Sunday, July 31, 2011


The following is my submission for the Less Is More challenge #26.... and 25 .... and 24 ..... and 23 ...... and 22........... LOL LOL

I've been really busy over the last month at work with budget season in full swing, and here at home finally getting my craft room done. So while I tried to make cards, I didn't finish most of them by the deadlines and for all of them, was too lazy to pull out the photo tent to take pictures. I hope you don't mind the huge post, but feel free to blow past everything below the current challenge. :D

LIM#26 Something Fruity
I bought this Unity stamp because I liked the way it looked, but then couldn't think of a darn thing to do with it. Thankfully I did buy it because of all the stamps I own, this is the ONLY one with fruit. Butterfly and birds stamps i have by the dozens, but fruit stamps .....

If you look carefully you'll see that the pear with the dark label has a very slightly different stamped image. That is due to the card stock. My Big Shot die plates are really old and all the cuts in it leave an impression on card stock. So now days I use an extra piece of white on top of whatever I'm cutting so the "cuts" in the plate don't come through onto the piece I'm cutting. Well when I was trying to decide how to color the stamp, I reached for a scrap piece of white to see how the Pear and Artichoke looked together. It looked good so I colored the stamp again and stamped it out on a clean piece of CS (light colored labeled card). It was then that I noticed how the scrap piece had taken the ink and I really liked the effect. So I cut both the good image and the scrap image down and made two cards. :)
~Unity Stamp; Pear Pizazz and Always Artichoke card stock and ink; twine; Memory Box Pastry Labels die~

LIM#25 Ribbon & Buttons and Sunday Snippets #30
This first card was inspired by a couple of ladies on blogspot though I can't remember where I saw their cards (I think one is Shirley's); however I remember loving the pink with the black. So I made a flower, found a pretty bright pink button, pulled out two pieces of pink ribbon and pearls and ta-da ..... a very busy and very not CAS card. **sigh**
So I went back to the drawing board and made the kite card. I used the fabulous ribbon as the inspiration for coloring (the wonderful ribbon was gifted to me by one of my very favorite blog friends), dug through my Basic Grey and SU! buttons, trimmed out the kites with a scrap of blue and called it done. Much more CAS than the first one; and though I don't normally get into really bright colors, I have to admit I really like how this turned out. :) With the exception of the ribbons, all the pieces of these cards are scraps. Even the kites; as they were in this little box I have where I toss aside stamped images that I start to use, but then change my mind.
~Verve sentiments; unknown kite stamp; Spellbinders fancy tags die; Kaisercraft pearls; scrap ribbon and card stock~

LIM#24 Circles and Sunday Snippets #30
I made the first card from kraft paper, loved it, but thought it was too busy for LIM. So I made the second card late in the week but I don't really care for it because it's too plain and too washed out; but at least it has big open white (or in this case vanilla) space. :D Oh and absolutely everything on these cards is fromthe scrap bin so it qualifies for Sunday Snippets. :)
~Unknown DP; SU card stock; Cuttlebug die cut~

LIM#23 One Layer Card /Something with Legs
BooHiss .... I do not like OLC. Period. End of story. Like the cat stamp though. :D
~Unknown cat stamp; Verve sentiment stamp; Faber-Castell watercolor pencils~

LIM#22 Shades of Blue and Sunday Snippets #30
Blue is one of my favorite colors; so you'd think I would be able to make something decent. Not so in this case. This card ranks as one of the all time ugliest cards I have ever made. It simply did not gel. Love the paper and the colors, dislike how blah it looks. However there is always a bright spot .... all the paper on this card is from the scrap bin, so it serves the purpose of lowering the bin level. :D
~Verve stamp; Kaisercraft pearls; unknown ribbon and DP, however I think the DP might be Tim Holtz~


  1. Now you're all caught up! All of your cards are very nice. I love the pear card.

  2. Hi Carole

    What a brilliant post .. .. it gives the impression of you staying in your lovely craft space solid for hours and hours .. .. which is what I would do if that gorgeous room was mine!!

    I am loving each and every one of your creations. Lots of inspiration!!!

    Your fruity card is especially lovely. Such a lovely shade of green .. .. .. and I am a sucker for anything that has the old fashioned type script on it.

    Then in complete contrast I love the first of your circle cards very much too!

    I hope work is starting to calm down a little for you now.

    Thank you for sharing all your lovely snippet makes this week.

    Love Jules xx

  3. Brilliant cards - I love them. My favourite is the pear one.


  4. Oh Gosh Carole you have been a busy girlie!
    Wonderful cards, Im chuffed you hsve put in so much effort
    your pear card is fabulous!
    Good to see you here again
    Thanks so much, have a good week
    Diva LIM
    "Less is More

  5. Fabulous creations all of them but have to say the pear is my favourite just love , love love it.


  6. All lovely and your pear cards are superbly "arty"


  7. Well Carole, you've certainly caught up brilliantly... these are fabulous. Love the pear one for this week and the blue one is great except I think that it would have worked a little more comfortably with a smaller sentiment/sentiment panel.
    The pussy cat is as cute as cute too!
    Brilliant set of cards... you are forgiven for all those weeks' absence!
    Thanks so much
    Lady LIM
    "Less is More"

  8. What a fabulous collection of cards Carole; each and every one so beautifully made! Your ideas are just so creative. xx

  9. WOW - you sure have been busy! Great cards!
    Love the kites and the one layer ones especially.
    Hugs, Sandra

  10. WOW, such a stunning selection of cards, but my fave is the first circle card and the blue card. So many different styles but all as gorgeous as the first and some really simple ideas too :).

  11. Wow, great to see all these fabulous cards. My favourites are this week's one and the one layer one. Thanks for sharing. xx

  12. Artsy feel to that pear card! Wonderful cards! ;)

  13. Wow what a lovely collection of cards!

  14. all your LIM cards are wonderful! really like this week's LIM challenge card, though. that image is beautiful!

  15. So much lovely work great catchup everyone special XOXO Zoe

  16. All your cards are fab! Your pear card for this weeks LIM challenge is perfect!

  17. It's great to catch up, isn't it!! The pear card is fab...but love them all!


  18. OMGosh! Look at you! All of your cards are just fantastic! I love the flower one too! Thanks for sharing what you've been up to!!

  19. Superb I'm glad you decided to show us your missed entries too! Love the way you've mounted and raised your pear panel on this weeks card. x

  20. A great collection of cards-that pear card is gorgeous,lovely stamp!

  21. Wow you have been busy, love all of your cards they are brilliant. Especially the LIM one
    Beryl x

  22. Whew! You were playing some serious catch-up!! What a wonderful job you did on all of these cards!! I do believe we are our own worse critics...because to me all of these cards are lovely!!

  23. Fabulous collection of cards - I love them all, but the one that really took my eye is the pussy cat one - the facial expressions really made ME smile!!
    Hugs, Sylvia xx

  24. All just wonderful! Love the pear!

  25. Lovely cards and love the snippet creations. Your craft room is amazing

  26. Brilliant cards - love them all but my particular favourite is the 'something with legs' lIM - anything with cats is a winner with me :) Elizabeth