5 Mar 2016

Less Is More 266

Good Morning!
Are you well? 
Feeling a little chirpy myself. The sun is shining and that always makes me feel very happy indeed.
Can you believe it's the first weekend in March already?  Where is that time rushing away to?
It's week 266 at the Less is More challenge and as it's the first Saturday of the month it means that it's
The lovely zingy colours this time are

I do hope you will all come and join us.
Do pop over to the challenge blog to see the amazing cards the rest of the design team have made
Well, anyone that knows me well will know that where possible I like to do something a little different than my usual stuff on at least one of my DT cards.

I don't always manage to do that cut today for my first card,
instead of zinging it up, I softened it all down!
Not like me, eh?  Bold colours are what I LOVE to use, but we have to stretch ourselves, don't we?
this first card was inspired by the lovely lemon tree that I am lucky enough to have in my garden. I tried to replicate the colours in my photo.
To create this card I masked it off so that there was a panel on the right to work on. That panel was sponged in distress ink, concentrating the lightest colour in the middle.
I then stamped the branches in 1st and 2nd generation ink and then inked up the little figure and tapped the feet on spare paper to blot them a bit so that it would give the air of mistiness to the little scene.
I removed the mask and then added a couple more branches hanging over the edge of the panel and stamped the sentiment to finish.
I'm entering this into:
 CAS on Sunday - where the theme is a 'One Layer Wonder'
One Layer Simplicity Challenge - Let Green 'March' In
The Card Concept - Shamrock, Patterns and Green - I was inspired by the green
Items used:
Distress inks: Twisted Citron, Shabby Shutters, Squeezed Lemonade (hope that will count as a neutral because it is so light!)
Clarity Stamp Stamps: Wee Folk 1, Branch from Journaling set, With Love sentiment

Now onto the next card

 where I incorporated Lemons, Limes, Oranges and Red Grapefruit!
This one is for:
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - Always Anything Goes
This was created by sponging the colours onto the base cardstock, attaching a die cut piece of card on top of the sponging with 3d pads and adding a sentiment.
Items used:
Spellbinders Medallion 4
DieSire sentiment
Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Candied Apple

Now for the final card

I'm into my splattering at the moment so I wanted to make a subtly splattered card with these colours.
This is for:
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
Items used:
Spellbinders Flourish Trim
Sentiment....I know I bought it from the Glitterpot, It is a red rubber stamp but for the life of me I cannot remember who makes it. Sorry!
Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Candied Apple

Before I go....

I have to Thank the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge for picking my Pheonix Rising card as one of their 'Honourable Addicts'. Yay! Thank you so much!
Hope you like my makes.
Thank you for coming over to see me.
Sharon xx


Chrissie said...

All fabulous Sharon!
It's difficult to pick a fave, but you caught the essence of your lemon tree perfectly!
It's SO good to have you on the team!

Esther said...

What gorgeous examples! Your lemon tree card is perfectly misty and soft, so lovely, and I LOVE the vibrancy of the others. Thank you for making three inspirational cards!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

OM goodness Sharon you are rockin here! Love them all. The delicate scene on the first one is simply awesome and loving the zingy vibrancy of the other two with your clever die-cuts. Have a great week. Sarah x

Sarah G said...

Wow, I am inspired by these gorgeous cards Sharon! I love the dreamy softness of your inked panel and the die you have used on your second card is fabulous with the zingy colours behind. The combination of white space and citrus colours really pop. Great to be on the LIM team with you x

Cara said...

Gorgeous cards, I think the last one is my favourite, but then again the first is fab and actually the middle one is stunning. Heck, I can't pick just one! Cara x

Rema DeLeeuw said...

All beautiful creations.

Craft-E-Place said...

Fabulous cards, Sharon.

Unknown said...

Three great cards, love the effect you've achieved in your first card. Karen x

Elaine said...

Some great cards. I love the subtle panel with the tree.

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

I tried to make one of those green sponged edges ... but nothing like your wonderful card.

Paru Mahtani said...

All your cards are stunning Sharon..and so different!
Love the lemon tree inspired one though!! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Anne said...

Sharon what a gorgeous bunch! Your soft and ethereal lemon tree inspired card is beautiful and I am in love with the Spellbinders medallion - seems ages since I bought one of tjeir dies but looks like I 'need' this one... x

shirley-bee said...

Gorgeous cards, Sharon! I love that you used splattering on your third card - thanks for adding it to the Seize The Birthday gallery :)

laurie said...

Awesome set of cards! Love the soft greens. So pretty. Thanks for sharing at The Card Concept!

Fiona said...

Oh my stunning cards but your lemon tree is my favourite - looks like a lovely sunny day in Tuscany! I wish we had the sun for a lemon tree -

Sid said...

Loving your cards Sharon !

Dana M said...

Beautiful cards Sharon! They are all so soft and lovely. The first is wonderfully serene.

Viv said...

So many beautiful cards Sharon, love your lemon tree too...wow to see that in my garden would be amazing ! ;) Viv xx

Neets B said...

Sorry I'm so late visiting, teamie! Loving these creations, your lemon tree panel is just beautiful, such a serene feel to it. And those bright hues showing through your die cut are fabulous x

Lindsey said...

Great trio of cards. Love the inlaid die and careful blending of colours and your one layer lemon tree is lovely, so,subtle with the silhouette. Must be fab having your own lemon tree! X

Peanut said...

Lovely cards ... all 3 of them. Certainly very citrusy. I'm afraid to play with these colours because its so easy to cross the line from pretty to gaudy. But you've got the balance just right, Sharon. Bravo!
x Asha

Nicole P. said...

Your cards are beautiful! I was lured over by your OLS Challenge (and I love how the tree edges into the white part).

Sheri Gilson said...

Lovely CAS card! Thanks for playing along with us at The Card Concept!

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

Wow - such gorgeous creations!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Card Concept.