Wednesday 13 April 2011

Less is more!

Hello bloggers!
I am SOOOO busy right now, it's crazy! But it's all great stuff!
I got my craft club running and have two classes this week, one was on Monday and the next is tomorrow night. Preparations are all done so it's not too bad but I also got a deadline for my next publication in Creativity! and need to send this off this week as well as my first workshop in the Glitterpot on Saturday.
I am thrilled to be teaching there, but it's daunting to start a new venture. I'll keep you updated on how it goes if you want to know that...
Now on to something more fun than my ramblings... a card for the Less is more challenge. This week it's a one-layer card that focuses on the sentiment. I've been itching to try my hand on one of their challenges, I am very much a LIM girl at heart, maybe sometimes even a little too minimalist. Can't seem to do those beautiful cards with loads of embellishments without it looking silly... maybe I need to try more?
Another thing I've been itching to do is colour the gorgeous crab apple blossom from Ruth of A Passion for Stamps. It's just so nice, but I wasn't sure I could incorporate it into this challenge easily. I first did this card: 

But it doesn't really do the image justice and looks a bit cobbled together... so back to the drawing board.
I printed the image with only 50% opacity to lighten it and wanted to overstamp after colouring with Coloursoft pencils. But even at 50% it looked a bit too dark so I had an idea that I am quite pleased with now, although it's strictly speaking not a one-layer card anymore: I cut a sheet of vellum to fit over the card to soften the image and stamped the sentiment (Stampin up, on both cards) on the vellum with Staz-on ink. 

I am very happy how it looks and hope it still qualifies for the challenge at Less is more
The challenge on the Paper Variety blog is flowers, which fits so I am also entering it in this one.
Thanks for looking and even more if you choose to leave a comment!

Friday 1 April 2011

A day for daisies card

Hello again ;-)

I want to share a card today that I created a little while ago to send to a blogging friend in the US. I have heard now that it has arrived safely and can share it now.

The lady I was sending it to, Vera, is on the ADFD (a day for daisies) DT and I had been dying to use this beauty for a while, so this was the perfect opportunity. I kept it simple to let the picture speak and think it works really well. Here is a close-up:

I coloured the image with Copics and mounted on to red card. The flowers and leaves were punched with punches courtesy of my dear friend Lesley (I made the card at her house at our last play day) and the sentiment is by PTI. The embossed frame was done with my Scor-pal. Not much more to say really, it's a fairly simple card... Hope you like it!