Friday, 18 March 2011

Going over the edge...

Hello!! :)

Yay!! :) I made it- this is not going to be the first week I miss entering at Less Is More!!  And you have no idea how happy I feel about that... that’s a ‘bl***y M.E. stops me doing the things I want to and it’s not getting the better of me this time’ kind of reaction... and I’m now thinking that the way I’d intended to start this post (by saying that ‘no, my post title alludes to the challenge not my state of mind’) may seem a tad ironic... !! lol Ah, well, on with the card before I scare you all off, eh!?! :D

So, the challenge this week was a One Layer Card with the theme of ‘Off The Edge’... and the additional criteria of ‘no scored lines’... hmmm!! :S Well, I can honestly say, Chrissie and Mandi, that you really stumped me with that last bit (was a tad peeved for a while if I’m honest!!lol) as, having finally got to grips with my Hougie for last week’s card and knowing that this was one layer week, I had had several ideas buzzing around in my head waiting to be adapted to the theme... and every one of them involved scored lines!!! :/ So, back to the drawing board for me then!!lol But I love going off the edge with images- makes things look so much more interesting and it is meant to be a challenge after all... and in the end I’m glad as I wouldn’t have done this with lines involved and I actually really enjoyed it and like the result!! :)

As part of my continuing efforts to use more of my old and neglected- forgotten even, shame on me!!lol- stash as well as the newer stuff, I’ve been trying to think about exactly what I’ve got hidden away (can’t just go looking unfortunately as I have enough trouble moving myself around some days so moving heavy, teetering piles/boxes of stash is a no go!! :S).  One of the things I thought of this week was my beautiful Brilliance Lightning Black inkpad, as well as my neglected embossing powders and this gorgeous butterfly stamp that’s been sitting out by my desk for months in the hopes I’d get round to using it!! I combined them all with a new swirl stamp and finally tried masking and over-stamping properly for the first time for a card that was actually pretty quick to make for a change as well as pretty!! :)

I knew the intense gold shimmer in the ink would look good with the gold sparkle powder but I’m always blown away by just how beautiful this ink is, so I like it even more than I thought and love the masking effect- though you can see I trimmed the mask in a bit too far on one edge of the butterfly :S I’m not quite sure on the sentiment placement and wonder if it would have been better down in the bottom left... but then the middle would probably look too bare instead... lol

The butterfly is from a wooden set from Panduro Hobby, the swirl from a clear set by My Paper World (Viva Decor) and the greeting is from Woodware Clear Magic’s ‘Jane’s Script’ set :)

So, thank you ladies for a real challenge to get my thinking cap on this week!! :) And thank you to everyone who commented on LIM my cards last week- as I said in my post on Wednesday (here if this is the first time you’ve been back), I really appreciated you sharing your favourite of my two cards, I found it very interesting to know what you all thought!! :) Sorry I’ve not managed to comment on too many of the other entries so far this week- from the Linky pics there are some fantastic ones so I’ll hopefully get to a few over the weekend!! :) Hope you all have a good one!! :)



Suzi B said...

Gorgeous, elegant card!
Sue x

Lynne K said...

Wow, this is gorgeous, Rachel, very elegant! You're right, the lightning black ink looks fantastic, and I think the placement of the sentiment is just right. Lynne x

Mandi said...

Hi Rachel
This is stunning I even like the extra bit on the left hand side, although its so beautiful it would work on its own too, another time
Just fanulous
Thanks Rachel
"Less is more!

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Ooh, I love this one too! Congrats!
Hugs, Sandra

Suze Bain said...

Beautiful card Rachel. Gold butterfly is fab. x

Pauline said...

Gorgeous card, love the embossed butterfly, so pretty!

Susan said...

Rachel, the gold butterfly is gorgeous! I love the swirls you used too!

Chrissie said...

I love a bit of heat embossing and this is no exception!
Super card Rachel!
DO check out tomorrow's challenge!
"Less is More"

sharingthepassion said...

Gentle hugs Rachel.....your card is fabulous! Keep your chin up.

Ali x

Rachael said...

Oooo Rachel I lurve that butterfly! Im not really a gold person but love the way it shimmers! Nice to see so many cards this week :)
Rach xx

Kristel said...

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

Vicky said...

Such a gorgeous and elegant card the image and beautiful embossing too...simply perfect hun :o)

hugs Vicky xx

coops said...

fantastic card rachel.the stamp is beautiful and i love the gold embossed butterfly :D

xx coops xx

Carole of Brum said...

Hiya Rachel, I am well impressed with this card, love how you've done the little flourish on the left as well, I like the balance of that. So gorgeous with the gold too, very elegant. Must say I love all the over the edge designs I've seen, it's such an interesting use of the stamps. Fab to hear that you are so loving the LIM challenges and that you are able to put the M.E. in it's place so you can join in, pat on the back for that too. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do for the next challenge. I'll be having a little break from blogging for a few days, need to rest up. Take care, CoB

sparklingblackrose said...

Stunning honey-I love this! :-) You've been busy-well done for achieving this-M.E really can get in the way but we will beat it :-)
lots of love


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