Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tone it Down...

Hello again,
Sitting with a cup of tea waiting for Blogger to load my photos ...if only it went as fast as the weekend...be done in a flash. I'm quite early this week for a change. I got up early and did the house work so the rest of the day was mine for the taking...! Over at Less is More it's monochrome. Lots of ideas and styles spring to mind but I've stuck with my first thought.
Pretty papers, punched circles and red & white. What more does a girl need? I punched nine circles from my DP scraps, edged them with ink and then set them onto card for a bit more depth. Then I've mounted them onto a white Bazzill dotted swiss card base. I cut the base to accommodate the circles to give them just enough space to be...

The word Happiness stamp is part of a Wendy Vecchi sentiment. With so many great patterns on show, I felt one word was enough and I also slightly rounded the corners. I can always play with red and white - it just works so well on cards. It's just so bold and sassy!

I wanted to try out the classic black & white approach. This time all the circles have been stamped with various images in Archival ink. I went for more of a vintage feel with the images this time, so it's still dramatic but not too in your face. Didn't ink the edges on these and have used linen textured Bazzill cardstock as this fits better with the whole card.
Faffed around with the sentiment and decided to add it next to the butterfly where there was some clear space! If the butterfly was in a different place I might have placed it higher up.

This is a quickish and fun way to make cards and use up those scraps we all have overflowing from the "might need it later" box.
I would also like to try it out with lots of other materials and colours...such as old books, photographs, and definitely fabric. The possibilities are endless.

So that's me all done again, so thank you for taking a look!!! Enjoy your LIMday if you have one. See you all tomorrow.
Sarah

26 comments:

Vicki Dutcher said...

These are fabulous! I adore that red one~

Rosemary said...

wow... both card are just gorgeous!! the red/white one is very sassy and the black/white so elegant!

Chrissie said...

I think we've all got that 'might need it later' box Sarah... what a great way to reduce stocks.
These are terrific!
Thanks ever so!
Chrissie
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Sunshine Girl said...

Hi, thanks for visiting my blog for woyww last week sorry I am so late in visiting back but I was on holiday until late Sunday and out all day yesterday - I love all of the artwork you have made this week and am looking forward to your mojo kick starter in July I so need kickstarting at the moment! Probably see you tomorrow. Sunshine Girl

Mandi said...

Fantastic cards Sarah. I love the black & white one, ist FAB!!
I agree the sentiment could have gone up to the next level, but, hey who cares, they are wonderful!
Thank you
Diva LIM mandi
Less is More

kissinia said...

Brilliant! So elegant!

Kathyk said...

Fab selection and cannot decide which I love best!

Kathyk

Peggy Alborn said...

I'm loving this simple idea - sure packs a punch in both colors!

LynneForsythe said...

may need to LIFT your idea!!! LOVE IT!

Linda said...

Wow, Sarah! I love these cards! I Love the red one because, well, it's my favourite colour and the black one is flawless! Fab stamping, girl! Great idea about using photos and other stuff! I'll keep that in mind when I'm playing catch up on my scrapbooking!

Linda

Pauline said...

Fabulous, a great idea, two lovely cards.

Jenny said...

Love both of your cards Sarah, great scrap-busting designs and as you say could carry accross lots of mediums. Love the striking colours too :)
Jenny x

Aileen said...

Two lovely cards, particularly like the red one. Fab! x

Lesley said...

This is such a great idea yet simple and effective. Especially good for using up bits of left over backgrounds and papers. Lovely!

Suze Bain said...

Wow, what gorgeous papers you have. Both great cards but I love the vibrant red best. xx

Beryl K said...

Two stunning cards,
Beryl x

Wishcraft said...

Both gorgeous cards and such a great way to use up scraps :o) Lisa x

Hello From Texas said...

Sarah both your cards are fabulous! I might case your wonderful design and ides, in blue or green. If I do I will link back to this post.
Isn't it fun when you find pieces in the scrap bin to use for a card!!
TFS
Carole

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Love the red and white papers, but the design works equally well with the black and white theme too. Really fabulous cards. Hugs, Sylvia xx

PS: Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Carol said...

Two fabulous cards, love the red one. Carol x

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Great take on this challenge...super looking cards!

Alison xx said...

I love both your cards, I couldn't choose a favourite. A xx

hazel said...

Two fabulous cards and what a great idea to use up scraps.
xxx Hazel.

Dolly Daydreams said...

Hi Sarah love both of your cards clever idea both are outstanding.

Marie

Diane said...

Great cards...love the brightness of the red one and the elegance of the black one!

Susan said...

Fabulous cards! LOVE the design...and the red one really pops!
Susan@Keeping in Touch