25 Nov 2017

Less is More #356 - Let it shine!

Hi everyone. Hope you are all well. Unfortunately I ended up in hospital this week (don't worry, I'm fine!) so the video that I've made of making this light up card has not been edited yet. I'll get round to it as soon as I can. Promise!

So, as you may have guessed from the header, this week at Less is More our recipe is to:

The challenge is about using anything that shines, shimmers, sparkles or glistens so there are loads of products you can  use.

Ha ha! You can tell by the fab inspiration on the challenge blog which ones of the design team were taught how to make light up cards at our recent Happy Little Stampers craft retreat. Well, you have to put new skills into practice, don't you? You can see the lovely Kylie's video of how to make the circuits for these cards by clicking HERE

I have 3 Christmas cards for you today.

1) Light-up Card

What better way to 'Let it Shine' than by making a light up card?  These cards are fun to make but the lights themselves can be a little expensive. Even though I took these photos in bright daylight, the lights still show up fantastically well in the smaller photo.

This is my representation of the Christmas sky that Santa flies across.

I'm entering this card into the following 4 challenges:
As You Like it challenge: Your favourite Christmas colour and why. Well, mine is this combination of bluey greens and purples because I ALWAYS end up making my cards with those colours even though I promise myself I'll do something different! HERE'S A LINK to last year's main card design to prove it!
Cute Card Thursday #505 - Stars! (well, I think the lights are cute!)
Southern Girls Challenge (17 Nov) - Let's get inky
The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Challenge #19 - Anything Goes

As I said - a full video of me making this card will be available shortly, so if you subscribe to my YouTube channel you will get an alert when it is ready, but in the meantime Kylie shows you how to make the circuits HERE

STAMPS: Visible Image Universal and sentiment from Visible Image Shining Bright
INKS: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Stains: Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers
OTHER: White Card, Lithium Battery, Copper Conductive adhesive tape, Chibitronics lights, Foam Pads and tape, Pricking tool, Pencil (for drawing the circuit).

2) Joy to the World

Next up is a glittery stencilled card.

I'm adding this to:

Atlantic Hearts - Sketch 239 - I turned it upside down

Crafting by designs November - Get ready for Christmas
Starz Stamps challenge - Add some sparkle

I took a stencil and blended distress ink through it. Before removing the stencil I pressed a Versamark clear embossing ink pad through it, then removed the stencil and added the embossing glitter and heat embossed. A strip was adhered to a panel and some score lines added each side of it. Then a simple sentiment, a die cut and some gems finished the design.

STAMPS: PaperTrey Inc
DIES: Wild Rose Studios poinsettia corner
INKS: Distress Inks, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar. Memento London Fog, VersaMark clear embossing ink
OTHER: ClarityStamps stencil, Wow! Cha Cha Cha embossing glitter. Pearlescent Card, White card, Foam tape. Gems


3) Sparkling Non-Traditional Christmas

Here's another non traditional coloured Christmas card. This has one of my favourite techniques, the bokeh effect, which reminds me of the shine from coloured Xmas tree lights when you squint at them. The other shine on this card comes from the sparkly embossing powder.

This one is for:
Craft Rocket challenge #43: Christmas is coming!
The Merry Christmas Challenge #44 - Anything Goes plus Christmas
Watercooler Wednesdays #146 - All about Christmas

STAMPS: Happy Little Stampers Mix Mash and Everyday Sentiments sets
INKS: Versamark clear. VersaColor white ultimate pigment ink. Distress inks: abandoned coral, picked raspberry, spun sugar, mustard seed, squeezed lemonade
OTHER: Papermania tinsel gold embossing powder, raspberry, yellow and white card, bling bling gems.


Okay, that's it from me - I'm off for a lie down now (doctors orders to rest up). I hope you like these cards and that they inspire you to enter the challenge this week.
Hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx


Sarah Platt said...

You really did think outside of the box with your light up card creation Sharon and I love that delightful inky back drop to set off the cluster of lights so beautifully. A perfect starry night. Can't believe you've had time to make 2 other stunners, equally glittery, shiny, chic and elegant with all that's been going on. Hope you are back on the mend soon and take lots of rest!

Sharon said...

Thanks Sarah - the other 2 cards were actually made before I went to the UK. Just as well really. :-)

Kylie said...

Amazing cards. I am totally chuffed to see all these light up cards at LIM. Brilliant!! Glad to hear you are ok, sending love xx

Elaine Stark said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for joining AYLI challenge. Elaine

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness these are just so very beautiful! Love them all! So happy you joined us at Atlantic Hearts this week!

Janis Lewis said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing at Holly & Ivy.
Janis, Design Team Member

Dana Johnson said...

Your cards are amazing! Thanks for joining us at the Merry Christmas Challenge. ~DT Dana

Izzy Scrap said...

This is brillant Sharon ! Love your light up card ! This milky way is just a delight ! How beautiful with the little led on ! Love also your soft and glittery second card and this bright and happy last card with non-traditional Christmas colours ! WoW you totally rock ! I really hope you're feeling better now. Take care and have a wonderful week. Hugs xx

Christine said...

Love your clean and simple artistry. The card you shared at AHSC has such an elegant look! Thank you for playing along with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!
DT Member

Susan said...

All of these cards are just perfect...but the card that lights up is just amazing! Love it!

Anne said...

Gorgeous cards, love the light up card. Thanks for joining us at SGC - Anne DT

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week Sharon. Beautiful cards. I love your non-traditional coloured bokeh effect card for our challenge. Really beautiful!

Alyson Mayo said...

I love all of these - the stencilled card with the glitter is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Atlantic Hearts this week :)

Lisa Furbush said...

This is lovely - thank you for joining us at AHSC this week!

chanya13 said...

Beautiful! Love all the sparkle! Thanks so much for playing along with Atlantic Hearts!

Loose Stitches said...

Gorgeous cards, lovely colors and designs! Thank you for sharing with us over at Star Stampz! We hope to see you again!
Sherry x - DT for Star Stampz
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads – My personal Blog

Trina P. said...

A trio of beautiful cards, Sharon. But I had to pick up my jaw when I saw your light up card. The background is gorgeous. Love the jewel tone colours. Then you add the lights in such an advanced circuit — mind blowing! I bought the Chibi light starter kit almost a year ago and am so intimidated to try it. So inspiring once again. Have a wonderful week. xx

Anonymous said...

Wow wow wow gorgeous cards I have lost my mojo for crafting recently but your bokeh effect card really inspires me...
I’ll have to look for a tutorial on that... THANK YOU!

And thank you for playing along with us at AYLI Challenge this time too!
Hugs Samantha xx

Nonni said...

All your cards are so creative and beautiful -I'm so envious of your creativity! Mine has been slightly "down" lately and my cards tend to be so so simple -I think the next time I need some inspiration I'll just browse your blog and CASE something! :) My favorite from the trio is the elegant second card. I love the shiny results of your stenciling and heat embossing and the pastel look of the colors is very pretty and so contemporary looking for a Christmas card. I do love the bokeh look too, you've mastered it! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Lady Joyful said...

Really beautiful cards, and so creative! Thank you for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT