Sunday, September 13, 2020

Purple Birthday


It's time for a new challenge at Less Is More - Shades Of Purple.

I love purples, and when I saw this challenge, I immediately know what I would do. To create my card, I stamped the floral image from the Essentials By Ellen You Should Know set by Brandi Kincaid, first with Versa Clair Nocturne Ink, and then again with VersaMark Dazzle embossing ink. I heat embossed it with clear EP, giving the outline of the floral image some sparkle. I love the effect. The sentiment from SimonSaysStamp Messages For Every Day from the Fluttering By collection is heat embossed, die cut with a sentiment strip die from Pink & Main, and popped up.

Please head over to the Less Is More Blog and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration. I hope you'll play along with us to share your creations and for a chance to win. Remember to keep your design Clean And Simple.

To be eligible for showCASe and PRIZE WINNER choices you will need to carefully follow the guidance on our GLOSSARY OF TERMS and our HOW TO PLAY pages. Your design should feature lots of clean / white / blank / non patterned / non textured space. All challenge details are on the Less Is More blog. Good Luck!

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I love the color purple!


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Safe Travels





It's time for a new challenge at Time Out!!! With Time Out Challenge #170, we challenge you to be ADVENTUROUS.

We are generously sponsored by Funky Fossil Designs.

Our amazing Guest Designer is Conil whose crafty skills are bountiful and wonderful. Take a stroll though her blog. You will be so glad you did.

To create my card, I used Funky Fossils Designs Compass Stencil with a variety of Distress Oxide Inks, and gold splatters with Heidi Swapp gold ink spray. I added a sentiment from Paper Smooches to complete my card.

Please hop on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog to see the wonderful creations that the Design Team came up with to inspire you. Come play with us!

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Friday, September 4, 2020

Warm Fall Wishes

 


It's time for a new challenge at Festive Friday where every challenge is an inspiration list based on a selected holiday/festivity from the traditional to the unusual. Challenge projects must include at least three items from the festivity inspiration list.


Since the Inspiration List is a mix of elements related to the festivity, the creator has the choice to make something for that festivity, or to ignore the festivity all together and create something using just the three (or more) elements selected.

For my Fall-themed project, I used: leaves, gold, green, brown, and (faux) stitching. I used a variety of Distress Oxide Inks and sprays to create a panel of fall colors from which I die cut the leaves and sprigs. I arranged them on the gold circle and added the bow and embossed sentiment strip.

Supplies Used:
Paper: Neenah Solar White 80#, SU More Mustard, Brushed Gold, Early Espresso, Black
Ink: Various Distress Oxide inks, Heidi Swapp Sprays
Dies: Pinkfresh Studio Dainty Blossoms, Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Standard Circles, Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves, Paper Smooches Baby Bow, Pink and Main Sentiment Strips, Altenew Dotted Swirls

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Chalkboard Halloween



Time for a new challenge at 
Less Is More - Chalkboard Technique.


Here are some links to show you what the technique is about

I must say that this technique was not an easy one for me to embrace. It was hard for me to find a combination of stamps and design that was pleasing to me. I made a totally different card at first, but I was very unhappy with it. I went fishing in my stash and came up with this stamp set called Subway Series Holidays from Freshly Squeezed Stamps (no longer in business) that is perfect for the  technique. The picture does not show the white ink that I swiped across the black panel, but trust me, it is there. I made 2 other cards with the same set and the same design with different patterned paper scraps. You can see the "chalk" more easily on them. The design was just too plain, so I added that stitched line from Paper Smooches Stitched Wise Dies on the left. That did the trick for me!



Please head over to the Less Is More Blog and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration. I hope you'll play along with us to share your creations and for a chance to win. Remember to keep your design Clean And Simple.

To be eligible for showCASe and PRIZE WINNER choices you will need to carefully follow the guidance on our GLOSSARY OF TERMS and our HOW TO PLAY pages. Your design should feature lots of clean / white / blank / non patterned / non textured space. All challenge details are on the Less Is More blog. Good Luck!

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My NBUS item is the Paper Smooches Stitched Wise Die. I have the dies for years and never opened the package.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Hey, Wasabi?

 


It's time for a new challenge at Time Out!!! Time Out Challenge #169 is a theme challenge in which the theme is "Season" with an optional twist of coloring. Many of us will immediately think of the four seasons of the year, but we can also season our food with herbs and spices, or become a seasoned (experienced) player or professional... there are many ways to go with this. It's always fun to see how artists interpret a theme.

We are generously sponsored by Poppystamps.

I really wanted to go in a different direction than seasons of the year with this one. I looked through my entire stash for something in the herbs and spices category, but did't really have anything like that. They I thought about the Essentials by Ellen Wasabi set and decided what I was going to do.

I combined the sketch from CAS(e) This Sketch #386 and the theme from Inspired By Challenge #IB138, and came up with my card. The idea is that sushi can be "seasoned" with soy sauce and wasabi and ginger, etc. That might be a little far out of the box, but that is the way I went. I was too late to enter my card in the Inspired By Challenge, but it was definitely part of my inspiration. I stamped, colored and die cut the images from Wasabi and arranged them on the diagonal on a panel that is embossed with the SU Tasteful Textile embossing folder. Some of the die cuts are popped up and some are not. I am so happy with the way it came out.

Please hop on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog to see the wonderful creations that the Design Team came up with to inspire you. Come play with us!

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Friday, August 21, 2020

The Tide Will Turn



Time for a new challenge at Festive Friday where every challenge is an inspiration list based on a selected holiday/festivity from the traditional to the unusual. Challenge projects must include at least three items from the festivity inspiration list.


Since the Inspiration List is a mix of elements related to the festivity, the creator has the choice to make something for that actual festivity, or to ignore the festivity all together and create something using just the elements selected.

I created my project to go with the theme and used bright colors, heart(s), and an uplifting sentiment. Watercoloring is done with Zigs and Inktense Pencils.

FF0066 is a celebration of National Day Of Encouragement. See the Inspiration List above. It has lots of wonderful elements to choose from. You can visit the Festive Friday blog to see the awesome inspiration that the Design Team has created to spark your imagination, or you can link to their blogs here by clicking each designer's name:


Supplies used:
Stamps~Wilson Designs Teeny Bikini, SSS Simple Sentiments No. 01 - CA Design
Ink~VersaFine Clair Nocturne, VersaMark
Accessories~Inktense pencils, Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Paper Smooches Clouds Dies, Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Dies.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

I Can't Even...

 



This simple card was made with EBE Voices In My Head by Julie Ebersole. I LOVE this set and the others that go with it. I am a teacher. It perfectly sums up my feelings about going back to in-person learning. I will graduate from face mask to face shield. Oy!

My face shield is cut with and Pink Fresh Essentials Basic Label Frames, and the white panel is cut with Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables.

This card was inspired by these challenges:




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