Saturday, 7 July 2018

Less is More Challenge #375

Hi guys

The last two weeks have absolutely flown by and we are back with another new challenge for you over at Less is More.  And following the usual challenge sequence means it's time for a Colour challenge this time, here are the details...

And as we are into a brand new month we have a new sponsor, it's the fabulous craft store, Seven Hills Crafts back with us for July.  So don't forget to play along in our challenges this month for a chance to win the monthly prize.

We also have a super talented Guest Designer joining us for this colour challenge, Lynne who was our monthly winner for May!  Please do pop over to her blog to say hi and see her wonderful creative work.

OK, I was a bit on the fence with this colour combo at first and wasn't really 'feeling it' but as it happens, I have four sample cards to share with you!  It obviously kick started my creative mojo after all!

Here's the first.  This is my favourite of the four and I was going to share this one over on the main LIM post but Izzy beat me to it with a very similar stencilled project, so I'll share it here as my first one...

A pretty simple make.  I inked through a stencil with two colours of Distress Ink, blending where they met.  I then die cut the 'hugs' from some black fine glitter cardstock and twice from orange cardstock and stacked them up.  You can just about make out the orange cardstock in the pic below, as well as the glitter card...


I finished by adding some black Nuvo drops scattered around the sentiment.  Before I added these I felt that something was missing but I think I preferred it without.  Oh well!

Materials used:
  • Stencil: Altenew - Leaf Burst
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade
  • Die: Lawn Fawn - Scripty Hugs
  • Accents: Nuvo - Crystal Drops Ebony Black

Challenge entries:

STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #299 - CAS
Just Us Girls - Challenge #448 - Citrus

Next up is the card I shared over on the main LIM post...

This is just simply stamped and a few accents added.  The stems and flower heads were stamped in Altenew inks and the sentiment in black.  I then added a couple of score lines for some interest to this one layer card.  And to finish I added some white dot details with a white pigment pen.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Pretty Petals
  • Ink: Altenew - Olive, Orange Cream; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Accents: Signo Uniball pen - white pigment; Score lines

Challenge entries:

Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes (no Topping option for this one)
STAMPlorations - Summer Theme & Sketch Challenge - Stamps and Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - July Challenge - In My Garden
Alphabet Challenge - H for Happy Birthday

This one follows on from the last LIM challenge as I found this orange floral panel in my 'bits box'...

The main flower was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder, then masked before stamping the remaining flowers and leaves and then heat embossing those also.  I added a little depth of colour to the centres with a FlexMarker.  This was then trimmed and mounted onto a green card base.  I die cut the sentiment strip from the same green cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment in white.  A few green glitter enamel dots were added to complete the card.

Materials used:
  • Coloured cardstock from stash
  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Flowers for Design; MFT - Adorable Elephants (sentiment)
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Die: Clearly Besotted - Stripped
  • Accents: FlexMarker; Enamel Dots from stash 

And I went super simple for my final card.  Although I love simple I don't love this card but thought I'd share it with you anyway...

I stamped the glass, olive and sentiment in black ink then coloured with Flexmarkers.  I made some horizonal score lines and popped the panel up on fun foam on the card base.  To finish I added a little Wink of Stella shimmer to the drink and covered with Glossy Accents.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Raise a Glass II
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Coloured with FlexMarkers
  • Accents: Wink of Stella - Clear; Glossy Accents; Score lines

That's all from me, please do pop over to the main Less is More blog, here, to follow the links to view my fellow teamies' makes.  Lots of different projects to inspire you for this colour combo.  I hope to see you in our gallery.  Happy Saturday, folks! :)


  1. Wow, you've been one busy bee! Amazing post with lots of card eye candy, great work Anita! Love all your cards but I do have a favorite: that softly stenciled first card with the contrasting black sentiment is a fantastic design! Love your use of scoring too in two of the other cards -it's such a cool way to add a lot of interest to a CAS card. And well done using some bits again with fantastic results! xxx

  2. this is so adorable!

    thanks so much for playing along with us at alphabet challenge!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    Silvi xoxo

  3. You were on fire Anita! For 'not feeling it' with the colour combo you have given amazing inspiration in these 4 cards. I love that they are all totally different - and your trick with the flex marker on white embossing was inspired - I was puzzling about how you did that. I really can't pick a favourite because they are all awesome. Have a great week xx

  4. I can usually pick a favorite, but not this time. Every one of these is gorgeous. Lots of inspiration to use.

  5. Whoa, Anita! Can I have some of that ‘not feeling’ the colour combo thing? I definitely wasn’t feeling them either and only managed to squeak out one semi-decent one . 😂 You created four amazing cards. My favorite is the last one. It’s adorable and CASlicious! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. xx

  6. What an inspiration you are. So many gorgeous cards and I love the CAS designs. Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday challenge this week.
    Barbara DT member

  7. They are all absolutely wonderful, Anita! That should have driven out those feelings of 'not feeling it'!! Beautiful cards, and I absolutely loved the simplicity of them all. Thank you so much for sharing these and joining us at Seize the Birthday! (Somehow, the card that you've submitted at STB turned out to be my favorite!)

  8. Inspired stamping Anita, always a pleasure to see you CAS designs, perfect for our 'In my Garden' themes at Stamping Sensations and Allsorts challenges, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  9. Brilliant cards Anita! And, you might know of course, my favourite is the last one :)

    Now to make my own entry - see you this time next week perhaps :)


    Di xx

  10. What a delicious collection, Anita ... soft stencilling, sweet blooms, bold florals ... and that single stylish CAS cocktail with the scored background ... LOVE it! Anita :)

  11. All beautiful stylish and elegant card. Thanks for joining our challenge at Stampping Sensations. Marlies

  12. Lovely clean and simple flower card

    Thanks for joining us at stamping Sensations this month


  13. WOW! For 'not feeling' this colour combination, you've certainly created an array of cards that are positively awe-mazing! CAS-ilicous, every one! So thrilled to see your first in the Just Us Girls gallery; I LOVE it!

  14. What a lovely set of cards here - beautiful designs on all!

  15. I don't know what happened but yesterday I let you and the other teammies some comments but for some reasons they didn't go throw for you and Nonni ! Anyway I was telling you that all your cards are wonderful ! Love them all and their gorgeous CAS designs. I especially love the second one with these whimsical flowers and the embossed frame, so clean and so fresh ! Sorry for having beaten you with my card....but you beat me with the numbers ! 😁 Have a fabulous weekend ! xx


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