Monday, 23 January 2012

Less is More

During the recent "Clean and Simple Card Making" online class that I participated in, I ran across a link to the "Less is More" blog run by Chrissie and Mandi. They have some great ideas on their site and, much to my delight, I discovered that they have a weekly challenge! I just love taking part in card challenges. This week's challenge is "Cut it Out". The first thing that ran through my mind was that I used to say that a lot to my sister when we were kids. My next thought was that I am currently coming up with ideas for Valentine's Day cards and the first card I have completed fits perfectly into the clean and simple guidelines for the challenge. You can check out the card challenge at Here is my completed card:
After creasing and folding the card base, I trimmed a small portion of the bottom edge using my Purple Cows Freestyle Mouse. I used a 2 3/8" Stampin' Up scalloped circle punch to cut the opening in the card face. The heart that shows through was cut with the Die-namics "Hearts a Plenty" die. I layered 4 plain white hearts atop one another with tacky glue and finished the stack off with a heart cut from some small polka dot patterned paper. This creates a thick, chip-board like heart which adds lots of dimensional punch to the card. (A tip I picked up from participating in "Clean and Simple Card Making".) I added a 1/2" strip of the same small polka dot paper to accent the lower edge of the card. I punched 2 small butterflies from some white pearlized metallic cardstock using an EK Success punch and mounted them in the centre of the heart. I mounted the upper-most butterfly in a flexed position to convey the look of the flexed wings of a real butterfly. I applied a small Stampin' Up pearl as the butterfly's head. Some Martha Stewart baker's twine in red and white was wrapped around the card and tied to form a bow. I finished off the card with a cute sentiment from Inkadinkado. Until next time,


  1. Hi Carol and welcome to "Less is More"!
    This is a super card, I love dimension you added to the heart.
    If you can visit some of the other participants to our challenge and leave them a comment that would be wonderful!
    I looked to see where you are from... we stayed in Midland a few years ago after a choir tour we participated in, where we had a joint concert with Chorus Niagara!
    We loved the Sainte Marie among the Huron Village!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  2. Lovely card! I hope you enjoyed the "Clean and Simple Card Class" as much as I did!

  3. Welcome Carol! Lovely to see you participate in our challenge. Thank you for your comments about our blog.
    Your card is simply lovely, love the twine, it is a perfect addition.
    DO join us again, our challenges are Saturday to Friday

    Thank you very much
    "Less is More"

  4. great card - love the sentiment script - I have found CAS is becoming a bit of an obsession lol!

  5. Hola Carol, welcome to Less, i hope you feel well with us, thank you for your comment:D.
    Very elegant card Carol, is perfect CAS card, the twine is a perfect touch, well done.
    A hug from Palma de Mallorca Spain


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