Less is More #373 – Friendship

Happy Saturday everyone!  Ready for our next challenge at Less is More (LIM)?  Our theme this fortnight is Friendship!  Easy, right?… and the possibilities are endless.  Bev, the owner and designer for Uniko, is joining us as both our guest and sponsor!












Yellow is associated with friendship, so I thought sunflowers would fit the bill. 😉  To start, a stitched rectangle panel was die cut from Neenah cardstock.  Stamped the sunflower cluster with Memento black ink, and masking each image.  Next blended Mowed Lawn distress ink in the corner with a mini blending tool.  For subtle shading around the flowers, used a Clarity brush.  Removed masks and coloured with Copics.  Mounted the panel on a white top folding card base and adhered the white embossed black sentiment strip.  Added clear shimmer and glossy accents to finish.




Inspired By  — Summer on the Porch
Always Fun — 61 Summer Fun
SSS MondayAll Things Bright and Beautiful










I didn’t intend on another floral card, but after enjoying the colouring process on this card, I wanted to do it again and get more pencil coloring practice in.  So just like that other card, stamped the image on Toned Tan paper with VersaMark ink, coloured with Polychromos and Chameleon pencils, then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Die cut ‘Friend’ from the image and popped it up on black fun foam for the dimensional camouflage die cut technique.  White heat embossed ‘happy birthday’ on a black strip.  Finished with some clear shimmer on the flowers and a few clear sequins.



AAA Cards  — Game #116 The 4th Big Birthday Bash
The Flower Challenge — #21 Use a Previous Challenge    (chose #14 CAS)
Watercooler Wednesday — WWC173 Tenia’s Feminine Anything Goes 
Always Happy Birthday — June Challenge Birthday Anything Goes optional Summer Birthday
Seize the Birthday — Anything Goes Birthday optional topping Beachy Birthday



That’s it for me and now over to you!  To see the beautiful creations Bev and my team have made to inspire you to play along, please click HERE.  Can’t wait to see you in the gallery.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a great day!








29 thoughts on “Less is More #373 – Friendship

  1. Wow, Trina! These two florals are just tremendous! Gorgeous execution on both and your colouring is flawless, you’re so talented particularly with your coloured pencils. If I’d created that masterpiece I’d be so scared to die cut it! Bravo!! xx

  2. WOW ! Two beauties, Trina ! These sunflowers are just breathtaking with your stunning colouring, they look so real ! Your friend card is also fabulous, the soft colours over the toned tan paper make the card so delicate and even more with the camouflage friend die cut ! You rock again ! Have a fabulous weekend ! Hugs x

  3. Holy Cow! Are these incredible!!! You have talent and then some! WOW! Thrilled I came by from Seize the Birthday to get a better look! So happy you joined us!

  4. These are both stunning! I am amazed at your coloring and background shading on the first card…just beautiful! So happy you played with our Inspired By challenge this week!

  5. Two AMAZING card designs Trina! LOVE the sunflowers … gorgeous colouring and love the soft sponging. And your hidden friend heart is beautiful. Great colouring with pencils. Adding the black behind the popped up letters really enhances the word. Fantastic cards! xx

  6. Your colouring on both of these cards is simply amazing Trina. I’m a huge fan of your camouflage card. The craft card stock and and pencil colouring is perfect in every way. So nice to see you on the weekend too! Hope you were able to stay warm. Thanks so much for joining our Feminine Anything Goes challenge at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  7. Speechless in awe at your fabulous cards Trina. Those sunflowers look so life like I think I could almost pick them from your card. Your colouring is outstanding on both cards and I love that you’ve even researched that ‘yellow’ is for friendship. Looks like we both had the camouflage idea for our cards this week. Have a great week x

  8. Wow Trina… Absolutely striking coloring in both of your cards! The sunflowers look very vivid and I love the cluster you created with masking. Your second card then… Pure gorgeousness! Amazing coloring and I love the hidden sentiment. Superb work! Enjoy your week!

  9. Two total stunners Trina, love them both. Now that second card with the inset sentiment, WOW just perfect. Love the colouring on the tan cardstock, that flower stamp is brilliant. xx Aileen

  10. gorgeous sunflower Trina, the glossy accents really make it pop, but I must say your hear flower is outstanding. the camouflage sentiment looks amazing 🙂

  11. Your sunflowers are so beautifully colored with your Copics, Trina. They have so much dimension and the colors are so realistic. Absolutely Stunning, my friend. Love your soft Clarity brushed wash too.

    After your beauty, you have surprised us with camouflage beautiful heart. Love your hidden die cut friend. So creative, Trina. TFS both your gorgeous cards. Hugs…

  12. Gorgeous sunflowers, Trina! Your Copic coloring is so beautiful! Love that you lightly brushed Mowed Lawn around the flowers and added the shimmer and gloss to the center of the flower.
    The shading of the pencil colored card is amazing! The black fun foam adds nice shadows to the camouflaged die-cut sentiment. The white heat-embossed outlines bring out the colors so well. Such a beautiful and elegant card! Hideko xx

  13. Love, love, love the sunflowers, Trina! Such patience to mask each flower and I love the way you’ve combined sponging two ways and coloring with Copics! Such a bright and pretty card!

    Your pencil coloring is amazing! Love this image and the camouflage adds extra interest!

  14. Both these cards show what an accomplished and artistic crafter you are. Just gorgeous! Thanks for joining in with AAA Cards birthday celebrations.

  15. Wow what stunning cards. The blending and colouring on the first one is amazing. The camouflaging on the second is stunning….Amazing inspiration on both of your wonderful cards x

  16. Your Copic colouring on the sunflowers is amazing – they look perfect. And I love the contrast of the black sentiment strip.

    The second card is fabulous – great pencil colouring and perfect camouflaged die cut “Friend”. I love those soft yellows on the tan cs.

  17. DOUBLE WOW! Both cards are exquisite! Your coloring on that first one is beautiful [I wish I could color like this] and your Friend is fabulous! Thanks for joining in at STB

  18. Two super makes Trina. Your cards are such a joy to see because you are such a beautiful colourist, (is that even a word?), no matter what medium you use. The sunflowers are sensational and the glossy accents really finish it off perfectly. I love your camouflage card! Such a great technique and the stamps look amazing. Well done on getting the heat embossing to stay through the die cutting too! Have a great weekend xx

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