Less is More #367 – Stencils

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Today also marks the start of a new challenge at Less is More (LIM).  We are back to one layer cards (OLC) with the theme Stencils.  We have Shery from STAMPloratins back with us as our guesser designer and our sponsor this month.










On an A2 card base created from Mixed Media paper, Sea Shore inks were ink blended with a Clarity brush through a butterfly stencil (retired).  With the stencil still in place, VersaMark ink was applied next and the butterfly image was heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  The sentiment from Poppy Stamps was black heat embossed also with clear embossing powder.  To finish, splatters of Lagoon ink from the Sea Shore inks was added.


Linking to the following challenges:
Poppy Stamps#42 Clean and Simple  (Sentiments of Hello stamp set)
STAMPlorationsAnything Goes STAMPlorations  (retired Flutterby stencil)


It has been a rough week with my hubby in and out of hospital visits, so this was a quick one.  But be sure to check out my teamie’s cards for some fabulous inspirations on the LIM blog post HERE. Then grab your stencils and play along. Just remember to make it one layer and keep it clean and simple. I appreciate you stopping by. Have a great day!









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 #365 Dry Embossing

IHello there.  It’s the second half of our month long 7th birthday celebration at Less is More  (LIM).  Our new challenge this fortnight is Dry Embossing.  Several guests are joining us again and our new sponsor for this challenge is Seven Hills Crafts.










Embossing folders (EF) are one of the easiest ways to dry emboss a design on a card.  However, it gets a little tricky when it comes to clean and simple (CAS) cards because it can clutter up all that lovely white space characteristic of CAS cards.  Therefore, one way to pull off a CAS card using a busy EF design is to partial emboss with a diffuser.

A diffuser is a template you can add to an EF so that only the areas covered by the diffuser will emboss.  I created my own heart diffuser by die cutting 8 hearts from cardstock scraps and gluing them together.  The diffuser was then positioned and adhered to the outside of the EF with some temporary tape.  A die cut Mixed Media stitched rectangle was inserted into the folder and embossed through my Big Shot.  To complete my super CAS card, NBUS ‘with’ was red heat embossed and a NBUS ‘love’ sentiment (just purchased and now discontinued) was die cut from red glitter paper.  The panel was mounted with foam adhesive to a white top folding card base.
Some helpful tips:
– diffuser thickness will vary depending on EF, machine, etc.
– using a thicker cardstock worked better than regular cardstock
– a busy detailed EF is best for a specific shape diffuser like this heart (this Provocraft Bubbles EF was my first EF I ever bought and was the only one that worked because of its tight close-knit pattern)


Playing in the following challenges:
AAA Cards#108 All You Need is Love
Uniko#45 Something Old, Something New optional twist LOVE (old Provocraft EF, new sentiment stamp + love die)
STAMPlorationsFebruary 2018 Paint It Red







This next card was created for my friend Dorothy.  This time, circle dies were used to emboss the concentric circle background on a white A2 stitched rectangle die cut from Mixed Media paper.  The bear was stamped on Neenah cardstock with Memento black ink and coloured with Copics.  It was die cut out with the matching die and popped up with foam adhesive.  The sentiment was die cut from gold glitter paper.  Gold shimmer splatters were added before the panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and the card was assembled.


This one’s heading to the following challenges:
Always Happy Birthday February 2018 CAS Birthday
Watercooler Wednesday#157 All About Occasions 
Send a Smile 4 KidsAnything Goes 4 Kids or Cards for Teens
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes Birthday optional twist Coffee or Tea



That does it for me.  Hope you will join us and link up your CAS dry embossed cards.  For more inspirations and ideas from our guests and my team, click HERE.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great day!










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.









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.