Saturday, 30 April 2011

Strength and Hope thank you and congratulations

I know I don't normally post at the weekends but I have a lot to show you this week and I couldn't bear not to enter my favourite Less is More challenge! This week the ladies at LiM are simply asking for clean and simple thank you or congratulations cards. This is particularly apt since I'd like to say not only congratulations to them for coming up with such a fabulous idea for a challenge site and making it so successful, but also thank you so much for all their hard work in maintaining it.

Chrissie and Mandi - these are for you!


I love the texture this Square Lattice embossing folder creates - perfect for male and female cards. It's easy to put just the bottom of the card front into the folder and send it through the Big Shot.



A strip of the gorgeous taffeta ribbon tops the embossed section. I've allowed it to overlap the card and have trimmed it on the diagonal.


The real focus of these cards is the amazingly intricate butterfly...


...which comes from a very, very special stamp set.


Strength and Hope is not only a truly gorgeous stamp set but it's also a way of helping the fight against breast cancer. Stampin' Up is donating £1 for every set sold to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation which is dedicated to finding a cure for this grim disease. My hope is that everyone that loves stamping will choose to add this set to their collection - it costs £15.95 in wood mount and £12.95 in clear mount. You can order yours by emailing me or giving me a call on 01280 820593.

Today's card can be used for all sorts of occasions - I got carried away and made this birthday card too! - but the set is incredibly versatile. This coming week I'll be showing you some other designs I've come up with using it - starting with a male card on Monday. I do hope you'll come and have a look.

Thank you so much for dropping in today. I can't wait to see what all the other LiMettes have been up to and I'll be coming to see you soon!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

49 comments:

  1. Aww thank you Vicky, wonderful cards as usual#and such kind words
    Continued thanks
    mandi
    Diva LIM
    Less is More

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  2. Thanks so much Vicky... these are wonderful!
    There are so many SU sets that I covet, if only I could afford them all... and you do such fabby things with them!
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  3. These are all fab Vicky, I love seeing them in different colours. i have purchased this stamp set but haven't had the time to sit down with it yet. Looking forward to seeing your creations. x

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  4. Oh no Vicky, it`s happening to you now.... the addiction.... there`s just no escape once it gets you in it`s clutches. The signs are there, crafting on a saturday!!! before long you`ll be submitting 2 or 3 times a week... you have been warned.
    Fabulous cards by the way, gorgeous colours and so simply elegant.
    Lynne xxx

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  5. Hi there Vicky, Your cards are stunning especially arranged like that! Wonderful embossing and stamping. The butterfly is just beautiful and I think the pearls work so well. I'd say that they're a success, even if you did have to do it on the weekend LOL :0) xxx

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  6. hi Vicky
    Love your cards ...beautiful....love the embossing folder and the Butterfly....
    hugs
    sylvie
    xxx

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  7. These are lovely, this is another set I am getting so again thanks for the ideas.
    Linbyx

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  8. OH I just love this set of cards - so simple yet so so so so very elegant!

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  9. WOW Vicky these are simply stunning.

    Fiona x

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  10. What a gorgeous set of cards, Vicky! I never though to partially emboss but that is a great idea. Thank you!

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  11. Lovely set of cards, I keep thinking I ought to invest in a big Shot
    Jose

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  12. How fabulous is that! Wonderful cards and a very powerful idea

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  13. Beautiful set of cards Vicky, so elegant.
    xxx Hazel.

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  14. It is always hard to comment when there have been so many comments before, stealing all the words that come into my mind when I see your projects ... guess I have to be faster ;-) You know I love your cas style and although pink and blue would be my fav. colours, I am also fond of the other cards, like the yellow one. Have a lovely crafty weekend! Janna :)

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  15. I would mirror the first words of Janna above - so all the words having been used - let's just repeat them.
    Stunningly beautiful & simple.
    I have been promising myself to use my embossing folders more - you have just inspired me to get on & do it.

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  16. wow, these are beautiful, think I may need to get some of the narrow ribbon!!
    kelly xx

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  17. Who's been busy then? Absolutely FAB cards - I still haven't made ONE for this challenge yet, let alone MULTIPLE cards!

    Kicking myself into gear now . . .

    Hugs, Sandra

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  18. Beautiful, stylish elegant as always.

    Marie

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  19. What wonderful cards. I love the colours and the cuttling.
    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog.

    irene
    xxxx

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  20. Absolutely stunning Vicky, but crafting at the weekend?? thought that was only for sad people like me :0)
    Margaret x

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  21. Gorgeous embossing, love the touch of the ribbon and coloured butterfly, simple yet elegant :)

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  22. Yes, I run out of words too but I do love them. Hazel x

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  23. Simply stunning CAS card Vicky. Embossing just half of the card really draws the eye to the sentiment and that beautiful butterfly.

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  24. Beautiful cards - love the embossing folder

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  25. Gorgeous cards! I love them!

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  26. Love texture and the way you have used it here making a simple card or set of cards very special. XOXO Zoe

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  27. Ah!!! Gorgeous cards, Vicky!! I LOVE that embossing folder!! Is that SU? Gotta get one for me!!

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  28. WOW Vicky, fantastic set of cards and i can see them being appreciated and loved by those who receive them. The embossing folder is very different and gives a great look:-)

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  29. Beautiful set of cards, simple but so effective xx

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  30. Such a beautiful set of cards Vicky, love the CAS design. The embossing folder is great and definitely good for the guys n' gals :)
    Jenny x

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  31. I popped over here from Janelle's blog. I noticed that you commented frequently and was curious... and am so glad I was. This set of cards represents all the most wonderful aspects of CAS cards. I'm definitely tucking this aside for some future cards.

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  32. Beautiful set of cards, Annette

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  33. Hi Vicky, these are gorgeous I love seeing the different colours, they look very stylish

    Sam

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  34. Beautiful, elegant and stylish...lovely cards

    Anne

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  35. Stunning cards Vicky, I really love the butterflies :) think I'll be adding that embossing folder to my growing list....hugs Sarah xx

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  36. A gorgeous set of cards, love the soft green. x

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  37. Beautiful cards Vicky, so elegant. I love them. Jo x

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  38. Aah, Vicky, these are so elegant! What a perfect combination of embossing, ribbon and design! I hope you don't mind if I CASE these!

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  39. This is lovely, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a lovely comment. i love them xx Jan

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  40. Gorgeously stunning, all of them!

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  41. Beautiful cards, love the embossing folder and gorgeous butterfly!
    Helen x

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  42. BTW Vicky, what do you use to adhere that narrow ribbon to your card?

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  43. Wow Vicky all these are stunning cards so simple and so elegant
    Thank you for the inspiration
    Love Posh x

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  44. Such pretty cards Vicky. Love their simplicity and ablity to be recreated quickly and for different occasions! I too am loving the square lattice embossing folder, so versatile as it can be used for women and men alike!
    Hope you enjoyed your BH weekend!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

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  45. You know I really must get try to be quicker off the mark with my comments, every one else has said what I wanted to say. I will just add that I'm restricting myself to looking at your blog to just the LiM post - otherwise I think, with your cards for inspiration, I'd buy the whole Stampin Up company! Sarah

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  46. Love the embossing, the velvet ribbon and lovely butterfly,

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  47. Such a great set of cards again Vicky, well done...love that butterfly :O) Viv xx

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  48. Gosh, Vicky... I'll add my comment to this very long list of those from your fans... :) Fabulous cards! Love the simplicity of them, yet they don't look simple due to the texture and the fussy cutting of the butterfly. They're just gorgeous! (And... now I'm all caught up with you. Enjoyed your little antecdotes about watching the royal wedding... the cat basking in the sun... etc. Just forgot to comment on the personal at the time. :) Now that I've caught up with you, though, it's time for me to seriously kick into gear. I have a very busy Saturday ahead of me! Have a great weekend!)

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x