Less is More #371 – Yellow Blue Grey

Hello everyone!  My teammates IzzyNonni and I have officially passed our one year anniversary as part of the design team at Less is More (LIM)!  Even in this short time, we saw some big changes, including moving from weekly to fortnightly.  It has been a lot of fun and I want to thank my LIM team and all of you who participate!  Last year we started off with a colour challenge, so it’s only fitting we celebrate with a new colour challenge!  The colours this time are yellow, blue and grey.  Our March winner, Joanna of Jo-Jo’s Stamping Spot, is our guest designer.  And we have a brand new sponsor to our challenge, but they are no stranger to the crafting community.  We welcome Winnie & Walter, who is generously giving this month’s winner a $25 gift card to their store!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANITA!

 

This card was created for my teamie Anita.  It was inspired by this card and since I had just purchased the Chameleon pencils, I wanted to test them out.  To begin, an A2 size stitched rectangle was die cut from Toned Gray paper.   Next, ‘happy’ was stamped with VersaMark using the MISTI, then coloured in with several different blue pencils.  With ‘happy’ still in the MISTI, stamped it again along with the word ‘birthday’ in VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Initially, the bunny was stamped in black on Toned Gray paper and coloured with pencils too, but I was not able to get the colours bright enough.  So I went back to stamping it on X-press It paper, colouring with Copics and die cutting it out with the matching die.  A second piece was die cut from a white scrap to stack for just a tiny bit of dimension… after all, it needed to be mail-friendly. 😉  Added rhinestones to the flower centres and clear shimmer to finish.

 

Challenges:
Watercooler Wednesday — WWC169 Charlotte’s All About Ocassions
Always Happy Birthday — Birthday Anything Goes optional Flowers
Sweet Stampers — #20 Birthday
Seize the Birthday — Anything Goes Birthday optional It’s Just a Number
Addicted to Stamps and More#291 Anything Goes

 

 

Now it’s your turn.  Want to see more ideas and inspirations?  Then check out the cards our guest and my design team has made over on the LIM blog HERE.  As always, I appreciate you stopping by.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #370 – Sketch #23

Hellio there!  Another fortnight has passed and we are back with a new challenge at Less is More (LIM).  It is a sketch this time.  We have our February winner, Sue of Sue’s Card Craft, joining us as our guest designer.  Once again, our generous sponsor this month is Happy Little Stampers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the sketch.

 

 

And here’s my card.

 

 

I decided to create a simple sky scene with these little bees, so a stitched rectangle was die cut from Bashful Blue cardstock (retired).  Inked VersaMark through a cloud stencil and heat embossed with White Puff embossing powder (ep).  This ep is new to me and instead of a shiny raised image, it leaves a puffy texture.  Next, stamped the large and small bees on scraps of X-Press It paper, coloured them with Copics and die cut out with the coordinating dies.  The sentiment was white heat embossed with regular white ep on a black strip.  Mounted the blue panel to a white top folding card base then assembled the elements on the card.  Added clear shimmer to the bees’ wings to finish.

 

 

Entering in the following challenges:
Always Fun#55 CAS
Addicted to Stamps and More — #289 CAS
Papercraft Challenge#010 Clean and Simple
SSS WednesdayAnything Goes

 

 

 

And that does it for me.  But our guest and my team have made some wonderful cards to inspire you.  Visit the LIM main blog post HERE to see them.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #369 – Bring Something Back

Hi there!  Are you ready for a new challenge at Less is More (LIM)?  This fortnight, the challenge is to Bring Something Back.  It could be something you have not used in a while or something that is outdated or simply an old favourite stamp.  We have two guest designers joining us: our January random prize winner Cara of Crafting Bunnies and our February winner Sue of Sentimentally Sue.  Our sponsor this month is Happy Little Stampers  (HLS).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BALLOON PUNCH & COLOR SPRITZER

 

During my time as a SU! Demonstrator, punches were huge and I had a healthy collection.  Then when dies became more popular and available, my punches started to collect dust.  Since I was not using them anymore, I did a complete punch destash last year.  Sadly, not all sold, so now I get to bring back punches.  I have two cards to share.

 

First up is this straightforward birthday card.  Punched out the balloons (retired) from white cardstock, coloured with Copics then added a highlight with a white gel pen.  Adhered the balloons to a white Wonky Stitched rectangle from my stash.  Black heat embossed the sentiment (retired HLS) with clear glitter embossing powder.  For the ‘confetti’, brought back the color spritzer and used it with a black marker.  Adhered the panel to a white top folding card base then added Crystal Glaze to the balloons to finish.

 

This one’s heading over to:
Uniko#46 Colours, optional twist Easter
Always Happy BirthdayBirthday Anything Goes optional Balloons
Watercooler WednesdayTenia’s All About Occasions
STAMPlorationsApril Challenge Focus on the Sentiments

 

 

 

 

 

PUNCH ART GNOME

 

For my second card, I did a punch art gnome.  Back in the day 😂, when I didn’t have a particular stamp, I would try to create what I needed using a variety of punches (example posts from 2 years ago HERE, HERE and HERE).  Other than the eyes, this gnome was created entirely from one flower petals punch (retired).   The mushroom was created from a wide oval and circle punches.  The background strip is blended distress oxide inks on a masked Mix Media stitch rectangle. White heat embossed the sentiment, mounted the punch art pieces and adhered the panel to a top folding card base to finish.

This one is for:  
Freshly Made Sketches#332 Sketch by Karren
SSS Monday ChallengeMythology/Inspired by a Story (The Little Gnome children’s book)

 

 

 

 

Now it’s your turn to bring something back and play along.  My team and our guests have some great ideas and made wonderful cards to inspire you.  You can see them HERE.  Looking forward to seeing your creations.  Thank you for dropping by.  Happy crafting! 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #368 – GD CASE

Happy Easter weekend everyone!  There’s one more challenge at Less is More (LIM) to finish off the month of March.  We have two guest designers (GD) joining us.  Our January winner, Aileen of Colour and Sparkle, is our guest providing us with a beautiful inspiration card for our GD CASE challenge this fortnight.  Our next guest, Kylie of Addicted to Stamps, is also pulling double duties as this month’s sponsor Happy Little Stampers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Aileen’s card to CASE.

 

 

 

And this is my card.

 

Stamped the flowers with black Memento ink on scraps of X-press It paper, coloured with Copics then die cut out with the coordinating dies.  Thanks was die cut from a scrap of silver foil paper and from black cardstock.  They were offset for a shadow effect.  All elements were assembled on a Smoky Slate stitched rectangle from my stash.  The panel was adhered to a split black on one side and white on the other side cardbase.  Added clear shimmer on the flowers and blue sequins to finish.

 

Linking to the following:
Addicted to Stamps and More#285 Photo Inspiration
Pixie’s Snippets Playgroundchallenge #322 (cardstock snippets)
Just Us Girls#434 CAS

 

 

 

Another quick one from me.  But there are more beautiful inspirations from my teamies HERE.    Hope you will play along with us.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #367 – Stencils

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Today also marks the start of a new challenge at Less is More (LIM).  We are back to one layer cards (OLC) with the theme Stencils.  We have Shery from STAMPloratins back with us as our guesser designer and our sponsor this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INK BLENDING & HEAT EMBOSSING

 

On an A2 card base created from Mixed Media paper, Sea Shore inks were ink blended with a Clarity brush through a butterfly stencil (retired).  With the stencil still in place, VersaMark ink was applied next and the butterfly image was heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  The sentiment from Poppy Stamps was black heat embossed also with clear embossing powder.  To finish, splatters of Lagoon ink from the Sea Shore inks was added.

 

Linking to the following challenges:
Poppy Stamps#42 Clean and Simple  (Sentiments of Hello stamp set)
STAMPlorationsAnything Goes STAMPlorations  (retired Flutterby stencil)

 

It has been a rough week with my hubby in and out of hospital visits, so this was a quick one.  But be sure to check out my teamie’s cards for some fabulous inspirations on the LIM blog post HERE. Then grab your stencils and play along. Just remember to make it one layer and keep it clean and simple. I appreciate you stopping by. Have a great day!