Saturday, February 26, 2011

Less is More - A Recipe for 3 Squares

Happy Saturday and welcome to my blog! I've been playing in my craft room most of the day and enjoying every minute of it!  I've been working on my card(s) for the Less is More challenge, hosted by Mandi and Chrissie.  Our challenge this week was to make a card using 3 squares.  I've probably made about 7 cards, but these two are the only two I kept.  I know...I'm my own worse critic.  This first card is just a fun card I made for one of my grandsons who will be turning 7 years old in just a couple of weeks.

The fish stamp and the sentiment on this card is from Paper Smooches.  Now, I don't usually do cutesy cards, but these cute stamps really spoke to me.  I cut three 1 1/2 squares from white card stock.  I stamped the fish in black Memento ink, then colored the fishes with my Copics.  Then I used a sponge and inked up the backgrounds of each square.  I also added a "googly eye" to each of the fish. With two different size hole punches, I punched a couple of holes above each fish and then carried the "bubbles" on up above the squares by drawing little circles and highlighting them with a light grey Copic marker. The three squares are pop-dotted off the card. 

For my second card, I found a really old (and now I know that it's dull) punch in my stash and punched three shapes down the side of the card. Then, using my scalloped edge punch, I punched the right, front edge of the card. I backed the punched out areas with a bright pink (and for whatever reason it looks red on here) that was also punched with the scallop punch.  I used a Papertrey Ink sentiment and offset it between two of the punched out shapes.  A small piece of bling to the center of each shape...and I'm done!

Now I'm off to check out the other challenge entries.  Everyone has such beautiful work...can't wait to see what everyone has been up to!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Thanks SO much for all the wonderful comments! Until next time....

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62 comments:

Mandi said...

2 great cards, Love the fishes one!
Very different
Thank you Susan, hope to see you next week
mandi
"Less is More"

Jan said...

great cards xx Jan

Kim Singdahlsen said...

Your fishies made me giggle. Yes...the stamp is cute...but the way you lined them up three across with those googly eyes! And then to use the challenge for an elegant card. You are on a roll!!

Shaz said...

Both these cards are super. Love the little eyes on the fishes, and the punched card looks so effective. Think i need one of those punches after seeing your fab card. x

Jose said...

Two gorgeous cards Susan, I dont usually like cutie cards but your fishy cards look like fun especially the eyes.. The second card is stunning!
Jose x

Chrissie said...

Two fabulous cards Susan, my granddaughter would love the googly eyes!
Thanks for all the commenting you have managed to do, I'm sure people are very gratified!
See you next time.
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Rosemary said...

wow!! love both cards, susan! the first one is just way too cute! (you are making me want those new paper smooches stamps, enabler!!)

Kathyk said...

Two fab cards but I'm loving the fishes!

Kathyk

Zoë said...

Love the fish, lots of fun and the second card is elegant. Zoëx

Gibmiss said...

Hi SUSAN
LOVE BOTH CARDS...SOOOO DIFFERENT....MY FAVE IS THE PUNCHED ONE....
hUGS
SYLVIE
XX

Valerie said...

Love both cards Susan, the first is so cute but the 2nd one is stunning! :)

jimlynn said...

BOTH are fantastic~~Love that first one as it's just too cute and I know your grandson is going to really like this! The second one is just so elegant looking! Love them both!
Lynn

Bonnie said...

Wow! You're fast! And you did 2 cards already! The fish are adorable, but the other is so gorgeous! I think I have some of those punches and they were dull when I bought them. Might have to give them a try again now that I see this card.

Faye said...

I love both of your cards. The fishes one is just great for a fun card. Googly eyes are an extra touch. The lower card is just plain gorgeous.

Suzi B said...

Both cards are great Susan... I especially like the fishes!
Thank you for your comments ...very much appreciated.
Sue x

butlersabroad said...

Brilliant cards, LOVE the fishy one, so cute. The other one is very elegant, great punches too.

Hugs
Brenda

Tracy said...

Both of your cards are lovely.
But your second one is stunning.

sandra said...

Both cards are lovely.

Ann said...

These are such fun - love the fish one very different.
Haven't had chance to do mine yet but I'm getting such fabulous ideas whilst blog hopping.
Ann xxx

Debgem said...

Susan - you're brilliant!! I think both these cards are super. I love the fish card for your grandson - it really made me smile. I like how you continued the bubbles above the fish. Such fun. And the vertical squares (not dull at all) on the pink are so elegant. You nailed this challenge :)

starcyl said...

Both of these card are fab but the fish one made me smile as soon as the page opened.

Jenny x

Jane said...

2 lovely cards the fish one is so cute but I have to say I just love the elegant one. I struggled to come up with one idea never mind two xx

TAM said...

Two fabulous cards Susan and two such different styles - one so cute and one so elegent. Love them both

Sue said...

hi Susan, 2 fabulous cards, both so different and both gorgeous,especially loving the fishes, these are so cute:)

sue
xx

sharingthepassion said...

both cards are fabulous susan, love them

Ali x

Maureen [docrafts] said...

Lovely cards and I really like the fishy one, well done.
Maureen......x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Well done for making TWO cards for the Less Is More Challenge. I just LOVE those fish AND the cool, funny greeting.
Hugs, Sandra

Julie Howard said...

OMG, I'm in love with the fishy card. The googly eyes are the best. Awesome work!

Maureen said...

Love those fishes, they're really fun and so different from your second card!!

Angelnorth said...

These are great! Aren't Kim's Paper Smooches stamps cute? Love what you did with the bubbles for the fish and your second one is really elegant - great job!

joanne wardle said...

they are both lovely and very different to each other! brilliant

Faith A said...

Oh! the fish gave me a laugh, I love both your cards, so different, but great.

Kathleen said...

Both brilliant cards. I love the fish with the bubbles.

♥ Marlou ♥ said...

wow!!! these are both gorgeous!! perfection x

Lynne said...

I love both your cards but the fishes really do it for me. Fabulous.
Lynne xxx

Sally H said...

I love both of these Susan! The fishes one is such fun and the second is so elegant!

Viv said...

Both cards look great, the fish one is so cute though so my fav today I think :O) Viv xx

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

2 awesome CAS cards. I have to say I really love your little fishes. Great to know that CAS cards can be cheerful and fun too - and this is a perfect example.
Caroline xxx

Meggymay said...

Both super cards, I love the one with the fishes.

massofhair said...

Wondering why so many people have entered two cards for this weeks challenge... Glad you have as they are really different on so many levels. Prefer the fishy one with the googly eyes even though i rarely do cute... Hope your grandson enjoys his card:-)

Stamps and Paper said...

Both lovely card but I adore your fishy one..

Anne

Cheryl Nelson said...

So fantabulous!! LOVE these so much!!

Joan said...

Two really super cards, the fishy one is so cute and I love how you did the bubbles,very clever. The second one is very elegant,could be used for many occasions in different colour schemes> (I think I have that punch somewhere,must dig it out ! )

Kathleen said...

Well I struggle to make one card so well done on making 2 and both are excellent cards. Love them both

Kath x

themessycraftroom said...

Hi two brilliant cards. I have to say I am a fan of your little fishes. Someones going to love it. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment. Hugs x ChrisB

Suze Bain said...

Susan, two fabulous cards - but I have to say, the fishes is my favourite!

Sharon said...

Love the fishy card Susan; that one is such fun. The other is really elegant. Just shows how different 2 cards can be with such a 'simple' theme.
Sharon xx

jillyscreations said...

2 wonderful cards. the fishes one is so cute and i love how you have used the googly eyes

kingstonmama said...

Really great cards. I love those fish. So fun!

S Jane said...

Oooh both such lovely cards but I love the little square fishes!!! Wonderful Susan!

Paula said...

wonderful cards

choupynette said...

Both cards are beautiful, but my preference goes to the cute fishes!

Loli said...

Hello Susan thank you for visit my blog and post a comment.
I like both of your cards, the fishes are really funny and the second so legant.beautiful job.
A hug from Palma de Mallorca.Spain

Aileen said...

Love your fishes card.

Gina said...

Two gorgeous cards - so different but both so clever. The fihes made me smile.
Gina x

AsAlwaysAngela said...

I absolutely ADORE that fish card! It's actually something I would love to receive because I'm a Pisces and my birthday is also coming up. Lucky grandson! Going to go check out those stamps...

Vicky Hayes said...

Both cards are lovely but the fish card is a show-stopper! Love the sponged backgrounds on your squares, the googly-eyed fish and the way you continued the bubbles onto the card base. Gorgeous!

Babs said...

love both your cards Susan, but i like the punched one it looks so classes.

Babsb x

Laura said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! Love your cards and blog :)

Jo said...

Hi Susan, two great cards. The fish one is really good fun, the googly eyes look great. The punched card looks very elegant. Jo x

Joan B said...

oh I love these, particularly those fish!!

Michele Gross said...

LOVE this! That PS fishy is just adorable and I love that you added the googlie eyes!!
I wanted to let you know about a brand new weekly CAS challenge that will be starting soon. Its called CAS-ual Fridays. I hope you'll stop by to check us out and we'd love to have you add yourself to our fun followers :)
http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com

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