Saturday, 20 January 2018

Less is More Challenge #363

Hi there

It's time for another fresh new challenge over at Less is More and the challenge for this coming fortnight is our regular One Layer challenge, and we are looking for...

Don't forget, we have a brand new sponsor for the month of January, Skull and Cross Buns, so please do play along for a chance to win the monthly prize!

I have two cards to share with you this time, the first using stamps from our sponsor...

This was super simple to make, and it took me about fifteen minutes whilst waiting for last night's dinner to cook!  I blended some Distress Ink through a dotty stencil in a pale grey/blue.  I then used the foxes stamp in my MISTI and stamped with two different shades of orange/brown to create a kind of ombre effect.  The hearts are part of the same rubber stamp and these were stamped in red.  I finished by stamping the sentiment in black and adding a tiny gem to the flower.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Altenew - Halftone
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Foxes in Love, Brush Hearts (sentiment)
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Weathered Wood; Versa Color - Paprika, Brown, Cardinal; Versafine - Onyx Black

My next card, although it looks pretty simple, took a lot longer to make as I'm still getting to grips with my Faber Castell Polychromos...

I stamped the image in black ink and coloured with my pencils.  I'm still getting a 'feel' for these pencils and don't currently have any blending solution so I spent a good amount of time trying to build layers of colour on the heart.  It's far from perfect but I'm pretty happy with the result.  I finished by curving a clear sentiment stamp around the heart and stamping in black ink.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Lili of the Valley - Odd Dog: Squidgy Heart; Clearly Besotted - Petite Plushies (sentiment)
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos

Challenge entries:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Add a Sentiment (Clearly Besotted)
Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #63 - CAS
STAMPlorations - January Theme and Sketch - Stamps and Curves

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog.  My teamies have created some super cuties this week over at Less is More and please do pop over to their personal blogs where they may have even more inspiration for you.  

Hopefully you're liking that the challenge is now fortnightly and gives those of you with busy lives a lot more time to play along.  I'm looking forward to your cute creations and don't forget it's one layer week!


  1. 2 perfectly CAS and perfectly adorable cards.
    Love them xx

  2. 2 perfectly cute one layers teamie. Just in the nick of time hey with that first one and love your pretty colouring techniqe on the little images. Have to say that little pooch with his squishy cushion is just waiting for me to grab him out of the picture and cuddle him. He's so lifelike with your wonderful colouring. Enjoy you week Neets x

  3. Awwww...two adorable cards! Love them -- especially the squishy heart!

  4. 2 lovely cards,lots of curves there...perfect for our January challenge over at STAMPlorations. Thanks for joining in! xx

  5. Lovely card, thanks for joining us at MAWTT, xxxx

  6. A couple of cuties, Anita. Beautiful colouring on your second card, and totally worth the time and effort. Love that image and how you curved the sentiment. Love it. Have a wonderful week. xx

  7. Oh my gosh...I love, love this little sweet!

  8. Love these two cards Anita! and Yay! you made a 15 minute card! Fab image and the soft stencil blending behind it is just perfect. As for your cutie odd dog and heart card.... amazing colouring!! To me, you seem to have mastered those polychromos already. That heart is jaw-dropping xx

  9. Two beautifully created cards, I do like the foxes together with a perfect sentiment. The colouring on your heart is super, the heart looks all plump and squishy just like the sentiment says x

  10. Perfect CAS cards. Love them both. Thank you very much for playing along Simon Says Stamp Add a Sentiment Challenge. Gayatri xx

  11. Thank you for sharing your CAS creations with us at MAWTT. Just love the squishy heart. We would love to see you again. Christine DT

  12. I think you did splendid job with your pencils, Anita! I don't have pencils but it will be my next "big" crafty purchase -maybe something for the summer holidays! :) I love the look you created with them. The two foxes in your first card are adorable and I love the hot colors you chose for this card -perfectly steamy for Valentine's! :) Hugs!

  13. Simply adorable, Anita ! Love your very quick first card, very inspirational, I have to keep this method in mind ! But I totally can't resist this adorable and oh so cute doggy with its squishy cushion ! You did a fabulous work with your Polychromos, I love the light you succeeded to give to this cushion ! Just amazing ! You totally rock with it ! Have a fabulous week ! Hugs xx

  14. Your puppy with the squishy heart has cuteness overload Anita - he is adorable! Fab pencil colouring too.


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