20 Aug 2016

Less is More 290 - Exotic

A very good morning to you. How are you?

Phew! we've had a scorcher of a week and the temperatures are set to rise again this weekend. Luvverly! 
We only have a few more days left with the grandkiddies (sob sob) so you can bet we'll be making the most of it.
Anyway, along with the hot weather, it's a new challenge over at Less is More and our theme this week is
What a wide variety of cards you can make with that theme.
I have 3 samples to share with you today.
I chose this definition for my interpretation:
Originating in or characteristic of a distant foreign country.
As I have beautiful hibiscus flowers growing in my garden and we also grow pineapples over here I had to use different topics for this challenge so here goes:


1. A Gift Toucan

 I'd like to enter this into Lawnscaping Challenge - Punny Time
Addicted to Stamps & More - Make your mark (distress marker pens on the image)
A second entry into Sisterhood of Crafters - Close to Nature
Yes, you may groan....but I had to smile as I typed in that sentiment. I knew this was what I was going to make when I ordered this fab Paradise stamp set from Bev at Unico a few months ago and I love how it turned out.
Toucans are definitely something originating in a foreign country for me.

The sentiment was computer generated and printed onto the card blank.

The Unico Paradise Toucan was inked in clear versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder. It was coloured in with distress markers.

The background in the top right corner was spritzed with distress inks.

A piece of brown card was cut out for a branch.

The toucan was cut out and a little cut made by his foot so that it could be hooked onto the branch. 

The branch and toucan were added with 3d foam pads.

I also inked a border on the inside (yes, it was to cover up a little smudge but I like the way it looks).

2. An African Sunrise.

I'd like to enter this into AAA cards challenge - blending
Ike's World Challenge - Travel/holidays
Country View Challenges - Hot Summer Days
African sunrises and sunsets are definitely something exotic in my mind.
I've made this card for my sister. She has a dream of spending a few months each year in Africa helping with the wild animals. She adores Africa and going on safari and has become friends with Virginia McKenna (of the Born Free film fame)  through one of her safari trips. I think the Born Free Trust is the charity that she would like to help out with.  So, as a good big sister I will send this to her to let her know that we should all follow our dreams at the first opportunity.

To make this one, a couple of masks were cut out, one using the sizzix classic circles for the sun and a torn piece of paper for the where the sun hits the ground.

Distress inks in reds, oranges and yellows were blended through the aperture.

The Clarity Stamps African stamps were inked in Archival black ink. I made another smudge so had to draw a bird freehand sitting on the spear to cover it up...that's one way to make the stamp look unique!

The ground was coloured with a little blended distress ink.

The Clarity Stamps sentiment was inked in the same distress inks as the sun to match it all in.


3. Mehendi

I'd like to enter this into Paper Creator Challenge - Keep It Simple
I am always fascinated by the intricate art of Mehendi which is the art of applying henna tattoos to hands and feet. Especially the beautifully intricate designs applied to Indian Hindu brides as a wedding ritual. They always look gorgeous and again, I think of them as something exotic.

This stamp from Clarity Stamps reminds me of the henna tattoos.

Instead of using a henna coloured ink on cream card, which did look nice when I tried it out,  I wanted a more dramatic look. So gold on black it was.

This is a quickie card to make.

I used a coated black card (available from Clarity Stamps) for the base card and the images.

Stamp the image 3 times in versamark and heat emboss with detail gold embossing powder. Fussy cut the images out and apply to the base card with 3d foam pads.

The Woodware Must Have Retro Stamps sentiment was stamped directly onto the card base and heat embossed with gold powder.

I used a gold pen to draw dots in freehand around the images.

And there you have it.

Please remember to hop across to the challenge site to see the gorgeous cards that my fellow teamies have made for your inspiration and I bet most of them will have more samples on their personal blogs too.
Well, my week will continue like this...
On the same day as my husband flies with the grandchildren to escort them back to the UK, two of our friends arrive over here to spend almost 3 weeks with us. Just call me a chambermaid - it'll certainly be a quick tidy up and change beds & towels that day!! Ha Ha! I wonder how many sticky fingermarks I will miss ;-)
Normally I like to have a couple of days to do all the cleaning between family and friends visiting, but we messed up on the dates this time around.
Luckily hubby is only away for one night before he's back here so the fun and shenanigans can start all over again. Summer really is a very busy season for us.
Hope you all have a fabulous week.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon xx


Neets B said...

Three brilliant takes on exotic, Sharon. Loving the corner placement on your toucan, and what a fab sentiment, made me chuckle. And your African scene is fabulous, great addition of the bird! xx

Esther said...

Enjoy the last few days with the grandkids. Time just flies by doesn't it? I love your cards Sharon. Such creative and original takes on the theme, and looking absolutely stunning. I wish I'd come up with your first card myself because it's just perfect. Definitely one for me to CASE in future. Your sister will love the second card with those bright, evocative colours, and the third card is full of wow factor with that dramatic black and gold colour scheme. I love the hand drawn gold dots too, a fabulous finishing touch! x

Cardsbymaaike said...

great cards, the toucan caught my eye in the LIM dt line up, and i love how you covered up a boo boo on the inside and made it a design feature ;-)

Dotty Jo said...

Wow, what a great selection of cards! Each is so gorgeous but your punny toucan card is simply adorable, Jo x

Linby said...

Wonderful cards. I was trying to work out how you got that green insert in the card as it doesn't look inked! Nice to know it is not only me that gets inky marks on her cards!

Anonymous said...

Three amazing cards. Love the toucan and the sentiment!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Absolutely stunning Sharon although I did have to have a mini strop when I saw you'd used the Uniko toucan!!!! Anyway you've showcased it perfectly here and love your punny sentiment! The second card has just blown me away though! Artistic, dramatic and definitely exotic - your sister will love it too I'm sure. Gold embossing on gold always adds that opulent touch and certainly exotic here. You rocked it again! Enjoy the last few days with the grandkids and don't know how you manage to squeeze in so much crafting at the same time. Hugs xx

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Ooops! Thanks for linking up at AAA Cards too Sharon ... perfect for our blending challenge there. x

Jane said...

Thanks for linking up your exotic African card with our Hot Summer Days challenge over at Country View Sharon. Your sister must have loved her card. Gorgeous stamping.
Jane DT

Susan said...

Wow...these cards are amazing! Love your designs!

Lindsey said...

Aha - took me ages to get the "gift token" pun!! Love the dreamy watercoloured background to the Toucan and your one layer African card is wonderful x

sandie said...

wow Sharon, all these cards are amazing. I love the bright background of the first card and the second card is just stunning, your masking and bending is superb, a real beauty and your third card is so very glamorous. I am so pleased you entered AAA x

Jane said...

A fabulous trio of cards, all wonderful! I especially love the toucan and the African scene - thanks for linking that one up at AAA Cards.

Sall said...

WOW, I love all your cards but my favourite has to be the Toucan and the Sunset...I am overawed by them, such a favourite of mine. Thank you for taking the time to join in with our challenge and sharing your creativity with us, I love to see your talent and imagination at work. Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

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Three fantastic cards Thank you for joining us at Ike's World Challenges good luck Ginny DT for
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ike said...

Oooooo !!! Beautiful cards - I really LUV the toucan card :-D
I have my grandkiddies here too so I am having a great time in the sunshine. It's super hot here in Greece just now !:-)
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Darlene said...

WOW these cards are all just fabulous but I really love that Toucan card! Awesome coloring and CAS design! GREAT JOB! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘CLOSE TO NATURE’ challenge and please come back again soon!
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Stinkin' Inkers said...

All three cards are gorgeous. My favorite is the toucan. Such beautiful colors and love the spritzing. Thanks for joining the Sisterhood's "Close to Nature" challenge.

Aileen said...

Three stunning cards, each very different from the next. Absolutely beautiful.

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

All 3 of these designs are breathtakingly beautiful. Love them.

Debbie said...

wow loving the african themed card so beautiful - lucky sister - good luck with the challenges

Julie B said...

Three fab cards, but I do like the toucan card most of all!
Thanks for making your mark with us at ATSM. :)

Unknown said...

Love the Toucan card. Thanks for joining Ickes art

Viv said...

Great cards again Sharon, love them all but that first one really caught my eye.Super watercolouring too. The toucan looks fab and the way you added his feet on the branch looks like a clever cut in the card, was so intrigued to see it here ;) Viv xx

Nance said...

Great cards. Love the African image with the blended sun.

Ceal said...

Fabulous cards, love the blending on the Toucan one, thanks for joining us at AAA Cards!

Susan Renshaw said...

Three beautiful cards!
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samara navi said...

beautiful array sharon! luv samara dt IWC

rachel said...

amazing makes - I love the toucan - beautiful colours on the sunset card! Gorgeous colours! Thanks for joining us at Countryview challenges and good luck! Hugs rachel xx