Sunday, September 11, 2011

LIM32 - Seeing Double

I've missed playing in the Less is More challenge for a couple of weeks.  It's been a busy two weeks for me. As some of you might remember from a previous post, my mother (who is 86) fell and broke her hip and had hip replacement surgery.  She's now in a rehab facility and is working hard to get her strength back so that she can go back home. It will probably be 6 weeks or more before they let her go home, but she's very determined to make it.  The doctors don't really want her to go back home alone, but that's what she wants, and we're determined to try and make it happen for her.

After returning from the 6 hour trip to check on my mother, my hubby and I took a little vacation to the beach at Sanibel Island which is about 9 hours in the opposite direction...WHEW!  So...it's been more than two weeks since I've done any stamping, card making, or scrapbooking...so my mojo has flown the coop!

Anyway....I digress, I wanted to tell you about the card I created for this week's Less is More challenge, where we've been challenged to create a one layer card using one image twice.  Did I mention that my mojo is still on holiday?...this is all I could come up with for this week's challenge.  Maybe my brain will kick into gear next week! LOL!

This finished size of this card is approximately 4.5 x 6 inches.  I cut a piece of white card stock 6 x 9 inches, then scored it 2.25 inches from each end to make my "doors".  Then, I cut a small 1.5 inch square and used the negative space as an embossing template with my light box, to score the three panels on each door.  I used a Copic marker to add shading to each panel and stamped a wreath in the top panel of each door.  The wreaths were stamped with Memento Bamboo Leaves, then colored with various markers.  I added a gold brad on each door for the "door knob".

 Here's a peek at the inside of the card when you open the "doors".  I stamped a tree (I believe it's a SU stamp).  Then I added a few baubles with red stickles.  The sentiments are both from Papertrey Ink.

Thought I also share another layout I did a few weeks ago.  These are my granddaughters, Camilah and Natalie.  


For this layout, I used Echo Park Splash collection. I love the bright colors in this collection. I made the kite by cutting a diamond shape and paper piecing for triangles for the kite, leaving a small red border for the crosspieces. The tail of the kite was cut with an craft knife then I tied tiny ribbon knots and adhered them to the kite tail. The circle embellies were punched circles from one of the papers and then I cut out the octagons and pop-dotted them on the circles. I added a bit of doodling to each circle and octagon. The large title letters are some old chipboard from my stash and the small letters are Basic Grey. I used two different punches for this layout - the loopy edge and the scallop with dots - both MS punches. The date was computer generated and I inked the edges with pink. The quote is a Hero Arts stamp - stamped in black Memento ink and then I inked the edges with pink. I added 3 dimensional dots in orange to the title letters and across the bottom between the circles and some teal dots to the kite. Journaling is tucked behind the top of the photo and reads: 

Camilah and Natalie, you two have grown up so fast and you are both beautiful young ladies. It’s so nice to know that you’re friends. You are also beautiful, sweet, kind, talented, and incredibly smart. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful granddaughters. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I truly appreciate all your fabulous comments! Until next time...

♥ Hugs! ♥


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24 comments:

Sandra said...

Your card is beautiful! l like the SIM Challenge its nice that you don't have to add too much to the card and your image here is just perfect!:) Sandra H

Chrissie said...

Susan, this LIM card is really clever, not just that it's really attractive too, what a brilliant idea, superbly executed!
Love it!
Thank so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Cheryl said...

oh just love your CAS card hun just stunning,amazing design,love it and that is also one super layout too hun,really beautiful photo hugs cherylxxxx

Carol said...

Fabulous idea for your LIM card Susan, love it. Your grand daughters are two beautiful girls too. Carol x

Stamps and Paper said...

Susan just love your card and what a great idea.

Anne

Rosemary said...

based on this card i would say that your mojo has not taken a holiday!! absolultey fabulous and super creative!! gorgeous layout, too...

Suze Bain said...

Wow, Susan, you are so creative, this is fabulous. Great layout too, you have two beautiful granddaughters. xx

Ang C said...

Beautiful card

Valerie said...

Such an original Xmas card Susan, love it! So much for your mojo deserting you, you just can't see it for looking at it:)
Val x

Maureen said...

Stunning card, well done. You can view my cards here and here .
Maureen........x

Beryl K said...

Your mojo appears to be working very well Susan, it's an excellent card. Love your LO too. I hope your Mum reaches her goal - she sounds a bit like mine, very determined
Beryl x

Fiona said...

Fabulous LIM card - very clever. We were on holiday near Sanibel & Captiva last year. What a lovely area - great shells. xxx

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous card, a great idea for it to open onto another image. Yvonne x

Linby said...

Clever card-very christmassy too. Lovely scrapbook page.
Linbyx

Cheryl Nelson said...

Your mojo looks alive and well to me! These are just FABULOUS! I hope your mom continues to gain her strength back.

Mandi said...

Hi Susan
What a fabulous card, that door looks amazing.
Love it!
Good to see you
Thank you
Mandi
"Less is More"

Vicky Hayes said...

A great idea to make a gatefold card and the door effect is brilliant. That mojo is definitely not missing!

Debgem said...

I really like the way you've made this gatefold card - creating double doors is brilliant!!

And your layout is just stunning! Great photo!

Bonnie said...

Susan, your mojo is just fine! I love the doors with the wreath and what a wonderful surprise to see that it opens to a Christmas scene. What beautiful granddaughters you have! I'm glad your mom is on the mend and hpe she will be able to return home soon.

Anne said...

Very clever embossing, great card! I hope your mother continues to mend, determination is good!
Anne
x

Aileen said...

Love your door for your card and the wreaths. Super idea. x

massofhair said...

You definitely haven't lost your mojo! Always love your creations they are full of inspiration. Very clever card, liking it a LOT:-)

Lynne said...

I`ve missed your cards these past couple of weeks Susan but you`ve more than made up for it with this one. Stunning.
Lynne xxx

fatmonica said...

It's a beautiful card!

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