Sunday, 5 February 2012

A first!!

It is Sunday isn't it???? And here I am with my entry for this week's Less is More challenge.
A record!!! After last week's flurry of activity just a few hours before the challenge finished, I have today managed to make a card with a whole week to go!!!
LIM are celebrating their first birthday and although I haven't managed all the weeks have enjoyed taking part and I have REALLY enjoyed visiting everyone else's (even on the weeks when I didn't submit anything!). So congrats to Chrissie and Mandi - and STOP EATING THAT BIRTHDAY CAKE!!! LOL

So - here it is -
I don't normally do DL cards but fancied one for a change. The cardstock is white pearlised card.
I have had a Viva Decor flourish set for a long time and rarely used it but saw it whilst looking for something else and thought it might fit the bill.

Finding the stamp was easy - the ink not so simple! After scrabbling about in several drawers and boxes, I found a pigment ink called 'Robin's Egg Blue'. I stuck my finger on it to check the colour and decided it was the right shade. (the front of my jumper also bears testament to that too cos I forgot I still had wet ink on my finger and pulled down the bottom of my sweater - which had in fact started off it's life as pink........................)

Anyway - after stamping the flourish twice I used some holographic embossing powder - this gave it a bit of luminous sparkle instead of just raised clear embossing.
The butterfly I inked using a tiny paintbrush with Spun Sugar DI and some of the Robins Egg pigment ink and then the same embossing powder. The butterfly wings are raised with 3d foam pads.
I thought the three pearls were a great shade match and I can't do a card without a teeny bit of bling!

Am also submitting this into Flutter By Wednesday - Open Challenge, Paper Sundaes - Clean and Simple and Pixie Cottage - Clean and Simple
After I'd done, I wondered about  whether the butterfly was a bit 'lost' being almost the same shade so I have taken a pic with a black pearlised one sat on the card - I may do another with a black butterfly, and stamp the sentiment in black ink and a few black pearls instead. What do you think?

Thanks for visiting - a big hello to all my new followers - it's lovely to see you.
I'm away to do a bit more paper distressing on a half finished card!
Have a great day whatever you're doing. x


MaggieC said...

On a purely personal level, I prefer the one with the pale butterfly - in fact I like that one a lot. You could also try using a slightly darker shade of Aqua, with slightly darker gems (you could colour them with pens) to give a different view. xx Maggie

Zoe Sanderson said...

Beautiful card, love the stamp and the colour, well found XOXO Zoe

sassy said...

wonderful card the colour hugs sassx

Jackie said...

What a beautiful card. I really must dig out my pigment inks and try embossing with them :o)
Jackie xx

Elise Jardine said...

Gorgeous card xxx

Beryl K said...

Beautiful card
Beryl x

Suzilou said...

Love the stamp and the layout, think it would work well in black as well :)

Jan said...

Stunning card Viv xx Jan

Jan said...

The blue is very pretty Viv.... the black would be more dramatic and elegant.... each lovely in their own way ( a bit like us really LOL!) Hope you are not too cold where you are xx

lainey said...

just plain beautiful!!! gorgeous stamp. lainey x

Bea said...

what a pretty card - love the flourish

Bridget Larsen said...

Love your P&S card

~ Ali ~ said...

This is beautiful Viv

happy sunday

ali x

Suze Bain said...

Beautiful cards Viv, love those flourishes. xx

Mandi said...

Pretty card Viv, what a lovely flourish. Id say the butterfly was just right
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Elaine said...

Beautiful stamping. Very elegant,

Maggie said...

A very pretty and delicate card, I like the pale butterfly which doesn't take away from the stamped design....thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind comments. I find with the EF and ink the secret is to make sure there is plenty of ink on the EF and roll through machine a few times, hope this helps!

Maggie H

Lee said...

Soooo pretty n elegant.xx

Chrissie said...

This is so pretty... I love the flourish and the pearls are a superb touch. I actually prefer the white butterfly, but I think that a tiny brush of aqua ink on the edges of the wings might have looked rather pretty... embossed with your hologram powder too!
It's a lovely card.
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

coops said...

so beautiful viv.i love the stylish design :D

xx coops xx

Hello From Texas said...

Both cards are so beautiful; but wow, wow, wow ... the card with the black butterfly really is amazing. Love seeing the white and aqua then that butterfly. Great cards.

June Nelson said...

Erm now then vivvy I do like them both but if im choosing one for my birthday it would have to be the one with the black on it, they are both gorj darlin and yes less looks like its more, have a lovely monday xxxxx

Jules said...

This is so lovely Viv!

The pearls are the perfect finishing touch.

Have a good week.

Love Jules xx

p.s. I am never a domestic goddess for long .. .. only when I "have" to be LOL!!

One day I am going to do nothing but housework .. .. but that isn't today!!! Tee hee!!

Sally said...

A pretty card Viv & I think I prefer the one with the white butterfly too. The pearls are perfect.
Sally x

Lynne said...

Gorgeous cards Viv, think I prefer the paler butterfly. Shame about your jumper but aqua and pink go sooo well together lol.
Lynne xxx

Danderella said...

Fabulous card. I would love to see the one with the black butterfly and stamped sentiment etc that you talked about. It sounds as gorgeous as the first looks! Thanks for playing in our Clean and Simple Challenge at Paper Sundaes!


Aileen said...

Really love the flourish. x

Wendy said...

Very Pretty Card!

Thank you for joining us over at The Pixie Cottage!


Kathyk said...

FAB card - love that flourish


Crafty and Green said...

Beautifully Simplistic Card! Thanks for playing with us at The Pixie Cottage!!

Many Blessings,

Valerie said...

wonderful card that I could imagine a whole set of these in different colours!
Val x

Viv said...

Oh Viv this is such a beautiful card, love it well done :) Viv xx

debby4000 said...

Oh Viv this is beautiful and I have to say I prefer the white butterfly.

Lizy said...

Just gorgeous Viv! I do prefer the one with the pale butterfly, but I think a black version of the card would be beautiful and very dramatic! And now I'm off to look for that stamp... ;)
Lizy x