23 Jun 2018

Less Is More #374 - Using a 'bits box' item


Hi! Today I am ashamed...…I am SO ashamed. Why? Well the new challenge at Less is More is to use an item from your 'bits box'...and my shame is that I have an incredibly large collection of 'bits boxes and folders'.

Fancy a nosey in my craft room to take a look at them? (Plus a bonus on the end of this video is how I made the first card with the foiling).

We have a fantastic guest designer joining us at LIM for this challenge: it is our April winner, Skye from Blue Sky blog and the card she made is gorgeous.

Also if you hop to the challenge blog you'll find some fantastic inspiration from the design team, as well as seeing a little bit of news from Sarah.

So, to my cards:

1) Saving an inky mess

How do you save a sentiment that you made a right pigs-ear of darkening around the outside edges? Well, just scribble with a tool and some silver foil, and no-one will know it was originally a mess!

This one is for
Addicted to stamps and more! #297 - Make Your Mark (I hope hand scribbled foiling counts)
International Art And Soul #35 - Sentiment as main focus
CAS(E) this sketch #277 - a loose interpretation of the sketch

STAMPS: Visible Image - Voices In Your Head
DIES: MFT Inside Out Stitched Rectangles
INKS: Probably Distress Inks and Versafine
OTHER: We R Memory Keepers Heatwave foil pen and foils, gems.3d foam.

2) Why didn't I use that hand coloured strip?

And a pretty, coloured-in strip can take centre stage on a CAS card. The only thing that wasn't in my bits boxes was the hearts embellishment. There's lots of shimmer on this one from the sparkly gelli roll pens that I used on that strip - I was going to use it on a LIM week with a theme of sparkle(many moons ago).

This one is for:
Addicted to Stamps #165 - Black and White and One Other Colour
Creative Moments #145 - Anything Goes
Retarte #123 - Anything Goes  (It's their 4th anniversary ...Congratulations!!)

STAMPS: Uniko Flower Power 1, and I am still searching for the sentiment stamp.
DIES: Sugar Pea Designs - Card Front Element Builder
INKS: Possibly Versafine onyx black.
OTHER: Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll Pens (black and purple), metal heart embellishment.


3) Ah-teeeeeennnnnn-tion! A full die cut?

I couldn't believe it when I found this soldier (all inked up and glued together) at the bottom of my die-cut bits box. All the other items were also in the bits box. So this one was simply glued onto a card base and the whole thing complete in under 5 minutes!!!

For The Male Room Challenge …...I'm really excited about the up-coming Disney movie (due to be released in November this year) called 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms' - have you seen the trailer?? Click here to watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ktuvx9hrMw

As this card has been inspired by that film I'm entering it into
the male room challenge #88 - inspired by a film (see above)
The Crafter's Café #196 - for a child
Watercooler Wednesdays #175 - Masculine Anything Goes (masculine Christmas Cards are so hard to do, aren't they?)

DIES: Tim Holtz Toy Soldier bigz die,  Die'sire sentiment, Memory Box Contempo Circle Border
INKS: A distress ink on the soldier.


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


Cathy said...

Fantastic cards Sharon, reat tip with the foil to cover up inky booboos too! Cathy x

Leigh Penner said...

Great cards!

Hazel said...

Your cards made with bits are a great idea. The sentiment is cool too. Thank you for joining us at IAAS. Hazel x

Jane said...

Oh your nutcracker is absolutely perfect! And the film does sound like it’s going to be a good one for Christmas. Thanks for joining in with the Inspired by a Film challenge at The Male Room.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

I'm so glad you found your toy soldier, it's perfect for the film title, well done on the design for such a quick card. (Love your others too) Thank you so much for joining us in our Film Title challenge at The Male Room this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

Faith The Male Room DT
Daffodil Cards {My Blog}

The Male Room

Maria Pilar said...

Love your CAS card. Really elegant
Thanks for joining us at Retarte 123. I invite you to comment in our blogs to win the sponsor prizes for our Anniversary.
Maria Pilar DT

Trina P. said...

No need to be ashamed, Sharon! For being off pieces, you sure are organized. I throw everything together. 😂 Fun video, and I do hope you do something with that rainbow panel... I love rainbows and that was a gorgeous piece.
Now you’ve created three fantastic cards using your ‘bits’!... especially your soldier card. Love the sparkle and cool design on your second. Your first card is simple and cool. You nailed this challenge! Great job! xx

Inkyfingers said...

Your hand scribbled foiling certainly does count Sharon and I love how you rescued that fabulous sentiment panel. Such a great design!
Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM and I hope you will join us again soon.
Carol x

Furrbster said...

Wow I love all these cards I do love going through my bits boxes as it can sometimes lead to a very quick card being produced (although often leads to lots of rummaging and 'ooh I forgot I had that', which ends up taking longer altogether lol).

Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Moments for our stitching twist :) I noticed it on there,

Hugz Tinz

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Well you've certainly got the WOW-factor going on here Sharon and looks like you have some awesome pieces in your bits box(es)! You make it look so easy with everything matching so seamlessly on each card. Absolutely love them all. Thanks for everything your doing with the challenge and your support is just overwhelming! Hugs xx

Gail said...

That soldier looks great against all those little circles. It can be lots of fun to go through the 'bits and bobs' pile. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

cass said...

Great soldier card. Thank you for entering your wonderful creation at The Crafter's Cafe this fortnight for our "For a child" challenge.

Nandini said...

Very beautiful cards. Love all of them! Thank you for joining us at the ATSM challenges. Hoping to see you again soon. Nandini, DT

Neets B said...

These are fabulous, Sharon. Love the foiling detail, a great save for that panel. Those shimmery purple strips look great against the crisp white, and what a fabulous little find that soldier is! I really need to organise my bits better, mine are all just thrown randomly in folders which is why I never really revisit them. I'm off work this week so you've encouraged me to have a little sort out :) xx

Izzy Scrap said...

First, sorry for being late in commenting ! And me who thought that I have a lot of bits in my boxes...I'm so please to see that you have at least 3 times more ! 😄
And you have stunning pieces such as the rainbow panel and the orange/yellow panel(seems to be alcohol inks) ! In fact for this challenge, you were spoiled for choice ! Love your three gorgeous cards, it's fun to see how each of us have created such different cards only with leftovers ! Love this challenge, and I will try to play again with it more often ! Have a fabulous week ! xx

Lucille K said...

Oh, I do like all 3 of your cards. My favorite is the sentiment card :)

Nonni said...

Sorry for visiting so late this time, Sharon! Love all your makes... Your "bits" box is filled with treasures!! Especially that soldier! So fun you were now able to make quick cards with all these leftovers. I love the foiling in your first card, so artsy and interesting looking and the layout of your second card is super!! I love all the angles in that design. Have a great rest of the week!

Jirawadee Susanthitapong said...

Gorgeous card! I really love your card design. Thank you for joining Addicted to Stamps challenge.

Deborah Frings said...

Fabulous set of cards! I adore that little Nutcracker - perfect for the film title! Thanks so much for playing along with our Film Title challenge at The Male Room. Deborah, DT. PS Sorry to be so late commenting!!