Saturday, 6 August 2016

Less is More Week #288

Hi there

I hope you had fun being spoilt by having two weeks for the last Less is More challenge!  While you had your thinking caps on I had a great time at the Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat last weekend where I finally got to meet some of my wonderful teamies - the lovely Chrissie, Sarah and former designer, Anne.  It was fantastic to spend the weekend with a wonderful group of ladies who share the same hobby.

So, now that you're finished with creating with tactile elements we have a fresh new challenge for you this week and as it's the first challenge of the month we are back with a Colour theme which is...

Brown and Blue

We also have a new sponsor for the month of August...
This is a great little online store that stocks those crafty brands that are hard to get hold of here in the UK.  So why not play along throughout this month for a chance to win a prize :)

Now onto my cards.  For much of the craft retreat we were experimenting with Brushos.  The die cuts on my first card were cut from a piece of cardstock that I had smooshed into some Brusho colour crystals spritzed with water...

I masked a circle on a panel of white cardstock and blended within it with some blue Distress Inks.  I then flicked on some clean water and blotted with a paper towel to remove some of the colour.  The sentiment was stamped in dark brown, the panel popped up on 3D foam and the die cuts adhered overhanging the edge.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky; Versa Color - Pinecone; Brusho - Dark Brown
  • Stamp: Altenew - Beautiful Lady
  • Dies: Tim Holtz Sizzix - Wildflowers

Challenge entries:

Freshly Made Sketches - Challenge #248
Color Throwdown - Challenge #404

I'm also going to link up for fun at Happy Little Stampers August CAS Challenge where our theme is 'masking'.

For my second card I made a card using this cute stamp set by MFT...

I used watercolour cardstock for my image and card base.  I stamped the bear image in waterproof black ink and then watercoloured with some Distress Inks.  This was then die cut with a pierced square die.  On some brown cardstock I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark, heat embossed in white and then die cut using a fishtail flag die.  The sentiment strip was adhered flat and the image panel popped up on 3D foam.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: MFT - Beary Special Birthday
  • Ink: Archival - Jet Black; Distress Ink - Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Vintage Photo and Tea Dye; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Dies: MFT - Pierced Square Stax, Fishtail Flag Stax
  • Cardstock: Daler Rowney - Aquafine Watercolour

My teamies have some wonderful inspiration for you this week, and no doubt more super creations on their personal blogs too so if you have the time please do pop by.

That's all for now.


  1. love both your card, but your bear is too cute

  2. FAB makes for the LIM challenge, gr8 to meet you last weekend - is it really a week ago?!


  3. OMG! I wondered if there'd be a brusho panel on the LIM cards this week! WOW! Yours is super stunning and so glamorous against the blended circle. Can't resist the cuteness of that little bear. I didn't get round to the brusho card for this week but I've got dies coming through the letterbox like they're going out of fashion so watch this space!!! Hugs x

  4. I love both these cards. The Brushos look absolutely stunning on the die cut of the first one set against the softer DI background. I might CASE this one using Alcohol Inks (though the Brushos are totally on my wishlist and you're not helping me resist...!) I adore the MFT bear set and this one looks so good in the brown and blue colours with the crisp sentiment below. Fabulous!

  5. The first card is stunning Anita and a great take on our challenge! The second one is unbelievably cute! I wish I had been able to attend the retreat, it sounds as if everyone had a fabulous time! Have a very lovely weekend! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

  6. Fabulous cards Neets! love the colours xx Jan

  7. So fabulous Anita! the first card is so stunning and that cute bear on the second card awww ;) Viv xx

  8. Love them both! Those brushos create such fabulous color! Glad you joined us at FMS!

  9. Nice work with the Brushos. What an interesting look it lends to the die cuts. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  10. Love that cute little bear! Such a fun card!

  11. Love both of these!! The blue circle and Kraft silhouette image is wonderful and who wouldn't smile at that sweet bear!! So glad you joined us at CTD!

  12. I really love that die cut, Anita! The brushos give it such interesting variation of colour too. Your bear is a cutie and a great way to combine brown and blue. Glad to hear that you had a good time at the must have been fun to meet up with such a great group of crafty folk :)

  13. Lovely cards... Thank you for sharing on FMS

  14. Beautiful (and seamless) ink blending, wow! The stems are beautiful as well. Thank you for joining us at Color Throwdown this week!

  15. Love that beautiful silhouette die on your throwdown card! Great CAS design! Thanks so much for joining us in the challenge this week!

  16. Two lovely card designs.

    Hugs Diane

  17. Loved seeing the photos of you gals at the craft retreat - you must have had such fun! Love your brusho die cut for this challenge, and the cute little 'gift' image! Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Wow! the brushos card has such an impact. It is stunning Anita. Such beautiful shades of blue and brown too. Glad to see that you have used some of your newly learnt techniques on a card so soon. Glad you enjoyed the retreat.
    Your little bear card is such a cutie too. Sorry I am so late visiting this week but it has been an absolute nightmare as far as time goes.

  19. LOVE your foliage die cut, Anita. Gorgeous card and your sweet bear card is lovely too x


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