3 Dec 2016

Less is More 305 - Primary Colours

Hi there,
How are you today? Hopefully really good.  Can you believe that it is December already? That sure came around quickly this year!
Anyway, its time to introduce the new challenge over at
As it is the first challenge of the month we are in our COLOUR week and we're after those PRIMARY colours this time around.
Also, for the month of December we have a new sponsor in UNICO stamps.
We have 2 guest designers this week: Bev and KathyK. I hope you will pop over and leave them some love too.
It really would've been rude not to use a set of Unico stamps on one of my 3 DT inspiration pieces this week so let's kick off with that card.

1) Birthday Balloons

This is a quick and fun card to do.
I'd like to enter this one in at:
 Get Creative Challenge - Birthday Celebrations (they also have a DT call on if you are interested)

The balloon stamps and strings are from the Unico set Balloon Bash. The Sentiment is from the Unico Simply Said Birthday set.I've stamped in distress inks in festive berries, broken china and mustard seed.  the balloon highlights, which aren't showing up too well were stamped in Versacolour Ultimate Pigment Ink in white.

2) Merry & Bright

I had to include one Christmas Card too, didn't I ? Simple and easy to do and it suits both men and women!
I'd like to pop this in at:
Crafty Cardmakers - Christmas
Make My Monday - CAS Christmas (a 2nd entry)
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge - Masculine Christmas card

I've used pearlised card for the card base, the rectangle mat and the embossed panel.  The bottom of the panel was first cut with a deckle edge die (a rectangular sizzix die was used and it was partially cut) before running the panel through the swiss dots embossing folder. I actually quite like that the panel looks torn. The mat was cut from one of the smaller nesting deckled rectangles.  The sentiment has been die cut using Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Words Script Thinlets.

3) Space Birthday

This card could be used for anyone who loves space and it fits that hard to do category...cards for men and boys. And this one took less than 10 minutes to make!
I'd like to pop this one in at Oh La La Creations Challenge - Birthday Celebrations
Stampin Royalty - Clean and Simple

The IndigoBlu stamp called Bubbles Background was inked with sailboat blue Adirondak ink and immediately after stamping it was covered with WOW! Clear Sparkle embossing glitter then heat embossed. The sentiment from WOW! Just Sayin' set was stamped in the same blue ink.

Normal colouring pencils were used to colour in a few of the circles to make them look like planets. (I bought a 36 colouring pencils set from WH Smith when I was back in the UK and I am loving them!). The panel was added to a blue card blank. Three of the small stars from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Festive Scribbles set were die cut and added with bits of 3d foam pads.
Don't forget to visit my fellow teamies for more amazing primary colours inspirations from the link HERE.
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again next week.
Sharon xx

26 Nov 2016

Less is More 304 - Emboss Resist

Hello again.

Great to see you here.
It's time to introduce another of our
and this week is recipe week and our recipe is

Emboss Resist.
A lovely easy one for you all to join in with and I can't wait to see what you come up with.
I'm still knitting away like crazy....3 presents done and 2 more still to go, so once again only 2 cards from me this week.

1) Peace, Hope & Joy multiple emboss resist

This card shows off the emboss resist technique being used multiple times. The important thing is to make sure each layer is dry before you start the next layer.

I'd like to pop this in at:
Make My Monday - CAS Christmas (a new challenge for me)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Trio-Tastic (3 word stamps used - Peace, Joy and Hope)
Use your stuff Challenge - Chipboard - the angel on my card (this is another new challenge blog for me)

All stamps used are from ClarityStamps.  Clear heat emboss the 'Peace' stamp onto the white card stock. Next cover the card with mustard seed distress ink and dry it. Stamp and clear heat emboss the 'Hope' stamp. Cover the card with spiced marmalade distress ink and dry it. Clear heat emboss the 'Joy' stamp. Cover the card with fired brick distress ink. Using a paper towel wipe over the panel to remove any residue ink from the embossed words. Mat onto gold card, raise onto 3d foam and add a small wooden chipboard angel.


2) Peacock Birthday

I actually made this card 2 months ago but have not blogged it yet. You see I did one of those boo-boos - I made it for the Peacock colours challenge we did at the beginning of September .... forgetting it was a colour challenge!! Doh!
So glad I held on to it because it fits the emboss resist theme perfectly.

I'd like to pop this one in at:
 Crafty Cardmakers - Embossing (they are also having a DT call if any of you are interested)
Get Creative Challenge - Birthday (They are celebrating their 2 year blogoversary - Congratulations!)

Clear heat emboss the My Paperworld Stamp from the peacock feather set. Blend distress inks over the heat embossed image (mustard seed, spiced marmalade and picked raspberry). Use the spritz n flick technique with water to create the droplets. Edge the panel with walnut stain DI and add a little faux stitching with walnut stain distress marker. Use the same treatment on the sentiment panel. raise both on 3d foam pads.I even decorated the inside of this card. The sentiments are from Happy Little Stampers and Papertry Inc.

Before I go I need to say  a BIG THANKS to Cardz 4 Guys challenge for picking my Santa & reindeer card in your top 3.  I am very honoured.
And FINALLY - don't forget to visit my fellow teamies. They have some fantastic inspiration for you for this emboss resist challenge on the LIM blog HERE

Thank you for looking.
Sharon xx

19 Nov 2016

Less is More # 303 - Vintage

Hello to you!

It is so lovely to see you here today.
Have you had some good crafty time recently?  I am finding that my card making time is actually reduced at the moment. You see I'm knitting like crazy to get a whole load of Shhhhhhhh! (Christmas) presents finished for my grandchildren and step-grandchildren. Might just finish it all before I fly home to see them ..... if I get a wriggle on.
So, only 2 cards from me again today for the new
where the theme is

1) A Vintage Wine

Well, I have uncovered a serious hole in my crafting stash... I do not have a single bottle of decent sized wine anywhere ( wine bottle stamp that is...there are plenty of decent size wine bottles in the wine cooler in the house! Hee hee!) I have loads of stamps with champagne glasses, but no wine! I so wanted to do a vintage wine bottle but all I spotted was that teeny-tiny one I've used as an embellishment.
These are actually NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) stamps and I have had them for years! Shame on me.

In alphabetical order, I'd like to enter this into:
Cardz 4 Guys - #146 Reindeer
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Santa and/or Elf
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - # 390 Christmas
Everybody Art Challenge - #389 Santa
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Christmas Critters --- I may be pushing it a bit with this one, but there is a reindeer on the card! Let me know if I've overstepped the boundaries girls.

The sentiment was created on the PC using Chrissie's trick of sizing the page to 100% on the PC,  then holding my circle die up to the PC I managed to get the text to go around it and print out the correct size for the aperture. Next the aperture was cut out. The images from Katy Sue Designs Santa and Pals stampset were stamped onto a separate sheet that was attached inside the card. They are coloured with ordinary coloured pencils ( a set of 36 that I bought from WH Smiths). The wine bottle comes from Katy Sue Designs Christmas Spirit stampset.

2) Vintage Anniversary

The first idea that popped into my head for this challenge was to use an image of a vintage car or vintage plane.

I'd like to enter this into:
Oh La La Creations Challenge - #217 Vintage

The blue car is from Creative Expressions Timeless Journey stamped in Versacolour 19 Cyan. The pink car is from Habico vintage transport stamped in Versacolour 33 Pink. The sentiment is made up from 2 sets from Die'Sire.  It has all been matted onto pink then a blue card blank.

Before I go I need to say WELCOME to a couple of new followers. Thank you so much for choosing to follow me; it is lovely to have you on board!

Also, a BIG THANKS to:
Cards In Envy - for picking my purple and green card as one of your favourites
The Mod Squad - for picking my purple and gold card as one of your top three
I am very honoured.
And FINALLY - don't forget to visit my fellow teamies. They have some fantastic inspiration for you for this vintage challenge on the LIM blog HERE

Thank you for looking.
Sharon xx

16 Nov 2016

Daffodil Thanks

Hello folks!
Have you heard?  There is a blog hop going on at Stamplorations to promote their new release of stamps all about being thankful. 

The Stamplorations girls and guests have some wonderful eye candy for you to look at. Some of the Less is More girls decided to join in too. I hope you will take a look at their cards (their links are on our challenge blog HERE)
I imagined that there would be a lot of warm autumn colours along the blog hop so I thought I would go with something a little more spring-like in beautiful zingy citrus colours for my thank you card.
Keeping in the "Less is More" tradition my card is a CAS card.

The Stamplorations 'Daffodil' clear stamp was heat embossed in WOW! Midas touch embossing glitter and then coloured with promarkers. It has a super shine but I couldn't capture that on my camera. I absolutely love working with this glorious flower. A little glossy accents was added in drops on the flower and leaves to represent some dew (brings to mind a beautiful spring morning, eh?) Once dry, the image was attached to the card blank and some green washi tape added to the bottom. An oval shape was die cut out of a piece of linen card and this was trimmed to size to be raised on 3d foam pads over the image. More washi tape was added to another small piece of card and then used to die cut the Die'Sire sentiment.

You can join in all the fun with the Stamplorations girls and guests too. All the information is in THIS POST. There are some fabulous prizes to be won.
Now....the next time I use this stamp I really MUST colour it as a narcissus!
Thanks so much for looking.
Hope you'll pop by again soon.
Sharon xx