Saturday, 24 September 2016

Less is More Week #295

Hi there

Where on earth did that week go?  September seems to just be flying by, I can't believe it's Saturday again!  Well, as it IS in fact Saturday that means it's time for a new challenge over at Less is More.  It's the turn of our Recipe challenge and this week we would like to see you using...


I've got two cards to share with you this week.  And if you stop by the challenge blog you will see some fabulous creations made by my super clever teamies, and all very different too.  So head over there if you need some inspiration.

For my first card I used this fabulous die to create part of a large balloon, I had been after this die set for ages and I'm so glad I finally got my hands on it...

I started by using a striped embossing folder on just my card front.  I cut the balloon from a scrap of cardstock and blended with two Distress Inks.  I then took some blue/white twine and tied a bow onto the balloon base, leaving one long end.  I adhered the balloon to the card base and trimmed off the edges, then created some loops in the twine which I held in place with some small dabs of Glossy Accents.  I stamped the sentiment in both black and a co-ordinating blue shade and adhered the strip to the base.  To tidy up the inside of the card I added a panel of white cardstock to the reverse of the card front so that it was completely smooth.

Materials used:

  • Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug - James' Set
  • Die: MFT-Dienamics - Blueprints 26
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers; Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versa Color - Lagoon Blue
  • Stamp: Paper Smooches - Birthday Sampler
  • Twine: Doodlebug - Brights Collection

I used some metallic thread and sequins on my second card...

I started by die cutting a horizontal strip of cardstock on either edge with a pierced zig-zag die.  I wanted to wind thread around the panel so thought the zig-zags would be ideal to hold the thread in place.  Before adding the thread I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark and heat embossed in silver.  The thread was then adhered to the reverse and I used a needle to add sequins and beads randomly as I wound it around.  The loose end was then also adhered to the reverse.  I adhered the panel with some 3D foam strips and the card was finished.  Super simple with a little bling for interest.

Materials used:

  • Die: Avery Elle - Dotted Borders Dies
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Sweet Sentiments Plus
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver
  • Bling: Little Things from Lucy's Cards - Kaleidoscope Shaker Selection
  • Silver metallic thread from stash

Thanks so much for popping by.  Today I'm taking myself off to the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show in Exeter just to have a look around.....pahahahaaaaa, we all know that's a big fat lie!  We crafters can never just have a look can we?! ;)

Enjoy your Saturday :)


  1. Simply AWESOME teamie! Love both of the cards, the balloon just knocked me sideways as it's just gorgeous (colour, design, texture etc) then the second one a CAS spectacular. THANKS ... I now NEED the balloon die and the avery elle dotty border ones. Hope you have fun at the show but don't go buying more stash to tease me with!!!! Sarah xx

  2. Two fab cards! The balloon is so bold and striking, and its thread 'string' is beautifully arranged with those curls and twists. Love the use of thread and sequins on your second card, so creative and really pretty. Enjoy the show and whatever haul you return with!!

  3. I love the trail of thread that you have created for your giant balloon, Anita - that die looks like a lot of fun :) The pierced zig zag border die on your second card has now gone on to my wishlist and the combination of the silver thread with the sequins is gorgeous. Don't spend too much at the show!!

  4. Both of these cards are just perfect. I do love your idea of threading the sequins...brilliant!

  5. That's some gorgeous blending on your huge balloon, Anita ... the sense of dimension is brilliant ... and I love that cord curling down! Delicious white on white ... such a pretty border ... the threaded sequins really pop! Hugs, Anita :)

  6. Oh boy! What amazing dies you have Anita (hmmm, does that sound like a line from a fairy tale? ha ha). But seriously, those dies used on your two cards are fantastic! You have given me serious stash envy this week. Stunning use of embossing on the first card with that fab ballooon, and it's a real CAStastic second card.


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