Tuesday, March 29, 2011


At last I've found a spare minute to check out the 'simplylessismoore week-8 challenge, which, this week is a sketch.  I've just got back from a long weekend in Cornwall. OH and I went on a tour of the 'gardens' and saw the fabulous Lost Gardens of Heligan, the amazing Eden project and the beautiful gardens at Lanhydrock! It was a weekend of wonderful hot, sunny days and fantastic flowers of every description.
But, back to the challenge. I deliberately haven't looked at any of the cards yet because I want this to be my own inspiration. So obviously, after the weekend, I had to put a flower on the card!
I really, really don't like the size of DL cards, so I've used a card size that I always made when I started papercrafting a few years ago ~ 70mm x 185mm ~ which is smaller than standard DL. Mmm,  I think I quite like this size/shape again now! I used an ivory pearl base card and embossed two lines either side of the black grosgrain ribbon. The flower is 3 layers (in different sizes) of a silk flower which I 'distressed' by twisting them round while they were a bit damp. (I thought it looked a bit like a camellia) Then a black gem in the centre and three long leaves to finish it off. The sentiment is a rub on I found in the drawer!

close up of the silk flower and ribbon.

Hopefully I'll get time to make another card before Friday's deadline because next week I'm house/cat sitting for my daughter so won't be able to enter ~ do you think I'll have withdrawal symptoms being separated from all my 'crafty stash'?
Once again, thanks to Mandi and Chrissie for all their helpful comments and for starting this great challenge.


Caroline Hallett said...

Diane - lovely card - love how you have totally changed the look of the card by turning the sketch on its head - its brill!

Mandi said...

your weekend sounds FAB. Cornwall is a beautiful place!
Interesting how many have turned our sketch upside down
Great card!
Thanks so much for entering
"Less is More"

Sharon said...

I loe this! It is so elegant. I like you have turned the sketch too.

Suze Bain said...

Beautiful card, very elegant. x

Stamps and Paper said...

Diane love the way you have changed the
sketch very stylish card


Chrissie said...

This is simply beautiful!
The flower looks so delicate! Super job!
I'm glad you had a good time in Cornwall!
"Less is More"

Valerie said...

Simply beautiful card, I love the way you've turned the sketch very elegant!
Val x

ThinkInk Creative said...

Elegant card and I very much love how you've turned it 'round. The positioning of the sentiment is a master stroke - why didn't I think of that? Thanks for sharing.

Yes, I think you'll have withdrawal symptoms so perhaps pack a project or two. Or maybe, have a journal to at least capture your ideas for when you get back.

Malyn ThinkInkCreative

Craftilicious said...

love the upside down take on the sketch - its just classy and beautiful all round.

I guess the gardens must have inspired you :-)

Susie Sugar said...

Oh Di this is so elegant real classy
Hugs Susie Sugar xx

Susan said...

Susie, I love the shimmery cardstock...and the layered flower is beautiful!! Awesome card!

Aileen said...

Great flower, very elegant. x

Lynne said...

Fab card, love the flower. I like the sketch this way up.
Lynne xxx