Monday, April 2, 2012

Less is more Easter

I think I'm going to try to do at least one CAS card a week, to practice my stamping & design skills. Boy, they do require a lot of time, planning & precision! I had some great inspiration for this; see my challenge list at the bottom of this post.

Less is More Week 61
The color combo at Less is More (right) gave me quite a challenge, as I really wanted to capture the lovely grayish-pink but didn't have a matching ink (or marker, or paper...). I ended up inking the stamps with a silver and then a pink to create this soft impression. I'm so glad I had to get creative!

I stamped right onto the white card; no glue involved. I added adhesive MS flower gemstones. The flowers are colored with a pink SU! watercolor crayon; I actually applied the crayon to a separate piece of paper, and painted the card itself with a water brush. The ink ran a bit, but I like how it softened the lines.

This is my very first ever one-layer card! I didn't have to make it one-layer, but the design I chose really lent itself to that, and it seemed that an great extra challenge. I have the talented & supportive Less is More Design Team to thank for this, especially Mandi, with whom I had a lovely email conversation about CAS. Having spent my twenties in creative academics, I totally understand the concept of perfecting the rules of something ... once you get those rules down, you can break them! So I'm still in "following the rules" mode ... and it's fun!

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #154

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #154: Photo Inspiration (right)
Less is More Week 61: Color/Photo Inspiration

Dotted frames: Fiskars
Flower border: Studio G
Bunnies: stash

Silver: ColorBox
Pink: Martha Stewart
Pear Tart & Rose Bud: Memento
Spanish Olive: VersaMagic

Update: This card was chosen as Favorite for AnnaBelle Bling Sketch Challenge #48! I'm blown away. Definitely a sign that I should keep up with my CAS cards!


  1. What a fantastic first one-layer card! I still find them hard, though I think I find them easier when I don't have to do them (if that makes sense!). A wonderful combination of stamps.

  2. This is a super card, in fact only the challenge in the second week of each month at "Less is More" needs to be specifically One Layer, although of course they are acceptable at any time.
    Great job!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  3. What a lovely Easter card CG! Perfect for this weeks AnnaBelle Sketch Challenge. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  4. What a lovely Easter card CG! Perfect for this weeks AnnaBelle Sketch Challenge. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  5. lovley card, cute colors and image

    Thanks for sharing at cupcake inspirations

    sweetie dt

  6. This is absolutely ADORABLE!!! LOVE the bunnies in the circles and the bits on bling! Fabulous! :)

  7. SUPER one-layer card! You are totally creative, gf! I love it!

  8. Perfect one layer card, and a gorgeous one for Easter!
    TFS with us this week :)

  9. ADORABLE!!! Love the bunnies and the flowers and that little bit of bling at the bottom. A real beauty.


  10. WOW! This is amazing! So pretty! Thank you so much for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations and good luck!
    Rene :D

  11. It's great to see what you can make when your challenged isn't it :0) bravo for making a one layer card the pretty design :0)
    Jenny x

  12. Like your plan!
    lovely card, the bunnies look real cute
    Thank you very much
    "Less is More!

  13. This is gorgeous! Such softness and I'm in awe of the one layer thing :)

  14. Oh this is uber cute!!!

    Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations this week!

    Hugs, Michele

  15. Perfect one layer card {something I find really hard to do}! Thanks so much for playing along with us at AnnaBelle Stamps!

  16. This is brilliant! I love how you've made the sketch work on a one layer card!


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