Wednesday, 6 April 2011

And I thought I didn't like red...

Evening everyone!! :)

Just a very quick post from me tonight- I hope, but you know me!!lol- to share the first of my cards for this week's Less Is More challenge, A Touch of Red...

I don't really like red... I am a redhead, of the tone that simply does not work with red clothing of any shade, which is a simple explanation for that much, but I don't really like to have red around me at all if I can help it, even in flowers, and rarely use it my cardmaking as a result. However, this week's LIM reminded me that, while my aversion to the colour is still strong in all other areas, I have actually made a few cards I really liked with red as the main colour in the last year or so, so I was quite excited to get stuck in to this challenge- there is some sort of magic with an LIM challenge, I think, that makes anything seem possible!! :) The first card- I've made a few, amazingly!! :) - came together pretty quickly after I found the image already coloured in athe box it got 'tidied' into to make space for Christmas cards to be made in November!! :)



The stamp was a freebie with DoCrafts magazine last year and is from the Born to Shop range- not my usual style at all but I really enjoyed colouring her and it's always good to try something a bit different :) In this case, the different style appears to have tempted me into trying a different colour-scheme, though I can't really remember what was on my mind in November when I picked up the red pens!! ;)




I still had last week's sketch firmly on my mind when I made this on Sunday- tbh, it still is, I just love the layout!!lol- but I didn't want to just use ribbon for the band so went digging through my stamps til I found this in my Papermania Hampstead Icons set... then I realised I quite possibly had never felt the need to purchase a red ink pad (besides my Fired Brick but I wasn't about to try CAS with a DI and a clear stamp- been there, failed blobbily at that!! :S )... I did find a tiny one in the end in a set of 30 tiny pads I got years ago but it's pigment and never quite dries... so out came the heat tool and embossing powder- CAS is so rarely and appropriate description of the process!! :S Anyway, once I'd done that I thought I may as well emboss the sentiment (from the same set) too so stamped in black and used a powder mix I made ages back with some clear EP and red glitter :) Oh, I also used a black fineliner in the gaps at the top of the stamped border for more definition.

And then I was actually done!! :D Thank you so much to all who've left comments on my last couple of cards- I've had a hectic week with the start of my DT-ships(?!) and losing most of yesterday to an awful headache that made keeping my eyes open at all a problem and the computer very painful, so haven't made it to as many of you as I'd like again but will try to catch up if I can!! I really appreciate your comments- especially when I'm not feeling to good myself!! :) I'll be back tomorrow with my first Forever Friends DT card and then hopefully before LIM closes with the other red cards I made today... if I don't run out of time and/or energy!! :) Hope you all had some of the lovely sunshine we got here today- so warm it felt like summer!! :)


hugs,

20 comments:

Chrissie said...

Great sketch you used here Rachel!
I love this card... the sentiment is my friend to a 'T', it would be perfect for her.
I shall look forward to seeing your other creations... I love your phrase about LIM having some sort of magic... thanks so much... we think it's pretty special, thanks to all our fabulous LIMettes!!
Have a good week, and see you soon.
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Fiona said...

Fabulous card Rachel. x

Gibmiss said...

HI RACHAEL
Gorgeous card i have this stamp.....Faulous card....
hugs
sylvie
xx

Lizy said...

This is a fab card Rachel! I actually have this stamp, and all the other sets too but I've never tried colouring them like this...I may have to try it! Thanks for giving me new inspiration for my stamps! :)
Lizy x

Susan said...

Rachel...this is FABULOUS!! I love the image...wish I had it! LOL!! Great job on the challenge this week!

Jules said...

Hi Rachel

This is gorgeous. Love what you have done here.

She does look lovely in red!!!

I have this stamp and really like using it .. .. so much so that I bought a set thinking they would be just as good but they weren't. It was really hard to see what and where I should be colouring .. .. shame!!!

Perhaps when you coloured this in you were already in Christmas mode .. hence the red pen!!

Love how you have cut around your image. Very neat!

Love Jules xx

Debgem said...

I like this - made me laugh!! I know just where to shop - crafty places!!! :) Love this card.

Mandi said...

FABBY card Rachel
Suepr image, perfect colouring
I don't readily use red either but it looks fabulous here
thanks so much
mandi
"LEss is More"

Pooh Bear said...

Such a fun card! love it

Ali x

pickle said...

I agree with you completely about this challenge it deffo has some sort of magic. It's the only one I enter religiously, almost like and addiction lol

Your card is super, love the layout and the sentiment is fab!
Kerry x

coops said...

stunning cas card rachel.i love the fabulous image and great sentiment :D

xx coops xx

Suze Bain said...

This is great Rachel, love the vibrant red. x

Jenny said...

Brilliant card. I have this stamp too but it hasn't seen any ink yet...it might just do so now :)
Jennie X

massofhair said...

I have this stamp too, a friend sent it for me last week so it's not seen ink yet. I don't do red but do have a very small versafine ink pad in red just for emergencies. Fun card and hope you feel much better very soon:-)

Sharon said...

Love this card. I am the opposite of you as I LOVE red! My house is full of red :-)

Aileen said...

Love the card and last weeks sketch is really adaptable. x

sasa said...

these stamps are still great fun - love your colour choices...
Sarah

Carole of Brum said...

Love this one, Rachel, and a brill sentiment with the image, made me smile that did. CoB

Fiona said...

I can identify with that sentiment! Great card Rachel, you do red very well.

Anniebee said...

This card is adorable, Rachel! I have been snooping around your blog, admiring all your lovely creations and decided to become a follower. I also wanted to thank you ever so much for the very sweet comments you left on my blog about my altered candy box. Your kindness is very much appreciated.

While I'm here, I'd like to give you an award for your blog too. You can pick it up over on my blog whenever it's convenient for you. It's 4 AM here and I have been blogging all night so it's time to get some much needed sleep. I'll be back soon to see more of your work.

Anne
anniebeescraftroom.blogspot.com

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