Saturday, May 7, 2011

Less is More 14 - White on White

So, first thing this morning, I checked out Chrissie and Mandi's new challenge at Less is More.  Here's what I found:

So it's week 14 and the first challenge of the month which means 'Colour'
This week we want to see

WHITE ON WHITE

You will have come across this before, but we want to stress we do mean WHITE on WHITE, no
coloured images or additions, with the exception of outlines!
 
Well, it just so happens that I've actually done several white on white cards and layouts in the past, so hey, I knew this challenge would be easy peasy!  Ha Ha!!  Once again, it's a case of, if you don't have to do a specific "thing" it just seems to flow...when you are asked to do a specific thing, you mind goes totally B.L.A.N.K.  Yep, that's exactly what happened to me.  I made this first card, and frankly I find it kind of boring. 
 























I embossed and pop dotted a panel with the "plants" and using an technique from Chrissie for a faux nestie, I added a small embossed edge around my panel.  The butterfly is a Spellbinder die that I've had for several years. In fact, I actually bought it before I had any idea how to use a Spellbinder die!  I've learned a lot in the past several years!  I don't know if you can see it, but I embossed "thinking of you" as the trail on the butterfly with white embossing powders.  I did add a little glitter and some pearls to the butterfly.

Since I wasn't really crazy about my first card, I decided to go ahead and make a second card. 

For this card, I used a Tim Holtz brick wall embossing folder adhered directly to the card base.  The stems and leaves are a Sizzix die, the small blooms are a EK Success punch, and the butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch.  I added a small pearl to the center of each bloom and the butterfly.  I also added a little clear glitter to the butterfly, but for some reason it photographed with a little color in it.  I only adhered the leaves and branches in spots so that parts of it would be raised slightly.  I didn't add a sentiment to this since I really didn't see a good place to add one...and I didn't want to add another layer...so, this card can be used for any occasion I chose...birthday, thinking of you, hello...maybe even a sympathy card.  At any rate, I'm much happier with this one. (HA! I just realized...not one stamp was used on this card! I think that's a first for me!)

Earlier I mentioned that I have done white on white before, so I thought I'd include a layout that I made in 2008 of my precious little granddaughter, Helen Grace.

The black border was added digitally so that the edges of the layout didn't disappear when posted.  Some of the white here has a yellow cast...but it's all definitely white.  I used lots of buttons, some chipboard flowers and chipboard letters for the title.  The big scroll is a quickutz die.  I even added a bit of lace and ribbon. 

Thanks again for all the wonderful comments you've left for me this week.  Many of you even came back when I posted a second card for last week's challenge...and I truly appreciate you coming by twice and leaving me some luv!! So...once again....THANK YOU!!  Your comments brighten my day and encourage me!  Until next time....

Hugs!


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77 comments:

Sonia said...

All stunning Susan, you certainly have been a busy bee.
Hugs Sonia xx

Jan said...

Wonderful cards and layout they all look so classy xx Jan

Little Snippets said...

Gorgeous cards Susan...I love the stem and leaves on the brick wall - great idea! A lovely LO too, Helen Grace is so cute :) Sarah x

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous cards Susan ,, both of them are stunning and the first one I don't think is boring at all !! the embossed sentiment is a fab touch !! love it ! :-)

aww ,, the LO is super cute :-) what a beautiful little girl and you framed her perfectly :-)

luv
Lols x x x

Zoechaos said...

All three of your projects are full of charm and light delight love them. XOXO Zoe

Maja said...

Lovely cards Susan!

Toulouse31 said...

I really enjoyed your description of the 'design' AKA 'Birthing' process :-)

craftattack said...

Great cards, very elegant. Love the Lo of your grand daughter, too! Valerie

Mandi said...

Susan, your second card is amazing, I love it!
Perfect WoW
Love your scrapbook page too
Thank you!
Diva LIM mandi
Less is More

Lynne said...

I love both your cards Susan. In fact I think I prefer the 1st one. They are both so calm and uncluttered. Definitely CAS.
Lynne xxx

Chrissie said...

Both cards are great Susan, but like you I prefer the second... it's terrific!
Thanks so much.
Chrissie
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

~ Ali Watson ~ said...

Wow Wow and Wow Susan they are all fabulous!

Ali x

joanne wardle said...

like the first one loads. LOVE the second one. the brick wall id just perfect. looks like a climbing plant.

Kate said...

Oh wow your card is beautiful :0)
Kate x

Hazel said...

Both lovely cards but my preference is the second. The scrapbook layout is gorgeous too and your GD is so cute. Hazel x

Ciara said...

Your first card isn't boring at all, silly billy! I love them both actually, both very elegant and serene, xxx

Katina said...

Three gorgeous creations Susan but your second card is my favourite! The brick wall embossing folder is fab and the flowers 'growing' against it are brilliant! Helen Grace is a darling! xx

Linda said...

Wow, Susan! This are absolutely gorgeous! And very inspiring! I'm loving butterflies at the moment and have just added some new ones to my stash! Fabulous layout too! Tts

Rosemary said...

both cards are wonderful, susan... but i love the 2nd one! i think i have that t!m holtz embossing folder you used... what a perfect way to showcase it! that layout is so adorable!!

Meggymay said...

Your cards are stunning and elegant. The scrapbook page is beautiful as well. Yvonne x

Gibmiss said...

Hi Susan
Two gorgeous cards...stunners ..love the brick wall ...i have that will give it a whirl...thanks for the inspiration
Hugs
sylvie
xxx

Debgem said...

Susan - you really do make the most gorgeous cards - both are lovely. However, your second card is stunning! I really like the brick work texture and the flower vine. And your scrapbook layout is fabulous!!

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Beautiful cards Susan - love the effect of the flowers growing up the brick wall. Your layout is gorgeous too. Hugs, Sylvia x

Kathyk said...

Three wondrous white on white entries - so elegant

Kathyk

Cheryl Nelson said...

WOWZERS! ALL are STUNNING! LOVIN' the white on white!

Rita said...

Both cards are stunning Susan, but I love the brick wall one, its truly gorgeous. Hugs Rita xx

Jenny said...

Beautiful cards and page Susan. I agree the second card is stunning and I love the way the plant climbs the wall :)
Jenny x

Brenda said...

I just love your butterfly on the first card and all the texture on your second card! Superb!

massofhair said...

Hi Susan as usual your entries are full of inspiration and so creative. Loving all three as each one is so very different. Have to agree that your second card is slightly ahead (not by much though)and it's all because of how you've used the brick wall. That's going on my list of 'needs' now.
Thanks for sharing your stunning work:-)

Judy1223 said...

I love both cards, although I think I like the first best! The layout is beautiful, too! Well done on this challenge!

Sandra said...

Beautiful cards as always from you Susan. Love the scrapbook page also. Sandra x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

WOW - two fabulous cards and a scrap book page . . . way to go!
Hugs, Sandra

Rosietoes said...

Beautiful work. Love the second card in particular.

Edna x

Loli said...

Hello Susan, i'm happy to see you in my blog.
ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL WORK SUSAN!!!i love all them, the second is a very clever idea.Great work.
A hug from Palma Island

Maureen said...

Lovely cards, well done.
Maureen.........x

Carol said...

Two lovely cards and yes the second one is stunning. Love the scrapbook page, your GD is so cute. Carol x

Ang C said...

Beautiful cards and a great LO

Hello From Texas said...

1 - Your cards are fabulous; I love both, but the second one is my favorite. I love the embossed wall with the vine of flowers. I was just about to post another card that is similar. I think I'll save it for another day.
2 - Your scrapbook page is fabulous!! I would never have tried W/W for scrapbooking, but you really showed how its a winner. I think the yellowish tint is because of the different types of materials. I had the same problem with buttons. They all looked like different shades of beige.
3 - I just looked at your craft room pictures. No wonder your cards are so gorgeous. You are so organized!! Your space is amazing; I will never post pictures of my craft room now....there is nothing pretty about chaos!! LOL

TFS - I always enjoy your cards!!
Carole

Aileen said...

I like both your card and your scrap book page! I liked your embossed sentiment trailing from your butterfly on the first and your wall on the second with the climbing flowers. Your scrapbook page is a gorgeous compliment to the photo. x

Papillon said...

Love all 3 cards-and I agree the brickwork texture is lovely.

Beryl K said...

Stunning work, all three pieces
Beryl x

Faith A said...

Both really beautiful cards, certainly NOT boring, I love them, your scrapbooking page is lovely too.

Sue said...

Susan, you're cards are beautiful, definitely not boring. Love the layout you did too, your granddaughter looks so sweet.

p.s thank you for the lovely comment on my card using the Silhouette frame - the item in case you are interested in gettingit is called:

artisan_ornate_oval_frame_C20091019003208_

Sue said...

oops. sorry pushed post comment before finishing the item code - here it is again:

C20091019003208_19210

Sue.x

Maureen said...

All lovely and your two cards are really good!!

Suze Bain said...

Two lovely cards Susan, but yes, the second one has more interest and texture, fabulous. Your layout is gorgeous, she's a cutie. x

Dolly Daydreams said...

Beautiful cards all three such lovely embossing and so elegant. I have the Silhouette electronic die cutting machine it's a bit fiddly but you get some amazing results. Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comments.

Marie

Valerie said...

Beautiful cards Susan, i love the embossed wavy sentiment and the brick wall is fantastic. So realistic!
Val x

IsaNorris said...

The three are amazing!! Love the scrapbook page
isa

Pauline said...

Beautiful cards, and such a sweet layout, I'm lovin this white on white theme!

fatmonica said...

The cards are gorgeous-I love the second one especially.And the layout is lovely, what a great photo!

Kathleen said...

2 super cards and a great scrapbook page but I do love the second card it is fabulous.
Thanks for your comment.

Kath x

Viv said...

Two lovely cards, the second is my fav I think. What a cute granddaughter you have too :O) Viv xx

kelly said...

wow!!! this challenge was made for you! Love the brickwall textured background, but all of your work is fab, I'm so jealous!
kelly x

Vicky Hayes said...

My goodness Susan - I loved your first card, then scrolled down and adored the second and then scrolled down and was totally blown away by your scrapbook page! Inspirational stuff!

Molecraft said...

Two stunning cards Susan, love the brick wall on the second! You asked me what a Lacé kit was, it's hard to explain but I have added a link on my blogpost which might help! Love your scrapbook page too!
Helen x

kingstonmama said...

Both great cards, but I love that second one. And your scrapbook page - absolutely lovely! I'm inspired to try a white on white scrapbook page now.

mustavcoffee said...

Hello Susan, I think your cards are brilliant, love the first and the second is gorgeous. The brick wall seems perfect behind the leaves and butterfly, just magic!
Thanks for your lovely comments:0) xxx

Doris said...

No brick wall ever looked this good! What a great idea!!

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

oh goodness me! these are all jaw-dropping gorgeous! wow!

hugs, stef (Glitterbabe)

do check me out, my store and
Glitterbabe@Stitchy Bear

Caroline Hallett said...

Hi Susan, think that all your cards are lovely, not at all boring, love your layout too x

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Both cards are beautiful.. The second is a jaw dropper!!!! I love that brick wall and the succulent plants growing up it!

Liz, said...

Gorgeous cards, Liz x ...and fab LO too!

Babs said...

Love your cards susan i love the second one best but they are all fab...

Babs x

Kasey said...

Susan, Three project! wow, great work. Cheers, Kasey ~ in Oz

Chris A. said...

These are all gorgeous. I looked at the brick folder in the package and it didn't do anything for me. I'll have to rethink that!

Irene said...

Hello Susan
You never fail to amaze me with your gorgeous cards. The flowers climbing on the wall is fantastic, and the pearls on your butterfly beautiful.
Thank you so muich for your comment on my blog.
irene
xxxx

Sarah said...

Both lovely cards, however I would go with you that the second card just pips the first - it just gorgeous. The LO is stunning as well and your granddaughter looks adorable! Sarah

Jo said...

Wow Susan, a beautiful collection of cards.

Sally H said...

Absolutely gorgeous creations! The second card is my favourite. The wall embossing is a perfect backdrop for the climber and butterfly - I love it!

Esther said...

WOW, what an absolutely gorgeous LO - your cards are stunnig too, love that brick wall embossing! Esther xx

Gina said...

Both are beautiful cards and the LO is very special. Of the cards, the second is probably my favourite but it is a very close thing. The first isn't boring at all - its elegant.
Gina x

Lisa A. said...

Your cards are beautiful, Susan!! The 2nd one has a bit more texture...LOVE that brick wall...that's MY favorite...wonderful cards:)!!!

Lynn said...

Both are beautiful cards. For me, though, I really like the second one - love the TH brick wall emboss folder, and I think this card balances out better. Thanks for commenting on my blog. Lynn x

Ashtead Cardmakers said...

Lovely cards. You have prompted us to do a white on white card challenge at our card club.

www.ashteadcardmaking.blogspot.co.uk

Ashtead Cardmakers said...

Lovely cards. You have inspired our current challenge - white on white cards.

www.ashteadcardmaking@blogspot.co.uk

Daria said...

Lovely cards and layout. I am drawn to your second card; everything came together beautifully. TFS.

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