Less is More #371 – Yellow Blue Grey

Hello everyone!  My teammates IzzyNonni and I have officially passed our one year anniversary as part of the design team at Less is More (LIM)!  Even in this short time, we saw some big changes, including moving from weekly to fortnightly.  It has been a lot of fun and I want to thank my LIM team and all of you who participate!  Last year we started off with a colour challenge, so it’s only fitting we celebrate with a new colour challenge!  The colours this time are yellow, blue and grey.  Our March winner, Joanna of Jo-Jo’s Stamping Spot, is our guest designer.  And we have a brand new sponsor to our challenge, but they are no stranger to the crafting community.  We welcome Winnie & Walter, who is generously giving this month’s winner a $25 gift card to their store!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANITA!

 

This card was created for my teamie Anita.  It was inspired by this card and since I had just purchased the Chameleon pencils, I wanted to test them out.  To begin, an A2 size stitched rectangle was die cut from Toned Gray paper.   Next, ‘happy’ was stamped with VersaMark using the MISTI, then coloured in with several different blue pencils.  With ‘happy’ still in the MISTI, stamped it again along with the word ‘birthday’ in VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Initially, the bunny was stamped in black on Toned Gray paper and coloured with pencils too, but I was not able to get the colours bright enough.  So I went back to stamping it on X-press It paper, colouring with Copics and die cutting it out with the matching die.  A second piece was die cut from a white scrap to stack for just a tiny bit of dimension… after all, it needed to be mail-friendly. 😉  Added rhinestones to the flower centres and clear shimmer to finish.

 

Challenges:
Watercooler Wednesday — WWC169 Charlotte’s All About Ocassions
Always Happy Birthday — Birthday Anything Goes optional Flowers
Sweet Stampers — #20 Birthday
Seize the Birthday — Anything Goes Birthday optional It’s Just a Number
Addicted to Stamps and More#291 Anything Goes

 

 

Now it’s your turn.  Want to see more ideas and inspirations?  Then check out the cards our guest and my design team has made over on the LIM blog HERE.  As always, I appreciate you stopping by.  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 #363 One Layer Card Cute

Hello there.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I was one of the unlucky ones who started off the new year with the flu. 😝  I’m happy to report that I am on the mend and am slowly getting my energy back.  I am here today with a new challenge at Less is More (LIM).  We are looking for Cute one layer cards this fortnight.  Our sponsor once again this month is Skulls and Cross Buns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BELATED BIRTHDAY

 

I have too many cute critter stamps to choose from, but the first image that came to mind was this little cutie, which I made a Christmas card with.  He is from a Christmas set, but I wanted to stretch my stamps so I created a Winter birthday card.  Look at him, he’s so ashamed for forgetting. 😂  Not much to explain here as this was pretty straight forward.  On a white top folding A2 card base created from Mixed Media paper, the penguin and sentiment were black heat embossed, and then watercoloured with Zigs and a watercolor brush.  Added the three dots after sorry wth a black marker.  For a little sparkle, added clear shimmer to the rainbow colour background (hard to tell in the photo) to finish.

 

Linking this one to the following challenges:
CAS WatercolourJanuary 2018 Birthday
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes Birthday optional topping One Layer
Moving Along with the Times  #63 CAS
Mod SquadRainbows
STAMPlorationsJanuary 2018 Anything CAS Goes optional color twist Silver

 

 

 

 

 

MISS YOU

 

So I wanted to stretch this stamp further and ended up creating a missing you card too.  On another top folding card base made from Mixed Media paper, the penguin was black heat embossed then masked.  A heart reverse mask was hand cut from copy paper and Cherry Blossom inks (new) were blended with a mini blending tool for an ombré look.  For some texture and shimmer, splattered Gansai Tambi Starry gold paint (new) mixed with water.  Masks were removed and the image was coloured with Zigs and a watercolor brush.  The sentiment was gold heat embossed to finish.

 

This one’s heading over to the following challenges:
Winnie & WalterJanuary 2018 Color Combo with Heather H.
Freshly Made Sketches#320 Sketch by Kim
Uniko – #45 Something Old, Something New (2 old stamp sets, new Cherry Blossom inks + new gold paints)
STAMPlorationsJanuary 2018 Theme Stamps and Curves

 

 

 

 

And as a duo, I’m entering them in:
Twofer Challenge – #1 Feathers (penguin feathers are short, overlapping and densely packed – who knew? 😂)
SSS Monday ChallengeBirds of a Feather

 

 

 

That does it for me, but click HERE to check out the fabulous cards my team has created to inspire you.  Hope you will join us this fortnight.  Can’t wait to see those cute creations.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #360 & #361 Sketch 22

Hello there.  It’s the final challenge of the year at Less is More (LIM). This is a two-week sketch challenge, so there’s extra time to get your entries in.  Our sponsor this final month is Happy Little Stampers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLORAL BIRTHDAY

 

Here’s the sketch.

 

And here’s my card, created for my MIL.

 

On an A2 size piece of Neenah cardstock, the floral image was positioned off the corner in my MISTI and stamped with Memento black ink.  Flipped the panel and re-stamped in the opposite corner. The MISTI makes this super easy.  Masked the image and sponged gray and blue dye inks for background shading.  Removed mask and coloured with Copics.  White heat embossed the sentiment on a black strip.  Die cut the piece with a stitched rectangle and mounted it onto a white top folding card base. For some sparkle to finish, added clear glitter to the flowers and a few clear sparkly sequins.

 

Linking to the following challenges:
STAMPlorationsDecember Anything CAS Goes optional color twist Gold
Papercraft#1 Happy Birthday
Mix It UpDecember Anything Goes (stamping+die cutting+masking+sponging+glitter)
Penny BlackDecember CAS
AAA CardsGame #105 Sparkle
SSS MondayParty
SSS WednesdayParty Time

 

 

My team rocked this challenge creating beautiful cards to inspire you.  Make sure to check them out HERE… they may even have a little extra bonus cards on their personal blogs to share too. It may be the most wonderful time of year, but also a busy one.  Hopefully, you can carve out some time to join us this fortnight.  Thank you for taking the time to visit.  Wishing you and yours a merry Christmas and a joyous new year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #351 Monsters

Hello everyone.  It’s time for a new challenge at Less is More (LIM).  The theme this week is Monsters.  It’s a fun one and definitely not limitrd to Halloween.  Once again, our wonderful sponsor this month is Uniko.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONSTER CHRISTMAS

 

I only had one card for this week, but when I saw how similar it was to the card by my teamie Susan, I ended up making this Christmas card too.  Stamped the monster and hat with Memento black ink on snippets of X-Press It paper, coloured with Copics then die cut out.  The snowflakes (discontinued) and Monster Holiday Wishes greeting were white heat embossed on a snippet black stitched circle diecut.  Although the sentiment was a mix of stamps from two different companies, I was pleased to see the fonts matched!  The diagonal stripes is a snippet of washi tape.

Playing at:
Freshly Made Sketches  – #309 Sketch by Linda
Color Throwdown  – #465 Purple, Black, White
Tuesday ThrowdownTT365 Clean and Simple
Pixies Snippets Playground  – Weeks 303 and 304

 

 

 

 

 

MONSTER BIRTHDAY

 

And here’s the card that was similar to Susan’s and as my teamie Anita puts it – great minds think alike. 😂   Stamped the monster image with black Memento ink on a Wonky Stitched X-Press It rectangle.  Used the coordinating die to die cut a mask.  Quick since fussy cutting was not required.  Plus it leaves a white border.  Masked the monster then blended gray ink through a Radiating Rays stencil.  Coloured with Copics and black heat embossed the sentiment.  Added Crystal Glaze to the balloon and a few gumdrops to finish.

 

Heading over to:
Your Next StampColor Challenge #75
Cupcake InspirationsCIC427 Monsters
Send a Smile 4 KidsCelebration Cards 4 Kids
Addicted to Stamps and More#264 Clean and Simple
STAMPlorationsOctober 2017 CAS color twist Orange

 

 

 

And now it’s your turn.  You can find more inspirations from my team HERE.  I look forward to seeing your CAS monster cards.  Just remember to follow the challenge guidelines.  Thank you for visiting.