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Saturday, 24 March 2012

It's challenge day again!

 

Well it's Saturday morning and it's challenge day again - don't the weeks just fly by? I have 2 cards to show you this morning, both of which fit the Less is More challenge - Take 3 Challenges, and the second which was made for the sketch challenge over at Simply Stampin'. I'll start with this one though because I know that Chrissie & Mandi won't be too happy with the lack of white space on the second card :0)
As I wanted to make a get well card I used the owl punch to make a nurse and decided to use the Bashful Blue striped DSP and Pacific Point cardstock for her dress and 'cape' as this is the colour I always think of when picturing nurses! The wings were actually punched from the 2-step Bird Punch and the red cross from one of the punches in the Itty Bitty Punch Shapes pack. Her hat, which doesn't show up too well in the picture is the same shape that was used for the dress but turned upside down. I cut 2 circles with the Circles Die to mount the owl on and embossed the white one with the Square Lattice Embsossing folder, glued this to the card blank and added a sentiment from Curvy Verses in Pacific Point.
The challenges I used were Wk 9 - A Touch of Red, Wk 12 - Off Centre, Wk 22 - Shades of Blue and Wk 29 - Things that Move.
Now onto my second card (made predominantly for the Simply Stampin' Sketch)











For this card I used a piece of Whisper White card on which I had used the Mother of  Pearl technique with Perfect Plum ink (left over from a card I made last week!) The bottom edge of the cardstock was punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch, matted onto a piece of Perfect Plum cardstock and a bow of Perfect Plum Taffeta ribbon tied around before layering onto a white card blank. The branch from Hopeful Thoughts was stamped in Elegant Eggplant and some flowers were punched from a scrap piece of the Mother of Pearl cardstock, with an Itty Bitty Shapes punch, and positioned onto the branch with one of the tiniest Basic Pearls for the centres. The stamp is also from Hopeful Thoughts but, as I didn't want all of the sentiment, I used a Perfect Plum marker to ink the bit I wanted, stamped onto Whisper White and then punched out with the Modern Label punch. The label was inked around the edges with a sponge dauber before positioning onto the card.
The challenges I used for this card were Wk 49 - Predominantly Purple, Wk 55 Punches or Diecuts and Wk 56 - Don't Scrap It (the Mother of Pearl cardstock!).
A rather long post today so I'll just say have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine x

32 comments:

  1. Hola Margaret, both cards are fantastic, the first one is very funny and the second very elegant, well done Margaret.
    A hug from Palma

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  2. Both great cards. I love the mother of pearl effect. Will need to try that out soon

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  3. Super cute owl Margaret
    FAB card, which also fits 'Circles' too
    Thank you so much
    mandi
    "Less is More"

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  4. Margaret the get well soon card below is devine I just adore it, Great background paper. The top card made me smile, it is so adorable . Well done on both Hugs Elaine

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  5. Two great cards Margaret. I love the mother of pearl effect of the second card. Thank you for joining us at Simply Stampin' this week. A xx

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  6. what fab cards - love the fun image in your first one and the second one is very elegant

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  7. Lovely cards love the owl and the other card is so pretty
    Nicky

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  8. Both cards are great Margaret. I love the idea of a owl as nurse. Thanks for that inspiration.
    The second card is just beautiful.

    Have a great sunny saturday.
    Marrigje

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  9. Love both cards - that owl is just ADORABLE

    Kathyk

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  10. Very pretty card Margaret, I like the handmade background paper it is very effective! Thanks for joining in with this week's Simply Stampin' Challenge! Kirei x P.S Your owl card is super cute!

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  11. These are brill Margaret. I'm drawn to the owl card most because it is just so fun and sweet. x

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  12. That owl is so cute and will certainly cheer someone up. Fab cards.

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  13. Super cards Margaret, especially the owl, such fun.

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  14. I think they're both gorgeous Margaret, the second may not have an inordinate amount of white space but it's a super simple design!
    Beautiful!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  15. Lovely! They are both really cute! That faux mother of pearl card stock is so so lovely!! Thanks for joining in the SSC! x

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  16. I just love that owl....I guess this is what you call a 'Night Nurse' !!! :0)
    Clever use of the punch Margaret, love the wings as a cape :0)
    Your second card is so pretty, love the tone on tone colour scheme :0)
    Jenny x

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  17. Love your owl card and your second card is so pretty and elegant :)

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  18. Wow, very cute owl card!
    Ellen

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  19. Your little get well owl is SOOO cute Margaret - I really love it!!!
    Tara x

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  20. What a wonderful couple of cards - so different and yet each so fantastic!

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  21. Love that little owl nurse - inspired!

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  22. Lovely cards Margaret, the little owl is fabulous. xx

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  23. Fabulous Owl card, very cleverly done and I love your second one too.
    Lynne xxx

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  24. Fabulous cards Margaret, I love the owl
    Beryl x

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  25. Fab cards Margaret, the owl made me smile as I used to be a nurse.
    xx
    Vee

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  26. Your owl is fabulous Margaret! Very clever to turn it into a nurse :) I love the soft colours of your 2nd card - very pretty. Sarah x

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  27. Both are fab cards Margaret! Love how you made the owl! The second card is just so soft and pretty. I really must try that mother of pearl technique!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Simply Stampin' this week and I hope you join us again soon!
    Ruth x

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  28. Saw your link on SSC and had to come check out your beautiful card! I love this technique and it is gorgeous in purples!

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  29. Nice card! I love the owl! Fresh colors and indeed 'a touch of red' :)
    Perfect!

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Margaret x

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