Friday, 30 December 2011

Less is More plus a bit of Brayer fun

 It has been a few weeks since I managed to enter Less is More, but as I am enjoying a few days of crafty play, I thought I'd better turn my thoughts to this week's Challenge where the theme is one word. I have looked through lots of stamps and finally came up with this.
A very simple watercoloured house. The stamps are from Chocolate Baroque and haven't been inked nearly enough!
 There are some fabulous CAS cards on show from Chrissie and Mandi, and I am looking forward to spending a little time visiting my fellow LIMettes.

My brother has a birthday in early January, and as a keen bird watcher I thought I would use my pheasant stamp and silver birches from Clarity stamps. I stamped and masked before brayering the sky and stamping the Inkylicious trees in the background. I then used my ink dusters to put a few shadows in the snow and coloured the pheasant with promarkers. The base card is stamped with the clarity small feather stamp in very pale blue. I often make him cards that would double as a Christmas card... well, serves him right for having a January birthday!

Next up is my first play with my Christmas stamps. The Stampscape set is called The light and the sea. The only stamp that isn't from that set is the foliage on the right, which is from the Andy Skinner Winters tale set. It isn't perfect brayering, and there are a few stamps hiding fingerprints (note to self: new handcream and shiny card are not a good combination!) but never mind. I was please with the colour combo. Bet you Brenda will be able to tell you the colours of Adirondack I used in both!
A very happy New year to you all and thanks so much for your lovely comments this year. I really appreciate them. Thanks too, to all of my followers for your continued support.


Cath Wilson said...

Gorgeous, Sally - beautiful scenic stamping and some lovely colours, which I also recognise! Love them and it's so nice to see you getting time to play x

Clare *Littlebear* said...

Gorgeous cards Sally!
Hugs, Clare x

craftimamma said...

Oooh Sally these are fabulous. The second one is stunning and deserves to be framed and displayed on a wall!

Good you're getting time to play with your new goodies.

Lesley Xx

Linby said...

wow-you have been productive. I love that house stamp reminds me of Clarice Cliff work. gorgeous cards Sally.
Happy new Year
Lynn x

Karen said...

They're all gorgeous. I love scenic stamping myself but I'm nowhere near as good as you! Fabulous and inspirational work Karen x

Paula Whittaker said...

beautiful work Sally - Happy New Year to you and yours!

Doreen said...

All wonderful pieces

Jenni's Jems said...

Gorgeous cards ,love little scenes like this x

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow .. fabulous cards Sally ..i just love the sea scene
Lisa x

Jenni's Jems said...

Hi sally the magazine that I got the stamp from is Cardmaking and Papercraft and thanks for taking the time to visit me x

Mandi said...

Your cards are FAB, particularly the one for "Less is More" beautifully coloured
Happy new year

Thank so much
"Less is More"

Anonymous said...

Oh my word Sally, what gorgeous cards!! I absolutely adore the last one - fabulous!

Valerie said...

Wow Sally you're definitely on a roll! Love all of them but I'm drawn to the pheasant, a fabulous card!
Val x

Suze Bain said...

Wow, what fabulous colouring and brayering. Three beautiful cards. xx

Tracy said...

Gorgeous creations Sally, the last one is amazing.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Carola Bartz said...

Hey hey, I have a January birthday as well. It's not our fault that it's so close to Christmas! (My mom actually thought I would come before Christmas, but I was way too lazy for that - a life pattern, it seems).
Your cards are beautiful, Sally, I really love the last one, but no. 1 is so wonderful in its simplicity, I think that is my favorite.

Have a wonderful new year, Sally!

Seleise said...

great cards! love the scenes - the first is a great use of white space!

Chrissie said...

What lovely cards Sally... I love the simplicity of the one for LIM!
Thanks so much and a Happy New Year to you and yours.
"Less is More"


Beautiful cards Sally - you have obviously been very busy during the school holiday! Love the seascape card - the colouring is stunning.
Wishing you and yours a very happy 2012.
Hugs, Sylvia xxx

Debbie said...

Fabulous cards Sally. I love them all but I think my favourite is the wintery card with the pheasant. I would like to wish you and your family a very Happy and Healthy New Year and I look forward to more of your wonderful creations.
Debbie x

brenda said...

You do set me some challenges don't you Sally, but I'll give it my best shot.

I figure the blue scene is denim and perhaps some cloudy blue.

And the other a bit more of a task a I know some of the yellows and greens can merge and create a different shade so you are throwing me a bit of a curve ball there Sally.

But I'll go with eggplant, peach bellini or perhaps watermelon, butterscotch (poss sunset yellow, but that tends to come out a bit vivid)and maybe a touch of mountain rose or sunset orange down the bottom left corner.................which is where I am heading if I get it all totally wrong !!

Whatever, all really great work. I've had a couple of inky sessions this week and everything went to the bin, my mojo is on real go slow.

B x

Sally H said...

The first one was spot on, Brenda. The second one was eggplant, sunshine yellow, mountain rose and a touch of sunset orange, so well done - you mentioned them all!

Anne said...

Oh my goodness, three stunning cards, love that Hobby Art card and your brayered one looks fab too!