Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Love Brushos!

Since experimenting with Brushos at the retreat organised by Kylie in Swindon last year, I've had such fun experimenting with the wonderfully vivid colour combinations. Here the card was spritzed with water and several powders sprinkled over it before spritzing again and allowing to dry.
The butterflies were cut with an All Occasion die and mounted on a piece of card embossed with a Sheena Douglass EF, which in turn was placed on a square, cut with an MFT pierced square die.
The 'birthday' is from a Papertrey die and inlaid, the 'wishes' is from Craft Essentials Creative dies and overlaid.
A few tiny gems complete the picture.
It's for the challenge at Happy Little Stampers
Anything Goes with Dies

Plus the challenge at CASual Fridays, where their 6th birthday celebrations are approaching. Hence the 6 butterflies!
Happy Birthday CASual Fridays

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Double sided!

Lots of things tell us when we're getting old... for example I wondered why I couldn't find the first of my two cards here today when the time for photographing them arrived. Eventually I realised that I had made one card on the back of the other!!!! DOH!
Like Siamese twins, they are now separated again, but what a palaver!
This first one follows the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches ...
and is using the theme from Kylie's challenge at Addicted to Stamps Blog
It's simply a bunch of die cuts from Memory box, MFT, Lil Inkers and I can't quite remember where the sentiment die is from... getting old again!
Many congrats to Kylie on the upcoming happy event in her family and as you may see I've gone with the girly option! I have the cutest granddaughters and can only say what a joy they are. Here is a pic of the little one recently!


This card uses the sketch from CASe this Sketch

with the theme of Grunge from Addicted to CAS

All the stamps used on this card are from Stamplorations, who are sponsoring the challenge this time.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Another day, another card!

Here is a card which I made to enter a couple of challenges.
The sketch is from CASe this Sketch...
...with the theme from CASology

The beautiful scroll is from Memory Box and the butterflies (cut from card which I smooched with Inka Gold and Aqua Tints) are from Penny Black. A simple touch of bling completes the look!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Back to crafting

It seems s though I have been out of the crafting loop for quite some time. Since stepping back from Less is More for a while, my time seemed consumed with family commitments and holiday preparations. We are now home for a few weeks and I hope to get a little card making under my belt. I only hope that the mojo returns!
Here is a card for the challenge at CAS Mix Up
The stamp from Penny Black was coloured with Stampin' Up pens and the image then splattered with Pumice Stone Distress Ink applied with a toothbrush (whilst still in the Cutplorations wonky stitched die) . I then added some Sunlight Mist Cosmic Shimmer, flicked from a paintbrush. In fact the spray has stopped working and despite my best efforts seems unwilling to become operational again, so this method of usage seems like a good idea!
My choice of technique is the die-cutting, which is one of my favourite things to use.
Sadly I can't find the origin of the sentiment die.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Always look on the bright side

The theme at Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge this time is rain!

I usually tend to look on the bright side of things, so here the sun is overshadowing the rain in a simple die cut card.
The sentiment was computer generated, but after I had done it I thought that  "Always look on the bright side of life" might have been a more apt sentiment!
I may change it!

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.
I have just returned form a month's holiday, which began in Singapore and following a cruise to South Africa via Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius the Seychelles and Reunion, ended in Zambia at the Victoria Falls. It was an amazing trip!

Here I am trying my hand at a spot of tea picking in Sri Lanka!
We enjoyed our trip around Cape Town...

...and the view of the Zambezi from our balcony at the Royal Livingston hotel in Victoria Falls was stunning!
The falls themselves were awesome!
Now it's back to normal for a while!

Sunday, 2 April 2017


This time the theme for the CAS Challenge at Happy Little Stampers is the cue word BLEND!

 In fact blending colour is one of the things I love to do and there are so many ways of doing it.
Here I used some Platinum Inka Gold, mixed with shades of blue Brusho powders, spritzed with water and smooshed around a little before taking a number of prints. I thought this made a great winter sky.
The tree die is from Memory Box and the sentiment from Sizzix, both of which have been twinkled with a little Glamour Dust. The 'Noel' has been stacked to give a little added dimension.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Die Cuts for HLS

This month's CAS challenge at Happy Little Stampers is to use die cuts.
I must confess to being a little addicted to die cutting. Here I used three dies from Simon Says Stamp combined with a couple of sentiments from Happy Little Stampers. I rather like the combination of script and print for sentiments so I used the 'Happy' from HLS Doodled Flowers 'Happy Birthday' and the 'Anniversary' from HLS Everyday sentiments. My MISTI came in really handy for the positioning of the stamps.  They were simply embossed in silver to match the grey backing of the heart.

Here is another one using a butterfly stamp and matching die from HLS. I stamped onto a piece of smooshed card and then embossed with holographic embossing powder after die-cutting.
The smile sentiment is from CUTplorations

Thursday, 16 February 2017


Yesterday my two older grandchildren... Daisy aged 8 and Sebby aged 6 arrived to spend the remainder of their half-term holiday with us. My husband went to pick them up from Bath and forgot to bring their coats. Today I discovered that Daisy doesn't have her trainers with her either, so unless she attempts to do our proposed rock climbing session this afternoon in Ugg boots, I'm going to have to go and do a little shopping! This evening they'll be joined by my youngest grandchild Cleo aged 6 months, so tomorrow promises to be real fun! Next week I will probably spend getting over it!
Enough of all that. 
Here is a card for the challenge at MFT where there is a sketch to follow this time.
I chose two dies from MFT for this, but card base size limitations meant that I could only fit four boxes into it. The card was coloured employing a smooshing technique, using a mix of Inka Gold in Platinum, Distress inks in Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon and Spectrum Noir Aqua Tint in White, all generously spritzed with water.
I'm now heading for the shower to be followed by a shopping trip for coats and trainers!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

You and me

I just received these sentiment dies from CUTplorations and had to try them out.
The base layer ones are from Simon Says Stamp and it's just the simplest design, but it appeals to me!
The challenge at Time Out is to be inspired by this phrase!
The sentiment was cut from a piece of card which I had coloured using a marbling technique.
'Friends are connected heart to heart, distance and time can't break them apart'
 I think that this will fit the bill!
It's also for the CAS Challenge at Stamplorations ...I'm not sure if the pink is quite hot enough, but part of the marbling sheet I cut it from was!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Another day, another card!
Here is a simple Valentine incorporating a few challenges!
I used the sketch from CASe this Sketch...
plus the requirements of the challenge at CAS Mix Up
and the theme from Just Us Girls

The sentiment is from an old Magenta stamp and the larger of the two punched hearts was punched from some card which I had stencilled a mix of ink and embossing paste, adding a little twinkle for good measure.
 I used a Lil Inkers die for the sentiment, elongating it slightly to accommodate the length of the stamp.

Monday, 13 February 2017


I haven't managed to make a card to enter a challenge for quite a while, but I love this layout from Freshly Made Sketches and just had to have a go! The little butterfly is from a Penny Black die set and the 'hugs' from Cutplorations, which I triple layered.
Part of this week will be spent having our grandkids here for the half term holiday!What fun!

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Back from Hols for LIM's 6th birthday!

Can you believe that Less is More has reached its 6th Birthday?
I am so proud of the way my challenge has developed over the years and am simply delighted that I have been able to hand it over to such an awesome team... which is taking it forward to its next fabulous phase. They are such a terrific, talented bunch of girls and I simply love the work of them all!
The challenge for this birthday week is a colour challenge and it's to use 3 adjacent colours on the colour wheel.
For this card I smooshed some Platinum Inka Gold together with some Aqua Tints in red and yellow and after spritzing with water, took prints to use for the sentiment and as backing for the die cut heart border. The word 'simply' was computer generated. 
It's basically what I think of this fabulous team!

We have just returned from a lovely winter break in Florida and the Caribbean. The weather in Florida this year was unseasonably warm, the temperature was in the 80's each day and we had a wonderful time. The cruise to the Caribbean was equally beautiful and the the seas allowed us to visit the island of Great Stirrup Cay which is a private island belonging to the Norwegian Cruise Line in the Bahamas. Last year the weather was too rough to allow the tenders to come alongside the ship in order to take us ashore. 

This is me at Mountain Top on St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands last week. It was spectacular!
It's because we're taking lots of lovely vacations plus my Granny duties in Worthing and Bath that I have stepped back from Less is More on a weekly basis,  but I do hope to join in from time to time!, 

Thursday, 2 February 2017

The Blues

The CAS challenge for February at Happy Little Stampers is to use the colour BLUE!
Here I used one of the Birthday butterflies, using the die cuts to create an inked backdrop I stamped onto some smooshed card with Versamark and embossed in Liquid Platinum embossing powder before die cutting them and popping them onto the background. The sentiment is from the same set.
I've been seriously lacking in mojo recently, maybe a holiday will recharge my batteries!

Monday, 9 January 2017

A card at last!

It's ages since I managed to get into my craft room and actually produce a card, but today I spotted this little butterfly which I had made from a drinks can, a die and some alcohol ink and thought it need somewhere to reside,  So I used a stencil from Stamplorations, which I dry embossed and then used as a mask to dust a little ink over the front of the card. The sentiment was computer generated,
It's for the challenge at CAS on Sunday where they are asking for Black white and one other colour.
It would be nice if I could get a few more cards made today!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year from HLS

Happy Little Stampers has a new challenge for 2017 and it's Stencilling!

It seems that my craft room has seen little of me over the holiday and I really feel the need to get back into the swing of cardmaking.
This one again uses Darnell's Brusho technique,... taping down the stencil onto cardstock, sprinkling with various colours of Brushos and then spritzing with water. The excess water was soaked up with a paper towel.
The letters and number are from MFT , I believe that the stencil is from the Craft Workshop.
I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!