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Saturday, 3 March 2012

"Less is More" Colour Week 57


Good morning, from a chilly Shanklin! We had a bit of fog that hung around all day yesterday, it wasn;t nice, dont like fog. One of the pitfalls of living by the sea I guess.

So it's Saturday and a new challenge on 
"LEss is More" This week, ebing the first of the month is Colour and we have chosen

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Neutrals to me means NO sparkle, glitter or bling...SOB SOB!
I decided to use kraft for my first card. I stamped the Agapanthus, from the Kanban set I used on ym personal blog. It;s a super little sheet, available from Create & Craft only at the moment, I think. I stamped in Versamark then embossed in WOW Pepper embossing powder. For any of you that dont know, WOW embossing powders, are fantastic! I never used to be a big fn of heat embossing, but, WOw have changed my mind competely. Whatever they are made of give a superb finish, they seem finer somehow and are available in The most gorgeous colours!
Holding a dark brown pece os paper the same size as my kraft panel, I tore the bottom, then placed with the brown just down slightly. I prefer the ripped edge to be roughly the same shape. I roughly coloured the Agapanthus using my Chocolate Chip marker pen.
The brad [cou;dn;t resist snucking a little bit of bling on]is Stampin up, poked through, then Linen thread, also Stampin up wound round the brad, then secured behind before sticking. The sentiment is from You are Loved, again Stampin up.


For my second card I took my layout inspiration from our Neutrals colour block.
It is nothing like I planned in my head! How often does that happen!!
Looking at the photo, I planned my squares, roughly first on paper, then cut to size. In Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Crumb Cke and Sahara Sand.I then used Stampin Up French Foliage and embossing folders [Swiss Dots and Square Lattice]to create different textures. This again is heat embossed in Pepper.
[As you can imagine, all my other powders are all sparkly and shiny, SO not Neutrals week!]

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Thansk for stopping by and for leaving such FAB comments, I truly appreciate them
Have a great week
mandi xx

62 comments:

Deborah Frings said...

Great colour theme - your cards are lovely. I particularly like the second one with the squares of card - look brilliant.

Sharon said...

You've blown me away with the second card Mandi...love, love, LOVE that layout. It's brilliant. Think you've convinced me that asymmetric is good :)
Hope you have fun with the Daisy fields stamp - it's a versatile one. What is the leaves die you used on last weeks card? I'd love to purchase one of those.
Okay - off to raid my stash for neutrals now, hee! hee!
Hugs, Sharon xx

Maureen said...

Two lovely cards, my favourite is the first one. The stamps is lovely and I have one similar so might use this as an inspiration, if you don't mind.
Maureen........x

Jan said...

Gorgeous cards Mandi xx Jan

Chrissie said...

I think your take on the colour palette is inspired... just love it!
Fabby cards yet again my lovely friend!
Chrissie x

nicky said...

Both are great cards but the one that wins for me is the one with all the sqaures.
Nicky

Kim S said...

Gorgeous!! I am in love with the decorated squares...each is so different yet absolutely beautiful together!

lainey said...

great colour, great style, great cards Mandi Lainey x

TAM said...

Fabulous cards - can't choose between them

Vicky Hayes said...

These are both just stunning Mandi! I think the agapanthas just have the edge for me but I'm very intrigued by the 'mood board' feel of the second. Vicky x

Hazel (Didos) said...

Lovely cards again this week, Mm I too struggled with no bling but really am surprised at how much I like mine. Oh we had horrible wet fog yesterday too, then sun then rain, busy weather day, Hazelxox

sarah's little snippets said...

Two gorgeous cards Mandi, hard to choose between them! Love the brad on the first one :)
Sarah x

Harriet Skelly said...

Lovely cards - I especially love the decorated squares! Thanks for another great challenge!

Monika said...

your first card is looking warm and soft => a great coming out

Elaine said...

Great cards and very challenging theme. Tend to go for brights so this one made me think!

Darnell J Knauss said...

I love, love both your cards, Mandi, but IMHO, that color block card is not a card, it is a sculpture, a work of art. You seriously need to frame that and hang it on a wall! WOW.

Beryl K said...

Beautiful cards Mandi, love them both but think the block card is my fave
Beryl x

Von said...

I just love your second card Mandi :) such a fab design !
Von x♥x

Sue said...

Hi hun
oh im gona struggle with this one, two gorgeous cards as always, luv the added elements to the piccie very creative, sue,x

Willy said...

Both are fabulous, Mandi!

Fiona said...

Splendid cards Mandi, loving the second one especially-very original. May have to pinch that idea. Hoping to play later in week.

Valerie said...

Lovely cards Mandi, my favourite is the 2nd one which I'd love to case! I love the two torn edges on the first card:)
Val x

Aileen said...

Like them both Mandi. The torn edges on the first with the brad and twine and the different details on the squares on the second. x

Zoe Sanderson said...

Two super cards so different and wonderful in its own special way. Terrific inspiration for the rest of us XOXO Zoe

Susan said...

I love a torn edge...and the embossing looks fab! I totally understand about a card not coming together like I have it in my head! LOL!

Squirrel said...

The mosaic collage look is one of my favourites, so I have to say I like that one best.

I need to crack open my embossing powders again. I keep forgetting to use them. {hanging head in shame}

Rosey x

Mim said...

Love that agapanthus stamp - reminds me of happy days in the sun at the beach! The layout of the second card really appeals to me.

Meadie said...

Beautiful cards Mandi - I really love the one with the squares, hugs x x

Lucille K said...

Both of your neutral cards are stunning, thank you for such lovely inspiration :)

GinaA said...

That Agapanthus stamp is gorgeous and I love the layers on your first card, your squares card has to be my favorite, its a super design.

cathi139 said...

what a wonderful card
Cathi from Germany

Vicky said...

Love how you've used the colour palette - inspired! :)xx

Linby said...

Great cards Mandi. Love the detailing on the second one.
Linbyx

Helen said...

Beautiful cards Mandi - love the flower stamp on the first one...and the layout on the second card looks fab!
Helen x

Anne said...

How very classy, love all the cards in this colourway. The agapanthus is a super stamp
Anne
x

Gillian said...

Love both cards Mandi, must try out the WOW embossing powder the effects look great

Rosemary said...

beautiful cards, mandi!! you always provide such great inspiration! hugs!

bastelengel said...

Dear Mandi,
I love your layered card with all the different shades of sqaures. A new idea and one that could have been used for 'using up scraps', too.

Karen K said...

Hi Mandi

What a gorgeous card, I really like it and the colours. Thanks for another inspiring week.

K x

Craftilicious said...

Darn it, should have looked at yours before I made mine as I went all glittery and then read that that's not neutral!!! Oh well ;-)
I love both your cards but the first is just STUNNING!
Tara x

Craftilicious said...

Thanks Mandi - am definately not too young for Spirograph - I still have my original one from the 70s. I hadn't thought about the dies resemblance to one but I bet that was why I was drawn to the shape!
Tara x

Misty's Mum said...

Hi Mandi
Two beautiful cards & for me the one with squares just has the edge. I agree with someone else who said it should be mounted as a picture
x

Marlena M. said...

Lovely cards. Awesome sketch in your second card Mandi!

Eloise said...

I love your both of your cards. But the second one with all the squares really caught my eye. Very neat card.

fatmonica said...

I love both of these cards but like Eloise above, the squares really caught my eye!

Suzilou said...

Both fantastic cards Mandi and loving this neutrals challenge, have been making quiet a few cards with that fab Kanban set. Fantastic inspiration :) xx

Michellem said...

Neutrals make me happy - you nailed it!! These are gorgeous!

Diane said...

Hope the "bling" withdrawel symptoms aren't too bad....saying that, you make amazing cards with or without them, both wonderful!
Diane

Annette said...

Mandi, these are beautiful. The colour and texture blocks look great, and the agapanthus are so elegant in the neutral colours.

Sasha said...

Love both of your cards, Mandi. Fab colours to work with. I love flowers, so your agapanthus really appeals to me, but I also love your second card, which is like a piece of modern art x

Cheryl said...

Mandi, Love the chocolate agapanthus and twine. Very soft and subtle.

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Hi Mandi! I really love the agapanthus. The torn edge with the black really looks marvelous and I love the brad and twine treatment so much. Just wonderful!
I really love the block design as well. The composition of neutrals is just so great along with the embellishments you've used.

Debby said...

Very nice card!
Debby

Viv said...

Both just fabulous Mandi as always :) Viv xx

Kathleen said...

Two really beautiful cards, also like the extra one that you have done. Think the neutral has gone down really well.

Kath x

Pop, Paper, Scissors said...

I don't know how you can come up with these fabulous designs. The flowers are my favorite. I haven't played in a couple of weeks, but really enjoy your blog.

Judy1223 said...

Mandi, your cards are fabulous! I agree, WOW! embossing powders are awesome! I love the flower card, so subtle and soft. Both are lovely!

kingstonmama said...

Both great cards, but I really love those blocks of neutral color on the second card. Fabulous! Ann Y.

Jenny said...

Brilliant cards Mandi...with 58 comments already seems I'm late to the party this week!!
The colour blocks are a fab design and love your token bit of bling ;0)
Jenny x

Jose said...

Great cards Mandi, love the way you have places all the different blocks on the second card.
Jose

Martha said...

Mandi, what beautiful cards you've created! I love the neutrals!

Sally H said...

Fabulous cards, Mandi!
I love the first one particularly

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