Sunday, June 19, 2011

simply Less is More #20 - Monogram

Beautiful challenge #20 at Simply Less Is More using monograms.  Mandi and Chrissie keep coming up with interesting challenges and divine inspiration cards.  Mandi's (see pic at the end of post) really blew me away - so CAS, so elegant with a touch of cheek.  Perfect.

My first instinct was to do something similar but in the end, opted to match my entry to The Summer of Colour - green.  I made a gift box in green - my friend's favourite colour it seems - so perfect for the challenge.  I decided the card will have the same elements and colour but with a monogram, of course.  Here they both are:




My friend's name starts with a C and that card is full of meaning. C in my heart. x (stitched) as in xoxo. A pearl (tiny one on the flower on happy birthday) because this friend is precious to me.  I wonder if she'll pick up all of these little hints? The C, certainly.

A few other tiny design decisions: rounding the edges on the 2 strips using scallop scissors. Rounding the edges on the card using a punch. Use 2 shades of green ink both from Stampin Up: Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive.  Emboss-resist the C, instead of die-cut (I love how white paper can be transformed so much).

Mandi's inspirational card
The quality and quantity of entries at Simply Less is More are growing steadily. I'm beginning to feel out of my depth, as in out of my league.  Having played in the last 16 weeks though (missed first 4), it's really a habit now so maybe I'll keep playing anyway.

38 comments:

  1. Very pretty card..hope your friend sees all the love you have put into it...and you are too hard on yourself....keep on playing...I think you are in the league yourself :>)

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  2. Gorgeous! Love the whole idea of your card

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  3. I'm sure your friend will adore these!
    Stacex (19)
    ps I too get a little nervous if I wait to long after Saturday to post and see all the amazing cards :(

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  4. What a lovely card and box, love that heart stamp and the colour and design is fab. ALL the entries are great and that includes you! xx

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  5. Really lovely card and box, I love that heart stamp and keep seeing that pear pazzazz used all over the place and it looks fab, it is going to have to go on my wish list :)

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  6. Fabulous card. I love that color green. The box is awesome too!

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  7. Great work love the matching box and the colour is super cool.
    Marie

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  8. Thank you for your comment about our challenge and my card this week. I did a double take to see it on your post!
    You aren't out of your depth at all.
    Your card is lovely. although slightly more coverage of the card base than we particular prefer
    Great sentiment
    Thank you so much
    Diva LIM mandi
    "Less is More"

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  9. I'm so glad you are enjoying our challenges and that you have gained inspiration from it.
    This is lovely.
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    Lady LIM
    "Less is More"

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  10. Malyn, I've discovered that by playing along with different challenges, that I seem to be a little better at making cards than when I first started. The challenges stretch my creativity and I've learned how to do so many things I never would have thought of on my own. Hang in there! Your work is beautiful. I love the greens, and I think rounding the corners of the small strips was a great idea! (and don't be so hard on yourself!)
    My Card

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  11. This is lovely! Love the paper you used. :) Hapy Summer of color to you! :)

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  12. Beautiful card and matching gift box :)

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  13. love the card and the box will certainly be holding lots of lovely treasures soon...gorgeous work...xxx

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  14. Your card and box are gorgeous..... I'm sure your friend will love them :)

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  15. Your work is lovely. It's great to be able to gift you made yourself - makes it that bit extra special I think.

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  16. oooh what a gorgeous card and box they are both stunning :D

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  17. Beautiful card and box! have a great week :))

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  18. The green papers are lovely - a beautiful card with lots of special touches for your friend.
    Saw your card on LIM and came for a closer look,
    Sandy

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  19. Such a beautiful card and box, so elegant. Your friend will certainly love these.

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  20. your friend will like it for sure...nice card and box...see you next week.xx

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  21. Lovely card...gorgeous colours! I'm sure your friend will love it :-)

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  22. I am sure your friend will be very touched that you thought out the card & wrapping so much...to go with one of her favorite colors. :) I know I would love that!

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  23. Very classy and lovely! Hugs, Jessi

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  24. Both the card and the box are very pretty. :)

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  25. What a beautiful gift! Your colors and elegant details are just perfect (love the x on the card ;) - and I'm sure it will be a hit! Thank you for sharing this with us, xo

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  26. I don't think you are out of your depth at all this is gorgeous. I'm sure your friend will adore it. x

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  27. Lucky friend! How thoughtful you are to think out the details with such care. Hugs..

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  28. REally nice card and box...lovely shades of green too!

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  29. Lucky friend. You are such a sweetie.

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  30. Lovely work. I also have been risking dinner to play in my art room.

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  31. They are absolutely gorgeous. I know who they are for and I am sure she loved them!!!

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  32. How beautiful. It would be so nice to receive this.

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  33. Your friend will be delighted!

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