Saturday, 1 July 2017

Less is More Week #335

Hi there

Back with my second post of the morning, which of course is to announce this week's new challenge at Less is More.  It's week one of the month which means it's the turn of our Colour challenge, and this is what we want to see this week...

We have a fresh new sponsor for the month of July too, Happy Little Stampers, so be sure to play along throughout July for a chance to win our monthly prize!


Ok, onto the challenge.  I'm from the UK so obviously our flag, the Union Jack is red, white and blue.  But I really do struggle with this combo and so had a different idea, and that was to use the flag of England.  The red cross of St George on a white background also makes up the central cross of the Union Jack.

I've got two red and white CAS cards to share with you this week.  Here's the first...

I started by blending some red Distress Ink onto some cardstock before using the ghosting technique to create the faded pattern with a stencil.  The stencil is laid over the blended cardstock then spritzed with water before blotting with a paper towel.  Once dry I die cut with a stitched rectangle die.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in white before adhering a die cut flower onto the panel.  This was covered with some clear Wink of Stella and a single glitter dot added before the panel was popped up on fun foam.

Materials used:
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Candied Apple; VersaMark
  • Stencil: Tim Holtz - Mini Stencil Set 10
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Merci Beaucoup
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rectangles; Creative Expressions - Scribble Flower
  • Accents: Doodlebug Sprinkles - Silver; Wink of Stella - clear

Challenge entries:

The Card Concept - Challenge #76 (Style: Clean and Simple)
CAS on Friday - Challenge #111 - Flowers

And for my second sample this week I got all festive with a Christmas card...

This was super easy to make but I messed about for ages trying to figure out the placement.  I started out with a portrait card base but it worked so much better on a landscape design.  I simply die cut two holly leaves from white cardstock and adhered these directly to the base, then added enamel dots for the 'berries'.  A bold sentiment in red ink finished the card.

Materials used:
  • Die: Tonic - Holly Leaf
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Brushed Greetings
  • Ink: Altenew - Velvet
  • Accent: Doodlebug Sprinkles - Ladybug

Challenge entries:

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #114 - White on White

For more inspiration of our theme this week please do pop over to the main challenge blog and take a look at my super talented teamies' creations this week.  You won't be disappointed.

I hope you all have a great weekend.  I'll be back tomorrow evening with details of this month's CAS challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.


  1. The red and white combo on your cards is just so crisp, Anita! I so love the holly leaves (I thought they were embossed to start with) - that is a very classy Christmas card and one that could be made in bulk. The ghosting technique has come out brilliantly on your first card and I love the off centre placement of the panel too. Have a great weekend x

  2. Fab-u-lous! What a great idea to use the St George's flag - I wish I'd thought of that! The first card is stylish and so crisp/clean. I love the ghosted background which tones in so well with the die cut stem. And your Christmas card is gorgeous with the white-on-white holly leaves and the pop of the sentiment and enamel dots. Such an elegant design <3 Have a fab weekend! x

  3. Not one but two stunning red and white St George beauties. You know I just love that white on white (almost) Xmas card. Classy, chic and so elegant but you do that ghosting technique to perfection and it's the perfect background for your die-cut bloom. Brilliant work as always teamie and enjoy your weekend. x

  4. It does not look like you struggled at all. These cards are just perfect!

  5. Oh wow!!! Beautiful CAS cards! Love them! The first one is my favorite, love the backrgound and flower!
    Thank you for playing along with us over SImon Says Stamp MOnday Challenge! We hope to see you again next week!
    x Zoey

  6. Way to switch up the flag to wirk for you. Sharon, these are fabulous. I especially love your white on white Christmas card with just the slightest pop of red. So elegant. Great design too. Have a wonderful weekend and week.

  7. I adore both your cards! Superb! Red andwhite is the English flag colours, so no problem! I really must try the ghosting technique, I nnow have a stencil that I can use so no excuse! Bon weekend!

  8. While both cards are beautiful, there is something so clean and crisp about your second card that takes you by surprise. Thanks you so much for sharing with us at The Card Concept this week! Hugs!

  9. Two real beauties here, Anita ! Love the look of red colour over the white ! It's really the perfect colours for Xmas cards ! Love your first card with the red panel made with the ghosting technique, it highlights so gorgeously this white flower die cut ! Great design too ! My fav one is your second card with these delicate white holly leaves ! So CAS over the white card base with just a touch of red with the sentiment and the three berries ! Gorgeous ! Have a nice Sunday and a fabulous week ! x

  10. Well done for picking the England St George's flag Anita! And what inspirational ways to use the colours. That ghosting technique you used on the first card looks incredible and your offset design is terrific (will add that technique to my 'to try' list). I am drooling and swooning over that Christmas card though. What a professional look and oodles of white space too. Gorgeous work. xx

  11. Two simply lovely your sweet holiday card, so beautiful and that flower is gorgeous!

  12. So beautiful with the red sentiment! Love it :)

    Thank you for playing along with us at Addicted to CAS - Ellenor DT

  13. Both are wonderful! Love it. Thank you for playing along Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge. Gayatri xx

  14. You sure know how to rock CAS - those cheery reds look stunning on both your designs. Thanks for playing along at The Card Concept!

  15. Such gorgeous, striking cards. So glad you could join us at The Card Concept!

  16. I love the background on your first card.... must try that out. Lovely Christmas card too.


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