Monday, 11 June 2012

I am managing to keep my promise to myself of doing as many LIM challenges as I can. This week's challenge was a one layer card and to use a flourish.
I am still not 100% sure about one layer cards but think I'm getting better - slowly!
There's not a lot of sympathy cards in my stash - in fact their sum total is 2 - so thought that this one layer CAS challenge might help increase the numbers - also slowly!
Plain white card and I embossed two straight lines a third of the way along - (still can't get my head round completely plain!) - The Elusive Images stamp was inked with Dusty Concord DI. I know that DI doesn't give a crisp finish to stamped images but I wanted ethereal rather than sharp and thankfully it turned out OK.

I masked off the butterfly once the ink was dry and used pastel chalks to colour the background - the colour IRL is a pale violety/pink shade and I quite like it.

I used yellow and blue pastel chalks for the butterfly which doesn't show up very well in the pic but looks just fine on the card (!), then some glamour dust for a tiny bit of sparkle and to give the winged thingy some definition without going overboard - this is a sympathy card after all!

The pearls are from my stash and the sentiment from Dovecraft also stamped with Dusty Concord.

After all the feverish glueing and assembling of embellies, flowers, die cuts and layers of the last few days making this this gave me a feeling of serenity - sounds daft I know but I DID find it quite relaxing - even though i had my usual panic of stamping straight onto card at the beginning!

A BIG warm welcome to all my new followers - it's great to see you -and I really love your comments - love visiting you all too - you're a talented lot!! Have a nice day whatever you're all doing. xx

36 comments:

  1. Super flourish card, Viv. I love the soft shading, your pearls and pretty butterfly, too.

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  2. So pretty! It is very ethereal, soft and soothing - perfect as a sympathy card.

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  3. its a beautiful card my luvverly...and can you ever see me doing anythig so plain yet so special..er nopee i would have to have both arms in plaster and do it with me nose oh dear id better not ask for anymore troubles or accident or just bad luck at the mo so better keep me gob shut lol!!!! its a superb and very etheral card you managed beautifully hug sassxxx

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  4. This is so elegant Viv xx Jan

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  5. Hi Viv, Glad you got this card up, I love it! Sympathy cards are difficult to get right but yours works really well:0) Lucky you, a Barn Owl over in the field? WOW I'm so jealous!! You did make me smile:0) If it were a rook or a crow you could have had a problem, I've seen The Birds, scared the life out of me LOL Tippy Hendron was none too pleased either LOL xxx

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  6. Oh my gosh Viv, I think this is stunning! It's perfect & I quite get your feeling of serenity Hugs x

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  7. Just beautiful Viv!
    The design is lovely, the colour choice is beautiful and the addition of the pearls is perfect!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  8. WOW. What a super design. The effect is gorgeous.

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  9. I love this card it is just perfect as a sympathy card not OTT. The image is lovely and really like how you have done it all! x

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  10. Just beautiful, I love the scoring dividing the card and the white space on one side - great design.
    Linbyx

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  11. Such a pretty card Viv..gorgeous swirls and butterfly

    Anne

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  12. Hi Viv, thank you so much for visiting my blog.

    I love this card, it is really elegent and the colours are beautiful. I also have trouble doing CAS but the more I do, the more I like them! I think you have done a fantastic job with this card! xxx

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  13. This is simply beautiful and the shading is perfect x

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  14. Gorgeous card Viv, that flourish and the inked background looks terrific
    Thanks so much
    mandi
    "Less is More"

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  15. so beautiful viv.gorgeous and serene :D

    xx coops xx

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  16. Wow! What a beauty. Love your blog. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the love. Hugs

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  17. Hiya matey mooo pmsl, I think this is gorj, ive never made a sympathy card mind you, wouldnt know where to start, its lovely though me darlink huggies from me xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  18. getting better indeed! This is perfect, so tasteful :o)
    Jackie xx

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  19. This is so pretty, great idea to have these cards ready too

    Love Beth xx

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  20. Hi Viv, a really beautiful, simply and elegant card. Love it.
    Hugs
    Caz x

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  21. Such a great card Viv :) Viv xx

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  22. What a beauty Viv! I love the embossed lines - such a great idea to add texture to a one layer card. I love the soft chalking on the butterfly too. Vicky x

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  23. Great sympathy card - very elegant and in lovely colours!

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  24. beautiful, viv! xx, alessandra

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  25. A beautiful card Viv! Love the soft colouring - a perfect sympathy card.
    x

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  26. Very elegant sympathy card love the soft color and design!

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  27. Love your card, very stylish
    Jose

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  28. A delightful card and bound to comfort too

    Kathyk

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  29. I think one layer cards look amazing on you! Fantastic work

    Shelby

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  30. This is just gorgeous. Love the whole design. x

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  31. I love this card, it's beautiful. You've done one layer perfectly. It's always a bit of a worry stamping directly on to the card. Thanks for popping by my blog - sorry to mention Christmas so early, but it will be here before we know it. Maybe by then I'll have got around to sorting my stamps, it's not a job I'm looking forward to (lol!) xx

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  32. Absolutely spot on! Love your use of chalks for that subtle effect....fabby fab! :)

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