Saturday, June 25, 2011

Less Is More Challenge #21

The Divas at Less Is More  made it easy peasy for us this time. And since I veered a bit from the challenge last week (more like blew it), I hope to make it up here. And so, I stuck to the basics with my two cards.

For my first card, the base is an SU...retired color (ugh, gone and forgotten) black mat and the buttons are made with DCWV's Linen Closet matstack. I used a Sixxex Sixlets buttons die. Don't know if the impression around the outside of the button is showing, but it's too cute. I "sewed" them with black embroidery thread onto a black panel. I faux stitched the panel. The sentiment is from a set called clearly inspired by Paper Creations. I don't think you can find it anymore.

My second card evokes the spirt of the USA's Independence Day holiday. This is the first time I've ever made a card for the 4th of July. My panel is a bit lower than the sketch prescribes. Alas, I tried the middle and it didn't work well.
The base is neenah solar white with the wide mat an SU Red Riding Hood strip that I punched with an EK Success punch at the bottom. The blue stars from paper in my stash are diecut with a Quikutz die and there's a tiny bit of bling on the middle star. The sentiment stamped in Memento danube blue, is from the same set as the above-mentioned.

I hope my cards pass muster this time. If you don't already play this challenge, this is a great sketch to start with. Go check it out.

Hugs & Blessings,
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Paula said...

really like the 2nd card...fits the challenge perfectly

Mandi said...

That second card is very patriotic and although slightly lower than the sketch I think it's perfectly fine!
When I place 3 stars I make the centre one level, with the top point directly vertical, then tip the 2 either side. yours represent the stars on your flag great!
Looking again, you have just flipped our sketch really...just fine!
Have a great week
Thank you
Diva LIM mandi
Less is More

Chrissie said...

Super cards Erica ... I must say that the second is my fave... Happy 4th when it arrives!
I agree in that I don't think that many cards look great with a band placed centrally, but above centre, like the sketch, or below like your card is much more pleasing! It's a great interpretation of the sketch and I love the little bit of bling on the central star!
Glad you approve of the easy challenge this week!
Thanks so much
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Kathyk said...

Your first card is very nice but your second has the wow factor


Debs M said...

2 great cards, but love the second one more, happy 4th in advance x

fatmonica said...

Love them both!

Zoechaos said...

Fabulous cards love the top one especially XOXO Zoe

Dana Leigh said...

I like both cards but the 2nd one is my favorite. You've inspired me to do a patriotic card! Happy 4th to you!

Sandra said...

Gorgeous cards both of them..:) Sandra H

Susan said...

Erica, both are great cards! I usually don't make patriotic cards...but your second card really appeals to me! So pretty!! My Card

Theresa said...

Wonderful cards, but I definitely love the 2nd card. Happy 4th!!

Zoë said...

Love them both, but I think the buttons are my favourite.

Lynne said...

Two super cards.
Lynne xxx

Scrapaddict said...

Both cards are lovely!