Saturday 10 January 2015

Less is More Challenge #206

Hello friends ... it's Saturday morning and 
time for a new challenge at 

Less is More

You certainly had fun with last week's colour challenge
and it was great to see you all back and crafting after the Christmas break.

Ok for today it's the return of the 
One Layer Card
and the theme is - New Beginnings

As luck would have it this week I have 2 real-life new beginning occasions 
where cards were needed ... love it when that happens!

The first one being one of my cousins and his wife 
had a new addition to the family just before New Year
and this card will be winging it's way over to them in Hawaii.

I seem to have an addiction to Distress Inking at the moment
and I wanted a graduated look from left to right.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Uniko Studio - Sweet Baby
Dies: Paper Smooches - Dots and Dashes (NBUS)
To finish I've added some Doodlebug sequins which I've reduced in size using a 
Provo Craft Silent Setter - it was pretty tough going 
so I wasn't particularly silent during this process!
Worth it though as I find some sequins too big for some of my cards.

This week's theme at Simon Says Stamp is also 'Something New' 
so I simply have to enter this card over there.

Next up you may remember from last week's post that 
our fabulous design team member, Anne was moving house this week.
This card is for her and it's ended up taking on a somewhat
child-type interpretation of a house and garden in the summertime.

Card Recipe:
Clearly Besotted: Diagonal Stripe Stamps (NBUS)
Clearly Besotted: Home Sweet Home, Sweet Little Sentiments,
Happy Birthday (NBUS) & Baby Shower stamps (hearts from the chimney) (NBUS)
Lil Inkers: Stitched Sunshine Die (NBUS)
Doodlebug Sprinkles and a sponging of memento ink

Now you'll notice my post is awash with new santa goodies (NBUS)
so I'll be heading over to Darnell's blog to enter this card.

There's another new challenge, for me too, that I'd like to try this week
Virginia's View Challenge #11 - Clean Slate
this card seems appropriate: it's a 'clean slate' and a one layer card.

Having created two fairly 'obvious' new beginning cards I wanted
to do something a bit 'off the wall' but was struggling if I'm honest.
So who better to ask ... the family!
My son decided a new leaf could be a new beginning so 
here's a card showing 'turning over a new leaf'

Now this is a bit too CAS even for me so couldn't resist adding a little bling!

Card Recipe:
Paper Smooches: Botanical Stamp set
Uniko Studio: All Occasion Sentiments #1 (NBUS)
Twine & gems from my stash

Oh and what another stroke of luck as the current prompt word at 
Inkspirational Challenges is 'Note' so guess where else I'm heading!

Ok last but not least a little bit more distressed inking ...

I wanted my little scene to appear as if the recipient was
leaving for a sunnier and brighter climate with the graduated sky colour
and clouds of course!

Card Recipe:
Paper Smooches: Metropolitan Stamp Set
Clearly Besotted: Say it In Style Sentiment stamps 
Derwent Coloursoft pencils and glossy accents

Now I'm handing the baton to you crafty pals as I'm all out of ideas
but I'm confident you'll shine with some super fun creations.

Thanks as always for stopping by it's much appreciated 
and have a superb and crafty time.



  1. Love all your cards Sarah. Love the bright pink one

  2. These are all superb Sarah, you have ideas in abundance... I just LOVE the new leaf card... GREAT interpretation of the theme... well done that son of yours too!

  3. Hi Sarah
    Some fabulous cards.... Love the Bon-Voyage one ....
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  4. What a fabulous set of cards, Sarah - your son's idea was inspired, too!

  5. My goodness Satah, how do you manage to do so many cards at once and they are all so fabulous. I love the ombre pink card and the turning a new leaf is such a creative idea! And not too CAS, the more CAS , the more I love it! Thanks for joinimg ink x

  6. Super set of cards Sarah. The new home one - swoon! And that just a note one, speaks to me with its wonderful simplicity.

  7. Wow, Sarah, you're on a roll! I think all your cards are really lovely. I have to say that the "new leaf" idea is fantastic (congrats to your son) and the touch of bling is just perfect! Great work.

  8. I love the beautiful, CAS new leaf card, inked panel on the bon voyage and sweet new home scene. Your one layer cards are fabulous! I hope you keep using the distress inks - they look great :)

  9. Lots of lovely cards Sarah! I love them all, as usual. I think if I HAD to choose a favourite it would be the 'new leaf' card! Hazel x

  10. A fabulous collection of cards with so much wonderful inspiration. I think the 'Just a Note' card is my fave, I love the colours and LO. Hugs Bev x

  11. Sarah, your cards have me oohing, ahhing and smiling brightly! One-layer wonders, each one, and I love how your ideas were sparked by such a delightful array of challenge. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous turning-over-a-new leaf card in the Inkspirational gallery! Love it!

  12. Such bright and innovative (thanks to your son! lol!) ideas you have again this week Sarah! Love them all, but the distressed panels really hit the mark with me!

  13. I'm amazed about all four cards. But my heart was stolen from the "new home" card. :-)

  14. Wow - these cards are all so very CAS but they are dazzling!! What a great job you did on each of them - I love the special touches you added to each one to give each one it's own special character!! Really great - so impressed with the way you CAS!!!!

  15. Love all the cards, Sarah! The monochromatic card for Baby is lovely! I adore the gradient and use of small images! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Something New” Challenge!

  16. A fabulous selection of cards Sarah, love them all but I think my favourite is the new leaf one. Carol x

  17. Great selction Sarah, just love the balloon one, it really looks like the balloon is moving.
    Linby x

  18. As ever, yet more, fabulous cards from you Sarah! Thanks for the inspiration over at LIM. Hazel x

  19. Terrific cards and I love the pop of colour on each one.
    Your baby ombre card is gorgeous.
    Caroline xxx

  20. Absolutely love all of these Sarah! Love the graduated distressing on the pink card.

  21. Your cards are so wonderful. I really like the layout of the green leafy one. The baby one is great and just a bit different to the usual. I need one so I might have a go.

  22. Sarah all those sweet cards, you have been busy!

  23. You inspire me Sarah!

  24. WOW! Such a gorgeous set of cards, Sarah! Love your inking and stamping on each pretty!!!

  25. Oh, wow, Sarah! When I saw your sweet card entered in my NBUS Challenge #3 (thank you SO much!), I came over to see it, not expecting it was part of one of your LIM arrays of awesome inspiration!! ALL your cards are so darling and so perfect for each of the occasions or the challenges you are entering!! You really rocked CAS with these!! Hugs, Darnell

  26. These are all so beautiful!!

  27. WOW...all beautiful cards and all done differently (different techniques). I can't pick just one as my fave!!! I struggled with just making one!

  28. Gorgeous collection of cards Sarah - I love the simplicity of the balloon card, that's my fave this week!

  29. The card looks great with the green foliage.
    Thanks for playing with us at INK for our "Note" challenge.
    Pia xx

  30. Hi, what lovely cas cards, I'm in awe of effective! Have a super weekend. Ruby x

  31. Popping in from Inkspirational... Beautiful colours and love the layout.


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