Less is More #364 Music

Hi everyone.  So my recovery from the flu took a turn this week and I got hit with it again! 😔   Still not feeling great, but I am happy February is here.  Not only to put January behind me, but also to celebrate Less is More’s (LIM) 7th birthday!   We have a fun jam packed month with multiple guests, two sponsors (one for each challenge) and some prizes!  To kick things off, we have a Music theme challenge this fortnight.  Our first generous sponsor for this challenge is Uniko.











In honour of LIM’s 7th birthday, I made a birthday card.  On an A2 piece of Neenah cardstock, the puppies were stamped with Memento black ink and masked.  The bottom area was then masked and Sahara Sand ink was blended with a Clarity brush through a brick stencil to create the wall background.  Masks were removed and the pups were coloured with Copics.  In the middle of colouring the pup on the left, my marker leaked a big inky mess.  Has that ever happened to you?  I really didn’t want to start over, so I salvaged it as best I could.  To show the singing intonation, ‘happy birthday’ was shadow stamped with Smoky Slate ink..  It didn’t turn out the way I had pictured, so ‘to you’ was stamped normally in black.  Stamped the music notes (discontinued) in black and mounted the panel to a white top folding card base to finish.


Playing in the following challenges:
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes Birthday optional topping Candles
Watercooler Wednesday#155 Anything Goes
SSS WednesdayAnything Goes



When I feel better, I may make the other card I had in mind.  But for now, our special guests and my team have made some beautiful cards to inspire you and you can see them all HERE. Hope you will help us celebrate and link up your musical cards.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a great day.









Christmas Puppies

Hello everyone.   I have, not one, but eight Christmas cards to share today.  Unfortunately, none of the recipients have received their cards before this post, so I hope they will like them when they do. 😉



I placed the four puppy images in my MISTI and stamped them with Memento black ink on X-Press It paper twice and coloured them with Copics.  I coloured one set red and the other blue.  I was planting to use Kraft with all of them and make them all the same, but when I went through my bags of scraps, I found various pieces and snippets that would allow each to be slightly different. Most of the images were die cut out with a circle die and paired with a Merry Christmas frame.  A few were die cut out with the coordinating die and added to different backgrounds.



snippet: embossed red stripe square


snippet: grid stencilled Kraft panel



snipoet: embossed woodgrain Kraft panel… I just sponged Kraft ink on top so the details would show better.



snippets: white stitched panel, Kraft tag and red ribbon… I just stencilled Kraft ink through a Radiating Rays stencil to create the background



snippet: I found one white double embossed panel and liked how the circle frame nestled perfectly into the circle area so I double embossed a second piece.



snippet: navy blue panel… there were actually two panels so I just kept this one very simple and silver heat embossing the sentiment



snippets: silver Christmas die cut sentiment and the other navy blue panel… I just die cut a stripe panel from white cardstock and stamped happy and wishes


That does it for this post.  Thank you for visiting.  Happy Holidays!






Heading over to the following challenges:
MarkerPop – 12 Days of Giveaways/Challenge (day 3 Be Merry, day 5 Add a Tag & day 6 Holiday Critters)
Pixie’s Snippets PlaygroundWeeks 311 & 312 Use Snippets
Uniko#44 Christmas
The Male RoomChristmas/Winter Wishes/&December Celebrations (puppies are man’s best friend 😉)
Simon Says Stamps  — 2017 Christmas Card Day






Christmas Cocoa Wishes

Hello there.  I have another Christmas card to share today.  In honour of National Cocoa Day, I made a cocoa inspired Christmas card.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any cocia sentiments, but I will have to rectify that in the new year. 😂



Masked and stamped the images with black Memento ink on Neenah cardstock.  Masked the bottom of the panel and blended Tumbled Glass distress ink around the image, and then went back in and ink blended through a Sun Ray stencil.



Removed all masks and coloured with Copics.  Next, stamped the steam with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  I wanted a subtle effect, but it may be too subtle.  Added clear shimmer to the rays then black heat embossed the sentiment.



For some interest, the panel was die cut with a stitched scallop frame.  A second frame was die cut to stack for a bit of dimension.  Mounted all pieces onto a white top folding card base and added clear sparkly sequins to finish.

Thank you for stopping by.  Happy Holidays!








Playing in the following challenges:
MarkerPop12 Days of Giveaways/Challenge (day 12 No Theme Anything Goes Christmas)
Merry Monday#269 Color Challenge (using the blues and greens)
Coffee Loving Cardmakers2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Happy Little StampersDecember Christmas Anything Goes optional twist Stencil





Summer Christmas Bear?

Hi everyone.  Normally, I don’t make Christmas cards in the summer, especially on the hottest weekend of the year so far, but after seeing a couple of Christmas cards today and checking out some challenges, I was inspired to create this CAS Christmas card.

The bear was stamped with Memento black ink on A2 X-press It paper, then coloured with Copics.

It was then masked and the snowflakes were clear heat embossed.  Salty Ocean distress ink was applied with a mini blending tool to the background and a tissue was used to wipe off excess ink for a little emboss resist.


The camouflage die cut technique was used for the Warm Winter Wishes sentiment.  This technique can be tricky with little pieces getting lost, but a good trick I found to keep everything together is to use Press n Seal.

For some sparkle, clear shimmer added to the camouflaged diecut sentiment finished off the card.




I am playing in the following challenges:
Merry Monday #253 Bears
AAA Cards – Game#92 Resist Technique
Addicted to Stamps and More#247 Make Your Mark
CAS on Friday#110 Animals



Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!







Space Love

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I must admit I prefer to create a love/loving theme card when it comes to Valentine’s cards. That way, they can be used beyond one day. As you can see from my non-traditional one layer Valentine’s card, this card can easily be given to a friend for a variety of occasions.

First, I cut the top folding card base from Bristol smooth paper.  I wanted to create a selfie card and to keep it one layer I used the masking and reverse masking techniques.  I created a reverse square mask with a square die and masking paper.  I positioned the reverse mask onto the card base and stamped the astronaut and alien with Intense Black ink.

They were then masked before the outer space distress ink background was created (Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers, Black Soot).  To complete the look, it was spritz with water and splattered with white pigment reinker.

The masks were removed and the images were coloured with Zig markers and a watercolor brush.  I used a ruler and black Copic multiliner to draw a border around the square. I used a rectangle die to trace the rectangle.  I also used the masking technique to customize the sentiment.  The hearts were stamped with Real Red ink.

To give it some depth, I masked the rectangle and blended really “toned” down Black Soot around it.  For a little shimmer, I added clear Wink of Stella to the space background.  To finish, a few silver sequins were added.



Update: Some of you are in disbelief that this is truly a one layer card, so I recorded a short video which I hope will clear things up. 😉





I am linking to the following challenges:

Less is More – #315 One Layer Opposites Attract (human/alien, blu/orange, right-handed/left-handed)
Gerda Steiner Designs – #29 Share Your Design (use GSD products)
Time Out – #76 Inspired by Words (distance)
MarkerPop –  #114 Be My Valentine