Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Less Is More than one!! :)

Hey everyone!! :)

Well, you probably guessed this but I’m back to show you what I’ve come up with for this week’s Less Is More challenge... and I’ve even managed to make more than one card so I’m a happy bunny!! :) I know many of you have made many more than this as this week’s sketch is both inspiring and very easily adaptable to pretty much anything you want to do but I’ve had to stop myself at two- despite so many more ideas screaming to be let out of my head- as I still have to get my mum’s Mother’s Day card made yet!! That was what I was supposed to be doing when I sat down yesterday but I seem to have a total mental block on it for some reason and I ended up distracted by the ideas for these cards as I knew exactly what I wanted to for the first at least, and that led into the second!!lol

So, here they are:

 They are both DL as per the sketch and both use fairly muted colours, but I think they come out looking very different- somehow the sketch being so simple seems to mean more room to think creatively rather than being too distracted by having to get all the bits in the right places/ the right sizes :)

The first was very simple, especially as I had the flowers (Tim Holt Tattered Florals die- gorgeous!! :) ) I used already on my desk leftover from another card I made last week (bit of a cheeky teaser there- please pop back on Monday to see my first ever DT project!! :) ). They already had the brown swirls (from a My Paper World set) stamped on them as well as some shimmer mist, so I just inked the edges with some more DI in Forest Moss and Vintage Photo and attached them all together with a giant ‘Snap’- I think that’s what it said on the packet but it basically a big, solid-fronted eyelet!!- from We R Memory Keepers and my Cropodile. The parcel paper border is another leftover that’s been sitting on my desk for weeks- I’m doing well here people!!lol- and is punched with MS Cherish border punch. I doodled on the brown dots as I just felt it needed something on that top edge. I wasn’t originally going to add a sentiment but I just had a quick look at my stamps and saw that this one (from Woodware’s Clear Magic ‘Salutations’ set) would nestle in nicely under the flower. There is a lot of ‘white’ here and that is, at times, making me a bit uncomfortable but generally I like it so am resolutely pushing those thoughts aside!!lol

The shimmer spray is so pretty!! :)

This card didn’t come out how I’d intended it really!! I wanted to try a couple of new things- embossing with a Nestie and colouring onto coloured/Kraft cardstock with my Prismas... but then I couldn’t find the stamp I was going to use anywhere so the focus changed completely from flowery feminine to this more masculine design- though I guess it could work for a woman, too!!lol Anyway, embossed the Nestie shape-second time lucky, the first went right through the card!! :S – and then my Hougie board to get the border for the sketch. Then I used my Prismas and blending solution to get some contrast between the embossed shape and the rest of the card and then to colour the image- another that’s been sat on my desk for an age, I really was on a roll!!- which I cut out and attached with 3D Foam. I handwrote the sentiment again... but it was more through laziness than necessity this time as I do have a stamp almost the same size and style as this!!lol And that was that!!

And a close-up for you- at least, unlike the last time I used this image, I did remember to colour the wine in the glass the same as the grapes... I remembered ages after selling the last one that I’d coloured them differently last time... how silly did I feel!!lol

I’d like to enter both of these in the Less Is More challenge :) And I’d also like to enter the first card at: Bows and Berries – Inspired By Nature :) ; Paperplay - Distressing :) And the second one at Cards For Men – Embossing :)

Right, I’m going to link those up then have a rest before I get back to it- really hope the crafter’s block on my Mother’s Day card will clear soon as I’ve got lots of other things to do but don’t feel I should til that’s safely finished!! :S Wish me luck, please!! :) hope you’re all having a lovely day- despite the crafter’s block, I have had another exciting couple of days... will share soon!! :)



Vicky said...

Fabulous cards hun! love both your the flower on the first and the simple embossing with the wee wine bottle on the second...just perfect sweetie...

hugs Vicky xx

Fiona said...

Both are stunning Rachel. x

Chrissie said...

Rachel, both of these cards are stunning!
That flower is fabulous and I love the border punch you used.
The wine card looks great and that embossing is such a good idea!
Thanks so much for two fab submissions.
"Less is More"

Deirdre said...

Stunning, love what you created.

Thanks so much for joining us on Paperplay this week.

Sue said...

Two fabulous cards Rachel.Sue.x

Elaine Stark said...

Love them both, DL cards are so elegant. Elaine

Alexeya said...

Gorgeous! Love that shimmery Tim Holtz flower.

Nicola, Bows and Berries DT x

Julie M said...

Gorgeous cards, Rachel - I love the distressed flower - and that embossed shape on the kraft card is wonderful.

Thanks for joining us on PaperPlay this week.

Julie :o)

massofhair said...

Superb shimmery Floral and i like your border shape too, great colours:-)

Susan said...

Not sure how you did the embossing with the nestie back side up without cutting your b plate...but I love that look! Awesome cards!

Mandi said...

Hi RAchel
Both cards are just great!
I actually think the wine one is stunning! so different
Love it
Great to see you
"Less is More"

Kristel said...

Woww these are really gorgeous Rachel! Love them both!
Hugs Kristel

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

I think you've made 2 FABULOUS cards there!
Congratulations on your Forever Friends DT spot too!
Hugs, Sandra

coops said...

fantastic cas cards rachel.i love the stunning flower and fab image :D

xx coops xx

Suze Bain said...

Fabulous cards, love them both. Your TH flower is fab. x

Donna said...

Hi Rachel - two really great cards. I love the wine n grapes one the best. Looking forward to seeing your DT make x

Sande said...

Gorgeous cards both of them!!

Hugs, Sande x

Carole of Brum said...

Hi Rachel, when I saw this layout on the LIM blog I thought what an elegant one it was, and that has certainly followed through into your cards....both excellent! I'm glad you put the sentiment onto the flower card, it works perfectly and just makes the eye move slightly. Very creative with your prismas on the nestie shape on the wine card, wouldnt have thought to do that but it makes a big difference. Nice that you made a female and a male card too, how very balanced of you, he he. Thanks for your comment on my blog today, I really enjoy hearing from you. I know what you mean about pearlescents and mirri, they seem to have fallen out of favour with the best cardmakers, but I think that used wisely they can look great, a little touch of elegance, like you say. Hope you aren't overdoing it with all this crafting, you sound like you are having a marathon week! Am now eagerly awaiting your DT card, and good luck with your Mother's Day card. CoB

Jules said...

Two gorgeous creations Rachel.

Can't choose a favourite as they are both brilliant.

Love Jules xx

Mandy said...

Two very lovely CAS cards,I must admit I love the flower.....Thanks for sharing with us at Cards for Men...
Mandy x

Aileen said...

Both super cards but I'm really drawn to your flower one, love all the layers. x

Dolly Daydreams said...

Firstly let me thank you for your lovely comments on my blog it was much appreciated. Both of these cards are perfect couldn't say which one I like best although am really loving your flower on the first. The tiny weeny wine bottle and glass though is quite magnificent on the second.

Have a great weekend.

Marie x

Gill McCall said...

What a lovely card. Thanks for playing along with B&B inspired by nature

sparklingblackrose said...

Absolutely stunning honey! :-) Elaine-xxx-

bosenberries said...

Love both the cards!! That flower is super gorgeous and totally steals the show! Thanks so much for playing with us at Bows and Berries ;)

Alison said...

I love the embossing with a nestie- must try that!
Thanks for playing along with our embossing challenge at CFM.
Hugs, Alison x


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