Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Less is More 8 .....

.... I've finally managed to finish my card for the Less is More challenge.  This week Chrissie and Mandi have given us a sketch to follow - a DL card - one of my favourites as I think it's an elegant shape and size.  One of my resolutions this year is to make a Christmas card each week.  I've not managed to do that for most of March, but I've used the theme from this week's Jingle Belles challenge which is based on the tune "The Holly and the Ivy" and is to feature some festive foliage on your card.  So I've done it this week!


At the time of typing this post, there are already 131 entries for this week's LIM challenge, and I would have been quicker, but I had to take my Mum out yesterday.  It was a day of treats and indulgence for her - she had a full body massage and a facial.  I think Mum had a good day yesterday, but it meant that I didn't get into my craft room until quite late.  I finished the card about 11.30pm last night, so I saved it for this morning's post!



Now I took the Jingle Belles theme quite literally and decided to feature some holly on my card.  First I stamped some festive text on to the bottom of the card and then attached a lovely punched border, given to me by one of my craft class friends.  On some plain white card I stamped the holly image with Versamark and Cottage Ivy, then embossed with Kaleidoscope embossing powder - which gives the most gorgeous sparkle - sadly not easily seen on the photo!  I used a circle punch to cut out the holly leaves and coloured the berries with red Sakura Stardust pen.  This was then mounted, using dimensional pads, onto a bright red mat!  I think my card also owes some of its inspiration from Chrissie's cards, particularly the text - thanks!!

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Text-It, Around Christmastime
Inks:  Versamark; Memento - Cottage Ivy
Accessories:  Punched border from friend (don't know which company makes this pattern); Kaleidscope embossing powder; Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch; Stampin' Up! Circle Punch

I have at least two more cards in the making and will post them later today, so do drop by to see them.

34 comments:

Sue W said...

What a great Christmas card Deborah! traditional without being boring. Perfect for this challenge too I think.

Chrissie said...

I love text as a background Deborah... I have loads of stamps and keep buying more it seems!
This is lovely...that border is very striking!
Super card.
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Margaret said...

i am struggling with LIM this week but you seem to have got it right first go. Lovely card
Hugs
Margaret

Mandi said...

Great card Deborah
Although I really don't want to think of Christmas yet LOL
Super effect on the holly
Thanks so much for joining us and your kind comments on my blog
mandi
"Less is More"

Susan Hogan said...

This is a fab card - very festive but as has already been said, Christmas in March?!! Hope all is well with you.

Jenny said...

Fab card, love the traditional festive colours you've used X

Jackie said...

Beautiful card, love that text stamp :o)
Jackie xx

Stamps and Paper said...

A really lovely Christmas card Deborah,I love the idea of text on the bottom.

Anne

Aquarius said...

An elegant Christmas card - it amazes me how many entries they get for LIM

Craftilicious said...

What a good idea to make a Christmas card each week - I might have to get my Christmas stuff out of storage....

I love the colours you've used and the text background is lovely on this card :-)

mustavcoffee said...

Hello there, pretty Christmas card, don't you just love text as a background? so useful, love your card:0) xxx

butlersabroad said...

Just lovely Deborah, I'm a sucker for text background stamps too!

Hugs
Brenda

Pauline said...

This is a wonderful Xmas card, love the festive colours.

Kim Singdahlsen said...

This is so elegant. I love all the white space with those rich Christmas colors!

Suze Bain said...

Super card Deborah, love the splash of red. x

Susan said...

Deborah..this is fabulous! And look at you getting ahead with your Christmas cards! I should do that!

Vicky Hayes said...

I'm getting to the age where if I make a festive card in March, I might as well leave it out because Christmas seems to come faster each year! Yours is beautiful. The red frame on the holly really brings it to the fore.

Beryl K said...

This is just gorgeous, a brilliant Christmas card
Beryl x

Paula said...

Love that text background - the border might be an EK Success Punch?? Glad your Mum had a lovely day - she sounds very special.
Paula (PEP)

Joan said...

A very striking card, I love the rich colour and the text background. That punched border is beautiful

ThinkInk Creative said...

This is so cool. I love that border - perfect touch. I must use that technique some time.

cheers,
Malyn at ThinkInkCreative

SmilynStef said...

Love that texty background ... such a perfect backdrop for that pretty holly image ... thanks so much for joining our jingle belles fun.

lauren bergold said...

ok, usually, i am a "more is more" kind of gal...but ♥WOW♥ i think you've converted me instantly with this brilliantly sophisticated clean & simple holiday holly card! just wonderful!

Rosemary said...

What an absolutely lovely card, I really like the simple design and it is beautifully executed!

Lynne said...

Oooh Debs, gorgeous text background, beautiful border and lovely Holly image. Just a bit too early for thinking about Christmas for me.Lol.
Lynne xxx

massofhair said...

Great idea to make one xmas card a week and this one is very modern yet classic, great use of colour and texture:-)

Valerie said...

Beautiful card Deborah love that it follows the CAS theme! The holly really pops on that red mat
Val x

Aileen said...

Lovely christmas card. Love the text stamp at the bottom. x

Jennifer Styles said...

Absolutely gorgeous card! Love everything about it!

Jo said...

This is a lovely card Deborah, and it's great to get a head start with the Christmas cards. Jo

lisa said...

I love that text stamp and what you did with it. Super duper!

Stella said...

Very elegant and chic! Less is definitely more; that punched border is a gorgeous finishing touch!

Sally H said...

totally gorgeous! I love it!

Lisa V. said...

I love the simple, elegant style to this card. Everything goes together so perfectly.

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