New Beginnings and two more

New beginnings is the theme for the one-layer card at Less is More this week - challenge 206!  For my card, I used, for the first time, the Clearly Besotted Love Blossoms stamp set - it is just gorgeous, and although I'm certain there is a lot more that can be done with this set,  I have used it very simply here, mindful of the one layer criteria for LIM.  I heat embossed the sentiment with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder and I think I would emboss all the images with that next time - it is perhaps too subtle like this!  I used Simon Says Stamp Fog and Stampin' Up! Soft Sky ink trying for the softest look I could.  I very lightly sponged opposing corners with Milled Lavender DI to further soften the all white card.  Although very simple, I do like how it looks.

My next card is for the inspiration challenge at Scrapbook Boutique, where I was taken with the colours of mint and white and the shell decoration, suggesting the sea.  I coloured the lighthouse using Inktense Pencils, though the white card is not watercolour paper, and managed by just lightly wetting the brush.  
Stamps:  Image - By the Sea, by Gina K Design, sentiment - Watt's Up, Simon Says Stamp, Diagonal strip from SSS - Hand Lettered Winter Wishes.
Dies:  Centre rectangle - Lawn Fawn's Stitched Journalling set, circle by Lil' Inker
Punch:  Stampin' Up! scallop edge

My last card will suit Darnell's NBUS challenge #3 - as I am using brand new Stampin' Up! products!  Happy New Year to Darnell and everyone!

Stamp:  Kinda Eclectic
Dies:  SU 'happy' from set called Hello You, and numerals by MFT 'By the Numbers'
Punch:  SU star border
Ink:  Memento Luxe - Dandelion


  1. All your cards are fabulous Ann and your Inktense colouring is incredible! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Scrapbook Boutique!

  2. Three wonderful cards. Love the colouring of the lighthouse.
    You have been busy in the craft room.

  3. Great cards, Happy New Year too !

  4. 3 fabulous cards Anne. Love them all equally as they are so unique and eye-catching
    Thanks as always for playing along with or challenge
    Less is more

  5. Fabulous cards Ann, I love the subtle colours you used on the LIM card! It looks terrific!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  6. Great cards Ann! Love them all. Hazel x

  7. Your blossom is so delicate. x

  8. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous <3

  9. Great job on all 3 cards Ann. I love how you incorporated the beachy theme for the SBB January Challenge - a beautiful card!

  10. Beautiful Cards- I love the first one. So subtle and delicate. Beautifully done!

  11. I love your cards they are all very pretty thanks for sharing

  12. Lovely cards - the colours on the LIM entry are beautifully understated and really effective

  13. Thank you for a triple-inspiration post, Ann! What beautiful cards!! Your first card is so CAS and lovely! The design of the second is really cool with the circle over the rectangle and showcasing the gorgeous lighthouse scene! Great border treatment, too! And the third is an explosion of color and hopefulness for the coming year! Thank you so much for linking your third work of art with my NBUS Challenge #3!! Happy New Year back to you! Hugs, Darnell

  14. All your cards are stunning Ann!! great improvisation with the Inktense pencils!! (I want them!!!) Thank you for sharing and playing along with us at Scrapbook Boutique this month x

  15. Beautiful, beautiful colouring Ann! Really like all 3 cards but your SB challenge card just jumps of the screen! Thanks for playing along.


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