Saturday 23 July 2016

Less is More #286 & #287

Happy Saturday LIMettes, it's time to announce another new challenge
over at Less is More BUT for a change this one will run for 2 Weeks!
No excuses for not playing along with us this time!

It's a mini summer break for some of the Design Team, who will be attending
 the Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat next weekend!!! The excitement
has been brewing for some months now but at last we are almost there!

I'm hoping Mr Blogger will behave and post this on my blog as I'm
'hopefully' as you read this enjoying some Belgian Waffles, Chocolate, Beer etc
 'fingers-crossed' in the warm and sunny environment of Bruges!

So onto the challenge for the next 2 weeks and it's Recipe week - we'd like you to use 
something TACTILE on your cards but still maintaining a clean and simple design.

Here's mine featuring 2 very feminine birthday cards and don't forget to pop across 
to my teamies blogs for more awesome inspiration and clever tactile makes! 

Here, I started out by blending Distress Inks in yellow, pinks and oranges onto a 
panel of cardstock, running it though an embossing folder by WeR Memory Keepers
 (Next Level Embossing) before dusting it with Perfect Pearls. This leaves a textured and 
shimmery surface. Next up I've heat embossed the Gerbera from Uniko onto some Vellum 
using WOW Brass Metallic sparkle EP which leaves a glittery texture. Then with the
same EP I've created a frame around the offset panel along with the 'Happy'
die-cut sentiment from Hero Arts. to finish some sequins from Lucy's Little Things.


Next up using a brand new die from Neat and Tangled (Punchinella). Ive had my eye
 on it since I saw Laura Bassen use it HERE. To begin with I blended more Distress Inks,
 this time in pinks and purples onto a piece of cards stock. Spritzed and flicked a mixture 
of water and perfect pearls over it ... (you know I can't resist that little trick) then mounted 
my die-cut panel on top. This is a glitter card-stock making it tactile with the circular cuts
 as well as the glitter. The 'Happy' circle is also from Neat and Tangled with the embossed 
'birthday' from Winnie & Walter. A little extra tactile-ness with the double die-cut 
butterfly from Clearly Besotted and sequins from Pretty Pink Post.

 That's all from me and I do hope you'll feel inspired to play along with us.
I'm looking forward to seeing where your crafty tricks and tips take you with 
this one and I'll catch up with you all again soon - post retreat!

Thanks as always for calling by today!


  1. Gosh! Ink blending perfection Sarah! Both your panels are so dreamy in those pretty and feminine colours. Oh dear....think I need that punchinella die too now you have shown us this! Teeny bit drooling over the Belgian waffles comment. Hope you have a riot at the retreat next weekend, and enjoy the rest of your Belgian excursion.
    Sharon xx

  2. Oh my goodness <3 Absolutely stunning use of colour and texture to create two beautiful and eye catching cards. What a great idea to use a WeR embossing folder. It looks fantastic! Loving that Punchinella die too. I'm sitting on my hands now so I can't add it to my wishlist which is far too long (mostly thanks to you!!). Hope you're enjoying Bruges!

  3. Gorgeous cards today.Love the colours and all that fabulous texture. Some great techniques and tips and thank you for the inspiration. Hope you are having a fun time? x

  4. Two stunning cards Sarah, love the colours and shimmer. They are both so so pretty. Enjoy your time at the retreat.

  5. Gorgeous and gorgeouser!
    What fabulous stuff Sarah these are simply sensational!
    Just love all that texture!
    Chrissie xx

  6. Gorgeous, I'm drooling...and that's just thinking about the waffles! :D
    Fabulous cards, I love how you've used gold with the warm colours and silver with the cool colours. More stash envy here again. Can't wait to finally meet you on Friday...squeeeee! :D xx

  7. These are gorgeous! Perfect ink blending with added Perfect Pearls - love! Amazing texture! Love them both!

  8. Stunning inspiration. I think the second is my favourite, enjoy your break. Cara x

  9. Both cards are so elegant and pretty - love the feminine colours and fabulous textures, Sarah! I hope those waffles are tasting as nice as they sound and that you are having a fab break :)

  10. These cards are striking. Your choice of color is excellent and just perfect for gold and silver used to accent each card! Enjoy your retreat!

  11. I love all your cards Sarah! Each one is more beautiful than the other and is an inspiration for me!

  12. Two beautiful all the gold and silver!!! Such an elegant look!

  13. Both these are so beautiful! The colours on both are sublime! xxx

  14. Happy birthday Sarah! Have an awesome day! x

  15. Stellar...I can "feel" them it!


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