Saturday 28 November 2015

Less is more challenge #252: fruit

Less is more challenge #252: fruit

Before I got into stamping and colouring,as a photographer, I made photocards. And when I got my allotment garden, my Christmas cards turned vegetable inspired.

As I don't have any fruit stamps, two very small ones like 1cm square, not really a focal point I went back to one of my old photos.

I'm not sure if that's allowed as it's not a stamp, but it's my own image and I printed it with my Canon Selphy. 
Couldn't find anything about photos in the guidelines and I thought it's pretty similar to a digital stamp.
I wanted to enter into the challenge, so I'm sorry if it's not allowed, but at least I came up with something lol.
I thought about doing paper piecing with a holly shape and red buttons, but they weren't as pretty as they looked in my head ;-)

Anyway I printed the photo, mounted it with 
foamtape and used glitter washi tape strips to help focus on the panel, draw your eye in.

The pepper and tomato (technically fruits, not veggies) I stuck on some gold snowflake decals, I used metal wire to hang them in the tree (just one branch). I thought the red and green were nice and Christmassy.

The sentiment is from Hero arts, classic Christmas borders and I heat embossed that with Papermania gold embossing powder.

As I was stamping the sentiment I noticed a border with pinecones, now..are those fruits? I don't know...

here's a few others I made in the past...
For more information on the Less is more challenge #252: fruit, see this


  1. FAB post and makes - I am loving those Santa Sprouts!


  2. I think you've worked perfectly with this one maakie and your photos and classy fun takes with them are such a delight to see. Great idea and so adorable! Love the little hats on those sprouts too. Thanks for sharing. Sarah, Less is more.x

  3. Oh my gosh Maakie, this cards are fenomenal!! Totally awesome, never seen fruit or veggies as Christmas decorations before, so cool. And I so love Brussels Sprouts but now, every time I eat them, I will picture them with their adorable Santa's hats, LOL!!
    Super photos, thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Jij liep tegen hetzelfde probleem; geen geschikte fruitstempel...mooi opgelost en ook de anderen zien er mooi kerstig uit! Fijne zondag verder!

  5. What a great idea, so creative, those onions look great as baubles! :)

  6. Creative idea, beautifully presented.

  7. thanks ladies, I also should have a get well cards omewhere with oranges and a smiley face, should dig it up ;-)

  8. oooh and how about peas on earth? lol

  9. Beautiful card! Your fruits look super and in love your Santa sprouts!! I'm sure a pinecone is a fruit as the seeds are encased in it.

  10. Maaike what very fun and clever creations!
    Yes. photos and digital work is allowed and I'm so glad you shared these with us.
    Thank you for joining us
    "Less is More"

  11. I'm so glad you didn't give up on this challenge just because you didn't have a suitable stamp. The card you made for it is fabulous!
    Sorry it's taken me all week to get around to visiting!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  12. These are so clever, what a fantastic idea. Love your onion baubles and santa sprouts, and the snowflake embellished pepper and tomato are just inspired.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More