Saturday 12 March 2016

Less is More Week #267

Hi there

I've just noticed, while quickly editing this post, that this is my 500th post!
Holy moly, no wonder I never seem to find time for the housework! :D

Today is the start of our next challenge at Less is More and we're back with the challenge everybody loves (or not!!), One Layer.  And this week's requirement is...

Sentiment Takes Centre Stage

We have Irina joining us as a Guest Designer this week, so if you have the time please drop by and leave her some love.

I've made a few samples for you this week.

This card is a CASE of a design I saw AGES ago by the fabulous Laura Bassen, here, I loved it and it just remained in my mind ever since.  I think the image stamps I've used are a little too large for this technique but I was struggling to find anything smaller in my (very messy at the moment) stash.  I cut a circle mask from a post-it note and stamped around it with the images.  Then removed the mask and stamped the sentiment...super simple!

Materials used:
  • Stamps - Clearly Besotted - Flower Arrangement and It's Your Birthday
  • Ink: Versa Color - various; Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Die: X-cut - Nested Circles

Challenge entries:

Creative Inspirations - Challenge #246 - Pretty Projects
Crafty Creations - Challenge #310 - Sentiment as Focal Point
My Time to Craft - Challenge #316 - One Layer Only

I then realised that missing from my stock of cards are baby cards so I made these next two...

This was easy peasy.  I ran the card base through my Big Shot with a stitched rectangle die using a rubber mat so it embossed rather than cut.  I then simply stamped the sentiment in grey, I wanted to keep the feeling of the card very soft, and then stamped the heart in peach.

Materials used:

  • Die: MFT Die-namics - In and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangles
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Cutie Pie
  • Ink: Versa Color - Sky Gray and Seashell

Challenge entries:

Inkspirational - Challenge #104 - Pink and Grey
Addicted to CAS - Challenge #83 - Gift (baby)
Ooh La La Creations - Challenge #99 - Add a Sentiment
AAA Cards - Challenge #59 - Embossing

I think this next one would suit a boy or a girl, very handy to have in any stash!

I wanted to go super CAS with this one so kept everything off the edge in the lower corner.  I stamped the cutie giraffe then masked him off before stamping the flag sentiment so he appeared to be sitting on it.  I then coloured him in with coloured pencils.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Cutie Pie and Petite Plushies
  • Ink: Versa Color - Mint; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Coloured with Derwent Coloursoft Pencils

Challenge entry:

Penny Black and More - March Challenge - Feature a Creature

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I'm not overly pleased with this last card, the colours are all wrong but I thought I'd share it anyway...

I stamped the sentiment in blue and added the balloon in black before colouring with a purple FlexMarker.  I then roughly masked the images and stamped across the card using the grungy dots stamp, this in copper.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: MFT - Brushstroke Birthday, Clearly Besotted - Petite Plushies; Stampin' Up - Gorgeous Grunge
  • Ink: Versa Color - Indigo, Copper; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Coloured with FlexMarker - Imperial Purple

Challenge entry:

The Crafter's Cafe - Challenge #144 - Inspired by a Song (Kool & the Gang - Celebration)

Thanks so much for popping by.  If you have the time, why not visit my teamies' personal blogs, they'll have some great inspiration for you.

Happy Saturday!


  1. Holy moly indeed! Where do I start... Well congrats on your 500th post!!! 500 amazing posts I might add and what a scrumptious set of goodies to celebrate here! Totally awesome, totally CAS and just love them all! Must have missed Laura's card but you've showcased it to perfection. Loving the little giraffe cutie and hmmmm... Missing that set too me thinks! Hugs xx

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  3. An amazing set of cards Anita. Loving your first one...that may remain in my mind now for a CASE in the future! Your first baby card is so elegant and the second is a real 'cutie pie'. I actually think the last one is great too. Nothing wrong with a bit of colour and grungy dots.
    Sharon xx

  4. 500 posts - congrats!! And what a fab set of cards too. I love the bright colours on the first card and beautiful soft baby card. That little giraffe is too cute :) Have a great weekend x

  5. Great collection of cards for your 500th post. Congratulations on that. Really love those two baby cards, so pretty but CAS and look easy to do. Wonderful

  6. All lovely creations, well done on your 500th post!
    Sarita x

  7. I love the bright colours that you've used on the first on Anita, and the way that you've made a circular mask is really effective. Great card :)

  8. What fab cards! I think your LIM card is absolutely spot on and the size of the stamps is perfect. It looks amazing! LOVE the baby cards - a really good mix of elegant and fun. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Wow, such a gorgeous and varied selection of cards. Karen x

  10. Anita, just love your style! All cards are beautiful, specially a white baby card - so delicate, so clean! I've never stamped sentiments in grey, but this is what I like lately, I should try, it makes a card softer. Thanks so much for playing along at Addicted to CAS.

  11. Wow! Fabulous cards. Congratulations on your 500th post - an epic one with so many great cards. Looking forward to the next 500!!!

  12. Oh Anita
    how many cards you made
    and all adorable ooh ooh
    thats why no time to do blog hop to teammate hmmmm (just a joke)
    I miss your visit again Anita
    and I want to say they are all adorable cards
    the one with Giraffe is my favorite
    Anita we have a new challenge
    please look at my post
    here is the link to make you easy to happy if you could peak there

  13. Obviously too busy swooning over your goodies here and checking out what I've not got!!!! Forgot to thank you for playing along at AAA cards and ATCAS! X

  14. Wow you are keeping busy. Great CAS cards! Love them!

  15. WOW! WOW! WOW! What a fantastic set of cards!! Those baby cards are adorable!!

  16. Oh my Anita, these are all just stunning. Congrats on your 500th post, quite a milestone!
    That baby one is SO sweet, the embossed frame is fab!
    Chrissie xx

  17. A great array of cards Anita, many thanks for joining us at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

    B x

  18. Lovely cards Anita. The first one is adorable.

  19. Love the circle of flowers and I think the stamps are just right. The baby cards are so sweet. Especially the embossed one, so clever. I do like the last one too, I like the bright blue.

  20. Congrats on your 500th post, Anita! Such a gorgeous collection of cards, too...especially your take on Laura's card! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Addicted to CAS! It's always great to see your creations in the gallery!

  21. They are all wonderful cards, such a nice gallery of your creativity! Thank you for sharing!

  22. Anita these are all gorgeous - love that adorable giraffe, perfectly CAS

  23. A lovely selection of cards - I might try the first idea myself (if I can remember!). Thanks for sharing your giraffe card with us at Penny Black & More.
    Lynn x

  24. The floral card you shared with us at Creative Inspirations is oh so pretty and a fabulous design :-)
    Thanks for playing along!
    Kat x

  25. Wow...congrats to many wonderful creations on your blog, love all your fabulous cards.

  26. What a fantastic array of cards! Love the clean designs and the unique use of embossing. Thanks for playing with us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

  27. Lots of great cards here. The pink and white is perfect for a new baby card and I love how you've made a pattern with the 'stitches'. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next time! Marina


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