Monday, 11 November 2013

November 11th

Over the last couple of days I have been thinking about 'Less is More' cards,
 mainly with regard to postage rates!!

Anyway, as today is Remembrance Day I thought I would make a 
'Lest we forget' card.

I bought this poppies die whilst at the Harrogate Papercrafting Exhibition and have been wanting to use it ever since - but my Big Shot is only just out of storage!
I found the die a little difficult to use - taking the image out without breaking the stems was a little tricky - next time I will be more careful, choosing appropriate paper/cardstock.

This is my card:

Basically I adhered the die-cut to a black pre-folded card blank and added ribbon threaded through punched slits, secured with a tiny brad.
I printed the sentiment using my computer and cut it into an oval.
 I matted it onto red card and attached it with dimensionals.

I am a little disappointed that the photo has made the ribbon seem a totally different red
 - in reality it tones well!

I am submitting this card to

My next card also with a minimalist approach is a Birthday card.
I recently was a winner in Pattie's Creations Design Challenge 'Orange and Black'
 and won two of Pattie G's digi's. 
One that I chose was of Black eyed Susan's which I thought was appropriate!

I coloured the image with Promarkers and cut it to shape with an oval die.
I added micro beads to the 'black eyes' to give some texture.
I stamped the sentiment (from Fiskars Make a Wish quotes), matted it on green card and used adhesive foam tabs to give it some dimension.
Finally I added a button with thread tied through it as an embellishment.
I am submitting this to

My next card is a Christmas card -
 and this really is 'Less is More' - just one layer of card.
I have been thinking of ways of making a Christmas tree design using the letters of Christmas.
Here I used my Fiskars stamping press with an arrangement of letters and a base stamp 
and an additional S stamp.

I used Versamark and then red embossing powder
 to form the letters and the 'Warm wishes' block.

I used a green Promarker to define the tree. 
This should not cost a lot to post!!
I am submitting this to Challenges and Sweets #20 - CAS

Finally I move on to a Thank you card...again one layer of card...

Here I worked directly onto the pre-folded card blank.
Firstly I masked the rectangular area and sprayed with a variety of misters.
After this had dried I overprinted with the stamp and Versafine
 (stamp from Stampin Up Best Blossoms).
After removing the masks I stamped the 'thanks so much' stamp
 (stamp from Stampin Up 8 Great Greetings).

I am submitting this to

Hope you like my cards!

Happy Crafting!


  1. These are lovely Susan, I think the last one is my favourite!
    Thanks so much
    Less is More

  2. Love your pretty thank you card Susan. Great background and I love the way your image is stamped in decreasing intensity.

  3. A beautiful remembrance Day card, I like how you've threaded the ribbon. Thank you for joining in the Scribble and Scrap challenge, good luck

  4. What a beautiful cards you made!
    Thanks for playing with us at "Izazovi i Sladkiši" this week.
    Hugs, Andreja

  5. The Black Eyed Susan's look great!
    Thanks for playing in our "Birthdays" Challenge #79!
    Sandi ♥
    DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
    and Pattie's shop
    Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

  6. I really like your last card - isn't it odd how some really simple ideas ae the most effective?!

    1. Thank you - I agree - this was very simple - took a matter of minutes!

  7. Thank you everyone for your kind remarks!

  8. This last card is gorgeous, Susan, I love the neutral colour palette and the simplicity of the leaves! We both used the same layout for LIM ... great minds! Anita (in France)

  9. Gorgeous cards,thanks for sharing with us at Scribble and

  10. Gorgeous projects.

    Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.


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