Saturday, 7 January 2017

Less is More Challenge #310

Morning friends, are you ready for this week's challenge at

Less is More

It's the first one of the month which means we're also announcing
our sponsor for the month which is Happy Little Stampers and what's
more the super-talented and wonderful owner, Kylie is also our
Guest designer too so I hope you'll visit her blog and leave lots of love!

This week it's COLOUR week and we've chosen 
You can use any colour but with an ombre / graduated effect.

Here's mine and there's loads of fabulous designs from my fellow teamies
over on the main blog HERE with links to their own blogs.
Do check them out and pay them a visit if you've time - they'd love it!

I couldn't resist using one of the newly released sets from Happy Little Stampers
and this one is called 'Wish you were Here' with a sentiment from 'Fun Birthday
Sentiments'. I've created the ombre effect using Zig Clear brush pens, blending with a
water brush then a little flicking and spritzing of a water and perfect pearl mist.
The card base is dry-embossed using an embossing folder by We R Memory Keepers
(2 pk set - pressie from Santa aka. my kids!) and the ombre panel is die-cut with 
a pierced square die by MFT Die-namics and mounted on 3d foam.

I'd like to enter this one over at Anything Goes Using - Happy Little Stampers
... rude not to don't you think!

This time I've used Distress inks to create the ombre effect using
Broken China, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch.
The card base had a heavy spritz of perfect pearls and water and I've
die-cut the 'smile' from Lil'inker Designs from an off-cut of the card base
before adding dimension with several layers of die-cut cardstock.
The stamped sentiments are from Avery Elle 'Sentimental' and I've
added a few coordinating sequins just for the 'bling' of it!

Although I've not gone with the 'Stencil' optional twist I would like

Last one and again using the zig clear brush pens to create an ombre
panel before dry-embossing the panel with the 2nd embossing folder from 
the We R Memory Keepers set mentioned above. The 'celebrate' word die
is by Sugar Pea Designs and is die-cut on some glitter tape from Heidi Swapp
plus several layers of white card stock to add dimension. The '70' numbers are
die-cut from the 'count on us' set by Avery elle from the same glitter tape
and adhered flat to the card base. A couple of sequins and stars finishes the design.

I'd like to link this card up at Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge
where it's 'Something New' and both my embossing folder and celebrate die
were goodies from Santa under my Christmas tree!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog Logo

I hope you feel inspired to play along and I can't wait to see your ombre techniques
and ideas! Thanks for calling by and I'll be back soon!



  1. They are adorable card and love the colors
    but my fav really is the first one Miss Sarah
    would you mind to tell me which stamp is it I have to buy it
    it is a modern lady I love love this image and your ombre bg is perfecto
    beautiful color and stamp
    is a winner card for my eyes
    HAPPY NEW YEAR miss Sarah see you soon maybe on my Blog always happy to get your visit

  2. I love the way that you use vibrant colours and the blend that you have created on your ombre cards is seamless, Sarah! The silhouette figure really pops against the warm oranges and yellows and I love those geometric embossing folders too :)

  3. Happy New Year! another set of fab cards Sarah, all gorgeous but that bright blue one has me staring madly.Loving the blue(must have a thing for blue I am thinking now lol.So elegant too,all of them. Sorry I am so late commenting, still not feeling great with this flippin' cold! hugs Viv xx

  4. Your ink blending is just perfect...and you bold colors are close to my heart!

  5. Wow! Three beautiful cards! I can not choose the most beautiful, because each of them is the most beautiful!

  6. Wow...wonderful trio of beautiful cards! Love your ink blending, perfection!

  7. Seriously beautiful cards, Sarah. I am waiting for my Zig brush pens to arrive and I have been really keen to see how they fare using them like you have. They look amazing. No brush marks or anything!!! Thanks for having me as Guest Designer at LIM and thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

  8. Fab set of cards. I love the first one with a bit of a 60s vibe, just realised I was going to flick some water on my second card and forgot!

  9. Those embossing folders really are fabulous with the ombre effect ( i used mine too ) such stunning cards and the colours just really shine.


  10. Beautiful cards Sarah, I love all the brilliant examples of Ombre. The second one is such a great layout.

  11. A gorgeous array of cards, Sarah! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

  12. beautiful cards! i love all of your inking :) Thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!!

  13. I'm gobsmacked again Sarah! There are so many inspirational colours and uses of ombre in your cards that I'm like a kiddie in a sweetie shop scrolling up and down to see them all! Fab use of dry embossing (WRMK folders are fantastic, aren't they?) and spritzing too. Can't pick a favourite as they are all stunning. xx

  14. Woahh! These are amazeballs! Such vibrancy of colour on all of these. The silhouette with the sunny background looks so crisp and bold. Now I NEED a decent amount of Zigs, these ombre effects are fantastic! xx

  15. All lovely cards. So much inspiration. Beautiful ink blending.

  16. Loving the first one...has a great retro look about it, reminds me of some stationary I had in the early 70's...brilliant

  17. Gorgeous cards created with the ombre technique Sarah!!! LOVE the first one with the HLS silhouette! fantastic! Love that wonderful white panel on the gorgeous inky blue background on "Smile", and the "celebrate card is a wonderful design and burst of color along with the sparkly gold... Three beauties!

  18. Your colours are so bright. I've never used my Zigs to colour a background so you've totally inspired me!! All of your ombre designs are perfect, I'm especially loving your water colour 'smile' card as I like the panel of white in the middle for the black, crisp sentiments. So amazing and I'm so glad you shared it with us at TIME OUT too!!!

  19. Good grief, just realised I said 'TIME OUT' in my last comment, mean't to say Happy Little Stampers. Trying to catch up on my commenting, my brain is ahead of my fingers it would seem!!


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