Saturday, 19 February 2011

Week 3

My internet speed is driving me to distraction! For three days we have had less download speed than 'dial up'. The air here is peppered with expletives and uploading is taking FOREVER!!
I am still working outside my comfort zone and taking part in the third week of the Less is More Challenge. I was overjoyed to find the card I submitted last week was selected for their showcase - it's a great feeling when someone who you consider to be so expert at a technique selects your effort as being worthy of recognition. This week, over on the blog Chrissie and Mandy have posted some tips on printing direct onto card and I for one welcomed their advice as this is something I have wanted to try and perfect.
It was a pity then that whilst reading the blog comments someone has seen fit to sumbit what can only be termed as 'less than flattering' comments about the technique used this week. Even more irritating as far as I'm concerned is this person did not have the courage of their own convictions and chose to post Anonymously. I have no problem with people posting their opinions about anything, but surely if you feel strongly enough about something then at the very least have the decency to use your name! Anyway enough of that.
Here's my card for this week's theme of Spring. I am just raising the bunting as I finally managed to position the text where I wanted to! I printed direct onto my favourite textured linen card and I am really happy how it turned out. The quote is attributed to Claudia 'Lady Bird' Johnson, First Lady of the USA and wife of Lyndon B. I think it is beautiful!
The image was a digi freebie which I printed out again on a separate piece of card and cut out with my nesties. I also cut out a slightly larger circle for mounting it onto. The background circle and the image were coloured with watercolours and I mounted the image using 3D pads. To finish I couldn't resist using a wee dusting of the usual 'Spun Sugar' distress ink around the card edges.
Thanks to Chrissie and Mandy for helping me overcome my reticence for printing direct onto card.
Am entering this into the challenge at Charisma Cardz which also has the theme of Spring and at Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge which has barred us from using any designer paper!

50 comments:

Katalytic said...

The sentiment is sp apt for the theme and the image you have chosen. Looks so delicate

MaggieC said...

Another very pretty card, so springlike and cheery - just what we need on a damp miserable day. I did not think it was possible to post anonymously, but it certainly should not be - very unhelpful of whoever it was.

As far as internet speed is concerned, ours has been driving me nuts. I tried to watch Barbara Gray's afternoon show last Sunday through the broadband Virgin connection and it was unwatchable. Just out of curiousity, I tried on my 3G dongle, which is slow in the extreme, and it was better than the broadband. The broadband access is just not good enough, considering what we pay for it.

Stamps and Paper said...

Such a sweet card...love the tuplips and how you have laid your card out.

Anne

Chrissie said...

I feel humbled by the words on your post Viv, thank you SO much!
It's really gratifying to know that the idea that Mandi had for us to do a challenge blog together, has developed into this wonderful community of bloggers.
We are gaining so much satisfaction from the enthusiasm of participants and can only thank you most deeply for your commitment.
Your card last week was a very worthy showcase!
This is a beautiful card... I must get some of that Spun Sugar DI. Thanks once more for a fabulous submission!
See you next week!
Chrissie

Bea said...

pretty colour scheme and lovely sentiment

Sue said...

Beautiful card and a beautiful sentiment

Sue
Xx

Mandi said...

What a wonderful read your post is and I thank you very much for your kind words
Paricualrly on your comments on 'that' comment. It's fine, everyone is entitled to their opinion, as you say not to put your name was silly as everyone is completely entitled to their opinion.....even when they are wrong hehe Just a little joke
Viv, you so deserved to be showCASsed, your card was stunning and this week is no exception
Glad you enjoyed the tut, well done on making it happen for yourself too!
See you next week
mandi xx

Monica said...

Love the stamp and the stamp is so inspiring and motivating. Such a classy card.

xxx Monica

Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW this is super and well done on being showcased. Your cards are fabby, Hazel (no 13 on Less Is More this week)

Gibmiss said...

Hi Viv
Another stunner ...gorgeous ...love it ...
hugs
sylvie
xx

Cazro said...

Beautiful Viv and congrats on being chosen for the showCASe, well deserved. Caz

Loli said...

Hello viv thank you for visit my blog, and thank you for your comment.
your card is so sweet a love sentiment.
A hug from Palma de Mallorca Spain

starcyl said...

Such a beautiful sentiment and well done for getting it exactly where you wanted it.
The tulips are such a springtime flower that they fit the challenge perfectly.
Well done with last weeks card too!
Jenny x

♥ Marlou ♥ said...

beautiful!! and I love the sentiment :) x

Rosemary said...

what a delicate and beautiful card!

Pauline said...

A beautiful card, and well done you for printing your sentiment, it's fabulous! Love the centre panel of flowers so pretty.

Mau xx said...

I adore this CAS card, the stamp is beautiful and coloured to perfection xx

Maureen said...

Beautiful card Viv, well done with the printing!!

Aileen said...

Very pretty card and your sentiment fits in so well. I'm having ago at printing my sentiment too however not so successfully! Lol.

CraftyGirl said...

As great as computers are, they can really be a real pain at times! I hope you get the problems fixed soon! I adore the sweet card you created! The image is sweet and the sentiment is perfect! Thanks for taking on our no PP challenge at Frosted Designs this week!
barb :)

Maureen [docrafts] said...

This is beautiful and so delicate. Well done.
Maureen......x

Faith A said...

Such a lovely card, love the pink tulips.

Caroline Hallett said...

very nice Viv - and the sentiment fits the card.
Can I brag about my 50mb broadband from Virgin - we are in one of the test areas - its awesome... no? Suppose you didnt want to hear that did you? hope its improving.
Caroline x

Caroline Hallett said...

aw thanks for your comment - I may make this card again with just the three butterflies... wont take me anytime at all to upload it once I have done it ;-) LOL xxx

Susan said...

Awesome job on the sentiment. I love pink, so this card is just perfect to me!

Heather said...

Brill placement and the sentiment fits perfectly.

Meggymay said...

Congratulations on your card being in the showcase Viv. Its a beauty this time as well, love your words.

Debgem said...

I really like this card. The verse is simple, direct and has such meaning! I love the flowers!! Most impressed that you've printed it directly on the card.

As for internet speeds - grrr!!! But I will be getting BT Infinity next week :)) Sorry!

Jess said...

This is so pretty!

S Jane said...

You've created a beautiful card again this week Viv! I love the touch of soft pink around your little image (wish I'd found that one!). I also love your sentiment and would be interested to know the Font you used......Congratulations, looking forward to seeing your next card.

Val said...

So elegant and beautifully balanced. This is very pretty.

Hugs
Valxx

Amanda said...

Beautiful card, you have done a great job, just love it

Angela said...

what a simply elegant and beautiful card you have designed! I love the sentiment too! thanks for joining in at Frosted Designs this week! xxx

Meggymay said...

A beautiful sentiment Viv. its a lovely card.

Jo said...

This is a beautiful card, lovely colours and a perfect sentiment.

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Very elegant. I like the layout.
Hugs, Sandra

Chrissie said...

There's am award for you on our blog VIV!
Chrissie & Mandi

Lynne said...

Such a pretty image and coloured so delicately. I love the sentiment too.
Lynne xxx

ikki said...

Great card for the challenge, love your sentiment and image. ikki

Jan said...

Love the card, fab sentiment. xx jan

Angelnorth said...

Really fresh and pretty look to this, great job!

Suze Bain said...

What a beautiful card, the sentiment is lovely as is the font you've used. Well done for printing straight onto the card!

clare brown said...

wow this is stunning and congrats over at less is more.

Thanks for sharing this week at charisma

Caroline Hallett said...

hey Viv - thanks for your comments and suggestions, I re-did my card and put it up again - thanks for all your help - hope the dreaded T'internet is behaving for you ;-) Caroline x

Shar said...

Lovely card! Great design! I really like the clean style!

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Gorgeous card and congrats for being in the showcase. Love the placing of you text. I tried to get my card to go through the printer, but it had a little hissy fit - so well done you.
Caroline xxx

Kathleen said...

Lovely card and a lovely sentiment, well placed and congrats on the award.
Kath x

Susie Sugar said...

Beautiful fresh and pretty card
perfect for spring
Hugs Susie Sugar xx

Lee said...

STUNNING.xxx

Airing cupboard stamping said...

Your card is stunning and I love the sentiment x x