Saturday, March 26, 2011

LIM8 - Let's Get Sketchy

Another Saturday and another great challenge at Less is More. This week is sketch week and here's the sketch we're working from:

It's a very sweet and simple sketch, and here's my take on the sketch:

First of all, I had no idea what size card a "DL" card was, but after getting clarification on it, I've made a card that the approximate finished size is 4 x 8 inches.  I don't think I've made a card this size ever, so I will probably have to make my own envelope for it...or not, since I decided that I'd go ahead and make an anniversary card for my hubby.  On April 11, we will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary...so I thought a little "fancy" card might be in order.  I don't really think it's girly...just dressed up in a tuxedo! LOL!  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the background. Since the folder isn't long enough to do the full eight inches, I embossed one end, then turned it around, matching up the design, and embossed the other end.  In the area where the two embossing met, it was a little off...but as it happens, that's exactly where I wanted to put the ribbon.  I layered a 3/4" black satin ribbon with a 1/2" red velvet ribbon on top.  After adhering the ribbon to the back of the embossed piece, I layered the whole thing on a piece of black cardstock leaving just a tiny border around the embossed piece.  The tag was cut with a Spellbinder die that I recently ordered.   I actually cut it once out of white card stock and then again out of the black and layered them slightly off center so that the black edges would show.  I stamped the sentiment from Flourishes on the tag and added three flat-backed red pearls to the bottom.  The embossed piece and the tag are pop-dotted for dimension.

Now...WHAT on earth am I going to get my man for our anniversary to go with this card! Any suggestions?

I appreciate all those who took the time to stop by my blog and leave me a comment.  Your thoughtfulness and kindness is much appreciated!

Thanks so much for stopping by!   Until next time....

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76 comments:

mandi said...

oh WOW SUsan this is fabulous!
That flourish looks stunning
Thanks, great to see you
mandi

Chrissie said...

This is beautiful Susan, a super card for your hubby. In the UK the 30th Anniversary is the Pearl Anniversary... does that give you any ideas for a gift?
Love the embossing!
Thanks for trying something completely new!
Chrissie
"Less is More"

val090 said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! Your hubby is bound to love it.....so simple and so elegant!
Val xx

Debgem said...

This is stunning!! I love the embossed background, the velvet ribbon and the simply beautiful tag sentiment. Your husband will love it. As for a present - have fun hunting ;)

Hazel said...

It's very elegant. I love that sentiment. Hazel x

Lynne K said...

This is so very stylish and elegant, Susan! Your husband will surely love it. Congratulations on your anniversary! Lynne x

Lauren Hatwell said...

He doesn't need anything else. This beautiful card should be enough. Lx

Viv said...

What a super card Susan, love the image and the embossing too.Congrats for the Anniversary too if I forget, wow 30 well done. We just celebrated our 40th in Feb too! ....what about a weekend away and 'something' with a pearl handle seeing as it's your pearl anniversary:O) Viv xx

Jan said...

It's stunning xx Jan

Debbie said...

Stunning! The embossed background and velvet ribbon make it so elegant

Maureen [docrafts] said...

This is stunning and very classy, well done.
Maureen.........x

Stamps and Paper said...

Simply stunning....so elegant.

Anne

Maja said...

Stunning card! Love the way the red colour is popping out.
And congrats for your anniversary!

kelly said...

what a fab card, I love anything that has embossing so your card is great for me!!
Thanks for commenting on my card
Kelly xx

Michelle said...

Wow A super card I love the embossing. I nearly purchased that same folder last week but opted for another, I think I may pop back to the shop and get it.
Also Congratulations on 30 years of marriage.

Hugs
Michelle

Rosemary said...

wow, susan! what a beautiful anniversary card for your hubby!

Kim Singdahlsen said...

Absolutely stunning. I love the slight offset to give it a shadow. Congrats on 30!

Kathyk said...

That is ONE LOVELY CARD!

Kathyk

JeNjOy said...

I love that bit, "just dressed up in a tuxedo" this card is lovely, I really need to use my folders more.
jenjoy x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Firstly, congrats on making a lovely card and, secondly, congrats on your 30th Anniversary next month.
Hugs, Sandra

TAM said...

Fabulous card - your husband is sure to love it

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

wow, this is such and elegant CAS card, fabulous...have a wonderful weekend!

enjoy *~*

Fiona said...

Gorgeous card Susan, love the shadow effect you've created by offsetting your tag.
Happy Anniversary, I think 30 is pearl?

Vineyardstamper said...

Very Stylish CAS card
Fiona P

Sheila in Cyprus said...

Stunning and very elegant. Love Sheila (Cyprus)

Julie Howard said...

Oooo... Suuuuuusan.... this is beautimous. So gorgeous. If I were walking through Hallmark and this card were on the shelf, I would choose it.

Lynne said...

Oh Wow. This is fabulous. I love the embossing and that die cut is wonderful. You`re right, it does have a look of a Tuxedo, lol. After this I don`t think you need to buy him anything, just a big sloppy kiss should do the trick.
Lynne xxx

Maureen said...

A beautiful elegant card!!!

Caroline Hallett said...

Super card - love how you did the embossing - its very elegant and needs an elegant gift to go with it...

Irene said...

Hello susan

Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog. Oh Wow your card is so elegant. The Spellbinders tag is gorgeous and is the perfect accompliment. I am sure your husband will be thrilled to receive the card.

irene
xxxx

Katina said...

Such an elegant card Susan. The embossing looks so luxurious. Happy Anniversray for the 11th! x

Curlybear said...

OMGosh this is magnificent, so elegant, and the embossing is perfect, great sentiment too,
and thank you for your lovely comment,
Have a great week, Hugs Bridget :0) x

Faith A said...

Oh! Wow Susan another stunning card, as for a present, just remind him he's loved!!!!!!!

Viv's Visuals said...

OMG - this is fabulous - forget the present - the card is enough! (But expect at the very least a string of pearls in return! LOL)

Linby said...

Congrats on your forthcoming 30th anniv. This card is soooo elegant, love the embossing.
Linbyx

Sue W said...

Stunning Card Susan!!

Vicky Hayes said...

Congratulations on your 30 years together! The card is gorgeously elegant. For a 30th wedding anniversary go for a weekend in Paris in the springtime at the very least!

Jo said...

Gorgeous card, love the embossing, so elegant. Jo x

Aileen said...

This is gorgeous and perfect for your anniversary. x

craftattack said...

Such a gorgeous card, and especially nice that it is for such a wonderful anniversary! Hugs from Germany, Valerie

sharingthepassion said...

Simply stunning Susan, love it


ali x

Beryl K said...

A beautiful card for a very special occasion
Beryl x

Kathleen said...

Beautiful card. love the white embossing, very classy.

Kath x

MaggieC said...

That is a fabulous card, and good to have such a special use for it. Happy Anniversary to your both.

Suze Bain said...

What an elegant card, absolutely gorgeous. Many congratulations. x

Babs said...

Your card is Stunning Susan, the embossing makes your card look so elengant, and i love how you have used a strip out red fab...

Babs x

mustavcoffee said...

Hi there Susan, this is fabulous, love the embossing and the way you've echoed the shape of the design in the folder with your focal point, yeah, clever!! :0) xxx

Jose said...

Stunning card, excellent.. Jose

Craftilicious said...

this is ABSOLUTELY stunning. What a striking effect the offset tag gives and the red ribbon - wow - just LOVE IT!

Bonnie said...

Whoa, Susan, this is soooo elegant! The embossing and die cut are awesome!

pickle said...

what a classy elegant card. I'm sure your hubby is gonna love it.
Happy Anniversary to you both
Kerry x

massofhair said...

Susan, THANK YOU for your wonderful feedback on one of my cards. Just the thing i was after and i agree with you about the egg border,i wasn't too sure about making this one. Sometimes i need to experiment with shapes and colours etc, maybe it would have looked better on a DL card rather than a tall small... Not going to try it though lol:-)

As usual your card is awesome, so elegant and well placed. Stunning entry for this weeks challenge. Oh, i forgot to say thanks for dropping by:-)

Bohemian Gypsy said...

OMG Susan this is stunningly elegant and I just love it. The damask slightly skewed so you see both colours if fantastic.
Hugs
Michelle

Shirley-anne said...

Hello Susan . happy to meet you , thanks for popping in to my blog. This card is so "it" for a Man. Love the embossing and the tag.

Sue said...

Wow a fantastic card Luv Sue x

choupynette said...

this is such a romantic card!! stunning!

hazel said...

A very elegant card, I love it.
xxx Hazel.

ding said...

Susan thanks so much for tip about editing in the html "bit"...will have a look, it really got the better of me, so it's good to ahve soemthing else to try!!
Your card is stunning, it struck me very James Bond....how about organising a special Bond themed evening together!! Anyway have a special day.
Diane x

Sarah said...

My goodness what a beautiful card! It is just stunning, hope you have a happy anniversary. Thank you for leaving the very kind comment on my blog for my first entry into the world of Less is More. Sarah

Shobana said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! Wishing you many more years together full of good health and happy times! :)
Absolutely stunning card! Looks very rich and quite fit for the big occasion. LOVE that nestie with the sentiment on it. Just a genius touch! :)

Susie Sugar said...

Wow you got style girl this is just darling
Hugs Susie Sugar xx

Jenny said...

Wow that took some scrolling to get to the comment box!!!

Classy card and stylish colours. I love the idea of placing the ribbon over the joined embossing.
Congrats on 30 years of marriage X

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Wow Susan - this is so classy and elegant, and just totally fabulous!! (What more can I say)! I don't envy you trying to think of a gift for hubby - men are sooooo difficult to buy for aren't they - good luck with that!! Thanks so much for popping over to my blog today. Hugs, Sylvia xxx

Sharon said...

This is gorgeous - very elegant...x

Deb said...

this is stunning Susan, so elegant, I love the way your die cut shows the darker one through!
For a special pressie, how about a trip to the theatre or opera for a special night out or really splurge on a balloon ride!

Happy Crafting, Debxx

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Susan

Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my blog last week for the Less is More challenge. Thought I would come and take a peak at your card for this weeks challenge - and what a stunner it is too - just love it! Hope your husband likes the card!

Tina
X

Fiona said...

Fabulous card Susan - very classy! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and comment on my card. x

Sonia said...

Great card, love the embossing making a very classy card.
Hugs Sonia xx

Sue said...

A gorgeous card Susan - it's so classy looking. I love the tag.

My husband and I also celebrate 30 years of marriage in May. Sue.x

Jose said...

Absolutely gorgeous Susan, it was my fist time going a 'DL' card too!
Jose

Gina said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. I'm sure your husband will love the card. 30 years needs a special gift. Maybe a tux to match the card and a special dinner somewhere for the two of you.
Gina x

Liz, said...

Thanks for visiting, your card is fab!

Liz x

Sally H said...

Elegant, classy and totally gorgeous! I love it!

Liza said...

A beautiful card Susan, so elegant.

Liza x

Suzi B said...

Gorgeous elegant card! thank you for always visiting... much appreciated...xx

Rachel x said...

Gorgeous card, Susan- very stylish!! :) The folder and die work together beautifully!! :)
Thanks for your comment on my cards- as to how I did my embossing without cutting my B Plate... can't exactly remember what I did as it was trail and error a few times with being my first attempt at Nestie embossing, but I'm pretty sure I did cut into it, though it was only the plate that's marked from my normal cutting so I didn't worry ;) I prefer the solid outline of doing it that way round :)
hugs, Rachel x

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