3 Feb 2018

Less is More #364 - Music

Hello to you! Crikey, we're in February already! Gosh, this year seems to be speeding away even at this early stage of it. Hmmm, maybe I'm just too busy?? Time to slow down then.

Anyway February means it is birthday month for LIM.
We are 7 years old!!
Happy birthday to us!!

And to delight you today we have a 4 guest designers joining us. Yes, we have one of our founders Chrissie, and 3 fantastic ex-DT members: Esther, Jen and Sarah G.  It was a joy to see the cards they made. I DO hope you'll pop over and give them all some love. And don't forget to take a look at the challenge blog too for some wonderful inspiration from the design team.

But onto today's challenge:

and our sponsor for this first challenge of the month is:
I have two cards to share with you today:

1) Sing like no-one is listening

What a really joyful sentiment that is! And, yes, when I'm cleaning my house I have music on and I do just that. Lucky I don't have any neighbours near me, isn't it? Ha ha!

This is my technique card. Here I've used a Visible Image stamp set and stencil and added in just the tiniest amount of paper piecing on her dress. So the techniques today are  stencilling and paper piecing.   There was no need to mask the image when doing the stencilling because it is partly silhouette and the dress was going to be covered with the paper piecing.

This one is for:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything Goes
Tuesday Morning Sketches #438 -
Watercooler Wednesdays WWC155 - Anything Goes

As the background paper is a little busy, I kept the stenciling really subtle and just to one side to make sure that lots of lovely white space was left on the card.  The image was stamped onto the same paper as the background and the dress part was cut out, and the only embellishments are the tiniest of gems making up her belt.

https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/sing/   https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/stars-stripes/
INKS: Memento Tuxedo Black. Distress Ink bundled sage
OTHER: Gems, stencil brush, white card, patterned paper (I've had this one for over 8 years! no idea now what make it is) 3d foam.

2) Piano Music

Here's one that is suitable to be used as a masculine card. The clean sharp lines and 'no-fuss' image would certainly appeal to any of the men I know. And it was also really fast to make too!

So keeping to my formula for LIM posts of a technique card, a masculine card and a fast to make card seems to be working - especially when I can double up ;-)

This one is for:
Cards 4 Guys #187 - Music
City Crafter Challenge #397 - Musical Instrument
Pile it on #138 - Thank You and /or Shades of Black and White + optional pop of colour

The piano keys and piano stamps are from a set that I picked up in the equivalent of a UK pound shop or US dollar store. It's really not the best quality, but I'll be able to use it a few times before it disintegrates.

After stamping the piano keys and sentiment onto a panel I added a strip of really thin washi tape for a pop of colour. The piano was heat embossed with clear embossing powder, fussy cut and added to the panel with 3d foam, then everything was added to a black card blank.

INKS: Versafine Onyx Black
OTHER: Ranger clear embossing powder, washi tape, white card, black card, foam tape.

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Thanks for popping by. I do hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx


Kathyk said...

Simply splendid musical makes this week to wish LIM Happy 7th Birthday


Sazzle Dazzle said...

2 beauties here Sharon and another teamie with a lucky find of music stamps! I need to get digging in those bargain bins I think!!! Anyway you've done brilliant with the music theme, love all the detail on the grand piano card yet totally CAS too. Perfect for the guys as you said! Oh and ROCK Chic! I loved that set when I saw it at the HLS retreat and you've really made it sing. The addition of the diamante belt is just inspired. Great techniques and oozing fun. Hope you get some singing time as well as crafting this weekend. x

Melissa Craig said...

Lovely cards! Congratulations on your 7th year. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Sarah G said...

Stunning cards, Sharon - you are really rocking the Visible Image stamps and it is great to see them on a CAS design! I love the crisp monochrome of your piano card with just the pop of colour from the washi. It is great to be playing along with you during this birthday month x

Izzy Scrap said...

Two fabulous cards, Sharon ! One single theme (music) and two gender cards : one for women and one for men ! Love the design of your feminine card, you used here two great techniques and I'm swooning over the belt ! Love also your second card, so CAS and with a lovely touch of colours with the washi tape ! You rock again for this challenge ! Have a fabulous weekend and a great week ! Hugs xx

Lucille K said...

Wonderful musical cards. Thanks for joining us at City Crafter :)

Janice M said...

What fun music themed cards! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Debbie said...

Both of your cards are wonderful!! Great techniques!!
Thanks for playing along with us at Tuesday Morning Sketches
Debbie ~ TMS DT
Debbie's Dash of This and That

Esther said...

Oh Sharon, I love these!! The background on that first card... GORGEOUS! <3 And I'm with you on the sentiment... you should hear me singing in the kitchen, ha ha! (Maybe it's better that you can't, actually...) The clean lines of the second card are fab, so crisp and clean. Fab duo! Have a great week x

Jane Willis said...

Love both cards - I could do with picking up a music set like that in a bargain shop as I think I'd only use it occasionally but it would be really handy when I did need it. You've done a great job with the piano and keyboard - the green border is exactly what it needs to give it a real lift
Thanks for sharing at Cardz 4 Guyz

Penny Hanuszak said...

Sharon what a fantastic musical themed feminine card. It's powerful in its simplicity. I like how you've used such a bold background paper, yet kept the stenciling muted so the girl and the music stand out. The white space really works well too. Great card! Thanks so much for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday "Anything Goes" challenge this week.

Warrell Creations said...

Beautiful job! Love the design!
Marciava~ Pile It On! Challenge Blog Design Team

Heidi Weaver said...

Wow, Sharon! Where do I begin? I love this card. It's all the wonderful details that make it a real "wow" card and yet it's actually quite clean and simple. Love that background paper from which you've taken your colours. That image of the singer with the microphone and the stream of music coming from her is stunning. But then you added little extras which I absolutely love, such as the pale stars stencilled behind her and the jewelled belt she is wearing. Simply wonderful! Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Helen said...

It is such a stunning CAS card, Sharon! That vibrant background works so well as a foil for the large white panel and allows the main images to really stand out. I love the way you have incorporated some of the background into her dress, as well as the other little finishing touches. Thanks so much or joining our "Anything Goes Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Created by Kath said...

Stunning! Thanks for sharing with us at Watercooler Wednesday!

Susan said...

Love that sentiment on your first cards...so inspiring. Your second card is just perfectly CAS!

Craft-E-Place said...

Brilliant! I especially love the pop of green with the piano.

Teresa Kline said...

cute cards! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

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Trina P. said...

Awesome cards, Sharon! You couldn’t have picked more suitable images for this challenge. The paper pieced dress is brilliant, providing a beautiful cohesive design. Your second card is perfectly masculine. Fantastic find. So inspirational as always. Have a good day. xx

Neets B said...

Two great makes here, teamie. Love that Visible Image card, you've totally smashed it with the feel of that image. The background paper and paper pieced dress with the bling looks fab! A great find with the music stamp set too, and I love your make with all that white space and the pop of green against the black. Great job xx

Nonni said...

Two amazing cards, Sharon! I love the two different looks here -your first card is so artsy with a grunge-feel and then your second card has such clean lines! Great work from you as always. I love the belt you created for your sexy singer! Sorry for visiting so late and I hope you are well. xxx

Marina said...

Congrats on being a Spotlight Artist at CCCB.

Cazro said...

Fabulous cards, I love your design in how you used the stamps. Thanks for sharing your artwork with us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Caz. DT.

Helen said...

Wonderful card - as you said that little bit of colour at the side really makes it pop.

Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Helen x