28 November 2015

Week 252 Recipe

Good morning  LIMettes!

Today we have a recipe for you and what we would like you to include in your creation is 

Do remember to leave plenty of white space and limit the amount of layering that
you add to your cards... basically keep your designs 
Here are our examples to get you started!


It's Christmas at every opportunity for me so satsumas are festive - yeah?
 I started out by stamping a wood grain background from Winnie & Walter  
followed by the embossed sentiment from Happy Little Stampers. The rest of the 
elements are die-cut using circles for the 'satsumas' and Clearly Besotted Autumn
 Foliage for the leaves and pine-cones. For added interest and definition I've inked 
with distress inks plus Wink of stella and glossy accents to some to them. 

I printed a digi image from a Pink Petticoat set called Partridge in a Pear Tree, coloured with my ProMarkers and then die cut with an MFT fishtail flag die.  The musical notes were stamped from the Rockin' Robin set by Clearly Besotted.  I used two more of the fishtail flag dies to cut two pieces of co-ordinating patterned paper, the polka dot from MFT Dots & Stripes Neutral and the green from Santa Express by Doodbug.  I adhered some kraft cardstock to my card base, layered the papers and finally popped the image panel up on 3D foam strips.
 Stamp and sentiment are both from Heartfelt Creations. Sentiment is gold embossed, 
cherries are coloured with Copics and Glossy Accents added.  The frame was cut 
with Simon Says Stamp stitched squares and rectangles.

Here the fruit is the olive in the martini!
The image is from Art Impressions, stamped in Memento Tuxedo black and embossed 
with WOW Neutral Ultra Shimmer embossing powder. The olive was coloured 
with alcohol pens  and the glass glazed with Glossy Accents.
The sentiment was computer generated using  Bohemian Typewriter font and reads 
'It doesn't matter is the glass is half full or half empty... it clearly needs topping up!'

Do try to visit the DT's personal blogs where you will find some additional cards to inspire you!

We hope you have fun with this one, obviously there are many kinds of fruit... 
including mistletoe and holly if you still need to get some Christmas cards done!

We're waiting to see what you can come up with!

27 November 2015

Santa ShowCASe Week 250

What fun cards were submitted for our Santa challenge and it was a delight to choose our showcase for this week!
Even the ONE LAYER element didn't cause too much trepidation it seems, as we had some terrific submissions!
Without further ado, here are our choices!

What amazing colouring! If you haven't visited Rachel's blog, we would urge you to do so, you won't be disappointed with her fabulous work!

What perfect use of white space and immaculate stamping !
Just beautiful!

Deepti has achieved such a vibrant scene with her exceptional inking and stamping!
What a fun card!

Congratulations ladies, please take the badge from the page at the top to pop on your blogs with our thanks.

There's just a little time to join in our numbers challenge which ends tonight and don't forget to check out our new challenge tomorrow at 8am GMT!

21 November 2015

Week 251 Theme

Morning LIMettes are you ready for our theme week?

You certainly had some fun with Santa in every shape and style last week
but you can put all Christmas ideas out of your mind for this one - our theme is

We would like to see numbers, or reference to them in some way!
DO keep your design Clean and Simple with lots of white space!

Here's what we've been up to ...

Here I used a  a collage of numbers background stamp from Kaisercraft, stamped and clear embossed then inked with a variety of Distress Inks. The sentiment from Winnie and Walter was triple layered and mounted over the stitched tag die!


This one's for my daughter's friend so she quickly sifted through my sets looking for words and phrases to describe her friend! I love the 'You're a Good Egg' and 'You Crack me Up' from Mama Elephant: Just Hatched. The others are taken from various Uniko Studio and Clearly Besotted sets.
 The words are stamped using a sticky pigment ink then heat embossed in clear EP to add some shine! The sparkly '18' die-cut is from Avery Elle then inlaid  into a stitched circle from Simon Says Stamp. To finish I've scored a few lines above and below the panel then added some sparkly gems from my stash.

I stamped five balloons in blue shades and die cut with their co-ordinating dies, these from Clearly Besotted's Make a Wish set.  I then positioned them roughly where I wanted them and marked under each one with a pencil.  Further down the card I marked a central point then drew in the 'strings' with a fineliner pen.  The balloons where then adhered in place and the sentiment from Paper Smooches' Birthday Sampler set was stamped onto a panel, die cut using a stitched rectangle die by MFT.

My numbers card was a bit of an ageist dig for a good friend.  The Crazy Bird was coloured with Copics and given bulgy Glossy Accents eyes.  The splats are MFT stamps and the text computer generated.

We hope you enjoy this one and look forward to seeing what you
come up with! Don't forget to visit some of your fellow LIMettes too
with some encouraging feedback - we all love those comments eh!
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20 November 2015

ShowCASe Week #249

Morning all, it's time for another ShowCASe following our

FIRE-coloured Challenge

Those colours definitely seemed to inspire you LIMettes!
There were so many striking and vibrant cards to enjoy looking at.  
We've narrowed the choices down but could not choose between these 
- so, in order of entry, it's a Top 4 this week!

We hope you'll agree these are simply awesome and worthy of our showCASe!

 The plaid that Rema created using fiery colours is clever, but then to die cut 
and inset to create a CAS design with lots of white space is sheer genius. 
 Love the overstamped sentiment!

Stunning colouring of a timely poppy, the rich, fiery shading and
 the off the page image make a striking card!

The strong colours worked really well for these feathers, 
perhaps they are from a mythical phoenix?   
Nicely balanced design with plenty of white space!

This sunset is a real piece of art, what clever blending of inks, 
set off to perfection by the silhouette in front!

Huge congratulations ladies and please take a ShowCASe Badge
from the page at the top - we'd love you to 'wear it with pride'
on your blogs and thank you for your continued support of 
Less is More!

There's still a little time to join our one layer Santa challenge 
which ends at 10pm GMT tonight then we'll be back with a
new challenge tomorrow morning at 8am GMT!

14 November 2015

One Layer Week 250

It's back to
cards again this week and we have a super fun theme for you to adhere to!

Do remember to leave lots of white space and do keep your designs really simple!
Here are our cards to give you a few ideas!

I bought this fun stamp from Little Claire, at Sincerely Yours show when I was out and about with Chrissie.  I've coloured him with Koh-i-Noor pencils on kraft card and added a sentiment from Dylusions.

I love Penny Blacks ducks and this one is a real cutie. It was coloured with Distress Inks and  a water brush and accompanied by a computer generated sentiment, which reads... What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?   ... a Christmas Quacker!


Santa falling down the chimney is an old wooden stamp that's been
in my stash forever and I've used various sets by Clearly Besotted, 
Uniko and Paper Smooches to create the colourful explosion of gifts and images.

This card took a bit of planning but was pretty simple to create.  I sketched a Santa hat onto a post-it note and cut it out from the inside to create a mask, firstly minus the white parts.  I used a grey card base as I wanted the white to eventually show up.  I blended Barn Door Distress Ink through the mask to add some light and shade.  I then cut two more masks for the fluffy parts of the hat and swiped a VersaMark ink pad over the negative space onto my card base.  I then heat embossed these areas with white powder by Wow!  I finished with a sentiment from MFT Christmas Cuteness.

We are really looking forward to seeing what you all come up with and just think, it will be one less card for you to make when the time comes for you to send out your own Christmas cards!


13 November 2015

Paper Piecing ShowCASe

Week 248

We have another group of deliciousness for you today with our 
Paper Piecing ShowCASe
Without further ado here they are in the order which they were submitted.

We thought Tara's paper piecing of this comfy pile of blankets was just fabulous.  Paired with the crisp stitched panel makes this perfectly CAS.
We loved the sentiment and Susan's fantastic paper pieced image.  The colour blocked design also made this a really striking card.
Such a fabulous scene for Christmas.  Those images look wonderful after being paper pieced and Joyce managed to keep her card beautifully CAS even with the bold two-part sentiment.

What a wonderful bunch!
We're sure you'll want to join with us to congratulate these ladies on their wonderful inspirational work!
If you haven't visited them already it would be great if you could pop by their blogs to leave a few kind words! 

DO please take the showcase badge from the page at the top!

There's still a tiny bit of time left to join in with this week's FIERY colour challenge, but do come by tomorrow for our new challenge starting at 8am GMT.

11 November 2015

October Winner

Hello LIMettes, another month has whizzed by 
which means it's time to announce our winner for October!

Our generous sponsor for the month was 

October Sponsor

and our winner is 

Maaike of  Cards by Maaike

Maaike never seems to miss a challenge, producing fun, striking and
inspirational cards week after week! What's more she is always zipping here 
and there with a friendly comment for her fellow LIMettes, offering 
appreciation and encouragement every time.

We're sure you'll agree that Maaike is a very worthy winner.
We always appreciate your contribution to our challenges Maaike
and hope you enjoy your prize.

Please contact us by email for details of how to claim it.

There's a winner's badge waiting for you at the top of our blog, 
which we'd love to see displayed on your blog with our thanks!


If you haven't already entered our current 'FIRE' coloured challenge,
there's still time before it ends on Friday at 10pm GMT

07 November 2015

Week 249 Colour Challenge

Well here we are in a new month with a new challenge and a new Sponsor.
We are delighted to welcome back 
once more.
Mary has been a faithful sponsor of our challenges for many years now and we are so grateful for her support. 
If you have not yet checked out her shop we do urge you do so, she stocks so many lovely things... as well as the superb range of ribbons!

This week, being the first Saturday of the month we have a colour challenge for you entitled

Please try to stick to the colours that can be seen in fire with any additional shades being kept to neutral or metallic shades.

I squished a small amount of Distress Inks in Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed onto my craft mat and spritzed with water.  I then smooshed the ink onto a cardstock panel bringing the colours up from the bottom corner.  Once dry I then repeated the process to intensify the colours.  I adhered the panel to my card base on 3D foam and added a vellum die cut, Leaf-Filled Flourish by MFT, and adhered the black sentiment strip, which was heat embossed in white using a sentiment from Clearly Besotted's Many Mini Messages set.


I masked off a margin around the bottom left corner of my card and then sprinkled Brushos onto it in an assortment of fiery shades.  A light spritz of water gave a fab fiery corner and I added a Poppy die of roses over it and a Mama Elephant die and stamp sentiment. 

This card utilised a couple of my new acquisitions... the base die for the butterfly from All Occasion Dies and the 'hugs' word from Winnie and Walter! The embossing folder is from Cuttlebug and the base layer from Simon Says Stamp. I've nearly worn this one out, it's doing trojan service! 
The colour was achieved with Inka Gold pastes and distress inks which were mixed, smooched and daubed.

If you follow my blog regularly you'll know I LOVE inky blending
and you can't beat a mix of distress inks to create those fiery tones!
Here I've used Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, 
Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon and a dash of Barn Door! 
I've spritzed and flicked with perfect pearls and water then the same
with some Gold Delicata ink. 

My front panel is die-cut using the MFT Blueprints 15 and their
Stitched Basic Border dies to create the shape. The sentiment is from
Uniko: All Occasion Sentiments #6 heat embossed on a fishtail flag
also die-cut using the MFT stax set. To finish a few gelly sparkles.

We hope you enjoy this one and please remember to keep your designs
clean and simple with white space too. 


06 November 2015

ShowCASe Week #247

Morning LIMettes, it's time to reveal another 
Less is More ShowCASe
following our SKETCH challenge and considering a few of  the design team 
struggled, you crafty folk certainly didn't have any difficulties!

Another tremendously difficult decision to arrive at just 3
but we hope you like our choices. Here goes in order of entry

You can't beat this one for sheer cuteness, brilliant use
of the sketch, expanse of 'white' space, and the most adorable
stamped images and perfect Christmas scene!

A spook-tacular example of clean and simple, awesome 
sentiment with a brilliant and unique take on the sketch!

Yet another CAS perfect take on the sketch, yummy 
white space in abundance, full of zing and sparkle;
the perfect combination for celebrations!

Yet another perfect selection don't you think? 
These cards are simply awesome and definitely 
worthy of our ShowCASe this week.

Please take our showcase badge from the page at the top and 
we hope you'll display it with pride and our thanks.

There's still time to join in this week's PAPER-PIECE challenge, 
which ends at 10pm GMT this evening before our new challenge
details are released at 8am tomorrow.