Sunday 12 June 2011

Framed One Layer


I'm so excited to be back stamping!  I've had a few weeks off as a result of getting a cough that turned into bronchitis.  You'd think all those sick days at home would be a blessing in disguise (more stamping time), but the tyranny of illness is that I just didn't have the energy for much other than being still in between coughing fits.  So frustrating!

Today I wandered off to the craft show, where I didn't buy much other than tape and spritzer bottles, but I did pick up some fresh inspiration.  I returned home hoping that my family would bless me with another hour or two to myself, and they did ... without my even asking!!

The challenge I chose to work on this afternoon was the new Less Is More challenge.  Week 19 is One Layer Week and the theme is In The Frame.  You saw my first efforts at one layer cards a few weeks ago, and today I gave them another go.  I made three cards: One I quite like, one I'm still thinking about, and one that didn't work.  I'll show you them all.

The first is my challenge entry:

With this card I got a bit adventurous (for me) and made an embossed frame around my sponged image. Surprisingly, first go and I managed to get the lines to meet correctly at the corners. :-)   What I used here was White cardstock, ink colours were More Mustard, Really Rust, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, the stampset is one of my favourites, Trendy Trees.  I like the simplicity of this card, it soothes me.

The second card was the first I made, and I do like it, but I feel like it is missing something.

What I used here was White cardstock, ink colours were More Mustard, Really Rust, Old Olive.  Stampsets were Curly Cute and Organic Grace.  Curly Cute is brand new for me, and I predict I'll be using these sentiments regularly for a while!  Organic Grace I have had for a while and I have made some lovely cards with it, but it seems that I never shared those on this blog.  What an oversight, I'll have to make some more and show you!

The third card didn't work at all.  This card is for one of my little girl's friends at kindy.  She thinks it's lovely and she thinks her friend will like it too, so that is all that matters really . . . but I'm going to have to have another go at the idea in my head to see if I can make the necessary improvements to make it work as it should!

Cardstock is Very Vanilla. Ink colours are Summer Sun, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Garden Green, Not Quite Navy, and Chocolate Chip.  The stampset is Fox and Friends (which always makes me smile).

So there you have it. After a card drought of a few weeks, I have managed to put together three in one go.

So what do you think? Which is your favourite?



Zoechaos said...

Great set of cards especially the first 2. Sorry you have been so poorly take care now XOXO Zoe

Kathyk said...

LOvely selection but actually, I'm loving your middle one


Suzilou said...

Ooo these are lovely, fab colours, realy like your first two :)

Cassandra said...

Card No. 1 Love it - perfect
Card No . 2 - It isn't missing anything - perfect.
Card No. 3 - Needs grounding maybe?? can't put my finger on it either, witness my first card today, just not quite right.

Same as you with the craft show, tape and spritz bottles (there may have been a couple of stamps, seam binding and ribbon in there as well).

If you want to join our monthly (though stretching to bimonthly) PTI order, you are more than welcome (than goes for Waltzingmouse as well).

Deborah Frings said...

You've been busy - a great set of cards. Cards 1 & 2 - just fabulous! Love the colours - love the layouts. Card 3 - I actually like this - it's a great card for children - maybe strings to make them balloons? Just a thought!

Viv said...

Great cards, my fav is the 1st. Hope you feel better soon, no fun being ill is it :O) Viv xx

Carolyn said...

Great job. I do love the first 2 the best.
Hope you are feeling better.
Carolyn W

Sarn said...

Well I like them all. The first card is probably my fave though.

Hugs, Sandra View my card HERE!

Suze Bain said...

These are super. Colours in the first two are gorgeous. xx

Pauline said...

Gorgeous cards, they really are lovely!

Chrissie said...

Love the first two, they are simply great in my eyes! Perfect!
The colours in the third one don't grab me, but as long as the recipient will like it then there's no problem!
Thanks so much
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Ang C said...

Great cards - glad you are feeling much better now

Kaz said...

Lovely cards, my fave is the first one.

Beryl K said...

Terrific cards, think the second one just has the edge for me
Beryl x

Susan said...

Michelle, all three are great cards. I think my personal favorite is the first one. Perfectly balanced card...and the embossed frame is awesome! The second card is very pretty also. On the third card, I might have turned the card sideways and bumped the circles together and put the sentiment under the circles....but, that being said, if your daughter loves it...that's all that matters!
My Card

Julie Halls said...

I think all three cards are great, but my favourite is the second one

Julie x

Mandi said...

FAB cards, I love the first 2, superb inking
I have been rough for a couple of weeks, so sympathise with those coughing fits, don#'t they drain you!
Thank you
Diva LIM mandi
"Less is More"

Jenny said...

these are gorgeous Michelle, I'm just mad about trees so the first is my fave. Love the natural colours :)
Jenny x

Carol said...

Three great cards but my fave is the first - just perfect. Carol x

Squirrel said...

I love the trees best too, but both those first two press all the right buttons. I think I would have placed the circles on the last one closer together, or grouped them evenly, but I'm definitely a linear person. The colours and stamps are spot on for a littley, and if she loves it then that's the important thing.
Get better soon!
Rosey x

Laura Tee said...

Great cards! The first is my favourite, love those trees.

Aileen said...

super cards, love the first two especially. x

Wishcraft said...

I think they're all fab, the first 2 are just perfect :o) Lisa x

misteejay said...

Great cards - I love the first one. The colours are lovely.

Toni :o)

Lisa A. said...

What wonderful cards...the first one stands out most to the sponging and the three trees...perfect simplicity:)!!