Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Less Is More: Touch of Red

This week's Less Is More challenge is to add just a touch of red.

Before I made my card, I decided to relax while I was eating lunch and I browsed all 213(!) cards that have already been posted for this challenge.  Wow!  They are amazing!!  So as I was staring at my supplies wondering what I would do for this challenge, my mind was swirling with all of the beautiful cards that I had just seen.  It made it almost impossible to make a card of my own.  I finally decided to go with a beautiful stamp, a border punch - and call it done!!

The text across the bottom was a last minute addition.  I took my photos of the original card without the text.  I always study the photo and I often find something that isn't quite balanced or quite right.  In this case, the rose was stamped a little too high - it seemed really top heavy...not grounded.  Instead of starting over, I simply pulled out this text stamp to add some weight to the bottom.  Problem solved!!
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Stipple Rose, Verve Because of You (sentiment), Papertrey Ink Text Style
  • Inks: black, Stampin' Up Going Gray marker (around roses) and pad (on text stamp)
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up gems (colored with copics), Martha Stewart border punch

I am so very proud to say that I made last week's Less Is More ShowCASe with this card (details here):

This is the second time that I have made their ShowCASe and both times have been with sympathy cards.  I do make a lot of sympathy cards for church and I think clean and simple cards work perfectly for sympathy.  I actually enjoy coming up with an idea that honors and comforts and (eventually) brings some peace.


  1. We're so glad that you enter our challenges each week with your fabulous cards Kim.
    This is another beauty, with that little touch of red just peeking around the side of the card!
    Many thanks once more!
    "Less is More"

  2. Kim - I love this rose and the simple red border and gems - just stunning!

    I can see why your cards have been showCASed - they're simply lovely!

  3. This is gorgeous, Kim! Simple and elegant. I see another ShowCASe in your future! :) And congrats on the other 2 ShowCASes!

  4. Wow Kim your card is gorgeous. The red trim and bling are perfect!!! I really love the added text at the bottom; I will have to remember that technique the next time I think one of my cards looks out of balance. It might just save a card from the trash bin. ha-ha.

  5. Kim, that's a fabulous stamp and I love it without color! Congrats on making the showcase again... I think I've given up on that! LOL!! My cards seem to lack that special umph that yours always has! Your work is just beautiful!!

  6. wow that rose stamp is gortgeous, we don't have that one in the UK, I'm super jealous!!
    fantastic card!!
    thanks for commenting on my card xx

  7. This is a relly lovely card Kim, such a beautiful stamped image and the text really works! x

  8. Beautiful cards. Simply beautiful.

  9. I love your card Kim, that stamp is stunning. Congratualtions on being Showcased. Jo x

  10. Aren't you a clever chicken to work out what was needed to balance the card. Congrats on the win! hugs xxaxx

  11. Hi Kim
    Your card is stunning, as ever
    ~you are a worthy showCASe entrant!
    Thanks as always, well done again
    "Less is More"

  12. That stamp is beautiful and works so well just stamped in black. The whole card is very sophisticated and elegant. Love it. Both your showcases have been well deserved.
    Lynne xxx

  13. That is a beautiful stamp, and your card is beautiful as well. I also love the card you made for last week's challenge.

  14. Congratulations on being showcased. Your card for this week is another beauty. x

  15. What beautiful cards you have made for these challenges. They are truly classy and perfect examples of CAS.


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