Saturday, 2 March 2019

Guest designing for Less is More

Hello, yes I know that I don't often blog on a Saturday but I was delighted to be contacted my fellow Visible Image DT buddy Sharon, who leads the Less is More Challenge, and asked to be one of their Guest Designers in March. 
 For my non paper crafting friends Less is More is a challenge where the nature of the challenge is to make clean and simple or (CAS as they are known) cards with minimal or no embellishments and lots of white space. Now I am a girl who loves creating in all genres, from CAS right through to full on mixed media. I also find that a lot of my customer's at Dotty's Tea House where I sell my card like CAS cards too so I make quite a few of these. 

Visible Image ( I am on their DT) are sponsoring the challenge so there is a really good reason to try your hand at a CAS card and enter. 

The theme for this new challenge is horoscopes and before you throw your hands up in the air to say that you don't have any horoscope stamps, you can also use anything to do with the theme...i.e constellations, stars, zodiac signs and their associated animal or characters; lions (Leo), scorpions (Scorpio) etc etc. Just let your imagination run wild! You can find all the details here

Now I am lucky enough to own some fantastic Visible Image Zodiac stamps so I knew just what I would use for my card.

I used the zodiac cancer set as I love the crab in this set.

I did a bit of brainstorming and woke up with an idea for my design...what I call my light bulb brain obviously designs in the night while I am asleep!

I know from previous projects I have made that the zodiac stamps work really well with a galaxy background so I got out my Distress oxides and made a background on black card.
I use a star die and cut out some stars (in the final design you will see that I didn't use the medium size one).

I also stamped the large crab using some sparkly embossing powder and cut him out. It looks white below but IRL it is very sparkly.  I embossed the words in gold onto the large star.
 I also stamped the small and large constellations from the set in gold ink.

Here is my finished card.

with a close up.
and one last shot.
I would also like to link my card up to the following challenges;

Simon says stamp Wednesday anything goes
Happy Little stampers watercolour challenge anything goes
 Craft stamper Take it make it 1/3 anything goes

Thanks for stopping by today and if you are a first time visitor to my blog it's lovely to see you here. Have a lovely weekend and I will be back as usual on Monday with my Visible Image design team Monday make.  

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

************PS I would like to also give a little heads up that I also have a post up today over on the Country View projects blog showcasing the new Visible Image Wizard of Oz collection. I would really love it if you would pop over and even say hello. I have lots of photos of my projects, including some ATCs and coins made using the Tin Man set. Here is a tiny sneak peek
just click here if you would like to see more********


  1. Thanks so much for being a wonderful guest designer for us at Less is More Jane. Your card is wonderful. The galaxy background looks amazing and using the star shaped die really helps keep the design looking CAS. I love the gold embossing because it adds a touch of luxury, and I bet the sparkly EP does look fantastic up close. xx

  2. This looks absolutely amazing! I love the galaxy bg you created and all your embossed and stamped details look absolutely stunning. So many wonderful details to look at and yet the overall look is perfectly CAS! Thanks for being an inspiring GD at LIM! xxx

  3. Awe that's a very pretty little card, great colours .... I also love your teacups in your previous post (which for some reason didn't show up in my reader!!!)
    Have a great weekend with your babies, hope your weather is better than ours!!
    V x

  4. This is a fantastic card, Jane. What a wonderful background you created for your stars and the cancer image. I love the way you placed them and added the gold sentiment and complimentary constellation images. Thank you for joining us as Guest Designer at Less Is More! It's wonderful to have you designing with us!

  5. Stunning card! Congrats on your GDT gig, Jo x

  6. Your card is just stunning, Jane ! So many details but at the same time beautifully CAS ! I love your galaxy background stars and the gold embossing. Wonderful ! Thanks so much for being our talented guest designer for this challenge at Less is More !

  7. It's a gorgeous card, Jane. Magnifique! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. Fabulous card for your guest designer spot, congratulations. Happy Sunday. Hoping we’ll return to sunny and warm days soon xxx

  9. LOVE that galaxy background for this fabulous card. Your cancerian theme is perfect for me ;) thanks for guesting with us at Less Is More xx

  10. Apologies for the terribly late visit. That galaxy background looks fantastic, not tried my oxides on dark cardstock yet so that's one to remember. Thanks so much for being our guestie at Less is More, Anita x

  11. Fabulous galaxy background. Love the CAS design too. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  12. Simply awesome Jane. Amazing background and love the Visible Image stamp you used. Thanks for joining our HLS Watercolour Challenge this month.


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