Monday, April 11, 2011

May Hope Sustain You...

I am pretty excited about this card.  I made it for the Less Is More Week 10 one layer challenge with the focus on the sentiment.  I knew right away that I would use one of Provocraft's gorgeous frame EF's and a Verve sentiment from Forever in Our Hearts.  I thought it would be easy peasy since I immediately had something in mind.  Well, I was mistaken! Holy smoke! This card is so simple to look at, yet it took me 10 tries and a lot of fussing to come up with the final version.  I tried all sorts of things like rubbing ink over the dry embossing, using different colors of ink on the sentiment, embossing the sentiment, not, all different colors and arrangements of the half pearls, Glimmer Mist/no Glimmer Mist...  Whew!!!  I really loved this challenge though, and I feel right at home with Chrissie, Mandi and The LIMettes over at the Less is More Challenge Blog.  What a warm, welcoming and encouraging bunch of artists.  Now that this is my second LIM challenge, I hope that I can proudly call myself a "LIMette too!"  I am trying to train myself to go simple, and this looks about as simple as it gets.  Now if I can just get the hang of getting it right a little sooner...

My ingredients are :
Stamps~Verve's Forever in Our Hearts.
Paper~Pure Luxury white card stock.
Ink~Versa Mark.
Accessories~Ranger copper embossing powder, Heat gun, Cuttlebug and EF, Kaiser self-adhesive half pearls.

Thank you for stopping in and have a wonderful day.  It was 84 and sunny here in NJ today.  Rain is on its way, but spring has sprung!  Hooray!


Carole Campanile said...

Gorgeous and elegant. You really put the EF to good use here and I love the added bling. Verve has some wonderful sentiments. I need to win lotto so I can buy them all. haha. Well done.

Chrissie said...

Well all that effort paid off!
From your descriptions it sounds as though this is definitely the best version. To try to chalk this fabulous frame often just ends up looking messy.
The gems however look great!
You are most decidedly a LIMette!
"Less is More"

Mandi said...

This is gorgeous
Well worth all that tie and effort
~i say its MU?CH better left, Im not a fan of chalking, certainly not on embossed shapes. my opinion of course
Super work Stephanie
Thank you
Less is More

June Houck said...

Beautiful! And perfect for "LiM" blog :)

Jane said...

Oh wow this is simply gorgeous well worth all the effort xx

massofhair said...

Love this embossing folder and you have made it work beautifully. Sounds like a lot of hard work to get here but it was worth it:-)

Shirley said...

Such a beautiful and elegant card, the sentiment is wonderful.

Sally H said...

Wow! Really beautiful and elegant! I love it!

Canonbury creations said...

Fantastic!! Love the embossing and the placing of the gems, great sentiment too.
Val x

Diane Louise J said...

You have made a beautiful card, its gorgeous... I like the embossing frame and the sentiment is lovely xx

Karen Aicken said...

LOL - I have done the exact same thing with the same embossing folder. How nice to know I'm not alone. It was worth it, your LIM card is beautiful!
Cheers, Karen

Irene said...

gorgeous, and love the pearls

Kathyk said...

Simply super


Rachelxx said...

Such a beautiful elegant card - love the sentiment.

Aileen said...

This looks a very elegant card. x

Jenny said...

Beautiful classy card. love the embossed panel and the addition of pearls is fab.
Thanks for your comment on my card :)
Jenny x