Sunday, 10 April 2011

Less is More, Sunshine and Mexican Fiesta Feelings....

Another sunny day filled with sunshine and bird song here, a real SUNday. So I will be going for a walk, and doing some painting out on the balcony later. Right now I am just enjoying my first latte and watching the view while I type.
First of all I have thee cards ready for *Less is More*. The challenge this week is to do a one layer card with the focus on the sentiment, so here are my attempts:
This one has an embossed edge to focus the saying, which means *The years have left you untouched - it was the weekends that marked you*


The saying here means *Love is the best sort of madness*



*God didn't want to do everything himself, so he created mothers*

Then I wanted to show you pictures from my big Mexican sunshine package which arrived on Friday from Donna, so here are some of them:



As you can see, not only an exciting envelope, but really stuffed with pictures and little artefacts, ribbons, postcards - I especially love those of Frida Kahlo - and some beautiful, brightly painted tin objects and ribbon. And a tiny little nicho with glass in it, I will be able to push a picture behind the glass. As you can imagine, all things for me which are very inspiring, and I want to do a large painting /mixed media piece this week and incorporate some of my new treasures into it. Thanks again Donna, for my lovely bundle of inspiration, and I hope you don't have to wait too long for yours, which is on its way.

And I received another parcel yesterday, full of lovely things which I bought from Alyson, in England, I will put the pics on my blog tomorrow, so watch this space!

So, here's wishing you all a great day, take care, and thanks for looking and leaving a comment.

26 comments:

  1. What a lovely set of cards. The first one made me laugh out loud. But I really like the next two cards - they're so elegant. Thanks for providing translations of the sentiments.

    And I love the parcel of Mexican bits - will you be making cards with them or scrapping? Have fun!

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  2. I love all 3 of your cards.. the words on your first one are great!.. Have fun with all those colourful goodies!
    Hug
    Sylvie x

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  3. Thanks Ladies. Glad you liked the sayings ;) I will be using those Mexican delights to make some mixed media pieces, with painting, scrapping, mod-podging - a bit of everything, very exciting and inspiring!

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  4. Lovely cards, Val, love the sayings, and what gorgeous things you got from Mexico! Well done!
    Hugs, Barb

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  5. These are just FAB
    i love the sun/moon ones the look gorgeous
    thank you
    mandi
    Less is More

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  6. Your dottie card is gorgeous. Did you do something to allow the middle to remain clear - or is this a completely different embossing folder? Also love the flourish stamps you use. Very effective. Happy to like your little bundle of sunshine. Have fun. hugs from Mexico, Donna

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  7. Hi Donna, I just put a pice of the card into the folder, left the rest outside, and worked round about like this to leave the space in the middle. First time I tried it, but it worked with a little patience! The flourish is one of my fave stamps, sometimes I use it all as a corner design, sometimes just a bit of it, like here.

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  8. Love your cards, your goods look excitung.

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  9. Super set of cards.
    I love the translation of the sentiment on the third one!
    Brilliant and so true!
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  10. Love those cards, Valerie! I was going to ask about how you did the embossing but then I saw your comment to another on your technique.

    What a colourful gorgeous package from Mexico! Have fun!

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  11. Thanks for the lovely comemnt you left, the Tim Holtz sentiment I used was from Natures Moments set. xx

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  12. Thanks a lot, I've put it on my *Ineed/Iwant list*. It gets loner and longer!!

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  13. Hi Valerie, 3 lovely cards I have to say the middle one is my overall fave, love the composition on that one. Fab and colourful parcel from mexico, what a lovely thing to open!

    Just saw your painting from yesterday's post, great dark feel to it, that must have been one very bad mood! lol.

    CoB

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  14. The cards are super and I am loving the birdies on the blog (have they always been there? Have I only just noticed them? any way look forward to the painting with the Mexican theme

    Love Dawn xx

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  15. Great cards Valerie - I love the sentiments - and what a true parcel of sunshine from Mexico. Lucky you - I can't wait to see yor mixed media piece.
    Hugs xx

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  16. Great cards! I really love the look of the embossing on the first...and the sentiment is too funny!

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  17. Love your cards Valerie! Can't wait to see your creations from the packet of goodies! Hugs tee

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  18. Oh.. I forgot. I was wondering why I did not have your blog button on my blog? Where's your button. Lol Tee

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  19. Love your cards Valerie and what a fantastic parcel. Looking forward to seeing what you create with the goodies.
    xxx Hazel.

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  20. Such lovely sentiments, really special cards

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  21. Super cards. I liked your first one as i liked the embossed edge. x

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  22. Wow what an interesting haul! Have fun!

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  23. All three are great. I really love the sentiments, brilliant.
    Lynne xxx

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  24. Great cards and such fun sentiments too.
    Jenny x

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  25. Great cards, oh! yes I really liked the first sentiment it made me laugh.You have lots of lovely stash, lucky you:0) xxx

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