Sunday, 8 February 2015

Happy Birthday to Less is More - 4 years old and thriving!

Less is More is celebrating 4 years this week - congratulations to everyone involved in this great challenge site!  May you continue for many years to come.

 This week's challenge is a colour combo - pink and grey - a lovely combination!

My card was inspired by Debbie Hughes' tag card for Clearly Besotted - so soft and subtle and dreamy.  Please check her card out here as it is just so lovely!  Of course, I didn't have any of the products she used, so hunted around my supplies for a suitable flower image and beyond that, I pretty well CASED her layout completely!  My flower (Gina K design) is white heat embossed on vellum, and I chose to colour the back of it with a soft pink copic marker.  My die cut tag is stamped with a background stamp by Kaisercraft in Fog ink by Simon Says Stamp and the cluster is grouped on a stitched journal tag by Lawn Fawn cut from paper from my stash.  The background is a chevron ef by Stampin' Up! and some SSS washi is used for the top and bottom strips.

I have been deliberately trying to use more of my pattern paper lately, after valiantly trying to keep everything so clean and simple, so this effort may be too busy for LIM, so I'm sorry if that is the case.  I will still try for the clean and simple look that I do love, but I am finding that I enjoy making prettier cards than some I have been making lately, so will endeavour to find a happy balance.

Below, for interest,  I am adding some cards I have just finished using Stampin' Up!'s Lotus Blossom stamp.  It is a 3-step process, and I think the result is very effective.  I used SU designer paper for the background as I have been intent on doing, but I have kept the layout pretty clean and simple.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Sketch Challenge

This week at Less is More  it is a sketch challenge - my favourite challenges!

Yay - or more appropriately, WooHoo! - because that is my sentiment from the cute Itty Bitty stamp by Unity.

I have coloured this owl with watercolours, added some sparkle to his chest, then cut him out using a tag die by Lawn Fawn (Stitched Journalling tag) and set him on a strip of woodgrain paper from my stash.  I needed the sentiment to be against the paper for effect, so moved it to the top of my card.  I'm so glad I had time to enter this week's challenge, as we have been so busy welcoming our daughter home (2000km round trip by plane) and tomorrow we are off to visit my sister-in-law after a family bereavement (1600km round trip by car) - all in a little over a week!  Making this little card is just the grounding I need at this time.  Maybe I'll take some watercolouring supplies with me on our next trip - I'm really hooked!

Sunday, 18 January 2015


A quick post today for the Less is More challenge - Friends!  I've used one of my favourite stamps from  Art Impressions, called 'Old Guys'.

I love the silence of those old guys, sitting companionably on the park bench, not needing to talk, or fill the space, just content to be with old friends.  How lucky are they?

I coloured the image with Copics, and added a panel of denim-looking paper at the side.  I also stamped the image at the bottom of my card, leaving some of the original stamp off the page - it is a neat technique I have seen Therese Calvird do a number of times, and I think it can make a simple image look more effective.  I have included a link to her blog here.  After taking the photo for this challenge at night, I added pin points to their eyes - they are not so visible in the photo.  Hoping everyone is enjoying the companionship of friends in their lives - where would we be without them?

Sunday, 11 January 2015

New Beginnings and two more

New beginnings is the theme for the one-layer card at Less is More this week - challenge 206!  For my card, I used, for the first time, the Clearly Besotted Love Blossoms stamp set - it is just gorgeous, and although I'm certain there is a lot more that can be done with this set,  I have used it very simply here, mindful of the one layer criteria for LIM.  I heat embossed the sentiment with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder and I think I would emboss all the images with that next time - it is perhaps too subtle like this!  I used Simon Says Stamp Fog and Stampin' Up! Soft Sky ink trying for the softest look I could.  I very lightly sponged opposing corners with Milled Lavender DI to further soften the all white card.  Although very simple, I do like how it looks.

My next card is for the inspiration challenge at Scrapbook Boutique, where I was taken with the colours of mint and white and the shell decoration, suggesting the sea.  I coloured the lighthouse using Inktense Pencils, though the white card is not watercolour paper, and managed by just lightly wetting the brush.  
Stamps:  Image - By the Sea, by Gina K Design, sentiment - Watt's Up, Simon Says Stamp, Diagonal strip from SSS - Hand Lettered Winter Wishes.
Dies:  Centre rectangle - Lawn Fawn's Stitched Journalling set, circle by Lil' Inker
Punch:  Stampin' Up! scallop edge

My last card will suit Darnell's NBUS challenge #3 - as I am using brand new Stampin' Up! products!  Happy New Year to Darnell and everyone!

Stamp:  Kinda Eclectic
Dies:  SU 'happy' from set called Hello You, and numerals by MFT 'By the Numbers'
Punch:  SU star border
Ink:  Memento Luxe - Dandelion

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Happy Birthdays for the New Year

Welcome to 2015 everyone, with hopes that this year is full of happiness, laughter, love and good health for you all!

I have cards for two birthdays in January, and my first card today is for a friend whose style is quite minimalist.  I took my cue from Less is More challenge week 205, which is 'black, metallic + one' meaning one more colour.  With my friend in mind, I searched my stamps for something that would suit - plenty there, but the decision is never easy, is it?

I decided on scribble flowers from the Simon Says Stamp set 'Favourite Flowers' with the scribbly part heat embossed in black first, and the colour, Stampin' Up! Pool Party, stamped after.  The sentiment is also by SSS, from 'Greetings and Succulents' heat embossed in the metallic element, Ranger Liquid Platinum.  I just love this colour!  The little enamel bow is by MME.

As my eldest grand-daughter is 15 on the same day as my friend, I have included her card as well, as it is quite a different style.  I love colouring nowadays, and this card gave me plenty of opportunity to do that.  It is one of the Fashionista stamps, by Unity.

I have just found that my first card may qualify for Virginia's View Challenge #11, called 'clean slate'.  There are a few criteria to guide you, so my card meets the 'lots of white' and the texture (with the embossed flowers and sentiment.  It is not so strictly one layer, as I have the white panel attached to a coloured card, but there is only one layer on the card - am I grasping at straws here do you think?  Anyways, I will enter and see if I suit.

Monday, 22 December 2014


Hi everyone, I'm back from a short cruise in the Pacific Islands, feeling relaxed and ready for the hectic activity that always surrounds Christmas.  The theme this week at Less is More is Family which is just perfect for Christmas, when families try to spend this happy time together.

My card uses a beautiful digi image by A Day for Daisies, called Sisters at the Beach.  I added the clouds by IO and the scrabble tiles are by Bo Bunny.

I had to add this photo below, because it is so special to us - being of our youngest grandchildren, playing in the water near their home in Brisbane during a week when we had been looking after them while their parents were away.  There is only 14 months between them, and they are such good friends, even now (at 7 and 8).  It was quite a deserted spot, so no problem for the nude beachgoer!  You can see how the image of my card appealed - family is our greatest joy!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Congratulations Graduate

My card today is for a young man, son of our neighbour, who will graduate medicine on Friday.  Just thinking about the hours of study he has put in to reach this goal is daunting, but knowing what a thoroughly decent young man he his, we are so delighted for him.  He will begin his career at a top hospital in Melbourne, and we look forward to following his career.  Well done, John - you are ACE!

I have used a die by QuicKutz for the heart beat line (not much use for this except for Valentines Day, so I was thrilled to think of another use for it!), some stitched hearts by Lil'Inker, and a sentiment by Inspired by Stamping.  The red strips are a line stamp by SSS.