Saturday, 25 June 2016

Less is More #282

Can you believe we are back at Saturday again?
For some reason I think the calendar is on fast-forward these days! 

Anyway it's time to share our latest challenge over at 
Less is More
Lucky for you crafty folks it's an easy one too ... no excuses

We'd like you to use a 

Before I show you my examples though I'd like to welcome our 
newest Design Team member and I'm sure you'll all know
Esther from The Carnelian Wood

and we are all thrilled and excited to welcome her to the team.
I do hope you'll visit her blog to wish her well as no doubt she's visited
your blogs many times in the last few months.

Ok so here's my cards and if you've not already visited the main
Less is More Blog HERE then please do as Esther is making her debut
plus my other fabulous teamies have some brilliant cards to share too.

All 3 cards use the same stencil from Memory Box called Texture Ornate.
Here I created a panel of cardstock using distress inks in rainbow colours through the 
stencil and after removing it I did my favourite spritz and flick of perfect pearls with water 
as it creates a wonderful shimmer as well as adding additional interest  to the panel. 
I sliced the stencilled card into sections to create the first 2 cards. 

The first one uses a homespun stitched border die from MFT Die-namics
plus a white heat embossed sentiment from Clearly Besotted: Brushed Greetings II
and some coordinating Sprinkles from Doodlebug ...

... and with this one still Doodlebug Sprinkles but of the glittery variety
with a sentiment from Happy Little Stampers: Everyday sentiments.
The stencil panel is adhered to cardstock then mounted on fun foam for 
added dimension and interest.

I'd like to pop this one in at Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge
where they are looking for CAS cards this week.

Last up but slightly less CAS and using the same stencil but in a different way! 
Here I've ink blended some of my favourite distress inks onto a piece of water colour 
cardstock first, spritzed and flicked with the  Perfect Pearl mix before placing
 the stencil over the top. Using a sponge dauber with Versamark ink through 
the stencil followed by clear embossing powder to create an ultra glossy outline 
(see close-up photo below)

The butterfly and sentiment are both from Happy Little Stampers sets;
Butterfly Birthday and Everyday sentiments. Both are heat embossed using
WOW Gold sparkle EP. The butterfly is then coloured using the same 
distress inks and coated generously with Glossy Accents. You know I can't
resist some bling so I've added gems and sequins from my stash

This week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday 
is to 'Add some Shimmer' so this card is shimmering to the max
with the flickers of water and perfect pearls to the distress inked panel,
followed by sparkly embossing powder and plus shimer and shine 
from the glossy accents too. 

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

I hope you enjoy this one and I can't wait to see what clever
techniques and ideas you introduce me to with your stencils this week.

Thanks as always for playing along and I'll be back shortly with my challenge post 
for Addicted to CAS plus it's the traditional Design Team Reveal, Release and Blog Hop 
over at Uniko following the release of the latest Paradise stamp sets.
Why not head over and you could be in with a chance of a prize!



  1. Incredible! Can't believe that you used the same stencil on all three cards Sarah. The results are truely sensational as each card has a very different feel. The beautiful ranibow panels on the first two are terrific, but that sizzling hot colour combo on the last card captured my heart. Stunning!
    Have a super week.
    Sharon xx

  2. What an array of rainbowtasticness! Yay, a new word! lol
    These are beautiful, so full of colour and bling, and that gloss on the last one...oooohh! x

  3. Oh my goodness, I literally can't choose a favourite. These are all so gorgeous! What a fantastic pink card base on card 1, and the wonky stitched border looks great. Card 2 is so striking with that beautiful colour surrounded by the white space, and card 3 is a fab technique and one I intend to try asap now I've seen how amazing it looks!

  4. That is one fab stencil Sarah and your have used it so creatively in all three beautiful cards!
    Chrissie xx

  5. Great cards once again xx Jan

  6. Your cards are beautiful. Perfect job with the stencils love the colors!

  7. Beautiful cards. Great stencil!

  8. Great use of the pretty stencil, I so adore the lovely summer colours you used.

    Love and hugs

  9. These are eye poppingly gorgeous, Sarah! I love what you have done with that pretty stencil. The rainbow inking with the pink card panel is stunning and I love the soft colours with the pop of black on your second card too x

  10. Stunning cards, love the vibrant rainbow of colours. Cara x

  11. Wow is all I can stay jaw has hit the floor AGAIN! oooh you do make such awesome cards my lovely talented friend ;)hugs Viv xx

  12. A trio of absolutely gorgeous cards, Sarah! I love how you added shimmer to the last pretty! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at ATSM!

  13. I love your colors and your design is perfect.

  14. Love all the cards! But the butterfly one is gorgeous!
    Thank you for joining us at ATSM!
    The Leaf Studio

  15. What gorgeous beautiful cards but I do love the butterfly one is my favourite.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  16. What you do with summer shades of color is pure magic, Sarah! These are all literally delicious and I'm off to make myself a "tequilla sunset!" Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

  17. ooh lovely sunny colours, about the only sun we are going to get for a while! Love them all especially the bright pink.


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