Saturday, 30 September 2017

Less is More Week #348

Good morning, crafters

Hopefully this post makes sense, I've been coming down with a bug all week and am writing this whilst very tired and constantly sneezing and blowing my nose.  Anyway, back to the reason for the post, and that's a Lucky Dip challenge over at Less is More, due to there being an extra Saturday this month.  And our cue word is...

And as we're still in September, the fabulous Happy Little Stampers continues to be our sponsor this month.

And we have our monthly winner for August, the lovely Jane Taylor joining us as a Guestie this week, so please do pop over and show her some love.

I have two cards for you this week, and both are very different.  Here's my first to add another Christmas card to my pitiful 2017 collection so far...

I actually only bought this stamp last weekend at a hobbycraft show but I love the quirky sketchy design so couldn't wait to use it.  On some watercolour card I stamped the baubles image with VersaMark before heat embossing in silver.  I then watercoloured the images with Distress Inks, using the wet on wet technique, and the embossed outlines create a great barrier for this.  I then also heat embossed the sentiment in silver before cutting down the panel and mounting onto a deep purple card base.  You can't see it in the photo but as a finishing touch I added some clear Wink of Stella to all the little circles of the image to add some Christmas sparkle.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Woodware - Sketchy Baubles; Clearly Besotted - Little Pudding (sentiment)
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver
  • Coloured Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Premium Cardstock
  • Accents: Wink of Stella - clear

Challenge entries

Darnell's NBUS Challenge #12 - brand sparkly new stamp
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #261 - Anything Goes

And for my second card, I went for a completely different feel...

On some watercolour card I stamped the lattice design which was heat embossed in white.  I then watercoloured by dropping in two shades of Distress Inks.  Once dry I die cut a section using a stitched circle die and adhered this to a white card base.  I then die cut a leaf, once from white cardstock, and another from some peach/pink vellum, and layered these up over the watercoloured piece.  I finished by layering up a 'you' die cut and the sentiment, heat embossed in white on some pink cardstock.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: MFT - Moroccan Latice Background; Personal Impressions - Mix and Match
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Dies: Creative Expressions - Laurel Leaves; MFT Die-namics - Double Stitched Circles, Twice the Thanks
  • Vellum from stash

Challenge entries:

CAS on Friday - Challenge #117 - Dies
Creative with Stamps - Challenge #18 - Leaves

Thanks so much for dropping by.  I've not done any watercolouring for a while so I enjoyed making these this week.  My teamies have some great examples for you this week which you can find over at the main challenge blog, and by following the links for more details.

I'm looking forward to seeing your watercolour projects this week, keeping them clean and simple of course.


  1. completely different feel as you say, i like them both, but the baubels are more my thing and i;m all geared up for Christmas cards ;-)

  2. I came by to say how much I love your subtle and elegant watercolours on your lattice card, Anita and then found the gorgeous vibrant Christmas ornaments too!! Fab watercolour makes. I hope you feel better soon x

  3. I'm gobsmacked again Anita! Two equally brilliant cards in very different styles. The first is dazzling in the pretty and vibrant colours and it makes for a really cool and contemporary Christmas card. That stamp was a great find! Your second card is delicate, feminine and sophisticated too. Gorgeous layout and those vellum leaves look incredible. Hope you get over your illness soon. Sending you virtual hugs xx

  4. Two wonderful cards Anita, you rock the water color techniques! No wonder you couldn't wait to use your new Christmas stamp -it's a beauty and has such a fun look! Your color palette in this card is wonderful, your use of blue adds a lot of interest! The soft, feminine look of your second card... Stunning! I love the way you added color to your heat embossed background and those die cut leaves look wonderful. I hope you feel better soon, take care!

  5. Fabulous cards Anita ! As you say, two cards but such a different style. I would have splurged too for this great ornament stamp ! I love these not straight strings and these funny bows ! Wonderful watercoloring too and I love the colours you chose ! Your second card is so delicate and elegant with this soft watercolored lattice design. This softness is even more enhanced with the two die cuts and above all the peach vellum. Absolutely gorgeous ! A wonderful inspiration for us ! Hope you will recover soon ! Have a relaxing weekend and a fabulous week. xx

  6. I love your bright and schpanky new stamp, Anita, which you made schparkle like Christmas morning! Your watercoloring is as outstanding as ever and I love the fun non-traditional Christmas colors you used! I also totally love your second card with the subtle painting and all the fabulous texture from the embossing and the pretty leaves! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #12!! I hope the lurgy goes away quickly!!! Hugs, Darnell

  7. Oh WOW! You always no how to pick a good find at these craft shows Neets and that Christmas bauble image is certainly one of them. Love the sketch look and you've watercoloured them beautifully, not traditional but totally swoonworthy! Then you second card is screaming elegance, so delicate and teamed with the vellum die-cut even more so. Love them both and hope you feel better soon xx

  8. both really lovely cards, love your bright Christmas card and the fab design of your second card with the gorgeous subtle colours xx Get well soon, I think I also have your bug!

  9. Fantastic cards, Anita! Love the holiday one so much, gorgeous color combo.

  10. Two completely different yet both beautiful cards Anita! Your first card is bright and whimsical. The colours are awesome and perfect for those baubles . Love that stamp too. Then you went in the opposite direction with your second card keeping it neutral and subtle. So classy and elegant. So inspiring. Have a wonderful week! Trina xx

  11. Love your non traditional Christmas color card. So pretty! Also you second card is so delicate and elegant!

  12. Gorgeous cards Neets! The baubles are so cute and I love the elegance and softness of the colours on your second card.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  13. fab cards Anita
    and the first one wooow love the embossing with silver and how you colored the ornament
    really adorable
    miss you Anita sweety...
    many thanks for playing along with us at ATSM this time

  14. Beautiful cards and well done on using a new toy straight away! I love the soft colours in the second card and the stitched detail is so pretty, Cathy x


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