29 Oct 2016

Less is More # 300 - Celebrations and Festivals


It is so good to see you here today.

It's our 300th challenge over at
So let the celebrations begin.

As it is the 5th Saturday in the month we have a


And we would like to see CAS cards for

Celebrations / Festivals.

We have a guest designer joining us today as we are on Lucky Dip week and it is the lovely
Julie Beech from Crafted by Jules

Please hop over to her blog to give her some love as she has made a fantastic card for us this week.

I've had a super busy week this week and that means I only have 2 cards to share today.  So let's get on and take a look at them. 

1) Christmas Blessings

I'd like to enter this into:
 Sweet Stampin Christmas - Sparkle and shine ( you can really see the sparkle and shine in the second picture).
Crafting By Designs - Get ready for Christmas
Cards In Envy - Purple and Green
Sparkle and Sprinkle Challenge - Anything goes with glitter, embossing powder or flocking

I took the opportunity to make a Christmas card for this challenge as I haven't started making my batch cards yet. This one may end up being one of the batch ones that I make.

 The inkpad used for this card is an old Big and Juicy - Hydrangea.

I also used a Misti.

Ink the border is from Chocolate Baroque decorative edges. It was inked once with the Big n Juicy pad then re-inked in versamark and heat embossed with WOW! clear sparkle embossing powder (I am LOVING that ep!)

The sentiment is from  Chocolate Baroque frosty trees and it was only inked with the Big n Juicy pad - reversing the colour of the ink from the top border.

The tree is also from Chocolate Baroque frosty trees and this was inked and then heat embossed with the WOW powder too.

Add a couple of complementary colour mats to the tree image and attach it to the card and you are done.  This one really does sparkle and looks pretty luxurious too.

2) Congratulations Mr & Mrs

Another celebration is a marriage. 

Cut a panel to fit onto the card blank.  Unscrew the tops of the metallic distress sprays (brushed pewter, tarnished brass and antiqued bronze) and drop some drips of the ink onto the panel. Spritz the ink with water and dry.

Round the corners of the panel and wipe Encore silver ink along the edge. Attach this to the card blank with 3d foam pads.

Stamp the Chloe's Stamps Wedding Cake Stamps Collection sentiment in clear versamark onto a smaller piece of card and heat emboss with Stampendous detail silver embossing powder.  Using the partial die cutting method, shape the two ends of the sentiment panel using a small Sizzix Labels 4 die.

Twist some white cotton and place this under the sentiment panel, which is attached with 3d foam pads.

Finish with 3 pearls.

Please take a look at the fabulous items made by the rest of the design team HERE. Don't forget to visit their personal blogs too because they sometimes have lots of additional inspiration.
I do hope you find time to join in our 300th challenge this week.

Thanks for looking
Sharon xx


Sazzle Dazzle said...

These are certainly luxurious, eye-popping and full of awesome techniques Sharon. You really know how to WOW with your stash and create the most awesome cards. The colours and sparkly shimmer on your Christmas card are simply swoon-worthy. Great ideas and have a fun weekend. Sarah x

Esther said...

Oh wow, the sparkle on that first card...! Gorgeous and lush! That's a fabulous ink pad too. Lovely colours, really intense but dreamy. I love your wedding card with the super use of metallic Distress Sprays. It feels so stylish and timeless - it should be framed! Have a super weekend x

Julie B said...

Love that contemporary Christmas tree and the colours are fab too.
Thanks for having me over to GD this week. :)

Sarah G said...

Luxurious is definitely the word - love the rich colours on your first card, Sharon! The gorgeous tree image has a really dreamy look and the wedding card is just divine - I would get married again just to receive it :) Have a fab weekend xx

Gibmiss said...

Hi Sharon
Stunning Xmas Cards ... Love the first one ... Gorgeous colours...
Hugs Sylvie xx

Kathy S said...

The heavens are singing in my head - this purple and green entry for the Cards in Envy challenge is MARVELOUS. Wow - really nice and so, so fun to see a holiday card using these colors. Thank you so much for the joy you've brought me this morning. Hope to see you again soon.

Susan said...

Wow, these cards are just amazing. Simply beautiful!

Theresa said...

both luxurious cards but i just love the first one. it is striking, hugs xx

Fiona said...

Gorgeous Christmas card - I love that baroque edging and the rich colours

Chrissie said...

Gorgeous cards as ever Sharon, I just love all that shimmer and shine... what a pro!
Chrissie xx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Two fabulous card, great colours and sparkle.

Love and hugs

Sandy Trefger said...

Beautiful Christmas card with the purple and green! Love the sparkle and design! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy.

Erika said...

Hi Sharon and thanks for the visit. I am loving your Christmas tree, the sparkle and colour combo is beautiful, right up my street.
Loving the embossing on your wedding card, plus the added cotton really adds texture.

Happy crafting, hugs Erika. x

Helen said...

Beautiful cards -love the two tone embossing on the first one!
Helen x

Craftychris said...

These are both beautiful! The colours on the first one look so cool! I think I have that ink pad. I forget about the Big and Juicy pads - I must use them again after seeing how good your card looks! I love all the shimmer on the wedding card! So pretty! xxx

Anita in France said...

These are both just lovely, Sharon ... elegant, stylish and deliciously shimmery! Anita :)

Viv said...

Two gorgeous cards here Sharon, love the first one fab colours abnd sparkle.The wedding one looks so classy too, well done you ;) Viv xx

Neets B said...

Sorry I'm so late, Sharon. Loving the colours and sparkle on your Christmas card, looks so rich and vibrant. And the metallic touches on your wedding card look beautiful with the elegant design and pearls xx

Sybrina K said...

Sharon, Your Christmas card is gorgeous! I really wish I could see all that sparkle in person because it looks like it just glistens. Thanks so much for joining our purple and green challenge at Cards in Envy. :)

wendipooh13 said...

stunning card and just LOVE the tree!!!! so gorgeous!!! thanks for playing with Cards in Envy!!!