Saturday, June 4, 2011

LIM18 - Monochromatic Cards

Wow! It's Saturday already! This week has flown by....probably because I took one week of vacation.  There was so much I wanted to do...and so much I didn't get done.  Retirement...sounds better every day!

First of all...Thank You to all of my fellow LIMettes! Your comments and congrats really made my day! I was so excited to see that I won the May prize. How great is that! What a wonderful group of ladies!  Chrissie and Mandi continue to offer us some fabulous challenges each week.  This week our challenge as presented at Less is More is  a colour challenge and for this week we are making a monochromatic card...the definition and rules are as follows:

DEFINITION:

Monochrome: in shades of one color: using or displaying only shades of one color or black and white.

You may choose any colour you wish, but please keep all the shades you use within your chosen spectrum.

Well, it's been a busy day for me, but I finally got around to making my card late this afternoon. Can't say I'm over the moon thrilled with it, but this was the third attempt and I just decided to leave it as is.

I used a white card base. I masked off a 1.5 in piece just off center and tried to use my brayer to apply the ink.  I say tried, because I could not get it to go on smoothly.  I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but obviously I need a lot more practice.  After I got the SU Baja Breeze brayered, I reversed my mask and covered the colored portion.  I stamped the butterflies (don't know who makes that stamp) with Versamark and TH Broken China Distress ink.  The first time I tried this, I didn't add my embossing powder soon enough and all the ink dried! The second time, I tried using ultra thick embossing powder and it wouldn't stick long enough for me to heat it! I almost gave up, but finally I used my detail embossing powder and after each butterfly was stamped, I did the heat embossing. Now, that took a while! LOL!  After finally getting all the butterflies embossed, I used a text stamp and stamped the text with the Baja Breeze over the top of the butterflies.  Then I added the happy birthday in SU Almost Navy. I also added a couple of scored lines above and below the center panel, but that kind of hard to see here.  I might just have to come up with something else for this challenge later in the week.

One reason I was delayed getting my card done, was that my sister, my niece and my sister's DIL decided to have a cyber scrapbooking challenge today.  They all live in Georgia and I'm in Florida, so we don't get to scrap together very often, so this was our solution.  Last night we chose a sketch from Pagemaps and today all of us were to have our pages finished and posted by 4 pm.  We did it and I must say, that although you can tell we all used the same sketch, our layouts are totally different!   


I chose to make a layout about my youngest daughter and her chicken coop.  I cut the limb and the little bird out of white card stock with the Silhouette, then colored them with Copics.  The Rooster and hen was a stamp that I purchased recently....and it was perfect for this layout.  The papers are Graphic 45s Domestic Goddess. (The black border was added digitally to keep the white background from disappearing)  Journaling reads:

Who knew that a girl who was raised in the city would one day fall in love with living in the country? I remember how excited you were when you called to tell me that Randy was building you a chicken coop and that your first batch of baby chicks was on their way to you. Having grown up on a chicken farm, I couldn’t imagine being excited about getting chickens! Your love of living in the country and having chickens reminds me of how much you are like your Grandpa Perdue. He would have loved seeing your chickens.       

That's it for today.  Thanks so much for stopping by! Your comments are greatly appreciated!! Until next time...

Hugs!


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75 comments:

  1. I think your card is lovely. Love that colour.
    How fun to have a cyber scrapbook challenge with your family.

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  2. Lovely card as usual Susan. I like the butterflies with the script int he background and the added scoring is a really nice touch.

    If you figure out how to make that brayer work, let me know. I tossed mine in the trash years ago because I could never get it right.

    TFS
    Carole

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  3. Your brayering look just great Susan... I'm afraid my brayers and me are not bosom pals... I certainly need practice or lessons or something!
    This looks great and I love that stamp set, although I don't possess it as yet.
    Congrats on your well deserved win and thanks so much.
    Chrissie
    Lady LIM
    "Less is More"

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  4. Hello Susan, thank you for to visit my blog last week.
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!fantastic works...
    your card is BEAUTIFUL, as ever, i love it.
    a hug from Palma

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  5. LOVELY (lovely) card, Congratulations on your LIM win and enjoy your get together with family

    Kathyk

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  6. Congrats on your LIM win, very well deserved, I love checking out your cards each week!

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  7. My favourite colours too. Fabulous card Susan. Hugs Rita xxx

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  8. I had 2 goes myself and my first attempt had masking which didn't quite work according to plan. It was a disaster...well and truly.

    I love your card. The colours you used are amongst my favourites in the SU and TH ranges.

    cheers,
    Malyn at ThinkInkCreative

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  9. Great work I especially love the chicken LO! Valerie

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  10. Amazing card Susan and love the blue tones too. Your a well deserved winner Susan, hope you enjoy your prize. Love the LO and the story behind it :)
    Jenny x

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  11. Very pretty card Susan, that blue is gorgeous. Great scrapbook page too.

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  12. Susan, the background of your card turned out really cool! I love the subtle texture it adds to your card. The butterfly strip and sentiment are equally perfect.

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  13. Oops! I also like your LO…really well done…the added touch of the bird on the branch is wonderful :)

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  14. I love the card, Susan! The color choice is beautiful and there's just something about butterflies...

    And your LO is fantabulous! The bird & branch in the upper corner it way too cute! It's nice to see that you & your sister are back to doing your mini-challenges. I think you guys created some of your best pages during these events.

    Great work, as always. Oh... and just so you know... I still see everything you create. I'm just too lazy to click through and leave a comment some days. Well, most days. :P

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  15. Congratulations on your win Susan, it's well deserved.

    Love your card, the colour is fabulous, and what a great idea to have a cyber gathering. Thanks for sharing!

    Warm hugs
    Maarit

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  16. This is fabulous ~Susan
    Glad you had a good week.
    That scrapbook page is wonderful!
    Congrats [again] on winning our May prize, So deserved
    Thank you as always
    Diva LIM mandi
    "Less is More"

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  17. Love the card AND your page.

    CONGRATS on being a Less Is More winner.

    Hugs, Sandra View my card HERE!

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  18. I'm not sure why you don't like it because it really pops out and is a lovely colour. Hazel x

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  19. HI Susan... Love the colour and of course the butterflies
    Jen xxxx

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  20. another great card, susan!! fantastic layout, too!

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  21. Another gorgeous card Susan, congrats on your win too
    Beryl x

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  22. Another great card Susan. The blue is just gorgeous and butterflies are always a winner. Speaking of which... congratulations on your LIM win. Thank you for visiting my blog and directing me to the photography instructions, looks like I'll have to get an OTT lamp. I was away on holday last week too and only just getting back on target. Wonderful LO too.
    Hugs,
    Gina x

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  23. All the tries and difficulties made for an awesome card! I tried the brayer once and was so disapointed with the results, that I never tried it again. I love those butterflies and I'm glad you kept trying until you mastered them!

    Congrats on your well earned win on LIM! I don't know how you manage to get to everyone!

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  24. Hi Susan! Your monochromatic card is just gorgeous as usual. If the brayer was not cooperating, you sure can't tell from the pic. Love the scrapbook layout too! I don't know if you participate in awards, but I received my first, and I wanted to pass it on to you. Whether or not you choose to post it, just know taht I love your work, and I am so glad you helped me with my photography. I still have to figure out how to feather the edges. I am learning! This is the URL for my post with your award: http://slanzalotto.blogspot.com/2011/06/what-week.html

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  25. Beautiful colour chosen! love the layout with the Butterflies stunning..........:) Sandra H

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  26. Super card, love your colour and the page is fab. Yvonne x

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  27. You have such patience Susan and of course no-one would know that you'd wrestled with the brayer and the EP! Your card is beautiful as always and I love those shades of blue. Great to see another of your gorgeous scrapbook pages too. Vx

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  28. Beautiful card. Love the text behind those gorgeous butterflies.
    Your cyber scrapbooking sounds like a lot of fun. What a great layout and photo.
    Caroline xxx

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  29. :0)

    Loved reading your post. Congratulations first of all!
    Your card this week is beautiful, I have a 'thing' for butterflies.
    And finally, LOVE LOVE the chicken scrap page. We keep chickens too. What a great layout. Made me smile. Lovely words re Grandpa too.

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  30. I'm impressed with your perseverence but it was worth it in the end. Truly a work of art! x

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  31. Congratulations on your win. Love your turquoise card XOXO Zoe

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  32. Susan your card is stunning. I love those different shades, the butterflies are beautiful and your brayering is perfect. But then I wouldn`t expect anything less of you.
    Lynne xxx

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  33. The card is gorgeous!!! I love the scrap page, too...it's beautiful...a neat idea for you all to do a page...fun!!

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  34. I love your card - teal is my favourite colour. I love the chicken coop layout too - really cute :-)

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  35. LOVELY card Susan, the colour is just gorgeous

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  36. Hi Susan

    Many, many congratulations the LIM May prize winner - so well deserved.

    What can I say but just perfect, gorgeous and stunning.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  37. Great colour - I like it! Congrats on the prize - well deserved.
    Sarah at 162

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  38. Love the colour and the gorgeous flight of butterflies. Zx

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  39. Beautiful, beautiful butterflies! ;) Congratulations on your win!

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  40. Love the colour Susan and beautiful butterflies. Congratulations on your LIM win, well deserved.I always look out for your submissions and appreciate you visiting my blog and leaving such nice comments:)
    Val x

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  41. Your brayering looks great Susan (I just can't get the hang of it!). Love the butterfly panel, a beautiful card. xx

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  42. Great card again Susan and lovely scrapbook page too, well done again ! :O) Viv xx

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  43. Super card, I love the colours.

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  44. I love this colour and would never have thought to do this, thanks so much for sharing!
    Cx

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  45. What a lovely card - great colour scheme.
    [thanks for your kind comments]

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  46. Another lovely card Susan and such a great colour.
    Maureen........x

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  47. This is a fabulous card Susan, I love the colour.
    Congratulations on the win... you so deserve it!
    Sue :)

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  48. Beautiful card, love the colour and those butterflies are gorgeous!
    Helen x

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  49. lovely card, love the butterflies I do like to use a brayer but more on "messy" type projects as its hard to be neat with one, congrats on your win

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  50. So gorgeous...beautiful colour xx Jenny xx

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  51. Beautiful card Susan. Such a lovely colour and gorgeous butterflies :o) Well done on your win! Lisa x

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  52. Gorgeous card Susan, your brayering looks great!
    Margaret x

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  53. Hi.. your card is lovely, I love the butterflies and the script background (I must buy one of these stamps) and your layout is good as well. Thanks for popping over to my blog and leaving your lovely comments and ideas for my Christmas card... very much appreciated.
    Thanks again. Diane xx

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  54. Totally gorgeous card and super layout,

    Liz x

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  55. Great job Susan, I LOVE the butterflies, worth the hard work!

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  56. Loving those butterfllies Susan and your scrapbook page is fab. Congrats on the win too.
    Jenny xx

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  57. Congratulations on your May win, Susan. Not surprising, since your work is always beautiful. This lovely card is no exception. I love the butterflies with the text stamp, and the colour is gorgeous.

    Lynne x

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  58. Hi Susan
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments. I think all your hard work on this card has paid off it is really nice. I don't feel the photo is doing it full justice as the detail on the butterflies is not coming through when I look at it and I know that they have beautiful detail. Brayering is something I love. Using the right card is 3/4 of the trick to getting a good finish, here is a link to a few tips by an expert brayer. I have seen her at the shows and it is fascinating to watch. She has also produced a DVD on it. http://laviniastamps.com/category/blog/top-tips/ Sue x

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  59. A lovely card Susan, love that colour!!

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  60. Your card is gorgeous Susan, well done for persevering through adversity ! and going on to create such a beautiful project. Loving your chicken coop layout too - what fun !!!!
    hugs
    wynneth
    x

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  61. Hi Susan, Glad you managed to get a holiday and make a super card! I love the butterfly on your card and the colour you chose is wonderful, hugs Gay xx

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  62. Don't care what you say about it, I think it's a fabulous card, love the text, embossing and butterflies and of course the colour :)
    Great scrapbook page too.
    xx

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  63. oh wow! what a stunning card! Not at all surprised at your win - your work is always gorgeous!

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  64. This is gorgeous Susan, love the colour. Thank you for all the lovely comments you leave and congrats on your win. Carol x

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  65. Beautiful card Susan! Love the colours and your brayering looks fab to me! Congrats on your win, you deserve it, your creations are stunning!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

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  66. Beautiful card. Love those tones of blue
    isa

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  67. Congratulations on your LIM win. Lovely colour combination on this one. I like coming to check your cards every week as your work is very inspiring.
    Thank you for the comments on my blog too Karen

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  68. I really can't understand how I missed your card this week, as I have searched for it on numerous occassions but thank you so much for your coment on my entry as it has lead me to yours. Love it a great entry, even though I am not a butterfly fan. Was so pleased that you won the prize for last month as your cards are fab. Also had a bit of a problem commenting tonight.
    Thanks

    Kath x

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  69. BIG congrats on your May win! Totally deserve it! :)
    This a another FAB card! Just love it! :)
    Your LO is too cute!

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  70. Gorgeous card! I'm glad you persisted with the embossing powder - worth it in the end. I like the bit of texture you achieved with the brayer - looks more interesting than perfectly smooth. Beautiful work!

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Thanks you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment! I love hearing from you! Hugs! Susan

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