Saturday, 5 September 2015

Less is More #240

Morning friends it's that time of the week again!
A new challenge over at Less is More and following the 
messy lucky dip week it's a clean colour challenge today.

We're looking for Green and Gold
... not my favourite combination I have to say and I 
immediately thought Christmas but I'm sure there's loads more
ideas in your crafty minds to WOW us!

Here's what I've created which I hope inspires you but there's
plenty more from my teamies over on the LIM blog HERE

So first up in true Christmas style and using the stunning 
inspiration from Kimberley over at Muse Christmas Visions 

Naturally the gold embossed trees with the wide gold border around the
main panel drew me in immediately. Kimberley has used lots of superb colours 
on her trees but to keep with our challenge I've stuck with various shades 
of green distress ink on some watercolour card and blended them in an 'ombre-type' 
fashion before heat embossing the Christmas tree from Uniko: Rustic Christmas 
using WOW gold metallic sparkle embossing powder. 
The birds and sentiment are from the same Uniko set and for added detail I
die-cut my panel using MFT Die-namics inside out stitched rectangle stax!

Here's Kimberley's fabulous card too

Next up ...

Using a floral stamp set which I've had for years but no idea who the manufacturer is
I've used a watercolour backdrop using distress inks in Evergreen Bough and 
Cracked Pistachio before heat embossing the flower head in WOW metallic
pale gold embossing powder. The sentiment is heat embossed with the same powder
and is from the Simple Silhouettes set by Clearly Besotted. I made a strip of 
gold cardstock using the same EP and added it to the side of my panel with a strip
of black card for added definition. To finish some sparkly gems from my stash.
Ok were back to Christmas for this one!

The theme at Merry Monday this week is to use Holly!
Strictly speaking holly berries aren't gold but my artistic licence 
allowed this change of colour and to adhere to the challenge colours!

I seem to have neglected those Christmas challenges over the summer
so perhaps I can get back into the swing of it as I've still plenty of 
festive cards needed! 

As luck would have it Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge
is also looking for holly so I'm off there too with this card!

I've used a sentiment from Clearly Besotted: Pretty Poinsettias and the holly border
is from Uniko: Background Builders Christmas. The holly die-cut to the left is 
from the Clearly Besotted: Little Puddings set. 

Ok that's all I've managed so it's over to you and I can't wait to see
where your inspiration takes you this week.

Thanks as always for stopping by and I'll catch up again soon.



  1. Fab cards as always, Sarah. I must say I love your embossed flower over that green wash, it's so pretty. It looks like we reached for a few similar products this week too (although you still have some I want!!) xx

  2. Sarah I never would have thought you didn't like these colours! What a fab bunch, love your watercolouring with gold emboss and those trees look fab with the wide gold border x

  3. I immediately thought of Christmas too Sarah, these are fabulous examples, especially as the combo is not your fave!
    Chrissie xx

  4. Gorgeous Christmas cards, Sarah ... the tree is just delicious! Love the soft wash around the gold embossed bloom ... fabulous with the bold gold and black border strips! Hugs, Anita :)

  5. I agree Sarah, Christmas colours for sure. You've come up with some beautiful cards, I especially love the first one. Sue

  6. You have definitely made the green and gold work for you, Sarah! Love the Uniko tree with the shades of green and that holly border is fab too:) Have a great weekend x

  7. I would-be also thinking of Christmascard !
    You card is great !
    Also the otters are !
    Ineke !

  8. Fabulous cards, Sarah. It looks like Christmas could be the theme for the week ... it is the only thing I can think of at the moment!

  9. Fabulous cards Sarah, green and gold is a tough one but you have made it work so well x

  10. Three beautiful cards Sarah. I would have thought that gold and green is one of your favourite combinations by the gorgeous cards you've made for inspiration. Great job!! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers. xx

  11. What a beautiful tree, Sarah! I love how the border mimics the pattern in the tree! I'm wowed by the gold flower with the watercolor background and love the holly with the gold berries! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

  12. Fabulous cards, Sarah. Love them all!

  13. Wow....what a wonderful collection of beautiful cards!

  14. These are all extraordinary, Sarah! You have done a masterful job of designing these beauties, as well as making them work for the various challenges!! Hugs, Darnell

  15. Hi Sarah!! Gorgeous gold with green card! You've done wonders, considering you don't like these colors! Card two is my favorite... just so pretty!

  16. WOW! gorgeous loveliness! delightful sparkling gold!!! Enchanting even!! So glad that you joined us this week at MUSE Christmas Visions!

  17. What a beautiful collection and for someone who isn't keen on green and gold they are gorgeous. Love your embossing and the ombre effect on card one in particular x

  18. Ooh! I love the gold base on your first card! Fabulous! All of your cards are beautiful!

  19. Beautiful cards! Love how you interpreted Kimberly's inspiration and made it work for the gold/green challenge - the variations in the green are so beautiful! So glad you joined us at MCV this week, Sarah!

  20. Sarah always happy to visiting your blog too
    I was on vacation in Croatia
    if you see my second post I left some Picture with my family there
    it is also joined at AAA cards challenge and I want to tell your cards are adorable
    my fav is the second one with gold and that water color so adorable Sarah
    and other design is sweet too
    gold now is popular right and I see it on these cards from you
    lovely post sweety

  21. What pretty cards Sarah and I love the simplicity of the holly card. Your crisp stamping looks so delicate and I love the addition of the larger holly leaves.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.
    Carol x

  22. Each card is prettier than the next! Thanks so much for joining us at Merry Monday this week!

  23. Gorgeous holly card, Sarah and I love the design! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Monday! :)

  24. Thank you so much for joining our holly challenge at Happy Little Stampers! I love the simplicity of your card and the use of green and gold - no reason holly berries can't be gold on a Christmas card!


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