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  It could be something you have not used in a while or something that is outdated or simply an old favourite stamp.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).










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









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! 😉












30 thoughts on “Less is More #369 – Bring Something Back

  1. Trina, your CAS card is so cute! Balloons are always a great choice for a birthday card!
    Thanks for sharing your creativity with us in the Uniko colour challenge.
    Greetings from Wiebke (Uniko-DT)

  2. Trina, your CAS card is so cute! Balloons are always a great choice for a birthday card.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity with us in the Uniko colour challenge.
    Greetings from Wiebke (Uniko-DT)

  3. These are all such fun designs …. love the balloons. Thank you for playing along with the Uniko challenge xx

  4. Lovely fresh idea with your balloons card! The simplest ideas are often the best! Really love it. Fun bit of punch art with your garden gnome too! X

  5. Two fab cards Trina, this challenge has had me rooting in the back of drawers and cupboards! The balloon card is so colourful and the gnome is so cute!
    Thanks for linking up at Uniko too. 🙂

  6. Well I admit I’ve a box full of punches somewhere but none that would create such a perfect gnome! Your talent is outstanding. Never in a million years would I have thought of doing that with a petal punch. You definitely rock. The balloons are so perfect too! Elegant, simple and stunning CAS cards. Have a fun week and hope the invalid is getting better. Hugs x

  7. Oh, I still have tons of punches but can’t get rid of them yet even though I rarely use them… Your colorful, glossy balloons are fun and that little gnome is adorable! I also checked out the links you provided and am amazed what you can create with punches!

  8. Oh my gosh, Trina! These cards are so awesome! Great come back products. I remember doing punch art. And I think I still have one of those spritzers in my stash. 🙂 Two fantastic cards. xx

  9. fabulous collection!Your cards is fantastic, colors are so beautiful and bright! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara

  10. Oh well you had me from the start with the balloons, then I spotted the crystal glaze and fell in love all over again. Thanks for linking this one up at Uniko.

  11. Oh Trina, your punch art gnome has stolen my heart! He is so cute in his beard and with the giant shoes… You’ve been so creative! Love this! I think the color spritzer could be something I’d enjoy using, I love the fun artsy look it has given to your balloon card! Two amazing cards, both bring a smile on my face! xxx

  12. Great cards, Trina. I love the simplicity of the birthday card. The punched out and hand-coloured balloons are perfect, floating past that wonderful heat embossed sentiment. I love that spritzer and still own one. I must haul it out and let it add some fun to my cards again. What a great collection you’ve resurrected and had fun creating with for your card. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  13. Thanks so much for joining us for our “All Occasions Challenge” this week at Watercooler Wednesday and sharing your happy birthday card. This is such a great CAS card. Love the balloons and the ink splatters agains that white background. Terrific card!

  14. The balloon card is so pretty, Trina! I love the confetti. It’s a great accent.
    And your punch art is wonderful! How clever to make the gnome with the flower petals! I used to enjoy punch art too, but I couldn’t think of such a pretty panda, a squirrel, or a coala! Hideko xx

  15. That gnome is so clever – never would have guessed it was made from flower punches! And the shiny colourful balloons are fabulous! Two great cards to inspire me to come up with something for the Less is More challenge.

  16. This is fabulous, Trina ! Of course your balloons are beautiful with these colours and the glossy texture but this little cute gnome stole my heart ! I also have tons of punchers, and the main reason is that it was to make this kind of creature, building them with different part of each puncher. But it was so much easier to directly buy a die of the wanted creature that they have finally ended up in the bottom of a drawer ! We should make this kind of challenge more often to be able to use all our UNUSED items ! Have a fabulous weekend. Hugs xx

  17. Your balloons are so pretty, Trina! The white detail makes them shine! Love, love, love your little gnome! Very clever to make him from the petal of that punch. My punches are gathering dust too. But sometimes they’re quicker than die cutting so I hold on to them…

  18. Bravo!!! I am completely blown away with your little punched gnome Trina. That’s a really creative way to use punches and he looks soooooo sweet! I am in love with that card. Your glossy balloons are superb too and the colour spritzer ‘confetti’ looks so cool. Have a great weekend xx

  19. Brilliant examples of bringing something back, Trina. Love those glossy balloons. But wow, your little gnome is awesome, and thanks for sharing links to your previous punch art cards. I still have a few punches hidden away somewhere, might have to get the brain cogs moving 🙂 xx

  20. What a creative way to use a punch, Trina … that little gnome is so fun! I always love balloons for a birthday card … these ‘confetti’ strewn glossies are so celebratory … fabulous with the shimmery sentiment! Anita 🙂

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