Saturday, 30 April 2011

LIM 13

I've missed a couple of weeks due to holidays, so I've made two cards for this week's challenge at Less is More. The challenge this week is deciding what to choose to do, since the task is to make either a congratulations card or a thank you card. I've made both since they are such useful cards to have in stock.

Here is my congratulations card.

The peacock stamp is by Elusive Images and is available from Chocolate Baroque. The sentiment is slightly off centre to allow for the bow, but I wish I'd centred it exactly now.

My second card is a thank you card using a simple pleated rosette, placed on top of another Elusive Images stamp. This one is the flourish from Patchwork Butterfly.

See you again next week now we are back from holidays.

Gina x

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Happy Easter

Happy Easter is what I have chosen to focus on for the Less is More challenge to make a one layer card with sentiment.

The sentiment is computer generated and the cross is a stamp from the Elusive Images Sympathy plate coloured with watercolour pencils.

Gina x

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Candy Canes

I've got to get my challenges done fairly quickly this week as I'm off skiing on Tuesday, Yay. My first one is for Bah! Humbug! where Ann and Max have asked us to use candy canes. I did think about using real ones, but Ann has proved that they are too much of a sweet temptation since she ate hers before the challenge!

For this one I made a candy cane background paper using clip art, building it up into a solid block using text boxes in 'Word'.

The little dog is 'Bismark' by Mo Manning, he is so cute I think he will feature on quite a lot of my cards this year.

He's coloured in using pro markers. His hat, scarf and bow are in ruby, his bone is ivory and he is in ice grey 1 and warm grey 1.

I've added sakura crystal laquer to the bow on the bone and his nose to make them shine but the photo doesn't show that too well.

A little red ribbon and bow add the finishing touches and he's ready to go.

I'll be late with my entry next week, but should just about manage it unless I'm too jet lagged to craft.

Gina x

Tuesday, 5 April 2011


I really thought I wouldn't make this week's Bah! Humbug! challenge as I just don't have 'funny' Christmas stash. Looking at the fabulous DT cards and focussing on the idea that it just had to raise a smile, I hope my offering will do because I think this little boy is just so cute.

Since I just couldn't afford to buy all of the gorgeous stamps on the Lili of the Valley stand at the NEC, I consoled myself with a few sheets of their die cuts, making this a very simple card to make. All I had to do was add a bit of glitter and mat it onto a piece of distressed red Christmas paper and it was done. It certainly makes me smile so I hope you like it too.

Gina x

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Best Friend

Just a quick post with the card I've made using 'Secret Tilda'. She is coloured in with pro markers with the main colours being orchid, amethyst, turquose and marine.

The papers are from Red Hot Bed Contemporary Collection, sentiment is Lili of the Valley and flowers and seam binding are from Wild Orchid.

Gina x

Saturday, 2 April 2011

LIM week 9

I'm nice and early with my entry for Less Is More for a change this week. I've had a free morning so I have taken some time to do a bit of crafting. As soon as I saw this week's challenge, I knew what I wanted to do.

Its my friend Lou's birthday coming up and she just adores shoes, so this card will be for her.

The shoe is designed by Jak Heath and was a digital download as part of the Help for Katie package. It was originally facing the other way, but I flipped it horizontally and removed the original sentiment because it fitted my card better. Apologies Jak that your copyright signature also got flipped.

The sentiment was done in word, using text boxes to vary the font size and alignment. The jewelled bezel was part of the new stash I got at the NEC last weekend and I added a red gem from paperchase in the centre.

I've saved this design because I think I'll use it again and it did take longer than you would think to get the sentiment and image lined up to print in the right place on the card.

Thank you Chrissie and Mandi for another great challenge.

Gina x