Saturday, 26 February 2011

Simply Less is More Week 4 - 3 Squares

I didn't make a card last night, I did a little colouring on a complex card I'm making ready for a March birthday, but I didn't finish an actual card and I found myself tapping my fingers on the work desk wishing it was Saturday morning as I'm really relishing my Saturday crafting sessions at the minute.  Saturdays bring my favourite two challenges of the week - Kraftin Kimmie whose stamps I adore and I'll be back with my KK card tomorrow, and the new CAS challenges at Simply Less is More which keeps me coming back for more each week and I'm loving it!

So, as soon as my shopping chores were done this morning, it was straight into the craft room, laptop in hand to check out this weeks challenge.  It's a recipe this week - but a very simply one, naturally ;-)  Just 3 squares, no more information, do with them what you will, but remember to KISS!

I had a look in my stamp sets to see what I had, and a had a play with 3 different sized patterned square stamps, as I was really drawn to the card that Mandi made this week, as it was different to my normal linear and symmetrical style.  However, although I liked the actual stamping, try as I might, other than directly copying Mandi's layout, which I didn't want to do, I couldn't arrange my squares in a way that wasn't offensive to my need for symmetry!  Me and asymmetry just don't get on!

So I scrapped it and went back to my more familiar and comfortable linear style......


The stamps are really old clear cling stamps and I think they were from Lakeland when they used to do a separate craft catalogue that is long since gone.  I matted my white squares onto the pearlised black card and drew a white line around to create a border leaving a gap for a sentiment, stamped and then overwritten with the same pen I drew the border as my white ink pad wasn't opaque enough for my liking.  I didn't quite get the sentiment central but decided I could live with it despite the lack of symmetry ;-)  I added a white pearl to each end of the border line and a black pearl to the centre of each stamped image.

You can join in the challenge here - http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.com/2011/02/week-4-recipe-three-squares.html and do have a go - it's such a lot of fun!  I'm looking forward to next week already :-)

Thanks for stopping by today....
                                            Craftilicious x

32 comments:

  1. It delights me to read that you are enjoying our challenges.It's so true that if you enjoy what you are doing you can produce your best work... this certainly seems to be the case with our blog. What wonderful stuff we've seen.
    The contrast between the black and white on this card is quite dramatic! Lovely!
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  2. Hi
    Love your card....stunning black and white ..
    hugs
    sylvie
    xx

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  3. Looks really good - I would not have trusted myself enough to draw the border and then to stamp the sentiment straight. You did a good job!

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  4. Very striking card love the way you have outlined the images

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  5. I love your black and white card, it always looks elegant. Cheers Cazro

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  6. A stunning creation xx Jan

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  7. gorgeous classic black and white - stunning
    Ann xxx

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  8. great card I love the monochrome look

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  9. I adore this card - black and white is both elegant and stunning!! I remember Lakeland craft with fondness - used it a lot. This is a super card!

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  10. Fab card, You can't go wrong with Black & White. love it. x

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  11. Super - really nice CAS card

    Kathyk

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  12. Wonderful card! Love the black & white. Those little pearls at the ends of the lines are a wonderful touch, too.
    Less Is More is one of my favourite challenges too and I look forward to it each week now!

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  13. Stunning card love the black and white

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  14. This is very stylish and striking! I know what you mean with white ink pads, they are never as white as you need them to be. I tend to use white embossing powder with a Versamark pad instead as that gives a lovely crisp, opaque finish.

    Love those stamps, I used to buy quite a few crafty things from Lakeland and never really understood why they stopped selling them, boo!

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  15. Your card is just stunning! I love the frame, with the greeting inserted it has really bought the whole thing to life! Seen a good few of this type of stamp, all so different
    Thank you once again
    manid
    "LEss is More!

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  16. Lovely card, well done.
    Maureen......x

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  17. I really like this card as I love monochrome as a dramatic "colour" scheme!
    Hugs, Sandra

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  18. LOVE the black and white combo...very elegant card!

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  19. this is gorgeous!! love it in black & white!

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  20. My intial reaction oh! WOW, after a close up it's WOWEE, lovely card.

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  21. love this black and white and classic style

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  22. Great dramatic look wiht th blakc and white - very classy!

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  23. Love the black and white and adore the gap for your sentiment.
    Lynne xxx

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  24. What an elegant and eye catching card...gorgeous.

    Anne

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  25. What a super card, the black & white is so striking.

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  26. This is very elegant. The black and white make such a striking card.

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  27. Beautiful card. Perfect color combo!

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  28. A stunning card, anyone would love to receive this.
    Gina x

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  29. This looks absolutely stunning! I bet it would look fabulous in Chocolate and white too as those stamps remind me of wood cuts.

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  30. Really beautiful card, I particularly like the drawn border ....it's something I have been practicing but not quite perfected, it's harder than it looks and the slightest error seems to show....your is amazing.
    Diane
    P.s really didn't notice off centre greeting!!

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