Less is More #351

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #344

Hello there.  Whaaaaaat?  It’s September?  How did that happen..  Well, we have a new challenge starting today at Less is More. Challenge #344 is a colour challenge of Royal Blue and Lime Green.   Our guest designer this week is Kyle from Happy Little Stampers, which also happens to be our sponsor this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIRTHDAY BEAR

 

The MISTI and some strategic masking were used to create this card .  Everything but the front leg was masked off on Kobi the bear stamp itself before inking it with Memento black ink.  The inked leg was stamped onto an X-press It Wonky Stitched Rectangle, then it was masked and the gift was stamped.  The leg mask was removed and the gift was masked before Kobi was stamped again.  Kobi, the gift and the bottom of the panel were masked and Twisted Citron distress ink was blended with a mini blending tool for the background.  The balloon, hat and sentiment were stamped next with Memento black ink.  All masks were then removed and the balloon string was drawn in with a T-ruler and Copic multiliner.  Images were coloured with Copics. The panel was mounted with foam adhesive onto a white top folding card base.  Glossy Accents on the balloon and a few blue sequins finished off the card.

 

Linking to the following challenges:
AAA CardsGame #97 Masking
Tuesday Throwdown#358 Masking
Seize the BirthdayOcean Colors Blue, Green or Aqua

 

 

 

 

 

FLOWERS

 

Blue is my favourite colour, so why not blue flowers.  The images were stamped with Memento black ink on X-press It paper and coloured with Copics.  I bought the matching die set, but can’t find them, so they were fussy cut out with a slight white border.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on black cardstock.  All pieces were adhered to an A2 stitched rectangle mounted on a top folding white card base.  Some dripping clear Rain drops were added to finish.

 

Linking to the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More#257 Make Your Mark
CAS(E) this SketchCTS #237 Chrissy Larson
SSS WednesdayAnything Goes
AlphabetM for Make Your Mark

 

 

 

For more inspirations, please visit my team’s personal blogs which can be accessed from the LIM blog HERE.  Hope you can join us this week.  Just make sure to keep it CAS and it follows the challenge guidelines.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a wonderful week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less is More #343

Hello everyone.  Wow!  Can you believe we have a new challenge starting today at Less is More?  It’s another fun one.  For challenge #343 Use a Real Object, we simply want to see a real object on your card.  Our guest designer joining us this challenge is our July winner – Viv from Daizy-Mae’s Crafty Blog.  Our generous sponsor this month once again is Seven Hills Crafts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REAL CANDLE

 

This was created for my teamie, Nonni, whose birthday was this past Tuesday.  Happy birthday, Nonni!   My idea was inspired from the image itself where I just used a real candle in place of the one in the image.  The candle was cut in half lengthwise to provide a flat side for adhering.  A scallop frame was die cut from a scrap piece of X-press It paper.  Buddy with the cupcake  and the sentiment were stamped with black Memento ink on the inside piece and coloured with Copics.  Buddy was then masked and Mustard Seed distress ink was added to the background with a mini blending tool.  Dimensional inlaid diecutting was used to piece the frame image onto a white top folding card base.  Clear shimmer added to the cupcake and a few clear sequins finished off the card.

 

Linking to the following challenges:
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes Birthday
Addicted to Stamps#256 Anything Goes
AAA CardsGame #97 Masking
Send a Smile 4 KidsCAS 4 Kids

 

 

Just one again from me this week, but be sure to check out my team’s personal blogs for more inspirations.  Then get crafting and link up your creations.  Just make sure it is CAS and follows the challenge guidelines  .  Thank you for stopping by,  Have a great week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YNS August 2017 Release Preview

 

Hello everyone.  I’m super excited to be back this month as a new release guest designer for Your Next Stamp (YNS).  This month is an extra special month as YNS celebrates 8 years!  Incredible, isn’t it?  So with that in mind, I am featuring the cute Birdie Banner stamp set in a tweet birthday card.

 

YNS Supplies:
Birdie Banner stamp and die | Basket Animals | Stitched Rectangle | Puffy Cloud Border

 

All images were stamped with Memento black ink and coloured with Copics.  The balloons were stamped on a X-press It Stitched Rectangle.  The birdies and banner were stamped on scraps of X-press It paper and then die cut out with the matching dies.

 

 

The clouds were created with a DIY stencil, Tumbled Glass distress ink and a mini blending tool. The strings hanging down were drawn in with a black Copic multiliner.   To finish, glossy accents was added to the balloons for dimension and shine and clear glitter was added to the banner for shimmer.

 

 

Head to the YNS blog for the other preview projects from the DT and guests. Come back tomorrow at 10:00 pm EST, August 5, for the full reveal, a party game and a Blog Hop with chances to win a huge prize.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Designer for CAS Mix Up August 2017

 

 

Hello there!   I am so excited and honoured to be back as guest designer for CAS Mix Up August 2017 challenge.  This month it’s all about alcohol inks (AI).  To be honest, I was hoping it wouldn’t be AIs because I am not familiar with them and have only tried them twice.  But then I was given the green light for alcohol markers, which is something I do know, own and is my favourite colouring medium. 😊

 

 

I wanted to make a birthday card for my teammate Sarah P. whose birthday is tomorrow.  I’m not sure if she has received it yet.  I was going to colour up some floral images, but what I ended up making was a happy accident.  Back in May, I was fortunate to join Loll, Christine, Susan and Nancy for an afternoon at their retreat.  We did AI drops on yupo and my samples did not turn out as you can see 😉

 

 

Loll had mentioned that these can be sprayed with alcohol for a different look.  So that’s what I did, but I was doing too many things at once and had tilted the yupo piece causing the colours to streak down.  Since it was already looking better than my original 😂, I went with it and spritz some more and let it continue to run down until I was happy..

 

 

This gave a cool watercolour effect.  The top piece is what resulted from the before picture above.  The bottom one was the happy accident, so I never took the before pic of that one.  When I turned the bottom piece a quarter turn, I  saw water, which inspired me to create this.

 

 

I wanted to do a sort of aquarium scene, so a stitched circle was die cut on a white stitched rectangle.  The yupo piece was trimmed down and adhered behind.  The images were stamped with Intense Black ink, coloured with Copics then die cut out with the matching dies.  I also die cut a few more of the mermaid from white cardstock to stack for dimension.

 

 

The sentiment (a birthday & hello) was stamped with Archival black ink.  Whatever you do, do not heat emboss on yupo (did I mention I am a rookie with this 😂).  Lastly, clear shimmer was added to her top and tail to finish.

 

 

 

Hope you will join us this month.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

I am heading over to the following challenges:
Muse#227 Anything Goes
SSS Flickr#76 Anything Goes. (used SSS stitched circle die, Intense Black ink)