at TIME OUT! We are celebrating our 100th challenge and are very grateful for all our followers and DT members for keeping this challenge as fun as it is! We are actually changing up our challenges a bit and are replacing the CASE challenge with a new "We challenge you to be"-challenge... And the first one of those is "Thankful", very appropriate for the happy 100th challenge festivities! 

We have 2 guest designers this time to make the party even more fun: One of our regular players, Bobby, and Verve stamp company owner Julee. Verve sponsors this challenge with a stamp set for the winner. Do visit the fabulous blogs of our guests and regular DT members, you won't be disappointed !

Now onto my card!

I've stamped and colored this image in already last summer but it took this long to turn it into a card! The sentiment is of course very good for the challenge theme but I'm also very thankful that spring is coming slowly but surely... I'm not a winter person which is not very handy when you live in Finland! About 2 more months and we may begin to see the first flowers of spring! This image is by Mama Elephant and I've colored it in with Copics. 

Now it's your turn to show us what you are thankful for... Have fun, take some TIME OUT and craft! 

Saturday, 6 January 2018

New Challenge at Less Is More!

Sorry for the unfocused photo, I try to get this replaced with a better one but please bear with this in the meantime! Clicking it larger might help a bit! :)
Hi friends!
We have the first challenge of 2018 for you at Less Is More and we also have some news: from now on you'll always have 2 weeks to play along, we are changing our challenges to run fortnightly! I hope you'll like this little change. We are still continuing with the monthly sponsors and with our familiar challenge rota so no worries, not too much is different! :) We actually have a new sponsor in January, Skull and Cross Buns. Exciting! 

Now let's get into the details of our first challenge in January: 

 I know one person who just loves loves loves purples, my good friend Sandie , and this is my message to her:

Sandie , I challenge you to enter this challenge at least twice times during the next fortnight! How about creating 3 cards for us?!? Do I hear "challenge excepted"?!? :) 

Our guest designer this time is the talented Wei. I really love the cute purse superhero card she created for us!

I've made a quick CAS card for this challenge using an oldie but goodie PTI stamp and sentiment stamp by Concord and 9th. My coloring is made with ZIGs and an old wink of stella pen filled with water -this gives such a lovely sparkle! I'm out of marker proof black ink so until I do some crafty shopping, no Copic coloring here! I guess this could be a good time to work on my water coloring skills! I forgot to stamp on Bristol paper (it's way better with ZIGs than normal watercolor paper) so this coloring job is very flat, not much dimension here... But oh well! At least it sparkles a lot! :)

That's all from me this time. Do visit my DT buddies for lots of more inspiration, I'm sure they have some extra cards in their blogs! 

I'd like to join:
CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: All that Glitters

Here's another photo take on the card, this time in natural light... The sparkle shows better in the first photo though! :) 

Saturday, 30 December 2017

New Challenge at Inkspirational!

Hello friends!
It's time for the last 2017 challenge at Inkspirational! This time our wonderful DT member (and one of my best friends!) Sandie has chosen the challenge theme and this is what she chose for us:

We'd like you to focus on plain old (but good!) stamping -no designer papers or dies allowed this time! Grab your stamps and inks and join us! Our guest designer this time is the very talented Laurie and I love the fun card she made for us. Do visit her blog and our regular DT members too! 

My DT card is one of my last minute Christmas cards created with snowflake stamps by CAS-ual Fridays. I've used these stamps a lot, they are so versatile and can be used for many different looks! I went with CAS, one layer, sort of geometric style this time. Hope you like! The photo is a bit unfocused due to lighting problems I had when taking the photo but then it was too late to re-do the pic -the X was cards had to be sent out! :)

I'd like to join:

Thursday, 28 December 2017

TIME OUT Challenges Reminder

HI friends!

I'm here to remind you of our last TIME OUT Challenge for 2017:

You still have about one week to play along! We will do a random draw between all those who use the optional twist. The winner of this will get a $15 gift voucher to use in Happy Little Stampers store, woo hoo!

I have pretty much twisted when making my card: I've used snowflake stamps by CAS-ual Fridays and a deer from Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together which is a Christmas set. The sentiment is also by Lawn Fawn. I've colored my deer with Copics and made a super simple (and slightly unrealistic, the snowflakes are a lot bigger than the deer!) scene. 

Now it's your turn to take TIME OUT and craft! Don't forget to check out all DT inspiration HERE and visit our talented guest designer Patty! She had some Lawn Fawn fun too! :)

I'd like to join:

CASology: Kindness
(a card for a "deer" friend is a kind gesture isn't it!) :)