Saturday, 6 February 2021

Less is More - 10th Birthday Celebration! - Challenge #436

Good morning!

It's a celebration today as Less is More is celebrating a big birthday this month!

It was 10 years ago that Chrissie and Mandi created this fabulous challenge blog purely aimed at clean and simple designs, and how lucky are we because they are both joining us for this challenge to celebrate this milestone!  We still have so many participants every week and some have been with us from the very beginning, and I'm honoured to have been a part of the Design Team for almost 6 of those 10 years!  Wow, where does the time go?

Ok, for the first of this month's challenges we have a Colour challenge.  Here's the cue card...

Please do remember that this is a colour challenge, not a theme challenge.  Of course chocolate can be used as your theme, just keep the predominant colour(s) to chocolate shades.

And now for the best bit.....we have a fabulous array of wonderfully generous sponsors joining us for this birthday month, so check out all the details over at the main blog, here, to see what's up for grabs.  Just by playing along during February will mean you're in with a chance of winning a prize.

Ok, now for my card.  I'll admit, I was a bit stumped by this colour challenge, it's not a colour I reach for often and I have very little cardstock in shades of brown.  I almost went down the woodgrain route but instead I looked online for chocolate colour designs and I loved those that were combined with gold, so that was my starting point for this one.  So here you have milk and dark chocolate, with a little gold luxury!

I chose to use a chocolate coloured panel and then stamped the floral images which were from a stamp layering set, embossing the outline layers with gold and stamping the second layers with a darker shade of brown.  I also stamped the sentiment in the same shade of brown.  As I was going to add the panel to my card base I thought it needed a little something more, just a little.  So I used the same dark brown ink pad, direct to paper, and coloured a vertical strip along the edge of my card base.  I then trimmed a slim edge off my panel and adhered it to the card base, leaving the dark brown edge detail.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Altenew - Golden Garden, Clearly Besotted - Floral Spray
  • Ink: VersaMark; Altenew - Espresso
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich

If you're like me and are a little stumped by this colour theme then do check out the main challenge blog as my fellow teamies have some great projects they are sharing, you'll no doubt find some great inspiration over there.


  1. The sheer class of this card really shines through Anita, it's elegant, striking and oh so CAS!
    Thanks so much for continuing the tradition, I think you're the only one in the DT with a crossover with me! Long may you continue to inspire!
    Chrissie xxxxx

  2. Stunning card Anita! Your design has such a sophisticated look and the chocolate colours with the gold gives that touch and image of a top-end luxury item. Pure class and sensational. I love it!
    Have a fabulous week xx

  3. Stunning design and colors. Thanks for the inspiration

  4. Anita, your card is so gorgeous. What a fabulous and classy way to use that stamp set. I just love it.

  5. What a beautiful and classy card! Would never have thought of using brown cs and yet it is absolutely lovely with the gold embossing... Less is certainly more...and this proves it!

  6. Oh this is so rich and classy Anita. The gold on the flower is gorgeous and the darker chocolate strip is such a great idea.
    Lynne x

  7. Oh, well done, Neets! I feel like I am looking at the world's most elegant and expensive chockie bar, engraved with flowers and painted with edible gold leaf! I am visualizing how stunning the wrapper must be and my mouth is watering at the thought of how decadent and delicious the bar would taste! Brilliant, as always, right down to the edge! Take care and keep safe! Hugs, Darnell

  8. This is so beautiful Anita! I was tempted to try the same idea but decided I was unlikely to do it justice so stuck to actual cxhocolates instead! This is so rich and decadent, utterly gorgeous! Congrats on the 10th anniversary celebrations too!


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