27 April 2013

Week 117 - Sketch

Sketch #9

This week we have a sketch for you drawn by Jen.
It's simplicity itself, so to add a little constraint, we ask that the card stays in this orientation.  Remember we still want to see plenty of white space.

For this card I used my new handyman dies from Dienamics, piecing them with kraft and silver card to give a little greater authenticity. They are threaded on a length of kraft twine from Stampin' Up. The sentiment is an old favourite from a Happy Everything set from Inkadinkadoo.
The sentiment label was cut using a pennant die from Spellbinders, cutting part way through  from notched end then reversing it out of my Cuttlebug, turning the die around the other end of the sentiment and then cutting from that end to the middle and back.
There is a little tutorial for adapting die-cuts here.
This is a little different... I decided to make the bisected rectangle from the sketch into apertures. For these I used a square Nestie, cutting it out completely for the top aperture and cutting it part way and then reversing as in the above process to make the rectangle beneath. The leaves are from a super Memory Box die and this is its first outing! The sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

For my first card I have used my first ever embossing folder from Cuttle-bug along with a strip of ribbon and a button from Stampin UP.  Keeping it really simple.  I have also distressed the edges of the panel.

My second card uses my newest bit of stash, the  Mr Moustache collection from Pink Petticoat... I simply added the sentiment across the middle and cut out another moustache and raised it a little.  The fabulous matching papers decorate the inside.

We hope you enjoy this challenge and can't wait to see what you come up with.

26 April 2013

ShowCASe Week 115

What fun we had looking at all your ideas for films or should we say movies... for those on the other side of the pond!
We loved them and here are our SHOWCASE choices for this week.

(High Society)
He really is a smoothie isn't he!

(The Secret Life of Bees)
Not a film we've heard of, but a simply terrific CAS card!

(The French Connection)
LIM 115
Another super CAS design...we saw the 'connection' immediately!
Wonderful work from everyone.
Do please display our ShowCASe badge with pride...

and come back tomorrow for our new challenge!

22 April 2013

March Winner

March Winner

We are delighted that Mary & Andrea continue to support the challenge as one of our sponsors.

We are sorry we are late choosing the winner for March, It's becoming harder each month with so many fantastic creations.  The winner for March never fails to inspire with her wonderful cards and more.  It is of course....

Thank you for your superb submissions !
If you could confirm your email address with us Fiona, we will let Mary and Andrea know so that she can arrange  for you to receive your prize.
Very many Congratulations from us all!

20 April 2013

Week 116 CASe It

This week we are having a challenge not previously employed at "Less is More".
We have only two sample cards this time as we would like you to choose one (or both if you feel so inclined)  and CASE IT/them.
There could be a variety of ways that this could be achieved... ie use of the colours, the layout, the subject matter, technique or the complete card. Please state the inspiration for your CASE.


I decided to make my card using a few favourite items and some new goodies. Using crumb cake and pool party card stock The pennant and the sentiment are both heat embossed with pool party embossing powder. I have then pierced around the sentiment and the edge of the card.   The sentiment is punched out using an SU punch too. 

This is a simple version of a technique I saw in Blogland recently, whereby two pieces of card are stamped with the identical stamp or stamps and then one of them used for the cut-out  sentiment which is then carefully superimposed over the other stamped card.
Here I used a stamp from Stempelglede and a die from W Plus 9.
I embossed the top of the card with a heart die from Simon Says Stamp.
You can see a tutorial for this technique (of which this is a simplified version) here.

19 April 2013

ShowCASe Week 114

Lime & Black ShowCASe

Wow we had some amazing entries for this months colour challenge.  You made it so difficult to pick this weeks ShowCASe.

Vibrant and elegant

So much fun


Simple and elegant

Lime thankyou (1)

Fabulous CAS 

All superb creations!
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If you've never visited any of these ladies, do please swing by their blogs and leave a friendly word!
Join us tomorrow for another fun challenge!

13 April 2013

One Layer Week 115

This week we have a fun challenge for you.
It must be 
(If you're unsure of our rules for this, just look at the Glossary at the top of the blog)
The subject of your cards this time should be inspired by
Any film will do, but preferably one that most people will have heard of.
We'd obviously like you to tell us the title of your film and not keep us guessing.

I have three favourite Rom-com films that I could watch over and over, and probably know lots of the dialogue word for word. 
This is the first of them ...You've got mail. This is the Penny Black version!

This sweet little Mo Manning image is to illustrate the second of my fave films... While you were sleeping!
It's a good job we only do two sample cards each... because the third of my choices is Sleepless in Seattle and I couldn't think how to do that one!


My first card is based on a favourite film when I was a kid.. Police Academy.  I've used the going places stamp set from Clearly Besotted stamps and the sentiment is from the same set.  It's simple coloured in with Promarkers.

My second card is based on another favourite film, this time Disney's The Lion King.  The stamp is from Stampin Up's Zoo Review Set and the sentiment from Clearly Besotted Going places.  I have simply stamped the image on more mustard card stock from the regals collection by Stampin UP in brown memento ink.
I had loads of ideas for this challenge so I hope you can join in and use your imagination!


12 April 2013

ShowCASe Week 113

Scallop ShowCASe
It seems that you really like using scallops and choosing the ShowCASE this week was tricky, but here they are!

Totally elegant simplicity

Such delicate shading

Perfect stamping

All superb creations!
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If you've never visited any of these ladies, do please swing by their blogs and leave a friendly word!
Join us tomorrow for another fun challenge!

06 April 2013

Week 114 Colour Challenge

It seems lots of people loved scallops and what lovely submissions there were last week!
It's now a new month and once more we have a colour challenge.
For this month our colour choice is 
We are delighted to have a new sponsor, 
Clearly Besotted Stamps
Do check out her range of beautiful images.


My first card uses the leafy accents stamps from Clearly Besotted stamped in black onto Lucky Limeade card stock. I've added a sentiment from PI and punched flowers from Martha Stewart.  It's simply finished with a few black pearls.

For my second card I have used one of this weeks new releases from Clearly Besotted Build a Bug, added a couple of googly eyes and some lucky limeade twine and a button from Stampin Up

I have used a stamp from Stephanie's Leafy Accents set, I love the movement in this one. I have paired it with one of her border stamps,it is in fact the opening of Beethoven's 5th Symphony!
I have used some flowers from a Fiskars border punch, to which I added tiny pearls. The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Here is another image from the Leafy Accents set, simply stamped and double mounted over a strip of die cut trellis. At the NEC recently, I bought a glue wand which has an applicator like those used for lip gloss and is supposed to be great for adhering fine die-cuts like this, it works reasonably well  but I still prefer my method of sticking some double sided tape or sheet to the back of card before cutting the die with my Cuttlebug. The sentiment and its corresponding die are from Stampin' Up.

I will be going to the craft show at Alexandra Palace next Saturday. Hopefully there will be a few LIMettes there and it would be lovely to meet up with any of you who may also be attending!

ShowCASe Week 112

ShowCASe Week 112 - Use Beads
I'm so sorry we are late posting this today, we had so many amazing entries for our use beads challenge it was so hard to decide.

Here are this weeks ShowCASe winners.

We're sure you'll agree that these are all stunning, inspirational examples.
Congratulations ladies.
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Join us tomorrow for another CAS challenge!