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Saturday, 19 February 2011

Spring has sprung at Less Is More

Another Saturday, another challenge from Less is More.  This weeks challenge has the theme of Spring but still in a Clean and Simple style.  

I'm really enjoying the challenges and having a look round blogland at everyone's entries.  There is a lot of serious talent out there and I can only hope to learn and continually improve.  It definitely makes me want to stretch myself. 

And this week was a definite stretch as I don't own any traditional stamps that would say Spring to you.  So after a rummage I came up with one of the stamps out of the Punch Potpourri Hostess Set because they reminded me of new buds.  I then decided to stamp them in bashful blue and night of navy to represent bluebells.  Tenuous maybe but that was my thought process. 

 

I stamped the bashful blue on the whisper white, then stamped with night of navy on bashful blue before using the boho blossoms punch to punch them out.  A little pearl in the centre finishes them off.  The "Just for you" is from the hostess set Afterthoughts but with "so you don't have to share" masked off with a post it. 

I made the above card this morning whilst it rained and then snowed outside.  Although some of the bulbs I planted last year are valiantly trying to come through, it couldn't have looked less spring like.  So it came to me that perhaps the next card more represents Spring here.  I thought it would be funny to use snowflakes and then I saw the little tortoise and it fell into place from there.  



I tried out the tutorial of printing straight onto the card.  I haven't managed quite an elaborate text style as was shown.  I think I need to add some more fonts to my computer.  Also I wasn't brave enough to just go for it so to speak so did a practice run on printer paper then cut to the same size and stamped it all out first.  I'm glad I did because I did a little tweaking before using my whisper white card stock.  The inks I've used are night of navy, bashful blue, and crumb cake.  I added a tiny amount of dazzling diamonds glitter on the butterfly's wings.  The stamps are from Serene Snowflakes, Fox and Friends, and So happy for you provided the little butterfly. 

Thanks for having a look and thank you to everyone who has been kind enough to post comments.  I'm off to see what everyone else has posted. x


31 comments:

starcyl said...

Both fab cards but the second one hits the right notes for me, nice to see a sense of humour!
Jennyxx

Chrissie said...

These are both great cards Aileen. You have been working really hard at getting things right. I often print out things on printer paper before try on card... it's cheaper that way if adjustments have to be made.
I love the humour of the second card... and thanks for trying my tutorial, I hope it will be useful in future.
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Margaret said...

I love both of them Aileen but the blue one has to be my favourite
Margaret x

Debgem said...

I nearly always do a draft card first - cheap paper and can adjust the LO. I really like the blue flowers on the first card - they are so very pretty. And the second card is brilliant - it made me laugh out loud!!

Mandi said...

I love the tortoise card, with the snowflakes...very clever!
Both cards are great
thank you for supporting us, glad you found the tut useful
See you again
mandi
"Less is More"

Stamps and Paper said...

Love both your cards....


Anne

Sue said...

Aileen, 2 fabulous cards, really love the first card, the bohos look fab and i adore bashful blue and night of navy together.I have this set of stamps and the boho punch but never thought of using it like that.Thanks for the inspiration, i will give this card a try as i love it so much:)

sue
xx

Ann said...

love both these cards.
Ann xxx

Sally H said...

Two fabulous cards, Aileen! I love the elegance of the first and the humour of the second. I think I am that tortoise!!!

Pauline said...

Two lovely cards, lovely images on both.

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

I really like both your cards. If I had to choose, I'd pick the first one I guess, but both are lovely.
Hugs, Sandra

Faith A said...

Love them both

Jo said...

These are both lovely cards, I couldn't pick a favourite.

Susan said...

Love how you've popped a few of the blooms off the card! So soft and pretty!!

Katalytic said...

Love the humour in your second card Aileen, great card idea.

Kaz said...

Both gorgeous cards, love your colour choice and design on both your cards.
Kaz x

ikki said...

Two great cards, the second you made me smile. ikki

butlersabroad said...

I love both your cards Aileen, but the second one really made me laugh as I'm sitting here in Michigan under a Winter Storm warning, with an accumulated 4" of snow in as many hours! Later after midnight, it will turn to freezing rain and ice!! Hope we still have power tomorrow morning!!

Roll on Spring!
Hugs
Brenda

Zoƫ said...

He's so cute and I hope that spring is on the way. Your bluebells are so pretty too! Zx

Robyn said...

What a cute and funny card ! Love it..and I hope you DO get to see some signs of spring soon!

Shirley-anne said...

Both cards are superb . Fav is the second though ,the little scene gave me a chuckle .

Suze Bain said...

Second one is my fave and well done on the printing! Suze x

Lynne said...

2 fab cards but the tortoise one is a winner with me. Love it.
Lynne xxx

Cazro said...

Absolutely fabulous, I love both cards, the flowers and design on No 1 are so pretty and I love the tortoise and fun on the second. Cheers Caz

Jose said...

Really like both cards, but I think the first card is excellent, I love the way you have positioned all the flowers part way around the text

Kathleen said...

2 fab cards both trying different idea's and both working.
Kath x

Babs said...

Two beautiful cards, and fab colours.
Babs x

Sue said...

Two fab cards. I also practise printing on copier paper before using my good card, it saved many a piece from the bin. Sue.x

Thank you for the comment on my Silhouette sketch tulip - I love my Silhouette, but I know many prefer the Cricut because it cuts thicker card. I wouldn't swap it for the world. Sue.x

kingstonmama said...

The soft blue flowers are lovely. A really beautiful card.

It's trying to snow here, however, so I really connect with your adorable little tortoise.

Linda said...

Both cards are great. The second did make me smile. Just what we need with all the dreadful weather about xx

Maureen [docrafts] said...

Two great cards and they both fit the CAS perfectly. I really like the one with the tortoise on it though.
Maureen..........x

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