Saturday 7 May 2016

Paste in Pastels

Hi there

Where is this year going?  Can you believe we are into May already?  And so, as it's the first Saturday of the month it means that Less is More has a Colour challenge for your this week.  And we've got a pretty one for you...


And for the month of May we have a fab new Sponsor which is Happy Little Stampers.

I've only managed one card for you this week.  It's my birthday today (yikes...getting far too old!) and I've had the week off work and have been out and about each day so not really had much time at home for crafting.

And as I've only created one for you I tried to make it an interesting one and had a play with some embossing paste and a new stencil...

I started by squidging a small amount of three shades of Distress Ink onto my craft mat before mixing these with the white embossing paste to create three pastel shades.  On a white cardstock panel I laid down the rose stencil and applied the paste just through a selected area.  This is a small stencil but I didn't want a hard edge as I wanted the design to be soft to match the colours.  I white heat embossed the sentiment onto an aqua fishtail flag die cut (cutting off the fishtail part!) and also die cut the 'you' from a scrap of pale blue/grey cardstock.  Once the paste was dry I adhered the die cuts across the base and then mounted the whole panel to the card base on 3D foam.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Tim Holtz - Mini Stencil Set 14
  • Embossing Paste: Dreamweaver
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio and Shaded Lilac; VersaMark
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Thank You
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Dies: MFT Die-namics - Fishtail Flag Stax; Avery Elle - Simply Said You

Challenge entries:

Freshly Made Sketches - Challenge #235
Seven Hills Crafts - May Challenge - Embossing
The Crafter's Cafe - Challenge #148 - Feminine

That's all from me today, thanks so much as always for visiting.  I'm off to have a lazy day ahead of a Tex-Mex meal out with friends tonight.  Enjoy your day!


  1. This is glorious - what a gorgeous stencil and such soft colours. Love the green. A very very Happy Birthday!! Xx

  2. I don't know why but glorious came to my mind too!
    Fabulous work as ever Anita... and a very happy birthday!
    Chrissie x

  3. Happy Bithday... Anita....
    Fabulous card ... Love the embossing... and the colours... You have used...
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  4. Happy birthday! love your card, the stencil is very pretty and I love the texture of the embossing paste,
    Sarita x

  5. Happy birthday Anita! Love your card and how you've used the different colours of embossing paste. Karen x

  6. Oh wow! What an amazing background you've created - I just love the embossed flowers. Thanks for joining us at FMS this week!

  7. Happy Birthday, my friend! Celebrate with gusto! Swooning over your gorgeous card! Those roses...the pastel palette...the pretty AWE! Love this!

  8. Happy Birthday Anita! Its a co-incidence - I have a sister with the same name, who celebrated her birthday exactly a month ago! :)
    And your card is so pretty! I love the pastel, partial embossing - what a great idea!!

  9. Stunning card as always Anita, so glad you came by the Crafters Café, CarolG & DT

  10. Happy birthday! And what a beautiful card you've made. The pastel colors on the stencil are absolutely perfect. You did a great job blending them! Thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  11. Wishing you a very happy birthday!

  12. Happy birthday Anita, beautiful card with great embossing. Love the soft colors.

  13. Pretty, pretty card, love it! Happy birthday to you, hope you've had a brilliant day :D

  14. Happy birthday Anita!
    your card is simply amazing.

  15. This is just stunning, I love the design.
    Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday. Hope your had a wonderful day. xx

  16. So much interest by the paste in the soft pastels; a great card!
    Belated Birthdaywishes; hope you sterted your new year with a sparkling day!

  17. I love this card - it's so pretty. I'm going to have to try out embossing paste now after seeing how you achieved a beautiful effect. Hope you had a lovely birthday.

  18. Happy belated birthday! Hope you had an amazing day :) What a fab card. The pale colours and embossing paste looks incredible against the white background!

  19. Hope your birthday was a fantastic one Anita. Your card is just drop-dead gorgeous! Love the way you mixed the paste with distress inks - creates such lovely subtle shades.
    Enjoy your week.
    Sharon xx

  20. Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday dear Anita, Happy Birthday to you!!!!
    Better late than never with my comments eh! Oh and BTW your card is stunning. Love the delicate colours and such stunning texture. Hmmmm more stuff to add to my wish list now! Sarah x

  21. This is beautiful! I want to reach out and touch it - so wonderfully soft yet textured! Hope you had a great birthday. Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  22. I LOVE the pastel colours of your embossing paste Anita - such a beautiful card. Great take on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday STENCIL IT Challenge, thanks for joining in.
    Caryn xxx

  23. Gorgeous card! Love the pastel embossing! You always have such lovely cards!

  24. Amazing texture on this Anita - looks fab

  25. What a clever idea to use pastel embossing. Great card.

  26. Neet I am loving your beautiful card, such cool pastel roses !

  27. I love the softness of your card, very pretty :) Thanks for playing at Seven hills crafts challenge.
    Kate xx

  28. beautiful card and Happy Birthday from one Anita to another :)

  29. Such a beautiful card Anita, love the soft pastel embossing. Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday too, hope you had a great day ;) hugs Viv xx

  30. Very cool. I must try this with my stencils. Thanks for playing with us at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge blog! - HeatherB

  31. Happy late Birthday to you. That card makes me think of cake of icecream and I hope you had a little of both! Gorgeous card- I love the textural roses! Thanks for joining in with the Seven Hills Craft Challenge this month xx


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