Saturday, 5 February 2011

Less Is More Challenge Week 1

The new Less is More Challenge has begun this week, and the theme for week 1 is Pink, Black and White. I love the clean and simple look, but it is not easy to do! And pink doesn't figure on my list of favourite colours, so I certainly did find this challenging. Not that that's a bad thing! Anyway, having just received my second order of Waltzing Mouse Stamps, I couldn't wait to use them, so here's what I made.

That gorgeous border is a good seven and a half inches long. Unfortunately I don't have an acrylic mount that long, or so I thought until I realised that my Cuttlebug C plate would do the job. The border tessellates beautifully. I stamped it in black, and again in white above the black, although the white doesn't show up very well on the photo. Bearing in mind the clean and simple brief, I thought it wouldn't need anything else besides a Nestability lacey circle and the Waltzing Mouse sentiment, but it didn't look right. I tried adding a ribbon, putting something behind the circle, and other bits and pieces, but nothing worked. I was ready to throw it in the bin. As a last resort, I punched out a little butterfly and stuck it on. Believe it or not, that tiny thing made all the difference. I'm still not sure I like the finished card, but that's probably because of the colour.

I definitely enjoyed the challenge, though, and am looking forward to the next one.


Mandi said...

Well I love your card!
Your time and effort to join in "Less is More" first challenge, out of your comfort zone [pink] is very much appreciated!

I think the butterfly works because it links the black of the bottom border.

Thank you mandi x

Chrissie said...

Well I think you met this challenge head-on! This is a fabulous card, I love that border stamp and the butterfly addition was inspired!
Well done on confronting the pink!
Thanks so much for joining the first challenge at "Less is More", we hope to see you many times more!

Jose said...

Gorgeous card, I just love that lacey circle

Netty said...

Terrific card and less is more is not easy. Annette x

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow that stamp is beautiful
I love it
Lisa ;)

Faye said...

So beautiful. I love the trim along the lower part. It balances everything just perfectly.

Debgem said...

This is gorgeous. The black and white border is stunning, and adding the little black butterfly really works! It's a great card.

Sally H said...

It's wonderful, Lynne! That border is beautiful! I have been having a browse on their website and the set with that border on caught my eye too.

Sharon said...

Fab card. Love the WM border (one of my favourites!) What a great take making the background card pink. Love it.
Sharon xx

lisa said...

Well I love it, Lynne. That border is amazing and it certainly sets the card off perfectly. The pink suits it as well. Funny how we always lean to certain colours!!
I can see many more WM stamps joining your collection.
Hugs Lisax

Cazro said...

Your card is beautiful, so elegant. Hint for your border, place it on a clear plastic ruler, flat side. Cheers Caz

Jan said...

Lovely card xx

Squirrel x said...

Simply classic and elegant, gorgeous! Hugs, Sxx

coldwaters2 said...

Beautiful and classy card Lynne I love it.
Lorraine x

craftimamma said...

I know what you mean about pink Lynne, unless it's a very, very dusky pink it's way out of my comfort zone but no one would think that of you looking at this beauty.

A really classy. elegant card and of course the little butterfly was just the right finishing touch, butterflies always are, that's why we love them.

Lesley Xx

Lynne said...

From one Lynne to another, I love your card. If you enlarge the piccy you can just see the white border. Gorgeous!
Lynne xxx

Susan said...

I love the circle...and the little butterfly is just perfect!!

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