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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Week 225 Recipe

First of all we have some really good news!
Following her Guest appearances over the last few weeks whilst I have been away, Anita has enjoyed herself so much, that she has agreed to stay on as a permanent member of the Design Team here at "Less is More" and we couldn't be more delighted!
I know how much we all appreciate her input and inspiration, to say nothing of her uplifting  comments to every participant in our challenges, so DO join me in giving her a huge, huge welcome on board. I know how much you all enjoy seeing her creations each week!
Do please visit her to add your congratulations!

Now onto this week's recipe which is to 
Use some Metal
You could use charms, brads, eyelets, photo anchors, wire, paper clips, metal embellishments or any of the ideas supplied by the DT. There are also lots of dies which are reputed to cut metal, so let's see what you can come up with!
Here are our cards to give you a few ideas!

I really struggle with masculine cards so I'm really pleased with this one.  On a strip of dark grey cardstock I used translucent embossing paste through a metal effect stencil by Dutch Doobadoo.  Once dry I added a hammer charm/brad (from my stash) to some co-ordinating grosgrain ribbon and wrapped this around, securing on the back.  This was then mounted on a strip of lighter grey cardstock and a simple sentiment was stamped to finish, this from Sentiment Sampler by Paper Smooches.

Stampin' Up Fritillary, stamped through an aperture with a space left for one wing.  Coloured with Inktense pencils, thin metal wire antennae threaded through tiny holes and secured at the back with tape.  Hobby Art sentiment.
This is simply a beautiful diamanté buckle threaded onto some grosgrain ribbon, which is in turn is mounted on a scored panel and accompanied by a die cut Congratulations sentiment. As ever, I added some double sided tape to the back of the card before cutting the word so that once cut, all I had to do was peel and press the sentiment in place. The simplicity of this design really pleases me!
Card Recipe:
Tin Can die-cut butterfly using Clearly Besotted Butterfly standalone duo
I've coloured the non-red side with some permanent markers 
Uniko Studio: Sentiment from Simply Said birthday
(heat-embossed with WOW metallic silver sparkle EP)
Vellum die-cut leaves, silver glitter card strip with gems 
silver pearls for a bit of glam

We're sure you'll come up with some cracking designs and we can't wait to see them!
PLEASE  remember to keep your cards CLEAN AND SIMPLE with lots of WHITE SPACE!

Friday, 22 May 2015

ShowCASe Week 223

I enjoyed looking through all the water challenge submissions after my return from my holiday on the water... the Danube to be precise!
What lovely cards there were too and here are our
 ShowCASe choices.

What cute narwhals in this fabulous bubbly water.

Smiley goldfish in terrific swirly water.

What terrific colouring of these fab frogs, with really effective water.

These are all wonderful examples of CAS one layer cards...simply superb.
Thanks everyone!
DO take the showcase badge from the page at the top... and many congratulations!

Another challenge will begin tomorrow morning at 8am so do join us then!

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Week 224 Theme

It seems you had lots of fun with our watery theme last week 
sharing some awesome interpretations in the gallery!
Thank you so much.

So are you ready for a new challenge?
It's Theme week and the challenge is 
Hello Sunshine

Here's our examples and don't forget
to stop by our personal blogs for some extra inspiration!
Our holiday makers may be back but possibly not  
managed to ink up more than one this week!
You'll just have to hop across and see what 
they've been up to!

I've been struggling with this one and there's a few duds on my 
own blog! This one uses My Favourite Things Sun Ray stencil
Inked with Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, 
Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade and following my happy
mistake last week with the clear embossing powder over distress inks
I practically threw the stuff at my card this week 
to make the sunlight shimmer!
The sentiment is computer generated

My apologies for the lack of commenting, I have been away for a lovely holiday in the sun.  I wish I could say that this gorgeous Day for Daisies digi is me in the sun, but, ahem, sadly not!  She is coloured with Copics and simply layered up a few times, with the layers edged with Copics.


I started by softly blending a background in Scattered Straw Distress Ink 
before laying the MFT Sun Ray stencil over the top and blending 
with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  
I cut this out with a rectangular die and also die cut the Scripty Hello 
from Lawn Fawn from the inked panel.  I then inlaid and stacked 
three more die cuts of the hello from white cardstock before adhering 
the inked word die to the top of the stack and accenting with some Wink of Stella.

I must apologise for my lack of commenting over the last couple of weeks, 
but I was having a wonderful time on a river cruise along the Danube. 
Amongst other places, I visited Budapest and Vienna and 
ended up in Prague for a few days. 
I met some wonderful people and enjoyed all aspects of the holiday... 
so I hope you'll forgive my lack of appearances at your blogs.

Here is a simple card for this week's challenge. 
All die cuts... from Lawn Fawn and Taylored Expressions, 
with a computer generated sentiment. 
In fact the font has stitching around the letters but is 
too small to have them show up!

We hope you enjoy this one!
We're looking forward to visiting you!
Don't forget everyone likes a comment so please try 
to share some encouragement amongst your fellow entrants