Saturday 2 February 2019

8 Years of Less is More

Would you believe that it's eight years since Mandi and I started the challenge blog "Less is More".
Both of us loved the Clean and Simple genre and there was practically nothing by way of challenges for this style of card to be found in Blogland. 
Lots of people were afraid of 'white space' and it was a journey of trepidation for many crafters, but today the genre is firmly established and for me it is still the most beautiful. 
We established many firsts with our challenge... as there were only 2 of us, submitters wouldn't receive many comments if left to us... so we asked that contributors to comment on each other's blogs... a trend that had been widely copied and enjoyed. We started giving tutorials for various techniques and this idea can now also be seen by others. 
Since I stepped back from running the Blog I have been delighted that others have come forward to continue the work which gives me enormous pleasure, it feels so good to see that the traditions are continuing.
The card I have made for this birthday celebration is an echo of that very first challenge. It was also a colour challenge and  I used wellies for that one too! Here is my card from 2011!
Such was the interest in CAS cards in those early days, with little choice of CAS challenges, that there were literally hundreds of submissions every week and Mandi and I used to comment on every one... quite a challenge in itself!
My card this time is a simply bunch of die-cuts with a computer generated sentiment.
The boots were cut from shiny blue card with the yellow die cut stars added afterwards. The sun is actually supposed to be a flower die but looked about right and was just the right size to peek out behind the cloud.
I have been searching to try to find out the make of the die-cuts but my filing system leaves much to be desired and at the moment the various makes of them escapes me!
I am delighted to have been invited to join in with LIM once more... long may it continue!


  1. A stunning card Chrissie and it is so lovely to see you take inspiration from your first card on that very first challenge. It is oozing that beautiful CAS look. Seeing the sweet sun poking through the clouds is a welcome site for everyone at the moment! Thank you for starting this challenge and long may it continue. Thank you also for agreeing to return as a fantastic guest designer xx

  2. Gosh is it really eight years! I remember it starting but didn’t join in for quite a few weeks. CAS eluded me then! Love your sweet card.

  3. Nice to see you back on the blog...thanks for starting up this challenge, it is so fun to be part of this team!

  4. Congratulations on the birthday celebration at LIM; I should think you would be asked to be a part of the celebration! I know how much you and LIM meant to my own learning curve when it came to challenges in general and CAS challenges in particular when I first started a year later! I love the way you had all that white space and followed down your path. It's still my favorite style and your designs still leave me in awe! Your wellies and sun peeking behind the cloud are so sweet on this card! Perfect sediment, too! Hugs, Darnell

  5. What a sweet card Chrissie. Thank you for making me aware of the whole LIM/CAS genre, I love it. I've just started writing the name of the manufacturer on the back of my dies with Sharpie, wish I'd done it sooner.

  6. Oh how fun you CASEd your first ever LIM card! Love the wellies and all the white space you left... Wonderful use of dies too! Thank you for joining the birthday festivities at LIM and thank you for starting this challenge blog that has brought so much joy to everyone in crafty blogland!

  7. Thanks so much for everything, Chrissie ! First of all, to have created this fabulous challenge without which I will never get into the CAS adventure. I am so happy to be part of this team! Thank you also for being our fabulous Guest Designer with this wonderful CAS card. I totally agree with you, CAS style is the most beautiful and you are a perfect ambassador of it ! These wellies are so cute and I love your little cloud and sun. Gorgeous ! x

  8. Chrissie, your challenge made me try CAS way back when. I actually got pretty good at it, then I fell in LOVE it. I am so tickled and honored to have ended up here on the DT. I feel like you and Mandi had a big hand in my growth as a paper crafter. Thank you. Oh and I LOVE everything about your GD card. Thanks for designing with us gracing us with your creation.

  9. Thanks so much for starting LIM, Chrissie, and of course for inviting me to join your little team way back in 2015! When I first starting blogging I really didn't have a style as such but the more I played along at LIM the more I loved CAS, and that's where my heart remains. Thanks so much for joining our celebrations this month, and with a card that is so recognisably you. I love your CAS style and love for white space. Here's to many more years xx

  10. From little acorns, Chrissie - you must be so proud! Love that this week's card has echoes of your first one. Personally, I NEED those wellies in my life - how fab are they?!

  11. Your card is super. Congratulations on LIM's 8th Birthday. Thanks to you and Mandi, a huge following of CAS began. Thanks for guesting with us over at Less Is More xx


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