Saturday, 14 January 2017

Less is More Week #311

Hi there

Well, as you're reading this I'll no doubt be nursing a hangover as it was my works Christmas Party last night!  Yes, we always have it in January which does feel a bit strange but it does make this month a little less dull so not a bad thing.  Hopefully, Blogger has done it's job and by now I should be tucking into a nice hotel brekkie of eggs and bacon to prepare me for travelling back down to Devon from Kent.

So, onto the reason for today's post, and that's the new challenge over at Less is More.  And this week it's our first One Layer challenge of 2017 (yikes!) and this time we want to see...

Favourite Drink
(alcoholic or otherwise)

I treated myself to some new stamp sets specifically for this challenge as I had very little to work with, and I think I'll get a lot of mileage out of these.

So for my first card I've chosen my favourite alcoholic drink, and that's wine, white or pink, sparkly or not, and usually in a pretty glass!

A fairly easy card to make.  The glasses and the black wording is basic stamping and the 'cheers' was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed in platinum as I thought this picked up the pink tone of the glasses.  I added a few score lines to opposite corners top and bottom and finished off with a few sparkly gems for the fizz.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Reverse Confetti - Clink
  • Ink: Altenew - Blush; Versafine - Onyx Black; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Platinum
  • Gems from stash

Challenge entries:

Dream Valley - Challenge #147 - Something New (new stamp set)
The Card Concept - Challenge #64 - Pretty Things (style - clean and simple)
My Time to Craft - Challenge #337 - Something New

And my favourite non-alcoholic drink is without  I treated myself to a Nespresso machine in the post-Christmas sale and I'm loving it!

I started by masking off all four edges of the card base with Post-it notes and then gently blended some Distress Ink to create the central panel.  I then blended more Distress Ink through a splatters stencil which looks like cup rings and finished off by stamping the sentiment and coffee beans.

Materials used:

  • Ink: Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs and Ground Espresso; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versa Color - Pinecone
  • Stencil: Tim Holtz - Splatters 
  • Stamps: Sugar Pea Designs - Espresso Yourself

Challenge entries:

CAS on Sunday - Challenge #99 - Black and White with one colour of your choice
The Male Room - Challenge #51 - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - January Challenge - Coffee & Cream

Thanks so much for stopping by.  One layer cards can be very tricky so why not pop over to the main challenge blog and visit my teamies if you're after more inspiration, they've done an amazing job once again.

I hope you have a lovely weekend, and I also hope my journey back home doesn't take too long today.  Luckily my boss is driving so I can have a little sleep!  haha  :)


  1. These are fabulous, Anita! I hope that your head is not too sore today :) Love the soft tones of your glasses on the first card and your inky blending on the coffee inspired card is perfect. Have a great weekend x

  2. Two fabulous cards Anita! Love the wine glass stamp and the coffee stain is genius. Hope you're feeling OK this morning ;)
    Val x

  3. A great take on our "Coffee and Cream" theme, Anita! Love your LIM card too. Thanks for sharing your fab projects with us at Stamping Sensations.


  4. Your cards are terrific and perfect for the challenge. I'm guessing you choose to focus on the coffe card to help your hangover :) Hope you had fun at your party!

  5. Loving both cards. Two of my favourite drinks too! Hope you had a fun party. Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration x

  6. Two great card. Especially the second card I do like. I love how you created through the masking of the central panel, and the composition captures the broader range on the card. A very smart move

  7. love your cards...thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Beautiful cards. Love the one layer coffee card.

  9. Wonderful coffee card, hope you didn't need too many after your party! Thanks for playing at The Male Room.

  10. Well you make one layer cards look so easy and loving the new stash items here on display. The wine glasses are just so you ... in fact I almost expected some multicoloured gems on them but it's one layer week so best not. Your masking, blending and coffee stamping on the second one are just outstanding. Perfect, crisp, and clean - well except the coffee rings!!! Have a good weekend and hope the party was fun. x

  11. Very beautiful!!! I love the soft colors in your cards.Thank you for sharing your wonderful project with us at Dream Valley challenge.Neva DT

  12. Two amazing cards Anita ! I love the soft colour you chose for the glass and it is so nice with the golden sentiment ! Your second card is also great, it looks like so much to real coffee spots ! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring !
    Izzy Scrap

  13. Hope you had an amazing Christmas do Anita! I love your cards. The wine one is so pretty and fun, and the coffee one is really stylish with those fab coffee rings and beans. Enjoy the new coffee machine!

  14. How wonderful! I love the 'cheers' card with the fun glasses and toasts. Hope the party was a blast. So glad to see you at The Card Concept!

  15. You aced this challenge theme Anita! What super sentiment stamps you have shown us on your first card! Loving the platinum embossing too - it's pretty lush. You've been incredibly creative with the second card too - I always forget those coffe ring stains. They look amazing with the treatment you've given them here. Sorry I am so incredibly late visiting and commenting this week - think you know why that is though! xx

  16. Beautiful cards. One classy and elegant, one grungy and cool. These stamp sets are so versatile and will certainly fit cards for many occasions...

  17. Beautiful card have you made for the challenge of Stamping Sensations.
    Thank you for joining.
    Kind regards, Dora


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