Saturday, 3 March 2012

Sprinkled Expressions thank you

I've had a right old palaver in my craft square metre this morning! It's a colour challenge at Less is More this week and Chrissie and Mandi are looking for cards using neutrals, so I decided to combine it with the challenge at One Layer Wednesday which I thought was 'Black, white and bling' but which is in fact 'Cream, black and bling'. That was my first mistake, my second was that black and white isn't what LiM is looking for either - and these errors were followed by many more! I won't bore you with my embossing wrangles... but here's what I finally came up with:


This really is the simplest of cards so I can't imagine why I made such a meal of it! I stamped this fabulous flower image from the free Sale-a-bration set Sprinkled Expressions in Jet Black Stazon ink, and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then repeated the process with the sentiment and finished the card by adding bling and rounding one corner.


I tried to get a photo of how shiny this is against the lovely suede finish of the Naturals Ivory card stock but after three tries I gave up - this is the best I could manage!

Edited to add this version:


I've always loved the contrast between Naturals Ivory and Very Vanilla and just wondered what it would look like with this design!

Here's the first card I made, which turned out to be unsuitable for either challenge but which I thought was a good idea at the time! The image is stamped onto the gorgeous, glossy white card stock and it does look quite effective in real life.


It's exactly the same design as the cream card except I've kept the image mat to contrast with the shiny card stock...


...oh and also one of the gems has come off in the photographic process. I give up! It must be time for a large coffee!

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Sprinkled Expressions (free Sale-a-bration set), Afterthoughts (retired hostess set)
Ink: Jet Black Stazon
Card stock: Naturals Ivory or Glossy White
Other: Basic Rhinestones, stamp-a-majig, corner rounder, clear embossing powder and heat tool for LiM card
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There's been an International Incident in our house. My eldest son (13) has resisted visiting our local library for some time in case any of his friends see him there. Apparently it wouldn't be 'cool'. Today my daughter (16) hacked into his facebook page as an act of revenge and, pretending to be him, wrote: "Just chillin' at the library. Man I love that place!" He was outraged by this and it was very wrong of her as I told her in no uncertain terms, but it was also very funny - especially when one of his friends responded with concern, wondering if he was feeling quite the thing!

Hope you're having a great day!

Hugs,

45 comments:

  1. Love this stamp set. Beautiful simple card x

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  2. OOOh this is fab Vicky! Love it's simplicity1
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

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  3. Sorry you've had so many mishaps Vicky.....but in the end you created a beautiful CAS card for both challenges x

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  4. I think maybe something in a glass, rather than coffee Vicky?
    What stunning cards, love the glossy card stock.
    I joined in the OLW this week too.
    Thanks as ever
    Mandi
    "Less is More"

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  5. This one is right up my street - love it!

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  6. I was thinking the very same thing about combining the challenges but wasn't sure off the colour suitability either!!
    I love what you've arrived at, in fact both colourways are very pretty... amazing the difference the white and cream make to the warmth of a card!
    Jenny x

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  7. Fabulous Vicky, two beautiful CAS cards which are somtimes not that simple to make !!!

    irene
    xxxx

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  8. What a great stamp and love it stamped on the cream card :)

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  9. You gave us such a laugh this morning Vicky - I wonder how he will pay her back..... Lydia thinks it's hilarious :) Your cards are gorgeous and the embossing is so effective on the naturals cardstock. You may blame the children for upsetting your equilibrium! Hugs Sarah x

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  10. Hola Vicky, i understad you, today i don't have salt, i made some mistakes,the first one, the birds in my tree, oh dear, they are like christmas turkeys in a branch:D, i made another card...the medallion...more mistakes,i'm not very pleased with the results, definitively, today i don't have salt:D, i have my cup of tea(laaaaarge).
    But your card is simply elegant and beautiful, fantastic stamp.Fab CAS card Vicky
    To be teenager is a difficult job :D the public image is all:D.
    A hug from Palma

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  11. OOh Vicky, thank your comment cheer me up:D!!!
    Have a nice week

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  12. Oh these are all lovely Vicky, and who cares if we chose the same stamp! I'm glad you did anyway cos I was wondering about my flower in brown :0)
    M x

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  13. Really pretty cards - beautifully designed. Love those stamps x

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  14. The simplest-looking cards are always the most difficult - mine took 4 attempts! Just to stamp an image properly! So I can sympathize. I love how you've used the flower to connect to the seniment - clever!

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  15. Oh I really like all the card, Hope you managed your huge cuppa, Thanks for dropping by my blog, Hazelxox

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  16. LOL! It obviously doesn't make any difference what part of the world you live in....teenagers are much the same everywhere! That SO sounds like something my kids would have done (except, they were teenagers LONG before Facebook!) That definitely gave me a good chuckle!!

    LOVE your card...on the vanilla and the white!! It really shines on the white....but actually, all of them are fabulous!

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  17. Loved your card. So simple but elegant. Liked how you rounded one corner. Great effect.
    Hugs
    Pauline H.

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  18. I think your naughty youngsters rubbed off on you this morning Vicky - fabulous cards even if some weren't right for the challenge! Karen x

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  19. Fabulous design - so very elegant.
    Ha ha.. love the library story - I have a feeling your daughter will have to watch out for a while :-)
    Caroline xxx

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  20. Lovely cards simple but elegant

    Anne

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  21. Wonderfully CAS designs. Superb!
    Sharon xx

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  22. I love the simplicity of this card-really beautiful x

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  23. I love that flowerstamp and you made such a wonderful card with it!

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  24. They are all fab and your family stories really made me smile! Hope the war has reached a peaceful end as the day has gone on. Thanks for visiting me. Zx

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  25. Fabulously elegant cards Vicky, I love the contrast of the natural on the white. Hope your son gets over his shame on FB it made me laugh:)
    Val x

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  26. We all have days like that Vicky (at least I do lol)But the result is fabulous, love that stamp.
    Teenagers eh! I listen to my grand daughter Charlotte and think she sounds just like I did at that age. Nothing changes.
    Lynne xxx

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  27. I enjoyed your post! I know how that goes, but for all the trouble, you ended up with a beautiful, simple, and stunning card. I'm getting that set, so I especially love the inspiration you have given me!

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  28. Beautiful card Vicky, well worth all the effort
    Beryl x

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  29. Immaculate stamping Vicky!
    Super cards too!
    Thank you so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  30. They are very pretty cards and rules well they are not life threatening LOL XOXO Zoe

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  31. Would never have thought to stamp this image in black - it looks fantastic!
    The Facebook incident made me laugh. My kids are are same age and it's just the sort of thing that would happen in my house! x x

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  32. Fantastic! Love the combination of image and sentiment with the little bit of bling!

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  33. perfect clean and simple style
    Cathi from Germany

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  34. No matter which challenge you were going for you've ended up with a lovely set of thank you's.

    Hee Hee kids! Hope world war 3 has died down! x

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  35. Gorgeous cards, love this colourscheme. LOL about the Facebook page, posting on your sibling's page is a common revenge I think
    Anne
    x

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  36. Funny how the simplest cards can involve the most drama! Glad you persevered because I do really like your lovely CAS creation.
    As for your kids - naughty but very funny! ;)

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  37. One of those days, was it ;) I love the glossy one. And it is amazing what mounting the panel onto the other (vanilla and ivory) does to pop the card.

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  38. Beautiful use of this SAB image Vicky. I love the effect of the vanilla on ivory.

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  39. You know I am very naughty about changing my husband's Facebook status ... well he will leave it open on his laptop!!!
    Great cards - we all get days like that but your mistakes don't look as bad as mine!! - Jacqueline xx

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  40. Great cardsVcky, I really like that stamp. Love the story about the Library, it made me chuckle. Borther and sisterly love, you can't beat it. Glad mine are only 4 and 8 and know nothing about Facebook yet!
    Jo x

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  41. More fab cards again Vicky! sorry you had embossing wrangles, so many of mine end up in the 'round' file too lol.Oh your daughtger is so funny, however did you manage not to laugh :) Viv xx

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  42. Great clean and simple cards despite your issues blame the children har har Luv Sue x

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  43. simply, clean and wonderful.
    Love it
    Lisa

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  44. I'm always looking for beautiful simple thank-you cards. Your's is absolutely gorgeous.

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