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Less is More week 290 - Exotic

Hi LIMettes :) Welcome to another exciting challenge with Less is More. This week, we'd like you to make Clean and Simple (CAS) cards with an exotic theme. I can't wait to see what you create! 

Card 1

For my first card, I used various stamps and dies to create a jungle scene. 


Heavyweight 300gsm white card stock (card base)
Kaskad card stock in "Parakeet" (green panel)
Kaskad card stock in "Bright Green" (leaves)
Kaskad card stock in "Pale Cream" (stitched rectangle frame)
Neenah Solar White card stock (stamped images)
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Frames dies
My Favorite Things Polynesian Paradise stamps and dies
My Favorite Things Wild Greenery dies
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink

Card 2

This card used a single stamp plus a sentiment stamp to create a clean and contemporary card. Pineapples are really popular at the moment so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon!


Heavyweight 300gsm white card stock
Heavyweight black card stock
My Favorite Things Polynesian Paradise stamps and die
Lawn Fawn stitched borders die
Avery Elle Pierced Banner Layers die
Inkssentials Watermark Resist ink
Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
WOW! Opaque Bright White Super Fine Embossing Powder
Distress Ink in Mustard Seed

Card 3

This card uses torn Core'dinations paper from the Nostalgia range to create foamy waves on the sea, with Distress Inks for the sunset. A simple punched circle coloured with Promarkers and a palm tree on an island cut with my Black Cat Cougar finish this 'exotic scene'.


Heavyweight 300gsm white card stock
Heavyweight 300gsm black card stock
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables dies
Core'dinations paper stack in Nostalgia
Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Seedless Preserves (layered over the Spiced Marmalade for a richer red look)
Unknown brand tiny circle punch
Promarker in Canary
My Favorite Things Polynesian Paradise stamp set (sentiment)
3mm foam tape

The other DT ladies have some fantastic cards on their blogs to inspire you, so do head over to take a look and leave them some comment love!

Anita - Neet and Crafty
Chrissie - Simply One of a Kind
Sarah G - Funky Fossil Designs
Sarah P - Sazzle Dazzle Crafts
Sharon - From my Craft Desk
Susan - BlueFogStudio

Thanks for stopping by, and have a fab week :)


  1. Wow, wow and wow, Esther! What fantastic creations. The bright cardstocks on your first card look great, not heard of Kaskad so just looked them up! And your little framed scene is just amazing, great idea to tear your cardstock to create the waves! In awe! xx

    1. Thanks so much Anita! This was a fun challenge to do :) xx

  2. Oh wow. I love all of these cards and the last one is a stunner. You are so talented. It would have taken me hours to come up with cards like these....if at all!

    1. Thank you Wendy! You make lovely cards and I always enjoy visiting your blog to see your fab LIM entries :)

  3. WOW! Such a mass of inspiration here Esther! You rock! Love every one of these cards and each one squeals exotic to the max. Fantastic use of your stash and a certain amount of stash envy going on here!!!! Blogging's a sure way to extend the wishlists!!! Have a fab week. Sarah x

  4. One word for all three cards Esther ....STUNNING! You really are a creative genius. Such a fabulous jungle scene with the bright vibrant colours you can almost hear the bird calls! Love the wonderful way your pineapple card is made from only the one image stamp. But wowzers! That tropical exotic scene has me drooling!!!!!! It is perfection. Have a great week.
    Sharon xx

    1. Thanks so much Sharon! You too xx

  5. I love these cards...all just perfect for the challenge and reminding me of Hawaii!

    1. Thanks Susan! Glad you're on the mend now x

  6. 3 fab cards, love the bright green one and the last one is just brilliant.

  7. Wow Esther three very exotic cards, loving all of them and your idea of exotic too.
    Great challenge this week.
    Thanks for the inspiration, your cards are always CAS but stunning.

    Hugs Erika. x

  8. Three fab cards again Esther, that first one is my fav I think, just love that parakeet and the rich colours, but all fab ;) Viv xx


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