Saturday, 10 October 2015

Less Is More #245

Hi there crafty friends are you ready for a new challenge over
at Less is More I hope so as it's that time of the week!

... and for some of you it's that 'dreaded' One Layer Card week
with an Autumn theme so hopefully not too tricky!

Here's my cards and there's more fabulous inspiration 
from my fellow teamies over on the LIM blog HERE

For this one I've gone with Autumnal colours rather than
the usual 'leafy' images. I started out by stamping and watercolouring
my jug using distress inks in Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn before
masking. Using my inky blending tools I've created the background using:
Gathered Twigs, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed & Squeezed Lemonade.
To finish I stamped the floral silhouettes and sentiment in Versafine black ink.
All the images and sentiment are from Clearly Besotted: Simple Silhouettes.

This one started out as a landscape card but the more I coloured, turning it
as I went along I preferred the portrait look! As luck would have it I hadn't
stamped the sentiment at that point! So the leaf and branch images are
from Altenew Vintage Flowers set ... but no flowers used. I stamped the 
main background leaves in distress inks then blended different autumn shades
in a loose water-colour type style, adding the veins of the leaves with a fine brush.
The acorns had the same treatment and they are from a set by CBS: Little Things
and the sentiment is from another CBS set: Birch Trees.
I'd like to enter this one over at Timeout Challenges 
where the theme is a play on the words:
 'Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile'
I've just gone with the 'Autumn' though!

Totally CAS and simple for this last one!
I started out by embossing a stitched circle die from Simon Says Stamp
then masking the outer panel of the card. Using Uniko: Natures Treasures II
I stamped multiple leafy sprigs in autumnal shades using Memento dew drops!
The sentiment is an inlaid die-cut from DCWV glitter card.
The 'Hello' is from Clearly Besotted 

I hope you feel inspired to create and there's plenty of inspiration 
outside your front door no doubt ... well certainly if you live in the UK!
I've noticed a definite nip in the air this week!

Thanks as always for calling by and I'll be back in an hour
with the latest challenge details for Addicted to CAS.



  1. Fabulous one layer cards and so good to see a non leaf card! Gorgeous designs my friend and you joined us again at TO...yah!!

  2. Ohh my goodness Sarah these are three of the most beautiful cards. Each so different from the other, perfection in each. I absolutely love the first one with the jug which is coloured brilliantly, the sentiment wispy like the ferns and that colour blend, I should hope to be able to achieve. The branch and acorns, wonderful colour blends and certainly works portrait style then the last so simple in look but elegant. Gold hello finishes it perfectly. You are such an inspiration.

  3. Wowzers, teamie, I'm blown away by your creations this week! The first two are a very different style for you and I love them both. Your blending is perfection. And your colouring on the second is fabulous. I've got a couple of the multi-layer Altenew sets but I'm a bit scared of them to be hones! You've created three absolute beauties, Sarah. I'm in awe! xx

  4. Wow, the first card is simply stunning, Sarah. The use of colours is fantastic on the second card too. I must say that you blew me away!!!

    Love and hugs

  5. The shading and use of colour on these cards is nothing short of stunning Sarah. What an artist you are...perfectly fabulous!
    Chrissie x

  6. Your cards this week are amazing, Sarah! Love the rich colour blending on your first card (using a CBS set that I actually own!) and the watercoloured branch on the second is stunning too - love how you have combined it with the acorns rather than flowers. Fab inspiration :)

  7. Three beautiful cards Sarah and all so different. I love the beautiful blending on the first and the leaves and acorns are so prettily coloured and then the third with that geometric leaf effect is such a clever design. x

  8. Oh my the inking on your first card is out of this world :) love all the beauties you created !

  9. Oh my goodness, have totally and completely out-done yourself with these 3 GORGEOUS cards! Beautiful ink blending, stamping and design on every fact, I can't even choose a fave!!! (Thanks for sharing the colors you used on the first one) ♥

  10. Really beautiful cards Sarah, each one of them, but my favourite is the first - the depth of colour is stunning!

  11. These are fabulous, Sarah! I love how you've watercoloured your image then blended the background on the first one. I'm totally going to steal, er CASE, that!

  12. The first card is a real show stopping card. The colours and blending are gorgeous. Love how you've done the portrait card with the acorn. The water colours and the attention to detail on the veins is beautiful. x

  13. lovely cards, the vase and the masked strip are awesome

  14. WOW!! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! I love Autumn and I love your cards xx

  15. What a trio of gorgeous cards, Sarah ... beautiful watercolouring and blending on the first, stunning detail on the second, and such a delicious CAS wreath on the third! Delighted to have you playing along with us at Time Out! Hugs, Anita :)

  16. Stunning cards. My favourite is the first one, I love the shaded panel. xx

  17. Great CAS cards, especially like the layout of your last one. Thanks for sharing at Time Out

  18. All three cards are just gorgeous Sarah but I am totally blown away by your second card - the combination of stamp sets to create that gorgeous Autumn branch is just jaw-dropping! Your artistry is totally showing through with those hand-drawn leaf veins too :) It is great to see you at Time Out too! Jill

  19. Sarah, all three fall cards are GORGEOUS! Such rich colors, such pretty masking and inking!

  20. All so beautiful Sarah, love the blending and great stamping too ☺ Viv xx

  21. All three cards are gorgeous, Sarah! My favorite is the second one with the perfect colouring!

  22. Sarah these are all stunning! Love the shading on your vase and that wreath is fab xxx


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