Less is More #366 Monochrome

Hi there.  I can’t believe it’s March already!  Did you enjoy our birthday celebration last month?   I hope so.  Well, we are back today with a new challenge at Less is More (LIM).  It’s a colour challenge and we want to see your Monochrome cards.  Monochrome is defined as black, white and grey, or tones of one colour.  STAMPlorations is our generous sponsor this month and its owner / artist, Shery Russ, will be joining us as one of two guest designers (GD).  Our other GD is December winner and the very talented Maaike from Cards by Maaike.











This was an easy one. To begin, an A2 stitched rectangle was die cut from Neenah cardstock.  The image was stamped with black Memento ink and masked.  Smoky Skate dye ink was then blended through a grid stencil with a Clarity brush.



I could’ve left the image as is since a lot of the shading is incorporated in the stamp itself, but I wanted a little more contrast, so I went in with some cool gray Copic markers to add more shading.  The sentiment was black heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.



The panel was adhered to a white top folding card base.  Clear shimmer was added to the flowers and a few black sequins finished off the card.



Linking to the following challenges:
STAMPlorationsAnything Goes with STAMPlorations
Tuesday Throwdown#381 Black and White
Uniko6th Birthday Linky Party
Always Happy BirthdayBirthday Anything Goes Optional use Pattern Paoer
SSS Monday In My Garden
The Sisterhood of CraftersClean and Simple (CAS)



That does it for me.  For more fabulous inspirations from our guests and my team, click HERE.  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!









Less is More #339 Pierce Your Project

Hello there.  We have a new challenge starting today at Less is More.  This week’s challenge #339 is Pierce Your Project.  We want to see anything to do with piercing on your card.  We want to thank our generous sponsor this month Happy Little Stampers.  And as mentioned in my post last week, there are still a couple days left to enter their huge giveaway.










This is the second card I made for my teammate Sarah G.  For some reason I had it in my head that her birthday was on July 22, so imagine my surprise when I realized on July 11 that her birthday is actually July 12.  So I re-did her card before sending it.

The pierce frame (discontinued) was die cut twice from white cardstock and stacked for dimension.  Freehand Florals layering stamp set was used here.  The flowers were stamped with Shades of Purple and Summer Afternoon inks and the leaves with Green Fields ink.  The sentiment was black heat embossed on the inside square.  Shaded Lilac distress ink was blended with a mini blending tool for the background.  Clear shimmer on the flowers and a few clear sequins finished the card.


And here’s the original card with the frame turned, a different sentiment and Spun Sugar distress ink for the background



I am linking to the following challenges:
Happy Little StampersJuly CAS Birthday
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes Birthday optional topping Splatter
Uniko#42 Flowers
SSS WednesdayAnything Goes



And that is it for me this week.  Be sure to visit my team’s personal blogs for more inspirations then come play along with us this week.  Remember to keep your cards CAS and follow the challenge guidelines.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week.








First Birthday

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to our neighbours to the south.  So a little break from Christmas cards today because I needed a birthday card for my goddaughter, Kaliya, who just turned one.  i wanted to make a sweet birthday card, so I brought out a couple of my many unicorn stamps.  I made two similar versions of today’s card.

Kaliya'S 1st Birthday

I stamped the unicorn with Intense Black ink on white cardstock and coloured with Copics.  I don’t have the matching die, so I fussy cut it out then added clear Wink of Stella for some sparkle.  The bottom cloud was die cut with a cloud border die and the top cloud was from a stitched cloud die.

Kaliya'S 1st Birthday

The rainbow was die cut from white glitter paper and coloured with a sponge dauber and Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Sour Apple and Lush Lagoon dye inks.

Kaliya'S 1st Birthday

I sponged on some Bashful Blue dye ink (retired) on a white Wonky Stitched Rectangle to create the sky background.  The sentiment was heat embossed in black with clear glitter embossing powder.  It’s quite a sparkly card, so I didn’t think it needed any embellishments.  And that completes the card.

Kaliya'S 1st Birthday

And here are the two versions of the card with slight differences including the unicorn, sentiment and personalized name.


I am entering the following challenges:

Send a Smile 4 Kids – Anything Goes
Paru’s Card Making – November Challenge for Children


Ghostly Butterflies

Hello there.  Before I really get into Christmas card making mode, I made a CAS birthday card to share today.  When I saw Blissful Butterflies, I loved it, but didn’t get around to ordering it until the end of last month.  I thought I would have to wait till spring to use this NBUS set, but I pulled it out to make a sweet little birthday card.

I die cut a Wonky Stitched Rectangle from Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the butterfly with Memento black ink and coloured it with Copics.

I used the VersaMark resist/ghosting technique to create the trail of butterflies.  To achieve the curved shape, I made a mask by die cutting from masking paper with the curved sentiment die.  I positioned the mask in place, then took the two solid butterfly images in the  stamp set and randomly stamped with VersaMark.  Next I blended on Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet distress inks with a blending tool.  The VersaMark stamped images resisted the inks and the “ghostly” butterflies were revealed.  For a little bit of shimmer, I added clear Wink of Stella to the coloured butterfly and the curved trail.  For a bit of depth, I added some shading with black and grey Polychromous pencils.

Next I stamped the sentiment with Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I mounted the panel onto a split black/white top folding card base and added some sparkling clear sequins to finish.



I am participating in the following:

CAS Mix Up Challenge – October 2016 Ghosting
AAA Cards Challenge – Gane #75 Photo Inspiration (inspired by colours in photo)
Seize the Birthday Challenge – Anything Goes
SSS Wednesday Challenge – Totally Resistable 




Interactive Birthday Surprise

Hi there. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get my third and final entry into MFT’s Card Design Superstar Contest before I leave on a short trip, but I made it. As I mentioned in my last post, I have a lot of cute stamp sets from MFT, so I decided to pull a few out to create an interactive kids birthday card.  My card was inspired by MFT’s Interactive Cake die and Party on a Card post by Sandy Allnock a coupe of days ago.  And being a kids’ birthday card, I made it bright and colorful.

Here’s a short video on how it works.  Unfortunately, I am new to videos and don’t know how to maximize the screen.  If you have any suggestions, please contact me (tab above).

The bear pops up and surprises everyone at the party!  *lol*

Interactive Birthday Surprise

So let’s get started. On some white scrap pieces of ultrasmooth paper and my MISTI, I stamped with black Memento ink the gifts and bear from Beary Special Birthday.  I used the masking technique to create the interactive image pieces. I colored with Copics and fussy cut them out. The white embossed surprise sentiment was a piece I didn’t use when I made THIS CARD because I opted for one with fishtail ends.  I adhered the sentiment to the bear so he looks like he’s holding it.

Interactive Birthday Surprise

Next, I die cut a Wonky Stitched Rectangle from ultrasmooth cardstock.  I stamped the dragon from Magical Dagons, the elephant from Adorable Elephants and the balloons also from Beary Special Birthday directly on that piece and colored with Copics.  For the slider portion, I used Surf & Turf with discs and did partial die-cutting to get a shorter slide channel.  To put the card together, I used this video as a guide.

Interactive Birthday SurpriseOnce all pieces were attached and in place, I mounted the rectangle panel on foam adhesive.  To finish, I added some sequins and glossy accents to the balloons.



I am participating in the following:

MFT – 2016 Card Design Superstar Contest
Pixie’s Snipoets Playground – Week 247
Sunday Stamps – SSC 135 Happy Colors