Wednesday, 16 October 2013

WOYWW #228

I am sorry to say that since creating the Challenge Blog "Less is More" over two years ago, my time spent regularly snooping around the desks of the world via Julia's wonderful blog, diminished radically. It took me so long to comment on all the submissions to LIM that I felt I couldn't do justice in the commenting department at WOYWW. However, today I thought I would try to join in again and get myself a snoop at the same time.
This is the state of my desk this morning. What is that lot? I hear you say... Well, yesterday I looked outside to see that 'the man wot does' in the garden had thrown out a whole bunch of plants to replace them with new ones and bulbs etc. I thought it such a waste that I went out and had a rummage in the rubbish bag and rescued lots of flowers heads and a few leaves.
These I put between bits of card and ran them through my Cuttlebug, to leave the squishy colours you see here. I use them for backgrounds etc as I love the natural colours they produce.
You do have to have some paper towel on hand to mop up the juice which is squished out and also ensure that the machine is cleaned afterwards, but I think you'll agree that the end result is worth it!
Aren't they fun!
I'm off for a snoop now!


  1. Truly inspiring work. Love your cards. Thanks for sharing.
    Karen no.82 x

  2. How awesome is that! Must remember for the day I don't live in a sandpit any more!

  3. What a brilliant idea Chrissie. I really love the effects you've got and what you've done with them. Thanks for calling by earlier.
    A x # 5

  4. Gorgeous, what a fabulous technique. Thanks for sharing, I must try this out. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #29 xx

  5. OMGoodness - lovely cards :-) Thank you for showing me these :-D
    Happy WOYWW228

    IKE in Greece #94

  6. Just beautiful!! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Two fab cards Chrissie and thanks for the peak at your WOYWW! x Jan (116)

  8. Squishy flower/leaf colours FUN? Amazing is the word I'd use. must try this as the begonias are going over and have lots of colour. Thanks BJ#1

  9. Wow what a fab idea. I am going out right now to get some leaves and stuff. Ooh I forgot it's dark! LOL definetly try this tho. Thanks for stopping by earlier.
    Lynda B #14

  10. Well, hello there! Nice to see you again! Congrats on the success of Less is More, I see it mentioned on many people's blogs!
    That squishing process sounds incredibly messy but it was worth it as the cards are fabulous :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 3 xx

  11. I love this technique, it gives such unusual results doesn't it and the cards you've created with your backgrounds are beautiful.
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax #110

  12. WOW! I love your flower press impressions that you got, and the cards you made with them are outstanding. Blessings!

  13. They ARE fun, Chrissie!

    Thank you for stopping by--a Happy WOYWW journey to you!

    #21 this week with a
    tiny peek of a tiny make

  14. That is brilliant, I have SO many leaves I never thought to do that and flowers I grow lots of them and again, never thought to do that! Thanks for the inspiration and for stopping by!
    Angie #19

  15. Chrissie! What a wonderful technique! I can't wait to try this.

    Hugs Robin -117

  16. These are stunning Chrissie, I love the first one.

    I love this effect and remember the first time you showed us how to do it. I have tried it too, but I guess the flowers I used weren't vibrant enough or maybe I used too many at once. My end result was nothing like yours, which is fab. I will have another go with some bouganvillea flowers and see what happens!!

    Love Sheila x

  17. Love those cards!!!!
    Thanks for visiting already
    Jackie 10

  18. So glad you are back "snooping" with us Chrissie - you always have such stunning cards to share with us. x Jo

  19. Hi Chrissie
    you now have me thinking and I am looking out in my garden to see what I need to bring indoors.
    Love your cards using the backgrounds
    Happy WOYWW have an enjoyable week hugs Ria #22

  20. Wow I love this effect! I've not seen it before but I really like it. And hello from a fellow Southampton crafter! ;-)

  21. Breath taking cards, but then I am a butterfly lover.
    Thanks for the visit.
    Krisha #11

  22. A clever idea with the flowers and leaves. I don't have a cuttle bug, but I'm sure I can find something to smush with. :>) Lovely backgrounds!

  23. Oh wow Chrissie, you are amazing with your creativity ! fabulous cards , I just love the great art I see here. Can't choose a fav either ....again :) Viv xx

  24. Hello and have to say what a wonderful idea, your cards look gorgeous! I have seen many entries to LIM as I've visited different blogs but never managed to have a look at the site or join in. I was so pleasantly surprised when I came to your blog(after you had left a comment on mine - thankyou)and there it is LIM- an omen - I must try now to join in :-) Sorry to be late reply. Anne x #81

  25. love the cards and have just discovered your challenges will have to join in.
    Have a great week
    Julie (paperpathway) 89xx

  26. Happy Belated WOYWW. What a brilliant idea. Love the cards you have made. Ali x #96

  27. Beautiful cards, it's surprising the wonderful things we can make from another persons rubbish! Sorry for such a late visit! Hugs. Pam#68

  28. I have a lot of wild flowers in a bed outside. I'm going to have to give this a try. What fun!!!

  29. Thanks for your visit earlier ..... house still upside down and me still crafting!
    Love your idea with the plants, superb backgrounds.
    Bishopsmate #75

  30. I'm late returning my visits for WOYWW, sorry! It is so fun to see you here, Chrissie! Thanks for stopping by my place!

    You are the queen of squishing flora in your Cuttlebug! WOW! It's really funny, because I just tried it again last weekend, and I miserably failed again. This time I think my problem was I was just running a single flower through, and it looked like it had been pressed in a book for years. Not too bad, just not what I wanted.

    I still have the original instructions you sent me, but I still can't make it work. Thank you for showing these extraordinary backgrounds because they jazz me to keep trying with a pile of petals in different colors.

    It looked like you used the same flora paper for the butterfly patterns, too, only covered with a glittery sheen - breathtaking!!

    Have a wonderful week! Hugs, Darnell #57


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