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Saturday, 12 November 2011

Leaves

   This is my card for the Less is More challenge which, this week, is One Layer - Leaves. I have chosen to use holly leaves to make yet another Christmas card, this time using the Beautiful Season stamp set. I used part of a stamp from this set and coloured directly onto the stamp with Old Olive and Real Red Stampin'Write markers. Once stamped onto a plain white card blank I used a blender pen to draw out the stamped colour into the leaves and berries. I like this technique as it gives different shades on the stamped image which is perfect for leaves. I stamped the sentiment (again from Beautiful Season) in Old Olive and added dots of Dazzling Diamonds to the berries - plenty of white space this week and definitely CAS!!
Below is another card, made with the same stamp, but this time the whole image was stamped in Old Olive before colouring with a blender pen. For the little bird I decided to make him into a robin and, because I had stamped in green, this time I picked up ink from my ink pad to colour him brown with a nice red breast.

I thought I would be very good this morning and actually get some jobs done before embarking on the challenge, one of which was getting the washing out on the line. At 8 o'clock this morning it was quite bright here, and even looked like the sun may show itself, so off I went into my craftroom to 'create'. When I emerged I found that it was raining (you know that rain that you can't really see but manages to soak everything) so the washing had to be put back to spin and is now destined for the clothes horse - yet again!! Roll on summer :0)  Have a great weekend and I'll be back soon x
Post Script!! Kelly from Simply Stampin' Challenge  has suggested I enter these over there as well - so I am!! Thanks Kelly x

44 comments:

  1. Simply gorgeous Margaret, your colouring is stunning!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  2. Oh what gorgeous cards Margaret! I'm loving this gorgeous set too! Only 11 months until summer... Vx

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  3. What a great stamp and love the sentiment and the sun has just come out here, may go hang the sheets out :)

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  4. Absolutely beautiful cards Margaret
    Fablously created
    Thank you
    Mandi LIM

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  5. What a beautiful use of this set! I love the holly without the bird as much as with the bird.

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  6. Both fabby cards , love the robin.
    Nicky

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  7. lovely cards and loved your little box's on the previous post Margaret x

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  8. Beautiful cards - I love the designs x

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  9. Very elegant, love them both

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  10. Stunning cards Margaret! You should link them up to the Simply Stampin' Challenge, this weeks theme is 'leafy' so they would be perfect!
    Kelly xx

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  11. Yor holly sprig looks amazing...my favourite variegated type as well! Love the placement on the card :)
    Jenny x

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  12. Love both these cards, with and with out the Robin. Stunning!
    Lynne xxx

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  13. Fabulous cards! Love your coloring~

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  14. Love the traditional look of theseards. Thanks for the lovely comment over on my blog

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  15. Two fabulous cards Margaret. Carol x

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  16. two fabulous Christmas cards, both stunning!

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  17. Great christmas card I like the technique used on the leaves too.

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  18. These are both totally stunning Margaret! Love them! :)
    Lizy x

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  19. Hi MARGARET
    fABULOUS CARDS ....
    lOVE SYLVIE
    XX

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  20. Both Cards are so beautiful!!!

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  21. both cards are very beautiful!

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  22. So Glad you decided to join us at Simply Stampin' this week.
    Kelly xx

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  23. Lovely to see you enter the challenge this week - totally gorgeous card!!! x

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  24. Very nice, great colouring in! Thanks for entering the Simply Stampin' Challenge this week! Kirei x

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  25. Really like both of them, the colours are stunning lol Kx

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  26. What a fab holly stamp, two beautiful cards. xx

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  27. Hi Margaret, I like that you've shown us both cards using the same stamp. It really highlights the versatility of the stamp sets. My fav is the first, I love the way you've coloured the leaves. x

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  28. Beautiful cards Margaret. Thank you for joining us at Simply Stampin' this week. A xx

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  29. Two beauties? Goodness, your creative. Nicely done.

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  30. Such beautiful cards, well done :O) Viv xx

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  31. Simply lovely!! Both are beautiful...wonderful sentiment, too:)!!

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  32. Such pretty cards, I love the soft subtle colouring.

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  33. Really pretty idea for Christmas- well done! Rebecca

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  34. Hi Margret, Two gorgeous cards, I love both either with or without the robin, success:0) Gay xx

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  35. These are absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for joining us this week at the Simply Stampin' Challenge, Niki xx

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  36. These are beautiful cards, I love how you've coloured the images! I really hope you join us again at Simply Stampin'! Ruth x

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  37. This is absolutely gorgeous. I love your little birdie on the holly leaves. Colored beautifully. Great card.

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Margaret x

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