Saturday, 23 September 2017

Less is More Week #347

Hi there

Saturday morning of course means a fresh new challenge at Less is More.  And, since we haven't had one for a while, we have a Sketch challenge for you.  Here it is...

Our fab sponsor for September is Happy Little Stampers so why not play along for a chance to win the monthly prize!

My fellow teamies have had some great ideas for this sketch and you can find their card samples over on the main challenge blog, and follow the links for full details.

And as I'm seriously behind with my festive creations (I have a grand total of 3 so far this year! haha), I used the sketch as inspiration to make a Christmas card.  Here it is...

I did a bit of stamping and masking to create my hanging baubles.  This was my second attempt as with my first attempt I had a problem with the dye inks soaking through my masks and leaving some blotchy marks so I scrapped it and started again, using pigment ink instead.  I used the bow die from the set that co-ordinates with the stamps and instead of stamping and die cutting, I used the die cuts covered with VersaMark to heat emboss in sparkly silver.  I used a fineliner pen to draw the strings and adhered the bows on glue dots.  The sentiment was stamped in black, die cut with a stitched sentiment strip and popped up on 3D foam.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Ornamental Style, Message Me
  • Ink: Versa Color - Mint, Turquoise, Mountain Lake; VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Dies: Clearly Besotted - Ornamental Style; MFT Die-namics - Stitched Sentiment Strips
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver Sparkle

Challenge entries:

Happy Little Stampers - September Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes (optional twist - Sparkle)
Penny Black and More - September Challenge - Get Ready for Christmas

I was really hoping to make more than one for you this week but busy work and tiredness happened!  Hopefully more crafty time will be found soon.

Thanks so much for visiting.


  1. Such a pretty Xmas card here Anita, love the colour combo and the silver bows finish it all off so nicely too ;) hugs Viv xx

  2. I absolutely love this stylish design with Christmas baubles. I have to check if I have stamps that could be used like this, I love your design! Great colors too: the touch of silver is the perfect, festive addition! Have a great weekend!

  3. Lovely CAS make, thank you for sharing this with us at Penny Black and More, Leanne DT x

  4. Just beautiful. I'm starting to stress about Christmas cards...I'm feeling behind :)

  5. What beautiful ornaments. Love how they work for this sketch.

  6. Beautiful Christmas card, Anita. Love non-tradonl colours and this is one of my favourite colour combos. I'm behind on my Christmas card making too. Have a wonderful weekend and week. 😊 Trina xx

  7. A really stylish Christmas creation, many thanks for joining us at penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  8. Well you know I just love this one teamie ... even if you did nick my idea!!! LoL! The glistening bows on those baubles are so elegant and I love the non-traditional blue tones you've used. Great minds eh and both of us need to get a wriggle on with Christmas makes by the sounds of it. x

  9. Love those sparkly bows, super idea. Thanks for playing at HLS Christmas challenge.

  10. WOW ! Absolutely wonderful Anita ! Gorgeous ornaments, I love these colours and the big silver bows ! Such a stunning CAS card ! It works so beautifully with this sketch ! I think I will CASE you ! Have a fabulous week ! xx

  11. Pretty christmas card, like the colours and design. Thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More and good luck!
    x Daniela (DT)

  12. is so true! Less is more! Love this card and the white space all around it! It makes the christmas ball shine even more!
    Thank you for playing along with us over Simon says stamp monday challenge!! We hope to see you again!
    X Zoey

  13. Loved this card the moment I saw it Anita! These cool colours just right for a crisp and frosty Christmas and the shape of the baubles is beautiful. A really elegant and classy Christmas design - love it! xx

  14. This is stricking design of the current sketch, Anita. Very clever and pretty. Thanks for the inspiration.

  15. WOW, Anita !! Brilliant design! I love the CAS card and the way you built these baubles. Beautiful card !!
    Thank you very much for sharing this beautiful card with us on HLS Xmas.
    BożenA DT HLS


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