Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Less is More: Red and White - The Sequel.

Hello,
C'est moi...back for my weekly dose of white space and a new challenge at Less is More. I'm actually early with my cards this week. I also have some pretty inky, painty things to do too, so I I have decided to tackle my projects based on order of necessary cleanliness! I've even bought a new craft mat for these cards. Sensible, bonkers or obsessed? All three on a good day...
Last week I was in vintage red and white mode and now discover that this weeks challenge is "A touch of red..." Just fine by me. This week finds me exploring the joys of paper circle flowers and a black journalling pen...
 Lots of white space to savour...I have punched the circles from a piece of card that I have stencilled with red paint. Paint adds just that bit more texture. So for once I was actually getting gunky with Less is More! I have shaped them with a paper stump, edged them and then layered them up with a brad. I was out of black brads so I coloured some silver ones with some alcohol ink.

I have drawn the stalks with a black journalling pen. Didn't think about it too much but just went for it. Then I have stamped a simple word from Paper Artsy with a mixture of red archival ink and distress ink to get the right red colour. I like how it overlaps with the black lines. Added a very light touch of inking on the card edges and all done.

Being me - means just having to try another one out! A skinny-minnie this time and onto a horizontal approach. Decided to go for three flowers but wanted one a tad smaller to even out the proportions. Cut the smaller one  by hand as I don't possess every circle punch on the market...
Again, a quick sweep across the page with my pen - just three lines this time.

A close-up of the flowers to show a bit more of the shape and stencilling. Any excuse for a detail shot. I'm a sucker for them...

I had a few flowers left over, so instead of adding more bits to the overflowing "Save that for another time" tray, I thought I'd try a little square one. It was fun to go free-hand with a pen and I like them all... Still totally in love with red and white.
A quick shot of all three looking rather perky indeed.
I have been having a bit of a peek at this week's cards and I am going to have a look at some more entries tomorrow and say hello. I know it's hard to find time but it's good to visit other folk and show some interest and support. I can't comment on every one but I try to do at least twenty and take the time to have a read and look. If we all do that - well, it'll be a right old get-together. Who doesn't love a comment or some nice words!?! Have fun with the challenge!

Thanks for calling by - the door is always open...


Sarah.

35 comments:

Juls said...

these are just fabulous!!! loving these fabulous flowers, and I Love the fact they are red!! very stylish cards!!! Hugs Juls

Stamps and Paper said...

What great cards and so different...

Anne

Mandi said...

All fantastic as ever Sarah!
I laughed last week when you said you were into red, I thought, well that's good for us both next week lol
Super entry, as always, thank you
mandi
"Less is more"

Kaz said...

Simple, classy and so very delicate, less is most certainly more x

kazx

Suzi B said...

I like them all...stylish!
Sue B x

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

Really love your free style.

Chrissie said...

It's been amazing each week as Mandi and I have perused the entries, to see that nearly every time there's been someone who has entered a card perfect for the following week's challenge! As with your red phase last week... but we're not telling what's coming up next week!
These are as stunning as ever Sarah, I love the freedom of them all!
Just beautiful!
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Kim Dellow said...

I bookmarked these wonderful makes in my reader before I had even realised they were yours (it was early this morning and I hadn't woken up yet! LOL!) WOW, just wonderful, so fresh and eye catching. Really, I don't think I can say this enough - I love your stuff! Me again - Kimx

Lesley said...

Three beautiful cards. Very elegant. Great entry for LIM.

Suze Bain said...

Beautiful CAS cards Sarah. x

Sarah said...

Hi Sarah, Sarah calling! Your cards are just stunning. I see you also have a problem with stopping at one card! Is being Sarah, do you think? Sarah

Kathleen said...

Hi Sarah...Love the elegant simplicity of these cards.
It was lovely treat seeing your work at Crafty Bunch thank you for sharing
Kathleen x

Aileen said...

These look lovely, especially like your top one, very elegant. x

Maureen said...

Absolutely great!!!so different.

Jo said...

These are very stylish cards Sarah. Jo x

Lynne said...

Your cards are stunning. Those flowers are beautiful.
Lynne xxx

Jenny said...

Absolutely stunning, the best cards are always the most simple ones, and here's proof.
Jennie X

Rica said...

Three stunning cards Sarah, so stylish and so perfect in red!!
hugs
Heather xx

Sally H said...

what a fabulous idea and beautiful cards!

Franka Benjaminsen said...

Wonderful cards! Specially love the flowers.
xFranka

Susan said...

I love your creativity! The cards are beautiful!

Yolka said...

this set of cards is just awesome!

Tracy said...

wow fabulous set of cards, love the designs. Tracy x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Oh, these are absolutely DIVINE! I love your style.
Hugs Sandra x

Craftilicious said...

I love your freehand work - it looks so perfect. I try to comment on some of the cards each week too - its hard work though but its the fun of this blog over the others I think ;-)

Gibmiss said...

Hi Sarah
Stunning cards love all of them simple but sooo nice ....
hugs
sylvie
xx

mustavcoffee said...

Simple and brilliant, love your cards:0) xxx

Erika said...

Wow love your cards very stylish and the flowers are fab.

Maggie said...

your cards are beautiful and I love the red flowers 3 very stylish cards!
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment :-)

Vicky Hayes said...

I love the way you made the flowers and mounting them onto a couple of sweeps of black pen was a fantastic idea. I really like how resourceful you are too - no black brads? Just make them! No small circle punch? Cut it out by hand! Brilliant!

Stacie said...

What a beautiful set.. and I love the concept of Less is More too...an interesting challenge and refreshing for Spring!

ding said...

Three wonderful cards, love those flowers!
Diane x

Faith A said...

Absolutely in love with these cards, they are gorgeous

massofhair said...

LoViNg your three stunning cards. Great CAS but with texture and hand drawing. For me this doesn't get any better:-)

I do try to get around to as many entries as i can to comment and this usually means over 100 and i don't leave one word comments either which makes it very time consuming. Think i am going to cut down as more and more cards appear, i need to sleep lol...

Sharon said...

These are all stunning...x