Saturday, 5 August 2017

Less is More Week #340

Good morning

And welcome back to another Saturday morning where I'm introducing this week's challenge over at Less is More.  And week one of the month means we have a Colour challenge for you.



This is a colour challenge so you don't need to use fruit images.


I Googled tropical fruit images and the array of colours are gorgeous.

So, for my first card I chose the red, orange/yellow and green shades of a mango.


I chose to blend Distress Inks through a balloon stencil and what I actually seem to have created is an actual mango on a string! :D This was super simple, I just built up the ink very gradually and then stamped the curly sentiment as the string, hand drawing in the little knot with a black fineliner pen.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: MFT - Big Balloons
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Lawn Fawn - Scripty Sayings

Challenge entries:

CASology - Week 260 - Juicy (a mango is certainly juicy!)
CAS on Friday - Challenge #113 - Exotic (mango)
STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge




For my second card I just had to ink up some of my new stamps from the August release at Clearly Besotted...


I chose lots of tropical fruit colours for this one, e.g. lychee, kiwi, banana, pineapple, and various greens such as guava, papaya, etc. I stamped the main image in VersaMark and heat embossed in white.  I then watercoloured with my Zig markers.  The panel was die cut with a diagonal stitched rectangle and adhered directly to the card base.  The sentiment is embossed in white on a strip of purple cardstock...a little nod to passion fruit!  I would have liked the colours to be a little more vibrant but I didn't want to overwork the watercolour (as I always tend to do!) so I left it as is.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - One in a Million, Tiny Type
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangles
  • Watercoloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Challenge entries:

Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes (I'm not adding the topping this time)
Happy Little Stampers - August Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (optional twist: bloom)
House of Cards - August Challenge - Floral and/or colours
Uniko - Challenge #42 - Flowers
Simply Create Too - Challenge #130 - Use Flowers





Thanks so much for your visit.  A couple of my teamies at LIM are taking a break this week but there's still lots of inspiration over at the main challenge blog and please do follow their personal links as there may be more to inspire you.

Have a lovely weekend!


17 comments:

  1. Gorgeous cards Anita, love the colours, that balloon just pops! Cathy x

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  2. Wonderful inspiration from you, Anita! Your mango-balloon looks gorgeous -great blending! Your Zig coloring in your second card... Wow! Stunning. I love the soft look of white heat embossed image and watercoloring. The decorative edges add a lot of interest. Enjoy your weekend! xxx

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  3. A mango on a string!! Love it, Anita :) Your ink blending is perfect and the juicy balloon brings the tropical colours to life. I adore your second card too. I have been eyeing up that Clearly Besotted release and had just persuaded myself that I didn't need any more floral images at the moment UNTIL I say this! Great watercolouring and a super elegant design. Have a great weekend x

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  4. Two gorgeous cards Anita ! Love your mango balloon, your blending is so neat ! And I love the sentiment as the string, so clever ! Your floral card is stunning with these tropical colors ! Love the diagonal stitched cut too ! Have a great weekend! xx

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  5. These are fab, Anita! The balloon is so vibrant and carefree, and I love the sentiment string... brilliant! The new Clearly Besotted florals are lovely and I think the diagonal stitch border was such an effective way of framing them and looks fantastic. Have a great weekend! x

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  6. Fantastic cards, Anita. Themango balloon card is so fun with the sentiment string. Your second floral card is gorgeous. You've captured the whole spectrum of Tropical Fruit colours. My wish list for Clearly Besotted is huge. Love these. Have a great week. ๐Ÿ˜Š Trina xx

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  7. Your ink blending on your first card is flawless and the colors you picked for your floral images are so pretty!

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  8. What a stunning balloon. Love, love, love your creative use of color. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

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  9. Beautiful...love your balloon string, so clever!

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  10. Love your cards Anita, especially the balloon !

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  11. Awesome colored balloon and very pretty bday card! Thanks for joining in at STB.

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  12. Love your "mango" balloon - the colors are gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at CASology this week!

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  13. wow, amazing cards Anita! Your watercolouring is beautiful!! I love the design and colour choices. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

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  14. Simply luscious! Love them both - your inking of that balloon is perfection and I just knew you'd go for that floral newbie from CBS. You've certainly showcased it beyond brilliant. Swooning - looks like I might NEED that one too now!!!! LOL. Have a great week teamie. x

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  15. Two fab cards here Anita,love the bright colours and pretty stamping too ;) hugs Viv xx

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  16. Oops! I'm back! Forgot to thank you for entering this delightful floral card over at uniko! What a stunner in the gallery as well as your fan muse card too. Thanks so much sweetie. X

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  17. Stunning! I love this card! Beautifully done with the embossing and watercoloring! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards!!

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