Less is More #355

Hello there.  We are back to our regular weekly scheduled challenges at Less is More (LIM).  It’s my teammate Susan‘s birthday today — happy birthday Susan! — and for this week, we are CASEing her card.  Our generous sponsor this month is Dies to Die For.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is Susan’s card to CASE.

 

 

And this is my card.

 

I was inspired by the elf, stocking, layout and colours.  I have two elf sets, and since Susan used one, I used the other one to create a little fireplace mantel scene.  A scallop rectangle was die cut from Neenah cardstock.  The elf was stamped first with black Memento ink, then masked.  A reverse circle mask was placed around the elf before the stockings were stamped. The stockings were masked, and Ink blending with distress inks was used to add colour around the images within the circle.  The brick was done with a stencil.  Masks were removed and the images were coloured with Copics.  The sentiment was black heat embossed and the scallop panel was mounted with foam adhesives to a white top folding card base.  Clear shimmer on the reds finished off the card.

 

Playing over at:
Addicted to Stamps and More – #268 Holiday
Happy Little Stampers – November 2017 CAS Challenge Christmas
Happy Little Stampers – November 2017 Christmas Challenge Anything Goes optional twist Tag
Naughty or Nice – #45 Wintery Scene

 

 

 

 

And that does it for me.  Susan’s card is adorable and you can find more fabulous inspirations from my team HERE.  Can’t wait to see your CASEs.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Designer for Just Us Girls #420

 

Hi everyone.  I’m back for my third post this month as guest designer for Just Us Girls (JUGS) challenge.  This week is a colour challenge and the colours are turquoise, brown and gold.

 

 

I thought these colours would make a great Christmas card, so here’s my card.

 

 

An A2 piece of Soft Suede cardstock was embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  The bear was stamped with black Memento ink on a scrap of X-Press It paper, coloured with Copics and die cut out with the coordinating die.  Took a circle diecut from my stash and sponged Tempting Turquoise on the upper part.

 

 

The sentiment was die cut from Soft Suede cardstock and a piece of gold gilding flakes I had from a crafty playdate at Loll’s back in September.  It was my first experience with gilding flakes, and although it’s beautiful, it sure is messy.

 

 

All pieces were mounted onto a white top folding card base and snow was added on the circle image with a white gel pen to finish.

This is such a cool colour combo, so I really hope you will join us this week.  For more inspirations, make sure to head over to the JUGS blog post HERE and check out the wonderful creations by the design team.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linking this one to:
STAMPlorationsNovember 2017 Anything CAS optional color twist Brown
STAMPlorationsNever-ending Anything Goes STAMPlorations  (diecut sentiment)
Addicted to Stamps and More#268 Holiday
Dragonfly Dreams Winter
Pixie’s Snippets PlaygroundWeeks 307 & 308 (use snippets)
SSS Wednesday ChallengeFurry Friends

 

 

 

 

Less is More #353 & #354

Hi everyone.  It’s Saturday, which means another new challenge begins today at Less is More (LIM).  There’s a slight change this time as it’s a two week challenge.  For this fortnight, use the colours of Fireworks on your cards.  Pretty simple, right?  Our guest designer is our September winner, Birgit.  And our new sponsor this month is Dies to Die For.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAROLLING PENGUINS

 

Fireworks are bright and colourful so I made a bright and colourful Christmas card.  Stamped images with Memento black ink on a stitched rectangle panel die cut from Neenah cardstock.  Coloured the penguins with Copics. Masked them, then added matching distress ink colours with a mini blending tool above each penguin to give them an aura. 😂   The sentiment was black heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  To complete this carolling scene, snow was added with a white gel pen.

 

Linking this one to:
Addicted to Stamps and More#266 Anything Goes
Send a Smile 4 KidsHappy Holidays 4 Kids
Naughty or Nice#45 Walking in a Winter Wonderland
STAMPlorationsNovember 2017 CAS Challlenge optional color Brown

 

 

I just have one to share this fortnight, but be sure to head over to the LIM blog for more inspirations from my team.  They may even have more fabulous creations on their personal blogs.  Remember you have two weeks this time around to play along.  Looking forward to seeing what you link up. Happy crafting and thank you for dropping by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Colour Christmas

Happy Monday everyone.  Time sure flies since I last posted.  I’ve been working on a calendar project, and it was my December month that I thought would work as a Christmas card as well. Anyone who knows me knows I am a fan of non-traditional colour Christmas cards. I don’t remember making a traditional red and green Christmas card – EVER.  So I took well known Halloween colours and combined it with heat embossing and emboss resist techniques to come up with this CAS Holiday Style card.

Halloween Colours Christmas Card

I die cut a Stitched Rectangle from Whisper White cardstock.  I first stamped the hooks with Charcoal ink, followed by the strings because it was easier to line up the images in this sequence.

Next, I stamped the boughs with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used the emboss resist technique to reveal the boughs.  I sponged on some Sour Apple ink and then wiped off the excess ink from the embossed areas.

I used my MISTI to stamp my ornaments with Lavender Fields and Deep Iris inks and then punched them out with a 1″ circle punch.  To give them dimension, I heat embossed them with clear embossing powder twice.  I stamped the sentiment with Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder as well,  To finish, I mounted the stitched rectangle to a white card base and added a few clear sequins.

Halloween Colour Christmas Card

 

This year I plan to donate some of my handmade cards to the Caring Hearts Card Drive.  I made this the kickoff of this goal.

Halloween Colours Christmas Card

 

 

 

I am participating in the following:

Cards in Envy – Purple and Green
52 Christmas Card Throwdown – October Technique Challenge Embossing
HLS Christmas Challenge – October Challenge Embossing
STAMPlorations – October Anything CAS Goes optional Black
STAMPlorations – October Theme Challenge Sponging