Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Just Good, Clean (Girly) Fun...

Hello to one and all,
Well, the past week went by in a flash because here I am again, on a Tuesday again, with a little something for the new Less is More challenge for CAS cards. My weekly dose to balance out the brain cells...After a very intensive weekend up to my eyes in metal and ink with a DT project, I was just itching to get onto these and embrace some white space and simplicity. The theme is Monograms...not to be confused with abbreviations which was kind of tempting too.
I uuhmed and ahhed for a day and wasn't blown away with the idea of my own initials so I've gone for a "Monogram mood". My letter and it's inner decoration represent the feeling you want to convey, along with a sentiment that also contains the same word in full. Firstly, I chose a letter font that would make a good stencil. This is Kingthings which I like for the curves and modern look. I enlarged it on the computer, printed it out and then cut out the inside. I lay it on my card front holding it steady with a little tape and then stamped the small images with White Stazon. 

I gave it a quick dry holding on like mad to the stencil and then sponged over the top with Stormy Sky Distress Ink. I was huffing, puffing and hoping the stencil would stay put and be nice to me, not daring to peek until all was done. Call me mad, but I get pretty nervous at such a point and then utterly elated when I discover all is well! I was really pleased with the crisp edge and fun feel of the image. I then stamped the simple ssentiment (holding breath) in Black Archival ink.
My second one is done using Barn Door Distress Ink which is very vibrant indeed but looking sassy. Red, white and flowers make me happy. I used linen effect card stock but opted for the smoother side to get a better coverage of ink. I could have buffed the Stazon images to remove a little Distress Ink, but I really liked the faded effect as it was. The mini-stamps are just tiny 99p sets I picked up in a bargain bucket. The sentiments are by Hero Arts - Heartfelt Messages.

And if you also happen to know someone called Hattie or Lilly then you've got yourself a two-fer. If Lilly was learning to drive, make it a three-fer! But on a slightly more serious note, it is an idea you could play around with for a simple yet personal Birthday or Celebration card or even a Journal cover.

That was my inking and thinking on Monograms so I'm signing out. Thanks so much for calling by,it would be great to hear from you if you have time.
Tarraaa!
Sarah.

19 comments:

Mandi said...

These are FAB Sarah
i love the red one
Those sentiments work perfectly on the monogram
Great submissions!
Thank you as always
Diva LIM mandi
LEss is More

Suze Bain said...

Fab cards, the colours are gorgeous. xx

Morti said...

They're great cards Sarah! Have you tried the Simplicity blog as well, there a CAS challenge on there every Weds called One Layer Wednesday.....

Dolly Daydreams said...

Hi Sarah love your funky cards great happy work , fabulous !

Marie

Beryl K said...

These are just fabulous
Beryl x

Juls said...

these are such fabby cards!! so bold and stylish!!! Hugs Juls

Willy said...

Wonderful CAS cards!

Chrissie said...

Your thinking and inking is as fab as ever Sarah!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Kathyk said...

SMASHING - love the thinking behind each - what a coup if you could do the three-fer!!

Kathyk

Kate said...

Great technique, 2 lovely cards.

** Kate **

Netty said...

Terrific idea and two fab LIM cards

Ang C said...

Great cards

Faith A said...

I LOVE these cards, a bit of humour with the shape of the letter and then the colours, so cleverly worked too. Great cards

Lynne said...

Fabulous cards .
Lynne xxx

Angela Weimer said...

Great cards. Thanks for sharing and have a great day. Angela

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Oh yes, very nice work here, love your stencils and the thinking behind each card, brilliant work, Gay xxx

Vicky Hayes said...

What a brilliant idea and beautifully done too.

Susan said...

Brilliant, Sarah! LOVE the look of the big letters and the stamping and sponging inside the cut out!! Too cool!
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Melody (lacyquilter) said...

These are fabulous. What a great way to use monograms.