7 Jul 2018

Less Is More #375 - Olive & Tangerine

Hi. I'm trying a new layout for my Less is More posts today. I think it will make the posts load a lot faster and there definitely won't be as much scrolling to do! Should I keep this style or go back to my normal style? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Anyway, today is our regular colour challenge

and because it is the first challenge of July (crikey - July already?) we have a new sponsor for the month and it is the fabulous:

We're also joined by our May winner, the super Lynne from Lynne's Loft and her card is so gorgeous! Please pop over to her blog to leave her some commenting love, and while you're off visiting it is definitely worth heading to the LIM challenge blog for some fantastic inspiration from the rest of our design team (don't forget  you can often get additional inspiration on their blogs too).

Okay, so I have 3 cards for you with this great colour theme.

1) Smile

I finally decided to break out the fab squares border from a set of Uniko stamps that I've had for ages. Now that I have used it once I can see that I will definitely use it again. I love the graphic look that you can get with it.
This card is for:
Addicted to Stamps and More! #299 - Clean and Simple
Shopping Our Stash #361 - Geometric Patterns
The Crafters Café Challenge - Keep It Simple

To make it, cut the panel with the scallop die then black heat emboss the border along one side of the panel. Colour in random squares with distress markers. Cut the sentiment 4 times from white card and glue 3 of them together. Black heat emboss the 4th sentiment and then glue it to the other three. Attach the panel to the card blank with 3d foam, then glue the sentiment in place.

STAMPS: Uniko Background Builders: Squared
DIES: Altenew Halftone Smile, Sugar Pea Designs card front builder
INKS: Versamark Clear
OTHER: Distress Markers (crushed olive & spiced marmalade), Heat It Up! glossy black embossing powder, White card, fun foam.

2) Birthday Flowers

Nothing says summer or feminine more to me than some beautiful flowers, Here I've tried to represent some flowers against a background of green for the grass and a beautiful orange sky sunset. The flowers are all sparkling in the evening glow of the sun.

I'd like to pop this in to:
Crazy for CAS #8 - Summer (I think it is my first time playing here)
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - Flowers ( I hope die cuts count!)
Watercooler Wednesday WWC177 - Feminine

Here I cut a card front panel and then die cut a window in it. On a spare piece of card the two distress inks were blended and it was glued behind the window, then the whole panel was attached to a card blank. The sentiment was cut out 3 times and each word stacked on top of each other. The bouquet was die cut once, then using the smaller dies, the bud and the large flower were cut out twice more and these were glued on top of the corresponding parts of the main bouquet. Glue the bouquet to the card over the window then glue the sentiment to the card. Finish the card with stickles on the flowers and leave it to dry.

DIES: Sugar Pea Designs card front builder, My Favourite Things inside out rectangles, Wild Rose Studios woodland posy, Die'Sire happy birthday
INKS: Distress Inks (crushed olive & spiced marmalade)
OTHER: White card, stardust Stickles.


3) Chirrup!

After our last LIM challenge I thought I would carry on and use another item that was in my 'bits box' this week. The cat had been waiting to be used for a long time, and as it was the right colour for this challenge I though I'd finally use it.

I'm entering this into:
Passion For Promarkers #450 - add a sentiment
Show Us Your Pussycats Challenge #32 - Furrything Goes. It's my first time playing here.
Sunny Day Crafting #CH26 - Any Animal. It's my first time here too.

On a stitched die cut panel blend distress ink through the Visible Image stencil fairly darkly, then remove the stencil and blend again over the top with the same colour, but using much lighter strokes. Stamp the 'Chirrup' from the STAMPlorations set onto the panel, then the 'feel better' from the Clearly Besotted set underneath it. Stamp the birds from the Altenew set so that they are perching on the sentiment. Using a separate piece of card, mask off the work 'soon' from the 'you'll be flying again soon' sentiment in the birds of paradise set, and stamp that in orange then edge it in olive green. Glue the cat and the 'soon' sentiment onto the panel and add glossy accents to the cat's eyes and nose. When the glossy accents are dry add the panel to a card blank.

STAMPS: Stampers Anonymous crazy cats, Altenew shadow play, Clearly Besotted simple silhouettes, STAMPlorations birds of paradise.
STENCILS: Visible Image distorted chess
DIES: Sugar Pea Designs card front builder
INKS: Distress Inks (crushed olive & spiced marmalade)
OTHER: White card, stencil brush,  crushed olive Distress Marker, glossy accents, promarkers


Well, that's it from me for now. I do hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you back here again soon.

Sharon xx


Nonni said...

Amazing post, Sharon! I think the layout works very well and is so pleasing for the eye. I love your cards -as always you've rocked the challenge theme! Love the funny cat with the wonky looking background -such a fun card. The soft look of your second card is so so pretty, very summery and fresh! And thanks for using those Uniko squares -I have this set too and have completely forgotten about it. Thanks for the inspiration! xxx

Huny said...

Love CAS cards and less is often more.

It's not an easy technique - it takes style. Also the quality of the card.
These are beautiful.

Heidi Weaver said...

Hi Sharon, what a wonderful trio of cards. I love the way you've shown three stunning ways to use those challenge colours. That wonderful birthday card simply takes my breath away. I love the clean and simple look which actually took so much planning and work. Strange how "clean and simple" is usually not very simple to create. Your combination of die-cuts is gorgeous. Love the dimension of the stacked die-cut birthday sentiment. Love the background blend of distress inks. Actually there is nothing here that I don't love. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Karen Brown said...

Your birthday flowers are stunning!

Erica said...

I love these cards...each is different, but I have a fave and it's the smile one because I love how you used that image to sneak in the olive and tangerine.

Trina P. said...

A trio of incredible cards, Sharon! You put me to shame... I struggled to make those colours work. Awesome graphic card... you should enter that first card in the current Time Out challenge. Beautiful floral card. Love the white diecut sentiment. And finally that cat is just too cool. I can see why you’ve been waiting to pull it out from your bits box to complete a card with it. Looks fantastic! Great job teammie! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! xx

Helen said...

All your cards are just beautiful, Sharon. Your birthday card is very special with the beautiful window of colour to highlight the white die cuts! I love it's elegance and simplicity! Thanks so much for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week!

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Sunny Day Crafting, good luck!!! Amy DT

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at ATSM, good luck!!! Amy DT

lauren bergold said...

oh wow! AMAZINGLY beautiful CAS cards! of course i'm bound to say that the one with the squares is my favorite, right? seeing as you made it for our geometric challenge at SHOPPING OUR STASH! ♥

Janis Lewis said...

So Cute! All of your cards are so artistic. Love them. Thanks for sharing with us at Sunny Day Crafting.
I have a new scrapbooking challenge blog if you are also a scrapbooker. Would love you to link up your layouts! Bimini Moose Scrapbook Challenges
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Kath Ricks said...

3 wonderfully different cards using those challenge colors! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!

The Crafty Den said...

Apologies for the late comment. 3 beautiful cards Sharon. Thanks for sharing at PFP for our 'add a sentiment' challenge. Hugs, Denise x

Izzy Scrap said...

Three wonderful cards, Sharon ! I can see with pleasure that this challenge also inspired you with the beauties you've done here! I love the geometrical card with the colored tiny squares and this bold sentiment, a great masculine card so hard for me to do! Cute card with the cat watching the birds, it has such a funny face ! But my favourite is the white flowers die cuts over this gorgeous summer sunset. So delicate and feminine and even more with the white sentiment die cut ! You totally rock again for this challenge ! Hugs xx

Creative Arts and Crafts said...

Cute cards... good color combination. Thanks for joining us on The crafter’s cafe challenge blog.
Varsha DT

Viv said...

Gorgeous cards as always Sharon.Love the colour combo and all so very different too, well done! Love the layout too, easy to read and look at pics, I would say keep it ;) Viv xx

ike said...

Fantastic cards - I like very much your new style. The kitty card is excellent. Such a brilliant background for him - LUV it.
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Neets B said...

Fab use of the challenge colours, teamie. The geometric one is so simple yet really packs a punch with the bold black. The florals over the blended window look so pretty, gorgeous layout and lovely use of these die cuts. And great work with your 'bit' from your box. That stencilled background looks so effective behind the ginger tom. Great work.
And loving your new post layout, its a great way to view the info and the photo at the same time. xx

Yvonne van Bruggen said...

Beautiful cards, love them :)
Thank you for joining us at Crazy for CAS this challenge!