Saturday, 12 February 2011

Lots of challenges ...

... this card is for three challenges and they are:
  1. The Play Date Cafe - PDCC68
  2. Less Is More - One layer card with flower or tree
  3. OLW40 - Two for the show

I also owe thanks to several ladies as I drew inspiration from their cards, do check out their cards they're beautiful - Leanne,  Lesley, Viv and Chrissie.

When I first saw the colours over at Play Date Cafe I was stumped - only two colours to play with, and both very soft and subtle!!  I didn't know where to start.  I eventually came up with this card - and I'm really pleased with it.  I've added the tiniest amount of green - it looks odd without!!



The base card is 5¼" square (135cm square), is soft white and has a slight texture.  I used the post-it note technique to mask off a square in the top right-hand corner.  I used distress ink to add colour - the very pretty spun sugar, intensifying the colour at the edge of the square.  And I'm pleased to say that I've managed to use some of my old, slightly neglected stamps on this card.  Both come from a set that I bought from QVC about 2 years ago - they're out of their packs so I don't know the company who made them.  I stamped both the Japanese characters and the flower in pigment ink and clear embossed them.  I added colour to the flower using shimmery chalks.  As there is no sentiment on the card, it could be used for a number of occasions.

Stamps:  From QVC set
Inks:  Distress:  Spun Sugar; Colorbox Pigment - Dune
Accessories:  Clear embossing powder

Before I finish this post - I'd like to welcome a few new followers to my blog - a big, warm Hello to Lesley, Jack and Claudia Rose.

I've just realised that it's almost 5.00pm - and it's still really light , and it's been warm and sunny today too!  - Spring is on the way!!!  But that's all for now, as I'd better go off and make tea for us all!!   I do have another card to show you - so pop back later.

40 comments:

Gibmiss said...

Hi Deborah


Stunning card gorgeous...i am still fiddling with mine
hugs
sylvie
xxxx

ikki said...

Hi, I can see why you are pleased with your card - it's lovely - great use of stamps and colours. ikki

Chrissie said...

Deborah, this is gorgeous, I can see why you're pleased!
I'm going to have to get some of that Spun Sugar distress ink, it's really pretty.
Thanks for the mention by the way!
Keep up the good work with all that commenting!
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Dianne said...

What a gorgeous card. I'm glad I found the Less is More challenge on your blog. Thanks.

Aileen said...

Love your card, very subtle and mysterious. Wonder what all the characters say??

jillyscreations said...

lovely card the soft colours work really well

Lynne said...

Very pretty. So soft and subtle.
Lynne xxx

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Oh wow, this is beautiful, love the oriental feel, thanks for sharing!

Sheila in Cyprus said...

Fabulous card and pretty flower stamp. I just love the masking technique, must give it a try.
Love Sheila (Cyprus)

jackid said...

Hi I just love this card and I think it will go great on the less is more challenge this week still got to do mine I find C&S cards really hard to do as I like to put loads on my cards
Jacki xx

Tiya-B said...

Fantastic card. I love every card of yours Ive seen.

Faye said...

Lovely soft colors.

Angelnorth said...

Really pretty, love the sponged background square and the way the text runs outside it!

Caroline Hallett said...

very pretty, I wonder what the chinese characters actually say ;-) - its a perfect clean and simple card

♥ Marlou ♥ said...

beautiful card Deborah!! love it :) x

Viv's Visuals said...

Beautiful!

Susan said...

Your cards are always so pretty! This one is no exception! Love it!

Mandi said...

Beautiful card Deborah, really effective
Thanks for all your support and visiting everyone on your travels

Much appreciated

mandi
"Less is More"

Katalytic said...

This is gorgeous Deborah

S Jane said...

Beautiful card......soft and pretty ahhh!

Sharon said...

Wow Deborah! This is just sensational. So subtle, delicate and pretty. Bravo!
Hugs,
Sharon xx

Wishcraft said...

Such a lovely delicate card Deborah, very pretty :o) Lisa x

Suze Bain said...

What a beautiful card (I love anything oriental) and the colours are gorgeous.

Sue said...

Hi Deborah, a really beautiful card,very pretty indeedy:)

sue
x

Sally H said...

This is stunning Deborah. Fabulous stamping and choice of colours

Paula said...

The Spun Sugar is such an interesting colour & I like your varying of the colour at the edges. The clear embossing is a brilliant idea with adding texture too.
Paula (PEP)

Stamps and Paper said...

Gorgeous card Deborah, elegant and stylish.

Anne

Jane said...

Beautifull so elegant x

Colleen Dietrich said...

One layer cards are hard to do sometimes, but you've managed to add lots of beauty in one layer! THanks for playing with us at the Cafe, Deb.

faitha said...

This is lovely, such a gentle card, if a card can be called gentle? I love it.

butlersabroad said...

Just lovely Deborah. Lovin' this new challenge blog and you started quite the commenting revolution too!! I've never had so many visitors on a Sunday before!

Hugs
Brenda

joey said...

Hi Deborah

this is very pretty and perfectly laid out, love the softness of the pink

Joey xx

Carol said...

Beautiful card...love the softness of it!

Pauline said...

Loved your card. It is so delicate. Colors are wonderful.

Abi said...

Beautiful card & always good to get some use out of the old stash! x

Andrea Ewen said...

Love that Asian flair, Deborah! Great job with the colors, this is a beautiful card! Thanks for playing along with us this week at the Play Date Cafe!

Stella said...

B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!!So elegant and I like these Japanese stamps although I really have no idea what it means :)

Bernadet Rodakowski said...

East meets west - beautiful.

Jaclyn Miller said...

Your masking is fabulous and those japanese letters look great over that soft pink. So glad you could join us at The Play Date Cafe this week.

Toulouse31 said...

Thank your for your lovely comments on my 'Less is more' card, I have been looking at your lovely creations, I am only just getting into challenges!x

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