Saturday, 9 January 2016

Less is More #258

Morning friends - first week of 2016 done with the colour theme
which means it's that dreaded challenge (for some - including me!) 
One Layer Card week at Less is More 

We'd like to see you use a Flourish or Flourishes this week and
please remember to keep your designs clean and simple too.

Here's mine and there's some stunning beauties from my fellow teamies
over on the main blog so hope you'll pop across HERE

Using the Butterfly Birthday stamp set from Happy Little Stampers,
I started out by stamping the butterfly and sentiment in Ranger dye ink
 before heat setting with clear EP. Next I masked the butterfly plus the top panel
then inked up the With a Flourish stamps from Clearly Besotted (sadly discontinued)
 in Versamark ink before heat treating with the same EP from Hero Arts.
Next emboss resist sponging ... love my distress inks and here it's Tumbled Glass,
Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch before finishing with a few enamel dots and gems.

The theme over at Time Out Challenges this week is
Birthdays with the optional Technique Twist of adding sponging.
so I'm going to hop, skip and jump across there with this one!

I'd also like to pop this one in at Anything goes with HLS Stamps

Next up more butterflies - this time the Clearly Besotted variety!

This set is the Everything Changes set with a sentiment from Simple Silhouettes and 
another flourish from the With a Flourish set (discontinued) - both Clearly Besotted!
Having masked off a square panel on my card base I've inked and blended
some of my favourite distress inks: Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon and
Mustard Seed before stamping the images in Versafine Ink.

This week's challenge at CASology is SIMPLE
this one was a very quick and easy make once the masking was done
so I'm hoping a speedy CAS card counts as Simple!

... and last but not least

I've used another flourish from the same CBS set (With a Flourish) attached to
my kite from Paper Smooches: Sunny Side Up. The kite is coloured with Derwent
Coloursoft pencils and I've masked it before adding the clouds from the same set
The sentiment is from Uniko: Birthday Fontiments which is a brand new set to me, 
having received it just before Christmas and this is the first time out!

this week is NEW so in view of my 'new' out of the case Uniko set
I'm dropping this card in there today.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Ok that's all from me for now and thanks as always for visiting.
Hope you have a fun and crafty week and I'll be back soon.



  1. Fabulous collection of cards, Sarah. Love the butterflies.

  2. Fabulous one layers Sarah, your sponging is superb!
    Chrissie xx

  3. I love how you used the Butterfly Birthday set with those flourishes. Stunning Sarah! xx

  4. All fabulous cards. Adore the first card. Great way to use the butterfly stamp and again, amazing sponging and aegis. Thanks for joining us at TO

  5. Beautiful cards, I love butterflies and blending and white embossing so all three hit the nail on the head.

  6. Sarah - they are all absolutely gorgeous! Really love the first one - the bold blue and orange is stunning!

  7. Just gorgeous, Sarah. The blue and orange is stunning and your blending on your second card is seamless! AND that's 3 CBS sets I don't have! lol xx

  8. Three great cards and ways to incorporate flourishes in to your designs! Love the vibrant orange butterfly against the blue in the first card and the inked background on the second is just perfect. I would love to play along this week and will have to see how the revision goes!

  9. A beautiful collection of makes in today's post - love those blues for the LIM DT make


  10. Love your cards, especially the pretty butterfly ones.

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x

  11. your card and color combo is amazing, love the little enameldots that match, super

  12. Beautiful and so fresh and cool, totally original and different colour combo, just super perfect.
    Missy Pink x

  13. Just adore your colour combinations. The top two cards are so wonderfully vibrant. Loving the stamps you used on all of them.

  14. Wonderful collection of cards. Love all the pretting inking and blending. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

  15. Fabulous cards Sarah love the combo of blue and orange!
    Val x

  16. Simply your beautiful butterflies!!

  17. Oh Sarah, as always a fabulous line up of inspiration!
    Perfect. Beautiful. Amazing!
    Thanks for joining Casology !

  18. Wow! The vibrant colors on your cards are amazing!

  19. Ooh what a fab bunch Sarah - love that kite, and wonderful inking for your butterfly

  20. Love the clean and simple look of the card! Thank you for joining us at TO Challenge!

  21. Oh, how beautiful! Love the swirls in the background with the orange butterfly. Very striking.

  22. A lovely selection, all different. I specially like the blue and orange one though, the colour really pops.

  23. Sarah, this trio of cards is fantastic! I love how the butterfly pops off the blue on the first card. The inked background on the second card is gorgeous. Your use of flourishes on all of these is just brilliant! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

  24. Such great inspiration, Sarah! Love all of your card, probably the blue/orange butterfly a little bit more :)

  25. What a beautiful collection of cards. Your blending and choice of colours, as always is so perfect and so fabulous. Love all three of them x

  26. Sarah these are all gorgeous. Thank you for sharing with us at CASology this week!

  27. Love all of these, ur inking is mond blowing :) perfection everywhere!

  28. Such beautiful vibrant colours.

  29. Wow such great cards here Sarah, love them all equally, you find so many ideas too, you clever thing you ;) Viv xx

  30. Loved the first card - then I found you'd been extra busy on your blog!! All equally lovely! X


Thank you for taking the time to comment!
In line with new Data Protection legislation (GDPR) by commenting you do so in the knowledge that your name & comment are visible to all who visit this blog and thereby consent to the use of that personal information for that specific purpose.