Saturday, April 9, 2011

LIM10 - Focus on the Sentiment

It Saturday, and time once again for the Less is More Challenge.  Our challenge this week is to  make the sentiment the focal point of the card.  These challenges have really made me put my thinking cap on!  In fact, for this week's challenge, I couldn't make up my mind what to do!  I can't wait to see what everyone is posting for this challenge!  You really should pop over to Less is More and check out the challenge and all the beautiful entries!

Putting the focus on the sentiment is so different from what I would normally do.  So....off we go! I ended up making four very different cards, and I'm not sure that I'm totally thrilled with any of them.  So you can tell me if you have a favorite.

This card was the first idea that I had.  I stamped the sentiment (I think it's Hero Arts) in versamark and black and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I stamped the butterfly image (no idea who makes it!) with versamark, then with a paintbrush, I lightly brushed on some Pearl-ex in a teal-blue.  I thought it would be a lighter shade of teal, but I was wrong.  So...not completely satisfied, I moved on to the next one...

I found another stamp (the flowers - no idea who makes it) and decided to stamp it with versamark and brush lightly with a soft green Pearl-Ex powder.  I also added the butterfly stamped with versamark and brushed with the Pearl-Ex powder.  The trail of the butterfly was done with a versamark pen.  I was trying to get it to look more like a watermark than a stamped image.  Then I stamped the same sentiment as in the first card with Memento's black.

I'm kind of leaning toward this card as the one I like the best.  Remember the old brass stencils that you had to use a light box to emboss with?  Well, the border around this card was hand embossed with a stylus and one of those little brass stencils.  I had to keep moving the card around on the stencil to be able to do all the edges as the stencil is a rectangle of about 2 inches by 3 inches.  The sentiment is also from the same set as the first two cards.  When I finished stamping the sentiment, I decided that the card just need a little something else...so using a glue pen, I added glue and white glitter dust to all the leaves...I think it did add a little pizazz to the card. 

For my last effort, I made a cutesy card.  The sentiment stamp is from Paper Smooches and the cupcake is from Hero Arts.  I stamped the sentiment in SUs Tempting Turquoise. I stamped the cupcake in Memento black. I colored the cherry with a red Copics and the cupcake paper with a tan Copics marker.  Still a little blah....so I used my glue pen and traced the word celebrate and added some Martha Stewart teal glitter. I also added a little teal glitter as sprinkles on the cupcake. Then to bring it all together, I added a border about 1/2 inch from the edge of the card.

As you can see, I was jumping from one thing to the next, but I just couldn't make up my mind.  Therefore, you get to see all my trials! LOL! 

Oh! Sharing some happy news!  This past Monday, I was a featured designer on the Bo Bunny blog.  They featured a little bio on me and two of my layouts! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your comments are much appreciated!  Until next time....

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64 comments:

Rosemary said...

wow!! four fantastic cards, susan!!! you are amazing! i think my favorite is the cupcake card, though!! congrats on being featured on the bo bunny blog!!

jimlynn said...

Oh I like ALL of them.....so very pretty and that last one is just precious.
Congrats on being featured at Bo Bunny too!
Lynn

Jan said...

Wow Susan, love them all xx Jan

Kathyk said...

ooh what a super collection - all fab Susan

Kathyk

craftattack said...

Great cards - I'm still at the thinking stage! Hugs, Valerie

Kim Singdahlsen said...

They are all great. I haven't even come up with an idea yet!!?? I really like how the flower flourish fits around the sentiment on the green card. I think my favorite is the glittery leaf frame on the all-white card (maybe because I know it was hand-embossed and that is a lot of work!)

Mandi said...

Oh gosh another busy LIMette!
I absolutely love the green one, its so understated but FAB with the black sentiment
Great work Susan
Thank you
mandi
Less is More

Sapphires-Crafty-Cards said...

Hi Susan
I love your cards they are all so fab...
hugs
Michelle x

Lauren Hatwell said...

ALL totally gorgeous! Lx

Deb said...

they are all beautiful Susan, especially love the embossed one!
I am struggling with this one, made one card but it seems a bit bare!
Enjoy the weekend!
Happy Crafting, Debxx

Craftilicious said...

What a great set of cards. I like all of them but I like the first and the last one the best. x

Suzi B said...

Great collection but I love the green one too... wonderful...

Debgem said...

Susan - you really have been busy with this one!! They are all so different. I think I have two particular favourites - the white one with the embossed and sparkly border, and the cupcake! This is a hard challenge!

Fiona said...

These are all terrific cards Susan, I think the green one is my favourite though. Beautiful stamp and sentiment. I'm still thinking about my entry!
Congrats on your GD spot at Bo Bunny.

Lisa A. said...

"Simply" lovely, Susan! Love the sentiments and your cards are simple and beautiful:)!!

Tracy said...

All these cards are great.
Everyone is just as lovely as the next. I couldn't pick a favourite.

MonicaB said...

Wonderful cards! They are all great CAS cards.

Dori said...

they are lovely Susan, especially no 3 - I love a bit of texture and with a bit of sparkle too - just great!

Jose said...

4 great cards, the ivy leaf one is my favourite, but I also like 1 and 2, excellent work again.
Jose

Jane said...

They are all wonderful xx

kelly said...

what can I say i'm ruled by my stomach, the cupcake gets my vote, they are all beautiful!
kelly xx

Pooh Bear said...

Your on a roll! wonderful creations

Have a fab day

Ali x

Valerie said...

OMG you have been busy!! Beautiful cards Susan but I love the green one and they have such lovely sentiments. Thanks for commenting on mine and if you check back ther is more info on the wandering text :)
Val x

Chrissie said...

Hi Susan,
Such dedication to the cause!
These are all great, but my favourite is the same as yours... I love that hand embossing and the sentiment is most decidedly the focus of that one. I like all the twinkles too!
Congrats on your spotlighting!
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Meggymay said...

They are all gorgeous, it would be hard to choose a favourite.

Rita said...

Wow Susan, your cards are just gorgeous, every single one of them. Hugs Rita xx

Shirley said...

What beautiful cards Susan, you've been busy! I just love them all but I would say my particular favourite is the cupcake card - maybe that's because I'm hungry right now :o)

Liz, said...

Hiya, all fab but I love the cupcake one, mmm.

Liz x

Wishcraft said...

All fab cards! I think my favourite is the green one, but they all look lovely :o) Lisa x

Sandra said...

WOW Susan....four beautiful cards,must say my favourite is the embossed one,love it!

Take care
San x

Diane J said...

Gosh you have made four lovely cards with lovely sentiments, my favourites are number 1 (the colour is great) and number 3(like the embossing) xxx

Linby said...

oh wow-you really got inspired. i love them all but my fav is the green one, closely followed by the cupcake (gotta love a cupcake!)
Linbyx

Gina said...

All great cards, I'm torn between the green one and the white embossed one. I think the
white embossed is probably my favourite.
Might just have to make one more before I go on hols,
Gina x

Diane said...

All 3 are perfect.....wow, you did alot of work uisng that stencil to emboss with...its just beautiful!! Somewhere I read how to use the stencils in a Cuttlebug, but can't remember where! Also congrats on being featured on the Bo Bunny site!!

Bonnie said...

Wow, Susan, You've been a busy girl! You did a great job on all of them and each is lovely in it's own right. Congratulations on being featured on Bo Bunny! You do awesome pages!

massofhair said...

Hi Susan, thanks for leaving such a fab comment on my cards:-)

Well, i have to admit i love teal so my favourites are the first and last cards. All your cards have beautiful sentiments and you worked so hard on the embossed one! Thanks for putting them all in one post as this really does help with commenting:-)

Hello From Texas said...

Congratulations on be featured at Bo Bunny!!

Wow, you really so make fabulous cards. I bet the first two with the pearl-x are even more beautiful IRL. I can't imagine how long it took you to make the frame for the third card. I love the added sparkle. The forth card is my favorite. I love the teal glitter "celebrate". It absolutely pops right off the card!!!
Well done on all of your submissions.
TFS
Carole

Tricia :O) said...

They are all Gorgeous, I do like the middle one if I have to choose,
Great embossing!!

Loli said...

Hello Susan, wHAT BEAUTIFUL CARDS!!!!i love all.
Brilliant work.
A hug from Palma de Mallorca

Aileen said...

These are all great. i've scrolled up and down and can't choose. You have been busy and congrats on your show case at Bo Bunny. I love their papers. x

Maureen said...

All lovely but my favourite is the embossed one! - I think?

Kerry said...

Wow, fab cards, you have been busy.

Vicky Hayes said...

All your cards are lovely Susan but the last one really made me sit up. Love the way you put the sentiment in that frame, allowing some of it to spill out - gorgeous! Congratulations on being a Bo Bunny featured designer!

Lizy said...

Hey Susan!
Thanks for your lovely words on my blog...you can get that embossed circle from Marianne Designs from www.onceuponastamp.co.uk. It's a set of 3 and they really are gorgeous!

I love your hand embossed card the most...so elegant and I can't resist sparkle! Congrats on the Bo Bunny feature too! :)
Lizy x

Kathleen said...

What a great set of cards, everyone seem to have found this challenge so easy but me.
Congrats on the feature.

Kath x

mustavcoffee said...

Hello there, I love all these particularly the second, fab work:0) xxx

Lynne said...

Wow you have been a busy bee. I like them all but I`m drawn to the hand embossed one. I just love embossing.
Lynne xxx

Cheryl Nelson said...

Beautiful work Susan!

sasa said...

I fall for blue and white all the time but I do love the similar greens too - great cards and ideas...
Sarah at 127

http://blueboxbabe.blogspot.com/

Jenny said...

Hi Susan, I have to agree with you the hand embossed border card is exquisite and the touch of sparkle is just perfect. Well done on your Bo Bunny spotlight too.
Jenny x

Shobana said...

As always ... super cards! Your mojo was on overdrive this time! :) FOUR cards! Wow! LOVE the green card but all are fab! :) Congrats on your shout out!

Pauline said...

What a fab set of cards, they are all lovely, I can't pick a favourite!

GoonerGirl said...

Gorgeous selection of cards... Chrissieann xx

Erika said...

Wow Susan you have been very busy, love all your cards. Now where did I put old those old brass stencils?!
Erika. x

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

I think you have a fabulous selection of cards there. I don't do embossing, so I love the way you did that on the 'kindness' card, BUT my fav. is the cupcake one... the line that links the cake and sentiment is the perfect touch.
Caroline xxx

Dezinaworld said...

Such pretty projects i love the embossing and the sentiment is the perfect finishing touch!!

Just to let you know i have a lovely Freebie background on the Dezinaworld blog, its only available until tommorow so feel free to pop along and grab it if you like!!

Hugs June x

debby4000 said...

Oh these are fabulous.
luv
Debby

Sue said...

Oh Susan, I wouldn't know which one to choose. As I scrolled down the page I loved each of them. Sue.x

Babs said...

Lovely gallery of cards Susan, love them all...

Babs x

Sarah said...

They are all fab cards, my personal favourite tho is the first one. The butterfly is such a lovely colour. Sarah

JeNjOy said...

Love them all, embossed one my fav.
jenjoy x

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Fabulous cards Susan - I wouldn't know which to choose as I like them all. I really like the white embossed card, and in this age of Embossing Folders, I had forgotten just how useful the light box, used with a brass embossing template and embossing tool could be, particularly when you want to emboss a small area, or a border etc. as you have done on this beautiful card. It may have taken a little longer to emboss, but boy is the end result worth it!!
Hugs, Sylvia xx

Carol said...

OMG! Susan! You really outdid yourself here! I really like all your cards, but, I especially love the Kindness and Simplicity cards.
Thanks for your kind comments....maybe.....it was just another excuse to make a card......ya got me on that one! ;)

Faith A said...

WOW Susan, I have missed so many cards these last couple of weeks and I missed these, and what a miss it was, these are really lovely cards, you are an inspiration.

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