Saturday 5 December 2015

Less is More Week 253

Well, here we are, into December already and I'm panicking as I'm nowhere near to being organised for Christmas!

It's new challenge time at Less is More and as it's the first Saturday of the month we have our regular Colour challenge for you, and this week it's the following combo...

Blue and Green

As I'm so behind with my Christmas cards you would have thought I would have made a couple more to add to my stock, but no, I made a birthday and a thank you card!  Honestly, where's my brain?!

Anyhoooo, here are my samples for you this week...

I started by making a stencil using a leaf die and sponged green Distressd Ink through it onto a cardstock panel.  I then stamped the butterfly with Distress Ink, drawing in some of the ink with water to give the image some muted colour, and then die cut using the co-ordinating die.  I stamped the sentiment and then created some ink splatters with a mix of Distress Ink and water.  The butterfly was adhered on 3D foam and some Wink of Stella added to it for some shimmer.

Materials used:

  • Dies: Clearly Besotted - Leafy Accents, Elegant Butterflies
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Elegant Butterflies; Uniko - Pure Florals Cosmos
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagooon, Peacock Feathers; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Accents: Wink of Stella - Clear

Challenge entries:

Creative Inspirations - Challenge #338 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Challenge #152 - Anything Goes
AAA Cards - Game #53 - Anything Goes

Any my second card...

On a spare piece of cardstock I stamped the image and heat embossed with clear powder before blending Distress Inks over it.  This was then die cut using a diagonal stitched rectangle die.  The sentiment from the same set was then stamped in black.  I wanted the card to be simple but the panel looked a little lost wherever I positioned it so to echo the diagonal faux stitching I used my score board to create some diagonal score lines across the bottom corner of the card base.  The inked panel was then popped up on 3D foam.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up - Simply Sketched
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Rubber Stampede - Clear
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Diagonal Stitched Rectangles
  • Tools: Score Board

Challenge entries:

Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #9 - Give Thanks
The Male Room - Challenge #24 - Thanksgiving or Thanks

Please pop by and visit my teamies if you can, and we'd love for you to join us this week and can't wait to see this colour combo in the gallery.

Right, I'm off to try to get something Christmassy done!  Bye for now x


  1. Superb makes as always, Neets, Jo x

  2. Both fabulous cards Anita! The shimmer on that butterfly is gorgeous and I LOVE what you did on the corner of the second card! I always have trouble trying that, I usually end up 'slipping out of the groove' and ruining the whole thing (as stupidly, I usually leave that part almost to the end) . . . any tips would be gratefully received! ;) Have a great day! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

  3. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one behind in making Christmas cards! Should have started much earlier but...something kind of 'fun' in carrying on into December! Your cards here...absolutely gorgeous! We're surrounded by snow, so seeing these breaths of spring is wonderfully refreshing! Of course, the butterfly has me swooning...

  4. Both of these are very stunning creations Anita!! You've done an amazing job with the colors and CAS designs here!! Love them both! :) Thanks for playing along with us in The Male Room! – Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki* - November Guest Designer

  5. Oh! What a lovely pair of cards, Anita. They are both so very CAS-ly beautiful. Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards. Melissa - AAA DT

  6. Both gorgeous and beautiful CAS cards. Love the idea of the first one with sponging through a stencil you made and the scored lines really do make the second card. Beautiful projects and still have to make Christmas cards x

  7. Both stunning cards Anita! super blending techniques and your cards always have a subtle complexity.

  8. Gorgeous LIM card Anita, I love the extra blue splatters on your background and the beautiful glitter on the butterfly.
    But also your second card is a feast for the eye.
    Hugs, Veerle

  9. Fabulous cards Anita. Loving the embossed bird, perfect against the blue and green shades you chose. Thanks for playing at The Male Room.

  10. You know I love these cards! Think I told you already yeah?!?!?
    Great use of the colours and superb CAS designs. Thanks for playing along at AAA cards with the first one sweetie. Sarah x

  11. So pretty - I love the colour combo! The splatter on the first one is fantastic and I love the scored lines on the second one! Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards! Jill

  12. Love the blues & greens on both cards. Beautiful!

  13. Hi Anita,
    what a very lovely card, and super colours used on it too.
    That coloured panel with the bird embossed is lovely.
    Thank you for joining in the MAWTT challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT.

  14. A fantastic creation! Thanks for playing at PTW & Creative Inspirations! xxx

  15. So gorgeous - love how you created your own leaf stencil xx

  16. Fab cards, thanks for joining us at MAWTT, xxxxx

  17. What a lovely blog you have, Anita, and that butterfly card is gorgeous.

  18. Oh WOW!! I love these gorgeous cards. Thanks for Joining us at MAWTT this time. Claire DT

  19. This is amazing! I love the softly blended colours revealing the image of the bird. I do like the way you've echoed the diagonals from the die to the card! Great work. Thanks so much for playing along with our Thanks/Thanksgiving challenge at The Male Room. xx

  20. Fabulous cards Neets xx Jan

  21. Anita these are both gorgeous, I think the inking is just perfect for that little bird, exquisite. x


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