Saturday, 24 June 2017

Less is More Week #334

Good morning

Wow, what a hot week it's been here in the UK!  I love the sun but this heat has been taking it out of me.  Thankfully, since Thursday it's been a little cooler so it's much more bearable now.

So, let's get to the reason for today's post.  At Less is More this week we have a Sketch challenge for you.  It's been a while since we've had a sketch challenge so here it is...

We continue to have STAMPlorations as our fab sponsor this month so please do play along for a chance to win the monthly prize.

I find sketch challenges the most difficult but I've managed three cards for you this week (it might have something to do with the fact that I designed this week's sketch! haha Hope you like it!)

So let's get to it with my first card...

I used a curved die to create some masks and then blended in between with Distress Inks in sunset colours.  After removing the masks I stamped the flowers in waterproof black ink.  I then 'painted' the petals with clean water and blotted with a paper towel to remove the colour.  I went over the petals a couple of times to achieve the faded look a little more.  I finished by stamping the flourishes and sentiment.

Materials used:
  • Die: Avery Elle - Dotted Borders Dies (to create the masks)
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple; Archival - Jet Black; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Flowers for Design; Clearly Besotted - Message Me

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #247 - Make Your Mark (sponge blending)
Penny Black and More - June Challenge - Anything Goes
The Flower Challenge - Challenge #9 - Anything Goes

I chose a kraft and lace theme for my second card...

On a panel of kraft cardstock slightly smaller than my card base I used some thin paper cut from a curved die to mask the wavy section.  I then stamped the lace design in VersaMark and heat embossed in white.  I chose thin paper for my masks as I wanted to achieve the best impression from my stamp.  With thicker masks you usually get a narrow margin that doesn't stamp properly.  I also heat embossed the sentiment and die cut around it with a stitched heart die.  The main panel was mounted on fun foam to the card base, and then I adhered the heart and added a single white pearl.

Materials used:
  • Kraft cardstock: Neenah - Desert Storm
  • Dies: Mama Elephant - Landscape Trio Dies; MFT Die-namics - Stitched Heart Stax
  • Stamps: Wow! - Lace; Clearly Besotted - On Your Day
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Accents: Hobbycraft - 3mm white pearl

Challenge entries:

CAS(E) this Sketch - Challenge #227
Alphabet Challenge - 'H' for Hearts

I reached for some patterned paper for card three...

This patterned paper pack has been in my stash for about ten years!!!  So it was nice to create with it again.  I adhered a strip to my card base and then cut a panel of white cardstock, split using a curved die.  I stamped the sentiment in grey before adhering both white panels on 3D foam.  I used a die which co-ordinated well with the design of the paper and used this to cut a flower from some bright pink cardstock, adhered over the panels to finish.

Materials used:
  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Snowdrifts; Tim Holtz - Wildflowers
  • Patterned Paper: Dovecraft - A Hint of Pink
  • Stamp: Wplus9 - Fresh Cut Florals
  • Ink: Versa Color - Sky Gray

Challenge entries:

Happy Little Stampers - June Challenge - Anything Goes with Dies

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Please do pop over to the LIM challenge blog and check out my teamies' creations this week, they've really shown how versatile this sketch is, and no doubt will have more inspiration for you over on their personal blogs too.

Have a lovely weekend :)


  1. "I find sketch challenges difficult"... yeah, right! :p Three awesome cards which are all so different and all looking amazing! The first card is absolutely stunning... on to my CASE list with it! That inked background is wonderful and the bleached out flower petals are a great touch. Loving the elegant Kraft and white look of your wedding card. The lace stamping is perfect <3 Gorgeous! And with the final card I can't believe that the patterned paper didn't come in a set with the die - perfect match! A very stylish look too with the browns and pinks, and combination of curved and straight lines. Super effective! Have a lovely weekend! x

  2. Well you've definitely rocked this sketch out of the water!!! Probably because you designed it!!! Love them all especially the hot sunset coloured, bleached flower petals one! That's a brilliant technique and you're blending is flawless! The colours just pop against the white card base! Then classy in Kraft with your lacy wedding card, simply CAS and gorgeous then you go and dig out some awesome patterned paper... Bet you've found all sorts of hidden treasure with your clearing! Thanks for the fab sketch and hope we've done it proud! X

  3. All three cards are absolutely gorgeous ... I'm off to grab suitable dies and inks to see what I can do. Thank you for the inspiration.

  4. Such inspiration form all you teamis this week... I'm blown away by the talent of you all! I love your cards Anita, they are all very creative and inspiring. Your stamping and color choices of your first card: Love love love!! And your elegant wedding card... So beautiful. Just perfect for weddings. The patterned paper and the die you used match perfectly and make your third card another stunner in this post. Have a fun weekend!

  5. Three triffik makes - love the warm colours of the floral version


  6. You have done an amazing job with the sketch, Anita! I love the perfect blending on the first card and the lace looks beautifully delicate on kraft. The die cut flower in hot pink really pops on the third card too. I hope you enjoy a slightly cooler weekend x

  7. Three fantastic cards, Anita! So clever to use the lifting technique on your first card. Your Kraft lace card is so elegant. And someone else who thought of using pattern paper. Why didn't I think of that. Live the brown and hot pink colour combo. Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. Pretty CAS creation and eye catching design, thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  9. Such a wide array of cards...each just perfectly design. Love them!

  10. Great your take on it, such a beautiful collection of cards.

  11. Fabulous cards Anita ! I do love this sketch too, thanks for it ! You've been busy by making these three different wonders ! I love the first one and the technique you used, I love how the black outlines overpass the limit of your blending ! A classy but so elegant style for your second card with this lace white embossing ! So gorgeous ! And last but not least, this wonderful third card with the pattern paper. I love how the hot pink die cut pops up over it and over the white panels ! Another stunning showcase from you ! Have a great Sunday and a fabulous week ! x

  12. Thease are all stunning! I adore each one! Your inspiration is certainly a gift, so thanks for sharing! Bravo!

    I love the sponging the card you added at ATSM challenge lovely flower and great masking my friend
    the Kraft paper ooh my I love that lace stamped so tidy and beautiful
    you rock the sketch the last one oh so lovely too
    I LOVE THEM all
    and I miss you on my Blog sweety
    remember the time we visiting each other..miss it :)
    big hugs and many thanks to play along with us at ATSM

  14. gorgeous cards Anita..
    Thanks so much for playing along with The Flower Challenge.

  15. Awesome cards as always Anita!The gorgeous flowers on the first one is so beautiful with that bright splash of colour.Thank you for sharing with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' and we hope to see you again soon ;) Viv DT xx

  16. Gorgeous card, beautiful flower stamp!
    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black and more;-))m

  17. Oh WOW what beautiful cards.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  18. Beautiful cards and takes on the sketches!

  19. wow, three beautiful cards using a fabulous sketch! i especially like the first colourful one and the white on kraft is stunning. thank you so much for playing along with us this month at the penny black and more challenge.

  20. What lovely cards, thank you for joining us at The Alphabet Challenge for our ‘H is for Hearts’ Challenge, hope to see you again. Emma DT x

  21. Beautiful cards! Love your take on the sketch--the stamped lace is so pretty!

  22. Beautiful cards, some wonderful free new ideas. I love the lacy wavy edge with the happy couple heart for our challenge. Thanks for sharing with us at Alphabet Challenges. Caz DT.


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