Saturday, 15 April 2017

Less is More Week #324

Good morning!

These Saturday mornings really do whizz around quickly!  It's time for another challenge at Less is More and this week we're back with our Theme challenge.  In the UK Spring has really sprung over the last couple of weeks so our new theme couldn't be more appropriate.




I have two cards for you this week.

I absolutely love seeing blossom on the trees so I've tried to replicate it on my first card...


I started by stamping the tiny flowers in pink pigment ink and I then heat embossed these in clear.  When stamping these I kept the branch stamp to hand so I could create the approximate shape with the flowers.  I then stamped the branches over the top with second generation stamping to keep them subtle and wiped away any ink that was over the embossed flowers.  Once dry I blended a subtle ombre effect in blue to create the sky.  Next I stamped the sentiment before popping the panel up on 3D foam.  To finish I added a tiny dot of darker pink to the centre of each of the flowers with a FlexMarker.

Here's a closer view of the embossed blossom...


Materials used:

  • Stamps: Wplus9 - Fresh Cut Containers (3 tiny flowers); Card-io Combinations - Greenery 1; Clearly Besotted - Design a Tree (sentiment)
  • Ink: Versa Color - Petal Pink, Cocoa; Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Clear Gloss

Challenge entries:

Inkspirational - Challenge #132 - Spring
STAMPlorations - April CAS Card Challenge - Anything Goes (Option: any pastel colour)
Creative Inspirations - Challenge #272 - Spring Spectacular
Penny Black and More - April Challenge - Spring
AAA Cards - CAS Game#87 - Shiny Spring

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For my second card I used my favourite Spring flowers, tulips...


The floral stamps here are wooden stamps so I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to assist with placement.  I stamped the stems and blooms in various colours of pigment ink.  This was simply finished off with a sentiment stamped in black.  I was going to add sequins but they seemed to overpower the images so I settled on a scattering of tiny clear gemstones.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up - Both Way Blossoms; Wplus9 - Happy Wishes
  • Ink: Versa Color - Green Tea, Olive, Burgundy, Lilac, Lavender; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Clear gemstones from stash

Challenge entries:

Daring Cardmakers - Spring Garden
Stamping Sensations - April Challenge - Anything Goes
Uniko - Challenge #40 - Spring 

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Thanks so much for popping by, and if you have time I'm sure my LIM teamies would love a visit from you too.  Their creations this week are fabulous and there could be more inspiration over on their personal blogs too.

I love Spring so I'm looking forward to seeing the gallery of entries this week.




27 comments:

  1. oh you have to know I just love your first card, the soft sponging, the CAS design and the gloss, just stunning. Thanks for joining Ink and AAA

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  2. Two gorgeous cards! I love your first one with the soft inking and pretty blossoms. So elegant and totally fabulous! Your tulips are wonderful too in those pastel colours and with the little gemstones scattered around. So delicate and a beautifully understated effect which I love. Have a fab weekend! x

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  3. Two stunners Anita! The blossom trailing down against that subtle sky background is absolutely glorious and still leaves loads of empty 'white' space. Thanks for linking it up to AAA Cards. And the cluster of sketchy tulips is just so pretty, my favourite flowers! Thanks for linking that one up at Uniko.

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  4. Two great cards Anita but your first card is absolutely GORGEOUS! Lovely soft colours and great placement and design.

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  5. The first card is just so sweet and pretty. The second one is a lovely modern and bright design.

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  6. Beautiful cards, Anita. Love your first one. So soft and such a great design.

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  7. Two gorgeous cards. Lovely light and delicate spring flowers.
    Thank you for entering our spring challenge at Penny Black and More this month and we hope you will enter our May challenge too.

    Shirley

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  8. Wow...these are so pretty. The first one looks like a tree in my yard, and the second just reminds me of Easter!

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  9. Two lovely Spring creation Neets, beautiful blossoms on the first and Tulips never fail to please, Many thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

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  10. What a lovely design. Beautiful card.
    Thank you for joining at Stamping Sensations this month.

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  11. Swoon, Swoon, Swoon! Now there's a CBS set I don't have! Grrrr and I'm glad you explained how you managed that look- you're too clever and it looks FANTASTIC! I love cherry blossom, reminds me of my wedding day! LOL! It made the perfect backdrop to our photos! Loving those sketchy tulips and bold sentiment on the second one and thanks for linking up at AAA Cards and Uniko with these beauties. Happy Easter! x

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  12. The way that you created that beautiful and delicate blossom against the blue spring sky is gorgeous, Anita! You have definitely created spring on a card :) The loose sketchy tulips look fabulous too. Great inspiration. I hope you have been enjoying the easter weekend x

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  13. Two beautiful CAS cards, so pretty and elegant.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black and More!

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  14. Love the delicate inking and soft blooms. Gorgeous!

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  15. Lovely cards, I especially like the top one - so elegant!

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  16. Lovely CAS creations. Thanks for joining us at creative inspirations this fortnight. CraftyNatalie-DT

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  17. OMG Anita ! This is stunning ! I also love the tree blossom and your card is such a delight for the eyes ! So delicate, so soft with these tiny flowers ! And that sky is so subtle ! Your second card is also beautiful with these outlined tulips ! Two very CAS and beautiful cards ! Thanks for sharing and for inspiring.

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  18. Verry pretty cards! Thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More and good luck!
    x Daniela (DT)

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  19. Very pretty cards! Thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More and good luck!
    x Daniela (DT)

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  20. Your card is a total delight.
    Thanks for joining in with The Daring Cardmakers this week

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  21. Such very pretty cards. I really love the blossom, so delicate. Thanks for joining in at Daring Cardmakers.

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  22. Stunning!!!!! What a sensational card that first one is Anita. It really captures the delicate and fragile nature of blossom with the fabulous subtle colours you picked. Yes - you transported me to an English countryside spring walk with that card for sure! The sketchy nature of those tulips on the second card have such a great 'arty' look to them. Beautiful! Sorry I'm late visiting this week - life just got in the way xx

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  23. Beautiful CAS cards! The images and sentiments complement each other perfectly. Thank you for sharing them with us at Stamping Sensations.

    Lynne

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  24. CAS perfection on both your cards. I LOVE the BG and pretty blossoms on your first and your pretty row of artful tulips on your second. Lovely to see you in the Uniko Challenge gallery again :) Hugs Bev x

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  25. 2 lovely cards Anita. Love the soft inking i=on the first one, and the second one perfect with the outlined stamping. Thanks for joining us at Uniko.

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  26. Congratulations for your AAA cards top 3 ! You really deserve it !

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  27. Wow this is absolutely stunning, those tiny pink flowers against the blue background are CAS perfection! Thank you for playing along with the STAMPlorations CAS Challenge. We hope to see you back again soon! Karola, DT, InvisiblePinkCards

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