Less is More #334

Hello there.  It’s a new challenge today at Less is More.  This week we have a sketch for you.  Thank you once again to STAMPlorations for being our sponsor this month.








I started with a scrap piece of white cardstock about the width of the card base and black heat embossed the butterfly on the right-hand side.  It was then die cut out and coloured in blue.  The leftover piece was coloured in the remaining rainbow colours with distress inks and a mini blending tool before being die cut out with a music notes die.  I wanted the colourful music note to really pop, so I adhered everything on a black A2 panel.  The sentiment was white heat embossed and clear shimmer was added to the butterfly for some sparkle to finish.


I am playing in the following challenges:
Power & SparkJune 2017 Bug Me 
Mod SquadColorful Creations







I was going to have only one card this week, but a couple of challenges had me thinking yesterday. 😉  Plus, I still had my Out to Sea die sitting on my desk from making my previous card.  The waves background was created by spreading embossing paste over a Wave stencil on a white scrap approximately 3″x 4.25″.  The paste was mixed with Salty Ocean distress ink to get the blue colour.  While the paste was still wet, Dazzling Diamond glitter was sprinkled over top.  Once it dried, the piece was cut with scissors in the shape of the sketch.  The sailboat was die cut 4x from white scraps, including a polka dot piece, to be stacked for dimension.  I’m really loving dimensional die cutting these days.  And finally, the sentiment was black heat embossed.  The glittery waves is so pretty IRL, so no embellishments.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
CAS Mix UpJune 2017 Embossing Paste/Gel (stamping+diecutting+heat embossing+glitter)
SSS Flickr#74 Stunning Stenciling
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes Birthday



That’s it for me this week, but be sure to check ou my teamies’ personal blog.  They may have made some extra cards to inspire you.  Hope you will join us this week.  As always, remember to keep your card CAS and follow the challenge guidelines.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great week!









Less is More #333

Hi everyone.  Let’s get personal. 😂   No seriously.  This is what this week’s challenge is all about at Less is More.  Challenge #333 is Personalise It.  We have last month’s winner, Lucie from LucieG Cards, joining us as our guest designer.  Our lovely sponsor this month once again is STAMPlorations.









My niece, Jasmine (aka Jas), is turning 12 on Monday.  What better way to personalise her birthday card then to add her name using an alphabet die set.  The masking technique and Memento black ink were used to stamp the elephant, mouse and balloon on an A2 stitched rectangle.  They were masked and pink shading was added with a Clarity brush for the background.  The images and die cut letters were coloured with Copics.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on a dark grey cardstock strip.  And I can’t do without some sparkle, so clear shimmer on the die cut letters, Glossy Accents on the balloon and a few sparkling clear sequins were added to finish.


I am playing in the following challenges:
SSS Fickr#73 Birthday Bash
Seize the BirthdayAnything Birthday Goes optional topping One Layer
Addicted to Stamps and More#246 Anything Goes









My nephew, Jas’ brother, is turning 10 on July 1st.  I already made him a ninja card, but I needed another card for my mom to give to him.  I thought about how we used to write notes/letters which made it personal.  So with no alphabet or number stamps that are small enough, i simply wrote in 10th and Lucas with a black Copic Multiliner to personalise his card. The images were stamped with black Menento ink on a 5″ x 3.75″ piece of X-press It paper then coloured in with Copics. To keep it masculine and CAS, but give it some dimension and interest, yippee was dry embossed in the upper portion.  No embellishments.


I am entering this card in the following challenges:
CAS-usl Fridays –  CFC176 Color Challenge
STAMPlorationsJune 2017 CAS with optional color twist Masculine Colors
Uniko#41 Masculine optional twist Father’s Day



Well, that’s it for me this week, but be sure to check out my team’s personal blogs for more inspirations so you can play along with us.  Make sure to keep it CAS and follow the challenge guidelines.  Thank you for your visit.  Have a great week.






Less is More #332

Hi everyone!  It’s time for a new challenge at Less is More.  This week’s challenge #332 is one layer cards (OLC) Sweet Things.  Once again, our sponsor this month is STAMPlorations.  






When it comes to one layer cards, I like to give it dimension by masking and shading.  However, by using a layering stamp set this time, dimension was automatically achieved simply by stamping the layers.  Here the popsicle was stamped with Altenew Green Fields ink set on a top folded white A2 cardbase.  The rectangle was traced with a black Copic multiliner and a rounded rectangle die.  The sentiment (Father’s Day was from a retired set) was black heat embossed with Versafine black ink and clear embossing powder.  To make the sentiment stand out where it overlaps with the popsicle, it was outlined with a white gel pen.  Normally I would not use glitter on masculine cards, but clear shimmer on the popsicle works to give it an icy look.  A few clear droplets were added to finish.







The elephant and baby boy part of the sentiment were stamped with London Fog Memento ink on a side folded white cardbase. The elephant was coloured with Copics, then masked and Arctic ink was blended for the background.  The Sweet part of the sentiment and the stripe border were stamped with Caribbean Sky ink. To finish, Glossy Accents was added to Sweet for some shine and dimension.



I would like to play in the following challenges:
Uniko – #41 Masculine optional twist Father’s Day
SSS Monday – Masculine
SSS WednesdayMake It Masculine
STAMPlorationsJune 2017 Anything CAS Goes optional color twist Masculine Colors
Stamp, Ink, Paper#102 Masculine
Cards in Envy –  You’re the Man 



For more inspirations from my teammates, head to the LIM blog.  Hope you can join us this week.  Remember this is one layer card week.  Keep it CAS and follow the challenge guidelines.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great week!






Less is More #331

Hi everyone.  Today is not only the start of challenge #331 Neapolitan at Less is More, but it’s a new month and we have a new sponsor. This month’s sponsor is STAMPlorations and our guest this week is owner Shery Russ.









Growing up, my mom always bought Neapolitan ice-cream.  Maybe that’s why I haven’t eaten it since. 😂  The image was stamped with black Memento ink on a snippet of X-press It paper.  The bear was coloured with Copics (E51, E53, E55), then die cut out with the matching die. The cake was paper pieced using snippets of Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink (retired) and Early Espresso cardstock.  The sentiment was heat embossed with Early Espresso dye ink, VersaMark and clear glitter embossing powder on a 5.5″x3.75″ white snippet panel.  Pretty in Pink dye ink (also retired) was sponged on for the background. To incorporate more Neapolitan colours into the design, snippet strips of the same colour cardstock were adhered directly onto a white top folding card base.  The bear image was mounted with foam tape.  Clear shimmer on the cake layers and a few sparkly gumdrops were added to finish.



I am playing in the following challenges:
AAA Cards – Game #91 The 3rd Big Birthday Bash
Seize the Birthday – Anything Birthday Goes optional Something Sweet
Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Weeks 283 & 284 Use Snippets (cardstock)
SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More#244 Clean and Simple








With a theme like Neapolitan, I couldn’t pass up making an ice-cream card for my next card. I wasn’t sure what to do until I saw sketch #224 at CAS(E) this Sketch.


The scoops were inked with Mocha, Antique Linen and Pretty in Pink (retired), while the cones were stamped with Sand Dunes and Rocky Shores ink.  They were die cut out with the coordinating dies.  The subtle background was created with Pretty in Pink ink and a Diagonal Grid stencil using a Clarity brush.  The sentiment was heat embossed on an Early Espresso cardstock strip.  Clear shimmer was added to the scoops and a few sparkling clear sequins finished the card.





Now over to you.  Remember to keep it CAS and follow the challenge guidelines. For more inspirations, be sure to check out my team’s personal blogs.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a great week!







Less is More #330

Happy Saturday everyone!  Challenge #330 at Less is More starts today and it’s all about Shimmer.  Our sponsor this month is Uniko.







The floral image was stamped on the bottom of a white A2 panel with London Fog Memento ink.  Once again, I decided to keep them non-coloured, but still wanted dimension, so I did a bit of shading with C1and C3 Gray Copic markers.  Smile was die cut from Pink Pirouette cardstock, sponged with Melon Mambo ink for an Ombré effect then stacked on black fun foam for dimension.  The other part of the sentiment was stamped in black on a white strip.  The top and bottom edges were traced with a black marker to make it stand out.  Finally, clear sparkle was added to the smile diecut.  This is my favourite and easiest way to add shimmer to any project.  The panel was adhered to a top white folding card base and Sparkly gumdrops finished the card.



I am playing in the following challenges:
STAMPlorationsMay 2017 Cutplorations
CAS Colours & SketchesSketch #224
STAMPlorations – May 2017 Anything CAS Goes optional color twist Feminine Colors
STAMPlorations – Anything STAMPlorations Goes (smile stamp & die)
Tuesday Throwdown#344 Anything Goes







The emboss resist technique was used to create this card.  The fireworks were stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder on a white A2 panel.  I don’t own any colour pigment inks, so the coloured ones were first inked and stamped with dye inks, then stamped overtoo with VersaMark to be heat embossed.  The MISTI was essential to this step.  Black Soot distress ink was then blended with a mini blending tool over the entire piece, leaving it lighter at the bottom.  Excess ink was then wiped with a tissue.  For shimmer, it was sprayed with a DIY shimmer spray created with water and Perfect Pearls.  Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t show how sparkly it is IRL. Once the panel was completely dry, the sentiment was white heat embossed.  The panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and a city border die cut from black cardstock was added to the bottom to finish,



I am playing in the following challenges:
CASology – Week 250 Loud (fireworks, cities, parties)
Inkspirational – #135 Urban
Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes Birthday optional topping Something Sweet
Modsquad – Birthday Bash



For more ideas to play along, check out my team’s personal blogs, which can be accessed from the LIM blog post HERE.  Please remember to keep it CAS and follow the challenge guidelines.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a great day!