Sunday, 3 April 2011

"Less is More" Challenge

Week 9 over at the Less is More Challenge is "A Touch of Red".

Well, just when I thought I was going to have a relaxing Mother's Day, crafting all day, I've been tearing my hair out - and here are the culprits - a trio of CAS cards!

The first card was NOT meant to be a christmas card.  I know many people make christmas cards throughout the year but I'm not one of them.  Anyway, once I'd teamed up the red and silver, it started to look very Christmassy so I just went the whole way with it.  Enough said!


Hero Arts Poinsettia Cling Stamp
Silver embossing powder
Xmas Border Embossing Folder
Berry Red Promarker
Silver Miri and Red SU card

Next I went red and gold.  This was my fourth attempt at trying to emboss red and gold together.  I'm sure there's a proper way to do it but I inked the whole stamp with Versamark first, then added red ink to the flower heads.  Once stamped, I covered the red bits with clear embossing powder, then covered the rest with gold EP.  Think the black band is a bit flat, maybe should have embossed it??


Inkadinkado Flower Sentiments
Versamark and Dew Drop Rocket Red Inks
Clear and Gold EP
Gold Miri

The final one was more fun to do. Again I embossed the poinsettia stamp in silver, then popped up the embossed girl image. I added the sentiment into a flattened bottle cap (thought it would go with the teenage theme).  I inked the cap with versamark then silver embossed it (caution - cap gets quite hot when heated).



Hero Arts Poinsettia Cling Stamp
Silver embossing powder
Inkadinkado 'In the Groove' stamp
Dew Drop Rocket Red ink with clear EP
Bottlecap - sentiment is Papermania - coated in glossy accents


Apologoies for the long post this week.  Will probably be a last minute entrant (and not able to do much commenting) next week as we're off next Saturday to the Isle of Skye for a few days.

Happy Crafting Everyone
Suze x

43 comments:

craftattack said...

Lovely cards, I like the third one best, with the red silouette, very striking! Got my cards for Less is more done, too, I will blog them tomorrow. Havea good week! Valerie

Mandi said...

Hi Suze
Such a different trio of cards
Hope you enjoyed making them, sure you did
I have to say the silhouette looks FAB
Thanks for your entry
mandi
"Less is More"

Chrissie said...

Looks like you had a bit of fun as well as a bit of an experiment with these!
They are all super cards.. I like the red silhouette!
The effect of the two colour embossing is super, I agree there's something about the black band.. embossing may have helped or just narrwoing it slightly then matting with gold to echo the oval frame.
Enjoy your week.
Chrissie

Pooh Bear said...

Fabby creations and all so inspirational

Ali x

Sue said...

All lovely cards and all so different the one with the bottle cap is my favorite Luv Sue x

Katina said...

All fab cards but the third one is definitely my favourite! xx

Paula said...

a wonderful selection of cards

Susie Sugar said...

3 striking cards I love them all
Hugs Susie Sugar xx

Sally H said...

Wow! You have been busy! I love them all, but especially the dandelion one. What a fabulous stamp and the embossing is superb!

Fiona said...

Great cards - love all 3. Thank you for taking the time to comment on my card. x

Jo said...

These are all lovely, but my favourite is the dandelion, stunning. Have a lovely time on the Isle Of Skye, it's a beautiful place to visit. Jo x

Angelnorth said...

Fab set of cards - love the different use of the poinsettia stamp for the teen one!

Sharon said...

These cards are all fab but that last one is so funky! Love it!
Sharon xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely cards all so different

Anne

mustavcoffee said...

Hello there, great cards , love them all! I'm with you, find it difficult getting Christmassy all year round:0) xxx

massofhair said...

WOW Suze, such a stunning take on this weeks challenge. All three are so different and very elegant. I like them all but am swayed towards the second dandelion card... :-)

Aileen said...

Wow what a busy girl! You are just as well starting your christmas cards early. Hee Hee. It looks fab as a bauble and like your silver strip for the sentiment. I agree with the black band and may be tempted to leave it off altogether. Your image in the gold is superb on it's own. The third card is my favourite with the red silhouette. Very funky! x

Maureen said...

Three lovely cards, my favourite is the red and gold and yes the black band is not quite right, perhaps it is too wide.

Vicky Hayes said...

They're all amazing but my favourite is the second one. Personally I love the band - and I like how plain it is because it really focuses the eye on the red and gold embossed image. A really striking card!

Viv said...

Three super cards , well done I love them all:o) Viv xx

Faith A said...

Great cards, with lots of ideas, love them, I especially love the second one, if I can have a favourite?

Joan said...

Fab cards, love them all.

Sarah said...

Hi there, I liked all three cards but my personal fav is the last one. The silhoutte is just brill! Thanks for the comments on my blog, they are appreciated. Sarah

Susan said...

Suze...You've really been busy! Love all three cards, especially the silhouette card. As for the middle card...I think I might have made the black band a narrow band...and maybe edged it in the gold.

pickle said...

all great cards but I love the middle one. It's very striking
kerry x

Viv said...

Three great cards, my fav is the middle one I think.I have made several versions of one card, really struggled again lol :O) Viv xx

dutchstamptramp said...

What a beautiful collection of cards!

Wishcraft said...

All great cards :o) I think the second one is my fave - love the red & gold embossing, looks fab. Lisa x

Kathleen said...

Gosh, 3 cards, it's taken me all my time to do one. All 3 are fab but can't decide which I like best.

Kath x

Rica said...

Hi, thanks for your lovely comment and my - you don't do things by halves do you? It takes me forever to do one card and you've managed three and gorgeous they are!! I love the red silhouette on the last one - so stunning!!
hugs
Heather xx

Hello From Texas said...

I'm with Rica .. I barely manage one card and you have three cards to share! And each are wonderful cards!! TFS!
Carole

Loli said...

Suze you are very creative!!!!beautiful cards, good job, i love your three cards.
thank you for to visit my blog this week.
A hug from Palma de Mallorca

Emzie said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog mum. I love the 3rd one, not christmassy at all. Good luck with the challenge.
Emz xx

Sue W said...

3 Fab cards Suze! I love the second and third....embossing the black band sure, but it's still a great card!

Jenny said...

Fab cards, my favourite is the third as the red silhouette is great against the patterned circle.
jennie X

Viv said...

Hi Suze, just to say I have a little something for you over on my blog :O) Viv xx

Jose said...

Three great cards, my favourite is the silhouette, it really fits the bill for MIL.
Jose

ding said...

All wonderful cards, but I love the effect of the red gold embossing on the middle one, it looks fantastic.
Diane x
Thanks for the heart vote on my card!

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

What a gorgeous trio of cards. Embossing is a complete mystery to me, and it looks stunning here. The red and gold on the middle card is neautiful.
Hope you have a lovely time in the Isle of Skye.
Caroline xxx

choupynette said...

Wow! your cards are amazing... can't say which one I prefer. Maybe the second one? Fab work!

Sharon said...

All your cards are lovely

Cheryl said...

oh wow hun,your cards are just stunning,adore,the super detail on them all hun,bless you for your kind comment on my blog hun,hugs cheryl xxx

Tejal said...

These are fabulous!! Love all the embossing and the red silhouette is fabulous!!!