9 Jun 2018

Less is More #373 - Friendship

Hi. I had some quality time in my craft room this week and that means I've gone crazy with my makes. I have 4 cards to share for my Less is More inspiration.
Here is the Less is More Cue Card (don't forget to click on the cue card to see lots more incredible inspiration from the rest of the design team):

And here are our fab June sponsor details :

And the lovely Bev is joining us as our guest designer today. To see her card hop on over to the LIM blog and click on her name to be take directly to her blog.so without further ado, here is the first card.
So to my cards:

1) Cherish Friendship

This stamp set was the first one that sprang to mind when I saw the friendship theme ....and luckily it is one by our lovely June sponsor Uniko Stamps.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
1) Crafting From The Heart #209 - Anything Goes
2) Crafty Creations Challenge #367  - Anything Goes
3) Creative Knockouts #249 - Anything Goes
4) Creative Moments #144 - Anything Goes

To make this card, stamp the main leafy frame in lime green ink, then add additional elements in green and purple inks using first, second and third generation stamping. Add tiny gems to the centres of some of the flowers. Add detail to the leaves with 2 colours of green crayon. Cut the purple card with stitched curve dies, mount all onto fun foam and then onto the card blank.

STAMPS: Uniko:  Originally Organic Additions
DIES: Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders
INKS: VersaColor 42 lime, 17 violet, 36 heliotrope
OTHER: White card, Purple Card, clear gems, green pencil crayons, fun foam.

2) Butterfly Friend

I have been very blessed over the past year as I have won a few challenges, so I am giving a couple of my prizes a little outing on this card. I have to use them soon after they arrive in my craft room because if I don't, they will become items I just look at! Anyway, the Happy Little Stampers stamp set is the prize I picked for winning AAA Card Challenge in March and the Sugar Pea Designs die is from my prize for winning Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge in December.

I am also using my most favourite crafty items at the moment - my polychromos pencils. Have I told you how much I LOVE these pencils?

I'm entering this into
1) Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - All Things Bright and Beautiful (a second entry from me)
2) Shopping our Stash #357 -Our Favourite Things
3) Use Your Stuff #315 - Butterflies (a second entry for me)
4) Watercooler Wednesdays #173 - Feminine Anything Goes

I cut the grey central panel out first. Then I stamped the butterflies in versamark ink and left the stamps on the door of my Misti. The butterflies were coloured with polychromos pencils, and the panel placed back in the misti for re-stamping with versamark and then heat embossing with gold powder. The panel was attached directly onto a white mat an this attached directly onto a card blank so that it is perfect for posting.

STAMPS: Happy Little Stampers: Butterfly Birthday.
DIES: Sugar Pea Designs Card Front Element Builder
INKS: Versamark Clear
OTHER: Grey & white card, Polychromos pencils (cream, light yellow glaze, cadmium yellow, dark chrome yellow, light green, leaf green, emerald green), Detail gold embossing powder.



3) Angels

This is one of the nicest sentiments I have ever seen that fits the friendship theme. It's from the latest release by Visible Image stamps and it needed nothing more than an inky background and a frame.
I'm entering this into
1) CAS on Friday #134 - Embossing
2) Get Creative Challenge #70 - Monochromatic
3) Through The Craftroom Door 5th June - Anything Goes
4) Word Art Wednesdays #338 & #339 - Anything Goes 

The background is inked with all 3 distress inks, then using peacock feathers and random stamping, parts of the tentacles of the largest jellyfish from Dare To Swim were stamped in second generation ink, and the geometric shape from Life is Beautiful was stamped in first generation ink. The sentiment was heat embossed in white embossing powder.  I die cut a frame, popped everything together and added 3 gems to finish.

DIES: My Favourite Things Inside Out Stitched Rectangels
INKS: Versamark Clear, Distress Ink (tumbled glass, broken china, peacock feathers.
OTHER: White Card, WOW opaque bright white embossing powder, gems  

4) Masculine Friends

Men = geometric in my mind.

I thought there might be times when it would be good to give a card to a man to let them know that you still support them. So out came those really versatile geometric shapes from Visible Image. There was a bit of masking going on to get this sentiment, but it was worth it.

This card is for 4 challenges:
1) Crafty Cardmakers #213 - For a Man/Boy
2) Dream Valley Challenge #180 - For Man or Boy
3) Ellibelle's Crafty Challenge for June Make it masculine
4) Unicorn Challenge #33 - Masculine

I stamped the lines onto black card with versamark ink and heat embossed them with Verdigris EP. The circles were stamped and heat embossed with Copper Sparkle EP. The I took corresponding poly chromos pencils to add a little additional colour to the shapes. The sentiment is made up from 2 sentiments in so much stronger set and it was heat embossed in white EP and raised up on 3d Foam.

STAMPS: Visible Image: Shape It Up and So Much Stronger
INKS: Versamark Clear
EMBOSING POWDERS: WOW! Colour Blend Verdigris, Metallic Copper Sparkle & Opaque Bright White
OTHER: Black and lime green card, Polychromos pencils (light green, venetian red), 3d foam pads.


That's it from me for now. I hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx


julie_woolston said...

Gorgeous card and very effective Sharon,
Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.
Hugs Julie xxx

crafty said...

A lovely set of cards. Thank you for joining in the Crafting From the Heart challenge this week.

crafty said...

A lovely card. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Cardmakers challenge this fortnight.

Chana Harris said...

The butterflies are just gorgeous! I am so impressed and inspired by our wonderful CAS POV on all your designs!

Thanks so much for sharing with us at Shopping Our Stash!

Ellibelle said...

Such amazing cards Sharon, each one so unique and beautiful!
Thank you so much for linking up this month at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!

Macarena said...

Lovely set of cards. I like them all but my fave is the one with Angels - -so soft and elegant, love it. Thank you for joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Nonni said...

Wow Sharon... Looks like you've had amazing, creative time in your craft room! Very hard to choose a favorite from these 4 makes but maybe the card with the Visible Images sentiment is my fave -I love the background you created and that sentiment is just so beautiful. I also love the graphic, geometric look of your masculine card and the lime green card you used really pops compared with black card -funny how this card has a really colorful feel although the focal panel is mainly black! Great work. Have a fun week!

CraftyNatalie said...

Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at TTCRD this week.

maria f. said...

What a fabulous lineup. I really enjoyed your yellow/green butterflies.

Helen said...

You've made wonderful cards, Sharon. I love this beautiful CAS Angels card! The gorgeous colours and background stamping really set off the lovely white HE sentiment. Thanks so much for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Sharon these are F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S - you are simply amazing find such inspiration to put all these cards together. I honestly don't know how you manage it. Each one is bursting with technique and unique designs and I simply can't pick a favourite. Great to see you crack open the Uniko Organics set and I have to say that Butterfly Birthday set is one of my favourite HLS ones - you've worked wonders with it and such incredible colouring. Your VI takes are superb too and it's great that you've been able to showcase their products in this post too. Have a fab week and hope the sun shines xx

Gail said...

Beautiful butterflies! Love the colours. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

Theresa Pace said...

they are just fab cards. you are right about that angel sentiment. thank you for sharing it with us at TTCRD and good luck, Theresa xx

Penny Hanuszak said...

An amazing array of cards, each one special in its own style and look. I love the friendship card you created for our challenge. The bold purple and soft flowers really add a feminine touch. I also like the swirled background shapes. Thanks so much for joining our Feminine Anything Goes challenge at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Kath Ricks said...

Wonderful cards! I'm not sure which is my favorite! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges!

Trina P. said...

OUTSTANDING, Sharon! You knocked it out of the park for this challenge with this awe-inspiring collection! You don’t mess around when you get a chance to craft! Four magnificent cards all beautifully designed and perfectly executed. Amazing work, teamie! Have a wonderful week! xx

lauren bergold said...

such amazing cards, but of course you know i'm going to say that the one with the butterflies is my favorite, and i can totally see why you would love those pencils so much! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR (favorites!)STASH with us this week! ♥

Uroocreations said...

Wow!!!! Such a simple and elegant card. I love it so much...
Thanks so much for your amazing entry at Crafty Cardmakers Challenge.
Hope to see you again soon...

Good luck...
Dr Monika Tripathi Shukla

Zw@@n said...

You've been busy, Sharon. Your cards are stunning. Thank you for joining us at CAS on Friday. Luv, Wilma

Izzy Scrap said...

While some of us have no more mojo, there are others like you that are full of creativity ! And what beauties ! All as beautiful as each other and with so different styles ! I particularly love your card with the butterflies, what pretty colors and with the golden embossing, it is simply striking ! The polychromos pencils are the first products that made up my stash, a gift from my husband (he did not know by that time there would be many others !). Gorgeous blue background too for your Angels card and a very beautiful sentiment ! You rock, Shanon ! Have a wonderful weekend ! Hugs x

Viv said...

Wow so many lovely creations here Sharon, I love them all equally too, great selection ;) Viv xx

Neets B said...

Wow, four cards Sharon, and all fabulous! I love the green/purple theme on your first, so pretty with the purple blended panels either side. I think the butterfly one is my favourite, love the colour combo here, the yellow/green/gold looks fabulous, must remember that one. A gorgeous sentiment on your third and great background stamping, and you do masculine so well, I have literally no masculine cards in my stock! Great work xx

Patti H. said...

Looks like you have been a busy girl! I love all 4 of these wonderful creations. The angel sentiment is perfect along with your clean & simple design. The curved lines on your gorgeous purple & green card is such an interesting design also. Thanks for sharing!