Saturday 25 April 2015

Less is More - Guest Designer!

Hi there

Eeeek...I'm very excited this morning as I recently received a happy email and I've been invited to be a Guest Designer at Less is More!

I absolutely love this challenge as it was one of the very first I discovered in blogland and I try to enter as often as I can so I'm absolutely honoured to be joining Chrissie, Sarah and Anne this week.

So, without further ado, this week the challenge is...

Add a Tag

Here is my card...

I stamped the flower on vellum and heat embossed in white before fussy cutting it out.  I then drew some sketchy lines on the reverse using a white Inktense pencil.  I then used the same vellum to die cut the leaves.  The tag outline and sentiment was also embossed in white on kraft cardstock and die cut with the co-ordinating tag die.  I cut a kraft panel and punched out some notches before wrapping around with some thin green twine.  Next the elements were layered up with more twine and the flower was adhered with silicone glue so the adhesive wouldn't show through.  A scattering of gems were added to finish.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Tag Along; Uniko Studio - Beautiful Blooms II
  • Dies: Clearly Besotted - Tag Along and Leafy Accents
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Derwent Inktense Pencil - Antique White
  • Cardstock: Neenah - Desert Storm
  • Twine: Hemptique - Vintage
  • Gems from stash

There are lots of ways to incorporate tags into your projects so we would love for you to join us and can't wait to see what you come up with.

A Thank You

Before I go I'd like to say a massive thank you to all of you that sent lovely messages about my little fur baby, Elmo.  He came home later on last Sunday and is recovering well from his surgery, it's amazing how quickly animals bounce back from medical procedures. Nothing was done during the surgery but he was given antibiotics and anti-inflammatories to calm down whatever was causing him the pain.  The vet said there's lots going on that doesn't look good so, unfortunately, there isn't much that can be done other than taking biopsies of various organs that are abnormal and giving him treatment which might not even help him, or possibly harm him elsewhere.  He also has a lymphoma and treatment for that is highly likely to be unsuccessful, not to mention extremely expensive. So, as long as he's pain free, that's my main priority right now.

He's been having lots of gentle cuddles.  I need to be careful as he has lots of stitches in his tummy which will be coming out next week.  Apart from being a bit tentative about climbing up on the bed and sofa, etc. he doesn't really seem bothered about the wound at all.  I find it amazing how resilient he is!

I'll leave you with a little he is, back in his favourite spot on my bed, such a brave boy xxx

Thank you so much for popping by today, I hope to see you again soon.


  1. Congrats on your guest design spot, well done. Your card show exactly why you deserve it! Your card is absolutely stunning and such a clever idea. Simply stunning!

  2. Welcome Anita!
    We are simply delighted to have you join us on the DT and this card is an indication of why we're so delighted.... simply stunning!
    Pleased to see Elmo looking relaxed, we had our last cat for 18 years and I can empathise with you when you see your little buddy in distress!
    Chrissie x

  3. Beautiful card, Neets! So elegant and CAS - I live Kraft and white and the Uniko bloom looks gorgeous. Great to see you as GD at LIM :)

  4. Congratulations on your GD spot Anita, and such a fab card.
    Sorry to hear about your pusscat, hope things improve soon. :)

  5. Hi Neets
    Fabulous card.... Love the vellum... and Kraft.... Stunning
    Hugs Sylive x

  6. I'm happy dancing and so honoured to have you guest designing at less is more Anita. Your cards are always fabulous and I love how you've incorporated a tag on this stunning card. Also showcasing the uniko bloom perfectly. Sheer elegance. Great to see that cute piccy of Elmo too- they know how to find the best sleepy spots don't they?!?!?! Sarah xx

  7. What a wonderful choice the LIM girls have made, Neets! Love your card and the detail in the flower you've cleverly created with the Inktense pencil - must remember that one! What a darling photo of Elmo... he certainly looks comfy, and I know he's well taken care of... thanks for sharing him with all of us...
    =] Michele

  8. Your card is stunning! Big congrats on your well deserved GDT spot. And please give Elmo a gentle snug from me too, Jo x

  9. Congrats on your GDT stint - a fabulous card to inspire us! Sorry to hear about Elmo.

  10. Love the card and give the kitty a cuddle from me x

  11. So sorry about your kitty, we had one just like him and the kids name him Homey (not Honey). I love the kraft paper card (love kraft paper) and the notch to hold the twine is a great idea. Bless you andElmo.

  12. Ah, such happy news and such sad news in the same post, Anita! I'm very sorry about Elmo and I hope you have lots of time with him for cuddling. I'm very delighted, however, to see you Guest Designing at LIM! You rocked it! Your card is a literal gift!! Take care, my friend! Hugs, Darnell

  13. Hi Anita. Congrats on being GD at Less Is More. LOVE your card ... amazing design and details. Happy to see Elmo is home and comfortable. xx

  14. Welcome aboard Anita lol! And with such a stunning, knock-out card too, the vellum on kraft looks amazing.
    Gentle hugs from me to Elmo

  15. Awesome card Anita. Sorry about Elmo. I wish him all the best. Take care...

  16. Clever idea for card with tag! Elmo looks gorgeous x

  17. Congratulations on your GD spot Anita....your card is fabulous, love the design. Carol x

  18. Congrats on your GD spot at LIM, your card is awesome. Must try colouring on the back of vellum, it looks great. Sorry to hear about your little pussykins. We could certainly learn a lesson a two from animals when it comes to being ill; they just seem to get on with it. Take care. Stef x

  19. I love white on kraft and being on vellum just heightens the beauty! Very clever to notch to keep the twine where you want it, too. Great ideas. Give your cat a pet from me...I'm sorry to hear about his ailments.

  20. Love your beautiful card...just so sweet. Your cat is just adorable, sending well wishes.

  21. First, sending you lots of prayers and positive thoughts to share with your darling Elmo! His resilience is so incredibly inspiring! May you have plenty of opportunity for cuddles, cuddles and more cuddles! Congrats on your GD role and wow...what a marvelous, pretty, inspiring card you've created! Absolutely stunning!

  22. Gorgeous card Neet :-) I saw this on the LIM challenge and just love the whole design of this, absolutely stunning ! :-)

    Hope your little kitty feels better soon xx
    Lols x x x

  23. Great card and love the cat x Jan

  24. How is Elmo doing?? I hope he is getting better slowly. Bet your fussing over him lots! Just wanted to say how much I love this card. The natural colouring and simpleness is stunning!!

  25. Your card is sooo fabulous Anita, stunning !!! aww I hope your little kitty is feeling better now too. We had a cat once who looked very like yours, he was massive though and a bit creamier colour and longer fur but similar ;) Viv xx

  26. Your card is stunning, I love how you have made the notches for the twine. Gail xx

  27. Gorgeous card Anita - love the vellum flower detail. Congrats on your spot as LIM guest designer!


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