Saturday, 18 February 2017

Challenge #316 - Alphabet


Hey there LIMettes, we're back and it's Week 3 of our birthday month!
In case you've missed our earlier challenges this month we have
a special birthday giveaway with one generous sponsor per week!

Yep that's right - 4 weeks in February, 4 birthday challenges,
4 fabulously talented guest designers and 4 delicious prizes up for grabs!

Today we are delighted to announce our sponsor and guest designer for
Week 3 of our birthday challenges and it's Shery Russ of STAMPlorations



and in the unlikely event that you haven't come across Shery and her
gorgeous products and designs then here's a little bio

"Established in June 2013, California-based STAMPlorations™ is owned and managed by 
husband-and-wife team, David & Shery Russ. We offer clear stamps, stencils, thin metal dies,
 and coloring pages for stampers, card makers, scrapbookers, mixed media artists, and all
other kinds of crafters. Through our stamp line, we hope to encourage crafters of all ages and
 experience levels to "Stamp with all your ART!"
Store: http://stamplorations.com/
Blog: http://stamplorations.blogspot.com"


So without further ado, what do we have up our sleeves to challenge you with this week?



Does that sound ok for you? We can't wait to see what you come up with and
here's what Shery and the design team have to inspire you and do check out their
personal blogs if you have the time as there could be a couple of bonus cards there!
I'm sure they'd love a visit from you with lots of encouraging feedback too!

Shery - Stamplorations





As always please keep your designs Clean & Simple with lots of clean white / blank
space and do check our Challenge Guidelines at the top right of the blog along with
our 'How to Play' page at the top.

We hope you'll feel inspired to play along with us and have some fun.

Don't forget to check out our Facebook Page slideshows, throughout the week HERE especially on Wednesday, when we showcase our random selection of early entries to the challenge and Fridays, when we'll be revealing our ShowCASe favourites from the previous week's challenge.



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Friday, 17 February 2017

ShowCASe #314 - Colour

Hi there LIMettes it's time for our weekly ShowCASe post.
We had such a super turn-out for our first week of birthday celebrations! 
Thank you all so much for joining in & helping us start the celebrations off. 

As this is our birthday month we will be picking a winner each week, as well as the showcase entries. We'll be announcing all the winners together at the end of the celebrations so please
pop back in early March to see if you are one of our lucky winners.

But to the showcase!

It's never an easy job to select our favourites but we do love seeing 
all your stunning takes on the challenge in our gallery each week.

So here goes with our choices, in order of entry for
  
CAS at it's best. This design has kept to a minimum number of elements and incorporated the required colour into the enamel dots only. We loved the beautiful crisp and clean layout with the fun quotation die cuts. A terrific card for the guy in your life!


We were wowed by the eye-catching and vibrant citrus colours on this card. There is a fabulous amount of detail in this lovely design. The discrete stitched dies and smooth dots add texture and the raised flower heads give dimension. Something for everyone here!


Techniques abound in this gorgeous card and it had us all swooning. From the water coloured and emboss resist background, through the shimmery die-cuts to the simplistic yet elegant design, this is such a stunning, beautiful and extremely CAS card.


Here the opulent and vibrant colours with that richness that the gold detail adds really caught our eyes. Those colourful and modern geometric shapes add a stunning contrast to the delicate treatment on the sentiment.


Congratulations ladies and please help yourself to a ShowCASe badge
 from the page at the top of the blog with our thanks. 
We hope you'll display it proudly on your individual blogs.

We're sure you'll agree these are a wonderful trio and worthy of
our ShowCASe badge this week. 
Do pop along and congratulate them on their win.

We'll also be showCASing their cards on our Facebook page

so why not hop on over and give us a 'thumbs up'!
Here's the link you need to take you there.




As always there's still time to enter our current challenge 

which ends at 10pm GMT this evening before we announce
the new one at 8am GMT tomorrow morning.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Challenge #315 - One Layer Card

Hey there LIMettes, we're back with Week 2 of our Birthday month
and we are delighted to announce our sponsor and guest designer
for this challenge is the super generous and talented ...


Tara of

who is offering a



... and in case you've never come across Seven Hills Crafts here's a little bio

"As Less is More was the first challenge I ever played in, I am always thrilled to support it, and to play along whenever time permits which is not as often as I like these days!  My store, Seven Hills Crafts currently stocks over 6500 products most of which are perfect for the Clean & Simple Crafter.  We specialise in importing quality products from the USA and Japan and ship worldwide (although not back to America) and provide daily inspiration on our blog with our talented Design Team."

So what have we got in store to challenge you for this week?

Well for some it's the dreaded ONE LAYER card


... and here's what Tara and the design team have to inspire you and please pay them
a visit this week if you have time as there could be a couple of extras on their
personal blogs too


As always please keep your designs Clean & Simple with lots of clean white / blank
space and do check our Challenge Guidelines at the top right of the blog along with
our 'How to Play' page at the top.

We hope you'll feel inspired to play along with us and have some fun.

Don't forget to check out our Facebook Page slideshows, throughout the week HERE especially on Wednesday, when we showcase our random selection of early entries to the challenge and Fridays, when we'll be revealing our ShowCASe favourites from the previous week's challenge.


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Friday, 10 February 2017

ShowCASe #313 - Balloons

Hi there LIMettes it's time for our weekly ShowCASe post. You've certainly 
made this the most difficult task EVER! So many outstanding, crisp, 
clean and simple designs with balloons. Masses of superb inspiration in one
challenge and you are all worthy of a showCASe badge BUT we have to limit it.

Being the first week of our newly designed blog and our birthday month 
we are feeling super generous ... and can't wait to dole out the new-style badges!

After much debate and scratching of heads this week we have
5 lucky ShowCASe cards 
for you so here goes in order of entry ...


Kajcyika

Here with a super clean and fresh design and a fun take with
the hot air balloon Kajcyika shows how even a mistake can become
a masterpiece with the scrunched up circular background! Beautiful
eye-popping colours and so perfectly executed too.

TaeEun

The split panel with the beautifully blended cloudy sky disappearing
behind creates a wonderful pop of interest to the card and who can
resist that adorable little dog clinging on for dear life as the balloon
takes him off into the clouds. CAS and perfect as ever.

Hannelie
Hannelie never fails to impress with her eye-popping geometric CAS
designs with stunning use of colour. Here the polka dot balloon is
full of dimension and shimmering colour combos making the card
literally jump out of the screen and float off into the sky.

Izzy

Izzy's chic and sophisticated feminine image teamed with
a heart shaped balloon makes for a fabulous and clever idea.
Combining the love and romance with and a brilliant fun sentiment!
Simple CAS perfection.

TrinaP 

Well who would have thought that blue could be so fabulous.
So many tones and shades with such accurate blending of colour.
A beautiful clean and crisp design with the images placed in the top corner
and balanced perfectly with the bold, dimensional sentiment.

HUGE Congratulations ladies and please help yourself to our
 very first issue of the redesigned ShowCASe badge,
 from the page at the top of the blog, with our thanks. 
We hope you'll display it proudly on your individual blogs.

We're sure you'll agree these are a wonderful bundle of inspiration
 and worthy of our ShowCASe badge this week. 

Do pop along and congratulate them on their win.

We'll also be showCASing their cards on our Facebook page

so why not hop on over and give us a 'thumbs up'!

Here's the link you need to take you there.


As always there's still time to enter our current challenge 


which ends at 10pm GMT this evening before we announce
the new one at 8am GMT tomorrow morning.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Less is More - Celebrating a 6th Birthday!

Hello long and faithful LIMettes, fellow bloggers and friends!

Yes that's right we are celebrating Birthday Number:

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You have arrived at the right place but more on that in a moment!

There is so much to squeeze in to this post this morning that you'll 
want to grab a comfy seat, a brew and maybe even a slice of cake!

We're delighted to be celebrating this birthday with you all and we are
overwhelmed and truly thankful each week by your loyalty, 
continuous support and sheer brilliant talent in anything 
we throw at you week after week.

Ok let's get to it! 
... and we are celebrating in style today!

Behind the scenes we've been working away, these last few months 
to give our old challenge blog a face lift with a 
little nip and tuck here and there! 

Sharon in particular has been doing a lot more of the blog
 'nipping and tucking' than the rest of us with her 
A* technical knowledge and talents!

Sharon you're fabulous and here's a massive 
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from all the team!



Onto this week's challenge and Birthday or not it's 
the first week of a brand new month which means


Hey! What about a fancy little cue-card to announce the challenge!
We'd love you to include it in your post when you enter the challenge.

Here's a colour wheel example for you and we'd like to see

3 adjacent colours used on your cards


and there's more ... we've decided we'll be making our birthday
last all month this year! So we have 4 birthday weeks, 
4 beautiful birthday sponsors, 4 talented Guest Designers &
 4 generous birthday prizes to hand out to our wonderful LIMettes! 

You don't have to play every week but we'd love it if you do!

We'll be announcing our sponsor / Guest Designer in our
Saturday mornings throughout February so we hope you'll
visit each week to find out who's in the hot seat!

All prize winners will be announced at the end of February's
4 challenges, in early March.


So who is on the Guest Designer Hot Spot and sponsoring
this week's challenge ......

Drum roll please for the wonderful Kylie of 

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Let's see how she and team have used their choice of 
adjacent colours to inspire you for this one...




Jen


Sharon


(This is simply to say how I feel about the awesome bunch of girls who are taking over the challenge which I started with Mandi 6 years ago!  GO girls, you are fabulous!)

Phew! We hope you managed to stay with us until the end! 

Our rules and guidelines are still the same despite the new look so ...

Please keep your designs Clean and Simple with lots of 'white / blank space' 
Do check our Challenge Guidelines at the top right of the blog along with our page 'How to Play'.

We hope you feel inspired to play along and have some fun.

Don't forget to check out our NEW LOOK Facebook Page slideshows, throughout the week HERE especially on Wednesday, when we showcase our random selection of early entries to the challenge and Fridays, when we'll be revealing our favourites from the previous week's challenge.

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Friday, 3 February 2017

ShowCASe #312 and January Winner!

Hi there LIMettes it's time for our weekly ShowCASe post and we are
also including details of our monthly winner here too.

It's never an easy job to select our favourites but we do love seeing 
all your stunning takes on the challenge in our gallery each week.

So here goes with our choices, in order of entry for our

Theme challenge #312 - New Beginnings
And this week we just had to stretch to four entries!

#4 Ankie


This is such a soft and pretty new baby card which shows that white space doesn't 
have to be white!  A lovely image and the star details complete a fab CAS design.

#14 Nonni


Springtime is a great theme for a new beginnings card and Nonni's design is gorgeous.
  The embossed background adds texture and the soft colours with pearl touches 
give the floral images impact.

#15 Viv (Daisy-Mae)

This is such a sweet card with lots of crisp white and pretty touches of pink and grey.  
The use of the frame and elements around it which add interest without being busy 
give this design real balance.  And the elephant is so cute :)

#39 Hannelie


White on white is always a good choice for CAS designs and this new baby card
 shows how much impact it can have!  The fab stork image with just the
 simple stripe of colour is just perfect.


Congratulations ladies and please help yourself to a ShowCASe badge
 from the page at the top of the blog with our thanks. 
We hope you'll display it proudly on your individual blogs.

We're sure you'll agree these are a wonderful selection and worthy of
our ShowCASe badge this week. 
Do pop along and congratulate them on their win.


It's also time for us to announce our lucky winner
for the month of January!
Our generous sponsor for the month was

Happy Little Stampers

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Thank you to everyone who has taken part throughout January and we've 
thoroughly enjoyed seeing your beautiful cards in our gallery. 

It's always a tough decision to select just one winner 
but here goes with our choice for last month:


Elaine is a regular contributor to LIM - sometimes playing along several times in a 

week and her designs are always creative and eye catching.  It is always great to see 
what she comes up with in response to the weekly challenges!

 Congratulations, Elaine, and thanks so much for all your support.

We'd also like to offer you the opportunity to be our Guest Designer

for one of our future challenges so please contact us by email 
for details of how to claim your prize.
LIM2011@gmx.com

Please take a Prize Winner badge from the page at the top of the blog! 
We hope you'll display it with pride on your blog
with our congratulations and thanks.


We'll also be showCASing all our winners on our Facebook page 
so why not hop on over and give us a 'thumbs up'!

Here's the link you need to take you there.



As always there's still time to enter our current challenge 
#313 - Balloons
which ends at 10pm GMT this evening before we announce the new one at 
8am GMT tomorrow morning

...and it's going to be an exciting post so please do join us!