Monday, March 7, 2011

"Less Is More" In Pastels

My very favorite challenge is the brand new Less Is More clean and simple challenge.  They have a fun variety of challenges:
  • Week 1 Colour
  • Week 2 One Layer
  • Week 3 Theme
  • Week 4 Sketch or Recipe
  • Week 5 Lucky Dip
You have to check them out. 

First of all, last week was only their 4th week in existence, and they already had 213 submissions for the challenge.  All of those submissions are linked on their blog so you have some fabulous eye candy to browse.  Click on anybody's card and you can go to their blog to read more about it.

Second, if/when you do participate, you will be inundated with comments.  The participants are fantastic at viewing your card and giving good, positive comments and advice.  I've tried each week to get through the cards but there are so many of them - I am totally impressed by all of those that make it through them all and provide comments.

This week's challenge was announced Saturday and is a color challenge - we were to use pastel colors:

I didn't get overly creative with this one.  Spring is coming - spring means flowers - flowers come in pastels.  But I did remember a Quickutz 12" embossing folder that I had in my stash and I realized it would make a good "frame" for my floral vine.  So the scalloped strip is embossed, not a layer. 

I did not start out with the idea of a "Praying for You" card but one of the things that I am fairly particular about is that my sentiment font matches the style of my card.  I think that the swoops and swirls of the image and the sentiment work very well together.

As I was reviewing the Less Is More blog to make sure that I understood the challenge - I was stunned and absolutely thrilled to see my card from last week's challenge scroll by in their ShowCASe!  What an honor to be recognized in the challenge...particularly given that it was an amazingly simple card to do.  But I guess that's the point - finding ways to create the perfect card even with the clean and simple limitations.
  • Stamps: Rubbernecker flower, sentiment unknown (sorry)
  • Inks: Stampin' Up Markers: Blushing Bride, Mellow Moss
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Whisper White
  • Accessories: Quickutz 12" embossing folder, Stardust Stickles
FYI: I am on a roll today and this is my second post - so scroll down for some fun!


  1. Hi Kim
    Yes, that is the point, you hit the genre to perfection! Well done on making our showCASe, very well deserved
    This is another stunner! your stamping skills are perfect!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  2. Kim, this is as beautiful as all your other creations.That is quite some embossing folder, it looks wonderful!
    I hope that by now you have received your ShowCASe badge to display on your blog.
    Thank you SO much for all your kind words about our challenge, we have been delighted with the support it has received and are thrilled by the sense of community which is developing among participants!
    I think we are all learning from one another!
    I was most interested to read your comment about the style of fonts in sentiments matching the style of the card... I do SO agree and I think that often it is something which is overlooked by cardmakers.
    It's great to have you as one of our 'regulars' Kim!
    See you next time!
    "Less is More"

  3. Beautiful card and congratulations o being showcased last week

  4. Beautiful card Kim, and congratulations on making the Showcase last week with that lovely card.

  5. Hallo Kim !

    Eine sehr schöne Karte haben sie gebastelt !

    Und,ich mag die Less is more herausforderungen auch sehr gerne!
    Es stimmt, man wird überschwemmt mit Kommentaren,wenn man mitmacht, und das macht ungemein großen Spass.

    liebe Grüße

  6. This another beautiful card, I am finding it truly amaizing that simplicity can look so stunning.

    Kath x

  7. Stunning card Kim, love it! xx Jan

  8. Kim, this is just beautiful! I love the embossing folder you used. It makes it look like another layout. Beautiful design too!

  9. A stunning card again. Hugs x ChrisB

  10. Beautiful card! You're right, the sentiment font matches perfectly.

  11. Congrats on making the showcase! This card is gorgeous and I am always so impressed with your embossing technique. I'm still working to perfect it myself - your tips and tutorials have been super helpful.

  12. This is so simple and elegant! I'm going to have to go visit that blog! Sounds right up my alley!! :)

  13. I have been dying to try the latest couple of challenges ... but life has been a little on top of me! Can't wait to do so soon! This is so sweet Kim!
    I am still having computer probs ... after a major crash! Access to the internet is frustrating me ... even though my dh has solved the main probs. Off to scroll through what I have missed over the last few days ... but with so much to catch up on ... I don't have time to comment on each post, sorry! Hugs xxaxx

  14. Congratulations on being showCASEd - well deserved. I reckon this one is in with a chance this week too - its really lovely.

  15. This is a stunning card, so perfectly thought about and put together. I love that embossed strip...didn't realise there was such a product to do that!!

  16. Such an amazing card, love it! can't wait to see what you make next time now :O) Viv xx

  17. A very pretty card. I love the flower image. Sue.

  18. Pretty card. Well done on your show case. x

  19. Absolutely gorgeous Kim. Congrats on making the showcase
    Margaret x


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