Saturday 21 November 2020

Back at "Less is More"

I was so delighted to have had a card selected as the winner in the challenge blog which I created with Mandi many moons ago! I'm speaking of course, of "Less is More".  It is some years now since I stepped down from running the challenge, but am happy to see that the the current designers are continuing with our original concept... albeit tweaked a little to keep up with the times!
The outcome of my win was a request to return as a Guest Designer for one of the challenges. 
When we began "Less is More", clean and simple was not a well known genre and many people found white space really scary! Since LIM's inception, CAS has become much more prevalent and there are some amazing exponents of the style around, the DT at LIM being a case in point.
The theme this time is Festive.
For my card I began by taking two, double dot/dash squares and dry embossing them, one the right way up and the other upside down, so that I got one dot/dash edge and one flat edge embossed in the centre of the card. I then stamped the image, which is a freebie from a Crafts Beautiful Mag, which was generously bought for me by my son's mother-in-law. I coloured it with Inktense pencils and blended with a water brush. This type of colouring doesn't show through onto the inside of a one layer card as alcohol markers would. When dry, I simply added some Nuvo Crystal Glaze.
It's kinda difficult to see the shine in this picture.
I thought that a holly spray was festive enough and didn't need any sentiment!
I'm trying to find an alternative to iPiccy (which I have been using to edit my photos and add my watermarks), as Flash, which it needs, will not be continuing after December. I have looked at several free editing programs, but  I don't seem to be able to get my head around any of them! It would be great if iPiccy could come up with a solution to their software so that it could continue, as I have really enjoyed using it! If anyone knows of an idiot proof editing program, I'd be glad to hear about it!
Thanks once more to the team at LIM for asking me to join them for this challenge!



  1. Wow, absolutely stunning.
    I use PhotoScape on my computer but I don't know if they have application for phone.

    1. Thanks so much for this, I tried PhotoScape and I can actually manage it! Thank you so much for the tip!

  2. LOVE the elegance & simplicity of this card!! I use Photoshop Elements to edit my photos. It's the little sister to Photoshop and more than enough for anyone who's not a professional. It has a "Guided Edit" mode which holds your hand (so to speak) through whatever type of edits you want. It's an impressive, yet inexpensive, program.

  3. Your truly CAS designs enchant me!

  4. Are these dies or embossing folders and what company makes/made them? I would love to try this technique, if you don't mind.

  5. I love your minimalist focal design, CAS to the Nth! Welcome back even if it's only temporary, as you say ... like old times

    Happy Sunday


  6. Oh Chrissie, it's like going back in time seeing your post on here. It's a fabulously CaS design and I would have known it was yours without seeing your name. Congratulations on your win,
    Lynne x

  7. Wonderful to see you back at the wonderful CASlicious challenge you and Mandi created so long ago! I love your LIM design, Chrissie! A perfect inspiration!! Keep well! Hugs, Darnell

  8. A masterclass in CAS creating - a beautiful, elegant card. Great to have you on board Chrissie - LIM is the first card challenge that I entered back in 2013 inspired by your creations!

  9. Good to see you back in LiM Land Chrissie! I remember reading that there was a new CAS challenge in town back in the day, and being SO excited about it because that was the style I loved. I became a keen LiMette then and still join in as often as I can these days. This is such a 'you' card - very CAS and very clever! The embossing makes the design look almost looks like a seal. Vicky x

  10. Absolutely gorgeous card ! You are really the queen of the CAS. We are so lucky that you created this challenge and so delighted to have you as our guest designer for this last challenge of the year. Wishing you a very happy Christmas holiday!

  11. Such a perfect CAS card, Chrissie... from the Queen. Thank you for joining us for this last challenge of 2020. It is a joy to have you with us. Wishing for a better year ahead for the whole world. Reflecting on the silver linings too. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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