Saturday, 28 May 2011

Week 17 Recipe - Pick a Square

Hello and welcome to "Less is More" for our 17th week!
Another frustrating week for us with Mr Blogger playing up and not letting some of you comment. Some of you lost your followers, do hope everything gets sorted out and stays that way!
What a bumper week we had with all those wonderful butterflies. At one point we thought we were going to hit 400 entries!
It was lovely to see our LIMettes happy and smiling, albeit a few mentions of 'what do we have in store this week!'
Well here it is
PICK A SQUARE 
        For our challenge this week we have a multiple choice.... well sort of ... you can choose which of the 5 SQUARES from our plan you wish to use to place the image of your card, leaving the rest as PURE WHITE SPACE!
The image may overflow the area slightly if necessary  and the sentiment, should you choose to use one, may extend outside the area also, but it should be obvious exactly which area of the card you have chosen to fill.
" We will allow a rectangle, but, following the strict guidelines as the squares "

Did you miss me last week?
I was enjoying a cruise starting in Venice and so had a break from blogging for a while, so I apologise for not popping by your blogs.
We had a wonderful holiday but now it's back to visiting all our super LIMettes once more.
This card was made using the 'Thumping technique'. 
I inked the stamp with Baja Breeze inkpad and then using a Docrafts grey marker, tapped it randomly in various directions (thumping it) over the blue ink. I did give a quick huff of breath to the stamp before making the impression, to ensure that the first ink hadn't dried too much. I rather like the mottled effect it gives. Sadly I don't have  any SU Markers as I would rather have liked to use Sahara Sand for the contrast, but didn't have an equivalent colour in my stash. A little Glamour Dust was added to the blossoms.
 I used the same process for the sentiment, which I carefully positioned using my Lego and acetate. Both stamps are from the SU Just Believe set.

As you can see my chosen square for both cards is the bottom left corner.
This card is again using SU stamps and  has simply been stamped, masked (the sails) and sponged using Bashful Blue and Baja Breeze inks.

OK, so now it;s my turn Mandi

This stamp from Stampin Up 'So Many Thanks'
[you can purchase from me here]
I put a paper strip mask over the THANKS and stamped the rest in black dye based ink. Then taking my Stampin Up markers a i coloured the letters of the THANKS in different colours!At this point you need to 'huff' over the inks to moisten them again. this is why dye based are best, Stazon types will have dried.
The best thing with Su is that they colour match card, pens, ink pads, ribbon perfectly. Therefore; taking the corresponding card colours I cut mats at 0.5cm increments to mat the Thanks on [4.5cm] Last one is 7.5cm Card base is 15cm square [6" in old money!] I matted the Thanks square using 3d foam


For my second card I used the fabulous Blossom Petals Punch from Stampin Up [available from me here] I matches a stamp set perfectly, bur I decided just to punch card and keep it very plain.
I mounted the largest petals, shaping them and adding  a little 3d foam under the bulbous bit. Continued for all three layers. Then added my super blingy spacer gem in the centre Available here Im going to add something similar to my wedding port folio. Im itching to make this is other colours!

We want to thank you all for visiting our personal blogs, we do love to see you there and much appreciate your comments.

Before we go we would like to tell you about a fabulous cause our
 lovely LIMette Jen is doing for charity 
Click the image for further details

Happy crafting and have a great week

53 comments:

  1. Morning LIMettes...
    fab cards as usual and thanks for the mention with my macmillan challenge xxx

    jen xxx

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  2. Welcome back - glad you enjoyed the cruise Chrissie - wasn't Royal Caribbean was it? If it was then I would LOVE to know more as we're considering doing something similar. Sorry, that was a bit off topic!

    Love the idea of the 5 square - pick one!! Thinking cap firmly in place - see youz later!

    Kathyk

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  3. Welcome back Chrissie - sounds like a wonderful break.

    And what a fabulous challenge - off to have a think now!! Can't believe that there are already entries on here!!

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  4. thanks mandi for letting me know my card disappeared... didn't delete it.. Looks like blogger is still playing up :-(

    jen

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  5. No probs,. as easy to spot luckily lol

    If it comes back I will delete one

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  6. Chrissy its lovely to see you back, hope you had a great time. The DT cards are always so lovely. This week's challenge is great, but I will need to give it some thought. I really envy the Limettes who get their card done early, as I'm not that quick at making my cards. Have a great week-end everyone. Hugs Rita xxx

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  7. Oooh another fab challenge C&M, doesn't look too hard either ( breathes a sigh of relief)!Love your inspiration again. Hope you had a lovely time Chrissie, I did wonder what happened to you last week lol.So many entries already, how do you do it fellow LIMettes?? Off for a think now :O) Viv xx

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  8. I wondered where you'd got to Chrissie and I'm glad you had a lovely time. Thanks for another great challenge - how do you come up with these great ideas?!! Vx

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  9. Gorgeous cards girls and fab sketch recipe idea !! very original :-)

    yes we did miss you Chrissie :-) oohh what a fab cruise, I LOVE Venice :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  10. Another fabulous challenge girls and fabulous inspiration. thank you

    Ali x

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  11. Glad you got a bit of R&R. But I bet you missed us. Very interesting challenge for us. I'll be back. I was gonna try to be first, but alas, I am succumbing to droopy eyes.
    I love how you "set the flower up" and the bling is gorgeously just right.

    A Cyber hug for you.

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  12. Sounds like you had a fabulous time Chrissie. Mandi worked extra hard in your absence !!
    Mr Blogger is being tempermental but I've just read a tip from Carol on someone else's blog about unticking the "stay signed in" box on Blogger and it seems to have worked - was having problems with one blog but thats okay now and I've left several comments this morning - if your having problems give it a try - it might work for you as well

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  13. Thanks for a fun challenge! Your cards are awesome!
    Hugs
    Birgit

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  14. What a fab challenge this week and lovely examples, welcome back Chrissie :)
    Jenny x

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  15. Great idea, I was planning on doing slightly different from my usual so this was great for me. Love yours too Ladies, Hope you have a great Holiday Weekend, Hazelxoxo

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  16. Thank you again ladies. I love this week's challenge.
    I envy you Chrissie on your cruise. I would love to do one but get seasick even on a short channel crossing!!! Good to se you back.

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  17. Welcome back Chrissie, sounds like you had a fab time. Oooer, decisions, decisions, which square to choose? Off to have a think.
    Sally x

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  18. wonderful cards and a great challenge!

    I've problem with Mr.Inky, sorry!

    Regina*

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  19. my card is here:
    http://diekreativeecke.blogspot.com/2011/05/weniger-ist-mehr.html

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  20. Beautiful cards - and I just wanted to add that if you sign into blogger via Firefox or Google Chrome you can comment on blogs no problem. The problem is only with Internet Explorer. I know because I have been suffering with this problem myself most of last week.
    Some kind soul pointed me in the right direction too. Hope this can help some of you! Hugs Karen.xx

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  21. Welcome back Chrissie. I love the challenge this week so many possibilities thank you both :O). I had problems last week in leaving comments so my apologies if I missed some of you. Fabulous cards this week so far.
    Chris xx

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  22. Another brilliant challenge, Thanks Mandi & Chrissie. I have commented on as many as I can before blogger plays up again.
    Maureen.......x

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  23. Welcome back Crissie from your beautiful cruise.
    I am glad to see your work again. It's great all the cards. Beautiful.
    Have a nice weekend
    Gr. Marja

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  24. Glad you had some R&R Chrissie - I was doing the same! Great cards from you both as always. I've choosen a square......just how difficult can it be to fill!!! Carol x

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  25. Excellent challenge, ladies. I'm feeling challenged by the top two corners!!! I just hope blogger behaves this week so we can concentrate on craft time and avoid techie-time!!

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  26. What a great idea for your challenge. I love your creations Divas!!!!!!

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  27. Love this challenge - thank you!xx

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  28. Great challenge!I missed last week due to family illness but did get to make a CAS Get Well card!
    Also lost the ability to comment arrgh blogger!
    Am glad to be back and looking forward to this challenge.

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  29. A great challenge and wonderful inspiration too :)
    Kelly.x

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  30. Hi there and welcome back Chrissie, I certainly noticed your absence and I'm glad you were on holiday and had a great time, Mandi was brilliant as Diva LIM in charge:0)
    Great idea for the challenge this week ladies, love your cards, fabulous inspiration. Many Thanks:0) xxx

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  31. Missing Chrissie, Mandi you are doing such a fabulous job keeping up with all of this single handed all power and all respect to you. XOXO Zoe

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  32. Well we do both comment on every entry so it doesn't make too much difference to be honest.
    Sorry for you lot it's only me though :)

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  33. I had so much fun with this challenge after my attempt last week. I love that I can have lots of color and movement by using the Blown Glas technique but still keep it simple and clean with this square challenge. Thanks for inspiring me to work hard!!!!

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  34. Hi Girls
    fab challenge as always,will do me real card when i get home, hope you had a lovely holiday Chrissie, sue,x

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  35. hi! first time playing here, and i had to do it because i TOTALLY struggle with CAS cards. i will be back regularly, and i'm absolutely revisiting this challenge and using different squares. thanks for the inspiration, and your DT's wonderful projects as eye candy!

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  36. Beautiful examples of the challenge. So inspiring.

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  37. Great Sketch ladies. Thank you for hosting.... You do a wonderful challenge.

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  38. Thanks for another great challenge ladies, sadly I haven't been able to particpate recently but I do love your challenges. I have linked my card but possibly the greeting may be out of the sqaure slightly, making it quite a big sqaure, if this doesn't qualify please feel free to delete it. Thank you ladies xx

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  39. What a great challenge!! Some amazing cards yet again!

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  40. I love following your challenges as they are totally different to the rest great work x

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  41. Great challenge and I've managed to join in this week. Fab cards everyone.

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  42. I didn't find this easy, but I'm glad I had a go. I see that lots of folk did find it easy though with so many wonderful cards. You just keep on inspiring us and doing a great job at challenging us. Thanks Mandi & Chrissie.

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  43. These examples are terrific! I think mine needs something more ~ I went for the middle! Thanks for another great challenge -Karen

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  44. Thanks for the fantastic challenges ladies... I'm really enjoying them every week.
    Hugs
    Sylvie xx

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  45. another,great challenge guys,your examples as usual are stunning bless you for setting up this great challenge blog hugs cheryl xxx

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  46. Great Design Ladies and I love the Challenge Teams designs that you for your inspiration.
    Janet M

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  47. I will be back tomorrow with the legal version and confession! Now I have used just one square and wee bit of sentiment overflow...
    Thank you for everything!
    Sarah

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  48. So many of my 'bloggy' friends have been showing lovely creations as a result of following this site that I thought I should come and give it a try.

    Some beautiful cards for this challenge.

    Toni :o)

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  49. Take two just been added and blogged - I hope it's Kosher...
    Thanks,

    Sarah.

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  50. Great sketch ladies...perfect for CAS!!! Thanks for the fun
    Diane x

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  51. Wonderful DT Cards love the challenge thanks Luv Sue x

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  52. Fabulous cards and a great challenge idea!

    Hugs
    Maarit

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  53. Great entries from everyone - this challenge really sparked something in most of us!!

    Can't wait for the new one in the morning

    Kathyk

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