Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Pretty In Purple... :)

Hi all!! :)

Well, I’m back again with another one layer card for this week’s Less Is More Challenge which is to make a One Layer Card with a tree or flowers :) One Layer is a very different way of thinking to what I’ve been used to but I’m really enjoying it... and not just because it’s quicker!! ;) I had so many ideas jostling around in my head for this challenge and really wanted to try something new and more inventive but I’ve not had a great week so I’ve ended up with the simplest pair of cards for now...

If I’m going to be totally honest, these came about because I was trying to stamp a background to anchor a Cross I’d stamped then matted and layered for a Sympathy card my mum needed but I got the positioning slightly off and so had to start again with another card blank :S But then I thought of this challenge and decided to add in another couple of stamps to use the blank that went wrong and make the design work on its own... and I’m really quite pleased with the result- as you could guess from the fact I made two!! :)

 I used three separate stamps from a set called Floral Words by Marian Emberson (from Personal Impressions) and stamped them so they appeared to all be connected with a VersaMagic Chalk pad in Spring Pansy- such a pretty colour!! :) This is the first time I’ve tried a VersaMagic pad and I think I’ll be going back for a few more!!lol 

I added a sentiment from another Marian Emberson set called It’s All About The Words, some Copic Spica Glitter pen and about three coats of Sakura Clear Glaze pen to the flowers and glaze over the words to add a bit of shine :) I punched the edge with my Cherish MS punch and inked with the purple ink, then just a few of my gorgeous new Pale Purple Flat-backed Pearls- I love these things, so much more subtle than gems when you don’t want in your face bling-iness!! :)

This one is *almost* exactly the same in terms of the stamping- think I need to make myself one of those stamp positioners so I can get things exactly where I want the more than once!!lol Though then I may never have created these cards as I’d have got the original with the Cross topper right first time... hmmm!! :P 

I didn’t use glaze on this one and only the merest hint of Spica as, with the Thinking of You wording making it suitable for a Sympathy card, I didn’t want it to be shining all over the place. Sentiment is from my fav Woodware Clear Magic Jane’s Script set again and I used my MS Traditional Scallop punch and inked again :)

I’d like to enter this in this week’s Less Is More – One Layer Card challenge :) And at this point I really must say a huge ‘Thank You!!!’ to all the lovely people who visited me from the challenge last week and especially to those people who took the time to leave comments, too!! :) I was kind of overwhelmed and truly do appreciate every one!! :) :) I did pop to quite a few peoples’ blogs from the linky myself and was really very excited to discover what seems like a whole new side to craft blogs to me with so many talented people making the simplest but most gorgeous of cards in so many different styles- I think I’ll be finding my attempts to make more and simpler cards much easier with so much inspiration just a few clicks away!! I’m only sorry my health makes it basically impossible for me to leave comments on every card I like... but I will hopefully be able to leave a few sometimes as I really like the community idea of the challenge :)

Right, I’m off now for another rest- one of those days unfortunately where rest has had to be the predominant feature again (and clarity of thought has not been, so I apologise for the rambling nature of what should have been a simple post!! :S )... but hopefully tomorrow will be better and I can be back soon with a card I managed to make at the weekend for an order- another male card, think that’s already more this year than in the six months before!! ;) I hope you’re all well and having a happy week!! :)



pickle said...

Oh Rachel these are very pretty xx

Chrissie said...

What a great post Rachel. I'm so glad that you are enjoying the blog and community of "Less is More".It's wonderful seeing our vision for this blog coming into being and we are delighted that it is becoming so popular among crafters.
It's odd how some cards evolve and I'm glad you managed to use something that might otherwise have been discarded. These are great.
I hope you'll continue to enjoy the challenges, so see you next week!
"Less is More"

Vicky said...

Just so gorgeous Rachel and I love the colour you have used and the punched borders ~ very pretty indeedy!!

Hope you feel better in thre morning hun, take care and big hugs Vicky xx

Mandi said...

Aww thank for your wonderful comments
It's great that everyone wants to visit each other
the response is beyond our wildest dreams!

Great cards by the way
Thank you!
See you next week, look after yourself
"Less is More"

Kathyk said...

Not surprised you made several, they're lovely


Maja said...

Very beautiful cards

Kristel said...

Woww this is gorgeous Rachel! Love it, really devine!
Hugs Kristel

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

This is a lovely CAS card.
Hugs, Sandra

Rachael said...

Love the colours Rach. Iv gotta bit of a purple thing going on too lol! Very pretty indeed!
Rachael :) xx

Aileen said...

I would never have guessed your central image wasn't one stamp. They both work very well.

Lynne said...

Beautiful cards, gorgeous colours.
Lynne xxx

Sally said...

Such a lovely card Rachel. Beautiful stamps which you have used perfectly. Love the pearls.
Sally x

Jose said...

Great cards Rachel, nd I love the punch you have used for the edge, it makes a lovely finish

coops said...

fantastic cas cards rachel.the stamps you`ve used are beautiful and i love the soft colour :D

xx coops xx

Faith A said...

Lovely cards, the punched edges certainly work well with the lovely stamping

Susan said...

What a pretty stamp! I love the punched edges!

Jules said...

Hi Rachel

Lovely work.

Beautiful colour choice and I love how you have used the glaze.

The border punch edge looks great too.

Love Jules xx

Sarita said...

Your cards are stunning, they all look so elegant. I love the fab subtle colours. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. Sorry to hear your health is not so good, I hope you feel a little better tomorrow,
Love Sarita xx

Debs said...

Fantastic cards Rachel. Love the stamp and the colour you have used. Perfect for a sympathy card. Hope you are feeling better soon.
Debs xx
ps. thanks for your message on DC - I'm in Droylsden too!

sparklingblackrose said...

Gorgeous honey, well rescued and shows your great talent shining through :-) Elaine-xxx-


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