Less is More #377 – Pets

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Hi everyone!   It’s Saturday and there’s a new challenge at Less is More (LIM)!  Pets is the theme this fortnight.  Our June winner, Hannelie of Desert Diva, is our amazing guest this challenge.  We are also kicking off a new month with our fabulous sponsor – STAMPlorations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PET CHICKS

 

I went the unconventional route after remembering seeing videos of owners walking their chickens on leashes!  Uh… say whaaaaaaaat? 😂  Anyway, here’s my card.

 

 

The chick image was stamped with black Memento ink on X-press It cardstock, coloured with Copics then die cut out with the matching die.  The tag was die cut next from Bristol paper and black cardstock.  On the Bristol tag, blended Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron distress oxide inks with a mini blending tool through a sunburst stencil.  Overlapped the colours for a good blend and also to get the spectrum of rainbow colours.

 

 

Stamped ‘hello’ directly on the tag in black and white heat embossed ‘birthday chick’ on a black strip.  Offset the tags for a shadow effect and added white Baker’s twine.  Mounted the tag with foam tape onto a Whisper White stitched rectangle panel.  Gotta have some sparkle, so added clear shimmer to the background to finish.  In hindsight, I should have used a shimmer spray and spritz right after the ink blending. 😉

 

 

 

Are you ready to play along?  Head over to the LIM blog HERE to see more inspirations from our guest and my team.  Can’t wait to see your CAS pet creations!  Thank you for stopping in.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
AAA Cards — #120 Somewhere Over the Rainbow
CAS on Friday — #138 Tag It!
CASology — Week 309 Sunbeam
Watercooler Wednesday— #182 Kath’s Feminine Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers — August CAS Challenge Die Cuts
STAMPlorations — Summer CAS Challenge
STAMPlorations — Summer TAGplorations Challenge
STAMPlorations — Summer CUTplorations Challenge (Luggage Tags)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Couple of CASE Cards

Hello again!  It’s nice to have a bit more energy the last few days to craft.  This is why it’s my third day in a row that I’m posting!  Today I have two cards to share.   STAMPlorations is celebrating 5 years this month and their challenge is to CASE their STAMPgirls.  There are so many inspiring projects by the talented STAMPgirls.  I just chose what jumped out at me and what I have in my supplies. 😉  These cards were super easy and quick.

 

 

RAINBOW

 

 

First up is this rainbow card from Lisa.  I love rainbows and was wanting to play in the Papercraft #14 Rainbow Challenge anyeway, so this is what resulted.

 

 

On a stitched rectangle die cut from Neenah cardstock, stamped the gifts with Memento black ink and coloured with Copics.

 

 

Black heat embossed the sentiment, then adhered the panel to a white landscape top folding card base.  Added a few clear sequins to finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASCULINE

 

 

Next up is this masculine card from Linda.  I’ve had a couple of NBUS stamp sets from Jane’s Doodles that screamed to be inked up.  And here’s my card.

 

 

On Neenah cardstock and with Memento black ink again, stamped the stack of books, masked it then stamped the cup.  Coloured with Copics and then added some brown splatters.

 

 

Black heat embossed the sentiment and clear heat embossed the steam.  Die cut out with a stitched rectangle die and mounted it with foam tape for dimension to a white top folding card base to finish.

 

 

 

 

Two easy-peasy cards.  Thank you for your time.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
STAMPlorations 5th Birthday CASE the STAMPgirls
Papercraft#14 Rainbow
The Daily Marker — The 30 Day Coloring Challenge
SSS Monday — Food and/or Drink
SSS Wednesday — Anything Goes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INK BLENDING & HEAT EMBOSSING

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONOCHROME DOG-ROSE

 

 

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 FOLDER

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

EMBOSSING WITH DIES

 

 

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!