Saturday, 10 November 2012

Moving house... slowly?!

It's great to see the extremely talented Jen stepping in for Mandi at Less is More and I'm sure Chrissie is delighted to have her help - she must have commenter's elbow from all her efforts in the past few weeks! I've got to admit I was stumped for a minute or two when I saw the theme this week is Houses - I just don't have any! But then I thought of my Easy Events stamp set - it can usually cover all eventualities! Come and have a look:


Yes I know, but it is a kind of house! The sentiment that usually goes with this cute snail is 'sorry I'm late' (which is pretty useful for someone like me!) but for today's card I made a 'heard you're moving' sentiment on the computer - in a font called Budhand if anyone's interested. The snail usually has a present on top of its 'house' too but  it was easy to leave that out by using a marker to ink the stamp up.


I paper-pieced my snail using one of the papers from the gorgeous Floral District range. You can see  some of them in the photo, but there are also six more gorgeous designs in the pack. Aren't they funky?! I used the paper that's on the top - I thought the poppy made a great shell and the green made a nice texture for my happy snail!

EDITED TO ADD: Guess who was a complete noddle top and didn't notice the one-layer bit of the challenge?! (I can just hear you saying deliberately ignored it more like!) Anyway, I've just come off the naughty step and re-made my snaily card without the extra bits!


It's very similar, but I used a thicker card stock with a lovely speckle for extra interest, and coloured the snail with watercolour pencils instead of paper-piecing. I've tried to get a bit of texture on the shell using a white pencil first and then blending colour over it - it really does look better in real life! The sentiment was made with a font called Give You Glory this time.

Here's what you'll need to make these cards
Stamps: Easy Events
Ink: Basic Grey (I used a marker)
Card stock: Whisper White for 1st card, Naturals White for 2nd
Other: Floral District designer paper and paper snips (for 1st card only) watercolour pencils, stamp-a-majig
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I've got a list of chores as long as my arm to do today so I must regretfully leave my Crafting Square Metre but I'll be back later to see what everyone's been up to. And then I'll be back on Monday with a zingy floral so I'll hope to see you then. Enjoy the weekend!

40 comments:

  1. Hi vicky
    Wow a brilliant idea... You are so clever....
    Hugs sylvie xxx

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  2. Oh this is just so cute! Love his sweet house!

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  3. Love your ingenious idea for this theme, Vicky. Such a sweet paper pieced, snail:)
    Enjoy a lovely weekend! x

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  4. As always - really clever Vicky! And perfect for LIM :) Hugs, Di xx

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  5. Such a great image for this weeks theme Vicky ! I agree the paper looks great for his 'shell' too.One very cute image and card :) Viv xx

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  6. What a clever take on 'moving house', Vicky - great thinking 'outside the square'!

    Hugs,
    Jennifer. x

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  7. What a cute idea for this challenge! I love it!

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  8. Ohhhh Vicky that is sooooo clever,I've a snail that gets plenty of use, I often stamp him on my envelopes and hope ill be forgiven for late arrivals lol! I love how you've grounded him,brilliant!
    Have a lovely weekend,Julie x

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  9. Oh,i love him Vicky ! Beautiful card :) xx

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  10. Cute! And a great take on the challenge. xxx

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  11. That's a fun image to show off a little paper piecing! And very clever of you to use it with the sentiment for the challenge!

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  12. Love your take on this challenge Vicky such a great image

    Anne

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  13. Thinking out of the box again Vicky or do I mean Shell! Love the paper piecing and a single image like that has such an impact:)
    Val x

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  14. Hola Vicky, great house idea...clever paper-pieced for make the snail, a perfect CAS card as always Vicky.
    Hugs from Palma

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  15. I just knew you`d come up with something so cute, so quirky and oh so fabulous Vicky. Brilliant take on the challenge.
    Lynne xxx

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  16. What a cutie! Clever idea and great card.

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  17. Stumped, you? Not a chance. Great idea to think of the snail! The sweet image is darling with its paper pieced shell.

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  18. A cute and clever take on the challenge. I like the little snail

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  19. How creative not to use a house stamp... the snail is just the cutest and I love the little texture underneath him like a shadow.

    By the way, have been wanting to tell you that you remind me of a very famous Indian actress called Hema Malini. Now that is a feather in your cap. Lol.

    Monica xxx

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  20. Hi Vicky,

    both cards are gorgeous, great idea to use this snail for a moving card :-)

    Hugs,

    Lins

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  21. Now this is what I call clever - great idea and great cards - and I am so glad it isn't just me that had a 'moment'(in my case a senior one!)x

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  22. Brilliant card - perfect for the challenge Vicky. Love this little chap and the paper piecing is perfect.

    Karen x

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  23. Thanks of the remix Vicky! The snail certainly takes his house around with him!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    Less is More

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  24. Both cards are gorgeous, and the one layer is just perfect. Thanks for the info on the fonts.

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  25. Both these cards are lovely - well done you - that's very clever thinking! - Jacqueline xx

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  26. absolutely brilliant idea, vicky!! both cards are fabulous!

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  27. Clever twist! Like the snail 'house' (lol) Thanks for visiting me jenx

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  28. A cute card, Vicky. Great take on the challenge.

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  29. Hi Vicky. I'm joining you on the naughty step no doubt! Didn't notice the large letters saying one layer either!! Back to the drawing board for me.

    Love both versions and your idea for houses. x

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  30. Love your take on this week's challenge. Both cards are really cute. x x

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  31. Hi Vicky... thanks so much so warm mention!! and i just love your card... wondering how I didn't think of a snail lol

    Thanks so much for joining us
    Jen
    Less Is More

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  32. Paper pieced or colored....it doesn't matter because it's so perfect and precious!!! Very cute!
    lynn

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  33. Well,Vicky -this is fabby too !! I thought your first entry was fabby-and until you ammended it i never noticed it was really secretly a two layer card tee hee !! :) xx

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  34. Very clever! I too didn't see it was one layer to begin with and only when I visited a fellow Limette realised, luckily before I had begun to craft!
    Linbyx

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  35. what a great take on "house" - love it - both the one and non-one layer versions ;-)

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  36. Love your thought process on this challenge....a snail is just perfect :0)
    Jenny x

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  37. Love both cards! A perfect coloring and paper piecing!

    Rosi x

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  38. Fabulous Vicky.... love the paper piecing!
    Suzi B xx

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Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment - I thoroughly enjoy reading them! Vicky x