Saturday, 12 May 2012

The Open Sea goes feminine

I was up bright and early this morning to see my oldest son off on a paintballing mission. Where do they get their energy? I felt exhausted even thinking about it! No-one else was stirring, so I popped over to the Less is More site to see what Chrissie and Mandi have up their sleeves today... and found that the challenge is to make a one layer card using exactly three stamps. This is exactly the kind of thing I like! Come and see my card:


I'm delighted with the background stamp from The Open Sea! It reminds me of the script stamp in French Foliage - so useful that it might as well stay out on my desk all the time!


It's some sort of ancient list designed to go with the masculine nautical images in the set, but it works brilliantly with everything else too! Here I teamed it with these gorgeous flowers from Everything Eleanor. They were stamped and coloured first, then covered with versamark pen before heat embossing with clear embossing powder.


I forgot that stamping the sentiment over the stems would result in the sentiment disappearing behind them but actually I rather like the effect!

I'd like to dedicate this card to a wonderful woman, Janelle Hayes, who lost her battle with a brain tumour on Thursday. I 'met' Janelle through her blog Show and Tell, which I loved not only for its inspiring creativity but also because her lively personality shone through it. I will really miss her.

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: The Open Sea, Everything Eleanor, Sincere Salutations
Ink: Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy
Card stock: Naturals Ivory
Other: Markers, corner rounder, versamark pen, clear embossing powder, heat tool, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

I completely got the weather forecast wrong didn't I? Perhaps I was watching last week's by accident! This is the view over my garden fence this morning and I feel I should probably put the heat tool away and get on out there! I'll be back on Monday when I'll be guesting at Make My Monday where the floral theme will be continuing with a new challenge. Do check out the details on the site - it would lovely if you could join in!

Hugs,

61 comments:

  1. Lovely card Vicky Hugs Sylvie xx

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  2. Nice card! I love the background stamp!
    Karin x

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  3. Hello Vicky

    Your card is amazing I so love it. The flowers are fabulous as is the background, and such beautiful colours.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  4. Vicki this is stunning, love the vibrant blue against the background. Sorry to hear about your blogging friend.

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  5. Really beautiful! What a beautiful combination of colors and stamped nicer!

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  6. Hola Vicky, i'm sorry to ear about your friend and her cancer, terrible disease, i wish for her the better.
    FANTASTIC CARD!!!, beautiful stamps and great design, the colours are gorgeous, great job as always.
    Beautiful sky, i hope for you better weather.
    A hug from so os so sunny island, to much so sunny

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  7. Fabulous OLC Vicky. Enjoy the sunshine - while it lasts!!
    M x

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  8. Vicky as ever a fabulous card superb stamping , i so admire you for your talent, fabulous creation , great work and well done.
    Hugs Elaine
    Enjoy the weekend

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  9. A simply beautiful card, Vicky! Love how you pulled all those stamps together. And how thoughtful of you to dedicate your card to Janelle...I agree with you wholeheartedly...a wonderful woman gone too soon.

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  10. Hi Vicky
    Gorgeous card...love how you have mixed the stamp sets.....Fabulous...
    Enjoy your Day!!!!
    Hugs sylvie
    xx

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  11. Beautiful card, I love the colour you have used on the flowers. xxx

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  12. Fabulous card Vicky - perfect for the challenge and such super colours.

    Are you sure you don't live next door, our clematis is just like that (full of pink blooms) and making a bid for freedom over the fence :)

    It's so sad about Janelle - a very brave lady indeed.

    Have a good weekend.

    Di
    xx

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  13. Beautiful card, Vicky. Love the flowers over that background image.
    Lynn

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  14. Fantastic card Vicky
    I like how the sentiment 'disappears' too
    Thank you very much
    mandi
    "Less is More"

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  15. Vicky I love your mix of masculine and feminine, it's fab.

    Sorry for the loss of your friend.

    Bev.x

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  16. Such a fabulous card Vicky, you make them look so simple to do lol.....I know they aren't...well not to me anyway!blue skies here too, so lovely to see the sun shining at long last :) Viv xx

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  17. Beautiful Vicky, absolutely stunning all of it!

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  18. This looks simply terrific Vicky!
    Our challenges certainly bring out some fabulous results from you... but then everything you do is fab!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  19. Hi Vicky
    Another truly wonderful card your creations are always so amazing I love this card the flowers are just so pretty and I would never have thought to use the open sea with a feminine touch .. gorgeous.
    I was also very sorry to hear about your friend losing her battle with cancer :(
    Debbie
    x

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  20. Two very wonderful cards. I like them both!

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  21. Really beautiful card :) M x

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  22. Gorgeous card Vicky, once again you make me want to drop everything and stamp! Sorry about your loss.

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  23. Beautiful card Vicky lovely stamps....sorry to hear about your friend

    Anne

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  24. I love the colors, you always color your images so vividly...they look real!

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  25. There you go again Vicky, you always make the most perfect of cards for the challenge! Absolutely stunning as always!.x

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  26. I so love this; very pretty and a brilliant use of this text stamp ! It's a nice stamp set and is on my next order !
    Hugs Jane x

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  27. Love this combination of stamps Vicky, those flowers really pop in that vibrant blue! It was warmer in the garden today than indoors :o)
    Val x

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  28. very nice card, nice idea to combine it like this
    Greetings Caroline

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  29. Stunning card as always! Love the blue!

    Kate
    Xx

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  30. Beautiful card Vicky, love the colour of the flowers xx

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  31. Beautiful card & it is a fantastic BG stamp.

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  32. Such a beautiful card, Vicky; the colours on the flowers just pop. A lovely dedication too - sad news indeed. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous card with us.

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  33. The card is beautiful! It doesnt seeme to be made with only 3 stamps! And I like the blue color of the flower, looks wonderful.

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  34. Stunning card! Love the background and the effect that he brings!

    Daen'Ys

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  35. Wow - this is a wonderful OLC, Vicky.
    Cheers, Karen

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  36. Stunning card Vicky, as always.
    Lynne xxx

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  37. Excellent one layer card -- love the flower!

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  38. Simply beautiful and elegant Vicky! Love that shade of blue!

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  39. As always - a stunning card - Jacqueline xx

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  40. Love the vibrancy of the flowers against the nautical list. Fab combination. Sorry to hear about your friend. x

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  41. Vicky,you've created another beauty! I tried to do something similar, but my background seemed distracting...but obviously it can be done, because you've done a beautiful job with it! (Maybe I need to use a very light colored ink?) Love the pretty blue blooms!

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  42. Beautiful card - love the bright blue flowers against the scripty background. Really stands out!!

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  43. GORGEOUS card, love that blue and the script stamp is beautifuil

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  44. Stunning card i too love the background stamp and Eleanor is my all time favorite and such a shame about your blogging friend cancer is a horible thing but i am sure your friend would just love this card youve dedicated to her Luv Sue x

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  45. Oh my, looks like I'm late to the party...look at all these comments!!
    Beautiful vivid blue flowers and I agree how versatile the script background stamp is going to be :0)
    Jenny x

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  46. what a wonderful card, amazing
    Cathi from germany

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  47. Oh, so pretty Vicky - hope you see this comment as you've been left so many.........not surprised!

    Hugs.

    Karen x

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  48. You have used my favourite card blank shape to create a stunning card.

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  49. This is gorgeous! I love those blue flowers. I'm still wrapping my head around this challenge. Three stamps seems so simple, but which ones to choose?! Ann :)

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  50. Vicky I adore this card and also think the background stamp could be so versatile! Only found your blog a few days ago and have already found loads of inspiration.
    Hayley

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  51. So pretty, Vicky, just the right choice of images and colours.

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  52. Fabulous card Vicky ... the colour of the flowers is amazing! I love taht set.
    So sorry to hear about your friend.
    suzi b xx

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  53. I hadn't thought of using this log from The Open Sea like this, but I'll think of it from now on! I love the embossed flowers and the way the sentiment peeks out from behind the stems.

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  54. AMAZING, Vicky! Another one to CASE--pinned! :)

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  55. This is lovely Vicky. Great card once again!

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