Saturday 21 August 2021

Less is More ... One Layer Card

How time flies!  We are back round to the One Layer card challenge at Less is More. I know we have all become experts at the One Layer Card but in case you are new to this term the key requirement is that you only use the card base itself with no additional layers.  It is a challenge where masking certainly is your friend to create the illusion of layers.

I've used a combination of masking and over stamping to create shape and layers:

I began the process by masking off where the butterflies were going before stamping with a selection of dotty background stamps. 

I added some light ink blending around the edge of the butterflies to increase the definition of the shapes especially the central butterfly.  In all honesty this is the second card that I made as I forgot the one layer aspect on my first!!!  A common mistake that I make when preparing my design team projects!

I used:
Visible Image - Grunge Tones stamp set
UNIKO - English Country Garden Butterflies stamps and coordinating dies (the dies were for the masks)
Distress Inks

The last Less is More challenge was Shades of Blue - I said at the time that blue is my favourite colour!!

This will be my last post as a member of the design team.  I am standing down through necessity as I need to concentrate on my immediate family’s needs. 

Take Care!

Saturday 7 August 2021

Less is More ... Colour Challenge

 Welcome to the first challenge for August at Less is More ... the challenge is all about colour and we would like to see you use 'shades of blue'.

I feel lucky with this challenge as blue is my most favourite colour (closely followed by orange)! I have a simply card with stamping and diecutting to share:

I used:

UNIKO - English Country Garden Butterflies stamp set and coordinating dies.
UNIKO - Today, Tomorrow and Always: Time
Distress Inks

I hope you will be inspired and have the time to create and enter the challenge.  I have loved seeing all the beautiful entries into the last challenge CASE-ing one of my designs.

Take Care!

Saturday 24 July 2021

Less is More ... Recipe Challenge

 Good Morning!  It's my birthday today and it is a Less is More tradition that if the birthday of a member of the design team falls on a new challenge day the challenge is to CASe (Copy and Share Everything) one of their designs!  So this challenge is for you to CASe my design.

This is the card for you to CASe:

I stamped and heat embossed the flowers before water colouring using distress inks.  I then chopped the image up into tiles before adhering them to the card base with foam tape to add interest and dimension.  I finished the card by adding a simple clean sentiment.

I hope you will find the time to join in with the challenge.  I cannot wait to see your take on my card - what inspires you is just going to be very interesting.


Saturday 10 July 2021

Less is More ... Theme Challenge

Good Morning!! New month and time for a new challenge at Less is More this time we have a Recipe for you - Christmas in July.  Every year I plan to start creating my Christmas cards early to get ahead of the time and every year I fail - at least this challenge has encouraged me to make a start.  How about you? Have you started on your Christmas cards yet?  If not, why not use this challenge to kickstart your creating.

I have a couple of simple designs to share:

A simple card created with a gelli print for the die cut tree and leaf dies to create a simple tree.  A few very thin strips of black card to anchor the tree to the base plus a final simple sentiment.  The hardest part was lining up the black strips!

My second card is also quite simple:

For this one I stamped and heat embossed the image before water colouring with distress inks. I added the stamped panel to the card base with some foam tape to add a little dimension and added interest.

Check out the blog for more inspiring cards from the Design Team. I look forward to seeing your cards.

Stay Safe and Keep Crafting!

Monday 28 June 2021

STAMPlorations Birthday Celebrations ...

 This month we are celebrating STAMPlorations 8th birthday - 3 days of projects by the design team and 3 ways for you to get involved and win some incredible prizes.

Today is the first day of the celebrations and I have three projects to share with you - all created using the '8th Birthday Bundle #1'

One bundle - three different looks.

Remember to check out all of the design team projects and get involved with the celebrations and you might just win.

Stay Safe and Keep Crafting!

Saturday 26 June 2021

Less is More ... One Layer Challenge

 It is hard to believe that we are now half way through the year and it is time for a new challenge at Less is More and it is everybody's favourite - One Layer Challenge!  Remember this is to use just the card base and no additional layers - in the past I wasn't very keen on creating one layer cards but now I quite enjoy the challenge.

I have to be honest with you all - I found this theme a real challenge.  I couldn't see beyond using die cut letters but eventually I used die cut masks to create the illusion of layers.

I masked the heart and letters and then ink blended the heart yellow, once dry I put a mask over the heart and used lots of small stamps to add colour and interest to the card as well as creating the edge of the heart.  Finally I added the sentiment across the middle.

I used:

UNIKO - Pure Florals: Chrysanthemum, Originally Organics Additions, You are, Yes You
Distress Inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive
Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Script
Sizzix Hearts #2

I hope you will be inspired to have a go and remember to check out the blog for more inspiration.


Tuesday 15 June 2021

STAMPlorations ... June Theme and Photo Reminder

 Well here we are half way through June and you still have time left to join in with the STAMPlorations Theme and Photo challenge - if you haven't joined in yet then get out your supplies and create.

For the launch I chose Blue and Yellow and for the reminder I've kept the yellow and replaced the blue with green.

Another mixed media piece, this time a journal page.  Lots of paint, die cuts and layers!

I used:
                           - Trendy Leaves Coordinating Dies
                           - For the Birds Dies
                           - Trendy Spring Blooms Coordinating Dies
                           - Stitched Tags Nesting Dies
                           - Art Marks Stamp Set
                              - Clear Stickers Inspirational #2
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I hope you have time to join in with the challenge and look forward to seeing your projects.

Keep Crafting!