Tuesday, January 3, 2012

LIM47 - One Word

The challenge issued by Chrissie and Mandi at Less is More for the last week of 2011 and the first week of 2012 was to create a card using a one word sentiment.  My time has been limited the past few weeks, what with all the kids coming home, a big family get together during and after Christmas...and just the general busyness of the season.

I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas...and I hope your New Year brings peace and happiness to you and yours!

I've managed to get two cards finished for this challenge...neither one thrills me...but here they are:


I apologize for the photo, I was trying out my new lens that my hubby gave me for my birthday, and I still haven't mastered it yet.  This first card was directly inspired by one of Chrissie's cards (you can see here)  I used different colors...but the concept is the same.  I love my beautiful "sunset"...and the trees are some new stamps I ordered from Repeat Impressions.  I got the unmounted version and then painted the back with Aileen's Tack It so that I could use them on my acrylic blocks.



Started not to post this card...it's just sort of blah...but it is what it is.  I should have left the "moon" off and just sponged the sky area.  Butterflies are a MS punch that I punched from inked paper and then coated with glitter glue.  The Congratulations sentiment is an old HA stamp (I think).

Thought I'd share a photo of our Christmas tree this year.  We decided that this would be the last year for this tree...it's a nine foot tall, pre-lit, artificial Fraser Fir tree, but it's just too big for us anymore...the storing and the decorating.  I have to use a ladder to reach the top branches!  I do love how bright the tree is!  I was practicing taking photos with a little tutorial I found that said to totally over expose the pic to get this glowing tree...and it worked!!  I turned off all the lights in the house except for the tree lights and this is what I got! I was so excited when I saw how these photos turned out!

As I mentioned in an earlier post...this week marks the 4th anniversary of my blog, and I'm going to have a little RAK for one of my followers.  You can find the post with all the information here.  I hope you'll join in the fun!

Thanks so much for popping in! I do appreciate your visits and your comments are always welcomed!  Until next time...

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25 comments:

Sandra said...

Hi Susan, your 2 cards are fabulous for the lim challenge good luck and your tree is sparkling and lovely too!:) Sandra H

Bonnie said...

Susan, I loved Chrissie's card and I love this card! You sunset colors are beautiful! The butterflies are so pretty as well as the sky.

Miranda said...

Hello Susan, I think your two LIM cards are beautiful! I like this style and the evening sky is fab! I am a new follower and about your 2012 question....well I wish that we all make the world a little bit more beautiful by creating our art and that we appreciate each other in his uniqueness and inspire each other with our art! warm greetz Miranda

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Gorgeous cards Susan and what a tree...wow!! Happy New Year!!

Lynne said...

I love both of your cards Susan, they are both very atmospheric.
Lynne xxx

Hillie said...

Beautiful. I love the colours of the sky. Really great.

Rosemary said...

as always, susan you have not just one fantastic card, but two!! both are absolutely gorgeous! glad i could help in the enabling dept! hee heee!!

Meggymay said...

Beautiful cards, I love the colours of the sky on the first one.
Yvonne

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful cards Susan the first one is my favourite

Anne

Chrissie said...

Susan, I'm flattered, your card is fab... I love the effect on the second one, great colours too.
Your tree looks simply awesome... a nine foot tree wouldn't fit in my house! Your photograph is fabulous too...very clever!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Jenny said...

Hi Susan, both of your cards are fantastic not blah at all!! I love the atmospheric feel to the skies in both :)
Your tree is glorious and the reindeer around the base are real cute too :)
Wishing you all the best for 2012:)
Jenny x

Deborah Frings said...

Susan - don't be so hard on yourself! Both these cards are just fab - I do like the rich sunset sky on the first card, but I love the gorgeous blues and butterflies in the second! And that's a fabulous tree!!!

Have a super 2012!

Valerie said...

Oooh the sunset trees are fab Susan and I love the effect on the other card. It looks so deep and billowing, you could always cut it down and mount it on another base if you don't like the moon! Amazing tree that that is 3 times the size of mine:)
Val x

Julie said...

Well I love both cards they are very eye catching! I think the sponged area on the blank card is really effective.
I like your tree photo as well- seeing as you have captured it so well, maybe you could incorporate the photo on your cards next Christmas!

Gibmiss said...

Hi Susan
Ywo stunning cards the colours are fabulous ....love them both
Happy New Year....
Hugs sylvie
xxx

cnelson said...

Your cards are just gorgeous as is the photo of your tree!

Craftilicious said...

Happy New Year Susan :-D
I love both your cards - the first is my fave though, I love the richness of the sunset.
And as for your tree - wowser - that wouldn't even fit in my house!!! I have a tiny 4ft tree but I cram 9fts worth of baubles onto it ;-)
Here's hoping that 2012 brings you all you could wish for.
Tara x

Vicky Hayes said...

Both cards are gorgeous Susan but I particularly like the dramatic sunset on the first. I can really relate to your excitement about the glowing Christmas tree photo - it looks amazing! Happy new year to you and your family.

Judy1223 said...

Susan, both cards are FABULOUS! The inking is amazing, especially on the second card. I mean, WOW! Good luck with the challenge...two winners here!

Delaina said...

GREAT Photo! Love the Tree!

timepasshobbies said...

Oh gosh! These are simply fab Susan! Love your sponging! Would LOVE a tute on that...I am so basic with distress sponging :)
Happy New Year....that tree is simply mind blowing! Sure you had a great time with your grandkids! :)

Mrs.B said...

Hi Susan, I love both of your cards, great inky backgrounds.
Great photo of the tree.
Avril x

Mandi said...

Superb cards, Susan, Chrissie's cards are certanyl worth casing
Happy new year to you
So sorry I'm so late
mandi
"Less is More"

Faith A said...

Fab cards great tree , thanks for the tip

Madeleine Truman said...

It’s a good thing that you invested in an ink jet and laser printer. You were able to create artistic and colorful cards like these, which you can give to your friends on various occasions. Among these cards, my favorite is your pink butterfly card. It is so stunning it can be utilized as a birthday card, a wedding card, a baptismal card, or even a friendship card.

Madeleine Truman

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