Less is More #369 – Bring Something Back

Hi there!  Are you ready for a new challenge at Less is More (LIM)?  This fortnight, the challenge is to Bring Something Back.  It could be something you have not used in a while or something that is outdated or simply an old favourite stamp.  We have two guest designers joining us: our January random prize winner Cara of Crafting Bunnies and our February winner Sue of Sentimentally Sue.  Our sponsor this month is Happy Little Stampers  (HLS).










During my time as a SU! Demonstrator, punches were huge and I had a healthy collection.  Then when dies became more popular and available, my punches started to collect dust.  Since I was not using them anymore, I did a complete punch destash last year.  Sadly, not all sold, so now I get to bring back punches.  I have two cards to share.



First up is this straightforward birthday card.  Punched out the balloons (retired) from white cardstock, coloured with Copics then added a highlight with a white gel pen.  Adhered the balloons to a white Wonky Stitched rectangle from my stash.



Black heat embossed the sentiment (retired HLS) with clear glitter embossing powder.  For the ‘confetti’, brought back the color spritzer and used it with a black marker.  Adhered the panel to a white top folding card base then added Crystal Glaze to the balloons to finish.



This one’s heading over to:
Uniko#46 Colours, optional twist Easter
Always Happy BirthdayBirthday Anything Goes optional Balloons
Watercooler WednesdayTenia’s All About Occasions
STAMPlorationsApril Challenge Focus on the Sentiments









For my second card, I did a punch art gnome.  Back in the day 😂, when I didn’t have a particular stamp, I would try to create what I needed using a variety of punches (example posts from 2 years ago HERE, HERE and HERE).  Other than the eyes, this gnome was created entirely from one flower petals punch (retired).   The mushroom was created from a wide oval and circle punches.



The background strip is blended distress oxide inks on a masked Mix Media stitch rectangle. White heat embossed the sentiment, mounted the punch art pieces and adhered the panel to a top folding card base to finish.




This one is for:  
Freshly Made Sketches#332 Sketch by Karren
SSS Monday ChallengeMythology/Inspired by a Story (The Little Gnome children’s book)





Now it’s your turn to bring something back and play along.  My team and our guests have some great ideas and made wonderful cards to inspire you.  You can see them HERE.  Looking forward to seeing your creations.  Thank you for dropping by.  Happy crafting! 😉












Dancing Panda Card

punch art panda


This is the last of my punch art cards and it was also the easiest one to do.  Once again I was inspired by this Pandamonium stamp set.


punch art panda


Punches used to create this panda were:


Head & Body – EXtra Large Oval
Ears – 1/4″ Circle
Eyes & Feet – small heart
Pupils & Nose – Owl Builder
Arms – Word Window


punch art panda


Unlike the puppy card, I wanted this dancing panda to be against a colorful background.  I first stamped the Time Warp using Archival black ink on a small panel of white cardstock.  Next I sponged Pacific Point, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight in a sun ray manner, overlapping the ink colors to get the secondary colors in between.  I added that panel to the bottom of a piece of white cardstock and then stamped the sentiment at the top with Archival black ink as well.  I thought the colorful background was enough, so no embellishments were added.


Since I used Time Warp from Neat & Tangled, this is my second entry for the Little Tangles Challenge 68 Anything Goes.





Huggable Squirrel Card



I am excited to finally participate in my first Color Throwdown Challenge after many years of following them. The colors from this challenge 392 really caught my attention.


Punch art squirrel color challenge card CTD392


Don’t you just want to give this little guy a big hug?  This punch art squirrel was inspired by this Nuts ABout You stamp set.  This squirrel was created from SU! punches of which a couple have already retired and several more will be retiring soon at the end of this month.


Punch art squirrel color challenge card CTD392


Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Basic Black cardstock were used to create this punch art squirrel.  The edges of all pieces were sponged with Soft Suede ink to give it more definition.  Here are the punches used:


Head/Face – Tab, Extra Wide Oval, Large Oval
Body – Owl Builder, 1″ Circle
Ears – Bird Builder
Eyes – Bitty Butterfly
Pupils – Owl Builder
Nose – Cupcake Builder
Arms – Tree Builder
Feet – Small Heart
Tail – Blossom Petals Builder, Extra Wide Oval, Large Oval


Punch art squirrel color challenge card CTD392


I heat embossed Big Hugs from Jumbo Stripes with white embossing powder on a strip of Pacific Point cardstock.  The for you was die cut from Smoky Slate cardstock.


Punch art squirrel color challenge card CTD392


Depending on the inside sentiment (such as “on your promotion” or “on your special day”), I think this card would work as a congratulatory or a birthday card.  Or simply it could just be a fun card to put a smile on someone’s face.






Koala Celebrate Card

Here’s another of my punch art cards from my Punch Art class today.  This punch art koala was super easy to do.  Normally I ink the edges of each piece with the same color as the cardstock to darken and define them, but this time I lightened them with white ink and a sponge dauber.  Punches used were:


Head – 1-3/8″ Circle
Ears – 7/8″ Scallop Circle, 1/2″ Circle
Nose – Word Window
Eyes – Owl Builder
Arm – Small Oval
Leg – 3/4″x15/16″ Oval
Fingers/Toes – Boho BlossomsNormally


punch art koala bear hanging onto a flying balloon


I really wanted to play along in the Make It Monday Challenge 248 Ink Blending Through Die Cut Masks because the sample was so pretty and the technique is so easy.  I created a mask from the balloon die in Blueprints 26 and then stamped the sentiment from PTI Big Favorites #9 Mini stamp set.  This mini stamp set is actually a Christmas greeting set, but I just cut the Celebrate word apart to make it work for my card.  I created a mask slightly larger than the Celebrate sentiment before I blended Soft Sky ink and Certainly Celery ink through the mask and over top. I wanted the pink balloon to stand out, so it’s actually a larger balloon diecut from white cardstock and ink blended in the same manner as the smaller mask balloons.


Ink blended punch art koala celebrate card.


I removed the mask from the sentiment to reveal a sentiment with a white border and make it stand out on the card. Initially, I was going to have the koala hang from the string, but I thought it would be more fun if the koala was holding onto the balloon itself. The string was die cut from white cardstock using the PTI Balloon Strings die.  I cut the string around the sentiment rather than having it go through the sentiment.




Puppy Friends Card

Saturday night and I have a little bit of time to post before bed. May is starting off a little too crazy busy here.  From Mother’s Day last weekend to preparing for my punch art class tomorrow to my anniversary today <sigh>…but enough about me. Let’s get to my card share.

punch art puppy FMS sketch 235


I am really liking the sketches over at Freshly Made Sketches ever since I discovered it 3 weeks ago.  So when I was creating my punch art puppy card for my class tomorrow, I couldn’t resist using the latest FMS Sketch 236.


punch art puppy Freshly Made Sketch 236


It was this punch art puppy posted by Leeann Greff on behalf of the creator Melissa A. that had me thinking about punch art again and I decided to do a class. And since puppies/dogs are man’s best friends, I went with a friendship card.  The sentiment from Purrrfect was heat embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock die cut from a stitched snow drift border die.


punch art puppy friendship card close up.


I just wanted a black and white card with a splash of color. I used a Sun Ray stencil and a blending tool and blended Mustard Seed distress ink to create the background behind the puppy. I finished the card with a small punch heart colored with the same distress ink and popped it up with foam tape.