Sunday, 8 May 2011

Less is More challenge 14 - white on white

Okay, okay - I definitely need to seek help! I found myself getting up early this morning because I had an idea in my head for this week's Less is More challenge and HAD to see what it looked like! This week Mandi and Chrissie have asked us to make white-on-white cards - which is a look I love but rarely do for some reason.

Naturally I got carried away and made two cards... Here's the first:


This one features my Sweet Buttons embosslits die. Have you come across embosslits? They are so exciting - not only does the die cut your shapes, it also embosses a detail onto them! There are four exclusive Stampin' Up embosslits on P.9 of the mini catalogue - do go and have a look! (There's a copy on my side bar, or ask me to send you one!)


I absolutely love this buttons one - look how detailed they are! They're also thinner than real buttons so they make easy-to-post cards and won't ruck up your scrapbook page protectors. I scored a frame around the arrangement of buttons and mounted my button panel onto another white panel embossed with the Square Lattice folder - texture is really important for white-on-white projects.


I attached the buttons with dimensionals, which also adds interest to a white-on-white design, and added this simple sentiment from Thank You Kindly in Basic Grey ink.

While I was making the button card, I picked up the Manhattan Flower and wondered what it would look like on its side. I tucked the bottom of my card base into it and ran it through the Big Shot using Chrissie's 'Roll it in, roll it back' tip. It came out looking kind of leafy and grassy so then I got very excited and thought an extravagant flower would look good with it... Here's the result:


I hunted about for some fabric and found an old school shirt, cut some flower shapes out of it using the Fun Flowers Bigz L die (another Stampin' Up exclusive), layered them together, secured them with one of the large rhinestone brads and positioned it on the card. Voila - and extravagant flower! But something was missing...


...A sentiment! I thought the Mr & Mrs stamp from Occasional Greetings would turn the card into something fit for a wedding, so I scored two lines across the card to nest it in.


And there we go! Very quick and simple.

What a lovely challenge this has been! And talking of challenges, my teenaged daughter has been away camping this weekend as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award. I really felt for her - after all the dry, sunny weather we've had over the last few months, why does the weather this weekend have to feature high winds and torrential downpours? There's no doubt it will be character-forming but she really will have earned a cup of hot chocolate and a hot bath when she gets home!

Thank you for looking at my cards today - I shall enjoy returning your visit you to see what you've been up to! I'll be back tomorrow with Masculine Monday if you have a minute. Hope to see you then,

59 comments:

  1. Wow Vicky, your cards are fabulous. Love the first one, adore the flower on the second. You see it happens to us all in the end and there`s no known cure either...
    Lynne xxx

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  2. Hello Vicky, thank you for to visit my blog last week, i'm happy to see you in my blog.
    FANTASTICS CARDS!!!!absolutely stunning, the buttons are great idea, good work.
    A hug from Palma de Mallorca

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  3. Another fabulous submission Vicky... and earlier in the week than is usual for you... I think you have LIMitis... and as Lynne says there's no known cure!
    These are fabulous cards,I think the button one is my fave... but whatever you do is fabulous!
    Thanks so much!
    Chrissie
    Lady LIM
    "Less is More"

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  4. Wowzer fab fab fab, amazing cards beautifully executed and those SU dies are perfection as allows a touch of class from you.

    BTW Thanks for your visits to my blog and who is this very very old lady to where taking about, unless that picture of =n your sidebar is a fake.

    Marie

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  5. Gorgeous cards. Love the embossed frame around the first one.

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  6. Fabulous cards Vicki; both of them. I really love the flower, it turned out so well and is simple and elegant.
    TFS
    Carole

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  7. Both gorgeous cards - although personally for me I think the flower one has the edge! Thanks for the inspiration. Nicole x

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  8. Hi Vicky, absolutely stunning! I really love the button one and what a great idea to cut up a shirt for the flower! Sarah xx

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  9. Totally fab design on the button card- LOVE it!

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  10. Both fantastic Vicky!
    About an hour ago I ran that cut/emboss button folder through my BS. So i have a pile of white buttons on my desk ready to do an idea I have! how funny you did white too
    Thank you!
    Diva LIM mandi
    Less is More

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  11. Wow - your cards are fabulous. LOVE the buttons, such a great idea - Jacqueline xx.

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  12. I'm convinced there's no cure too!! FAB selection and loving your buttons and flowers

    Kathyk

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  13. This is gorgeous, I love it
    Beryl x

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  14. wow... two gorgeous cards!! i love the one using the embosslits button die. i have that die and would have never thought to use that way!!

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  15. These cards are lovely

    Buffy

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  16. Hi Vicky,
    no, you do not need any help, that's for sure. I even dreamed of card ideas. Both cards are beautiful. Mhhh... how often have i asked me one question: What should I do with old T-Shirts? And here is the answer! ;-)

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  17. Sheila in Cyprus8 May 2011 at 16:27

    Both are stunning cards. I love the 'buttons' on the first card. Love Sheila x

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  18. I find myself dreaming about cards too. I have to drop everything and run to my stamp room before I forget what my idea was! Good thing you heeded the call because these are gorgeous!

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  19. Lovely cards, well done.
    Maureen.......x

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  20. Two lovely cards again Vicky & how DID you manage to photograph them so well ???? I tried outside, inside, card standing, card flat,with 3 lights lol.....well you get the picture lol :O) Viv xx

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  21. Both gorgeous Vicky, I think the buttons one is my favourite. Although I do have a soft spot for the fun flowers die, having used it on my card this week too!

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  22. Vicky - you are so creative! I do like the Mr&Mrs card with the shirt flower - so sweet. But I simply adore the button card (think that something else has crept onto my "must have" list)!! Great cards!

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  23. Two beautiful cards Vicky! I love the buttons one; such an original idea! xx

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  24. Both fabulous creations well done!

    Ali x

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  25. Definitely hooked if your waking up thinking about cards for LIM :)
    Lovely cards as always Vicky, the buttons are fab, the different shapes and sizes make a great feature.
    Jenny :)

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  26. Hi Vicky
    Two stunners the button one is Fabulous......love them both ....
    hugs
    sylvie
    xxxx

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  27. Both beautiful cards. I love all the white buttons. A xx

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  28. Both stunning cards as usual Vicky, you are one clever lady, love all you do.

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  29. Super cards Vicky, My fav is the first one with the buttons. It reminds me of a sampler for some reason. x

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  30. Super cards. Love the button one - very fresh and original.

    Edna x

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  31. Two fabulous cards, love the button one, great idea, I wish I'd bought that embossing folder now will have to go on my list.

    Kath x

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  32. Two beautiful cards Vicky. Love the embossed buttons on the first and the fab fabric flower on the second. Was surprised to see you had posted on a weekend! You really have caught the Limette bug!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

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  33. Both gorgeous Vicky but the buttons one is my favourite. Am now beginning to get worried about you - 2 weekends in a row!!
    Margaret x

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  34. Such lovely ideas the button card is a real attention grabber. XOXO Zoe

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  35. great creations - I'm loving the buttons, layers and texture on card one...!

    Thanks for sharing,

    Sarah at 110

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  36. Vicky...WOW! Both cards are gorgeous! LOVE the buttons...maybe I need to go shopping....again!!

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  37. Love the cards Vicky and now I've seen those embosslits used so creatively I must have them!I like your attention to detail especially creating the lines for the Mr & Mrs, something I will remember!!
    Brilliant flower!
    Val x

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  38. The buttons make a very feminine card, and I LOVE buttons. I love that card too- and your flower card too. Nice art.

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  39. WOW! These are both beautiful - the button one really caught my eye though! Great work!

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  40. oh my... such fabbie cards.. absolutely love the magical feel :D

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  41. These are both gorgeous but I especially love the first one with those adorable buttons! Glad Janelle pointed me in the direction of your blog!

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  42. Beautiful cards, the buttons look fab!!

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  43. Lol, I had a sleepless night too, thinking of ideas, only my ones didn't work out! Two lovely cards, I especially love the buttons one and how you've just added a bow to one. Super. x

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  44. Two gorgeous cards, love them both but great idea with the buttons on the first!
    Helen x

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  45. Beautiful cards, as always. I love your buttons!

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  46. Hello Vicky, love both cards here, wouldn't like to choose a favourite, both brilliant:0) xxx

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  47. Oh Vicky such a lovely cards you've made, so beautiful and kind of pure in sort of way.FAB xxx

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  48. WOW, these are really incredible. I Love that you mentioned embossing as a must for monochromatic cards. The buttons look so real!

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  49. Beautifull cards so elegant Luv Sue x

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  50. Hi Vicky, seriously I need to get comment as soon as you post - leaving it this late all the things I would say have been said (again)! But I will say two very elegant cards, love 'em! Sarah

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  51. Vicky I don't know how you do, but your cards are amazing! Am always inspired by your cards. Great job!
    Stacex

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  52. Two great cards, love the one with the buttons.

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  53. Both cards are gorgeous, but I love the first one!

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  54. I "had to have" that button embosslet but have yet to use it. You have totally inspired me!

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  55. Both cards are stunning!

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  56. Both of these cards are gorgeous but I especially like the cute buttons.

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