Wednesday 3 September 2014

Less is More - I do like to be beside the seaside

That's the current challenge over at Less is More - where our lovely playmate Darnell is Guest Designer this week!

I steered clear of seaside scenes as, for me, one of the delights of the seaside is looking for pretty shells - and this embossing folder had never had an outing either:
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank

- a snippet of pale blue, slightly linen printed paper, which I embossed with the fabulous Spellbinders 3D-M-Bossabilities 'Shell Beauty' folder. Before doing the embossing I inked right over the 'indented' side of the folder using Memento's 'London Fog' ink pad and that's what makes the embossing stand out so well of course

- I then adhered the embossed paper to a piece of spare white card before trimming it do size - this was to give the rigidity needed to wrap the gold cord around it later on

- one layer of gold mirri card and, one layer of dark blue pearlised card were added to the white card blank

- a snippet of gold cord was wrapped twice around the embossed panel - which was then stuck onto the card blank

- the gold coloured shell charm was tied on, in a bow, with another small piece of gold cord 

The charm came from a bracelet in Primark's sale a few years ago - I think there were three or four gold and pearl charms on the bracelet - bought specifically to cannibalise for the charms :) At the same time I found a great silver coloured one with a small Eiffel Tower and other Parisian things on - I think there was even a tiny little poodle :) So don't overlook 'el cheapo' stores where you could find jewellery to chop apart for card making etc.

I didn't add a sentiment or anything else - partly for fear of over egging the pudding when it's meant to be a less is more card, but also because I couldn't bear to cover up any of the gorgeous embossing :)



  1. Thank you for playing, Di! This is a new e/f to me and I think it is really gorgeous. I wouldn't have covered it up either. That sweet charm is all the punctuation it needs!! Hugs, Darnell

  2. I had a giggle over the el cheapo jewerly...I have done the same. Wine glass charms are another good source of Xmas ones...especially in January when they are blowing them out the door!

    This card is gorgeous. I love the embossing folder. I have a type of spellbinders shell one but can't figure out how it works...guess i will have to let my learned friend, Mr Google advise me!

    Good tip about the layer of card before tying the cord. otherwise you get the indent marks, don't you?

    Wonderful card, Di. It is pouring cats and dogs here...typical Vancouver fall weather! There is a chill in the air...fall is certainly here.

  3. It's fab, Di, I like your tip about colouring the embossing folder!

  4. That is an amazing embossing folder & your card is wonderful, Di! Love the charm--great tip which I'll remember!

  5. Lovely card Diane, love the little charm.
    Hugs Jacee

  6. Great card Di, I love the embossing folder. The little charm is the perfect finishing touch. x

  7. Pudding NOT over egged - just fabulous!


  8. A lovely card - the embossing folder is perfect - and the cheapo charm!
    Kath x

  9. It's a gorgeous card Di. I love this embossing folder, have never seen it before. Very beautiful and it has such a sereen feel.
    Hugs Veerle xxx

  10. Love the simplicity of your card Di and your gold charm is a perfect addition


  11. Di, this is gorgeous, I love it, the gold charm finishes it off perfectly xx

  12. Wonderful card, Di. The embossed sea theme is beautiful ... can't think why you haven't used it up till now!!! The charm is perfect. And that is a great tip about cheap jewellery from Primark and the like - sounds like you made some great finds. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  13. That folder is super amazing! I will be placing that on my wish list. Love this card, Di!

  14. Hi Di,
    fab card today for the challenge.
    Love all your fab ideas involved with this creation.
    I too buy jewellery from Primark to use up on my cards.
    Only there isn't one near me so I have to wait till I'm visiting another town to buy mine.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  15. Wow Diane, this card is stunning! I love that beautiful embossing folder and it really doesn't need much to gussy it up. What you have done is perfect, I love the gold twine with that beautiful gold shell charm, so perfect for this card. I think you rocked this challenge. Hugs, Brenda

  16. Lovely card Di, very classy.

  17. Only one word for this - stunning!

  18. Oh this Di is so pretty and the charm is gorgeous too! x

  19. This is stunningly gorgeous. What a fab card

  20. Fabulous card Di, that is a gorgeous EF, I 've not seen it before.
    Jean x

  21. Ooooh this is so yummy Di... Now why didn't I remember to use that embossing folder! Iwon it after all!
    Thanks for joining the challenge.
    Less is more

  22. I love this shell EF Di as the embossing is beautifully deep and the two layers of card show it off perfectly. x

  23. Di this is so stylish, love it and quite agree, no sentiment needed!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Less is More
    LIM Designer

  24. What a fabulous effect Di, it looks superb!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  25. I always keep an eye out in the summer and winter sales for cut price jewellery especially stuff that I can dismantle and use on my cards. Claire's Accessories shops is fabulous for that too!
    An absolutely beautiful card! I love the embossing and the depth you achieved by adding ink. The cord and the shell are the perfect cherry on the top. Gorgeous creation Di, hope you have a good weekend Karen x


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