Less is More #371 – Yellow Blue Grey

Hello everyone!  My teammates IzzyNonni and I have officially passed our one year anniversary as part of the design team at Less is More (LIM)!  Even in this short time, we saw some big changes, including moving from weekly to fortnightly.  It has been a lot of fun and I want to thank my LIM team and all of you who participate!  Last year we started off with a colour challenge, so it’s only fitting we celebrate with a new colour challenge!  The colours this time are yellow, blue and grey.  Our March winner, Joanna of Jo-Jo’s Stamping Spot, is our guest designer.  And we have a brand new sponsor to our challenge, but they are no stranger to the crafting community.  We welcome Winnie & Walter, who is generously giving this month’s winner a $25 gift card to their store!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANITA!

 

This card was created for my teamie Anita.  It was inspired by this card and since I had just purchased the Chameleon pencils, I wanted to test them out.  To begin, an A2 size stitched rectangle was die cut from Toned Gray paper.   Next, ‘happy’ was stamped with VersaMark using the MISTI, then coloured in with several different blue pencils.  With ‘happy’ still in the MISTI, stamped it again along with the word ‘birthday’ in VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Initially, the bunny was stamped in black on Toned Gray paper and coloured with pencils too, but I was not able to get the colours bright enough.  So I went back to stamping it on X-press It paper, colouring with Copics and die cutting it out with the matching die.  A second piece was die cut from a white scrap to stack for just a tiny bit of dimension… after all, it needed to be mail-friendly. 😉  Added rhinestones to the flower centres and clear shimmer to finish.

 

Challenges:
Watercooler Wednesday — WWC169 Charlotte’s All About Ocassions
Always Happy Birthday — Birthday Anything Goes optional Flowers
Sweet Stampers — #20 Birthday
Seize the Birthday — Anything Goes Birthday optional It’s Just a Number
Addicted to Stamps and More#291 Anything Goes

 

 

Now it’s your turn.  Want to see more ideas and inspirations?  Then check out the cards our guest and my design team has made over on the LIM blog HERE.  As always, I appreciate you stopping by.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAS Christmas May Challenge – Snowman

 

Hello everyone.  Our CAS Christmas May challenge is here and this month’s theme is Snowman.  Our talented March winner, Barb of Barb’s Studio Creations, is joining us as our guest designer.

 

 

I decided to give an in and out card a try.  I don’t remember where I saw this type of card first, but afterwards, Jennifer Macguire shared a modified version of it HERE.  And here’s the inside of the card.

 

 

Initially, it was going to be a one layer in and out card, but there was too much warping from the heat tool drying.  So I took a stitched rectangle piece die cut from watercolor paper that was in my stash and did some distress oxide ink smooshing with Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Lucky Clover and Cracked Pistachio.  For a snowy effect, white acrylic paint splatters were added.  Made sure the panel was completely dry, then black heat embossed the sentiment with clear glitter embossing powder.

 

 

Next, took the snowman die and die cut the opening.  Positioned the panel on an A2 Soft Sky card base and traced the opening.  Aligned the die to the traced image and die cut the front of the card base.

 

 

Stamped the snowman on a scrap of X-press It paper, colored it with Copics and die cut out.  Stacked the die cuts together, but I wanted the image to pop out even more through the opening, so added a black fun foam diecut.  Aligned the openings and adhered to finish.

 

 

 

And I couldn’t let that warped ‘one layer’ smooshed piece go to waste, so it was die cut out with a stitched rectangle die.  Added a stacked white die cut sentiment (retired) covered with clear shimmer.  Stamped, coloured and die cut another snowman.  Adhered to a white top folding card base and VOILA finish!

 

 

 

Well, that does it for me.  For more fabulous inspirations from our guest and my team, head on over to the CAS Christmas blog HERE.  The challenge runs till May 24th.  Can’t wait to see your snowman cards.  Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
Winnie & WalterApril Color Combo with Heather H.
Christmas Crafts All Year RoundMay Anything Goes Christmas/Holiday
Papercraft#10 Clean and Simple
ABC Christmas — J & K: chose to ‘K’ Keep It Simple
Snippets PlaygroundChallenge #325

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BELATED BIRTHDAY

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

MISS YOU

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple Winter Wishes

Hello again.  I am quickly popping in with a second post today to share a non-traditional colour CAS Christmas card.

 

 

The penguin image was stamped with Memento black ink on X-Press It paper, coloured with Copics and die cut out with the coordinating die (my alignment was off, so I had to do some fussy cutting to try to even it out). The sentiment was white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock.

 

 

The background was created by ink smooshing Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks on watercolor paper, then die cutting with a circle die.

 

 

A Zig Zag Stitched panel was die cut from watercolor paper and adhered to a white top folding card base.  All the pieces were assembled and mounted to it.  Clear shimmer and some sequins finished off the card.

And that’s it for today.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day or night wherever you are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing in the following:
Addicted to Stamps and More  –  #263 Holiday
Send a Smile 4 KidsEarly Holiday Wishes 4 Kids
Sugar Pea DesignsMix It Up Challenge #36
Winnie & WalterWCMD 2017 CAS Challenge with Heather H
Winnie & WalterWCMD 2017 Smooshing Challenge with Lydia

 

 

 

 

Wintery Hello

Hi everyone.  It seems 2017 is flying by.  I can’t believe a week has gone by already.  Anyway, with Christmas now over, I thought I had to pack away my winter themed supplies, but that is not the case.  YAY🎉  For today’s card, I made a CAS winter miss you card. I also got to check off two more new stamp sets from my NBUS list. 😁

I stamped the little critter onto some X-press It paper that my friend Christine gave me to try.  I coloured with Copics and then die cut it out with the matching die.

The Hello sentiment was die cut also from X-press It paper and coloured in Ombré blue to match parts of the hat that were also coloured in Ombré blue.  The tree branch was die cut from a scrap of white cardstock, trimmed down and then coloured with Copics.

Next I die cut a white Stitched Rectangle and then stamped the miss your face sentiment in Archival black.  I sponged some Pool Party ink for the sky background.  I mounted the stitch panel onto a top folding white card base and then assembled the card.  I added snow with a white gel pen.  As a finishing touch, I added glossy accents to the Hello sentiment and created icicles hanging off the branch.  To make the icicles glisten, I sprinkld on some Dazzling Diamond glitter.  I love that image and pairing it with that sentiment makes me laugh.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

AAA Cards – Game #81 Hello
CASology – Week 230 Cold
Less is More – #310 Colour (Ombré)
The Heart Desires – #8 Photo Inspiration
Tuesday Throwdown – Winter Critters