Saturday, 28 May 2011

Less is More 17 and colour Q challenges ...

... it's been a really fun day today.  I got to the airport to pick up Ben, only to find that his plane would be over half an hour late!!  The positive was a nice cup of coffee and time to read some of my latest Stephen King book - Cell (excellent). 

It also gave me time to think about this week's Less is More challenge.  It's week 4 in the monthly rota and that is either a sketch or recipe - Lady LIM and Diva LIM gave us a sketch - with the instruction to "pick a square".  The idea being to pick one of the five squares (staying inside the area as much as possible) and leave the rest white space.  They do like to play with us!!




Now, I've got to make some Father's day cards for Ben - one for Jonathan and one for his father, Kim.  And I've got a super Stampin' Up! image that would be brilliant for this challenge - so I came home knowing just what I was going to do.  However, Vicky beat me to it!  And she did it brilliantly.  So I had to think again. 

I decided to try one of the top squares - I think these are quite hard, but I think I've done it!  It's a really, really clean and simple design - I made two versions - one black and one blue.  Which do you like best?






Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Free Spirit - Boy, Free Spirit - Sentiments
Inks:  Memento - Tuxedo Black;  Stampin' Up! - Bashful Blue, Night of Navy

Now, my other card is quite different - although I think it's still relatively clean and simple.  It's for this week's colour challenge at colour Q - the inspiration picture is such fun and the colours are fabulous.  It gave me the opportunity to play with my new Stampin' Up! set - Fifth Avenue Florals - love these stamps.


As soon as I saw that one of the colours was Real Red I knew that I'd use the rose stamp, and I decided to use the lily and daisy too with the shades of yellow.  I stamped the images in Versamark and then heat embossed them with detail white powder.  I then, very carefully, cut out each flower.  I used my Marianne dies to cut some greenery and finally added the sentiment.




Stamps:  Stampin' Up! - Fifth Avenue Floral
Inks:  Versamark; Stampin' Up! - Early Espresso
Card:  Stampin' Up! - Real Red, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron
Marianne Dies:  Greenery - LR0150, LR0151
Accessories:  Card, white embossing powder from stash





These flowers are really easy to cut out and they stamp really well, giving lovely clear lines - great for colouring with Promarkers, watercolour paints, glitter or just leaving as they are!  So happy that Joanne was able get this set for me.

28 comments:

Craftilicious said...

I like the blue plane one best as I think it pops better than the black.
The colour Q cards is amazing - I can see why you wanted that set. The white lines are a really great idea though particularly on the red rose - stunning :-D

Jan said...

I can't decide i like them both xx Jan

Carol said...

I like the blue one too Deborah. Your colour Q card is fabulous. Carol x

Mandi said...

They are both FAB Deborah
I think I like the blue best
Thank you so much
Diva LIM mandi
"Less is More"

Jenny said...

They certainly are CAS Deborah, they're both fab and such a great sentiment too :0
Love the florals, so bold on the colored card. tha rose reminds me of the Stampin Up EF 'manhattan rose'......I think that's what its called :)
Jenny x

Netty said...

All great cards. Thank you for visiting my blog today. Annette x

Paula said...

That 5th Ave set is stunning the way you have used it here. Love your die-cut leaves too. The blue plane is the one I prefer of these & nice interpretation of the brief.
Paula (PEP)

Kathyk said...

Fab card selection - your LIM is fab (love that paper plane image), my personal preference is to the blue one

Kathyk

Rosemary said...

love how you did your LIM card! your card for colourQ is just lovely!

Sylvia Nelson said...

Love your card, Deborah! Love the stamps and what you did with the colors! Thanks for playing with us at the ColourQ this week.

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Gorgeous makes today, LIM cards brilliant soo CAS and great flowers in your Colour Q card:0) xxx

Rita said...

I love the blue one too, but all your cards look fantastic. Hugs Rita xxx

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

All terrific. I particularly like the floral one.

Hugs, Sandra My card is HERE!

Vicky Hayes said...

Aha! You're the first person I've come across to use this particular square! And it really works Deborah! Love your beautiful, bright Fifth Avenue floral card too. Vx

Diane said...

What a perfect grad card.....love it...and the flowers on the second card are beautiful...I have seen the Marianne dies, but don't own one "yet"...they intrigue me!!

Kathleen said...

Blue for me, and a fabulous flower card, the colours are lovely.

Kath x

joanne wardle said...

definitely blue. the words just stand out better against it. Love your airplane cards. I think I'm enjoying the cards where people have challenged themselves to use the top corners best. They seem hard, but because you have to put the extra effort in to make them work, the outcome is very striking and different. I do really like your other card but the airplane ones are so striking

Zoechaos said...

Great LIM cards but yes its blue just lifts it. XOXO Zoe

Jo said...

I think they're both great, very stylish. Jo x

Beryl K said...

Great cards, I prefer the blue one.
Beryl x

Linby said...

I love that 5th ave card-I don't think sU are doing that one over here. Great plane card for a man.
Linbyx

Viv said...

Love them both Deborah, well done again :O) Viv xx

Dolly Daydreams said...

Great cards and love the sentiment it really doesn't need anything else . The flower card is brill to such amazing colouring.

Marie

GinaA said...

Great positioning of the stamp, I like the blue best as well, makes me think of the sky.

Chrissie said...

Great cards Deborah, I'm with Mandi, I think the contrast in the blue version works best for me!
Thanks so much.
Chrissie
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Leah the Orange said...

all gorgeous here! and i definitely prefer the blue as well. love the image and sentiment on your Less is More cards - so perfect for a graduate!

Susan said...

You've certainly been busy! All fab cards...really like the card with the blue airplane! Love the bright cards too!
My card is HERE

Shobana said...

Oh my! Lovely! The blue one stands out better tho! :)
LOVE the one with those lovely flowers! Super!

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