31 Dec 2016

Less is More # 309 - Dimension

Hello there!
How was your Christmas? 
 Full of fun, family, friends and laughter I hope. I've been super busy all through the holiday season with the friends and family we've had in our house, but what fun we've had!
And now the new year is already upon us. So on this New Year's Eve I wish ....
A Very Happy New Year to you all!
After our little crafting break we're back at Less is More with a new challenge and the recipe we've chosen is:
Well, I had lots of ideas for this but have only managed the one card due to lack of time in my craft room, but if you hop over to the challenge blog (and also on to my teamies personal blogs) you'll find loads of fun inspiration for this theme.
Sandie of London Days is joining us as a guest designer this week so I hope you will hop over to see her too and leave her some love.

Dinosaur Fun

There's nothing like a piece of chipboard to give you some dimension, is there?
I picked up a pack of these little chipboard dinosaurs in what would be the Portuguese equivalent of a 'pound shop' or 'dime store'.  I think they work great for boy's cards.
The dinosaur was distressed with peeled paint and forest moss distress inks. The background stamp is a clear stamp that looks like a cheetah print pattern and I am afraid that I cannot remember which company it is by now. It was stamped in peeled paint. I die cut the Die'Sire sentiment 3 times and stuck all 3 layers together to add a little more dimension to the card.
I promise that normal service will be resumed here next week. 
Happy New Year
Sharon xx

17 Dec 2016

Less is More 307 & 308 - Children

Hi there,

How are your preparations coming along?

Well it is a massive 'Phew!'  from me! I am in the UK for a couple of days when this goes live (please Mr Blogger, don't play up!) getting to see my grandchildren before Christmas. Maybe there will even be a little bit of pre-Christmas spoiling. We'll see. Then, once I head back to Portugal, all further DT card making will be forgotten for a few days while I prepare the house (and baking) for our friends and daughter who will be staying with us over the Christmas period. Can't wait!

Anyhow, our challenge at Less is More is going to run for the next two weeks, so you will all have a little break too.

It's theme week and the subject is

My fellow team mates have worked their incredible magic as usual so please remember to head over to look at their inspiration HERE and there is usually a little more inspiration on their personal blogs too.


1) Merry flippin' Christmas

I just adore this LOTV image. She always makes me smile and reminds me of how children view the world as 'so unfair' if they do not get what they want.
She is such a little beauty, isn't she? 
Ha Ha! I wonder if there will be a few kiddies like this on Christmas day?

This was really easy to make. The image was stamped onto watercolour card and coloured in with distress markers. A die cut Die'Sire sentiment was used and some stardust stickles added to the tiara and the net underskirt for a bit of Christmassy dazzle. I love the way her skirt almost looks textured. It isn't. All I did was scribbles and spots with different coloured pens and that was the result.
I'd like to pop that one in at (in alphabetical order):
AAA Cards - Christmas
Inky Chicks - Christmas card in traditional colours
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Gift it
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Unicorn Challenge - add some glitter (on tiara and underskirt)

2) Happy Birthday Gorjuss!

Here's another 'older' stamp which had to get another outing for this children theme.

Again, really easy to make this card.
The Gorjuss Girl image was stamped onto card, coloured with promarkers and fussy cut. The background is a piece of smooshed and spritzed card that I had lying around. The sentiment is from Die'Sire.

Well, it just remains for me to wish you all
A very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog this year, you are very much appreciated.

I may post an odd card between now and the new year, but if I don't manage that, I'll be back on 31st December with the next LIM cards.

Thanks for looking
Merry Christmas,
Sharon xx

10 Dec 2016

Less is More # 306 - Outlines

Good Morning!
Crikey, the holiday season is definitely on us now and I'm sure you are all busy, busy, busy!  Hope you are all on track with your preparations.

I had ordered a couple of Christmas stamps to help make my DT inspiration for Less is More this week, but (hopefully it is just due to the Christmas post and nothing more sinister) neither of them have turned up yet! Ah well, such is life. Maybe I will be able to use them next year.

So, only the one card from me, with a photo tutorial on how it was made.

It is ONE LAYER WEEK over at
Less is More
and the theme for the one layer is
I know that you all think I have cheated this week.....but I haven't!

This really is a one layer card. 
Yup, one piece of card, folded in half and nothing else added!

I was so blown away with THIS CARD by Ma-Mi that I had to try it out and CASe the design. I'm not sure I made it the same way that she did, but it looks pretty close.

I'd like to enter this into:
Crafting with an attitude - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Southern Girls - Anything Goes
Try it on Tuesdays - Celebrate


Here is my photo tutorial.

First, mask off a Kraft card blank (one piece of card folded in half) with post-it notes so that only the outside edges of the card show.

Then ink around the edges with gathered twigs distress ink. When finished, remove the post its, check that all the edges are crisp and if any are not (like the top left corner on mine) put the post it back and re-do that one piece
Using a ruler and the gathered twigs distress marker doodle a stitched border.
 Next stamp the image in gathered twigs distress ink. This one comes from the Unico stamp set Pure Florals Cosmos.
As our challenge theme is 'outlines' I decided to not colour anywhere inside the image. Instead I took a white polychromo pencil and highlighted around the outside.
To finish stamp the sentiment in gathered twigs distress ink. It is from Unico stamp set Simply Said Birthday.
and Voila! a trick of the eye on a one layer card. 

Well, I can't wait to see what you all come up with this week.
Don't forget to check out the awesome inspiration of the rest of the design team HERE.
Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon.
Sharon xx

3 Dec 2016

Less is More 305 - Primary Colours

Hi there,
How are you today? Hopefully really good.  Can you believe that it is December already? That sure came around quickly this year!
Anyway, its time to introduce the new challenge over at
As it is the first challenge of the month we are in our COLOUR week and we're after those PRIMARY colours this time around.
Also, for the month of December we have a new sponsor in UNICO stamps.
We have 2 guest designers this week: Bev and KathyK. I hope you will pop over and leave them some love too.
It really would've been rude not to use a set of Unico stamps on one of my 3 DT inspiration pieces this week so let's kick off with that card.

1) Birthday Balloons

This is a quick and fun card to do.
I'd like to enter this one in at:
 Get Creative Challenge - Birthday Celebrations (they also have a DT call on if you are interested)

The balloon stamps and strings are from the Unico set Balloon Bash. The Sentiment is from the Unico Simply Said Birthday set.I've stamped in distress inks in festive berries, broken china and mustard seed.  the balloon highlights, which aren't showing up too well were stamped in Versacolour Ultimate Pigment Ink in white.

2) Merry & Bright

I had to include one Christmas Card too, didn't I ? Simple and easy to do and it suits both men and women!
I'd like to pop this in at:
Crafty Cardmakers - Christmas
Make My Monday - CAS Christmas (a 2nd entry)
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge - Masculine Christmas card

I've used pearlised card for the card base, the rectangle mat and the embossed panel.  The bottom of the panel was first cut with a deckle edge die (a rectangular sizzix die was used and it was partially cut) before running the panel through the swiss dots embossing folder. I actually quite like that the panel looks torn. The mat was cut from one of the smaller nesting deckled rectangles.  The sentiment has been die cut using Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Words Script Thinlets.

3) Space Birthday

This card could be used for anyone who loves space and it fits that hard to do category...cards for men and boys. And this one took less than 10 minutes to make!
I'd like to pop this one in at Oh La La Creations Challenge - Birthday Celebrations
Stampin Royalty - Clean and Simple

The IndigoBlu stamp called Bubbles Background was inked with sailboat blue Adirondak ink and immediately after stamping it was covered with WOW! Clear Sparkle embossing glitter then heat embossed. The sentiment from WOW! Just Sayin' set was stamped in the same blue ink.

Normal colouring pencils were used to colour in a few of the circles to make them look like planets. (I bought a 36 colouring pencils set from WH Smith when I was back in the UK and I am loving them!). The panel was added to a blue card blank. Three of the small stars from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Festive Scribbles set were die cut and added with bits of 3d foam pads.
Don't forget to visit my fellow teamies for more amazing primary colours inspirations from the link HERE.
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again next week.
Sharon xx