Less is More #339 Pierce Your Project

Hello there.  We have a new challenge starting today at Less is More.  This week’s challenge #339 is Pierce Your Project.  We want to see anything to do with piercing on your card.  We want to thank our generous sponsor this month Happy Little Stampers.  And as mentioned in my post last week, there are still a couple days left to enter their huge giveaway.












This is the second card I made for my teammate Sarah G.  For some reason I had it in my head that her birthday was on July 22, so imagine my surprise when I realized on July 11 that her birthday is actually July 12.  So I re-did her card before sending it.

The pierce frame (discontinued) was die cut twice from white cardstock and stacked for dimension.  Freehand Florals layering stamp set was used here.  The flowers were stamped with Shades of Purple and Summer Afternoon inks and the leaves with Green Fields ink.  The sentiment was black heat embossed on the inside square.  Shaded Lilac distress ink was blended with a mini blending tool for the background.  Clear shimmer on the flowers and a few clear sequins finished the card.


And here it is with the original — frame rotated, different sentiment and Spun Sugar distress ink for the background



I am linking to the following challenges:
Happy Little StampersJuly CAS Birthday
Seize the BirthdayAnything Goes Birthday optional topping Splatter
Uniko#42 Flowers
SSS WednesdayAnything Goes



And that is it for me this week.  Be sure to visit my team’s personal blogs for more inspirations then come play along with us this week.  Remember to keep your cards CAS and follow the challenge guidelines.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week.








Twofer One Birthdays

Hello there.  Today, I am sharing a couple of birthday cards I made to surprise a couple of crafty friends.  Loll had her birthday this past Tuesday and Darnellt’s is coming up this Sunday.  Unfortunately, Darnell won’t receive her card before this post, but she probably won’t see this anyway. 😉  And if she does, then surprise!  😂  So here are the cards.



Because the Kind Soul floral stamp is a fairly large image, I was able to stamp it once to get two cards.  I started with a 4-1/4 x 11″ piece of X-Press It paper and stamped the image with black Memento ink in the middle.



It was coloured with Copics and then cut in half to create two A2 pieces.  Each piece was then die cut with a Stitched Rectangle.  I forgot where I saw this idea, but I thought it was so clever how easy it is to create two cards.


The images were masked and Sahara Sand ink was blended with a Clarity brush through a Halftone stencil.  Happy birthday and friend were die cut from black cardstock and the happy birthday sentiment was white heat embossed on a black strip.



Had to give it some sparkle, so clear shimmer was added to the flowers and diecut sentiments.  For more sparkle, some sparkly sequins were added to finish.

Thank you for your visit.  Have a great day!






I am playing in the following challenges:
Inspired by All the Little Things#62 with Amy Kolling (colours)
Time Out #86 Celebrations with the Optional Twist of One Layer Cards
Always Playing with PaperThe Challenge #88 Keywords (flowers, bright, birthday)
SSS MondayStencil It




Less is More #330 Shimmer

Happy Saturday everyone!  Challenge #330 at Less is More starts today and it’s all about Shimmer.  Our sponsor this month is Uniko.










The floral image was stamped on the bottom of a white A2 panel with London Fog Memento ink.  Once again, I decided to keep them non-coloured, but still wanted dimension, so I did a bit of shading with C1and C3 Gray Copic markers.  Smile was die cut from Pink Pirouette cardstock, sponged with Melon Mambo ink for an Ombré effect then stacked on black fun foam for dimension.  The other part of the sentiment was stamped in black on a white strip.  The top and bottom edges were traced with a black marker to make it stand out.  Finally, clear sparkle was added to the smile diecut.  This is my favourite and easiest way to add shimmer to any project.  The panel was adhered to a top white folding card base and Sparkly gumdrops finished the card.


I am playing in the following challenges:
STAMPlorationsMay 2017 Cutplorations
CAS Colours & SketchesSketch #224
STAMPlorations – May 2017 Anything CAS Goes optional color twist Feminine Colors
STAMPlorations – Anything STAMPlorations Goes (smile stamp & die)
Tuesday Throwdown#344 Anything Goes






The emboss resist technique was used to create this card.  The fireworks were stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder on a white A2 panel.  I don’t own any colour pigment inks, so the coloured ones were first inked and stamped with dye inks, then stamped overtoo with VersaMark to be heat embossed.  The MISTI was essential to this step.  Black Soot distress ink was then blended with a mini blending tool over the entire piece, leaving it lighter at the bottom.  Excess ink was then wiped with a tissue.  For shimmer, it was sprayed with a DIY shimmer spray created with water and Perfect Pearls.  Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t show how sparkly it is IRL. Once the panel was completely dry, the sentiment was white heat embossed.  The panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and a city border die cut from black cardstock was added to the bottom to finish,


I am playing in the following challenges:
CASology – Week 250 Loud (fireworks, cities, parties)
Inkspirational – #135 Urban
Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes Birthday optional topping Something Sweet
Modsquad – Birthday Bash



For more ideas to play along, check out my team’s personal blogs, which can be accessed from the LIM blog post HERE.  Please remember to keep it CAS and follow the challenge guidelines.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a great day!







Less is More #329 Geometric

Hi everyone.  We have a new challenge starting today at Less is More (LIM).  This week’s challenge #329 is Geometric.  Our guest this week is April winner Julie Beech of Crafted by Jules.









On white Bristol paper, the air balloon was white heat embossed.  It was reverse masked and coloured in with Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron distress inks using a mini blending tool.  The cloud background was created with a DIY cloud border stencil and Salty Ocean distress ink.  A white cityline border diecut (retired) was adhered to the bottom.  To make it stand out slightly, it was traced with a light gray pencil. The sentiment was black heat embossed. Salty Ocean splatters and clear shimmer to the air balloon were added to finish.


I am linking this card to the following challenges:
AAA CardsGame#90 Embossing
CAS Mix Up – May 2017 Splattering (+stamping+heat embossing+die cutting+stencil ink blending)
City CrafterWeek 362 Photo Inspiration








My second card is a CASE of Hannelie’s stunning card over at Time Out. A circle was die cut from a Stitched Rectangle piece of watercolor paper. Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door distress inks were blended with a mini blending tool through a Diamond stencil on the circle diecut.  A light splattering of Barn Door distress ink was added to the negative diecut watercolor piece before the circle was inlaid.  The petunias were stamped in black then die cut out with the coordinating dies.  They were being left uncoloured, but for sone depth, simple shading was done with a W3 grey Copic marker.  The top petunia was popped up with foam tape and the sentiment was white heat embossed on a black cardstock strip.  Clear shimmer was added to the petunias to finish



I am linking this card to the following challenges:
Time Out – #83 CASE Hannelie
SSS Wednesday – A Bit of Sparkle
Cupcake InspirationsCIC407 For Mom
STAMPlorationsMay 2017 Anything CAS Goes optional Feminine Colors
CASology – Week 249 Warm (warm colours)




For more inspirations, check out the rest of my teamies’ blogs through the LIM blog HERE. Now it’s your turn.  Remember to keep your cards CAS and follow the challenge guidelines.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have fun crafting!








Balloon Wishes

Happy Groundhog Day everyone!  It’s so nice to finally be back crafting after fighting the flu/cold since last week.  And now that it’s February, I really need to get some birthday cards completed as I have 7 family birthdays alone!  So today, I have a CAS birthday card to share.



The balloons were die cut from white cardstock and retired resist polka dot paper using NBUS Birthday Smiles die set.  The strings and stars were also die cut from white cardstock.  Blueprint Sketch distress ink and a blending tool were used to add colour to them.



The first part of the sentiment was white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock.  The Ombré wishes was done by inking just the bottom portion and stamping repeatedly using the MISTI.  It was then die cut out with the NBUS matching die.  Another was die cut from fun foam and stacked for dimension.



I lightly added some Blueprint Sketch distress ink for the background on a white A2 stitched rectangle panel.  The panel was adhered to a top folding white card base before the card was assembled.  Forgot to mention that Perfect Pearls was added to the balloons for some sheen.





I am playing in the following challenges:

Darnell’s NBUS – #10 Use NBUS
Less is More – #313 Balloons
Addicted to CAS – #103 Wish
Inkspirational – #127 Polka Dots
Happy Little Stampers – February CAS Blue