Sunday, January 27, 2013

LIM104 and ATCAS

This week's challenge at Less is More is a good one!  Chrissie and Jen have provided us with a sketch that Jen designed.  Our instructions are to keep the card in the portrait orientation which means that the band remains in the horizontal plane, in the lower part of the card and that it takes up no more than 1/3rd of the height of the card base.  Here's the sketch:


I actually made 4 cards this week!  With a sketch like this I probably could have made several more...but I decided that 4 was enough.


This is my favorite of all the cards I made for the LIM challenge.  I cut a 1 1/2 inch strip of light blue and stamped a Hero Arts butterfly off each end of the strip.  Then using Stazon ink, I stamped the same butterfly on a piece of vellum, then colored the back of the butterfly with several shades of blue Copics.  I masked off the top edges of the center butterfly then stamped just the antennae, then adhered just the body of the vellum butterfly to the blue strip.  I curled the wings so they would be lifted off the paper.  I backed the light blue with a darker blue paper.  I added a couple of scorelines above and below the strip.


For this card, I used one of the images from PTI's  Happy Harlequin stamp set.  The images are all diamond shapes - each with a different design pattern. This one is a music score pattern.  The scores are so tiny it was difficult to tell if I had the notes right side up...(I know that's important to some one around here!....right Chrissie?) I stamped the background diamonds in black trying to evenly space the diamonds.  The sentiment is one of PTI's large birthday sentiments.  I stamped the sentiment in archival black to get a good coverage.  The music notes are an old QK die that I've had forever.  I cut out 4 of each note and layered them for dimension, then coated each note with a little glossy accents.  The diamond background is layered on a glittery black paper.  I also added two pieces of red bling for a little pop of color.


I think I was going for a Valentine's Day card on this one...although putting a heart on it might have helped.  I used PTI's Square Prints images.  I stamped two different squares several times in SU real red.  Then I cut out each of the squares and lined them up across the card base.  I scored four lines above and below the squares, then popped the sentiment on.  I added a touch of glossy accents to the center of the squares, but it's difficult to see here.


This card works for the LIM challenge and for Addicted To CAS (where the code word this week is "heart").  I was playing around with one of my MS wide edge punches and a 2.5 inch strip of paper and this is the result.  Using another MS punch (deep edge heart punch), I punch some red hearts and adhered them to the centers of the ovals formed by the two edges meeting, and used the tiny little hearts as the centers to the flowers on the edges.  I coated all of the hearts with some glossy accents.  I was going to put a sentiment on here, but couldn't find a place that looked right, so I just left it as is...and I'll probably use it as a Valentine card.

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit!  I appreciate the time you take to visit and I truly appreciate your comments!  Until next time....

Hugs!
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38 comments:

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful cards Susan...

Anne

lin_ka1 said...

These four breathtaking. They are very elegant

Lizy Bartaby said...

Wow you have been busy Susan! Really gorgeous cards but I think my favourite is your butterfly one...so elegant! :)
Lizy x

Kathyk said...

Four gorgeous cards - I would be hard pushed to pick a fave!

Kathyk

wienerhoneymooners said...

WOW! You have caught a very creative bug (better than the other one going around)!

I love the superbly scored "be mine" card. ALL are so lovely.

Okay, I might have to make another card with all this lovely inspiration!

Thanks for poppin' over at my blog, your warm thoughts and comments are appreciated.

Have a wonderful carft-tastical day!
-Kimberly Anne

Suzilou said...

WOW you been busy, what a lovely collection of cards.

Thank you for popping by my blog, the stamp is from Docrafts so any Hobbycraft or Osbornes although I did have trouble getting them and brought mine direct from Michael Powell at the Hobbycraft show. Hoping to get some more in March and even a cross stitch which is what he is famous for :)

Brenda B said...

Beautiful cards Susan, I really like the two for Valentine's, they really stand out for me, so different.

Hugs
Brenda

Linby said...

Great cards. My fav is the one with the PTI squares, kinda gives an optical illusion effect.
Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog. I keep meaning to tell you that I bought a zen tangle book using stamped images, you inspired me to further with this art.
Linbyx

Viv's Visuals said...

Stunning set of cards!

Lynne said...

Yet another amazing selection Susan. I love them all but I think the first one is my favourite.
Lynne xxx

Sandra H said...

Your cards are stunning and so Elegant too x

Elaine said...

Great cards - especailly like the blue butterfly one!

Jan Ltc said...

Fabulous card Susan xx Jan

Cathy said...

Beautiful cards! My favourite is your first one, those butterflies are gorgeous :)

Deborah Frings said...

You're on a roll!! These are all just lovely. I think my favourite is the butterfly card - so serene. Great work.

Rosemary said...

gorgeous set of cards, susan... the last one is so elegant with that wide edge punch and the red hearts!

Gibmiss said...

Hello Susan
Wowee! All gorgeous cards..... Fabulous ....
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Bonnie said...

Love all 4, Susan, but the butterflies are my favorite too! Love the shades of blue and the one popped up in the middle!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Your cards just take my breath away, as ever, Susan! I love them all and every!

I think the modern one with the "be mine" is even more effective with the square design, rather than a heart design, because with the "be mine," one expects a heart and it's unique that there isn't one. Did that make sense? You're used to me, so it probably did!

Anyway, well done. They are all winners in my book!!

Karen B said...

Beautfu cards Susan. Especially love the butterflies; and the one with the hearts is just perfect for our current challenge. Thanks for joining us at A2CAS this week.

Karen x

Annette22 said...

Susan all your cards are so stunning.
The one I love most is the one with the butterflies

thanks for sharing

Annette

debby4000 said...

Oh they're all fabulous and so clever, especially love the butterflies.
luv
Debby

Vicky Hayes said...

Well the butterflies are my favourite too Susan although those graphic red squares are a close second. How lovely to come and see your fabulous gallery!

Donna Ellis said...

Susan, your CAS cards following that sketch look wonderful! I especially fell in love with the blue butterflies. Gorgeous ideas. You have been pinned on 3 of your samples - thanks so much for the inspiration, hugs, de

Fiona said...

You always treat us to several fab cards Susan, don't know how you do it when sometimes I struggle with one!
Loving the soft blue and prettiness of your butterflies best.

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Susan. All four cards are beautiful. I love how they are all so different and so creative. Thanks for joining us at Addicted to CAS. Loll xx

Scrapmate said...

What lovely variations on the sketch.

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

This is a really great sketch, isn't it?
Just love what you did with it. All your cards are fabulous.
Caroline xxx

Jen said...

susan you never fail to impress me with your fab cards... the blue butterflies are my fave... I wonder why?!?

Thanks for Joining us this week
Jen xx
"Less Is More"

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

A beautiful collection of CAS creations Susan - I love them all, but I think the first one is probably my favourite - the vellum 3-d butterfly is stunning.
Hugs, Sylvia xx

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Susan, Four fabulous cards again, such beauties:0) My favourite is the butterflies in vellum too, great job!! Thank you for your lovely welcome back, it's good to be back blogging again :0) Gay x

Chrissie said...

These are all fabulous Susan, it would be hard to choose a fave!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Mrs Harry said...

These are all lovely Susan, but yes, the butterfly one is just exquisite. Pat x

Aileen said...

That sketch is great to follow isn't it? Love your set of cards especially the happy birthday with the little musical notes. x

Viv said...

Four fabulous cards Susan, I love the butterfly one esp. :) Viv xx

Kylie said...

Hi Susan, I LOVE your glossy hearts. Just perfect! Thanks so much for playing along at ATCAS! xx

Cazro said...

Well done, the sketch certainly inspired your creativity. I love all of your cards but for our challenge the hearts is my favourite. Thanks for sharing with us at Addicted to CAS. Caz

Christine said...

Geat combo of punches! And so elegant!
Thanks for playing along at ATCAS!
Christine

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