Saturday, 22 April 2017

Less is More #325

Hello!

Well, Easter has come and gone and now I am looking forward to the summer :)  I had a lovely break in Spain with my parents and the boys in April and am missing the sunshine already.  However the british rain does give me plenty of opportunity to spend time crafting.  This week at Less is More we are wanting you to use stripes on your design:


Lots of options with this theme.  Here is what I came up with:

 
I went super CAS with my first card and created 3 stripes using a dotted border die and putting some coloured card behind each line.  I combined this with a sentiment die from Stamplorations and a heart.

 
Stripes always make me think nautical so this is the look that I have gone for on my second card using a background stripe die from Simon Says Stamp.  As you can see, it has not stamped solid colour but I quite liked the weather beaten look!  The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse and anchor die is from Memory Box, I think.

 
Lastly, I stamped a striped background (can't remember who the stamp is by) on my card base and used that to ground the floral die from Sizzix.  The sentiment is Paper Smooches.
 
I hope you like my trio of stripy cards!  The rest of the DT have fab ideas to share with you over at Less is More along with our super talented guest designer, Tae Eun from Rainbow in November.  I look forward to seeing what you create.
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
Sarah x

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Less is More #324

Hello!

Well, spring is in the air and this week our challenge at Less is More is focusing on the theme of a 'spring walk'.  What a lovely subject with lots of potential for pretty creations!


I have a few ideas to share with you celebrating all things springlike.....

 
I used this lovely image from Mama Elephant and watercoloured over the white embossed lines with distress inks.  The die cut sentiment is Concord and 9th whilst the stamped hello is from Altenew.  I finished with some pale blue splatters to accentuate the watercolour look although they could also represent the inevitable spring showers!

 
Tulips are one of my favourite flowers so they had to feature in my spring walk.  I coloured this image from Stamplorations with pencils and combined it with a Paper Smooches sentiment.
 
Two simple cards but I hope they give you the sense of spring.  Do check out the rest of the DT inspiration over at Less is More and visit the lovely Wendy from Pink and Dotty's blog as she is our GD this week.
 
I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend :)
 
Sarah x

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

CASology Guest Designer!

Hello!

I am delighted to be guest designer at CASology this week where the cue card is STRONG.



This one had me stumped initially and then I thought of super heroes....they are super strong :)

This is what I came up with:

 
I used one of the sweet super heroes from Mama Elephant against a half tone dotty background from Uniko Studio.  The sentiment is from MFT.

This is a quick post as I am away at the moment so hope that blogger is playing nicely :)

Thank you to the fab CASology team for letting me play along this week.

Thanks to you too for stopping by :)

Sarah x


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Less is More #323

Hello!

One layer week is back with us again at Less is More and this time we want you to feature a curve on your design.  I had a few ideas to share with you.....


Firstly:

 
I used a gorgeous bold stencil from Stamplorations and inked through in various colours with a curved mask covering the bottom third of the card where I popped a sentiment from Papertrey Ink.  Very simple but the rich colours and oversized florals look great.

 
Still playing with my Stamplorations goodies I stamped their fabulous butterflies in a curved line, masking as I went.  I coloured them with pencils and lefts some areas black and white.  The sentiment is from Papertrey again.
 
I hope you like these one layer cards - there are, of course, lots of other ways to add curves to your designs and the fab DT have more ideas to share with you over at Less is More.  Have fun!
 
Thanks, as always, for stopping by,
 
Sarah x

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Less Is More #322

Hello!

Welcome to April :)  Our first challenge of the month at Less is More is a colour challenge to use 3 pastels on your card.  Pastels are perfect for spring although I don't tend to use them very often! 


Here is what I came up with:

 
I think that pastels look pretty on new baby cards so I simply coloured this Memory Box die cut in soft pink, mint and yellow.  A stitched die along each edge and a sentiment from MFT in grey complete the design.  I will also link this card up at AAA Cards where the challenge is to use a die cut.
 


I used a new Hero Arts hydrangea stamp in pink, light blue and lilac to create a background on this card.  It involved quite a lot of masking but creates a soft background image that doesn't overpower the design.  The sentiment die cut is from MFT with additional stamped words from Uniko.  I will also link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes.

I hope you like my two pastel designs and check out the rest of the great inspiration from the DT over at Less is More :)  As we have started a new month we can also announce a new sponsor for April which is the fab Lili of the Valley.


Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Friday, 31 March 2017

Uniko Challenge Reminder

Hello!

Just a quick post to remind you about the Uniko Challenge where our theme is Spring with an Optional Twist of Easter:


I am still playing with the lovely flowers from Flower Power #1 - they are so versatile and look spring fresh in pinks, yellows and purples.  The graphic thanks sentiment is stamped over the top.


I hope you can find time to play along with us before the challenge closes on 21 April.  Check out the rest of the inspiration from the DT over at Uniko.

Thank you for stopping by,

Sarah x

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Less is More #321

Hello!

Today at Less is More we are asking you to use a frame in some way on your CAS design:


I have a couple of ideas to share with you:

 
First up I gold embossed a frame from Paper Smooches and used some fun stamps from Stamplorations for the sentiment and paintbrush.  I inked through a Tim Holtz stencil in Picked Raspberry in the corner of the card.

 
I decided that an embroidery hoop would make a nice frame on my second card and used a stitching inspired set from Neat and Tangled to create the design with their hoop die and stamps.  I watercoloured the floral images and I covered the card base with a textured gauze paper.
 
I hope you like the ways that I have created frames on these cards - I look forward to seeing what you do with the theme.  The rest of the fab DT have lots more ideas to share with you over at Less is More
 
Thank you, as always, for stopping by,
 
Sarah x