Saturday, 23 June 2018

Less is More Challenge #374

Good morning, crafters!

We're enjoying some lovely weather here in the UK at the moment so I'm up bright and early to enjoy the best part of the day.

It's time for a new challenge over at Less is More and I think you're going to love this one.  It's a Recipe challenge and we want you to use...

Continuing as our June sponsor is the fabulous Uniko who are offering a choice of an in stock stamp set to our monthly winner, so please do play along for a chance to win!

We have a fabulous Guest Designer joining us this week, Skye who was our April winner.  Please do pop over and say hi, she's created a lovely card for this recipe challenge :)

I have a bits folder rather than a box....or so I thought.  I actually have FOUR bits folders!  This was a great opportunity to use up some backgrounds/die-cuts/scraps, and even breathe new life into some bits I wasn't happy with when I originally created them.  Not only that, I actually found that these were really quick to make.

I have three for you, here's the first...

This panel was cut from a background I created whilst away at Sarah's last November, after the Happy Little Stampers craft retreat.  The floral images were created by sprinkling Brushos through a stencil onto watercolour paper and then spritzing with water and quickly removing the stencil.  This part was leftover from another card I made a while ago.  So all that was left to do was die cut with a stitched rectangle, pop it up on foam on the card base and stamp a sentiment below.  Easy!

Materials used:

  • Stencil: STAMPlorations - Bloom Silhouettes
  • Ink: Brusho - I think I used Leaf Green and Emerald Green; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Brushed Sentiments
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rectangle Stax

Challenge entries:

Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #74 - June Blooms
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #297 - Make Your Mark
The Flower Challenge - Challenge #21 - Use a Previous Challenge (I chose Challenge #12, TicTacToe and chose the line 'Sentiment/Watercolour/White')

For this next card, everything other than the stamped sentiment came from my bits folders...

Once again, whilst attending the Happy Little Stampers craft retreat, but this time in the summer of 2016, Sarah die cut some panels for me using a stitched die (I think by MFT) so I used one of these as my main panel for this card.  I found a die cut 'you' which had been cut from some textured black cardstock and stamped part of a sentiment in the opening underneath.  The butterflies I remember were cut from a piece of cardstock I blended with Distress Inks which I cut at the same time as cutting the flower to make this card.  These were simply adhered flat to the panel which was then adhered on fun foam.

Materials used:

  • Dies: Avery Elle - Simply Said You; Marianne Design Creatables - Tiny's Butterflies 2
  • Ink: Butterflies blended with Distress Inks; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Lovely Lilies

Challenge entries:

Daring Cardmakers - What a Wonderful World (I chose the line 'the colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky)
Happy Little Stampers - June Challenge - Anything Goes with Dies

This card started life as a panel stamped with balloons from my bits folder...

I remember when I first stamped this cluster of balloons, I really didn't like the mix of colours but when I saw it again in my scraps I thought it would make a great gender neutral card.  I stamped the sentiments below, trimmed the panel down and adhered flat to a blue card base. 

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Let's Party; Altenew - Party Time, Celebrate
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Altenew - Silver Stone, unsure what colours were used to stamp the balloons
  • Coloured cardstock from stash

Challenge entries:

Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - June Challenge - Anything Goes

This challenge has certainly inspired me to try to use up lots of scraps instead of cutting into new cardstock each time I make a card.  And it's surprising how you can get inspiration from something which didn't give you any creative motivation previously.

I hope you can find time to play along with us over the next fortnight. 


  1. You have created a fabulous collection from your bits folders Neets and the top one is particularly gorgeous. I remember us using that technique at the retreat but I never seemed to get my stencil off fast enough to create such clean lines as you created here! Beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Carol x

  2. Gorgeous card, thanks for entering it into MAWTT challenge, xxx

  3. Three lovely cards and your SS entry is so bright and cheery, great for our June challenge at Stamping Sensations, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  4. You were on fire this week Anita; your cards are incredible! Love the artsy look to the top one with that fab stencil - simplicity and elegance at its best. The bold colours and sentiment are superb on the second card and I love those balloons on the last card. Yes, they are perfect colours for a gender neutral card. What amazing bits folders you must have xx

  5. Your cards are pure delight, Neets! I love the watercolor technique with colorbursts on your sympathy card. Thanks for sharing your crafty project at the Moving Along With the Times Challenge Blog, and for supporting us. We hope to see more of your inspiring creations in the future. Please check back to see if you were one of the Top Picks. Leaving you with wishes for a wonderful day.
    {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

  6. WOW - love all your cards - they are all so perfect, Bright and cheerful!!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! /Karin

  7. Absolutely gorgeous CAS card, love the intensity of the color made even more beautiful by the pristine white space around your flowers.
    Thank you for sharing with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, hope you play again next time.

  8. WOW! Look at you with this awesome 'left overs' trio. No-one would know those bits and bobs have been hiding away for so long! In fact I didn't see you putting the starts of them together at my house!!! LOL! Can't pick a favourite as they are all just perfect BUT you do work those brushos so well. Super classy as ever. Thanks for all your support and have a great week x

  9. Three beautiful CAS cards! All well designed and beautiful made. Thanks for joining our challenge at Stamping Sensations. Marlies

  10. 3 fabulous cas cards! Super creations and from bits and bobs. Great layouts and so colourful. Thanks for joining us at HLS this month.

  11. Very beautiful cards. Thank you for joining us at the ATSM challenges. Hoping to see you again soon. Nandini, DT

  12. A terrific trio, Anita ... you do have some fabulous 'leftovers' in your bits files ... and made them into delicious cards! I'm especially taken with the first one ... those brusho blooms are so soft and dreamy ... perfect for a sympathy card! Anita :)

  13. Three lovely cards and great use of pieces from your "bits" folder

    Thanks for joining us at stamping Sensations this month


  14. Anita - these cards are so terrific. Love your CAS designs with the wonderful colour combinations. Thanks for playing along with Seize the Birthday.

  15. Yay ! A fabulous trio with your "bits", Anita ! And I totally agree, these cards made with leftovers were so easy and so quick to do ! I will look my "bits" boxes a different way now ! I love them all but I especially love your first card with the Brushos. This vibrant green is so stunning over the wide white space ! Gorgeous CAS look also for your second card with these dreamy butterflies and the bold black sentiment. You totally rocked this challenge ! Have a fabulous week !


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