Monday, 28 March 2011

Another try at less is more....

Good morning you all. Here the sun is shining again, which makes it much easier to get up in the morning. The post man helped me out of my bed this morning, too - not that you get the wrong idea, he just rang the bell to leave a parcel for a neighbour.
Yesterday I tried a card for the *less is more* challenge again. We had a sketch to follow this time, & it had to be a long narrow card. I made the first one in white, with a dotty embossed front panel, a pink ribbon and a pink flower. The edges have been very lightly inked in grey to give a bit of definition.



















The 2 small ones have been cut from the left-overs to use as gift cards.


But my grunge loving heart needed to try something else. I took a piece of scrap card from a cereal packet, and covered it with 2 strips of aluminium tape from the DIY store before embossing it. Then I distressed it with inka gold *gunmetal* and archival black, and love the effect. Much cheaper than using metal foil, and lighter for a card, which makes the postage less, too. This time I used a dark grey velvet ribbon and a red rose, and I like the card a lot, although I'm afraid it is more grunge and simple than clean and simple. But at least the first card fits the bill!

So, here's wishing you all a great Monday, and lots of sunshine. Thanks for looking!

34 comments:

  1. I love them all Val.
    Hugs,
    Sue xx

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  2. Hi Sue, soooooooooooooooooo lovely to see you back on line again!!!

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  3. I just typed a whole comment and then lost it as I didn't realise you had word verification turned on. I clicked away from the page to see my comment disappear with it.
    We would be really glad if you could turn off WV as we have over 200 entries to comment on each week and the Word Verification option makes the process much longer!
    Your cards super and I can see that you worked really hard on the challenge with a lot to show for it!
    Those flowers are lovely!
    Thanks for joining us!
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  4. You cracked me up about the postman! These cards are great, really love that "metal" embossed one. neat idea.

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  5. Great cards! Love the metal embossed card, I must have a look for some aluminium tape.
    xxx Hazel.

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  6. All lovely carda, Val, but the one with the red rose is my fave! Hugs, Barb

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  7. Definitely embossing this long card makes all the difference. Terrific work Valerie. Annette x

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  8. Love all your cards....embossing looks great.

    Anne

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  9. I love the simplicity, texture and design of your cards! Gorgeous!

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  10. Tee hee! Your postman comment made me giggle.
    Just love the cards and gift cards and adore your grungy one which appeals to my grungy heart as well (can't always do grungy with my Polka Doodles DT stuff although I do try hard lol)
    Hope you have some sunshine too.
    Fliss xx

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  11. I really like your 'dotty' embossed front. What kind of machine do you have for your embossing? I think I like the 'left overs' best .. very classy - they are all gorgeous. hugs from Mexico, Donna

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  12. Liking both versions of your card - just goes to show what a bit of imagination can do with the same format

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  13. Beautiful, simple and elegant cards.

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  14. At first I thought, whoa, that's some postman :)

    Gosh, these cards are gorgeous, Valerie!

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  15. I am loving the texture!!!

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  16. Love the effects of the gunmetal and black...great idea to use a cereal box...thanks for visitng my blog
    connie paxman

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  17. Both cards are awesome...but I love how unique the second card is!

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  18. Beautiful cards, I love 'em all! Hugs, Sarah

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  19. FAB set of cards, so striking
    Thanks for joining us
    mandi

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  20. absolutely wonderful cards!
    Kelly xx

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  21. Lovely cards Valerie!!! Love the postman pun!!!

    Hugs, Carole xxx

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  22. Fab cards. Love that embossing folder.
    Lynne xxx

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  23. WOW lots of lovely cards for this challenge, all beautiful, the flower is gorgeous:0) xxx

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  24. another lovely batch of cards val, I really cannot keep up with and your crafting, lol...

    maria xx

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  25. Maria, I can keep up with my crafting but not with the clearing up afterwards!

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  26. I may have to get some courage make some time and have a go on this simple kind of card they're really growing on me ;0) D x

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  27. A lovely card and gift cards, so clever thinking of that. Love the grungy one and a great idea for that too.

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  28. Thanks for the comment on my blog, I found the clipart you mentioned. Thank you so much.
    Lynne xxx

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  29. Stunning cards - love the embossing - and the foil has worked really well - also good idea to make the little gift cards with the left overs. x

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  30. Wow wow wow on the grunge distressed card thanks for sharing like the others but that one outshines for me Luv Sue x

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  31. Fab cards Valerie, like the first one but love the second one. Suze x

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