07 February 2015

We are celebrating 4 Years of "Less is More"

What a day to celebrate!
Less is More is 4 Years old
Who would have thought that when Mandi and I began a challenge blog for Clean and Simple cards that it would have had such an impact on Blogland.
It was a success from the outset (for which we thank you most sincerely) and seems to have influenced the ethos of several other CAS challenges which have sprung up since then.
Now lots of challenges request that participants comment on their fellow crafters, something that we felt strongly about... everyone loves a friendly comment don't they!
Today we have people from all over the world joining in with our challenges and the standard of entries is simply superb!
We are lucky enough to be joined this week by representatives from lots of the fabulous companies which sponsor us, and there are lots of goodies up for grabs from them this week!
So a huge THANK YOU to them and lots of good reasons for you to join in!
As it is the first Challenge of the month it's a 
Colour Challenge 
and this time they are
Here are some examples from our sponsors
Uniko Studios
Uniko is offering the giveaway of a set of their new release stamps


Uniko Studio is 3 years old this month!
The gorgeous Beverley is a regular sponsor of LIM and also one of our 
super guest designers this week 
WOW Embossing Powders
WOW also our Sponsors for February!
WOW is offering a carry case of 6 Embossing Powders

Devine stamp stamped on grey baz with versamark
Pink perfection on white baz
Pink sorbet on the little hearts
And it's all relative stamp
Clearly Besotted is offering a £10 voucher

I'm sure you'll have come across Michelle but if not check out her
AMAZING blog and video tutorials plus details of what products she's 
used on her GDT card.

2 sets of Paper Smooches stamps are up from grabs from Tara

I used Wplus9's Whole Lotta Happy stamp for the balloon with 3 shades of pink pigment inks from Mama Elephant (blush, piggy bank and lollypop).  The birthday script die is cut from grey card and the wishes is from Whole Lotta Happy too.  Strings were hand drawn with a distress marker (pumice stone).


Well hello everyone... or those of you that even remember me :)
Where have those 4 years gone? LIM has gone from strength to strength, it's barely recognisable nowadays to how it was in 'the old days' Amazing achievement from Chrissie and her team.
My business is going fantastically, I love every moment. My only regret is that I'm not 10 (or 20) years younger!
If you;d liketo follow what I'm up to click here Finishing Touches
Thank you Chrissie for inviting me
Love to all  xx

This uses a beautiful birthday set called: Balloon Bash
along with some sentiments from the new sets too.
More will be revealed this week!
A little sneaky crafty trick here to create my grey stripes 
(may not be new to you talented folk) but I used the back
of one of the Uniko Studio background builders stamps 
to create them and I like how it's turned out.


I seem to have made a lot of new home cards lately, can't think why it's on my mind!  This uses Stampin' Up holiday home white embossed on pink.  The background is cut with a Simon Says die and I've added some washi tape and a White Stuff clothing button, coloured grey with my Copic pens.

This utilised a home made stencil inked with Distress Inks, stamped with SU Gorgeous Grunge splats and embossed with silver EP. The base layer of the Memory Box butterfly was inked with distress inks, stamped with floral images and also heat embossed with silver. The leaves are from Memory Box. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted, I think it echoes the line of the butterfly beautifully! The front panel is cut with a stitched rectangle, elongated slightly to fit British measurements, from Simon Says Stamp.

The prizewinners of the goodies generously donated by our lovely sponsors for our birthday celebration giveaway, will be chosen at random at the end of the week once the the Inlinkz has closed; winners will be announced the following week.
As always we would encourage you to visit the blogs of our DT this week, particularly those of our Guests as well as some of your fellow participants.


  1. Happy fourth birthday to the DT and my fellow LIM-ettes, four years? Can hardly believe it!!! Here's to the next four! LIM is my Saturday "go to" challenge each week - thanks ladies


  2. If you switch to HTML mode can you see the code for the 4's? If so then you can probably delete in that view before returning to COMPOSE view - good luck


    1. Thanks Kathy, I had already looked at that, but not being brave enough I looked at all the gobbledegook and backed out... with your encouragement I did the deed.
      Thanks SO much!

    2. You are VERY welcome - glad it worked!


  3. Happy Birthday! I love your challenges - it's the first place I check on a Saturday morning. I have "met" so many wonderful crafters through Less is More and gained so much from entering my cards that I would highly recommend the challenge to all!
    Good luck.

  4. Happy 4th birthday. Still haven't played along as often as I would have liked, but I do check the challenge blog every Saturday morning. Such a fabulous line-up today and I do love this colour combo, so I definitely intend to join in on the fun this week.

  5. Fabulous samples, amazing giveaways and such a wonderful 4 years of inspiration! Keep up with all the good work ladies!!! Rebecca x

  6. Congratulations on four very successful years - here's to many more. Now, who chose "Grey" as part of the theme in the week *that* film is due to come out? I'm very tempted to think along those lines.....

  7. Congratulations on your 4th Birthday & thank you SO much for having me as a guest designer. All the samples are FABulous. Here's to many more birthdays! Hugs Bev x

  8. Many congratulations on your 4th birthday. All the samples are fabulous x

  9. Happy Birthday Less is More! Long may your challenges continue. Thanks for having me guest again - can't wait to see the gallery fill with pink and grey.

  10. Congratulations on your four years. Although I have only been joining the challenges for about a year, I feel you are family to me. And I have learned so much along the way. I hope I can continue to see great challenges and keep up with them. My heart is with you, thank you for inspiring me every week!


  11. Many congrats on 4 inspiring years, long may you continue! Lovely treat to see Mandi guesting today:)
    Val x

    1. Thank you Val
      Lovely to be back for a short while x

  12. Congratulations LIM on your 4th Birthday! Many thanks for inviting Clearly Besotted to play along :)

  13. Congratulations on 4 Years of sheer creative joy !! Wishing the team continuing success in the future and I, for one have been converted to CAS cardmaking.

  14. Yay! Happy happy birthday!! Really love all of the inspiration here and can't wait to join the fun! :)

  15. Happy birthday,

    thanks for your inspirations,
    please keep on crafting :)

  16. Happy 4th birthday.
    I Still haven't played along as often as I would have liked, but I do check the challenge blog every Saturday. Such a fabulous line-up today and I do love this colour combo, so I definitely intend to join in on the fun this week.
    CU hellerlittle

  17. Happy 4th Birthday! Wow, time flies when you are having fun!
    Less Is More is one of the first challenges I ever played along with, and I am always happy when I find time to play along these days! I hope to join in on such a special occasion! Lovely cards by all the DT (so nice to see Mandi back today!)...thanks for all the inspiration!

    1. Thank you Judy
      Do miss LIM terribly x

    2. And you are missed! I'm happy that you are enjoying your current business...your website is cool!

  18. Happy birthday to you...so much inspiration, fab challenge, one of the best I have ever come across x

  19. Congratulations on your 4th birthday Chrissie and to your team-mates. So very well done in your achievements. ALWAYS something lovely to see, even if I rarely enter, I do keep up.

  20. Happy birthday to you. I love all the cards in the inspiration today! I'm just starting to do challenges and you really learn a lot from others. Thanks for assuring me that my adapter plate is okay. That was the first time I used it and I was stunned that it curled! I'll turn it next time. I love coming here and seeing all the wonderful cards that are shown. I love the look of less is more cards.

  21. Huge congratulations on your 4th Birtrhday, I missed the first post black, white and pink, if my memory serves me right, I was gutted, but did enter quite a few times as my blog is Plain and Simple but nothing to match the fabulous entries that you have had over the years and I am so, so pleased that this challenge blog has risen to great heights because it has shown that the short sighted, ignorant person that posted the horrid post in the first few months has I am certain has had to eat her words. I have been a poor participant in the challenge over the years but have still followed it with awe and admiration.
    Huge Congratulations

    Kath xx

  22. Happy 4th birthday...fabulous cards and really amazing giveaways. Thank you for the 4 years of inspiration.

  23. Happy 4th b'day/Anniversary your cards are amazing and another great challenge x

  24. Four years? Oh I am so late to the party... love every visit, and every gorgeous, inspirational card!! Congrats LIM... I do hope to play along!
    =] Michele

  25. Thank you for a great challenge and happy birthday ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

  26. Yay I have entered...after following the blog since it began I thought it was about time!

  27. Congratulations on your 4th year blog challenge birthaversary and here's to 44 more!! Thank you, all, for all you do to encourage and inspire us!! Hugs, Darnell

  28. Happy Birthday! I love your challenges.

  29. Happy 4th Birthday!! Love the challenges and all the DTs (and special guests) inspiration - here's to many more! xx

  30. Happy 4th Birthday ladies - way to go! LIM is a challenge I try to enter each week - am often sitting in bed on a Saturday morning watching the clock and clutching my iPad to see what you're going to come up with next :)


    Di xx

  31. Made my card for your challenge and a few others and totally forgot to link to yours until today, hope it's ok

  32. Happy 4th Birthday LIM, thank you for all of the great challenges and fabulous inspiration each week.

  33. Congratulations LIM wow 4 years!!!! Thank you for all the inspiration and the great challenges loved playing along and still do. Hope for many more years to come.

  34. Congratulations on a fabulous four years of inspiration. Lovely to see Mandi and the other guest designers this week. Carol x

  35. Congratulations on four years of LIM-challenges! What a birthday party here on the blog; current team, older and guest-designers; a real birthday! Thanks for the inspiration and that you made me realise that CAS is one of the styles I really like. Thanks also for all the lovely comments and the great inspiration cards! Inky greetings, Gerrina

  36. Congratulations on your 4th Year Anniversary!!! Thank you for the great color challenge. One of my favorite color combo!

  37. Congratulations to all on the 4th Anniversary. I had put a card into the challenge, but had misunderstood that the colours were to be only pink and grey so I have withdrawn it.

    Carol x

  38. Happy 4th birthday to you all and here's to the next 4 years of super challenges and stunning inspiration from the DT xx

  39. I'm back again with another card! So sorry I blew it with the white space in my entry #137. I will delete it shortly! I appreciate the feedback!



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