Saturday, 12 March 2011

Week 6 One Layer Card - "Off the Edge"

Last week was another wonderful week for us here at" Less is More". We are so pleased that you are enjoying our challenges and would like to thank all of your for your kind words about our blog.
Not everyone is managing to keep to our guidelines however and we have seen quite a few cards with many layers and little or no white space. It's hard to become accustomed to the genre, but so many people are becoming more comfortable with the Clean and Simple concept and are now enjoying their success.
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A few people have felt a little deflated by apparent negative remarks, so we must all be sensitive to the way in which the posts are written... it is sometimes a little difficult to tell if constructive remarks will be accepted with alacrity, but if constructive comments are invited, then it would be great to offer suggestions.
We do not wish that anyone is offended or upset by any remarks which are made during the course of our challenges.
On that note we invite you to comment on our cards on our own blogs too! Thank you to those that have done so, much appreciated
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Several  have expressed problems with photographing their cards. There is a FREE photo editing program available on line from Picasa here which  you can download and then drop your photos into to edit. There is even a button which is labelled 'I'm feeling lucky' so with the press of one button, your photo will be enhanced. There are more advanced features, so if you're having trouble, do give it a try
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Our challenge this week is that tricky one... the
  ONE LAYER CARD with the theme OFF THE EDGE
We would like to see part of your image off the edge of the card. We have added the additional criterion of NO SCORED LINES.

And now onto our cards


This is one of my favourite stamps ever! It's called "My Mother's Dress' by Inkadinkado
I printed the sentiment on the computer, was lucky and lined it up 'by eye' and it was in the place I wanted it!
Then stamped the dress in black Stazon. As it was onto the dark pink card I didn't need to colour the dress. Instead I took a glue pen and added 'scribbled' lines to match the design and them sprinkled with Glamour dust. This is an effective technique if, like me, you aren't into colouring!
The font I used is a free one called Jellyka, St Andrew's here I do love a scribbly font!
;Now a little tip about the  use of different  ink pads.
This dress has a fair bit of intricate detail. Therefore the best ink to use is a dye based ink as embossing with a 'softer' ink pad, such as a pigment ink loses some of these details and becomes more solid.
You can see by clicking the smaller pictures, just how different it can look.
The bottom one was just something I was trying I stamped with Versamark, then heat embossed with 'Mother's Day pink' powder, then took my Brilliance dew drop ink pad and applied some white as shading. You could also get the same effect with chalks.



For my card I used a Rollagraph Wheel floral stamp, which I bought at the last Show at the NEC and has remained uninked since. So I stamped using Versamark, starting just off the card at one side and rolling right off the card at the other side. Then I embossed it with white detail embossing powder. I had tried clear embossing powder in a previous incarnation (this is about my 5th attempt at getting this right!). Once embossed I coloured the flowers with  Stampin' Up inks in Baja Blue and Soft Suede using my water brush.
If you squeeze a Stampin' Up inkpad together when it is closed, a small amount of ink is transferred to inside of the lid which can then be used like a palette. 
 For the sentiment I used Sahara Sand ink. The reason for using a lighter shade for this was to make it match with the deeper colour I had used for the flowers, but which had been diluted and lightened by using the water brush.
To complete the card I added a few strokes of glue and a liberal sprinkling of Glamour Dust.
Several people have commented on how straight this was stamped ... I did use a Stampin' Up Wheel Guide... not exactly cheating, just being sensible I guess!


Keep checking to see who is in our ShowCASe this week. The photos will be added to the slide show and also on the ShowCASe page, accessible at the top of our blog.
Have a great week, we are looking forward to seeing all your cards.

69 comments:

  1. ooo great challenge and stunning cards by you both to inspire us with!

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  2. Lovely cards - Looking forward to seeing the rest of the cards entered on this challenge - I won't be one of them this week because I still don't feel brave enough to waste my precious cardstock by attempting printing and stamping directly onto it.

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  3. Two more beautiful cards from you both.Hope i can rise to this week's challenge!

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  4. another fab idea for a challenge lovelies. Glad you chose the pink as the main card Mandi - just yummy. Had to stop myself from using pink and black embossing powder after seeing that!

    Thanks for the photo tutorial link, I'm off to check that out as taking photos of white cards is something that never looks good for me!

    Love the baja breeze colouring on your image Chrissie. very subtle

    Love
    Victoria
    x

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  5. Great challenge and awesome cards girls! your both very inspiring! I am having to go out this morning and now I wish I was staying in so I could play! tehehhee!! Later!............. hugs Sa,amtja :0)

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  6. FAntastic cards girls!! I`m going to a crafty get together with some girlies today so that will be my challenge for today. Thanks again for hosting such a fab challenge and I love hopping over to your blogs to see what else you have been doing xxxxx Linda

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  7. Fab - I too have that dress but will continue rummaging for an alternative!!! It works soooooo well though!

    Kathyk

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  8. Lovely cards girls am looking forward to this one.

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  9. Great cards again girls! oooh another brain teaser again, hmmmm this will take some thought. I just love seeing everyone's ideas, so inspiring!!! off for a play now, thanks again C&M :O) Viv xx

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  10. Superb cards guys, and thanks for the info on the different types of ink pads, I'll store that for future reference. Oooh, a tricky little challenge this week, you minxes, shall go and put my thinking cap on ........ Hugs Sxx

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  11. Another fabulous challenge girls....thank you. Looking forward to seeing everyones creations.

    Ali x

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  12. Thanks for a great challenge this week - have a few more ideas to try - if I get the time.

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  13. I love this Inkadinkadoo stamp set - at least, mine came in a set.

    I thought I'd share how I used it for a challenge a while ago - in fact, it was off the edge too.

    Check it out here

    cheers,
    Malyn

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  14. Stunning cards again this week from you both and great tips. Thanks so much, Hazelxoxo

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  15. I love looking at everyone elses stunning creations and today is no exception. Well Done everyone. xx Jan

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  16. "...if constructive remarks will be accepted with alacrity..." I get so tickled reading posts from fellow crafters from across the pond! So well said!

    I was one of those submissions with an "oops" moment where I didn't meet the CAS criteria. Thank you to ALL, and especially Chrissy & Mandy who were SO kind in letting me know. Love this challenge blog! You have created something really special here. Now on to play...!

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous cards ladies. Off the edge - something else I've never tried before.

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  18. Sorry I made my entry before commenting here girls...You inspired me so much with your theme this week, my head is buzzing with idea's. That doesn't happen often so I had to run with it...lol

    Both your DT cards are beautiful, I had my hand on that dress stamp set last week, I could kick myself I didn't get it now....

    Truly awesome theme this week girls....Thank you
    x
    Vicky

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  19. GREAT challenge this week girls. Had me scratching my head I can tell you! But finally managed to make something I liked!
    Hugs, Sandra

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  20. Both your cards are super - love the bright pink card from Mandi!! Chrissie your card is so pretty too!

    Hopefully, I'll be able to join you this week - couldn't make it last week.

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  21. Love this challenge blog and I have finally found the time to enter!!

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  22. Another great challenge ladies - and made me think about how stamps work on the edge of something - rather than slap bang in the middle or matted. Thanks x

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  23. Brilliant idea and another great challenge. I don't mind any comments good or bad as it gets you thinking!!! Well me anyway. LOL!!! I would also like to say 'Thank You' for the amazing 52 comments I had on a previous entry.
    Maureen..........x

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  24. Ladies you really are making us think about these challenges..but just loving them.
    Yours cards are stunning.

    Anne

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  25. WOW great cards, and such a variety of beautiful ideas and insperations......

    I havent entered this challenge to date, but having viewed and visted 44 cards, I feel that I should really have a go and see what I can do!

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards with me!

    Sam x

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  26. Thanks for another great challenge. The cards the both of you have made are beautiful just love 'em.
    I missed last weeks challenge, cos I didn't think of a card in time. so I got this one in early with plenty of time to spare.

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  27. The dress stamp is my all time favourite and love the one where you have done it in pink and whitened with chalks, am swooning over that one. Annette x

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  28. I was super excited when you did this theme bcs I had just designed a card like this!!!! I love the way off the edge looks and think I'll be making many more like this. I love the other participants cards! So pretty!

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  29. Excellent challenge - CAS and off the edge -- I am in heaven!! Thanks so much Ladies -- you are so awesome!

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  30. REALLY enjoying this weeks challenge and had to get my ideas on paper so i didn't forget! Not too sure if my colouring is up to scratch but still learning every week...

    I don't mind what comments i get as i want to learn but am rather worried that i might have upset someone with something i wrote..! Just in case i have put an apology on my Blog.

    It is difficult to know what to write if you think that something could be done differently. Please could you clarify, are we only allowed to give feedback if the person asks for it?

    Thanks again for another great idea for this weeks challenge:-)

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  31. Another great theme ladies - feels like you're beginning to stretch our imaginations a bit now - but thats a good thing!

    Some amazing work so far xx

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  32. Love the challenge and great twist!! thanks for the great inspiration.
    Diane x

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  33. Great DT cards, loved the challenge. ikki x

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  34. Another super challenge. Love your examples Chrissie and Mandi.

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  35. Thank you for the suggestions you both have sent me , and Mandi, I have re worked my first card for this challenge and entered again . Am so much happier with it . thanks again .

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  36. Thanks for another fun challenge! Your cards are so beautiful! I´ve added a very clean one! :)

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  37. Wonderful samples, and yet another great theme. I might have to have a second entry with this one! Lynne x

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  38. One of my favourite things to do with a one layer card! Great samples, lovely to see different approaches from the two of you again!

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  39. Thanks for a great challenge, ladies. I'm not very good (or practised) at CAS so I really appreciate the inspiration.

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  40. Love everyones cards this week. There is so much inspiration using just one layer...Fabulous!!

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  41. What a beautiful cards ladies, and beautiful ideas and inspiration.
    I will be your follower.
    Gr. Marja

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  42. Oh my goodness! I just found your blog today. Where have I been?!! I hope to find time to play this week. I absolutely LOVE all of the cards shown here.

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  43. Another great challenge - and it certainly was a challenge!! More difficult than it looks!

    Helen x

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  44. Thanks for this week's challenge. Great idea !! A xx

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  45. Your cards are beautiful! I'm glad I found your blog. Brilliant idea to encourage simplicity in a world suffering from embellishment overload.

    Outi x
    http://pappersgalen.blogspot.com/

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  46. This challenge just seems to bring out the best in everyone! We are constantly amazed at the quality, craftsmanship and willingness to push boundaries.

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  47. A bit of help guys please as I'm a bit confused -it says in the rules no layers but layers have been used by the DT last week - and also lots of white space but there are so many filled up cards - help!

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  48. Hi there ladies, love your challenge, thanks for such brill inspiration, your cards are wonderful. So many entries to visit too, I'm off to have a look:0) xxx

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  49. Thanks for explaining ladies - mine's in but I've had trouble getting a good scan of a white card

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  50. uau! adorei a proposta do blog!!!!!!!!

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  51. Hiya ladies....fab challenge again this week and such lovely inspiration too!

    Thank you
    San x

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  52. I have visited so many of the clever ladies who have contributed to what is a great challenge. Congratulations to you all.
    I wouldn't want to have to pick a winner!!!!
    Hugs
    Margaret

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  53. Thank you for inspiration, I love what you are doing.

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  54. Hi Chrissie, Hi Mandi,

    Another great challenge and a bunch of great cards and ideas again. Thank you and have a nice day!

    Bye, Aleksandra

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  55. A little late this week - but made it. Thanks for all the work you put in and striving towards purity and quality. I'm behind you there! Great challenge this week too - hope you make it through all the blogs!

    Thanks again - great job ladies...

    Sarah

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  56. What a great challenge! I am so glad i came across this blog. Everyone's cards are very beautiful. look forward to future challenges

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  57. Thanks for these great challenges, and for the helpful comments left on my blog.
    You must be a busy lady at the moment having to visit so many blogs! looks like simple and stylish is making a comeback!

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  58. Great cards Chrissie and Mandi - love the beautiful dress and showing us the different effects. Beautiful flowers too. Lovely challenge which has produced some stunning entries - just feel like i'm learning so much. This must be very time-consuming for you both. Hugs Cherry XXX

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  59. Phew, just about managed to submit a card in time!

    At this time of writing this there are 242 submissions - WOW!

    You've both done so well getting this challenge blog set up and getting so many people involved, xxx

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  60. hi
    this is the second entry from me ...me likes these Challenges.....i am finding them easier now ...although i still want to put some more on...Fabulous entries by everyone...
    hugs
    sylvie
    xx

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  62. Yay.... managed it,
    A big thank you to Chrissie for helping me create the direct link. Hugs lottie x

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  63. created my card days ago and then my computer started acting up, but i got linked up in time - stunning cards this week, there are so many fabulous ones to browse through, i don't know how you find the time to comment on every one, including thoughtful tips!

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  64. Had trouble uploading today girls, but got there in the end.
    Not happy with my entry made a pigs ear of colouring but didn't want to miss out. xx

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  65. Fab challenge and an original idea for a challenge blog, it definitely stands out amongst the others. I look forward to taking part in more of these, I really had fun with this one!! Hugs, Marie xx

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  67. Loving all the card idea's.
    It's so nice to just sit down and do nice simple cards, it's so Refreshing.
    The image I used in this card is a Stamp from Rubber Stampede, Cherry Blossom.
    I coloured the branch with a brown Copic marker and then went over with a Brown Crystal Lacquer, I used a green and pink Crystal Lacquer to colour the Cherry Blossom.
    Thankyou.
    Crafty Kaz #250

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  68. Oh No what time do submissions close????
    I SOOO wanted to enter :(

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  69. A very pretty stamp on your lovely card, it caught my eye before I even read it was yours.....
    Fab Challenge!!!
    custom credit cards

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