Making decisions

I have discovered a whole wealth of crafty challenges out there that I would love to participate in but unfortunately this week and the next couple of weeks are just too full and busy already. It is a shame because I have some ideas I would love to try. Hopefully it will calm down a bit, although with the all too rapid approach of Christmas I somehow doubt it! Ā I have decided that there are a couple of my favourites that I just have to keep going, no matter what, and Less is More is one of them. This week the theme is ‘Starry, starry night’ (I have been humming ‘Vincent’ all week!) The added challenge is that it is one layer. So here goes.

Bauble 2 watermarked

Materials used:
pine branch stamp: Dimension stamps
star and sentiment stamps: Creative Crafting magazine
nativity stamp: Clarity
bauble die: Spellbinders
memento ink: rich cocoa, northern pine
adirondack ink: pitch black, denim, archival black
versamark pad
clear embossing powder
stencil brushes

Bauble watermarked

A closer look

I stamped the pine branch at the top of an A5 white card blank using northern pine and rich cocoa. I then made an aperture mask of the bauble and used it to stamp the stars through with versamark and emboss with clear powder. Keeping the mask in place I then used denim and pitch black to stencil in the sky and ground. I stamped the nativity with archival black then darkened the bottom tip of the bauble with pitch black to make it look like a continuation of the stamp. I then stamped the sentiment at the bottom with black archival ink. Finally I added the hanger with a black miron pen and buffed up the stars with a tissue.

DSCF9060The design is a variation of one I used a couple of years ago for our Christmas card. In fact I have used both the pine branch and the little nativity a number of times now. The pine branch stamped on brown parcel wrapping paper along with the pine cone from the set makes great wrapping paper.

I am off now to see what wonderful cards have already been submitted for the Less is More challenge.

Thank you for visiting. Take care.


I would like to enter my card into Less is More One Layer Week – Starry, starry night! week 197


About Pippa

I started crafting at an early age though not always successfully, my pillowcase tennis dress has, thankfully, disappeared into history. Funnily sewing is not something I enjoy! My favourite crafty activity has to be card making, especially stamping which I have been doing for over 20 years and am still a beginner, there is always something new to learn. I also enjoy knitting and crochet. I am not an artist, cannot even draw a straight line with a ruler, but I love colouring in, which is why stamping appeals so much. I am married, have recently retired from being a part time HLTA at a local village primary school, have two grown up daughters, both married and a mad cat called Finnegan. That, in a nutshell, is me.
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11 Responses to Making decisions

  1. Susan Dalton says:

    Totally fantabulous! x

  2. Sid says:

    A great image & card !

  3. Anne Ray says:

    Pippa what a super idea, love the scene you created inside the ornament
    Thanks so much for your LIM entry
    Less is More Designer

  4. Julie B says:

    What a cracking idea, super. šŸ™‚

  5. chrissieann says:

    This is a really clever idea, I love the little scene on the bauble!
    Thanks so much
    “Less is More”

  6. It’s beautiful, well done šŸ˜‰ Viv xx

  7. Helen J says:

    What a clever card, brilliantly executed – I love it!

  8. Sarah says:

    So beautiful and love how your starry sky scene is inside the Bauble.
    So effective and gorgeous.
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part
    Less is More

  9. jmhave44 says:

    Pippa, this is so lovely. Thanks for explaining how you created this card. I think this one is among the very best you’ve done to date. Love your design idea.The colors you use to carry out the Christmas scene were very evocative of the wonderful night sky on that blessed night. TFS & Happy wkend. Hugs

  10. jmhave44 says:

    Pippa, thanks for your comment about the challenge dates. I looked but guess I read something wrong. Just checked and it runs through the 30th, so guess I’ll link my little moosie! Appreciate your catch on that one! Hugs.

  11. dunnitagain says:

    So glad you found time to craft. I totally understand that it is hard with the holidays. A beautiful card.
    Kathy D.
    Deedee’s Digis Sponsorship Coordinator
    *SALE- 50% off all Digis until Dec 1st*

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