Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Less is More & Ribbon Reel Challenges ....

.... I did manage to get an hour in my craft room - well strictly I was at my computer desk in the office.   I made a card for this week's Less is More - LIM57 challenge and The Ribbon Reel - RR23 challenge.  I think these challenges fit really well together, as Chrissie and Mandi would like us to make a card using neutrals, from black & white, through all shades of grey, brown and beige.  And in The Ribbon Reel challenge the ladies would like us to use newsprint!  A marriage made in heaven :)



I did consider using just black and white, but actually I just felt that shades of brown would work really well for this challenge.

I inked up the large flourish in a few shades of brown and stamped directly onto the card base.  Next I used my new Papermania Bookprint DP and stamped some flowers onto a couple of different sheets and cut them out.  I cut a border of newsprint paper, onto which I layered some lace and string.  I finished off with a simple sentiment - "thanks" in dark brown, which I cut out.



Stamps:  Waltzmingmouse - Flourishes; Dots & Scallops, Say It Loud; Dawn Bibby - Flower Patch
Inks:  Stampin' Up! - Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Accessories:  String, lace and card from stash

Here's a close up shot of the flowers - I like the effect of stamping on bookprint!

A few people have asked about our trip to America, so I'll expand a bit.  Jonathan is working for a client in Michigan and we are likely to be in the States for about 3 years.  It's a great opportunity for us all - and particularly for Kathryn.  I've been really lucky as my friend Cheryl, whom I met when we were 11 years old, is living less than 2 hours from our new house!  And I hope to be able to meet up with some of my US blog buddies too.  There are so many places that we want to visit too.

And that's all for now.  It's another beautiful sunny morning here and the removal team due here shortly.  They're going to be finishing off downstairs this morning - that the rest of the family room, utility and, sob, my craft room.   I think my craft room will end up in lots and lots of boxes :))))   See you soon.

30 comments:

Diane said...

What a stunning use of neutrals, the composition is lovely and the "print" brings it all together....Love it!!
Diane

Pauline said...

What a fabulous card Deborah, these flowers look amazing on the newsprint paper, and the lace and twine the perfect touch!
Thanks so much for joining us at The Ribbon Reel this fortnight!

Stamps and Paper said...

Great card Deborah love the touch of lace and use of newsprint paper

Anne

Paula (PEP) said...

This works beautifully - how you've managed to craft midst all going on around you is a wonder. Love the way you stamped the flourish & used different browns for stamping the flowers.
Take care midst it all.
Paula (PEP)

Craftilicious said...

Perfect challenge combo Deborah - love the newsprint flowers.

You'd best give the removal men a big strong tea before they start your craft room, I think it's going to be the toughest part of the whole move for them!!! ;-)

Tara x

Beryl K said...

Beautiful card Deborah
Beryl x

Deborah Frings said...

That's probably true!! I keep sneaking in to see if there's anything else I "need" for my emergency stash!! But I'm trying to keep it to an A4 really useful box - I might have to get a few more stamps!! :)

Chrissie said...

This is really yummy Deborah, what a sumptuous, yet simple card!
Super job!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Elaine said...

Love your card especially the shades of brown on the flourish. Hope the move goes well for you!

Sasha said...

Super card, Deborah. I love your beautiful corner flourish with flowers x

Kim S said...

I love the colored flourish and the flowers on the newsprint are gorgeous!

Loli said...

Hola Deborah, fantastic card, beautiful stamps, flowers and flourish, a gorgeous card.
I hope your life in US should be great :D
A hug from Palma

Ardyth said...

I think this is a really good mix of clean and simple AND shabby chic - well done!

Jackie said...

Beautiful card, lovely colours :o)
Jackie xx

Cheryl said...

Deborah, Your card is stunning! Love all the layers and lace! Very pretty.

Vee Ramsden said...

Love your card, the colours and elements fit together like hands in glove :)xx

L*I*S*A said...

Wonderfull card.
Lisa

Mandi said...

Gorgeous card Deborah, some intricate cutting there, more patience than me lol
Thank you so much
mandi
"Less is More"

Buffy said...

Totally stunning Debs
Buffy x

Mynnette said...

This is FABULOUS!!! LOVE the cut out flowers and sentiment--this is so lovely! :) AMAZING!

Vicky Hayes said...

This has got to be one of my favourites of your cards Deborah. I love that beautiful flourish and the cluster of flowers stamped onto newsprint. Just stunning!

lainey said...

simply gorgeous!! lainey x

Sharon said...

Gorgeous card Deborah. Love the depth and the newsprint is superb.
Hugs,
Sharon xx

Anja said...

Love youre idea. Think I'll take it for a big paper flower I've made days ago. Till now i didn't know how to put it on a card. Thanks for your great inspiration

Viv said...

Another beautiful card Deborah. Oh my! 3 yrs is a long time you will be missed...but then again you will be able to continue in blogland won't you?? :) Viv xx

Basement Stamper said...

Love the flourish on this card along with the flowers, beautiful!

Helen said...

Deb, this is superb!! Love it. Gorgeous flowers, flourishes, lovely sentiment and gorgeous lace & twine!! What an exciting opportunity for you and your family & especially to have all the wonderful U.S. stamps/goodies at your fingertips!! Hooray!!

Helen said...

And I meant to say - thanks so much for joining us at The Ribbon Reel this fortnight x

Mona L. Pendleton said...

So pretty Deb! Those little blossoms are beautiful! and I love the WM flourishes!

Keilly said...

Beautiful card Deborah, love those newsprint flowers. Thanks for sharing with us at The Ribbon Reel this week!

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