25 May 2013

Week 121 Recipe

As our sponsor this month is Acid Drops and Whatnots, we thought that our recipe this month should be 
It's often difficult to find images and sentiments in this category, so if you haven't already checked out the site, do be sure to pop over there and take a look!

This is from the Lost 14 stone set from Acid Drops and Whatnots and is simplicity itself, merely coloured with Promarkers and mounted on a matching mat with faux stitching.

Here is a favourite from Bugaboo!
This is coloured with Copics with a scrap of Pink Petticoat paper in the vertical band. The sentiment was computer generated.


Once again life got it the way of crafting so I'm sorry if I didn't get chance to visit you last week... Here are my cards for this weeks challenge...

I've used a fantastic set from this months sponsor for my first card this week.  It's simply coloured with flexmarkers and mounted on a red card base. The edges have been pierced using my score bug tool and hougie board.

My second card uses a sneak peek of the new pretty vintage range from lili of the valley.  It's a fabulous sentiment from a set called "Quotables - Friendship". I have stamped it in black onto kraft card stock and then used clear glitter to make it sparkle, although you cannot really tell in the photo.  I have finished it off with some faux stitching around the edge.


24 May 2013

ShowCASe Week 119

It seems that lots of you hadn't tried using a coloured cardbase and some super cards emerged. Here is our ShowCASe 
for this week.
Fabulous images from Clearly Besotted

Simplicity itself, what fresh colours.

What subtle colouring!

This looks so dramatic!
All wonderful examples, thank you everyone. Please display our showcase badge on your blogs with pride.
We'll see you tomorrow for our new challenge.

20 May 2013

April Winner

Somewhat late in the day we are announcing our April prize winner.
This has been generously donated by Stephanie from Clearly Besotted stamps 
Lots of you have been delighted with her stamps and we have seen them in evidence on lots of your blogs.
So we won't keep you in suspense any longer....
Congratulations Jan, (we're sure this will be a very popular choice!)
DO get in touch Jan and we'll arrange for you to receive your prize!

18 May 2013

Week 120 Theme

This week is theme week at Less Is More and we hope you enjoy the choice.  We know you will come up with some fabulous creations.  We want to see cards with

Cats and/or Dogs 

We want to see cards with your favourite pet or both. We know you will all use your imagination.  Here are our cards for this week.

I'm really sorry if I've missed visiting you last week I had a nightmare of a week at work so have only managed one card this week.

After a very busy week at work I managed to put together this little card with a very cute image from Lili Of The Valley.  This is one of my favourites.  It's simply coloured in with FlexMarkers and mounted on to bright pink card.  The ribbon from Stampin Up finishes it off.  I even managed not to do any stiching on it!!!

First of all, I was delighted to see that you wouldn't let me get away with a card that was not exactly one layer last week... you've obviously all been well schooled!
Many apologies, but I did want to showcase another of our sponsor's images... I was summoned to look after a little man who had conjunctivitis and couldn't go to Nursery and so being at  my daughter's (with my hands full) I didn't have the opportunity to make another!
OK... grovel over!

For this card, I used an image from Rubber Stampede (£1) from the NEC a while back, and made a hugs and kisses panel using some Kaisercraft grunge letters. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches...well mainly! I used the word 'smooches' to make the word 'pooch' by masking the beginning and end of it and then adding the P with a pigment liner pen.

Another simple card using just a few die-cuts and a stamp. The cat and the window are from Memory Box (I think), the sentiment is from Paper Smooches. I cut a cloud shape to use as a mask when sponging the sky, which was layered behind the window. We used to have a cat who would sit for hours like this one!
There are a few more cat and dog cards on my personal blog, I'd love you to pop by to look at them.

We can't wait to see what you come up with!


17 May 2013

ShowCASe Week 118

We had some fabulous cards for our colour wheel challenge.. you really did love the challenge.
Here are our choices for this week

Simply Fabulous

Just love the cutting with the silhouette

Fabulous Tone on Tone

Love the stamping

All beautiful, we're sure you'll agree.
Please take our Showcase badge with our congratulations!
Join us tomorrow... for a new theme challenge.

11 May 2013

Week 119 One Layer

This week it's everyone's favourite.. One Layer Cards and this week we would like you to use a
Coloured Card Blank
Yes that's right, none of your boring, white, ivory, black or kraft card blanks we want to see you add some colour.  Here are our cards for this week...

This is a watercolour stamp, which was first stamped using white craft ink and then the image coloured with watercolour pencils in a variety of shades on a dark blue base. The shades were blended using a water brush. I really love the effect.

This is another stamp from our sponsor this month Acid Drops and Whatnots. Having had  longstanding problems with my back, I can empathise with the sentiment on this one.
If you haven't yet checked out the wonderfully whimsical images available, do hop over there to have a look.

For my first card I am using the Need For Speed set from Stampin Up.  I simply stamped it using my stamp-a-majig and the coloured it with a couple of red flexmarkers. The Sentiment is also from a set from Stampin Up.

My second card uses the fabulous new set from Clearly Besotted, Honeycomb.  They are stamped onto a pale blue pearl card base .  The sentiment is from the same set.  
I kept both cards really simple to ensure the colour was the main element.

We can't wait to see what you come up with!
Let's have a colouful week!


10 May 2013

ShowCASe Week 117

We had some fabulous cards for Jen's Sketch challenge. You do like to make it difficult for us to chose the winners....
Here are our choices for this week

Love the panel

Simply stunning CAS and fabulous colours

so clever

great set of cards

All beautiful, we're sure you'll agree.
Please take our Showcase badge with our congratulations!
Join us tomorrow...for your favourite .. One Layer Week

04 May 2013

Week 118 Colour

Happy May!
A new month and a new Sponsor!
We are delighted to have Karen from Acid Drops and Whatnots as our sponsor for May.
Lots of you may not have seen the wonderfully whimsical stamps produced by this fun new company. We are sure you'll love the humour and fabulous images.

This is what they say about themselves
Acid Drops & Whatnots is the brainchild of friends Karen and Niki,who between them have over 30 years experience in the craft industry as designers, teachers, retailers and demonstrators. Their stamps sets feature a cast of characters to suit all occasions, humorous and fun, slightly tart, never cruel but definitely not sweet. 

All our stamp sets are jam packed with images, quips, quotes and greetings providing excellent value for money. Designed to give you plenty of mix and match combinations within each set, the sets can be mixed and matched to give you an endless variety of card designs.

Our stamp sets are made in the UK from high grade photo polymer resin and are crystal clear and non yellowing. They are durable, tear resistant and have a naturally sticky back for good adhesion to clear stamp blocks and provide outstanding images. 
For our 
Colour Challenge 
This month we would like you to choose TWO opposite colours from this Colour Wheel

My first card uses the colours Yellow-Green and Violet-Red and I have kept it very simple with a bright card base and a simple sentiment from Penny Black (Friendship T for Transparent).  The Butterfly is from Memory Box and the papers Stampin Up

My second card uses Violet and Yellow and some fabulous polka washi tape... The die is also from Memory Box and the sentiment from Stampin Up.  I've added some stitching with my machine too.

My first card uses stamps from Acid Drops and Whatnots' One out of Three Stamp set and the opposite colours Blue-Violet and Orange.
She's quite a cheeky lady here, as I chose to colour her as though she is wearing stockings and no drawers. She can of course be coloured as though she is wearing Harvest Festivals...ie large knickers, (where all is safely gathered in) and no stockings! She struck me as the type of character who just might have orange hair too!

My second card uses the colours Violet  and Yellow Green.
The stamp is from Rubber Stampede coloured with SU Markers before stamping and the background is also a stamp from Stampin' Up, now retired. The sentiment is from SU Teeny Tiny Wishes.

03 May 2013

ShowCASe Week 116

We had some wonderful cards for this CASE IT challenge and as ever choosing a few to showcase was difficult.
Here are our choices for this week

Such wonderful simplicity

Every card is a work of art!

Lizy did a fab tutorial here for her technique for this beautiful card

Interesting stamping 

All beautiful, we're sure you'll agree.
Please take our Showcase badge with our congratulations!
Join us tomorrow...new month, new sponsor!