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.










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








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.












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.










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








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 Royal Blue & Lime Green

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.










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








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 Use a Real Object

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.











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.