... 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.