Saturday, 7 October 2017

Less is More Week #349

Good morning

We're into a fresh new month and that means it's time for our regular Colour challenge at Less is More.  We have a fun one for you this time...

Our fabulous Sponsor for the month of October is Uniko and we have the lovely Bev joining us as our Guestie for a couple of weeks so please do follow the link and say hi.

I have two cards for you this week, my first using Uniko stamps...

I wanted to create a kind of wreath design so on a panel of white cardstock I made four pencil marks above, below, and either side of where I wanted the circle shape, just to help when eyeballing the stamp positioning.  I then stamped the images, four of each in a repetitive pattern to create the wreath.  I erased the pencil marks and die cut the panel using a stitched rectangle and adhered to my card base.  I finished by heat embossing the sentiment in white on some metallic copper cardstock, die cut with a stitched sentiment strip.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Uniko - Natures Treasures I and II, Flower Power #2
  • Ink: Versa Color - Topaz, Paprika, Pinecone, Orange, Marigold; VersaMark
  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Wonky Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Sentiment Strips
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Copper cardstock from stash

Challenge entries:

CAS on Friday - Challenge #118 - Fall / Halloween
Penny Black and More - October Challenge - Close to Nature
Stamping Sensations - October Challenge - Autumn Glory
Uniko - Challenge #43 - Autumn/Fall

I'm really pleased with my second card, the result was exactly as I pictured it, and that doesn't happen often...

On a scrap of cream cardstock I started by adding a minimal light blend of Mustard Seed Distress Ink before adding a small circle mask to create my sun.  I then used sponge blending tools with various other Distress Inks to create my sunset.  Then, instead of using black I used dark brown pigment ink to stamp the tree and birds.  The scene was then die cut using a stitched rectangle die.  On a cream card base I stamped the sentiment, also in dark brown before popping the panel up on 3D foam.

I really do love this off centre design and another of my cards some time ago, here, used the same layout and is also one of my favourites.  I think I might make a few sets of cards like this :)

Materials used:
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany; Versa Color - Pinecone
  • Stamps: Card-io - Vintage Christmas (tree); Kanban - Spring Meadow (birds); Clearly Besotted - Time to Relax (sentiment)
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rectangles

Challenge entries:

Crafty Catz - Challenge #387 - Anything Goes with optional twist of CAS
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #262 - Make Your Mark (sponge blending/masking)

I usually reach for what I call pretty colours but I really enjoyed using these tones this week, perfect for the season too.  Please do pop over to the main challenge, there is some great inspiration there from my teamies this week.

Thanks so much for popping by.


  1. Two beautiful cards Anita absolutely love your blending.

  2. Hi your cards are stunning. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge Blog for challenge 387 the theme is Anything Goes with the optional theme of CAS (Clean and Simple) and the sponsor is Sasayaki Digital Stamps. Hugs Jackie (GDT)

  3. Such beautiful cards, Anita! I love your stamping in the first card -this design looks wonderful and provides a very inventive way for using stamps. The faux stitched edges suit the design super well too! Your second card is very serene and peaceful -perfect for a sympathy/encouragement card like this one. Great use of inks! Enjoy your weekend xxx

  4. Both your Hot and Spicy cards are so Clean, Crisp and so Beautiful, Anita. TFS Hugs..

  5. The composition on both these cards is just stunning, Anita! I love that wreath and will definitely have a go at making one like yours. Your sunset scene is gorgeous - the colours are so vibrant and the off set panel is a great way of keeping the design CAS. I am inspired to give that one a go too....thanks for the fab ideas :)

  6. your ombre sunset card is beautiful!

  7. What sizzling hot creations you've delighted us with this week Anita. The wreath idea works perfectly with those stamps and hats off to you for just eye-balling with a couple of pencil marks! The copper coloured card on the sentiment is lush. But - your steamy hot blended sky on the second card is a real winner. It's a sensational masterpiece in ink blending with the perfect colours. I really like that off centre design too - may need to CASE that in future if you don't mind. Have a brilliant week and don't work too hard xx

  8. WOW ! Two gorgeous cards, Anita ! Love your beautiful wreath made with the Uniko stamps, so elegant with these warm colours ! Don't know why, it makes me think to the Cornucopia, surely the round design and the colours ! Also love your second card. Your blended sky is absolutely gorgeous and pops up brilliantly the silhouettes. A beautiful CAS design too ! Have a fabulous week and thanks to play at Uniko !

  9. Your ink blending is flawless...just amazing! I wish I knew your secret! Love your cards!

  10. I just love these colours and you've come up with 2 fabulous beauties once again. Such depth of blended colour to the second one ... I'm in awe! Super elegant, super classy and super duper CAS. A great showcase of uniko goodies on the first one, looking fab in those hot colours and thanks for joining in with the Autumn themed challenge there this month teamie! Have a good week xx

  11. Two gorgeous cards, Anita. Amazing job stamping your wreath. I truly thought it was a single stamp. Love how you coloured it and the fishtail banner. Your second card should be framed. You created the perfect sunset scene. Beautiful ink blending and a great design. Love these! Have a wonderful week. xx

  12. Hi Neets. 2 Fab cards - each perfect in their own way. Thanks for joining in with us at Stamping Sensations!

  13. What a sunset lovely card! The colours are amazing. Thanks for joining us at ATSM.
    x Asha

  14. Another beautiful entry for Uniko, love the leaves wreath, it's so pretty!

  15. Gorgeous card.
    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More 'Close to nature' challenge and good luck x Susan x

  16. I'm late commenting! Love, love the gorgeous autumn wreath birthday card! Great work. Thanks so much for playing along with Uniko this month. Deborah, DT.

  17. I love both your cards Anita, but especially your first using the Uniko Natures Treasures! Beautifully designed, eye catching and Autumnal. Lovely to see you in the Uniko Challenge gallery again :) Hugs Bev x


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