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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Recipe Week 195

There's just one vital ingredient in our recipe this week, which is
There can be a lot or a little, but as ever, the card MUST be Clean and Simple. Please remember that we like to see areas of white space, few layers and minimal embellishments.
Here are some of our cards for this week, there are more examples on each designer's individual blog. Do have a look at all the examples, you can click on our names which will take you to our blogs.
Having picked up an old and yellowing book in the charity shop,
then carried out the sinful act of tearing a page out and die cutting
with 2 Clearly Besotted Standalone Butterfly dies!!!
These were aged even more with a sponge daubing of Memento brown ink

Aside from the heart-shaped button and twine from my stash it's a
Clearly Besotted collection of additional stamps:
Fancy Flourishes, Building Blocks & Simply Quilled
 Due to a (hopefully!) upcoming move, I've had a ruthless cull of books, but Pinterest came to the rescue with a free printable page that I used.  I've stamped a Dina Wakely scribbly bird onto it (new acquisition thanks to winning a Simon Says Stamp voucher) and coloured with Inktense pencils to make it a robin.  The white embossed sentiment is Paper Artsy.

I began by stamping an Impression Obsession 'fill the page' background stamp of distressed newsprint onto some ivory paper in Basic Gray ink. A leaf stamp from Clearly Besotted's Autumn Flowers set was inked with three shades of Distress ink. Shabby Shutters to begin with, then a little Peeled Paint  around the edges of the stamp and finally a touch of Forest Moss around the extremities. This was stamped onto the newsprint background, in the orientation I wanted for the finished card.
The leaf was then die-cut with the matching die and layered with three other pieces of die-cut card to add a little dimension.
The embossing folder is Adagio from Couture Creations and the sentiment from Stampin' Up. A few tiny pearls were added in a little cascade to complete it.

We're sure that you must have lots of innovative ways of using newsprint in your creations, we can't wait to see.
As ever we really would like to encourage you to visit a few of the other participants in this challenge to leave a friendly word.
Enjoy and have a great week!

Friday, 24 October 2014

ShowCASe Week 193

Week 193 Showcase
Here are the fabulous cards chosen for our One Layer ShowCASe this week. 

What a vibrant pair of little penguins!

What fabulous colouring on these jolly jingle bells!

Perfect placement, superb composition and wonderful colouring.

Christmas, robins, LIM
Just couldn't resist Viv's cute robins.

Well done everyone, please take our ShowCASe badge with our congratulations!
Another fun challenge starts tomorrow so do come back to join us!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Week 194 Little Creatures

For our theme this week we have chosen
Little Creatures
We don't mind how little they are... cute, cuddly or creepy we'd just like to see something small!

Here are our cards this week.
The stamps are from Impression Obsession, a set I picked up in a sale bin at a craft show once, I think the ladybirds are cute! The grass tufts are from a tiny Art Impressions stamp.

I've used a digi stamp - this one was free but I'm sorry 
can't remember where I picked it up from.
The sentiment is Clearly Besotted: Sweet Little Sentiments,
Scalloped die also Clearly Besotted then for added interest
bakers twine, gems from my stash and glossy accents.

 Ladybugs and jar are Alysinkyfingers stamps.  I computer generated the sentiment as unfortunately the one that came with them had a typo in it.  The jar is lightly coloured with Copics and given a good dollop of Glossy Accents.
Please remember to keep your submissions Clean and Simple... last week a few entries were submitted without taking note of the focus of the challenge... some were not one layer, some with no reference to 2 of something and others not CAS. 
It seems easy for crafters to see a brief outline of our challenge on Paper Playful and then simply submit their cards without actually reading any of our blog post.
In fairness to those who always follow the challenges implicitly, if your submissions do not adhere to our guidelines, they may be deleted.