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!






Less is More #329

Hi everyone.  We have a new challenge starting today at Less is More (LIM).  This week’s challenge #329 is Geometric.  Our guest this week is April winner Julie Beech of Crafted by Jules.







On white Bristol paper, the air balloon was white heat embossed.  It was reverse masked and coloured in with Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron distress inks using a mini blending tool.  The cloud background was created with a DIY cloud border stencil and Salty Ocean distress ink.  A white cityline border diecut (retired) was adhered to the bottom.  To make it stand out slightly, it was traced with a light gray pencil. The sentiment was black heat embossed. Salty Ocean splatters and clear shimmer to the air balloon were added to finish.



I am linking this card to the following challenges:
AAA CardsGame#90 Embossing
CAS Mix Up – May 2017 Splattering (+stamping+heat embossing+die cutting+stencil ink blending)
City CrafterWeek 362 Photo Inspiration








My second card is a CASE of Hannelie’s stunning card over at Time Out. A circle was die cut from a Stitched Rectangle piece of watercolor paper. Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door distress inks were blended with a mini blending tool through a Diamond stencil on the circle diecut.  A light splattering of Barn Door distress ink was added to the negative diecut watercolor piece before the circle was inlaid.  The petunias were stamped in black then die cut out with the coordinating dies.  They were being left uncoloured, but for sone depth, simple shading was done with a W3 grey Copic marker.  The top petunia was popped up with foam tape and the sentiment was white heat embossed on a black cardstock strip.  Clear shimmer was added to the petunias to finish



I am linking this card to the following challenges:
Time Out – #83 CASE Hannelie
SSS Wednesday – A Bit of Sparkle
Cupcake InspirationsCIC407 For Mom
STAMPlorationsMay 2017 Anything CAS Goes optional Feminine Colors
CASology – Week 249 Warm (warm colours)




For more inspirations, check out the rest of my teamies’ blogs through the LIM blog HERE. Now it’s your turn.  Remember to keep your cards CAS and follow the challenge guidelines.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have fun crafting!






Less is More #328

Hi everyone.  It’s Saturday, which means a new challenge at Less is More (LIM).  Challenge #328 this week, is one layer cards (OLC) with spots and stripes.  Once again, our sponsor this month is Uniko.  Our guest designer is March winner, Sue Blamey.


First, thick Whisper White cardstock was cut and scored to create a top folding card base.  Intense Black ink was used to stamp the graduation cap, halftone explosion and the wow.  The cordinating die was used to die cut the cap mask, while the wow mask was created in the usual way of stamping and fussy cutting.  So the cap was stamped first then masked.  Next the wow was stamped then masked before the halftone explosion was stamped last.  The cap was coloured with coloured pencils and the stripes were drawn in using a t-ruler and Smoky Slate marker. The sentiment was stamped with Persian Blue ink.  For dimension, Glossy Accents was added to the wow.  A few black sequins finished off the card.

I am entering this card in Casology challenge 248 Commencement.








For my next card, white no-bleed through Copic-friendly cardstock (since it’s a OLC) was cut and scored to once again create a top-folding card base.  The stripesimage and sentiment were stamped with black Memento ink.  The image and the bottom area were then masked and Wilted Violet distress ink was sponged for the background.  The image was then coloured with Copics in rainbow colours.  To finish, clear shimmer was added to the bow and googlie eyes to the monster.

I am entering this birthday card in the following challenges:

MarkerPop –  #120 Rainbow Fun
Crafty Friends#57 Cute
Addicted to Stamps and More#241 Anything Goes
Modsquad – Let’s Color




For more inspirations from my teamies, head over to the LIM blog. Hope you will join us this week.  Remember to make it one layer and to keep it CAS with plenty of white/untouched space.  Thank you for stopping by and have a great week.




Less Is More #327 + Giveaway

Hi everyone!  Today is a big day.  Along with Izzy and Nonni, I am super excited to be joining the talented design team (DT) at Less is More (LIM) challenge!  Just a year ago when I first started my blog, LIM drew me in with their Saints, Dragons or Heroes chalulenge and I’ve been a fan ever since.  So to be part of this team now is so surreal, to say the least.  And for my first week, we have a grey and yellow colour challenge.  This beautiful colour combo was chosen by Anita whose birthday is tomorrow!  Happy birthday, Anita!  Our sponsor and guest designer is Bev from Uniko.




The idea for my first card came about when I was putting away my Go Wild stamp set.  I saw a yellow giraffe and a grey elephant and came up with this card.

The images were stamped with black Memento ink.  Masking was used to stamp the giraffe in such a way to make it look taller. They were coloured with Copics.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on a  black 1″ strip.




For my next card, I created a floral birthday card.  I recently bought the Daffodils and Birthday Wishes stamp sets and took the opportunity to use them before they may possibly sit and collect dust. *lol* 😂

The daffodils were stamped once again with Memento black ink and coloured with Copics.  They were then masked and Smoky Slate ink was blended with a Clarity brush through a brick stencil to create the background.  The sentiment was black heat embossed with black Versafine ink and clear glitter embossing powder.  For more sparkle, clear shimmer was added to the daffodils.  A few clear droplets finished off the card.

I am entering this birthday card in the following challenges:

CAS(E) this Sketch – Sketch #220
Time Out – #82 Flowers with the optional twist of ‘Kissing’
SSS MondayThe Great Outdoors
STAMPlorationsMay 2017 Anything CAS Goes optional color twist feminine color
Seize the Birthday – Anything Birthday Goes



With this being my first official DT post, I thought it would be fun to have another blog giveaway to celebrate this special event.  To enter, simply visit each of my teamies’ blogs and leave a positive comment on each of their LIM #327 post. Then come back here and leave a comment letting me know you’ve done that.  Your comment will be your entry into the draw.  One commenter from all eligible comments will be randomly selected to win the Hero Arts Woof stamp and die bundle pictured below.  This giveaway is open to everyone  Giveaway ends at the same time the challenge closes next Friday, May 12 at 22:00 BST/14:00 PST.  This gives you plenty of time to enter.  The winner will be announced here on Sunday, May 14.  And even if you don’t care to enter the giveaway, you may still want to drop by the DT blogs for more inspirations..


Now it’s your turn to join our challenge.  Remember to keep your cards CAS and follow the challenge guidelines.  Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!