Saturday, 12 August 2017

Challenge #341 - OLC Vehicle

Hey there LIMettes, we're back with another challenge for you and it's that all time favourite ... or should we say feared? Yes we are back round to the ONE LAYER week - so no additional layers whatsoever, very minimal embellishments (if at all) and all stamping / images directly on the cardbase itself! EASY? Yeah?

Before we announce the details of the challenge we've some more sad news this morning. We are losing another of our awesome teamies. With a heavy heart, Esther, has had to make the decision to step down from the team immediately. She had hoped to stay on for a few more weeks but away from blogland she's had a BIG promotion at work which is seriously eating into her crafty time.

Since Esther joined the team and even before she's been a massive support in terms of inspiring us all with her unique creativity and dropping in on so many blogs with such encouraging feedback. Not only that but last year she took over the organisation of our Facebook page and completely overhauled the way we market the blog on there. We're all going to miss her but wish her well for the future and every success and congratulations in the new job. 

We're sure you'll miss her incredibly too and hopefully she'll still pop in to play along with us now and again and if we're lucky she may agree to guest design for an odd challenge when life settles down a little. 

So onto the challenge and we've got a fantastic selection of ideas from our superb design team this week and we're also joined by Marge, winner of our collaboration challenge with AAA Cards a few weeks ago. If you've never visited Marge's blog before then you are missing a treat. Her CAS designs are fantastic and her colouring is sheer perfection. Do pop along and leave her some love if you have a moment. 

So let's get down to the challenge and here's the CUE card, which should be straightforward enough, followed by examples from Marge and the Design Team to get you started ...





Taking a break this week


Taking a break


Our fantastic sponsor for the challenges throughout August is Seven Hills Crafts so do make sure you join in every week throughout the month to be eligible for our prize of a gift certificate to their online store.


As always please keep your designs Clean & Simple with lots of clean white / blank space and do check our Challenge Guidelines at the top right of the blog along with our 'How to Play' page at the top.

We hope you'll feel inspired to play along with us and have some fun.

Don't forget to check out our Facebook Page slideshows, throughout the week HERE especially on Wednesday, when we showcase our random selection of early entries to the challenge and Fridays, when we'll be revealing our ShowCASe favourites from the previous week's challenge.

There's also an Instagram page for our challenge; you can find it HERE and if you post your cards to instagram then please tag us in your post using @lessismorechallenge so that we can hop along and 'like' your creations.


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Friday, 11 August 2017

ShowCASe #339 - Pierce Your Project

Hi there LIMettes it's time for our weekly ShowCASe post and as usual it wasn't an easy task for us. So many incredible piercings to your projects and we've just loved seeing all of your cards in our gallery. 

They inspire us every week and we hope you agree with our ShowCASe choices below!

So here goes, in order of entry for 



Elaine

Not only is Elaine's embossed design wonderfully watercoloured in gorgeous vibrant colours, we love how she chose to sew the panel to the base with fabulously flawless stitching. 

Elizabeth

Less is More Challenge #339 - Pierce Your Project
This design is just so cute with the quirky offset frame, and the pretty flower brads are a brilliant choice to pair with that sweet sentiment too.

Marjeta


We couldn't let this ShowCASe pass by without praising this striking card.  Who knew that straight stitches could create such a stunning poinsettia?  Great work!



Congratulations ladies and please help yourself to a ShowCASe badge from the page at the top of the blog with our thanks. We hope you'll display it proudly on your individual blogs.

We're sure you'll agree these are a wonderful bunch and worthy of our ShowCASe badge. Do pop along and congratulate them on their win if you have a minute.


We'll also be showCASing all of our winners' cards on our Facebook page so why not hop on over and give us a 'thumbs up'! Here's the link you need to take you there. Sadly our Facebook expert and whizz kid; Esther is taking a break so the sophisticated video will be a picture album this week.

As always there's still time to enter our current challenge


which ends at 10pm BST this evening before we announce the new one at 8am BST tomorrow morning.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Challenge #340 - Tropical Fruits

Hey there LIMettes, we're back with another challenge for you and being the first Saturday of the month it's back round to our colour challenge and time to introduce our wonderful sponsor for this month's challenge. 

We are delighted to welcome back Seven Hills Crafts and massive thanks to owner, Tara, for her continuing generous support of our challenges. What's more, Tara is our Guest Designer for this week's challenge so read on and swoon at her delicious card below ...



Here's our Cue Card for the week and you'll see we're looking for 'Tropical Fruit' colours BUT there's no need to use fruit images! Anything will do so long as we can see some fruity shades and your project is CLEAN and SIMPLE of course!



Here's what Tara and the design team have to inspire you and do check out their personal blogs if you have the time as there could be a couple of bonus cards there!


Taking a break 






As always please keep your designs Clean & Simple with lots of clean white / blank space and do check our Challenge Guidelines at the top right of the blog along with our 'How to Play' page at the top.

We hope you'll feel inspired to play along with us and have some fun.

Don't forget to check out our Facebook Page slideshows, throughout the week HERE especially on Wednesday, when we showcase our random selection of early entries to the challenge and Fridays, when we'll be revealing our ShowCASe favourites from the previous week's challenge.

There's also an Instagram page for our challenge; you can find it HERE and if you post your cards to instagram then please tag us in your post using @lessismorechallenge so that we can hop along and 'like' your creations.


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Friday, 4 August 2017

ShowCASe #338 - Anything But Stamps

Hi there LIMettes it's time for our weekly ShowCASe post and we are also including details of our monthly winner here too!

It's never an easy job to select our favourites and we love to see all of your cards in our gallery. They inspire us every week and we hope you agree with our ShowCASe choices!

So here goes, in order of entry for 





Sandie
The black, white and gold combo is so elegant. The layering of the die-cuts all concentrated
 in the centre, leaves plenty of wonderful white space and is CAS at its best.

The stencilled clear embossed background is brilliant. It added fabulous texture and shine.  
A soft and subtle CAS card with a big impact. 

The rich emerald shade of green with flecks of gold is gorgeous  Love the stacked diecut panel 
and embossed butterfly for dimension.  A classy CAS card packed with many fabulous details. 


Congratulations ladies and please help yourself to a ShowCASe badge from the page at the top of the blog with our thanks. We hope you'll display it proudly on your individual blogs.

We're sure you'll agree these are a wonderful bunch and worthy of our ShowCASe badge. Do pop along and congratulate them on their win if you have a minute.


Our first ShowCASe of the month also signals the announcement of our winner from the previous month and our lucky winner for July will be receiving a prize from our generous sponsor Happy Little Stampers

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Thank you to everyone who has taken part this month and we've thoroughly enjoyed seeing your beautiful cards in our gallery. It's always a tough decision to select just one winner but here goes with our winner for this month...
LIM, CAS, Distress inks, Leaves
Viv is a regular contributor at Less is More and hardly misses a week, usually entering more than once with her incredibly elegant and CAS designs which work perfectly in our challenges.  She's always dropping in at other blogs along the way leaving encouraging feedback in the true spirit of Less is More every time! 

Congratulations Viv and many thanks so much for all your support. Please take a Prize Winner badge from the page at the top of the blog! We hope you'll display it with pride on your blog with our congratulations and thanks. We'd also like to offer you the opportunity to be our Guest Designer for one of our future challenges so please contact us by email for details of how to claim your prize at LIM2011@gmx.com

We'll also be showCASing all of our winners' cards on our Facebook page so why not hop on over and give us a 'thumbs up'! Here's the link you need to take you there.

As always there's still time to enter our current challenge



which ends at 10pm BST this evening before we announce the new one at 8am BST tomorrow morning.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Challenge #339 - Pierce Your Project



Hey there LIMettes, have you got that Saturday morning feeling? Ready for a new challenge? 

Before we announce the details we have some sad news to share with you .... This week our super-talented Team Member, Sarah G is stepping down from the Less is More design team. Sadly life and work have taken over and made it increasingly difficult for her to keep up with the demands of the challenge too. Her weekly input of inspirational, fun and quirky designs will be missed by all, especially her friends on the team, but we wish her well and hope she'll continue to pop in and play along when time allows. 


On to this week's challenge and being a 5-Saturday month we have a Lucky Dip one for you! Here's our cue card with details of what's needed 



We'd like to see paper piercing, brads, eyelets, sewing, etc.



And once again, our sponsor this week is Happy Little Stampers so please do play along for a chance to win a prize.

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We can't wait to see how you take this one but as always our Design Team have worked their magic to inspire you so read on to see their examples.
















Taking a break





Taking a break


Please do check out their personal blogs if you have the time as there could be a couple of bonus cards there!


As always please keep your designs Clean & Simple with lots of clean white / blank space and do check our Challenge Guidelines at the top right of the blog along with our 'How to Play' page at the top.

We hope you'll feel inspired to play along with us and have some fun.

Don't forget to check out our Facebook Page slideshows, throughout the week HERE especially on Wednesday, when we showcase our random selection of early entries to the challenge and Fridays, when we'll be revealing our ShowCASe favourites from the previous week's challenge.

There's also an Instagram page for our challenge; you can find it HERE and if you post your cards to instagram then please tag us in your post using @lessismorechallenge so that we can hop along and 'like' your creations.


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Friday, 28 July 2017

ShowCASe #336 & #337 - ONE layer Coloured Cardbase

Hi there LIMettes, it's time for our weekly ShowCASe post and we are also including details of the JOINT winner following our challenge collaboration with AAA CAS Cards here too!


Team members from both challenges have put their heads together to come up with ONE winner but we each have our own ShowCASe entries so it'll be interesting to see if there are any similarities.  Do pop across to the AAA Cards blog HERE for their results too.

It's never an easy job to select our favourites and we love to see all of your cards in our gallery.  They inspire us every week and we hope you agree with our ShowCASe choices!  You certainly pulled out all the stops and worked so hard on those non-white card-bases, made especially tricky on ONE layer. 


So first up with our winner and we've chosen...

#96 Marge Crafts



Marge choose a light grey card stock with is just perfect for this beautifully colored floral image.
The flowers just pop off this card and look dimensional.  Amazing!


 Congratulations, please contact Jane with your details - aaacardchallenge@gmail.com



We'd also like to offer you as the winner the opportunity to be our Guest Designer for one of our future challenges so please contact us by email for details of how to arrange this - LIM2011@gmx.com




And now for our ShowCASe favourites, in order of entry...




#11 Michelle W



Michelle's use of tone on tone clear embossing with white pencil accents and gentle blending was the perfect combination to create this super feminine card.


#60 Aileen



A beautiful design on kraft card stock.  Aileen's color choices are amazing, beautiful, bright and cheerful.  Anyone would be thrilled to receive this beautiful card.


#94 TaeEun



TaeEun has such great skills with colouring pencils and this card is just stunning.  The white anemone with purple accents just comes to life on this black background.  Fabulous!



Congratulations ladies and please help yourself to a ShowCASe badge from the page at the top of the blog with our thanks. We hope you'll display it proudly on your individual blogs.

We're sure you'll agree these are a wonderful bunch and worthy of our ShowCASe badge. Do pop along and congratulate them on their win if you have a minute.



We'll also be showCASing all of our winners' cards on our Facebook page so why not hop on over and give us a 'thumbs up'! Here's the link you need to take you there.

As always there's still time to enter our current challenge



which ends at 10pm BST this evening before we announce the new one at 8am BST tomorrow morning.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Challenge #338 - NO Stamps!

Hey there LIMettes

Firstly, we want to thank you for joining us over the last two weeks for our collaboration challenge with AAA Cards, we've had a fantastic number of entries and really want to say thank you for your support.  

This week we're back with another RECIPE challenge for you so check out the Cue Card below. 


So lock away those stamps for this week only as we don't want to see any stamping on your project. Feel free to use die-cutting, dry-embossing, stencilling, hand-drawn doodles/sentiments, minimal embellishments in a CLEAN and SIMPLE way.



Here's what the design team have to inspire you and please do check out their personal blogs if you have the time as there could be a couple of bonus cards there!






















Taking a break





As always please keep your designs Clean & Simple with lots of clean white / blank space and do check our Challenge Guidelines at the top right of the blog along with our 'How to Play' page at the top.

We hope you'll feel inspired to play along with us and have some fun.

Don't forget to check out our Facebook Page slideshows, throughout the week HERE especially on Wednesday, when we showcase our random selection of early entries to the challenge and Fridays, when we'll be revealing our ShowCASe favourites from the previous week's challenge.

There's also an Instagram page for our challenge; you can find it HERE and if you post your cards to instagram then please tag us in your post using @lessismorechallenge so that we can hop along and 'like' your creations.


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