Less is More #374 – Bits Box

Hello everyone!  We have a new challenge today at Less is More (LIM).  We are asking you to use items from your Bits Box.  There are different terms for it (UFOs, snippets, etc.), but basically, they are those pieces we didn’t use or made a bunch of and stored away for another day.  Well, now is the day to dig them out! 😉   Our wonderful April winner, Skye from Blue Sky, is our guest.  Our generous sponsor is Uniko.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUTTERFLY WILDFLOWERS

 

The Encrusted Jewel butterfly (love the dimension and sparkle from this fun and addicting technique!) and triple stacked Wildflowers were from my bits box.  I wanted to create a ‘trellis garden scene’ with them, so on a regular white diecut Stitched Rectangle, Twisted Citron distress ink was blended through a grid stencil (retired) with a Clarity brush.

 

 

Mixed gold Gansai Tambi paint with water and splattered for more texture.  Stamped and heat embossed the sentiment with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Mounted the panel with fun foam to a top folding card base for dimension then assembled to finish.

 

 

 

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up — June Challenge Layered Embossing Powder (+stamping+diecutting+stencilng+heat embossing+splatter)
Double D — Butterflies
Snippets Playground — Challenge #328
That’s Crafty — A Sumner’s Day

 

 

 

 

For more ideas and inspirations from Skye and my teamies, head on over to the LIM blog post HERE.  Hope to see you linking your creations in our gallery.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #372 Thinking of You

Hello there!  A new challenge starts today at Less is More (LIM) and for this fortnight, it’s our one layer card (OLC) challenge with a Thinking of You theme.  Once again our wonderful sponsor this month is Winnie and Walter and they are generously offering this month’s winner a $25 gift card to their store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THINKING BUNNY

 

 

I rarely ever make thinking of you cards, but took this opportunity to practice my pencil colouring and use this cutie again.  To begin, stamped the bunny with Intense Black ink on a Certainly Celery (retired) card base.  Coloured him with a white Prismacolor pencil and added shading with pink and grey Polychromos pencils.

 

 

Used a black Polychromos pencil and a t-ruler to create and colour a black sentiment strip.  White heat embossed the sentiment from the same set, then framed him by embossing with a couple of rectangle dies to finish.

 

 

Challenges:
Always Fun — #59 Anything Goes
As You Like It — Favouritr: Flora or Fauna  (can’t go wrong with either, but adorable critters seem to steal my heart… and this little bunny is just too darn cute)
The House that Stamps BuiltAnything Goes M2318

 

 

 

That’s it for me, but be sure to pop over to the LIM blog post HERE to see all the fabulous OLCs my team has created to inspire you.  Hope you will play along.  Thank you for stopping by and 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 #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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #365 Dry Embossing

IHello there.  It’s the second half of our month long 7th birthday celebration at Less is More  (LIM).  Our new challenge this fortnight is Dry Embossing.  Several guests are joining us again and our new sponsor for this challenge is Seven Hills Crafts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMBOSSING FOLDER

 

Embossing folders (EF) are one of the easiest ways to dry emboss a design on a card.  However, it gets a little tricky when it comes to clean and simple (CAS) cards because it can clutter up all that lovely white space characteristic of CAS cards.  Therefore, one way to pull off a CAS card using a busy EF design is to partial emboss with a diffuser.

 

A diffuser is a template you can add to an EF so that only the areas covered by the diffuser will emboss.  I created my own heart diffuser by die cutting 8 hearts from cardstock scraps and gluing them together.  The diffuser was then positioned and adhered to the outside of the EF with some temporary tape.

 

 

A die cut Mixed Media stitched rectangle was inserted into the folder and embossed through my Big Shot.  To complete my super CAS card, NBUS ‘with’ was red heat embossed and a NBUS ‘love’ sentiment (just purchased and now discontinued) was die cut from red glitter paper.  The panel was mounted with foam adhesive to a white top folding card base.
Some helpful tips:
– diffuser thickness will vary depending on EF, machine, etc.
– using a thicker cardstock worked better than regular cardstock
– a busy detailed EF is best for a specific shape diffuser like this heart (this Provocraft Bubbles EF was my first EF I ever bought and was the only one that worked because of its tight close-knit pattern)

 

 

 

Playing in the following challenges:
AAA Cards#108 All You Need is Love
Uniko#45 Something Old, Something New optional twist LOVE (old Provocraft EF, new sentiment stamp + love die)
STAMPlorationsFebruary 2018 Paint It Red

 

 

 

 

 

EMBOSSING WITH DIES

 

 

This next card was created for my friend Dorothy.  This time, circle dies were used to emboss the concentric circle background on a white A2 stitched rectangle die cut from Mixed Media paper.  The bear was stamped on Neenah cardstock with Memento black ink and coloured with Copics.  It was die cut out with the matching die and popped up with foam adhesive.  The sentiment was die cut from gold glitter paper.  Gold shimmer splatters were added before the panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and the card was assembled.

 

 

This one’s heading to the following challenges:
Always Happy Birthday February 2018 CAS Birthday
Watercooler Wednesday#157 All About Occasions 
Send a Smile 4 KidsAnything Goes 4 Kids or Cards for Teens
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes Birthday optional twist Coffee or Tea

 

 

That does it for me.  Hope you will join us and link up your CAS dry embossed cards.  For more inspirations and ideas from our guests and my team, click HERE.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great day!