Less is More Challenge – and ATCs

It’s the weekend again – and today’s weather is unbelievably horrid – it has snowed constantly all morning and is now beginning to settle (I feel sorry for the fruit/vine growers. It’s not very cold, but  I can’t believe that the blossoms are going to enjoy this weather one bit!) . I feel we need a bit of Spring today, so my entry for this week’s Less is More challenge has a Spring feeling.

This week we were given a sketch to inspire us:


I decided to use a little image I’d copied from t’internet a few weeks back, and produced this card


“A faithful friend is a true treasure”

Sorry my photography leaves so much to be desired! I hand drew the image and coloured it using water colour pencils. The flowers and leaves were punched out, using two punches I have from tonic studios and Artemio and accentuated with little gemstones. The banner uses paper from my stash, cut with my brand-new border punch. I’m so excited! I’ve never had one of these before, but I went a bit wild and bought it (full price!) last week.

I wanted to get a fresh, Spring-like feel to the card: I think I’ve succeeded. I’ll try to get a better photo of the card a bit later, but my camera battery has run out;once it’s recharged I’ll take another photo..

(LATER: Is this any better? I’m not sure…


Meanwhile, I finally finished April’s ATC (just in time!) As I have said before, I decided to try to create at least one ATC a month, using some luggage labels I bought in the UK over Christmas. I did March’s in the appropriate month, but didn’t get round to photographing it. Well, with April’s finally completed I photographed them together. I decorate both sides of the labels:


April is on the left, March on the right. I chose the green for March and used green papers too. The sentiment “Never stop dreaming…Never stop hoping” is written on mushroom paper which has frayed edges. April is yellow, for the daffodils, and includes part of the lyrics of the Paul Simon song “April, Come she Will” I glued papers from my stash in various shades of yellow, and then added the picture. The picture is of a cuckoo, as this is the month when they start to be heard. In fact, I had heard one that very day.


“March is the month of expectation” – well, I’m not sure it is, but I was hoping for some better weather then! The green and white is meant to represent the budding of the trees (but, TBH, in March there wasn’t much budding going on!) And for April we have daffodils, my favourite flower.

Both of these took me a little further out of my comfort zone – the 2nd March side includes buttons and lace, which I’ve not used before, and the first April side (my favourite, I think!) used a layering technique that is new to me. I hope you like them!


8 Responses to “Less is More Challenge – and ATCs”

  1. Anna Says:

    Hello Alison! 🙂
    You’ve been doing lovely work! And I just caught up with your previous post… Happy belated Birthday to your adorable kitties!!!!!!! From Zoe too, of course! 🙂 My girl turned 10 in March, can’t believe how time flies… it seems like yesterday when I adopted her from Rhodes as a homeless kitten…
    Hope you’re well, I’m just back from Rhodes and back to the Alps. No snow here, we just had some rain today, everything is so green and lush 🙂

  2. Maarit Says:

    Beautiful card with delicate colouring, I like the image a lot. Fabby ATC’s, you’ve been busy sweetie.

    Warm hugs

  3. Susan Goetter Says:

    Very pretty card…great coloring!

  4. Margaret Says:

    Very pretty
    Margaret x

  5. Gerrina Says:

    Love the image and what you did with the new borderpunch! Greetings Gerrina

  6. Chrissie Says:

    What a cute image… it’s a sweet little card!
    Thanks so much
    “Less is More”

  7. carolyn Says:

    Oh I love this little bird card and the tags look like good fun as well.

  8. Jen Says:

    this is super cute
    Fabulous interpretation of my Sketch. Thanks for joining us this week
    “Less Is More”