Thursday 10 April 2014

Thursday Thoughts and Ten on the Tenth

One card for two challenges to share today. And a big thank you to The Memory Nest for featuring one of my scrapbook pages on their blog.

So it seems very appropriate that my card says Many Thanks.  I used the layout from Unscripted Sketches and the colour theme from Less is More.  I've tried very hard to keep this card CAS - only two layers and plenty of white space - a look I think I'm getting the hang of.  In fact I struggle a bit now to add layers and no longer find complicated sketches so appealing.

I found three versions of turquoise ink in my stash and stamped the bottom half of the card in a repeating pattern.  A strip of washi tape separated the bottom from the top and a simple butterfly tag finished it all off.  I chose a butterfly stamp and a rounded tag to soften the very straight lines of the rest of the card.


Less is More
The colour challenge this month is
A Touch Of Turquoise
Please remember to keep your submissions 
Rather a lot of layers have been creeping into submissions... so please don't forget to leave that 
in evidence.


Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Say It In Style; Stampin Up, Papillon Potpourri; Uniko Studio, Background Builders SQUARED & Christmas
Ink: Adirondack, pool; Memento, teal zeal, tuxedo black; Versa Color, 20 turquoise
Embellishments: twine

And now for my ten on the tenth.  This month I've gone with ten crafts that are part of my life at the moment.

1.  Has to be making cards, of course! This is an older favourite when I was just starting out on my  CAS journey. 

2. My absolute love - scrapbooking. This is a favourite page about a very favourite visit from last year.  Can't wait to revisit again this year.

3.  A variation on the above - a digital scrapbook page all about two of my best boys. I tend to go digital when I'm pushed for time or my workspace is covered with card making goodies.  I've now put all my digital supplies onto my laptop I keep at my Dad's, so I'll be able to scrap and keep him company at the same time.

4. My newest love and skill - crochet.  Just look how my blanket is growing.  I'm loving doing this so much I know I'll start another immediately this one is complete.

5.  A craft I've been doing all my life - knitting. This is a baby blanket I finished a while ago.  I've got another on the go at Dad's, but it's just beginning to get a bit too warm to knit.  I'm definitely a Winter cold weather knitter.

6.  Another craft I've been doing for years - cross stitch.  This is nearly finished, just needs the rest of the outlining to be stitched.  I was given this kit by my Aunt's foster daughter when she was over from USA visiting February 2013.  Cross stitch tends to be my Summer alternative to knitting.  I need the better light now my eyes are getting older!

7.  A craft I've dabbled in over the years, but am now becoming a bit addicted to - patchwork.  This is my recently finished throw and a cushion which live on one of my bargain yard sale chairs. Both chairs for £9:00!!! As you can imagine the throw fabrics cost so much more!

8.  A very new and still much to be learnt and practised craft - quilting.  This is actually the back of the throw and shows the quilting - and all its imperfections - really clearly.

9.  Another craft I've been doing for ever - dressmaking.  I'm not sure which came first sewing or knitting, but both date back to my childhood and owe much to the patience and encouragement of my Nana.  This top was made last Summer and I wore it so much that I'm probably going to have to make a new version for this year.

10.  And finally taking photos.  I'm not sure if this qualifies for a craft, but is so much a part of who I am and what I love to do I couldn't not include it. 

Well this has turned out to be a mega long post.  If you've made it this far you've earned a golden star and I'm very grateful for your interest.

If you've just flicked to the bottom, I'm still grateful that you dropped by today and I do understand!

Thanks for looking.



  1. The butterfly tag on top of the repeating pattern for the LIM challenge is adorable. Great interpretation of the sketch.

  2. Oh're just so cute. I love that stamping!! Everything is so straight and pretty. I hope you've gotten into AAA and are able to edit. Drop off your 1st card, I can't wait to see it.

  3. Everything posted is beautiful, Jane!

  4. JANE, you have been so busy!!! WOW, you should be featured MANY places for your layouts!! They are amazing, glad they are taking note! Love the Unscripted Sketch card!! Also perfection for the LIM too! WOW, your creativity over runneth!!!

    ME = Inspire to the MAX!
    -Hugz Kimberly!!!

  5. Wow you've been busy! Lovely stamped design on your CAS card
    Thanks so much for playing along at Less is More this week
    LIM Designer


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