15 Apr 2017

Less is More # 324 - Spring Walk

Happy Easter!
It's so lovely to see you today.

Are you enjoying the spring break? I do hope the weather is being kind to you.
Hopefully you are all cramming in lots of crafting time over Easter and maybe you will have time to join us in the next fun Less is More challenge?


This week our lovely guest designer is the talented Wendy from Pink and Dotty blog. Please pop over to her blog as she has made a beautiful card for this challenge inspiration. Also there is some fab inspiration on the challenge blog from the rest of the design team for you to look at.

I have 3 cards to share again today,
(even though I have had a very, very hectic week I managed a bit of crafting time for these).

So let's take a look.

1) Spring butterfly

One of the things that comes to mind when I hear or see the words 'Spring Walk' is, from the perspective of when I lived in the UK, a vision of fresh green leaves and buds. This vision is now coupled with lots of fancy butterflies that I see here in the Algarve. So I joined the two visions into this card.
A quick and simple card with stencilling, a die cut butterfly and heat embossed vellum.

STAMPS: Concord & 9th Butterfly Beauty Stamp Set
STENCIL: Imagination Crafts leaf swirl
DISTRESS INKS: twisted citron, mowed lawn, scattered straw
OTHER INKS: Marvy Blending Blox shades of orange, versamark clear
OTHER: WOW! Opaque bright white embossing powder, scrap of vellum, smooth card

The Crafty Addict #35 - Anything goes /  Add a sentiment
Crafty Creations #339 - Anything Goes
Inkspirational #132 - Spring


2) Spring Flowers

Another thing I think about for spring walks are the spring flowers and blossoms, so these little images of a Nellie enjoying flowers came to mind.

STAMPS: Lili of the Valley elephant trio,
DIES: Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz Alterations celebration words script
EMBOSSING FOLDER: Sizzix - sorry it has no name on it!
DISTRESS MARKERS: Spun sugar, tumbled glass, mustard seed, hickory smoke, cracked pistachio, mowed lawn, lucky clover
OTHER: White card, blue card, water brush, 3d foam pads

I'm entering this into
Crafty Gals Corner #118 - Pastels
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Stamp It
Addicted to stamps and More! #237 - Make Your Mark

3) More spring flowers

Here is another card using the same stamps. I wanted to create a cartoon feel on this one so I coloured with Promarkers in block colour without any shading. I also wanted glossy tiles and a bit of bling so I encapsulated some glitter into the clear embossing.

STAMPS: Lili of the Valley elephant trio, Sweet Dixie big sentiments
INKS: Versamark clear, Memento Onyx Black
COLOUR: Promarkers, picket fence Distress Marker (the spots on the pink card
OTHER: Linen card, pink card, quickie glue pen, crystal glamour dust, clear embossing powder, ClarityStamps dots stencil, ribbon, 3d foam pads

This one is for
I Love Promarkers Challenge #332 - Embossing
Crafty Girls Creations #35 - Anything goes
Always fun Challenge #1 - Anything goes


Right, that's it from me. I'm off to make the most of the weekend in my craft room now ;-)

Hope you do join us this week.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Sharon xx


Esther said...

Three wonderful cards... I love them! The stencilled leaves on the first card highlight the glowing butterfly perfectly and having the sentiment on vellum is a light touch that works brilliantly for a spring card. I adore your elephant trio and can't believe how different they look with the two different colouring styles on cards 2 and 3. Both fantastic, but honestly I had to scroll back up to check it was really the same trio! Just gorgeous, both of them. Have a fab weekend x

Anonymous said...

How did you manage to come up with three amazing cards Sharon? Your first card is beautiful and the colours you have used along with the vellum give a really soft look. I love any cute critter on a card and so both your elephant cards are great.

Cara said...

Three fab cards. Love how classy the first one is and the others are super cute. Cara x

Darlene said...

Beautiful creations! Love the simplicity of the first card and the elephants on the 2nd & 3rd cards is just adorable! Great coloring & designs! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Stamp It’ challenge and please come back again soon!
one of the 'Sistahs'
The Sisterhood of Crafters
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit!

Trina P. said...

Fantastic spring cards,Sharon. Your floral card is so elegant. Love how you coloured the butterfly and love the vellum. Your Next two cards are simply adorable.

Lisa Minelli said...

Beautiful cards, Sharon. I love the minimalist look. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Creations! Happy Easter!

Susan said...

Wow, you have been busy. These cards are so cute!

Shauna said...

Wow... three fantastic cards! I like your cute little elephants! The faded foliage on the first card with the sentiment on vellum is so lovely. Thanks for playing with us at Inkspirational!
- Shauna

Waleska said...

This is so cute! love your color combo! thanks for participating in our first challenge at Always Fun Challenges! DT Waleska

Darnell said...

Three beautiful works of spring inspiration art for us, Sharon! Thank you!! Hugs and Happy Easter! Darnell

mamawcindy said...

Loving your cards, I think the second one is my favorite.So Sweet! Glad I stopped by.

sandie said...

These are all so fresh and full of Spring delight. I adore your card for Ink the falling leaves are the perfect backdrop and using vellum for the sentiment is great for a CAS card,

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

A fabulous CAS card . Thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers challenge good luck Ginny DT forI ♥promarkers My Blog <

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Ooozing Spring to the max here Sharon and as ever you've worked your magic to create a trio of beauty. Love the delicacy of the first one and totally minimal style. Then how can that cute little nellie look so different in the 2 colourways! What wonderful fun to imagine him / her on a Spring walk. Happy Easter and have fun. x

Julie B said...

Three fab cards, I do like the cute elephant stamps though.
Thanks for making your mark at ATSM. :)

Eek Eek said...

Beautiful card, definitely springy! Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Addicts and Good Luck! :)
Annabel - Crafty Addicts DT.

Sarah Gray said...

That first card is just so elegant, Sharon! I love the delicate inking and sentiment on vellum. The elephant enjoying spring sunshine and flowers is fab too and looks great both in the soft and more vibrant colours. I hope that spring in the Algarve is feeling a bit warmer than here :)

Clare Jones said...

Great card, thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers

Izzy Scrap said...

Beautiful cards Sharon ! I love the softness and delicacy of your first card given by the soft inking and the use of the vellum ! Gorgeous ! Even though the two other cards use the same stamp set, you show us here how different they are only with the design and the choice of colours ! Thanks so much for sharing and for inspiring.

Neets B said...

Please don't apologise for being late, I'm even later this week! Adore your first card with those citrus shades and the gently fading out stencilling. I always think of generic pastels for Spring but this card is so fresh. And those little nellie images are the sweetest, fab cards xx

Diane said...

Beautiful CAS cards, so adorable and pretty! Thank you for joining our challenge at The Sisterhood!
Diane TSH DT
{Nellies Nest}