Wednesday 16 February 2011

Simple Blossom

Who's ready for spring?!

The challenge at Less is More for the second week each month is to make a one layer card. The theme this week is to use a flower or a tree. I guess I could argue either way on this since it's blossom on a tree branch!

This is one of the first stamps I ever got. I bought it unmounted on eBay and all the seller could tell me was that it came from an American supplier called Susan Cotes who had a "spare time" business making stamps. I lost track of it for a while but remembered it when thinking what to do for this challenge and hunted it down! It's a nice size for this kind of clean and simple design - this is a 5" square card so you can see it's a substantial stamp.

I found some other oldie but goodie stamps in the process of locating this one so I'm sure they'll be inky soon, too!

One last detail - this card is a great example of why I'm very happy I decided to get a Scor It tool rather than something like the Score Pal. Because you score over a ridge rather than into a groove it means your card is face up on the surface when you make this kind of decorative score line. That means you can score up to the image and stop because you can see exactly what you're doing :o)

Cherry blossom (Susan Cotes)
Bon jour sentiment (Alluring Impressions)

smooth white

Adirondack by Ranger (Espresso)

Copic markers
Inkssentials white pen by Ranger
Scor It
Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by, let's hope the blossom on the card is a forerunner of the real thing appearing on our trees soon!


Crafting Queen said...

Beautiful card, love the stamped image!

Mandi said...

Great tip of the masking fluid THANK YOU!

Super card, very vibrant perfect balance

Thanks for participating Hope to see you again
"Less is More"

Stamps and Paper said...

Such a lovely card...your colouring is beautiful.


Chrissie said...

I'm glad you enjoyed getting inky for your challenge... and finding a long lost stamp... nostalgic isn't it!
This is a lovely card and thanks so much for joining us. See you next week?
"Less is More"

Effie said...

Lovely card.. I love my Scor it!

Sheila in Cyprus said...

WOW! What a stunning card. Love Sheila (Cyprus)

Jane said...

Beautiful card x

Karen said...

Oh this is stunning Joanne! xxx

Anonymous said...

I love when you do this type of card...Im always taken with your colouring skills.

Kaz said...

This is yet another gorgeous and beautiful card Joanne xx

pickle said...

Gorgeous colouring the blue really makes the image pop

Kerry x

Lynne said...

Stunning card. I love that stamp and you`ve coloured it beautifully.
Lynne xxx

Janice said...

I remember seeing that stamp before Joanne, it is wearing well lol!

Yes, I hope the spring comes soon but we are forecast for a bit more snow first -eek!

Tineke said...

What a beautiful card!
Super colours!
But when comes the spring?

salamanda said...

Love the card and yes it would be lovely if spring was on the way

Linda said...

Fabulous colouring on your flower. & I like the clean cut of the embossing line too

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to seeing the blossom on the trees too! Gorgeous card Joanne! x

Scrappy~Sarah said...

Gorgeous :)

Kathy said...

It's lovely, Joanne and just right for that challenge.

Vicky Hayes said...

I hope so too Joanne - we could do with some warmth and sunshine! Your beautifully coloured image is immaculately placed and the score lines stopping at the image is a lovely feature.

Jackie Elwin said...

it's a lovely card , nice and simple and clean. Thanks for the Scor It tip, I've never heard of it.


Margaret de Witt said...

This is such a beautiful card. I've never heard of a Scor It but I like the concept after reading what you said about it.

lisa said...

It's a lovely stamp, well worth hunting out again and you've coloured it beautifully. I'm with you on the sign of things to come.
Hugs Lisax

Jane said...

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and leaving me a lovely comment. Like you I am from Hadrian's Wall country but am now in exile in Aberdeenshire lol.

Deborah Frings said...

This is wonderful!!! I love the blossom and you've coloured it so beautifully!!

Susan said...

Beautiful stamp and your coloring looks awesome!!

hazel said...

A lovely card.
xxx Hazel.

Rachelxx said...

Love the less is more look & you do it so wonderfully :-)

Lynne said...

Hi Hun me again. Pop over to my blog, I have something for you.
Lynne xxx

Sally H said...

Didn't get round to this one last week - It is Gorgeous! I love it! The hint of sky against that pink blossom is just fab!