Monday 30 January 2012

Less Is More - A Happy Hello

This weeks challenge over at Less Is More is a sketch:
It has to be a rectangular card, in landscape orientation and you can't rotate the sketch - get that, I have enough problems following anything the right way up let alone twisting it round, so that's good for me!

I did toy with the idea of making a one-layer card but felt I had less chance of spoiling the result by making this:
 I used:

- 5" x 7" white rectangular card stock

- strip of white card brushed over with duster brush and TH 'Spun Sugar' Distress ink

- background lettering stamped using 'Happy' from the Hero Arts 'Dictionery Greetings' stamp set and Memento 'London Fog' ink pad

- flowers stamped using a KanBan set (which just says 06 on the packet but it came from Handy Hippo just recently) and Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad then embossed using clear embossing powder

- strip of black card to mount the pink image onto - it looked too washed out without the edging of black

- 'A Happy Hello' sentiment from Pink Gem Designs stamped in Memento Black Tuxedo 

- the original card had no pearl on the letter 'O' in the sentiment. When I showed it to my in-house critic he confirmed what I thought. The letter 'O' was filled in with a black centre and the result looked horribly like the word Hell - and it was his suggestion that a gem might improve it. So, I found a lovely soft pink pearl in my stash which made all the difference - thank you Len, now dubbed 'artistic director'!

In the process of making this one card the following happened:

1. I spilt the pot of clear EP - man, does that stuff travel!

2. After finishing the card and clearing up all the mess I noticed that the Dictionery stamp set also has a stamp with all the definitions of Hello too - would have been good to use both but, trust me, I was losing the will to live by then because......

3. Somehow I've lost all the images on the SD card I was using!! Most of them are either posted here or saved elsewhere. But, there are a few unsaved photos of things I've cooked ready to upload and post once I write up the recipes for future Friday Feasts! So, you might just have to starve this Friday :(

There are a couple of options - one is to use Recuva in the hope that the images can be retrieved from the SD card. That's currently doing a deep scan, fingers crossed as it has saved me before now. The other one is to quickly cook up something ready for Fridays recipe - egg and chips be OK?

Not my afternoon here yesterday for sure :(

Anyhow, I'm entering this card, which I swear has aged me by about 10 years, into the Less Is More Week 52 Challenge.



  1. As you were only 21 last birthday 31 doesn't sound so old to me :-)
    Pretty card Di.
    A x

  2. I'm sure you look as youthful as ever Di!
    This is a lovely card and even though it caused you a certain amount of aggravation... it was worth it!
    It looks fab!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  3. oooh Di, poor you, not having the best Sunday ever! I can't starve on Friday, NEED NEED NEED a recipe.....but hey egg and chips will do fine! Hope Recuva worked, i have my fingers and toes crossed for you! Oh and last but not least GREAT CARD!!!! xxxx

  4. This is absolutely stunning Di,
    great idea with the gem
    Beryl x

  5. Oh dear, oh dear . . . what a disARRRSTER dahhhling! Not the card . . . the other bits! LOL! The card is simply lovely.

    I see we both got our duster brushes out at the weekend then!

    Hope you have a better day today xxx

  6. At least it's a fabulous card Di! Hope today is better. Carol x

  7. Very pretty Di. I love how the black mat sets off the pink background for the main image.

  8. Gorgeous card Di. Your's stood out as I was about to upload my first creation and notice you'd used the same stamp and I love seeing how other people use the same things. The sentiment is fab too especially with that gem. Lisa xxx

  9. Love the clean looking card, so simple but elegant at the same time. Well done on not giving up!

  10. Lovely little card Di, sorry it caused you so much aggravation. I was having a weekend like that too, Chrissie pointed out that the music stamp on my LIM card was upside down! And later, when colouring, I said to Andrew that the name of this colour was Saliva Blue and wasn't that an odd name? Since when was Saliva blue? Anyway, he took the pen off me and said it's SALVIA Blue you numptie! Or words to that effect! Hope the week gets better, and I can supply you with a Friday Feast, we made homemade Aloo Gobi on Saturday. Absolutely yummy and a portion left in the fridge for this week too!


  11. Hello Di, lovely interpretation of that sketch - despite the setbacks you've suffered for your art :) I consider egg and chips a bit of a treat ... we don't have it nearly enough. Elizabeth x

  12. Egg and chips will do fine, thank,Di. What time will it be ready? Seriously, now, that is a lovely card in spite of losing all your photos, and spilling things. By the way, do you have an external hard drive? We have two linked up to the computer, and backing everything up several times a day. I am paranoid about losing all my precious photos, and my craft images. Hope you recover yours safely. xx Maggie

  13. Your card is terrific Di, love the black on the pastel background

    Thank you very much
    "Less is More"

  14. Hi Di, Your card is fantastic Di, love the lettering and flower stamp and your black card shows up the images beautifully! your a comic Di you make my day with all the fun things that you do and happen its a pleasure just to read your blog and you haven't aged any:) Sandra H

  15. Hello Di,

    What a great looking card! Eggs and chips sound interesting......


  16. OH Di sorry your Sunday was so aggravating. Hope today is the start of a spectacular week for you. Aw being 31 isn't so bad is it. You card is lovely! Love the little gem perfectly placed.

  17. Hello Di

    Your card is fabulous, the flower panel is gorgeous, I love the soft pink and black .

  18. What a stunning card. Colours work so well.

  19. This fabulous Di, I love black with pastel colours .
    Prefer the egg and chips to Brenda's suggestion.
    You also forgot to mention the beef and the shock, well I won't say anymore.

    Kath x

  20. Gorgeous card Di, love the flower stamp, very elegant!

  21. Hi Di

    Am I right in thinking that some people find card making relaxing and great for easing their stress?!?!? LOL!!

    What an eventful day you have had.

    I thought I recognised that image and love the finished look of your card.

    Love Jules xx

  22. Hee he does sound like an eventful day but at least the card turned out fabulousand love that flourish ! x

  23. It was worth it in the end - your card is simply lovely


  24. Terrific card Di, I love it and it is definitely worth all the aggro, xx

  25. lovely card Di, glad to hear I'm not the only one who ends up with embossing powder all over the place! I've lost count of the number of times I've tipped over a new pot - and always a new one that's full! Hugs Karen x

  26. Love the texty background to this fabulous image - so elegant!


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