Saturday, 23 June 2018

Less is More #374

Hello my crafty friends, it's time to announce our latest challenge at Less is More but before that I have some news to share: this will be my last post for the Less is More design team; for a while anyway. 

I've decided it's time to take a break from the challenge - it's been 4 brilliant years and I've met lots of wonderful like-minded folk during that time, many of whom will remain life-long friends (I hope!). Unfortunately it's got to the point where I'm finding creating for the challenges more of a chore and less of the fun, hence my decision. 

I've been overwhelmed by the support from my fellow teamies and I'm delighted to hand the Less is More reins to Sharon, who has kindly agreed to stand in for as long as it takes. 

So let's get down to announcing this latest challenge, sponsored by Uniko and I'm using some their products in my cards below. It's our recipe challenge week and all the details you need are on the main challenge blog HERE

It's called 'Item from your 'bits' box and don't we all hoard loads of things in our bits boxes!!! Here's the cue card, which we'd love to see in your post, followed by my cards.

This was a great opportunity to have a good old sort out in my bits boxes. Yes I've more than one - they're little but some have sentiments, some have die-cut shapes, some have off-cuts of patterned paper and part made cards. Every now and again I like to go through them and chuck out some of it as I'll never use everything.

The other bonus in doing this was I found stuff I'd completely forgotten about so I hope you enjoy your adventure into your boxes of bits n pieces and I can't wait to see the results! 

The only thing NOT in my bits box on this card is the sentiment strip, only because I didn't have one already in a coordinating colour. I must have created this background some time ago when I was featuring this background block of doodle flowers from Uniko. It's heat embossed with a pearl embossing powder then blended over the top with Distress Inks. I found the balloons already coloured and miraculously they match the background, the pieces of twine were also in a bits box as well as the strip of purple patterned paper. I rather like this card and think I may have to play more often with items from my bits box!

Other than the sentiment and pearls everything else was in the bits box for this card. Uniko products again with a trio of rose buds, watercoloured with Distress Inks from the Pure Florals Rose set (left overs from release week), a doily which I'd completely forgotten about and was left over from a previous goody bag from the HISTK girls, a strip of design paper and the negative inner space of a die-cut scalloped circle, which is sitting on top of the doily! 

As always there's loads of fabulous designs from my fellow teamies  over on the Less is More blog HERE and do play along for a chance to win our sponsor prize this month, from Uniko


I hope you'll feel inspired to play along with us and have some crafty fun along the way.

Thanks for all your visits and although I'll be missing from the Less is More line-up from now on, I'll hopefully catch you around blogland in the weeks ahead.



  1. Your fabulous inspiration will be missed x Wonderful cards today with great use of your bits box x CAS perfection and so pretty x.

  2. Enjoy your break Sarah, we all need a refreshing break away from time to time. xx

  3. Wow! Two stunning cards from you Sarah! That was wonderful to find all the items matched perfectly for the top card. I love that background stamp (must root that one out and have a play). Those beautiful roses have stolen my heart though. Totally gorgeous card, and who knew a doily could look so cool?!!! Have a well deserved rest teamie, and find that fun & joy again so that you can come back to us. We'll miss you in the meantime xx

  4. Oh Sarah! These are beautiful! Thank you for being so inspiring and an amazing team leader. You will be greatly missed! Hope you find that passion again. Enjoy your well-deserved break! Lots of hugs, Trina xx

  5. Two gorgeous cards again Sarah.You will be missed by us all of course but hope you are back soon...enjoy the break and your Summer ;) hugs Viv xx

  6. Gorgeous cards Sarah. Hope you get your mojo back soon, you'll be missed. :) xx

  7. These are just beautiful, Sarah, fancy hiding these lovely pieces away in your bit boxes! The purple and aqua/teal tones look fabulous together on your first card, and I'm loving the emboss resist with the pearl powder. Your second card is an absolute stunner, all those elements together look so beautiful, adore how you've put the negative die cut over the doily, so effective. Gonna miss you so much at LIM, you're a fabulous crafter so just go and play and creative those masterpieces we love to see xx

  8. Oh la la ! So sorry, I'm very late in commenting ! This challenge is so much fun and I promised myself to look more often in my bits box. Yours is not bad either and you've made two beauties with all those bits ! Love the second one with the doily and the negative inner space of the die cut, so clever ! Well, you already know how much I will miss you, you were my mentor, so I will only tell you "enjoy your break but come back soon please !". Lots of hugs !xx

  9. 2 pretty card, Sarah. You will be missed, enjoy your time away :)

  10. Sorry for the super late visit, Sarah! I do hope you will one day re-join the team... we'll miss you!! Your two final cards for LIM are as gorgeous as your cards always are: I love the layered CAS look in both of these. Wonderful snippets and great colors... You rock with your design skills! Sending hugs! xxx


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